Tyson is scheduled for surgery on July 1st to get tubes in his ears. His left ear is over half-blocked with fluid, and his right ear also has too much fluid but he can hear a little better out of that one. Poor little guy probably hasn't been able to hear very well for months now - he definitely understands us though. We believe this is the right thing to do. The people we've talked to who have "been there" all say that they could tell a difference in their child as early as the next day. Let's hope Tyson does well and that it gets rid of his pain and stops the ear infections! (and that his parents don't become nervous wrecks while he's in surgery :)

I caught him on video doing one of his old tricks... some people will be proud of what he ends up picking out, it's the first time he hasn't picked a Baby Einstein video out of a stack... our DVD's used to be organized (yes, that is nerdy, and that is why we don't care anymore.........)


Photo Shoot & Updates

Tyson had his 18 month appointment last week. His normal doctor was booked up for months (he is great) so we went to another one in the practice that we'd seen before at the night clinic. Tyson is still above the 90th percentile for height, and between 50th-75th percentile for weight. They keep saying that's exactly what they like to see - tall and thin. Unfortunately, he had ANOTHER double ear infection. So, we are seeing an Ear Nose Throat specialist tomorrow because he's had 8 ear infections (some double) since January. Ridiculous. We think it may be delaying his speech too but we'll see what they say tomorrow.

On another note, we went to the park recently with our friends Ryan and Hilary Hignight. Ryan just graduated with a degree in photography so we asked him if he'd be interested in shooting pictures of us for Tyson's 18 month photos. He took a TON of pictures of us. We would definitely recommend him for anyone who's interested: ryan.hignight@gmail.com. Here are just a few of our favorites. (Ok, maybe not a few, it's hard to decide). Enjoy!

The Beach

Steve and I got to escape a little bit last weekend to Port Aransas. It was our delayed 30th birthday celebration. Tyson stayed with Grandma and Grandpa and did GREAT! He got to play a lot with his cousins and didn't get sick this time, so hopefully we finally figured out how to prevent that. He was a little angel for them. Steve and I had a great time, despite our condo losing A/C the first night... but they made up for it.

We didn't take a ton of pictures, but I actually went back to our room to get the camera after we made this (don't laugh, this took a couple of hours to do and had to be rebuilt halfway through thanks to some out-of-control kids next to us). we're pretty proud of this - this is one of many pics of it :)

This might be normal for the beach, but we both thought it was funny when we heard the ice cream truck song playing...

Steve didn't want our masterpiece to be ruined by anyone else!

We decided Tyson's old enough to look at the Victoria's Secret catalog now :)


18 Months

Today, Tyson is 18 months old! His check up is next week so we'll do another post with all of his official information after that. He is saying a few words but mostly talks to us in his own language. He says all kinds of things to us and sometimes gets frustrated when we don't know what "blabukmaptut" means. We usually humor him and say something like "really? what else happened?" heh heh. Any translaters out there?

He runs all over the place and has a lot less falls than he used to. He is learning animal sounds and can tell us what dogs, cats, lions and cows say (he used to say that all animals said "ROAAAAAR"). He can show you where his nose, mouth, ears, and belly button are (love the belly button one). He has really started getting into belly buttons and tries to lift up our shirts and stick things in our belly buttons. I'm still trying to catch him on camera showing his belly button.

Tyson has also discovered climbing. We figured this would happen eventually. Yesterday he climbed up onto the kitchen table - Steve will die when he sees this. Don't worry - this is the last
time he will do this :)

We taught him how to be resourceful... who needs a plate when you've got a frisbee handy??

He is learning how to share... good thing the cats aren't really interested in much human food so far! Toonces has been a little surprise - she was our least people-friendly cat, and could care less if she ever gets petted or picked up, but she seems to like kids. She is around Tyson more than the other two and puts up with his "petting" very well (a.k.a. pulling fur and hitting).

Tyson is VERY into copying us, either by trying to say what we say or by copying us physically. You can tell he really wants to learn.

Picking some "flowers"... or weeds, whatever you want to call them

Hangin' in the pool with Daddy! Loves the pool! He is so much more ready for it this year than last year. Now we just need to get him into Grandma and Grandpa's big pool with all of his cousins!

We're hoping to post some more videos on here soon!! Ohhhhh... how could I forget the eating? He is still improving on the picky eating front. For example... on Monday he ate 3 HELPINGS of spaghetti at school. He would never touch noodles of any kind about a week ago... NICE!!! He has branched out on a few other things too... today his daily report said he ate a bean burrito but the afternoon teacher isn't in there during lunch so I can't confirm that until tomorrow morning, but he had to atleast eat a good amount for them to write that...


Steve is 30!!

I thought I'd dedicate an entire post to Steve in honor of his 30th BIRTHDAY (yesterday!). I really wanted to get this up by the time the big day rolled around but I didn't. Sorry babe.

Steve, you and I have shared the last 9 years together - as friends at first, but for most of it we were either dating or married. You have brought so much fun and humor to my life, and the lives of many who will read this. You are a caring, giving, and loving husband and father and you truly put my needs and wants above your own. While many marriages are falling apart in this country, ours is stronger now than it has ever been.

When you became a father 18 months ago, it was like you knew exactly what to do. You are great with Tyson and you can see the love he feels for you when he looks at you. To top it off, Daddy was one of the first words out of his mouth :) You are a great example for him and I love watching you two interact. I love our little family :)

It's getting late, so I'll wrap this up with some of my favorite pictures of you over the past year or so (not in chronological order).

I love you Steve! Happy 30th!! We aren't old.... we aren't old.... we aren't old....



This picture isn't our favorite in the world, but it represents a HUGE breakthrough with our little picky eater. Tyson used to eat every kind of baby food we put in front of him. When he started eating table food he was very open to trying everything. Somewhere along the way he went the other direction and became extremely picky. Some of his big dislikes are pizza, hot dogs, ice cream, cake, cupcakes, and any kind of meat except chicken nuggets (we know... strange). We've been trying to get him to atleast TRY everything that's offered to him, but that's a little hard to explain to a 17 month old. Pizza is one of the few things that he won't even acknowledge - he won't even look at it, let alone touch or taste it...

Until tonight! He had a very active day today, played outside a lot, swam and ran around all day. When we got in the car to come home he was exhausted and fell asleep. Steve and I hadn't eaten dinner yet and it was getting late so we stopped at Little Caesar's to get their hot-n-ready pizza and crazy bread. Tyson had already eaten but we put him in his high chair anyways at home in case he was still hungry. I was sitting next to him wolfing down some pizza so I could start his bath. I offered him some crazy bread, which he turned down. I didn't offer him the pizza... why would I? After I eat one piece he starts pointing at my plate. I figured he wanted crazy bread but he shook his head and pointed again. He could't want pizza... could he??? All I had left was crust so I tore some off... and HE ATE IT!!! I quietly said "Steve... he just ate some pizza crust!" I was trying not to make too big of a deal about it. He ended up eating the rest of the crust and said he wanted more. So I cut a chunk off another piece and he ate that too!!! We kept telling him he was a good boy for trying it! It may sound like we're getting excited about something small, but this is a big breakthrough for us! Hopefully it wasn't just a coincidence because he was over-tired or something. We would love to have him start broadening his taste buds again!!
When I got the camera out he kept shaking his head no, but I took his pic anyways. I had to document it :)