Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Announcing Cheese Puff

The name of the blog fits again! We are expecting baby #3 -- due in late February.

We don't have a scanner, so I don't have the first ultrasound to show. I do have a surprisingly big belly for only being 14 weeks, but I would rather not take a picture of it.

We have decided to nickname this baby Cheese Puff. It's a little out there, but Little Elvis actually had a hand in it.

Several months ago, he told me that he wanted to give Baby Plum to my parents and have a baby sister instead. He said he would call the new baby Cheese -- which is sweet, because cheese is favorite food.

We attempted just calling the baby Cheese, but it didn't feel right. Bob decided that Cheese Puff sounded sweet, and the baby was about that size at the time.

Little Elvis is excited. At first, he kept saying he wanted a girl. I told him there was a chance the baby could be another boy. He took this news pretty well.

Anyway, that's my excuse for being very sporadic these past few weeks. This pregnancy has been much, much harder than my first two. It's getting better, though.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Just like Daddy

Baby Plum love, love, LOVES his daddy. He will put up with me during the day. But if Daddy's around, he doesn't have love for anyone else.

He's been running around with Bob's shirts for a few weeks now. He likes to carry them around the house, and leave them for me to trip on. Well, I'm sure that's not what he intends...

Last week, he upped his game: he wanted me to put Daddy's shirt on him.

"How do I look?"


Baby Plum really wanted to wear one of Bob's clean shirts that he wears to work. I talked him into the t-shirt.
He looked like a little monk to me. It lasted for about 3 minutes. He's done this a couple of times since then, but he seems happiest wearing his big brother's t-shirts. They're easier to move around in.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Football fans

Football season has begun, and both boys seem to enjoy the games.

Although you probably couldn't tell by this picture. Little Elvis is so expressive! I forget why he was fussing. This is typically how the backseat of the car looks -- Little Elvis fussing (and me fussing right back) while Baby Plum sucks his thumb and takes it all in.

About 2 minutes later, if that. Oh to be little again, and get over my anger so quickly.

They get to play with other kids at the football games and usually have a blast. They also usually sleep so well.

At the last game, Baby Plum kept running up and hugging Little Elvis from behind. Little Elvis, being the affectionate child that he is, had no problem with this. I wish I had my camera handy for these moments. But they wouldn't last long enough for me to pull it out, turn it on and wait for it to be ready to take a picture.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Little Elvis says "plenty" about school

Little Elvis will not tell me about his school days. He will answer at most one question -- usually pertaining to lunch -- and then he informs me that he will not talk about school anymore.

I've been told it's a boy thing. On the first day of school, he told me, "I've told you plenty, and I'm not telling you anymore."

He still talks about other things though. A few days ago, he was all about buried treasure, so we buried some "treasure" and drew a map. Here he's digging in the garden bed.
He found the treasure! I sealed in a zipper bag, because I figured having dirt on his treasure would not be good.
He's also rediscovered Buzz Lightyear again.
He had to dress up to watch his movie.


I did get something out of him about school last night. He told me that he didn't have any friends yet, but that he would. I'm not sure what to make of it. I would think he would have buddies, but I know that he can be overwhelming in his excitement for things. I would love to talk to his teacher, but I don't have a number. I hate to be THAT parent that worries over everything, but I guess I am. I always had issues making friends when I was older, and I hate for him to have those problems. Especially since he's not shy.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Baby Plum mugs for the camera

Baby Plum loves the camera as much as Little Elvis used to. It's a lot of fun to have smiling of pictures of at least one of the boys. (I'm tired of the cheesy face!)


Baby Plum enjoying a snack of a banana and a juice box we got in the mail. He loves to sit on our step stool when he eats. (To me, his hair looks like Trixie's from the comic strip Hi and Lois.)
This is a kind of action shot. I'm pretty sure I have one of Little Elvis around this age that's similar. I will have to do some digging to find it.
Baby Plum is very into clothes these days. He picks out his shirt and shoes most mornings. His favorite shoes are his Sunday shoes. I'm letting him wear them, though I do try to dress him a little more nicely. He also loves to wear his big brother's and Daddy's shirts. He picked out his cape for this ensemble. I made it for Little Elvis' birthday party back in February. It barely fits now.


He's a funny little boy. We're having a good time together.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Random photo catch-up

I've been so behind in posting. Here are some pictures from a few weeks ago.
Both boys enjoying snacks at our little table.
This would have been the best picture, but he looked away right when the picture finally snapped.
"What do you wanna do today?" Climb on Mommy and Daddy's bed and listen to NPR. Don't understand why Phineas and Ferb haven't tackled this fun project yet.

