Saturday, October 9, 2010

A little love for Max

Since Max gets left out of so many things these days, I decided to give him a little blog love. You know, since I'm sure he reads the blog on a daily basis and wonders why there aren't more posts devoted to him and all??? ;-) He got a haircut yesterday so I thought you might like to see the before and after pics. Quite the change, huh?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Our boy

A fairly bright boy is far more intelligent and far better company than the average adult.
-- John B.S. Haldane

MS/LA Visit: Day Three

Day three of our trip home started a little rocky. I got very sick that morning so we ended up doing nothing in hopes of me recovering quickly. Sue bought Jonah a preschool activity book that he loved so he was happy to sit there and work in his book while I sat very still in hopes of not getting sick again. I finally began to feel better so we quickly got dressed and met Jimmy and Cathy for lunch. After lunch, we made several stops at some of the sweet Senior Adult ladies homes. That wore both of us out. I knew getting in and out of the car so many times would be tough but I wanted to be sure to see them so I promised Jonah we wouldn't stay long at each house. Most of them didn't know we were even in town so it was fun to surprise them.

After we finished our visits, I knew Jonah needed some down time where he could just be a little boy for a while. So, we headed to MeMaw and B's house. Those of you not from Vidalia might think MeMaw is another Senior Adult but you would be wrong. MeMaw is actually a man and my little boy adores him...and his farm. B and MeMaw are the ones who introduced Jonah to the Grinch so as soon as we walked into their house, he said "B, do you wanna watch the Grinch?" Within minutes, the Grinch was playing and all seemed normal in our world. I can't tell you how many times I've sat at their house with my little guy and watched the Grinch.

B asked Jonah if he wanted to go to the farm to surprise MeMaw. He said no at first because he wanted to finish the Grinch but I told him we didn't have time to do both. He decided the farm sounded like a great idea. So, off we went! MeMaw was super excited to see Jonah and Jonah was over the moon to see MeMaw!
I have no idea what he was telling him in this picture but I think it is so sweet. Tim had just finished harvest before we arrived so he was disking fields. That is a perfect job for a 4 year to help with. So, he got to drive the tractor and "help!"

We stopped by one of the trucks to take a few pictures of Jonah. You can look back at this post to see one of the fun days where Jonah visited the farm and had pictures taken by this truck. That day seems like just yesterday so it was fun revisiting some of the same memories.
That night, we headed to Cliff and Beppa's for a yummy lasagna dinner with a few of our FBCV friends. We were very happy to spend this time with Cliff and Beppa before they headed to Houston for Cliff's treatment the next morning. As soon as we realized this trip was a possibility, I called Debra to see if anything would work for us to see them. I knew they had the trip to MD Anderson scheduled and I didn't want to miss Jonah (and me) getting to see them before leaving. Debra was very gracious to have us and several others over on the night before the headed out. Jonah and Eli began the night by running up and down their hallway. Who knew a hallway could bring so much entertainment?
Jonah took my camera and started taking pictures of everyone. I was pretty impressed with a few of the ones he got. Check out this one of Eli!

He took several more that didn't make the blog but this self portrait of he, Manna and B is super cute so I had to include it! :-)

Before the night was over, I tried to get pictures of him with everyone. As I uploaded these today, I got a little tickled thinking about how none of these people even grimaced when I asked them to take pictures with Jonah. They are SO used to me having my camera that they all continued their conversations as they moved into place for the picture. It is just norm to be in pictures with Jonah. (as evidenced by the labels with their names on the right side of my blog! AND, those labels don't include about 22 months of his life before I started attaching labels. I'm slowly going back and doing that but it takes a while!)

After we left Cliff and Beppa's house, I drove down the street and over the levy so I could take a picture of the newly lighted MS/LA bridge. It is so beautiful at night. I drove over this bridge every day on the way to work and to take Jonah to school. I'll never forget the day he said "Mommy, dis da Sippy wiver bwidge!" I made him do it every time we crossed after that. As we crossed it going into Vidalia the first time on this trip, I asked him if he remembered the bridge. He said "Yes, it takes me to the tram to get on the monorail at Disneyworld!" Um, guess he didn't remember it after all! (And, by the way, we cross no bridge getting to Disney??)
We got to Sue's house, put Pajamas on and settled in for night time stories and prayers. Jonah chose Sue over me to read his stories which delighted her. I love for him to choose other people to do bedtime stories with him because it shows how adjusted he is. He loves his mom and dad but also loves so many other people too! I love it!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Update on Micah

I left the house at 8:20 a.m. and just returned almost 8 hours later. I feel like I have been run over by a truck! My energy is officially gone. I don't remember being this tired with Jonah. I guess spending so much time in bed when I was so sick made me lazy. People constantly remind me how tired I will be when a newborn arrives at our home but I don't think it can compare with sickness/tiredness combo I've had this time around. Aja, if I'm wrong, don't burst my bubble, k? :-)

I saw Dr. White first thing this morning. I actually gained 2 pounds this time. It was my first gain this entire pregnancy. All of the sickness made me lose each time so he was proud to see a + on my paperwork. I think that is the first time anyone has ever been proud of me for gaining weight. Small victories, I guess? :-)

My blood pressure was also low? She was so surprised by that so she took it again. Same number again. Not sure what the deal was there. BP has never been an issue for me so I'm not really concerned. He did my Group B Strep screening today so I will hear results of that the next visit.

When I first visited this office, I told them about being RH negative and gave them a copy of the card I received when I had the Rhogam injection before Jonah was born. Apparently the information was lost somewhere along the way because when I asked the nurse today if I needed the shot again, she kind of freaked. She looked in my chart and found where I had told them I was RH negative but nothing was done about it.

