Sean had his 2 year old check-up today. He weighs 33.5 lbs, which puts him in the 95th percentile for his age. He’s 37 in. tall which also puts him in the 95th percentile. And his head is 50 cm in diameter… So there ya go. He got his Hepatitis A vaccination today. The nurse had to stick him 3 times in the thigh because he was squirming, and I couldn’t hold him still enough. I forget how strong he is. He’s all done with check-ups and vaccinations until he turns 3.
I was calling Nathan from across the house last night, saying “Nathan! Nathan!” Sean started calling him Nathan too. So we told him that mommy’s name was Vanessa. He just laughed. Today, he started calling me “Melissa”.
Sean learned the difference between a picture of an apple and an orange. Previously, he’d call them both apples. Today he was coloring and I gave him an orange crayon and said “orange. orange crayon.” Then he pointed to the box of crayons and said “apple crayon, please, mommy.”
We made it back home late last night. We took a taxi from the rental car place in Kansas City to the KC airport. He was a very sane driver and was very polite to us, thankfully. Our first flight was delayed, so we had to rush to catch our connecting flight. Sean, of course, had diaper difficulties as we walked down the walkway to the airplane. I get on the plane and the flight attendant tells me they don’t have a changing table on board. Great! I then notice that Sean is beginning to smell pretty bad. So I ask another flight attendant if there was somewhere I could change him. She said I could do it in the back of the plane on the floor. I walk back there with Sean. Then she says I can’t change him back there because they’re about to open the door to restock the galley, and no one is allowed back there. But I can still go the the front of the plane. So there we go, everyone is seated and staring… we start to long walk to the front of the plane. The flight attendant up there asks if I want to use the restroom in the airport. I hesitate doing that since they were already boarded, and I didn’t want to make the plane late. So I asked her if I could just do it on the floor. She said yes, so I proceeded to change Sean on the floor of the front of an airplane. Then we start the long walk back to our seats, everyone still staring. Ugh! travelling can be hard. Turned out that I wasn’t really the one holding up the flight. There were a few more passengers that boarded late after we got to our seats.
We just got done with a loooong game of trivial pursuit with the Kansasians. It was an intense game of boys against girls. The boys won, but it was a close game. It was pretty fun. Imagine a bunch of screaming people, people acting like praying mantises, anteaters, and questions about Vanilla Ice (we missed that one). It was the craziest game ever!
I went to the Lawrence Farmer’s Market EARLY this morning with my Tita Toots. There was an abundance of beautiful flowers and organic fruits and veggies. It was pretty neat. There were also several people selling baked goods. The people that sell produce have to grow it. They can’t buy it from a vendor, then turn a profit from it, so that’s kinda cool.
We made it to Lawrence, KS Friday around noon. Our flight from Albuquerque arrived in Kansas City, MO thursday night around 1:30 AM. Boy were we tired. We had to take a taxi to the hotel we were staying at last night. The taxi driver was an angry foreign man who kept muttering things at us under his breath (I’m pretty sure it wasn’t good things he was saying). He got mad that I wanted to strap Sean’s carseat into the car and put Sean in it. He kept saying “no, I drive fast” meaning that he would get us to the hotel quickly, so I didn’t have to strap him in. I’m glad I did because this guy was all over the road!!! Overtaking cars and drving on the middle dotted line. I was praying in the car. It was pretty scary. He was also pretty rude… until my mom paid him, of course. Mom tipped him $2.50, but I didn’t think she shouldn’t have tipped him. After he drove off, mom found one of the dolla bills on the ground. He had dropped it. so I guess he really only got $1.50 afterall.
Today we rented a 2006 Dodge Charger (sweet ride, if you don’t mind mediocre gas efficiency) to get us to Lawrence, KS. Kev and family and cousin Gina arrived this afternoon. Soon after was the commencement of good food and silliness. My brother and Gina prank called a couple of my cousins who weren’t able to make it. Silly, silly!
Sean and I are going to visit relatives in Lawrence, Kansas for several days. I lovingly refer to them as the “Kansasians” (Kansas Asians). Not all of them are filipino, really… but they could be considered “asian by association” or “ABA”. Yes, that really is a term used by some people. A lot of my friends growing up were ABA’s. They would attend all the filipino gatherings and loved all the food, and most of their friends were filipinos or other asian americans.
A lot of filipinos like Spam (the canned meat, not the unsolicited email). Do you like Spam? Could you spend $50 on Spam? Well, here’s information on your free gift!!! I must admit, I don’t strongly dislike spam. My mom used to put it into omelettes instead of using ham. That’s tastey. Also for those Spam lovers up north, or travelling north, you need to go here.
I played Hide and Seek for the first time with Sean last night. The best hiding place I found was under a throw blanket sitting in the recliner. He kept calling for me trying to find me, even when he was right next to me. He eventually asked Daddy for help. After a while, Nathan pretended they were going to give up looking and just sit down… in the recliner. He set Sean in the recliner right next to me and Sean still didn’t know I was there. I popped out of the blanket and surprised him pretty good. He jumped out of the recliner really fast and ran to Daddy. It was hilarious! I wish we had it video taped!