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Cullen’s 11 month letter

Friday, January 7th, 2011

So….Cullen turned 11 months a few days before Christmas. With family visiting, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and a stomach bug, I haven’t had a chance to post the letter. I did write most of it just before Christmas, but it took me a bit longer to organize the photos. What else is new? So, here’s Cullen’s last monthly letter before he turns 1! (more…)

The Sunday Somethings, 19dec10

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Something that makes me happy: Baking and creating in the kitchen! I think I’ve finally justified the need for a Kitchenaid mixer. I have wanted one for a very long time. Too bad that I didn’t figure this out a few weeks ago. I’ll have to wish for one next year!

Something I’m thinking: I am itching to get my 2010 photobooks done, but I know I won’t get much time for that until at least after Christmas.

Something I’m hoping: I hope that the weather doesn’t interfere with our plans to host our families at various times over the holiday break. I can’t believe that it isn’t even officially winter yet, and we’ve already had like 4 different winter events (and the bitterly cold temperatures in the teens – brrrrrr!!!! Our heating bill is going to be insane this time).

Something happening around the house: I’ve gone through several iterations of destroying and cleaning up the kitchen in the last few days!

Something I’m reading: I’ve made a half-hearted attempt to start reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I’ve been busy.

Something I’m watching: I forgot to mention that we watched the finale of Amazing Race, and I can’t wait for next season’s “second chance” edition!!! Woohoo! I see some favorites returning.

Something tasty: I updated my recipes to include the cupcake bites and the mint variation on OREO truffles. I’m going to try making peanut butter OREO truffles today. Friday night, I made red velvet cupcake bites. Saturday, I made Chex Mix, ginger snaps, and Devil’s Food cake cupcake bites. I’ve already made 4 batches (well, two double batches) of Chex Mix. I think I might make another 4 batches before the end of the year. I have to make the original oven recipe. The microwave version just won’t do. I love Chex Mix…YUM! I’ve been making the batches dairy free (for me!), and I still think it’s great. I plan on making a few vegan batches later this week (did you know that regular Worchestershire sauce has anchovies? I have some vegan Worchestershire sauce so I can make Chex Mix for my vegetarian friends).

Something Maddie is doing (33 months old): Maddie is quite the helper in the kitchen! She watched me make some things and was just as excited as she would be helping. She helped me mix batters, helped me pour in ingredients, and was almost solely responsible for coating the ginger snaps in sugar before putting them in the oven. She’s pretty good about listening when I tell her to stand near the kitchen sink and away from the oven when opening and closing the oven door. Her best friend’s family gave her a Christmas apron as a gift, and she loves wearing it while we “make things.” Her classroom had their holiday party on Friday, and we decorated gingerbread houses. I think Maddie was the only one who wasn’t eating more candy than they were using to decorate! I had told her that she couldn’t eat the candy when we made the train from the kit last week since gingerbread house kit candy is a bit sketchy. The candy at her holiday party wasn’t sketchy, but I let her continue to believe that the candy was just for decorating. She has had a few M&Ms while we’ve been baking (and has sampled pieces of the ginger cookies). Oh, and her bedtime has continued to be terrible! I hope that this is just a short phase. She hasn’t been falling asleep until after 10pm. She does better when we put her to bed later than her usual 8pm bedtime. We’re going to have to try to shift her bedtime back to 8pm. It’s been nice on the weekend, as we’ve had more time in the evenings to bake together, and she’s been sleeping until almost 9am in the mornings!!! That’s unheard of for Maddie. She is much more likely to get up at 6:30am than she is to sleep past 7:15am on any day. Unfortunately, this routine won’t work for our daily work/school schedule. Hopefully, we can work on this while on our holiday break together. We have to keep an eye on her these days with Cullen. She tends to want to push him out of her way when he’s trying to get one of her toys. We are constantly working on her to not snatch things from him, regardless of whether they are “her” special toys or not. When we tell her to go to time out, she is not usually happy about it but goes to the time out corner without a fight. She tends to do a good job about staying there until we allow her to leave. She then tells us what she did wrong and what she can do instead (push her shopping cart instead of push her brother, tell a parent to remove Cullen from her domain instead of scream and push her brother, etc). She doesn’t get sent to time out for many reasons unrelated to her brother.

