12:11 PM

Taste of Colerain

Friday, July 31, 2009

Hello... last weekend before the Taste... I know you see a pattern forming here. I have it on the brain! I got an email asking what we are serving, so here you go.

Island Shrimp Skewer- Grilled Shrimp on a Sugarcane Skewer. Mango Marinade. Old Bay Rub. Amazing.

Loaded Baked Potato Bites- Baby baked potatoes, Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream, Chives, Real Bacon Bits. (I don't even like all of that stuff and these are my favorite!)

Pot Roast & Potato Sliders- Slider bun, Homemade Mashed Potatoes, Topped with Slow Cooked Pot Roast. Served open faced. (Mmmmm... we've prepped these out 5 times. I'm sick of Pot Roast but I'm in love with the combo!)

Honey Garlic Boneless Wings- Need I say more? This. Sauce. Is. WONDERFUL.

You want some pictures? Ok. I can do pictures. These are pictures WE took, not something we printed off some website and then plan on 'hoping' our food turns out this way. We prepped them out and then snapped some pictures.

You're hungry right? I thought so. Visit Taste of Colerain for directions and more information.

Kaleb had Lucky Charms for breakfast. Lucky Charms people!? Isn't that cereal reserved for the population of those of us OVER a year old? I don't know. It just seems very un-baby like to me. I never thought cereal could make me so happy, yet so sad at the same time.

Kaleb is 10 months, 6 days old.

10:49 AM

Organized Chaos

Thursday July 30, 2009

Ok... so to say my life is hectic right now would be an understatement of the century. Taste of Colerain is a gigantic undertaking and since it is the 20th anniversary they are expecting close to 30,000 people. My once organized, normal office now looks like this:

There is something to be said about my organizational skills. Check out that booth diagram :) This is why she loves me!
If you are in the area you should stop by... we have an amazing booth location and we are PRAYING for great weather. That could really make or break this event.

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In other news my son is now doing his best to climb out of his pack-n-play. He's managed to get about half way out before falling back down. Is that normal? I really thought he could play in there for a while, I guess that's another toy I can retire soon. I managed to snap a picture of the beginning stage of his escape attempt:


On Saturday it was pretty dry and hot around here so we let Kaleb down in the grass for the first time with no shoes on :) He was pretty unsure at first but he ended up loving it. Here are a few pictures of my boys to make up for my lack of blogging recently!

Sure I'll stop for a picture Mom. Take your time.

This is his monkey crawl. Check out his feet! I love this face :)

Ok Dad- I've had enough. Let me GO!

But I will take your hat and sunglasses with me.

Of course it's just not fun unless I am pushed to the limit so K is getting his pics taken tonight for his birthday invitations... wish us luck!

Kaleb is 10 months, 5 days old.

10:47 AM

10 Months

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

On Saturday my little boy turned 10 months old. Time Flies. Here is Kaleb and I this time last year:
Kaleb is standing up like a champ. He crawls 3 different ways: army crawl, knee crawl or monkey crawl. The monkey crawl in my favorite, he crouches down and scoots himself across the floor so he's ready to stand up whenever. It's like he's walking crunched up in a ball. He can say, "Dada, Baba, Ball, Dog, Hi and my personal favorite, Mama." There is nothing I love more than hearing him scream, "Mamommmmm mamamamamom!" If you are eating regular food and try to give him baby food, forget it. The kid wants real food.
He loves to sleep in-say 10:00 am these last few weekends- Brian and I thank him for this much needed sleep. He is absolutely in love with Tigger and Pooh on the Disney channel. We have recorded a few episodes and once he hears those songs he's in a trance. I love it! He's starting with the separation anxiety especially when he's tired or isn't feeling well. (I think it's harder on me than him) These 10 months have flown by faster than I prefer. His hand hasn't slowed him down one bit. Isn't God great? We love you baby boy!
Kaleb is 10 months, 3 days old.

10:31 AM

Adventures In Fatherhood

Friday, July 24, 2009

As I mentioned in the previous post Brian & Kaleb got some serious one-on-one time this past week. As I headed out for work the boys headed for Brian's parent's house for a visit. They ended up at Golden Corral hoping to allow Kaleb a chance to sample everything he could possibly get his 4 (yep. He has 4 now) teeth around. Great Idea.

