Hayden James
2nd Year of Life
August - Dec 2006
24-27 months
August 14th:
So this week Hayden has been busy, busy, busy playing with all of his new toys from his birthday.  He would get so excited when seeing all his bubbles blowing from the bubble guns and all the fun wands he got.  He also has been enjoying all the cars and trucks and at bath time loves the paints and crayons.  He's been doing lots of arts and crafts lately.......keeping those hands busy to keep him out of trouble elsewhere!
Hayden has been doing some rearranging of his room and the living room  lately too.  He has learned  that if he stands on stuff he can reach things better or even get over things, like the gates!  Which is NOT good for us..........he literally throws himself over the gates.  I know someday he'll be so quick and then out the patio door.  He's a maniac! ;-)  He's also been wanting to climb up the deck railing and ring the doorbell off the back of the house.  This sets Haylee into a tizzy and more chaos at the house!
Let me tell you, it never ends.  One of the worse things he's done to date has been again at his sister's expense.  He was in one of his moods..............and let me tell you they get pretty bad.  When he gets mad he likes to throw things or tip things over or knock them over.  Well, last Friday he woke up from his nap and was in quite a mood.........started to tip over his chair.  Went in timeout and then came back out and was all calmed down.  I went to go make supper and then all of a sudden, not even a minute later, I hear a big thud and then Macy starts screaming.............I was terrified to go out in the living room to find out what it was.  Hayden had flipped Macy over in her Hop N Pop!  I could have killed him..............he went into a timeout and I told him that he had to stay in there until I left for work (a couple hours later).  I was so mad at him I didn't even want him around me.  He wouldn't tell Macy he was sorry and I wouldn't have it.  I was pretty frazzled.  He got to hang out with his Dad though that night and then he was fine............Macy was fine too!
Over the week Hayden got to see his some of his friends.  He got to see Amy, who was home from Maryland and stayed at our house for a day.  And then on Saturday he got to see his buddy, Josh who brought him a birthday present.  A Wiggles shirt! and khaki shorts.  Hayden starts dancing the "Hot Potato" song whenever we talk about the Wiggles, so he loved the shirt! :-)  Then he got to hang out with Gma and Gpa Deden Saturday night while Dennis and I celebrated our friend Jason's 30th Birthday.  Hayden got to go to Dairy Queen with Gpa and was very well behaved for them.
Hayden imitates and is trying to say everything.  He came running out of the playroom the other day with a book and it was a book with pictures of food.  He saw a pepper and said, "ball".   And he always says this, "a-bo-bo-bo-bo?" he raises the pitch and it almost sounds like a question, I have NO idea what it means.  Someday I will :-)
Well, that's about all the time I have to update.........sorry again for the delay, but as you can tell our life is pretty hectic around here.

August 20th:
Hayden is definitely 2 years old..........and what a roller coaster of a week that has made it for us!  The kid is CRAZY! and CRABBY!  By the end of the week, I was at my wits end and cried many a tear over him.  He was throwing TERRIBLE tantrums at least once a day.......where he'd have a holy fit over getting his diaper changed or dressed or anytime you said no.  He would headbutt, hit, pinch, slap, pull hair..........you name it, he did it.  The worst was when we went to a Potluck for Amy and Hutson who were back from Maryland.  He fell asleep on the car ride to the park and I let him sleep a while longer to get some sort of nap in before our fun day planned.  He got to play with a bunch of other kids but then soon started to act up, playing in the gravel.......which was fine but then would start throwing the rocks or waving his hand back and forth on the gravel and send pieces of it flying and hitting people's feet.  Then it was just down right not listening to me at all, thowing himself on the ground, screaming and flailing......making it impossible to pick up his throw-myself-on-the- ground-limp-body, that seemed to weigh 100 times more than his real-life/good-boy body.  So, of course he has to do this in front of my co-workers whose children are all behaving.........as always.  So, we decide to skip out on the swimming after the picnic.....and started to go to the car.  I had to carry him because he refused to even get up off of the ground at this point.......and I was pushing Macy in the stroller......as Hayden was bending over backwards and pinching and hitting and pulling my hair.  Then I tried to get him in the carseat, that fight took at least 15 minutes.  He spent a good part of that time screaming and hitting and pulling my hair.  I was a complete sweaty mess by the time I got him in the seat.  I was ready to just leave him right in the parking lot and leave without him.  I was SO mad at him, I've never been so angry.......more angry than the time he tipped Macy over in the Hop n Pop.  Then I drove around trying to hold the tears back in order for him to fall asleep.........well 45 minutes later, he never did.......I gave up and made him just sit in his room for a while.
Well, he's learned how to move his toddler bed all around his room, so that makes for quite an interesting 'time out' in his room.  He tips over the diaper pail, the clothes baskets, pulls out clothes, destroys the place.  When he'd get mad in the living room, he'd start dumping his toys out there......so by Thursday I was done.  I took garbage bags and ALL of his toys and put them in the bags and out in the living room.  I got the idea to separate his toys into rubber maids and rotate them out every few weeks.........thank you SuperNanny.  He has WAY too many toys and doesn't play with them......just tries to make a mess and destroy things.  I did get some good news on Tuesday though, he got into PRESCHOOL!!!!  ANd it couldn't have come at a better time..............I needed that news that particular day and as Dennis said "honey, somebody heard your prayers today1"  He'll be starting in the fall, three days a week from 9:15 - 11:15.........I Cannot wait, this will be so good for him and for us! 
Then, on Wednesday he went to BackUp day care and you'll never believe what the teacher said to Dennis when he came to pick him up.  She said, now mind you....this is a woman who works with toddlers every day......about 10 in one room.........she said, "I don't know how you do this?!  It took ALL of us to keep up with him today.  There are some busy kids, but eventually they tire out.........Hayden, does not tire out!".........if felt good in a way that it's not just me that thinks he's a maniac most of the time........but again, I hate to hear that, because that means he's a maniac. I should make our first few weeks at preschool pretty interesting if the daycare ladies are saying this..... So, I was a little stressed about him and we had big plans for the weekend.  I was meeting a few of my college girlfriends for a weekend at the Dells.  I had never been there and I was SO worried about what kind of situations I was going to be in with him and his behavior.  I was tempted to just leave him at home with Dennis.........he didn't deserve a vacation because he had been so naughty.......but then again, I would have felt SO guilty leaving him as we were staying at a special hotel that had a 'toddler' waterpark.  I was torn.....but decided to risk it and take him with.  I had 3 other adults to help me keep him in check.........and you know what........the kid did SO good!  He had so much fun in the waterpark............he just went and went and went.....it was perfect.  He of course was not afraid of the water at all!  I did have to take him down the slide with me but otherwise he ventured off and did his thing.  He did scare me and wanted to get into the bigger pool in another room.......it took some convincing and the diffusion of a huge tantrum......but we got out of there without a huge scene.  One of my girlfriends put it best............"poor Hayden has 4 mommies this weekend", to which I responded....."good, that's about how many he needs to keep up with him and keep him in line".  He did have a few time outs and tried to push a few times but there were no injuries or accidents, whew!  I will be posting the Dells pictures on the Summer Fun page as soon as I can........I am VERY far behind on a lot of the pictures..........I hope to get my pages all updated soon!
