Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Double the Fun

Zeke loves to jump on Mom and Dad's bed.  He is not allowed, of course, but he still climbs up there and tests the rule, seeing just how much bounce he can put into his "walk" on the bed before he gets a time out.  One afternoon, Ben was watching Zeke play on the bed and he crawled over and tried to pull himself up.  I helped him get up because, well, he's just so little and cute.  Ben quickly crawled over to Zeke and tried to do exactly what Zeke was doing, and then he tried to eat Zeke's face.  That means he really likes you.

I pulled Ben away and reset him at the far edge of the bed in crawl position.  He immediately started back for Zeke, who also got into the crawl position and continued to test the "no jumping" rule.  I was poised and ready to prevent anyone from falling off the bed, but I wasn't ready for what happened next.
Zeke crawled forward with a bounce and Ben crawled forward at the same time, and two hard heads bashed together.  From my vantage point, it looked like Zeke's face smacking into the top of Ben's head.  Regardless, both boys took a breath and sent up true, loud, and heart-wrenching pain cries.  Both cried real tears, grabbed mama, and tried to force the other one off my lap.
I did my best to comfort the two simultaneously, wondering if there were any actual injuries.  An open mouthed, sobbing Zeke lifted his head and showed me a mouthful of blood.
After I hustled him to the kitchen, checked for other injuries and gave him a Popsicle, he was ready to let me examine his mouth.  There was a pretty good-sized puncture mark in the middle of his tongue, kind-of towards the tip.  I figured he probably bit it and focused on tricking Ben into letting me put a cold pack on the angry, red goose-egg growing on the top of his head.
After ten minutes the tongue was still bleeding, so I called the doctor.  She assured me that stitches really weren't an option and that the mouth heals quickly.  Then she said, "The nurse made a note that this happened when the boys were on the bed."
"Yes,"  I affirmed.
"And, mama called the doctor."
"Well then, I'm obligated to say this:  'No more monkeys jumping on the bed.'"

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Awesome Conversation

Ben, Zeke and I were sitting on some stairs outside watching the garbage truck this morning.  Since I watch Zeke much more than the garbage man, I saw him put his hand to his mouth and start chewing.
"What was that?"  I asked.
No response.
"What did you put in your mouth?"
"He's going to push a button!"  Zeke said, fascinated.
"Zeke, are you eating something?"  I asked again, looking around at the possibilities.  "Is it a rock?  Zeke?  Are you chewing on a rock?"
"No," he said, still captivated by the truck.
"Is it a leaf?  What is it?  What did you put in your mouth?"
"Is it a booger."
"A booger.  How's that?  How's that -"  I paused to rephrase.  "Where'd you get the booger?"
"From Zeke's nose," he said casually.
"Oh.  So you got a booger from Zeke's nose and put in in your mouth?"
"I picked a booger!" he said, demonstrating.
"Well, how's that taste?"  I asked.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Lost time

Hello again!

   We recently lost our home computer due to an unfortunate cleaning incident.  But now we have a new computer and most of our stuff reloaded.  The only drawback to our hot new computer is that it has a hypnotic blue power light that flashes when the computer goes to "standby" mode.  Both our boys are drawn to it like moths to a flame.  They can't look without touching, of course, so the computer gets powered on and off frequently.  Makes that "save" button very, very important.
   Here's what you missed:

Ben grew two small teeth :  front row, bottom.
Ben crawls.
Zeke has started to use "I" to refer to himself - occasionally.
We made a new rule about Zeke not eating 5 pounds of blueberries in less than 24 hours.  Messy.
Tina rearranged the furniture several times and, in the end, put everything back where it was in the first place.
Mike went to work.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Zeke Speaks in the Past Tense

"Zeke throwed the ball and Mama taked it away."

"Daddy camed home from work."

"Zeke will change into a baby and fly on an airplane."

Awesome conversation

Zeke: Did you find a gross cracker.
Mom: Oh? Did Zeke find a cracker?
Zeke: Yeah. (wrinkles nose) Groooooss.
Mom: Where was it?
Zeke: Right there. (moves to location and points)
Mom: What happened to it?
Zeke: (chewing) You ate it. (swallows) You want a new cracker.

Pronouns are tricky things, yo.