They don't have many matching outfits, so I decided to enjoy the last day before school by dressing them alike. Little Elvis was so pleased he wanted to wear the outfit again 2 days later. Baby Plum likes to wear his brother's shirts when he can, so I'm assuming he enjoyed it as well.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Another book review is posted!

Another review that I've done as a BlogHer Book Club Reviewer has been posted!


BlogHer Book Club Reviewer


This review is about "The Kid," the follow-up novel to "Push" by Sapphire. (The movie "Precious" was based on "Push.")

This was a hard book to read, and a hard review to write. Please let me know what you think!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Security blankets

Baby Plum has his thumb, but he's expanding his repertoire. The picture isn't doing the crying fit justice.


He's standing guard at the washing machine, because he saw me put his blanket in the washing machine. He took his diaper off during bedtime the night before and his blanket was soaked the next morning, and I had to wash it.


Baby Plum's holding the stuffed car that he also sleeps with, but it's not nearly as important as the blanket. Little Elvis tried to offer Baby Plum another stuffed car. It didn't work. Thank goodness, a fluffy, dry blanket was ready by naptime.
Baby Plum has also decided to start taking toys on trips. He just rediscovered Tad the Frog, and had to take him in the car, and then into Sam's. Tad also went with us to Kroger this morning. I'm fine with this, but wish he would pick a smaller toy. It's hard to buckle his car seat when he's holding that big frog.

Friday, August 12, 2011

This was 100% my fault

Yes, I did let him go to bed with a coloring book and purple marker. What was I thinking? I'm not 100% sure.

Although he is getting into coloring and drawing a lot more, the idea that he would turn it on himself didn't occur to me.

Until I walked back to his room an hour after bedtime to see what was going on. I didn't even have to turn on the light to see that something was up.

He was SO proud of himself. And since the marker was washable, I decided to just wait until the morning to clean it off. (I have experience washing marker markings off, since I've been known to let my coloring averse child color on me.)

Waiting until morning was a terrible idea. The ink sank in. We scrubbed, and he bawled. I told him that when he does this again (we all laughed at him, and I know it will happen again) to not draw on his eyes. Even though he tried to keep his eyes closed, it still seeped in. He was fine for the rest of the scrubdown.

Little Elvis looked like what I assume a leper might look like when we headed out that morning. A leper with a really bad case of pink eye. The people who asked seemed to really enjoy our crazy story.

Thank goodness we had a couple of days before he had to go back to school. I wrote a note to the teacher, because the backs of his knees are still pink, as are his armpits and belly button. Not sure if the teachers would see them, but they might be alarmed if they did. I didn't mention that I let him go to bed with a marker, or that I have been known to let him color on me. Figured they might think bad things if they knew that.

As for the coloring on me, I think that's over. He seems interested enough in coloring on his own now, without my encouragement.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

What to do without big brother?

Baby Plum had his first real day without his big brother on Tuesday. He wasn't quite sure what to do with himself.


First, he picked out his outfit (ok, just shirt.) It's a nightshirt that I'm sure is too big for him. He loves this shirt. He loves an Elmo guitar thingy that we have. He loves all of our Sesame Street books. We attempted to watch Sesame Street that morning. He is not a fan. We lasted about 5 minutes. I think I should try to tune in at the end for just the Elmo part. Maybe he'll like that.


We read. A lot. We also tried to re-enact some of the silly things he does with Little Elvis. Hiding in big brother's closet wasn't nearly as fun without him. Neither was listening to NPR (I'm quite serious. They like to lay in our bed and listen to the news.)
Then we found a small sheet of lots of little stickers. That was pretty fun.
Especially when Mommy added a Post-It to the mix.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

First day!

Today marks Little Elvis' first day of pre-K!


Doesn't he look big? Our area has a special pre-K program. It's a small program, so Little Elvis had to be assessed at the beginning of the summer. We were kind of excited when he was accepted.


I've had mixed emotions about the whole thing. There are pluses (it's free!) and minuses (all day, 5 days a week.) He's only 4. But, he LOVES school, and I've heard nothing but praise for the program.


Baby Plum and I walked him to class this morning. Little Elvis was very interested in the science center. (Daddy will be very proud!) His teacher seems super nice, and excited to have him in class.


One odd thing -- Little Elvis doesn't have THAT common of a name. Well, his actual name is pretty common, but we use his initials. There's another boy in his class with the exact same initials, and two other boys with very similar initials. Oh, that poor teacher. She asked me this morning if she should use Little Elvis' whole name, or if she could call him by his first name. I told her would be more likely to answer by his whole name, but would be confused if she called him by his true first name. We thought by going with initials that he wouldn't encounter this problem. Oh well.