Til next week................I'll have an update from Hayden's 2 year check up!


One of the funniest pictures EVER!
A part of his 'flexing" when he's excited!
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August 27th:
It was a much better week this past week with Hayden.  We had his 2 year check up on Tuesday and I thought he was going to need some immunizations........but the good news was, he didn't!  He weighted 26 pounds, which puts him in the 23rd%ile (I think) and then was 36 inches tall, so about 90th%ile for height.  I was shocked to hear the %iles..........I k new he was a little lean, but I wasn't expecting such a big contrast.  But I have noticed how tall he has gotten lately and he hasn't been that 'tall' since he was a baby.  I  talked with the pediatrician about my concerns with Hayden and his 'behavior' she has made me much more reassured and confident in what we're doing.  She didn't see or get any red flags with Hayden's behavior.........what he is doing and how he is behaving is very typical for a 2 year old especially with a new sibling.  She reassured me that it's ok to feel overwhelmed and stressed with the situation and that it is ok for me to 'take control' back of the house.  He was running the show before and she advised us to be clear on our rules, but at the same time, pick our battles.  He knows exactly what buttons to push and what can get us mad and how to test us......so if we show it doesn't bother us and doesn't get us all worked up, he's going to eventually stop doing it.  So, it's been a much calmer place around here, not as much yelling or timeouts..........and his behavior has mellowed tremendously.  Now, what happens next week, who knows!? :-)  But, so far so good.....and I honestly think it's better because I feel ok about things.  I was so stressed with him and about him, that it made me tense and so I think I just couldn't unwind.  So, I feel better about things, big time!
Hayden has been talking up a storm too!  He said 'Josh' and 'Ash' a couple times....two of his favorite people!  He tries to say everything.....it may just be one part of the word that makes it but I am starting to understand some more too.  One night it was storming and we were hanging out in the basement.  Well, I was getting his pajamas on and he signed and said, 'bath'?  And I said, 'no honey, it's storming out we have to stay downstairs'.  But, I was so ecstatic because he communicated to me, he asked me a question.  It is just showing me how much he really does understand.  You just don't have any idea how complex their thinking is at this age, so if he knows our normal routine and notices something is not the ordinary and then can ask me about it.........that's amazing!  I know cheap thrills, but I just got the biggest kick out of that.  And, I do truly feel that all of a sudden a lightbulb went on.......he understands so much more, follows directions so much better, plays so much better.  It's just been a great week! :-)  FINALLY!
He loves learning now too.  I swear he's counting to three sometimes.........it sounds just like it.  And he loves this Sesame Street DVD I got him for Christmas, All Star Alphabet.  He gets into all the letters and I can hear him copying the sounds.  It'll be great once he starts saying more to see how much he really knows of that stuff.
Oh, funny story.  We had Dennis' 30th Birthday party this weekend and it was a day filled with lots of activities.......but the kids and I stayed home and got the house and food ready for a little party/poker tournament at home.  Well, people started to come over and Hayden LOVES being a part of the crowd.  He made himself at home and enjoyed none of the food except the pickle.  But, wait.  Andy Blegan brought a couple bags of his mom's famous chocolate chip cookies for Dennis (and Jason who also turned 30).  Now these are special cookies and are often times hidden from everyone because they are that good.  Well, Hayden got one and he would not stop saying "HMMMMMMM, HMMMMMM" it was hilarious!  He even got chocolate chips all over his chest and face, he really got into it!  So even Hayden loves Rosie's awesome chocolate chip cookies!!!
That's about all..........later!
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September 4th: Labor Day
Sorry.....haven't had time to update yet...............I'm so far behind, I'm just going to put the last two weeks' updates into one.....first time I think I've had to do that, but I'm sure you all understand and don't mind anyway! :-)
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September 4 -11th:
Oh my, this is way far behind, I hope I can remember everything.  Let me just start off by saying, I have no idea where our Hayden went!......the crazy little kid that used to live with us is no longer here......he is a completely different kid (well, maybe not completely) but he has made a 180 degree turnaround in his behavior.  I have NO idea what has done it........we haven't made any big changes in how we deal with him, although I feel I have a bit more control and a bit more patience, so I don't know if that is rubbing off on him and making him behave better but, it has been such a welcome change.  He has been so much more pleasant, he enjoys playing so much more, he is listening (better), he is following directions, he is letting us read to him way more than ever used to, he is enjoying so many more things than ever before.  He is more focused and not so deviant  He's hardly had any time outs and we haven't hardly had to scold him at all.   These past six months have been so hard but I'm hoping that is all over and that we're onto the 'fun times'.
MIchigan had their first game and so the kids had to get all decked out in their Michigan gear.  We wanted to get some nice pictures but Hayden was in a bit of a funk that day and didn't want to sit to get his picture taken very well.......so I grabbed a few, nothing really posed, but turned out pretty good otherwise. 
The big thing for Hayden has been getting ready for preschool.  I think he is totally ready.  We took a tour a couple weeks before school actually started and he did not want to leave just after the tour.  We think this is going to be a very good fit for him.  It is very structured with several activities throughout the 2 hours they are there and they always go outside.  They have SO many fun things for the kids to do.....I don't know who is more excited about it, us or Hayden.  So, the first week, the Wednesday after Labor Day he had basically an orientation time of only 30 minutes in class while the parents filled out paperwork and got an overview of how things will work.  Dennis took Hayden that first day and we of course had to get pictures of Hayden on his first day of preschool.  He was totally set to go too!  He was waving bye and blowing kisses to me as I was taking pictures of my big boy off to school! ;-)  Initially, Dennis said that Hayden didn't want him to put him down, which really surprised me, he's so outgoing.  But, I'm sure it was a little overwhelming to have all those kids and parents and teachers in there at one time.  But it didn't take long for him to figure out all the fun he could have.  Then, the second day was an hour and all activities similiar to what they would do normally.  I decided to stay with him to make sure he would adjust and listen ok.  Again he was a little hesitant at first but then found the indoor sandbox and had a blast with that, he was just 'flexing' away and one of the teachers kind of looked at him and giggled a little bit, so I had to explain that he does that when he is excited and that she'll probably be seeing that a lot the next few weeks while he's getting used to everything! :-)  I almost wanted to add, 'and my pediatrician assures me that it's nothing to be concerned about" :-)~!  Well, pretty soon he remembered that the door across the room led outside, so that's where he wanted to go and tried to go several times.  Well, each time I would try to redirect him to something else, he'd scream out in protest.......just like he was doing anytime the teacher tried to talk to him.   That's his new thing, just one loud scream to let you know he's not happy about something, a little irritating!  Then it was time to put the toys away and that was when he discovered there was a whole other bunch of toys on the other side of the room that we wanted to play with instead of picking up the toys and sitting down to listen to a story.  I tried to get him to participate and that didn't go over well, but it was complete chaos that day.......kids crying because they missed their parents, other parents there trying to help out, and all the available teachers helping guide everyone to where and what they should be doing.  Nuts-o-la.  Then it was time to go outside.......Hayden went right to the playhouse.  And, if you remember from other entries, he gets a little bit over protective with the house at PipSqueaks, well, the same goes for preschool too.  He wasn't mean, but he started to get a little pushy with a kid who was just coming to stand by the house and then tossed a couple pebbles at him when he tried walking into the house.  And, of course this is probably the quietest kid in class and then one that had both his parents there observing the whole thing!  I was terrified!  I tried to get Hayden to say he was sorry but he didn't do it right away and they ended up going to another part of the playground as far from Hayden as they could get.
