I’m a Big Brother!


Guess who became a big brother over the weekend…

Yesterday, Ian got to hold his baby brother for the first time.  He was so cute about it.  At first, Gramps was holding Simon and Ian kept telling him to put Simon in Mama’s lap so he could get closer.  Then, when we asked if he wanted to hold Simon, his face just lit up.  He climbed up onto the bed with me and sat still while Jesse placed Simon into his open arms.  He was very insistent on holding Simon the proper way.  The entire time, Ian was totally gentle with Simon.  There were a few times where he got a little too excited and we had to tell him to calm down, but it didn’t take much for him to calm down.

Ian was all about trying to see ALL of Simon.  He wanted to see his feet, hands, face, eyes, etc etc, but most importantly, his belly.  He was very curious about Simon’s belly button.  It was during these times where he was less than gentle, but that was mainly because he was trying to look and hold Simon at the same time.

Ian spent the first two days with Gramps while Jesse and I were in the hospital with Simon, but last night he got to have his first sleepover at someone else’s house and he was really excited about that.  I don’t think he quite understands the changes that’ll be happening at home now.  In fact, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t, but the one thing I do know is that he is excited about being able to help Mama care for Simon.

Ian Meets Simon





Ian was tired when we stopped at norms.

Ice cream



Nom nom nom

A Day with the Family


2010.06.05-Ian.03.jpgI would like to think that Ian had a really good day today. Jesse had an early morning appointment up near our favorite library, so Ian and I tagged along and got dropped off while he was busy.  The public library is one of our favorite places to go.  Not only are there books, but Ian can also play with the various toys in the youth room.  Seriously, we are totally spoiled with our library.  I have yet to find another one that is as great as it is. Ian ended up coming home with a few new books to read and was able to spend time playing games on the library computer.

Once Jesse picked us up, it was getting close to lunch time so we all went out to Kerby’s Coney Island for some hot dogs.  Well, the boys had hot dogs, I enjoyed a delicious chicken wrap.  We actually had a really good lunch – we didn’t have to tell Ian to sit down all that much and he ate all of his food.  I should also mentioned that he ordered his own drink.  He knew exactly what he wanted and pointed it out to the server when she came by.  He was really cute about it.

Afterwards, the three of us headed to the Village Fair that was going on and we had a blast.  I’ve already talked about that, so if you want to know more, click here.

2010.06.05-Fountain.05b.jpgOn our way back to the car from the fair, we took a break at a fountain near the public library.  We noticed a few people were sticking their feet in, so we totally joined in.  It was a little chilly upon first contact, but that didn’t stop Ian from hopping right on it.  The water level was just high enough that Ian didn’t get soaked walking around in it.  In fact, he wouldn’t have gotten wet at all if he hadn’t bent down to pick up one of the various coins that were on the bottom.  Needless to say, we ended up having to change him before heading back to the car.  Either way, though, it was totally worth it.  He had a ton of fun splashing in the water and tossing the coins back in.

Once we got back to the car, we realized it was time to get home.  We had left the house at 9:30am and it was going on 4pm and we still had a lot planned for that night.  The biggest item – going shopping for Ian’s new bed set.

Ian has been in his toddler bed since just before his second birthday and it was time to get him in a twin size bed.  Plus, I’ll be honest, Ian’s toddler bed used to be his crib and we really wanted to use it for Simon.  We’ve been wanting to move him for awhile and I finally had a brain storm the other night.  Our spare bed had a trundle bed stored under it that wasn’t getting used.  Why not move that up to Ian’s room and have that be his new twin bed.  It sits low to the ground, so if he falls off he’s not going far, and it wasn’t being used.  I thought it was the perfect idea and Jesse agreed!

2010.06.05-NewBed.04.jpgSo Ian was getting his very own twin bed and that meant we needed to get him some new sheets.  After dropping Jesse off at the house to relax a little (he’s not a big shopper), Ian and I headed up to Target to check out their bedding selection.  Now, I was trying to find a place that had a good selection and everything kept pointing towards Target, but honestly, once we got there, I wasn’t too impressed.  Maybe I was expecting more, but they really only had about 5 different sets to chose from and all of them were trademarked characters.  I was hoping for something a little different and initially Ian didn’t see anything that was catching his eye.  Both Ian and I decided that we might want to check another place when we made one last run back through the aisle.  That’s when Ian noticed Thomas and that’s what he wanted.  I asked him, I thought we were going to check out another store, but he wanted none of that.  He wanted Thomas and that’s what we came home with.

So tonight, Ian is sleeping on his new twin bed with his brand new sheets with all of his stuffed animals.  It took awhile for him to calm down enough to actually fall asleep (he was a little excited), but when I went to check on him later, I could barely see him.  He was snuggled up and sleeping as peacefully as can be.

So I think Ian had a good day today.

Ian’s First Fair


2010.06.05-BirminghamFair.04.jpg2010.06.05-BirminghamFair.02.jpgWe took Ian to his first fair today.  It wasn’t anything huge, but it had enough rides to interest Ian that he so didn’t want to leave.

Let’s start at the beginning. When we first got there, the three of us walked to stripped, checking out what was going on.  There were a few rides we knew he wouldn’t be able to do, but there were a few that he could.  So we purchased some tickets and started off.  His very first carnival ride happened to be at the Train Station.  The monkey does love his trains and he couldn’t resist going on it.  Not only was he big enough to go on his own, but this is also the first ride he’s ever gone on without either Jesse or I will him.

After that, Ian got his fix of swinging in with whatever the swing ride was called.  For both these rides, he just reached the minimum height requirement (one guy had to duck down to check) and Ian was totally excited about being able to go on his own.  While he was riding the swings, he was one of the few kids who wasn’t just sitting there peaceably – he kept shaking those chains whenever he could.

