Thursday, July 16, 2015

Letter to My Son

Dear Son,

Tomorrow is your last day of camp.  This morning, you told me, "Camp!"  Then when we drove up, your were all smiles.  I thought to myself, "Oh, he is going to miss camp time."  It has been a great experience for you.  Your words are growing in leaps and bounds.  You are more open and willing to interact with children.  You did have two days where you bit a child... because the child was trying to take a toy from your hand.  At least your weren't bullying and you won't allow someone to bully you. When the teachers said, "Use your words."  Maybe you thought, "mouth, words, what's the difference" and BITE.  You did go through a biting stage at home, but that was long before camp and you got over it quickly, because we stopped you.

You ate from the camp menu; some days were better than others.  You didn't like the meatballs, but you loved the pancake lunches and the chicken lunches.  There was a lot of indoor and outdoor (by the pool and playground) activity, yet you never came home with a sunburn.

Today was a new experience for you at camp.  Your group did a performance with the music instructor.  It was the first time you were on stage and Mommy was in the front row.  Your eyes were glued to Mommy and by the second song, you were in tears....

We (Mommy, Opa and Opa attended) heard another parent say, "oh no, crying is contagious!"  Nobody else cried though.  When I asked Halie, the group leader, if you liked music time, she replied, "Oh, yes, he does.  But this was his first time on stage and it's typical.  You should have seen the end of the school year when there was a group performance - this was a LOT better."  I guess most of the kids in this group go to preschool there.  After the performance, I heard a parent say to her daughter, "At least you didn't cry this time!"

And... considering my sweet son... you were sick too.  It's no wonder you were crying on stage, not feeling well, not sleeping much and there's Mommy - just steps away and not holding you!

Below is a cute group picture of your summer camp:
(You are the second tallest of the group - ages between 2 and 3 years old)

This week you have been up late at night coughing... hard. I knew something was wrong when I saw green mucus on your eyes.  Infection.  We made the doctor appointment and fortunately we were able to get it right after camp.  The doctor said it's a sinus infection.  Mommy would recognize is...  it's something we seem to share.  You got sinus issues from Mommy, sorry Son.  The doctor prescribed antibiotics.  The doctor said, "When the infection is packed in, it backs up and the only place to go is out of the eyes.  That's why he had the green mucus in his eyes."  

Thanks to Oma and Opa for bringing you to the appointment and picking up your medicine.  You went to sleep for FOUR hours when they brought you home... 

But during the doctor appointment..?  You cried the ENTIRE time.  You remember the shots, even though it's been at least a year since your last shot.  You don't get shots again until you are 4 years old, thank goodness.  The doctor had to hold you down on the table.  Opa held your face still and Oma held your legs.  You are a strong boy!  After the exam, the doctor offered you candy, but you refused.  The doctor handed the candy to Oma and she offered it to you, saying, "Say Thank You Doctor."  The doctor had gone into his office; you called out, "Thank Doc!"  You said it clear enough that the doctor responded, "You're welcome, Gregory."

Your vocabulary has been amazing.  Sometimes we can quickly understand, such as when you suddenly started saying, "Pick Up" (meaning to pick you up).  Other times it isn't as easy to understand, but you find a way to make it clear.  One funny thing... Daddy was going over the parts of the body with you one night.  The next morning, you point to Mommy and say, "Big Boobs"  Daddy's jaw just about hit the floor!  

This summer has been horribly hot and humid.  Do you miss our evening walks?  One night, it was cooler and we took a walk outside.  You walked Dewey and you enjoyed correcting the dog when he walked too far away.  But the bugs were out and you came back with a number of bites.  Yuck.

You love going swimming, but I don't want to bring you into the pool until you are over the sinus infection.  Here's a picture of you and Oma swimming:

When you cry, it breaks my heart.  When you are sick, I hurt.  May love be healing and bring you strength.  You are SO loved!  You have no idea what your smiles do - it's amazing.

Love Always,

Friday, July 3, 2015

Letter to My Son

Dear Son,

The end of the camp week ended well.  Your camp leader, Hailey, said you had a great day on Thursday.  At camp this week, you made "firework hats" - oh my gosh, SO cute!  You were in the group picture (on the left side, third down):

You don't get any cuter than this!

This weekend started early.  It's 4th of July, Independence Day weekend... we started the fun on Thursday evening with a swim at Oma's and Opa's.  Mommy bought you a floaty device.  You liked it.  We even tried to take it off about midway through the time in the pool and you cried to have it back on!  Warning for other parents - it's a great thing for your child, but do not leave child unattended (DUH), because the child can roll in the water going face down. This happened to you twice.  We were quick to get you right again and Daddy said, "It's still good that he put his face in the water."

