Friday, May 16, 2008

Catching Up...

Yes, it's been quite a while since I've written anything. So, I'm going to play a little catch-up here.

Friends--Last Friday Heather, Mike and Wyatt came in from Kentucky for their nephew's birthday party and baptism. As to avoid any unnecessary family time, they came over for the day. Andrea and Isaac joined us later and it was so nice to hang out with friends for a while. Really, this happens all too infrequently. So, for those of us living within driving distance to each other, we really need to get together more often. Let the kids play, sit around, eat too much food. Really, there's not much more to ask for in life.

Mother's Day--A nice, relaxing day spent at my mom's that included lots of yummy food, way too much chocolate, a deliciously trashy US Weekly magazine and Rowan saying "Happy Mother's Day, Mommy. Happy Mother's Day, Grandma. Happy Mother's Day, Daddy." She'll get it someday, I'm sure.

Sleeping Through the Night--Tate is continuing to sleep through the night. Only once this week did he wake up in the middle of the night. He wakes up a very sweet, happy boy.

A Broken Elbow--Lance's dad fell on Monday morning and broke his elbow--chipping a bone, tearing ligaments, etc. I think it was scary for everyone and might be a catalyst for his parents moving out of their current home and into a condo. Surgery followed on Tuesday which involved turning off Carl's machine (from a previous brain surgery) and trying to give proper doses off all of his medicines as well as new pain medicines. This resulted in lots of tremors, but he went home on Wednesday and is doing well now. We'll be heading there today for the weekend.

Car Rides--Tate, like Rowan, hates his carseat. But unlike Rowan, he doesn't eventually give up the crying and fall asleep. He just continues crying for hours, often throwing up, and he doesn't stop crying until we get him out of the car. This made last night's house hunt a bit of a nightmare and I'm already dreading the drive to Canton tonight. I shouldn't complain as he is generally happy the rest of the time. But, it makes things as easy as grocery shopping happen rarely.

Boob Man--I've made a major mistake with Tate and introduced a bottle way too late. He took a bottle once when he was a few weeks old and I somehow thought it would be no problem when we gave him one again. So, when I went to look at houses on Monday, Lance stayed home with both kids and Tate refused a bottle. Not just refused, but screamed like he was being tortured. Since then we have tried a few times a day to give him a bottle and similar screaming ensues. Lance and I would really like to go out by ourselves longer than the 2.5 hours between feedings, so any advice here would be great. Really, Tate must be happily taking a bottle before Girls' Weekend!

House Hunting--Yesterday's house hunt may have been a success! We put an offer in on a house in Byron Center, just off M6, in a neighborhood we like. Since our last offer ended in the seller's saying we had to pay $8000 more than asking price, we're not holding our breath. But we're hopeful it will work out and we can end this whole ordeal! We met the neighbors who said they love the neighborhood and the schools. There's a park across the street from the neighborhood and the elementary school is fairly close by. I'll post pictures after we know if the house will be ours!

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