Monday, July 27, 2009

Mind of a Four Year Old

I have been working on Aubrie's Disney scrap book from our trip last fall. A bit late, but better late than never. Anyways, Aubrie is very concerned about Ariel. She has just now realized that the ocean is not by the rock that Ariel sits on in her Grotto.

"Mommy, who throws Ariel back in the ocean? Do the other princesses carry her there?"

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Aubrie's Garden

Way back this past winter, Lowes put out seeds and small greenhouse kits. Aubrie really wanted to grow a garden, so we let her pick out a few packs of seed and started in out kitchen. The seeds grew and in May we transplanted the seedlings to a corner of our backyard.

They are now taking over. We thought that we might get a small pumpkin or two and maybe a squash and some sunflowers. Everything is bigger than Aubrie is! The plants have outgrown the space we made for them and have taken over the whole corner and are spreading into the yard.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

We spent the long weekend in Rochester with my parents. Saturday we went to a Rochester Ravens soccer game, Sunday was the Museum and Science Center and Monday was the Seneca Park Zoo. Aubrie loved every minute of it...right up until we left Daddy in Rochester to head back to Albany. Daryl had a conference in Rochester on Tuesday and Wednesday so he stayed behind. Aubrie is currently in an 'I only like Daddy' phase and she was quite upset with mean mommy who left daddy behind.

Aubrie and Papa at the museum.
The white tiger on loan to the zoo.
at the polar bear habitat.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


We have been having a hell of a time with the kids allergies. We spend Saturday at the Strong Children's Hospital in Rochester after Aubrie had an allergic reaction to something in the car. We were traveling to Buffalo for a baby shower and Aubrie woke up from a nap with her right eye swollen shut and the right side of her face puffed up like a balloon. We are not sure what caused the reaction, but a strong dose of Benadryl seemed to help. We head back to the doctor Thrusday for a follow-up.

Tyler seems to be doing better now than when he was getting milk products, but he is not 100% yet either. Apparently babies who have milk protein allergies (which he has) tend to develop an aversion to soy also. We will now be trying Nutramagin which is made specifically for kids with casein allergies. The first feeding did not go so well, but there is hope. Our next option is prescription formula...I do not what to have to go there because it can get rather pricey.

Other than the allergies, Tyler is doing well. He is not in the 3rd percentile for wight at 17 lbs and 33rd for length. He has 4 teeth, all cut in the last week or so and we are working on crawling...mainly backwards.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Weekend Update

It has been a few weeks since we posted...a few random updates:

Tyler has cut his first four teeth in the span of about 5 days and he not very happy about it, but he loves his Cars graham crackers.

Aubrie's preschool class had a Mother's Day Tea Party and Concert.
Aubrie and Daddy planted her garden in the back yard...Aubrie chose melon, beans, squash, carrots, corn, peppers, pumpkins and sunflowers to plant.

We also went to the Tulip Festival again this year. Tyler was more interested in the grass than the tulips.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A boy and his dog...

Barron has quickly learned that the best place to sit at snack time is under Tyler's seat. Tyler loves to feed his poofs to the dog.

and other assorted pictures:
Tyler and Connor

Aubrie and Corinne, her best buddy from preschool, decorating cookies
and blowing bubbles in the backyard
Fun in the has been close to 90 here the last 5 days! YUCK!
Continued bathroom projects. We took out the bump out from the hall closet that went into the bathroom. This makes the closet a bit smaller, but the bathroom a lot bigger.
We also removed the old, broken, wasp infested shutters and put up new shutters and painted the front door red--good Feng Shui.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Spring Break

This past week was Spring Break in the Capital District. No preschool, no gymnastics, no swimming lessons, no big girl lacrosse for was a very long week! Fortunately the weather was very nice, so we did get to head out to Five Rivers Environmental Center for a picnic and hike with some of Aubrie's preschool friends.

Aubrie and Evan.Looking for turtles.
We put Tyler's swing up in the backyard, which he loves :)
We also continued work on the bathroom renovation.
Before--ugly tiles on the walls and floor and in the shower, awful vanity and counter top, one sink is hard to tell in the picture but yes, the bathtub is dark pink.

Our new vanity with double sinks. We are still waiting for our faucets to arrive...stupid UPS delivered them to the wrong address and they got sent back to California.Our new bathtub has BUBBLES!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Happy Easter, again

We headed back to Western New York for a long Easter weekend. Although very rushed, we got to see just about everyone.

We had an early Good Friday breakfast at the Zaepfel's which also included the Benesch's. Aubrie was very excited to see her buddy Anna, and they had a great time wrecking the house...sorry guys :) Tyler also got 'reacquainted' with Clara. She was very interested in his nose.

