Come On, Get Happy

Wow, a week since my last post. That’s what happens when you go home from work with a sinus infection and forget your laptop there. Seriously, the pain was so bad I could barely drive home on Monday. Anyone have success in dealing with chronic sinus issues? I’m getting so tired of these flare ups.

So what’s happened while I was suffering all week? Growth, for one. I’m always amazed when my kids hit a new spurt. This time it’s all about the words.

Knittybaby is talking, and talking, and talking. All day long I hear:

“I do! ”


“CD! CD!”



Of course, the knowledge that he can now really communicate makes it even more frustrating for him when he tries but we don’t get it. When I can’t decipher his babyspeak I’m met with massive screaming, pushing and “No!” every time I make a suggestion as to what he is talking about. Frustrating at times, exciting to see, and even a bit weird occasionally when he surprises me with what he says and understands. I keep thinking, “this is my baby, he’s not supposed to do that yet, is he?” But he does. Every day I think how incredible it really is.

Little Man has his head exploding with letters. Suddenly he’s realized that these letters make sounds, and sounds make words, and if he can figure it all out he’ll be able to read. It’s an amazing process to watch, and I’m so happy that he has come to this on his own interests rather than being pushed into it before he was ready.

He’s got about ten random letters figured out, and he spends his day asking me what this words is, and that letter, and this sound, trying so hard to spell something other than his name. I’m loving all this growth and I’m so excited to see how thrilled he is about all of this.

I also feel like my head might explode a bit, when I’ve got one kid yelling “Mimi! mimi! mimi” and another one yelling, “Mom, now what does it spell?” (“Rxbdft!!! Almost the same as rxbtt!” We need to work on some vowels.) All with a very sweet beagle under my feet while I’m cooking dinner with a sinus infection. But still fun most of the time!

Little Man also decided to restyle his hair this week. For the last two weeks he’s been asking me to cut it, “Short on the top and sides and long in the back.”

“No, that’s a mullet. That is the only haircut I won’t let you have.”

“But I LIKE mullets!!”

Before you get too afraid, he did not give himself a mullet. He did however cut his hair in a way that makes him look like David Cassidy in the Partridge Family years. I’ve got to take him in now to have it fixed, and I’m trying to decide if I let him keep his Cassidy look or opt for something a little more trimmed, but still with his shaggy boy hair that I love so much.

My artist

He still looks a lot like the above picture, only with a feathered look. Hmmmm…..

And just to show her off a bit, here is a pic of Bailey. She is ALL beagle, but we’re loving her. As you can tell, she is a very serious girl!

Miss Bea

Where’s that kid who keeps dropping his food?



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14 responses to “Come On, Get Happy

  1. missscarlett

    Oh no! He wants a mullet. Good for you for denying him – there are a lot of preconceived notions one has when you meet a child with a mullet. Well…anyone with a mullet.

    How fun to have so much language growth going on – it’s one of the parts of my job I find the most exciting. The acquisition of language and then the leap to reading (obviously a good chunk of time in between — I’ve worked with toddlers and now with kinders and up).
    I can see how it would be bittersweet as a parent.

    Sinus infection? So painful.
    I used to have them chronically too.

    The last year or so I have been taking Oil of Oregano at the 1st hint of a cold – it seems to be working. Instead of 4-5 rounds of antibiotics per cold season I think I had one last year – and that might have been from a root canal actually.

    I also make sure to take pro-biotics with & after my antibiotics – helps the digestive & immune systems recover faster.

    I hope you find something that works for you. They are such miserable things.

  2. Wow..hard to believe how quickly those boys are growing! Kids are pretty amazing, really. I love how they learn things almost overnight!

    Hope you’re feeling better. Sinus pain can’t be fun. Take care of yourself!

  3. Eeep! No mullets! No! Be strong!

    I hope your sinus issues clear up…

  4. Very sorry to hear about the sinus issues–that sounds seriously unfun. Hope you’re on the mend.

    Obviously, you’re feeling well enough to nip a mullet in the bud–thank goodness for that!

  5. Teenager taught himself to read when he was 3 1/2 – he kept doing the same thing – “what does this spell? What does this spell?” I finally told him to think of each letter saying their own name and boom! Suddenly I did not have to read signs to him anymore. Occasionally I had to correct his pronunciation – but he pretty much had it down.

  6. You need a neti pot for your sinuses. Google “nasal irrigation” it’s a yoga practice, you flush your sinuses with a saline solution daily. It’s uncomfortable at first but not as painful as a sinus infection. Neti pots are for sale at The Wedge. I can show you how to do it cause a demo is helpful. Also probiotics are a must after antibiotics, during is helpful too. Pills, unsweetened yogurt, or chicory in your coffee are all good sources of probiotics.

  7. Sorry you’ve been sick. The dog is very cute. Little Man wants a mullet? oh dear.

  8. Urgh, sympathies on the sinuses. I can’t bear it when you bend over to pick something up and feel like someone has whacked you between the eyes with a large plank. I fear my bigger little one has inherited my sinuses 😦

    Isn’t the reading and speaking exciting? Though less so when the two of them are doing them together – I’m surprised my second one’s first words weren’t “Hang on a minute!”

  9. Amy

    I loved it when my kids made the connection to words. There are, of course, those moments when I temporarily wish they hadn’t.

    Sinus, hmmm…what about allergies? Have you ever been tested? I have fall allergies, and they seem to trigger sinus stuff (along with the variable weather).

  10. Congratulations on the new family member! Good news for everyone.

    Someone taught me the trick of bending over the back of a chair and just hanging there for a minute. Have Kleenex ready. I also like Gypsy Cold Tea. And if you’re not opposed to drugs, Sudafed Sinus Headache has saved me from cutting off my own head more than once.

  11. Ah, a sinus infection. They hurt so badly. You can get a Sinus Rinse kit that works really well. It comes with a bottle and packets of salt and other minerals that you dissolve in warm tap water. Then you follow the instructions to rinse out your sinuses. It works really well of chronic sinus issues as well as sinus infections. The hubby and I swear by it.

  12. Sorry to hear you’re sick 😦 sinuses are one of those things that always act up for me too. Your kids sound like they are both at a wonderful discovery stage! We are both giggling as we watch our baby discover sunbeams and how she listens to sounds in the house.

    Little Man’s haircut looks good πŸ˜‰ My DH looked a lot like that as a kid, curls and all!

  13. Sinus infections suck! I haven’t had one in sometime but just the same. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about what Gwyneth suggested, neti pots are suppose to be good for sinus problems.

  14. Glad you could stay away from the mullet! Close call.

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