Thursday, July 12, 2018

the changing of a changing station

Once upon a time there was a sweet little diaper changing area where I could lay my little baby and have wipes and a lamp within reach.
Fast forward a year and that baby is now 2 and a half+ feet long and swiping the wipe basket onto the floor and yanking the lamp cord. So then you go several months with things just piled on the floor.
Oh how that bothered me.
So, I finally got things in gear, made a couple floating shelves from some scrap wood and picked up a couple drywall anchors from Lowes and then Doug installed them for me.
Make sure it's level daddy!
Done and done. I like how it looked before a little better, but this look is ok, and more importantly it functions and keeps things off the floor. Go team!

Monday, July 9, 2018

4th of July

This year one of my favorite holidays was spent at work, wahh wahhhh. Well at least I get time and a half.
The place where we had our wedding hosted a fireworks festival on the 3rd so we went over there with my sister and brother-in-law.
They had advertised food trucks, which ended up being a Big Boy truck and coney island. Lame! I was imagining these eclectic food options. We we had food and sat on a lawn blanket, listened to some live music, August enjoyed this toy area and tried to jump in one of those bounce houses.
Then Doug took him home to bed so I could stay and watch the fireworks with Elizabeth and Johnny, it was nice.
The next day I worked and Doug took August to his friend's for a pool party, BBQ hangout. After work I met them for a few minutes then took August home to bed so Doug could stay and watch his friend's fireworks show. It was a good trade off. His friend has put thousands into this Jeep, it is a monster! Maybe August will grow up to be a Jeep lover like daddy.
We are thankful to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

play date

My friend Rachel and I took our kiddos to this play place. We'd done it once before a couple months ago and it was cool to see how August's running/climbing skills had grown. Best part I had gotten a coupon for 1/2 off in our local mailer, so for some reason it was free! I think because August is still under 2. But that was a very nice surprise.
At one point I was at the bottom of this climb and I heard August crying so I climbed to the top. Sure enough he'd been laid flat out by that huge ball. I hugged and rocked him and asked the little kids around if they'd knocked the ball into him. It was a good lesson that sometimes when you're playing, you get hurt! This dad was climbing up with his kid and says to me "you flew up there like spiderwoman!" which was a nice compliment I guess. Hey a mom knows her baby's cry and no flight of foam steps gets in her way!
I guess I still can't get videos to play on here, but he liked running after all the basketballs.
He keeps me busy!
I read some thing recently that toddlers/preschoolers are supposed to have active play 5-8 hours a day (and it said preferably outside) to stimulate and grow their proprioceptive reactors or something. That number seemed so high to me. And being outside that long isn't even realistic unless I want him to get skin cancer at 10. But the main idea of the article was to let kids play, occasionally get hurt, but to move and learn to use their bodies. So places like this are great.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

"Father's Day"

We celebrated on Friday, since I had to work Saturday and Sunday, hence the quotes. We started our day with a delicious breakfast of eggs and chocolate chip banana bread and then headed to the Zoo. Man it was crowded! And hot! But we had fun.
no likey the fake dinosaur
First carousel ride!
Looking at giraffes
prairie dogs!
Fun with water froggies
Zipped into the Penguinarium before we left
Family photo. That kid photobombing in the back makes me laugh, his mother was taking our picture so he was probably wondering who we were :)
That evening we tried a new restaurant for dinner. It was nice we sat outside as August remains in a huge, annoying, food throwing phase. So less to clean up. It was nice to spend the day as a family and celebrating Doug. He is such a great husband, and I couldn't ask for a better dad for our son. He's patient when I'm losing it, he is fun, he is helpful, he leads us all closer to the Lord, and he loves us and is faithfully here in the mess with us. I love that.
The work weekend was ok, and I got to call my own dad and talk to him too. I'm also thankful to have such a great dad!
And we are back to everyday life. August had a growth appointment today, he's gained weight and inches so the growth specialist wasn't worried. It is hard though if he already fell from his growth chart (prompting the growth specialist), and now he's super picky and hardly eats meals, so it remains something that we have to keep coming every 6 months for. I'm thankful he's healthy though.
Feeling some stress with stuff at work and wondering about switching up my job or not. Kinda want to, but really, really, really, do not want to work midnights. So asking myself if it's worth the short term (1+ years) sacrifice to be in a specialty or not. Prayers appreciated!