Sunday, September 26, 2010

This Little Niece Of Mine...


Madison James arrived Friday morning at 12:20am. She weighed 7 lbs 12 oz and was 20 in long!

I am so excited!

I mean seriously, how cute is she?!


Funny enough right after posting about our last trip to Seattle, I am back in Seattle!

Preston's pretty excited about little Madison too.


Well kind of. Although he is definitely taking to her faster than he took to Mason. Now that he knows what it's like to have a cousin it's been a little easier. I'm for the most part allowed to hold her and snuggle her. He's only told me to hand her back to Jen once since we've been here. Which is a big improvement from Mason!

For now I'm going to go ahead and attempt to get my fill of this little girl and fight the serious case of baby fever that she has given me!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Seattle!

Oh that's right, we went to Seattle. Ummm when was it? Oh yes, a couple weeks ago. It's about time that we caught up on this one.

What did we do while we were there? It's a good thing I took pictures, or I could forget things!

We went to the zoo. I love the zoo. I think it might be because we don't have a zoo. It was just me and Preston as Brad only stayed through the weekend. I went over and over how I wanted to play it since it was just the two of us. We usually bring a stroller. But Preston also usually wants to walk too at some point. That wasn't going to work out with just me. I couldn't push the stroller and walk with Preston when he wanted out. We talked about it, we being me and Preston - he's getting so big now, and he said he could handle walking while we were there and that he would listen.

Miracle of miracles, we survived. We stayed at the zoo for six hours just me and Preston with no stroller. I did have to carry him for some of it. What can I say apparently he does run out of energy. But still six hours without a stroller with just me and Preston. It was kind of exciting that he's big enough that we can now go stroller less.

We checked out the animals. And picked out some favorites. Preston loved the meerkats. Who can blame him they are just so darn cute. We fed a giraffe, Preston's second time doing this. It really is just so cool to see them up close and personal. We played. We explored. We fed the birds. We had ice cream and Preston made more than just a mess. I took pictures. We had fun.


Another day we explored Alki Beach with a friend I used to work with before I had Preston. We ended up picking up lunch and heading to a park to play some more. The park had this little tire swing. Only it was a much more exciting tire swing. You climb up on the platform and then onto the tire. Then you ride the tire down the wire and once you've picked up a decent amount of speed, the tire hits a stopping point on the wire and the rope the tire is hanging from flies forward. Preston loved it. I was so nervous every time he went because when you hit that stopping point and fly forward you really fly forward and I was worried he wouldn't be holding on tight enough. But each time he hung on. He went over and over again. Finally I decided that I needed to try it out. OMG, it is a good thing that Preston went before I did, I honestly don't know that I would have let him do it if I'd done it first. It was terrifying and exciting all at the same time.


Before we headed back home, we spent a couple of hours at Seattle Center playing. Preston love love loves the rides there. He could ride them over and over again. And that's exactly what he did. Over and over again. Or at least over and over again until he ran out of tickets.


And when the ride tickets were gone, I bought tickets for me and Preston to ride on the monorail. Preston loves trains and always gets so excited about riding the monorail. We took a round trip ride and on the way back got to sit right up front by the driver. Preston also got to honk the horn when it was time to head out. I think that pretty much made the day perfect for him.


We didn't just explore Seattle while we were there. We also got to spend time with Jen before she has my niece! We shopped for baby gear and clothes. Oh the pink! I loved shopping for little pink things! I got to put the nursery together too. Oh my word people. It was sooooo freaking awesome being able to nest! I don't know if you remember me having mentioned it before or if I've actually mentioned it on the blog but I know that I am not ready for a baby yet BUT I am ready to nest. I just wanted to wash and fold and put away little baby clothes. Put crib bedding in. I wanted to organize little diapers! And put together swings and play pens. I've been ready to do all of the things that come with having a baby, except you know the actual baby part. I'm not ready for that part just yet. But guess what? I got to get that nesting thing out of my system while we were in Seattle!

Eventually though it was time for us to head home. Brad missed us and we'd been there for a week in a half so I'm sure Jen was ready for some quiet before she has a little one of her own making all the noise!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

It's A Good Thing...

We made it to the beach while we were in Seattle a couple weeks ago.


