Thursday, April 23, 2015

18 Month 19 months

Today was CJ's 18 month well child appointment.  He is really 19 months, but that's what happens when you live in 3 different places during your child's short lifespan.  He's lucky he even has a doctor!  His doctor is so nice & pretty.  She noticed my Jamberry nails and was asking about them.  She just ordered some & was waiting for them to come in.

Anyway, CJ is 33.5 inches tall and 27 pounds 2 ounces.  That puts him in the 73rd percentile for height & 81st percentile for weight.  He started out around those percentiles, but he has pretty much stuck to the 50th percentile since then so I wasn't crazy thinking that he was growing a lot.  I'd also say these are the most accurate measurements ever done before.  He sat very still while they weighed my naked boy, and he was perfectly straight when they measured him too.  Up until then, I've always said it's really just a rough estimate because they squirm so much--especially when marking their height.  He had 2 shots and didn't cry until the second one.  I was so relieved to hear that he doesn't have any more shots, aside from the flu vaccine, until he turns 5!  Then I quickly realized, I'm having a baby in a couple months who I will have to start the whole process over with.  Womp, womp, womp.  :(

We went for a walk to the dollar store down the street to pick up a rug for the bottom of our stairs.  This way if he decides to face plant again, at least he'll be hitting something padded and not concrete.  I got the fluffiest rug they had.  It's blue and reminds me of my middle sister.  After that we played in the backyard & CJ ran around in circles trying to give Lyna hugs while she did her best to avoid him.

This evening, while I attempted to do my workout, CJ just needed to be held.  So I held him while working out.  Nothing like adding a 27 pound weight to all the steps!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mommy Exhaustion

Being pregnant is not for babies.  That's why they're not the ones that do it.  I'm exhausted.  I'm sure my husband is exhausted as well, but I never see him except for through cracked eyelids in the middle of the night--and since I'm legally blind without glasses, I'm not sure that even counts.

The day he finally returned from his trip to CA!  CJ was apparently "so good" during his time in the church nursery.  It was the first time someone other than me changed his diaper in probably a week, so that was amazing.  I don't think people realize how important of a ministry it is to work in the nursery.  I'll be honest--I don't really like kids much if they're not related to me so I'm not sure I'm cut out for that job, but tons of people love babies and children and could easily serve in the nursery or teaching a "Jr. Church" type class.  It is just as important of a ministry for the babies & young children as it is for the mothers and fathers.

I got a coupon code for a free photo package from Shutterfly, so I decided we had to go to the park to take some pictures worth printing.  I managed to get a few good shots while CJ ran around like a crazy boy.  He found a stick and a little girl who was probably 2 or 3 found one as well and walked up to him and started having a "sword fight" with him.  CJ just stood there with his stick pointing out while she hit it.  It was pretty funny to watch them interact.  He didn't let go of that stick on the ride home, during his nap, or during dinner.  I didn't think the battle of getting it from his tight grip was worth it so I just waited until he set it down to sneak it away.

We got to look at our baby boy #2 today. Other than being breech currently, everything looked great.  He is still a he.  Beforehand, CJ brought me his shoes and then tried opening the back door and getting me to go with him.  So we played in the backyard for a little bit until his dad came home so we could go to the appointment.

I've been doing some prenatal Pilates workouts the past few days since I'm gaining weight a little too quickly, and it has actually been helping my back feel better in addition to burning a few calories.  Maybe during all the stretching, the baby will have some more room to turn into the ideal position.  You never know!  CJ has been having fun watching me exercise and has been imitating some of the moves--especially the ones that involve laying on a pillow.  He also likes stealing the pillow out from underneath me.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Day Away

First, I want to say it has been 9 years since my very good friend, classmate, and teammate Kaitlin died in a terrible car accident.  The memories from that day and the weeks and months to follow are still just as fresh as if it just happened.  We were in lots of things together from girl scouts to track to volunteering at the library.  I am so thankful that Kaitlin was 100% sure of her faith in God and let others know it.  It is because of this that I know she is in a much better place than this earth we live on.  As I typed this, a crazy squirrel just jumped around outside and was barking at something.  Kaiti loved squirrels.  She was also just as crazy and hilarious.

CJ & I went to Urbana for a visit with a couple friends.  We ate at Seaboat, a local fried fish restaurant, and he looked like such a big kid.  He poked his french fries with a fork and wiped his face off with his napkin. Then he kept opening and closing the to go container that his food came in.

We went to the park, and he ran around and around and around.  My friend's husband came with us and chased him around.  I don't think he will ever know the relief my back felt from the aching of being the sole caretaker of CJ this week.  CJ saw a big white poodle-type dog and got really excited about it.  He was considering petting it when he decided to run off after a field of robins.  No broken legs at this park either.

