Friday, September 12, 2014

Cutie With a Haircut

Jude got his haircut today and he is looking so dang cute!  hope everyone is having a happy Friday!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

More Fun in the Sun


We are having the best time in California, we are sad to have to leave tomorrow.  But all good things must come to am end.  Jude is going to be such a pain next week when he is adjusting back to our central time zone along with no more limitless juice boxes and grandparents spoiling him, no beach, etc.  Hopefully I can come up with some fun stuff to do.  Yesterday we went to the San Diego zoo, which was amazing.  Seeing the pandas was probably my favorite part.  You will have to wait till we get home for pictures from that, they are on a different camera. Here are just a few from the last day or two.  I wish everyday was vacation!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Life's a beach

We are on vacation right now in sunny California, visiting the in laws.  We got here Friday afternoon and don't have to go back to real life till Wednesday.  It's been an awesome trip so far starting with the smoothest flight we've ever had with Jude.  It was a direct flight, which we haven't managed to do before with him,mdo that itself made for a much easier time.  Also this was our first time flying where he hasn't just on our laps, we had the whole row to ourselves.  To prepare for the flight we went to Target and raided all of the dollar stuff we thought he'd be interested in and able to do in his seat.  We got coloring books, small cars, silly putty, ABC and shape flash cards, tons and tons of little snacks and some weird stuff that might get his attention if all else failed like paper clips and post it notes.  We also got a few sticker books where the stickers are repositionable and they are sort of activity books where they complete the pattern and stuff like that.  We got those from Michaels, Jude is crazy about them so I highly recommend them if you have a toddler and need a sitting still activity.  We also made sure the ipad was loaded with cartoons and toddler games.  So with all of that he was a happy and entrained boy through the whole three hour flight, hurray!

So far we have been spending lots of time at the beach, for sure Jude and my favorite thing to do.  We have also been playing with the crazy amount of toys the grandparents have gotten him like a big crazy power wheel and a remote control car, nerf guns, and more.  Jude is so spoiled!  We have more adventures scheduled for tomorrow, so lots of pictures to come.  The new header photo was taken this morning on the beach.  Happy boy!
Our adventures so far-



-Liz 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mr. Itty Bitty

Jude had his 2 1/2 year check up yesterday and the results are in!  He clocks in at 26lbs which puts him in the 11% for weight and I can't remember exactly how tall he is but he is in the 16% for height.  So yeah, our guy is a small guy.  But, the doctor thinks he is perfectly healthy, and he is growing, so everything is all good with that.  And no other issues, so we got a clean bill of health, always good.
-Liz 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

One Year Cancer Free!


Today marks the one year anniversary of the five hour surgery that made me cancer free.  Wow, how crazy to be on the other side of this!  My sweet wife ordered me a box of warm, freshly baked cookies from a local business here that delivers them fresh, so nice.  And we are having a big party on Saturday to celebrate.  I'm so thankful to be here, to have my beautiful family and so many loving friends.  My little brother designed me a pretty cool invitation to my party (the other side says "she defeated death and now she's ready to party!), here it is for your viewing pleasure along with some random pics.  More updates on toddler life another day!
Someone likes helping mom cook and someone really really loves homemade icing!!
-Liz 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Potty Training Continued

Well we are a week into potty training and I have to say it's going well.  On the first day I used a pull up once only to realize that Jude can pee in them just like a diaper with us none the wiser, so those are out and it's 100% underware if he is awake.  The first few days were lots of accidents, but. It nearly as many as I expected.  He fought with us about it and threw fits about not wanting to sit on the potty, which was frustrating.  But now a week later he is pretty good about it and hardly ever throws over it.  Yesterday he didn't poop, so he had 0 accidents!  And over the last two or three days the only accidents he has had have been pooping.  So he still hasn't pooped in the potty, but hopefully that will come with time.  We tried to bribe him by saying he would get a new car if he pooped in the potty but it didn't work despite how he tried.  I think he just doesn't quite understand how the pooping thing works yet.  He also isn't telling us when he needs to go, we just take him every 30-40 minutes.  Again, I'm hoping soon he starts telling us he needs to go.  I have a pretty cute picture of him sitting on the potty but I don't think he'd ever forgive me for putting that on the internet, so I'll save it for future girlfriends, haha.
-Liz 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Potty Time

Jude I think is finally ready to take the plunge into potty training.  For the last several weeks he has been telling us if he has pooped and has been pretty obsessed with talking about people pooping.  He will also on occasion tell us when he is wet.  We tried potty training a few months ago, but after a day or two it was clear that he wasn't ready.  So we layed off and now as of yesterday afternoon are back on the potty train.  We would have started a little sooner but we had a vacation to Oklahoma last week to visit family and friends and meet our new adorable nephew.  It was a wonderful visit and so getting back to real life plus potty training has been a bit rough.

But so far the training is going well.  Yesterday we started after his nap because he had "school" that morning.  He peed in the potty three times and had no accidents and was in underware all afternoon/evening.  We are going to keep doing diapers at bedtime till he seems ready for that.  Then this morning so far he has peed in the potty four times and is in underware, no accidents yet.  We are giving him one fruit snack for every success as he is crazy for them and no longer normally gets them due to his obsession.  I'm worried about him pooping, but oh well, he will learn.  He isn't always happy about going to sit on the potty, he cries and throws a tiny fit most of the time, but he quickly calms down and does the deed.  Fingers crossed for success!  And any tips or encouragement accepted! 
-Liz