Thursday, February 26, 2009

Door's Open...Come On In!

It seems that we have an open door policy at our house now. Bathroom door, I mean. And I'm not liking it. I'm a firm believer that everyone needs and deserves a little "alone time" during the day, and the bathroom is one place that people of any age can escape the hecticness of the day and relax...if only for a minute or two.

My husband and I have never been ones to invade on that oh-so-personal time. Seriously. Gross. But now that we have a toddler...things have changed. Not between us, I should clarify, but between me and my tot.

Our house is completely childproof (at least to the best of our abilities! He still finds numerous things to get into!) so I feel very comfortable going to the bathroom and leaving him in the living room, or wherever, so I can "go". I need my space during those moments. I need my privacy. But I simply cannot STAND the crying that occurs when I leave him to pee. He'll pound on the bathroom door, bawling like he was just shot in the knee with a 12-gauge. THAT, my dear friends, is NOT peace. OR quiet.

So I let him in. The moment the door opens his tears turn off (it's like he was never crying in the first place) and he quickly rushes in and fondles the vacuum. (We store it in the bathroom.) He loves the vacuum. Always asks what it is (as if he doesn't already know from the numerous times I've told him) and adjusts the chord. It's like he doesn't even realize I'm occupying the porcelain bowl. Good thing. Wouldn't want him ruined for life!

So now I don't even bother shutting the door, unless John is home, then I insist on bathrooming by myself and he can occupy our son for 30 seconds. Maybe one day what's happening in the bathroom will register with William, and he'll want to try it out!! Oh yeah!

I can only hope.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

13 Weeks!

I'm 13 weeks now, and I think really starting to show. Basically nothing "normal" fits, but maternity is a tad baggy. That's good, cause I don't want to be too huge at only 13 weeks! I STILL am sick every morning, but only in the morning. Funny story...the other morning I was fixing W breakfast, and all of a sudden I got sick. The closest thing was the sink. (No worries, it's just usually dry heaves!) Well, W thought he needed to get in on the action, and he started grunting and spitting on the floor! He doesn't really have the whole spitting thing down, but he was making all the appropriate noises, for sure! Anyway...the extreme fatigue is pretty much gone, although I'm usually ready to call it a night around 8pm.

That's all for now!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ultrasound at 13 Weeks

I had an ultrasound today...I think it's a great picture, considering the little guy (or gal!) was constantly kicking and squirming! Since s/he's measuring a little large, my due date has been moved from Sept. 5 to Aug. 30, my brother's birthday!! Wouldn't it be cool if they could share a birthday? Theoretically I'd never miss Terry's birthday! So, I'm about 13 weeks, instead of 11ish.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Have I Mentioned We're Novices At This Thing Called Parenting?

February 16 - President's Day. John's vacation day. Our family fun day. Our planned trip to California's Adventure. Did I mention fun day? Twas not to be, however. It NEVER rains here...our plans NEVER get spoiled. (Okay, maybe only when my folks come out does it rain...but whatever.) It rained BUCKETS! The entire day! We decided that we'd go to CA Adventure another day, and we thought that going to the Nixon Library would be a better choice. Such parenting novices we are!

Since it was raining incessantly, the trip took a long time. I like road trips, and so does William, so it was a fun time. We stopped at the OSF in Fullerton. We got a seat close to the train tracks, and during our meal we got to see at least 4-5 trains go by. (William does a great choo choo sound!) For all my in-laws reading this, I will say that I ordered the mizithra and clam, but John! Horror of horrors, ordered the meatloaf! Meatloaf!?! I felt betrayed. (He did let me try it, and it was good, in his defence.) William is a clam lover! Sorry...know that little menu diversion only makes sense if you're in my fam!

After eating John decided to take William up to the top of the bridge to watch the next Amtrak train come in. Since we saw so many during lunch I figured that for once they must be running on time. I took the elevator up with them, despite the cold, wind, and rain. After 10 minutes or so of no train, I went back down to the truck. John, in his shorts! and William stayed up there, waiting for the train. The train was about 30 minutes late, but they did get to see it.

We then continued on to the Nixon Presidential Library. It was free day. Nuff explanation.

William decided that he was a big boy. Too big for his stroller. He wanted to walk. In the free-day crowds. I was excited to go to this Library, because the whole Nixon/Watergate/Vietnam thing is a little vague for me. (I'll admit it...I never much cared for history when I was in school...but know I'm interested!) Let's just say the only thing I leared about Nixon was that he was married to a gal named Pat. That's it.

We left very soon after getting there due to William being cranky and running all over the place. It's hard to discipline in a public place, so he made us look like idiot parents. We don't like looking like idiots.

Guess we'll have to go back without him!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

No Baby Night...Yippee!

Here's the proof.

William always eats with us, but I really wanted to enjoy HOT food tonight, and since we only get this meal once a year, I decided to feed William early and planned our dinner for around 7:30, after he went to bed. (Whew! Long sentence. Diagram THAT!)

