Monday, August 25, 2014

A Quote From Maximus

Maximus has been saying this over the past month or two. He just turned 3 1/2. Where does he get this stuff? haha
My best friend Shirley put this image and quote together from here. She found a standard template from their site and typed out M's quote. Pretty cool, don't you think?
Have a great week!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Checking In

 I have been taking a break from blogging lately. All of us have been sick. A couple weeks ago, I came down with an awful cold and was completely exhausted. Good thing Rob helped out a lot and I was able to stay in bed most of the first weekend I was ill. I'm feeling better, but the coughing and congestion is still hanging on.
A few days after I got sick, Maximus got the flu and threw up 3 times in one day. Poor guy. He also had a fever that was over 103 degrees at one point. He bounced back, (so I thought) several days later, but then came down with my cold.
For a while, Santino was the only healthy one in the family. But he too succumbed to the flu with high temps like Maximus and also got a cold. It's hard with kids, because when one child is sick, it seems like the other is bound to get it too.
Both boys have been coughing and have been congested. I called the advice nurse a couple of times, but it appeared to be a viral infection, so there wasn't anything they could we've been waiting it out at home. We've had to cancel Santino's birthday party with our families a couple of times now and will have to reschedule when everyone is well.
This was taken today when the boys were rocking in the chair like they enjoy doing. They are getting better. Slowly, but surely.
But, poor Rob. Throughout this whole ordeal, he's been sick; however, it really hit him hard a few days ago. And today, he came home early from work and has been in bed all day!
I will be so glad when we're all back to 100%. Being sick is no fun...I hate seeing the boys sick, the most. It really makes me appreciate me and my family's health!
Well, this wasn't supposed to be a feel sorry for us kind of post, but just wanted to share what's been going on. It seems so strange to be so sick in the middle of summer.
Do you ever get sick this time of year? It's no fun, anytime of the year, right? I hope all of you are well! Stay healthy! 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Happy !st Birthday Santino


 Happy 1st Birthday, Santino!!!
I can't believe this little guy is ONE today. He opened some presents...or more like Maximus opened them. We also enjoyed some cake & gelato. This weekend we're going to have a party with our families.
Santino Bambino...
We love you SO much!
Papa, Mama & Maximus

Monday, August 4, 2014

52 Weeks

What a year!
Yep...we are at the final weekly photo for this little guy. He turns ONE tomorrow!!!
We all figured he would be walking before his birthday and that is definitely the case. Over the past week it has become his main mode of transportation.
He's got another tooth poking through. It will be his 8th tooth, on the bottom right, next to the center front.
In the mornings Santino loves waving goodbye to Rob as he leaves for work and when he's backing out the driveway.
A new thing Santino does - he'll lie on his tummy and will rest his head on the floor, as if he's going to take a nap. Then, a second or two later, he'll get up.
He still likes to crawl around in circles on the floor too. It's pretty funny to watch.
I put him down for 2 naps a day, but oftentimes, he'll fight the morning nap and won't sleep. He's not ready to go to just one nap a day, so I plan on continuing until he consistently refuses the morning nap.
Santino enjoys peanut butter and honey sandwiches. I know you're supposed to wait at least a year before you feed them those things (sometimes longer), but he has shown no adverse reaction.
He is a big climber. He'll climb into Maximus' bed and Maximus' little rocking chair. I have a feeling that it's only going to continue the older he gets.
Santino likes books, but is more interested in holding them himself and eating them as opposed to having someone read to him. Maximus was the SAME way as a baby. I'm sure it is a phase that will pass, because Maximus now enjoys books. But I find it to be interesting when people say their babies love being read to.
Santino is all boy. He loves to be rough and tumble and joins right in with the climbing, jumping and wrestling that goes on in this house. He's a very sweet boy. Observant. Sensitive, yet tough. And very determined.
We LOVE YOU, Santino!
Both of these boys are such a blessing to our family. I'm so happy that they have each other to grow up with and experience this life together.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Happy Birthday Rob!

I had a nice time with my "boys," celebrating Rob's birthday today. Since Rob doesn't like making a big deal out of his day, we played it pretty low key. We took M & S to the park this morning, grabbed some burgers and brought them home for lunch and had some cake after dinner tonight. And in between all of that, Rob helped out around the house, went to the store and played with the boys.
Here's a little video of Maximus & Santino having fun with some balloons this evening.

IMPORTANT WARNING!!! I received the following message from a friend who saw this video on Facebook:  "Heidi, I am going to share an expierence that is not unknown to many Pediatric ICU nurses. I am only doing this because I have seen very sad outcomes. Latex balloons can be deadly to children. They bite them or try to make the squeaky sound. If they bite the balloon and it pops the peice of latex can be forced by the pop into the kids airway and cover the trachea. It seals with suction and even the heimlech cannot force it off. The result can just be awful....Mylar balloons are safe. Latex balloons are fun but just keep them in the air and let the kids play with the Mylar balloons!..." I am SO thankful she shared this with me and I will heed her advice!

We love you, Rob! Thanks for taking care of me and our boys! Praying for blessings over your life!

Heidi, M & S

Monday, July 28, 2014

51 Weeks

It's as if Santino is saying, "Whoohoo! I'm so ready for my 1st birthday next week, so I don't have to pose for these 'weekly photos' anymore!!!" haha
The biggest news is last week we started transitioning Santino to Maximus' room. Maximus now sleeps in his toddler bed, while Santino sleeps in M's old crib. And for the most part, it's going really well. Maximus loves having his little brother in there and in the mornings, M will sometimes greet Santino by saying, "Hi buddy." He also refers to S as "bambino" since Rob and I call him that a lot.
Santino has another tooth coming in, his 7th tooth. It's on the lower left, next to the center front tooth. It really seems to be bothering him, poor guy. And it appears that the other side will be poking through any day as well.
Santino continues to practice his walking. Sometimes he takes a series of steps and other times he only does one or two. He's also getting much better with balance and can stand for longer periods without holding onto anything.
He tries to imitate his brother in so many ways. And he also likes to tease and play with Maximus. Santino will grab and pull at Maximus' hair. He does it when they are sitting next to each other.
Tonight when the boys were sitting on Rob's lap, while I was reading them a story, Santino was at it.

