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Like a boss

April 16th, 2015

Everyday we get a report from school on Link & Duke.  Link always gets “he had such a great day”, “Link was a good listener today”, “Link was a great helper”, “Link was a rock star”, etc.  I figured kids always got good reports.  The Friday before Easter, I was picking him up at the […]



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Everyday we get a report from school on Link & Duke.  Link always gets “he had such a great day”, “Link was a good listener today”, “Link was a great helper”, “Link was a rock star”, etc.  I figured kids always got good reports.  The Friday before Easter, I was picking him up at the same time another family was picking up their boy.  The mom said “Little Boy!  You had another bad day?  Why are you having such a hard week!?” after looking at his sheet.

 

Earlier this week, Matt was talking to his teacher about it.  Saying we thought every kid got a good report, but apparently not & if Link is naughty, don’t hesitate to let us know.  She told him he’s such a good boy.  Always sweet to the other kids, a good listener, does what he’s told, never has to “take a break”. If he’s not, she just has to give him the “look” and he shapes up.

 

Yesterday, we got this.

bad report

I thought it was him not minding his own business.  We’ve been working on that.  He tends to “tell” on other kids when they aren’t doing what they are told, because you know, he’s a goody two shoes.  However, when Matt asked his teacher this AM, apparently he was bossing all the kids around & telling them what to do.

 

This just confirms my suspicions of him running a Fortune 500 company someday.

 

(at least he wasn’t jumping off the tables, being defiant, having a melt down, or hurting other kids)


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Redemption

March 31st, 2015

I was incredibly sad I didn’t get a photop w/ the boys & santa this year.  I REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted one.  We went to Bass Pro Shop because I heard it was the best & free – Christmas Eve.  Rookie mistake.  Apparently you can’t just show up & wait for an hour.  They have […]


 

I was incredibly sad I didn’t get a photop w/ the boys & santa this year.  I REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted one.  We went to Bass Pro Shop because I heard it was the best & free – Christmas Eve.  Rookie mistake.  Apparently you can’t just show up & wait for an hour.  They have TIME SLOTS.  UGH!  We got there and the first time slot was in like 2 hours.  Lame.  Needless to say, I held back tears as we left w/o my picture.

 

Fortunately, the Easter Bunny was set up right in front of Build-A-Bear this weekend.  I didn’t really even think about it.  However, when Link saw the Easter bunny, he was SOOO excited.  We had to go visit him.  Wouldn’t you know, I had Duke w/ us too.  PERFECT PHOTO OP.  The Easter Bunny will have to replace Santa this year.  Nevermind my child’s stained shirt.  He spilled chocolate milk all over himself about 5 min. before the birthday part.  I have extra undies & pants for him, but not a shirt (mom fail).  Lesson learned.vermind my child’s stained shirt.  He spilled chocolate milk all over himself about 5 min. before the birthday part.  I have extra undies & pants for him, but not a shirt (mom fail).  Lesson learned.

 

Easter 2015

 

This might seriously be my favorite picture of the both of them – creepy bunny & all.


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My busy one…

March 31st, 2015

Link is active.  Some kids like books, Link likes to move.  He does best when doing a physical activity (jumping, running, climbing, biking, sports).  We signed him up for soccer on Friday nights this spring & learn to skate Saturday AM’s.  HE’s been begging to play hockey – when he plays hockey, he’s going to […]



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Link is active.  Some kids like books, Link likes to move.  He does best when doing a physical activity (jumping, running, climbing, biking, sports).  We signed him up for soccer on Friday nights this spring & learn to skate Saturday AM’s.  HE’s been begging to play hockey – when he plays hockey, he’s going to hit (check) people & go BOOM!.  That was a quote…

 

Before you can play hockey, one must learn to skate.  This week was week 4.  Week 1 was good, week 2 he cried for mommy the entire time (Matt & I switch weeks we’re on the ice with him).  Last week, week 3, we both came off the ice in tears.  Me because he wasn’t trying and he, because, well, he’s 3.  We were both incredibly frustrated.  However, this week, it clicked.  He tried and did awesome.  So proud of this kid.  I’m sure I could post a video, but I’m to lazy to figure that out.  Also, take note of my sexy husband in his shorts.hockey

 

After hockey on Saturday, we promptly went to a birthday party at Build-A-Bear.  IT was chaos, but I expected nothing less from 3 year olds.  Link originally picked out a ninja turtle (shocker!), but right before inserting the heart, he “wanted to trade” and got a giraffe instead.  It’s adorable.  Link played the game for a bit.

