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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Gender Roles

Yesterday I was going through the toy boxes to "recycle" the toys that the kids play with. I found a few toys we had put away while they were too small to enjoy, and brought out a few "new" toys for each of them.

Well, just today after dinner Jason was sitting with Connor showing him the baseball glove and baseball that was his and trying to teach him how to wear it and catch with it! We've had this glove and ball set since Connor was still in his infant carrier - but, Daddy needed to purchase his little boys first ball glove! Connor of course loved it, and enjoyed the special time with his Dad.

However... on the other side of the living room I was sitting with Paige showing her the toy that I thought she'd like. Her babydoll. Its great- its a newborn Cabbage Patch Doll - the newborn ones aren't as large as the traditional Cabbage Patch Kids. Paige got the doll at Christmas and I put it away until just now.

These are both GREAT toys for the kids -- but, at that very moment I realized that we were subconsciously setting the example of  "gender roles"-- Daddy teaching Connor baseball while Mommy taught Paige about playing dolly.

Maybe tomorrow I'll teach Connor dolly and Paige can play catch with Dad.

Wordless Wednesday- Firetruck Fun!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Connor Got Tubes

Yesterday was a big day... Jason & I had to be at the hospital with Connor by 6:15 for his 7:45 surgical procedure. I had packed a big bag of comfy clothes and toys from home to keep him occupied while we waited (and to calm my nerves I think!).

We arrived at the hospital by 6:15 and were very quickly brought upstairs to the (4th fl) pediatric wing where we waited for further instructions. The nurses came in, took Connor's vitals, put his name band on his ankle and gave him a gown to change into. Then, we waited. The cool part?? He got to play in the peds playroom -which was way cooler than the toys I brought from home.

Around 7 a.m. we were brought down to the 2nd floor to pre-op.Connor wasn't so sure -- so he was holding on to Mommy & Daddy (And his favorite Elmo doll) for security rather than sit in the crib/bed. When we walked into pre-op 2 of the nurses said "OH A BABY! I want him!" haha - and the quickest nurse won. She was great with Connor - let Elmo wear a doctors mask and cap to show Connor what the doctors would look like. Except, Connor did NOT like Elmo wearing that stuff!
While we waited Connor explored his pre-op bay a bit...



She had to give him a liquid sedative orally - which, he resisted, but, once he got some he immediately became sleepy and goofy - it was funny to see him acting so goofy but, he did seem a bit drunk!
As it kicked in more heavily he was very clingy and cuddly so he sat in my lap until they came to tell us he was ready for the OR.

Jason and I were both allowed to escort him into the OR while they put him under the anesthesia -- it was extremely difficult to watch your child being put asleep but, we were glad that he was with us rather than being taken by the doctors and totally freaked out.

My dad was waiting for us in the waiting room and he sat with us during the procedure - which, really only took 10-15 minutes but boy, was that a LONG 15 minutes!
Connor, of course, did great --the doctor said he drained a lot of fluid from both ears but everything went quite well.
Connor was in recovery - so we were brought back to sit with him until he woke up. I actually hated seeing him like that too - even though I knew it was such a minor procedure, seeing him lay in a hospital bed is a bit unnerving...

 


Connor woke up very nicely - and just wanted to cuddle with us after he saw that we were sitting by his bed. The nurses quickly let us hold him, and were more than happy to play with him!
We didn't have to stay in recovery too long - we were brought back up to pediatrics, and Connor was given a popsicle!! Yay!! Grandpa came back up to see his buddy. 
Connor was more than happy to show off his popsicle, in fact, he got a SECOND popsicle for the road! Connor was only monitored for 30 min or so,and we were sent home -- 
We were back in our living room by 10 a.m. 

It was a "long day" already for us.
He had lots of visitors at the house yesterday too - Grammy, Grandma & Grandpa T and Aunt Laurie!
Connor seems to be doing very well, he's still quite tired-but, he is my trooper! 

Sunday, July 25, 2010

More Mish Mosh (weekend part 2)

Told ya I had a lot to share from this weekend!
Fourth: 
For my own amusement I took the bins Connor dumped his toys out of and had the kids sit in them while I snapped photos. I kept singing "Baby in a Basket" to keep them semi-entertained.


Fifth:
 Sometimes they play alone... so "big"!! Both of them!

Sixth:
Did you notice the red marks on Connor's arm in the photos up top? (Go ahead, scroll back up...I'll wait.) Yeah... don't leave sharpie markers laying around within his reach. He now thinks its funny to draw on himself every chance he gets.

Seventh:
 Jason & I had seen my mom the day of her surgery (we surprised her @ the hospital to put her in good spirits). Since the outcome of the procedure went quite well - we wanted to bring the kids over to visit her at her house today... So...these are my two daredevils at Grammy's house. I'm not sure who's worse here... What do you think?

