Sunday, May 31, 2009

That's Poop

new sink (aka a new boat)...a garage sale steal $10

Okay...I need some advice.

We have not started potty training yet, so we've not really ever discussed potty issues. He has a little potty that he will sit on (usually fully clothed) while I'm sitting on the potty, and we discuss "pottying". That's as far we we've gone with that.

For some reason he has started pooping in the bathtub! He gives no visible signs. It's just all of a sudden some nasty brown things invade the tub water. I have NO IDEA WHAT TO DO with this. Of course I immediately yank his wet behind out of the water and show him that what is in the tub is "not good". What do I do though? How do I get him to stop? If I paddle that sweet behind for his misbehavior I'm not so certain he will understand that the pooping is the bad thing, but the bathtub is not. I think he's conscience of what he is doing while doing it, but I'm not sure if he fully UNDERSTANDS all that is going on.

Any advice is appreciated. I'm tired of scrubbing the tub every night, and I sure don't want Ryan to think that it's okay to do that in the tub. On the brighter side...I SURE DO HAVE A CLEAN BATHTUB these days!

I apologize for all the discussion about poopy pooping issues.

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Ahhh...the life! Summer-time pleasures...right here!
A little mud,

and a little watermelon.
Can't get much better than that.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Step on a Crack and...

Ryan has a new-found sense of caution emerging. Can all mothers say "WooHoo!" I'm fairly certain it's only temporary, but I'll take it for as long as I can have it.

As I mentioned yesterday, Ryan traveled many miles across cracked* bridges. So here's *the story*.

This bridge is made like this...
Notice that between each board is a small larger than about an inch or so (if that).

Ryan noticed the cracks and just to be sure he didn't "fall through" each crack he carefully crossed the bridge like this...

Very carefully stepping across each crack.

This isn't the first time we've seen something like this. The other day at the zoo he crossed every drainage grate (they span the width of the road in several places) as though he was climbing down a flight of stairs. He backed up to the grate and carefully placed one foot over it followed by the other. I am soooo wanting to go back to the zoo just to get a video of it.

Ryan's new awareness of the need to be cautious has brought about a bunch of laughs for us!


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Vacation--leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure.

I choose the latter. We vacationed this weekend. It wasn't full of a lot of what I'd call "rest", but it sure was full of a lot of pleasure. We left late in the afternoon Friday, traveled South, and arrived in Carrollton Texas around 8:00 p.m. Ryan did great in the car up until the last hour of the trip and by that time he was definitely ready to be loosed from his bondage. He didn't sleep one wink the entire time...going or coming. He DID NOT get that from me. As a kid I usually made it about 30 minutes before my dozing began, and even today if I'm not driving I tend to sleep in the car.

Our weekend was full of all kinds of fun, leisurely things. Here is our vacation in pictures...

We dreamed about casting a line into that fish pond...
(I think it would have been a good way to "test drive" all the fishing equipment being sold in the store.)
We rode wild beasts...
We explored uncharted lands...
We ran up and down the rolling hills...
We ate chips...
and ice cream...
We visited Great Grandma...
We looked at the world differently...
We did some sliding...
and some rock climbing...
and even a little swinging...
We traveled many miles across cracked* bridges...
We had some good 'ole family swim time...

We explored the forest...
We trampled on "stickery" grass...
(yes that's why his tongue is sticking out, he didn't like the feel of the grass on his feet)
We batted innocent eyes at the most gullible...or at least those holding the most goodies...
We did actually do a little resting...
And when it was almost time to go we tried to fill some mighty big shoes...
We had a great time!!!!

*Story will come later

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


What is that I see?! Could it be? Is that a tattoo on my sweet boy?

Boy do I wish I could tell the story behind it all, but I can't. All I can say is that it involves a surprise, a cool hat, spiked up hair, great glasses, an awesome tattoo, and lots of pictures....
Here's a preview...

Well...that's all I'm saying. My lips are sealed.

(If you follow me on Facebook I will be posting more.)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Zoo Fun

This Sunday we spent a few hours at the zoo. It was the perfect day for the zoo, and we had a fantastic time together as a family.

The best part of the zoo this time.
It seems like there is a *new* highlight of the zoo with each trip we make. This time there were several "wild" geese. Wild meaning they weren't caged "normal" zoo animals. They roamed free. We always take a little bread to the zoo with us for just such occasions. This time I brought it to feed the big fish in the lake, but with so many feathered friends eagerly awaiting a starchy morsel we used all of our 5 pieces before ever reaching the lake. There were pairs of geese with lots of babies all over the zoo. It seemed like every time we turned around we saw a pair and their babies. We could have used up an entire loaf of bread. Ryan loved the geese. He thought it was great to be able to drop a tiny piece of bread right at his feet and have several babies swarm around him while the big geese ate out of our hands. He LOVED the geese and their babies. So did I.
(to put it mildly)

Monday, May 18, 2009


Don't ask me how this happened, but we were able to get 2 2-year-olds to sit patiently beside one another without kicking, screaming, hitting, or running away long enough to get a few pictures. Wow! That's amazing I know.

