Wow. Way to be way later than planned, eh? Life got in the way, I guess. I still haven't uploaded the pics from my Rebel either. Duh. Must do tomorrow... I need to give one of you ladies my cell number so you can text me and harass me daily til I do it. :)
Busy times. Fourth of July was tame, CJ had to work so the kids and I parked in the Lowe's parking lot to watch the fireworks. P was terrified at first, he had to hide in his carseat. But after he kept hearing M saying "WOW!!! OOOOOH!!!!" and so on at the top of her voice, he peered over the back of the seat and watched them. J was a bit stunned at them, but I held him the whole time anyways, so who knows if he was scared.
We found out there *is* a pediatric PT here in town, and we were lucky enough to get J in with her!! Originally the wait was until September, but they called me the afternoon of the day I called and said they had a spot open the next day and could we come? Uh... yes, yes we can! So J is now being seen down here, so no more $60 one hour trips to Tucson for that. It's still costing us $40 per session (I know, ouch, eh?), but I can suck that up when I don't have to fill up a tank to go. J's getting stronger about pulling himself up, and has even gotten up on his hands! A big feat with Torticollis, so I'm really happy. One of the exercises I do with him is propping him up on his knees when he's on his tummy, and he seriously think it's one of the funniest things. He just starts giggling every time. At least he doesn't complain about that one like he does his other exercises! He's such a studious baby, everyone seems to say so. He's very calculated in what he does, like today Kim was holding him for me, and I went over and held my arms out for him. He turned towards me, looked me up and down, and decided "yes... I think I'll come to you", and slowly tipped towards me. Or when he's got his Gerber Puffs in front of him, you can almost see him thinking "hmmm... okay, I'll open my hand and go for that pile over there... ah, success!" By far my most serious of babies, yet so smiley too. He's charmed every single one of the older sisters at Church, they all think he's flirting with them. Who knows, it's very likely he could be.
M starts preschool up again in a month, I can't believe it. I'm excited and sad for her to go back though. She also has her 4th birthday in exactly one month. WOW. We're having a double party with Isaac, since his birthday is the day before. He's turning 2. We're renting a bounce house and got the pagoda at the park that's right next to the playground, so the kids should all have a blast. She's been so excited for her birthday for a few months now, and today we went to Bryson's birthday and she LOVED it. So now she can't wait for her birthday even more! Her "big" present is going to be a bicycle. Yeah, she got one for Christmas but she's already too tall for it so it got sold at the yard sale. Anyways, Granny and Papa are getting her that, and her big present from us is an aquarium. She loves animals and loves seeing the fish at Walmart, and has been asking for a "fishie" for almost 6 months. Obviously she's not going to be in complete charge of it, but it'll be fun for the kids. Plus Molly won't be likely to eat it.
P is doing great, such a little boy! Thomas take alongs have been on clearance at our Target (my home away from home), and so he's got quite a little collection of them now. I found the Cranky the Crane on clearance for $14, so it's stowed away for his birthday in November, provided I can hold myself back long enough to not give it to him. He loves to go to the park behind our house and just go down the slides for as long as he's able, and he almost always got someone chasing him, which he thinks is great.
And our big news..... M is finally potty training!!!!!!!!! *run around the house screaming for joy and fear* Yep, I really thought P would potty train first, and he actually did pee on the potty first. Once M saw that he got a bunch of Skittles for it, it was like a light went on. She's far from fully trained, but I'm not rushing her, and I think once school starts again and she sees how other kids her age go on the potty too, she'll probably be fully trained soon. But she tells me when she feels like she has to pee, and she goes and sits on the potty, and pees!! So proud of herself too.
Okay, it's late and ChaCha still isn't working for me (more on that another time), so I might as well toss in the proverbial towel and go to bed, especially when Church is in.... less than 9 hours. Whoops.