Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas 2010

The Bonner's had a very nice Christmas as Santa (and Grandma!) brought Macias lots of toys and goodies. He also brought Daddy a case of strep throat, but hey this day isn't about me anymore right?! We're looking forward to next year when he can really start to understand all the holiday traditions...





Grandma brought new books!

We like books!

We also liked this bouncy-light-up-turtle contraption.

Star Wars ABC's!

Taking our new (my old) trench coat out for a spin.

Go Avs!

He loved his MACIAS BONNER puzzle also. Pretty neat...

Taking his new ride out for a spin. 

I made the mistake of doing Chewbacca's howl once...now it's expected every time he lands on the "W is for Wookie" page.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Macias at (almost) 18 months

In less than a week my baby boy will be eighteen months old - this is, frankly, unbelievable to me but the photographic evidence is right here. Every day seems to bring a new word or new skill, but his smile and infectious personality remain the same...


Hi!

He tried on several pairs before finding the ones he liked...

Walking off the slice of white pizza from Paulie's he stole from Daddy.

He goes down his slide by himself now...

Playing football in the yard.

Touchdown!

He can climb in his wagon by himself - still working on climbing out.

Playing hide-and-seek on Thanksgiving day.

"What do you mean, no more iPad?"

Helping Daddy organize his DVD's.

One of his favorite library books, "Oopsie! Ouchie!".

Helping Mommy trim the tree....

He prefers to swing backwards.

Got him to sit still long enough for our Christmas card photo...

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!

We took Macias to a local Outlet mall so he could go trick-or-treating for the first time. He went dressed up as Chewbacca and although most people clearly knew who he was supposed to be, the MC of the event didn't which was kind of awkward. He got it eventually however, and gave Macias the prize for "Cutest" costume. It occurred to me that I should have dressed up as Han Solo to go with him - maybe next year!

He's been known to pull people's arms out of their sockets when he loses....
A solitary Wookie.

He signed his "Please" and "Thank You's" to everyone who gave him candy.

"Boy you said it Chewie..."

Maybe next year he can actually eat a piece of candy!

Monday, September 20, 2010

If only I had one of these things at 15 months...

I might be a whole lot smarter! Or at least be much better at spelling...

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Worst. Day. Ever.


That child birthing class didn't prepare me for this...
Since Allison has chronicled the ordeal of our family's week on her blog, I thought the only thing to say about it was to share this e-mail I sent to my son - an e-mail he won't read for many years and one which he will probably just shrug his shoulders at since he'll have no memory of what I'm talking about (a fact for which I'm very grateful!)...


Macias, 

Five days ago (Monday) you were diagnosed with a MRSA staph infection (the nasty kind that is resistant to many antibiotics) and we took you to the hospital in Savannah for surgery to have an abscess on your groin that was growing rapidly drained. You were in a lot of pain and your Mom and I were scared out of our minds. I decided to e-mail you about this because I wanted you to know how brave and wonderful you were - the only highlight in what was without a doubt the worst day of your parents lives. 

You ate your breakfast at 7AM, but we couldn't give you any other food or water because we knew you'd given anesthesia for the procedure. Despite missing a meal for the first time (two, in fact) and not having a single nap (you usually get two hours of sleep a day at least) you never once complained. You were your usual awesome self, smiling and playing while in your stroller, watching all the various people in the hospital, your Mom fight with your insurance company who didn't want to pay for the procedure, and your Dad who was asking the Doctor one annoying question after another. Finally at about 4:30, we got into a room and the nurse started the process of getting the IV into your arm. Your Mom and I had to hold you down as you started to struggle, as if you knew it wasn't going to be pleasant. As the nurse put the needle in your arm to find a vein to put it in, you cried and screamed ten times harder than you ever had before - I cannot imagine how much pain you must have been in, and how scared you were. I will never forget the look in your eyes - it broke both our hearts to see you like that. Finally after what seemed like an eternity, the nurse got the needle in and started putting the rest of the IV together. If I could have had one wish in the world right then and there, I would have wished for it to be just a few months later, by which time you could understand me when I was telling you that it was going to be over soon, and that we were helping you get better. 

After a few minutes the stuff kicked in and you couldn't feel anything. The surgeon came in and did his thing - it was hard to watch but you didn't react to it at all so that made it bearable. He drained as much as he could, then inserted some tubes to keep the incision from healing so it could continue to drain at home. He was in and out in 10 minutes. After he was done you got wrapped up and your Mom held you, waiting for you to come out of your drug-induced haze. About twenty minutes later you were still kinda foggy, but clear-headed enough to be giving us an earful about the IV still attached to your arm. I went and got the nurse and asked her to take it out as soon as was possible, which she did and afterwards brought you an orange popsicle - your first time having one. Needless to say, you devoured it on the spot and your Mom asked her for another since you liked it so much. About an hour later, we were discharged and on our way home. You fell asleep in your car seat before we even left the parking lot. 

The rest of the week has been pretty stressful on your Mother and I - she lost her job this week, and we have some very difficult days ahead financially - but mostly because you still had your fever so we have been watching you like a hawk to make sure it doesn't spike (which would indicate a complication) and waiting for it to go away completely (which would indicate the sulfer-based antibiotics you were given had killed the infection). Finally on Friday morning you didn't wake up with a fever - we were overjoyed! You go back on Monday to have the tubes taken out, and hopefully at that point this will all be over.