2010.06.05-BirminghamFair.09.jpgAfter the train and swings, the next ride Ian wanted to go on required one of us to go with him.  The Fun Slide would let him on, but considering you had to walk up this huge flight of steps, he had to have an adult with him.  When Jesse first suggested hitting up the fair, he didn’t take into account that I wouldn’t be able to do a lot of the rides (if any) with Ian.  So guess who got stuck going up to the top of the slide with Ian?  Yup, Jesse and he’s not generally a fan of heights either.  However, by the time both of them made it to the bottom, they both had huge smiles.

2010.06.05-BirminghamFair.23b.jpgThe next ride Ian wanted…yeah, he couldn’t go on.  You know those dragon boat rides that swing back and forth like a pendulum? Yeah, he so wanted to go on that, but he didn’t meet the height requirements, obviously.  Plus, you weren’t going to get me on one of those things, pregnant or not.  So the two of us went and snagged a ride on the carousel instead.  At first, Ian was worried about falling off and me not being with him; but once I assured him I wasn’t going anywhere, he had a blast.

Right across from the carousel, Ian saw something that he had to do – skeeball!  According to Ian, skeeball is his favorite game and he had to play it.  He’s not very good at it, but he got to roll a ball a couple of times and help daddy and I try to win something (we didn’t).

After doing a few rides, we went to check out all the games that were set up.  I cannot believe that it costs $3 for a single game at most of them.  That’s outrageous.  However, we did find one that Ian was able to do that wasn’t too bad (meaning he would come away with a prize regardless) and that was “pick a duck”.  He did end up grabbing a winning duck and he came away with a new shiny ball.  He even got to pick it out himself from a bunch of different prizes.

2010.06.05-BirminghamFair.33.jpgWe still had a few tickets left, so we went back for another round of rides.  While Ian was driving the train, Jesse made a quick stop for some cotton candy.  He was going to taunt Ian with it while he was on the train, but Ian wanted to sit up in the engine so he could ring the bell a few times.  He really didn’t pay too much attention to us while he could do that.

After the train, we took a small break to indulge in the cotton candy, or as Ian was calling it, the cotton balls.  He wasn’t a fan of the blue stuff, but the pink was pretty good.  *grin*

By this time, Jesse and I were starting to get a little tired (it had been a long day up to this point), but we still had a few tickets left.  So Ian got to head back to the swings for another ride as well as the carousel.  Once all the tickets were gone, we started heading back to the car.  Ian did NOT want to go home.  He wanted to go back to the fair and play some more.  Both Jesse and I assured him that there would be more fairs this summer, that this wasn’t the only one, and he started to calm down a little.  What finally convinced him that it was time to head home was the fact that we still had to go shopping for his big boy bed, but more on that in a few.

The Fireman


Ian comes up to me this afternoon and tells me “I’m a fireman mama…I need a hose”. So he then proceeds to go outside and to play with the water hose. The “fire” (aka sand pit) was thoroughly doused and extinguished when he was finished. *grin*

Now this doesn’t happen very often…


Talk about surprises. On the way to pick Jesse up from work today, Ian said he wanted pancakes from the blue sign place.  He didn’t want mama’s pancakes, he wanted them from the place where we went with Daddy (aka IHOP).

After picking up Jesse, Ian said again that he wanted pancakes (with eggs and sausage) and since we weren’t all that impressed with the blue sign place, we decided to head to Big Boy.  Two minutes from getting there, Ian falls asleep and he stays asleep until his food arrives.  Oh yeah.  We were able to carry him into the restaurant, order our food, lay him on the booth next to Jesse and wait for our food – all while he slept.

When our food did arrive, we were able to get Ian to wake up long enough to eat half of his dinner, but he wasn’t totally awake.  Once it became obvious he was slowing down, Jesse asked him if he wanted to go back to sleep and Ian promptly placed his head on Jesse’s shoulders and tried to go back to sleep.

Thankfully, he did hit he restroom before we left, because as soon as we got home, he ran to his bedroom, jumped into bed and was out.  I cannot tell you when the last time he did something like this was.  He’s fallen asleep on the way to pick up Jesse before, but he’s always been ready to play as soon as we got home.  That’s not the case this time around.

I just hope this isn’t an indicator that something is up.  He’s been coughing a little more than normal today and I thought he felt warm to the touch early this afternoon.  Jesse said he was cool to the touch at the restaurant.  We’ll see how he wakes up in the morning…and at what time.

Ian’s Great Day


2010.04.06-H2OPark.04.jpgIan had a heck of a day today and is sleeping quietly. So what did he do?

  • Daddy worked late the night before, so he was able to spend half a day at home before heading in to work.
  • We got up early and visited the hospital for Jackie’s ultrasound- Ian found out he’s having a baby brother. We were all hoping for a boy, so this is good news.
  • We took a quick trip to the library where he was able to play in the kids room.
  • Afterwards, the three of us went to the Warren Community center, where we spent over an hour playing in the waterpark. Ian enjoyed swimming around in the deep end on a body board as well as firing the water cannon. We even took a nice trip around the inner tube track.
  • Jackie dropped me off while Ian played at the park with his friends Nate and Mason. When they were rained out, he went to McDonalds and had french fries for lunch.
  • When he picked daddy up from work, he was already asleep, and at some point along the ride a squirrel climbed in our trunk. When ian woke up to look for the squirrel daddy said he heard in the trunk, it turned out to be a brand new bicycle that had snuck in there.

That’s a whole lot of fun for a single day.

Random Play


2010.02.16-OMGFlipCity.06.jpgJust thought I would throw up some random play pictures to show what we’ve been keeping occupied with this past winter.

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