June 23, 2007

Riley's Official First Day of Independent Sitting!

Riley has been sitting by herself all day today. Whenever she has been sitting on the bed or the floor or the chair she has been doing it all herself, without falling over! I sat her to lounge in the "man chair" and within seconds she had pulled herself up to sitting upright. She also did the same thing in her bouncy chair. Riley just wants to sit.

Here are a few a pictures of her, proud as punch, in Daddy's chair. Notice the drool in the second one. Blowing drooly bubbles is another favourite pastime lately.

June 21, 2007

Some big boots to fill...

While we were cleaning up the porch area today Hendrik decided to try on his daddy's work boots. Like most toddlers, he loves trying on big people's shoes, especially his daddy's!

P.S. In case you were wondering, Dwayne likes to wear his workboots until they disintegrate. If you look closely, you can see a pinkish sort of glue and some screws holding them together near the toes. He has a boot allowance from work but wants to get every little bit of wear out of his boots before he gets new ones...that's the Dutchman coming out in him! LOL!

June 14, 2007

Happy Birthday Dwayne!

Dwayne's birthday was on Saturday and we had a little gathering on Sunday evening for cake and presents. Dwayne had a very willing birthday candle helper!

June 13, 2007

You can't outsmart a 2 year old for long...

Our bathroom door, hobby room door, and the door at the top of our stairs all have been installed those snap on child safe knobs. On the package it says to stop using them once your child has mastered opening the door with them on. That happened today but not in the way I had anticipated. I figured it would be a while before the little guy's hand would be big enough and strong enough to wrap his hands around the big white knob and squeeze and turn at the same time.

Never underestimate the ingenuity of a toddler.

I thought I saw him open the bathroom door but wasn't sure if I had closed it completely or not and so maybe he was just playing with the already open door. I closed the door and asked him to open it for me. He stuck his little index finger in the keyhole opening and gripped the knob inside while gripping the big white knob on the outside. He bypassed the whole squeezing bit on the outside. This only works if you have fingers the size of a 2 year old however. I tried it. No can do. I thought I had a year or so...

June 05, 2007


My poor, sweet boy! He got a humdinger of a bug bite yesterday afternoon. I noticed he had a little red bump about mid afternoon. That's nothing abnormal around here. It's abnormal if you don't have at least one bug bite by the end of the day. The rest of the day went on and his ear still had a tiny bump on it. I figured it would be gone by morning.

This morning Dwayne brought the little guy to our bed as he left for work and Hendrik, Riley and I all went back to sleep for a while longer. When we woke up I saw Hendrik's ear. It looked like you took the ear off an elephant and glued it to the head of a small boy. The top 2/3 of his ear were about 3 times thicker than usual and his ear was sticking out at an odd angle. His ear was somewhere between hot pink and red in colour. Poor kid. Actually, it doesn't seem to bother him at all. It bothers me. Not because of how it looks but because I know how it must feel. But he doesn't complain or even seem to notice.

I called the nurse to ask about giving him some Benadryl and who told me that that would be fine but it would make him drowsy. We've spent the last couple of hours cuddled up on the living room floor watching Veggie Tales. I think I'm the one feeling drowsy though and I didn't take the Benadryl!

I love how the warning on the side of the bottle says "May cause drowsiness OR excitability." Do you get to choose?