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Mylestones: 11 Months

Only one more month to go before the BIG ONE! This month was another tough one for Mr. M. He got an ear infection while we were visiting my family for Mother’s Day weekend, so we got the lovely experience of treating our sick little one while out-of-town. A few days after that, he was teething like mad one day and just miserable. Cranky, high temp, fussy and a nice short-lived (luckily) bout of not wanting to nurse. A few days later, another ear infection. Add that to being treated for pertussis and, well, you’ve pretty much said it all. What, pertussis you say? You mean WHOOPING COUGH? Yup, that’s the one. Three of the four of us have been treated for it, actually. Apparently there’s an outbreak occurring in our area and wouldn’t you know which family was one of the lucky ones to possibly contract it? I’m pretty sure we are the center target for all these crazy illnesses these days. If all this sickness leaves us happy and healthy during the summer months, then bring it on…if not, well, let’s just say this is NOT the summer for anyone to be sick. Please God.  

Ah, sweet little adorable Myles, you’ve been up to so much this month. One day you thought it would be fun to carry your toy truck all the way up all the stairs. Such a strong, determined little guy you are. You pull up on every thing, walk with cute little chubby leg struts when daddy holds you up, cackle laugh with your big sis, babble to yourself while you sit in your jumperoo, and screech when you see Elmo anywhere (on TV, books, at the store…). And are you crafty. One day Dadda and I watched you procure a big pink ball from behind your jumperoo without hitting your head or falling over. Such a little discoverer you are! You’ve been eating up a storm. I sometimes wonder if you are stuffing your food down the side of your high chair you eat it up so fast.

I think your words so far consist of Dada and Clap. Although these seem to have fallen by the wayside as you learn so many new skills. Talking is definitely not high on your list of things to do right now. We love how you wave at everything and your blue-eyed smile is quite possibly one of the best things to be seen.

Tonight we watched you take your first few unsupported, wobbly little steps in the living room. How fitting that it was on your 11 month milestone date. Before you strut off into your newfound world of discovery, we’ll take this time to admire your chubby baby-arm crease, the way you snuggle into our shoulders for a cuddle, the fact that you still wear onesies, those cute open-mouthed baby kisses, the sweet smell of your babyfine hair as you sleep your baby slumber next to us, and of course, your chubby baby hands that will grow more and more into toddler hands as the days pass.

Pretty soon we’ll be wishing you a Happy 1st Birthday, Mr. M. Until then, this mommy’s got a lot of planning to do. Enjoy your last month of babyhood ’cause you’re soon on your way to being a full-fledged toddler!

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Mylestones: 10 Months

Ah, sweet baby M, you are learning to do so many things! He climbs up stairs, stands for brief moments all by himself, claps his hands, smiles and laughs all the time, eats “real” food (and poops “real” poops)…yup, just about the only thing he doesn’t do is say MAMA. He’s got DADA down pat and will occasionally repeat it when asked. Mention the M word and you get the blank stare. It will come, I know, but S said mama on her own around 9 months and I’m so eager to hear him say it!

The big 10-month mark…so close to the big ONE mark. At his 9 month check-up, he weighed 23.4 lbs. and was 29 inches. Back ON the charts, as our pedi put it. He’s still in size 12 month clothes and size 3 dipes…he’s been holding steady on those for awhile now. Two more teeth have been added this month, which was oh so fun. He does not handle teething well. With S, I barely knew she was getting new teeth, didn’t make a peep! This one lets you know, poor guy.

His favorite toy right now is…well, ALL of them. He goes on a toy tipping, tearing, knocking down, banging together rampage all the time when he plays. I’ve decided just not to clean up after him until the day is done because it’s so not worth it. It will be messy again as soon as I clean everything up.

On the health front, M has been doing ok this month. He had a few weeks to recover when we were home for spring break and has only had a cold since returning to daycare. He did have a stomach bug on Friday night which was not pleasant and added an extra load to our washing machine’s weekend duty, but he seems to have recovered from that, thank goodness.

It’s been a very active month for Mr. M. I know he’s just going to keep on moving from here on out! In closing, I leave you with the “photo shoot dismount”:

ta da!