I think it's going to be ok though, it'll be rough at the beginning but that's why he is going to preschool now, he needs to learn how to get along with other kids, how to share, how to listen, how to participate, follow a structured schedule, and get some learning done at the same time.  Plus, he just turned two.......I can't expect a whole lot from him and I sometimes forget that.
Hayden got to go to another birthday party for his cousin Zach but unlike his mother back in her wild and crazy days........fell asleep at the party and had to leave early.  Must take after his dad in that respect, I'd never miss a party to get something like sleep~!  He was having a great time but then got a bit cranky and wild, grabbed his blanket and started to doze off on the floor of the pizza place! :-)  So, he came home with getting any cake......his loss :-).Then this past weekend he got to go see his Gma and Gpa Reckward and ALL of his uncles and Aunt Jen too.  He had a great time and was a very good boy.  As soon as we got in the door though, he was looking for Gpa and knew exactly where to go to find him, out in the garage.  Then he grabbed both Judy's hand and Jim's hand and led them into the house, as if to say, 'drop what you're doing, I am here, now let's go see about paying me some attention people!'.  It was funny.  He also spent some time at Gma and Gpa Deden's and tried out their whirlpool tub.  I put the jets on and he about jumped through the ceiling.  Not much scares him, but this sure did.  He was ready to get out of the tub, but I talked him into staying in and he finished his bath.  But, 10 bucks says he'll remember the next time he gets a bath in there what those jets do.
Hayden has been talking so good too.  It's unbelieveable how all of a sudden he can repeat almost everything you say, or at least give it a try.  The lightswitch definitely turned on........finally!  He has a new favorite book now too, "Go, Dog, Go".........his favorite part is the pages with the stoplight.  He points to the stop light and for both the red and green one will say, "blue?".  Excluding that, he is SO smart!  I swear he is counting to six all on his own.  It's not super clear but it really does sound like it.  Then he sings and dances too......and yes, and can now jump with both feet off the ground.  He has a bunch of different bubble wands that he got in a big bucket for his birthday and they are all different shapes and things and one is shaped like a microphone, well, he grabbed it went up to the TV and started singing and dancing from side to side.  He knew just how to hold it and would sing right into it.
Well, I don't have much more time to update for now...........Ms Macy is begging to eat (she's starving if you haven't seen her lately, hee, hee!)
Oh, real quick Hayden is FINALLY paying some attention to her.......and he usually gives her a kiss goodnight. :-) It melts my heart to see him love her up!


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September 19th:
Let me start this week's update with a funny story.  I was at work last night and I was working with a woman who volunteers in her church's nursery almost every weekend.  Well, she was telling me that another woman that works in there is a teacher at Aldrich Nursery School and is in the 2 year old room.  So, I ask her....'what's her name?'........thinking maybe it was one of Hayden's teachers.  She said her name and it didn't sound familiar so I said, 'oh, I don't know her, she's not Hayden's teacher'...........well, she chuckled and said, 'well, she knows Hayden.  She said that she has to bring him back to his room quite a bit........that he visits her room often'..........I about died!!! He's already got a reputation and is well-known by other teachers! :-)  To his defense, her room is just on the other side of a partition in the room so it's not like he's out wandering the halls popping his head into classrooms.  But, I wouldn't be surprised if that ends up happening someday in the future, if not in this school year! :-)
I get a lot of people asking how preschool is going for him..........so check back for the rest of the update in a while.  I'm going to try and get the site updated today.
Hayden got his first bee sting while at preschool and I was very relieved that he didn't have an initial allergic reaction as that runs in our family.  But, he took a nap that day and woke up and his whole left side was all swollen, so much that his eye was half shut.  I was a bit worried at that time so I called the Nurse Line and we had to just keep watching for any type of reaction, which after a couple of days, the swelling was gone.
He's been busy, busy, busy playing and playing.  He's been doing SO good lately.  I think he likes the new toy arrangement, just one tub of toys.......he seems to play a lot more with them and not be terrorizing so much.
I can't seem to think of any more of an update for now so I'm going to end my update as is........I'm sure I'm forgetting some good stories, but if I remember them I'll be sure to add it.

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Bee Sting on left cheek
1st Project from school
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September 25th (What is Grosser than Gross?  I don't know, ask my mom.....Hayden has seemed to gross her out every day this week!)
Another crazy week with this kid.  Preschool is going ok.  Hayden is still trying to learn the routine of things and how to listen and his teachers are trying to figure out what works and doesn't work to get him to do what they want.   I hope once they find out, they let me know too!  He's gotten better at participating at story/group time.  They've learned that they cannot touch him when he is being instructed to do something, that sets him off I guess........so if they just say, 'ok Hayden sit down here', and then point he does better.  I have a feeling he's still doing a lot of screaming......the first day of school when I was with him, everytime the teacher would try to talk to him he'd scream (like a little girl) at her.  I tried to play it off and say, "Hayden, that's your teacher Mrs B"..........but he must still be doing it.  They did say that he does enjoy story/group time, he's one of the most active ones in it, mimicking (sp?) and singing along.....he's caught onto that rather quickly.  It's during play time when he's gotten pretty naughty.  He's pulled hair and taken toys away...........this stresses me out.  So, I think I'll be meeting with his teacher to see if we can talk about things, if there's anything we can do at home, or just talk to her more about what Hayden is like and what may or may not work.  I'll let you know if we have our first Parent-Teacher Conference.  I'm sure we'll be getting a note home or phone call about his 'behavior', I've already asked about how they enforce or discipline and how they notify parents and try to fix it.......I knew we'd be running into some issues.  But, the teachers have reinforced it with me that and I know too, this is why Hayden is in preschool.......to get 'socialized' and to learn how to listen and participate in a group/school setting.  I honestly think he is going to be the kid who 'improves the most'........I have 100% faith in that this will be a wonderful thing for him and I know it's going to do wonders for him.  But I'm sure it's not going to end there.........Dennis and I both agree that we're probably going to have our hands full for a very long time......but he's a boy and I guess I wouldn't expect much different.  I only know girls so I'm prepared to have a little bit wilder of a child than what my sisters were.........but believe me, my sisters did give me and my parents some grief at times too.  I'm just going to name a couple, but girls, you know what I mean............parmesan cheese, pan of oil, 911, 'gunkey', and many more.....I'm sure you remember exactly what I mean.  Too bad mom didn't leave a journal for all to see the trouble you guys got into.
