Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Wow I am way behind on posting!

Good news, Aden has passed his fussy stage! Seriously, that lasted like 3 months. What a frustrating stage! Waking up at 5am, screaming all day, not showing any affection towards me, refusing to eat, jealousy... phew.

The not showing affection thing was the worst. I mean the tantrums are 50 times worse if you don't get any kind of kiss, hug, or cuddle time too. The eating thing I just kind of ignored. I wasn't going to force food down his throat and I wasn't going to make him sit at the table and scream until he ate. We really don't make a big deal out of eating his veggies or eating everything on his plate... and it really works for us. He LOVES veggies and fruits and is a great eater, and I think a lot of that is because we just don't pressure. Sure, I'll comment on what a great eater he is or ask him to take one more bite now and again, but the bottom line is... he isn't going to starve himself. He will eat what is put on his plate if he is hungry. I refuse to let him snack throughout the day and eat graham crackers for dinner... not happening buster.
So now, Aden wakes up at 6:30 or 7 in a great mood which makes me in a great mood!

Thanksgiving was fantastic. This year Ryan and I switched roles. Last year I was so anxious and worried about switching Aden's schedule and going somewhere for Thanksgiving (I never have left the house on thanksgiving) that it made my day a little tougher. This year, Ryan was the one making comments about Aden's schedule. We did Thanksgiving at my house first, then we went to Lancaster and went to his Grandma Kiger's for pumpkin pie and then the Kilbargers for Thanksgiving Dinner and then back the the Kiger's to spend the night. The next day we made cookies with the Kigers (best family tradition ever, everyone brings a bunch of their favorite recipes and you make tons and tons and tons of cookies) and then went home at about 3.
Oh and guess what else? It's almost winter break! I've been done with all of my assignments and quizzes for awhile. In two of my classes, the only grades left I have are the actual final. In the other one we have a quiz today, and then the final next monday. I feel really confident in my grades (I have to get a 62% to get an A in my Vet 101 class and I have to get a 69% to get an A in my Vet 114 class) and will spend this Tuesday and Thursday doing nothing but studying at the library! My Vet 101 final is available on Friday so I'm really hoping I can find a sitter so I can take it that very day and have the weekend to study for my other two. I have PACT again this Sunday at 8am and I swear, if I get stuck scrubbing the feces encrusted dog cages I'm not gonna be happy. I don't mind doing it once a quarter but totally not cool if I have to do it twice.

Okay. End post. I'm boring, I know.

P.S.- I just almost titled my post Thanksgiving 2011... getting a bit ahead of myself I guess.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


I'm pretty sure it's official, I smell like poop all the time. Whether it's Aden poop or dog poop... it's poop. And it reeks.

Anyways, these are two of the main reasons I permanently smell...

First, everyone meet Shaggy.
Shaggy is my dude. He is the one that if you kneel or sit and are face to face with him, he gets really really really excited and decides that it is necessary to jump on your back and hump you. This has happened multiple times.
Shagster has an abnormal amount of energy. He is part terrier... that's probably where is energy is from. He's also an obsessive tail chaser. I'm not kidding, it's actually a disorder. He and his tail have to be separated at all times. Every time I pulled out my phone to take a picture, he stared straight at it. Such a model.
This is Tasha, or as I call her, Tosh.0. Tasha has a total attitude problem with other girl dogs. I swear she purposely flounces out the door when she is going outside to make the girl dogs jealous. Whenever she walks by they jump at their cages. She is SUCH a cuddle bug. She goes to the bathroom asap just so she can get more petting time. Her downfall- not the brightest crayon in the box. Today she barked at a step stool as well as a black coat. Fierce.

These are my PACT dogs. Notice I don't have a picture of my PACT cat, Felix. That's because Felix is totally not nice to me.. so until he starts being nice to me he isn't allowed to have his picture on my blog. Even though he's a total cutie.

Tasha and Shaggy will be with CState until Sept 2011. Then they will be adopted out to students, workers, friends of students, etc.

So there ya go. Let's give a round of applause for Tasha and Shaggy!

