Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

1. Well after my glowing post about the best case scenerio happening on Friday, things didn't pan out quite too lovely for Easter. By Sunday Zach and Zane had the stomach bug and I got to have that lovely experience Sunday night into Monday. We've all survived now, but did have to miss the Blakley Farm Easter Egg hunt and hopefully didn't get everyone else in the family sick in the mean time. I hear Aunt Abbey held back some eggs for us so maybe we can have a hunt this weekend in our backyard.
 
2. Saturday morning we went to the Myriad Garden Easter egg hunt, which was highly anticlamatic. I'm glad we didn't get there early at all because our five minutes of build up was way to much for the maybe four eggs Zane actually got to find. There was clearly not enough eggs and way too many kids. They did have people throwing candy around on the ground after all the eggs were gone, so kids could have something to pick up, but I feel like you should just start with more eggs. And to the parents of the kids whose baskets were over flowing, share the wealth people. Ro didn't get any eggs, except a pitty egg some nice man put on a chair for him, so he could at least pretend to find one. The Easter bunny was there but Zane was, "just a little shy" and didn't actually want to talk to him. After the "hunt" and pizza we headed to the farm for more Easter fun. 
 
Ready for the hunt!
 I love this picture of Zane showing Rowan all the candy he had found. Rowan did love his basket and kept a tight grip on it all morning, even though he didn't really have anything to put in it.
 These two are quite a pair. I loved Maggies gorgeous Easter dresses!
 
3. At the farm we flew kites in the crazy wind. The minion kite did amazingly well, Yoda blow up kite I got for Brendan not so much. Rowan struggled to stay standing in the wind, but did manage to stomp around in the wheat field a little with the other grandkids.
 

  
4. There were two trees and all sorts of plants to help Grandma plant. Zane sustained two injuries to his hands upon arrival which meant lots of bandaige changes all weekend. But he had lots of fun digging in the dirt and playing in the gardens with his cousins. Maggie and Zane seemed to have a blast together at the farm swinging, riding bikes, and generally running around crazy.
 
 Zane and Maggie's no shirt party, brought on by spraying each other with the hose, of course.
 
5. In adorable news Zane has started pushing Rowan on swings and actually doing it quite well. He started this on our daily trips to our neighborhood park, but this weekend was the first time I got a good picture of it. It's so adorable to see him being such a great big brother. 

 I don't know that Rowan is really sure about this, but it actually goes surprisingly well.

6. Saturday night was Easter Vigil at Bison, the church where I went growing up. This includes the Creation Story, which always makes me cry. It's so moving and adorable watching all the little kids. I dont' support the whole thing not starting until 8p.m. though. This meant that the boys were exhausted before we even left, making taking pictures of them in their matching outfits all but impossible. We made it through the creation story, with Zane taking up a lilly and a star. Zane was that adorable kid who peaked his head out from behind the taller boys and waved with great delight when found Zach and I in the crowd. So cute and he didn't appear to be scared by the whole experience. After the creation story the boys and I went outside to check out all the statues of angels, Mary, and the shrine. 

 Literally took probably fifty pictures trying to get a good family shot or one of the boys but none of them turned out very good. The one of Ro below is the best by far.
 
7. The Easter Bunny came on Sunday morning and did not disappoint. There was lots of chocolate, bubbles, books, balls, and all sorts of fun. Zane, unlike myself as a child, dug right into his hug chocolate bunny. I use to savor my bunny for weeks. I had to cut Zane off after the head so he would eat breakfast. Turns out I don't think he was feeling well all day as he really didn't eat much of anything else Sunday and threw up all over my car on the way home. Rowan was slightly confused by the Easter basket, but did enjoy some chocolate and his ball. 
 



 
 
8. This years new Easter tradition was cascarone, which are eggs filled with confetti that you throw at things and then confetti goes everywhere. What could be more fun than that?? It was quite celebratory and the kids loved it!
 
 

 The very festive yard was the end result of all our fun!
 
