Apr 28, 2017

The Fourteen Month Comparison // Happy Friday

Yup, another one of these. Turns out Connor will never really catch up to her so I guess these just keep on happening.

As you can guess my little goon just turn 14 months. I don't know, but apparently it happened. And my little sweet potato turned 14 months back in December of 2013. Why are they growing so fast?

I hear from so many people that Connor looks so much Addison. I don't always see it when I look at him but when I see pictures of her at the same age it's definitely there. Sometimes I think it's hard to see for me because their personalities are so different. And of course I see them everyday so I don't even really see myself or Rob in them. They are just them.

The first things I did notice after putting these two pictures together is that he has more hair. Their eye colors are different (you can't see that here but hers are hazel like Rob's and Connor's is blue) but they have the same eyes. And those cheeks when their smile are the same.


Also OBMB will be quiet next week. I will be taking a week off from blogging. After being sick for this last week and just feeling drained and exhausted, I need to week to catch up on house stuff and just life stuff. So no new blogs next week. But make sure to catch up all the old posts you might have missed and maybe go back and read through some even older ones. And of course have a great week!

Have a great weekend!
Happy Friday!

Apr 27, 2017

Connor James: 14 Months

Dear Connor::

You are my little goon. And you are growing too fast. You have had quite the month this last month and I'm not 100% sure I'm ready for all you are taking on.

Early on in this month you started going down stairs. You have been going up for awhile but you just weren't sure about going down. But we worked with you turning around and you not happily started going down. You really preferred being carried. And when you wanted to actually did go down, it was more like a belly slide. You like going faster I guess. We were actually having a problem with you and stairs when we had the gates up you liked to stand at the top of the gates and edge your way to the stairs, play with the gates while you were still on the stairs, or just shake the heck out of the gates at the top when they were closed. It was making me really nervous actually. But as soon as we took down the gates, you stopped messing around so much on the stairs and started turning around right away at the top of the stairs when you wanted to go down or didn't even go near the stairs at all. You are a mystery sometimes.

You have become a lot more playful this month. You have definite likes and dislikes to playtime. One of your favorite things is peek-a-boo. You cover your face with hands then fly them open again with a big smile on your face. Or you will peek around the corner then hide again quickly. Or as simple as putting a blanket over your head then emerging again with a huge smile on your face. You have also gotten an interest in cars and playing in the play kitchen. Sometimes you just sit and examine things, sometimes you just bang things together or even throw things. But you are always playing and always checking things out. I have also learned that you have a deep love for Mickey just like your sister. If we are just having a bad day, I turn on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and you instantly start smiling.

Another new things just in the last few weeks is an interest in books. Once upon a time you would sit there and try to figure out how to tear a book apart but not so much anymore. Now you pull books off the shelf and either sit there and flip through them or bring them to me to read. After the book is over you sign more and we start all over again. At nap time I tell you to get a book to read and you go over and bring me a book. You just can't seem to get enough of books these days.

There are a few things I have learned about you that has been different than your sister already. You like to be right with me all the time. She would be sit independently keep herself busy. You like to climb all over me or sit next to me while playing. She would sit by herself and watch movies, you like to sit on my lap to watch Mickey. You seem to really like the cuddles. In some ways you are a bit more affectionate though. You have already started blowing kisses which I always get plenty of at bedtime.

You definitely like to go out and about. Often times when you want to go out you head over to the ottoman where we keep our shoes and bring a shoe to me. Or when I grab our shoes and jackets to go out you hold your arms out for your jacket. You love getting out and get excited as soon as I grab my shoes. You don't seem to care where we go, you just want to go.

The biggest thing from this month is that you took some steps all by yourself. You aren't officially walking and sometimes we really have to coax you into it but you are getting stronger and better. You are standing independently a lot more and even pushing yourself to standing in the middle of a room. You don't even really how steady you are yet. We even walk around the house holding just one hand and you do awesome. You will be on the move on those quick little legs soon enough. It just a matter of time.

You are just changing so fast and definitely keeping me on my toes. I'm constantly telling your dad how goofy you are. You just make us laugh on a daily basis. You are so active and curious. You like to cuddle and be involved. You are just an amazing little boy and I am so blessed to be your mom. I love you so much goon.

Love, Mama

Apr 26, 2017

A Day in the Life: 4.6 Year & 14 Month Edition

7:19 - I wake up to the sound of giggling and Connor talking. Rob had gone in to get Addie up. Connor is making noise in his crib. I have been sick and just want to sleep.

