Thursday, May 31, 2012

hands, feet, mouths, a marathon and a fish named Dry

I totally did it again. I jinxed the whole darn family again. A day after my last post a malicious virus appeared in the form of a high fever, vomiting, sore throat, etc for Cy. A few days later he broke out in a rash. Then it set in for Arlo. Same deal but with some bonus side effects like blistering fingers and feet.
It was Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease. Not the thing the cows get. Totally different. A virus. Not sure why they call it a disease. Regardless of what you call it, it was a nasty, pernicious little bugger.

Poor Cy had to miss his last day of school! We sent a note:

He was initially very sad to miss his last day until I reminded him that he "had" to spend the day in bed, watching movies. His dream day.

Anyways, the boys are better now. Just some lingering runny noses. Not at all contagious anymore. However, this mama woke up the past few days with a sore throat and a general malaise. Normally no biggie. This Saturday, however, I have big plans. I have been running (not nearly enough) to get in shape for the Twin Cities Half Marathon. I feel like I have barely crossed the "in shape-enough" threshhold to actually run this thing. Now I am hoping that this cold doesn't interfere. It is a big deal to me because I am running it as my personal "in memorium" tribute to Grandpa Cy who died last year at this time.  Keep your fingers crossed for me, will you?!

And now on to boobs. Have I told you that I am still breastfeeding? Arlo just turned 10 months and we are going strong. It aint easy though. Just today I had to sit in the kid-row of the mini-van in the "jump-seat" that is squeezed between the two car seats, angle Arlo on my lap & nurse in a parking lot because we hadn't been home in hours. Feeding a wiggling, pinching, hair-pulling, easily distracted 10 month old while Cy, who was strapped in right next to me, wipes his orange goldfish-eating sticky fingers on my blouse's sleeve is a challenge. Makes me daydream about what my girlfreinds are doing at THAT moment: having meetings, sipping coffee, checking facebook, in their super cute business outfits. And in moments like those I think about how this is probably the last baby and these are the last few months that I will be doing this. Ever. That makes me happy. And it makes me nostalgic & very sad. Such is the life of a mom of young boys.

By the way, if you want to hear a "real" breastfeeding story, ask me about the time we were driving to the cabin for Memorial Day and a tornado was on our tail and Arlo was hungry.

Anyways, I wanted to write about breastfeeding because I'm at the point where people are starting to say "you are STILL breastfeeding??!" "But he has teeth! He's so big"! blah blah blah. There's this moment in time where you go from being congratulated on still breastfeeding to being looked at funny (like I'm that mom on the cover of Time.) I swear there is no in-between. So let me explain something. Babies cannot drink cow milk till they're at least one year old. That's what's recommended everywhere. Google it. So they can either have formula or breast milk for the first year. Or a combo of both. I choose to give mine the gift of breastmilk. That's that. Dad, did you read that? ;)

Speaking of my dad, we had a great Memorial Day weekend up at their cabin.We reunited with Jim, Jeff & Carol whom we haven't seen since the winter and spent time with Lauren and her fiance Steve who just got back from Afganistan (so romantic, he proposed right when he got back!) And they asked Cy to be the ring bearer. He just beams when he talks about it.

So here are a few shots from our first summer escape:
 Patrick "demonstrating" the slip & slide.

 Arlo started consistently pulling himself up to a stand AND clapping the weekend we were up there! Hands, Foot & Mouth ain't going to slow him down!

So after our trip Up North, we got back & Cy woke up on Tuesday with exciting news. He had gone 7 nights in a row with a dry diaper! Which meant he could have a pet fish!! You know the cliche about how kids make you feel like you are re-living your childhood? Well man oh man could I just feel the excitement of getting one's own first fish!! Happiest boy on the block I tell you. And the icing on the cake? He named him "Dry" in honor of his dry diapers. Cy & Dry. Has a nice ring to it.

