Saturday, September 26, 2009

Saturday fun

Today we ventured out and visited the Averasboro battlefield. It wasn't quite what I had expected, but it was fun. While we were there I got a couple cute shots of Logan.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Potty Training

For a while now Logan has made little steps towards being potty trained. I've heard that boy are a little slower at it than girls and sometimes it's not till three that they'll get it; by the time he's three there will be another baby, we'll be moving and a few months after that it's possible that Scott could start deploying, so i figured with all the changes coming up we needed to get it figured out now. Monday morning was my starting point, off came the diapers and on went the little boy underwear. The underwear didn't stay on long, so he mostly just ran around naked. He has done a pretty good job, with all the baby steps we've taken so far he has no problem going in to pee every time. There has only been one pee accident on the floor and two poopy ones in the underwear. He loves going in and sitting on the potty to pee, but up till not he would not go poop. He would run to the bedroom and frantically look for a diaper. When I wouldn't put one on he just decided to hold it and wait till nap time (for which I do still use diapers, for now) he's not been eating a whole lot lately (another story for another time) so he's consuming more liquids than solids, that means his messy underwear has not been fun to clean up...Yesterday I could not stay in any longer and had to get out, my Friend Sarah was coming to pick us up for a quick trip to Starbucks. I was a little nervous since he had not gone poop yet that morning, I tried sitting him there on the potty for like ten minutes while reading him stories trying to distract him so he might just go, but no luck. I was a little desperate to get out (Scott has the car ever day so I have quite a bit of cabin fever) so I just decided that I would risk it and just have to clean up a pooppy mess while enjoying my coffee. Once we got our coffee and sat down go figure, "mommy pooooooop now" So off we went to the bath room. To my amazement he actually did go a little on the potty; I was so excited and made a big deal about it, I hope the customers outside the bathroom could not hear me squealing! He was excited also, he had fun flushing and washing his hands, I think the soap is his favorite part :) It cracks me up that his first poop in the potty was at Starbucks; I guess he feels more comfortable there than home, this must mean we'll have to spend more time there :)
He did go once more last night before bed, but again just a tiny bit. I still have to get him up there when he's really got to go. Well, today is a new day and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens! I hope yesterday was a breakthrough and it'll keep getting better, we'll see...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Exhausted!

I'm not sure if it's a transition time in Logan's age or if he's just decided to be difficult during sleep time. I have to say that the last year I have been truly blessed when it came time for Logan's bed time. You would say "bed time" and he would run in there for story and tuck in time. After I'd put him down he would go right to sleep and you wouldn't hear a sound from him till morning. When Scott was gone this was a huge blessing, it was my quiet time of the day and I always looked forward to it. Now on the other hand is quite different. All of a sudden a few weeks ago he decided he would start screaming when you put him down, and it would take like and hour or so to get him quiet and asleep. I'd sit out in the living room holding back tears listening to my little boy scream and cry and debating at what point of his hysterics to go in and talk to him. When your child is really upset it never stops gripping at your heart. He learned to say "Mommy Daddy help", it's kind of cute, but not when it's yelled consistently when all you want to do it sit and have some down time. When we'd go in there there was nothing wrong, he just didn't want to go to sleep, he'd be good when you were in there but it would start all over again once the door shut. he's also been waking up two to three times a night and getting up early. His recent behaviour has really taken us back to the drawing board to figure out what to do. We are still not sure what is going on, but have been finding a few things that have been working to our advantage. Of course when you add a vacation, sickness all round, and a double ear infection in the last two weeks it make things even more more complicated to work with. Is there anyone else out there with a two and a half year old that has started behaving differently when it comes time to sleep? He has all his teeth, and I'm pretty sure he's not having night terrors. I'm really hoping it's going to disappear soon. I have been exhausted and living in a vicious cycle, early wake up call, cranky boy, continued morning sickness and now I'm just randomly throwing up, dreading evening time, feeling at my wits end, and then a restless nights sleep. I've been having some insomnia at night so that's really not helping. Please keep us in your prayers, I had thought that the morning sickness would not be here at 16 weeks, so I have been a bit discourage with how I've been feeling, and what my life looks like right now.