As they sit down to get drinks Brian decides that Kaleb needs a diaper change. He takes him, the wipes container and one diaper into the bathroom. (I'm sure all mother's can see Rookie Mistake #1: that is what the diaper bag is for! Don't be afraid to carry it!) As he lays Kaleb down on the changer he realizes the right side is broken so he's holding it up with his leg. Kaleb is, of course, trying to roll off, stand up, kneel-basically anything but lay down. Brian quickly realizes that Kaleb is covered in poop. It's in his shirt and his shorts so he starts attempting to undress him and ends up with poop in Kaleb's hair and up his back. He looks into the wipes container and realizes he has about 6 wipes (Rookie mistake #2: How can you not check to make sure you are fully stocked!?) He does his best with what he has but quickly moves on to toilet paper. It gets stuck all over Kaleb, who is now trying to eat the toilet paper. (Rookie Mistake #3: Toilet Paper? Restaurant toilet paper? Need I say more?) Brian gives up at this point and he takes him over to the sink and just starts rinsing him off.

As he goes to put his new diaper on Kaleb begins to pee all over and ruins the only diaper Brian brought into the bathroom. What is a distraught dad to do? He throws away his outfit, diaper, wipes container and walks my child butt naked out into the restaurant to get the diaper bag. He dresses him at the table. Brian's parents are laughing so hard at what is going on they are absolutely no help to my frazzled fiance :)
I'm happy to report Kaleb was able to eat like a champ and settled in for a long afternoon nap. Brian gave me a call at work to warn me not to ask why his diaper bag is missing items and his outfit it not coming home. Besides Kaleb coming home smelling like restaurant soap I think it was a pretty successful outing!

Kaleb is 9 months, 4 weeks and 1 day old.

9:40 AM

Lightening Kaleb

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Today it is raining pretty hard here. It has got to be pretty bad if Brian calls his crew off to stay home. The whole company did today. Guess who has K man? Brian! I am so excited that they get to spend a whole day together like they used to last winter when I went back to work and Brian stayed home with K for 8 weeks after my maternity leave was up. God love him :) He's such a good dad.

Last night we got to visit Cody & Char's new house! After 9 long months of waiting, waiting, working and more waiting they finally signed the papers on their new house. The best part? It is right down the hill from us! They are doing some cosmetic updating to the place before they move in but we put Kaleb on the floor last night and he went crazy. I now see why my child doesn't crawl up on his knee's... he's super fast! Check it out for yourself, he made it from one end of the room, across the hall and into the master bedroom in about 12 seconds. It's a little dark but you get the picture...

I cannot believe the first time we stepped foot in their house K was only 1 month old. Congrats Cody & Char! We love you :)

Kaleb is 9 months, 3 weeks and 6 days old and as fast as lightening apparently.

9:08 AM

Weekend Update

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


This weekend was pretty low-key. Brian worked on Saturday so Char and I headed out to do some shopping early that morning. We got a little carried away and ended up at Ikea, Chipolte, Target, Carter's, Micheal's... TJ Maxx... We pretty much walked the entire length of Voice of America Park. Wouldn't you know, Kaleb was SUCH an angel! Of course, Char did all the work with him. I don't think she let me push his stroller one time :) In typical-man mode he didn't let our shopping trip get in the way of his all important nap time:



On Sunday Kaleb got to go to a baby shower with his Aunt O. He had a blast and was fast asleep when he got home. Brian and I spent the time he was gone cooking. It was so much fun to prep out the stuff we are going to make for K's birthday. I cannot believe we are planning his birthday! I'll post some more of that stuff in my post tomorrow.

I've also decide to put Kaleb's age at the end of each post. It's nice to see his exact age the date I wrote the post. I've seen Baby Rabies do it forever, it just clicked that it would be nice to do with K-man. On that note...

Kaleb is 9 months, 3 weeks and 5 days old.

1:25 PM

The View From Here

Friday, July 17, 2009

My baby sitter was out sick on Wednesday and Thursday. On a very happy note... here was the view from my desk on those days.

Yep. My boy got to go to work with mom! I had him strapped in my big chair for a little while. Then he jumped in his jumper-roo for a bit. I had a small window from about 7 am to 11:30 am to get some things done each day before he went into I'm a hungry baby, feed me now mode. He, of course, did amazing. I cannot wait until he's old enough to come into work and go help out in the kitchen!

Obviously this leaves little time for blogging. We are in full party planning mode for K's birthday. Ah! Happy Weekend!

