Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Family.

We are so grateful for the opportunity we had to see all of Mike's family. We truly love and cherish the moments we have with them. There doesn't have to be much planned. We thrive on the conversations that develop as we sit in the living room watching the kids play, sitting around the dinner table laughing or hanging out in the backyard enjoying the Idaho grass and weather. Here are some pictures of everyone from our trip. We love you all and can't wait to see you again soon. By soon, we mean Christmas or anytime you want to visit (hint, hint). That goes for my family too, there's always room at the Dille house for family and good friends.

The grandkids, Jarom almost 3 months, Carter 2 yrs, Owen 8 months, Landon 23 mo. with Grandpa and Grandma Dille.

Taking pictures with little ones is a challenge. Here is an outtake highlighting Carters meltdown. I love Owens face starring at him. You can tell it doesn't even phase him anymore.The entire gang.

Grandma and pa Dille with Owen and Carter.

Cousins Jarom McDonald and Owen Dille.

The Four Grandsons. Jarom, Landon, Owen and Carter. Owen with Aunt Nikki, she's expecting a little girl this September. Watching "Cars" with the Bryan and Mike. Every morning Carter would wake up go upstairs and say "more cars" and try to turn on the dvd player. I really think we watched it about three times each day and once each way on the airplane. Since then everything Carter says is still about cars, "more cars", "go cars", "bye bye cars"...

Carter watching Cars with Uncle Paul. Carter had a fro-hawk that day inspired by Paul.
It was a competition with these two to get Grandma's attention. She was good at juggling them both.

Always making our boys smile and willing to help. Thanks Charlotte.

The boys did a little boating on Brian and Shala's boat.

Owen spending some quality time with Uncle Brian. Saying one last goodbye to cousin Landon.

This is the face of a little boy who wants to see his family in Texas... really how can you resist?

Back.

I'm back after a forced hiatus due to a crashed hard drive. It wasn't a virus after all that took down the computer but rather a total meltdown of the hard drive. So my worst fears came true and we have lost the last two and half years of videos, photos and files on our computer. I'm pretty heart broken. But at the same time relieved that at least I have been blogging for the past year and a half, and before then managed to use flicker for some pictures of Carter. So really, not everything is lost, about 15% is on the Internet waiting or me to figure out how to download it and print it. Thank goodness for the internet! We've also invested in an external hard drive to back up our files so this doesn't happen again.

So here is what we've been up to.

Carter went in for his two year check up and is healthy and strong. He's still a chart topper, coming in at the 95the percentile for everything. The pediatrician reminded me once again that he is the size of a three year old and that people will most likely mistake him for that and expect him to behave better and talk. He told me I would need to let people know he is only two. In actuallity I've been having to have this conversation with people since he started walking. Just the reality of having a big kid. Height: 37 1/4 inches Weight: 33.3 lbs FOC: 51 cm BMI: 16.98

Carter sleeping on the plane with his binkie and car blanket.

Carter is binkie free. We took away the binkie last Thursday. For the past 8 months he's only had it during naptime and bedtime. We've been meaning to take it away sooner but never felt the time was right, too many other changes happening. Once we got back from our trip we both felt it was time to say goodbye. We had a talk that went something like this.

Me: "Carter binkies are for babies. You are a big boy you don't need the binkie anymore." Carter: sobs and tears "whah" and then pleading.

Mike was the strong one, because after this I was useless, a sobbing mommy on the couch. I felt bad for Carter and was sad to see this last piece of him being a baby go away. Mike and Carter walked over to the trash and Carter threw it away. That was the last of the binkie. He cried for about three hours that night and for the past week has been getting up in the middle of the night crying. But each night it gets better and he is learning to live without it and I'm grateful.

Owen in Idaho 8 months.
Little Owen is a moving machine. He's getting quick and seems to crawl everywhere. Turn your back for a second and he could easily be in the other room. He's also pulling up on everything, his favorite thing to climb is my leg. We love it when he crawls across the room and climbs into our lap. This week he has started to pull up and cruise. Taking baby steps while holding onto the furniture. He doesn't go too far before falling, usually a few steps. I've taken the lion walker back out of storage, well to be honest Carter dug it out for me and is having a hard time sharing it with Owen. He's getting stronger each day and the idea of him walking excites me. At this rate my guess is in the next month he'll manage to take a few steps.