Something Cullen is doing (47 weeks old): Cullen’s holiday party was also on Friday. One of his teachers inspired me to give the cupcake bites a try since she made cake bites for the party. I haven’t been able to eat them since they are not dairy free, but everyone seems to like them. Cullen is excited about his new egg shakers (which is a good thing since Santa is bringing him a few more). Cullen’s last two nights have been so much more pleasant. That’s not to say that he didn’t wake up or nurse during the night. He still did that, but he went back to sleep pretty easily and didn’t scream all night. I’ll take that every night for sure. I think he also didn’t join us in bed until after midnight both nights, but I’m not always sure what time Gabe goes up to get him. Since the last two days also involved him not taking his antibiotic (which still involves a huge screaming fit each time), I’m not sure whether the two events are related or not. Perhaps the antibiotic is still the culprit?? I don’t remember if I have mentioned his separation anxiety in these things. He is very attached to his parents right now (especially me), and he does not like it when we leave the room, especially when we leave him at daycare. We found out this week that Cullen doesn’t like it when Gabe leaves him either, so it’s not just a Mommy thing.

Something I am struggling with: I can’t find the spare battery for my little camera. We tried to find it before Thanksgiving, and I still can’t find it. Maybe it will turn up after we shuffle around everything for Christmas?

Something I’m doing towards my goals: I’ve been doing pretty well with my mini goals. I sent out the majority of my cards yesterday, as planned. I have a few more that were lacking addresses and the ones for the teachers. I hope to make some more ginger snaps, schedule a few blog posts, and wrap presents today. Oh, and I finally got Cullen’s letter finished up and posted yesterday!

Something I learned: I learned how to make cupcake bites. Mine don’t look as awesome as Bakerella’s, but I was excited about how cute they turned out!

Something I’m looking forward to: Christmas!!!!!! I love Christmas!!!!

Something random: The other day, I thought of the perfect gift idea on the way from my office to the parking lot. I used the app on my phone, found what I wanted to get, ordered it, and it was on my doorstep two days later. It was a lovely combination of two things that I have come to love in the past year or so – amazon prime and having a smartphone (specifically an iPhone).

Something captured: Our family at Maddie’s party at school

Others writing The Sunday Somethings: Audrey

Cullen’s (quite overdue) 10-month letter

Friday, December 17th, 2010

It’s getting harder and harder to keep up with these letters! I knew I had no chance over the holiday week since we were going to be out of town for more than a week and I had to write TWO letters. Whew! I finally finished Cullen’s latest letter. I had it written a few days after he turned 10 months, but it took me a while to get it organized and add the photos. Now, I’ll have to write another letter in just a few days. It’s crazy how time flies. (more…)

The Sunday Somethings, 12dec10

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

I really debated just skipping this week, but I had things I wanted to make sure to write down about the kids and the goings on in our household….obviously, we’ve been busy!

Something that makes me happy: My annual Christmas date with Audrey Podrey. We had a wonderful time last night (yes, Wednesday) at Sitti and at the theater for the stage adaptation of A Christmas Story. I intend to write a review of each, as I have done after our past Christmas dates. We’ll see if that actually happens. Lately, I’ve had more blog posts in my head than on the actual blog.

Something I’m thinking: I’m using our hour delay from work this morning (due to the yucky winter weather overnight) wisely.

Something I’m hoping: I’m hoping to send out my holiday cards tomorrow by Saturday. I had my cards ordered so early this year, but then some corrections had to be made and it took an extra month to get them right (the delays were mostly my fault). You would think that I could get the cards out early this year.

Something happening around the house: This is the third time that we’ve had a dusting of snow on the ground already. This winter scares me. Gabe put up our outdoor decorations and spent quite a bit of time trying to find the bad bulbs in a long strand. I hear it was quite the frustrating process. We have some new lights this year, including a few bush nets that cover a couple of our bushes. Unfortunately, the bush lights are almost blue as they are LED lights and not the yellowish Christmas light white. I think it bothers both of us somewhat! I say we just go for the complete Griswold house and make sure that every bush is a different color (and blinking).

Something I’m reading: Umm…since I’m covering almost two weeks here, I’m finding it difficult to remember everything that happened. I finished The Secret History just in time for last week’s book club! Book club was great. We had an awesome turnout, and I enjoyed visiting with friends. I haven’t started my next book yet. I haven’t had time to do anything like that!

