Friday, June 27, 2014

More Summer Lovin'

Have I mentioned how much I love summer?!!  Okay, I know I have, and I'm sure you think I've killed this topic.  Yeah, I probably have, but oh well, cause we have like 6 more weeks of summer fun around these parts! --so be prepared for oodles more blog posts about how much fun we're having this summer!  (and, side note, I hope Patrick looks back on these posts one day and sees all of the fun he had with him mama and pops when he was 1 year old!)

So we took a quick afternoon trip down to my aunt Kate's lake house yesterday afternoon/evening.  We wanted to go see Goose (Patrick's great grandma), have dinner, and go for a quick swim before we had to head home.

Oh boy, did we have a blast!  First off, I just LOVE my underwater camera! (& some Lightroom editing :)--I feel like I get the coolest pics IN the pool!  Anyways, we had a blast at her lake--albeit very short time-wise--and I wanted to share some pics from our adventures down there!  I'm sure there will be plenty more before the weather turns chilly!  I just love her lake house.  So many awesome memories I have growing up there, and I can't wait for Patrick--and now Mike--to make their own too!  Anyways, before I stray too far down memory lane...here's the pics from yesterday!  Enjoy!


















Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Patrick Swims!

Proud mama moment: Patrick swimming under the water (with a little help from me!) AND retrieving a dive stick.  I'm one happy mama: this kid just LOVES the water and LOVES to swim under it!  Way to go buddy!  You make your mama beam over you!


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Patrick's 1st Fever

Well, it's official: 13.5 months, or exactly 414 days into Patrick's life, he came down with his first fever.  And, although I absolutely hate seeing him sick, I am so thankful and grateful that his first fever hit so late into his life.  But, since this is his first official "being sick", I figured I'd document (aka blog) it.

Yesterday was a crazy day: I actually had a tech meeting with some fellow teachers at 11am, and really needed to hit up Target before I met them and dropped Patrick off at my mom's.  Well, 9:30am rolled around and there was no sign of Patrick waking up.  Usually I'd let him snooze as long as he wanted, but I had places to go and I really needed him to get up.  So, I woke him up--which was my first mistake.  Never wake a sleeping kid.  I know this, but my Target-urge overtook me!  Patrick is NOT a happy camper when he is woken up, so when he woke up all angry and upset, I figured it was just that.  I even said out loud to myself when I got him out of his bed, "Dude, you're kinda hot" but just thought he was warm from sleeping--since he seems to be a heavy sleeper like his pops.

Well, we went to Target, and Patrick, who usually is great--albeit a chatterbox--during any shopping excursion, was exceptionally good and quiet.  He also kept yawning, and I just thought he was tired cause I woke him up early (WRONG).

I dropped him off at my mom's and I went to my meeting.  My mom sent me a video of him climbing the stairs (first time!--which, oops, I never shared!  Haha--better go Instagram that!!) and then, shortly later, she text me and said he was feeling really hot and didn't eat much lunch.  Well, my meeting was wrapping up, so I called her and told her I was heading home to meet her before his nap.

As soon as I got home, I could tell Patrick was not himself--very clingy, kinda whiny, and definitely hot.  The temp said he had a 100.8 fever.  His first one!  But greattttt.  This kid is never sick!  And we were suppose to pack up and head to my aunt's lake house when he woke up from his nap and Mike got home.  Welp, those plans got trumped by little dude's sickliness.  I called my aunt and told her we'd take a raincheck on coming down, gave Patrick some ibuprofen and laid him down for a nap, hoping his fever would magically disappear with a nap.


Well, a 4-hour nap later, he woke up hot as could be and still with a 101 fever.  Greattttt.  Poor little guy.  Luckily nothing else was bothering him: his ears seemed fine, no throwing up or #2 issues, and no rashes or anything like that.  He just had a fever and wanted to be held, which I took advantage of (cause he NEVER wants to snuggle!).


So our little man got a ton of TLC last night and a lot of snuggles, including a good 45-minutes on top of Gramps watching the Cardinals game before bath time.


Even bath time wasn't good for him, which was a SHOCKER.  He usually loves his baths and could stay in there for HOURS.  Last night he didn't run naked from his room down the hallway like he usually does (Mike had to carry him), and then when he plopped him in the tub he started to cry.  I couldn't believe it!  Baths cure EVERYTHING!  He really must be sick.  We made Scooter come in to cheer him up, and although there were no smiles, the alligator tears definitely stopped and he was happy to have his furry brother in there with him.