Especially since the weather has been so Fall like since we came home.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Sickies

Preston is sick. Officially sick. He was up all night with a stuffy nose and a cough. Which just in case you were wondering means I was just up all night.

Even better is that when I called Brad to tell him that Preston is sick and by the time we got up this morning had added fever to his symptoms, Brad told me he's pretty sure he's getting sick too.

Awesome. Just awesome.

Even better is that I've been telling myself all weekend and part of last week that on MONDAY, it would be back to life as normal. You see we've been in a little bit of a funk. It's partially the weather, it's been crappy. Partially that we have no actual schedule with Brad's schedule lately. And mostly just because I don't want to do anything AT ALL. That was supposed to end today, but now with Preston being sick it looks like I get an extension and we get to hang around home and not get dressed and watch movies all day. Besides the sick part that really doesn't sound so bad.

As for Brad, he is partly back to work. Which really is better than not working at all. But still isn't as great as it would be if he was working again full time. That we're still waiting on. And not so patiently, at least not so patiently on my end.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Playroom Changes

Moving the playroom from downstairs to upstairs was part of our to do list for the summer. One of the easier things in fact. Lucky us it is finally complete. We officially moved the two rooms around earlier this summer but still needed a thing or two to finish the playroom up. After our trip to Seattle we got exactly what we needed from Jen. More toy storage. The room is now complete.

Wondering why we decided to switch our large master bedroom into a large playroom and turn our slightly larger than a normal room playroom into our bedroom? Brad was too when I first mentioned the idea. Although I have to be honest it wasn't my idea. When a friend suggested it to me I couldn't figure out why I didn't think of it sooner.

See the problem is that the floor plan was perfect in our house for us when we first moved in and it was just me and Brad. When we got pregnant with Preston all that changed. The master is on it's own floor and that meant Preston's bedroom had to go on a different floor. When I was pregnant this didn't seem like a big deal. When I had Preston the idea of putting him on his own floor sent me into a panic. I kept putting off putting him in his own room and putting it off until finally I just said screw it because it wasn't going to happen. That was a problem too because at some point Preston is going to have to start not only sleeping in his room but also sleeping in his own bed. Which led up to my friend suggesting that we move our bedroom into the room across the hall from Preston's bedroom. It just didn't seem like it would work because I wanted to move downstairs permanently and that bedroom will eventually be the nursery when we have another baby.

Which is how we ended up switching our bedroom and our playroom around. It really was a brilliant idea. I wish that I could take credit for it. You see our bedroom was too big for a bedroom. Does that sound silly? It really was. It was overwhelming. One of the previous owners of our house had taken the two bedrooms and turned them into one giant bedroom with a giant closet. There was too much space and we just didn't have enough bedroom stuff. And in my effort to fill the space I was destroying that I wanted my bedroom to be a comfortable and calming area of our house.

On the other side, the playroom wasn't big enough. We just had way too much stuff in there. The size of the room versus the amount of toys that Preston has someone accumulated meant that we had toys all over the house. By moving the playroom upstairs we were also able to move all of the toys from all over the house into the playroom. Now we only have toys in the playroom and Preston's bedroom. It is sooooo nice to have grown up areas of the house again! It also works out really well because now the playroom is on the main floor, which means that Preston actually plays in it more. Imagine that, playing in the play room.

It's really not just a playroom either. It's like another living room with a lot of toys. It has the couch and tv that Brad had years before we moved out. I keep thinking long term with the room and how freaking awesome it is going to be when Preston starts having sleepovers and such because him and his friends have a huge room all to themselves!

Curious about how it all turned out?


I'm pretty excited to have it all in one place.

I've also decided that we are cancelling Christmas and birthdays next year because obviously Preston has more than enough stuff! Ha!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Doctor Visit

Somebody in our house went to the Doctor today.

It was Preston!

It was time for his three year check up. Well, it was actually time for his three year check up over a month ago but we've been busy and our Dr books out pretty far for those kinds of appointments. If Preston's sick we can get in right away, but if he's fine and it's time to have a well child check we have to book months ahead.

We even ran into a friend in the waiting room, who's daughter made it absolutely painful that I know we aren't ready for another baby yet. She was just so freaking cute! And even sick she was being so good! It made me want a baby sooooo bad. Or maybe it just made me want to take Piper, her daughter, home with me so bad!

