Sunday, January 31, 2010

Oh My Gosh Tomorrow is February!!

I just can't believe how fast time is moving. We are entering the last stretch of winter. At the end of this week Benjamin turns 2. And I feel like he just turned 1. It was a rough crazy year since his last birthday!

Ben is getting more and more verbal and more and more aware of what he hears. Today we were in the car on the way home from the store and the DJ announced that the Doobie Bros. were coming up next and Ben picked right up on it and kept repeating, "Dooby Dooby Dooby". And somewhere he picked up, "Awesome!" is just hysterical. Ohh one other he came up with. He was watching trains on Youtube with Claudio and he said, "Ding ding says the trolley!" He is precious and so full of light and so eager to learn.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Guess Who is 6 Months!!

Wish I could share with you lists of all the milestones she is reaching, but she seems to be a lazy baby!! She is just barely rolling, no signs of crawling, and far from being able to sit up. But she is ever so cute, has the hugest smile, and an infectious laugh!

Claudio, Why is Your Leg White and Ginormous?!

So two weeks ago the kids were coming down with colds, it was rainy, and I slept very late due to a bad case of insomnia. So Claudio recommended that I go to the Church across the street, Sacred Heart, for the 10:30 Mass and he would stay with the kids and then he would go to Mass later...

So, I am at Mass and they were just about to start the homily when I see my neighbor at the end of the pew trying to get my attention. He whispers to me that Claudio has fallen down the stairs and broke his leg and is being taken to the ER via ambulance....along with Benjamin who may have hit his head.

WHAT?!?! He rushes me home as the ambulance pulls down the street. The police were still in my home because the baby was upstairs napping. So I grabbed Anna, called my parents to come over ASAP, changed Anna's diaper, grabbed a bottle, a blanket, a diaper, and her bouncy chair and handed her over to my neighbor so I could run over to the ER to see what was going on.

Basically, when I left for Mass Claudio was carrying Ben down the stairs to play with the trains. Claudio was wearing just socks and slipped on the bottom two steps and knew immediately that he had broken his leg. He managed to crawl over to the phone in the basement and call 911.

At the ER Ben was checked out and he was fine. Claudio on the other hand broke his leg in three places and required surgery to put everything back together again. He also broke his hand. So he has two casts on and two incisions in his leg.

After a 3 day stay in the hospital he came home, but because of the broken hand he can't even use crutches. He has a walker he hobbles around on, but he is basically immobile. This Monday we see the orthopedist again who will remove his big plaster cast, remove the staples, re-xray and recast (with a lighter, fiberglass cast). Then he will have 4 more weeks, assuming everything is healing well, before the cast comes off.

So things have been a little nuts here!! But below are a few pictures of the "ordeal".

Ben found only one benefit to daddy's accident.

Claudio's view of Mt. Holly from his hospital window. Luckily he was taken to Mt. Holly hospital which is walking distance from our house. Made my life a little easier.

Anna getting a quick snuggle from Daddy.

The extent of daddy's parenting ability at the moment: Snuggling the kids for as long as they will tolerate sitting in one place. Luckily Ben can always be coaxed over with the promise of some Youtube videos.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Ben Goes for a Ride

I found this bike seat for Benjamin from Freecycle and with a few tweaks Claudio was able to get it up and running for him. Ben got a really cool Thomas bike helmet for Christmas.

I really had no idea if he would freak out or love it. He tends to be a wimp with these sorts of things. And he HATES having anything on his head. So my biggest fear was that I wouldn't even be able to get the helmet on him let alone get him strapped in and off and riding.

But he seemed excited right away and LOVED it. And notice the Thomas train in his hand...not sure which guy that is LOL...