Friday, June 30, 2006

In honor of my big sweet boy

who turned 1 yesterday! (video is about 12 mins long)

Nolan's first year

I might add that it could be the hormones, but I cry every time I watch this damn thing. (about a billion times so far in the editing process)

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

update

well he did much better than i was expecting! I accidentally woke him up from his nap when I knocked something over in our hallway... DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE CLUTTER ... AAAAUUUUGGGGHHHH. We are having a garage sale soon, so it's only a matter of time. I just need to keep reminding myself of that. Anyhoo, despite only having a one hour nap he did really good until the car ride back when he started fussing. I think he was hungry, so into the high chair he went and he ate ok. Then we spent the rest of his between naps time hangin out.

He did have 3 muddy diapers this morning though, so maybe he just wasn't feeling well. I'm hoping he wakes up in a decent mood too, we have lots of errands to run tonight, and he loves going to different stores. :)
Hard Age

This is a hard age. I'm not sure who it's harder for, him or me. The constant pissing and moaning, whining and fit throwing, testing limits... seriously, he used to respond to "no"... not anymore. The fits, the newfound distaste of anything he's never had before... toddler cereal: spit it out. Macaroni salad: spit it out. Watermelon: cried until I took it off his tray. Giving everyone the stinkeye and slapping at people/things... I am trying to be patient and trying to be consistent... but so far to no avail. Yesterday was a not so good day... not a 'bad' day, but not a good day either. Today is shaping up to be even worse. Refused to eat his cereal, instead spitting it out all over himself. Then refusal to eat his banana.. which is not usual, I got him to eat almost all of a 4oz yogurt cup... but I would think he'd be starving by now.

I'm not sure if he's teething or not, he always chews on his hands when he's crying and since lately he's crying a lot, it's hard to tell if that is something independent of soothing or what. I'm just tired. And my patience is fleeting. I hate giving tylenol for nothing, but I have an o.b. appt this morning and I am not looking forward to taking him w/ me.

In GOOD news, he has finally figured out how to tip the sippy... though as I write this he may decided to spite me and stop, but we congratulate him and make a big deal out of it every time. He is an excellent water drinker... wants water more than milk. He also has been standing on his own from the floor... instead of pulling up on something/someone and then letting go. He was not fond of his floaty boat in auntie Lori's pool though, I think he didn't like the floating sensation, so he used it as a walker in the pool. He's also gotten over his fear of grass... and though he's not a huge fan of it, he now ventures off the blanket, dragging one leg behind him. heh.

and my favorite new thing, he now actively raises his arms up to be picked up, where before it was barely a half motion kind of thing... now there is no mistaking it. And it does feel nice that he wants to be held. OH, and he is now insistent on having a story before bed... it's really cute, he LOVES his book 'Goodnight Moon' and smiles at the first page. It's the little things like that that make me forgive the whining. and spitting. and slapping. and sometimes even the fits. :)

Look for an update tomorrow night, I will post one shortly after 6pm pacific time I think...

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Today's cuteness...


These are all from Father's Day, we went to a bbq at my aunt's house, and Nolan was having a rough personal day. He was a tad cranky and not in the mood to socialize, and he was having a hard time because he wanted so bad to get down and crawl, but is not fond of grass and well... bare knees on cement don't add up to a good time. He was a trooper though, and was rewarded when we put him in the play car, oh my LORD did the child enjoy himself.



when he finally got over his fear of the grass he made a break for it



Loving his daddy



his expression (nolan's that is,) pretty much sums up the first half of his day, poor buddy.

then the light came back into his life w/ this car...





























Hey baby, wanna go for a ride?



giving auntie Lori some loves






Lori and Seth



Nolan and uncle Seth



awwwwww



happy family



and this one cracks me up, it's my little cousin Evan, taking 'pictures' of our other cousins. too funny!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

More cute kid pics

Um... 8 days till I have a one year old. HOLY CRAP. His birthday party is this weekend and I am half dreading it... well, not the party persay, but the getting ready for the party... out of town company is coming in that I would like to visit, we have a bday party for another 1 year old on saturday, grocery shopping to be done, stuff to be taken to Auntie Lori and Uncle Seth's in preperation for said party... Pirate cake to be made, A BUTTLOAD of cupcakes to be made... and lots of other random miscellany to be taken care of. I'm tired just thinking about it. But I am looking forward to the party itself and seeing people... am thinking of getting a shirt made real quick like w/ a hand and a red bar and circle through it that lines up right over my tummy ... NO RUBBING OF THE BELLY. I think that's what I'm dreading the most, :)

ok now for cute baby pictures...





















giving himself loves... heh.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

a few more old pics....



Nolan's new shirt



wha????



not a big fan of being stuffed into the cart, lol



laughing at having napkins balled up and thrown at him



funny stuff!



and my favorite... because it's just too easy, lol.

