Where do I start?

I think about blogging everyday.  But, there never seems to be time.  From now on, I am going to strive to MAKE time.  This is a blog for my children to have as a documentary of their lives, and it is an injustice to them if I do not commit myself to keep it updated.  Over the past several months, I have jotted down notes of milestones and events in their lives, and I hope to find the time to transfer them to this blog so everything is in one place.  But, for now I am going to start by telling about how our lives are now. 

Mason got tubes 2 days ago and I’m so glad that it is done and over with.  He has been plagued with ear infections almost the entire summer.  On Sept 29, he had a double ear infection and was put on awful antibiotics, Augmentin, that caused the worst diaper rash I have ever seen.  Then, we went to the ENT for a tube evaluation 2 weeks later and he still had the ear infection.  More antibiotics were prescibed and a week later he got tubes.  the doctor said his ears were STILL infected on monday when he got the tubes!  So, I know we did the right thing by getting the procedure done now instead of waiting.  My mom had to come down on Sunday night and spend the night in order to take Mackenzie to daycare Monday morning.  We had to be at the surgery center at 7:15, and had to leave the house at 6:30.  Everything went very smoothly.  It’s always funny to watch the kids get the relaxation medicine about 30 minutes before they are taken back to surgery.  It relaxes them and gets them acting “like a drunk frat boy” as our nurse said.  He was so out of it, he didn’t even know that a strange lady picked him up and carried him away from us.  Thankfully, he did not have to have his adenoids removed like Mackenzie did when she had the procedure.  When they let us go back to see him, he was relaxing and drinking water.  He was very woozy but he was not upset or crying.  He was completely different from how Mackenzie was after her tube surgery. She was mad and extremely upset.  On the way home, Mason kept drinking water and ate some cheerios.  He got really fussy for a little while and then he threw up all over himself.  We think that was a result of him crying and not anything to do with the procedure.  We got him home and cleaned up.  Then, I fed him a bottle and he went right to sleep.  He slept from 10 to 12 and then woke up happy as could be.  He was still a little wobbly from the anesthesia, but we had a great afternoon playing and snuggling.  By 6:00 that night, he was exhausted and ready for bed.  After dinner and baths, we put him down at 6:45 and had to wake him up the next morning at 7:30!  He has a little bit of a bloody discharge coming out of his ears, but they said that is normal for the first 2 or 3 days.  Hopefully that will clear up by tomorrow. 

We had a wonderful weekend!  We took the kids to a little fall festival in Davidson and Mackenzie had a blast dancing to the music and playing the games.  She rode a pony and loved doing the cake walk with daddy. They got balloon animals and she got some little toys from the go fish and duck pond games.  Mason is still a little too young to be able to participate so he just watched from the stroller.  Saturday afternoon, we went to a park and the kids ran around on the big open soccer fields.  Mackenzie had a blast playing on the playground and had a huge fit when we had to go home.  But, I was proud of her because she did great peepeeing in the public bathrooms.  At the carnival she even had to go in a porta potty!  On Sunday, Mackenzie and I went to the grocery store that morning and we all took a nice walk around the neighborhood and played in the yard that afternoon.  The neighborhood has brought in a herd of goats to try to eat up the kudzu that is growing in some natural areas. So, we walked over to the goats.  The kids loved watching them.  Mackenzie started singing Old Macdonald when she was watching them.  Except it sounds more like “Ah Magummy.”  It’s so cute. 

Mason is growing up and changing so fast.  I already miss my baby and have been getting sad a lot lately thinking that they both are so big and I don’t know where the time went.  He is in 18-24 month clothes and size 5 diapers.  He has 10 teeth – 4 on top, 2 on bottom, and all 4 one year molars.  But, when he smiles, it’s not a toothy grin.  So, you never really get a good glimpse of all his teeth.  He is always ready to go to bed by 7:00 every night.  You ask him if he is ready for night night, and he walks right over to the bottom of the stairs and stands at the gate.  It’s so cute.  He drinks 2 7-8 ounce bottles a day.  One at naptime around 12:00 and one at bedtime.  He loves his muno doll from Yo Gabba Gabba.  He also loves his pacifiers.  But, I don’t think he is as attached to them as Mackenzie was at his age.  He usually throws them back in his crib when I get him up from nap or in the mornings.  He has finally become a great sleeper.  You can lay him down awake and you never hear a peep from him.  He can sign all done, ball, and please.  He can also say mama, dada, and moo for the cow noise.  I know it’s not much, but it’s so much more than Mackenzie was doing at this age.  She never even said her first animal sound until she was 18 months old.  So, I’m ecstatic that he is saying words at 14 months! He loves to climb and just got tall enough to climb on the coffee table.  He also loves to climb on Mackenzie’s bed and play with her books and blankets.  His favorite place to play is in the little kitchen with the pots and pans.  He also loves books.  But, there is hardly ever a chance to read books with him because Mackenzie gets jealous and wants to sit in my lap instead of him.  He is a great eater and loves his milk.  His favorite thing is the snack trap cup filled with cereal or goldfish.  If he is eating out of it and you try to take it away, he gets a death grip on it and when you do pry it out of his hands, he starts screaming.  Lately, every morning on the way to school, I fill up the snack trap with cheerios and that entertains him all te way to school.  Most of the time, he isn’t really even eeating them.  He just likes to hold it!  There are very few foods he doesn’t like.  He isn’t very fond of blueberries and he refuses to eat Mcdonalds nuggets or hamburgers.  But, he loves most anything else.  He gets very upset if you hold up a banana or yogurt and don’t give it to him immediately.  We haven’t worked very much with spoons and forks, but the time is coming soon.  he went through a phase where he was throwing his food on the floor a few weeks ago, but that has seemed to pass for the most part.  He loves his mommy and I think it’s the sweetest thing when I’m sitting on the floor and he walks over to me, turns around, and plops down in my lap.  If I ask for a hug, he walks over and gives me a big hug.  He also gives the best slobbery open mouth kisses.  Mackenzie never did catch on to doing kisses, so I love that I can get baby kisses from him!