8. Thanks to my illness Sunday  night the eye doctor situation has been post poned yet again. I am on my last pair of contacts so this is starting to become a crisis. Thursday Zane has his much anticipated trip to then dentist then he will be my buddy at my eye doctor appointment, and hopefully we can get him registered for swim lessons that day as well. We missed the early sign up date with me being sick. Here's hoping there is still a spot. God knows he won't forget that I told him he was going to take swim lessons. That kid remembers everything. 
 
9. Also in the midst of the illnesses and vomit clean up I managed to wash Zach's cellphone, which was still in the pocket of his shorts. So he got to (had to) buy a knew phone yesterday. Life is so expensive, and frustrating, but I guess we'll write that up as a little life tuition. Sigh...

10. Lastly, this could be my favorite shot of the whole weekend, because it sums out how different my two boys are. Rowan sat in this chair, on mom's porch, for a solid twenty minutes. He was doing absolutely nothing, besides hanging out with Aunt Abbey, Aunt Kari, and myself. I went inside a few times and every time I came back out there was Rowan just big chilling in the Adirondack chair, munching on some crackers. I don't think Zane has ever set still for that long in his entire life. Love it!!
 
 The look on his face always cracks me up to, like he is saying "mom what is the big deal, I'm just chilling in a chair, why are you taking a picture?" Love my little peanut, maybe he does have some traits from his namesake after all.

Hope everyone had a safe, happy Easter, healthier than our family! We missed all the Korenak clan. I'm sure Korenak Easter at Val and Julie's was a blast, wish we could be in two places at once!
 
 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Prep 2014

Last night I arrived home from work to little Rowan throwing up everything he tried to drink. He was dying of thirst and really wanted to chug entire cups of Pedialyte, but then promptly would throw it back up. He finally gave it up, half cuddling me, just in his diaper (clothes privileges had been lost hours early) while I watched the season finally of Scandal. Which, as a side note, was completely asinine, as I had expected, but entertaining.

It was one of those nights where we laid down to sleep bracing for the worst. The worst being Q2hr vomiting from the baby followed by big brother waking up throwing up as well, with the added possibility that all four of us could be praying to the porcelain God's by morning. However, the best case scenario prevailed here, and there was much rejoicing!! Ro got up a few times and we gave him small drinks of pedialyte and then he requested to go back to bed. What a good little sick boy. This morning he seemed a little less energetic but brought me a thing of mandarin oranges for breakfast, which he kept down great! He did spend most of the afternoon taking an epic nap, the likes of which his Grandpa Blakley would have been terribly proud of. At the four and a half hour point I woke him up because it was two thirty and I wanted some hope of him sleeping tonight.

While Ro slept Zane and I had lots of Easter fun. We dyed Easter Eggs, after much conversation about what the word dye meant, verses die?? This is very confusing and I couldn't figure out how to explain that to a three year old, so the verbiage was quickly changed to "coloring eggs" so as to avoid any confusion about death being involved in our Easter fun. I was amazed and impressed by his patience, his attention span, and how very careful he was with all our different tasks. We did all the activities that come in the PAAS dying kit. We did the wrappers that suck onto your egg in boiling water, which Zane found to be a fascinating 'smearment.' Really all of our egg coloring was a great experiment. We left eggs in all the colors while we put the wrappers on, so that some of the eggs would actually get to beautiful dark color. We put stickers on some after they dried, we colored on them with crayons, making purple minions, monsters, and writing our 'letters' (aka names). I couldn't believe that at the point he had finally lost interest (which was probably a solid 45 minutes later) we had just run out of eggs to dye. What are the odds??

Zane called his dipper a bat for some reason and could not have his mind changed that it wasn't really a bat. He also enjoyed pretending to have a monocle, which was highly entertaining. At least this year he put the eggs in with the dipper, but taking them out still pretty much involved putting his whole hand in the cup.