Hayden has been loving his All Star Alphabet DVD from Sesame Street too.  He likes to sing and dance along..........especially when Elmo is rapping the ABCs.  He also gets a few of the songs in his head, as do I.........and we sing them throughout the day.  He gets so excited about letters and numbers......and his books too!  Finally! 
Well, I'm not finished with the update yet, but will try to finish it in the next day or so.....and add my pictures too.  I have a HILARIOUS story to tell.........Tonia?  how is your thumb?  My GOD, we had one heck of a laugh!!!
Ok , so here is the funny story that I promised..........and I hope my aunt Tonia doesn't get too embarrassed or angry having to relive it! ;-)  Last Friday afternoon Tonia was over at my house...........it was a completely and crazy day to begin with.  I worked the night before, got maybe 2 hours of sleep that entire day, was doing Arbonne orders like crazy (for those that don't know, I'm selling Arbonne now......check out their website!
www.arbonne.com )  Tonia stopped over after work to do an order with me, she had to be at a wedding reception later that night so she was all dressed up and her son Andy was planning on stopping over too.  Well, as soon as Tonia arrived, more chaos arose. (That is the theme at our house, I know!) Hayden had just woke up from a nap with a poopy diaper so I went to change that and come to find out, he had a sore butt again (I think it's the cheap diapers I bought).......so I decided that I wanted to just try to air it out a little bit.  So I grabbed a pair of his cute little Elmo underwear.  I said to Tonia, If you see him start to pee, let me know and I'll run him to the potty chair.  So, we get busy doing our thing.  Andy stops over and Hayden and Andy are busy coloring while Tonia and I are on the computer all in our bedroom (which has our computer and desk too)  And then the phone rings........I'm busy gabbing on the phone taking care of more business and all of a sudden I see Tonia (who I forgot to mention has her arm in a sling from having broken it a few weeks ago)  slowly falling backwards in the little desk chair that she is sitting on, and she's shouting, "your chair, your chair"........but what is weird is, it's SLOWLY leaning backwards, not just tipping back.....and you could almost hear it, click, click, click as she is ever so slowly going further and further back.  So, I am thinking, omigod......what do I grab a hold of (so I threw the phone down).......?  I didn't want to grab her broken arm......or either leg as I would have pulled the chair right underneath her.  So, she lands on her back and the chair is with her.  And we're all just LAUGHING so hard at this time that our bellies ache because we could not believe what happened and how it was all in such slow motion.  We're laughing so hard that we don't hear Andy talking and Tonia is on the ground for quite some time.  I was so afraid that she hurt her arm or got hurt.  So after finding out all is ok.......I help her up.  She pops right up but then grabs her back and said, 'omigod, I sweated! I was laughing so hard'........then we finally heard what Andy said...........'MOM, that's what I've been trying to tell you..........you were laying in Hayden's pee and laid in it for like 5 minutes after you fell!!!'.........we're dying AGAIN!  Just then my mom comes walking in the house wondering what the heck all the commotion was about.  So, we tell the story again, as I'm trying to help clean Tonia up (who is in her nice clothes for the wedding reception she is going to) and clean Hayden and the pee up.  So, in the shuffle, no one is really paying any attention to Hayden.   Then, I hear a scream from my mom from the bathroom and all I can think is, oh no, now he's pooped somewhere!  Well, he grabbed his toothbrush, dipped it in the toilet and was trying to brush his teeth with it.  It seriously was a madhouse and we could not stop laughing and I didn't know what direction to go or what to do next.  As I've said many times before, never a dull moment at our house.
Hayden has been grossing Gma out so much this week, a different thing everytime she comes over.  I think part of it is she isn't used to little boys.......she had all girls.  Little boys don't care what they find on the floor, they'll eat it.  When it comes to ketchup, it's one of the major foodgroups and they want to spread it everywhere.  Toiletwater, it's not just for dogs anymore.  And.........boogers, the other white meat..........
He's all boy.........and it's only going to get worse I'm sure! :-)
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October 2nd
Hayden is enjoying preschool more and more, although he is still having a hard time adjusting.  He enjoys seeing the teachers, being there and playing but is still having a hard time 'interacting' appropriately with the other kids.  He's learning how to share and how to not be so rough........typical 2 year old stuff.  One day they  voiced concern to Dennis that he is getting 'stressed out' when he is coloring or doing art....Dennis looked over at him and he was holding a bowl with sand in it, stirring it up and doing his flexing like mad........and he said, 'you mean like that?' and they said, 'yeah'.  He explained that that is what he does when he's excited, not stressed out!!!  They're still getting to know him and all his quarks! :-)
We haven't been up to a whole lot, activity-wise, but the time has been flying by like you wouldn't believe!  I have not gotten any professional pictures done of Hayden lately and had wanted to when he turned two.  I've been too cheap to do it lately, so I decided to take some myself.  A co-worker of mine told me about a great place to take some pictures and so I decided to recruit my friend Shannon to help me out.  Shannon and I gathered up all our kids (with the help of Dennis too) and go up to St Mary's park to get some pictures of our kids.  They have some trees with really low-lying branches, so we put Hayden up on one of the branches and he got scared!  Then he noticed a swing set and jungle gym, so then he didn't want to have anything to do with the pictures then.  That's our biggest problem is getting him to sit down and then look at the camera.  So, after some time there we decided to try the Botanical Gardens at the Plummer House.  I wish I would have thought of that about 2 weeks prior as by this time of year, most of the plants were dead and it was wet and muddy.  Hayden of course didn't sit still, but I think I snapped just enough to get one or two pictures to get printed off for family.  He was such a crab that day that Dennis ended up taking him home and he missed out on our trip to Leo's Pizza for Shannon's little boy Isiah's birthday. 
