Saturday, January 28, 2012

Micah loves music

After the nursery called to tell us Micah had gotten sick, we walked around the perimeter of the sanctuary to try to decide what to do.  Should I go?  Should I stay at the hotel with him?  If I do leave, how will Dan get back and forth since he was dependent on the car?  And, how will he eat since we didn't sign up for the meal plan?  We walked one end of the hallway to the other talking about what to do.  One of the doors of the sanctuary was open so we walked in so Micah could hear the music.  He loves music.  Fortunately, it was the door to the area that no one was sitting.  That way, he didn't disturb anyone.  I quickly grabbed my camera to capture the moment.

Sick or Sleepy?

My plans were to be in Jacksonville with Dan at the Pastor's Conference until tomorrow night.  But, yesterday morning at 9:40, the nursery there called and said "Micah got sick.  Can you come get him?"  We got on the elevator and headed upstairs only to discover lots and lots of sick.  Sweet baby boy was just playing and threw up everywhere.  All over their BRAND NEW CARPET!  We gathered all of his things and had to make a decision about what to do.  


He couldn't go back to the nursery for 24 hours.  Containing him in a hotel room would be tough.  And, I only had just enough clothes/pajamas for normal days, not sick days.  So, the decision was quickly made for me to drive home and take care of him.  That caused quite a few issues for Dan since he would no longer have a car but it was really our only option.  


We got the car loaded and we headed out.  About five minutes into the trip, Micah was OUT.  Oh, the thing you need to be reminded of is that he never napped the whole day before.  Like, never once closed his eyes.  And, then when he went to bed that night, he slept for two hours then woke up crying.  SEVERAL hours and screams later, we finally got him back to sleep.  It was a rough night.  


So, his little eyes couldn't stay open for any of our trip.  He woke up as we were pulling in our neighborhood.  He slept a good 90 minutes or so.  We came inside, got unpacked, read books and played.  He was a little whiny even though he napped on the way home so I put him down for a nap at 1:30 p.m.  He slept until 5:40 p.m.  (over 4 hours!!)  


He woke up hungry.  Even though he hadn't gotten sick again, I stuck to the BRAT (bananas, rice, apple sauce, toast) diet.  I only gave him Pedialyte to drink.  He did fine.  By 7:30 p.m., he was crying for bed.  So, even though he had only been up for a short while, I laid him in is crib.  He never cried.  He went right to sleep.  He is still sleeping now.  It is 10:10 a.m.  In 20 minutes that will be 15 hours of straight sleep.


Dan & I both are wondering if he was really sick or just really sleepy?  

Saturday afternoon Science Fun



A couple of weeks ago, Dan had meetings at the church all day on Saturday.  So, at the last minute, I had to come up with some fun things to do with the boys.  Micah was easy to entertain.  I gave him green beans, carrots and bananas and he was good for a while.  I then grabbed a bar of Ivory soap, the Learning Tower and my favorite five year old.  


After Micah's food was gone, he moved to the Exersaucer for a little more fun.  He would have preferred roaming but Jonah needed my full attention so I squeezed out one more use of this wonderful thing.  Jonah loved his Exersaucer and so did Micah.  But, I'm afraid he is at the end of the days of us using it.  It was a good run though.  Sigh.
I read about this little project online and bought the bar of soap so we could try it.  Who knew Microwaving Ivory soap would cause it to expand?  












He couldn't see into the microwave so I moved him to the island and stood him so he could see in.  As you will see, he really enjoyed this view.  




And, Micah...well, he just wanted OUT!  He wanted to see what all the fuss was about!


After it expanded, he broke a piece off and used it to wash his hands.  I think Micah thought it was a big pile of mashed potatoes because he kept reaching for it and licking his lips.  HA!




Thursday, January 26, 2012

The little boy who didn't nap all day!



Today, we loaded the car and one child in order to head up I-95 to attend the Jacksonville Pastor's Conference.  Since Jonah has school, he stayed behind with one of his favorite families.  Micah got to come with us and experience life as an only child.  He did great on the drive.

Our hotel is right on the river.  I put this picture on facebook and my friend left a comment saying "from this view, he is thinking THIS IS THE FANCIEST PACK N PLAY I'VE EVER HAD!"  HA!
We got checked into our hotel and hurried over to the church.  We wanted to get there in time to get Micah checked into the nursery and then make it to the session with Johnny Hunt.  At this point, Micah had yet to close his eyes for one moment.  By this point, he usually has about 5 hours worth of naps under his belt.  I was hopeful he would sleep a little there but when I saw all of the toys, I knew he would not close those sweet little eyes.  

