Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Helping Momma by Owen

Since I'm now 1, a toddler, a little boy...no longer a baby - I figure it's time I can help momma out in the kitchen...(don't get me wrong I try to help daddy out when he's in the kitchen too...pretty much I will help anyone who is in the kitchen) Yesterday though, momma and I were in the kitchen working...I was making a stir-fry and momma was moving stuff around - she moved stuff so I now have my very own cabinet and one of the drawers I always got in trouble for getting into - well I won't be getting in trouble anymore because she moved stuff (finally!)...oh but we were in the kitchen and I decided to help momma out. I had attempted to help unload the dishwasher - well I did help empty it of a couple of things (the bowls and the knives), I also attempted to reorganize the corner cabinets - I mean momma hadn't gotten to them yep so I thought I would to help (she didn't really want my help with those cabinets though - although trust me, one of them desperately needs to be reorganized)...so when momma got the small ladder out (she calls it a step-stool, but I know it's a ladder for beginners) I immediately decided to help hold it steady for her while she got up on it...I mean you don't just want to climb a ladder without someone bracing it - so I helped, even when momma told me to move - I knew better than to actually move - so I stood right where I was till she made it back down. AND guess what, that's right she didn't fall and the small ladder didn't fall - so obviously she needed my help!

I thought I would share with you some pictures that momma took of me helping her yesterday. See, she swapped two drawers - the top drawer with the towels, hot pads, and my bibs with the bottom drawer that had batteries, aluminum foil, and saran wrap (yeah, seriously people, she had the batteries in the bottom drawer...like I would keep out of those - they were in a bag and made noise when I shook them - why would I not play with them?!)...so once she swapped those drawers I wanted to make sure that they were organized the way they should be...unfortunately what I found was horrible! There was no way that it was going to work for me - so I had to take everything out....
Once it was all out I could then see what I was dealing with and I figured a new way to organize them...
and so the process of putting everything back in began...
Of course, once I started putting stuff in I wasn't sure if that was how I really wanted it to be - so I had to take it out again...and then I heard a song I knew and I had to go dance! Since I left the stuff out on the floor - momma ended up putting it all back in the drawer - you know what that means right? That's right it's not organized the way it should be so that means I'll just have to keep working on it until I get it just right...some days my job is never done and I feel like I'm constantly keeping track of where momma is and what she's doing...goodness what would she do without me?! Luckily for her - she's got me as a helper!

Stir-Fry?

On our trip to Chicago we got together with some friends and as we were leaving they gave the monkey a stir-fry set, because she saw and heard about how much he loves playing in the kitchen. And ohmygoodness is it a hit!
He has literally spent most of the past couple of days playing with it, he'll go to other toys, dance to music, ruff like a dog, and eat - but in between doing all of that he's playing with the chopsticks, wok, meat and veggies, or all of the stuff! (He added a measuring cup to his wok set - he opened the corner cabinet and took it out...after the 3rd time I decided he might as well play with it since it's plastic.)
I will also say that the stir-fry meats and veggies are usually strewn around the kitchen...he's started to help pick them up and put them back in the wok - but it's usually he'll pick one up and throw it in the wok and then pick it up out of the wok and either throw it back into the wok or throw it on the floor...so we've got to keep practicing.
My little kitchen monkey...boy is he gonna be excited when he can help do stuff in the kitchen for real - besides just pulling the salad spinner cord or pulling bowls out of the dishwasher...someday he'll be able to mix things and help get food ready...but until then he has his stir-fry set!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bowl Haircut Anyone?

The monkey was ready for another haircut and so Rusty got out his clippers and the monkey sat on my lap...he was so nice and still as Rusty cut his hair and then all of a sudden he jerked his head and the clippers clipped his hair! I know that's what clippers are supposed to do, but they weren't supposed to clip his hair where they did...because they clipped his hair so high up - we had to even it out, which meant the bowl cut!

Don't get me wrong...ever since we knew we were having a little boy I joked with Rusty that our kid was going to have the bowl haircut at least once in his life...I guess the clipper gods heard that and decided to make my statement/threat a reality...because in order to even out his hair - it meant he had to get a bowl haircut...so now my kid is going to be walking around looking like Lloyd Christmas
(or like my youngest brother when he was a kid)
So, without further ado, I give you the pictures of the bowl haircut, however I will let ya know that they're not the greatest quality because he wouldn't stop moving enough for me to get a good picture tonight...

Back and side:









My poor little monkey...we've decided next time we'll take him somewhere where he can get a professional haircut!

Fun times in a Hotel

Fun playing peek-a-boo around the chair

Rusty had a class he had to take and so the monkey and I joined him for the week...while there were some fun times, it was also a tantrum-throwing, extremely cold, and sleepless journey. The monkey decided that instead of being the good traveler he's always been, he would change into a tantrum-throwing 1 yr old who would refuse to sleep at night, unless he was being held by me...and refuse to take a nap - unless again, he was being held by me...and when we went to do fun things, like play at the indoor playground at the mall - he decided he would throw his little tantrums.

We spent some fun times at the hotel - in the pool, wandering around the lobby, as well as some fun time playing in the room...we went to Ikea and he got a stuffed snake - so he was learned what a snake said...if you listen carefully you'll hear him hiss like a snake...