Hayden has had a good stretch of some really good days and then out of nowhere, for no known reason, he is just a crab.  So, I don't know if he's not sleeping good or what......or if something is bothering him.  It's been frustrating still because we still can't communicate with each other that well.  So, this leads to many tantrums and misunderstandings.  The other day, I felt just awful.  I had bought a big box of diapers and had it sitting in the kids' room before I could put it away.  Well, Hayden was having a great time opening and shutting the top.  Well, it was a little while later and time to clean up and I put the box in his closet.  He FREAKED out!  He started throwing a huge tantrum, flailing all about........I couldn't believe the reaction I got.  So I blew the tantrum off and said Hayden, it's just a box it needs to go in the closet now.  So, for about another few minutes he is freaking out.....so finally it's so bad that he has to go in timeout.  He's in timeout having a fit......won't call down.  I finally grab the box and say, Hayden, see.....it's just  a box of diapers!  And as I opened the top, I see his blanket sitting on the bottom!  I FELT SO BAD!!!  He couldn't tell me why he was really upset and that makes it frustrating.  So I'm hoping that he'll be saying more and more words soon.  It seems like the growth of vocabulary has gotten a little stagnant as of late.......so I hope he starts building it up again.
i think that's about good for now.......another update due soon!



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October 9th (Our 2 Year Wedding Anniversary)
October 16th, October 23rd & October 30th.............ok, so pretty much the entire month of October!! :-)
Two years ago Dennis and I got married.........I can't believe it!  Hayden was just a little tike and Macy wasn't even a twinkle in our eye yet and now look at us.  Life is crazy and chaotic, but I can't imagine anyone other than Dennis to be going through this journey with and wouldn't change it for the world!

I got this neat little poem that I thought would be so appropriate for us, in how crazy our life has been but then how much the kiddos mean to us:  Sometimes it's so easy for me to get all wrapped up in everything that needs to be done in a day and not get to enjoy the kids as much as I should.  I'm sure many of you can relate to this too.

Just for this morning, I am going to smile when I see your face and  laugh when I feel like crying.  Just for this morning, I will let you choose what you want to wear, and smile and say how perfect it is.Just for this morning, I am going to step over the laundry, and pickyou up and take you to the park to play.Just for this morning, I will leave the dishes in the sink, and let you teach me how to put that puzzle of yours together. Just for this afternoon, I will unplug the telephone and keep the computer off, and sit with you in the backyard and blow bubbles..Just for this afternoon, I will not yell once, not even a tiny grumble when you scream and whine for the ice cream truck, and I will buy you one ifhe comes by. Just for this afternoon, I won't worry about what you are going to be when you grow up, or second guess every decision I have e where you are concerned. Just for this afternoon, I will let you help me   bake cookies, and I won't stand over you trying to fix them.
    
Just for this afternoon, I will take us to McDonald's and buy us both a Happy Meal so you can have both toys..Just for this evening, I will hold you in my arms and tell you a story about how you were born and how much I love you.Just! for this evening, I will let you splash in the tub and n ot get angry.Just this evening, I will let you stay up late while we sit on the porch and count all thestars.Just for this evening, I will snuggle beside you for hours, and miss myfavorite TV shows.Just for this evening when I run my finger through your hair as youpray, I will simply be grateful that God has given me the greatest gift evergiven.I will think about the mothers and fathers who are searching for their missing children, the mothers and fathers who are visiting theirhildren's graves instead of their bedrooms, and mothers and fathers who are in hospital rooms watching their children suffer senselessly, and screaming inside that they can't handle it anymore.ASnd when I kiss you good night I will hold you a little tighter, alittle longer. It is then, that I will thank God for you, and ask him for nothing, except one more day..............


So onto the update.  Hayden has had a really good couple of weeks actually.  He's doing better and better at preschool all the time.  He's getting along with the other kids better, listening to his teachers more.  So hopefully by the time we're at Parent-Teacher conferences in November we'll have seen a huge difference.  He still gets time out about once a day but the teachers have said, the really big things he used to do he's no longer doing.  He is still getting a timeout probably once a day, but it's for things like not always wanting to participate when it's time to go onto a new activity or screaming.  Screaming...............oy vey.........that has been the big problem the last few weeks.  A blood curdling, high pitched girl scream for every and any reason under the sun.  It's driving me bonkers!  He'll scream when he wants something, he'll scream when he doesn't want something, he'll scream when he's sad, he's scream when he's mad. (Sounds like a Dr Suess Book)...........'why must you scream  my sweet young lad?'  I've been trying everything to get it to stop.......I think he knows it annoys me, so he'll do it more........so I've tried ignoring.........hasn't worked.  I try to scold him when he does it, doesn't work.  I've tried getting him to say the word instead of screaming, doesn't work.  It's a combination of a lot of things.  His vocabulary is growing but he's not understanding of when to use a word just yet, not always anyway.  He'd rather scream until we guess what he wants rather than use the word.  We've got to be better about making him say his words rather than just jumping and getting him what he wants........I think that's why the screaming has gotten so much worse..........it's more like a demand than a request.......and the more and louder he screams the more it makes us quick to find out what he needs.  It's a hard place to be though, he's still not talking the best and has a hard time communicating, so I think he gets frustrated as well.  One night my mom and I took the kids to the Mall and we stopped and got something to eat.  Hayden was enjoying a caffeine-free soda and would grunt and scream everytime he wanted a drink.  Well, you know how bad it echos in the food court, so I was quick to give it to him.  Then I remembered, he knows how to say drink..........he needs to say drink before he gets another one.  So, let me tell you..........this kid is stubborn and determined (which are great qualities to have at times!) and we went back and forth for what seemed like forever................Do you want a drink?  *Scream*  You need to say drink. *Scream*   Say drink, if you want a drink.  *Scream* You need to say drink. *Scream*.............and so on and so on.  And FINALLY he said it!  I knew he could, he's just being bullheaded! :-)  My mom said it was like watching The Miracle Worker, when Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan were trying to talk to each other.  Remember the part when Anne just wanted Helen to spell something back and all the fighting and teaching......and she finally spelled water..........that was our moment! :-)
As the time has gone by he's starting to try and imitate a lot more of what you are saying.  It doesn't always sound like what it should put he's definitely trying.  My favorite thing is when he counts to ten.  He can do it pretty much independantly but gets a little goofed up or I can't understand when he is at 8, 9, 10.  I just love it..........he is so smart!
Some of his favorite things right now are playing outside, see the leaves pictures below.  He likes to play, play, play........and especially he loves to pretend.  He is SO good at pretending it's unbelievable!  He'll be watching something on TV or playing and you just wonder where he gets what he's doing.......he is truly amazing.
Some of the fun activities we've done been doing are:  playing with his buddy Hutson who came to visit from MD, a big playdate with a bunch of work friends, firefighters came to Hayden's preschool, Grandpa Deden babysat a few times, we were going to go to the Pumpkin patch but Hayden felt icky one weekend and the next weekend we took the kids to the Fall Festival with Cecelia, Alex, Owen, & Braedon.  Hayden was so excited when he saw the train exhibit.......he was jumping up and down and yelling, 'choo, choo', which I was so surprised to see him do. 