8:59 AM

How to Change A Dirty Diaper (Daddy Style)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I decided to pick up Kaleb early yesterday (around 3) and we went over to visit Ava and Dani for a bit. Kaleb started to throw his usual it's past 6 o'clock and I'm tired but won't sleep routine so we headed home. We ate, got a bath, played with the doggies, took a walk and then started dinner in hopes of eating with daddy tonight. I cooked two separate meals, one healthy for me and one fit for someone who just worked 13 hours, and sure enough he walked in 10 minutes before they were done. I sent him to the shower and set the table.

We ate our meals out back on the porch as the sun was setting. Kaleb was unusually good, probably because of his father's presence at the table. He was snacking on our food and laughing. We washed up after dinner and went to put Kaleb to sleep. I was changing the sheets when Brian looks at me, "Ugh. Ericka, is that poop? Ericka, seriously, Is that poop!?" His voice was more frantic with each word. "Yep, Looks that way. Let me grab the wipes for you." His face was priceless.

Normally I handle all the dirty ones. I don't mind, it doesn't bother me one bit. I usually trade it for something like a bubble bath. Every now and then I let him handle one though, just so he doesn't forget how it's done :)

He laid out a towel and got one flap undone before Kaleb was flipping over and trying to crawl away. "Nooo Kaleb. Daddy is trying to change your (gag) stinkies." He takes a wipe, does one swipe and throws it to the side! About 15 wipes later I decide to point out, "Kaleb has poop on his foot." Brian turned to me in horror, "No! Ewww how did that happen?" In the brief moment he stopped Kaleb took off again and when Brian reached for him he stuck his whole arm in the dirty diaper. I couldn't understand the jumbled mess that came out of Brian's mouth next because he was gagging, I was laughing and Kaleb was busy crawling around our brand new sheets with a naked butt.

I stepped in at this point, assuming he'd had enough and got them both cleaned up for bed. Brian agreed to put him to sleep so we all read a story and I jumped up to finish some laundry. I come around the corner a half hour later and Kaleb is wearing Brian's belt jumping on the pillows. "Oh it's Mom!" Brian yells and pulls him under the covers. Needless to say I had to be the bad guy and let them know that 10 pm is way past little boy's bedtime.

I love these nights.

10:09 AM

Uneventful

Monday, July 13, 2009

I am happy to report this weekend was uneventful. Thank God. Kaleb finished the last of his medication, Brian and I both worked Saturday, and we really did a number on the house Sunday.

Kaleb decided to be an awesome little man this weekend and sleep in until 9:30 am Sunday morning. I was so over-joyed to be able to sleep in that we whipped up breakfast for Brian. He was so happy with our little gesture he went to work right away! First he swept the pool, did some crazy landscaping in the back and made dinner for everyone. It was actually a great weekend. My parents spent the whole weekend at the shop putting the finishing touches on some of the tile. We literally have to set equipment and we are up and running. They were obviously amazed at all the work we (...I mean Brian...) had done.

Kaleb also has one tooth breaking through his gums on the top. There might be two, he isn't really into letting me take a peek right now.

I threw in some pictures for my extra-boring post. Hopefully we'll have something better later this week :)

10:21 AM

One *Bang* Up Holiday

Friday, July 10, 2009

So it's been a while since my last post, for good reason. The holiday weekend started out good. Kaleb was fast asleep before any fireworks started so we'll see how he does next year. He did get to see some sparklers and such but he wasn't too interested. He did look awful cute though!




On Monday Kaleb started to get fussy. He was a bear all day and we finally wrestled him to bed around 11 pm. I woke up to Kaleb crying about 3:30 am. It was strange. He never cries. I scooped him up and tried rocking him back to sleep. No chance. I made a warm bottle, Brian sang to him and we plopped him between us in bed. Thank God.

At 4:41 am I woke up to Kaleb moving around. It looked like he was kicking his feet and throwing a tantrum. It took all of ten seconds for my eyes to adjust and I knew something wasn't right. I screamed for B to hit the lights. It was far worse than I imagined.

Kaleb's back was arched, his little body shaking and convulsing. His eyes were fluttering back into his head, drool coming out of his mouth, pale, lips turning blue. "Call 911 and meet me upstairs!" I called to B as I ran for my parent's bedroom. My mom knew something was up as soon as my foot hit the top stair. I burst into their room at full speed. "I need help Dad! I can't think straight." My normal don't-panic, you've been through this training, you have a medical degree did not register one bit. I kept thinking, I cannot do CPR on my baby. I cannot do it.

