Sunday, February 20, 2011

20 Months: Letter to Killian

Happy 20 months, Killian!

This month is significant (to me) because it is your last month as an only child! I have been cherishing these days with you and being able to spend long periods of time with you one-on-one.

You have been very sweet toward your baby brother (my belly) this past month, waving hi to your brother and giving him hugs. One very sweet moment was when you gave my belly a kiss and then tried to feed your brother a Cheerio through my belly button. Today we went on a tour of the hospital where your brother will be born. You weren't all that interested in everything the nurse had to say or show you, but you were definitely interested in seeing the little baby in the nursery.

Your favorite book this month has been Dr. Seuss' Wacky Wednesday. You say "wack-wack." You love pointing out all the wacky things. This was one of my favorite books when I was a kid - I loved studying the pages to find anything out of the ordinary.

Your vocabulary has been steadily increasing. If we ask you to say a word, you always give it a shot, at least getting the number of syllables right! One of your new words this month is "Shock!" which we always give each other after you go down a slide outside.

You have become quite adept this month at running full speed with your pants around your ankles! Silly boy!



You have been interested in cleaning supplies for a long time now, but have been timid around vacuums that are actually turned on. Not this month. Papou showed you how to turn on the dust buster (a small handheld vacuum) and you carried it around the house vacuuming (up and down the stairs) until it ran out of battery. Taking after your Papou.

You continue to love to visit your aunts and uncles. They continue to be in awe of every little thing you do and love spending time with you. At one of our last visits there, you walked around the house pointing to different objects saying "Papou's." Apparently everything in that house belongs to Papou!

Here is a video of you and Julie playing at your new favorite park in Mooresville. You love onomatopoeias like "Pop!"

Friday, February 18, 2011

Baby #2 Update

Baby #2 has turned around and is no longer breech! Hooray! So now back to the usual waiting and uncertainty of when he will decide to make his appearance.

I can thank the nasty stomach bag I had for possibly turning him around. A night of puking "abdominal contractions" might have done the trick.

Killian also had the stomach bug too, but bounced back really fast. It was the first time he had ever vomited :(  Luckily for Killian and I, Mike was healthy when we both were sick, so he could tend to us, but unluckily for Mike, he now has the bug.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: I'm on a Duck!

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Uninterrupted Play

One of my favorite things to do when I'm with Killian is to not interact with him at all. I love observing how he plays and concentrates when I leave him alone without distractions or interruptions. It's so interesting to see what he comes up with on his own.

He spent a few minutes the other morning playing with his toy pots, pans, and food, and going back and forth between his two kitchens and table. Scooping up food with a ladle, placing it in the pot, placing food in the microwave...



Today he asked (with pointing) for the diaper changing bin where we store diapers, wipes, ointment, etc. I gave it to him and he then brought out the changing pad, laid a baby doll on the pad, took out all the diaper supplies, and spent some time tending to the baby. He wiped her face down with wipes, etc.

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He loves to pour (a popular Montessori activity that I did not have to introduce to him!). He loves playing with our stainless steel mixed-drink mixer - filling it with water and ice, shaking it all about, then pouring the water into the little shot glass. The other day I cleaned out a cabinet and he was interested in his old bottle caps. He spent a lot of time filling up the tiny little caps with water from the fridge and then carefully pouring the water into a bowl.

I really do get my jollies from watching him actively engage with his environment, whether it's with good ol' fashioned toys or random household objects.

Fascinating only to a parent, I know.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Parenting Fail?

Mike picked up an infant car seat for Baby #2 from a friend (thank you Kaki!) and he transported it home on his scooter.  He said he got some GREAT looks from other drivers on his way home. As Killian would say, that's an uh-oh.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Baby #2 Update

This active little guy is back in breech position. (He was in breech position at 32 weeks, but had returned to head-down position by 34 weeks.) From what I understand, it's more likely at this point (a day shy of 36 weeks), he'll stay in breech position, which would mean a c-section. Sigh.