7:29 - Connor seems pretty sure he wants to get up now which means I have to get up now (yesterday he slept until 9). Rob heads down to put waffles in the toaster for the kids. Addie is still getting dressed. I'm working on convincing myself that I don't have a choice about getting out of bed today. (Telling myself there is a nap in my future doesn't seem to help much as it turns out.)

7:38 - I get Connor up for which he immediately does the sign for more. Apparently he's hungry today. Addie is downstairs eating breakfast already and Connor happily joins her at the table.

7:48 - I'm dressed and sit down for a quick bowl of cereal. Connor is eating quickly this morning so I don't have long to get eat.

7:58 - Everyone is done with breakfast. Rob and Addie finish getting ready to go to work and school respectively.

8:03 - They walk out the door. Connor is screaming his head off for some unknown reason. Apparently he feels about as good as I do this morning. Only he conveys his feelings by screaming and snotting everywhere. It's going to be a long day.

8:05 - I take him upstairs to his room to rock. Since neither of us feel so hot today I doubt I will get anything done. If I can fit in my workout at some point then I will be happy. The bathrooms can be cleaned another day. (No sadness there.)

8:17 - Connor calmed down and decided he was done rocking. He wanted town so he could check out his books. At this point I don't care as long as he's not screaming anymore. He now keeps bringing me books to read. His favorite is Amazing Airplanes.

9:05 - We head downstairs so I can finally work out. Connor meanwhile eats a snack.

9:34 - Done with my workout. So a little playtime for Goon and lots of water and sitting for the mama. Maybe I shouldn't have done this with me being under the weather but I had come so far and didn't want to miss a day. I do feel better than yesterday but still nowhere close to 100%.

9:53 - Connor is getting mad at everything today. I decide it's time to pull out the big guns. AKA I turn on Mickey.

10:12 - Hanging out with my favorite little goon. He likes to sit on the couch with me. I am putting up my blog while Connor watches Mickey.

10:35 - Mickey is done and Connor is hopping around the couch and looking out the window. i turn on cooking for background noise.

11:15 - Time to go get Addie. The weather is nice today so we are walking. Some fresh air will do us good.

11:37 - Back home again. And immediately they start making a mess together. So yeah pretty typical.

12:09 - We head upstairs for lunch. They are having chicken nuggets, veggie straws, string cheese and oranges.

12:41 - Kids are done eating and off again. I'm still eating so they keep each other busy. Now is just keeping busy [and happy] until naptime. It's just one of those days [which is why we will be eating takeout tonight]. But at least Addie and Connor are getting along today.

1:00 - Time to get ready for nap time. I change Connor's diaper then let each pick out a book. The three of us read together before Addie heads to her room. I sing to Connor then put him down.

1:12 - Take a breath - I made it to nap time!

3:00 - Addie shows up in the living room. I told her green 3 on her (colorful) clock and right on time here she is.

3:17 - Connor is up and crying. Didn't wake up awesome but he's happily eating a snack. In fact Addie is having a snack too. Dinner is going to be later tonight since we have to wait for Rob to get off, go get food, then get home. Until then it's a whole lot of play time.

5:33 - Rob is home and now we are all heading out together for food.

6:04 - Back home and dinner. We are having KFC in the living room while we watch Powerless. This is what happens when Mama is sick. [Yes I know this is out of focus. I am having a bit of camera issues today.]

6:35 - Done with dinner. Pregame and some daddy playtime, including some hide and seek.

7:40 - Time to clean up. The kids have a way of making a huge mess without playing with a thing. It must be a talent.

7:53 - Rob handles bedtime tonight and gives me a little downtime not having to mess with them for the bedtime battle. (Also no pictures because of that and those camera issues.) Addie pretty much gets herself ready while Rob gets Connor ready. He reads to Connor while the slowest girl alive brushes her teeth then reads to her. And they both go down for what we hope will be another quiet night.

After they go to bed, Rob gathers trash and I watch the game and work on the blog. Then we have a little downtime before heading up to bed.

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Apr 25, 2017

Tornado vs. Hurricane

In case you were wondering - or hoping - this blog isn't about the weather. Actually it's about my kids. I always joke with Rob that Addison is my tornado and Connor is my hurricane.

Addison's destruction comes suddenly and out of nowhere. It's just suddenly chaos and often you can follow her line of destruction. On the other hand Connor is my hurricane. His destruction is constant and all over. It's everywhere and all over.