The appointment went great. Preston was about as big as I expected him to be. He's always been tall and with us having been to places lately that require him to be a certain height to participate, like the lighthouse, we had a general idea about how tall he was going to be. Any guesses? He was 40.5 inches! That places him in the 95% for height in his age group!

I was most curious about how much he was going to weigh. I'm sure you've heard me mention over and over again that Preston is a picky eater, so I wasn't sure where he was going to fall in this category. He actually weighed 34.5 pounds! Placing him in the 73%! Not too bad for my little picky eater!

I talked to the Doctor about how Preston eats too. I personally am not so concerned with it. He's obviously still growing. For me it's one of those things where listening to other people tell me what I'm doing wrong makes me feel very insecure about Preston's eating habits. I try very hard to remind myself that I know that he will start eating more of a variety as he gets older and that he is not malnourished or too skinny or not growing, it's just one of those things that the more I hear it from people the more concerned I get. Not any more! Hearing our pediatrician tell me that I shouldn't be worried AT ALL was like having a huge weight lifted. He even took it a step further by pulling up Preston's height and weight on graphs and showing me where he charts in comparison to other children his age. Preston is sitting right where he should be. His pediatrician told me that if it was something that I was really concerned about I could give him a children's vitamin, which we already do. Score one for us! He also said that when we give Preston meals we should give him something that we KNOW he'll eat and whatever we are eating as well to introduce him to new foods, this is something we do at home a lot of nights. Score again for us!

I did talk to my pediatrician about the flu shot at the end of the appointment too. I feel much better about it. Much better. He walked through my concerns with me and explained the parts that I was questioning. We are planning on getting the flu shot at this point. I feel much more confident after having talked to our pediatrician. And thank you Carrie for your two cents! I really appreciated it especially as one of my concerns was how new I thought it was. But having it pointed out how the formula for the flu shot is changed every year and that the formulas for other shots, that I feel completely comfortable getting, change as well I'm looking at the concept of the flu shot with H1N1 in it in a different way. Our Doctor's office doesn't have the shot available yet, but we should be able to get it at the end of this month.

Preston seemed to really enjoy the whole experience of visiting the Doctor. While we were waiting he was dying to go back and have them measure and weigh him. I'm sure it helped that he wasn't getting shots or anything unpleasant at this visit. And that we haven't had to go into visit the Doctor since his two year check up. He was so grown up while they did all of his check up. Until I wanted to talk to his Doctor. Then he turned into the three year old that I know and love these days. He entertained himself by turning the light on and off and seeing how hard he could slam the door to the room. Good times. When we left and the Doctor told us that as long as Preston stayed healthy this year he'd see us next year, I believe I said, "Yeah, now we just have to survive three."

Oh yes, we just have to survive three. Two months down, so what we've only got ten months to go? Ten long months. At least he's healthy! :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

To Flu Shot Or Not To Flu Shot...

I"m stuck.

I am a big fan of the flu shot. A big fan. Preston gets it every year. And so far it has worked really well in our house. Preston has yet to catch the flu. KNOCK ON WOOD! I've gotten it the last two years and had the same experience of not catching the flu. Last year Brad got the shot and we managed to keep our entire house flu free. It was glorious.

Last year they added in the H1N1 shot. After much deliberation I decided that while I was a huge fan of the flu shot, I just didn't feel sure enough about the H1N1 shot to get it. It just wasn't for our family. I read up on it. I talked to people. I stressed about it over and over again. Feeling like I was in a losing situation. If Preston caught H1N1 I would wish he'd gotten the shot. Especially since everything I've heard about H1N1 is absolutely horrible. But on the flip side what if Preston wouldn't have gotten H1N1? I would have felt like I'd gotten him the shot for no reason and what were the possible long term side effects? I seriously went back and forth over and over again. Before finally deciding that we would just not be getting it.

This year I'm back in the exact same spot. Only this year in order to get the shot that I fully believe in, the regular flu shot, I have to also get the shot that I'm unsure of, H1N1. That's right this year they've added H1N1 to the regular flu shot. Which really puts me in quite the predicament.

Preston has a Doctor appointment tomorrow so I'll find out all of the details and whether or not it would be possible for Preston to get the flu shot without the H1N1 added in. Either way I'll get to weigh our options with the advice of our pediatrician. I know I'll feel a better after I've talked to him about our choices and pestered him with questions in hopes of deciding what is right for us this year.

