Since David was out of town this weekend on a snowboard trip, Hendrix and I took the opportunity to visit our friend's The Cope's in Shreveport. My sweet boy surprised me and did excellent on the 3.5 hour ride there.
Hendrix and Taylor have been friends for quite awhile now, and even though they hadn't seen eachother in months, they got right back into the swing of things like no time had passed at all.
Getting ready for bed was a big hit, who knew baths and teeth brushing was so much fun!
Saturday we all went to the Boardwalk and had a blast.
Riding on the "choo choo trolley"
What a great Daddy!
H's first carousel ride.
After the boardwalk it was naptime and boy did those two kids nap- 3 HOURS!!!!
Sunday morning Hendrix woke up before 7am and the first words out of his mouth were "Taylor, play!" We spendt the morning playing and enjoying a wonderful homemade breakfast, then we hit the road!
Thanks again to Katie, JT, and Taylor for a WONDERFUL weekend!!
...since I last blogged. Wow, how terrible is that? Thanksgiving and Christmas were spent hanging out with all the local family and some that dropped in from Kentucky. My birthday and David's birthday were great- nothing too out of the ordinary.
Hendrix had his SECOND birthday last month, and I still can't believe I have a 2 year old. This boy is so flippin smart. Just the other day I caught him counting to himself..up to 7! He's the apple of his daddy's eye, especially when he does things like pull his balance bike up onto the door/ramp of our shed and ask his Daddy to set his bike up so he can "fast, fast." David was grinning from ear to ear. I on the other hand was trying to figure out how much more insurance we will need if my kid is coming up with this kind of stuff and he's only 2!
This 2nd pregnancy is going great in terms of mommy/baby health. My body, however, is not treating me as well as it did with Hendrix. I guess it's the old lady in me but my hips and sciatic nerve are definitely giving me a run for my money. Well , that and the scale. Really hoping not to go over what I gained with Hendrix, but in all honesty I'll just nurse off the weight like I did the first time around. I'm dying to decorate the nursery, buy cute clothes, etc, but in case you haven't heard, David wants to keep this baby a surprise, so we won't find out if it's a boy or a girl until Birth Day. *yay* <--- dripping with sarcasm. The things we do for love!
Day 1 of Chicago was a take it easy and rest kinda day. On day 2 we were ready to go, see, and do. As we were walking to the bus stop, we discovered quite a sight.
How could we not take a picture of this eye-catching sight? This 30-foot eyeball sculpture, "EYE," By Tony Tasset can be found at Pritzker Park.
We started Friday with a trip to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. http://www.msichicago.org/ this place has a little bit of everything that young and old can enjoy. I think we spent about 3 hours walking around this incredible place. The first exhibit we visited was the Idea Factory. This really cool exhibit was only for Babies-10year olds and parents. The interactive activities, encourage scientific exploration,which allow them to discover scientific principles for themselves. Both of my boys had a blast here.
Farm Tech was the second exhibited we saw. Hendrix was very excited to see a tractor up close. It was at that point that I went snap happy with the camera.
There was way more than just the tractor at the Farm Tech exhibit but apparently not worthy enough for me to take more pictures.
Last but not least, a picture of David and Hendrix with one of Jeff Gordon's fire suits.
While that was a ton of pictures, there were so many things that were really cool that I didn't get a picture of. At the Science Storms exhibit we saw an indoor tornado, lightning, and mud slide. The museum also has a Transportation Gallery where, among other planes, there is a real full size United 727 hanging from the balcony, that you can actually walk through!
As much fun as the museum was, Friday evening was the real highlight of our week in Chicago. More to come in Day 2: Part 2.
David, Hendrix, and I just returned home from a WONDERFULLY FANTASTIC trip to Chicago for a 2nd year meetup of the Jan09Mamas. We went, we saw, we did, we ATE. The day before we left, Hendrix helped me pack:
Hendrix did wonderful on the plane, and was less than enthused with the train ride.
I personally found the public transportation to be very convinient! Turns out he just needed a snack to return to my happy boy again.
We soon arrived to our hotel, where all 17 of the babies/mamas (and some husbands and siblings) stayed.
We decided since there wasn't a whole lot of day left, and we were pretty exhausted from traveling that we would just grab an early dinner and walk around a bit. David was excited to eat at one of the three places that Man V. Food had visited in Chicago..so off we went to Gino's East Pizza. I just realized that we ate TONS of pizza but took no pictures of it! Regardless, the pizza was amazing, AND they let you write on their walls to commemorate your visit. Here is David leaving our mark.
Whew, all that was JUST Thursday, more of the weekend later.
I'm a bit behind with this post but I wanted to share. I'm pretty sure I can never top this years' Father's Day gift..I'm not one to brag..but it was pretty awesome. I (I mean Hendrix) came up with a very creative gift.
David and I love watching this show called "Chopped" on Food Network. Four chefs are given baskets filled with crazy ingredients that make no sense and are required to make a meal using everything in the basket. Read more here.