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November 6th
So the big thing this week was that Hayden had his first parent-teacher conference.  I was a little nervous but I didn't think I'd be too surprised as we keep in close contact with his teachers.  They went really well.  She informed us that she has seen SO much progress in Hayden's behavior.  He still gets a time out here and there for not wanting to participate when it's time to change activities, but they are very brief and nothing compared to what it used to be like.  She said very emphatically was that Hayden really tries to test everyone he encounters..........and I couldn't agree with her more.  He's a very smart kid.  Some of the things he really likes to do at preschool are art, drawing, playing house, playing outside.......and he tries to kiss Mrs B. on the lips quite a bit! :-)  He still needs some work on normal 2 year old behavior stuff, learning how to share, how to share his personal space, and could use some improvement on his social skills..but that is why he is there.  I think that preschool has been the best thing for him and I'm SO glad we have such great teachers and this open door of communication with them, it really has done wonders for him.
Hayden plays so much better lately too.....it's not as destructive as it used to be, there is definite purpose to what he is doing.  His language is developing much faster and I believe that preschool has a lot to do with that.  We still have a hard time getting him to say what it is exactly he wants or needs or understanding the jibber jabber still......but he can get his point across a bit better than last month.  He gets so excited about stuff and laughs at things and is so theatrical too.  He is such a joy to watch and play with!  There have been little to no tantrums or timeouts at home............I hate saying such things and 'jinxing' it, but it's been such a nice improvement.  I think that he can communicate better has helped some of that frustration and makes it easier for him to handle most situations.
Halloween already came and went............it'll be Christmas before we know it!  Hayden dressed up as Mickey Mouse and had such a great time!  At first he did not want to put the hood of the coat up that had the ears, but once he saw himself and how cool he looked he left it on for most of the night!  We made lots of stops...........we went and visited Auntie Tonia at work, Gpa Scanlan, went to ProEx to get his and Macy's pic taken, then to Cecelia's house (played with Zelda some more) and saw Ben and Rachel, Ellie & Sarah.  Then the last stop was at Gma & Gpas.........we had some supper, started passing out some candy and then took the kids out around a few of the houses on the block.  Hayden was ecstatic!.............he did really good and couldn't get to the houses fast enough.  He loved knocking on the door and he'd say 'treat' and try to make his way into the house!  I swear at one of the last houses he said Trick or Treat.........he was getting this Halloween thing down! :-)  He made his way from house to house holding onto Gma's hand and hopping his way there.  I was sad that Dennis had to miss it (he had to work).........Hayden would have loved to have shared that special time with his dad. 
Hayden has been really clingy with me lately............whenever he wants something in this very low, whiny way of asking, he points to something and says, 'ma-ma'.....over and over and over again.  He will hang out with me wherever I am, in the bathroom, laundry room, etc.  He's my little helper.  He likes to take clothes from the washer to the dryer.........and putting them in the washer too!  He is getting really good at picking up his toys/books/bath stuff too.  He has learned that from preschool as well......that is awesome!
We have tried to do some 'family days' on the one or two days that both Dennis and I have off and I think Hayden enjoys having both of us home very very much.  We went to Leo's Pizza on Friday and then took Hayden (and Macy) to see Flushed Away at the theatre.  It'd been several months since Hayden had gone to a movie so we were a bit optimistic that it would go better than last time.  He sat very still for quite a while and then wanted to check things out a little more........but we didn't have him leaving our little aisle at all and he kept pretty occupied with the movie.  It is real similar to the characters on Wallace and Grommit and he likes them, so I think that really kept his interest.  We also got him a Little Tikes Basketball Hoop with a gift card he got for his birthday.  That is really fun watching him play with that............I see Dennis...........I see us older watching him play sports and cheering him on. 
He's getting to be such a big boy..........I love him more and more everyday!
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November 13th
The big thing this week was the weather!  What a wierd week.  The kids got out a couple times this week for walks since it was so nice out.  They even went to go vote with Daddy, but his name was spelled wrong on his drivers license so he didn't get to vote! :-(  But, they enjoyed the walk down to the school.  Then a few days later, bam.........what 6-8 inches of snow (at least?)!  I was working that day and could just see the snow keep falling down and I thought to myself, what on Earth is Hayden going to do when he sees all this snow!?  I could just hear him go........WHOA!  I would have loved to have seen his face!  Preschool wasn't closed so Dennis made his way with both kids (and Haylee to drop her off at the groomers!) through all that snow and there was only about 4 kids at school that day.  Luckily Dennis brought his snowpants and boots so he could play.....but he had outgrown his boots.....I never even thought of that!  I'm still new to this parenting thing!.........it's only been a couple years, still learning all the tricks and what I need to remember from year to year!  But, Aldrich had some boots for him to use.  Then he spent the rest of the weekend hanging out with Dad while I worked.  The kids have been getting a lot of time with Daddy as I've had a lot going on with work and school.  Hayden was really good for Dennis all weekend but sure was excited to see me at the end of the day.  This just reaffirms why I like working nights more........I get to see the kids more and they don't miss me as much. Saturday night Hayden started getting a fever so we gave him some Tylenol and Ibuprofen and you could tell as soon as the fever broke, but I thought his mouth looked a little puffy.  Then Sunday he was feeling a bit better but then his eye started to water and drain.  By the time I got home they were all mattered shut and he was miserable.  He started to cry as soon as he saw me.  I don't know if he really felt bad and then saw his Mommy and was trying to tell me something or if he was that miserable.  I called the nurse line and they said it could wait to see our pediatrician as long as he was comfortable because while on the phone he was throwing some pretty good mood swings.....happy one minute, sad the next.  So, we decided to wait til morning.  Then, he went to bed after getting some Tylenol........and then I heard him rustling around a while after falling asleep.  I went in there and then it was full out crying/screaming.........inconsolable!  And, his face was completely blown up, he could hardly open his eyes......cheeks and mouth all swollen.  So, I called Dennis at work, who only had about 30 min left of his shift and said that we had to take Hayden to the ER.  We get there and there are hardly any other patients so we got into a room right away.  We are first seen by a resident that I used to work on the unit with, we chat and she does her exam.  There's nothing totally jumping out with flashing lights showing us what was wrong.  She gets her consultant he looks Hayden over and thinks it's just a conjunctivitis (pink-eye) and doesn't want to treat it........'just let it run it's course'.  So, we're just getting ready to go and he asked the resident, 'how did his ears look?'.........she realizes she never looked at his ears......so he does and his right ear is completely inflammed and very obviously infected.  So we got drops right then and there and got him started on antibiotics in the morning.  That night we all slept in bed together.....made it pretty crowded but I couldn't leave Hayden not feeling good at all.  So, this week it'll be a need for some quick recovery.