 Pure excitement, ever so gently, putting his first egg in a cup.
 Zane even got to put his eggs in the boiling water and watch the wrapper suck onto it. He loved it!
 Carefully drawing a purple minion egg.
 The tongs could get them out of the water sometimes, but he had to rearrange them all on the drying wrack so he still ended up with very colorful hands.
 Here are our beautiful results!

After this I was prepared to sit and rest, but Zane and his crazy good memory, reminded me that we still needed to make bunny rolls and bread. We had ever so briefly discussed this in the morning and I had fully banked on him not remembering about it, but did buy some yeast just in case. Let me start by saying I am terrible at making bread, it stresses me out, and usually doesn't go well. But I was ready to give it the old college go in the Easter spirit. Zane was very excited that we were finally going to get to use the 'caption hook' thing on the Kitchen Aid mixer, and we were going to use the spill guard, which was a whole knew, cool attachment he had never even seen before (again, I never make bread). The cooking part went well and as I was kneeding it I turned around to find my little Zane, diligently cleaning, with Clorox wipes, the mixer and counter. "It not shiny yet mamma, we not done." In the midst of his kindness and trying to be helper, he spilled one of our two long term experimental eggs, that had been set aside to see how dark they would get if we left them in their cups all the way through naps. This means that my counter top is now tan with a bit of pink hue to it. It will get better, right???

Ready for action, waiting for the milk to cool. He was taking his bread making very serious, spatula at the ready in case of an emergency.
 Tasting time!!! He loved the Captain Hook attachment.
 And here is a child after my own heart. He got everything nice and shiny. Notice in the background the pink egg dye spilled all over the counter and the pink egg clearly out of it's cup. Oops!

Sadly the bread making fell apart at the very last step, right about the point where I stopped reading mom's detailed instructions, but to fair the instructions to the final step were not included in my handout. I took out our bunny rolls, which look more like fat rats because I made them too big, but it's ok. Then I took the bread out, when it was ever so slightly browned. I, being apparently an idiot, try to it turn it over onto a cooling wrack, and it fell in on itself, rendering it terribly ugly and obviously under cooked. Yet another bread failure on my part. The rolls I think will at least taste good if they do look like field mice with multiple stab wounds. Zane went a little crazy "adding eyes" all over their fat little bodies. Good times!! I don't really want to put a picture of this failure on the world wide web, but here goes.

 Note to self, smaller balls for our rolls next time.

In the afternoon there was a small Easter Basket debacle. The debacle being that Zane is a liar and told his teacher that the blue camouflage basket was his, so she wrote his name on it and he took it home. Turns out it was some other poor little boy was devastated today at the thought of not having an Easter basket for Easter. So we had to take it back and have a conversation about the difference between wanting things and them actually being yours. Apparently the note about the Easter Egg hunt specifically said not to bring home baskets, per Zach, so Zane hadn't brought one. Who knows, but I feel bad that he borderline stole an Easter basket.

As for the rest of our Easter celebrations Zane and I have gone over the plan for tomorrow roughly eighty times today, but he still can't seem to grasp it. We are going to a big Easter Egg Hunt at the Myriad Gardens THEN going to Grandma's to fly kites. He is very confused, but I'm hoping we will all have a great time hunting eggs in the morning, with his very own Ninja Turtle Easter basket. I'm holding my breath that Zane doesn't start vomiting tonight and sending prayers over to the Richard's kiddos who apparently might be battling a stomach bug as well. It would really be tons of fun if the whole Blakley crew could make it up to the farm for Easter. Here's hoping!!

P.S. I'd like to wish my sister in law Trina a very Happy Birthday today!! Hope you had a wonderful day!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tales of a TET Baby....continued

I find it odd how often Zane's stripe, surgery, or general medical history come up in our daily lives. It doesn't really bother me anymore, or send me realing into a dark place, but it's odd, and strange how much that event has shaped things, and changed our story.