You handled the most difficult situation you've ever faced with more grace and class than most adults I know. Maybe it's because you didn't know any better - or maybe it's because that's who you are. 

I love you,
Dad

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Labor Day


We have returned home after a quick Labor Day weekend jaunt to Charlotte to get Macias some quality Nanny and Grandma time. Despite battling through a slight fever for most of the weekend, he had tons of fun and ate more than he should (hey it's vacation right?!). On the way out of town we stopped at the local mall to pick up some new Fall clothes for him, and took him on his first ever Merry-Go-Round ride, as well as this mini-merry-go-round-thing (I have no idea what to call it). I'll just quote Allison here: "I would do whatever it takes to keep that smile on his face all the time"…I couldn't have said it better.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Mega Playland!

Macias loves to hide under bed sheets and behind curtains, so a quick search for "toddler tunnels" on Amazon revealed this gem. He loves his ball pit, though Daddy did have to demonstrate why it was so awesome. Pictures of that will not be shown. Oh, and by the way, yes, I am going to spoil my child rotten, at least for a little while longer. If doing so requires setting up this thing that takes up half the space of his already tiny room, so be it! Because one day when life isn't being so nice to him or he is going through a rough time, maybe he can look at these photos and - even though he won't remember - know that when he was fourteen months old he was having a blast with Mom and Dad...







Saturday, August 21, 2010

Monthly Macias picture update!

It's been quite a month - he's been sick a few times, hit his head a few times and even skipped lunch one day at school (Mommy and Daddy broke the rules by sending a PB&J, and then the school failed to call Daddy so he could bring a different lunch) but through it all he's still his usual awesome self. Probably my favorite moment this month is his newfound habit of saying "uh oh" when he drops something - but also when he does something completely ordinary that doesn't require it. We're pretty sure he picked this up at school since we can't recall saying it around him, but it's pretty frickin' cute. On to the pics!

Hi!

Learning his animals on the iPad

Who you gonna call?

At the Bluffton library, his new favorite place on Earth...

Creating his masterpiece for Nanny's birthday.

Battle cry!








Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Caterpillar

Not that I was ever a proficient blogger in the first place, but I find that there are too many other things that need attention during the small amount of free time I have each day to worry about posting. However, I know that my many, many readers (i.e., Mom) like to know what's going on and see the big boy's development. So in that vein…

Macias graduates to his new classroom starting on Monday - he was a Grasshopper and now will be a Caterpillar. We're so proud! Due to having to wait for a spot to open up in his new classroom he has spent the last month as the BMOC in the Grasshopper class, running roughshod over the babies in the room and pretty much ruling the roost. I've explained that in the next class they will be far less impressed with his abilities, since they can all walk and talk too. Speaking of talking he is very clearly saying "da da" and "daddy" to me when he wants to, communicating very efficiently with sign language (his sign for "more" when he wants more to eat gets me every time) and LOVES to have books read to him. However, he's very picky about which books he wants to hear - it's fascinating (to me anyway) to see him toss aside new books in favor of old standbys such as "Hippos Go Berserk!" and "Moo Moo Brown Cow". The temper tantrums have also started, albeit slightly. When he is unhappy he will whine, dive onto the floor, roll over onto his back and start sucking his thumb. I've started to replicate this behavior at work when I don't get my way also - apparently it's not nearly as cute when I do it. On to some recent photos….

Hamming it up in his pool on a typically brutal July afternoon in SC...

We didn't see it happen, and still aren't quite sure how he got into this predicament.

Not pictured: his Lightsaber on the floor next to him.

Learning his ABC's on Daddy's (soon to be his) iPad.




Quite a handsome pair huh?

Friday, June 11, 2010

Fatherhood - Day 365

Macias,

There are a lot of appropriate things I could say on this occasion - I could say this year has been the best of my life because you've been in it. Or I could talk about all the little things you do to make me laugh, the way you are just SO happy to see me when I pick you up at school, or even mention about how proud your Mother and I are of you for walking for the first time today of all days. Yep, there's a lot I could say, but I think I'll just keep it simple - Happy Birthday buddy.

Love,
Dad

Monday, May 31, 2010

Kids today have it made

Allison spotted this "Li'l Squirt Baby Pool" in a catalog (which, I have to say, how these companies get wind of the fact that a baby lives at this address is beyond me) and thought Macias would like it. You be the judge...

Monday, May 24, 2010

Macias at (almost) one year

While he won't be a year old for another few weeks, I thought I'd take a moment to share some recent pics of my beautiful baby boy who is already growing up way too fast before his birthday and all his Grandmas and Grandpas come to visit. Wasn't it just yesterday that I could hold his whole body in my arm (the "football" hold)? Now I feel like I'll blink and he'll be asking for the keys to the car on a Saturday night. He is walking all over the house with the aid of this walker-thing I bought for him and has almost worked up the nerve to take his first steps unassisted. We were finally able to turn his car seat around so he can see what's going on (which he loves) and I even have him helping me play Plants vs. Zombies on the iPad (his job is to catch the sun as it falls from the sky). He continues to amaze me with his willingness to eat whatever healthy food his Mother makes for him (including Kale - KALE, folks), as well as with his even-tempered personality and his always-on smile. I can honestly say that I should have done this a lot sooner….