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Monday, October 31, 2011

Pumpkin Patch Family Night

Every October we go on an Aflac trip (or sometimes even two!) so getting a pumpkin and carving it is always tricky. Last year we got our pumpkin and carved it early...which was a BIG mistake! That poor pumpkin was molded and covered in flies before Halloween even had a chance to arrive. This time around we decided to get our pumpkin early, but wait to carve it until the very last minute.

We always go to the pumpkin patch on Patterson Road at Park Avenue Methodist. It's not the prettiest surroundings (busy road = not very harvesty feel for pics) but they have a great selection and it's on our way to so many things that we can go from there to church or out to eat or whatever!

This is a picture from Kye's first year at the pumpkin patch (I do not miss that bald head poor kid haha) and here's the blog entry about it :)
 This is my favorite picture from last year's trip and also here is the blog entry about it!
This year started out like last year, Kye raced for the pumpkins and started trying to lift all the big ones and rearrange the ones he could actually pick up. It's nice that they are all so laid back there because they didn't mind a little re-organizing of their pumpkins ;)

trying to lift it
trying another way
"what is wrong with this pumpkin Mommy?"
on the hunt for our pumpkin

my FAVORITE picture of the day!
I love that he's at an age where he finally smiles on demand :)

I'm wearing my Stella and Dot Amanda Necklace

Zach was being so sweet taking lots of pictures of Kye and I to make sure we got a good one together!

this cracks me up! LOVE IT!
such a big boy now isn't he?
Kye made a friend right away (one of the older boys who was helping run the patch) and was all excited to play the games they had set up. He could have stayed there all day if we let him!

Zach wanted to pick out some cool pumpkins for our front porch

Kye wanted this one :)

Once we picked out all our pumpkins we loaded them into a wagon and Kye took over pulling it. I've said it before...our kid has some super human strength for his age!!! He took the wagon the whole way to our car all on his own!

workin' hard

Kye got to have a little pumpkin as "his pumpkin" and this is the one he picked

After the pumpkin patch we decided to have a family night out. We rarely get to do fun things with just the three of us lately. Zach has been working like crazy and when he's not working he's trying to finish up the storage shed so all his free time is basically work too! It's wonderful that Kye and I have had so many memory making moments, but I want the THREE of us to have lots of fun together before Blitzen arrives too! We ended up going to eat at Slap Daddy's. Which is random but it was the Lowndes/Valdosta game that night and we wanted to go somewhere that we could get in and out pretty easily and quickly before the game crowds hit!

Kye enjoyed his "healthy" meal of fries and burger
After dinner I really wanted the guys to get to try The Mix. I have only gotten to go there once and totally wanted to go again so it worked out well that it's in the same parking lot as Slap Daddy's! We let Kye get a little ice cream and he was just thrilled about the sprinkles on top!

Zach loved it too which I knew he would!
a smaller portion than I usually get ;)
he finished every last drop
he takes after his mama with his ice cream loving!
It was a VERY fun night and I enjoy spending family time together! I'm hopeful that things around the house will get finished up soon so we can have a lot more of these type evenings :)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

34 Weeks Pregnant!

Only two weeks left until I'm full term!!! Have you put in your guesses for the Blitzen Baby Pool yet??? Better get on it! Go here to enter and here to learn more about the prizes I'm giving away ;)
Baby Growth: This week Blitzen now weights about 4 3/4 lbs (we know my baby is bigger than that though!) and is almost 18 inches long. I'm basically carrying a cantaloupe around in my tummy! If Blitzen were to be born at this point in my pregnancy then he or she would most likely be fine, maybe a couple days in the neonatal nursery but would, most likely, be perfectly healthy :) Courtney gave birth to Colt during this week in her pregnancy and he's fine so it's a comforting thought!
Belly Pictures: With Zach traveling a lot I'm going to probably be doing a lot more solo mirror pictures here at the end of things! That means my belly stickers will be backwards :( sorry! You can REALLY tell a difference in my stomach now. I feel like all over I look bigger, face too. I FEEL like a blimp!
Maternity shirts just do not fit the belly in a flattering way so I tried to show it off a little better for you
I'm also wearing my Stella and Dot bardot gold earrings and matching bardot gold bracelet
(btw: Stella and Dot jewelry makes an AWESOME Christmas gift...half the line is $50 or less and each item comes in an adorable little box. NOW through Nov 14th you can get flat rate shipping by shopping on my site - and putting the name "Kim Johnson" in as the hostess when you shop! Contact me if you have any questions or if you have a wishlist you want me to get to someone special for you!)
My Symptoms: Bending over is a chore. I'm pretty short and having this HUGE belly in my way makes it pretty difficult. So thankful I have a helpful toddler! He's gotten used to me asking him to hand me stuff ;) I'm in desperate need of a pedicure as well. I painted my toes before Hawaii and it was painful to reach that far. I can't imagine how much it'd hurt now! If it's even possible at all!

