Thursday, March 31, 2011

Updating

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Signs of you are everywhere, but waking up to SNOW last Sunday??!? SO not cool.


Last week, Will came down with his first fever. By day two it climbed as high as 102.3. A trip to the doctor confirmed that poor, Little Monkey was sick with strep throat. We had a restful, couple of days, followed by some fussier-than-usual ones. Combined with a laptop that suffers from bi-polar disorder, picture taking and blogging was pushed waaaaaay off to the side.


The pictures are only so-so, but I thought I'd update with what we've been doing.


Turning 18 months!

Last Saturday, Will turned the big one-eight. At 18 months Will weighs about 25 pounds and is 32 inches tall. He runs everywhere, says a handful of words, loves to make animals sounds, and can throw a mean temper tantrum. We spent the day at Grandma's. She sent us home with some cake balls and, since it was a special day, Will was allowed to have one. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket
Can't believe this little monkey is on his way to 2!


Bowling!

Last Sunday we decided to take Will bowling. Photobucket
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The day started off promising enough with only one attempted trip down the bowling lane. However, the mean temper tantrum I referenced earlier reared its ugly head. We bowled faster than I ever thought possible. Photobucket
Mike said, "There's gotta be a book for this sort of thing." And I laughed because, really, I didn't know what else to do. Will always keeps things interesting.


Building forts!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

There's no place like Kansas

My laptop has been misbehaving in recent days, and while, ordinarily, this is a very annoying situation to deal with, I've welcomed the extra time... The time I needed to reflect on the events of last week... Get my pictures together and, more importantly, find the right words to tell this story because it is both odd and awesome. Mostly awesome.

Last week, Will and I flew to Kansas.
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Because the flight wasn't sold out, I was able to bring his carseat on board. I purchased a travel bag that both protects the seat and allows one to wear it as a backpack. I felt rather tortoise-like, but when I pictured Will sleeping peacefully in his carseat for the duration of our 2 hour, 10 minute flight, I decided the extra effort of lugging it through the airport was worth it. I even bought magazines in anticipation of what was sure to be a great flight. Yes, I was going to read up on Charlie Sheen's crazy antics and the 'Teen Moms' while Will SLEPT.

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Yeah, it didn't quite work out that way. He spent most of his time kicking the seat in front of him (while I dodged the annoyed glances of an old lady who I'm sure is otherwise perfectly sweet and in love with children when their foot is not digging into her backside), and only slept for about 30 minutes on each leg of our journey.

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By now you might be wondering why the hell we flew to Kansas. Well, we went to visit a friend. A friend who has a little boy my son's age. A friend that I exchange daily emails with. A friend that I regularly talk with on the phone. A friend (an army wife) who lives in Germany.

A friend that, even though I feel I know completely, I have never officially met.

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It all begins with a positive pregnancy test and a book: What to Expect When You're Expecting. Did you know there's an entire online community on whattoexpect.com? The day I discovered I was pregnant (literally, the DAY), I went out and puchased a copy of this popular book, and decided to visit their website. From there, I joined an online community: 'Due in November 09'.

I was somewhat active in the beginning, not so much in the end. But in my first trimester, a post I wrote prompted a 'private message' from someone. We exchanged some messages back and forth and discovered we were both due within two days of eachother. 'Private messages' soon became emails to our personal addresses and friend requests on Facebook.

She was one of the first people I emailed with the announcement: "IT'S A BOY!!!!" We wrote often about crib bedding, baby gear, and feeling baby kicks. I emailed her in September to say, "I'm sick in the hospital and the baby might have to come early," followed by, "I had my baby and he's in the NICU," and then "Will's home!!!!!"

Kat and I have been on this journey together since the beginning. We brag on our baby's milestones and share in sleep-related, toddler -related frustrations.
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Will - 17 months, Jackson - 16 months

Kat is home (in Kansas) for awhile and when she invited us out for a visit, there was no hesitation. Tickets purchased. Bags packed. Off we went.

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splish splash from Carrie Harmsen on Vimeo.

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It was a good visit. Like a good, wear-comfy-yoga-pants-watch-trash-TV-eat-ice cream- and-talk kinda visit.

Will slept like shit because, well, that's what Will does. But we got out some during the day. And the boys? They REALLY seemed to enjoy eachother.
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Running around Kansas City!

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I was so focused on Jack's face being focused, I didn't even realize he was bringing me a ciggy until these pics were uploaded!
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Will thinks Kansas is cool.

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We spent three days together and I can't wait 'til our next visit. I wish Kat was my neighbor.
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Photo credit is shared with Kat and the random nice girl at the park who took the last picture!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Milestones and monuments

I couldn't put together a decent blog post last week because I was too busy video-ing Will fake coughing.

Not really.

But nonetheless, here's a video of Will fake coughing. It may get pretty boring for most of you, but I thoroughly enjoy it every time I watch. I can't help it. I think he's funny.

*cough cough* from Carrie Harmsen on Vimeo.

Yesterday we woke up and, inspired by spring weather, decided to do something WILD and CRAZY. Since it would involve a longish car ride in traffic, we decided to turn Will.
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He is now forward facing and loving it. I've been vocal of my goal to keep him rear facing until 2, so when I allow myself to go THERE, I feel the guilt creeping in. However, we made it to almost-18 months and I'm pretty proud of that.
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See? He REALLY loves it.
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So our crazy (but really, not-so-crazy) day involved a trip to DC. It's ridiculous how little we go and we've pledged to go more often this year. We picked Grandma up along the way and drove to the city. We really didn't have any set plans, but we knew it would be a good day.

And it was.
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Hello, Tidal Basin. See you, and your cherry blossoms, soon!

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Grandma treated Will (and his parents) to two rides on the carousel.
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We walked around and checked out the Natural History museum. Then it was back to Grandma's for a bit to hang out. She always has treats for Will. Yesterday she had some new books and a harmonica. Not only can he play it, but he dances, too.

He had such a fun day. So did we, Little Monkey. So did we.
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Monday, March 7, 2011

Monday

We had an uneventful weekend followed by a quiet Monday at home.

Will enjoyed some time outside with his 'rock' (yes, he now says 'rock'!!)
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He enjoyed a new activity - dipping food in ketchup (introduced during a desperate attempt to finish my restaurant meal last Friday night).
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Last but not least, we blew BUBBLES!!!
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Anyone else see Jesus Christ in the upper left bubble? Anyone?