Monday, March 28, 2011

I’ve Got a Better Idea

I had a really fun art project planned for Trenton today after his nap.  As soon as I told him that he was going to paint, he asked, “Peanut Butter?”.  I guess he really liked the peanut butter finger painting that he did last week!

Today we were using real paint though.  I got out some tempera paints, paper, and straws.  I squirted a few blobs of paint onto Trenton’s paper and showed him how to blow through the straw to make the paint spread out and make a design.  After showing Trenton a few times, I put a couple more paint blobs on his paper and handed the straw over to him.   Trenton blew through the straw a few times, but soon decided that he had a better and easier way of doing things….using the straw as a paintbrush!

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Trenton totally went to town with his straw paintbrush.  He kept telling me what colors to squirt out next and had a lot of fun making designs and blending the colors together.  He had so much fun that he didn’t even notice how messy his hands were (which is probably why he didn’t think twice about wiping his nose with said hands).

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As you can see by the above picture, Trenton was actually excited about his messy hands.  Why?  Because he learned about mixing colors.  He took one look at his hands, and exclaimed, “BLACK!”  Looks like we may try some color mixing activities soon!

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Charlotte’s One Year Pictures

I am IN LOVE with Charlotte’s one year photos from Purple Owl Photography!  Charlotte was such a ham at her photo shoot, and the pictures turned out great!  This little girl definitely loves the camera!

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Charlotte looks a lot like my grandmother in these pictures, and in this next one, she is ALL Nanny.  All the way to her patio dress and the way she’s holding her hands. 

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Julie has such CUTE dress up clothes and props!

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I figured that one year pictures would probably be the last time I could get away with naked baby pictures.  LOVE my chunky monkey!

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And since Charlotte is a St. Patrick’s Day baby, we of course had to get some festive holiday pictures!

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And what one year photo shoot would be complete without a commemorative birthday hat picture?

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Tax Man

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Need a tax man?  Trenton takes juice, goldfish, diamonds, pop tarts, cantaloupe, and strawberries as forms of payment!

This Week’s Projects

Trenton seems to have an aversion to getting his hands sticky, gooey, etc. – unless it’s food.  I’m trying to get him to overcome this, so I came up with a few fun ideas this past week.

Wednesday night was “Sticky Dance Night” at our house.  I cut a big piece of contact paper and taped it to the floor, sticky side up.  Trenton loves dancing, so I thought he might go for this idea.  Boy was I wrong.  I had to hold him and force him to put his feet on the sticky contact paper.  Charlotte on the other hand thought it was tons of fun!  I even tried drawing a road on the contact paper so that Trenton would drive his cars on it, but he wouldn’t come anywhere near it.

Trenton loves painting, but just not with his fingers.  He is a huge fan of peanut butter though, so I decided to let him finger paint with peanut butter after his nap Thursday afternoon.  He had a blast.  It was an art project and snack time all rolled into one!  I’m hoping that he’ll be a little more open to finger painting with actual finger paints now that we’ve done this little project. 

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Making mud pies outside is on my list of things to try with Trenton, but first it has to warm up here!  I’m open to more ideas for him to get over this aversion, so if you have any, let me know!

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Monday, March 21, 2011

A Postponed Birthday Party

Charlotte woke up with a 102.4 fever on Friday morning.  Since her urine has to be checked any time her fever is over 102, we made a trip into the doctor’s office.  Thankfully they decided to bag her to get a sample rather than put a catheter in.  The bad news was that the bag leaked.  The nurse was able to get a few drops out of the bag to send to the lab.  The urinalysis that was run in the office showed an iffy specimen, and the doctor decided to start Charlotte on antibiotics for a UTI.  We would have to wait until Monday for full culture results.  By the time we got back home, Charlotte’s temperature was up above 104 degrees.  Charlotte’s party was supposed to be Saturday afternoon, so we decided that we needed to postpone.

Charlotte was still running high fevers (104-105 degrees) Saturday.  I called back to the doctors office, and they told me to bring her back in.  Apparently the lab didn’t think that the few drops that the nurse got out of Friday’s urine bag were enough and cancelled the culture.  Charlotte had to be bagged again.  Saturday’s urine specimen contained a little blood and some white blood cells.  We got the culture results today and nothing had grown.  Because Charlotte had already been given two doses of antibiotics when the second sample was taken, we don’t know if the antibiotics had already killed any bacteria or if there was no UTI to begin with.  Charlotte’s pediatrician consulted with her nephrologist and they decided to have her finish out the 10-day antibiotics just to be on the safe side.