Colored his giraffe’s house…

BAB1

Gave his giraffe a bath (he’s very nurturing!).

BAB2

And then he said the heck w/ it and started to ride his giraffe like a pony…and wouldn’t stop.

BAB3


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I’m still cool, right???

March 28th, 2015

I was standing in the plumbing aisle at Lowes yesterday looking for some clear plastic tubing when 3 guys rolled up on me.  I noticed they had a funnel…   Me: are you making a beer bong? Guy 1: yes!  It’s spring break & time to party. Me: fun! (now flashing back to college) Guy […]



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I was standing in the plumbing aisle at Lowes yesterday looking for some clear plastic tubing when 3 guys rolled up on me.  I noticed they had a funnel…

 

Me: are you making a beer bong?

Guy 1: yes!  It’s spring break & time to party.

Me: fun! (now flashing back to college)

Guy 1:  Are you making one too?

Me:  No…I’m making a marble run…for my son…

Guy 2:  Awesome, if he’s old enough, he can come party with us!

Me: *half smile*….  Have fun guys!!   (What I wanted to say….”Bro! I’m making him a marble run”)

 

In my head, I’m still a fun 22 year old beer bonging fun chick.  Reality is I’m now a 32 year old marble run building cool mom (at least working on the cool part).

 

Side note…did anyone else notice my 3 year old got invited to a spring break beer bong party, but I didn’t?  Man, I must have looked old & uncool.


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This was the year….

March 16th, 2015

the year I actually got it together & had a party for Link.   We invited a few of his friends (seven to be exact) to Jumpstreet for a morning of jumping & an afternoon of naps.  I didn’t get any pictures of him at his party, but I can gaurantee you he had a […]



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the year I actually got it together & had a party for Link.

 

We invited a few of his friends (seven to be exact) to Jumpstreet for a morning of jumping & an afternoon of naps.  I didn’t get any pictures of him at his party, but I can gaurantee you he had a great time.
I’m impressed with my part favor bag.  I made it a “transportation” theme, sort of.  Nothing really fancy, but considering this isn’t my forte, I was pleased.

party favors

Link’s cake.  It was super yummy.  Lucy even helped herself to half of the cab.  It’s not exactly what I requested, but it still turned out good.

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Three

March 16th, 2015

Link turned three last week.  He’s been talking about his March 6th Birthday since…oh…October.  All day he kept asking if it was still his Birthday, it was so cute. Link is such an awesome kid.  Even through all the tears (by both of us) he never ceases to make me smile.  Whether it’s his funny […]



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Link turned three last week.  He’s been talking about his March 6th Birthday since…oh…October.  All day he kept asking if it was still his Birthday, it was so cute.
Link is such an awesome kid.  Even through all the tears (by both of us) he never ceases to make me smile.  Whether it’s his funny personality or when he takes my face in his hands and says “mommy, don’t be sad” and wipes my tear.  He’s just so sweet.

 

Link is also at the stage where he says hysterical stuff….and copies.
For example:  We are hurrying to leave the house to catch our flight back to WI.  I was trying to hurry & get dressed so I could start getting the kids in car.  I was about to leave the house when I realized I forgot my bra.  What a pain – I have to take my coat off, shirt off, UGH…

Me: *exasperated*  Shit!

Link:  Shit!

Me:  Oops!  Sorry Link.  Mommy shouldn’t have said that.  We don’t say Shit.

