Saturday, October 29, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - a few days late

* I meant to post this then but I forgot so here it is. Oh and doesn't he look so adorable *

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

One of those days.

Yesterday was one of those days were everything that wanted to happen wouldn't and everything you didn't want to happen did. We went to the allergist in a town about an hour away to get some more of Max's vaccines. I did not realize that his egg allergy would complicate these type of things so much. On the way to the office I got lost (GB would say big surprise there, because I have the worst sense of direction ever). Then I had to get Max, my purse - which was stuffed to the brim with things to keep Max occupied, a little lunch cooler with things like turkey and cheese to make sure the wee one didn't get hungry, the binder with all of his info, my coffee cup, a styrofoam cooler with his vaccacines in it, and Clifford, of course, into the office all by myself. I am pretty sure it looked like I was going to move in.

I asked the doctor (this was the first time we saw this particular doc, because our other one was on vacation), if the flu shot was worth all this trouble and he proceeded to explain to me the harm that influenza can have on an allergy prone child. Awesome. So now I have something else to worry about. So we proceeded with the tests to see if he would be allergic to the shot because it is egg-based. The first one he passed with flying colors but I did feel sorry to the reaction his little skin had to the control prick. The second one = fail.

After discussing with the doctor, we decided to proceed with caution. This meant a tiny injection and then a long wait to make sure there was no further reaction. About the time the doctor left I looked down and noticed the giant coffee stain on my white sweatshirt. Embarassing, much? Don't worry I tried to take another sip and then spilled more. I think I ended up wearing more coffee than I drank. They only good thing that happened was that Max got almost a full dose of the vaccacine with no more reaction.

Did I mention we were there for 2 1/2 hours to get one shot? Did I mention that we were a cramped little room for 2 1/2 hours? Did I mention that my child is a wild man and that being in such a small space for that long with him and being covered in coffee about did me in? Did I mention that he did his business twice and that in my stuffed to the brim diaper bag I forgot to pack wipes? Imagine a smelly cramped room and me trying to figure out how I was going to change him and then dispose of the diaper so I wouldn't have sit in the stench forever. The nurses there were angels and brought me some wipes and helped me dispose of the diapers so nobody fainted from the nasty smell. Oh and don't worry about 5 minutes after I changed the first one, Max looked at me, ran for the corner to hide and fill another one, and then smiled when he was done.

Did I mention that I get to do this all over again in a month for his booster? Thank goodness today is a new day and so far so good. Except that the vaccine made my happy little sleeper cranky and he was up for hours in the middle of the night. But the fact that I am a couple cups of coffee into my day and Max is napping has given me a positive attitude! Today is going to be a good day.

Cuddling with Clifford before the whole process really started.

He had to take off his shirt so they could test on his back. Then I had to make sure his back didn't touch anything for 20 minutes. That was a whole lot of fun. We made it through it because he got to unload the bottom of the stroller a million times without Mommy saying No. He was a happy camper.

The skin test gave him the itchies.

Step #3 was shots in the leg after his shots in the arm. He was cruising around in just his diaper and loving it. I had to make sure there wasn't any reactions at the injection sights and no hives.

Hiding from me so he could... you know... do his business. He didn't really like the fact that there wasn't any place to hide. He is probably going to hate me or need therapy later on in life because I posted this.  I had to deal with the stink thought so I would say we are even,
One of the highlights though was the fact that the nurses couldn't get enough of him. He gave them his sweet little smiles and laughs even after they had poked him. They just kept saying how cute and adorable he is. I have to agree, but it made me wonder if there noses were working properly.

Monday, October 24, 2011

I can see it now.

It is like my child is already 13 years old and so over his Mommy. He is totally way too cool for me. 

"Mom, you are embarassing me."

"Back up, Mom. Back up."
"Seriously, Mom. You are cramping my style."
I just tried to steal a couple of smooches, but he was way to busy to give his Momma any sugar. His little personality cracks me up. Don't worry Clifford got some smooches right after Momma got denied. I know where I stand on his list of importance.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

What's new?