Of course - there were the times he wanted to play with the trash can...when he couldn't have it - that's  when the tantrums were really seen...
If you remember...the monkey loves anything that is drink related, I mean he still loves his water bottles and other people's water bottles...he loves his sippy cups
and he loves other people's "sippy" cups too...so I relented and let him have mine one morning...
(don't worry it was empty)

When he was "done" with this cup the bottom was totally chewed out...of course when I took it away from him he threw a tantrum...but that was expected especially since he was so tired from lack of sleep...Luckily when we got home he decided he would sleep the whole night and then took a long nap - he was one tired monkey! This trip was pretty much just the monkey exerting his independence...and it's just the beginning - fun times! 

Friday, January 18, 2013

12 Month Doctors Visit

(Okay, so I didn't get a picture today - this is one from the other day, but I couldn't write without a picture - so there you go.)

Yesterday was the monkey's 12 month/1 yr checkup - which meant shots, of course. Luckily Rusty was able to come to the appointment with us - because I think it's important for both parents to experience the "joys" of kids getting shots. Rusty's missed out on all the appointments so far - being on trips and whatnot - so yesterday was really the first chance he had to go...and oh boy, did he hate it - but now he at least has an idea of what it's like for me when we go to the doctors.

There was one nurse to hold his legs, I held his arms (so he wouldn't try to grab the needles) and to try and distract him (yeah right, you distract a kid who is laid out with feet and hands pinned down), and then another nurse gave him the shots. She did a really good job - going quickly (some of the nurses are faster than others I've found...we like the fast ones) - with a little squirming, crying child . Ok, so crying might be putting it lightly because he was pretty much screaming - he worked himself up to where even after it was done he couldn't stop crying! At one point his lips turned blue and I thought I was going to have to blow in his face to get him to breathe because he was doing that darn silent cry (if you're a parent I'm sure you've experience it) - the one where they're crying so hard that they just forget to breathe and the only way you know they're crying is because you're looking at them...if you weren't looking at them you'd have no clue - you'd just think they were getting into something they shouldn't be doing because they're silent...but at the doctors when they go silent you know they're upset/mad/scared/in pain...The other horrible part was the fact that he would tighten up his muscles - shots hurt a lot worse when your muscle is tight. Since he worked himself up it took about 5 min for him to calm down - as he clung to me and Rusty got my phone to play the monkey's favorite song - Mahna Mahna...Yeah, Rusty realized how terrible shots can be - he hopes to never experience it again, whereas I know I have to experience it many more times, unless I can convince him it's something the monkey needs his daddy for...


The big question for this appointment was how much he weighed, as well as how tall he was...it's impossible for me to figure out those two things at home - and yes I know the "tricks" to weighing him and measuring him - but when I try to do it it's never really accurate. For instance the weight I can always get within a couple of pounds - but when you're talking a little kid that's a huge difference. And whenever I try to measure him he always comes out shorter than he did at the previous doctors appointment, which I know can't be...so I just wait patiently till the next doctors appointment.

My "baby" boy is growing!! In 3 months he's grown 1 1/2" so he's now 31 3/4" tall - still 95% percentile. But since he's growing tall, walking around everywhere, and constantly on the move he's gained just under 1 lb so he's now 25 lbs 1 oz - which is now the 78% percentile, which is a great percentile to be in (and the least amount of weight he's ever gained.) His head is now 1/2 cm bigger as well so he now has a big head (46 cm), although since it didn't grow a whole bunch all his hats still fit him - yay!!

He is one healthy 1 yr old, and really we couldn't ask for anything more!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Getting Caught Up

Because we now have a toddler and no longer a baby and the fact that Rusty is home - I haven't been on here as much lately - which some of you might be sad thinking you're missing out on something important, while others of you are probably thinking "thank goodness there's not another post about mundane daily life"...Well - I'm ba-ack! At least for this moment...I can't promise I'll be here everyday but I'm here now and that's what's important...okay, well maybe the important thing is I have pictures for you!

You see, just because I don't post here all the time doesn't mean I don't take pictures all the time...I'm preparing the monkey for one day when he's famous and he has paparazzi following him and taking pictures...if he doesn't turn out to be famous he could just be like me and love to get his picture taken or he could grow up and be like Rusty and hate his picture being taken...I guess only time will tell - but until then I'm snapping away - since right now he loves the camera!

He also enjoys seeing himself in the mirror (picture on the right), in pictures, in videos...yeah, this kid, so far, is taking after me (and I love it)!
Presents are fun too - although it's more about the packaging rather than the present itself...
I know it will change - so for right now we're just enjoying the boxes and the box "stuffing"...
And of course, we're enjoying his hair when he stands in front of the heater...
You might be wondering what in the world the present is...
It's a tunnel!!
He can crawl in it, sit in it, open presents in it, or run away from it!
The monkey also loves music - which is a good thing, since I usually have music playing all the time! Now he can make music (besides just blowing through a straw or banging the dough hook attachment on the glass coffee table) with his music set...
He was trying to figure out what everything was and how it worked...
Biting is good...but no music came out...
Then he realized he might need a little help - so he called in his little sunshine...
unfortunately that didn't help at all...oh well - maybe next time monkey!

I did get a video of the monkey dancing - okay, so it's more like bouncing - but come on, we all had to start somewhere...
 
We had some beautiful weather this week - so we went outside every day. He's really wanting to learn to "walk" down the stairs - here he crawled down and then sat down, scooted to the edge of the stair and stood up. Then he walked over to the step down and held my hand while he stepped down...without my help he would've wiped out.
Wandering around the playground...where are all the kids?
Nope, no kids over here...
Sometimes daddy was able to join us outside...
And the final pictures I'll leave you with are the monkey on his very own fire truck...
He likes pushing it around more than riding it...no, actually he likes pushing all the buttons that play music and make the sound of the siren more than anything...he pushes the button and dances (okay, bounces)...