Sunday, November 29, 2009
It is so cute to see how excited he gets about sitting on the potty though. He stands up off the potty, all happy, and says " I did it!". Although he hasn't really done it, Ellaina and I still cheer him on. Ellaina has been so super about cheering Braden on. One time I went to the bathroom, and then set Braden down after me. After I got him up, She looks in and started clapping and cheering "You did it Braden! You went pee pee in the potty!". I didn't have the heart to tell her otherwise. Last night after bath time, Ellaina said she had to go potty, so we all went running to the bathroom. Ellaina said, "Go potty with me Braden". She had arranged the two potties to face each other. It was too cute to not take a picture :)
Saturday, November 28, 2009
It was borderline harder then childbirth (I did have good childbirths though). I started it OK and removed the bag of things I didn't want to know about. Then I called Kim to see how to season it. After hanging up the phone with her I realized I was going to have to touch it some more. I speaker phoned my Mom into the cooking fright, so she could help me through it. After lifting up the wings to butter and season, I could feel the throw up making it's way to my throat. I sucked it up and finished seasoning it, so I could put it in the turkey roaster in the garage.
I was just about done with it when my mom asked if I had gotten out the neck. My reply was yes, I got that bag out from inside. She then informed me that there was another hole I needed to reach into to get the "neck" out of. "Oh HE** NO" was all that I could get out of my mouth. Then I convinced myself it would add flavor, so I could leave it in there. I marched that turkey, neck and all, into the roaster and was glad to be done...for now.
Before my stomach settled down, I had to go out there and baste it. By this time I was way over this turkey cooking thing. I wasn't sure if I was even going to be able to eat it...or any meat anymore. I basted it twice until my knight and shining armor Brad arrived home. I handed the turkey basting over to him and threw everything else together :) When it was all said and done, Brad cut it up (after removed the neck) and everyone enjoyed the turkey. This will be the last time I will EVER prepare/cook a turkey. I get nauseous just thinking about it.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Once Ellaina and I returned, Braden still wasn’t doing so good. His fever had reached 103.1 under his armpit. I called the nurse helpline to get advice as to what temperature do we head to the Emergency Room. Thankfully he never hit that temp and we weren’t celebrating Thanksgiving at the ER.
As it turned out, Braden has Hand Foot & Mouth…for the second time in his young life. He is recovering fine & we are praying it is not something Ellaina picks up...or Brad with his finger biting habit.
It was cute to see how excited Ellaina was to have us there. She kept giving Braden hugs and he got to sit next to her for a few seconds...until he ran to the toys again. After lunch and the cup cake, Ellaina and I got to make a craft together. I had so much fun, and there was no question the kids did too.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
I do have to agree with Brad though, he keeps commenting on Braden's Mama's boy status reaching a new level. If I am in the kitchen and he is not, he periodically comes into the kitchen to check on me. When I catch him doing this, he comes running over to me with his arms out saying "MAMA!". If I am sitting on the floor, he pretty much attacks me with kisses and hugs! If I am not getting it from Braden then I am definitely getting it from Ellaina. It seems so magical how quickly those hugs and kisses can melt your heart and take away any worries. I notice it with Brad too. Everyday he walks into the door and is showered with hugs and kisses. Ellaina & Braden start shouting "Daddy!" with so much enthusiasm. It always puts the biggest smile on his face. Well both of our faces. Ellaina and Braden definitely have a little pixie dust in them :)
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
On Thursday we all headed to Finch park for our weekly play date. The weather was so beautiful, and the company was so nice that we played for quite a while. After about an hour or so, Ellaina told me she had to go potty. As we headed to the bathroom, so said to me "Those are my boys!". Then she turned around and yelled "Bye my boys, see you real soon!". It was so funny and cute! It almost made up for the fact that she had a number two accident only minutes after that potty trip to the bathroom. Arghhh, she just won't go poopy in the potty still. Even when she knows she has to and she is sitting on the potty. But that's another story for another time :)
Friday, November 13, 2009
Yesterday Daddy had gotten off work early, so we decided to go out for dinner. Brad asked Braden where his shoes were and his response was "ummmmm" as he walked around looking for them. Then today, we were heading to the Daugherty's house so Kim and I could go for a run. I couldn't find my keys and realized Braden had them earlier. I asked Braden where my keys were and he started walking around saying "ummmm ummmm". We never found that set of keys, but he definitely got me to laugh.
The way Braden gets excited and interacts with the cats is both adorable and hilarious. He gets sooooo anxious when he sees them. He calls them both "It's Jada" and is overwhelmed with joy when they are around. Jada actually keeps her distance for the most part, but Jinx LOVES the attention. Jinx will let Braden pet him, lay on him, and much more. Braden has this fascination with eyes and pokes every one's eyes while saying "eyes". Unfortunately Jinx is no exception and Braden gets a few pokes at his face too. Jinx pretty much just lays there with his eyes closed. Sometimes Jinx will even circles Braden to get him to play. Braden's newest thing is giving Jinx kisses. Actually his thing is giving everyone kisses. He doesn't actually kiss with his lips. He leans over and kind of head butts you while making the kissing noise, and he will do it over and over and over again.
