Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Where have you been

Wow, Long time no blog - Let's just jump in:

Saturday was MT's birthday party and honestly, It was a blast! I enjoy watching others enjoy themselves. It was at a park and believe it or not, No one melted away. It was under a shaded shelter, and On the gulf, so there was a bit of a breeze. My dad and I made pork, chicken, rice, and beans for a and had all the fixins' for a build your own burrito bar. I am so thrilled with the way everything turned out.

We ate as soon as most arrived. Then after lunch, I had bubble machines and gave each child their own bubble wand to help make more bubbles:

After that, We had CAKE! I ordered a big cake for all of us to eat, but made MT a monkey smash cake:

Here are 2 of my fav pictures from the day. It sums up How I think he felt on his special day: (can you see that grin under all that frosting mess?)
Seriously, It was a great day. He had a nap before the party - despite MIL's efforts to soil that plan. MIL wanted desperately to see MT before the party but I left E with very specific instructions and only 1 task .... Make sure there is an uninterrupted morning nap. After the party was over, E took MT home again for another nap because we just about wore him out! I asked MIL to help clean up (keeping her away so there could be another uninterrupted nap) This time, it didn't go off that well. MIL insisted on coming over and even though instructed to leave a sleeping baby sleeping - Managed to indirectly wake up said sleeping baby with her 4 yr old that honestly needs disciplining in a MAJOR WAY ... but that is all for another post - when I stop being so angry at the drama that she brings my way ... Let's just say, E had to respectfully ask her to leave. It got that bad ... Started by needing a few adult beverages to "calm her nerves" for her grandson's bday party at 11 o' clock .... ..... ............
Whoops, Off track .... Did I mention that a few days ago, MT decided that he could walk! Like clear a room and go where he wants to? He is still crawling too but he throws in walking also. He is very proud of himself! I need to get it on video.
Today was MT's 1 yr check up. It was a great overall appointment. He s weighing almost 22 lbs and measuring 30.5 inches tall. They tested his hemoglobin and apparently he is borderline on the cut off for iron supplements. They prescribed some iron drops, but I am going to need to do some research on this. He was only .4 away and I didn't know we had to do that this appointment or I would have been more prepared. I spent 30 mins with the Dr discussing the upcoming appointment that is needed to give MT a few vaccines that I am unsure of. I was extremely grateful for his time and discussion. He was very nice and informative with answering all my questions. He was thrilled to know that we are down to 1 bottle and says eventually we will have to stop it. I told him that he really doesn't even drink it, He just likes the comfort of the sucking. He told me to put water in it and see what happens. I may do that.
MT calls other wee ones "kids" he will not say baby. He must like the K sound. He walks around saying Kitty kitty and Kids all the time. If he hears children playing, he will look at me and say Kids! Over and over until he sees them. He is also saying: See, Dadee, Mum, Num num num (food) , mam, mam, mam (milk/water), He will not do any of the sign language so I quit. But he is developing his own language and I am trying to make sure that when he says on of those made up words of his, I repeat the real word in hopes that one day, he will get it. We have a doll baby that we have been trying to teach him gentle, easy, hug the baby and such so when our new one arrives he will be somewhat prepared. I dunno if it will work or not, but I am trying.
Sorry, I have been sparse on my commenting lately. I am still reading in between it all. I have also been busy and the nausea is back in full swing again. (I am 15 weeks) Hoping it all gets easier soon again


Katie said...

Farah, I have to tell you, I actually got tears in my eyes when I saw MT going to town with all of that frosting on his face. He looked SO happy. That monkey cake is the same one I keep coming back to and the food looked amazing. . . made me feel badly that we are going to do easy, peasy stuff - all premade!

I am sorry for the MIL drama. It always kills me when our families have to insert their current melodrama into important events. My mom is already revving up for Will's special day - in August.

I am also sorry that you are still feeling nauseated. Hope for easier times soon.

Cibele said...

I saw the pics at FB. It was a fantastic party, the cake you made was so adorable and looked so happy!!!!!!! I love the first pic of the 3 ( I mean 4) of you. Good job walking MT!!!!!!!

eden said...


The best kind of bar, ev-ah.

MT looks UTTERLY adorable. And, ummmm ... your MIL!? That's so ridiculous it's almost funny.



My_Herstory said...

Awww those pictures are awesome! MT looks great! Glad to hear he's walking!! :)
Sorry you're still feeling nauseated, but happy 15 weeks!!

Heather said...

He is SO CUTE! I can't get over how big he is!! I still think of him as a baby - but he is so grown now.

Hope the MIL situation calms down.

Caro said...

The party looks great. As for your MIL - ugh!

Jen said...

Farah your party looks great,and diyou say your MIL has a 4 yr old?

I love your monkey cake so much!!

And, as far as the signing goes, if it's something you want to do, it does take them awhile to be able to actually do it. If you wanted to do it, just do the sign when you say the word back to him. As soon as the fine motor skills kick in, he will imitate you. Usually b/t 12-13 months

Amanda said...

