Saturday, March 31, 2007

Sniffle Sniffle

Oh my, I just cannot believe that we are getting to this point in one of our children's lives! The S house was in an uproar today after Isaac walked up to daddy and announced that his tooth was "really wobbly." He is getting so big! I just cannot believe that he is big enough to be loosing his baby teeth. Time moves so quickly. He has been utterly darling all evening, spending most of his time looking in the mirror and then running in to show us the latest position of the tooth about once every 3 or 4 minutes.

Isaac is actually handling the whole thing very well, surprising considering his typical anxiety. Jesse did an excellent job of talking up the fun aspects of loosing a tooth. Isaac now believes that the tooth fairy is a cousin of Santa Clause, hence the need to fall asleep before she will visit. Quite ingenious if you ask me! I think that within in the next 24 hours this tooth will be history!

Here is a question and I am sorry if this seems gross, but I really want to know. I would like to save his first baby tooth in his baby book. Will that work? I mean, can I keep a tooth without it getting really gross or something? You would think that as a science teacher I would have an answer to this question, but alas I am clueless.

Another question, Isaac and Nathan are both pretty oblivious to the idea of money. We have tried several times to introduce the idea of an allowance and they are thoroughly uninterested. I think that if we wakes up in the morning and finds that the tooth fairy has left him cash, which is what I always found and loved, he will be pretty disappointed. I don't want to leave candy or any kind of food item, any ideas?

In other news, my fellow patrons of Giovanni's Day Spa will be distressed to know that our usual aesthetician, Kathy, has left and apparently without a forwarding address. In her place is a woman who I swear who be better employed extracting information from terrorists, not that I condone that sort of thing, than extracting pores in a spa. I would choose the dentist over this woman any day. I actually had to ask her to stop several times, she was causing me such unbelievable pain. NOT what I was looking for in a relaxing afternoon at the spa, but oh well. I made it up to myself by marching up the street and purchasing two cute pairs of shoes. Trust me, I earned them after that hour.

And yet another question: To cut or not to cut Anna's hair? Her bangs are forever in her eyes and I must admit that this drives me crazy. It does not seem to bother her, but I can only think about how much it would bother me. Her Suzie from Whosville pony tail on top of the head does have a degree of cuteness, but I don't really like the fact that I have to fix it 13 times a day. The problem is that cutting her hair seems like a final and permanent alteration of her babyhood. What to do? What to do?

No new pics or videos today. Jesse was busy installing a gate at the top of the stairs as well as lowering the mattress in Anna's crib in the hopes of avoiding another swan dive. Between that, the spa and the usual madness, no time for pics! Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

Friday, March 30, 2007

Snow shmow!

Fortunately, the snow melted quickly and we were able to get outside today. Ever dependable Mary showed up a baby swing probably an hour after reading my last post. Rest assured she did NOT go to Toys R Us. WAY TO GO MARY! Toys R Us is EVIL!

Below is a video of all three kids playing on their swings. It was a little chilly today, but Anna really loves to swing. Ok, yes she should have had socks on, she did not loose any toes so relax. Next time I promise to put socks on her.

Incidentally, I have now tried several times to get Anna to wear shoes, but it is not going too well. She wiggles her foot around, fusses and looks at me like I have committed a most grievous sin. Very unfortunate for her to dislike shoes so much, considering her relatives. We will have to continue working on this issue. There is NO WAY I will pass up my ONLY chance to buy baby girls shoes!!!

Actually, come to think of it, Isaac was the same way. I was once approached by a store security guard because he was throwing such a fit over having to try on shoes. Maybe I need to get some DNA tests and make sure these are actually my children...

Ah yes, you want to know what Anna did yesterday that was so awful? Anna has a dear and wonderful nanny, Amanda. Anna has been staying with Amanda at least one day a week since last fall and they just love each other. I dropped Anna off on Thursday as usual, went home to get some work done and then went shopping with Esther.

Apparently Anna decided that she just did not want to deal on this particular day and proceeded to scream for 5 straight hours. Poor Amanda finally called me in distress, unable to figure out what was wrong. Esther and I dropped everything and raced back to pick Anna up, only to be greeted with a big smile and coos of delight. LITTLE STINKER! After a brief feeding, Anna reached her arms out for Amanda and put her head down on her shoulder. This WOULD have been quite a tender and endearing moment if it did not immediately follow 5 hours of constant fussing. Just for the record, there was not a darn thing wrong with her, she was fine that whole evening and has been fine every since. Not even a hint of a runny nose! She just made up her mind that she would carry on until she got what she wanted. I think we might be in trouble with this one!

In case you are wondering about the new Barilla Plus pasta , we sampled it tonight and quite enjoyed it. It was a bit more firm than your typical pasta, which I actually like, but the flavor and overall texture were quite similar to "regular" pasta. The boys liked it as did Anna.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

A Whole New World

In honor of the boys' favorite song from Aladdin, I will start this blog with a true, although somewhat cliche' statement.

New readers can find the "start" of our journey by signing up for a free account at . Our former blog is called AnnaNathanandIsaacsDaddy.

We have arrived in a time and place that at times we thought we might never know. We are post surgery, post complications, post car accidents, post bedrest, post NICU, post childbirth, post moves...we are so ready to just simply LIVE. There are still days when we do a mental double take, wondering if the other shoe is soon to drop, if we are getting too comfortable, but we try very hard to move past that kind of post trauma thinking and look forward to our lives with a positive outlook and fresh energy.

We are truly blessed.

Jesse went to his 6 week post ablation appt and all appears very well. He was put on a 24 hour monitor due to a few blips he has had over the last few weeks, but the overall prognosis is excellent.

Hopefully that is absolutely the LAST interesting, and really not so interesting, think that we will have to say about his heart for a very, very long time. Our sense of joy and freedom is at times nearly overwhelming.

Daily life in the S house remains crazy busy, to the point that it is comical at times. Esther can definitely witness to this fact, and for your info Esther, it is 12:16 AM as I type this. I know how amusing you find my late night keyboarding. ;)

Below you will find a link to the most recent video of Anna. We gave her a comb and she proceeded to start combing her own hair. She gave herself quite a do! Yes that IS a nasty bruise on her cheek, one of origins unknown. Tomorrow, if I have time, I will tell the tale of our little stinker with her nanny today. We are in SERIOUS trouble when this little girl grows up!

The boys are absolutely thrilled with their new swing set. Many, many thanks to my mom, Tom and Esther for donating 2 solid days to get this thing put together. If I have done this correctly, you will see some pictures of the boys enjoying their new digs at the top of the page. We still have the slide to put together, but they are LOVING it!! Nathan has already learned how to pump and get himself swinging without a push. We are both proud of him and at the same time sad...this is the official end to our days of pushing our boys on the swings.

I am searching desperately for an infant swing for Anna, but have not been successful in that search. Please do NOT suggest that I look at Toys R Us as I will NEVER set foot in that store again. Their lack of customer service has finally pushed me to the boycott stage. How will we survive with 3 young kids and not going to Toys R Us? Well...I have not figured that one out yet. Do you think it is cheating if I ask someone else to go for us? Mary, I am thinking in your direction.....