A lot of the differences between them that I see is actually that Addie at the same age was on the brink of her regression and less active than he is now. I won't lie and say that I don't think about that Connor is just about the same age as Addie when she went regressed. I know the chance of what happened to Addie will happen again is non-existent but it's hard not to think about it as we approach 18 months.

But overall there are so many differences I see between them. Beyond one being a boy and one being a girl - I still know nothing about little boys - they are so different.

Addie has always been curious but she is cautiously curious. She never just jumped in. She would watch and observe before she would even consider getting involved, and usually even then I had to coax her into it. Connor just jumps in. He is definitely curious and impulsively so. He heads right into it - even faster if you tell him no - and you can see the determination on his face to figure it out.

Addie was always very independent. Her behavior was very repetitive (still is sometimes) and she was always very content to sit and look at books or play by herself. She wasn't one to really cuddle. Connor on the other hand loves to sit on my lap. Addie loved movies but would sit by herself to watch them; Connor likes to sit on me to watch. He wants me right there all the time.

Addie was always a good eater. Connor is for that matter. But Addison would eat just about anything and everything, however she had trouble knowing when it stop. We always talked about the fact that it was because we struggled early on with breastfeeding before we switched to formula. Connor is a little pickier. He likes what he likes. He will try new things but he rarely tries anything new without me having to force him to try it. He won't ever pick up something new to try.

It goes along with the curiosity thing, but Connor is a lot more daring. He wants to climb and explore. he wants to figure out stairs. He literally tries to check things out head-first. Because of Addie's regression and delayed gross motor skills, this was something we never dealt with with Addison.

There are so many things that make them different. I don't see it as a little boy thing or a little girl thing. I see it as their personalities. I could have had a little girl just like Connor. Of course compared to my very laid back Addison who went through a regression, any kid is active. Despite how different they are, I couldn't love them. I will admit that sometimes Connor completely wears me out. At 4 1/2 years ago, sometimes Addison drains me too. They are as different as night and day sometimes but yet they sit there and belly laugh together. They giggle and chase each other. They interact and can't wait to see each other.

I love my hurricane and I love my tornado. And despite their destruction I can't get enough of them.

Apr 24, 2017

Oh Monday

So I'm going to straight with you - I either have a horrible case of allergies (which is completely possible since I read that KC has the worst allergies in the country right now) or I have gotten sick. I feel like I was hit like a fast moving train over and over and over again, so I don't know what this is but I would be more than happy to be rid of it.

Where I'm going with this is that I feel awful. I mean like seriously bad. And actually I have a little boy who seems to be fighting the same things I am right now so I'm tired (not to mention I'm not sleeping great thanks to the drainage and really sore throat and runny nose).

Typing this much on a Sunday evening when I realized I had nothing ready for the blog on Monday has about taken it all out of me. So I have decided instead of sharing pictures of my favorite little guy who doesn't get near the amount of blog time that his older sister had gotten by the same age.

So enough of me and more of my blue-eyed goon....

Apr 21, 2017

The Tale of the Microwave // Happy Friday

If you know me at all then you know that I have a tendency to break things. Sometimes I don't know my own strength, sometimes it's just bad timing, sometimes it's my own stupidity. But I have a horrible habit of breaking things. It's pretty much all things too. I'm not picky about what I break. Check out this blog to read more about some of those things. That doesn't even go into the technology I have broken.

Anyway my talk about breaking things is leading to my story about the microwave.

We have had this microwave for a long time now. In fact Rob had it before we were together. It has traveled with us and served us well. I will admit that I may not have been the best at keeping it clean but sometimes the problem is out of sight, out of mind when it comes to cleaning the microwave.

Recently I have noticed that that the microwave has been acting a bit strange. I thought it was because we had a Kleenex box on top or because I'm just full of bad luck. But every once in awhile it would make a popping sound. It wasn't all the time and it wasn't every time it was used, and I thought it was just the plate off line but otherwise I didn't think much of it.

However it was a couple weeks ago now that I tried to heat up some chicken nuggets which so happen to be Connor's favorite lunch meal. It was almost immediately it started making a popping noise. But this time it didn't stop and was getting louder. Honestly I was afraid the thing was going to blow up so I rush over and stopped it. I opened the door only to be greeted with smoke. Now I don't know a lot about microwaves but I know they aren't supposed to smoke. I also knew that it wasn't because I burnt the chicken nuggets because they were in for about 20 seconds total.

