Saturday, October 1, 2011

Lion King 3D

We watch Lion King at least once a day around here and even on the hottest days Ford loves to wear his Lion costume so we were very excited to hear about the 3D version that just came out.

Wade took Ford to see it at the beautiful Grand Lake theater here in Oakland. Ford even got to wear his lion costume and as they passed friendly people on the street instead of a hello Ford would growl at them.
This was his first time at the movies and he did great. He stayed for the whole movie although he only wore his glasses at the beginning. When he first put them on he said "woah!" Then at one point when it got really quiet in the movie he belted out "in the jungle the mighty jungle the lion sleeps tonight." He had a great time on his special outing with his dad.

While those two were at the movies, my mom and I took Dock and Coast to Habitot a small museum/play place especially for little kids. Coast slept through it but Dock had a blast. He especially liked the craft room which had gack.


Here is our new little guy. He was born September 15th at 1:30 in the morning. He weighed 10 lbs and was 21 inches long.

On September 14th at a week over due, I begged my doctor to let me be induced. She called over to the hospital and they said I could come over anytime after lunch. Wade had a few things to finish up at work that morning and my mom left work around noon to come watch the boys. We sang happy birthday to Wade and had some birthday cake before we left.

Just as we got to the hospital, L&D got busy. They got us right into a room but I waited a few hours before they got me started. I had them start the pitocin and the epidural at the same time. I was a little worried at first when my right leg didn't go numb but everything that really needed to be numb was, so I didn't feel a thing when the contractions started.

We still hadn't decided on a name so when my doctors and nurses found out about our water theme they pledged to spend the rest of their shift on Google checking out names. Wade mentioned that whoever could correctly guess the baby's weight could name him. Shortly after that, every doctor and nurse on the floor came to our room to introduce themselves and guess the baby's weight. They had made an impressive list of names alongside the weight guesses as their shifts ended.

Things were pretty quiet for the most part. We just watched TV and slept when we could. Around 1:00 I was starting to feel those contractions so I asked for more juice in my epidural and someone to check my progress. The anesthesiologist and the doctors were all busy with a C-section, so no more meds for me. When one of the doctors stepped away to check me, I was at a 10 and the baby was ready to go. Two pushes later he popped out.

We knew our little guy would be big but still all of the guesses underestimated his massive size. The closest guess was 9 lbs so we had to name the little guy ourselves. I hope he doesn't hate us for it later. We get some strange looks when we tell people his name is Coast but I think it will fit him just fine.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Big Dog Party

I haven’t updated the blog in ages although there’s been plenty going on during the last year but I’m not going to try and catch up in this post.

This little guy just turned 3 and since we’ve been reading a lot of books and watching a lot of shows about birthdays lately, Ford knew just what he wanted. On the top of the list were 1) a surprise 2) with decorations and 3) a blue cake. And since we’ve been reading a lot of Go Dog Go and Clifford’s Birthday we had a big dog party.

Here is the birthday boy and his dad just before we went to Antioch for the party.

When we got there I asked him what the sign said and he said “Happy Birthday Ford”. I’m not sure how he knew that but he was very excited about it. Dock just wanted a balloon. When we walked in the door everyone said SURPRISE! Party guest included Ford and Dock and their cousins Cash and Dodge and baby cousins Easton and Faith and all the grown up parents that came with them. Ford loved the surprise, but Dock was ready to turn around and go home.

Don’t even think about making me wear this hat mom.
Dock and his cousin Dodge happened to be wearing the same shirt, as if it isn’t already hard enough to call them the right name when there together. At one point Dock had gone missing for a while but I didn’t even notice because Dodge was there running around in a blur making me feel like Dock had never left. Dock was later found in the bathroom eating soap.
The birthday meal for the kids included the appetizers that you see here, cocoa puffs served in dog food bowls. Hotdogs and side salads came later. I wish I would have gotten more pictures of all the cute dog stuff. The whole place was decked out with dog balloons, stuffed animals, streamers, banners, and puppy paw prints. Number one and number two could definitely be checked off Ford’s list.
And here’s number three, the blue cake!
Everything was just perfect for Ford but it still got better. I don’t even think he knew about presents. He got toys, art supplies, and clothes. As soon as we got home we of course opened everything up and immediately played with it all.
And meet the hit of the Dog party, Chandler the dog. Our friend Robyn brought her very kid friendly dog and the kids loved him. She even brought a brush so they could pet him, brush him, hug him and generally bother him, but he was great and let them be all over him. Ford loved the dog! I feel like a bad mother for not getting him one and selfish for not even wanting to.
We didn’t do any structured games but the boys had a lot of fun when we pulled out the parachute. Each time the parachute when down and came back up it was like a battle had been fought underneath and all the casualties were lying down in different positions.

Ford loved all his presents, many of which came in handy at church today, but I was really excited to give him this lion costume. He’s been pretending to be a lion for weeks and makes me tie a blanket around his head as a pretend mane which usually gags him but he doesn’t care because he’s a lion.
Last night when he put this on we had a hard time getting him to take it off when it was finally time to go to bed. He just wanted to look at himself in the mirror. He said “I have a lion mane, and lion pants and a lion shirt, and a lion’s tail – stamp your self and go by mail” that last part is a funny little reference he remembered from his Dr. Seuss book Marvin K Mooney.
I just love this little guy and I’m so glad he had such a fun birthday. It really couldn’t have been better. Thank you Marmie for making it happen and all our cousins, and Aunt Peg, and Papa for coming and all the great gifts! And of course to Robyn for bringing Chandler, the best part of the dog party.