Monday, February 28, 2011


We had a quite the busy Saturday, well for us anyway.

Cameron and I headed out to Jazzercise in the morning to get my Jazz it Off weight and measurements. I found out I have a 1200 calorie a day goal. This is going to be tough! I guess anything can be done if you put your mind to it. I did good on Sunday and on track today. I even had to do McDonald's for lunch since we didn't have power this morning and I didn't want to open my fridge. After the weigh in we headed to the Outside in Family Fun Center to meet up with Steve and Cooper. If you haven't been you need to check it out. It's only $6 and there is a room of inflatables and a toddler room in the basement. There are only 3 inflatables but for $6 and it's on this side of the river, you can't beat it. It's across from the Y, the old Worlds of Fun.

Look at my handsome boy!!!! This was the only one I managed to get of Cooper. He usually isn't one to do inflatables, especially if there are other kids, but he was having a ball this week. He was also the only kid in there.
Steve tried to get one of me and my little man.

Steve and Cooper headed out to lunch while me and Cameron headed out to met up with Tracey & Gretchen for lunch. We sat for a good hour and a half just chatting. It was sooooo nice. I miss those girls!!!! Since Cameron fell asleep at the restaurant he was wide awake when we got home while Cooper was taking his nap. I was nice and let Steve go grab a nap and I stayed up and played my man. Cute story here, Steve texted me on the way home because Cooper was distraught I wasn't home to put him down for a nap. He may be turning into a daddy's boy but he can still be a momma's boy.
After naps we headed to Steve's parents for his make-up bday dinner since the kids were sick. We had roast, mashed potatoes, green beans, yeast rolls, and chocolate marble cake. It was like my last supper before Jazz it Off. It was GOOD!!!!!
Sunday was busy too but nothing blog worthy. This morning we had no power from about 4:30 am until almost noon. Luckily I caught my mom before she left for work so she could bring some milk by for Cooper's breakfast. The power is back on now, kids are asleep, I'm about to finish blogging and watch Days of our Lives. Have a good week!

Just for fun

Our pediatrician suggested giving Cameron a small amount of juice to see if it would help with his bowel issues. I added some to a sippy cup last week to see what he would do. I'm not so sure he got anything but he sure had fun playing with it.

Science Center

Last week our church playgroup had an outing at the Science Center. When we thought Cameron might be coming down with RSV, Steve's mom offered to watch him so I could still take Cooper. Of course he didn't get it, thankfully, but I still took her up on the offer. Anytime I can get a little one on one time with my big guy, I take it. Sharon & Allie joined us as well but I wasn't able to grab any pics of the the two of them together. We only got 45 minutes of play time in Kid Zone, but it was only $5/each so I can't really complain.

He pretty much did the slide the entire time. Worked for me, I just sat down in front of it and watched him climb up and slide down. It was like a vacation.

I grabbed this as we were leaving. Soon after this picture was taken he somehow hit it head on the brick wall. Of course he started crying and was crying the whole way to the car and it looked like I had a child having a tantrum because they had to leave. I used to care about things like that until I had two kids. Then I realized you can't make them all happy.

Oh wait, if you look closely you can see Allie in the reflection. Guess I did get one of them both.

Don't ask me

Don't ask me what this little get up is, he did it all on his own.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Breakfast at Krispy Kreme

This week at church someone gave Cooper a coupon for a free donut at Krispy Kreme. I also remembered Scott was off on Monday for President's Day so I asked him if he would like to meet us there. Uncle Scott alone is great, donuts alone are great, you mix the two and you get one rowdy boy.

He was double fisted with donuts. He kept taking a bite of one then the other. This is too cute. I was trying to get Cameron's picture but he kept looking at Scott. He is going to have him just as spoiled as Cooper.

Finally, I tried to get a picture of Cooper and Scott but Cooper was too interested in Scott's donut.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy Birthday, Steve!