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November 20th
Hayden is feeling SO much better.....a few days after starting antibiotics he was feeling like a brand new man!  He was such a big boy in taking his medication twice a day.........he'd throw a 'pretend' stink about taking them then he'd gulp it right down and then we'd have him give us his signature handshake........we'd have him 'pound......then explode'.......(he takes his fist and bumps your knuckles of your fist and then  you open your hand).  He enjoyed getting the praise of taking his medication.  I had stayed home a few days from work and school to be with the kids since they were both sick and I think having that extra time on my hands gave me a crazy idea.....to give Hayden a haircut! 
I was just planning on doing a little comb through with the clippers.....not too short but something simple, boyish and cute.  I've vowed I would never give Hayden a crew cut/flat top.......which it didn't turn out to be that....but close!  I had gotten the clippers all set up and then put back on the charger to get it fully charged before I started.  I had a little sucker all ready for Hayden to keep him busy while I tried to quickly cut.  Well, with the first swipe of the clippers right down the middle of his head, I thought to myself, 'now why is this SO short?'.....I look and the guard was down to 1!!!!!  I had it at 3 or 4!  Well, that in addition to his hair being SO blond.....it didn't look like he had any hair!  I thought he looked like a little chemo patient for the first day or so...but I kept adjusting and trying to even things out and it looks better or I'm just so used to it by now! Hayden did pretty good during it......it started to get antsy at the end as all this hair kept falling in his face and he had this terrible runny nose so the loose hair would stick to the snot on his face and he'd rub it and it'd get worse.......he was a big hairy mess (excluding his hair) when we were done.......including his sucker!  But, I think it is do-able now.........and thank God hair grows!  I was just happy I didn't do this before his school pictures! 
His first day back to preschool after being sick, he was SO excited to see his teachers.  He showed off his new haircut and we had hoped he'd do better wearing his hat since he didn't have any hair to keep his head warm, but that hasn't seemed to have affected him at all  yet.
Hayden is talking a lot more....he almost imitates any word you say.  He has certain words down......"Blue's Clues" is definitely one of them.  He LOVES that show!!!!  He will imitate everything that Steve does and tries to talk along with it.  He loves it!  He still loves his baths and for the most part has really mellowed out.  He can play so nicely and is starting to listen better too.  I think we're starting to get away from those 'terrible' twos!
I found Hayden a cute Xmas outfit and yes, it includes a hat to help cover my first haircut! :-)



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November 26th & December 4th
Thanksgiving, Waterpark, Lights of Bluff Valley, Christmas Pictures

It's been so far and few between I have been doing my updates (and I'm getting forgetful in my 'old age'), I'm at least having to put in little notes reminding me what I need to write about.  I would hate to miss anything. 

For the first time, we all drove over to Zumbro Falls and saw the Lights of Bluff Valley the night before Thanksgiving.  The night we went they were going to be playing Cars at the 'drive in' but it was going to be pretty late and we wanted to get the kids to bed.  I wasn't very prepared, if I would have dressed the kids warmer we could have gone through the light maze.  The weather was pretty nice but not that nice.  When we went through the displays Hayden was talking and talking the whole time!  It was pretty amazing all the different things they had made out of lights.  Hayden loved the Apple Orchard and the Train probably the best.  This put most of us in the spirit, especially Dennis who ran to Target and Walmart to pick up some new Christmas lights to put up the next day!  Thanksgiving has come and went and it's that much closer to Christmas and we're all getting into the holiday mood.  For Thanksgiving, we went to my mom and dad's and Hayden was all excited when we got there.  We fixed him up a plate with a ton of food and he was all excited, flexing away and I thought for sure he was going to eat a big meal and he pretty much just played..........flexed and played, that sums it up. :-)  I think it looked too good to eat! ;-)  But he must have gotten some turkey in because him and Grandpa crashed and took a nap together.....ahh male bonding.  And of course there was football on.  We hung out for a while and then left to go to Owatonna to stay at the Holiday Inn Serengeti that has a big waterpark.  My Dad Lynn from CA was visiting and we had planned to have a Thanksgiving Dinner with the Bredeson's on Friday.  So, we stopped by my Gma's and hung out with my dad and some aunts and uncles.  Hayden acted very shy and kind of clung to me when we first got there but then soon found some toys to keep him busy.  We got to the motel in time for Hayden to go down the waterpark.  He went running ahead of us and was in the water and ready to swim before we barely got in the door of the waterpark.  It was so funnhy.  Then he went down the waterslide about 10 times before they closed.  Dennis took him up a few times and I took him up a couple and Hayden had a blast each time, yelling "WEEEEEE" the entire way down, I could hear him all the way on the bottom!  Then as soon as he was out of the pool, he was already running up the steps to go down the slide again.  One time he went to grab his own innertube.......he couldn't wait for us to catch up! :-)  A little girl passed us and peeked back and said kind of shy, 'he's cute!'...what a stud.  I think he was worn out because he went to good rather well and slept in til 9am the next day.  He's been an early riser in the past in hotels so I was a little worried..........but the room was very dark and quiet, it was great!  Dennis took him back down to the waterpark for a while and ran into Gpa Bredeson down there!  He was waiting to watch Hayden play in the water.  So after some more swimming we packed up and went to go have lunch at Gma's.  Hayden wasn't happy about having to be done swimming so soon but got over it quickly.  He got to play with his (2nd) cousin Ellie who is just a little older than him and meet some more cousins he hadn't seen since our wedding.  He did very good and enjoyed seeing this side of the family, we don't get to see them very often.
He had been off of school for quite some time with the holiday so he was happy to get back to his teachers.  He's been busy making many art projects, learning new nursery rhymes and more words.  I can tell preschool has been such a good experience for him already........he's talking so much more and seems to be calming down a bit.
We've also been getting into the Christmast mood.  I took their pictures for the Christmas cards and we have the tree up and the decorations out.  Hayden helped decorate the tree too.  Now all that is left is the baking and some shopping........Hayden is going to love having all those sweets around. He's been watching The Polar Express and loves to yell out "choo-choo".
Another thing he loves to say about a thousand times a day (related to his new obsession, Blues Clues)  is, "Handy Dandy?".......he wait for you to say it too......"Handy Dandy" and he's answer "NOTEBOOK", but it sounds more like 'goat-gok'.  It's funny.  Dennis didn't realize what he was saying all this time and just heard us doing that and said, "Oh, I thought he was saying "daddy'.  He is LOVING Blues Clues. He cannot get enough...........and he copies everything Steve or Joe does on the show.

That's about all I'm going to update now........will add pics too.