Friday, November 12, 2010

The life of a Sherpa

So HOW fun were those pics!? You can actually see the stages of not only Aden's life, but the stages of getting dressed. Remember how I didn't really get dressed until November? Then I started taking better care of myself in January. Good times good times.

Anyways, I am finally starting the see the light at the end of the tunnel! I have 2 lectures in Vet 102 left, I think 4 lectures left in Vet 114- but no more homework, I finished it all! and 2 more assignments in Vet 101 plus all 3 finals. Right now I'm working on an assignment due Nov 30 that consists of 20 modules along with a quiz at the end of each one. I have finished 12. How exciting is that?! My first quarter of Vet Tech school completed! Oh, and I totally found out what I got on my other midterm...94!!! so 93 on one and 94 on the other!

The tantrums are gradually decreasing. He knows where we keep the cookies (he sees my mom eat them and watches her) and literally stands by the freezer and whines for them. Totally not going to happen.

You know what bugs me? That people think I feed him sugar on a daily basis. Really, he doesn't even get juice more than two times a month. Water and milk only. We eat fake chicken nuggets because I don't think it's okay to feed people liquid chicken. (I'm so not kidding, if you want the link I'll give it to you) Fruits and veggies are fed (and eaten) at every single meal and every single snack. His favorite cereal is oatmeal squares. He didn't have any sugar until his 1st birthday when he had his cake- and he didn't even like it. I let him have 2 pieces of candy on halloween and 1 piece after lunch/snack for a few days. Sugar is fine in moderation. I'm not going to deprive him of treats and snacks. It's not like i'm putting coke in a bottle or letting him eat mcdonalds every day. I feel like if I teach him that sugar every once in awhile is an okay thing, he won't binge eat it when he gets the chance to. My mom was pretty relaxed on what I
ate (besides the no caffeine till I was like,15) compared to my siblings and I was the one who grew up loving vegetables. So really, if you don't want to feed your kid sugar ever, that's fine..
good for you. But don't try to tell me that I'm doing something wrong by teaching my child moderation or giving him treats. I mean for pete's sake we are having grilled talapia, red and orange peppers, and grapes and peaches for lunch.

On a lighter note...

Aden and his word's are hilarious. Every time I get him out of the car seat he says "cold!" no matter what temperature it is! This morning he said "ba!", pointed to a bear stuffed animal, and then growled. He pulls out the video "Babe" (never watch that before easter ham by the way) and oinks like a pig. He will argue about whether something is a truck, car, or bus with you. He will beg you to read him the book with the "kitty" on it. He finds it so funny if you replace the word "David" in the book "No, David" with the word "teddy" or "mommy" or "aden". He will answer no to almost every question. If he wants something, he'll put his head down, his hands behind his back, and smile. He will always fist bump/ hit the rock when you ask him to. He has the best aim I have ever seen a 20 month old have. He can stuff half a banana into his mouth. He has amazing conversations on the telephone.

I have proof on the last 3:

Do you like how he threw Scout right at my face? It hit me... if you can't tell by the "OW!" And see that weird tiptoe thing? He does that ALL the time. He thinks it's the greatest thing since gerber puffs. Yesterday, when the phone rang, he went to pick it up, pressed a button, and started talking. I think they hung up (telemarketers.. ugh!) but omg it was mega adorable.

Oh have I told you about the Rescue Fleet? I think I've mentioned them- the firetruck, ambulance, tow truck, and helicopter that all make noise and that I have to carry
EVERYWHERE. Up and down stairs, in the car, outside... everywhere. Apparently to Aden, I'm just a sherpa. I do nothing but carry his crap around while he walks up and down the stairs. Here's the rescue fleet hangin out:

See?? They are rather large. And not easy to carry. The other day I brought out his new little people nativity set (I decided I should give it to him before christmas so a)we can have it set up and b) I could see if he likes little people... which thankfully he did.. seeing as he is getting a lot of sets of LP for christmas. They have an airport. I totally want the airport. Anyways, he was in a rotten mood after his afternoon nap so just sat there and sobbed. Until I brought in the rescue fleet. I had different voices for all of the LP.. it was great. We (I) set it up so there was a fire and the rescue fleet had to come rescue baby jesus and life flight him outta there. Aden interrupted Jesus' life flight and threw him across the room, but it's okay, he's good.