Link:  Why?  It just means oopsie!
Yup, you’re right kid, it just means oopsie.  Thanks for putting a smile on your parents face, just when we needed it the most that day.
I hope he never loses his caringness (totally a word), huge heart, giant smile, and silly personality.

Link 3

gift 1

 

gift 2

Link is VERY into Jake & The Neverland Pirates. I found this ship on clearance at Target months ago. It was probably his most favorite present & he has been playing with it non stop.

 

jake

Hours of play….


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Potty Training

December 1st, 2014

I decided we should tackle potty training this weekend – you know, since I had a 4 day weekend.   I was about to go in blindly, but my neighbor was kind enough to send me the “3 day potty training” method last minute.  I read up on that Wednesday night and we were off […]



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I decided we should tackle potty training this weekend – you know, since I had a 4 day weekend.

 

I was about to go in blindly, but my neighbor was kind enough to send me the “3 day potty training” method last minute.  I read up on that Wednesday night and we were off to the races Thursday.

 

Thursday consisted of many accidents and a lot of “Link, is your underwear clean & dry?”  & “please let mommy or daddy know if you have to use the potty”.  By the end of Thursday night, I had repeated myself so much, I wanted to eye roll myself.

 

Friday we had a few success’, but mostly more accidents.

 

Saturday, day three, when they should be getting it, was awful.  Link basically was defiant all day & ignored whatever Matt & I said (even if it wasn’t about potty training).  Matt & I both took turns having parent time outs – seriously, it was awful.  I guess we should have expected it, after all, we were all cooped up in the house together for three straight days.  NEVER.AGAIN.  It’s not for the weak.

 

I know the potty training method should take three days, and I was about to throw in the towel this AM (start of day 4) & try again in a month.  However, I thought, “heck, we’ll see how the AM goes”.  It went AWESOME.  Link wore the same pair of underwear ALL DAY.  That means no accidents.  He even told us he had to go, without us reminding him much.  I’m way proud of him.

 

I am feeling way more confident about this whole process.
Now onto a bigger challenge – daycare.  They were the ones who really encouraged us to try, so I’m sure they’ll be on their game tomorrow.  With that said, I’ve packed 12 pairs of underwear, 2 extra pairs of socks, 6 pairs of pants, & a couple of shirts (you never know with a penis, those things are crazy & get pee everywhere if not careful!).

 

Now that I’m thinking about it, I should probably throw in more socks & an extra pair of shoes…..


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two and a half

November 5th, 2014

Although two and a half is proving to have its moments, I’m totally falling in love with Link all over again.  The kid cracks me up, even through both of our tears.   He’s been struggling with staying in his room at night after we put him down (and waking up at the butt crack […]



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Although two and a half is proving to have its moments, I’m totally falling in love with Link all over again.  The kid cracks me up, even through both of our tears.

 

He’s been struggling with staying in his room at night after we put him down (and waking up at the butt crack of dawn, but that’s a different issue).  Wednesday PM’s is my night to call my BFF Susan.  A few weeks ago, I was on the phone w/ her when he got out of bed, so I put him back into bed and he said “mama, I need to hug your muscles”.  I thought it was odd, but he grabbed my right arm, hugged it w/ his arms & rested his head on my chest & then did the same w/ my left.  10 min. later he was out of his room again, so I brought him back to bed, covered him up & he said (CLEAR AS DAY!) “mama, I need to snuggle your nipples” and then proceeded to hug each boob.  He now can not just give me a hug, he needs to “snuggle my nipples”.  *sighs*.  I sure hope he doesn’t ask the daycare teachers this request before naptime.  :/

 

I know every mom says this, but I wish I kept better track of things he says & the conversations we have.  They are fabulous.  I couldn’t wait for Link to start talking & I have not been disappointed.

 

While drawing on his board Saturday, he turns & around & says to me: “No coloring on the floor!  My daddy ask me!”

color board

His comprehension is slowly getting there.  Because Link is 2.5, he struggles with reasoning.  We’ve been giving him good choices & bad choices, and he can pick his destiny.  It seems when he makes a bad choice, he sends himself into a never ending spiral down the drain.  Matt has instated the “thinking chair”.  I.E. he sits on the oversized chair in the living room until he “gets his mind right” (as I put it).

