Archive for February, 2012

In December, we had another first for our family…first stitches! And of course, it was Kelvin who needed them….we know to never let insurance lapse on that boy.  It seems like he’s in the ER at least a few times every year.

I was at Walgreens and Chad had been playing with the kids outside.  Kelvin ran inside and Chad heard him crying, so he came in to see what was wrong and there was blood everywhere.  Chad said he didn’t even know where it was coming from, because there was blood all over his face and hands.  He put Kelvin in the bathtub to rinse away some of the blood and found a small, but deep, gash on his forehead.  It turns out he had tripped over a chair leg and hit his head on the corner of our china hutch.  As soon as I got home and took a look at it, I knew we were heading to the hospital for stitches.

Luckily, he only needed two and he didn’t fuss too much when they put them in (they numbed it beforehand, of course).  I had always thought it was important to keep wounds dry to prevent infection, but the doctor actually told us to keep it moist with Neoporin and covered with a bandaid at all times.  I guess that’s to minimize scarring.  I actually alternated Neosporin and Vitamin E oil, because that’s supposed to help prevent scarring, too.

Two stitches

Immediately after getting his stitches out

Unfortunately, over a month later, it still looks pretty much the same as that second picture.  I’m not sure if it’s because he keeps messing with it, or if that’s normal.  It doesn’t look infected at all, which is why I haven’t brought him back in to have it looked at again.  I probably will have to, if it doesn’t start looking better soon though.

One of the kids’ favorites of our educational toys is our pattern blocks.  We got the Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards set several years ago and Ava loves it.

Kelvin, on the other hand, tends to get a little frustrated with it.  He tends to be like his mama, so put on your goggles when he gets this toy out…things are bound to start getting flung around the room!  Usually, I only had Ava play with this when he was otherwise occupied to avoid frustration and screaming, but for his birthday, my grandparents got him the Melissa & Doug Animal Pattern Blocks Set and he loves it!

(Someone didn’t want his picture taken today)

This set is much more geared to beginners who can’t keep the blocks perfectly on the matching shape without a little assistance.  Since these boards have sides (like a puzzle), they hold the blocks in place and minimize frustration.  A win-win situation for everyone!

Last October, we bought a bunch of foam weapons (swords, axes, etc.) and masks to play with the kids with.  Honestly, I think they were more for Chad and me than for the kids. 🙂

The kids get a lot of use out of them though.  One of Kelvin’s most-heard phrases is, “Fight with me!”  One night, Chad decided to load the kids up with nearly every weapon we have.  After all, you never can be too prepared, especially with unknowns like connecticut electricity outages. LOL The results were pretty funny.

(You are hereby ordered to ignore the overflowing trash can in the first picture)

We found out on Monday that we are expecting our second boy!  I’ll be honest…I was shocked.  I was so certain this baby was a girl, but he surprised us!  I was afraid I’d be a little disappointed after being so sure it was a girl, but I’m not at all.  It actually feels like more of a surprise, because if it had been a girl I think it would have felt like “old news”.

The kids, however, did not take it as well as I did.  Ava started sobbing in the ultrasound room and Kelvin was disappointed too.  Ava wanted to share her room and Kelvin did not want to share his, so they were both bummed.  They’ve gotten used to the idea now and Ava is already hoping the next one will be a girl.  🙂

Chad is definitely thrilled to be having another boy, though I know he still wants one more girl.  I think he’s looking forward to having his two boys in his basement workshop, teaching them all about saws, drills, and millermatic welders.

Now that I finally know the gender, I’ve started knitting a blue sleep sack for him, and I ordered a ton of yarn to knit up some longies and shorties to use with his cloth diapers.  Since we already have a boy, I don’t “need” anything (except some newborn summer clothes because all of Kelvin’s newborn clothes are winter clothes) so it’s nice to be able to splurge on yarn and a few new cloth diapers without stressing about buying the necessities.

Our second little man:

Only 20 more weeks (or so) before we get to meet him!  Over halfway there…

Here is my annual interview with Kelvin.  This is the first one he’s really participated in.  I tried last year, but he wasn’t having any of it.  As with Ava’s interview, my comments are in {brackets}.

What is your name? Kelvin

How old are you? 3

When is your birthday? Um, I don’t know.

Who is your mom?  You.

What does your mom do during the day?  Watch TV, eat, just go to bed.  Amen.  {For the record, I very very rarely (if ever) watch TV when the kids are up, unless it’s one of their shows}

Who is your daddy?  Daddy.

What does Daddy do during the day?  Watch TV, eat.

What is your favorite color? Blue and red and purple.

What is your favorite song?  Toy Story song.

What do you want to do when you are a grown-up? Play outside with Amber and Bella {our dogs} and watch Garfield and sleep.

Where do you want to live when you grow up? Disney World and Florida.

What is your favorite food? Eggs and casserole.

What is your least favorite food? No vegetables, no carrots.

What is your favorite animal?  Ponies.

What do mama and daddy do when you go to bed? Um, I don’t know.

Who does our family love the most? Ponies.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Green ice cream.

Where do you like to eat? At Florida.

What is your favorite book? I don’t know.

What is your favorite toy? Pony toys and I don’t know.

How do you like to spend your time? I don’t know.

What is your favorite thing that happened last year? When we had a sleepover and Ava pushed me and you put ice on it.

You can see how easily distracted he is.  Usually he doesn’t care about ponies at all, but suddenly three of his answers had to do with ponies.  🙂

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