Taking the Scenic Route

Sunday October 31, 2004

31st October 2004

Sunday October 31, 2004

Halloween

Today didn’t go quite like planned.  We planned to go to the mall because they do an annual trick-or-treat there.  Unfortunatly, we didn’t see that the trick-or-treat was last night instead of tonight.  So were all the other Halloween events, at least the kid-friendly events.  I was sort of ticked….today is Halloween…why on earth are all the events the day before Halloween.  That is just plain stupid.  So, that meant that there was no place to take him unless we felt like going door to door, which we didn’t.  So, we let him wear his costume and went to the playground. Zane had fun.  I am glad he wasn’t old enough to anticipate the festivities.  Halloween isn’t a very important holiday to me, but it still sort of ticks me off that this community decided to mess up the holiday. 

Anyway, Zane had fun.  We walked to the playground and played for a while, found some pinecones, and then played in some leaves.  Zane kept loosing his hat, but unlike a year ago when we could hardly get him to wear a hat, this year he kept getting concerned when it fell off and put it back on himself.  The thing fit more like a beanie than a hat.  lol.  A little Yamuke pumpkin hat.  hee hee.


 

Happy Pumpkin Boy

 

Like Father, Like Son

 

Daddy put the hat on when it fell off one time.  In this picture Zane is shaking his head “No” and giggling as he tries to get the hat back from Daddy.

 

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29th October 2004

Friday October 29, 2004

Ok, first, he is doing better.  He woke from his nap at 100%, full force boy.  It is 8 pm, his normal bedtime, and he is no where near ready for bed.  lol.  The four hour nap late in the day was probably not a good idea, but I was NOT going to wake him up because I wanted to make sure his body had time to heal if he needed it.  And Phoebe, your “Zach voice” was pretty much word for word what Zach said when he came home. lol.  You know us way too well.  We will have to see how long he keeps going tonight.

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29th October 2004

Friday October 29, 2004

I hope I didn’t jump the gun.  I went to wake him up and felt his head and he feel a bit on the warm side.  I am just going to let him sleep even if it makes tonight miserable.  I wish Zach were here.  I am not used to him being at work yet (he has been home most of the time the last 1.5, almost 2 years) and today it is really hard to know what to do without validating my opinion with his.  It is such a normal SAHM thing…dealing with sick kids on your own, but I am not accustomed to it yet and it makes me second guess myself.  Probably why I have made so many entries today.

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29th October 2004

Friday October 29, 2004

Good News.  Zane appears to be feeling better.  About an hour and a half ago he perked up and wanted to eat and then go play in his room.  Shortly thereafter, he had a diaper that was so horrible it was all could do to not gag while changing him.  So hopefully what ever the problem was is out of his system.  He is napping now, something I would normally wake him up from given the time of day, but I do not want to wake him up given how he was this morning…I hope he goes to bed tonight.  I guess we will see.  I am just glad he seems to be doing better.

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29th October 2004

Friday October 29, 2004

Irony:  You are on the phone with a health insurance company who has reviewed your application and is telling you about the insurance…as she is telling you that you can also get life insurance since your family is in such good health, your child wanders over to you and throws up all over you.  several times.  You have to tell her you need to go because your toddler needs you as he continues to puke all over you.  Poor kid.  I was thinking this morning, as I was cleaning dipes that there are things worse than poop…puke…and how lucky I was that he has not thrown up since he was a babe on breastmilk only.  I guess my mama instincts were warning me something was up (pun intended) today.

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29th October 2004

Friday October 29, 2004

I feel like a horrible mama this morning.  I kept having to wake Zane up about every 15 minutes because he kept going back to sleep, even when we put the tv on.  At about 8 I went to check on him again, and discovered he had thrown up. He didn’t even make a sound and I had only left for a few minutes to throw some laundry in (in hopes of getting him interested in something…he loves helping with the laundry).  In that time he threw up and fell back asleep on the floor.  Poor guy.  I gathered him up, cleaned off his face and took him to the couch to snuggle with him and keep a better eye on him.  He doesn’t seem to have a fever, just really groggy.  He is at least sitting up now watching Blue’s Clues and drinking some water.  I hope this is quick thing that passes…I hate to see him not feeling well.  I am really glad I didn’t yell at him or anything, I was feeling sort of impatient but didn’t want the day to start on a bad note, so I just kept going in and doing all the little things that usually wake him up…singing, blowing raspberries on his hands…things like that.  I would feel even worse if I had shown him how impatient I was getting.  I just can’t believe it didn’t register that he might not feel well when he didn’t follow me into the kitchen this morning.

