We started off February with a trip to the dentist. Sterling's front teeth are damaged from a fall he had during a seizure 2 years ago. He fell directly onto the fireplace hearth while wearing his cranial helmet. Go figure, he landed on the one place not protected by his helmet, his mouth! At that point he was having such frequent seizures, it was impossible to protect him. We've kept a close eye on his damaged teeth, but I noticed when brushing that he had a white bump come up on his gums above the teeth. I had been warned to watch for this bump, as it would mean infection which could lead to the extraction of his teeth. I dreaded this dentist visit. Luckily, we have the most awesome, laid back dentist in the world. Her little girl is actually one of my students at the day school. Love this lady! Anyhow, after taking some x-rays, she felt that there was very little point in removing the teeth, unless the infection worsened or began to cause him pain. Hooray, no tooth fairy visits for us yet! On that note, oh-em-gee, look at that x-ray! My kid has some seriously big teeth coming in! While I think kids are so stinking cute when they loose their teeth, when their adult teeth start growing in their teeny tiny mouths, they look like donkeys. Feel free to disagree with me on this, but I am not looking forward to those awkward days. Oh well, I guess compared to what we were facing 2 years ago, some big donkey teeth pale in comparison.
Our MOPS group hosted a Parents Night Out prior to Valentine's. Since I had no spouse to enjoy a night on the town with, I volunteered to work the event. During set up and clean up, I allowed Sterling to ride around the church on this little big wheel. Bad idea! Up and down the halls he "zoomed". By the end of the night he was saying, "Can I ride the bike in the church again in April?" (at the next PNO). Oh boy, I'm afraid I have opened a very bad can of worms. Oh, and yes, they wear their pajamas to PNO's since they last till 10pm!
Ellabella. Ugh, when will the fakey "cheese" smile end?
The children all decorated sugar cookies to look like themselves. Like Sterling's cookie?
Ella continues to enjoy cheering with her Upward team. Isn't her team picture cute? Her coach is a really sweet woman, with loads of patients, especially with my girl. Ella tends to spend a lot of time being a space cadet and having no idea what is going on with the game. Apple? Tree?
We attended a birthday party for one of our besties at Chuck E. Cheese. The kids were so excited in the days leading up to the party. It was all they could talk about. This is Ella's favorite "game". It's not even a game, it's a ride, I guess. Anyway, you sit on this little car while it rocks back and forth, and sometime during the ride, it takes your picture with Chuck E. Ella loves this silly thing and will sit there feeding token after token into it, collecting these slightly larger than wallet sized black and white pictures.
These are the silly little pictures Ella covets so much. This is just a small sample of the pictures she came home with from the party.
Giddy up, cowboy!
Ella enjoying her pancake dinner.
We attended a birthday party for one of Sterling's classmates (and Ella's friend from church) at the Children's Museum. In typical "man" behavior, Sterling had to carry in the largest package all by himself...grunting and moaning the whole time! Clearly that trait appears early in the Y-chromosome.
And the princess...with one small, sensible package.
Digging for dinosaur fossils.
The birthday girl (or the right) invited her guests to dress up. I loved watching all the little princesses build a house, dig for dino bones and whatnot in their princess dresses. Truly awesome.
Oh yes, the percussion room. My least favorite exhibit at our Children's Museum. Sterling always goes crazy banging on the drums in there.