I [heart] Davids It helps me to say these things aloud, I think.

September 30, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me!

Filed under: Birthday — JeniQ @ 10:35 am

What a fabulous birthday week I’ve been having! Dave started it off right on Sunday with birthday cake and prezzies. The birthday cake was a “Peppermint Patty” cake. Four layers of chocolate cake, two layers of icing, two layers of peppermint ice cream with M&Ms, and whipped chocolate icing all around the outside. HEAVEN!

And for my birthday I got a CD I’d been wanting (Colin Hay: Man @ Work), two gorgeous pictures of me and my little men, and a Netbook, affectionately named Dean.

Amy sent a package full of goodies that Henry helped me open this morning. And he had lots of fun popping the bubble wrap! Dave’s mom gave me some comfy slipper socks that are infused with aloe. My mom gave me 4 bottles of nice wine and some cash (yeah!). My granma sent me a check and I also got a Caribou gift card. Speaking of Caribou, I had to stop by this morning to take advantage of the free cup of coffee they gave me because it was my birthday! Woot!!!

September 26, 2010

Two and a Half

Filed under: Henry — JeniQ @ 3:23 pm

Henry is two and a half! And he loves tacos.

Our little man is really getting big. He has a terrific vocabulary and is speaking so well and so clearly. He keeps surprising us with the things he says, including a recent request: “I need to watch Thomas!” He is pretty much your average two and a half year old. He is by turns sweet, tyrannical, funny, demanding, affectionate, playful, stubborn and curious.

He has fairly decent table manners and likes to eat a variety of foods, including his favorite meal of sushi rice, avocado nigiri and edamame. He is still taking one nap a day for about two hours; nighttime sleep is from 8 PM to 7 AM. He brushes his teeth twice a day. He helps around the house with chores. He puts his dishes in the sink and his dirty clothes in his laundry basket.

He loves playtime outside. Inside, his favorite toys are probably his Matchbox cars and his wooden train set. He loves to read and put together 5-piece puzzles. We think he’s super-smart, of course. We adore him.

Eight pictures after the break!

Six Months Old

Filed under: Linus — JeniQ @ 2:23 pm

Linus is now 6 months old. Here’s an update:

  • Weight: 18# 12oz
  • Height: 26″
  • Head: 17 1/8″

Linus is doing great. He’s rolling over both ways and he’s starting to rock backwards up on his knees. He’s meeting all his milestones and, as you can see by his growth, he’s clearly thriving. He sees a developmental therapist once a week, and she thinks he’s sharp as a tack and very strong. Everyone agrees that he’s the happiest little fella. One girl said “He smiles with his whole face.” He is just as cute and sweet as they come. He loves, loves, loves his big brother, and will always watch him if he’s in the room. And he loves his mommy and daddy, too.

He shows no sign of getting teeth any time soon. We’ve started solids and I think he’s slowly warming up to the idea. He eats about 6 times a day (bottles or nursing) and we’ve managed so far not to supplement my milk supply. He is sleeping from around 8 PM to 6 AM, though it’s still not that consistent. He makes good dinosaur noises and coos.

Four Month Stats (7/20/2010)

  • Weight: 16# 14oz
  • Height: 25 3/4″
  • Head: 16 1/2″

Ten more pictures after the break!

September 15, 2010

Linus Surgery Update

Filed under: Linus — JeniQ @ 5:17 pm

You may already know about Linus’s medical condition. If not, read this.

In August, we went to the Colorectal Center of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to visit the world’s leading experts in the field of anorectal malformations. Dr. Marc Levitt operated on Linus and repaired the defect. We are so happy that we went to Cincinnati and had the best surgeons in the world taking care of Linus.

To learn more about the actual surgery and repair, click the More link below. But first, here are some pictures.
Linus’s “home away from home”

Hanging out with Daddy

Playing in his crib

With his Granma and Granpa

Hanging out with (a picture of) Henry

Looking sharp in his teddy bear gown

Snoozing after surgery

The very yummy Edible Arrangements bouquet Cristin sent!


Meet Scooby Doo

Filed under: Household — admin @ 4:42 pm

I really, really wanted a Scooba. But they are ‘spensive. So I found an affordable one on Craigslist. Which turned out to have a bum battery. So the seller sent me a check to cover the cost of a new battery. So now I have a Scooba with a brand new battery. For CHEAP.

I am in heaven. It gets the floors really clean. You don’t have to sweep before you mop. I love it. I wish I had more time to spend with my Scooba. Who incidentally I wanted to name “Sabrina” but who Dave calls “Scooby Doo.” I think Scooby Doo has stuck.

September 13, 2010

My Day

Filed under: Babies — admin @ 10:38 pm

Here’s my schedule these days. Seems pretty hectic. Feels pretty hectic, anyway.

6:00 Up to nurse Linus.
6.30 Diaper time for Linus including diaper change, bag emptying, gauze change, and putting on his daytime outfit.
6.45 Time for me to get ready – wash my face, iron my hair, get dressed. Linus gets floor time in the living room or jumper time in the bathroom.
7.05 Get Henry up. Pick out clothes, have Henry Brush his teeth and use the bathroom.
7.30 Finally get Henry downstairs for breakfast. Hopefully Dave and I get a chance to eat breakfast as well. Pack up pump parts, computer, lunch box, etc. to take to work. Put Linus down for nap. Attempt to get Henry dressed once he finishes breakfast.
8:05 I have to leave at this time so I won’t be late for work.
8:15 Actual time I leave.
8:40 Arrive to work.
Pump three times while at work so no lunch break or time to run errands.
5:00 Stop working, pack up pump, computer, lunch box, etc.
5:20 Arrive at daycare to pick up the kids.
5:45 Leave daycare with the boys and all their stuff.
6:00 Arrive home, nurse Linus.
6:15 Dinnertime, usually prepared by Dave. These days Linus joins us at the table to have some cereal or other baby food.
6:45 Wrap up dinner, clean up kitchen (almost always Dave).
7:00 Bathtime for Henry (and sometimes Linus) which includes about 5 minutes of cajoling to get him in and another 5 minutes to get him out.
7:30 Playtime for Henry and Linus.
8:00 Bedtime for Henry. Nurse Linus for 30-60 minutes.
8:30-9:00 Bedtime for Linus.
After the boys are down, I can take a shower, do laundry, pack up for the next day, pick up toys, get Hazel or ScoobyDoo ready to go, check email, blog, etc. Mostly I just want to sit on the couch and drink a beer, though.
Bedtime is between 9:30 and 11.

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