Monday, September 28, 2009

Twenty Months.

Wow, Griffin is 20 months. He has had a big month but even through it all, he is so happy. He rarely cries and when he does it is because something is seriously wrong. He has had some stomach issues but seems to be doing better with the dairy free diet. He is always on the go and loves to be chased or to chase. He is a toddler of action not words. He still says only a few words but even without words, he is very good at getting his point across and his demands met. He absolutely adores his brothers and thinks he should be able to do all that they do. He is still not a great eater unless you are offering guacamole, spaghetti, salsa or chips. He loves toys. His favorites are his ride on cow, books, the stacking tubs, the magna doodle, crayons and his Blue stuffed doggy. Lately, he has been quite the mama's boy (and I love it). Every month I say it but it is so true, Griffin is a delight and we are so incredibly lucky to have him as our son. Just when I think I can't love him anymore, he does something sweet or cute or new and my heart just swells.And I guess I can't do another month older post without saying how happy I am to see him grow, experience and learn but it is all so bittersweet... I so miss my little, warm, sweet smelling, soft, cuddly baby. Happy 20 months, Griffin!

I Love Fall.

I love this time of year. I love the colors, the air, the clothes, the tv shows, the food.

I love watching football and I love when the Chargers win! I love watching the Chargers games on TV, but I don't get to often. The Chargers rarely make it in the TV line up here in New England. Yesterday was a good day. I got to watch the game and they won, whooo hoooo!
I love candy corn, apple crisp, butternut squash risotto.

I love the leaves beginning to change colors.

I love that the Amazing Race is starting, that The Biggest Loser, Survivor and Project Runway are back.

I love that the boys are settled into school, have a routine and are enjoying the school year.

I love the pumpkins, fall wreaths and decorations adorning fronts of homes.

I love that the air is changing and it is time for sweaters, socks and blankets.I love this time of year. I love the holidays coming and the time spent with family most of all!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Apple Crisp

Kelly is hosting a favorite dessert blog hop. I have so many favorite desserts... coconut cake, creme brulee, carrot cake... But my favorite dessert in the Fall is Apple Crisp. I use my grandmothers recipe... delicious and super easy. I don't have a picture of it but take my word for it... it looks great and tastes even better than it looks!

Grammy's Apple Crisp

8 apples peeled and sliced
2 cups sugar
1 cup Bisquick
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg
1/2 stick of butter (sliced into smaller pieces)

Preheat oven to 350
In a bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, Bisquick, cinnamon and the egg. (It will be crumbly.)

Place sliced apples in a 9x9 greased pan. Sprinkle 1 cup sugar over the apples. Add the mixture on top. Place butter pieces on top. Bake for 45mins to an 1 hour.

Serve warm with ice cream. ENJOY!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The things that happen when you don't sleep.

Griffin has decided the past few nights that it would be fun to be up at say 1, 2 and 3 in the morning. He is not crying or upset but just awake and to those trying to get some sleep, he is kind of annoying. Don't get me wrong, I love Griffin and I will gladly be up with him anytime, but really he is 19 months and could and should sleep through the night. Well last night after him wrestling around in bed with Rob and me for about 2 hours, I decided it was time for him to go to his crib. I put him in his crib at 5 and he cried for awhile then finally fell asleep. I bet he was shocked when he woke this morning to find himself in his crib (he has maybe sleep in it 6 times).

He sleep until 9:30 this morning. Wow, I guess all the late night partying really wore him out. I am feeling a little tired myself and I am sure Rob is too. By the way, when did he get so big? He is filling his crib.

He also woke this morning with some massively swollen eyes. The lids are swollen. Under the eyes are swollen. I am not sure what is going on with that. Maybe allergies? Hopefully some Benadryl will take the swelling out.

The good news is that he does not seem to bothered by it. He seems to be his happy little self this morning. We are thankful for that!We need to be well because we have a very busy afternoon of hockey and soccer practice. Oh, the fun just never ends!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

An Apple a Day...

Griffin is hoping will keep the doctor away... for awhile at least!
I also must brag for a second because I am so proud of my smart big boys. Both Trevor and Nolan got 100% on their first spelling test.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Apple Picking

I love New England in the Fall and one of our favorite Fall activities is apple picking. This morning was a perfect day to pick apples. My attempt at getting a picture of the 3 boys... not so good.
Now I must get ready for soccer and then hockey.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Results.

The bottom line is that Griffin needs to be on a dairy free diet. His biopsy shows that he has very irritated small intestines. There are a lot of white cells in his intestines which indicate infection most likely due to allergies. His doctor would like us to eliminate all dairy for awhile and see how it goes. After quite some time dairy free, we may be able to slowly reintroduce some dairy products back into his diet. He most likely will not have milk for a very long time. In my opinion, milk is really the biggest problem for Griffin.

