Three Kids and a Dog

Sunday, October 16, 2016

My First Born

I rely a lot on my first born and I expect a lot from him. He's the one that watches Hailey at my soccer practice when Tom has to work and I have to coach. He's the one that can walk Sadie when I need to get something else done at home and don't want to drag all the kids for the walk. He's the one I can rely on to clean up all the toys when the other 2 have made the mess. 

He's the one who gets his first grade sister from her class and walks her home from school.

In fact, he's the one who I told the other day that I would pick up his sister from school since I was volunteering that day and he didn't need to worry about her and he was free to just ride his bike home. But, as I was just rounding the corner to get her (delayed by a brief chat with a friend) I heard Austen shouting her name and waiting with her til I came up a few seconds later. He wanted to make sure she was safe. He's also the kid that got very upset when Peyton wouldn't listen to him and took a ride from our neighbor instead of walking home with him without my permission. 

And, Austen's the one that other parents tell me repeatedly what a nice kid  I have. He's my kid who likes everyone. 

He's a great kid. A great son and an awesome big brother. I am so proud to be his mom. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hailey Turns 3

We've been celebrating Hailey since Sunday even though she just turned 3 today! It started with the delivery of a giant number "3" adorned with red balloons for our front lawn on Sunday morning. That afternoon kicked off Hailey's party with all of her favorite foods including popcorn, soft pretzels, fried chicken (close enough to chicken nuggets!) and chocolate milk!

She enjoyed jumping in the inflatable bounce house (last year she was a bit hesitant); requested that the balloon artist make her a lion (her favorite animal); loved the pinata (she got to pull the last string that let out all the candy); and didn't cry when everyone sang happy birthday to her this year (although she did chastise me two days later for helping her blow out her candle. Why she waited two days before mentioning this was beyond me as I didn't even think she noticed!).

She was happy to open all of her presents (which were almost all toys this year). It was a great mix of all of her favorites - Peppa Pig, Mickey Mouse, Paw Patrol, Lion Guard and Secret Life of Pets (the theme for her party). And, she loved her big cousin giving her tattoos (Secret Life of Pets of course!).

Today (her actual birthday), we opened presents and went to the toy store to buy more toys. Tom came home early before he and Austen had to leave early for football practice so Hailey got to pick her favorite meal for dinner (a Happy Meal!) with chocolate milk of course! More presents, more cake and more blowing out a candle capped off the evening.

Hailey had a great few days of celebrating three but I still don't know who was more excited for the party and to play with all the presents - Austen or Peyton?!

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Austen Has a New Job

This fall, I volunteered to be the head coach of Peyton's soccer team. This includes running a one hour practice and game each week. 

We have 8 great girls on our team and most attend Peyton's school so it's been great getting to know these girls better and teaching them some soccer basics.  

Austen helps out too when he can. He demonstrates drills and has been refereeing our scrimmages at practice. So it wasn't unusual for me to volunteer him to ref the girls' games each Saturday. I knew he knew the rules pretty well. Just wasn't sure how much my rule-abiding first born would bend those rules to accommodate first grade girls just learning the game. 

Needless to say I was impressed. He didn't just ref a great game. He was teaching the girls as he reffed - telling them to spread out on a goal kick and where to go on throw-ins. Parents on our team and opposing teams complimented his reffing abilities - even some who didn't know the ref's dad was sitting nearby. 

I am proud of him for having the confidence to do this at such an early age. I bet by the time Hailey gets to first grade, he'll be coaching her and her friends!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Just Dance Dance Dance!

You know that relatively new Justin Timberlake (JT) song, Can't Stop the Feeling? Peyton got to participate in our high school junior poms program recently where she learned a poms routine to this song. 

The high school pom girls teach girls in grades K - 4 and then they perform at a sophomore high school football game as well as a basketball and soccer game.

She had such a fun time with her friends learning the routine and amazingly this kid loves to perform. She isn't nervous about going out in front of a stadium full of people and doing her thing even if she messes up a few parts! She had a blast learning the jumps, doing a kick line and just loving this kind of dance music. (This is her kind of music as she is always switching the radio station in the car to dance music and singing along).

Not sure she'll be a dancer when she gets to high school but I like that she is trying it all out now. Why not?! 

As an aside, Austen didn't even mind watching her as he got to see the majority of the football game. And, Hailey instantly recognized the song when we walked into the orthodontist and it was playing. "What's this?" she said as she strained her ear to listen. "Peyton's cheerleading," she said. I am glad she knows JT now too!

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Things Hailey Says...