Last night, before bed, when Zane was cuddling Mooley, we were talking about how long he had had her and that she had been with him at the Towers. I told him there were pictures of him as a baby, in the hospital, cuddling Mooley, after he had gotten his stripe. Of course Zane wanted to see said pictures so off I went to get the picture album labeled September 2010 to May 2011. Not an album that I really like to look through often. But Zane was very interested, looking at all the pictures of him in the hospital and after he got home. He studied them closely and at one point said, "it was a boo boo before it a stripe, that weird." I guess he hadn't really put two and two together that his stripe is really just a healed wound. So interesting to see his little mind working, figuring out that the baby in the pictures was him and that where the baby had a big boo boo is now where his stripe is. Lots to wrap a three year old mind around.

Then today I spent a lot of time at working trying to get Zane a prescription for antibiotics that he can take before his dentist appointment next week. This is a huge pain and involved me explaining TET to multiple people, recounting his heart history, all while knowing that his actual cardiologists don't think premedding with antibiotics is even necessary for teeth cleaning. But dentists I'm sure aren't messing around with a three year old who had a TET repair. I'm fine with erroring on the side of caution, but again just strange how often this comes up in my daily life.

When I got home from work, and was trying to pry any morsel of information out of Zane about his day, Zach said that two girls told him that Zane had lifted his shirt up on the playground, and this comical conversation ensued. "I just want to show the girls my stripe." "Did you show your teacher?" "I not show her, just the girls." Followed by an adorable ornery grin. "What did they say when they saw your stripe?" "They say ooh grouse." Giggle giggle. "Did they actually say that Zane?" "No, what they actually say is, put your shirt down!!" Hysterical!!!! And we live to fight another day without bullies or mean kids, just little girls equally disgusted by all boys chests, with or without a stripe. But Daddy was quick to encourage Zane to keep showing his stripe to the ladies, they will find it very cool soon enough.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

1. So it snowed yesterday. Of course I was off work to enjoy the freezing, windy, temps. I went to the eye doctor in hopes of simple, "here is another year's worth of contacts." But per usual I need to make time to do this twice as well. This doctor is the first doctor in about nine years of contacts that thought I needed a less strong prescription, which lead to a day with a splitting headache, squinting and not being able to see well. So I go back next Monday to try again. Why must everything be so difficult?

2. Zane's current, new, obsession is the Ninja Turtles. I have no idea where he originally found out about them, but ever since he chose the Ninja Turtles as his one licensed t-shirt, he has loved them. Daddy found some Ninja Turtle episodes from his childhood on streaming Amazon, I downloaded the theme song, and this weekend Daddy got out some of his old Ninja Turtle toys and the obsession is complete. He is growing up too fast and is so big I can hardly stand it! Sadly the Ninja Turtle toys have been put on the chopping block of my, almost four year old, doesn't stop pooping in his pants. Yes, years later we are still having this conversation.



 In the Ninja Turtle spirit, mom and Zane died some Ninja Turtle eggs while I was at the eye doctor.
 Oh and this afternoon we found this treasure at the store. 
Take note of his handsome haircut.

3. Last week the boys and I took a quick day trip up to Grandma's to help plant some veggies and have some farm fun. It was a gorgeous day and we had lots of fun, even though Rowan wasn't feeling the best in the afternoon. Here are Grandma and Zane working on planting potatoes, onions, carrots, and some dill. Next time we are going to plant a tree and maybe some flowers. 



Here is Ro baby, with his newly jubby cheeks, after enjoying a wagon wide. His face is changing again, which kind of makes me sad as I know this year it will move more and more away from his sweet baby face.

4. After naps we took the boys down to wade in the creek. This is an activity that I did all the time as a child. Looking back on how we use to wade the creek it was pretty grouse/dangerous. There were no water shoes, usually no adults involved, and there were lots of cuts on random pieces of glass while wading in the nasty creek water, but boy was it fun. Zane loved walking the creek with mom, while Rowan was miserably hot (see fever from above teething situation) and did not the cold water or the sand. Ro and I headed back to the house rather quickly, but mom and Zane did a lot more exploring without us. 

 Ro and I's beach front selfie! Mom's camera give us a nice bronze.