That afternoon we went to the Broadway Market to pick up some traditional Polish eggs and Easter food. We then went to Kelly's Country Store to get candy...particulary Carmel Marshmallow Eggs (see previous post...Aubrie does not like Mommy's Carmellow eggs.) I am not sure what the rest of the country is like, but in Buffalo, you can find a candy store on almost every corner around Easter time, each selling different kinds of chocolate shaped items. We drove all over the Capital district and could not find a single store that had anywhere near the selection of chocolates. We have been told that Easter is more about filling the basket with eggs than chocolates around here.

We met Nater for drinks Friday night and got to talk baby. Congrats Nater and Julie...can't wait to find out what you are having.

The Easter Bunny came Saturday morning in Buffalo and then we were able to pick up a few more Buffalo items, while Aubrie and Tyler had Grammy time. We also met Sara and Chris for coffee before having Easter dinner with Jaclyn & John and Kevin & Lindsey and Grammy Lynda. Aubrie was thrilled to see everyone, but very disappointed that the 'baby doggie' did not come. I think Barron traumatized Clinton last time we were in Buffalo, so he got left at home.Saturday night we went to Rochester to see Grammy and Papa P and Aunt Katie. Fortunately Duke and Sadie were there, which pleased Aubrie to no end. She was also very happy with the bat that Aunt Katie bought her, since baseball is her new obsession-not that she have ever really played before.

Overall, a very busy but great Easter.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


"Mommy, there are no more of the eggs that I like!"

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Happy Easter

Aubrie and Tyler's Easter photos...We also started our bathroom reno this past weekend--tiles are off one wall and the floor, the old vanity and sink are gone and the new vanity and counter top are in. We are still waiting for our new faucets to come in, so there is no water running to the sinks, but hopefully soon :) Pictures to follow.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Mmmmm Poofs

Tyler's new favorite snack...he just needs to remember to take the pacifier out before the poofs go in :)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Random Stuff

Aubrie had swimming lessons today, which she loves. She made the choice to stop taking ballet, so she could take swimming. She thinks that she is Ariel, and loves to swim under water. She is in the big kid class, without a floatie pack. She is the only girl with four little boys, which being the little diva that she is, she loves.

Tyler is doing well. He can hold his own bottle or sippy. I on the other hand, hate formula, especially at 3 in the morning when there are no clean bottles! He is gaining weight and seems to be much happier now that he is not scratching all the time. We have also started taking him swimming, which he likes, but he still hates baths at home.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tyler Update

Ty went to the doctor today for a weight check, just to make sure that he is back on track after being diagnosed with a milk allergy.

He gained 1 lb 8 oz in the last month...yay! We are in the big numbers now, 14 lbs 14 oz. All the way up to the second percentile for weight :). At least it is upward movement.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day

A bit early, but we had pictures done today, so enjoy :)
As you can see, Tyler is doing much better now that he is off milk and milk related foods. He has been back to the dermatologist and been given a clean bill of health. We head back to the pediatrician next week to see if he has gained any weight in the last month...we are hoping for big numbers.
This picture seems to capture Aubrie's attitude perfectly! "Seriously, you want me to smile...whatever."

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Busy Busy Busy

What a busy couple of weeks. Aubrie turned four last Thursday; where have the last four years gone? We went to Buffalo to celebrate with our friends and family. Aubrie had a Build-a-Bear party at the mall with most of her friends. Unfortunately Anna was sick and could not be there, but John did a great job filling in as one of the girls.

We then went to Grandma Lynda's for cake and ice cream. I made Aubrie a Princess Build-a-Bear cake, which took much longer than anticipated, but turned out beautiful, if I do say so myself.

Aubrie also got to celebrate at preschool on Tuesday since last week was vacation.

While Aubrie was enjoying the week, Tyler was having a much harder time of it. He turned six months on Valentines Day and went in for is 6 month check up. His hight is progressing well, but unfortunately he only gained 6 onces in the last two months, putting him in the first percentile for weight. He also has really bad eczema which we have not been able to get under control. Due to this combination of problems, the pediatrician decided to send us to some specialists. On Monday we went to the dermatologist, who has Ty on three different ointments. Today we went to the allergist. 17 pin pricks later, we now know Ty has a severe milk allergy. So we either need to switch him to soy formula or I need to cut all milk and milk related products out of my diet to continue to nurse him. We will also have to start carrying an epi-pen in case of an emergency. This could also explain why he throws up after every meal. The doctor is hopeful that he will out grow this allergy in a few years but until that time, he will be on a very strict diet. You would be really surprised at how many products contain some form of milk. Even many of the Stage 2 baby foods have some milk or milk products in them. On a good note, we know that Ty is not allergic to Barron or Bruce, so we can keep our pets :) I am optimistic that this information will help us solve his medical problems so he gains weight and start sleeping more than 3 hours at a time!