Sunday, March 30, 2008

Hakuna matata

Have you ever wondered what springtime in Africa might look like? I took this picture inside the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania during the month of May. Beautiful fields of these delicate yellow flowers as far as the eye could see, broken only by a wandering elephant, or tembo in Swahili. A very different version of "tiptoe through the tulips".

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Post-Easter post

Okay so this is late but here are pictures from the Easter Egg Hunt put on by the local Parks and Rec Dept. Caden had a lot of fun though he only got 10-12 eggs. He kept taking them back out of his basket and putting them on the ground, like "That was so much fun finding that egg, let's do it again!" I was nervous about how he'd handle a giant white fuzzy Easter bunny but Caden was so excited that he practically tackled the bunny when he saw him. He also got to catch up on things with his friend Sara and even won her a prize (Caden won two and since Sara didn't get any, Caden decided to share. The Tank was very proud and said his boy was TCB - taking care of business).

Hey girlfriend, how's life been treatin' ya?

I'm coming, Easter Bunny!

Bunny snuggles

Friday, March 21, 2008

Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day. The date represents the 3 copies of the 21st chromosome (3-21). We will be wearing our designer jeans (well, Levi's) to celebrate Caden's designer genes!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Picture "The Scream" by Edvard Munch

Or even Macaulay Culkin in "Home Alone". This is Caden's new face. It means "Uh-oh!". I have no idea where he picked it up but I do know it's terribly cute. I'll be in the kitchen and hear his train run off the track. In runs Caden, both hands holding his head, his lips puckered into a silent circle. And this is all done with much drama, I might add. I want to laugh but he is serious. For the love of chocolate, Mom, my train is sideways - fix it! Fix it now! Can't you see how horrible this is? He is starting to use it for all kinds of toddler catastrophes. I just pushed my truck under the bed and now it's gone forever because I can no longer see or reach it! Or A Goldfish cracker just fell on the floor! Never mind that there are 20 more on my high chair tray - I may die of malnourishment without that one! True, these are all classic moments for the "uh-oh" face but the best occurred a few nights ago in his crib. Caden was trying his darnedest not to fall asleep but exhaustion was wearing him down. He was sitting upright but his head was getting heavy, bobbing around, eyes closing, starting to doze....suddenly he fell over on his side. As I peeked in on him, I saw him stay exactly as he had fallen until he broke out the uh-oh face to no one in particular. It was so hard not to bust out laughing! I love this new face.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

What Mommy learned at the Hands On House

Today Caden had developmental therapy at the Hands On House in Lancaster. He had such a blast there! Last month we went to the Curiosity Connection at the State Museum in Harrisburg. I highly recommend these types of outings for any children in the 2-7ish age range. There's so many great toys, games, dress-up areas, etc to outlast any young kid. In fact at Curiosity Connection, Caden never even made it through the whole facility. I think he learned his lesson for Hands On House though because he made a dash from the front door to the very back of the building like he wanted to scope it out before he committed to any one area first. He always amazes me at places like this. It's a new environment, with all kinds of strangers and noises around, with new things to do and play with that he's never seen before. I fret about how he'll handle it, will he make friends and as it turns out, he left Mommy in the dust. He was in his element, holding his own with all the other kids, just one of many busy toddlers. I love to watch him examine something new, figure out how it works or how he'll describe something. He saw a toy cow that didn't look much like a cow to me other than having a black and white pattern. What would Caden think of it? He examined it and saw the big giant pink snout on the face and signed "pig". It really did look like a pig nose. What a smart boy! There was a maze of metallic tubes on one wall that you could place wiffleballs into and see where they rolled out. Caden placed a basket at the end of one tube and then traced along it with his finger till he found the opening, put the ball in, and then ran back to the basket to watch it roll out. My boy is a genius! There was a shelf area full of clear containers to place colorful plastic widgets into. I was trying to get Caden to sort the widgets into these containers by color, which he wanted no part of. I kept reaching in to fish them back out for him when suddenly he spun the whole contraption around and the widgets fell through a hole in the back into a bin below. It was set up on a lazy susan device that I hadn't even noticed but my boy figured out. You see what I'm saying - he's brilliant! Time and time again, he amazed me as he worked his way through this building. All that worrying beforehand for naught as he was more than fine. I have a feeling that Caden will teach me that lesson several more times as he grows up until one day I will look at my son and see him as an adult. And I will know that all that worrying I did when he was younger about his future was for naught, because he will be more than fine.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Deja Vu

Ditto, do-over, repeat started just like my Feb 29 post. Do they make stronger poop-containing diapers or what? Yuck. Oh Mommy take me home! Oh Mommy take me home!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Don't laugh (too hard)

On the heels of my last post, here's some more potty talk. I just bought this toddler urinal for Caden. It's supposed to help boys potty train months earlier. It's even height-adjustable so it can grow with him:

So far he hasn't "used" it but he is fascinated with the flushing action from pressing the big green button on top. Then he'll turn right around and whiz all over the floor - sheez!

In case you're wondering, I bought it from One Step Ahead though you can find it other places. It's called a Peter Potty. There's just no way Caden could climb onto a stepstool to use the big potty so hopefully this is a good solution for him. Keep your fingers crossed!