Monday, December 31, 2007

Walk this Way

D: F took is first few steps with W a few days ago. Apparently he was fixated on the toy he had in his hand and was unaware of his forward mobility that ensued. He took 4 steps.

Last night W and I were both in the room when we saw a very determined boy take a few steps forward, this time with purpose. His posture was perfect...knees bent slightly, hips locks, and arms out to his sides as if he were surfing. It was beautiful. And boy was he proud of himself when he heard his parents’ cheers! It was only 10 minutes later that he attempted it again with several more steps.

Yes sir, our little boy is on the move. It won't be long before his brother catches on and they both become bona fide two wheelers.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the best Christmas present of all this year... After over a year of service overseas, my little brother returned home from Iraq on December 23rd. Welcome home, buddy. We love you!

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Christmas 07

The boys loved sledding!! F was a bit more adventurous and had a blast cruising down the back yard hill with his grandpa, while O enjoyed sampling the MN snow.




While O was sleeping F had his first ride on a snowmobile...he loved it! It was such a gorgeous day, we had to have a photo shoot with him enjoying the beautiful MN winter day.





O met his Uncle for the first time and took to him like I've never seen him take to anyone before! They had a blast together.


Of course, for an 11 month old, the paper wrapping was just as much fun as the presents within it!


The Deuce enjoyed all their gifts. Thank you!!


The biggest hit of the entire trip was the snow. They boys loved it...they must get that from their parents. :)





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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Just a taste of the cutest christmas pics ever!

Christmas 07 was spent in MN with the fam. So much to talk about...plane travel, sledding, blizzards, presents, grandparents, great grandparents, aunt and uncle, friends, cousins, snow boarding (no, not the boys yet...that will be next xmas!). But we are in the process of looking for a new nanny (yes, so soon...long story) and things are crazy. So, I'm going to just post a little teaser since I know all anyone wants to see is pictures anyway. Don't worry, more are on the way. We do have over 400 from this past weekend to choose from :)

Finn & Oliver on tandem trike

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

All I want...

W: We had a fun morning today full of blueberry pancakes, hide-and-seek, and Santa hats. We've started calling F's new appendage the "Christmas Mitt"; it has a nice ring to it. As you can see, his bum wheel isn't slowing him down at all. And looking on the bright side, as we tend to do, the Christmas Mitt is going to make it helluva lot easier for our family to tell them apart when we visit next week...

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

ER Visit #1

D: This weekend has been a rough one. Saturday evening I was in the kitchen cooking, when I heard F come crawling up to me as I was preparing dinner. Just as I turned to pick him up I saw his little curious hand reach towards the oven door and lay it flat-palmed on the 400-degree surface. (That which I had no idea was turned on, nor did I know that it could even get that hot to the touch. Stupid commercial oven...what were we thinking?) F started screaming, but didn't flinch or take his hand away from the hot surface. I swooped down and grabbed him, of course as quickly as I could...but not quick enough. His little paw was entirely covered in 2nd degree burns and blisters.

I am ashamed to admit that at this point my cool-cucumber, parent-of-twins facade fell off and I became a blithering idiot...What do we do?? Ice? Running water? Where is our first aid box? What's in our first aid box...Icy Hot...that's burn cream right?? No?? Ahhh, where's the burn cream?? He needs to go to the E.R...who's going to go? Who's going to stay with O? Ohhh, F, I'm SO SORRY! On the other hand, I am proud of how quickly W reacted and how he handled the the situation amidst my chaos. He quickly took him to the ER while I sat and cried with O...who, by the way did not seem to have any inkling of what was going on around him. This was his dinnertime, and he was more concerned about where his meal was.

Upon return from his trip to the ER, F arrived a new baby, with super hero powers...the Mitt. This 'mitt' is gauze wrapped around his little hand a bazillion times to form a protective barrier around his wounds and looks like a boxing glove. He was exhausted from the evening’s events and the Tylenol with codeine that they gave him in the ER, but it looked like he was in relative good spirits, and was no longer in immediate pain.

The evening’s events seemed harder on me than my little boy. I never could have imagined how heartbreaking it would be to see my child in pain. I cried just as hard as he did, and I even felt his pain (literally...I touched the oven as long as I could so I could tell how hot it actually was).

The healing process is going to be slow for F, all along with his new trusty Mitt shielding him from any infection or further injury. The last few days he really hasn't seemed to be fazed by the Mitt and has found new impressive ways to use only his right hand for tasks that would usually require two. Also, you would think that it would be hard for a 4 wheeler (crawler), to loose one of their 'wheels'. But it really hasn't slowed him down at all. He is still crawling around faster than ever. I'm so glad that he does not seem to be in pain at the moment.

I had him checked out again the next day in the ER, and they were pleased to see him in better spirits. As I sat there, waiting with F, I thought to myself, "how many more times will I be in the ER with either of my sons?" Judging by their adventurous nature, I started thinking that I had better be real nice to these people. Maybe I should've brought them cookies.

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Let it snow...

W: It snowed for the first time this season on Saturday, and O-Bear was put under a spell by the big flakes' snowy drift Earthward. I love the photos, but I can't decide how to caption them. Please feel free to post your suggestions in our comments section...



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