Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas Fun

I could have SWORN we took way more pictures, but I guess we were too busy having fun! :P
Jake could have played in the wrapping paper ALL day if we'd let him.
Cameron got a super-cool wagon from Grandma, that mom and Uncle Daren had to put together....so Uncle Daren got one of the first rides! :)
Just for fun, here's a picture of Jake's new favorite place to roll (we're not QUITE crawling yet, but rolling around gets the job done.) We've found him under the coffee table SO many times....silly boy.
And on our picture taking night, I laid on the floor with the boys for some fun shots....here's ONE. :)

Monday, December 29, 2008

Post Holiday Blah....

Christmas was VERY fun and wonderful for our family. Christmas Eve Steve's brother and girlfriend came to visit and see the cool Christmas lights here. Then we vegged out at home Christmas morning until Cam was played out (Jake totally LOVED the wrapping paper WAY more than any of the toys he got...) and then we spent the afternoon/evening at my parents' house.
Cameron got everything he wanted, except more presents. And Jake was happy just getting wrapped up boxes. Honestly, I think the boys were very SPOILED this Christmas and will not need so many things NEXT year! ;)
Now we're done with the Christmas stuff. The carols aren't playing on the radio any more, the tree has been taken down and boxed up for next year (Jake was rolling under the tree pulling things off INCLUDING branches...and we have a fake tree!) and the snow is beginning to get old. Cam asks me constantly whether he can go back to school yet, and I tell him, "Only one more week...." He has been counting down! Silly boy!
I know the next holiday is New Year's, but really, I won't have my honey around. And I'm VERY bummed out about it. He has to close both days and I won't see him unless I stare at him while he sleeps.
But I guess things could always be worse. The kids are healthy, I'm healthy and we're surviving. But I do miss the anticipation that Christmas brings!
(And just for your information, I DO have pictures of the boys with Christmassy things, but I forgot to bring my camera with me....SORRY! Those should follow shortly, I hope!)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas from my family to yours! :)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

A Night At Home

We stayed home with a camera and some Santa hats, and here's the results:

And after ALL that work, we FINALLY got a cute picture!

How much fun can one family have? :)

Friday, December 19, 2008

ADHD, Why Yes, We DO Know What That Is...

Cameron had his doctor's appointment yesterday for ADHD testing, and yes, (no shock here) he DOES have it. Doctor O recommended lots of things, but the initial thing was starting the boy on meds. I did a lot of running around last night to get them, but we are set (for now!)
I gave him his first dose this morning (with him freaking out a bit before he took it) and he swallowed it in 2 tries. (YAY!) Then within an hour I noticed a HUGE change in my child. HUGE! Normally, Cam will go up and down the stairs multiple times, bother me or his dad OR his brother, beg to play the DS for a while or do other things. But normally, he's on the move. Today? He ate his breakfast, then sat on the couch and watched cartoons until the bus came. That was IT! It was huge!!
Then today when I checked him out for the holiday break, his teacher reported on his day. All of the teachers noticed a difference in the boy. He was mellow and very laid back. They did notice him getting back to his "Cameron" self around lunchtime, but they were cooped up in the classroom and it was kinda crazy anyway. But soon after lunch was over, he was mellow again.
I'm hoping that this will help the boy focus more on his school work and mellow out. (Which as of now, a few hours out, it IS working!)
Thank heaven for modern medicine!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Nice Bandaids...

Yes, this may be considered a TMI for some, but I'm in major pain and I just HAVE to share!!
All weekend long, Jake has been teething and a few times has used me as his teether. Sunday after church, I was trying to nurse the boy and he bit down on me SO hard that it drew blood. There was blood on his face and in his mouth. I just about threw the kid across the room from instant pain. Instead I swatted the kid's mouth and said, "YOU DON'T BITE ME!!"
Yeah, I know....not the BEST way of handling the situation, but I reacted!
Needless to say the kid cried and cried for nearly a half hour straight. He was inconsolable!! I was pretty miserable!
Thankfully, my other son, who was more than willing to find me a bandaid for my "owie" went on the search. Instead I grabbed the breast pad and pressed on it. After a little while I pulled it off and noticed that it really soaked up the blood pretty well. Nice bandaid! ;)
Anyway, today I've been trying to pump on that side and let him nurse exclusively on the other side, but I was SO engorged that I just HAD to nurse him, just to relieve the pressure. Thankfully, his tooth broke through and he's not biting anymore. But I have a feeling it will take me a while to recover from this owie.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Dear Santa....for Adults

So I've been thinking about what we could ask Santa for....if he could truly give us what we REALLY want. Here's my list. Enjoy.
  • Bills paid in full. (Wouldn't THAT be nice!?)
  • Happy, HEALTHY children.
  • Peace....not just on Earth, but in my home too.
  • Calorie Free chocolate.
  • Housekeeper....FREE of charge! ;)
  • If I can't have a housekeeper, then a self-cleaning bathroom. (Bathrooms are my WORST chore! BLECH!)
  • A working computer at my house. (Have I mentioned that I really REALLY miss my computer?)
  • A piano.
  • A home of my own that I can afford.
  • No more PMS, please!
  • Obedient Children.
  • A full night's sleep.
  • A skinny body! ;)
  • Happiness.

