Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Dragons, Snakes And Other Tall Tales

Having a son in Kindergarten is endless celebration and fun.  Last week was the Chinese New Year and after focusing on the Chinese culture through books, crafts and  food (attempting to eat noodles and rice with chopsticks), they celebrated the year of the dragon by parading through the halls as the giant beast itself.  This took quite a bit of time and preparation of course....

In full parade mode:  Boy O as part of the dragon body:

Documenting anything in the classroom can be a difficult task for me.  I would call it at best-controlled chaos-and then add in trying to keep Baby O from playing in the water fountain/sink that is just his size.  Two seconds after this photo was taken, I had to mop up a large puddle that Baby O had a fantastic time creating.

The kids had a great time taking turns being the dragon's head during the parade.

Each Kindergarten class walked through the halls as all the other grades stood outside their classrooms, cheered them on and gave them high fives.  It was so loud that even Baby O covered his ears. 

To the outside world, Baby O looks like a normal toddler (left), but in secret actually resembles the picture on the right.  


He will eat like there is no tomorrow and then take a few days to digest his meal.  Daddy O's sister calls it the "snake phase".  Does anyone else feel this way about their toddler's eating habits?

Teeth are coming in and being lost at race pace lately.  Baby O is getting the last of his second molars in and teething seems to be remarkably smoother than when the first set made their appearance early  last year.  Maybe this set just doesn't hurt as bad, maybe it's the fact that he can communicate better this time around, or maybe it's the large bottle of Ibuprofen I have at the ready, but we have not experienced the sleep deprivation to the same degree.  Whew.

Boy O lost his third tooth last week.  It had been loose and hanging by a thread for months and as a result, the adult tooth behind it was already half way in.  The tooth came out while he was eating lunch in the cafeteria and if you ask him the best way to pull out a tooth, he will tell you to eat a large chunk of salami.  Best dental advice ever.

Baby O is clearly talented.  He is exceptionally verbal.  He has the vocabulary of a three year old and speaks so clearly that even his pediatrician said she has never seen anything like it.  It will be interesting to see how this gift plays out in the future.  As his parents we are always dreaming big, thinking of future professions as a famous linguist, orator, or maybe a U. N. interpreter.  He's going to need it because although he may be next to incredible with his speech...his skills are lacking in the potty department.  We have done everything we can do to potty train this kid and although he will happily sit on his froggy potty for hours, I just don't have the time anymore.  I'm tired of stickers, M & M's,  making up songs about doo doo and celebrating with poop parties.  Put him on at the right time and everything works beautifully.  But he will not TELL me if he has to go or not.  So, if I look at the accomplishments of my two year old and then into a crystal ball 25 years from now- I see a PhD in linguistics/still wearing a diaper. 
At the moment, two out of four of us are under the weather.  Last night I spent four hours in the E.R. with Boy O.  After carefully monitoring his temperature all day, it climbed to 104 degrees at 7 p.m. (with Ibuprofen).  I drove dangerously fast to the hospital where they gave him a dose of Tylenol. In just an hours time he was building forts with the sheets and bouncing off the walls.  He was the poster child for perfect health.  I felt relieved but ridiculous when the doctor walked in to examine him three hours later to say he just had a viral infection and that I could give him Tylenol and Ibuprofen at the same time.  Daddy O officially woke up with the virus this morning and I'm sure that Baby O and I will have it soon.  We are all in our jammies watching the old speed racer cartoons. Good times!


  1. So happy to see you posting more often!! I have the opposite problem with Megersa who will sit for hours while eating ever so slooooooowly. Tim and I have heard him in his crib talking to his "baby" saying "baby, EAT!" "No, I dont want to." Ugh. Eventually he gets there, but I must say "eat Megersa" like 50 times per meal.
    Megersa is potty trained with rarely a accident, BUT, he still doesn't tell us when he needs to go. We kinda just know his body and can usually tell when it's about that time. Dont worry, A will get it. :)
    Hopefully you can avoid being sick. Sounds like your pregnancy is going well. I barfed for 3 months with both of mine. Yuck.
    Again, happy to hear from you!! :)

  2. Whew! your comment makes me feel so much more normal! I'm just hoping to have him somewhat potty trained before the newbie gets here. It would make things so much easier...
    The pregnancy seems to going good-I'll post about it and sonogram pictures soon. I think it was almost a good thing that I found out so late...I did have some nausea, but not so regular as to make me suspicious. But, like I said, I'm always the last to know about these things :)

  3. I do LOVE when you post! Makes me feel like an old friend is back after a long vacation. Don't worry about the potty training thing. I have a feeling that Baby O will have it mastered by the time he goes to high school. So sorry about the virus. Don't those high fevers just scare the bejesus out of you?

    We have K right now....and are having a ball. Mo & Ian are in the process of moving to NC, so we'll have him for a couple of weeks. We are loving every single minute. What a great kid!

    K is still ga-ga over music and airplanes. Mo & Ian don't play children's music too much....consequently, we go to bed singing over and over in our heads lines like "I've got a feeling that tonight's going to be a good night." I have a feeling that it's a good thing that our hearing is too lousy to understand all of the words to some of these catchy pop songs. :)

    Love to all of the O's.

  4. Love hearing about K Jackie! Tell Mo and Ian that I hope their move goes smoothly-you must be excited that they will be closer!

  5. OMG! I heard about you being pregnant and am so happy for you guys! What a wonderful blessing. I am so horrible at keeping in touch, and I apologize for that. Please know we all miss you, love you and think of you often!

  6. Thanks Heather! We miss the ol' neighborhood and think about you guys often as well. Say hi to everyone and give them a hug from me...