She left the room and I heard her tell another nurse in the lab "We let Glenn slip through the cracks with Rhogam!" All of the sudden, another nurse comes in and asks me if I'm sure I didn't have the shot this time. Yep, pretty sure I'd remember going to the hospital to have blood drawn then getting a shot. By the time I was ready to leave, I was instructed to go straight to the hospital to have the blood drawn and get the injection.

I headed back to DeLand and went to Florida Hospital because I knew it would be much quicker than Halifax or Florida Hospital Ormond. I was right. The lab got me right in, took my blood then told me to return 2 hours later. Then they called to tell me it was IMPERATIVE I return today. I didn't plan not to return but I felt like it was pretty urgent at that point. Dan was in Orlando at a surgery so Jonah and I just hung out at his office during the wait.

After 2 hours, I headed back to the hospital, got more blood work done in the lab then headed up to the OB floor to get the injection. Whew! Now do you see why I'm so tired. LONG day! But, as best I can tell, that is the last of the things I have to do before the baby arrives. I have an ultrasound at my doctors office in 2.5 weeks to check size then after that, there is only 2 weeks left until my due date. And, I can HARDLY wait!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A future in Song Writing?

As a parent, I have seen Jonah do some things for the first time and have often wondered if he would end up doing that as a career. I really have no expectations of what he will be when he grows up but at the same time, I always try to capture those moments on paper or film so that we can look back and say "remember when he hit his first golf ball or built his first building out of legos or designed a city with various toys or like yesterday, wrote his first song?" He had his guitar in the living room and was playing and singing with all his might. After the second (made-up) song, I opened my laptop and started typing the words he was saying. He never paused as he sang. It was as if this were and actual song. So, I typed it as he said it. Now, if he ever wins Songwriter of the Year, the awards show can feature this blog post and everyone in the audience can giggle at what a funny song he made up at 4 years old. And if he doesn't ever win Songwriter of the Year, his mom can just look back on this day when he was 4 years old and remember how cute he was has he sang and played his guitar!

somebody fell of the ladder

when they fell off the ladder, the ladder fell too

and when they fell they already fell

when the fell somebody was coming

they put the ladder back up

and they climbed back up on the ladder

enny minny miney mo catch a tiger by the toe

we are one of my favorite songs

yeah, yeah, yeah

and we are watching football

and it might be a little tricky to catch a tiger by the toe-oe

Monday, October 4, 2010

MS/LA Visit: Day Two

I planned to let Jonah sleep a little Sunday morning since I knew what the day would hold for him. But, a little after 7 a.m., my mom decided it was time for us to get up. That would normally bother me but I quickly discovered the homemade biscuits, eggs, bacon, sausage and chocolate gravy. So, I got over it! :-) My plan from the beginning was to be on the road by 9 or 9:30 so the timing worked out fine. While I got ready, mom and Granny taught Jonah how to play checkers.

Around 9:30 or so, we loaded up our things and headed towards Vidalia. I hated to spend so little time with mom and Granny but when you have a short trip, everyone gets just a little time. That makes it difficult but a little is better than none at all, I guess?

We got to the Miss-Lou right at lunch time. We met Jimmy at Cathy at LaFiesta in Natchez. I've never been a huge LaFi fan but I have always liked their grilled salmon. It is the most wonderful piece of fish covered in spinach and grilled onions. I have craved it ever since I've been pregnant. So, I knew that was a must-have on this trip.

After we left there, we headed to Jimmy & Cathy's house for a few hours. They made sure to tell me to bring his swimsuit so he could swim with Jimmy. It was a little cool when we got up that morning but it had warmed up enough for them to swim and they loved it. Jimmy had not seen any of Jonah's skills underwater so he was quite impressed.
After some pool time and movie time, we said our goodbyes to Jimmy and Cathy and headed to Sue's house. I could tell Jonah was getting sleepy so I wanted to get him in the car ASAP in hopes of him falling asleep before his big night of reuniting with old friends. It was only minutes until he was OUT! Sue was dying to see him so I felt I better warn her that he was sound asleep in the car seat. She came out to the car and visited with me while he slept. That tired boy slept 45 minutes in the car so I finally decided to just get him out and wake him up. He put his his head on my shoulder and slept in my arms another 30+ minutes. He was tired!

While he was still asleep, Manna and Eli came over then Matthew and Bolton. It was so good to see both of them and visit with our kiddos. Eli was less than a year old when we moved and Bolton was still in Emily's tummy. So, even though we have seen them both in pictures, it was fun actually playing with them and seeing Jonah play with them.

As the night progressed, more friends came over. The Hargon family came next and I was so surprised to see how shy Jonah acted when Marlie came in. He has always adored her but he immediately clammed up when she walked in. At one point, he looked at her and said "Marlie, your shoes are pretty!" It was then that I realized he was crushing on her. And, how awesome that he knows to compliment a girl on her pretty shoes!

After a few CRAZY rounds of Hide and Seek inside Sue's house, we moved outside to let the kids run. 4 kids under 4 and under can be loud inside of a house. We played a few rounds of Red Light Green Light although none of the kids really got the concept. It was fun anyway.

The time finally came to say goodbye to the Hargons and our sweet little ones gave goodbye hugs once again. Poor kids. They don't understand why they keep getting separated. About the time they left, there was a knock on the door and I was so happy to see Michelle and Kristin. They tracked us down at Sue's house and I was so glad. I miss those girls!

Later that night, Uncle Clare and Mammy stopped by but I don't have a picture of that. They are in the pictures of our gathering Monday night, so stay tuned! :-) As you can imagine, this was a full day and my boy slept VERY well!


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