I am very, very exhausted. I think it's mostly b/c Zach was gone all week and I had Kye all on my own (and didn't sleep well each night) but it's also probably pregnancy related. I haven't given myself any time to rest because I feel it's crunch time and I'm trying to use up every second I can by being productive. Plus I figure why rest now?!? When Blitzen gets here I sure as heck won't be getting more rest so it's better to not spoil myself now with it! Right?

I've noticed that if I'm too active I will swell but it hasn't been anything to horrible...when I do swell though it's pretty painful and I really can't do anything. My feet also get very sore if I'm running around a lot and I've noticed that my walk is now a legit waddle. I can't get anywhere too quickly and running errands takes me a good bit longer than it used to.

I feel like I'm in an "accepting" stage of pregnancy. Like I accept that this baby is coming now and that my life WILL be drastically different, as will Kye's and Zach's. I am looking more forward to all of it now than I was. I've always been excited about the baby, just more worried about the changes and the stresses. I feel more like I can handle it and I think as this pregnancy comes to an end I'll only be more and more confident and ready for our new phase in life to start!

Still having Braxton Hicks and LOTS of pressure. Blitzen is also very hard feeling in my stomach and I can feel him or her all day at any time. It's like he or she is simply out of room! My stomach is completely stretched and I can't imagine it possibly stretching more. My poor belly button is pulled to its max! I don't ever remember my stomach being this tight feeling before. I think it's because I gained so much extra weight last time? So it had a cushion? haha! I def don't mind people feeling my stomach this time around because I know my tummy doesn't have an ounce of fat. It's literally skin then baby!

My face has really cleared up and I feel like my skin has that pretty pregnancy glow like it did in the first trimester. I like it! I can't stand the dark spots but I enjoy the rest of it. I've also noticed my hair and nails don't seem as thick. My nails are breaking easy again and my hair doesn't look as full as it did earlier in my pregnancy. Also I can still wear my wedding rings, but not for very long. The engagement ring is still FINE (I can wear it 24/7 if I wanted to without issue) but my weddings bands feel too tight and bother me pretty quickly.

Weight: I gained 1 lb this week! 18 lb total. Which means I'm about at the halfway point for how much weight I gained with Kye! I can't imagine being double this size. No wonder I hated being pregnant then (actually at 34 weeks I had gained 29 lb total!)!!! I know I'm going to exceed my 20 lb overall goal...but it's be great if I could keep just gaining 1 lb a week until Blitzen comes. I have a chance to be under 25 lb!

Gender: After my two baby showers this weekend I'm a little nervous about delivery day and presenting everyone with the gender news. Zach and I will be THRILLED if its a boy...but it seems like everyone else wants it to be a girl so badly and I just want that announcement moment to be PURE JOY and no one saying, or even thinking, anything negative about it. My hunch is still a girl but, like you all know, I'd like to have it be a boy! Either way I WILL be truly happy. I cannot WAIT to find out and I just want all our friends and families to feel the same way ya know?

Speaking of the showers though it was interesting how many times pink kept coming into play on accident. Robyn ordered a cupcake cake and told the store to make it "gender neutral" yet it came out yellow, green, white and pink. Courtney and Casey ordered a donut cake and told them "gender neutral" as well yet the frosting on the donuts turned out to have some with chocolate, some white, and some pink. Kinda strange huh?

