Monday, September 22, 2014

Sea World

And what vacation to San Antonio, Texas would be complete without a trip to Sea World?  My sister, brother, and their families went with my parents, all of my children and me to Sea World, and it was a great day.  I have always loved Sea World.  I love the dolphins and whales.  I wanted to be a dolphin trainer when I was a young animal lover.  These creatures still bring tears to my eyes.

Waiting for the dolphin pool to open first thing in the morning.

Genna wanted to jump in and swim with the dolpihns so badly.

My sister's family

This is where Genna turns to me and says, "I want to be a dolphin trainer when I grow up!"  I was waiting for it.  I could see it in her eyes.

Isaac, Drew and my sister went on this ride.  It was a loop with a couple of small hills.  Isaac was so excited to go on a "roller coaster" and was very proud of how he put his hands up the whole time.  It was cute.  That guy needs some confidence, so it was good for him.
I didn't get to ride any rides because I had Judah, but I'm not much of a ride person so that's okay.  My favorite parts are the shows.  We didn't get to go see the sea lion shows which was disappointing, but thanks to my planning (which I was a little teased for by a certain brother-in-law) we hit everything else on the list.  We split up into two groups in the afternoon so the little kids could go to the Sesame area and the big kids could go on a couple of the bigger rides.

This was Dylan and Drew watching Elmo.

This one was hot.  I kept putting handfuls of water on his head during the day to keep him cool.

Most of us

What a trooper this guy was!  He stayed in the Ergo nearly the entire day, only coming out to eat in the high chair or to ride in the stroller for a very brief time.  Mostly Drew was in the stroller.

We sat in the splash zone for every show, but never quite got splashed.  We were so hot!

The Azul show is by far the best one!

We ended the day with a Shamu show.
I lost two of my kids during the course of the day for about 3 minutes each time.  The question is can you guess which ones I lost?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Alamo: Minus the littles!

We finished the school year with the Alamo and so we had to make time for the big kids to see the Alamo.  My mom stayed with the little guys, ages 1, 2,and 3, remember because she had my nephew too.  My dad came with us and totally got the better deal!

I wanted to take them to see the Alamo at the iMax too since that's what I remember about my trip to the Alamo as a kid.  We bought our tickets and got in our seats before it hit me.  This is a really violent and sad movie!  A little too late for that revelation, wouldn't you think?  I leaned over to the kids and said, "You guys are okay with a lot of killing and dying in this movie, right?  And it's okay if everyone in this movie dies, right?  Yeah, well, close your eyes if it's too much for you."  I am sure it is the most violent thing they have ever seen.  Hannah had to close her eyes twice she said.  Isaac asked if we could get this on DVD.  Genna didn't cry, and she had thought she might when she found out what it entailed.  So, I'd say it was a success.  It was a good review, that's for sure! 

My dad bought them sno-cones after the tour of the Alamo.  Hannah's favorite part of the Alamo was seeing Davy Crocket's wallet.  Everyone liked checking the names of people who died at the Alamo.  There were five Isaacs.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The wonderful thing about cousins is that cousins are a wonderful thing!

The title of this post hints at what kind of little guy my nephew is.  He totally reminds me of Tigger from Winnie the Pooh!  He never stops moving!  He is exactly in between Drew and Judah.  He just turned two.  I had a hard time catching my cute nephew on camera, in fact.  

This is what most of my photos of him looked like...blurry.
 As soon as he would see my phone or camera, he would jump up to come look at it.  He did not understand that he had to wait until I actually took a picture first before he could see it.  Then I found the solution!

A selfie!

Drew and Dylan in a selfie together.

Here we had to hold him down after many attempts where he took off running.

Somehow we got this one non-blurry picture of him, and he was smiling! 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Judah's One!

This is a messed up one year post since I am posting it when he is nearly thirteen months, but you do what you got to do.  :)

He was not eating very well around his birthday since being sick twice in the past month (three times this summer).  He only weighed 21 lbs and 9 oz making him my smallest boy by far.  He can even fit into pants that he couldn't fit into at the beginning of the summer before he got pneumonia.  He grew longer and stayed around the same weight so his fatso tummy is not quite so fat anymore.  Again I forgot to pay attention to his height at his one year check up.  Speaking of his check up, he wasn't able to get his immunizations since the pediatric "shot lady" was out for the day.  So we have to go back in October for that.  And I finally got to discuss his dairy allergy with his doctor.  She said it sounds like he has an allergy to casein in milk.  Turns out the reason he can't seem to shake this rash around his mouth is that casein is in things you wouldn't expect, like some sausages and soup bases.  I love soup bases and often cook his veggies in it.