Monday, June 19, 2006

A buttload of pictures....

expect a few photo entries this week, I have a ton of cute pics to post, but don't want to do it all at once. Father's day was good, Aaron woke up to a breakfast of French toast and chocolate milk, and a day of no diapers or chores! (though he did pick up a few things and install radios to the cars even though I protested... and he did more than his fair share of baby wrangling at the bbq we went to, it's too hard for me to chase after nolan constantly w/ this belly in the way.)

We went to my aunt's house (used to be my Grandma's... basically polenske central as that's the place we usually meet for holidays/get togethers etc.) and had a big potluck/bbq. It was a nice day, and even though nolan started out really REALLY grumpy, he got over it and I think he had a good time too. Aaron got to hang out w/ Dwayne (his best friend, also hubby to my cousin Lisa) and Seth, so he was a happy camper. There are three of us expecting this fall on that side of the family, I am due 9/30, Lisa is due 10/31 and Amy is due 11/9. Crazy. There will be more than enough little ones to pass around at christmas time, that's for sure.

now, how about some pics? these are old btw, taken in may.



He likes to 'baby bird it' now... when anyone in the vicinity is eating, he's begging... it's embarassing!



quality control, you know.



Playing in the window w/ daddy



bright eyes



Helping daddy give the taggie blanket loves



I see you!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Picture Picture Picture

We went to the picture people today, to get nolan's 12 mos portraits... yeah we're early, but I had an AWESOME coupon that expires tommorrow (instead of a pose being 46 bucks, it was 10 bucks.)

In a nutshell it didn't go good. Because Nolan is mobile now, he sees NO reason to stand/sit still and smile for the camera... the result is baby torture and frustrated parents. To her credit, the photog did her best, but these were what we ended up w/...
We ordered these:




and we got this one in a 5x7 and 4 wallets because I REALLY wanted a pic of him w/ the number one to commemmorate his birthday... he was halfway between crying and laughing... I hate this expression as he usually is mr. whiny pants when he is making this face, but it is kind of amusing, so we bought it. All in all, had Aaron not been w/ me I would have left in tears, giving up.




and these are the ones we chose not to get










and for kicks here was aaron and nolan's father's day shot from walmart:


Thursday, June 15, 2006

A topic for you to discuss

2nd baby showers... a faux pas?

To be clear, I am not comfortable w/ a traditional shower this time around given that I just had one last year and a wedding shower the year before that. I would like to do something to celebrate the baby, but we are set in terms of clothing and supplies for the most part...except diapers, obviously we aren't registering... there is just no need.

In terms of celebrating the baby I am hesitant to do a 'meet the baby' party because I don't fancy taking time out to leave the festivities to go nurse him and nursing in front of everyone is not happening. The idea has been brought up of doing a diaper shower but I'm not sure it's in good taste.

thoughts? Opinions? (and speaking of diapers --this is for nessa, because she asked me this question in a forum we belong to and I don't think I answered it there* I know I was considering cloth diapering in the past but I think I was delirious... I hate hate HATE laundry so I don't see us going that route. ) I should note that I'm not against 2nd, 3rd or 4th showers... I woulnd't think twice before attending one, but I know everyone is different, and I'm curious to hear what everyone else thinks.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Cranky.

I am cranky today... I was cranky yesterday too... that familiar panic is welling up inside of me about my weight and about the fact that there is not a whole lot I can do about it, and blah blah blah same shit, different day, I'll get over it. It's made worse by the fact that we couldn't get out for a walk yesterday (I find that I feel worse about life in general when we are cooped up all freakin' day) and likely won't today. RAIN. SUCKS. ESPECIALLY IN JUNE.

I woke up at 4:40 and have not been able to fall back asleep since. It is 7:15 and my usual early riser is still asleep. Isn't that the luck? I also woke up w/ a headache and bitch of a toothache. Tylenol is doing NOTHING. I have muscle relaxers for the headaches, but as tired as I am, that would not be good.

so, here are a few pics from Maple Valley Days, we went there on Sunday.



They actually had pony rides there, you never see that at the local fairs and festivals. How fun!



My new favorite pic of Nolan... seriously, this takes the edge off the toothache.



snapped this on the way back to the car, he just looked like he was watching the fair get further and further away.

Monday, June 12, 2006

It does not take a village... to name a child.

Contrary to popular belief that is.

Let me back up for a second here... I've had a lot of requests it seems recently (online and in real life) to divulge our name choices for the bean that is currently cooking. In real life I'm likely to list a few of the names (which honestly are pretty much the same as the ones we debated w/ nolan) and be done with it. I am not necessarily comfortable with this conversation because, as I learned when planning my wedding and having Nolan, people love to give their honest opinion when it really doesn't matter.

I want to start off first by saying that there might be a few people who think this entry is aimed at them, it's not. I'm hormonal and bitchy right now so I'm going to go off on a tangent, so it's not a personal letter to you at all, and no offense is intended.

