Sunday, September 27, 2009

Declan's Bad Week

About a month ago, Declan had a really bad week. In one day alone he hit his head, was bit by the cat, pinched his finger in a tight space, scraped his knee, and ran face first into the table scraping his nose. Other injuries of the week also included hitting his head, altercations with the cat, and various body parts being scraped. Seriously, this kid has a magnet in his forehead and it draws him to any hard surface with great velocity. Observe:

Declan meets a door frame.


He heals.
(And is quite adorable in the process I must say. :)



He falls again, meeting tile this time, and then a little later, brings a high chair tray down on his head....of course in the same spot.


The healing process takes a little longer this time.....and puts on a show while it's at it. Check out how DARK that bruise is!



Just when we think it's gone and his forehead is clear again....he trips and just barely skins his head on the door. Oh yes, in the same spot.

Here's a shot of his nose. I was sitting on the couch with him, and I set him down to walk to Daddy. He takes off running, straight to the table, which he must not have been really looking at because he just ran right into it, face first. It was the weirdest thing....
I didn't get many shots of the other injuries, they weren't as photogenic. There are 3 possible reasons for all this bodily harm: 1. My kid is really clumsy! But hey, he's only 1, what do you expect?! 2. He's a boy, and that's what boys do. Hmm. 3. I'm a lousy parent. I don't like that one....scratch that! There are 2 reasons for all this bodily harm... :)
On a side note, I actually started writing this on the 5th of this month, and it originally began "Last week was a bad week for Declan...." That would have sounded waaaaaaay better than "A month ago....yadda yadda yadda." I really do intend to blog more. I have SO MANY pictures of D I want to post, going back as far as 10 months when my grandparents visited and he was super cute and learning to walk. (Perhaps this post suggests he's still learning?) You will see those pictures I promise....look for a "Vintage Declan" post...it's coming! :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Vacation Extras

Here are some extras from our vacation....that was already a month ago! Wow.....and bummer. Here is Declan on that suspension bridge. It may sound like he's not having fun, but he really was. You'll see at the end, he keeps "jumping". :)

video
Gemma one liners:
(in reference to the family reunion we were attending the next day) "Will there be milk at this party?"

(while walking kinda funny) Chris: "What's wrong Gemma?" Gemma: "I don't know what to do with my stinky butt."
Hope had some good quotes too ("Hopie more Tylenol?", "Hopie's colors?", "Hopie more penguins?") But it's just not the same without the voice and head tilt. :)
Places that put Declan to sleep:

Pier 39

(I know he's not asleep in this picture, but as you can see, he is headed that way, and about 5 minutes after this picture was taken.....he was.)

The Trolley
(This was after we had gotten off the Trolley, walked a couple blocks, took an elevator ride and sat down. He stayed asleep for the whole process.)


The Golden Gate Bridge


The Monterey Bay Aquarium

And a funny story to top it off: In San Fransisco, as we were walking down a street heading for the Trolley, we started to hear sirens. We had no clue where they were coming from, but it became pretty apparent they were headed in our direction. It wasn't too big a deal because all the kids were awake......except Hope. She was in the stroller happily in lala-land as the sirens grew louder and more ear-piercing. A few of us then noticed an open door leading into the back hallway of a building. Figuring she could be pushed in there and kept away from the noise, we encouraged Danny to do so. He immediately came running out.......as there was smoke in the hallway, thus being the location of where the fire engines were headed!! There was no chance of being scared of the situation because we were all laughing so hard!! Hey, let's keep Hopie asleep by taking her into the fire!! :) (Side note for Grandmas: There were no flames in the hallway, and it wasn't billowing smoke, just hazy. There, now you can worry less for your grandchildren's safety!)