While in Idaho Owen started to get his two front teeth. Seems that with each trip we make up there one of our children gets a tooth. Makes for a few rough nights sharing a bedroom. Right now he has three teeth, the two bottom and one top. The other top tooth is on the verge of coming through. He's also figured out he has teeth on the top and bottom and is beginning to grind them together. We are officially done nursing and Owen is on formula. The first week on formula was also the week we traveled. After three days he developed a rash/hives on his cheeks which then spread to his legs and stomach. He also came down with a cold. There were so many variables it was hard to know what was causing what. I decided to switch him to soy formula thinking that the hives were from the milk based formula, within two days on new formula it began to clear up. I had one of those moments of pure guilt, like I should have nursed him longer, I even contemplated pumping and building my milk supply back up. But I was done and really felt like it was time to stop for both of us. I'm glad the soy formula is working out for him and I really enjoy the convenience of Owen being able to hold his own bottle during feedings.

Another update on Owen, he had surgery Monday morning to have tubes put into his ears. When we got back into town I had a feeling he might have an ear infection. So at Carters appointment I had the pediatrician just look in Owens ears. Sure enough he did. It was his third one since January. So I called the ENT and got him in for a hearing test and ask about tubes. I thought I was being pretty aggressive not wanting Owen to have the hearing loss that Carter had before the tubes. Turns out my aggressiveness wasn't aggressive. The ENT agreed Owen was a good candidate. He also had some moderate hearing loss, an infection in one ear and negative pressure in the other. So we got him in for surgery in less than a week (our high deductible insurance plan starts over on July 1, so it was a race to get him in before then). Mike was really busy at work so I had a babysitter come in the morning to stay with Carter and I took Owen in by myself. His surgery seemed so much easier than Carters and he seems to be doing well. Today he just wanted to be held and snuggled. He hates the ear drops but loves the amoxicillin. I really feel like I haven't stopped in the past week.

Between dealing with the computer hard drive issues, unpacking, doctor appointments for everyone in the family, teaching RS, running errands and just being a mom I am beat. The ironic thing is that I am so tired I just can't seem to sleep. Just restless and full of anxiety. Not sure what else is going to be thrown my way, but I really do feel like we deserve a break. An uneventful week would do us some good.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Fathers Day.

Happy Fathers Day to the best daddy around.
Top 5 Reasons we love you.
1. You constantly work hard to care and provide for us and would sacrifice anything that is required to take care of your children.
2. You have the ability to be a grown up and still get down on your hands and knees and play like a child.
3. The simplicity in which you see life and yet your ability to make things more complicated in striving for perfection.
4. Your skills on the grill. You can grill anything to perfection and we'll happily eat it everytime.
5. The love you shower each of us with everyday make you a wonderful father and husband.
With Love,
Carter, Owen and your wife.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Virus.

We came back from out of town and I was excited to turn on the computer and look at all of our pictures. To my dismay I booted the computer on and heard a strange beeping noise, followed by a black screen and text... bad text... boot disk something... dash, dash, dash.... my thoughts... ugh... a virus!

So my computer is out of commission until Saturday when hopefully the geek squad can revive it. They have to, no really I'm sure you can't read the panic in my typing but it is there... the past two years in photos are on that computer... the only copies of photos for the past two years, Carters first two years.... see, can you read the panic?

In the meantime I have hijacked Mike's computer to check email tonight and give an update as to why we have dropped off the face of the earth. The past week we spent in Idaho with Mike's family. His grandma Ruby passed away so we jumped on a plane for the funeral. She was his last living grandparent, his moms mom and the grandma that was always just down the street. So he has wonderful memories of her and it's sad to have her gone. It's makes us both wish we lived closer and could have spent more time with her and the rest of the family.

We spent most of the week just enjoying family and the wonderful Idaho weather, no humidity and the grass free of fire ants. The boys had a great time playing with their grandparents and cousins. Owen started to get the hang of crawling and is now moving his way around the house.

Once my computer is back and running I'll post some pictures from the trip. I won't be around for a few more days via the Internet so if you need anything or want to chat, call me. Better yet, you want to get some lunch? Seriously, if that is the case, call me. I'm suffering from post vacation disorder and missing family terribly.... love you all. Hugs, A

Monday, June 8, 2009

Dille Love.

There's a lot of love in the Dille house these days. We just can't seem to get these two to take pictures by themselves. Mostly Carter just can't seem to let Owen take a picture by himself. He loves to sit with him and give him lots of love. Sometimes too much love that turns into a choke hold, but we're working on it, and as long as they are supervised they both enjoy it. Here are the boys from the past week posing together. (Really, what did we do before digital photos?) Lots of hugs, love and giggles. I'm in love with all three of the men in my life.
Love this Owen face.
Owen is also learning how to retaliate and occasionally grabs Carters hair. I imagine as he gets older we'll have more incidents like this.