And finally, here are a few pics from our Cy & Mama outing this week: swim lessons followed by a romp through the Mpls Sculpture Gardens followed by breakfast for lunch at the Uptown Diner.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

beautiful weather and lots of outside time

Now that the weather is awesome I am starting to really get to the feel for what life is like with two boys. It means 4 feet to wash. 20 fingernails to scrub. 4 pockets to empty of sand. 2 pairs of wet jeans to wash. You get the idea. Arlo is on the move and will not be left out! He crawls in the sand, mud and grass and follows Cy all over the back yard. He's our little 4x4 off road baby. Both boys find so much joy in being outside. A few days this week we only went inside for naps. We ate all our meals outside. Lots of bike rides, parks and backyard fun! 

 new water toy he got for his birthday. It has locks and pulleys and all sorts of devices a 4 year old would love.
 Arlo loves trucks and cars these days. Did I mention he likes dirt too?
 photo taken approx 1 second before Arlo's face made contact with Cy's shoe!

 Cy & I went on another epic bike ride while Arlo stayed home with Nana. This time we headed west and found the jackpot park. Its about a 6 mile bike ride on beautiful trails that meander through woods and over streams and past lakes to get to it.
 Cy doused all his clothes and had a great time trying to catch minnows with his bucket. That water was cold and he did not care in the least! Luckily I had packed a spare change of clothes in the bike trailer! I think that we will have a spare outfit for both boys no matter where we go all summer. They seek dirt!
 That night we picnicked at another park called Shady Oak. It's also on a trail that runs from our house. It was just me & the boys because Patrick was having a glorious evening of golf.
 Last night Patrick had the two boys and mama got in some girl time. Cy was enchanted by these little ducklings.
And today they were back at another park.

Now that we are all active, mobile and healthy - there is nothing holding us back! I am really looking forward to an adventurous outdoorsy summer!!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

well we have a 4 year old and a 9 month old now!

 Cy & his gal pal Georgie hiding out in our tent at Patrick's softball game. Man do kids love tents!
 Arlo in his jean shorts sitting on top of the ole minivan

 weekly "picture by Cy"
 Our little blue eyed smiley guy
 Dinner over at Stevie's house.
 Then grandma & grandpa came up. Took Cy fishing.
 A nice fat bluegill.

Very early birthday morning. Outfit #1. A huge thank you to all the relatives who sent gifts! So thoughtful. Mr. Cy was just in heaven. He loved each and every one of them!!

 Birthday breakfast. Homemade Belgium waffles. Outfit #2. While eating breakfast, Cy and the family listened to the radio. Patrick's cousin, Tom, who has a radio show announced on air that it was Cy's 4th birthday!! Cy was thrilled!!
 On his birthday we planted a ton of seeds. Maybe we will have some basil, mint, lavender, oregano, tomatoes, cucumbers. broccoli, cantelope, and flowers in a few months!.
 Then Cy &the family took his new bike out for a spin! This is the first time he rode it. (outfit #3)
 So proud. He also insisted on getting the helmut with the big shark fin on top of it.
 That night we all went to dinner at The Malt Shoppe. Yum!!  (and, finally outfit #4)
 Fishpa rode in the back, sandwiched between the car seats. Loved every second of it. (Can't you tell by his expression?) Anyways, this was the ride home after a nice 4th birthday. I'd say that Cy went to bed content that night. Lots of outside time. Lots of special treats & presents. And a huge sundae to cap off the night. What more could a 4 year old ask for!?
 While Lynn & Fishpa were here we took lots of walks & hikes. The weather could not be better!
 Tonight we had the Emmers and the uncles (Tim & Mike) over for a birthday/mother's day celebration. I received this card from my boys. I think it's a keeper.
 A quiet Nana moment
 The boys basking in the sun. The weather was just perfect.
 The grandma's busy snapping pictures and helping with dinner & the table prep.
 A quiet boppa moment

 Bucky badger sweatshirt, oshkosh overalls and two buck teeth diving into corn on the cob.... some things never change...