And, I was right.  I went back to get him and they said he had not slowed down one bit.  The sessions tonight weren't going to be over until around 9:00 and I knew he couldn't hang.  So, at the dinner break, Dan brought us back to the hotel and that sweet baby boy was OUT by 6:30 p.m.  I'm sad to miss the two sessions tonight but Mommy duty trumps anything else.  As I typed the last sentence, Dan just sent a text to say it is streaming online.  So, I'm off to watch and pretend I'm sitting next to my favorite Pastor!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Worry

I just finished devotions and prayer time with Jonah.  That is usually Jonah/Daddy time but Dan has meetings most Wednesday nights and isn't usually home until around 11:00 p.m.  So, Jonah is finally accepting that it is just me on Wednesday night.  He really misses his daddy but he is also bothered by the fact that we have to rush through everything.  Since we get home 1.5 hours after their bedtime, the bedtime routine is rushed and not very special since I'm trying to get both of them down in record time.


After getting Micah in bed, Jonah's teeth brushed and clothes laid out for tomorrow, we snuggled in his bed to do his devotion.  The topic was worry.  The writer used 1 Peter 5:7 as the reference.  The opening question was "Do you ever worry?"  I asked Jonah the question and he said "Oh, yes!  I worry all the time!"  That shocked me so I quickly asked what he worried about.  He said "I worry about you and daddy when aren't here!"


The nature of Dan's job takes us out of the home a lot but I never knew it worried him.  So, I pushed a little more.  I asked him if he worried something would happen to us or that we wouldn't come home.  He said no to both of those.  Then he said "Well, I guess you wouldn't call it worry...more like miss.  I just miss you when you are gone."  It was so sweet.


Then he said "But I do worry that you go too fast when you put me to bed on Wednesday.  I worry that you need to slow down and read more stories.  That's what I'm worried about!"



Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sweet...

LOTS of pictures to post but I just had to share this one from today.  Love it...and him!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Reflections- Kindergarten Year (County)



I'm not sure if you read the post about PTA Reflections or not, but if you didn't, click HERE to read it so you'll understand this post.  Current?  Ok, we can keep moving.  We got Jonah dressed for his big awards night at the Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences then went outside for some pictures.  Doesn't he look like such a big boy?
Some friends from church, Jerry and Roxanne came over to watch Micah for us.  I'm so glad they did because we thought Jonah's deal was just a reception.  We had no idea it was also a sit down awards program.  Micah never would have made it through that and one of us would have missed Jonah's big moment because we were outside with him.  I wanted to take a picture of Jerry and Roxanne with Micah.  Except, he kept looking and they didn't.  ;-)


We got to the museum just in time to check in, get Jonah's name tag and then view some of the winning projects.  He was so little compared to most of the kids there.  The program is for Kindergarten through 12th grade.  His age group was definitely the smallest in number.




Here he is seeing his project for the first time since it left his hands at his school.  He was so impressed to see it there with all of the others.




A man offered to take our picture as a family but the first one didn't show his project because of the glare and Jonah had his eyes closed in the second.




Jonah was especially happy to see his Principal, Ms. Link there to support him and the other two students.
One of the other students representing our school also goes to our church, Lorelei!  She ended up winning first place at the county level.  Quite impressive.  


All of the students had to sit in assigned seats in the auditorium.  I thought that would freak Jonah out but it didn't.  And, our seats ended up directly behind him so that made him me feel better.  I wanted to take a picture of him in his seat.  So, I tried.  Like, 32 times!  He closed his eyes EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.  I'm attaching a few of those so you can see. 








Wait, wait...I think we got one.  But, it was kind of a goofy smile, so I tried again.  
Nope, not gonna happen!


I'll show you the video of him getting his award before you see the pictures.  Because he was so little, when he walked out, the entire auditorium did a collective "awwww" and it continued most of the time he was on stage.  Unfortunately, you can't really tell that because this was shot on Dan's Iphone rather than our video camera.  





Yep, he got 2nd place for all of Volusia County in his division.  The first lady put his award (certificate, ribbon and gift card) in his left hand and taught him how to shake with his right hand.  Then, he shook the hands of all the important people there.  


























Here is Ms. Link with her three students who won awards at the county level.  (Lorelei got 1st in Dance, Brendon got 2nd in Music and Jonah got 2nd in Photography)








These three people (I can't remember their official titles) who were on stage spotted him afterwards and came over to tell him what a great job he did and how cute he was.  


His favorite part of the whole night was the reception afterwards.  He asked if he could have three cookies.  I said yes.  He said "This is a wonderful night!"










That night, as I was putting him to bed and saying prayers with him, he said "Tonight, I felt happy!"  Oh for every child to have a night like that.  At just 5 years old, he had a sense of pride and accomplishment in something he had done.  And, it made him happy.  As you might imagine, I was pretty happy too!

Oh, and in case you are wondering about Micah's night.  I got a text from Jerry that said "Everything is great!  When you said busy little boy you really meant, BUSY little boy.  We're loving it!"  Now, maybe they understand why I bought Micah a onesie yesterday that says "My Mommy Is Exhausted!"

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