Saturday, July 10, 2010
My little boy
The "baby" is fading fast...

I wonder...
...if I'm the only person who has a one year-old who chases the vacuum cleaner while I'm vacuuming rather than running from it?
Friday, July 09, 2010
My daughter has become a hypochondriac
Many, many weeks ago we discovered Emma had a UTI. We took her to Emergicare because we were in Nonitown and couldn't reach her pediatrician. She was prescribed antibiotics for a week and did the whole course just fine. However, she hasn't been right since then. Even though she's cured she changes underwear several times a day. It took me a while to figure out why I was washing twenty pairs of panties every weekend.

She's keeps coming to us with imagined afflictions. "Mommy, I think my leg is broken." "Mommy, I think I have poison ivy." "Mommy, I need a bandaid for my (week old and miniscule) scratch."

We had a big long conversation when she asked me what happens when you cut your tongue. I told her it bleeds. She was really concerned because she wouldn't be able to use a bandaid. I explained that it would eventually stop bleeding, but in the meanwhile you'd taste blood. "What does blood taste like?" Like sucking on a penny. Then an hour later she came to me, "Is my tongue bleeding?" I asked her why it would be bleeding, did she injure it? "No." Another hour later, "Mom, is my tongue bleeding now?"

Her current affliction is her ear hurts, inside and out she says. This one sounds like it could be legit so we're watching her closely. We gave her a children's aspirin for the pain and sent her to bed. At 3:00 a.m. she woke me (and Jack) because it was hurting again. Coincidentally M was at work getting some stuff done (don't ask) so I called him to let him know what was going on at home. He had found something to give her for water on the ear and planned to give it to her when he got home. I finally gave up on the idea that she'd go back to sleep and set her up with SpongeBob until her dad got home. She seems to be a bit better today, but complained again in the afternoon. This time M tried a decongestant. We haven't heard a word about it since. Wish us luck.

I guess my point it that even an entertaining hypochondriac can have a real problem sometimes.
4th of July Parade
The parade took a step backward. A different group took it over and now instead of ending with cookies and ice cream at the bottom of the hill, it ends with a lawn party back at the top of the hill. They also moved it from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., which put us in the blazing heat of the afternoon. It also put the sun behind the paraders so the pictures are much worse. Oh well, maybe they'll come to their senses next year and move it back to the morning. I think they may have ruined a good thing.

The participants were still cute, though.

Thursday, July 08, 2010
Baby Cheetos

When I think of Gerber I think of healthy baby foods. Good job with their branding, right? M came home with these a couple of weeks ago. They're called Graduates Lil' Crunchies. There's really no two ways about it, they're starter Cheetos, for babies. Gives me a little pause passing these out to my toddler. But, OMG, does he love them.
Awesome new playground
It bills itself as the "Dream Come True Playground." It was built to be accessible to kids with physical disabilities, but the only indication of that to the casual observer is the plethora of handicapped parking spaces. Otherwise it's just a 100% awesome playground. It's colorful, stimulating, and sprawling. On Father's Day there weren't all that many people there, which was nice. The next time we went on a workday evening it was packed. It's one more attraction to add to our list of reasons to visit Nonitown.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Momentous Occasion
Emma lost her first tooth at the pool this afternoon. Another mom gave her a graham cracker to snack on and the tooth came out. She'd never even noticed it was loose. Good thing we saw "Tooth Fairy" last week because now we know what happens next.

July 4th at the Pool
Noni and Popi came over on July 4th and we all went to the town pool for the afternoon. Jack had a great time, and Emma is as much of a duck as ever. Loves, loves the water.

Jack was trying to give the noodle to the lifeguard.