Friday, February 27, 2009

18 month well check

Andrew had just woken up from his nap as I walked in the door (took a late lunch today to take Andrew to his appointment). Therefore, he was in a good mood for the appointment, which is what I wanted. He impressed the NP with his cuteness, I think! He was flirting with her, doing his fake laugh, and repeating words as I'd say them to him. :)

He now weighs 23.2 lbs. and is 32 3/4 inches tall, which equates to the 15th percentile for weight and 60th for height. No concern, as she said it's normal for them to lose some weight once they start moving and grooving. Not to mention, she said we had the genetics to have a tall, lean boy (Daddy is 6'2" and 140 lbs.; I am 5'7" and 128 lbs.).

He also got an animal book--yay! I told them he doesn't like toys, but he loves his books.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

100th Post!

I'm going to make it a Photo Post because these latest pictures of Andrew are just so cute.

Rob and I went out to eat, just the two of us, to celebrate his 30th birthday. We went to the Olive Garden because we had a $50 gift card for there. It was very nice to be able to sit down and talk without having to entertain Andrew. I love him more than anything, but he is really hard to eat out with. :) I had my mom baby-sit him, and she called my sister over too because she hadn't seen Andrew since Christmas. Apparently Andrew wouldn't talk the whole time, and he kept pouting (bottom lip way out). He was in the high chair having supper (he ate a lot, so that's good) when the door opened and my sister came in. Andrew got a huge smile on his face, and then as she got closer, he started bawling. :( The poor thing thought I was back. So anyway, when we finally got back (we were only gone a little over an hour), as soon as I came in the door he looked at me and started crying (how could you do this to me, mom?) so I held him for awhile, and then we hung out there for to play. Andrew was being his silly self, goofing off and making all of us laugh. I have such a little momma's boy, but part of it--I think, has to do with the age he's at.





Wednesday, February 25, 2009

18 months old!

Andrew is 18 months old today, and I can hardly believe it. Here are some pics from a year ago, when he was 6 months old. Andrew has his 18 month check-up on Friday, so we'll find out how tall he is (got his weight, obviously, from his office visit yesterday--he's 23.5 lbs. in case you missed it).





Today is also Daddy's 30th birthday, so we'll acknowledge him in this post too. :)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Back from the clinic...

Andrew's fever was 103.2 when he woke up from his nap. We're on day 2 of the fever, so I called the nurse advisor line and they had him come in since he has no other symptoms (other then being lethargic). I just got back from the appointment (very nice how they made an appointment so we didn't have to sit at walk-in; they have a Pediatric Urgent Care) and the nurse practiotioner didn't see anything else (ears perfect, as I figured; throat looked good; nothing respiratory). She said if it IS influenza, he will start coughing soon; she said usually that happens after the first 24 hours, and we're going on 30 hours. She said if he still has the fever without symptoms on Thursday, then I have to take him in so they can rule out a kidney infection, bladder infection, or meningitis. I hope my little dragon is just fine! Please keep him in your thoughts.

Oh, and he weighs 23.5 lbs. now! Tomorrow he turns 18 months.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

10 Quirks about you

I was tagged by Nancy for the "10 Quirks about You" Meme (among other awards, but I'm just going to do this one)


Forward it on to 10 other bloggers (see end of post) and obviously, give your list of 10 quirks.

1. I think things are aesthetically pleasing in odd numbers (groups of 3, 5, and 7), but when I'm stocking up on something, I have to get an even number (2 or 4 bags of something).

2. I have a photographic memory and if you tell me your birthday, I can't NOT remember it. Also, when I see my friends I automatically associate their birthdays with their faces someplace in the back of my mind.

3. I have a calendar in my head and it's very hard to explain, but I've had it for as long as I can remember. It's a big oval and if you were looking at a clock, June would be where the "12" is and December is where the "6" is. June is on top. The only thing is, my calendar is more of an oval than a circle. If you say a date, it has a certain spot on the calendar that I visualize as you say the date. My sister says I'm weird, but this seems very logical and normal to me.

4. I am a freak about my hands. I hate it when someone grabs my pen off my desk at work to borrow it, because then I feel that I must sanitize it (if it's someone I think would have bad handwashing practices). I also wash my hands after shaking hands with people, particularly smokers. I feel like the residue will get on my hands, even if I can't see it.

5. I clench my jaw a lot when I'm driving. I have no idea why.

6. When organizing my money in my wallet, I have to have the largest bills on bottom in order with the smallest on top. They also have to be facing the right way (no upside down ones). The older style money goes below the new more colorful money. I also try to use up the older style money first to get it out of my purse.

7. I iron my jeans. For some reason, this is weird to some people. I also love it when my jeans are nice and hard out of the wash. I hate when they get that "soft" feeling to them.

8. I have to do everything in the same order with my morning and evening routines (getting ready for work and getting ready for bed). It would drive me nuts; for instance, if at bedtime I brushed my teeth BEFORE taking out my contacts. I always take my contacts out first so that there is no chance of getting a speck of toothpaste in them.