Silly boys.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Maximus Says...

I try to record some of the funny or clever things that Maximus says, at the time, so I can remember them. Here are some of the highlights from back in April & May. Look for more recent conversations soon. 
April '14
Convo #1
Maximus (talking to me):  I'm going to give baby a five on his booty.
Convo #2
Maximus (after I told him he couldn't have any gummy bears):  I changed my mind. I can have some.
Convo #3
Maximus (before Rob left for work in the morning):  You can save your hug.
Rob:  Okay, I'll save it for later.
Maximus:  You can put it in your truck.
Convo #4
Maximus (in the bathroom):  Can I flush the toilet?
Me:  Yes
Maximus:  Bye, Bye. Have a good day! (waving as he's flushing the toilet)
Convo #5
Maximus (regarding TV & Tea)I want some tea. Papa, can you put it on pause so I can drink it out there?

Convo #6
Maximus (in response to something placed up high so Santino wouldn't grab it):  That would be dangerous, dangerous, dangerous. (as he shakes his finger at Santino).
Convo #7
Maximus (talking about a butterfly):  If he doesn't have a nose, he can't breathe. That's why he has a nose.
May '14
Convo #8
One of his blankets was in the wash and hadn't been dried in time for his nap, So I got out a special quilt that was made for him and told him he could use that instead...reminding him it was the blanket he got when he was baptized as a baby.

Maximus:  We used pellegrino water for my baptism. The pellegrino water helps the baptism. Does the guy put pellegrino water on my head? I like him...he's a nice guy.
Convo #9
Maximus (cleaning up blocks & telling Santino):  No. It's not time to play baby. I'll give you two more chances.
Happy weekend!

Monday, July 21, 2014

50 weeks

Today Santino walked on his own more than ever before. When we were all in the kitchen he was standing and then took off like a bow legged cowboy, taking about 10 steps. Then later this evening, after Maximus and I came in from outside, Rob said that Santino was walking a ton.
Besides that, here are some of the other recent developments with Santino:
  • Grinds his teeth. Oh, I hate the sound of that. It's like finger nails on a chalkboard.
  • Fake cough. He likes to play a game where if we cough a couple of times, he copies us. Maximus used to do the same thing as a baby.
  • Loves raspberries, Joe's O's (like cheerios) steak & hotdogs. We've given him some french fries and he likes them. Don't worry, they're not a regular part of his diet. The other day when we were at the meat counter they gave Maximus a pepperoni stick. He didn't want any, but Santino sure enjoyed it. It's quite amusing watching him try different foods.
  • Santino's not always fond of the high chair, so sometimes it's a challenge getting him to eat. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with being strapped down with the safety belt. But, we've discovered distraction works well. Making faces, playing games, shaking cereal boxes, spinning jar lids on the table and crinkling packaging all help to get him to stop moving/rocking and open his mouth.
  • Music means it's time to dance. When he hears it, he'll bounce or wave his arms. We have "dance parties" in the kitchen and I take turns dancing with the boys. Rob joins in sometimes too.
  • Peek-a-boo makes him giggle.
  • M & S like chasing each other upstairs, laughing and making lots of screaming and squeals. They get so excited.
  • Containers and bowls are a favorite for Santino to put on his head. He tries wearing them as hats and scoots around or walks while doing some happy babbling.
  • Either this onesie he's wearing keeps shrinking, or he's growing. I'm sure it's a little of both.
  • He's very alert and understands a lot of what we're saying. We can tell him "No" if he's going towards something he's not suppose to have and most of the time he'll look at us and then stop.
  • When he has something that he's playing with and you take it away from him, he'll let you know his dissatisfaction.
I hope you all had a good weekend! I haven't been blogging as much lately and am always meaning to post more, just doesn't always happen.
I do have several things that Maximus has been saying lately that are so cute. I'll try and share some of them this week.
In the meantime I'll leave you with this photo of M trying to help me get Santino to lie still for pictures today.
Happy day!

Monday, July 14, 2014

49 Weeks

It's pretty commonplace for Santino to have a number of bumps, bruises or cuts on him at any given time. He's a rough and tumble little baby. (Note the bruise on his forehead and Band-Aid on his toe).
Santino gets frustrated easily when he can't have something that he wants and will let you know. He's good about voicing his opinion.
He's been showing this kind of independence when it comes to eating as well. Lately he wants more of what we're eating and less of the baby food. Sometimes he doesn't even like us feeding him. He wants to do it himself. He likes blueberries and cucumbers. Recently he had both German Potato salad and American Potato salad and loved them both. Tonight we had carbonara and he enjoyed that.
When it comes to wiping food off of his face, he doesn't like it; however, if I get water on my hand and rinse off his face like that, he doesn't mind it a bit. In fact, he starts licking my hand.
He loves water...drinking it and playing in it, just like Maximus.
Santino continues to take a few steps here and there unassisted. Yesterday, he was playing on the floor while Rob, myself and Maximus were finishing up dinner. Just as I caught Santino out of the corner of my eye, Maximus announced that Santino was walking. M was the only one this time to see him take some steps. Maximus' reaction was sure cute. He thought it was so funny and we've been talking about it ever since.
These boys keep us busy and laughing. It's a lot of fun to watch them grow.
Happy day!