Something I’m watching: Maddie and I ran some errands last weekend. We were able to get a little shopping done, and I also picked up a collection of classic Christmas movies. We now have Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. I think Maddie is enjoying seeing the movies of the songs we’ve been singing! Hooray for classic holiday fun!

Something I’m playing: Ooh, we did get a chance to play Dominion with the new Prosperity expansion that we received as a gift. We also played poker for the first time since our last annual holiday tournament. Gabe and I both placed “in the money.” I think that’s the first time that we both placed in the same tournament.

Something tasty: I didn’t have many dairy free options at the Nordstrom’s cafe when we went to visit the mall Santa, but the sandwich that I had was yummy! It wasn’t something that I would have ordered without the dairy restrictions. I also made truffles for the teachers at school, though I can’t say for myself that they were tasty. I heard from Gabe and the teachers that they were yummy! Last night’s dinner at Sitti was also very good.

Something Maddie is doing (33 months old): Maddie and I made a gingerbread train together a few nights ago! That was a fun mommy/daughter project. Gabe thought it was funny, I think. We made a good effort, but it was a bit of a messy result. Maddie said, “it looks just like on the box! Look, they are both colorful! Ours is colorful like that one!” It was colorful, but that’s where the resemblance ended. Gabe took a photo of our train next to the one depicted on the box. It makes him laugh. Maddie did great with her Santa visit (last week, you know the week that we’re supposed to be covering with this set of somethings). She didn’t smile naturally either time, though the second take worked out much better. She asked Santa for a baby doll with hair and cars and even said, “please.” I was proud of my sweet little girl! Maddie is very into playing with her baby doll these days. She’s even getting good at getting her tricky outfit back on (and has been great at taking it off for a long time). I hear from her teachers that she can play at the baby doll station for an hour. She’s recently picked up on my habit (one of those that I didn’t know I had) of saying, “awwwww…” in too many situations. Once she started doing it, I realized how often I said it myself. It’s cute when she does it, and it now annoys myself when I do it! She uses it appropriately, like when someone gives her something (as in “awww, that was sweet, you didn’t have to do that!”) or when something is cute. She has been going to bed later and later (or rather, resisting sleep later and later). I think we’re going to have to start with a later bedtime and move it back slowly (like we had to do shortly after Cullen was born, at the pediatrician’s advice). She has been more aggressive towards Cullen lately, resulting in time outs for her. She has been very good about going to time out and then discussing what she did wrong and apologizing to the wronged party afterward. She has said some funny things lately, like the other day when Gabe brought her apple juice to have with her dinner. She said, “that was a good call, Daddy. Apple juice is a good call.” And at the poker table the other day, I asked Maddie who we like to see at the poker table and she said, “donkeys.” (yes, I taught her that). I asked her if she saw any donkeys at the poker table, and without skipping a beat, she pointed at her daddy and said, “Gabe.” Too funny!

Something Cullen is doing (46 weeks old): Cullen visited Santa for the first time. He wasn’t smiley in the photos as he decided to go for the serious look. I was surprised that he took everything so well! He didn’t seem to mind sitting on Santa’s lap and was very calm. Cullen has had some rough nights since my last somethings, but I guess what else is new? We have made a few more trips to the doctor. One night while Gabe was still out of town, Cullen screamed so much that I figured something must really be wrong. I thought maybe he needed to have better reflux meds. They weren’t comfortable with giving him more reflux meds. We did find out that he gained a pound and a half in a month, which was a factor in them not wanting to give him more reflux meds. The weight gain was good, at least. His nights continue to be bad. We stopped his reflux medication altogether and plan to reintroduce dairy again (into my diet) in a few weeks. It’s hard to know what pieces of the puzzle were really helping him since we started the reflux medication and stopped the dairy at the same time. On our second visit, the pediatrician has come to the conclusion that he’s possibly a really awful teether (it is true that all of this started around the same time that he started getting teeth) and/or he is overtired. It’s a constant guessing game! Meanwhile, I could really use some more sleep. On the plus side, one of the suggestions that the pediatrician made was to co-sleep a larger portion of the night (though at the time, I’m not sure she realized how much Cullen is really in the bed at night). It was nice to know that the pediatrician was supportive and not trying to get us to Ferberize. In more positive news, Cullen started saying, “ball.” It seemed like coincidence the first few times, but he consistently referred to the ball as “ba” and was having a great time throwing it around. I guess you can say his first word is “ball!” He has been saying “mama” and “dada” while referring to us more consistently, but I’m not sure whether those really count as words or not. Cullen has also started pointing, sometimes, for things that he wants. He did this for the first time at the breakfast table the other day when he ran out of Chex. Chex are his current favorite cereal. He prefers them over Kix (which he prefers over Cheerios). He’s pulling up on everything and loves to stand. He’s cruising along the couch, when he gets a chance.