 

Mylestones: 9 Months

Look who’s getting bigger! More and more like a toddler every day. He pulls up, bends down, opens cabinets, explores everything, picks up cheerios with his fingers, babbles, laughs and interacts with us in so many fun ways. Not one to be held captive on the monthly chair photo shoots, either. I might have to tie him down next month…

This month was a tough one, ladies and gentlemen!  As I looked at our whiteboard command center calendar on our fridge, just about every day had a little “x” mark on it, meaning M had his daily dose of antibiotics (or THREE daily doses as in the case of the most recent antibiotic…don’t get me started). The poor guy couldn’t catch a break. Sinus infection, colds, double EI’s…ugh. We are now down to ONE MORE DAY of antibiotics and according to our wonderful pedi, we should be clear for awhile. I took him in AGAIN today due to a 101.5 degree fever that he spiked last night. Joked with Dr. E that we were back for our weekly visit and found out that devilmedicine was in fact doing it’s job and cleared up those little ears. That was the good news. The not so good was just the fact that Myles is suffering from yet another cold virus. At least we don’t have to do the 3 shot series.

Ah, so much for the sickkies. Hoping that these next two weeks out of daycare will help M stay away from the germies and start feeling better! What? Two weeks out of daycare? Why, yes, our spring break is quickly approaching. And not a moment too soon. So many fun things planned for M and his big sis. We’ve got trips to the zoo, picnics and of course, a special celebration for big daddy-o, who will be celebrating a milestone birthday himself. Yes, indeed we’ve got some plans!

So, besides the germie bugs, M has been on the move, exploring every square inch of our house and finding all kinds of new things to get in to. He loves our TV stand, which houses some super safe GLASS doors that are apparently so much fun to open and close. Oh, and then there’s the carbon monoxide detector plugged in to the wall. That’s really fun to take OUT of the wall and listen to the hysterical beeping and siren-like sound. Yup…funners.

He’s been trying new table foods, seems to love the fruits we give him, but has a strong liking for BROCCOLI! I love watching him eat the little tiny buds, it’s so cute! He’s been taking baths in the real tub now and loves splashing around. I can’t wait to sign him up for swimming lessons this summer. He still has a strong bond with his big sis. They love playing the “gookie” game, which is something S invented. It reminds me of the “near and far” skit on Sesame Street with Grover. S comes bopping along into the room and yells “GOOKIE!” at the top of her lungs and Myles cackles/laughs hysterically. S exits the room. Rinse. Repeat. About a million times. So much fun.

Another fun thing for M has been stroller rides. He loves to just chill out and be pushed along, epecially in this nice weather we’ve been having. I have a feeling he’ll be a-walkin’ soon. Look out world, here he comes!

Hello…Is This Thing On?

tap tap. Ah, poor neglected blog. Much like many other poor, neglected things in my life right now. My house, the yard, my weight loss program…the list goes on. There is just not enough time in the day or in the weekend for that matter. In an attempt to have ONE “What have we been up to?” post in between the Mylestone updates (which I seriously have to force myself to write…no time, no time!), I give you the D Family events recap:

We’ve been sick. That’s about it in a nutshell. I know, how boring.  J with bronchitis, me with some form of sinus infection, M with double EIs and now S, off to the doctor today with daddy after complaining at night that her ear hurt, is the likely next candidate for some antibiotics. We’ve spent more money at Wags this past month than I care to admit (although most of that comes off of our Benny card…love that!). It seems that as soon as the nice weather hit, we all caught a bug of some kind.

Speaking of the weather, how glorious to have 70/80 degree temps in MARCH! Yup, good ‘ol WI weather, sure never know what to expect. Once I heard the forecast for the week, I dove into closets and boxes and started pulling tags off of all the kids’ summer clothes. It was so much fun. Seriously. I LOVE getting them ready for new seasons and pulling out all my bargin finds.

S has been enjoying all things outdoors…chalk, trips to the park, walks on the nature trail, backyard fun. And Myles has taken his first swing at the park and discovered the weirdness of grass. He’s totally perplexed by it, it’s really kind of funny.

This early summer-like weather has me thinking of all the fun things we want to do this summer. Trips up north, swimming lessons, storybook ballet (S is totally game for another round!), library trips, setting up the pool in the backyard, strawberry picking, etc., etc. Oh, and one big birthday bash for a certain little man who will be turning ONE and a special little lady turning FOUR. Yeah, mommy’s been planning some splashy good fun (in all my spare time). And with spring break quickly approaching (thank gawd!), I’m hoping this weather streak will continue and we can partake in picnics and trips to the zoo and all kinds of outdoor fun things very soon! 

So, not much of an exciting read, but it makes me feel better to get a post out there. And what would a post be without some pics of the kiddos? ‘Til next time…

the cracker clan

mmm…mangoes. and dare I say “I’ll have the roast duck with the mango salsa” in my best caveman voice?

S’s new picnic table courtesy of our awesome neighbors!

