Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Superman! (and Jimmy)
Never dust angry
He stacked ALL of these himself!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
We'll be taking Jimmy trick or treating to a few houses on our block this year too - he'll be the cutest little dinosaur/dragon you ever saw! :)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
In other news, Jimmy spit out almost all of the antibiotic he was supposed to take this morning. Not sure what to do about that, because a)I don't know exactly how much he spit out and b)I'm not totally sure how to give it to him so he doesn't do the same thing again. This antibiotic is for the little staph infection he has AND it wasn't cheap. Any thoughts?
Monday, October 20, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
With his pal, Grayson.
My friend, Jaimey commandeered my camera and took a few photos of Jimmy and I together. If you can excuse my failure to wear any makeup for the day....
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Playing race car/fort with Daddy :) this morning in the box from my amazing anniversary gift from James (I meant to mention it earlier) - a scanner that will turn my old photos and negatives - like from our wedding! - into digital photos!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
In lots of countries, babies nurse past age two, and the World Health Organization recommends nursing to at least age two. Of course, that makes me sound like Jimmy nurses for nutritional reasons, which isn't really so. It also makes me sound a little defensive, which is silly, right? He has a pretty varied diet, and, though he's as picky as your average toddler, he eats a wide range of foods. The truth is that Jimmy nurses for enjoyment, and I continue to nurse him because he enjoys it. He's a very busy kid all day long, then, before his nap and before bedtime, we calm down with cuddles and stories and songs, and he nurses - he gets warmth and comfort and my total, undivided attention, then he lays his sweet head on my shoulder while we rock for a few minutes before he gives me kisses and snuggles into his bed and to sleep. I just can't see the bad in that.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
On a much more important note, my friend Jaimey had her baby, Jonathan at 2:45 or so this morning. Jaimey and Zach found out a couple of months ago that their baby had anencephaly, so they knew he wouldn't survive long after birth. They were worried that they wouldn't get any time with him at all, but he stayed for three hours before slipping away to be with God again. Jaimey's husband periodically posts updates on Jaimey's weblog at email@example.com, if you're interested in their story.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Jimmy is 19 months old today! In the last year and seven months, I've learned more about unconditional love, joy in small moments, patience, consistency and what I'm capable of (even on NO sleep) than I ever thought possible. With our seventh wedding anniversary yesterday and Jimmy's little "month-iversary" today, I'm reflecting a lot on how extremely fortunate and blessed I am. I have two Jameses - a tall and a small - who light my soul (to quote my darling husband) brighter than I could have imagined in my wildest dreams. I love you both so much!
(moved from my old blog. original post 10/5/2008)
We got Jimmy a very cool old potty chair with a tray on Ebay, and I LOVE it. It had been painted (sloppily) with several shades of brown paint though and had some structural issues, so I took it apart, painted it (other than the little bear decals, which I think are so cool) and fixed the seat (it had a big crack in it - and had been painted over black) by sanding it down to the wood, fixing the cracked part and then staining it. The whole thing still needs a coat of polyurethane, but I'm VERY happy with the result.
In other news, James and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary a day early today. We left Jimmy with a sitter - something we honestly NEVER do - and went to a movie and dinner. We always have fun together, and it was nice to have conversation that included complete sentences :). James took tomorrow off, so we'll be finding something fun to do as a family, but it was wonderful to get out just the two of us and to take a little time to remember the last seven wonderful years. Happy Anniversary Babe!
(moved from my old blog. original post 10/4/2008)
We took Jimmy to the pumpkin patch today and had a great time. It was raining when we set out, but by the time we finished a couple of errands and got to the patch, the rain had cleared off, and it was just gorgeous! We went to the Roloff Farm - the place they film "Little People Big World", and since we got there right at opening, we went on the wagon tour of their place before picking out our pumpkins. I've watched the show a few times, and it was neat to see the pirate ship and the western town they've built (or had built) for their kids. There was a lady sitting across from us who'd come from out of state for the umpteenth year in a row just to go to the Roloff farm and who spoke to every worker as though she knew them and the family personally...which was a little off-putting, but the tour was fun, and we got some nice pumpkins after. Jimmy seemed to take it all in and MOST enjoyed riding in the wagon with the pumpkins - that's our boy.
My very good friend and neighbor is moving today - leaving the state, leaving the region, heading back to Texas with her husband and kids to live nearer to family. I'm so happy for her, and so sad for me. When we moved to Oregon and I didn't know anyone, she made it a point to be my first friend here. She's been there for me through thick and thin, and I can't imagine the neighborhood or my life without her. So to Carrie: Thank you for everything. I love you and will miss you terribly.