Something I am struggling with: I struggled with putting the kids to bed while Gabe was out of town. Two of the nights were particularly bad! I was so happy to have him back home.

Something I’m doing towards my goals: I signed up for a cake decorating class! I’m excited about it and hope to be able to try out my new skills on the kids’ birthday cakes next year. The class starts in January and is four sessions. I’ll have taken half of them by the time Cullen’s birthday rolls around. I have been setting mini goals for myself each night, but I haven’t been completely successful every time. My biggest goal right now is to get those holiday cards done.

Something I learned: I learned that putting together a gingerbread house (or train) is a little trickier than it would seem! Also, I learned that I should have assembled the “house” and waited a day to put on the candy. My train was not very stable! Maddie wasn’t able to put the candy on the house by herself since it was about to fall over. She did tell me where to place things. Next time, I’ll make sure the “house” is sturdy before we start decorating. It seems pretty sturdy now, a few days later!

Something I’m looking forward to: Well, since it is now late Thursday evening and the next Somethings are in just a few days, we don’t have much planned between now and then. I am looking forward to both classroom holiday parties. They are both tomorrow.

Something random: My low tire pressure indicator came on in the car again on Tuesday. I thought that it was just cold and thought about ignoring it and asking Gabe to check the tires later that night. Something made me check the pressure and take it across the street to the tire place. I tried to wave someone down from the parking lot as I didn’t want to unload the kiddos if I could help it. They asked me to pull up to the garage, and then they got someone to pull the car all the way into the garage (with my kiddos in the back, so that was a little odd for me). They checked each tire and filled it to the proper tire pressure. The tires were all pretty low, but the lowest one was 28 psi when I checked it. It had already dropped to 26 psi. I can’t believe how lucky it is that I had checked that tire’s pressure (and only that tire’s pressure) before heading to the service station. I told the guy that the pressure had dropped pretty rapidly, so he looked for a nail. Sure enough, we had a nail in the tire. They fixed it for free! I felt pretty lucky to have the tire pressure indicator in the car, to have checked the tire pressure and take it to the service station and that I checked the tire that was going flat! I’m glad that we didn’t have a flat on the interstate on the way home. Whew!

Something captured: It’s hard to get photos of the two of them together these days.

Others writing The Sunday Somethings: Audrey

The Sunday Somethings, 05dec10

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Something that makes me happy: The thought of having my hubby back home again.

Something I’m thinking: Solo parenting two small kiddos is tough! Hopefully, Gabe realizes how much that we appreciate him!

Something I’m hoping: I’m hoping to survive the next few days until Gabe gets home from his business trip. The two bedtimes so far have not gone well, to say the least.

Something happening around the house: I’m trying hard to keep up the house while Gabe is out of town, but between getting the kids fed and happy and spending over two hours putting them to bed, I just don’t have a lot of energy left.

Something I’m reading: I’m still trying to finish The Secret History. I hope that I will be more motivated to read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Of course, I also have a lot going on and not a lot of time for reading.

Something I’m watching: Not much time for watching or reading this week.

Something I’m playing: Um…don’t think I played anything this week, either.

Something tasty: I discovered that some more cake mixes are dairy free (and that they have 1/2 batch boxed cake mix to make 12 cupcakes). I made some yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting. They were dairy free and delicious. This is good information as I hope to make the kids’ birthday cakes this year.

Something Maddie is doing (33 months old): She had her first experience of actually asking Santa for what she wanted for Christmas. At some point while we were walking around the mall after seeing Santa, she got upset because she didn’t have her doll with hair or her cars. I guess she didn’t quite get that Santa was going to come to our house at a later date to leave the presents. She is taking Daddy’s business trip fairly well. She has asked for Daddy a few times, but she knows when he is going to be back. She insists that he will give her hugs and kisses that morning and tell her that he loves her big bunches…and bring her a present. She also adds that Cullen wants a present, too.

