Never a dull moment

Common questions I am getting lately.

“How’s your family?  How’s your house coming along?”

What I want to say is,

‘Not sure you have enough time for that answer. There is never a dull moment around here. For real.’

Amelia: Turned 11 months today!  She is standing constantly, has a new love of saying ‘eh?’, and chocolate chips.  She loves to smile and get people’s attention.  She still wakes up the most unhappy baby I have ever seen, and fights going to sleep almost always.  She is my biggest mama’s girl but weighs in as my smallest baby, 18lbs currently.  She loves interaction with her siblings and tolerates G carrying her around all the time. She squeals at the sight of a wagon or food.  3 weeks ago she was a terror of a baby, only at night; and I am putting it lightly.  She would *scream* for up to 30 minutes at a time, at any hour of the night, repeatedly.  I thought maybe we needed an excorist’s intervention, but after 3 weeks of very little sleep at night I finally took her into our doc. Yep. Mom of the year, right here. Double ear infection. No fever, no unusual ear pulling, just insane night screaming at the top of her lungs, and fine behavior during the day. I’m glad to say she is sleeping much better now. However, during the 3 weeks of crying, she also decided to stop nursing all of a sudden.  Yep, now a nursing strike on top of everything.  Just another thing to add to the list of things she has done to keep us on our toes. The pump and I have made amends for the next month, as my best intentions of nursing past 1 year have slowly faded. I’ll just be happy to make it to November 25!

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Bro underwear + baby

Melts my heart! He doesn't know I uploaded this-- muahaha!

Melts my heart! He doesn’t know I uploaded this– muahaha!

Future marathoner?

Future marathoner?

Lucy: Lucy is really enjoying ballet, preschool, Sunday school, and creating drama.  It’s true, as much as I have tried not to encourage it, drama follows Lucy around.  The latest is this: upon our very last followup for Lucy’s fractured arm (she actually broke it in June), the orthopedist declared that the bone cyst was still present and we now needed to see a pediatric orthopedist. Yikes. A specialist of a specialist.  Can’t be good. We saw the new doc yesterday and got his opinion. If we don’t treat the bone cyst, Lucy will repeatedly break her arm in the same spot, guaranteed.  Due to Lucy’s quite massive bone cyst that covers over 75% of her humerus cross section, they recommend doing an injection of donor demineralized bone.   What this involves: she will be put under general anesthesia, a needle will be put into the bone cyst to aspirate the fluid that is filling it, then another needle will inject the demineralized bone which will come from a cadaver.  The demineralized bone is basically a framework or scaffolding for Lucy’s bone to replace and re-build itself.  Makes sense to me as a healthcare professional, but scares the bejeezus out of me as her mom and expert worrier.  We talked with her about it and she understands it perfectly and has no fear.  In her words, ‘They will make me go to sleep and give me a shot in my arm to fix my broken arm to help it heal.  Then I will have to wear my sling again for awhile and I won’t get to do the monkey bars.”  Ah, the simplicity of a child.

Other than that whole mess, Lucy is a lot of fun and hilarious! She has the most vivid and creative imagination I have ever seen.  She is constantly playing make believe, pretending, or making up stories.  She’s become quite versed in drying silverware at Nana’s and folding washcloths at home.  She’s always outfitted in some sort of dress up clothes.  I am on the hunt for fall and winter appropriate dresses as that’s all she will wear, and she reminds me nightly that ‘Mom, I can wear a dress tomorrow?’ Oh Lucy…

Teddy bear tea

Teddy bear tea

Weeee!

Weeee!

 

Gabriel: Gabriel is the least dramatic of my children right now. No nursing strike, no impending surgery.  Let’s keep it that way!  G has become a very dependable and passionate 5 year old as of late. He has recently taken on some new jobs at our house; taking-out-the-recycle-and-trash-guy and mail-getting-guy, as well as unlocking-the-door-when-we-get-home-guy.  This is the first time we have ever had a PO box so this one is especially exciting for him 😉  He has a new obsession with boxing; he makes pretend dummies to box, practices shadow boxing, and tapes his hands like a boxer.  He was severely peeved today when we would not let him ascend the ladder next to Jeremiah to fix the vent on the 16 foot roof.  He does a great job of keeping an eye on his sisters while I run down to the basement or out to the garage.   He’s making a lot of progress in preschool and loves it. I have never heard the words, ‘I don’t want to go to school.’  He has started to get an opinion about his clothes for the first time ever. It’s interesting. He wants to go hunting. He really enjoys the Maple Street Estate home remodeling…..which leads me to:

Yep. So mature.

Yep. So mature.

Barrel train!

Barrel train!

 

US: Jeremiah was the assistant athletic director at his school this fall, which meant that he attended all the home games/matches and worked on staffing and planning for those events.  Once that got over, he somehow got ‘roped into’ (ie he was easily persuaded) into being an assistant wrestling coach.  They guy has issues with saying ‘no thank you’.  Just kidding! Most times I love that about him.  I’ve been busy working part time, being wife/mom/chauffeur/master planner/crock pot connoisseur/painter/plumber/stuff seller/backsplash installer/crunchy mama friend.  We’ve carved pumpkins and We’ve taken the kids to the pumpkin patch, soccer games, ballet showcase, teddy bear tea, the zoo, field trips and Menards more times than they wish to remember.  There is now disdain in their voices when they ask, ‘Mom. Are we going to ‘Nards again?!’  Due to the awesomeness of Papa Bart and Uncle Cameron, J and I have been allowed not ONE but TWO dates within a month. Say what!? A few weekends ago we went to a great steakhouse together after shopping just the 2 of us and buying J a terribly overpriced pair of new wrestling shoes.  A few nights ago we ventured to a local (ridiculously good) Mexican place and stopped into a quaint shop where J got into a deep conversation with the shop owner about eating/not eating alpacas.  Don’t ask.  No, we don’t even have dull moments on dates.

Train at the zoo!

Train at the zoo!

 

How tall this fall?

How tall this fall?

Uncle Cam's moustache, G's scary face and L's princess tiara

Uncle Cam’s moustache, G’s scary face and L’s princess tiara jack-o-lanterns

The house: The Maple Street Estate is coming along, slowly.  We have about 90% of the painting done, as I just have to apply the final ‘spiced vinegar’ paint to the upstairs hallway.  Where do they get those names?! In our downstairs alone we have cottage green, patches, spiced vinegar, jute and sand fossil for paint. Today I got a working stove/oven (YESSSSS) and more of the plumbing was finished. Don’t worry, we have a full working bathroom upstairs, but I still don’t have a real kitchen sink. 😦  Yesterday we priced flooring and think we have it nailed down as to what we are getting for the living room, dining room, kitchen and foyer.  7″ plank Bolton oak hardwood anyone?  We also scored a 3 by 6 foot maple butcher block top for our kitchen island yesterday for an insane deal.  We’ve been stalking the lighting sections of our favorite stores (again, ‘Nards) and have an idea of some different types of lights that will grace our kitchen and living area.  Our kitchen cabinets are being made by a very talented family member and the upper cabinets should be done in a few days.  I’m hoping next weekend we will be breathing the headache-inducing fumes of wood stain as we stain and varnish our cupboards and I will be happy 🙂

And as I’m writing this blog, my handsome husband and his brother are opening a bottle of wine with a screw, drill, and hammer. The crazy part is that they were successful.

#can’tfindthecorkscrew  #auntmelisproud

Tools have multiple purposes here

Tools have multiple purposes here

-The {never a dull moment in this house} Costello’s