Wednesday, March 30, 2011

We Have a Walker!

After taking steps for about 6 weeks now, Miles is officially a walker... just a few days shy of his first birthday. He still falls down a lot and crawls some, but he's a big walker now!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Our Cute & Crazy Boys

Tyson in mid-air doing a slam dunk:

The boys enjoying their snacks:

That's a green smoothie thanks to avocado and spinach leaves:

Miles thinks it's yummy!

I don't have much explanation for this one other than the fact that it's Tyson being his usual crazy self!

And that's a wrap, folks!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

What a Difference a Year Makes!

With Miles' first birthday just one week away, I thought I would reflect back to exactly one year ago. On this day in 2010 I was 37 weeks pregnant and carrying around what felt like a huge, squirmy bowling ball.

I was coming downstairs carrying a small laundry basket on my hip and I tripped on the second-to-last step. My right ankle rolled under and I went completely down on my side, laundry flying everywhere. Luckily Jeremy was home and witnessed the whole thing. I knew I hadn't hit my belly and was pretty sure the baby was fine, but my ankle was swollen and hurt so bad. I thought I may have broken something, as Jeremy had to carry me to the couch and elevate my foot while we decided what to do.

After several hours in the ER and some x-rays, it was determined that I had a sprained ankle and possibly a minor fracture (we found out several days later that it wasn't actually fractured). Since I couldn't bear any weight on my right foot, I had to manage crutches with a huge belly and a terrible case of pregnancy carpal tunnel syndrome that started in my seventh month and kept me awake at night with awful wrist pain and numb and tingly hands all day long. Not to mention the fact that I had a defiant, newly potty-trained, almost two-year-old to take care of. Fun times! That was one of the longest, most difficult weeks of my life!

Jeremy took several days off work and my mom came down to help too. It was so miserable feeling like I couldn't do ANYTHING and just sitting there with my leg propped up while people waited on me. I eventually was fitted for a walking boot and began bearing more weight on my foot, but I still felt helpless and we were all stressed out and frazzled for awhile.

Here we were at the zoo for Maddie's birthday party. I was relieved to go down to just one crutch that day:

Luckily Miles arrived exactly one week later and made everything better! While I was in labor at the hospital, I was quite the sight hobbling through the halls and bouncing on the labor ball sporting my stylish boot.

However, being able to relax and recover with a cuddly new baby made the sprained ankle incident seem almost like a distant memory.

It just occurred to me today how much I love and appreciate my family, and how things are a million times better than they were one year ago, when I felt like I had hit rock bottom!

More pictures to come this week of Miles' early days...

Friday, March 25, 2011

Fire Station Visit

This morning we had another great opportunity with our moms' group to visit the local fire station. The captain put on a presentation complete with a story, Dusty the Dragon, and some neat special effects. After the presentation, we got to tour the station and check out the firetrucks. My mom stayed home with Miles so that Tyson and I could go. He really had a great time. I also liked the fact that the presentation focused on the importance of smoke alarms. Tyson has been a little scared of ours, but doesn't seem to be any longer and actually reminded me several times today that we needed to test our smoke alarms!

Here's Captain Mac reading the dragon story:

These green airport crash vehicles can get to the airport in 3 minutes if necessary:

The boys running off some steam near the big firetruck:

"Birthday twins" Tyson and Madison (they're one year apart):

Michelle and cute baby Violet:

Tyson and Gavin next to the huge tire:

Checking out the uniforms:

Tyson trying on his complimentary fireman's hat and fire safety bracelet:

And my favorite picture of all, Tyson posing proudly with Captain Mac and Dusty the Dragon. When Tyson received his hat, bracelet, and activity book he told me that he wanted to thank the captain. So we made our way up to the front to thank him, and asked for a picture before we left. I love this one!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Basketball Brothers

I took both of these videos today of Tyson and Miles, doing what they love to do best! Well, Miles likes to do other things too, but he is quickly picking up on the basketball theme just like his big brother.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Next Basketball Player in the Making?

Tupperware + Dribbling Videos

I was going through some videos and found these two I hadn't posted yet. The first one was taken of Miles about a month ago, having fun dragging out the Tupperware in the kitchen.

