Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Niall's Birthday Recap

Maybe a baby's first birthday is the most exciting event on a new parent's social calendar... but that just means you don't have a 2 year old. If the challenges of toddler communication are enough to drive you to insanity, hang in there-- the way they are able to express their excitement once they actually know what their birthday is totally makes up for all that.  It will literally make you melt.

Niall LOVES construction, trucks, trains-- pretty much anything transportation/building right now.  So I made sure that his cake reflected that.  Especially since daddy is a construction manager.  As you can see, it was difficult to actually keep the accessories on this cake once Niall laid his eyes on it.

But my cupcake spread was pretty much a moot point once he saw what Grammo and Grampo got him for his special day...

Nothing like your first set of wheels.  I think I'm catching a scary glimpse of this boy's teenage years.  I just wish I could catch Niall saying "pick-up truck" on video.  It's Matt's favorite word of his.  He repeatedly chants "HI, pooka-twuck!"

When we would ask him how old he was, he would proudly yell "TWO!" and hold up 10 fingers :)

And he even knew to blow out his candles, which involved a lot of spit on the cupcakes.  A totally worthy price to pay for his cuteness.

If only I had known that I didn't actually need to make cupcakes at all-- he would have been happy with simply a jar of frosting.  Live and learn.

And he got a few extra presents from mommy and daddy-- just a side dish; nothing like the pooka-twuck, but we tried.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday {Double Fisting}

A glimpse of Niall's birthday... more to come :)

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Vacation Recap

Let me start by saying it was great to take a family vacation somewhere warm and sunny and on the water.  Let me finish by saying we will probably never do it again.

Our vacation got off to an interesting start...

We showed up to the airport at 8:30am for our 10am take-off, only to find out that they had canceled our flight without informing us (not for inclement weather or anything like that)... and put us on the 7am flight earlier that morning (again, without telling us), which we were informed we had "missed."  I found that information to be highly irritating and unreasonable and proceeded to lose it on the woman who was "just the messenger."

We eventually made it on the 5pm flight after being told that we needed to turn around and go home to get Niall's birth certificate because he needed identification.  I didn't realize that toddlers needed to carry around their driver's license, my bad.  At this point, Niall hadn't napped or eaten a proper dinner, and missed his bedtime while in the air.

All of those factors created the perfect storm: Niall screamed bloody murder for an hour and a half, broke out into hives from getting so worked up and scratched, clawed, hit and kicked Matt and I until we couldn't hold him anymore.

I kept my composure while everyone around us huffed and puffed and turned their heads to see if our son was being beaten to death, and then I promptly burst into tears the second I stepped off the plane.

But things got better.

We went to the beach...

climbed the coolest tree ever...

went on a riverboat cruise, where we got to see BIG boats, BIG houses and BIG pelicans...

saw a crazy man wrestle an alligator...

got the best ice cream sundae from the coolest ice cream parlor EVER...

(ice cream coma)
took a stroll on a busy fishing pier...

And I even got to take a morning to myself and just watch the sun come up and the waves crash on the shore...

But then things got worse again.  Niall woke up every single day at 4:30 am and refused to go back to sleep until his afternoon nap.  And then the doozy came on Wednesday, when I got food poisoning and projectile vomited green bile for 12 hours.

It's been a lot of up and down and all-around craziness, but it was worth it this ONE time.  I think we'll stay in the tri-state area on the next one ;)

The flight home was light years easier than the flight there and now Niall is waking up at 6 again, so I'll take it.  Strangely enough, it's good to be home.  And tomorrow is Niall's birthday, so we have lots of good times ahead this week with all of the exciting holidays and events over the next few days.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pompano Beach

I don't have much to say except that tomorrow, we will be here:

It can't come soon enough!  See you next week :)

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Monday, November 7, 2011

The Escape Artist

Remember how I was saying that Niall's got some tricks up his sleeve with the remote control?  Well, it turns out he's got a lot more tricks than that. That was just the beginning of his newly acquired skills this past week.  See this?...

A crib, you say?  With some stuffed animals in it.  Good observation.  But that's not what this is.  This is the site of Niall's latest magic trick: it's called "the escape artist."

Niall woke up at 5:30 this morning, and even though I knew it was because of the time change, I also knew that I needed to help him adjust.  I've been reading a lot about sleep training lately because of Niall's crazy patterns lately (screaming for an hour before crying himself to sleep each night and then waking up really early, etc).  Anyway, they say to pop your head in after 10-15 minutes of crying and say something like "It's ok, Niall.  Mommy's here, you can go back to sleep now.  I'll see you in the morning."  And then leave after 30 seconds.

So that's what I did this morning.  After I shut his door and mine, I could hear him crying in the distance and set my alarm for 15 more minutes until I would go pop back in on him (if he was still upset).  But all of a sudden, the crying got louder and closer.

It really freaked me out as I started groggily putting the pieces together.  It was like my brain was struggling to keep up with reality in those 5 seconds or so.  I remember thinking "Hmm, those cries sound weirdly close" and then "Wait, could he have?" followed be "OH MY GOD!" and jumping out of bed to the sound of my door handle jiggling.

Sure enough, there was Niall standing at my door.  It was weird the way my 2 year old had the same effect on me as a good horror movie.  I was totally shocked and scared when I saw him at my feet.

There is really no ledge or place for him to get his footing on the rails of that crib.  I don't know how he got out of there without hurting himself or making a loud thud as he plopped to the ground.  Then, even crazier, he managed to grab his turtle and his water cup to bring with him...

Then, he opened 2 sets of doors...

And that's about when I had my mini heart attack.

So much for the nursery paintings I finished and put above his crib.  Now that will be baby Brendan's crib.  Time for Niall to get a toddler bed and move across the room.  Oh well, I'm sure there will be plenty more tricks to come.

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Tech Savvy Kid

I have to give Niall props- he's learned more about technology in his mere 2 years on this earth than I have in 27.  He's completely mastered the remote control without any help from us; and not just any remote control-- the thousand button remote control that took me years to figure out. 

I've never seen him work his magic in front of me, but I know from witnessing some pretty bizarre occurrences...

The other day, I was making breakfast- a time during which Niall is typically clinging to my leg begging me to stop doing whatever it is that I'm doing.  But on this particular day, he was completely silent.  No clanking of trucks, no humming or chatting to himself, no nothing.

Hmmm, that's strange, I thought.  So I peeped my head into the family room to see what he was up to, and sure enough:

Not only did he turn the TV on, which requires pushing two different buttons simultaneously: "TV" and "Power", but he managed to find a cartoon channel (which it was not previously set to), and turned the volume down to almost mute so that I wouldn't know what he was doing.  I know this because Matt and I watched a movie the night before and the volume was at a completely normal and audible level. 

I think I've got my work cut out for me with this little stinker ;)

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