Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas

Maybe we'll pose better tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

December's New Pajamas

So yeah, Nicholas got a bit of a trim around the ears because of these pictures...

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Monday, December 18, 2006

It's Days Are Numbered

It doesn't really seem fair. Mom and dad have noticed that Benjamin has been finding his thumb latetly, almost as if he knows what's on the horizon...

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Got Vitamin D Cow's Milk?

Similac Alimentum, hypoallergenic formula: $25/2+-day supply+ Similac Isomil Advance formula: $25/3-day supply= Weekly Formula Bill with tax: $150Turning 1 and magically being able to digest Vitamin D cow’s milk:$148 savings/week (or less time on e-bay, buying-out sale stock, clipping coupons, and filling out paperwork at the pediatrician's and on-line for free samples if you're cheap like our parents.)Washing 10 bottles a day (up to 16 at one point) for 365 days+ Mixing formula for 10 bottles a day (up to 16 at one point) for 365 days= Dry, Chapped Hands, 182.5 hours vanished from life standing at the sinkTurning 1 and magically being less hungry and eating what daycare will provide:3.5 hours/weekSetting the 60-minute clock once a bottle is removed from the refrigerator+ Rotating formula supplies so that mixed formula is consumed within 24-hours= Chasing after a false shelf-life to avoid lawsuits for the manufacturersTurning 1 and magically being able to throw milk in a sippy cup and not worry unless it curdles (or go ahead and change it every hour--who cares its $2/gallon for that stuff!):2.5 bouts of diarrhea/weekNet Gain for Magically Turning 1:More time and money to spend on baby-proofing the house and yard now that we’re fully mobile. And maybe they'll get us some car seats that we can fit into now; Nicholas has about eaten all of the stuffing out of his anyway.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Monday, December 11, 2006

The Year in Review: Skepticism

I started out in my preemie outfit a little skeptical of the whole situation. And, after much thought, I can honestly say that I tend to remain a bit skeptical. They keep telling me to believe that they know what they're doing, but really?

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Three to One

Remember that extra arm I grew on Halloween because my parents dressed me up as Satan? The amputation didn't go quite right. Now I have some adjusting to do.

Tubes and Adenoidectomy (or One Boy's Search for His Arm)

I was confused initially because I couldn’t find my arm.

It wasn’t under the table in the play area where we spent our time waiting for the surgery.

The nurse had nice bubbles to look at, but not my arm.

Then Nicholas started blowing bubbles out his ear, so they put us under and gave us the surgery one at a time.

I wasn’t even sure when we got home if I had my arm yet.

But then, an hour later I woke up, drank two bottles and ate scrambled eggs and bananas, and all was well with the world and my arm.
Nicholas slept up for about 7 hours so that he could go on night shift last night.Mom said that we now both have tubes in our ears and no longer have our adenoids. We are “resting” at home today with grandma and grandpa, but this morning we weren’t feeling so bad, so I’m not sure why we have to “rest.”

Monday, December 4, 2006

Cold Weather, Animal Crackers, and Skipping Naps

See this? Uncle Brian was wearing shorts and a t-shirt. He was out in this for just a smidge over 3 hours; we were out in it for about 30 minutes. He ate some goo that he had taped to his body and water that people threw at him; we had animal crackers and looked at the Christmas tree and indoor fountain while we waited. At the end he did get to wear a big shiny blanket, but we thought it was so neat that he took it off so we could play with it. The best part was that we skipped our morning nap. And then, when mom put us down for our afternoon nap, Benjamin discovered that if you just make enough noise, Lori will come and play with you. When they left on Sunday, we both fell asleep during lunch we were so worn out.