>> Thursday, November 12, 2009

And by mostest I mean mostest germs. We invited the Bakers over for food and football on Sunday since the girls had such a good time the last week and happy kids equal happy parents (aka a moment of free adult time!). We cooked out, my hubby had way to much to drink and then proceeded to use words that no toddler should ever hear. So all in all a standard Sunday night. They left with me completely mortified at my husbands dirty drunken sailor mouth and Lily went to bed. As mentioned yesterday, later that night did not go as well for me. I was quite sick.

But being the good friend that I am I could not let them leave the house without the bug that was about to bring me down. Whereas I was the only one in my house that got the bug I was surprised to see an email from the Bakers yesterday afternoon.

"We want to thank you Eads family for sharing your home, food and awesome NFL football package with us Sunday night. We, however, are not thankful for the dystentary-like virus we no doubtedly picked up from you all."    The Bakers

So not only did Michael teach their child (and mine) naughty words, we also infected them with a horrible virus. And their whole house got it....oops. Hey it was all in a good fun. They are all recovering nicely at home. Sorry guys!

Reason #1097 as to why I suck



>> Wednesday, November 11, 2009

This weekend we went to the NC State Homecoming at Carter Finley. It was CoOp appreciation weekend so NCSU was kind enough to host a tailgate and supply us with tickets in the Murphy Wendell Box. Before we started our CoOp activiities we stopped by the Chi Omega Alumni tailgate for a quick hello! They all made yummy food that we happily stuffed Lily with to make her happy until lunch time.

We stopped by a few more tailgates before heading in and then just ran into a few people like Dave and Phil.  That is why I love homecoming. A lot of people come from all around so you get to see a lot of college friends that weekend.

The tailgate at the Wendell Center had good food and it was interesting seeing the field from that angle. On one end it was nice because Lily got to run around in there since it was enclosed. On the other end that meant I couldn't watch the game. Because we weren't in the hustle and bustle of the crowd she was not entertained by the singing and cheering. Needless to say I was exhausted by halftime.

We spent a good thirty minutes walking around the "museum" part of the center taking pictures and reading about football history at NCSU. If you haven't taken the time to go through this yet please do. It was really fun and we got some great pictures.

This is what is hanging over the entrance to the center. Just inside.

This is a picture of Lily and her Baby Daddy...and by Baby Daddy I mean Philip Rivers in the background!

I tried to get a "family" picture and this is what turned out. Thanks Michael! Just a shot of Lily trying to kill me with my ticket.

I had to give Mr Wuf some love while we were there! 
I tried to teach Lily the Wolfpack sign but was not as skillful as Uncle Craig was at the newborn stage

Maybe Lily will be a Wolfpack Cheerleader when she grows up!  It already looks like she is holding this chick on her shoulders. Don't worry Lily we were all bases when we cheered.

Or maybe the first female kicker??

Well Daddy sure would be handsome as a football player. Then both of your "daddies" could be athletes!

This was by far the best picture of the day....Look at her little hand!?!
Lily saying "#1"

It was nice to do a little something different and for once it resulted in a WOLFPACK WIN!

After a short nap we decided to take Lily for a night on the town to Monkey Joes and then out to dinner with Aunt Linda. Lily loved Monkey Joes. But it is tiring for Mommy and Daddy. I was sweating by the time it was over. She is not easy to tote around those bounce houses and it was CRAZY with kids. AAGGHHHH is the only word I can use to describe it. I am convinced I picked up a bug there as well. As I mentioned earlier..BLAH!

Poor Michael was struggling on this one. Lily doesn't seem to mind though. I left him solo since I was breaking into a sweat and hyperventilating from the amount of kids flying around me.

Rosy cheeked and playing hard

Having fun with Aunt Linda



Sick Times at Eadsmont High

I am convinced that I picked up a bug at Monkey Joe's this week (post upcoming). I know they advertise a sanitizing procedure, etc. but could I expect anything less from a bounce house full of five year olds? It is germ heaven. Mix the ideal atmosphere with the changing fall weather and you get what I hesitate to call a flu breeding ground! I don't want to say I got the flu or the swine flu but it might be a possibility.