Braden has begun to grow quite attached to his blue blanket. He calls it his "Nigh Night". I usually try to keep it in his crib, but every once and a while he pulls it out of the crib and walks around with it repeating "Nigh night" and smiling ear to ear. Today we were on our way home from the Wiggles playhouse and I was talking about him taking a nap when we got home. He started asking for his "Nigh Night", so I handed him a random blanket in the car. He got excited and then looked at the blanket and looked at me with this "what the heck" face. Then he said "Not nigh night" and threw it. It is official, he has formed an attachment to a blanket. Now I need to be on a mission to find a second (backup) blanket just in case :)
We have been working on manners so much with Ellaina, that Braden has been saying them now. When he asks for something...like his milk, I will ask him "what do you say?" and he says "pleeeease". He has also mastered "Thank you" and "Bless you" at the correct times. Now if we can only get Ellaina saying them without me reminding her, we would be set :) Ellaina sometimes will say "Thank you, your welcome" when I give her something, which makes me laugh.
Lets see, what else has my little guy been doing? Oh, he talked to Grandma on the phone yesterday. This is one of the first times he has actually talked on it. Usually he just stands there listening and smiling. This time, he was repeating everything after me. Grandma was lucky he was so talkative, because she got to hear him say "Grandma" for the first time. He also said "Love you", "Bye Bye Grandma" and I believe a little "trick or treat" got in there too :) When I got back on the phone, he was upset and took it back from me. Grandma said something and all excited he said "Grandma". It was precious!
I know there is a lot more of these little Braden stories, but I am drawing a blank...and a little tired. So...to be continued :)
Oh wait I thought of one more :) Braden LOVES to sing, he has the tone of many songs down even if he doesn't know the words. Lately he has been getting better with some of the words though. His favorite songs are "Ring Around the Rosie"(which is so funny when he gets to the ashes ashes part. He will sing Ashes Ashes over and over before finally singing "we all fall down".), "Twinkle Twinkle", and "ABC" (he actually gets some of the letters correctly). Ellaina and him will hold hands and dance in the "living room" as Ellaina calls it when she asks Braden if he wants to dance. I LOVE it!
I am so thankful I get to be apart of all these moments. Only because of Brad's hard work and my photography it possible for me to stay home. I feel so incredibly blessed for that opportunity and thankful everyday. It is such a sweet sight when Brad walks in the door and Braden and Ellaina get so excited. They both go running to him and shout "Daddy Daddy"! It melts my heart everyday :)
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
One similarity is their love of music. Anytime he hears certain songs on the radio he starts clapping and bouncing up and down. He can almost be completely asleep in the car, but if Black Eyed Peas "I Got a Felling" or Miley Cyrus "Party in the USA" starts to play he'll start clapping and shrugging his shoulders up and down with the music. Ellaina will start asking for me to "Make it louder please?". Although it sounds more like "make it Water, please" :)
Braden has been doing the high five thing for quite a while now, but all of a sudden he thinks it is the funniest thing! Every morning at the kitchen table he will say "high five" and hold his hand out. When I put my hand out, he slaps it and starts laughing. Then it becomes a high five breakfast. Ellaina, Braden and I spend the rest of our breakfast slapping each others hand and laughing. This has been going on for a couple days now and I have to admit that I look forward to it :)
Monday, November 2, 2009
Some how she figured out how to get the child safety knob off her door, so she could get out of her room. Knowing that she needed a nap & I needed some quiet time to get work done, I out smarted her by switching the bathroom knob with hers. Which quickly made her victorious grin turn into tears. I did it, I have become a mom who locks her kids in their room from the outside...or I thought. Some how little Ellaina figured out how to get the door open still. Even with it locked from the hallway and her locked in, she wiggled that door knob until it opened. Wow what a determined little girl can accomplish.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Ellaina, Braden and all the other kids were having a great time taking all the candy out of the dishes and putting it in their basket. Instead of putting it in his basket, Braden would try feeding it to little Ryan. It was so adorable! Ellaina was good about putting all the candy back before we started trick or treating. Daddy let her pick out three pieces and we were off. We walked around with Greg and Wolfie, Kevin and Gavin, Mike and Ian, and us with our kids. We brought the wagon along with us, and the kids liked to ride in it when we had to go far to the next house. It was exciting as a parent to see the kids having so much fun trick or treating together. Gavin, Ellaina and Wolfie would ride in the wagon with their legs hanging over the side until we got to the next house. The kids would all go up to the house together and knock on the door. The people would barely get their door open before the kids would be rushing them saying trick or treat. Many times stepping into their houses. At one point Ellaina started saying “M&M’s” instead of trick or treat. That would be about right…after all she is my daughter and I am an M&M fanatic.
This was such a wonderful Halloween! It is so much fun when we get to do things as a family and watching our kids experiencing things as they get older. I LOVE watching their little personalities develop. Hope everyone had a magical Halloween!
My monkey eatting pizza on the run
Ellaina & Lena...Ellaina is still not a big fan of pictures
Wolfie, Gavin, Ellain and Jake hanging out
Katie, Courtney & Ellaina
Braden feeding Ryan (Dino) candy
Steph and I...Dino's mommy
Braden & Gavin chillin in the wagon
Brad, Laura & Kim
Ellaina & Wolfie playing with the candy
The Grubb family aka the hostesses with the mostestesses
Braden & Aunt Laura
Juliette, Cathy, Me and my monkey
Gav Gav and Kim