Thursday, June 24, 2010

Visit to the doctor

Sigh. The kids just recently had their birthdays. So you know what that means? Time to visit the doctor for their check-up. This is one of those things that I truly believe is worse for me that it is for them. All day today I was dreading this. Emmett has historically behaved pretty poorly when at the doctor... from not listening, to not letting the doctor do anything, to not even wanting to be weighed. And just the thought of wrangling him and Molly at the same time is enough to provoke a little anxiety.

Here is where husband helps save the day. Last night at bedtime he told Emmett a story about going to doctor and how he showed Molly how it is not bad at all and how he would get a milkshake afterwards if he was good. So when I finally mentioned today that we had to go to doctor, I was prepared for him to lose it,. But he said, "Oh, just like Daddy said! Ok!" Phew, first obstacle down. I wouldn't have to force him to the car!

Then, taking pity on me, husband agreed to head home from work a little early so he could come the appointment with me. Thank goodness! I had a feeling this was going to need one-to-one defense. Arrive at the office and all is good, kids play nicely with toys in the waiting room.

Then, 45 minutes later we get called back (Don't you think it would be nice if they could call parents of small children if they are running more than 30 minutes behind so you don't have them bouncing off the walls of the waiting room for an hour? Just a thought). Molly was starting to lose a little patience, but not too bad. Emmett got weighed and measured willingly! However, they wanted to do a blood pressure on him. As soon as the cuff started to tighten up, he freaked out. I thought it would pass, but he just got worse. So, we had to pull it off before they got a reading. Took him a little while to settle down from that, but he was ok.

(Oh, and Emmett is about 50th percentile for weight and height, and Molly is slightly below 50th percentile weight, height and head circumference).

Once we got into the exam room, both kids did pretty well. (Molly was getting a little hungry and grumpy, but ok) Emmett actually did amazing and let the doctor check his eyes, ears, everything without any hestitation! Awesome, a big change since last year!  And even Molly really didn't fuss too much when getting checked out. Then the shots. We got some crying as you can imagine, but honestly the both settled down very quickly afterwards. And everyone is doing great both physically and developmentally! Even though the kids did pretty good, I am so glad there was 2 of us there because it really would have been difficult to handle both them when they needed comforting.

So all in all, a fairly good visit. But, still, I am really glad that is done for a while!

Emmett got his strawberry milkshake. And mom got a chocolate one.

Oak Tree Drama

Scene: My house, 3am
Boom! (Windows rattle)

Me: Did you hear that?

Husband: (asleep) What? Hear what?

Me: You didn't hear that?

Husband: No

Me: (waits, hears nothing more, puts head back down on pillow) Oh well.

Scene: My house 6:20 am
I get in my car at the back of the house heading to work, pull around to front of house, see source of last evening's boom.

Me: Oh my gosh!!!

And this is what I see:

A limb the size of a regular tree fell off our 200 year old oak tree. Apparently, a good bit of it was rotted. I am a little concerned about the health of the rest of the tree, so I think we will have an Arborist come check it out soon.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Dreaming of vacation

One month til vacation. Sunset Beach.
I need some rest and relaxation!!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Garden Explosion!

Ok, prepare for a bunch of pictures of vegetables. I know, you can't stand the excitement, can you? In order to be properly amazed by these pictures, first visit this post of the garden a few weeks after planting. Now, note that these pictures were taken a mere 19 days ago. Can you believe the difference?

Here is what we picked yesterday.
Some of those cukes are supposed to be pickling cukes, but they got a little out of hand!

Banana peppers



Molly and the cucumber plants




The wide view

More tomatoes

There are so many reasons to love a garden. You connect with your food and your seasons. You get great tasting organic veggies. And my favorite reason is that you get your kids involved. Emmett has really enjoyed digging in the dirt, planting seeds, and see what grows in the garden. The only challenge is that we just don't have enough time to weed as we should so the grasses have invaded the garden a bit. Oh well, some things you just have to let go when you have pre-schoolers. It is definitely still worth the effort to have a garden.