I took him to the allergy doc when we got back in town because he was getting this perpetual rash around his mouth and I was trying to be careful not to feed him dairy.  However, I stink at this so far and wasn't looking closely enough at every single label.  I was making assumptions and picking up things without double checking the labels.  On top of that, I grabbed a yogurt baby food pouch when running out to meet some friends instead of one of the dairy free ones my sister had gotten for him.  When I was feeding it to him (still unaware that yogurt was a main ingredient) he started screaming and trying to grab it from me and throw it.  Really made a spectacle of himself until I put it away and got him up and walked around with him a bit to calm him down.  I double checked the label after I had time to think about the situation and how out of character that was for him.  I felt really bad!  Anyway, at this appointment he weighed more, 23 lbs and 2 oz (gaining some of that weight back) and was 29 1/2 inches long.  They did a scratch test and it was positive, but not super severe.  That possibly means that he will grow out of it, in fact, that is very likely.  He had his blood drawn as well, and he was amazingly well behaved and brave for that.  He just sat there and watched the nurse and the blood going through the tube until she lost the vein and had to poke around.  We ended up with another nurse finding another vein in his other arm.  For that, he was not as calm, but still wasn't too bad.  I was sent home with epi pens just in case, but I am hopeful that his allergy to milk will not get worse and I won't need to use them.  However, it kind of scared me enough to really start being obsessive about label reading.  He hasn't had a hint of a rash since, so I am getting much better.  The doctor told me his growth curve leveled off quite a bit, and I need to work on increasing his fat in his diet.  They want me to try soy milk with a scoop of toddler soy formula to give extra fat or just straight toddler soy formula..  So far the formula was rejected, but the soy milk is accepted most days.  We are going to try to sneak it in gradually.  I am still nursing him three times a day.  I am trying to get him to take more soy milk before I start dropping more nursings and wean him.  I'm adding black olives, increasing the avocados, and adding Italian dressing to his veggies and pasta to help with the fat.  For breakfast, I am trying to do mashed banana on toast or deviled eggs.  He loves peanut butter sandwiches cut up into bite sized pieces, chicken noodle soup, or pasta for lunch.

Words as of now (almost 13 months old):
Dada and Daddy
All Done
Night night
Bubba (what we call pacifiers)
Yeah (when asked if he wants more of something)
Uh oh
He is messy as the day is long when he eats...especially avocados!

Still only has 6 teeth.

Benjamin Judah has many names.  Judah, Ben, Benjamin, and Benny.  He also has a slew of nicknames.

Baby Cakes
Crabby Snacks and Homemades (from the Silver Linings Playbook if you've read it)
Judah Budda
Benny and the Jets
Buddy Boo (by Drew only)

He needs a hair cut.  We've been giving him a mohawk a lot lately.

Caught this adorable napper on camera.  Since we got to Texas (with a one hour time change) he has been waking up crazy early for him, anywhere from 4:45-5:45am.  I think he slept until 6am once during the whole trip there.  Things in that arena haven't improved too much since returning home, but he is making it until at least 5:30am now.

We drove to my sister's house in San Antonio.  This was on a lunch and potty break after he nursed and got a diaper change.  He was a champ in the car!

I frequently give Judah a bath in the sink after dinner.  Drew insisted on joining him

Other feats:
He's only clapped a couple of times, and not very enthusiastically.  He's more of a dancer and wave his hands around kind of guy.  He will wave, dance, stick out his tongue when asked, shake his head no, bounce when you say to jump, give high fives, and (most of the time) hand you something too little that he picks up if you tell him to.  He gives kisses making the "Umm mah" kissy sound.  He also hugs by leaning into you.  He has been randomly hugging pictures in books, like an animal or a baby.  It's really sweet.   He has taken a single step on two different occasions all on his own without anyone even trying to get him to walk, but that's it.  He stands and squats all the time.  He seems ready physically, but not mentally.

He's well loved, that's for sure!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Little Rain Forrest Adventure

I actually remembered to take pictures during this trip, in part because it is easier to grab my phone than my camera.  We had a gift card to the Rain Forrest Cafe and so this was a must do on our list since there aren't any close to our home.  The kids all loved it, of course.  My mom went with us and we made a day out of it.  Well, it seems like a day even though we left at 11am and got back at 3pm.  

Judah loved the fish, but was freaked out by the talking tree.
The gift shop was a big hit, especially since Mimi was there.  I got Judah his birthday present, Ollie the Okapi, a Build-a-Bear.

I made everyone put on the frog hat and get their picture taken just for fun, in between tigers roaring and the thunderstorms that happened at regular intervals.  Some were more willing than others...

Judah wanted to put it on himself which means he holds it all the way behind his head and smiles, so I held it for the photo.

Triple Birthday Bash

Just a few days after we got to Texas, my parents and I hosted a triple birthday party for all three of my boys, superhero style.  We invited a few friends and a ton of family.  I bought all the food from Costco except for the cakes.  That's my favorite part, and since I had to make three I knew that I'd be busy enough with that.

Isaac turned six and chose a Zorro cake.  Brian found some old Zorro episodes that he had watched a while back.
Isaac requested a vanilla cake and Drew a chocolate cake, but, of course, I got them backwards because you know.

Drew turned three and wanted a Batman AND Robin cake.  I found one like this online and copied it using candy paper and sprinkles.

I just had to veer off the superhero theme, because I couldn't resist the "Lion of Judah."  Judah had to have a zucchini cake because my cake recipes all have dairy in them.  

I was so excited to visit with family that I hadn't seen in so long that I didn't get many pictures, and then my camera died during the whole cake scene.  It was a wonderful party and the cousins all played so well together.  I did take a couple of pictures of Judah eating his first bite of cake though.

He ate every last bit, Cheerios and all.