Saturday, October 1, 2011

Parenting 101

When bathing your children, it's easier to give them their toothbrushes in the tub. You avoid a messy mirror with all of the enthusiastic spitting.

However, in the event that your son is not into his bath that day and wishes to exit early, do not turn your back on him while washing your daughters hair. The following may happen:

You may turn around to find him dipping his toothbrush into the toilet bowl, using it to slurp up water to drink. How refreshing!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Haha my husband just said he was "about to wake up the lazy babies" at 7pm from their late nap. It's just such a funny thought to me to think of babies as lazy. Especially mine, who NEVER. STOP. TALKING.

Friday, August 19, 2011


The other day when AJ woke up from his nap and I went into his room, we had the following conversation:

Me: Hi Boo!
AJ: Mama. What.
Me: What's wet? Are you wet?
AJ: Mama WHAT.
Me: (Clearly not understanding) Did you pee in your bed?
Me: AJ.. What!?!
AJ: (Jumping up and down) CHICKIE BUTT!!!

One of my favorite things is seeing the emerging senses of humors my kids have. They are different from each other, but I love them both!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A song

Madeline's song:

I love Mama
I love Fruits and Vegetables
I love Christmas lights
But I can't eat Christmas lights
Because Christmas lights are bad for you.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Chicken Pox

Maddie has Chicken "pops"!

She's doing quite well.. she says they itch a little bit, but they don't seem to be bothering her at all.

It's funny how many chicken pox party requests I got right away!

A.J. is next!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Happy Birthday my boy!

My tiny baby boy is two years old. I can't believe it. TWO. He's a small person now. I don't have any babies in my house!

He is my child that is full of smiles and giggles. He is generous with kisses, offering them on full wet squishy lips. He likes to share hugs or "ugs". He likes trains, cars, Cars (the movie), Lightning McQueen or "Piston Cup", dinosaurs or "BoarSoars", helicopters or "dopters", and trucks or "Fu---"... trashcan fu--s, fire fu--s, big fu--s, and on and on. He is a very strong swimmer. He is not very good at throwing balls still, flinging his arm upwards and jumping to get the ball going in some random direction (unlike his sister who can launch a fast ball past her Dada), but he is quite good at kicking the ball around. He is emotional and sensitive. The first few times he needed to be gently scolded or told "no", his bottom lip stuck out and he would cry right away. Thankfully he's gotten more used to it, and he's a quick learner. He wears his heart on his sleeve.

He's so smart, they're both so very smart. I love watching him play with a toy and poke out his lip and try to figure out how it works. I love listening to he and his sister have conversations with each other now.

I watch A.J. and Maddie play together sometimes and I feel.. I don't know. Almost sad in a way. Obviously not because they're playing together, but because I know I am going to miss this some day. Their smallness. I'm sure most parents reading this know what I mean without having to explain it, because trying to explain it is making me cry. :) At the same time though, it's SOOOOO amazing watching them grow up and learn and feel and experience!

Anyway, happy birthday my squishy little boy! You're TWO!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Gluten Free

A.J. has been my special baby, as far as medical needs go. Remember this? His legs are good and strong now, you can't even tell that at one point his legs were not even able to be straight! His toes are still stacked funny like that, but he doesn't seem to mind. It makes This Little Piggy extra fun!

One day, about a year and a half ago at his 9 month checkup, I noticed that A.J.'s growth had significantly slowed down. He had consistently been in the 99% of height and weight, but at that 9 month check up he had dropped down to the 70 something percentile. In only a matter of three months. For the next several check ups it kept dropping, until at one point he was in the 40 something percent for height or weight, I don't remember, but I was hounding the pediatrician at every appointment. He kept assuring me that it's common for breastfed babies to suddenly average out. My maternal instincts were just screaming at me that it wasn't right somehow. My husband is 6'7", I am 5'8", and my daughter is the tallest in her class. It didn't make sense.

I eventually put together a few seemingly unrelated symptoms and decided that A.J. had a gluten allergy! A simple blood test confirmed it a few weeks later. His symptoms were the sudden growth slow down, chronic soft stools, anemia, pica, and I've always had a suspicion that John had something similar as well.

So we are a gluten free family now! It has not been a hard transition, we ate fairly "clean" at home as it was. Eating out is where it becomes troublesome.. fast food choices are scarce, restaurants serve bread at the table, etc. Anyway, in a few short weeks the difference is already noticeable! A.J. hasn't licked any more walls, his poops are solid, and he really seems to have grown a whole inch now that his body is absorbing nutrients! Yay for healthy babies!!

I hope this is the last of A.J.'s, or Maddie's for that matter, health concerns!