It was so strange seeing Patrick like this: whiny, mopey, and clingy--things he usually wants nothing to do with.  He didn't want to play, he just wanted to cuddle, suck his thumb, and hold his beloved cloth diaper.  He did eat a really good dinner and drank water and milk throughout the night, so I was hopeful this was just a 24-hour bug and it was going to pass.  Otherwise, I would be calling the doctor's office in the morning to see if they could squeeze us in (because I didn't want to chance not taking him and then have to wait till Monday to get him seen--or have to go to Urgent Care (boooo) if he wasn't getting any better through the weekend).

I put him to bed about 7:45pm last night and he slept till about 8:45am this morning!  I could tell immediately when he woke up that he was feeling better because he was "singing", as he usually does in the morning.  Sure enough, when I went in there he was standing in his bed giggling and excited to see me.  I got him changed and took his temp and it was back down to normal!  Woo hoo!


So we decided to celebrate the first official day of summer by first snapping this adorable picture of Scooter catching some rays on his Beggin' towel...


...and then heading to the pool for some serious swim time before lunch and nap time!  Patrick was totally back to his normal self.  Swimming under the water (and notice the bubbles coming out of his nose!  He's learned to blow air out (instead of in!) when he's under!)...


Going through the water wall...





And loooooooving the lazy river with mom and dad!






Although this was the little man's first official time being sick, it definitely wasn't too bad.  And I am so thankful that he bounced back super quick and we got to enjoy a fun day at the pool--and no trips to the doctor's on the weekend!  Woo hoo!





Monday, June 16, 2014

The Shopping Cart.

This shopping cart (which was a gift from Uncle Ben and Aunt Erin for Patrick's 1st birthday) has brought more laughter to this house than any other toy (well, the police car is a close second).  I mean, I cannot handle how freaking funny it is to watch Patrick walk straight-legged behind this cart...and then, throw Scooter in it, and I'm dying laughing.  I know, I'm partial, it's my kid, but come on, how funny is this?!!


I've watched this video at least 100 times.  Each and every time I can't help but giggle.  Reckless abandonment at its finest.

This one is pretty funny too, by the way.

Oodles of Swimming

It is no secret if you've been following my blog for a while: we love to swim...and my kid loves to swim.  Wayyyyyy back, in what feels like forever ago, in January Patrick got his first big taste of the pool when he started swim school/lessons.  He LOVED it.  So, as soon as summer started, we signed him up for swim lessons at our local pool.


Patrick had his first lesson today.  It was definitely different than what he was use to at his swim school--and what we've been doing in the pool with him when we just take him (i.e. swimming under water, jumping in and going under and coming up on his own, etc...)--it was more of "let's touch the water!" or "let's kick our feet and make bubbles!"  Yeah, he's past that.  Although, he definitely didn't follow the teacher's directions (he is only 13 months old...most of the kids in his class are closer to 2 than 1), I felt like he kept looking at me like, "When are we going to go under the water?!!"  So we kinda did our own thing--which was easy, cause there were like 5 times as many kids in the class than were in his swim school one.  Don't get my wrong--I'm definitely not complaining, it's just different.  Plus, for what we paid for 2 straight weeks of lessons at our local pool is what we paid for one (yes, ONE) lesson at the swim school.  Patrick's buddy Emma is in his class too--which gives him some friend time (and gives me some time to catch up with Emma's mom!).  And, there's tot time in the baby pool for 30 minutes after swim lessons, so we get some extra play time in before we have to leave and go eat lunch and take a nap.  So, we are actually really happy with these swim lessons!


We have also been trying to get to the pool as much as we can--which isn't as easy as it sounds, because the pool doesn't open until noon, Patrick usually naps from 1-4pm, and then we usually have something going on in the evenings when Mike gets home from work.

Well, today we didn't have ANYTHING going on once Mike got home--this is a rarity!  So we took advantage, invited our friends Lisa and Logan in, and we hit up the pool to go late afternoon swimming.  It was awesome.





We had so much fun with Logan and Lisa (we hope they come in again real soon to swim again!) and Patrick just loved swimming all over the pool and then chillin' in the lazy river (mom and dad's favorite part! --these double tubes they have are AH-MAZING: one side has a bottom so the kid just sits there and doesn't fall through!).









Patrick also unleashed this new trick where he would stand on my hands.  Um, impressive, right?!!  This kid has some serious lower-body strength.  Maybe he'll be an Olympic gymnast. 




Anyways, I've over-grammed these pics already (sorry for those who follow me on instagram and have already seen these...my badddd), and probably over-killed explaining our love for swimming and how much we just LOVE summer.  I sure hope it slows down; I can't believe June is already halfway over! (wahhhhh!)
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