This weather can’t be helping things…it is 50 deg F one day and 80 the next…..weird fall this year.  I hope it freezes soon so our allergies quit bothering all of us.

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28th October 2004

Thursday October 28, 2004

Leaves & Mud

Zane couldn’t decide which was more fun today, playing in the mud or tossing leaves.  lol.  The only problem is that when you have fresh mud on your hands, the leaves stick to them.  Of course, you can always run up to Mama and wipe your hands off on her.  *shaking head*

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27th October 2004

Wednesday October 27, 2004

Pasta Salad and other Adventures

At lunchtime, I put water on to boil and started pulling out veggies to make a pasta salad.  Zane saw what I was doing, pulled his footstool up to the counter, pulled a butter knife out of the silverware drawer and looked up to me to show him what he could help with.  I felt like doing a cartwheel I was so excited.  I have wanted to show him cooking things for ages and this was perfect! 

He helped cut up the yellow peppers, then the tomatoes.  He kept getting the knife flat instead of up and down, so I showed him how to hold it and he scrunched up his face in concentration trying to cut things.  He really got a kick out the garlic press, and when I was done pressing the garlic, he started putting tomato peices into it too…lol.  He had tomato juice dripping down his arms in the effort.  He loved shaking the spices onto the mixture.  After I set the bottles aside, he grabbed them and took the lid off and kept adding more.  (Good thing Zach likes Italian herbs).  When I juillianned some ham for the salad, he suddenly was not as interested in the cutting and putting in the bowl…he just kept eating them.  I think he ate more than he put in the bowl.  The stirring turned out to be the messiest part because he kept scooping out the veggies and trying to put it into the strainer. 

It took over an hour to make a simple pasta salad today, but it was one of the most fun hours I have spent cooking in a long time.  I wish he would have eaten the salad, but I think he just filled up on ham (if only it could have been the veggies he was excited about *sigh*).  He did, however, really enjoy feeding me.

The rest of the day was spent doing puzzles, reading, making a mega block structure to drive hot wheels cars through, and him watching “Letter Factory” and shouting the letters while jumping up and down while I cleaned the disaster in the kitchen.  When Zach got home, we went to the playground for an hour and I watched the guys play.  Zane made it up the pirate ropes (chains actually) by himself for the first time and Zach showed him how to “fly” on the swings.  (stomach across seat, arms outstreched). 

Other than the battle at nap time (an hour of his hour and a half nap was spent keeping him in the bed), the day was just great.  Tonight, he made up for the horrible nap time by falling asleep in 4, count ‘em FOUR minutes.  Whew!  He had a big day!

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26th October 2004

Tuesday October 26, 2004

I think Zane had a growth spurt.  The pants he wore out on the farm a few days ago now only have to be rolled up about an inch to hit the end of his leg the same place and today his diapers with snaps suddenly have to be fastened one notch tighter to keep them from falling off.  So, he must have slimmed down and shot up overnight.  We will have to try and measure him when he wakes up.

Fun Zane game….we drew a number of circles (in chalk) on the carpet (looks sort of like the transporter pads from Star Trek) and he has had a ball jumping from one circle to the other, counting his jumps.  So funny and it uses up a lot of energy when we are stuck inside. 

He has a lot larger vocabulary than he is letting on.  Zach and I have both “caught” him naming off the pictures in his books when he doesn’t realize he is being watched.  Today he finally showed us that he can say “apple” even though we have heard him saying it to his picture books for a while. 

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26th October 2004

Tuesday October 26, 2004

Rainy Remnants

Zane whiled away part of the afternoon playing in the water left in the rain gutter from this morning’s showers.

Here he is checking the absorbency of his Firefly. lol.  He used to fit easily in the trough, now he has to wedge himself in.

  

showing me how a leaf flies

 

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