I find bullets an easier way to organize today so here you go.
  • I love second graders! Love them. I had a blast subbing in a second grade on Friday. I took them on a field trip and they were fabulous. Not perfect, but so much fun. They drew me pictures and wanted to sit next to me on the bus. They told me I was pretty and all in all were a great boost in my confidence. Then I got praise from the other teacher so it was a great, tiring day. I am looking forward to subbing in their class again soon.
  • Max has decided that he hates taking showers. He screams bloody murder and acts like it is the worse thing in the world. During one such incident this Saturday, his mouth was open so much from all the screaming that I saw tooth #11.
  • The above mentioned tooth and the other recent ones have changed Max lately. He is more easily angry, but he is also more of a "baby." For the first time since about August, I got to rock him to sleep and to cuddle him on my lap. He also was crawling all over the place. He has been walking for about 4 months, but he wanted to crawl everywhere. I am pretty sure that that isn't related to teething, but it was weird.
  • I fit into almost all of my prepregnancy pants. It took forever, but I am so so so excited.
  • Halloween is in a week and I can't wait to show off my little garden gnome. We have been preparing all week by rocking our Halloween attire (Max has some shirts and I have some sweet ghost socks). Don't worry I will show you Max in his cute attire in a moment.
  • I have finally become more creative in food for Max. The egg allergy had me basically shying away from everything, especially baked goods. Recently, however, I have been finding new recipes and he has enjoyed it! His new favorite is banana bread. He thinks it is lip smacking good.
Here is a little of what our last week looked like!

He is more content to sit and play! He loves to race his cars!

Mommy loves Max!

Max had a crush on the girl he met at the park! He was chasing after he the entire time we were there!

Little pumpkin belly!

Max and Clifford yoga.

They are best friends. He drags Clifford all around the house like this.

Max loves his Mummy!

Getting our outside time in because it is supposed to get cold this week! :(

Monsters are the new camo.
Have a fabulous week and thanks for making it to the bottom of my ramblings.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Soft spot.

Today while I was on early morning recess duty (I was in the second grade today, which I LOVED), I saw a dad who was watching his little daughter (who was in kindergarten) play. It was so sweet. You could tell that he wanted to protect her, but not be obtrusive. He wanted to let her grow, but still be there for here. I don't know if that it is because of our current situation that makes daddys and little ones so special to me or if I am just a sap, but I was touched.

I hope some day we have a little girl. I think GB would be an amazing daddy to a little girl and I just know how much my heart would melt to see a similar situation to the one I saw today. The parents who visibly show there love is fantastic.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Max was totally side-eyeing after we told him no throwing his food on the floor. Then proceeded to throw a major tantrum when I told him no again. Apparently throwing food on the floor sounded really awesome.

P.S. The attitude had to be inherited from GB because I totally don't have any. :P

Monday, October 17, 2011

Silly excitment.

***Warning: This blogs contains pictures of messy, food covered child.***

I have been know to be "that mom." The one that jumped up and down screeching at the top of my lungs at the grocery store when I sighted his first little tooth popping through. The one that makes a fool of herself more often than not, because of excitement over my little Man. So last night I had another moment. A moment of pride as I watched my son take one more step toward becoming a little person. You may think this is insignificant, but to me it's a big deal. Does that mean I need to get more of a life? Let me know.

I normally give Max a utensil with his dinner and try to encourage him to use it. Any attempt at me feeding my very independent child leads to him hitting the spoon or fork away and food spraying everywhere. He HAS to feed himself or a fit of epic proportion happens. So I give him the spoon or fork and he uses it as a catapult. He would have been a great addition to a castle seizing team back in the middle ages because he has some range when catapulting his food. Anyway last night he actually used it as was intended!! I was excited, cheered, jumped up and down, and basically made a fool of myself over something that may be so insignificant to some. Oh and of course I grabbed the camera so here is my mashed sweet potato covered boy.