9. I walk very, very fast. I've been told this by numerous people, but I don't feel I have the ability to walk slow.

10. I have a freakishly long tongue--I can put it down my throat and I can touch my nose with it. I once saw a girl on Letterman who had a tongue as long as mine. Pretty freaky! Here is a pic, because you have to see it to believe it...

By most of my quirks, one would gather that I may have OCD, but from what I've gathered, as long as it doesn't affect your life in a negative way, there's no need for concern. I think I'm fine. Really.

Now, for the passing on. I tag, in no particular order: Rachel , Sarah , Cate , Molly , Jennifer , Jewels , Shannon , Jessi , and Lesslie.

Recovering from the plague...

I feel so much better now.I had to call in to work today because I woke up with -TMI ALERT- diarrhea and sharp pains in my stomach. I also had a lovely migraine. I tried a couple times to stand up and just bite the bullet and get ready, and it's a good thing I stayed home because it got worse throughout the day!

A side note: I RARELY call in to work. In the 4.5 years I've been there, I have only called in 3 times. All three times have been for the GI bug like I had today. So, at least I'm not the boy who cried wolf and people know I MUST be sick if I'm gone.

Anyway, I didn't eat anything all day. I didn't drink anything because all we had was water. DH left me at 9:00 to go up to his brother's land with his nephew. Let's just say Andrew watched a lot of movies. I did read him some books from the couch, but it was hard to walk around. I couldn't stand up all the way straight (you know how that happens when you're sick? weird). At least I didn't throw up. I think I'm going to have bedsores from laying on the couch all day. For some reason my hands and legs have been tingling all day--could be from either dehydration (doubt it) or maybe my iron is really low or something--didn't take my iron today.

Finally, DH came home around 5:00. A couple hours ago I had him get me some popsicles (the really yummy Dole real fruit ones... YUM), and I've eaten three of those so far. I also drank a big glass of orange juice (had him get me 2 big jugs of juice--ooh alliteration).

Anyway! That's what went on in our house today. I would rather have been at work.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Climbing mountains...

or kitchen tables...




















Tired...

I am so tired today, and I would imagine Andrew is too. He was up from 2:00 am until 5:00 am for no apparent reason. I think he just thought it was time to be up! Aren't toddlers supposed to sleep more? Geez. They say; though, that bad sleep habits carry through--Andrew was a bad sleeper even as a newborn.

Hopefully I can make it through work today without passing out! I don't drink caffeine (gives me migraines), so I'll just suck it up!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

AF is kicking my ass

These cramps suck and it's really heavy (I'm on day 2 here). The doctor said she'd probably be back in 6-8 weeks. Try 24 days. Ouchies! I NEED to invest in some sort of a heating pad. I'm a dumbass for not doing it sooner.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Andrew is so darn cute...

We spent Valentine's Day together, the three of us. (The truth is it's hard for us to find a sitter, but I digress...I can't think of a better way to spend V-Day than with my two valentines).

Anyway, I'm engrossed watching 48 Hours: Live to Tell (a new take on 48 Hours: Mystery). Rob is on his computer and he's muching on some Cinnamon Toast Cruch (it's actually Organic Cinammon Crunch make by Cascadian Farm--very delicious and actually cheaper than the name brand stuff). Andrew takes a couple and then he walks over to me and puts one in my mouth. I chew it and he says, "Num Num..." with a huge grin on his face. Oh my God. This boy of mine gets cuter all the time. I then asked him to get me another one and he did the same thing.

Oh, and earlier tonight, we stopped by my mom's house and Andrew had a blast playing with the dog. She has a long-coated German Shepherd named Bailey. She's the sweetest thing--she's 7 years old and a pretty lazy dog, but she loves kids. Anyway, I was throwing pieces of cereal to her (see a theme here? At her house, she had Cap'n Crunch though) and Andrew was laughing HYSTERICALLY as Bailey would jump for the treats and chomp them down. So, I handed a couple pieces to Andrew and he then threw them to Bailey, laughing the entire time. It was one of those gut laughs too, where he could hardly contain himself.

Oh no, I just realized something. To Andrew, feeding the dog is just as entertaining as feeding Mommy...

Monday, February 9, 2009

Haircut!

I got my hair cut today. I am much happier with this stylist--she actually trimmed my hair up once before when my regular stylist didn't cut it short enough in the back. I will definitely go back to this one from now on! I am up for feedback--good or bad. Do you think it works with my face shape, or does it make my face look fat? I need honesty. I have a hard time making decisions. Thank you!

Side view. I like how it gets shorter in the back. ;)
PS: I am not ready to cut Andrew's hair (yet), so don't bring it up! LOL...sore subject between the in-laws and me.

Woohoo!!

We've been in the upper 30s and lower 40s, and that means the glacier is melting! I cannot WAIT to take more walks outside. This winter was snowy and cold, and just plain bitter!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Finally, the Florida Pics!!!

Florida: January 17 - 25, 2009

Okay, this is a long post with lots of images. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say none of you have dial-up, but if you do I apologize (first because there are so many pictures, and second because you still have dial-up). Please enjoy and don't be a stranger to comment on your favorite ones. I am planning on framing up a select few of these so I can hang them in Andrew's sailboat-themed room. Neat idea, right?