And Jeremy took this one of Tyson recently, while dribbling a ball at Toys 'r Us. He does most things left-handed, but for some reason he's better at dribbling right-handed.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Squinty Face

Miles has started doing this goofy squinty face while making a sniffing noise through his nose. He's such a funny boy. Definitely starting to do more vocal sounds/gestures and trying to make us laugh. I tried to get a picture of the new face... didn't do the best job but I thought it was cute. And yes, he still only has two teeth. In case you thought you saw more, that's just milk in his mouth:

Here's Tyson at 9 months old in January 2009. Certainly not the most "extreme" version of his squinty face, but a similar expression so I thought I would post it:

And here is Tyson today. He wanted his picture taken too, just like Miles:

Today was so beautiful and made us feel like spring really is around the corner. Tyson and I played outside while Miles was having his morning nap. I liked his outfit, complete with the old school Chicago Bulls jacket that was given to us by a friend whose son wore it several years ago. Totally fitting with his Jordan ball and general obsession with Michael Jordan and all things basketball!

Speaking of, our outside basketball hoop lowers to 7 feet and Tyson can now make baskets on it. Last fall he was nowhere close, so all that practice indoors this winter really paid off!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Griffin's Birthday at Chuck E. Cheese

We joined our moms' group at Chuck E. Cheese to celebrate Tyson's friend Griffin's 4th birthday. I had never taken both boys there, but we had the place pretty much to ourselves at the beginning and it wasn't too hard to keep track of them. Miles skipped his morning nap but was pretty mesmerized by everything and didn't seem to miss it. Here are the highlights...

Riding the rides:

Playing the comet game together:

Miles trying to taste the tickets that came out at the end:

Chuck E. Cheese himself came out and led the kids around the whole place in a parade. Tyson had to be one of the most excited kids there. He was going NUTS over Chuck E. Here he is with Griffin and Lia:

Tyson waving to him:

This is where they got free tickets at the end of the parade. Tyson didn't care about the tickets, he was too busy giving Chuck E. high gives and yelling "Talk! Talk!"

At this point Chuck E. was probably thinking, leave me alone, kid! But he just kept waving to Tyson and giving him high fives. (And not talking.)

On the way home Tyson was very happy to go through his goodie bag from Griffin. He also told me he was sad when Chuck E. Cheese had to go bye-bye, and sad that he hadn't given him a kiss.

My kid is obsessed with characters in costume. Too funny!

Camera Round-Up

Just wanted to post some recent pictures of the boys...

I was so thrilled to get such a rare picture of both of them giving cute, genuine smiles:

Messy Miles:

Tyson probably laughing about the mess he made on the table: 

This is the reason that Tyson's smaller hoop (to the left) now has a cracked rim that needs replaced:

Tyson loves his hand-me-down Backyardigans shirt for playing around the house:

Miles just learned how to clap and is very proud of himself. He added it to his recent list of tricks such as whistling, waving, throwing balls, and making baskets just like his brother.

This is the view I have when I come back from checking the mailbox. I couldn't decide which picture I liked best so I posted them both. Love those little guys!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Outfits

I tried to get some pictures of the kids in their St. Patrick's Day outfits recently. Miles is so easy to take good pictures of, but Tyson, not so much. Anyway, here they are:

It's Patrick, from SpongeBob!

And just a few quick updates... Miles is finally doing better eating. I still have to spoon feed him some tiny pieces of solid foods and mix them in with applesauce or something he really likes, because he won't eat them off his tray. He is a very stubborn eater, but is gradually starting to accept some new foods. Also, he has learned how to whistle and will copy me when I do it. His little mouth looks so cute when he's trying to whistle!

And Tyson is loving his new room! The bed is now put together and is ridiculously high off the ground. We had no idea it was going to be a "loft" bed but I almost need a step stool to climb up there! Geesh. I put the bed rail on in the unlikely event that he might roll out, because it would be quite a fall. He has a chair at the end of the bed for climbing in and out, but I'm looking into a little step ladder that might take up less space. Pretty much everything is done upstairs except for a few more things on the walls that I ordered and am waiting for. I will post pictures when everything is complete!
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