Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Here kitty, kitty...

Have you ever wondered where the phrase "love you to death" comes from?

Love ya! Mwwaaahh!!

Ducks in a row

Last week Abbie had her first ear infection. Of course, both ears were infected and she was MISERABLE. And if baby ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!! Thankfully, the drugs are working, and she's finally feeling better.

One day last week (when she was drugged up on Tylenol and Motrin), she was happily playing in the tub with her duckies. She lined them up on the side of the tub. It was so funny! I just had to take some pictures and share them.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Chocolate is a girl's best friend

A girl is never to young to enjoy chocolate...or Diet Coke!

Sorry cutie. There's no way you're getting that thing open!

How to keep warm

This is how I find Austin most mornings....sitting on the heater vent in the kitchen with his blanket, toasty warm. Smart kid. Looks like we have a smart cat too.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Meet Raeyne

My niece, Raeyne Schvaneveldt, was born on January 21, 2009. She weighed in at 7 lbs. 4 oz. and was 19 1/2 inches long. She had her first bowel movement while still in the womb, inhaled it, and had to spend a few days in the NICU.

She's home now and doing great!! Grandma flew out from Pennsylvania to help out. I think this was the first time she didn't stay at my house. It was kinda weird. I didn't see her as much as I usually do, but hopefully she'll be back in May for Austin's baptism and definitely in July for Rachel and Skyler's wedding.

Monster Teeth

My boys are big time thumb suckers and there's no easy way to get to get them to stop. Austin's kindergarten teacher was the only person who could get him to voluntarily stop. They worked out a secret little finger-wiggling signal that she would do when he was sucking it. He would immediately take his thumb out of his mouth. I tried that at home, and he just laughed at me. So, I've pretty much given up trying to get them to stop. Nothing works, though people are happy to share thumb sucking stories with me (summation: nothing works till the kid is ready).

When the kids went to the dentist in January, the dentist finally said it's time for Austin to stop. After all, he'll be 8 at the end of the month. Since Austin is not willing to stop on his own, the dentist recommended an appliance (aka, monster named by Richie). So, Austin went to the dentist a few weeks ago and had a mold made of his teeth. A week later, the appliance was ready to be glued in. It wasn't quite what I expected, but it seems to be working!

Initially, he had a hard time eating and talking. He eats fine now, but still slurs his words a little. The first night he had it in, his finger was constantly in his mouth touching it. He hasn't sucked his thumb in quite a while now. Once he's gone a month without sucking it, they'll cut it down a little so it's not so in the way. After another month of not sucking his thumb, the dentist will take it out (but hold onto it for a couple more months in case he regresses). All in all, I'm happy with the results. FYI: The appliance is $350 and most insurances (like mine) don't cover it.