This is going to be hard. Dairy is in everything. I will be doing some research over the next few days to find some good alternatives. He will go back on rice milk, which he previously has done really well on. The hardest part for Griffin is going to be giving up his favorite food, the food he eats for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We will have to look for a, just as delicious, dairy free alternative.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Happy Birthday and Friday Randomness

Nothing to exciting to share, but some randomness...

1. I woke up this morning, bright and early, convinced it was Saturday. I guess it has been a very long week. I am glad tomorrow is Saturday.

2. As I was cleaning out the refrigerator, Griffin decided to clean out the kitchen drawers. Two steps ahead and one back. No wonder I can never get on top of the cleaning around here. Griffin, you are such a HUGE help.
3. I have been having the hardest time getting pictures of Griffin. Once he spots the camera, he stops making eye contact. When I try to take a picture of Griffin, I squat down to be at his level and now when the camera is pointed at him, he also squats down. 4. Lastly and most importantly, today is my husbands birthday. Happy Birthday, Rob. We love you tons!
Our weekend is full of soccer games, birthday celebrations, hockey, apple picking, family and friends. We are going to have a great weekend... I hope you do, too.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hockey Starts.

Nolan started the hockey season last night. He was not sure he wanted to play hockey this year but once he got on the ice he was glad he decided to play. He did great. He is on the advanced team this year. Way to go, Nolan!
Nolan also had his 6 year physical yesterday. Since I was at the hospital with Griffin, my mom took Nolan to his appointment. He is doing great. He now weighs 49.5 pounds and is 46.75 inches tall. I think that is right around the 75% on both. He did not have to have any shots but he did get the nasal flu vaccine. It is hard to believe he is 6!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Griffin did Great!

Griffin did great for his procedure. I survived, too. He was very cranky and wanting food when we first arrived. After about 30 minutes of some good crying, he wore himself out and fell asleep in my arms. He stayed asleep until we entered the procedure room. He never cried. He was very calm and was a champ while getting the anesthesia. After the procedure, he was so happy to have a drink!After about an hour, the doctor came and told us he did great. She even brought us some pictures of his stomach and intestines... something I always wanted, ha! Isn't his stomach just adorable. We have to wait about a week for the official results from the lab, but the doctor does see some "issues" with his intestines which she believes is from a milk allergy. All this for a milk allergy. Well, I guess it is good that we know for sure!He is such a sweet little guy. He was a trooper. By the time he woke from that anesthesia, he was STARVING! He did a great job and we are so glad to have this behind us and hopefully soon will will get some definitive answers!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Green Light

Griffin has been really congested for the past few days. Due to the congestion, we were not sure if they would be able to go ahead with the procedure. In order to have anesthesia, he lungs have to be clear. Today we went to his pediatrician so he could listen to Griffin's breathing. He thinks Griffin's lungs sound fine. Tomorrow we will heading to the hospital for the procedure. He has to be at the hospital at 11:30 and the procedure will start at 12:30. He will not be able to eat anything after 9pm tonight... this will be very difficult! If all goes as planned he will come home sometime tomorrow afternoon. I am so nervous. I want to get this over with. I am nervous about the procedure and nervous about what the results will be.
He will be fine. I will be fine. My prayer is that the results are manageable. I would like to know what is causing this stomach irritation but I would also like it to be something MINOR, something easily treatable.
I am hoping that on the other side of this procedure he will not have any pain or discomfort. I can't wait until tomorrow at this time... I think I will be breathing a big sigh of relief.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Today we Celebrate.

A soccer win. Trevor's soccer team won 3 to 0. They are now 2-0 and we are so proud. They have another game today.Rob's grandmother's, Noni, 81st birthday.
New shoes. Kisses from Gia.Spending time as a family!

Friday, September 11, 2009

In a Matter of Minutes...

we went from this cute little guy to a full blown adorable toddler.
It is amazing how much a haircut can change you. It was sad to see the curls go, but it was time. Griffin is growing and there is no denying that... the curls will not keep him a baby! Curls or no curls, Griffin is still as cute as can be and he will always be my baby.

UPDATE: I have to go on record stating that I don't like the hair cut. (I did not say this before because, of course, I was not going to like it.) When we went to pick up Griffin's big brothers at the bus... they could not believe their eyes. Trevor informed me that he did not like his cut either and thinks that we should try to curl his hair now that the curls are cut off. I tried to assure him, and myself, that the curls will grow back... curls please grow back!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I don't have much to say

Today has not been a great day. I am feeling overwhelmed. I am worried, nervous and not sleeping well. Griffin did not sleep well last night either. Not much more to say. I am sure with a little sleep and when Griffin's procedure is behind us, I will feel better.
But, Griffin might have something to say... if he does he will call you!
Don't you love the jeans rolled up. We went for a walk with friends and Griffin checked out the temperature of the river.
Just like mommy, talking on the phone with a big smile.