Sunday night brought the vomiting followed by a day of bed rest and lack of nutrition. Thank god Lily went to daycare because Mama was in no shape to take care of her. I slept and faded in and out of misery most of Monday and only got out of bed at dinner to force down some Chicken Noodle soup Michael made for me. He was so sweet.

I woke up Tuesday a little weak and woozy from the day before but headed to work. I have hardly anytime off throughout the rest of the year so I had to force myself to go. I know it is people like me that spread this stuff. But I am more apt to say it is corporate America. I am still not 100% but today brought the cough and cold symptoms. But I would say my scale is skewed a bit since it couldn't be any worse than it was Sunday through Monday.

But I am jumping ahead of myself. Yesterday also was an injury day. I got a call on my way to daycare yesterday afternoon that Lily injured her hand and I needed to come get her immediately. Luckily I was only a stoplight away because I was panicking. The word X-ray and swelling jumbled through the cellphone as I sped up to the center.

When I walked into her class she was in the corner with one of her old teachers. The teacher was cradling her like a little baby something she never lets you do anymore. The toddler energy prevents any cuddling that doesn't occur on the run. Her face was extremely puffy from crying and she was breathing hard from her crying fit. She clutched her blanket like someone would steal it from her at any moment. At that moment I saw a little glimpse of myself in her. The way my eyes swell when I cry hard and my face gets red and puffy and the way I struggle to catch my breathe. I had never seen her this upset. Not even when she hit her head in the garage a few months back. I knew it was going to be bad.

The owner and teacher explained to me what happened. The teacher was pushing some toys outside and Lily had snuck behind her without the teacher realizing. After the toys were passed the door, the industrial door (the kinds with the push bar opening mechanisms) closed but Lily's hand was in the hinged side of it. Ouch. The owner said Lily was hysterical wouldn't let her touch it and it looked like it needed an x-ray.

I rushed her to our pediatrician who thankfully is right around the corner from daycare (such a good idea and fabulous planning on our part). Of course he sent us straight to urgent care to get it x-rayed. I should have just skipped that step. But I wanted it looked at as soon as possible. He sent us to an orthapedic urgent care so we could get everything done at a one stop shop. He did say the odds were on our sides as it takes a lot to break a child's hand since it is so much cartilage.

By this time she was not crying but would scream if she tried to use the finger. Even when she reached for the cookie I tried to give her. They adapt so quickly though because she learned that hand was not useable. She got the cookie but not the way I wanted her to. So I say this cookie test was a fail. The pointer finger was the worse and was so swollen the skin had broken and was really purple. The middle finger was swollen and bruised but not as bad. I had seen her bend it so I was really only worried about the one finger.
The whole time to urgent care I am thinking a) How the hell to you get an x-ray of a toddlers hand? b) How the hell to you immobilize a toddler's broken finger? This is going to be interesting.

Luckily the finger was not broken just a lot of soft tissue damage. We were sent home with instructions to ice and Motrin on a routine basis for three days. I will say the x-ray was just as bad as I suspected. That poor X-ray guy. She screamed and fought the whole time. Michael is convinced we fried her brain during it because she was squirming right under the machine unprotected except for her chest.

A unexpected sweet moment of the whole experience was getting to see the tiny X-ray of her hand. So sweet and tiny with the bones not even grown together yet. It reminded me of the first time I saw that little hand when I was only 12 weeks pregnant during our ultrasound. You could even see the little tiny chubbiness of it then and now. For a moment I remember how little she still is and how the injuries have only just begun.

So needless to say my lack of posting has been justified. But upcoming I have NCSU homecoming, and fair pictures finally!


Halloweenie Fun!

>> Monday, November 02, 2009

We were quite busy on Halloween weekend. On Friday Lily's Daycare did their annual costume parade and party. So I spent some extra time with the princess getting her dressed up Friday morning. She did so good with letting me put on her face make up. I was really surprised. We did not go full out for Daycare on Friday with the face tattoos. Mainly because they are constantly washing their hands and face, which we encourage with the yucky bugs going around.

Sadly enough most people did not realize she was Mrs. Wuf the NCSU mascot, but just thought she was a cheerleader. Don't you think the tail should have given it away!!!