But now I had a broken microwave or maybe it was just me. So I called Rob. It's always going to be weird when I have to tell him that "I haven't burned down the house but..." Since it was lunch time he decided to come home and figure out what was going on.

So he came home to check out the microwave. I made a sandwich for Connor by this point hoping he would eat it (up to this point he wouldn't eat anything but chicken nuggets for lunch). Rob decided to move the microwave to the dining room away from our eating kids to test it out. Meanwhile the whole time Addie is telling Rob all about the smoke and how we don't want to catch on fire.

Rob gets the microwave going and it immediately started doing the same thing. So he turns it off and we officially call it.

After many many years of good heating, it was time for our faithful microwave to retire. Rob went out to get another one and we replaced the microwave and that was that. Of course it took us a couple of weeks to finally remember to put it out with the trash but finally we have said good-bye to our good microwave and start our new heating part of our life with a new one.

And now cheers to you for getting to end of this very pointless story.

Have a great weekend!
Happy Friday!

Apr 20, 2017

A Pain in the Knee: Part XI (aka Life Since Discharge)

It's been awhile since I have written about my knee and in case you were wondering, my knee isn't 100%. In fact it's going to be awhile before it is back to how it was (or actually better), but I am making progress.

So since I left this story last I had been discharged from PT and cleared from the doctor to continue life normally. In fact I had no limitation placed on me at all since I was out of the danger zone with my knee. It was all about doing things at my own pace as I feel comfortable. 

I had been itching to get back to exercise for awhile now but I had been hesitating to do that until I was done with PT. I knew I had to continuing working on my knee but I was ready to be done with my PT exercises and push my knee a bit more. So after much consideration I decided to do just that. I stopped my PT exercises which I felt like I was stalling with it and just frustrated all the time.

So I have progressed to just working out. In a few weeks I will have more about my workout itself but the point now is that I have stopped doing the PT exercises which wasn't pushing my leg anymore and instead working out 5 days a week. Just in case anyone was wondering there is so much leg work in my exercises that I'm still definitely getting the work in. But I'm able to push it more because there is more than just simple squats.

I am also walking on a daily basis and if you have seen my house then you know I have a lot of stairs which is great practice itself. So my leg is getting all kinds of work on a regular basis and like I said I'm not in any danger with my leg now because it is strong enough now.

As for the strength in my leg, you can still tell that the muscle isn't there yet. My knee still swells sometimes - depends on the weather and how much I'm on it and if I got smacked in the knee by my 1-year old that day - but mostly it looks almost normal. The muscle is just just quite there. It's definitely getting stronger though. I can know get up off the floor holding Connor. I can walk up and down the stairs alternating feet holding Connor (although I don't do it too often because habit...?). I can squat and lunge. I can do little hops and have been working on jumping jacks through my workout. Running is a not there yet. I can do a small jog in place but it's awkward and feeling awkward. My leg wants to snap back straight without any control, so that's still coming along. Sometimes it still wants to give out on me but that happens less.

So I feel like it's doing much better. There are still some things I struggle with. It still gets stiff in the mornings and aches like crazy when I first start working out (it does stop doing that and stretches out over the course of the workout). I feel the weather changes. Sometimes if I leave it bent or straight for too long then it starts to hurt, but it's much better.

Can't say that I feel 100% awesome about the fact that I did this surgery in the first place. I know one day I won't say that and know that it was the right decision because no more worrying about my knee but those days that it just really bothers me, I have a hard time seeing that it was the best idea. But those days of hating that I had the surgery are mostly behind me.

So that's the short and sweet about my leg. I still wear the compression brace. I'm doing it less around the house but I still wear it quite a bit when I go out. I did do my first short walk without my brace the other day with no issues or pain or even it aching.

A Pain in the Knee: Part I (aka The Backstory)
A Pain in the Knee: Part II (aka The Surgery)
A Pain in the Knee: Part III (aka The Recovery)
A Pain in the Knee: Part IV (aka Physical Therapy)
A Pain in the Knee: Part V (aka Still Recovering)
A Pain in the Knee: Part VI (aka Knee Surgery & Recovery + Being a Mom = Really Hard)
A Pain in the Knee: Part VII (aka Brace Off)
A Pain in the Knee: part VIII (aka Walk Faster!)
A Pain in the Knee: Part VIIII (aka Outer Quad vs Inner Quad)
A Pain in the Knee: Part X (aka The Discharge)
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