Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Amelia at 7 months

We're already past the half-year mark?  How did that happen?  Our little girl is sitting up, can roll from her tummy to her back easily now (even with the bar), and she's thisclose to rolling from her back to her tummy (it's gotta be hard to get momentum with those shoes!).  She's eating three meals a day and loves her food - we're working on the sign for "more", but she usually just opens her mouth like a little bird and bangs on her high chair tray.  Xander is enjoying his little sister more now that he can interact with her, too.

She's a cutie, that's for sure!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Father's Day Part Deux

Brian finally got the Father's Day we had planned last week before Xander got sick.  Yesterday we went to Five Guys for his cheeseburger dinner, and today we went to see Toy Story 3 in 3-D.  Unfortunately, we didn't get a picture of Xander in his 3-D glasses - the theater was too dark, and he (very responsibly) decided to recycle them after the movie instead of taking them home to play with.  He looked like a little Buddy Holly, though; kind of like this:

*Picture coming...I can't find it!*
*Edited 7/10/10 - Managed to find it while shuffling pictures between laptops!*

After we got home, he asked Brian if they could play video games - his new fun thing to do.  They played Lego Star Wars, and Xander was actually doing pretty well at one of the pod racing games.  Which means he'll follow in his daddy's and his Uncle Phill's footsteps.  Of course.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

School and Camping

We finally got a chance to visit the preschool on campus where Brian works today.  We've felt for some time now that Xander is ready for school.  He's very smart, and I think he's ready to interact with other kids in a more structured environment.  Not only do we get an employee discount on tuition, but the school is run very well and incorporates so many activities for the kids.  In addition to the age-appropriate classrooms, they have a music and movement room stocked with instruments, a children's museum/store room that reflects the theme they are focusing on, a kitchen where they eat and sometimes even help prepare their snacks (no added sugar, I might add), and an art room stuffed with paints, clay, blocks, and all kinds of creative things.  Then there's a really cool play area outside, with flower and vegetable gardens attached.  The kids help plant and take care of everything in the garden, and when the fruits and veggies in the garden are ripe, they get to use them in their snacks.  I could keep going on and on, but suffice to say this is a really cool preschool and I think Brian and I are just about as excited about it as Xander is.  It's kind of crazy to think about it, but our little guy will be going to school three days a week starting in September!

After we visited the school, we got to go over to the dining hall so Brian could show the kids off to everyone there.  Xander really wanted to stay for the camp that was coming in for lunch, and he was really sad that we had to leave before they arrived.  He kept asking me if we could camp and if he could follow the camp people as we were pulling out of the parking lot, so I offered to help him build a fort when we got home and we could have lunch there.  Thankfully, the diversion worked!  He had fun eating, playing, and watching cartoons in his fort for the rest of the afternoon.


Look at what Amelia has learned to do!  You can tell she's just happily babbling to herself - she doesn't even notice I'm there until about 20 seconds in.  Oh, and the coughing is her way of talking - kind of like a laugh.  Enjoy - this was one the bright spot of my day.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I think we've recovered...

I believe the sickies have left our house.  Xander was feeling much better yesterday, and today I let him resume his normal diet.  Bring on the peanut butter and waffles!  Brian didn't feel well last night, but he was fine this morning.  We're still not sure if we all had some kind of stomach bug, or if there was some bad pizza involved.  That was the last thing Xander ate before he got sick, and Brian half-jokingly blamed that pizza.  So I suggested he try a slice and see what happened.  Brian didn't get nearly as sick as Xander did (thank goodness!), but he did feel a little ill.  Whether it was the pizza or just coincidental timing, we'll never know.

The good news is that whatever swept through the house seems to have skipped Amelia - yay!  Today I stepped up her meal schedule; now she gets breakfast, lunch, AND dinner.  She really enjoys mealtime - she doesn't suck her thumb in between every bite anymore, and she even opens her mouth like a little bird when she wants more.  It's so cute when babies start communicating.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's (Sick) Day

Well, happy Father's Day...I hope all the dads out there had a better start to their day than Brian did.  He went in to check on a screaming Xander at 1:30 this morning only to find that he had thrown up all over himself.  Needless to say, Brian has been awake for almost ALL of his day.  Poor little guy didn't really rest last night, and today all he has the energy for is laying on the floor or the couch and watching cartoons.

Notice the tea towel?  That's his special "tummy towel".  We're not really sure where he got the idea for such a thing; our best guess is that he saw me using the therabeads last week when I was sick and figured he needed one, too.  And it had to be this particular towel - "the purple one with the squares" as he described it to us.  To be honest, it took us a while to figure out what he was talking about.

Explaining the concept of being sick to a three-year-old is not easy.  When he was still vomiting, he was scared and upset to the point where he was making himself sicker.  Then we had to explain why his tummy hurt and he couldn't have peanut butter and waffles for breakfast.  Although it's a good sign if he's asking for his usual breakfast.

So we're spending this Father's Day camped out on the couch drinking Pedialyte.  Here's hoping the sickies don't hang around our house for long.