John surprised me with red roses and lilies when he came home, and I surprised him with the chocolate strawberries. Thankfully William left them alone so there were still some left. ;-)

The food was incredible! I think this years steak was better than lasts, hands down. John added rosemary to the red wine sauce and that added a whole new flavor punch. We were stuffed after eating, so we never did break into the apple pie...I'm thinking that will be for tonight! Yum!

How are you all celebrating Valentine's Day?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Love Celebration!


Okay, seriously now...instead of just celebrating our love ONE day, we decided to make a week of it. Tonight we're having our annual filet mignon, along with all the sides and dessert. John always cooks this meal, so I'm really looking forward to it. It's the only time I ever buy that cut of steak.

William and I went shopping this afternoon to buy the remaining ingredients. (I have to add that I had coupons for this shopping trip, and was able to save $34.47!! I'm not a coupon cutter AT. ALL. But this time it was worth it!) While in the fruit section I noticed that strawberries were on sale. So to surprise John, I bought several quarts, along with some Ghirardelli chocolate to make chocolate covered strawberries. I bought lots, because hello! it's a week of celebration! We might want to fondue later on.

When we got home I washed and dried the berries and allowed them to get to room temp. Then I heated the chocolate in a double boiler and dipped away! They looked so yummy that I decided to try one...or two. Well, my little scavenger saw me, and immediately wanted nummies too! I gave him a bite of the strawberry, and he loved it! I then took another strawberry and dipped it in chocolate - for me. Then I gave William another plain bite of strawberry. Ha! He turned his head and pointed toward the pot of chocolate. Being the wonderful, loving mother that I am, I dipped his in chocolate, too, and gave it to him. He immediately got this huge smile on his face, and proceeded, with his mouth FULL of strawberry, to say "nummy nummy".

So much for the extra berries for fonduing! We'll be back to the store I'm sure! Between the two of us we ate pretty much all of them! They were sure good.

(Looks like he's getting ready for another hair cut! His wings are growing back!)

Monday, February 9, 2009

Oh, How I Crack Myself Up!

Here's the new Apple Eye-Phone 4G.

Sometimes he'll put the phone up to his ear, but it usually functions best around his eye.


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Iz at?

A lot of fun things have been going on in the Adams' home.

While William hasn't really learned any new "words" per say, he has been learning his own version of communicating his needs and wants to us. His latest is, "Iz at? Iz at? Iz at?" said in a high-pitched voice, usually no less than three times over. Too cute! He's so curious to know what EVERYTHING is. This is usually accompanied by finger pointing, another new dimention of his communicating.

Our refrigerator is loaded with pictures of family and friends. All day long he'll point up to the pictures, say "Iz at? Iz at? Iz at?" and I'll pick him up, and tell him the names of whoever he's pointing to. We've been going over the names of everyone for a few weeks now, and he's got a few of his favs learned down pat. He immediately knows the location of every "Grandpa Num Num" picture (Grandpa Adams...another post on why he's called that!), his cousin Amanda (I think he really likes her cowboy hat!), and my friend Kristi. It's getting to be a game we play - I'll call out a name, and he'll point to that person. There is one picture of John and me on the fridge...when I call out "Mommy" he never, ever points to me. He'll just look at me with this silly smile and rub his nose in my shoulder. I guess that counts!

Another fun thing he's been doing lately is a lot of pretend play. He watches me cook and bake all the time, and if there's space on the counter I usually let him sit up there with me to help. Lately, while taking his bath, he'll set up various cups and pour water (or nummies as he calls it) into them. Then he'll take his toothbrush and stir it, pour it out, and start all over again. Just recently he's been trying to pick up the water with his fingers, and he'll do a motion like he's sprinkling something on his nummies, then bring it to me to "eat". He insists that his fingers go into my mouth to make sure I get a good taste!! He'll not only pretend to cook while in the tub but also while in the kitchen while I cook. I have a drawer that has utensils and bowls that he can play with, and I recently added an empty mac and cheese box. It's so cute watching him shake the noodles into his bowl and stir it!

Today we did a quick run to the library, and of all things it was raining outside (pretty hard, I might add!). He had his rain coat on, so we walked into the rain, laughing together. He pointed to the sky and asked "Iz at?"

Oh I love this little man!! I'm so thankful I'm able to spend every moment with him...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Skin Issues

I know this post is probably just for my reference, but....

William still has fairly bad eczema. I simply don't know what to do about it. I took him to the doctor last week Tuesday, and got a prescription for Triamcinolone, which works wonders, but the stuff is really strong that I can't use it all over his body, and I can only use it 1 week out of 4. The doc said to bathe him everyday, for 10 minutes, no soap, but to just get his body hydrated. Then lather him up with a good lotion 3 minutes (or less) after getting out of the tub. So far that has no really worked.

I switched the oatmeal to rice, and he's been eating rice cereal in the morning for the last week. No change.

Yesterday I switched out the regular milk for organic, lactose-free milk. We'll see how that works. I'm hoping that's not the issue, because I'm not keen to spending $6 on a small carton of milk, even if it IS for my sweet child. I'm not quite ready to stop the dairy, as he loves it and no one else in my family is allergic to it.

He goes back to the doc at 18 months, and if he's not looking better they'll do some food allergy tests. Yippee.