Friday, February 29, 2008

POOP ----- in the bathtub!

Tonight was, well, interesting.... We went to dinner at Red Robin - YUMMY! That went ok, not great, but sometimes that's just how it is with a 4 year old and a 21 month old. (I don't think we'll be going out to eat much after we have #3.... too tough). Jacob was very well behaved and ate his dinner very nicely. Eli, on the other hand has a completely different view on full service restaurants than the rest of the world - they are not for sitting or eating or even coloring with the crayons provided, apparently, they are for complaining and whining and asking to get down repeatedly! This, my friends, is why our weekly eating out event usually occurs at a fast food restaurant.....

Anywho, we came home and it was time to get ready for baths. I started the water and sat Eli on the potty - he is not actively potty training because, he's just not ready yet, but he will occasionally sit there and go after a few minutes. Not so today, he sat there and hadn't gone yet when the water was ready so I let him get down and get in the tub. The bath part went normally, you know, wash the hair, was the body, then on to the other kid and then they get to play for a while. I was getting pj's out and Michael was in the bathroom with them and Eli grabbed his stomach and said he needed to go peepee, so Michael picked him up and .... yep, you guessed it, it's too late, he had already started pooping but Michael didn't notice it until he'd already sat him on the toilet. By this time there was poop in the tub and on the floor...... FUN! Quick, get Jacob out, too! ICK.

Most of us moms have had this happen at least once. I can say, very thankfully, that I've probably had it happen less than 5 times and even though I've cleaned it up before, I still sat there for a minute perplexed as to what to do and where to begin..... Who really wants to clean THAT out of their tub and off their bathroom floor. ICK again. So, I cleaned Eli first and then went off to get the cleaning supplies - thankfully years ago someone decided that they'd make rubber gloves for cleaning nasty places like toilets (and I have a pair for that purpose) cause I would have seriously been too grossed out to handle that. Needless to say, I spent the next 30 minutes cleaning the entire bathroom and washing all the toys that had been in the tub, then put on a load of every single towel in the vicinity of that bathroom - you know, just in case....

What was your most interesting kid-related moment today?

Friday, February 22, 2008

Exciting news!!

We're having another baby!!! Yipee!! I will be 10 weeks tomorrow and the due date is September 20.

I haven't seen the dr. yet (next Friday) so keep me in your prayers that everything is ok and that this will be a healthy pregnancy. I have a good track record with easy pregnancies so far, so I'd like to keep it that way!!

Here's something fun, too... the age difference between Jacob and Eli is 28 months and the age difference between Eli and this one will be 27 months!! It's great how God works things out, isn't it?

Goodbye crib, hello big boy bed

We have taken the leap and moved Eli into a "big boy bed" and he loves it!!! He is almost 21 months old and we weren't quite sure how he would take to the new bed, but it's been great! We moved him into a twin bed because that's what we did with Jacob. However, since he's not as tall as Jacob was at this age, we just put the box spring and mattress on the floor rather than putting the frame under it. He can climb in and out of it perfectly, it's just the right height for him.

The first night (Tuesday) was wonderful, he loved the idea of having his own big bed like Jacob's and went straight to sleep and never got up. He didn't even get out of bed when he woke up in the morning, he just sat there singing until I came and got him!! Since then, he still hasn't gotten out of bed! We do have a gate at the top of the stairs in case he decides to make any nighttime treks thru the house, he would only be able to come to our room because the other upstairs doors are closed. I think he feels like a big boy now - like Jacob!!

Notice the rails spanning the entire length of the bed (yes, I'm aware they're different, they were bought at different times for Jacob a couple of years ago). We discovered with Jacob that if we just had the one rail on the bed starting a little way from the head of the bed and then only going about 3/4 of the way to the foot of the bed, Jacob could still manage to fall out of the bed most nights..... So, we ended up with 2 rails all the way down the side and only an opening at the foot of the bed to prevent him from falling out. So, instead of having Eli falling out, we just decided to put both rails on again.

So sad when you realize they are growing up, but it's also so heart-warming!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Jacob is FOUR.

I know it's a little late for me to be freaking out about it since he's been 4 for a whole month now, but it really hit home when I took him for his 4 year physical yesterday. He comes in at 44" tall. He is so tall it's incredible. He's off the chart (above 100%) for his height. And his weight is finally catching up. For the last 2 years he's been in about 50% because he's so skinny. But yesterday he weighed in at 42.5 lbs. which gets him up to 85%!! Maybe he won't be skin and bones when he grows up after all.

Jacob and Rodney Copperbottom from "Robots" at a mall in Australia!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Spending a night away from my kids!!!

WOW! One of the few perks the military gives is to let you keep the points for flights and hotel stays when you're on TDY's/deployments, etc. Michael has earned a free night through one of his hotel programs and we are going to use it!! I'm so excited I had to tell you about it even though it's not happening until the 23rd of February!

Let me just give you a little background info. so you have an idea of how huge this is for me! I have spent a total of 12 nights away from Jacob - only 2 of those were voluntary. Here are the reasons: 2 nights when Eli was born and I was in the hospital in May, 2006; 2 nights when Eli was in the hospital with a virus in June, 2006; 6 nights when I was readmitted to the hospital for a blood clot in July, 2006; 2 nights when I was in Florida in August, 2006 and my mom kept him because I was exhausted with a newborn and Michael was TDY. Jacob is now four years old and I can remember every time I've been away from him...

I have been away from Eli overnight for a total of 6 nights. Those same 6 nights I spent in the hospital in July, 2006, when he was only 7 weeks old..... He is 20 months old and the only time I've been away was because I was in the hospital.

The reason isn't that don't like to leave them (because I will leave them with the right person - no problem), it's more like we've never had an opportunity to do something that would require spending the night away and be able to have a babysitter at the same time. We live zillions of miles away from family and paying a babysitter gets expensive.

I'm really excited about this because we have a really great babysitter, a $50 gift certificate to a great restaurant downtown (Mackenzie's), a get together with some friends afterward and we don't have to worry about going home afterward and getting in really late. We will go to our hotel room, sleep peacefully and get up and have breakfast and shower at a leisurely pace in the morning. And the only thing we're really paying for is the babysitter!!!!!