5. After yesterday's struggles today I was bound and determined to get out of the house for an adventure. I feel like we don't go do fun things as much here, there are less to choose from, and less friends readily available to do stuff with me. So this morning the boys and I went to the OKC Science Museum, which was worlds of fun. We got there right when the doors opened so pretty much had it to ourselves for the first 45 minutes, before the field trip crowds arrived. This worked out perfectly since I didn't have anyone with me to help with the boys. I'm so happy to report Zane did amazingly well listening, staying by me, and no fits were thrown this day. More than I can say for yesterday. So we had a celebratory early lunch with Uncle Able. It was a great morning.

I loved watching the boys play in the tractor cab. It was odd that everything inside wasn't caked in red dirt, but lots of fun!!  How adorable is this picture!
 Brother microscope time is always fun!

 Rowan could not figure out what to do with this, absolutely no idea that it was a phone. I tried to show him how to use it, but I don't think he was buying it. So funny!!

 6. After months of trying to explain to Zane that he doesn't need to carry Rowan places I think he is starting to get it, just a little a bit. He now is a big helper and holds Rowan's hand, walking him out to the car, every time we go somewhere. It is so precious. We're still working on Zane not trying to pull him, just walk slowly beside him, but this morning it worked perfectly and was so adorable. 


7. I have been trying to get my life pulled together a little bit as of late. We are trying to get our finances situated, try to find a way to pay off some debt and save some money. Trying to get back into exercising and eating better, and trying to get myself, and everyone else caught up on their doctor's appointments. That means for the rest of the month, every Monday, and sometimes other days, there will be doctor's appointments for someone. I hate it really, but part of healthy life I guess. Up next my second eye appointment and Zane's dentist appointment next week. I think we're going to have Mommy and Zane's day of fun afterwards, which should make it better.

8. We are all getting excited for this weekends Easter festivities. I haven't been at the farm for Easter since before Dad died. I am excited to see/possibly have the boys take part in the creation story at Bison, a very fond memory from my childhood. However, this mass doesn't start until 8pm so I doubt we will make it through the whole thing, since 8pm is bed time on a usual night. Saturday morning we are hunting Easter Eggs at Myriad Gardens and I'm sure there will be plenty of eggs to hunt at the farm as well. Stay tuned for pictures of the boys in their matching outfits, complete with matching bow ties. It should be amazingly adorable, if they can stay up that late! 

9. The Easter pictures should be interesting this year after Zane's experiments with hair cutting tonight. Last night both boys got hair cuts, which went as well as they ever do, with a little blood shed from Ro's ear, but who is counting. This evening I had to do my usual second round trim up of Rowan's hair so it doesn't stick straight up in the back, it still looks pretty terrible. I sat the scissors down for 2.5 seconds to wipe hair off Rowan and Zane proceeded to take a chunk out of his hair. The scissors had been sitting on the counter in his bathroom all day, so I guess we are lucky it only looked this bad. Also lucky he didn't cut his finger off with the incredibly sharp hair cutting scissors. With his Blakley come over it is less noticeable, but possible buzz cut in my sweet blonde headed boy's future, which will be devastating. I'm sure we will laugh about it some day, not yet... soon!


10. In lovely rental house news, which is always soooo exciting, after a month of calling and finally threatening to try to get out of our contract (again) they finally came and did some repairs. The section of fence, that had fallen into our neighbor's yard, was replaced, we now finally have a fully functioning dishwasher, most of the broken boards on the deck have been replaced, and they picked up the shingles in our yard. Our yard is now covered by new shingles, courtesy of  windy Oklahoma, but it was a nice gesture at the time. Our washing machine has broken again (fourth time for those of you keeping count). We have given up and are going to switch it out with an extra one mom had. Epic failure!!! 

Happy Easter Week Everyone!!!