 

Last night we were facetiming Grandma, and when asked to say goodbye, Link said no.  Matt ended the call.  That set Link out of control, because he apparently DID want to say goodbye (even though when asked 3 times prior, he said no).  The kid couldn’t recover, so off to the thinking chair he went.  I think he spent 5 minutes in there raging before he was rational again.  We talked about why he was there, said our peace, hugged it out & went on our way.  5 min. later at the train table he says to me “I made bad choice & had to sit in the thinking chair until I got my mind right”.  I couldn’t help but smile.  Smile because he’s comprehending him & smile because it was so cute/funny to hear him talk about getting his mind right.

 

I seriously love this boy.


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Adenoidectomy

September 23rd, 2014

Link got his adenoids out three weeks ago (i’m behind).   He was a champ, really.  It was a simple & quick procedure, but hard for a two year old to comprehend why he can’t have his morning bar when he wakes up (he’s a man of routine!).  I think he asked every single person […]



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Link got his adenoids out three weeks ago (i’m behind).

 

He was a champ, really.  It was a simple & quick procedure, but hard for a two year old to comprehend why he can’t have his morning bar when he wakes up (he’s a man of routine!).  I think he asked every single person who came into our pre op room for another sticker.  His wishes were granted.

adenoid 2

 

adenoid 1

The worst part was probably 30 min. before he had to go back to the operating room he fell and smacked his lip on the corner of the chair.   Thankfully it happened while the nurse practitioner was in the room giving us more information.  There was blood EVERYWHERE, but she was able to quickly get us some rags & ice.  The NP did say “well, I’ll note this in his chart & the MD can take a look when he’s out to see if he needs stitches”.  Thanks!

adenoid 3

 

Just prior to going back to the operating room, the Anesthesiologist came in to talk to us.  She said it generally takes 4-5 breaths of gas before the kids are out.  Ok, cool!  I take Link back to the OR (actually, he walked there and didn’t even care that I came with.  I’m just an accessory).  The anesthesiologist put this “goop” (for lack of a better word) in his mask that smelled good to entice him to keep the mask on & breath the gas.  I get Link on the table & they try to put the mask on him & he fights it.

Me: I know this sounds weird, but he is ridiculously strong for a 2.5 year old.  It is going to take more than two of you to hold him down & keep the mask on.

Nurse & anesthesiologist: It’s ok, we do this all the time.  Plus, we have the goop that he’ll like to smell.

Me: Ok….

At this point, we’re 10+ hits into the mask & Link is still fighting (so much for 4-5 breaths).  The nurse is attempting to hold the mask NEAR his mouth & his arms and the anesthesiologist is holding his legs.  However, he’s flopping around & twisting & it’s clearly not working.  Now steps in his ENT who says “I saw this kid in my office, it took 3 nurses to hold him down for a nasal scope & even that was almost not enough, you need another hand”.  Word up doc!  They enlisted another nurse strictly to control his head & it wasn’t much longer after that he was out.

 

The entire procedure probably didn’t last 20 minutes.  His ENT told us the adenoids were blocking 75% of his passage way (much bigger than he thought), which was a relief (odd I know).  When he scoped Link in his office he told me they weren’t the biggest he’s seen, but thought they should come out.  Because of that statement, Matt & I ho-hummed if it was necessary to put Link through the procedure.

 

Link had a hard time in recovery (he screamed so much they moved us into a private room).  After we got him to relax & take a short cat nap, we were discharged.

adenoid 5

adenoid 4

 

Aside from barfing in the car on the way home, he had no real lasting side effects.  He was pretty much back to his normal shenanigans by 4pm.


