Friday, June 3, 2016

Update from Soggy Texas

I keep promising to update more often and then I don't...so no promises this time, just an update. :)

For the past month or so we have been dealing with almost daily thunderstorms. It has not been fun...some of the storms have been severe and we dealt with some crazy hail in April. BUT the silver lining of the storms is that we bought a new truck at a hail sale. It's a 2012 Pathfinder so an upgrade from my 2004 Pathfinder. :) M loves the windows in the back because they go all the way up and all the way down.



M is currently obsessed with construction vehicles...especially diggers and rollers. A lot of times before bed instead of singing our songs we have to talk about diggers. One night during one of the storms we sat and chatted while we waited for the thunder to stop, so for a few nights after that there was no singing, just chit chat. :) More than once M has found his way into our bed due to the thunder...I can't say that I blame him. It's so loud! It's made me jump more than once.


M playing with his digger from Grammie.
Grammie came to visit us two weeks ago...M loved having her with us. We picked her up in Houston as we were headed that way for the weekend to see J's boss compete in the Ironman. Only problem was I did not confirm which airport she was flying into...so we ended up at the international one while she was waiting at Hobby. I am so lucky that my mom is such a good sport because she just kept telling me not to worry about it that she was enjoying her book and people watching.

Grammie pushing M on the swings..M loves to go way up high :)
So much fun playing on the beach!
We got to visit Galveston for the first time that weekend as well...we stayed at the Hotel Galvez, which was a big treat! We got a great deal online because it was during the week and not quite in season yet. We picked the hotel because it's where Bill and Jen from the Little Couple stayed. More than once we've found something good in Houston area because of my watching (obsession) with their show.

M LOVED getting his feet wet (and his knees!).
We were lucky enough to have a date night while my Mom was with us...really I was the lucky one, because we got to go see Dave Matthews perform at the Woodlands. SO MUCH FUN :) M was so funny the next morning when I gave him his shirt from the concert and told him about seeing Dave sing. He blushed and got super excited. I am brainwashing him with Dave when we are not listening to Sesame Street.

When we got back from Houston the $hit hit the fan at work for J...on Monday his boss was fired. The changes to the company happened fast...the entire culture of the company changed in five minutes. On Wednesday J met with the new President/CEO to let him know he was on board with the new leadership. After that meeting J met us for breakfast before we took my Mom to the airport. J went back to work and we headed to the airport, he didn't even make it to his office before he was let go. So now M has had stay at home parents for the last two weeks. For the most part it's gone really well...the only bickering that happened was while I had PMS. J is actively looking and hopefully will find something soon!

The day J got let go I got to spend the afternoon in the dentist's chair so that we didn't lose our FSA money...not fun, but I am glad we did not leave any money in the FSA account!

I'll leave you with before and after pictures of M's haircut...if he didn't hate haircuts so much it would happen on a more regular basis. :)


Before :)
After...it still blows me away  how grown up how M looks after a haircut!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

No More Binky!!

Well, we did it...no more binky! I looked at M's binkies last week and one was in really rough shape so that gone thrown away without any discussions. Then over the weekend I noticed that the other one had a tear in it. So it was time for binky to go on the shelf. I showed it to M and explained that it was not safe for him. He seemed to understand...with his food allergies we talk about things being safe or not safe quite often. It went on his bookshelf with his "special lights". (We have some small lights from Target on his shelf that we bought at Christmas time and use as a nightlight...he calls them his special lights.)

So far it's gone okay...no real tears at bedtime/naptime because binky is no longer there. We had started talking about it before the day arrived and watched an Elmo video - Bye Bye Binky. Going to sleep definitely takes longer and some nights we have to help more than others, but overall, it's going well!

Selfie that M sent to Daddy this week. :)
 


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Another random update :)

I can't believe how randomly I post now. I do read your blogs and try to comment but life at home is crazy with a toddler! M is a funny little boy and keeps us (and the dogs!) on our toes. I thought I'd give you some random updates and some pictures.

* We had a great holiday season...my Mom came down to visit and M loved having Grammie here to visit. They were "back seat buddies" in our Pathfinder. :)

* M is talking up a storm now...he was a bit of a late talker but now he doesn't stop. We constantly hear "What Mommy doing? What Daddy doing? What Gram doing? What Grump doing? What Grammie doing? What Bumpa doing?" Trying to come up with answers can be challenging sometimes.

* We are still taking swim lessons and M is getting more comfortable with going under the water. I don't ever force him and if he doesn't want to go under he doesn't do it.

* Like most toddlers he's a bit obsessed with his nose...the other day he said to me "Booger, Mommy-o, booger." He also tried putting his drum stick up his nose...I laughed at myself when I said only fingers in your nose.