Play time, Carter building with blocks, Owen playing with Carters feet. Saying "cheese" for the camera.Carter giving loves. Since this, I did trim Owens hair. I hadn't realized how tall his mow hawk was.
The little man by himself. 7.5 months.I've started the weaning process with Owen. Things are going well and unlike last time I plan to make this as comfortable as possible on all of us, meaning we're doing this slowly for my body. Right now Owen is taking bottles all day with half formula half EBM. It's been a little tricky trying to figure out what formula to use and I'm trying to find one that won't break the bank. Recently I'm trying the target brand similar to infamil, the ingredients are exactly the same but half the cost. Owen still has acid reflux and is on prevacid so I'm trying to find something that will work for that too. What formula has worked for you?
One nice thing about weaning is that feedings take half the time and today I was able to prop the bottle up and help Carter with something. I'm still a little sad, but mostly ready for this transition.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

He Crawls.

This was one of the first days Owen started to crawl. Everyday he gets a little better and crawls a little farther. He's also continuing to pull up on furniture and people. You should see Carters face when he tries to pull up on him. Cracks me up every time. I half expect Owen to stand up one day and start walking. But alas, there is a time for everything, and I'm adoring this crawling time.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Two.

Carter is two. It feels like overnight my baby turned into a toddler with the attitude and personality to match. He's coming into his own and it is exciting to see the changes taking place. He is learning that he has his own opinion and although he's not talking as much as others, it's exciting to hear him learn new words and use them. He's still a great sleeper and napper and goes in spurts of being a good eater or not. He's a great big brother to Owen and is learning to share with him. Not a day goes by that he doesn't make me laugh and smile, of course there are days when he spends quite a bit of time in time out. But I suppose it's all part of the process of learning boundaries. Carter is a wonderful little spirit and we feel very blessed to have him in our home. We can't remember what it was like without him and wouldn't want to. We love you little man.
Here are a few things about Carter.
  • He loves fruit snacks, milk, beef stroganoff, ranch and ketchup, anything chick-fil-a, chocolate chip cookies and donut holes.
  • His favorite animal is a dog. Anything with four legs, other than a cow, is referred to as a dog.
  • He loves to give hugs and kisses and will only go to bed at night after giving me a kiss. I love that!
  • He loves the water, bath tub, shower, pool, or ocean. Doesn't matter he's like a fish and will stay in until his entire body is wrinkled.
  • He's a good helper around the house and likes to dust, vacuum and will help clean up his toys if you sing the clean up song.
  • His favorite song right now is "head, shoulders, knees and toes."
  • He loves cars, balls, shoes, socks and hats.
  • His favorite book is,"My big rescue book" filled with firetrucks.
  • He's very independent and will go off to play with other children at the gym, in nursery at church and at playgrounds. But will always come back to me if he falls to get a kiss and all better.
  • He loves to flush the toilet. Good for potty training, (he went #1 four times yest. and #2 once- hurray!) a little scary in that now he knows how to flush it and I hope he doesn't flush toys down it in the future.
  • He still snuggles with me, loves to give Owen hugs and loves to watch youtube with daddy and climb on his daddys back and get rides to bed.
  • He's a great example for all of us. He's the first to fold his arms at each meal to bless the food and also is the first to fold his arms for prayers each night.

For Carters birthday last night we went out to dinner at Chick-fil-a. It's always a challenge eating out with two little guys. For example, Carter dumped the flower vase over spilling water all over the table, I then went to clean it up and dumped the fries on the floor. Never a dull moment. I believe the highlight of dinner for Carter was his ice cream cone and the highlight for Owen was his first french fry.

Owens first french fry. Opening presents. Owen was getting into the action as well by eating whatever he could manage to get into his mouth. Mike's cousin came into town and dropped off a present for Carter. He's in love with it! He couldn't wait to get it out of the box then hounded Mike until he put it together and hasn't left it alone since. Thank you again!

Posing for a picture with daddy.

Cupcake.

You can't have a birthday and not have cake. I decided to make cupcakes this year. I thought they would be more toddler friendly and bite size. As long as it had chocolate frosting Carter was happy. He even managed to blow out his own candles. I was impressed. Here is the play by play of his cupcake.
"Can I eat these?"
"Who needs hands when you can use your face to dig in?"
"Ok, so maybe by using my hands I can get more into my mouth."
"This is delicious, thank you mommy."
"Ohh...The chocolate goodness is all over my fingers.... want some?"
Happy Birthday song (you could just click to the end and skip my singing, sorry) and blowing out the candles. I promise it looks like I helped but really it was all him. He likes to blow on all of his food, esp. french fries from the drive through window.
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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Par-Tay!

Carter turned two today.
So we celebrated with a par-tay!
It was the hippest place to be if you were two.It was a pretty cool place to be for the under one crowd too. (Owen, Ty and Kate.)
Cupcakes. Pizza. Pasta Salad. Watermelon and Capri Suns.
Sprinklers. Baby pools. Water slides and good times.
It was a two year olds dream, well at least for my two year old.
Happy Birthday little man.