Next picture is right after you did  "roll" by accident in the water.  

Mommy couldn't resist the Mickey Mouse pool toy.  It floats and you liked swimming (with assistance) towards it.

Family Pool Selfie!

After swimming, I asked you, "Do you like swimming in the pool?"  You exclaimed, "YES!"  That made Mommy happy.

This morning, Mommy and Daddy woke up early.  Friday - up early - both of us off of work today... shouldn't we all still be asleep?  But we had plans for the day!  Daddy, who doesn't like the beach (because of the sand and heat), had agreed that we would go to Mississippi and spend some time on the beach near the Silver Slipper Casino.  We left early, just before 7am, in order to get there early enough before the heat of the day and before the big crowds arrived.

Daddy said, "His iPad case matches his water shoes perfectly!  He is entertained means we are all happy."

Calm waters over the lake.

Beach Time!  And we had the beach all to ourselves!

You loved walking in the sand.  You love to walk!

You were off on your own until you heard Mommy say, "Do you want to play with your beach toys?"  

Daddy, can you open my beach toy bag?

Your joy was putting sand into the bucket and dumping it right back out again.

And in case anyone is wondering, yes, jelly fish in very shallow waters.

You and Daddy set out to make a sand castle.

When your feet went into the water, you said, "COLD!"  You are understanding the difference of hot and cold now.  You were okay in the water for a brief period of time, but the minute you left the water ... you didn't want to get back into it again..  That's okay, because you loved the sand time.

Daddy might not like the beach, but he will do anything for you, sweet son.

Back in the car, with the beach in the background.  I'd say it was a successful morning at the beach!  You never stopped playing.  Daddy said, "This was the perfect amount of time at the beach.  Morning and not too long.  I'm glad we are both mountain people, rather than beach people."  It's true, Mommy and Daddy prefer the mountains, but spending time on the beach is good for all of us, just in low dosage amounts :) 

After the beach, we went to the Mississippi Welcome Center.  While Daddy brought you to the Men's bathroom to change out of your swim suit and shoes, Mommy went to the Lady's bathroom and changed too.  It was great to change in air conditioning and I've always thought the MS welcome center was pretty.  You liked the rocking chairs; anything new is fun for you!

The welcome center was the perfect quick stop to cool off, change and relax for a few minutes.  Then, Daddy had an awesome idea to go to the Science Center!  You, my boy, love Science just as much as Daddy. Your face light up with joy when Daddy told you where we were going.  When we arrived, you didn't stop.  You looked at everything, as curious as ever.  Mommy told Daddy, "I hope he becomes a Scientist."  I hope you always have your wonderful, curious nature.

Hurry up, Mommy!

My strong, sexy husband - he carries my world in his arm and holds a planet in his hand.

There were a bunch of mannequins dressed in various rescue outfits - fireman, policemen, first responders, etc.  Daddy said, "Gregory, look a fireman!"  You knew exactly which mannequin to go to!

There was an outfit for an astronaut and a space where the person's face can go in.  You are TOO cute!

The employees of the center came up to us and asked, 
"Would your son like to try on some outfits?"  Here you are with the fireman's hat.

They also had a Saints gear and helmet.  Daddy couldn't resist!

You were SO proud caring the outfit, walking around like a football player already!

And then.. you got sacked...

So much to see at the Science Center!

Another lady was there with her family, she offered to take a picture of the three of us.  Incredibly sweet.  I had just been thinking, "Maybe we could ask someone to take our picture" and then she just walked up to me.  Yeah!  Thank you, God :)  Our family picture for the day :)

An indoor playground!

Where there are Legos, there is Gregory.

They had a cool Bubble station.

Mommy caught a bubble on her hand!

Mommy noticed that anything that Daddy touched, you touched too.  Adorable.

There was an airplane making station.  It's on the second floor of the center.  You take the airplane and try to land it on the landing strip on the first floor.  Your plane went straight down!

Mommy, come on, we're going to the moon!

Daddy flying the space shuttle.  He had just as much fun as you did!

Like Daddy, Like Son

You didn't want to leave, but we did get some space shuttle toys and that made you happy.

For lunch, we went to Cracker Barrel.  Our waitress gave you a box of crayons.  Half the fun is you being able to open the box.

It took a while for the food to get to our table.  Good thing Mommy always brings Cheerios!  How many Cheerios can you fit in your mouth?

You love to play and play so seriously at times!

Did we have a fun filled morning?!  Oh yes!  You fell asleep on the car ride home.. and three hours later, you are still asleep.

My beautiful boy... it was a great day.  Mommy and Daddy both had off from work and we made the best of it as a family together.  You love anything new and different.  You love to explore and that was what this day was about.   Quality family time and fun.  Couldn't be more blessed.

Love Always,