A couple of months ago, after a year or so of wearing glasses with baby handprints always smeared across the lenses, I decided it was time for contacts. Thus began my saga. I went to a fantastic eye doctor who gave me one to try out (apparently, I only need correction in one eye - pretty sweet) and headed home. That one was okay, but there was this arc of blurriness on one side, so he sent me home, saying he'd order a couple more for me to try. They arrived, I tried them, they didn't work either. Blast. So, lather, rinse, repeat with two more. one of those worked fairly well comfort wise but was still blurry, so he ordered two MORE of the same brand with slightly different prescriptions. That brings us to this morning. One of the two seemed better than the other, but he needed me to come back in for a final check. I took both lenses with me, thrilled at the prospect of finally being done with the testing phase. He checked the one I had in my eye, then asked me to pop in the other one. I got out my case, took out the one in my eye, put in the other one, and filled the case with new solution - Clear Care solution to be exact. We checked the second one, decided the first was better, and he started writing out the prescription as I went to put the first contact back in...which was a huge mistake. Clear Care solution is fantastic - it makes it like you're putting in a new contact every time. Once you put it in the solution though, you have to wait at least six hours before putting the contact back in your eye, because Clear Care is basically hydrogen peroxide. I, being a total moron, took the contact out of the very fresh solution, stuck it in my eye and was immediately blinded by an agonizing burning sensation. The doctor immediately realized what had happened and leapt into action. He had to remove the lens, because my eyelid had slammed shut, vowing never to open for me again, then he rinsed and rinsed and rinsed my eye (my hero). He put some dye in and checked to be sure I hadn't burned my RETINA (I hadn't) then gave me some drops, reassured me that most people who use Clear Care do this...once...in spite of the clear warning on the bottle. Anyway, I packed up Jimmy and we went grocery shopping. I'm sure everyone I saw wondered why a)I kept winking at them and b)I looked like I'd been seriously poked in the eye. If you know me, you're most likely sitting there, saying to yourself, "I am SO not surprised she did that"....and, well...me neither.
It's been a very very long time since I posted - and what a summer it's been! Jimmy and I have flown to and from Kansas three times, we all went on tons of adventures during James's 8 week Intel sabbatical, we've grown and bonded as a family - it's been great!
In May, Jimmy and I flew to Kansas for the first of our three trips to be there for my sister, Olivia's high school graduation. We stayed for about three weeks and had a fantastic time seeing family and friends and just being there. Olivia is 12 years younger than I am, so seeing her graduate made me feel...well, a little old, actually, but so, so proud. As soon as we got back (in early June), James began his sabbatical, an eight week paid vacation granted to Intel employees for every seven years of work. We were home for a day or two, then we headed to Newport and spent four days going to the aquarium, the wax museum, the Ripley's Believe it or Not! and the Yaquina Head lighthouse. In the weeks after that, we visited Seaside, had a Goony adventure in Astoria, toured the Oregon Garden and went camping and hiking at Silver Falls. In July, the three of us flew to Kansas for trip number 2 to be with James's side of the family at a Houx family reunion. James's grandmother, Doris turned 90 earlier this year, and it was her wish that everyone be together to celebrate. We enjoyed seeing all the cousins, aunts and uncles, and it was fun showing our Jimmy around. While there, we flew up to Chicago for a couple of days and toured Shedd Aquarium, the art museum and the natural history museum - all amazing. When we arrived back in Kansas, we shifted the operation to my parents' farm and spent a few days there. The whole trip made us really miss Kansas, the Midwest and all our friends and family there.
At the beginning of September, Jimmy and I flew out once again to be in Kansas for my brother, Joe's wedding to a lovely woman named Denny. The weather threatened (it rained until about 5 hours before the wedding and the tornado sirens were actually going off the night before!), but it cleared off and held for a lovely ceremony, dinner and their first dance. There was a gorgeous sunset and one of the most fantastic rainbows I've ever seen - pretty awesome! When it started to rain again, the music, drinks and some of the food were moved to the barn, specially cleaned out and decorated for this very contingency, and we had a rip roarin' party. It was great. I was fortunate to be asked to do all the photography, and I couldn't have asked for a more idyllic setting. I think I got some good ones ;). So now my sweet little brother is a married man - hard to believe. I look forward to really getting to know my new sister in law in the coming years!
Now, we're back to normal. Somewhere in there, between trips to Kansas, I did finally teach Jimmy how to sleep. I won't lie to you, there was some crying, but now he sleeps through the night (12-13 hours) and takes pretty good naps. It's a whole new world for both Jimmy and I, after about 18 months of getting up several times a night. Now, we're working on some potty training. I'm trying to be realistic about my expectations - he is only 18 months old, after all. We have ups and downs - one day, he'll go in the potty three times, the next day, he'll sit on the potty for 10 minutes then get up and pee pee on the floor - ah! I know he'll get it eventually. I think I hold myself to an impossible standard sometimes - I feel as though I should have him potty trained and perfectly behaved and speaking three or four languages fluently and working the stock market by now...ha. Actually, it'd just be good to figure out how to get him to stop throwing his food on the floor. Sigh. Motherhood - I can't pretend it doesn't have its trials, but I love every second!