Saturday, February 28, 2009
Aiden and I went to the mall with my mom and sister today. While we were waiting for my mom to get her hair cut, Aiden noticed all the colorful gumball machines in the middle of the mall. I have never let him have one before, but my sister was getting one, so I thought that I would let him try one. I haven't had a gumball in forever and I decided that I was going to get one as well. Aiden did fine with his gum until he dropped it on the floor and I had to throw it away. Of course, he wasn't too happy about it, but he got over it pretty quickly.
We had gone out to lunch and Aiden had brought his to-go cup in the car. Once he finished it, I tossed my gum in the cup. We went to a few other places and later in the day, I bought a water. When we were in the car, Aiden asked if he could have a drink. At first I handed him the bottle, but my sister told me that he was getting spit all in it. Then I saw his cup, poured some water in it, and handed it to him.
When we got home, I brought the cup inside and went to pour out what was left of Aiden's water before throwing the cup away. As I was pouring out the water, my gum fell into the sink! I felt awful for giving him a drink with my old chewed gum in it!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Yesterday, we were driving home from my grandmother's house and Aiden was playing with a baby rattle that he had found in a box at her house. I asked him if he wanted to share that toy with the baby since he has so many big boy toys now. He said, "No. He needs to get his own toys." Uh oh! Looks like we may need to work on sharing!
It was getting dark and Aiden asked me, "Why does the moon come out and where is the sun?" I started by telling him that we live on Earth. He said, "But we're getting ready to move to Washington DC." It made me laugh but I continued my explanation even though I knew it was a little advanced for him.
Aiden and I went to my parents' house this evening. While he was playing, Aiden found my mom's dish gloves and immediately put them on. He ran into the living room and started squealing, "I'm Mickey Mouse!" I didn't get it at first, but my mom was cracking up. She said, "You know how Mickey Mouse wears those white gloves..." Oh! We watched Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on Monday. I can't believe how many details he picks up and remembers!
It really made me laugh when I searched for a Mickey Mouse picture and saw that Aiden was even doing his arms the same way!
He was so proud and excited about coming up with this idea. I just had to get it on video!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
And like most other awards, this one comes with a set of rules...
List 7 things that you love and then pass the award on to 7 people...tagging them and letting them know they won! You can copy the picture of the award and put it on your sideboard letting the whole wide world you are KReATIV!
I'm going to keep my Love list light and fluffy and totally random!
1. I LOVE my family. I have an absolutely amazing family. I love how I can count on them for anything.
2. I LOVE spending time with Aiden. I can't wait until September. Once we move to Washington DC, I get to be a stay at home mommy and spend all my time with Aiden and the baby!
3. I Love to run. I really like running in local races and winning medals! Unfortunately, my doctor advised me not to run during my pregnancy since I had preeclampsia with Aiden. :(
4. I Love step aerobics. I'm still allowed to do that! I have some DVDs that I do at home. I try to do it five times a week, if I'm not feeling too sick.
5. I Love getting cupcakes from one of our local bakeries. They have the Best buttercream icing! (I'm going to post a picture of those cupcakes soon)
6. I Love going to OB appointments. That's the only time I look forward to going to the doctor!
7. I Love the beach. I love everything about it. The sand, the tide pools, the ocean, the sharks... (finding shark teeth!) And Aiden has so much fun. I love just watching him run around!
And now I pass this award on to:
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Finally, a good one!
That's my boy. Never a dull moment around here!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Today's mostly melted snow:
A day at the park (A week and a half ago):
Aiden really likes playing with Kenai. He was more interested in walking her around on the leash than playing on the playground! We could do that in the back yard!
Normally, I really enjoy the snow, but I'm done with it until next winter! Aiden and I are really looking forward to having more park days.
A quick update: My grandmother is originally from Germany and she met my grandfather when he was stationed there with the US army. They were married when she was 18 and she then moved to the United States. I can only imagine what she is going through right now. Aiden and I have been spending a lot of time with her trying to keep her spirits up and once we get home at night, I've been too exhausted to blog. My grandmother is lucky to have a great support system, a big family and lots of close friends. I know that she will be happy again.
I don't really know how you're "supposed to act" when you lose a loved one. I love my grandfather and I miss him terribly, but I think it's time for us to get back to our normal day to day routine. (Is it normal to feel guilty about that?)