At almost three years old, our little girl says the cutest things sometimes. I wanted to capture these words at least in print, but hopefully someday soon on video too.

Here are a few instances of Hailey being Hailey:

  • I am upstairs making lunch in the kitchen. She's downstairs in the basement playing. I sneeze. then I hear this little voice say, "Bless you, Mommy!" My heart melts.

  • "I want to go to Carget (Target)!" She asks me this every day when I pick her up from school. She wants to see all the toys and I have to lie and tell her that they are closed or are cleaning the store or everyone went home for lunch and a nap (just like her!). 

  • Hailey can have quite the little temper especially toward her siblings (well one in particular who shall remain nameless). So she has been serving timeouts for hitting and must apologize afterward. Hailey hates to apologize and instead says, "I don't want to say sorry." Talk about stubborn. She flat out refuses. Reminds me of Austen's famous words when he was younger, "I'm not sorry." 

  • This past Sunday, Austen was warming up with his soccer team before his game. He happened to be close to the sideline where we were sitting and Hailey who had been playing suddenly noticed him standing nearby. "Hi Austen!" she shouts. Austen responds, "Hi Hailey!" These two have a special bond. Later on in the game, I happened to remark to Tom that Austen had no clue that there was an opposing player behind him that he should have been marking. Hailey overheard me and said, "Austen has no clothes?! Where?"
There are so many, I wish I could remember them all and write them all down here just so I could document her cuteness. Seriously, sometimes I can't believe how lucky I am to be the mom of this cute little girl. Love her to pieces.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Hailey's First Day of School

Not to be outdone by her brother and sister, Hailey had to have her picture taken for her first day of school too. Last year, she preferred staying home with me rather than go to school, but this year she's more excited to be like Austen and Peyton and have fun at school.

She's talking more and discovering new friends and new work. She tells me what she has for snack, what work she picked to use that day and also what happened in general as one day she got in the car and promptly told me that Michael hit her. Ha! She showed me where he hit her (on her head) and I said well, what did you say? She then replied, "I said, No Michael!" Hailey is a tough cookie so I am sure she can handle a hit and she's pretty good at giving them out herself - maybe not at school but she does like to wallop Peyton every once in awhile!

Don't get me wrong though there are still days when she would rather spend time with me than get out of my car and enter her school, but she puts on a brave little face (even when her eyes look a little glassy) and lets the teacher lead her to the door. I am amazed at her strength and her ability to hold it together on those days.

My little girl is growing up!

Monday, September 05, 2016

Sadie's Surgery

Almost two weeks ago Sadie started throwing up repeatedly. As soon as I got one mess cleaned up, she would throw up again. This was preceded by a night where she constantly had to go out. It must've been some bug we thought, but then she threw up one of her toys - whole!

I had already called the vet and we thought the toy was intact so no need for x-rays or any further investigation. However, two days later she still wasn't better so into the vet we went for x-rays. The x-ray didn't show any obstruction so they gave her fluids and pain meds and sent her home. Two days later, she still wasn't better. Back to the vet for more x- rays. Again, it showed nothing. They gave her more fluids and we said that if she wasn't better by the time she was scheduled to be spayed, four days later then they would make a longer incision to investigate.

By day four, she still wasn't herself so on the day of her spay we signed the papers to do an exploratory surgery to see what was going on. It didn't take long either. The vet called me from the OR pretty quickly to say they found another toy that she had swallowed whole entering into her small intestine. The surgery went well and the doctor called to say she knew she was feeling better because she walked by her crate with a donut hole and Sadie lifted her head, barked at her then stood up begging for the treat! So I picked her up that night between Austen and Peyton's curriculum night at school. But as soon as I got her home, blood started dripping and then squirting out of her incision. So we got back in the car and I drove her 45 minutes to the vet hospital. They kept her overnight and gave her an herb that they apparently use for gunshot victims to help stop the bleeding. It worked but took a few days so Sadie spent a few days post-surgery at the vet hospital. 

She just came home on Saturday with a lot of energy to burn! She's back to her old self but has to be low key due to the stitches and staples they used to close her up. She was wearing a cone around her head and a t-shirt to prevent her from gnawing at her stitches but she didn't love it and it hurt when she would run into us with the plastic. So we ordered a dog surgery suit. Not sure if I trust her to only have this on when we aren't home but as Peyton says "she looks really cute in it!"

We're just glad she's okay and feeling like herself again!

Sadie in her surgical suit (above and below) so she doesn't have to wear her "cone of shame" 24-7!