December 11th & 18th
Let me just say in the last couple of weeks, we've probably seen Polar Express a thousand times.  That is now Hayden's newest obsession.  And still right along with Blues Clues.  He pretends SO much you couldn't even imagine.  Everything he sees is either a 'kick-et' (ticket from Polar Express) or a 'gok-gook' (notebook from Blues Clues)  He is completely obsessed!  Any little piece of paper he finds he flaps around like it the ticket flying away from the main character and then he hands it to you and you have to pretend to punch it like the conductor does.  He's used the postcards from magazines, pieces of paper from a long skinny magnetic notepad, a dollar bill, a piece of post-it paper, business card.........you name it, it's been a ticket and he usually holds onto it for hours on end.......he will not drop it! :-)  Then the same goes for his notebook........any book that had a cool flap or if you have an actual notebook, that's even better.......he loves to write and to have you draw for him.  It used to be he'd want you to trace his hand all the time, but once I started drawing Mailbox, and Side Table Drawer and even Blue, he really enjoyed that.  He uses his Magna Doodle everynight and wants you to draw one picture after the other. 
With his love of some of these things, it's made Christmas shopping very easy for him!  I can't wait to see him open his gifts.
Speaking of, we've been very busy getting ready for Christmas.  Hayden has been VERY good about leaving the Christmas tree alone which has totally surprised me.  We got a real 'table-top' tree and put it on the side table in the corner of the living room and when we first put the bulbs on he would go touch once or twice, but he's bored with it now.  Now, Macy would be grabbing it all the time I"m sure so we might have to do this for a couple years in a row.  It looks very pretty though and it's nice to have a real tree.  We've been trying to teach Hayden about Santa Claus and how he's watching you to see if he's been naughty or nice.  He's too young to realize it yet, but I've pulled out the whole "Santa is watching you" threat a few times and nothing...........so either he doesn't care already or he's just too young! :-)~  We did get together with some friends and go and visit Santa.  The kids wore their Snowman Sweaters from Grandma and we didn't have to wait in line to see him.  Hayden did very good.  He was a little shy walking up to him but then I put him up on his lap and he didn't want to stay up there too long but he didn't cry or scream.  Santa was pretty quiet he didn't talk to Hayden much so I tried to initiate the whole, 'what do you want Santa to bring for you?' thing.  I'm sure Santa is very hesitant to start talking to the kids at Hayden's age, you just never know what kind of reaction you're going to get.......screaming, crying, or cheering?  Hayden has been a little shy lately especially with strangers or people he hasn't seen in a while........which is not usual for him........but still a very outgoing child.  We also put together a Gingerbread House which Hayden really did an outstanding job helping!  He totally got into it and it was so fun to do as a family!  We're going to have to start doing it every year, it was fun and not that hard to do, everything was in the kit and it was pre-assembled!
Hayden & Macy got to spend the night at Grandma and Grandpa Deden's one night too while Dennis and I got out for his work Christmas party.  Hayden loves to sleep with Grandpa and is always up SO early when he's there.  Dennis compares it to Christmas morning......it's so exciting and you're so anxious to play that you don't want to stay in bed for too long.  Then another weekend Hayden, Macy and Daddy went down to Decorah to see their other Grandma and Grandpa.  He always has a great time down there and enjoys hanging out with Grandpa in the garage.......there are always so many 'projects' to do and things to see.
I've been very busy trying to finish up the semester with school and then went on a scrapbooking retreat one weekend which was SO needed.  The kids do SO good and were on their best behavior for Daddy.  Santa better come to Daddy too because he's also had his hands full keeping up with the kids.
Preschool has been pretty good for Hayden still.  About one timeout a day, very brief.  Still not wanting to participate in group time when it's time but definitely much more improved than some of the struggles at the beginning of the year.  He knows all the motions and sings along when it's group time, he just has to throw a little stink when it's not his idea to come I guess.  He's been much better about putting his hat and mittens on too.   God Bless those teachers for all the hardwork they've done with him this year!  They have done so many great things with him, I'm so thankful for them!
Discipline at home has been better too.  The timeout thing has been working for him really well.  There are many days where there is not a single time out.  He has been listening a lot better and can just enjoy things more than before.  Before he'd just be so disruptive and destructive and he is very constructively playing and enjoying things.  It sure makes things easier.  BUT, there are some days his determination and stubborness really gets the best of me.  And, he is SO smart!  You can just see the wheels in his head turning especially when it's to something that he wants.  He has learned out to scale the gate in the dining room and helps himself right to the fridge.  He LOVES milk and wants it all the time.  He's such a poor eater that we have to really watch how much milk he drinks because he'd rather just drink milk than eat.  Or, he'll see the sliced cheese and yell, CHEESE? ......which I love because at least he's showing me what he wants and he'll actually eat something that is not complete junk.  Because, it's no surprise to me, the kiddo is a junk food fien..especially sweets.......that's how I was when I was pregnant with him, so it's no surprise.  My Christmas Baking has to be hidden from him or that's all he wants and he'll cry and fuss for it.  But, one big surprise is he loves apples and I've gotten him to start eating orange sections too.  He is more of a fruit fan......the veggies, not so much.  But we're working on it.  There's not much he does like so I just hope that someday he'll just eat!
And for those of you that have gotten your Christmas card (and especially sitting next to his sister) he looks like he's starving!  That kids needs some meat on his bones!
Well, I think that's about all for now.  Christmas is coming and I have a ton of presents to wrap!  ANother update soon..........should my New Years resolution be to get the website up to date and do my updates on time?  That might be as realistic as all the other resolutions I've made and broke.  But, we'll see, it sucks not being caught up and having to remember everything later.  We'll see! :-)

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Click here to see some of the pictures getting ready for Christmas!
December 25th & 31st
This is going to be short and sweet..............I had hoped to get caught up by the end of the year and time is flying by and my memory is failing me, so I'll just have to be brief.  I've decided to combine the kids' updates into one weekly update, I think this is more realistic and they do so much together anyway, may as well put the updates and pictures together.  So, check out the home page to get to that link.  I haven't started it yet, so that too is far behind.
Christmas went really good, Hayden made out like a bandit!  I'll be adding pics of Xmas on the Christmas page eventually.  He did a fabulous job of opening presents and even helped (without any solicitation) other people open their presents.  My favorite part was when we opened our presents on Christmas eve at home, he had to wear his Woody cowboy hat and then stacked all his presents up and they were taller than him.  He got lots of trains and new things to play with.  It'll keep him busy, busy busy.  He also got lots of stuff from Santa.  Santa must have ignored those several months of Hayden's not-so-good behavior, or he forgives easily! :-)
We got to see a lot of family this holiday season and we all enjoyed it very very much.  There were a couple trips to Decorah and back.
I didn't get to spend New Year's Eve with the family, as I had to work that night, so we had our own little countdown before I left for work.  Hayden loved the counting and especially the kissing!  WE got to do it many times, it was great.  What a great kisser he is! :-)
He had a long stretch off of school and I hope that he doesn't have a hard time getting back into the swing of things once he's back.  He loves his teachers and I love them for all the hardwork they've done with him this year so far!
I think that's about all I'm going to write for now.  Once I add some pics, I may think of more stories to share, but for now, December is done! Almost done! :-)
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