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Link meets the ENT

August 21st, 2014

Link caught an awful cold in December & since, his nose has never been the same.  He essentially went December-beginning of May with a constantly runny nose, a couple of ear infections, with little to no relief in sight (there were a few booger free days, but they were sparse).    I thought we got past […]



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Link caught an awful cold in December & since, his nose has never been the same.  He essentially went December-beginning of May with a constantly runny nose, a couple of ear infections, with little to no relief in sight (there were a few booger free days, but they were sparse).    I thought we got past it, but star beginning of June, he got another cold in which he has yet to recover from.  This one also involved an ear infection.

 

Over the weekend he complained of his ear hurting & was super whiney.  Matt took him to urgent care and he was diagnosed with another ear infection.  My mom told me to see what our pediatrician thought about tubes in his ears.    Our new pediatrician got us in right away on Monday & confirmed Link had “monkey’s” in his ears.  She upped his antibiotic and referred us to an ENT.  Dr. M told me he most definitely probably needs tubes & possibly his adenoids removed, but she’s no specialist.

 

Yesterday, Link met the ENT.   I thought it was just going to be a basic visit, you know, look at his ears & talk.  Nope….  It was traumatic (for him, not me, I was cool, the entire time).  It fell apart when Dr. F looked into his ears.  I anticipated this melt down – Link hatse his ears looked at.  Measuring height?  Heck yea!  Blood pressure?  Bring it on.  Heart rate?  Woohoo!  Temperature?  Cool.  Throat Swab?  Whatev’.  Peak in the ears?  Earth shattering.
Thankfully, the audiologist knew exactly how to cheer him up.  Let him play with toys in the sound booth while they checked his hearing (didn’t see this part coming of the apt. coming).  Thankfully, he has no hearing loss.   If they score 20 or less on a sound, it’s a fail.  Link scored awesome with the exception of 25’s on 50 dB or less, but she gave him a pass because he was talking the entire time (yeah, my kid is a talker, a very loud talker – shocker).    We however, didn’t get to the test that involved seeing if he had fluid in his ears because it involved an ear bud.  The audiologist & I tried, but there was no wrangling my 2 year old.  He’s a beast.  A very very strong beast.

 

Dr. F (the ENT) was pleased with his hearing test.   Then this happened.

Dr. F – I don’t know if Link needs ear tubes, but I think getting his adenoids removed would help with his ear infections and post nasal drip

Me – ok….

Dr. F – In 99% of my patients, I look at their adenoids before making this recommendation.  In your case, I’m not going to look.

Me – do you think they are that bad?

Dr. F – no, but your kid isn’t going to like me sticking a scope up his nose.  The only other option is an x-ray, and those frequently give me bad results.  I’m just going to make the recommendation.

Me – does any kid like a scope up their nose?

Dr. F – did you see that boy in the hallway a minute ago?

Me – yes

Dr. F – he just had his nose scoped…did you hear him?

Me – no…

Dr. F – *smiles*

Me – He’ll get over it.  If you’d feel better making this recommendation by scoping his nose & looking at his adenoids, you can do it.

Dr. F – Are you sure?

Me – Yeah, I’m sure.  How bad can it be?

Dr. F – Your kid isn’t going to do well with this.  For comfort reasons, I will not make you hold him down.

*opens door & calls in 2 nurses – both said, with shocked faces “you’re going to scope Link!?!?!?!?!?”  Do we have a toy to give him?*

One nurse sat in the dreaded chair & Link knew something was up instantly.  She put him on her lap & held his legs down with her legs & his arms w/ hers.  Another was in charge of his head.  Before Dr. F even got the scope out, Link flipped.  This then required another nurse for strictly his legs.   The whole scoping process took about three times longer than it should have because Link was not sitting still.  I heard Dr. F say about 300 times “almost done” and the nurses say “he’s soooooo strong for a 2 year old!” meanwhile Link is screaming and looking at me with sheer terror in his eyes.  At one point, Link screamed “just stop it, now!”  (I sort of giggled, I’m a bad mom).

He was rewarded with a bathtub fishing set by the nurses & chicken nuggets with chocolate milk by me (totally lame, but it was the best I could do w/o going into the grocery store).

Thankfully our night ended happily ever after in the bathtub.  (he slept with all 4 fish too).

fishing