Something Cullen is doing (45 weeks old): Cullen had his first visit with Santa. He’s been fussier at night, again. His night time never was great, but I felt like it got better for a while. Tonight, he was extremely fussy when trying to get him to sleep. In researching with Dr. Google, I think that he has lots of the classic silent reflux symptoms. We have an appointment with his doctor on Friday where they wanted to check his weight after our last appointments (with the lactation consultant and the pediatrician). I think maybe they will need to increase his meds. He also has a terrible case of diaper rash after lots and lots of stinky diapers. Poor little guy. I don’t think that he feels well. I wonder if he’s getting another tooth, too.

Something I am struggling with: Getting both kids to bed by myself. Two nights, two different tactics, two disasters.

Something I’m doing towards my goals: I’ve been looking at schedules for local cake classes as well as some photography class schedules. I might take a cake class in January or February. It would be great to take one in January so that I can learn a few things about making Maddie and Cullen’s birthday cakes. I’m not sure when I’ll have time to take the photography class, but I would like to take one on post processing.

Something I’m looking forward to: Having Gabe back home, book club, dinner with friends, dinner and games with friends, and poker night.

Something captured: The snow on Saturday messed up some of our plans. My parents were supposed to have joined us on the Santa train on Sunday, but they weren’t able to make it. Kristin was able to come with us, and we made the best of a very cold day.

Others writing The Sunday Somethings: Audrey

The Sunday Somethings, 14nov10

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Something that makes me happy: Getting some Christmas shopping done early! Santa has made a lot of progress.

Something I’m thinking: I’m not sure who I am rooting for in this season’s Amazing Race. Meh. My favorite teams have been eliminated.

Something I’m hoping: I hope that Maddie is better soon. She came down with a sudden fever this evening.

Something happening around the house: Um, well, on Saturday about an hour and a half before our guests arrived for games “night,” I backed out of the garage and hit the mirror of the car. Our garage is a little bit of a tight fit with both cars, so we often pull way over to the side with the Accord. I knew the neighbor’s dog was in our yard, and I was paying attention to him and missed the fact that I was about the whack the mirror. Oops. I popped it back into place, closed the garage, and went to run a couple errands. I arrived back at the house about an hour later, and opened the garage. In slow motion, the garage came off the rails as it lifted. It stopped in what looked to be a pretty dangerous position, half off the rails. Yikes! I was concerned about someone being under it and then the door crashing down on them. I was also concerned about our van! I arranged to move the van as far up in the garage as possible, though it was still just barely under part of the door. Fortunately, I have some handy friends who helped get our garage door functional during our games night.

Something I’m reading: I’m reading The Secret History and should be finished with it soon. I’m not sure what I’m going to read next. I need to read Mockingjay, especially since Gabe has already finished the series (and book club is reading it for February as an optional selection).

Something I’m watching: I went to see Megamind with a friend. It was cute and funny, though I prefer Despicable Me. The movies had some similarities, but they were quite different overall. I was glad that I saw Megamind, but I don’t need to see it again. I will want to get Despicable Me on Blu-ray (it’s hard not to type “DVD”).

Something I’m playing: Ooh, I got to play a few things this weekend. We played Macao on Friday night. I played Cluedo Super Sleuth for the first time in years on Saturday as well as Telestrations and Trivial Pursuit Pop Culture 2 DVD. Gabe played Princes of Florence.

Something tasty: Yummy dairy-free brownies.

Something Maddie is doing (32 months old): Well, tonight she suddenly got very cranky and clingy, and I then discovered she had over 103 degree fever. Fortunately, some ibuprofen and a bath got the fever down. We’ll probably be taking her into the doctor in the morning. I don’t know if she has what the rest of us had last week or if she has something else. Maddie tends to run high fevers when she gets sick! I introduced her to Toy Story this week. Cars is currently her favorite movie, but she now requests “Book Story” some of the time, too.