The idea of a c-section honestly scares me. The procedure itself doesn't completely freak me out, but the recovery time sure does. I had been fantasizing about getting back to my old active self shortly after the baby was born. It would also mean I'd have to stay in the hospital longer too, separated from my first baby.

I have a sonogram scheduled for next Friday to see how he's doing. Depending on what we see in the sonogram, I could then elect to have a procedure done called "external cephalic version" at the hospital, to help guide the baby back into position. But there is a chance the baby could go into distress during the procedure, and I would need to have a c-section right then.

So I may have gotten my wish that the baby will come before my due-date :/  (A c-section would be scheduled a week prior my due date.) But here's hoping this guy will make it back down to head-first position!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Killian Update

A couple random updates:

  • Killian knows "where his baby brother is." He will occasionally give my belly gentle touches. (He turns his hand and strokes something softly with the side of his palm for "gentle touch.") When I ask him if he wants Baby xxx (yes, we use the baby's name with Killian) to come out soon, he nods. One time, he kissed my belly and then tried to feed his brother a Cheerio (through my belly button). He can say a shortened version of his brother's name.
  • This is probably normal for a child Killian's age, but I realized the other day that Killian has no problem distinguishing between past and present tense. If anything, he needs some help with present vs. future tense - or I need to do a better job distinguishing the two. Example:  I have made the mistake too many times of telling him that "Ashton is going to come over" or "You are going to go to Ashton's house" too far in advance of it actually happening. It should ideally wait about 30 seconds before it happens, because if I mention it too early, he'll spend the next increment of time (an hour, half an hour) pulling on the handle of the front door, and wanting to go out in the hall to either wait for Ashton to arrive or wanting to walk to Ashton's house that moment. However, the next day, if I talk in the past tense about how Killian played with Ashton the night before, or "Did you have fun with Ashton last night?," he always just nods and understands. He never thinks I'm saying we are going to do it again now.
  • We've taken Killian to the pool before and he loved it. Lots of splishing and splashing. This morning was another cold, rainy day and I was in the mood to get in the water and take some pressure off of my back. I asked him if he wanted to go to the pool and go swimming and he seemed to understand and said yes. But when we got there and it was time to go into the water, he was terrified! He wanted nothing to do with that pool and he didn't want me in it either. Hmmmm. Of course, I don't know what was going through his head and what exactly frightened him, but his preferences obviously have changed.
  • In other news, I'm ready for winter to be over. February has always been my least favorite month, the month where I always have fight hard not to succumb to the winter blues. The other day we ate outside because it was sunny and 46 degrees felt warm to us. (That's how cold it's been lately.)  Maybe Baby xxx will come a little early and give me something to like about the month of February from now on! (My due date is March 11th. 5 more weeks!) He'll be considered "full-term" (37 weeks) on February 18th. Just sayin', Baby.
Here's a picture of Killian playing shuffleboard on a "warm" winter day.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Sushi! (or: Finally! A Post From Mike)

Tonight all of our planning and preparation paid off...
  • 2 Avocados
  • A 20 lb. bag of sushi-grade Calrose Rice (we only used a cup though)
  • A baggie stuffed with sheets of dried seaweed
  • Some sesame seeds
  • The youngest member of the Walker Danger Duo, whose fiery passion for Sushi knows few bounds 
We made sushi!

Thanks to a little bamboo sushi mat, and the right kind of rice (very glutenous, so it sticks together) I made my first batch of sushi tonight.

We're hoping this will turn into a subtle but effective Vegetable Delivery System for Killian, who lately has been quite the picky eater.

I've already researched where in Charlotte to get sashimi-grade fish (the Super G Mart off Independence), and we're already scheming on ingredients to use for future sushi:
  • Mango
  • Julienned Cucumber, Apple, Pear, Apricot
  • Peas
  • Papaya
  • Salsa
  • Shrimp
  • Heavily-Seasoned Tempeh
  • Seasoned & Fried Tofu
  • Egg