Friday, June 18, 2010

more baby things to mention

Here are a few other things I think are worth mentioning....

The Baby Bjorn bib. This bib is great in that it is easily wipable, has a pocket that stays open, and it is a relatively firm plastic, so it doesn't flop around. The only downside is that unlike the Kiddopotamus bib (see this post about the Kiddopotamus bib and other favs), the latch not secure enough to keep it from been ripped off by a child who is done with the bib. The Kiddopotamus bib latches in such a way that prevents that. However, it is in the top 2 of my bib rotation.
Have I mentioned the Graco SnugRider Infant Car Seat Stroller frame? If you have a Graco infant car seat, I just don't see any reason to buy any other this. It's inexpensive, lightweight, easy to open and to maneuver, and has good storage. You can easily move baby to stroller without disturbing them as well.

This next item is for both form and function. The See Kai Run Smaller shoes. Aren't these shoes so cute? This is the Hadley style (which I think is not available now, but they have tons of other cute styles). I like these toddler shoes because they are very cute (even have cute style names), flexible, and they have rubber grippy things on the bottom so your child won't slid around. And while I do like Pedipeds as well, they don't have the grippys on the bottom, and that was a big selling point for me.

(And by the way, no one has asked me to do these reviews, just my two cents from one mom to another.)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

I found a new place to go for a tasty treat! Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt in Chapel Hill. I went after seeing a post on the blog, "Notes From a Mom in Chapel Hill". And by the way, if you live in the Triangle area, this blog is great for parents. All different places to take your kids are described and reviewed on this site. Check it out. Click here for her post on Orange Leaf.

They have several different flavors to choose from... I got a little of Original Tart (which I loved!), Peanut Butter, and chocolate. They were all good. Emmett got Strawberry which I tasted and was surprised at just how strawberry-ish it was! The toppings bar had a lot to choose from, however, I didn't get any this time. Emmett got strawberries and chocolate chips. You could even get chocolate sauce, caramel, or whipped cream. But be careful! Price is determined by weight so if you fill up your bowl too high, you may end up paying a good bit. It was $7.20 for both of ours.
You can see all their flavors and toppings at their website.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

blog block

Yes, I know, it's been a while. But, it has not been for lack of trying. I have opened up the blog a few times to just end up sitting there with a blank screen. I just haven't been inspired. And it is also not for a lack of things going on. However, I wondered if everyone would be that interested in me reporting on the latest events? But, I guess we should catch up.

Since you last heard from me, we have celebrated Emmett's 4th birthday and Molly's 1st.

We also celebrated Seth's sister's graduation from high school by going to their house outside of Charlotte for graduation and a party (with a nice stop at Ikea on the way back). (I really like my Tjusig shoe bench by the way).

And I got a new job! Exciting and scary that I will be leaving my current job which I have been doing for 5 years, but I think this a good opportunity that will allow me to be more involved in working on women's and children's health research.

Then, just recently, Molly has 3 or 4 teeth coming in, and 3 of us have had a sinus cold.

Phew! Alot going on! Maybe that's why I haven't had time to ponder deeper thoughts to share with you.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Small Pleasures

In our house, we only have 2 bathrooms. Which means the kids bathroom is also the guest bathroom. As you can imagine, this can pose some challenges in accommodating both adult and child. Our 4 year old still uses his kid size toilet seat. And out of all them, I like this one by Baby Bjorn. It is well designed and easy to use.

But it can be messy, and is not very inviting for the adult guest to remove. Or for our son to replace when he is in a hurry. Hence, my new purchase: the Kohler Transitions toilet seat.

It has a lid, kid size seat, and adult seat. Perfect! Easier to clean!
No moving around another seat.

Sometimes it is the small things.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Celebration time

Within about a two week span, we have my birthday, our anniversary, Memorial Day, Molly's birthday, and Emmett's birthday! Lot's of reasons to celebrate.

I am very lucky to have the family I do, and all these celebrations remind me of that. We are happy, healthy, have food to eat and a nice house. We have no debt besides our house. We both have good jobs.

Life is good.