This is on the way down, in the airplane. Andrew had a major meltdown, and throughout the 3 hour flight, he became increasingly frustrated (well, why can't I run down the aisle of the plane?). Anyway, that's him relaxing. That's a random dude next to me. I just used my coat as a buffer zone so he didn't see any nip.

This is our rental car. Yeah, a Mustang. The only positive was it was LATCH-equipped, so installing the carseat was a breeze. I was laughing the entire time because while we did request a compact car, we didn't expect THIS beast. I couldn't see over the dashboard (we sat so low in it); my hubby kept saying as we were driving that all he could see was hood. It was also pretty loud. It worked, but yeah. Not the best. Our Focus gets way better gas mileage too. I give it a C minus.
These were taken on our first full day in Florida. The beach was just steps away from our hotel. VERY nice, because the beach wasn't busy at all and the waves were calm. Here is my husband showing off his Wisconsin glow. :) (Have you ever seen a skinnier Wisconsinite? I haven't either).


Mommy showing off her Wisconsin glow. By the end of the week, I had a nice tan, actually.

This would be the part where Andrew starts rubbing his eyes, getting sand in them. Naptime! I walked back to the hotel with him and got him to take a nice, long nap. Yay, I watched Mean Girls while Daddy enjoyed the sun! Oh well, I made myself a mean sub sandwich and that thing was GOOD!

Later on, we took a nice walk down to the pier. We purchased a cheapie umbrella stroller from Target, and thank goodness we did because we ended up using it throughout the trip! Oh, had to get sandals for the little dragon too.

It was a long day! Look how tired he is (haha). We'll put it this way--he napped better than he slept at night. GOOD GRIEF. I didn't think to ask for a crib at any of the hotels, so it was a big party every night--Andrew going back-and-forth between Mom and Dad--giving kisses and squealing with delight when we tried to get him to lie down.

Day 2 at the beach. Andrew is on the prowl.

It has been a long time since summer, and dang it--I'm going to catch some rays even if the water is cold!

For some reason, Andrew wanted to run away. He did this the entire day!
It was a picture-perfect day!


Mommy slept in while Daddy took Andrew to the beach in his jammies! :) For some reason, he reminds me of a prison escapee!

We headed down to Homestead, FL to the Fruit and Spice Park (remember, my hubby is a plant FREAK, and he is especially keen on bananas). Here goes Andrew! He was very independent and walked most of the park--I was proud of him!

Is this a ball? No, I guess it's a coconut. :)

After a skinned knee, Andrew went in the stroller.


Us being dorks. :)


One last pic of my boys...

The next day we were in Key Largo, and it was cooler, so we headed down US Highway 1. This is a little ways before the Seven Mile Bridge.

This was the day where it only got up to 57. Cold (for down there). I only have a sweatshirt on because the wind was insane (obviously--look at Andrew's hair!).


These were taken at our hotel in Ft. Lauderdale. Andrew is looking for "Eeeeees" (his word for airplane; I have no idea why, but it's so darn cute!).

One of my favorite pics of him, showcasing his trademark hair...

Daddy and Andrew relaxing in the late afternoon sun...

Hey, Mom! Whatcha doin?


Our last two days were spent at Ft. Lauderdale Beach. It was so much fun! Honestly, Florida can be as much fun as Cancun. :)

He played with my hair pick for most of the trip and would not let go--that is until he lost it on the beach at some point on the last day. :(
My boys playing in the sand!

Love, love, love this pic! It's my most favorite. The sun is perfect, the way they are posed is perfect (they didn't know I was taking the pic), and I love the composition.

I love this picture of him--the way the sun is glinting off the ocean is just gorgeous.


I love the look of determination on his face in this one...
He looks like a model here...Andrew has a lot of potential, eh?


For some reason, I was all crooked in this one--yet, it works. I still think it's a neat shot...
The hotels/condos along Ft. Lauderdale Beach



Some things I learned about Florida: people drive really, really fast. There are a ton of stop lights (or as they call them, "signals") and traffic goes really fast only to come to a halt. The music stations are way better--seriously, the station I listen to here (the only one that plays pop/rap/R&B) doesn't play half the music they play down there; also the deejays here gab non-stop, whereas they have more commercial-free time down there. Publix is AWESOME! That's the main grocery store besides Winn-Dixie, or as we liked to call it, Winn-Shitzie! The cars are so CLEAN down there. No salt/sludge/dirt on them. The cars are also NICER down there. We saw so many fancy cars--lots of wealth in the area.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Some answers...well, one...

No biggie. The nurse called and apparently I'm anemic. I just have to take an iron supplement for at least 6 months, and then they'll check it again.

It explains the horrible headaches I've had (almost every day for the past 2+ weeks)! I looked up anemia and it's one of the major symptoms. Also, the iron should help me feel not so tired all the time. I don't eat a whole lot of meat, but she said I could do that in combination with the iron pills.

Oh, and for my next post I promise to share all our Florida pics. I don't have all of them uploaded to my Photobucket and I'm being lazy.