Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Two Wheelin'

I know, we're at the beach. But right before we left, something BIG happened that I had to share!

Thursday afternoon, I took the kids out for a walk. CC begged to use her "big girl bike," a hand-me-down  from the girl across the street. CC can't ride it by herself, but I reluctantly agreed to hold the bike upright down the street and back so she could practice.

"I'm going to learn how to ride my bike all by myself today, Mommy," she said. I just rolled my eyes. CC has long mastered the skills to ride a bike, thanks to her balance bike, but every time she gets on the big-kid bike, she dissolves into hysterical giggles and demands, "Hold on tight! Don't let go!"

Of course I let go. And she kept going! By the time we returned to the house 10 minutes later, she was making U-turns, starting and stopping with ease, braking. I'm sure by tomorrow she'll be popping wheelies.

Congrats to my big girl! What an accomplishment!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Itchy Boy

Poor Little Man. For the last two months, he's had a horrible skin rash on his entire body. It's so itchy that he scratches himself raw and bloody on a daily basis. I've taken him to the pediatrician several times with no luck, and we were at our wits' end. Not only did we feel terrible for the poor kid, but his already volatile temperament has been much worse because of his discomfort!

We took him to an allergist, who gave him a full workup. But despite Little Man's seeming reaction to several potential allergens (dust mites, certain mold spores), follow-up blood tests confirmed that he is actually not allergic to anything that we know of.

But while we were waiting for the blood test results, the doctor prescribed a (shockingly) expensive skin oil called DermaSmooth. Whoa. This stuff is awesome. Within several days of using it directly after baths, Little Man's itching had disappeared. His skin is soft and smooth, like a toddler's should be! His scabs and scratches are starting to heal. 

I'm hoping this is the end of our troubles with Little Man's skin. The poor guy has been through enough! But at least he appears to be on the mend, and my mind is at ease knowing that he is not having an allergic reaction to something.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Renovation Week 17

Not one thing happened on the renovation this week. The carpeting still has not arrived. But I am refusing to let it get me down, because I am at the beach, and it is physically impossible to be upset at the beach. Right?!

My contractor tells me that when we get home, the entire project will be almost done. The last bit of interior demo and reframing complete, CC's furniture relocated to her new room, the guest room connected to the new bathroom, the old bathroom demo'd and ready for the new vanity and tile, etc. So I'm focusing on that. Deep, cleansing breaths. I am at the beach.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Beach Bound

Another major announcement (I know, two big announcements lately!): WE ARE HEADED TO THE BEACH. This is a big deal, you guys! Us Morrisons have never taken a family vacation before. You can let that sink in for a while. Never.

So today we're packing up the kids, the swim suits and floaties and water shoes and beach towels and sunscreen and aloe vera and an enormous cooler with lots of food and beverages and getting on the road for what will be our longest drive yet with the kids. Pray for us. We are armed with books and (soft) toys and MJ's tablet loaded with cartoons and many CDs of annoying kids' music.

I'll be taking tons of pictures and will share them when we return. In the meantime, I have a bunch of new posts scheduled to go up while I'm gone. Enjoy!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Photo Friday

This week's picture is a portrait of our lovely CC, who had her last day of school today.

How this year has flown! Before we know it, the summer will be over and she'll be starting her second year of preschool, with new teachers and new friends.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Diaper Free!

Well folks, I've been wanting to make this announcement for quite a while now: SWEET PEA AND LITTLE MAN ARE POTTY TRAINED!

It's a massive step! Over the past months, as the vestiges of babyhood have, one by one, disappeared from Casa Morrison (cribs, sippy cups, high chairs), this one has loomed over me. This enormous, overwhelming, insurmountable obstacle. But we finally just held our breath and charged headlong into the chaos.

Sweet Pea was a snap. She was so motivated by tiny bits of candy, that for the first few days, she did nothing but sit on the toilet and chug water. Little Man took longer to catch on, but just as I was about to throw in the towel and try again in another few months, he had a breakthrough.

It's been ten days since we started. Ten days of no diapers at all, not even during naps or at night. They've done great. This past weekend, we even had several family outings with no accidents: a baseball game, church, dinner at a restaurant.

And I'm thrilled to say that yesterday was our first accident-free day! Sweet Pea and Little Man both woke up dry in the morning. They used the bathroom at the children's gym we attend. They both took long naps and woke up clean and dry. They played all afternoon, taking bathroom breaks as necessary, just like big kids. Yes, I had to remind them -- often -- but that's okay. I'm so proud of them! And I'm relieved that the hard part appears to be over.

And for some comic relief, here are some amusing things overheard in our house recently:

"If you need help getting on the toilet, don't ask Mommy. Ask me." (CC to Sweet Pea)

"Only one person on the toilet at a time!" (Me)

"There's no pee left in my penis." (Sweet Pea)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Picking Battles

Sweet Pea (under Daddy's supervision, I'll add) dressed herself in this the other day:

Her favorite flowered top, a mis-matched pair of shorts, her brother's truck socks, and Crocs.

She was very proud of herself. I decided not to say anything.