Maternity Clothes: I've officially reached the dreaded point of no return. Regular tops no longer fit. I wore one on Monday and it kept riding up where my belly showed! I'm in all maternity clothes all the time (I do have some regular sized tunics that still fit but that's it). I seriously don't know how I wore them for SO LONG last pregnancy. No wonder I did every trick in the book to make Kye come early, maternity clothes just make you miss pre-pregnancy!!!! EVERYONE I see looks so, so skinny to me now and I'm totally jealous. Maternity clothes, while comfortable, are just straight up ugly. Ugh. I can't stand it!!!

Movement: Lots and lots and lots of movement. Often painful and TONS of hiccups! Kye has started to enjoy feeling my stomach more and feeling the baby move

Sleep: Not great. Takes me a LONG time to fall asleep then I wake up easily and can't go back to sleep. Still often wake up having to pee and wake up with bad leg cramps. I know it's all God's way of preparing me for those middle-of-the-night feedings. Levi has been driving me INSANE with waking me up at night so he's sleeping in his crate every night for a long time. We're done dealing with it!

Cravings: Looking forward to my birthday dinner this week at Aligatu!!! Some of their seafood sauce and their shrimp and rice sounds sooo good to me! I had Zaxbys this week and it was mega good too! I do think I'm kinda over my Subway craving. I haven't had it in over a month and I haven't really wanted it either. Chocolate milk is still the winner with cosmic brownies in second ;)

What I Miss: Non-maternity clothes. Bending over comfortably. Sleeping through the night!

Best Pregnancy Moment of the Week: Mom and I took Kye to the sibling class at the hospital (post to come, I can't STAND being this behind again! Ugh!) and he was PRECIOUS. It made me so happy to see him take it so seriously and really, truly want to help and take care of the baby. When we left to go to the hospital I asked him where we were going and he said "we're going to the hopsibal (he always says it wrong) to pick out a baby!" He really thought we'd get to bring a baby home with us. So sweet! He loved seeing the baby in the nursery and getting to practice putting on a diaper and such. I think he will be more helpful than I originally thought he would. I'm excited to see him in that role!

Kye and I also attempted to put together his old bouncer for the baby and spent 30 min trying to figure it out. The thing only had 4 screws yet after all that time it was still in pieces. Totally gave me a new appreciation for my husband and how handy he is! I decided I'll let him handle putting all the baby stuff together from now on ;)

Questions/Concerns: Mainly just wanting to get everything done in time. My personal goal for our house being done was my birthday. Well, Zach's still not done on the storage shed so we haven't even started on the other house stuff yet. I've got TWO weeks until I'm full term. I really, really, REALLY want it all done by then. I also have lots to do that I plan to have done then too (gotta get to cookin' b/c I have a LOT of meals to make and freeze still!). I just want to reach full term and spend those last weeks enjoying my family of three. I'm sure it all won't be done by then but wouldn't it be awesome if it could happen?

Goals for the Week: I was STRESSING about not being prepared for natural childbirth. I felt like I was a failure because we haven't done the exercises nearly as religiously as last time around. I started googling around hoping to find the success rate of the Bradley Method with second pregnancies. I couldn't find any exact numbers but I did find where SO MANY women said they didn't do the exercises and such and still did great with delivery. That it's more about a mindset than anything else and the support system you have around you. I feel SO much better because I have an awesome support system (I'm so blessed!) and know I have the proper mindset. I'm also setting myself up for a better experience this time around and I feel confident the hospital staff will be part of that support system for me. All of that being said, Zach is in town the next several weeks so my goal is to work on Bradley nightly with him. We need to get out my birthing ball and start practicing on what to do during actual labor.