This is Holden and Ryan. They are 2nd cousins. They are both 2, born 2 months apart. Gestationally one is 2 months older while actually the other is 2 months older. All I can say is that they are both 2 cuties!

Friday, May 15, 2009


Today we thought about doing a little of this...

Instead we decided to do a little of this...

and this...

and this...

and even a little of this...

We hope your Friday is great!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

What's In A Name

Ryan is starting to learn the importance of names. He has discovered that names belong to certain people and those people respond to their names. Often quite favorably.
Ryan's Names:

Me: Mom-mom
Dad: Daddy
Nana: Nannie...sometimes Nana
Aunt Lizzy (my sister): Lolly
Papa Donnie: Don

Ryan will occasionally say his own name! It sounds more like lyon, but it's close enough.

I know...I pictures again! I haven't been taking many pictures lately. I don't really know why. I took some today, but haven't had time to download the camera.

I discovered how to create my own background for the blog, so now I'm working on a complete facelift for this blog. I know I just changed the background yesterday, but that was before I discovered how to create my own. The creative side of me is jumping up and down at the opportunity to do something creative. I love it!

Not Me Monday!

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

It was not me who took her son to the Allergy Clinic early one morning and after waiting in the exam room for almost 3 hours began pilfering through all the drawers in hopes of finding something, anything, to entertain her son just a little longer. There was no way in the world that I could have been the one who snatched a couple of exam gloves and began making "balloons" for this sweet, brave little boy. It was also not me who promptly stuffed the stolen goods in the bottom of the stroller when a light tap was made at the exam room door indicating the nurse had returned. Not Me!

After previously mentioned exam that lasted half the day and resulted in numerous needle sticks it was not me who decided that her son was actually in a pretty good mood and instead of making another trip to the City the following morning decided to drag her kid to the portrait studio. Since the pictures were scheduled for the following day there was only a minute chance that a time slot was available in the few hours remaining in the day. It was not me who decided to purchase an outfit for pictures...spur of the moment. Shirt...Toys R Us...$5. It was not me who, after buying this shirt and not finding suitable pants, decided to pick up a pair of shorts at the same store as the portrait studio. It was not me who decided to hang the shorts on her stroller and check with the portrait studio before purchasing the shorts since there wouldn't really be a need to buy them if the pictures would have to wait until morning. It was not me who, when the photographer said, "we have time right now!", asked for a few moments to change his clothes. It was not me who rushed her son to the bathroom and changed him into his new (paid-for) shirt and his new (unpaid-for) pants, washed his face and hands and straightened his unruly-toddler-hair with a splash of water and promptly went back to the studio for the picture session. It was not me who casually went back to the bathroom and changed her son out of his new clothes and hung the shorts on the hanger. It most definitely could not have been me who considered just hanging those shorts back on the rack. Shorts...Sears...$5. It's a good thing the tags were already missing. It WAS NOT ME!

It was certainly not me who thought that giving her son a 1/4-full bottle of water while he sat in his carseat a good idea. It was not me who neglected to have a spare set of clothes for her now very wet toddler. Not Me!

It most definitely was not me who, while garage-sale shopping, got completely consumed with moving on to the "next house" was casually and carefully considering the next bargain and began driving down the street while her son sat contentedly in his carseat--unbuckled! I most definitely was not that mother. It was also not me who laughed hysterically when he discovered he wasn't buckled and found it a great a opportunity to inspect everything in the back seat including the opening to the trunk. It's a good thing that whoever this was lives in a very small town and during the community garage sale event there are often garage sales at every 3rd or 4th house. Not Me! Never!

After waiting in Nana's favorite restaurant for nearly an hour before being seated a table was finally cleaned and available. It really couldn't have been me who thought going to Red Lobster on Mother's Day without reservations was a good idea especially not with a 2-year-old. Likewise it was not me who, after her toddler son had lost all patience with waiting, opened a packet of sugar (yes...sugar!) and poured the entire contents onto one of the cardboard coasters in front of her son. surely was not me who showed this toddler how to lick his finger, put it in the sugar and lick it clean again. Oh! Not me! That's insanity!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Here is a message from Ryan:

amskjd2nxbhscnb vxdb vvnnbvfnh bbccccccchb hb yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyybdghegd

Translated it means: Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all moms today.

I am one exceptionally blessed Mom-mom!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes

I actually have nothing to talk about when it comes to heads, shoulders, knees or even toes, but Ryan and I often sing that little song while we are waiting in doctor's offices. Well...I do have something to say about feet, but I'll get to that in a minute. I do have a couple of specific body parts I wish to discuss.

Today Ryan had his allergy testing. May I take a moment to applaud my little boy. He is the strongest little guy ever. As you will see in a minute Ryan was stuck MULTIPLE times today for the allergy test as well as blood draws. He NEVER cried once! He squeaked just a little when they were drawing his blood, but not once did he ever wail and cry. What a big boy he is!