Something Cullen is doing (42 weeks old): Cullen had one of his worst nights yet on Wednesday. I have had lots of dairy lately (especially Wednesday), and I was starting to think that it is still affecting him. He hasn’t been spitting up much (though he did a bunch on Thursday morning), so it wasn’t as obvious. Until Wednesday night, I still thought that the antibiotic may have been the culprit. Since he had not had the antibiotic for a week, we can now rule that out as the sole cause anyway. Our best guess now is silent reflux. I’m almost positive that this is the case. He arches his back frequently when screaming at night (and sometimes during feedings during the day). We called the pediatrician on Thursday and started the reflux meds on Thursday night. It may take a week or two for that to help. I’ve gone back to being strict about the dairy which will be challenging during the holidays. Our nights have been a little better but still aren’t great just yet. Last night was the best yet, so I hope we are turning a corner. As of this afternoon, Cullen has a new tooth. He was cranky at some point last night, and something told me that he might be in pain. I gave him some Tylenol, and upon discovering the new tooth this afternoon, I’m glad that I did! This week, Cullen added chicken and tofu. He seems to love them both. I think he’s just happy to be able to feed himself. He will not eat any of the veggie purees. He still loves the fruit purees.

Something I am struggling with: I’m struggling with taking decent photos lately. I hope that I will be more inspired to do better over the holidays.

Something I’m looking forward to: Dinners with friends and seeing family. Thanksgiving is just around the corner!

Something random: Today while I was driving down the highway, I wondered whether anyone had hot tubs in their vehicles. Pretty random that the thought even occurred to me.

Something captured: Any photos that I got this week are still on my cameras, so I thought I’d share another one from our trip to Atlanta. My grandpa loves babies (especially great grandbabies!).

Others writing The Sunday Somethings: Audrey

Happy 9 months to Cullen!

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Any time I think that the months cannot go by any quicker, they do. Life is pretty amazing with the kiddos. It’s time for another letter to Cullen! (more…)

The Sunday Somethings, 15aug10

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Something that makes me happy: Buying clothes for the kiddos. It’s so much more fun than buying clothes for myself!

Something I’m thinking: I’m thinking that another trip to the Smithfield outlets is not in my future…perhaps ever, unless maybe I’m passing right by it on the way back from somewhere.

Something I’m hoping: I’m hoping we didn’t go overboard too badly when buying the kids’ fall wardrobe. Something tells me that we have a bit more than we will really need.

Something happening around the house: My parents came to visit this weekend. We were originally going to visit them at their house, but we had a long week and they agreed to visit us. We had a great time!

Something I’m reading: Um, let’s see. The Poky Little Puppy, Elmo Says, books about Winnie the Pooh, Richard Scarry books, snippets in Parents magazines, The Three Little Pigs, and other kids’ books. I didn’t do any reading for book club. I’m really starting to doubt that I’ll finish this month’s book.

Something I’m watching: We watched another disc of Supernatural and the finale of Hell’s Kitchen. Supernatural had a few scary episodes early in the season, but it isn’t scaring me nearly as much now. Some episodes still make me jump a bit, though! We’re still on Season 1.

Something I’m playing: Ooh, it was a great week for games! We installed the Carcassonne app on the iPhone. I’m loving it! It’s nice to play a “real” board game. I’m still playing Words with Friends. Cullen also slept long enough for us (with a few interruptions) to play Tichu with my parents! It gives us a little hope that we might be able to do “normal” things like that here and there.

Something tasty: We went out to eat with my parents and sister last night, and then we came back to the house. My mom, sister, and I went to the grocery store to get dessert. We found a dairy free brownie mix. The brownies were quite tasty!!!! It was a treat to get something chocolatey like that, since most easily accessible chocolate has milk.

Something Maddie is doing (29 months old): We went shoe shopping for her this weekend since she is outgrowing her current set of shoes. This was a very frustrating experience, and I think I’ll write up a separate post for it. She is definitely into her books these days. She wants us to read to her constantly and can sit through some lengthy stories. She talks nonstop and makes me laugh all the time. Yesterday morning, she saw Gabe putting powdered sugar on his pancakes and said, “Daddy, I want snow on my pancake!” Cute. Since we’ve been feeding Cullen, she’s very into feeding her baby doll. We got her a baby doll high chair, so she’s excited about that. And baby continues to poop all over everything (no, she is not a potty doll. My child has an active imagination). This morning, she spent a good hour with a wipe cleaning up baby’s “mess.”