Monday, February 16, 2009
My grandfather has not been conscious since before his surgery last Saturday (Feb 7) and he continued to show no signs of improvement. On Friday, we were notified by the doctor that we had three options:
- Opt for the double amputation in which he had a 1% chance of making it off the operating table
- Take him off the ventilator and just see what happens (he wold still be given medication so that he would not be in pain) or
- Or leave him on the ventilator and wait
None of the options offered the possibility of recovery and we already knew what my grandfather would want. The family decided to take him off the ventilator. This was to take place on Friday evening. While we were waiting to tell the doctor our decision, my grandmother started having severe chest pains. The nurses sent her to the ER and she was admitted to the hospital. My grandmother then had to have a heart cath and several ultrasounds. She wasn't released from the hospital until Sunday evening. During that time, my grandfather remained on the ventilator.Last night, we went to the hospital and met with the doctor again. My grandfather was taken off the ventilator at 6:10 that evening and began to breathe on his own. However, since only 20% of his heart was functioning he didn't have a chance of living.
I have an absolutely amazing family and I am incredibly lucky to have them. We had 18 family members in the ICU waiting area and the chaplain commented that he had never seen a family with that much support. Someone was with my grandfather from the time the ventilator was removed until the time he passed away this morning. They were saying a prayer in his room with him when he took his last breath and they said that he looked really peaceful.
I've spent most of the day with my family and will spend this evening with them as well. I am really sad right now, but I know that my grandfather is no longer in pain and he was ready. He believed that he would be going to a better place. With all the love and support my family has been given, we will be strong and we will heal.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Ready for assembly
"Can we make another one, Mommy?"
A card for Daddy
Aiden had a lot of fun making his "hoo-hoo owl" and it really lifted my spirits. I'm going to really focus on spending time with Aiden and doing activities that are fun for him. Not only is it good for him, it's good for me as well.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
When Aiden was younger, he always liked to load Papaw up with toys.
My grandparents on Halloween
Christmas Eve: enjoying some yummy food
Friday, February 6, 2009
For the last two weeks, Aiden has been waking up screaming for me 2-3 times a night. It's absolutely exhausting! So he's been day-time potty-trained for about a month now, but I put him in a diaper at night. He's almost always dry when he wakes up (without having to get up in the middle of the night to potty), but last night, he woke me up at 1 and 3 and needed me to take him to the bathroom. Then he had a bad dream at 4:30 and then again at 5:15. The fourth time I had to get up with him, I laughed and told Matt that he must be preparing me for September. It's not even 9:30 and I'm having trouble keeping my eyes open! How am I going to do this without caffeine?! It's going to be a long day!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
He's really enjoying his chapstick right now! I should have thought about giving him that this morning!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Aiden's favorite game is playing Mommy or Daddy hoo-hoo. As soon as I pick him up from my grandmother's house, he will say, "You be a hoo-hoo tonight?" He absolutely loves this game and would play it all night if he could.
The game is kinda like hide-and-seek. Matt and I will take turns holding Aiden and the other one will be the hoo-hoo. The one holding Aiden hides and the hoo-hoo flies around looking for them. We can never really hide with Aiden because he yells and giggles the entire time. When the hoo-hoo flies into the room, Aiden will scream, "Hi!" Then he will throw out his arms for a hug and say, "I like you!" Whenever we play a game like this or hide and seek he gets a little bit scared or anxious. But he loves it and asks to play again and again. Go figure...
Another hoo-hoo game consists of him hiding from the owls under a tent (his blanket). He will giggle and ask if the hoo-hoo is going to peck him. Then he will peek out and I will fly over to him and peck (tickle him). Then he will be the owl and I have to hide from him.
As much as he likes owls, he is afraid of these:
He calls them daddy hoo-hoos.
He has been really scared to go into his room for the past couple of weeks because he thinks a daddy hoo-hoo might be in there. I've tried everything I can think of to reassure him that hoo-hoos are nice and that there is no way that they can get into the house. He will still sleep in his room at night, but he will not go in there during the day~ not even to get his blanket or bring me a book. He will grab my hand and say, "Come with me, Mommy." I know he will get over it soon, but I wish there was something I could do to make him not be afraid now.....
Monday, February 2, 2009
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I can't wait to share all of my favorite things with someone! I've already started making my list!