Thank God for those moments when my Dad didn't allow his 15+ years with the fire department get clouded by Kaleb's convulsing body. We turned him on his side and I swept his throat making sure he hadn't ingested something. I held his tongue aside so he could pass air and his color perked up immediately. Five minutes later he was snoring. Of course, we couldn't wake him up but the squad was there now.

I jumped into the back and asked to do his oxygen treatment. I begged. They agreed and one of the EMT's sat in the front. I know they went against protocol but I was so thankful! About half way down to Children's Kaleb came around and screamed his head off the rest of the way. I have never been more thankful to hear those screams. Brian followed the ambulance in our car and I was proud at how level headed to entire family was- of course, this wasn't our first time.

The short version? Kaleb had a febrile seizure. 2-3% of children will have them when they suddenly get a fever. It doesn't have to be a high fever, Kaleb's was a cool 101.2 when we arrived at the hospital. It probably went from 98 to 101 in about 15 minutes and then he had the seizure. If you have one seizure, you are 30-40% likely to have another. Memorial Day weekend we found Kaleb unresponsive in his bed. He was like a wet noodle. We took him into the ER and they weren't sure at the time but they are comfortable now saying he had a seizure and we found him in the post-dictal state where he is sleeping (but unable to wake him). He is now 70% likely to have another one before he is 6. The good news? He will probably out grow these seizures. He will probably have more but now we are prepared.

His top teeth have broken the surface which could've been the reason for the spike in fever. Nice. How many more teeth do we have to go? He is on an aggressive fever treatment. He no longer to have Infant Tylenol or Motrin. He is to have a teaspoon of the Children's kind alternated every 3 hours. We have to be very careful about testing for fever's too if we want to try to head one of these off in the future.

I wonder if I should just stick one of those fever temp skin things to him permanently? I was off the last three days with our booger making sure he was good-to-go before releasing him to anyone else for the day. I am praising God that we put him in bed with us that night. I cannot begin to run down the "what-if's?" because there is a good chance he would never go back into his own bed. I am also equally thankful that I have an amazing partner who supports us in every way, an amazing dad who reminded me of my medical training and my mother who keeps us all in line and provides me with a job that allows me to stay home three days and watch over our beautiful baby boy. He ended up being okay to help Mommy cook on day 2!

The doctor at the hosptial did have the nerve to tell us, "We'll he shouldn't have been in your bed..." I'll spare you the details but let's just say it lit one smokin' fire under Brian's butt. I highly doubt she'll bring up that point with another parent again. He was very professional about it, I have to admit. She deserved every, single minute of it too.

On a Side Note: So what are the odds that my child is born without his hand? Slim to none. Completely random. So now he's one of the 2-3% who has these febrile seizures. I'm going to get some lottery tickets and I'm going to let Kaleb touch them. He's obviously got some magic quality that allows him to defy odds.

10:18 AM

Let's Make a Deal

Friday, July 3, 2009

We celebrated Brian's big 2-9 on Tuesday. We actually spent a pretty low-key night around the house since B didn't get off work until about 7:30 pm. We attempted to go to Red Lobster and use his gift card but they we're closed when we called- whoops. I guess waiting for a fussy baby to fall asleep took a little too long. But it wasn't before we surprised daddy with a cake when he got out of the shower!

I think Brian and I are the only two people in the entire universe working the day before the 4th but the 'Summer of Saving' just wouldn't be the same without some serious OT. We did have an amazing dinner last night with B's family to celebrate the 4th. I love love love seeing all the kids in action. Brian, of course, was trying to get his 8 year old nephew to say something he knows is wrong. After B coursed him for a few minutes Jadon turns to him and says, "If you trade us Kaleb for Madison I might consider saying it."

Madi is Jadon's 4 year old sister. She's the baby of the family and he's the only boy. I was tickled at the idea he'd trade her for a baby brother.

Me: Does Madison sleep through the night?

J: Yes ma'am.

Me: Does she have all her teeth?

J: I think so?

Me: You might just have yourself a deal son.

Okay, Okay so I wouldn't trade my beautiful son for Madison- well, maybe for a few nights of uninterrupted sleep :) Happy Weekend. Hope everyone stays safe and happy!