Monday, April 30, 2007
I was bummed to not have my camera with me today because we saw a couple cool things. The first was a bunch of kids doing a march for justice down Hawthorne. The second was a family of geese that wandered into a street. There were three little, fuzzy baby geese - so adorable. Somebody had stopped their car and was trying to shoo them back into the park.
On another note, Orion has been going through books on his own for awhile and adding his own words, but today was the first time I saw him go through a whole book and remember most of the words as they are written. It is a pretty long book, too, and he went through each page and said almost all whole story perfectly!
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Orion loves strawberries! We had just 4 left in the refrigerator today and decided to pull them out for a snack. When he had eaten 2, he asked how many were left. I realized it was a great opportunity to talk about numbers! I explained first there were four, and then you ate one and there was three, and then you ate another one and now there are two, then when you eat one more, there will only be one, and when you eat that one, there will be zero. Math had begun!
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Orion with his pot. He looks a little off in this picture, eh? Sure enough, he started getting warm later that day.
Orion making a basket with his new friend.
This is Tanya. She made quite an impression on Orion with that hat! She is awesome. I am so glad to have another funky mom in the group! She also has a bumper sticker that says "Bring Midwives Home". I think we will get along just fiiiine.
One interaction in particular really stands out. Orion was in the toy room when another little girl was building a tower. I always try not to be apprehensive in these situations because one of his favorite games is knocking down towers made by Dad, and he almost always will knock down towers made by other children. Sure enough... kapow. The little girl was clearly not happy, but Ron did not intervene, and Orion kindly offered to rebuild it for her. When he was finished, he said, "Now it's your turn to knock it over!" She told him she didn't want to, and Orion just looked at her like she was crazy and walked away. But the important thing was that he noticed his actions upset her and did something about it.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Here is some of our handywork :
And Orion, proud bearer of the watering can:
Sunday, April 22, 2007
And here is Orion in the midst of the horde.
The girl in the green shirt is Jessie, who was his Mother's Helper for the morning. We almost didn't get him out of there! But we did manage to pull him away and get back to Sunnyside Up for lunch. I really wanted to go back and have the breakfast menu and was not disappointed with my yummy Huevos Rancheros. We also wanted to go to the gluten free bakery we had heard about, but it was closed on Sunday! In general, a ton of the downtown businesses were closed, which seemed really odd to me.
We wanted to do a couple more sessions before heading home, but Orion kept wanting to come back to me and seemed in general like he had enough of being away from me, so we decided to head home. That was a fun drive since Orion decided to do all the pooping he had been saving up the whole conference haha. Seriously, it seems like he got into some wheat, or maybe he picked up a virus, because he was going quite frequently, but it was back to the issues he had before we took him off gluten. We had to pull off several times to change diapers on the way home. Fun, fun! And then we decided to go to sushi for dinner! It was OK though. We had been home awhile and whatever it was seemed to be done. We also had no energy to deal with cooking, so it was really nice to go out. We discovered that Orion likes the shrimp in mayo sauce, which is a good thing since he can't have the fake crab anymore.
Now we are all just super tired....
Saturday, April 21, 2007
More ETA! This was one of the highlights of the conference, and I didn't even write about it. I was hanging out in the parking lot with Orion while he jumped in a puddle, and then Dad came over and decided to join him. Awwww
Friday, April 20, 2007
We managed to get on the road around 9, which is miraculous for us haha. I actually had almost everything packed the night before, so the morning went pretty smoothly. We had planned to stop and see the Tulip Festival, but somehow neither of us noticed when we got to Woodburn! I swear we would lose our heads if they weren't attached! It was all good, though, because we got to the hotel nice and early and lucked out that they let us check in early. One of the first things I noticed were all the cool painted cars in the parking lot. They had slogans on them like, "School's Out! Unschooling is In!" Fun, fun. Should have taken some pictures. :(
When we got back it was pretty much time to hang out in the hotel room. Orion had not had a nap and I have to be down at the registration table at the horrible hour of 9am! So it is time to get some sleep and be up in time to get some grub at the free breakfast buffet before heading off to do my volunteer duties! It seems totally weird to be hanging out in the hotel room and have the baby be asleep so early and not be able to do much of anything. I think I will just do some reading before getting some sleep.