The (few) names Aaron and I have come up with are very similar (might in fact be the same) as the names we debated w/ nolan. We do not come up w/ names so we can shock people, or so that we can be the talk of the... family/neighborhood/circle of friends or whatever. If a name is on the list, it's because WE LIKE IT. So when someone says something to shoot it down, I (not aaron, as he doesn't give a rats ass what people think) take it personally. That might be my own fault, whatever... I know I put too much stock into what people think, (which I'll address in a moment) but that's me. And sometimes, it would be nice if when I'm telling someone the names instead of telling me their honest opinion, they could just nod and smile. I didn't ask for your opinion. You asked to know what was on our list. There is a big difference.

The biggest thing I get is "they are going to be teased." Yeah, my kids probably will be teased. All kids at one time get teased. I was teased ALL THROUGH SCHOOL. In grade school I was teased because I was overweight. **I might note that this pisses me off, because I was not a fat kid, I had some chub but my GOD, I have seen some of the obese children of today and I would have been considered skinny compared to them!** I was teased because I wore glasses. I was teased because I got good grades. I was teased because I didn't have a boyfriend (whatever that meant in the 5th grade). In the 6th grade it was a HUGE faux pas to not have an Esprit bag to carry your books... I got one, but by the time I did, all they had left was mustard yellow. So I got teased because I had an ugly one.

I might add in the 6th grade I was teased because my best friend's name was tottie. Yes, tottie. I was teased MERCILESSLY because I did not excel in gym class, and there were times in my elementary career where I was physically ill over the thought of attending p.e. class. On field day in the 5th grade, I was put on a team w/ 2 boys who tormented me daily. Every time it was my turn to go and partipate in an event they cheered me on, only instead of saying 'go allison' or the like, they called me 'snout' and said "go snout, come on snout"... blah blah blah.

I was not popular because of my appearance in general. I wore slacks to school. slacks. in the 4th, 5th and 6th grade. My grandparents, God love em, had the best intentions, and they weren't ugly... but they weren't cool ... at all. They weren't in the same universe as jeans or leggings (I did have leggings too, but the slacks sort of erased any popularity potential I might've had.)

In the 5th grade I chopped my hair off. Boy style... only my mom refused to let me wear it boy style (which I'm sure is a good thing, as I would have endured a whole new type of teasing there), so I had to 'set' it. As in w/ a fucking curling iron. Why I went for it, I don't know. But I wanted short hair. Well if the slacks and the tummy and the glasses didn't have me in social exile, my hair certainly did.

In middle school I was called everything from tub of lard to nerd to geek to ... well, you name it. I was teased for being a bookworm, I was teased for being overweight, I was teased for the mortal sin of wearing pro-wing sneakers (volume shoe source brand). Boys would ask me out in front of shop class (I knew they were not serious, as I was shy, not stupid) and when I would ignore them all of the popular kids would laugh and congratulate each other on humiliating yet another soul who just wanted to be left alone.

Some idiot I rode the bus w/ in 7th grade thought it would be funny to tell people I was a lesbian. that was fun. I wasn't, obviously, but Being different = social suicide in middle school. So for the next 2 years I got to hear the words lesbo and dyke a lot.

In high school... I wasn't really teased that much. I mean, I took my fair share of rude comments here and there, but it was a different world than elementary or middle school, and while I certainly wasn't popular, I didn't feel so singled out and made fun of. That's probably why I loved it so much, it was the first time where the teasing and harassment wasn't daily and wasn't brutal.

Do I feel victimized by all the teasing I went through in elementary and middle school? No. I don't.

So, back to the topic at hand... do I think by naming my child something different he will be teased? I don't know. Maybe. He'll be teased for a variety of reasons in his life I'm sure. And in this day in age where the classrooms are more multicultural than ever, and his playmates have names that run the gamut from Khalid, Muhommad, Singh and the like... I don't think his name will stand out that much. And if it does, well he'll weather it. Like we all do.

So before you comment and tell me what you REALLY think of our name choices so far, know that if you are rude I will ban you from commenting again. Not that opinions matter at all, I'm just saying.

We are thinking that baby's middle names will be Aaron's full name: Aaron Russel... (and this does double duty as Aaron's middle name is after his grandfather.)

So, the list is as follows: (in somewhat order of importance... all are both Aaron and Allison approved)

Maverick
Adam
Seth
Cole
Caleb

If we end up deciding not to use Maverick as a first name, it will likely be included in the middle name as 'Aaron Maverick'... such as Adam Aaron Maverick or Seth Aaron Maverick.

That is what it stands at now.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

The difference a year makes... or not


Here I am on June 10th pregnant w/ nolan and baby #2

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and for kicks, here I am at 24w1d w/ both... brown is nolan, pink is baby #2

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oy the backfat.