*M has discovered Sesame Street...it happened while J was in Vegas for work in December and we were home alone. One morning I decided to give it a try and Elmo was playing basketball. M loves basketball and that is what got him hooked on Sesame Street. He also loves Abby. :) He doesn't really enjoy sitting for an episode so we watch videos. His FAVORITE song is Sing. Oh my gosh, listening to him sing the song makes my heart melt every time. It's so funny to watch the video because it's from when I was a kid. It cracks me up to watch  Luis jam while playing the guitar.

*We have given up on the sleep sacks at M's request...so far so good (fingers crossed!). He has not yet tried to climb out of the crib! Next is trying to give up the binky. It's only used at nap and bed time. We are down to one binky and when that is broken or lost, we are done. I am trying to talk M about it and get him thinking about no more binky.

*We had more allergy testing done last month. We have added peanuts to the list. :( The numbers were low, but the doctor said to avoid it for now. It makes me a bit anxious but not much more than the others. M is starting to develop an understanding of his allergies. We bought him a book about it and it quickly became on of his favorites!

*We have been working a lot with M and using his kind words and his manners. But wow did I feel like a jerk when he got the sticker after his blood test for the allergy testing and I had him say thank you to the nurse! Through his tears he managed a very sad thank you. Oh well, I guess manners don't take a break!

* I am still loving being at home but I know that at some point M will need to go to preschool. I figure it's time for me to start researching schools in the area and finding out their food allergy policies. That is definitely one of my biggest fears.

Hopefully I can post a big more regularly!

Now for some pictures. :)

M loved his "Foxy" decoration :)

The haircut that took two tries and two different places!

M loves to bake with me and we found safe brownies that actually taste good!

Helping to get dog breakfast...after he spills he "yells" Sadie clean-up!

M is now obsessed with Buddy Bucks that we get at HEB (our grocery store)...when he uses his pleases and thank yous he usually gets extra bucks!

Someone LOVES playing in Mommy's closet!

Our happy boy :)

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hedwig

M loves, loves, loves owls so for Halloween this year he was an owl. :) Because I made the costume I decided to try to make him look like Hedwig. :) I love the way the costume came out...only downfall was that his wings were fairly heavy and kept pulling the neck of his shirt. We finally realized that if we pinned the wings on differently it worked better!!

We didn't actually trick or treat with M because of his allergies. Thankfully he had no clue that he was missing out on something. We had a neighborhood party in our cul-de-sac and M helped pass out the treats to the kids (non-food treats...we participated in the teal pumpkin project again this year!). Until the rain started it was a great night! The rain only dampened the night momentarily...a fun time was had by all!



Thursday, October 15, 2015

Today


October 15th...I wish I had the right words to use to describe how today makes me feel. I still have a hard time knowing that we lost Fred on this day three years ago. I was just reading through the posts from that time and it amazes me how the sadness comes right back. Yet, it also amazes me how much support I still feel from all of you when I read those comments. I don't think I'll ever find the right words to let y'all know how very much you mean to me!

I remember having my youngest brother tell me after one of the losses that someday it will all be behind us. That we will get to the other side. I am on the other side now and yet none of that is behind me. It's not in the forefront of my mind, but I don't think it will ever truly be "behind" me. It's a part of me...it's part of the reason I am who I am today. I don't think I would have ever known how much inner strength I possess if I didn't go through the losses.

Today I spend the day thinking of what could have been and what is. I am still in awe that I defied the odds of less 1%  chance of a natural pregnancy. M truly is our Miracle Man!


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Almost Wordless Wednesday

I am so confused on what day it is...I was ready to type up a Microblog Monday post!
My in-laws were in town until yesterday to help us celebrate M's 2nd birthday. I promise a real post on that tomorrow. Today I leave you with a family picture from his party. SO much fun!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Almost there

I cannot believe that our little man is going to be 2 on Friday!! Where has the time gone?!? We have been testing recipes for his birthday party. I want to be sure that all of the food at his party is safe for him. Baking recipes that are wheat, dairy, oat, egg, and soy free is a challenge, but we are up for it! One day last week I wanted to make muffins during naptime but he woke up early SO M helped me make muffins. Oh my gosh...it was seriously one of my favorite moments with him.

Helping to peel the bananas

Mashing the bananas...dinosaurs were helping :)

M did great stirring the batter!

This is the face he wants to make when he wants a taste of something.

Please just one taste!
Hmm...maybe I shouldn't have tasted the batter!

Testing the muffins...Garnett is ready if M does not like them. M thought they were okay...we are trying the next batch soon.


Yesterday I tested another recipe for chocolate chip cookies...a little greasy but a lot better than the ones I made last week!


This is from today...trying one of the chocolate chip cookies we made yesterday. He is not a big fan of the chocolate chips.