Saturday, May 31, 2008

Den'ja is huge and meet Maeson...

This last week we took Den'ja in for his 1 year check up. When we arrived the nurse informed us that he would be needing SIX shots. I said, "What!?" and she explained that since he didn't have any at 9 months he would need six now. This is when I got a little concerned. See, I know for a fact that we took Den'ja to the doctor at 9 months and that he had two shots at the time. I explained this and it turns out that the nurse who gave him his shots never recorded it in the computer. How does this happen? Needless to say I was a little upset. My big guy ended up with four shots instead and screamed like a girl until the nurse gave him a sucker. He's no dummy. He is well aware that tears are rewarded with treats at the Docs office. He weighed in at 26.4 lbs. and was 33 inches long. Both of which are in the above 95th percentile. He's a big guy!

Then it occured to me that some of you who read my blog may wonder who this Maeson is that I sometimes speak of. It's true that we do only have one child, but every weekend the fun, the laughter, and the love is expanded. She is my cousins daughter and we love having her. She has been coming to our house since she was six weeks old and we would consider her our own any day. So here is a little about Maeson. Maeson is 3 years old. She loves music. She memorizes songs so quickly and loves to "perform" for whoever will listen. Her favorite song to sing is "Take me out to the Ball Game" and if that wasn't enough for Joe to be proud of, she also LOVES baseball. Her favorite thing to do is go to Salt Lake Bees games with us. She is especially fond of the nights that we can run around the bases after the game. She loves to play catch and hit balls and already has her own baseball card collection. She also loves helping make cookies (She's the best peanut butter cookie smasher), Dora the Explorer, chicken nuggets, anything princess, reading books, and riding her bike. She loves her Den'ja, or Dayna-Boo as she calls him. They play really well together most of the time and make each other giggle often. She is a sweetie pie and a real joy to have around. We truly love her.

And lastly, this weekend we went up to Evanston for High School Graduation. Joe completed his student teaching there this spring and he was excited to see some of his students again. I could tell that they all really missed him after he left. He is going to be such a wonderful teacher! Congrats class of 2008. We also got to spend time with Joe's mom and stepdad. I got some great bargains at the yard sales and Den'ja was happy to see Grandma and Grandpa. We appreciate them letting us stay.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Our feathered friend

We have a bird problem. The last few days we have had a little birdie who has made himself at home on the deck. The problem is that he sees his reflection in our sliding glass door and thinks that he has found a friend. He squawks at himself and then tries to make nice with his "friend" by pecking his mirror image. Now, some of you may be reading this and saying, "oh, how cute". It is not cute. It is extremely annoying. The only thing we can think of to get rid of him is to set up some dummies to scare him away. So, at the moment Den'ja's baseball playing bunny and Maesons "Pandy the Panda Bear" are sitting at our window. Yes, it's not the best look as far as curb appeal goes, but we don't care. Hopefully he finds a REAL friend soon and moves on.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Happy Birthday Den'ja!!

Today is Den'ja's first birthday. I was flooded with emotions today as I thought about what we were doing one year ago. Since our stubborn son was alrieady eight days late I was going to be induced. Joe called up to the hospital at 6 AM on the dot (the earliest we were allowed to call). He was so anxious and excited. It was adorable. I layed in bed, terrified. It's funny as I think about it now. I really had nothing at all to be afraid of. Even though I spent hours pushing and ended up needing a c-section none of it was as bad as I had imagined. It's funny how we can work ourselves up to fear things we don't really understand. Today I was first sad. I cannot believe how fast this year has gone by. It's like I blinked and my baby is not a baby anymore. I'm certain that the next years of his life will go by just as quickly and I suppose I am mourning that a little. Then I was proud. Den'ja impresses me each day with the things he learns and does. It's amazing that such a little body can bring such joy and love into our lives. I could talk about him for hours and wouldn't run out of things to brag about. Lastly, I was overjoyed. Sometimes when I sit and watch Den'ja and his daddy playing, laughing, and having fun I have a silly grin spread across my face. I think of how I am so lucky. This is what I've been waiting for my whole life. Motherhood is undescribable. I could try to explain it, but would never do it justice. My heart soars to think of what a wonderful opportunity I am allowed. I guess I'll just say that being a mom rocks and I would highly reccomend it!

We are celebrating Den'ja's birthday after Sunday dinner so check back for an insanely cute cake on the face pic. I won't dissapoint!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

What was life like before?

Today while I was fixing myself some lunch I was also filling a sippy cup, cutting up orange slices, and picking up toys that had been flung to the ground and it hit me. I thought to myself, "Wow, I must have been so bored before we had Den'ja". I was thinking about how simple it used to be to just make myself a sandwhich and plop down in front of the TV to chow down. Sometimes I am stressed with all the stuff that comes with having a child. They are really a lot of work, but I wouldn't trade him for anything in the world. My life has never been busier or more complicated and I love it!! I am truly lucky.