We celebrated Steve's 33rd birthday this weekend. I can't believe I have known this guy since he was only 20 years old. Check us out... 1998 2001


We had his parents, brother, and my mom over for pizza and cake on Friday. I asked Cooper what he wanted to get him for this birthday and he said an Elmo birthday cake. His wish was my command. How many 33 year olds can say they got and Elmo cake?

Saturday morning Scott brought over Steve's gift, a new camera!!!!! I needed to get a new memory card and a few other things so Cooper and I ran some errands. We picked up an IU t-shirt for Steve to match the ones Scott bought for Cooper and Cameron. I'll have to post a pic once they wear them on the same day. Steve got in a much needed nap while Cameron was napping back at home. Then we all napped later in the afternoon. We played for a while outside before dinner and I tried out our new camera. I'm still trying to figure things out.

Check out those baby blues. Am I really going to have two children with blue eyes?

We wanted to grab a quick dinner so we headed to Wendy's. We could have been quicker at Outback, I have no idea what was going on there but I felt like I was on hidden camera.

Sunday was his actual birthday and we didn't do much but church and naps once again. Here's to another good year.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Call me Dr. Lee

I am getting pretty good at self-diagnosing my kids. First it was Cooper with RSV this week and now Cameron.

He developed a runny nose late Wednesday into Thursday so I had plans on bringing him into the doctor today. Well last night was bad! He doesn't sleep great anyway, but it was much worse than usual. This morning he woke up pain screaming, he laid in our arms most of the morning. Of course the doctor walks in and gives me this look like, oh no. I tell her I think we are safe for rsv but I'm pretty sure he has an ear infection. Sure enough the left ear is bulging red. This pain associated with ear infections is new to me, you could never tell with Cooper. She went ahead and tested for rsv and it was negative, I'm hoping the antibiotic will help prevent him from getting it. I know you can't use medicine to treat rsv but at least he is protected. Plus Cooper's is getting better.

We are two down and one to go before tubes. I asked her if he gets another can we put a call into an ENT. We might even do it if the antibiotic doesn't work. With Steve's and Cooper's history of ear problems and Cooper's speech delay, I don't want to take the risk. I would much rather do the procedure than see my child in that much pain. It really puts things into perspective. I have been so down about his sleeping lately. I'm exhausted. Now I just want to sit and cuddle him all night cause I know he is hurting.

We got back in two week for a check of his ears and two weeks after for his 6 month check up. Good thing I like our pediatrician.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Conversation

Me- Come here buddy, you need to take your medicine.
Cooper- I don't feel very good.
Me- I know, I'm going to do everything I can to make you feel better
Cooper- How about a hug.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It Strikes Again!

RSV has stuck again! Yuck, Yuck, Yuck!!!!

Cooper developed a cough over the weekend, followed by a runny nose and low grade fever. I took him to the doctor yesterday to get him checked out. They immediately checked for the flu, which came back negative. I then talked to our doctor about his symptoms, they are similar to his last year when he had rsv. She tested him for that and it negative too. Yippee!!! She said it was most likely viral and to treat with Tylenol and cough medicine.

While we were there I asked about getting Cameron's Zantac refilled. I think we are grasping at straws on why he isn't sleeping well, he wakes up about 5 times a night. As soon as we get a free weekend when Cooper can spend the night with Steve's parents we going to let him cry it out. Cooper was easy peasy, I'm hoping Cameron follows. In the meantime, I want him to be as comfortable as possible. I know it's not going to eliminate all the spit up, but maybe the burning.

So, I get home, give Cooper his medicine and put him down for a nap. Around 3:00 I get a message from the doctor asking to give her a call back. She tells me she has called in the prescription but Cooper DOES have RSV. The test must not have had time to process or it was too faint to read, but after lunch it was clearly positive. It doesn't appear to be as bad as the first time and Cooper is seems to feel fine. I'm hoping my living room doesn't get covered in vomit again, and if it does I pray Steve is home to help. Now I just need to make sure Cameron doesn't get it. I'm thankful he isn't mobile yet so I just need to keep Cooper away from Cameron and his toys, and not the other way around. Here's to another week of quarantine in the Lee household.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

I have another bad mom confession. I didn't get my children anything for Valentine's Day! I know, I'm horrible. Truth is I never got the chance to go out without them to buy them anything. Cameron would have been okay but Cooper notices everything. I tried my best to make it up to them, I'm sure you can tell they are just so pitiful.