That brings me to my first body part...the heart. Now, now, now don't get worried it has nothing to do with Ryan's heart. It's mine. Today my heart melted and broke. All in one day. Sounds exciting doesn't it? Well first, while we were waiting in the doctor's office we were discussing different things including our common discussion of "where's Ryan?"..."Oh!...there he is!" Today I asked "where's Mommy?" to which Ryan stuck his cute little pointer finger in the air and touched my chest and said "mom, mom". Oh be still my beating heart. You're melting I feel it!

My heart absolutely broke when Ryan had to get stuck TWICE for blood draws. The first stick he squirmed too much and his vein blew before any blood could be collected. The second time was a success (with an extra pair of hands for restraining). My heart broke more when I looked down at my little boy, not crying, but with huge crocodile tears and his bottom lip just quivering something terrible. Oh, my poor baby.

Here we are in the office:
reading books.
playing in-and-out and open-closed with cars and conveniently located drawers.
Body Part 2: Arms
Here is Ryan after the allergy testing had begun. The picture is blurry, but I couldn't pass up a great smile. They started with the "scratch test" where the skin is just barely punctured and allergens are released on the site. It's more like a scratch as opposed to a real puncture. Hence the title "Scratch Test". This test was "inconclusive", so they brought out the "big guns" or at least a big tray of needles.

Here you can see where he was stuck with several tiny needles so that the allergens could be injected just under the skin. He didn't like it, but he never cried. I could tell it was hurting a little though. (It had to hurt...I heard a little girl in the room next to us undergoing the same test crying and screaming and saying it hurts. She was probably 8 or 9 years old.) The top right allergen is histamine. It's used as a control. All others are compared to the histamine reaction which should always show red and rashy unless you are full of ANTI-histamines.
Here is the other arm (left). The bottom two sticks were C for cat and D for dog. They tested for a number of potential allergens.

Would you believe Ryan really has no allergies speak of?! Not even cat or dog which are two of my highest allergens. I guess when God decided to heal this little miracle, He decided to cover all the bases. Ryan showed only a minor reaction to 3 things: dust, pigweed, and bluegrass, so I guess I'll dust the house a little more often. I won't plant any pigweed in my yard this year, and I'll skip out on the bluegrass too.

The doctor was a little surprised by the results. Since Ryan is sick every couple of weeks the doctor was expecting a pretty strong allergic response. Since that didn't happen she decided to go ahead and have an immunology work-up. That is where the blood draw comes in. We won't know the results of that for several weeks. I don't really know what they are looking for, but I'm sure I'll find out with time.

For now the doctor has prescribed an inhaled steroid, Qvar...I think, for Ryan to take as a preventive measure to hopefully help him not get so sick especially when it comes to the lungs. He takes it 2 times a day. We will taper off the amount given each time in a couple of weeks. We FINALLY got the appropriate inhalent set-up...FINALLY. As you recall I've been fighting with our pediatrician's office to get a mask for his inhalent spacer for several weeks now. Today I mentioned to the doctor that we had not been able to get a masked spacer for Ryan so any inhalents were pointless/worthless to us since he doesn't have the ability/know-how to use a common inhalent. Guess what?!!!! She had one in her office that she said, "I've had this in my office for some time, and I've been waiting for the right patient to give it too." Praise you Jesus! Finally...a sample...a freebie...a MEDICAL freebie. I wanted to jump up and hug the doctor right then. Ryan loves his new inhalent. They showed him how to use it in the clinic and we have since used it at home for his evening dose. He didn't want to stop. I'll have to get a picture of that real soon. He loves to push the inhalent canister down to release the medication, and then he loves to breathe in and out through that mask (which really surprised me). Oh yea...that was Body Part 3: The Mouth

Body Part 4: The Feet
After our appointment that took almost 4 hours I decided to treat my little boy to some fun. He went to sleep almost immediately upon climbing in the car. He was one tired little boy. After he took a little bit of a nap I took him to Toys-R-Us and bought him a little truck because he was such a little trooper today, and a new shirt to take pictures in. Pictures were scheduled for tomorrow morning, but since we were already in the City I decided to go to the mall and at least ask if there was an opening for today. There was! An immediate opening! I took Ryan to the bathroom, cleaned him up and changed his clothes. He did great and we got some excellent pictures. It was a much better experience compared to our last picture-taking session. ( Which is why I've delayed having his 2-year-old pictures taken until now.) I really would love to get a really good camera and take some photography lessons, but that's a story for another day. After pictures we went to the play area in the mall and Ryan got to run and play and jump and climb and be around other little kids about his size. It was great. He loved it! (I have a couple of very funny stories about our pictures and mall excursion, but I am definitely saving them for Monday!)

Oh yea...I about forgot...the feet. I wore the WORST possible shoes for the day. Even though we didn't do that much walking today, the shoes I chose to wear today ended up rubbing horrible blisters all down the sides of both of my feet.

Body Part 5: The Whole Thing! Today has been a wonderful day. We've been incredibly blessed, and I just feel great! And since Ryan has been giggling and laughing all the way up until now, 9:34 p.m., I'd say Ryan does too!