I'm hoping this week to enjoy my birthday and accomplish a LOT around here!!! Zach got ALL the baby stuff out and put together last night so that's a GREAT start on the week...and today he's hoping to paint the shed. It would be an AMAZING birthday present to have that junk DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Notes from Pregnancy #1: I wrote a blog entry about being 34 weeks pregnant and it's great for can read it here! I like my hair SO much better now don't you?!?! This week last pregnancy we put the finishing touches on the nursery. Kinda cracks me up since we haven't done a thing for Blitzen's nursery! I have a new friend, Brandi, who is coming by this week to help me look and see what I should do. She majored in interior design so I know she'll be mega helpful! If it's a boy I wanna do sharks and if it's a girl I wanna do can see some of my ideas on my Pinterst board here! We had a crazy busy weekend with two baby showers for Kye. The first was one hosted by Katie and Ashley (funny that it happened to be the same week Robyn hosted one for me this time around) and you can read about it here. The second one was my church shower and omg I forgot how many presents we got! It was TONS! You can see that post here. I love looking back each week at my old blog's so fun to re-live those memories and Rachael, if you're reading this far down, I LOVE re-reading all your funny comments too :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

34 Week OBGYN Visit

In my efforts to meet all the midwives (since Stacy is gone on maternity leave) I met with Vicki for my appointment this week. I had met Vicki a couple times with my pregnancy with Kye and she's actually the one who put me into labor with him! She didn't mean to, but during my weekly check to see how far along I was I guess it gave me that extra push to start labor because my water broke soon after I got home! I went solo to this appointment as it wasn't anything major and Kye had school and Zach was out of town.

I brought along my birth plan but didn't have any questions this week, so I knew it'd be a quick visit. Vicki came in and introduced herself and I told her I was making the rounds to meet everyone since Stacy is gone. We chatted a bit and I told her I didn't have any questions but that I'm still having a lot of lower back pain which I know is normal. She said that strong Braxton Hicks are often common with second pregnancies (check!). I told her I was nervous about going into labor since my water broke last time and if it doesn't break this time I don't know how I'll know it's time...she said I'll def KNOW. Guess we'll see!

I mentioned my birth plan and she said she remembered Stacy bringing it up at the meeting and that everything had sounded good to her. She asked if I followed the same plan when I delivered last time and I told her that I tried to but that I did end up with an episiotomy and didn't get out of the bed during labor. She said it's true that second babies usually come a lot quicker than first ones and since my first labor was so short (I was only 8 hours total rather than the average 18) that I should expect it all to go quick, even the pushing. That was music to my ears! It especially made me feel good that she told me to stay at home as long as possible. So far all three midwives I've seen have said that so it's great that they are all on board with what I want to do and are giving me advice to help my success rate with the natural childbirth!

We listened to the baby and the heart rate was the highest I think it's been the whole pregnancy - 156! Blitzen is head down still which is great and she said "baby sounds great!" Always a good thing to hear :)

Vicki was super nice but I didn't feel like she was as supportive as Teresa. Teresa told me to bring a birthing ball to the hospital and that she'd be willing to come in when I go into labor even if she's not the one on call. While if I happen to have Vicki I think she'll do wonderful with me, I will probably not see her again for another visit. The best news of the morning was that STACY will be on call Thanksgiving weekend!!!! I'll be 38 weeks pregnant then! Depending on how much we have left to get done by that time around here (I'm HOPING we knock everything out by the time I'm full term so we can just REST and enjoy family time!) I plan to try to induce labor naturally during that time so maybe I can actually have Stacy deliver! Wouldn't that be awesome!?!?!

I'll be 36 weeks at my next appointment...that's when I start going weekly and they start checking me to see how far dialated and effaced I am. I'm seeing Marie for the first time and after that visit I'll decide which midwife to see for my remaining visits. It's not really enough time to form a solid bond with someone but I feel like if I see everyone and they all at least meet me then whoever I get will be great! I filled Stacy in on my visit and she said to get primrose oil and start taking it at 36 weeks so I can hopefully go into labor over Thanksgiving when she's on call ;) I ordered some from GNC and also went ahead and ordered probiotics to take when I start nursing. I took them with Kye and it helped us not to get thrush (since I get yeast infections so easily I also had yeast issues with my breasts...which makes sense) and it gave Kye a big extra boost for his immune system.

Now that I have a "dream delivery date" in mind (ideal world would be to go into labor on Sunday Nov. 27th so we could get all our Christmas decorations up over Thanksgiving and I'd get to have Stacy deliver since that'd be her last day on call)!!! I feel more motivated to get my body in delivery-shape and to get all this junk on the "to do" lists DONE! Of course, I know my dream date probably won't be happening...especially since last pregnancy I had only one week when I didn't want to have Kye (Stacy was out of town) and, of course, that's the week I went into labor! But it's okay to dream right? ;)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Dramatic Evening

Zach has been out of town all this week (he's coming home tonight thank the LORD). During this time of the year he has to be gone quite a bit as it's his biggest time with Aflac and a lot of his bigger accounts are spread out all over the southeast. In years past I've gone with him and even last year we made a family trip out of it. This year travel really isn't an option for me so I've been at home a lot with Kye on my own.