I made Cooper's favorite this morning- sausage. Cameron got some prunes, he has been having some bowel issues. Here is before.

And after.
I made my annual red velvet cake balls. Cooper was eating the crumbs I dropped on the floor.
Pitiful I tell ya, just pitiful.
Sometime after this picture was taken I dropped my camera on the floor. I didn't think too much about it until Cameron woke up from his nap and I went to take a picture of both of them in the crib. That is when I noticed my camera would not turn on. I can hear the collective gasps now. It's not the battery, it had recently been charged and I re-charged it today to make sure. It's broke. We do still have our old camera and it does work, of course the batteries to that are dead, it was awesome 6 1/2 years ago when it was given to us as a wedding gift but now it's a tad outdated. I must get a new one soon! That makes a water heater, washing machine, and camera so far in 2011 that needed replacing.
Back to today, I made a homemade Valentine for Steve. Totally stole this idea from Jill.
Did I get a picture? Of course not!!! Once Steve got home we went to eat at none other than, drum roll please, Puerto Vallarta. My favorite!!!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day. Remember, you don't need a special day to tell someone you love them.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

5 Months!

I can't believe my baby will be 5 months tomorrow! Time is going by way too fast, I guess that is what you get when you have a baby during the busiest time of the year.

Some things he is doing-

Wearing 3-6 month clothes, and some 6-9 month
Wearing a size 3 diaper
Rolling over from back to belly, I really can't put him on his back without rolling over
Just started eating vegetables this week, have tried squash and carrots so far
Still not sleeping through the night again, hasn't since his ear infection back in December. I have altered his feeding schedule so I'm hoping it helps.
Loves Cooper, I mean LOVES Cooper. His head is on a swivel when Cooper walks in the room
Is started to get out of his fussiness and be a happy, content baby. This makes mommy & daddy VERY happy!

I wish I would have taken this same picture each month, but here are three pictures as comparisons.

I took this one this week, yes Cooper is showing you he is three again.
This was taken in early December.

This one was taken the morning of our first full day home.

Kosiar Shrine Circus

We took Cooper and my cousin Emma to the circus this morning, what a blast!!! My mom had the job of taking are of Cameron this morning, it was her first time since he was born, he did good for her. I thought about taking him but I'm glad I decided to go ahead and have him stay home, I had no idea the circus was so long.

Here are Cooper & Emma before the show started. We made a lap or two to see what kinds of goodies they had. Emma had a hot dog at 9:30 in the morning, my kind of girl. She also decided on these light up glasses. Although you can't really tell they light up in this picture. We didn't get a picture of it, but Cooper decided on a light up laser gun. My innocent child calls it his airplane. Look at that face, I have no idea what he is clapping about.
A self-portrait of us three.

No trip to the circus is complete without some cotton candy. Check out Steve in the back, that is the only picture I got of him.

I took a few pics during the first act. The tigers were fun, however I couldn't help thinking of how scarred my child would be if something went wrong.One of my favs was the elephant. She did a little dance too, soo cute. Normally elephants wouldn't be cute, but this one was.

Once again, I have no idea what he is excited about, but he sure is having fun. Is that really Steve on his phone.
As soon as intermission hit Emma said she wanted to ride an elephant. So I did what any good aunt would do and rode the elephant with her. Steve and Cooper has been walking around but we manged to find them once we got up there and he got our picture.

I didn't get any picture of the second half. We left toward the end. It was soooo long!!!! As we were leaving people were showing up for the next show. It was my first experience going to a circus, it was a success.