Something Cullen is doing (30 weeks old): It’s been a crazy week with Cullen. He had the follow up to his bladder infection testing on Tuesday. We were hoping that they wouldn’t find anything, but they diagnosed him with kidney reflux on both sides. We won’t know much more until the appointment with the urologist later this month. We may need to get Maddie tested as it is very commonly found in siblings. I’m guessing that they will put him on a maintenance dose of antibiotics, he will have to be tested periodically, and he may require surgery if he does not outgrow the condition. In better news, we have declared that little dude is crawling! He is definitely on the move. He showed off for Nana and Papa this weekend, and I have some video to post soon. He easily can sit for lengthy periods of time. He also enjoyed some more new foods this week with the introduction of oatmeal (as a thickening agent), peaches, and butternut squash! Little Man is loving his foods! Oh, and we dismantled the co-sleeper. He hasn’t been sleeping in it for a few weeks, but it made a nice bed rail and place to put things like books. We put the Snug Tuck pillow back into place. Cullen has also slept in the pack-n-play in our room two nights in a row for a little bit at a time. There is hope.

Something I am struggling with: I’m struggling with patience as we have to wait a couple more weeks to find out more about Cullen’s kidney reflux (and find out if Maddie needs to be tested).

Something I’m doing towards my goals: I’m going to the Jack Johnson concert next Saturday!

Something I learned: Almonds are not nuts. They are a fruit.

Something I’m looking forward to: The concert with friends next Saturday.

Something random: I miss playing poker and board games sometimes, but I love the life we chose with our kids!

Something captured: We got some new camping style chairs for the kiddos.

Others writing The Sunday Somethings: Audrey

The Sunday Somethings, 18jun10

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Another weekend trip, another late Sunday Somethings. Oh well. Maybe I should just call them, “The Sometime Somethings?”

Something that makes me happy: Good photos.

Something I’m thinking: I don’t think I got many good photos from this past weekend’s beach trip.

Something I’m hoping: Shall I continue the theme? I hope that I am mistaken and I find some hidden gems on my cameras from the weekend.

Something happening around the house: The cleaners came on Friday, and then we went out of town for the weekend. You’d think that would mean our house would still be nice and clean, but you’d be wrong.

Something I’m reading: Um. I don’t know if I managed to read any of Little Earthquakes this week, but I probably read Snow White about 20 times.

Something I’m watching: More Supernatural. Some of the episodes really freak me out, like the Bloody Mary episode based on that bathroom mirror thing that little girls like to scare each other with at slumber parties. Yeah. Because of that legend, I have always been afraid of mirrors in the dark. That episode DID NOT HELP.

Something I’m playing: More Words with Friends. We got Gabe’s mom to join us this weekend.

Something tasty: Ooh, I had some apple pie at an actual restaurant that was completely dairy free. It’s rare to have a dairy free dessert!

Something Maddie is doing (28 months old): Maddie had a great time with her grandma this weekend. Her second trip to the beach went only slightly better than the first. She didn’t care for the waves or the sand. She did have a little fun building sandcastles before deciding she did not like “the beach.” She was very excited about the swimming pool and had a great time there. She also had fun looking for seashells on an evening stroll on the beach (as long as we were far from the water).

Something Cullen is doing (25 weeks old): Cullen had his first experience with the beach! He didn’t seem to mind it at all and thought that it was a fabulous place for a nap (in the shade of the cabana on the beach blanket). I think the sound of the waves lulled him to sleep. He has officially entered the Mommy stage. It’s really sweet, but it’s also demanding! At certain times, he wants to only be held by me, especially if he hears or sees (or smells) me. I remember Maddie when she was in this stage. I do love the cuddles and the fact that he loves me more than anybody else! It does feel pretty good to be so well loved.

Something I am struggling with: I struggled with taking photos this weekend. My SLR’s lenses kept fogging up and I was concerned that I was doing damage to my camera. I didn’t get the photos that I had hoped to get when we took our excursion to the beach. I was quite disappointed!

Something I learned: Wheat Thins no longer have high fructose corn syrup…well, at least some varieties of Wheat Thins. This is good news for us since we have been trying not to buy products with hfcs for a while.

Something I’m looking forward to: We have some dinners with friends and some pool time this week.

Something random: I think anyone who serves raw chicken in Hell’s Kitchen should automatically be sent home! Seriously!

Something captured: My awesome family on the beach after dinner on Saturday night.

Others writing The Sunday Somethings: Audrey

Happy 5 months, Cullen!

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

These months are going by so fast with the two kids. It’s time for another edition of letters to Cullen! (more…)