Mish Mosh (Our weekend)

All weekend I have wanted to blog and felt like I had nothing to say.
Now I have a few things to say, and a handful of the CUTEST pictures all from this weekend to share from our weekend... I will probably have to do in more than one post so that it doesn't become TOO long!

 First: Just a few minutes ago I heard Connor "yelling" Ma! Mom! Maa! MOooooooom! so I looked to see what the problem was -- and the baby stole his sippy cup. Clearly,she is NOT allowed to touch it. But, today, not only did she steal his sippy cup - she actually figured out how to get the juice through the straw and drank out of it! Connor did not appreciate that.    

     
Second:  Connor's new "game"... One of the few cabinets that doesn't have a latch on it usually houses the toaster. However, when the toaster is on the counter for use, the cabinet is virtually empty. Therefore-- its a perfect place to play!!


Third: Paige is just really cute after a bath.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thoughts for my Mom

Tomorrow morning my mom is going to the hospital to have an angioplasty performed. Based on the findings of the procedure, she may have a stent placed in her heart as well.

"Angioplasty is a procedure to open narrowed or blocked blood vessels that supply blood to the heart. These blood vessels are called the coronary arteries.
A coronary artery stent is a small, metal mesh tube that expands inside a coronary artery. A stent is often placed after angioplasty. It helps prevent the artery from closing up again. A drug eluting stent has medicine in it that helps prevent closing of the artery." For more information, Click Here

I'm quite nervous, because, well, its my mom. And, as with any procedure there can be unforseen complications that arise... so, if you can, please just take a minute and send some good positive vibes her way in whatever form it is you decide to do so, I thank you.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Paige's 8 month visit. And "EarWatch 2010"

Paige had her check up today -- although, we did have to wait quite a while before the doctor saw us...(which is atypical at this office, so I let them slide.)

 Paige gave up on waiting:


She weighs in at 17 lbs 14 oz and is 26.5 inches long!
(I did a comparison to Connor at 8 months... he was 22 lbs and also 26.5 inches long!!!)

The doctor was quite pleased with her growth and development thus far - so, YAY Paige!
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And...

EarWatch 2010
Earwatch 2010 is on - in full effect.
For both children.
Connor's surgery is scheduled for Monday (time TBA) however... I'm suspicious that he may have an ear infection right now. He always pulls at his ears because he's so uncomfortable - but, something tells me that he decided to "go out with a bang" and get another infection. I'm keeping an eye on him (and his EARS) and debating whether or not a doctors visit (Yes, another, ugh) is in order.

Paige is also on "ear watch" per the pediatrician. Since she's had a handful of problems with her ears lately and the doctor told me "We don't like summer ear infections"... we are keeping watch. At today's check up she said that it (not sure what "it" is) was thicker than normal, but not red and she didn't see excess fluid. 
HOWEVER -- Paige is still on her antibiotics from the latest ear infection - so this is sort of a pseudo "good check up". The doctor said that the upcoming week or so will really be the "true test" to see if it finally cleared up or not.

So...ladies and gentlemen... the E family Earwatch 2010 is in full effect!


Monday, July 19, 2010

Monday Minute

Monday Minute


1.What's your real name?


Kendra.

2.Have you ever fabricated a story or anything on your blog?

No, never. My blog is supposed to be about my life, my family, and what happens with 2 kids under 2... if I made it up, whats the point? ;0)



3.When in the car do you listen to the radio/CDs/iPod/etc?

Yes... all of the above. Most frequently I just listen to the radio. However, when the kids are in the car we usually play their CDs. They each have personalized CDs that have their names in the songs which they enjoy hearing. (in addition to the other childrens music we play too). I also have an attachement to hook my iPod to so that it plays through the car stereo.



4.Describe the 'sexiest' item of clothing that you own?

2 kids later and way  too many pounds above where I'd like to be? I can honestly say I don't own ANYTHING sexy. Nada.



5.Would you be willing to breastfeed your friend's three year old child?

Um...no. No. NO!

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

8 months!

I know...I can't believe it either! Paige is 8 months old!!!

Paige isn't sure how she feels about turning 8 months old.

I don't have the stats from her 8 month check up since it isn't until Tuesday-but, she was just in the doctor's office last week for another ear infection and she weighed approx. 17 lbs 8 oz. Paige is about 25 inches long --
Paige still hasn't cut any teeth yet- but she is sitting up and PULLING herself up to standing all on her own!
She has"cruised" along the couch just a step or two - but nothing major yet. However, she has stopped army crawling and become extremely proficient at "regular" crawling -- and does it to follow her brother as they both get into trouble!

Most of the 8 month photos that I snapped today were sibling shots -- ENJOY!