Mylestones: 8 Months

Yup, the little man is a whole whopping 8 months. Time is sure flying by…pretty soon we’ll be celebrating his first year birthday and I’ll be a blubbering mess that my little baby is not so much a baby anymore, but a little  tiny person. But before we leap too much ahead in time, let’s update about what Myles learned this past month.

He discovered his ability to pull up. On everything. All he wants to do is stand at the coffee table, the tv stand or his music table and slap his hands down and give us that contented cough/laugh like he knows he’s doing something special. I have a feeling that he’ll be walking before his first birthday (S’s milestone date).  His highchair eating habits are improving and he has tried a sippy cup but hasn’t really caught on how to use it yet. Puffs are becoming interesting for him and he’s basically tried all types of pureed foods. We haven’t really noticed a preference for any one kind of food though. He has 6 chompers in his little mouth now and loves to babble “da da da” and other cute little sounds. I think he will be saying dada before mama since he hasn’t really made many “m” sounds yet.

He’s about 24 lbs and still in size 12 month clothes and size 3 diapers. He hasn’t really seemed to shake the sickness bugs that are floating around these days. Right now he’s on a new antibiotic for continued sinus issues. A few days ago he had tons of eye goopiness and all signs pointed to pink eye. After taking him to the after-hours clinic, the doc said nope, not pink eye, just sinus stuff. I wasn’t really sure how to handle pink eye since S never had it, so I’m kind of glad it was just another round of antibiotics.

He’s definitely becoming more social and smiley. He fusses when we put him down and always wants to be around us. Us and his favorite sister, of course.  Huge smiles and laughs when she’s around. It’s really cute to see them interact. S is so loving and caring for him and he just lights up when she comes near him. We are so lucky to have them in our lives!

Just The Ladies

I took S to her very first ever theater performance today. We saw the Eric Carle story montage at the Overture Center. The story, well three actually, was very entertaining. It was all done with puppetry, black lights and music. The place was filled with kids that were entertained by three of Mr. Carle’s stories: The Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear Brown Bear, and Papa Please Get the Moon for Me. S has the first two books, so we were very excited about those two. Mr. Caterpillar was a big hit and the kids cheered him on when he came on stage.

Here’s us getting ready to leave before for the show.

Once we were there, we took in all the oranate details of the Capitol Theatre. It was my first time at this particular theater. We’d been to Overture Hall for a handful of performances (J and I), but never to the Capitol Theater. I liked the more intimate setting and the cool detailed ceiling and velvet lounge chairs along the walls.

Then we headed in to find our seats. S was excited and couldn’t sit in her’s very long  for my shot that I had to have.   I even got in trouble by the usher lady who warned that no photos were allowed during the show. Relax lady, just trying to caputure a memory here.

After making friends with our pint-sized neighbors, the lights dimmed and the show was on. We stayed for a few minutes of the aftershow where they explained all their puppetry secrets and then we headed to lunch. I let S pick the spot and she wanted the Great Dane. Fine with me!  S was very into coloring while she waited for her mac n cheese.

I really enjoyed spending the afternoon with Miss S. She’s getting so big and is so much fun to be around. It was nice just to have some “girl time”, too. Thanks for a fun time, Sophia!

Mylestones: 7 Months

Poor Mr. M celebrated his 7 month mark being all kinds of sick. He’s recovering from a sinus infection that seemed to last forever, caught the stomach bug that plagued our household this past week, and to top it all off…his top two front teeth are ready to pop through any moment. You can imagine that our washer/dryer has been on overload and the baby diaper bin is getting its use, dealing with all the baby messes.

Besides the tylenol doses, teething tablets, and crying at all hours of the night, he’s been doing ok this month. I can’t believe how mobile he is now. And fast! Today I was vacuuming the living room and he hightailed it right over to check it out. I’ve never seen him move so fast. He also loves to check out the laptop when it’s on the floor. He makes a beeline over to it to see what’s going on.

He had his flu shot booster on Friday and he now weighs 22.6 lbs. Seems to be slowing down from all that growing those early months! 12 month sized clothes are still fitting just fine and he’s still in size 3 diapers. I keep wondering when he’ll need to move up in diapers and am hesitant to buy my next big box of 3’s.

He still loves to watch S wherever she is running to and from around the house. His cackle laugh still delights us and his baby blues are just the cutest when he gazes up at us! His favorite thing right now is trying to stand up. He obviously needs some help at this point, and will whine on his haunches while he waits for someone to help him stand up. He gets so excited and gives us that toothy/gummy grin everytime!

Hope you’re feeling better soon, baby Myles!