Thursday, April 10, 2014

13.5 Month Old Rowan

I hadn't planned on doing a 13 month post, but I feel like Rowan has changed so much during this month, it warrants a post. Rowan has quickly gone from a a tiny person who hates eating to kind of a chunkier who can't stop eating. He will eat anything and everything and does all day long. I'm not sure what he does at daycare, I'm sure they can't feed him all day, but he makes up for it on the days that I'm home home with him. I wish I could get into his little head and figure out his thought process on what he decides to bring me from the pantry. It ranges from applesauce, to mandarin oranges, or green beans, or apple crisps, or fruit pouches, or peaches, or goldfish crackers, and the list goes on and on. I have had to set a three banana limit for one setting because I'm pretty sure he would eat banana's non-stop if given the chance.  This picture is how I would sum up Rowan at 13 months. This is how he spends a good portion of his day, kicking his feet in the high chair, yelling "ahhh daaaattt" unnecessarily loudly when he is out of banana, camelbak always close at hand.


To help with all the eating Rowan is in currently in the process of getting five teeth. Two of his top molars have already come all the way through and now his bottom two molars, and the other front bottom tooth, are coming in. His mouth is all swollen and looks terribly painful. He is taking a lot of Tylenol and Motrin and spending lot of time biting his little hands. He gets his teeth brushed at the same time as brother every night and does great opening up and saying "aahh" on command. Very cute stuff. All his teeth have led to some biting of big brother, all of which were done in self defense, but still not good. Hope he doesn't bit kids at school. We haven't heard anything, but as I recall from working at a daycare they have to be a repeat offender before they tell you. 


Rowan has  started to try to talk this month. He can say ball, that, kind of 'done', more, and makes the same noise every time I give him something, that I take to be thank you. He says bubba when he sees Zane in the morning and has started trying to sing along with Zane and I when we are singing. In the past week he has started to dance and sway to music as well, which is so amazingly adorable. He will sway back and forth in his high chair and has mastered the baby bouncing dance. My favorite was when Zach was playing Here Comes the King Budweiser song (in honor of baseball season starting) and Rowan was bouncing and squealing with glee!! He claps and sings in the backseat with Zane was well, which makes car rides a lot more fun. 

 

Ro is learning news things everyday and can do some much more on his own. He follows little commands like "go get your milk" or "go to bath time" or "go outside." He can nods and bouncing with excitement when I ask him if he wants to eat as well. He has started playing by himself this month, with actual toys, which is cute to watch, and a new development step for sure. He spends lots of time playing with balls, his ball machines, climbing on his slide, playing with blocks, and all his little people animals/vehicles. Zane and Rowan continue to work on playing together nicely. So far Zane playing catch with Rowan seems to be what works best or maybe Zane giving Rowan car rides in the backyard. Ro has learned a few very little things too such as where his nose, teeth, and ears are. He has answered all those questions correctly separately, but does get confused a lot. He can play peek-a-boo with you, but did figure out that daddy was just under the blanket the other day and hadn't completely disappeared. He gives kisses and hugs when he feels like it, but usually isn't too affectionate. 


We're still feeling out his personality, but from what I can gather so far he seems very laid back, until he isn't, then he has quite the temper on him and becomes highly impatient.  He doesn't seem to need to be constantly running like his brother, sometimes he can be found sitting playing with a toy, or chilling on the couch, things completely unheard of for his brother, at that age and to this day. Now that he is feeling better he is doing pretty well at sleeping, while his big brother still gets up at least once a night. Ro loves his naps and recently has started going into his room when he is tired. Yesterday I found him laying on his bedroom floor, playing with his shoe, around two o'clock. I had lost him, which happens frequently throughout the day, so who knows how long he had been laying there. Probably would have fallen asleep soon, had I not found him. Sweet baby! 
 
He is doing better in daycare, less crying, and I think sleeping better there as well. He struggles to stay awake until I get home, but when I walk in the door he toddle runs himself over to me, with his little arms outreached, "mamma, mamma." The best thing ever. He promptly has to go to sleep, but such is life.
I love my little man and can't believe how big he is getting. It kind of breaks my heart, but such is life.