If pictures allowed you to hear what was happening at this moment, you would hear me cheering. He was totally like "No big deal Mom."

Messy Max


Hmmmm... Try again.

Giving the right hand a try.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The dreary and the dreamy.

The past couple days have been full of tears, tiredness, slobber, snot, with a little cranky mixed in. We have three more teeth that are rearing their little ugly heads through Max's red swollen gums on top of a cold. So I have one adorable little sick boy who is more than a little miserable. I will happy when teeth number 9, 10, and 11 are all the way through and he is all the back to his smiley little self!

To counteract the crankiness, I took Max outside because he loves being out there and I wanted to snap some pictures of Max enjoying the fall. It definitely worked! He had a great time until Hayden dog knocked him over with her wild ways. After that we had to come back in and warm up and wipe away all the snot.


My cute little owl!

This looks fun!

"What's this?" which is Max's new favorite phrase. It is pretty much all he says.

This reminds me of when he was small and squishy and still a baby!

Such a sweet little grin! With more teeth coming soon!

He was so proud of himself!

Petting Hayden Dog and then she knocked him over and he cried!

We love October!
This month has been a blast so far and we like when we have fun, because the days go by quickly! With each day that passes we are one closer to seeing GB!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


What a weekend. What a fabulous weekend. My family spent it celebrating the best university ever at homecoming. There is so much pride and tradition that I could not be prouder to be a Vandal. Plus the university has a special place in my heart, because it is where GB and I met (and fell in love) as well as my parents and his. Who knows, maybe one day Max will meet his future wife there. Just the sound of the fight song brings goosebumps to my skin and watching Max clap along brings a smile to my face.
Homecoming parade!!

Walking through the most beautiful campus around!

Getting ready to cheer on the Vandals with some of Mommy's best friends and bridesmaids!

Snoozing during the game because he was so worn out!

College was so much more than a degree to me. I mbet some of the most amazing people and had great experiences. I shared tears, laughter, love, smiles, cheers, and so much more. I will never forget what U of I gave me and I couldn't be prouder of being a Vandal.

I-D-A-H-O! Idaho, Idaho, GO GO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, October 10, 2011


There have been so much growing and learning in our home recently and it is really fun to watch. The latest is the telephone. Max thinks everything can be a telephone. He places the object behind his head instead of on his ear and then repeats his version hello over and over. It kinda sounds like yo, yo, yo, yo. Then he passes the phone onto any person who is close so they can talk on it as well. This kid cracks me up. Like I said before 13 months has really been my favorite age.

All I say is ring, ring, ring and he runs to pick it up!

Thursday, October 6, 2011


I am officially employed! Max and I survived my first day of work yesterday, but oh boy did my heart melt when I walked in and he ran to me yelling "Momma" and then patted my back when I picked him up. I think that it will be a great fit for our family to have me subbing, but it makes me sad to be away from my little guy! When I was sitting in the classroom, I started daydreaming about having a class of my own and I am excited for the future.

Other changes in our life are...
  • Increase of babbling and words. For the past two days Max's new favorite word is "Yeah." This is normally said at the top of his lungs. His favorite thing to do is stand below the grape bowl and stand there pointing and screaming YEAH until someone gives him a grape. I am interested to see what his next favorite word will be.
  • Fall. It is hard to believe that less three weeks ago we were in the 80s. I am loving that the leaves are changing and the weather is changing. Plus I am wearing my Halloween socks so that must mean Fall is here.
  • Wheels on the Bus. Max has started mimicking so much more than he used to. He does the motions for the Wheels on the Bus going round and round as well as the wiper on the bus going swish swish swish. My kid is just like his dad so social. We go to Books & Babies at the library every week and he has to go up to every kid and "talk" to them, which is so precious to watch.
I think 13 months is my favorite age so far!
Here is to the changes in life and embracing them with open arms and a smile on your face!