I think I do pretty well handling it...I don't get nearly as scared as I used to. We live on a MEGA busy corner and have an awesome alarm system so it helps me to feel safe. While Zach's gone I always deadbolt all the doors and set the alarm on "instant" so it'll go off if anyone even opens a door. I still don't sleep well (most nights I can fall asleep until 12 or 1!) but overall I feel safe.

Last night Kye and I went to eat at Mrs. Charlotte's to celebrate Brad's birthday and while we were there a thought hit me: did I set the alarm when we left? I was a little nervous going home because it's getting dark early now and I didn't like the idea of walking into our big, empty house with no alarm set. I told Mrs. Charlotte I might call her if I was scared.

We got home at 7:20 (thankfully Kye got a bath at their house!) and I needed to rush him to bed since he had school this morning. When we pulled in the driveway I saw that some lights were left on in the hosue which isn't like me. Then when we walked in the garage door Levi and Sadie were flipping out in their crates and the alarm wasn't giving me that "beep-beep-beep" welcome that I'm used to. Before even rounding the corner I saw that the door to the backyard was opened. It wasn't swung open, but it was opened in a way that maybe I'd shut it and it hadn't closed all the way.

Not taking any chances (I am so one of those people that tell the horror movie girls to TURN and RUN and not check out the house!), I grabbed Kye and jumped back in the car. I pulled into the driveway then called Mrs. Charlotte and told her I wasn't sure what to do. She told me to leave the driveway so I drove down the street then tried to call my friend, Kori, who lives nearby thinking her husband could come check things out for me. I couldn't get a hold of her so I called Zach (who was shopping at Ikea in Atlanta at the time) and he said to call the police. I told him I really didn't want to wait on the police to show up since Kye needed to get in the bed so I had him try calling Michael (Kori's husband). Luckily Zach got in touch with him and Michael came right over with his gun to check things out.

When he went in the house I thought to myself "Great. Watch someone be in there and shoot him or something and then it's my fault that poor Kori has to take care of her two babies all on her own." I also thought about how grateful I am to be a woman and that I don't have to be brave in situations like these! He came out about as quick as he went in and said the tv was still there so no one had robbed us. I felt better, but as all us ladies know, I sure as HECK wasn't going back in that house alone!!! He said he didn't mind walking through with me so we walked through every room and checked every closet, behind every shower curtain and even in the attic spaces. I felt kinda stupid but I knew if we didn't check it out together that I wouldn't be able to function because I'd keep thinking some guy was hiding somewhere waiting to rape me.

It was also embarrassing b/c my husband is out of town all week...I mean who picks up when they don't have to? Sure enough we walk in to inspect the bedroom and a lovely pair of grandma-stretched out-hole filled- panties are laying in the middle of the floor. Awesome. Plus I'm trying to get a TON done with this baby coming so I have mini-projects taking place in pretty much every room of the house. I was mortified that he saw all my messes, but it was worth it for me to feel safe and secure!

Once everything checked out Michael headed back home. I guess what had happened was that Kye had helped me let the dogs out and I failed to check that the door was fully closed before we left so when I set the alarm it didn't set b/c a door was opened. Who knows how the light got left on! I felt fine about everything but still immediately locked all the doors and set the alarm on instant while I rushed to get Kye ready for bed.

I brushed his teeth and he went potty then we were changing into his pjs when the alarm started going off!!! I grabbed Kye, the house phone, and my cell and bolted out the front door. I hadn't heard any chimes go off like someone had opened the door (we have it set to chime each time an exterior door opens b/c when you have a pool in your backyard and a toddler at home you can't be too careful!) but I wasn't going to take any chances. The only thought I had was that someone could have been hiding when Michael and I did the check then when I was back in Kye's room they tried to make a quick exit out the door.