Mackenzie – wow there is so much to write about.  She is a little firecracker these days. She is a sponge and always doing or saying something new or funny.  She has been in big girl panties at daycare for about a month now.  And, she is doing great!  She rarely ever has pee accidents.  She still does number 2 in her panties, but that will take time.  Last weekend, she went all day on sunday with no accidents at all!  She even pooped in the potty.  She still has pull ups on at nap and bedtime. And, she never tells us when she has to pee. We just have to be sure to make her go every hour or so.  Last friday, I had to take her to the doctor because she said her private parts were hurting.  She was even crying out in pain.  Her apointment was at 11:00 so I picked her up from school at 10:30. She had been playing outside and was asking for water.  I stopped by a gas station to get her a little sports bottle of some sort since I didn’t have a sippy cup.  I got her a little sports bottle with some kind of blue flavored kids drink.  SHe had never had a cup like that and thought it was so cool.  By the time we drive the 5 miles to the doctor, she had drank the whole thing.  It was good because I figured she would need to give a pee sample at the dr.  She did pee in the potty at the doctor and we could put it in a cup.  Doctor siad she had a bacterial infection and to put this gel down there twice a day (yeah right, that has turned out to be impossible) and she also has excema on her face.  Anyway, when we left the doctor, she went to the potty again.  We stopped by Mcdonalds before taking her back to daycare because she had missed lunch. We ordered and had just sat down in a booth with our food when she looked up at me and said “peepee in my pants.”  I panicked because she had never had an accident in a public place.  But, I casually wiped it up off the seat, gathered up our food, and walked us out to the car.  Thankfully I had grabbed her bag at daycare that had extra clothes.  i changed her and then we walked back inside and finished lunch. 

Mackenzie is turning into a little girl more and more everyday.  All she wants to do is help. If I’m in the kitchen, she says “I help mommy” and brings her little chair in there to stand on.  She really just wants to watch and be with me, which I never say no to.  Also, she is a great helper with the laundry.  She puts the clothes in the dryer for me when I’m getting them out of the washing machine.  Last weekend, Richie taught her how to fold rags, and now she can do it perfectly?  On Sunday, I was folding clothes and there were no rags for her to fold.  So I showed her how to fold her and Mason’s pants.  She kept pointing out which ones had pockets and which ones didn’t.  Then she picked up a pair of Richie’s underwear and said “daddy has poppets too!” and she stuck her hand in the fly part of his underwear.  I just started laughing.  She can count to 20 but she always skips 4 and 5 for some reason.  And the teens all sound the same.  She says tih-teen, tih-teen, tih-teen, twenty!  She also loves to sing.  She sings twinkle twinkle, happy birthday, the wheels on the bus, the abcs, and some others that I don’t know but that she must know from school.  She loves to watch youtube videos on the iphone or ipad.  We are going to have to start limiting her time spent watching that stuff.  But, there is a firetruck song that she watches over and over, and she has actually learned a lot of the words just from the video.  She is one of the boys in her class at school.  She went to her first little friend’s party a few weeks ago at a local zoo, and it had been raining earlier that day.  She and all the other boys got all muddy on the playground while all the other girls shied away from it.  In the past week, she has really gotten into kissing and hugging her friends bye.  last week, she kissed a boy goodbye and he proceeded to wipe his cheek off afterward.  it was so cute.  Yesterday, her friend Jake kissed her goodbye when he left.  And, she kissed another boy goodbye when she left.  Then, she had to kiss the scarecrow and the bunny figurine goodbye too.  She is getting really good at brushing her teeth – or at least she is more cooperative at letting me brush her teeth for her.  She says “I wuv wu” which melts our hearts.  She has problems with pushing Mason and her friends down, but I think she is getting better.  AT least Mason seems to not mind it.  sometimes, he just laughs and gets right back up.  I need to make a list of the words and phrases she says and her pronunciation of words.  She definitely has her own language.  She is a pretty good eaer.  She loves fruit snacks (her “gummies”), juice, any kind of yogurt, she particularly likes the kind from gerber that doesn’t have to be refrigerated. She calls it “white wo-wurt” because the container is white.  She also loves grapes and oranges.  She likes to get fruit cups and drink the juice after she has eaten all the fruit.

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