Friday, September 11, 2009

This last weekend we finally got to take the trip to the beach that we've been looking forward to for quite a while. Scott's friend Drew from the Marine Corp. and his wife had invited us to come stay at a family owned condo in Orange beach AL. Scott had not seen Drew in a few years so we were looking forward to some good catching up time as well as getting to know his wife Lindsey and little baby girl Amelia.
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Thursday after class we headed to the airport and had an uneventful trip down to New Orleans (it was really nice flying with Scott:) The next morning after staying the night in town we drove to the beach. It was a beautiful place to stay, when we got there I just kept saying, "WOW! I can't believe we get to stay here, this is going to be great!". The Condo was part of a resort on the beach, so it was equipped with many great amenities. Logan loved the little kiddie pool, we spent much of our time there! I think one day he was in and out of there for like four hours :) Drew brought his boat along so that was a treat. All summer I've had a bad attitude about not getting to go out on the boat back home, (my favorite thing to do in the summer) so this kind of made up for it.
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We did not actually go to the sandy beach in itself; the day we had planned for that it rained and thundered, But we did stop on a little sandy island while we were out on the boat and looked for sand crabs, played with hermit crabs, and ran after the Herring's. So I guess you could say that was our beach experience, Logan was not a huge fan of it I guess it worked out fine. We spent most of our time at the pool and on the boat.
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We tried several new things while were there. Spear fishing, grits, alligator meat, and fried pickles. Scott was able to go out spear fishing with Drew twice, the first time they just encountered a ton of jelly fish, but the second time out they speared several, along with swimming with the jellies. Scott had a blast :)
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Our last night there we boated to Tacky Jacks, (a local sea food restaurant accessed by boat) and picked up our dinner and headed back to eat it. Among the choices to eat were popcorn gator :0 looked alot like popcorn chicken but with alligator, and fried pickles. I was really excited to try the pickles since I've been hearing great things about them, but the gator meat was a little different. I had no idea you could eat alligator, It was good, but a little weird to eat. The pickles were really good :)
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Monday morning, the day we had to leave, both Logan and Scott woke up really sick. Both had high fevers and just laid there. It was a bit on the unnerving side, I have not seen Scott sick like that in, well I can't even remember. And Logan would just lay on the floor and not move, all the while I'm thinking they probably have the swine flu. With all the traffic out of the beach it took five instead of three hours back to the airport. Traveling with sick boys is not fun. We got to the airport fine, we all slept most of the way :) but once we got there our traditional family traveling bad luck kicked in. I thought we would be home free since our travels down had gone so well. (every time we travel as a family on the way home something bad always happens.)
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The first flight went well, but getting to the second was a challenge, we landed when the next flight was boarding. with my stress escalating, we booked it onto the tram, running down the stairs, and down the empty walk way. They closed the doors like three minutes after we sat down. We made it back to Raleigh safely, but our luggage did not. Normally that would be fine, but I unthinkingly had packed our keys in the checked baggage. So at eleven o clock at night we were stuck at the airport and had to get ta hotel, not knowing when our baggage was coming in. I wold have been okay with this on a normal day, but with Scott and Logan being so sick, and not breaking their fevers, I just wanted to get home and get them to the Dr. The next day after much confusion of what was happening, I made it back to the port, got our bags, picked up the lethargic boys and made it home :) Home never looked more sweet..
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While still thinking the boys had Swine, I was able to get them into the Dr the next day. After waiting four hours and the Dr thinking for sure he had it Scott came out with an upper respiratory infection, and because Logan's fever had broken they did not even test him. She just said ya it was some kind of influenza if not swine. The thing is that both Drew and Amelia tested positive for swine two days later, so either Logan did have it and gave it to them, or was just exposed and has not come down with it. Either way it's been one heck of and ending to such a great vacation. I have also come down with something and have been out of commission for a few days. The hospital on base here is such a large medical system that it's really hard to get in. I've given up on getting an appointment, I would just like to know for my curiosity's sake what I have, it's definitely the flu of some sort. I'm looking forward to a weekend of relaxing and hopefully all of us getting better and being able to eat and get strong again, having one person sick is no fun, but a whole household, yuck...
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Fianlly here are the pictures or our weekend at the beach...
Logan enjoying the waiding pool with daddy
He loved the fountain, he spent a lot of time steping on it and releasing the water...
Eating breakfast out on the patio
Spear fishing, that was Scott's first catch :)
Drew, Lindsey, and AmeliaOur first taste of Gator, and fried pickles :)The gang...The flight home, both were sleeping, and with their fevers I was about to die of heat...