I thought I was pretty quick on my feet to grab the house phone too. After the incident with Titus I remember wishing they had a house phone b/c when you call 911 from a home phone they can see your address and all and it saves that time having to tell them. I left the alarm going off and the dogs running around and Kye was still in a t-shirt and just his underwear. Neither of us had shoes and I didn't have my car keys.

As soon as I walked out the front door I saw some headlights come into view and it was a neighbor and his son on their golf cart. He asked if I was okay and I told him I wasn't sure. He was SO nice and right away said that the Lord had put him in my path to help me and that everything was going to be fine. He and his son were beyond sweet and stayed with me the whole time through everything. Zach called because the alarm people called his cell phone (my phone never rang which is annoying!) they told him that I had set the "away" alarm instead of the "instant" alarm and had set off the motion detector. Now I felt pretty stupid. But it's an honest mistake. Every time we leave the house I set the "away" one so, in my rush, I just did that rather than the instant.

I felt okay to go back in so the neighbor, Craig, went with me and we turned off the alarm. Levi was freaking out. Kye was having a BLAST because he was up late and getting to be around all kinds of fun people. Craig was SUPER sweet and told me that I shouldn't hesitate to call him anytime I need anything while Zach is away. He moved in a bunch of heavy packages for me (our front porch furniture came - yay!) and we went back outside. Mrs Charlotte then called and said the alarm people had called her! Still, my phone had yet to ring!!! She was all worried about us and I told her to tell the alarm people not to send the police because Craig said he'd check the house one more time just to make sure.

The alarm people said they had tried to call me and it went straight to voicemail (my blackberry has been mega struggling lately...can't wait for new phone time in Jan!). Since they couldn't get a hold of me they had already sent out the police. Craig and I talked about it and decided that he and his son, Rhett, would check the house while Kye and I waited outside for the police. I could just see all four of us going inside then the police pulling up and shooting him thinking he was an intruder or something haha! Plus him going in alone meant I wouldn't have the mortifying moment of seeing him (and his teenage SON) see my awesome underwear sprawled out on the floor.

When the police came Kye was thrilled (I mean it's pretty cool to a two year old to have policemen come to your house!). I told them what had happened and that everything was okay. I also told them that I usually feel very safe since we live in a nice neighborhood and on a busy corner. They said I shouldn't  feel safe b/c bad stuff happens all the time everywhere and that I don't need to ever open my door, even during the day. Um. Thanks for the advice but telling me that at 8:30 at night when I'm going to be alone isn't a great idea. Then Craig starts telling them how our neighborhood has had a lot of suspicious people driving around and even walking around and ringing doorbells trying to take peoples pecans. I didn't need to hear that either. And I also didn't need to hear them start to tell stories about bad things that have happened in our nearby neighborhoods. No thanks.

Craig gave me their number and I WILL be calling if anything ever goes down again. He even said to call just when I need something lifted! So, so nice and we both said that God put him in my path at just the right moment :) I mean who goes riding a golf cart in the dark? I was pretty thankful he had been there and that I can call on him in the future for things (Michael also said Kye and I could come stay there ANYTIME we need to and that he's also just a phone call away...some of the people I've met in the neighborhood may not be to sweet but these two guys are AWESOME!). 

I had decided I was not staying alone! Even if it meant driving the 25 min to Charlotte's and getting Kye to bed waaaaaay late I was willing to do it. Luckily Mom got home right about when all of this was going down (she'd been out of town too!) and she offered to spend the night. Whew! I got Kye into bed (he was pretty worked was a LOT of excitement before bedtime!) and he was still asleep by 8:30. Late, but it's about the same time he goes to bed on Wed nights b/c of church so it wasn't horrible.

Mom was so sweet to come over and I felt SO much better. I still didn't get to bed until late (we chatted for awhile then I talked to Zach for a long time before bed) but I was able to shower and go to sleep without any fears which was a blessing. Of course it was still a horrible night! Levi was so freaked out by everything that he woke up multiple times barking like a maniac. I ended up locking him up in his crate for the night. Kye woke up twice crying out in fear (which I worried would happen...before I tucked him in he said "the door was open and the alarm went off and the police came" guess he's old enough where he semi-understands adult conversation!). Even Zeke woke up and some point and wanted me to feed him more food. Ugh. Being this pregnant means I cannot fall back to sleep right away so I spent a lot of the night awake.