Friday, February 11, 2011

A Letter

I received a letter a couple weeks ago and although I was expecting it, it still took me off guard which is why it has taken me a few weeks to blog about it. The letter was from KODA (Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates). My sister, Carmen, was an organ donor. They were able to save both kidneys and liver. Here is what I know:

Her right kidney went to a 71 yr old woman from Kentucky. I first I was shocked, 71? This lady must be a fighter. Transplant surgery is no walk in the park, she must be a spunky gal. I picture my late grandmother when I think of her.

Her left kidney went to a 67 yr old man from Kentucky and her liver went to a 62 yr old woman from Virginia. These are close to the same ages as Steve's parents. I can't imagine having to explain to Cooper he could no longer see his grandparents because they were no longer with us.

I just urge anyone, if you haven't already done so, please make that decision to become an organ donor. This was a decision my sister had already made, we as a family did not have to make it for her. As it was explained to us, organ donation can save up to 10 lives. Multiply that by family, friends, and loved ones and it an affect hundreds.

Valentine Party

I want to start off by saying a huge thank you to our Early Childcare Director, Jennifer, from church. She is awesome! We have a Wednesday morning play group every week and she does a great job of coming up with different activities for the kids. We have this pretty much every week, with the exception of holidays, 2 weeks in December, Spring break, and the month of August. I don't know how she comes up with it all. Of course, there is always a reason to have a party. This week was Valentine's Day.

The kids started off by making their bags and doing a little bit of coloring. Cooper was a bit off when we first arrived. I think because we were in his room he goes to for Sunday school and that may have thrown him off, he warmed up eventually. Next up was a group shot, somehow we got all the kids to sit still.

We then headed down to the children's auditorium for a movie, then it was time for lunch. Isn't that such a cute sandwich? Steve showed up for a bit. He took over with Cameron so I could grab some pictures.

Cooper was having balloon time.

Then the kids has cupcakes. They had to do a cake walk in order to "win" their cupcakes. You should have seen Cooper, I wish I had a video tape. He was clapping like a wild man anytime someone won. It didn't matter that it wasn't him, he was pumped. Of course he chose a chocolate cupcake, he's just like his momma.
Afterwards they made a craft, Ms Jennifer printed off the pictures she took of the group and they made a picture frame with it. It was about this time that Cameron fell asleep in the car seat so we quickly finished up and headed home. I wanted some time with both of them asleep. I have somehow managed to get them both down for a nap at the same time. I'm sure once Cameron gives up his evening nap that will change but for now it works.

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Warning.... extreme hotness up ahead.

Cameron has been practicing sitting up. He's doing a good job with little support. He was chilling with me this morning before church. Told you I was hot! Cooper was sitting up before 6 months, which is amazing considering the size of his head, so I expect it to be soon.

What's wrong with this picture?

What have I gotten myself into? Look at what I have to live with. For those that don't know, Steve is a huge Chicago Bears fan. Can you imagine our house 4 years ago when the Colts and Bears played each other in the Super Bowl?

Each year on Super Bowl Sunday our church has a special service; we are encouraged to wear our NFL attire, we have free hot dogs, and two of the ministers team up and do the sermon together. This year was about the party in Heaven. My favorite line was, "There are no blue prayer cards in Heaven." (Our prayer request cards are blue) Of course we had to dress up and participate and I was the odd one out, I probably should get used to it.

Here are a few more of the morning.

Steve and Cooper's self portrait. My little man doing what he does best, eating his hand.

My boys all dressed and ready for church. Cooper is showing you how old he is. He is so proud he can now show you with his hands.


Saturday was a super low key day around these parts. I seriously did not get out of my pajamas until around 5 pm and that was only because we were going to stop by Steve's parents house. He even made the comment earlier on how he loved that I took a shower but my pj's went right back on. The highlight of the day were donuts. Steve & Cooper went to Jeff's Bakery in the morning and picked some up, it had been a while since we had some good donuts. Cooper enjoyed them. Poor Cameron just watched.