since there were a few of us together, we decided to do a little birthday celebration for lil miss. a tad bit early, but she didn't seem to mind:
a sweet friend made her another cake a lot closer to her birthday, and she loved it! the pictures are still on dad's phone, tho...
we didn't think she really cared what day we had cake until the morning of her actual birthday. she marched right up to mama's side of the bed asking when the minnie mouse cupcakes were going to be started. hmmm. what minnie mouse cupcakes?? the minnie mouse cupcakes with minnie mouse faces on them. that's what i want to have today for my birthday. oh my, lil miss. what about the flower cupcakes we had at your party? i liked those, but i want minnie ones today...
first, there was surgery to move his eye muscles. the best part is that so far, he hasn't needed glasses. we go back in may to see if that's gonna be the case long-term or not, but we're thrilled that the lil guy can see soooo much better and doesn't have nearly as much trouble with his eyes crossing. one will still occasionally cross on him, but he can get it back under control without too much effort. a huge improvement, for sure!
then, there was his first dental visit. he did so awesome, and so did his hygenist. she showed him a little video and set him right at ease. but, the kiddo grinds his teeth, and as a result has a wholebunchofcavities. eek. this mama just about cried, not because of the ka-ching i was hearing in my head (ok, maybe just a little because of that) - but mostly because dental procedures are on my hatehatehate list. not very many things make me sweat that much.
we've still got those fillings to look forward to... and, i'm pretty sure he's forgotten all about it. the dentist recommended waiting until the next procedure was over, though, because he said in a lot of kids it stops or reallllly slows the grinding. aaaannnd, it's another procedure requiring sedation so that they can do them all at once. so, while we're trying not to think about fillings, we proceed with the next planned thing:
another surgery. tonsils and adenoids came out on this round.
since he didn't remember much of the eye surgery just a month prior, he wasn't a bit scared this time. we knew recovery would be a lot harder and longer, though.
he woke up so sweet, which was a welcome change from the first (and more normal!) recovery. he was pretty uncomfy, though, for several days. we were lucky that gram could come because he loved having her around on those yucky days!
thanks to his aunt & uncle for the balloon man - and to everyone who sent little packages, called, and thought about us. :) he was pretty impressed by all the attention!
mom and dad are super happy that having them out has helped him so much. since he's been pretty much healed, we haven't heard a single snore, saw a drop of drool, or wiped a drip of allergy ick. it's probably too early to tell for sure if it'll solve all his congestion problems, but this is probably the longest he's been able to go without allergy meds in the springtime!
the next post will be more fun, i promise! it includes pictures of the rest of the time gram was here...
we've been needing a different arrangement for toys, games, albums, and books in this room. there just wasn't enough space for everything to be all put away at the same time. and, i'm not gonna show ya any pictures of the table because it was always piled high with stuff that didn't really have a home.
a little shopping here and there, and at last we found some shelving at lowe's. it took quite a while to settle on anything because my one (ha, you believe that?) :) requirement was that i wanted them to be at least 12 inches deep so that scrapbook albums would fit, as well as board game boxes. turned out to be trickier than expected to find something deeper than 6 inches!
lil guy was happy to get the process started.
and mama was happy to have more storage!
things have been constantly moving around since the shelves were put up, but that's probably part of why i like them so much. a ton of stuff fits, and there's even a little extra room!
you think i should paint those crates at some point? i'm trying to decide on a color...
a big accomplishment is that the "project table" can now be used for projects - like this, this, playdoh, drawing, and coloring - instead of being a junk pile!
the bookshelves joined their big cousin in the living room, so that wall by the fireplace feels a lot less cluttery too.
thanks to my guys for doing a good job of putting those shelves up!