Mom couldn't get over how crazy the evening was and she even joked with me saying "do you have this stuff happen so you can write a blog entry about it?!?" Haha! I wish it'd been a joke! That junk wore me OUT! I'm glad everything was okay and thankful for everyone who came to my rescue...and I'll be MUCH more careful about checking doors and the alarm code keys I hit from now on (and I also won't be answering my door even during the day...) :)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

School Service Day

Kye goes to school only three days a week, but his school offers classes for five days a week. So far, this hasn't meant that Kye has missed out on anything for the two days he doesn't go, until Service Day came! It was on a Thursday and, since Kye doesn't go to school on Thursdays, they invited me to bring him up there so he could experience the fun! They had an ambulance, fire truck, and police car at the school with each professional giving a 15 min or so lesson to the kids. It was very educational and a great chance to see some trucks...with a two year old trucks are where it's at ;)

We had a fun play-date at Chickfila that morning then headed up to the school and joined in with one of the classes during their presentations. First up was the ambulance!

I even learned a little something...did you know when an ambulance or funeral or anything else is coming that you are supposed to pull over to the right side of the road? Even if you're in the opposite lane of traffic you still pull off to the right until they can pass.
You can tell when Kye is listening b/c that tongue will be out ;)

seeing the lights and hearing the siren
covering his ears from the noise
Kye was excited to see the ambulance, because he's never seen one before, but he was even more excited to see the firetruck. We pass by a fire station every morning on the way to school and always look to see the firetrucks and wave hey to them.
When we were at Chick-Fil-A that morning we were meeting some friends and the boys all played a ton in the playground. Kye kept playing with this little boy and kept calling him by name so I realized they must be in the same class at school! I asked the boy and, sure enough, they are! It was cute to see them play together (and especially share SO well!) and I asked his mom if they were going to see the trucks too. Turns out they were! Kye enjoyed standing with his friend to see the fire truck!
Have you ever seen "the jaws of life" before? Um me either. I was pretty shocked that he showed us them and that he talked about them...I mean no one really wants to know about that right?!? It's one of those things we all hope we never have to see or experience!
touching the truck and getting to explore all the parts

I love how Kye never takes his eyes off the fireman ;)

They also did the same thing they do whenever we visit the fire station (you can see our most recent visit here). They discussed fire safety and what the kids should all do if there is a fire in our home. One of the firemen also put on all the gear and, again, Kye wasn't too fond of it. I can see why it's scary for a child! I'm thankful for our house lay out and that Kye's room is directly across the hall from ours because if there ever is a fire we can scoop him up on our way out the door very easily (Blitzen's is directly beside Kye's so another easy grab). It's gonna make me more nervous once baby #3 comes along and Kye moves his bedroom to upstairs. By then we'll have to have a fire escape plan!
The fire fighters all loved Kye's shirt and it got him some special attention ;)
He thought he was so cool getting to stand on the front of the fire truck!

We went back to the ambulance while we waited on the policeman to be ready for his presentation and the ambulance guy brought out a mini ambulance that he drove around and it even talked! It was really neat and the younger kids loved it. We even saw Colt with his class and I tried to stay away from them so Kye wouldn't distract Colt and cause any problems!
The policeman presentation was the least interesting for Kye but that makes sense if you think about it. I mean policemen just drive cars whereas ambulances and firetrucks are so much cooler :) He did have his police dog with him so that was neat to see!
You could tell all the guys presenting aren't used to talking to preschoolers...some of the information was way over their heads and most of the questions that were asked were impossible for them to know the answers too. I felt so bad for the policeman and totally wished I could help him out some!

He showed us how well trained the dog is and how he can find things just be scent. I read recently that some dogs are trained to smell if a dead body had ever been there before. It's crazy how awesome these dogs are! This particular dog is actually the policeman's pet as well! He said the dog sleeps with his daughter every night and that it's an added security for their home.
Kye really enjoyed seeing all the trucks and I'm thankful the school invited us to come!
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