Thankfully Motrin kept Charlotte pretty happy while she had the high fevers.  It would bring her fever down for at least a couple of hours and she would be playful.  She also kept her appetite.  Mimi went to the grocery store and picked up some cupcakes since Charlotte didn’t have her party.  She wasn’t a huge fan of the icing, but she enjoyed the cupcake.  I can’t wait to see her go after a cake when she’s feeling more like herself!

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Can You Hear Me Now?

We have a couple of old cell phones around here for the kids to play with.  Trenton loves “calling” friends and family.  They must all live in one great big house though because they all have the same phone number!  Here is Trenton calling his buddy Reid.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Look Who’s One and Having Fun!

Charlotte turned a year old today!  It’s hard to believe that this was us one year ago.

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She had a great day that started out with a photo shoot at Purple Owl Photography.  Charlotte was hamming it up for the camera, so I can’t wait to see how the pictures turn out!  My mom and my grandfather flew in yesterday evening and watched Trenton while I took Charlotte to her photo shoot.

After we got home, all of us went to the Virginia Living Museum.  Charlotte fell asleep on the way there (looking cute for the camera must have tired her out!), and she didn’t wake up until we were on the nature trail outside.  Trenton loved being the tour guide showing Mimi and WaWa all of the animals.  He does a great turtle impression!

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Charlotte is old enough now to really have fun at the museum.  She loved following Trenton through this hollow log!

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We ate lunch at the museum café and then headed home for naptime.  The weather was beautiful today, so once the kids woke up from their naps, we went outside to play.  This was the nicest weather we’ve had this spring, and Charlotte loved exploring in the yard and all of our fun outdoor toys.

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Daddy got home and grilled up some yummy steak for dinner.  We had steak for Trenton’s first birthday, and he wouldn’t touch the stuff.  Charlotte was the exact opposite of her brother and couldn’t get enough of the steak!

After dinner Charlotte had fun opening a few of her gifts from family.  Trenton, of course, had to help out!

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Charlotte was loving her lipstick that came in her new purse, but I did manage to catch a short clip of her doing a little walking.

Now on to some updates…

* We met with the ENT yesterday, and Charlotte’s ears are looking great!  It seems that the tubes have been a success.
* We were hoping that the surgery would help Charlotte’s sleeping habits, but they seem to have gotten worse.  The ENT said that a few kids do in fact have more trouble sleeping after they get tubes.  Hopefully this will pass soon because I could really use some sleep!
* Charlotte still has only two teeth.  Having only two teeth and hardly any hair makes her look a little more babyish than most one year olds.
* Charlotte loves to babble, but doesn’t really have any real words that she uses other than crying out “Maaaa” when she’s upset and wants me.
* Crawling and cruising are still Charlotte’s fastest modes of movement, but she can walk all the way across the room if she wants to. 

We’re looking forward to celebrating Charlotte’s birthday this weekend with a pink flamingo themed party.  It should be lots of fun!

Update:
Charlotte had her 12-month check up on the 29th.  Here are her stats from the day:
Weight: 20 pounds, 7 ounces (36th percentile)
Height: 29.25 inches (50th percentile)
Head Circumference: 17 inches (6th percentile)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Trenton’s Pictures

My lovely, super talented, great friend Eileen agreed to take Trenton’s two-year pictures for me this year.  I really wanted some outdoor shots of Trenton, and I love all of the pictures Eileen takes of her daughter.  Between sickness and nasty weather, we kept having to reschedule, but we were finally able to get the pictures taken a couple weeks ago.  I LOVE the way they turned out! 

We took these at Yorktown National Cemetery, which dates back to 1866.  Roughly 2200 Civil War soldiers are buried here, less than half of whom are identified.  Most of those identified are Union soldiers. 

There were so many wonderful backdrops in the cemetery.  I can’t wait to get some of these framed and up in our house.  Here are some of our favorites.

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Don’t you just love them?  Which is your favorite?