So if you could ask Santa for ANYTHING and get it, what would YOU ask for!?

Dear Santa

Today Cameron wrote his annual Santa letter....ALL BY HIMSELF!! I was so proud of him! (I did have to spell out the words for him, but he wrote it out.)
I was pretty brain-dead and didn't get a copy of it, but here's what it said:
"Dear Santa
Can you bring me Sorry? So I can play with my mom and dad. Thanks.
Cameron "
I've been trying to remind him that he really does want Sorry for Christmas and not something else....anyone else have that problem? ;)
We went to the big Santa mailbox in town to mail it, and the opening was screwed shut. I REALLY hope they unscrew it soon....otherwise I don't know what I'll do with it.

Monday, December 08, 2008


I've been having SUPER vivid dreams lately. They're totally random too. Let me share! :)
A few nights ago I had a dream that I was helping the Obamas move into the White House. (Don't know WHY they'd pick me, I can't even decorate my own house decently!) My friend was with me too. Michelle Obama had decided that because the country was in a recession that they were going to make do with all of the old furniture that was currently in the building. And apparently in my dreams the Bushes are SUPER destructive people, because everything was in some state of disrepair. We were walking through the living room trying out special couch cover that was red, white and blue with a teal ruffle. (Yeah, see, you DON'T want me decorating your house, now do you!?) We were trying to get this all figured out now and we discovered holes in the couch covers. I think my friend mentioned that we should just leave the couches as they were, but I pointed out some huge chunks of foam that was missing from the very 70-ish GOLD couches.
In the end my dream was pretty good. It just stopped, mostly because I had to feed a whimpering baby, but my overall opinion of the Obamas (in my dream) was that they were very thrifty and nice. It was like they were my best friends. (I know....I'm CRAZY!!!!)
The other dream I had was last night. I dreamed that I went to rent a video from a video store just down the street from where my husband works. (Not that we even RENT movies anymore, but you know, it must have been a movie that we just HAD to see!) Anyway, I was without Steve and had both boys with me. I was supposed to take Jacob to his doctor's appointment (which he really had today) and I was going to just get this before I went to the office. While I was getting the movies, some masked men came inside wielding guns to rob the place. I threw myself onto the floor covering the boys with my body and was terrified. The men walked past us just as my cell phone rang. And according to the ring it was Steve. I grabbed the phone to silence it, but the men held the gun to my head and demanded that I give them the phone, which I did.
After they were done, which was pretty fast, I stood up to leave and noticed that I was late for the doctor. I was grabbing other people's phones to call so I could keep my appointment time, but I couldn't remember the phone number.
Yes, I've been having weird dreams....I wonder if it was something I've been eating!?
And as a quick update on Jake's progress, he now weighs 19 pounds 7 ounces and is about the same height. (They said that they can't get an accurate measurement when the kids are wiggly...so he may be more...) He's doing well and the doctor had no concerns.
Both boys DID have to get shots though....fun for mama?? Actually, not too bad. Cameron freaked out and cried longer than Jake did (who was done second...) Both boys seem content and happy now, 3 hours later! Thank heaven!

Friday, December 05, 2008


It's an exciting day! My friend, Mattsmom, had her 3rd little baby today. A beautiful little girl!
Congrats mama and daddy!!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

What to Say?

I can't tell you the number of times I've had perfect strangers come up to me and comment on how "gorgeous" my baby is. Now, don't take this to mean I'm bragging, because I'm just trying to make a point.
My point is, why do have these comments now and when I had Cameron I had very few? Not to say that Cam didn't get his fair share of, "look how cute that baby is" comments, but Jake seems to get WAY more.
Is it bad to feel sorry for Cam? He's a cute boy, but he definitely does look different from his brother. People will comment, and I wonder if it hurts his feelings.
Raising these two boys has been such an eye-opener for me. I've definitely noticed the things people have told me for years about Cameron's delays...only because I now see Jake's typical tendencies.
Jacob will be 6 months old on Saturday, and he can already roll around, scoot, sit by himself (well, for a few seconds anyway....probably no longer than a minute....), babble, make raspberries and the list goes on and on. When Cameron was this age it was SO different. And I mourn the fact that my little Cam is not typical.
On top of these non-typical behaviors, I hear over and over how good looking my other baby is.
What can I say?
I've even had some people mention to me that we should enter Jake into a "pretty baby" contest (which we will be doing soon....) But how do I make Cameron feel just as loved and as involved?
It's all so hard!