Or the Face Makeup??!!

I did not make it to her parade or the party. I was late getting out of work although I left early to make it. I felt so guilty. But can I vent for a minute. I know the "lead teachers" work from about 7:00-3:30 so they like to schedule the parties at like 2:30 but I know this is a shocker but I WORK! 2:30 is not convenient. 4:00? Yes! 2:30 is WAY TO EARLY! Then the parade was at 9:30 and the party was at 2:30. Seriously? It is just not smart and  gives me Mama guilty.But I did get her early enough to stop by Daddy's work for some QT show off time. They gave her lots of candy as well and some practice Trick or Treating cube style.

That evening we went to the Chi Omega House at NCSU and did the 2nd Annual Chi O Trick or Treat. Lily is usually so shy with new people but she LOVED it. I really think it warmed her up for Trick or Treat on Saturday as well. Here is Miss Thang with her bucket waiting to get started.

Lily was joined by two of her other friends: Luke and Roman. How is it when you try to take pictures of more than one toddler? None of them are happy all at the same time. You should have seen the three moms trying to coordinate a picture, but this time the boys would have nothing to do with it. While Lily sat there taking it all in. This is what we ended up with...a picture of Mommy and Baby. You may recognize Nicole as she is our family photographer. Many of you have used her from my recommendations because she is fabulous! We are sorority sisters from back in our college days and worked at Daryll's together although those days are becoming fuzzier! Alice is also a sister but was actually my advisor while I was active. Funny now I am an advisor. How the tides turn and everything comes full circle.

Here is a shot of Lily exploring the spooky cauldron on the current Presidents doorstep. Even cooler was the mat that when you stepped on it a scream errupted out of it. Of course my little engineer figured out where the sound was coming from and started banging on it...oops.

Then a shot of all the lovely active sisters that participated. I was really disappointed that we only had three women show up. The girls but a lot of effort into the event. But they are not without blame. The email went out a week in advance and was on a Friday from 5:30-6:30. Not exactly easy for the working parent to make it there on time. But they are young and in college and probably do not know any better! They will learn and then complain about it just like I am not. What did I say...Full Circle!

My favorite shot. Memories! This is a picture of Lily and I in front of my old room in the beautiful Chi Omega House. Aaaawwww the good ol' days. Maybe someday Lily will live there.

So finally we get to actual Halloween! On Saturday we headed over to the Bakers for our second annual Trick or Treat. Although last year we didn't actually Trick or Treat. We just took pictures of their cuteness. This year was a little more difficult since they moved across town, we are directionally challenged, we fight when we are lost or late, and it was getting close to dinner time. So we were almost an hour late. But after we got rolling the girls had so much fun. They played so nicely together. This is Lily on "gameday"

One of the few shots we got of both of them looking at the camera! Too cute. It is like running around with your head cut off trying to take pictures of two toddlers.

The WolfPack Girls!

A little shot of Aubrey that I love! She looks in deep thought.

So after pictures and dinner we loaded the girls up in our wagon and headed out for our first Trick or Treat adventure! Lily was well equiped with her flashlight provided by Grandma and her bucket.

She was not shy with all the new people and acted like a pro! She was not even scared of the Great Pumpkin. Oh and she can now say Pumpkin!

The flashlight provided a lot of entertainment for the girls throughout the night.

We made it to about 10-15 houses before bedtime crawled near and the girls stopped wanting to walk. So we started home. I consider it a success and very fun. I think next year will be even better.

Jon and Kate plus 8 made one final stop at the Plemmons to check out the new house. That lasted about fifteen minutes (just enough time to scarf down some yummy "scary themed" food) before Lily was like "yeah I am done." She made it until 10:00 though so we cannot complain.

Here is a shot of Morgan and I. This is the girl that had a random Jordan McKnight doll on our bookshelf "hiding." Of course I found him and totally knew it was a NKOTB doll, complete with rattail and all!

It was a great Halloween followed by a Sunday of nothing but football with the Bakers. What fun! I love this time of year.I love the time change and I love fall! I cannot believe it is already November and Christmas is right around the corner.