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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Walking...with a little dancing

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Cash started walking a few weeks ago and is now really starting to get his groove on. I finally had a chance to document it but right as he started, he had to stop and do some dancing since Backyardigans had just come on tv. I guess he's really a toddler now.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wrong side of the crib

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The past few days Cash has been waking up on the "wrong side of the crib" as I like to call it. Usually it begins around 4:30am with some screeches that quiet down after a couple of minutes. Then about a half hour later, full on crying and grunting. Cash has been having some digestive issues on and off since he started drinking whole milk full time and for some reason it seems to be waking him up in the morning, poor little guy. However, the irony of the matter is that nothing will soothe him until I show up with his morning sippy of milk which he then proceeds to drink very slowly while Ross and I nestle up against him and try to get a minute more of sleep.

Hurricane Irene

We're back. Sorry for the long hiatus but surgery recovery and hurricane prep took over our lives for the last few weeks. This weekend we hunkered down with lots of supplies and a few houseguests (including a puppy!) but fared pretty well. Lots of tree debris but we were one of the few houses around that didn't lose power or have a huge tree fall down so we take it as a win. Cash loved having our friends' puppy around - they were out of town and another friend who stayed with us was dogsitting. It pretty much solidified our thinking that we are going to get a family dog in the near future. So another win for the weekend, at least for me and Cash...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

14 Months

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

This past Friday, on Cash's 14 month birthday, he had surgery to get ear tubes. We spent the morning at an outpatient surgery clinic where Cash was put under anesthesia and then went into an extremely quick (as in 5 minutes quick) procedure where they inserted tiny plastic tubes into his eustacian canals which will lengthen them and make it so that he doesn't get recurrent ear infections. He did great and we are hoping that the surgery will help him to not be constantly sick and in pain.

So 14 months marked what we hope is a turning of the page on sickness into a new phase of health in Cash's young life. It also marked another milestone since the evening before his surgery he started walking! And not just a couple of steps here and there but full on, crossing the room walking. We were lucky that we were on Skype with Mollie and Old Grand-Dad at the time so they got to see the first big steps. While he's not motoring around just yet, he seems to become more confident by the day and it will probably be no time before he is running around the house and driving us crazy.

What else is Cash doing? He's doing a lot of pointing, especially towards our neighbors house and their dogs, his wagon, and the swing in our backyard. He's also starting to sound out a few more words - the other night while reading we worked on "cow" and "cat". They kind of sounded the same, but it was a valiant effort. Cash is still a little guy and all of 20 pounds and he has a head full of hair. He started at a new day care this month that is two minutes away from home and has been christened with the nickname of "little Matthew McConaghey" because of his curly golden locks. Ross and I think it is fitting. He's still adjusting to the new day care - we have crying sessions each morning when we arrive and as Mommy leaves but I'm told they are getting shorter each day and when I pick him up he looks like he's having a great time. Overall we are happy that he is closer and that the commute is much quicker so we get more time in the morning and evening with him.

Swimming lessons ended with a bang last week, and by bang I mean that Cash pooped in the pool and cleared it out for the rest of the day. Even though we would probably be ok for Cash to go back for the last couple of lessons with cotton in his ears, I've decided that we'll probably just cut our losses until next year and start attending music hour at the Children's Museum instead. Much less chance of a major poo-mergency happening and also much more of a chance for Mommy to make some friends instead of getting dirty looks.

Overall Cash is doing great at 14 months and having lots of fun. Can't wait to see what month 15 brings!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

TV Time

Thursday, August 11, 2011
I've been trying to introduce Cash to the wonderful world of tv for awhile now. I assume most parents try to limit the amount of tv their children watch but I embrace it. Not that I'm trying to turn Cash into a couch potato, but I feel like a few favorite shows is a good thing. Watching Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers and Pinwheel were essential parts of my childhood and I definitely want that for Cash. Also, sometime Mommy just needs a half hour break...

So I started scouting out some shows on NickJr and after some misses with the likes of Handy Manny and Chuggington, I think I finally found a good one. Every day at 4:30, Cash and I watch Backyardigans. There's lots of singing and dancing and cute stories with fluffy looking characters. When the theme song comes on, Cash screeches with delight and starts swaying back and forth to the music. It's his current favorite and for the half hour that it makes him happy and somewhat calm, it's mine too.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Morning at the beach

Monday, August 1, 2011
We finally made it back to the beach this past Sunday morning. It's been awhile since we made it out to Wrightsville - we try to go early in the mornings but with swim lessons and church it hasn't happened in awhile. However, this Sunday we felt the need for one and decided to go. Usually Cash gets so covered with sand that we can only stay for one to two hours or else he gets to the point of having sand in his mouth and his eyes and yesterday was no exception. He just really loves sand and loves having it all over him. Since we went to the public access area with no showers it made for an interesting ride home.

Swim Lessons

Cash has been taking swim lessons at the Y for the past month and he really loves it! He took to the water right away and loves splashing around, kicking and bobbing up and down. He's learned how to kick, reach and pull and quickly go under water.

We've had a great time together so I thought it was time for Dad to get in on the fun so I could finally take some video of the the experience.