I took to Facebook earlier tonight to ask for advice and thoughts from friends and family about the whole thing. I only feel more confused now. The results were so split. Many of my friends choose not to get the flu shot. Many of my friends choose to get the flu shot. I respect all (okay most, HA!) of them and really value their opinions. I was hoping it would be a little easier. Couldn't everyone just have the same answer and a perfectly logical and unarguable reasoning behind their decision? Is that too much to ask? Was it too much to hope that when I took to Facebook the answers I got would be enough to take me from undecided to positive of one way or the other?

I'm not sure what we're going to do at this point. Brad is very much against the H1N1 part of the shot, as am I. But at the same time is it worth it to get the H1N1 part of the shot in order to be covered by the rest of the vaccine? Or should I just suck it up and face the idea that we might just have to deal with the flu this year? I have no freaking idea. If only this whole grown up and parenting thing was easier.


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Movie Weekend

You'll never guess what we did this weekend? Just try. Go ahead.

Did you guess that we went to the movies? I guess that I might have given it away just a little bit.

But we did. All three of us. That means that yes indeed we did take Preston, the THREE year old, to the movies. And amazingly enough he did great.

You see me and Brad were supposed to go to the movies together on Friday night. My Mom had offered to babysit and we were all set to go. Kind of. I told Preston that he was going to go play at Grandma's house while Mommy and Daddy went to the movies. Preston did not love this idea. He informed me that he really want to go. He wanted to go to the movies with me and wanted popcorn too. How he knows that you get popcorn is beyond me because seriously the last time that he went to the movies was like two years ago. But he knows and he wanted to come and he wanted popcorn.

Then I talked to Brad and he was tired and really didn't feel like going. So we canceled. I called my Mom and told her that it wouldn't work but thanks for offering.

When Brad got home Preston very excitedly told him we were going to the movies. Um what?! Clearly there was some confusion on Preston's end. But that confusion was enough to make Brad decide that he was up for a movie now. Only this time instead of it just being me and Brad it was going to be me, Brad, and Preston.

I was nervous. Preston is not exactly a calm three year old. Ha! That's the understatement of the century. But I figured what the hell let's see if he'll sit through a movie. We decided to see Despicable Me and I found it playing at the theatre at the mall right after dinner time. So off we went.

We ate before in the mall court. I feel that I should mention that Preston ate a chicken strip! Oh yes, that's right, a chicken strip. Mostly the chicken on the inside and he, wait for it, liked it! Add that to the list of things Preston will eat! It is growing slowly but surely. One day the list of foods he'll eat will be bigger than the list of foods he won't eat, ONE DAY!

We then headed into the theatre, where now Preston was not only requesting popcorn but an icee as well. A quick stop to the bathroom and we were in our theatre, just in time for the movie to start.


Preston sat great for the first half of the movie. I think the icee helped.

We did have to get up and go all the way down to the very front row at Preston's insistence half way through the movie. We didn't last very long down there. Not because it was so hard to see the movie but because Preston wanted popcorn and it was back up at our seats with Brad. We climbed all the way back up and went up one more row with our popcorn. Where Preston happily sat the rest of the movie. He spent the time asking questions and telling me what was happening in the movie.

I'm so excited that Preston is now old enough to go the movies! I'm sure it helped that we haven't taken him in so long so he was sooooo excited to go, but now that I know he'll sit it looks like we'll be going again!

Only next time we will NOT be going to a Regal theatre. HOLY EXPENSIVE! I'm not even kidding. It was insane how much the whole thing cost. Seriously. It was $8 just to get Preston into the movie. HE'S THREE FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! That's highway robbery. Especially since the theatre by our house is soooo much cheaper. We will definitely plan better next time so that we can not only go to the theatre that is closer but also save A LOT of money for the exact same experience. Only with better food, I think!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Still Laid Off

Oh yes, you read that right.

Brad is STILL laid off.

STILL!

What was supposed to only be two weeks, is now four weeks.

FOUR WEEKS!

Even better, Brad has talked to his company several times now and they have no freaking clue when they will be ready to bring him back.

We know that there is a job that they should be bringing him back for, but the start date apparently keeps getting pushed back.

It's been fabulous to say the least.

Here's hoping that something happens soon before I lose my freaking mind.