The past 2 Friday nights my parents, David, Hendrix, and I have packed up a cooler and spent the evening at Benbrook Lake. Last Friday I caught *drumroll please* 6 perch! My dad then took them as bait Saturday morning. Each time we've gone Hendrix has nearly given my mom a heart attack because he likes to run straight into the water. This boy has no fear. Here is a great (albeit not great quality) picture that my mom took of Hendrix and Grandpa talking about fishing.
My sweet boy is 17 months old today. He's growing up so fast! I can barely remember him as a baby. I look back at pictures and wonder if that time really existed. I know everyone thinks their kid is a genius...but really I do. We made a list of all the sign language signs that Hendrix knows and we came up with 19!!!! That is amazing to me. Even though he doesn't SAY a ton of words, he KNOWS what a ton of words mean. Just the other day we were in the bedroom and I told him we needed to take a shower. I look up and he's running to the bathroom and starts banging on the shower door. Harvard material I tell you. No wait, that's too far away!
I tried snapping a few pictures of H today, but if you've ever tried to make a toddler sit still, you know it's a losing battle. Here's the best I could do.
Kelle Hampton is one of my favorite bloggers. I actually had no idea who she was until one my friends (Melissa I think) posted a FB link to her blog. Her 2nd daughter was born with Down Syndrome and she had no idea until delivery.
Today she said the words that my heart have felt ever since my first pregnancy complication (subchorionic hematoma) and I felt it again at our 20week appt when we found out Hendrix had a CCAM on his right lung....and kept feeling this all throughout the many high risk dr appts and pediatric surgeon appts. I still thank God for healing my sweet boy and surgery was never needed.
So here is what she said today:"Nella had her four month appointment yesterday.And, amid most of the time where I honestly forget she's different, I am reminded every once and awhile. Like getting ready to go to the doctor and feeling a little flutter inside. Like what if they tell me something. Like what if they rock my world again. Like what if one of those "increased likelihoods" that happen to attach themselves to that sweet little chromosome comes true. But, here's the thing. Once you become a parent...once you start feeling a little funny and you buy that pregnancy test...once you see a pink plus sign...once you know it's not just you anymore...well, you automatically carry around, for the rest of your life, an increased likelihood. To have your heart broken. And it's a constant fear that we struggle to put to rest.And we can choose to be afraid or we can choose to live. And I choose to live. Because an "increased likelihood of having your heart broken" also carries with it an increased likelihood to find yourself the happiest you've ever been in life."
If that doesn't put things into perspective I don't know what does. Her attitude SINGS TO ME!!!
This morning may have been H's last time to nurse. It's getting less and less common. I cherished every moment. I sat up in bed (as opposed to my laying-down-half-asleep position) and I held his long body that no longer fits in my cradled arms. Here lately he has only been nursing a few minutes on each side, but this morning was different. It was as if he was cherishing it too. While nursing he signed dad, so I said "dad" followed by "mom". He stopped nursing just long enough to say "mama" which brought me to tears because he very rarely says mama. I made sure to sing him the "mommy's milk is so good" little jingle I made up and have been singing him since the very beginning. I also tickled him just to see his silly I'm-trying-so-hard-not-to-laugh-while-nursing face he does that I adore so much. Ahhh...I love this kid. A lot.
Maxwell is proving to be a tough little boy and is growing stronger every day! His mommy and daddy get to hold him more now which was a big prayer I've been praying. http://maxwellallenparker.blogspot.com/
As for my sweet Hendrix- HE WALKS, HE RUNS, he falls down, HE GETS BACK UP! I had no idea how cute he would be as a true toddler. He looks like a drunk midget. Here is a video that includes most of his new tricks.
So after a week of B-E-A-UTIFUL weather, it rained all day yesterday. The morning at our house wasn't so bad. David made breakfast, we played, had bathtime, played more....then the fun ran out. We sat and wondered..what do we normally do on days we can't go outside? We have been outside for at least an hour every day this week, and now to be shut indoors AGH! After listening to Hendrix whine for 30 minutes straight we decided we HAD to get out of the house. For lack of a better idea, we headed to the mall. When we couldn't put up with the crazy middle and high schoolers running around like idiots, we went and grabbed dinner at Potbelly's..YUM!
Movie Review- On the way home we stopped by Redbox and grabbed The Hangover. I was really excited to watch it after EVERYONE said it was just hysterically funny. Ehh..I was disappointed. Don't get me wrong it was funny, but overall just a good movie, nothing great by any means.
Prayer Request- There are two babies on my mind constantly the past week or more, Lizzie and Maxwell. Please say a prayer for them.
Maxwell is a little boy that belongs to a friend of a friend. He was born 16 weeks premature and is dealing with all the hardships of a micro preemie.
Lizzie is the little girl of one of my January Mama friends. She was diagnosed with pneumonia with pleural effusion. She was in critical condition (now stable) in the hospital for 2 weeks now. She has had her ups and downs and still continues to fight.
Hendrix took his first steps Tuesday at 14.5 months old! I emailed David the video and he left work early to come and see for himself!
On a slightly different note, Hendrix will be getting ear tubes put in on Tuesday the 20th. The ENT said that Hendrix has so much fluid in there that he couldn't even move his eardrum during the exam. Hopefully after the surgery (outpatient) his balance will be 100% and he will be running by next weekend.