I am so sorry the nausea is being a PITA again. I truly hope that it goes away soon. Tomorrow always has the possibility of being better!

Seriously...you're MIL is just...I mean...grrrrrr...ugh! It's not about her! And it seems the 4yr old is on a fast track to being worse than the other girl. MIL will regret this in a few years, I'm sure.

Your little man looks like he had a blast at his party!!! I don't think his cake could have been any cuter. Seriously, I may have to "borrow" that idea in 6 months.

I can't believe MT is walking. I bet he grins from ear to ear! It's so cute when they do something that makes them proud. I can't wait to see the video!!!

I also like the idea of a burrito bar...hmmmmmm

Anonymous said...

WOW, seriously looks like an amazing party! Lucky boy :)

Nausea friggin sucks, I should know, you'll get to the end of it eventually.


Road Blocks and Roller Coasters said...

Happy 1st Birthday, MT! Looks like the party went beautifully--YAY! And holy crap, you're 15 weeks already??!!! Time is just flying by...

Glad that all is well and keeping my fingers crossed that the nausea abates for good very, very soon! ((HUGS))

Anonymous said...

You're like Super Mom! Seriously! All I wanted to do when I was 15 weeks pregnant was SLEEP. :) I'm glad the birthday party was fun, I'm sure that made it all worth it. Even the MIL drama.

B's never had his iron tested, but our dr has us give him those Enfamil liquid vitamins once a day while he's breastefed - his are Poly-vi-sol with Iron. If MT ends up needing some, maybe that would work? B wrinkles his nose - I'm sure they taste awful, but they seem to do the trick.

Hope the nausea wears off soon!! (Are you finding out if this monkey is a he or a she?)

Jen said...

Man, now that I know there was a burrito bar, I am even more sad that I couldn't come. Plus, it looks like the most fun ever.

Ah, in-laws. That's all I have to say about that.

Nicky said...

Happy birthday, MT! Cute cake, cute toddler (yep, toddler!) having fun with the cake. Glad things went well! (Ignoring the MIL, ignoring the MIL, ignoring the MIL....)

Photogrl said...

Something must be in the air with family drama...it's bad over here, too.


LOVE the family picture, and it looks like the party was a great success! I'll have to remember the "build your own burrito" idea!

Adriane said...

Great post. Sounds like the party was perfect - the pics are fantastic! Look at all that hair! Can't believe he iS WALKING! Hello, Big Boy!

Bummer that you are feeling nauseated again. Isn't that supposed to be gone in the second trimester? :-) Hang in there, sister.

AJ's mommy said...

A burrito bar is a fabulous idea.. I may have to steal that idea if you don't mind :)

The MIL drama I can relate to more than you will ever know. That is all I will say about that.

MT is such an adorable thing... so glad the party was such a success.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe your MIL.

I am so glad the party was a success!

Elizabeth said...

happy birthday MT! What an awesome party! It all look so colorful and super-fun! Sorry about the MIL drama :-(

Geohde said...

Happy birthday to MT. Time flies :)



Dreamer4agift said...

What a wonderful day! The food looked amazing too. Glad it went well.

Christy said...

I'm so glad that you are back! I've really missed you here, but glad to have been keeping up with you on FB.

What an awesome party!

I'm sorry you aren't feeling great, and that you have MIL drama, but hopefully everything will level out soon.

Mel said...

What a beautiful time! The photos are amazing, you did SUCH a good job!! Wish I could have been there.
He is so adorable, I cannot believe it's already been a year.

MIL drama? Tell me all about it. Story of my damn life.

ms. c said...

Wow, the pics of the party look fantastic! You went all out. The cake is just amazing and seeing Austin enjoy it is priceless.
I can't believe he is such a big boy! Walking! Talking! WOW.

hope548 said...

I am so glad that all enjoyed MT's first birthday, especially him! He looked so happy! I hope the nausea lets up soon.

Barb said...

Oh please don't tell me that about the nausea. I have my suspicion that mine's hanging on too. While I have longer periods of ok time and a slightly wider range of acceptable foods, when it's bad now, it's worse than ever. Ugh. Please let it go away!!! We're going to have babies so close together, and I'm so excited about that!!!! :D

Btw.. you are an awesome mama.

Jill, Mommy of Tanner and Josie, our Clomid baby. :o) said...

You guys are all so sweet!!!

I am still in denial that MT is 1. :o)

Looks like your party went well even if your MIL was a turd. :o)


Delenn said...

It sounds like such a wonderful time. Sorry about the MIL drama.

Wow, he is just growing and growing!

sara said...

Wow oh wow how far you and the family have come! Happy birthday MT and happy 15 weeks to you!. I hope the nausea goes away soon and that things continue with smooth sailing ahead. I remember just seeing those ultrasound pictures of MT and now he's a year...holy cow!

JJ said...

So glad it all went so well--and I just LOVE those pictures--so sweet!