I can't even imagine what is going to happen when the LP cavemen, school bus, and barn get in on this action.

Aden throwing a grocery cart at me.

Friday, November 5, 2010


Apparently I take a lot of pictures of Aden and I on photobooth. I just found a whole folder with pictures of me and baby. Enjoy these gems.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Hide and Go Poop

They say the first step towards potty training (no worries, we still aren't even close to that) is hiding while making a BM. Well, AJ just started hiding.

He won't go to a designated area, just close enough so he can peek around the corner to make sure you know the situation. Even if you couldn't see him you surely would know what's going on. I have never heard a person be such a vocal pooper in my life. I hope that doesn't continue because I really don't want people coming into my house and thinking I am hiding some ki
nd of animal in my bathroom (literally, he sounds like a gorilla).

I don't know if there is a nice/proper way to ask someone if they can make fecal matter any quieter....

Making his way back behind the chair with scout and blankie

Look at him with a book.. he is such a guy.

Feeling refreshed.

Of course this new quirk is called "hide and go poop"

P.S.-If you are offended by the talk of poop, the word poop, or the description of poop, you probably shouldn't be reading a mom's blog.

Mandarin Monster

Guess who just ate a can and a half of mandarin oranges...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Is it just me or has this week been ridiculously busy already? It's only Wednesday and I'm about dead.

Monday I took my midterm for Vet 114 (93% thank you very much) and with the 40 minutes leftover I did some of my required weekly work with one of the dogs, Shaggy (you know, the one that humps me every single time). Then I had Vet 102 from 6-8pm when we worked with mice, rats, and guinea pigs. By worked, I mean handled. Actually, the rats were my favorite. We just had to check out their teeth (ew.) and look at their eyes and ears. I could NOT get the hang of handling the guinea pigs (I swear mine hated me and kept trying to get away from me. I WAS SCOOPING DR.OLIVE! I PROMISE!) so I will definitely be going in and working one-on-one. It's not required, I just want to do my best and actually feel confident before I go stickin' a needle in them.

Anyways, after vet 102, I went to Ryan's and had some Hungry Howie's pizza and watched some football, went home, changed my sheets, and went to bed. Tuesday I had a midterm during the day- I still don't know my grade on that- and then came home, made aden dinner and gave him a bath, and then rushed off to do general parameters on Tasha (who really didn't mind getting a thermometer stuck all up in her business) and bathed/groomed Shaggy. Went to Ryan's for my leftover hungry howies, went home, started laundry, went to bed. Today Aden didn't wake up till 8-- don't get too excited, he was up for 2/3 hours last night-- we had breakfast, did laundry, had lunch, went to the library, went to the grocery store, had a snack finished laundry, played outside, ate dinner, had a bath, read, and went to bed. There was a 45 minute nap in there somewhere.

Ryan asked us to go to dinner with his fam for his uncle's birthday but Aden had an absolute meltdown after his nap at 4 and he didn't stop crying until bathtime.

His new words are "UH-OH!" and "boat". every step he walks down he goes "uh-OH" and everything that drops,spills, or makes any kind of noise is "UH-oh". I have absolutely no idea where he learned it. It started on Monday morning randomly.

He is also going through a growth spurt. He's been sleeping 12-13 hours a night (not really consecutively) and he's been eating like a starving man. For dinner the other day he had 4 chicken nuggets (fake meat), a CAN of mandarin oranges- seriously an entire can, probably about 8 cherry tomatoes, and a handful of pasta with broccoli carrots and corn. He ate so well that I gave him 2 pieces of candy corn for an after dinner treat. This morning he had an entire cup of yogurt, a waffle, oatmeal squares, milk, and a banana. I'm expecting him to grow 2 feet overnight.

"Bye" is also a new favorite word. Whenever he gets off a bed, a chair, or just leaves the room he says "by-eee" It makes it that much harder to leave him 4 (that's right, 4) nights a week.

Since it's taken me 2 days to write this post, I'll stop now. Huzzah!