When we were getting ready to leave, I told him to hug them goodbye, and he actually did!  It was so adorable to see him give his little baby hugs.  Then he said, "bye bye," for the first time and waved at them!  He's growing up so quickly.

Also--I'm glad he's adding a new word to his vocabulary. He has been falling further behind his peers in that department.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

This kid is all boy

We went to the park today.  CJ made a friend who was 20 months old, but seemed a lot smaller than him.  They enjoyed chasing each other around until they got distracted by something else.  I enjoyed talking with another mom (aka human being) while they played.

We also went to a new pet store.  They had a cat in a cage next to the carts.  CJ bawled when we had to leave the cat to go look for their flea medicine.  He LOVED the mice though.  I just imagined how much easier my life would have been if I got a mouse instead of a dog.

Not even 15 minutes after CJ woke up this morning, he got his first bloody nose of his little life.  Not sure what happened since I was turned around about to plug in the griddle.  Some sort of a stairs accident seems to be the culprit.  We have 3 steps connecting our living room/laundry room to our kitchen.  He's known how to go up & down them since about day 3 of living in this house.  I don't know that I've ever had a bloody nose in my entire life, but oh man can those things produce some blood volume!  Whew.  Glad this momma survived that experience.  Rocking him singing "Jesus Loves Me" while holding his nose with a wad of paper towels seemed to do the trick.  He was back in action in no time.  Then while we ate pancakes, his nose had a little bit of blood leftover coming from it.  While we ate lunch, he stuck his finger up his other nostril and started snorting.  At least he wasn't too gross during dinner.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Day I Died

The stomach bug got me.  I spent most of my day lying in bed.  I had absolutely no energy.  CJ's lucky I managed to pick him up and put him in his crib for nap time.  He enjoyed the new freedoms of having one parent at work and the other unable to do much of anything to stop him from doing whatever he pleased.  I outsmarted him by turning our storage ottoman around the other way so he couldn't figure out how to open it & get into all the games since he was used to it opening on the other side.  I also went in his room after he woke up from a nap & laid him back down in his crib while I laid in his floor.  He was so confused, he actually laid there for a few minutes before popping up to figure out what really was happening.  Lyna was in charge.

I'm feeling better, just lacking energy.  Today he was determined to get the shapes in the correct holes in the shape sorter.  He got mad at the blue triangle and every time it was time to put that one in, he just threw it without trying.  He was a fan of the orange circle though.  He also spent most of the day carrying around a bottle of saline nasal spray & an empty Gatorade bottle.  He was stoked that he got to eat beans for dinner.

Saturday, April 11, 2015


4/11/15:  Some days you win, some days you lose.  Today is a day that I lose.  I got hit with blocks, a play phone, books, a train car, sippy cups, and the list goes on forever it seems.  Perhaps I should have gone to school to study child behavior and not animal behavior.  So this is a toddler.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Day in the Life

Yesterday was the first day of the official MiLB season for my husband.  He mentioned that I should write down what we do during the day so he doesn't feel like he misses out on as much.  I can't promise I'll write something down for each day.  In fact, I can't promise I'll write anything beyond this post because I tend to forget things like that.  But I can at least start with yesterday.  I will not be writing everything from changing his diaper first thing in the morning to saying our last bedtime prayer of the day, but I can at least share some highlights.

4/9/15:  In the evening, CJ & I had fun running back and forth in the living room kicking, bouncing, and throwing his new ball that he got in his Easter basket.  He thought the sight of me running in circles kicking the ball was absolutely hilarious and fell over in a fit of giggles.

4/10/15:  This kid could live off of pickles if they provided any nutrition at all.  I said the word "pickles" and he ran to his chair, climbed up in his booster seat faster than I've ever seen him do before, and waited for me to bring him a pickle.  I mean, how could I say no after all of that?  He ate 3 pickle spears and a pickle slice.  He wanted more, but I opted for cheese instead.

We shared a snack in one of our pinch bowls  and afterwards, I gave the bowl to him and said, "It's all gone."  He took it and followed our dog Lyna around with it, setting it in front of her to eat from it.  I told him that I didn't think she was hungry for nothing.  He continued to chase her around in circles bent over with the bowl held to the ground while she tried to get away.

I got a Peekaboo Bunny book from Goodwill for Channer's Easter basket.  I feel like we spent half of our day reading it and lifting the flaps over and over again.  Definitely worth the $0.99 to get this kid to sit still long enough to read a whole book.

Baby Number 2 didn't say much, but stuck his limbs in uncomfortable places.

Now I'm wondering when my husband will ever have time to read all of this???  Maybe when he needs a break during his day.  Perhaps I should try to keep the updates even shorter.