Friday, April 6, 2007
Just as a coincidence, Rose's cousin Vinnie was also in town with his wife and son, so it turned into a nice little group! Our two groups ended up getting there at right the same time, so we had a bit of time to visit. It was my first time seeing the new place Rose and Jim were living, and it was quite a cute little condo, with an ocean view even! Luckily, Rose has several toys since she watches Carter frequently, so that kindof kept him out of trouble.
We decided on Boston Market for dinner since they seemed to have several gluten free and dairy free options. Chris was nice enough to pick it up on her way home from work. I had never had their food before, and it was pretty darn good! Orion was Mr. Tough Guy with his cousin again, which was totally weird after he had been such a gentleman with Connor. I just don't get why he is so different with different kids. I haven't figured out if it is his mood or just "chemistry".
More with pictures to come....
Thursday, April 5, 2007
"Hey look at the alligators!"
These critters were quite entertaining, although I am embarrassed to say I can't remember their names.
Orion really liked this pole for some reason. I think he liked it better than any of the animals he saw that day.
So how did the day get crappy...? My brother and I had made plans to go have Indian food that night, so I headed that way after leaving the zoo. When I got to his house, I noticed Orion felt a little warm, and he was complaining about his ears hurting - yikes. He seemed OK overall, though, so I decided to still go to dinner. By the time we got to the restaurant, he was really hot. I was unsure about what to do, but I figured he could just sit on my lap if he wasn't feeling well. Sure enough, all he wanted to do was nurse, and he fell asleep in my lap while I was eating! Poor little bug. He had never done that before - well, at least not since being a tiny baby.
I decided to just eat quickly and head for a Whole Foods on the way home. He was still quite hot at this point and really complaining about his ears. He has only ever had one other ear infection, so he is not prone to them, but it seemed that was pretty clear what was going on. I bought some garlic mullein drops and Tylenol drops in case I really figured I needed them and got the poor monkey back to grandma and grandpa's house.
The first thing I did was have grandpa help me get some drops in his ears. Then I started writing to people I know in the area and making posts on forums to find out if there is a naturopath in the area or a ped who is at least a bit natural minded. I also looked up doctors on our insurance website in case that is the route I need to take tomorrow. After that, Orion fell asleep pretty easily and I got up to see if I had any replies. So far most of the suggestions are not in this area except one doctor there are not alot of details about. I will start making calls in the morning.... In the meantime, I better get to bed as I may be in for a night of not alot of sleep!
Monday, April 2, 2007
Sunday was pretty much a relaxing, visiting, shopping and organizing day. Of course I had to hit the local Trader Joe's and do some gluten free/dairy free shopping. On Monday we got to spend some time outside. Orion had a great time in his little digging spot.
Then we hit the park next door for awhile. Grandpa pushed him on the swing for awhile until he decided he needed to do some more exploring. A fountain is always no end of fun, especially ones that don't drain! First Orion tried in vain to figure out if he could push the button himself and drink at the same time, but then he realized it was much more fun to just splash the water.
Today we went to visit Taira and the kids, but I forgot my camera like a dork. Christina was sure glad to see Sarah! The boys got to play outside, fight over toys and play with one of the dogs. Actually, I was so happy that Orion did such a great job with Connor, who is about half a year younger than him. Connor was acting the way Orion usually does haha - just being possessive of toys and getting a bit physical about it. Orion would just look at him, and if I said he should give the toy back when he was done, he would just hand it to him most of the time. It was like he thought if it was upsetting Connor, he might as well just give it back. Maybe he is finally starting to settle down, or some of the things I say over and over and over are finally being put into action.