This is total projection on Addison's part. He's the one who's actually terrified of bugs.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Such wise words from the Proverbs, Addison is still learning. Modesty is not his strong suit.
By the way, I consider myself very brave to post a video with me in my JJs (as Addison calls pajamas), but I couldn't let a little messy hair prevent me from sharing this with you. I appreciate your forbearance.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
They checked his oxygen level, blood pressure, pulse, lungs, and gave a general physical exam. Everything was perfect. The doctor said that it seemed like it was just a choking episode and that I should keep an eye on it. By the time we arrived home around 7pm, Davis and I were both beat. He ate well and went to bed.
But the story doesn't quite end there. In the wee hours of this morning, around quarter of 5, Davis woke to eat, and while he was eating, he had another episode. I think he has a very bad cold that has come on suddenly. He's been sneezing frequently since yesterday, and his baby voice sounds raspy. Addison has never been one to get coughs. Like me, he tends to run fevers or have a runny nose. So bad "chesty coughs", as they call them here, are new territory. With his stuffed up nose and congestion, I think he's just having a hard time figuring out how to breath in between gulps of milk. Anyway, we are keeping a close eye on it, especially since he's such a little guy. Please pray for his swift healing!
On a related sidenote, I was able to find out from the paramedics who helped us yesterday the names of the two gentlemen who delivered Davis at our house. Since that day I regretted that we hadn't gotten their names. I so wanted to thank them for all that they did for us that incredible morning and give them a picture of the beautiful little boy they helped bring into the world, and now I can!
Friday, May 25, 2007
Yes, one more tune on the fiddle, please!
This has been a particularly hard week with Addison. Just as one example, we went to the park on Wednesday to say goodbye to some friends who are leaving Aberdeen for good and moving back to the States. While we were there Addison took the opportunity to collect a fistful of woodchips and promptly throw them in the face of a sweet old lady sitting on a park bench. In those moments, I want to shrivel up and die, disappearing into the cracks in the pavement. I know I am not alone. And in the spirit of trying to rear a polite, obedient, and delightful toddler, I share with you this news clip above (click on the picture to watch it), which Trey and I saw this morning about a toddler who ruined some sand art created by Tibetan monks over a period of two days.
See, just when you think you've got the worst-behaved child in the world, God gives you a glimpse into someone else's world. I do not rejoice in this mother's woes. In fact, quite the opposite. My cheeks burn red for her. I want to put my arms around her and say, "Don't worry, my dear. Before you know it, he'll be a teenager!"
Thursday, May 24, 2007
The result was that this morning at his weigh-in he had gained 5 1/2 oz., which is considered right in the normal range for a breastfed baby. I am going to bring him back for another weight check in a week and a half just to make sure that this progress continues. I feel like I can breathe a sigh of relief now. Nothing makes you worry like your kids!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
There were about 50 attendees at the meeting, which was intended to give the inhabitants of Old Aberdeen a venue for "airing their grievances" to the newly elected Council Members. The residents seem to truly appreciate the historic character of Old Aberdeen and desire to preserve and protect its heritage. Sadly, they have the sense of being "swallowed up" by the University, which owns most of the property in Old Aberdeen, and they feel that the University is not always careful to maintain the historic integrity of its campus.
It will be very interesting to see what ultimately comes of the issues raised by the residents, and I have little doubt that the lone American student in attendance last night will continue to go.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
This is a video I've been working on for a little while for Davis and Addison. I just put the finishing touches on it this morning and am so excited to share it with you. Yes, it's incredibly sappy, but what can I say? I love these two little boys so much. They get me in touch with my inner sap. The song is called Songbird and is one of Addison's favorites, the reason I chose it. He calls it "Ashu", which translated means "I love you" and refers to the chorus of the song.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Thus, Trey's first year is concluded, and he is now in his second.
Since I have extra pictures after everything is sent off to the Embassy, should I submit a few to Scottish modeling agencies?
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
You will notice that the date on this post is 5/19/07, which is not actually the date that Nathaniel and David left us. I wrote this blog after midnight (crazy, I know). They actually left on 5/18/07. Either way we still miss them.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Here is a perfect example of the difference between my two boys. In this video Davis is just chillin' in his baby seat enjoying the rocking motion provided by Uncle Dave. Addison, on the other hand, is arguing with Uncle Nate insisting that the lemon in his hand is actually an orange.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Of course, their much-anticipated visit means that the blog may be a little neglected this week, but never fear. It is sure to result in lots of pictures, which I will eagerly share with all of you.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Monday, May 7, 2007
Another interesting thing to note about their alphabet is the way children learn it. Unlike the US, where children learn the ABC song, here they teach children the sounds that the letters make before they teach them the names of the letters. So "A" is an ah, "B" is a buh, "C" is a kuh, and so on. Once they've mastered the phonics, then they learn the real names of the letters.
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Friday, May 4, 2007
In other fascinating polling news, a man smashed a ballot box with a golf club in Edinburgh. How appropriately Scottish. He was promptly arrested.
Oh, and this will sound familiar to you:
The number of spoiled ballot papers has increased dramatically. Possible reasons for this increase include the design of the ballot papers, confusion due to the new STV voting system introduced for council elections, or ballot papers being rejected by the new electronic vote counting machines. The new machine voting has not gone smoothly, with many counts abandoned during the early hours of Friday morning before all results had been counted. There have been calls for an independent enquiry into the implementation of the new voting system. A BBC Scotland political editor has described the situation as "a disgrace".
Can you say hanging chad?
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Unchoo way - You'll never guess what this means. It originally started out as "unchoo", which meant "I want you". But Addison randomly decided to change it about a month ago, and so now when he wants to hug you or wants you to pick him up, he says, "Unchoo way."
Ashu - I love you. Not even close to the original, but there you have it.
Is this the guy? - Addison said this for the first time a week ago on Sunday while we were taking the bus home from church due to the rain. He looked at Trey and just like a little adult he pointed to the bus driver and said, "Is this the guy?"We both cracked up. I think what he means is, "Is he a man?" He calls every male he sees "a guy". It's hilarious.
Hoy, hoy - Whenever we go to the beach, Addison runs down all his "Nemo" related vocabulary -- Dory, Nemo, Marlon, shark, and of course, hoy. "Hoy?" you ask. Well, late in the movie there is a scene where a bunch of sea gulls are all vying for a lone crab and they say, "Mine! Mine! Mine!" But Addison has interpreted it as "Hoy!" Just as well. I don't need him learning the "m" word just yet.
Buzz ear - I've mentioned before that Addison calls Buzz Lightyear, Buzzy, but he also calls him "Buzz ear". He's the master of dropping off syllables.
Well, that will do it for now. As I continue to think of new ones, I'll post them here.