I will sometimes go into my kid's room when they are not there, and I will look around and try to absorb everything I look at. I will think about all the things that are present in that room and try to imagine what it would be like to be a little kid and that room is all that I know. In a way, it is somewhat disturbing to me. I try and wonder what it is like to be one of my children. I worry about what their life is like. I fear that their life may not be as good as the childhood that I experienced.
One really nice change that's been happening lately is that Hailey has been really into helping out around the house. She will help pick up the table after dinner, help me load the dishwasher, help me take out trash, etc. She told me one day that I always do so much work around the house and it isn't fair if no one helps me. I thought that was really sweet of her. I've been giving her an allowance since she was five, and she also realized that she is now earning her allowance by helping out.
Just a quick update on Hailey. She is now riding a bike with just two wheels. And she rides it pretty fast. She is about to loose her first tooth. It's going to come out at any time now. Tomorrow is her last day of kindergarten. She is also having a birthday party on June 13th.
I've uploaded a number of pictures of the kids and such recently to Facebook. I plan to update their picture album websites and combine them into one, but I haven't gotten around to doing that. Once that is done, I will get more pictures up on there as well. Facebook is just so much easier though. Anyhow, here are the recent uploads from the past couple months.
Yesterday we celebrated Hailey's 5th birthday party. There was quite a turnout of family members. My mom actually came this time and a lot of Nickcole's family that I haven't seen in quite a while were there. Hannah and Hailey's cousin were also there, so thankfully there were more kids than just her and Brett. I posted pics on Facebook for this event also:
Kinda behind on posting, so I will be writing a couple entries today. Last weekend, Hailey, Brett, Kim and I went up north and stayed in Mackinaw City. The trip was pretty exciting. This was the first time I had ever taken the kids on such a long car ride. Amazingly, they never slept the whole way up and there were really well behaved in the car.
Last weekend was pretty eventful. Got to do some of the Christmas festivities with the kids. On Sunday, we went to the Wonderland of Lights event at Potter Park Zoo. The whole place looked pretty cool, the kids loved it. It was really cold though, and the only animal that was out and about was the owl. They did have an inside event going on where you could pet a possum and a rabbit. Also, they had a face art thing going on, there are pics of that in the previous post.
Yesterday was Hailey's birthday. She is now 4 years old. I can't believe how quickly this has passed. Her mom and I had a party for her at Chuck E Cheese's. Got her a Cinderella cake that she picked out. Her and Brett had a lot of fun playing all the games at Chuck E Cheese's. Unfortunately they were the only kids in her group as her friend Hannah couldn't make it.
After much pain and suffering, I have finally repaired the photo galleries I set up for Hailey and Brett. If you go to http://hailey.bulock.com or http://brett.bulock.com you can now see all the previous photos that were up. I will now have to go back and add newer photos.
Well, in case anyone reads this site, and knows me personally, you should probably know that Nickcole and I are no longer together. I guess we really haven't been a couple for a long time, and I moved out to live with my father over a month ago.
I meant to post this for a little while now. Brett's actually been walking for about a week and a half now. He didn't start this weekend, but the weekend before that, the end of my vacation. He has also been eating more and more solid food. He only has four teeth, but the other day he ate a whole French fry.
Last night, Nickcole and I took Hailey and Brett to go see the fireworks show in Eaton Rapids. It was a lot of fun, Hailey really loved it. I was also surprised that she really enjoyed playing with the sparklers and wasn't afraid of them.
Yesterday, Nickcole and I took Brett back to the neurologist after he had some CAT scans done last week. The neurologist said that everything looks normal and his development is completely fine. That is good news. We didn't notice anything wrong, and it looks the the way his skull is developing is okay.
Yesterday we took Brett in to get his latest shots since he is now four months old. When we were there, it was brought up that the back of his head was flat. We were kind of afraid that maybe he had been laying down too much, but since he has a pretty big head (his head size in the top 90 percentile), he didn't like to sit up, because it was hard to hold his head up. He is doing a real good job holding it up now, but that has just been in the last couple of weeks. Dr. Randall, his doctor, didn't seemed too concerned about it, but said we could have him see a neurologist to have him look over the situation as he might need a corrective helment to make his head grow properly.
Looks like tommorrow will be the big day of having our next baby. Nickcole has been having contractions for over a week now and has had a couple of false labors. But, today her doctor said that they are going to induce labor tommorrow morning since she is almost dialated to 3 and everything else is all set for a good delivery. Plus her contractions are only like 4 minutes apart. She has been very miserable recently, so she is really looking forward to getting this pregnacy over with.
So, I will now be the father of two childern. I am becoming an old man. :O
Today I had the exciting job of taking care of Hailey on a sick day of hers. She wasn't miserable or anything from what I could tell. But, I couldn't believe how disgusting milk can smell after it's been thrown up. I had to give Hailey a bath, wash her hair twice with baby shampoo, then I also gave her a shower, and used apple scented Suave, just to get the smell out of her hair.
We took Hailey on her first trip to the zoo today. We went to the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing. My sister Teddy also came along. We had quite a bit of fun. I'm not so sure if Hailey really knew what was even going on. We took some pictures, but Hailey isn't really in most of them. I will try to get them on her website soon though. We got to see a tiger up real close, only inches away with just glass between us, we also got to see the tiger get fed. Hailey also seemed pretty interested in the penguins and got to chase a peacock around for a bit. She called all the animals 'dog' or 'doggie'.
Yesterday was Hailey's first birthday. We didn't do anything to celebrate as we had a party on Saturday. I guess my dad came over and saw Hailey in the evening. We are still going to make a cake and let Hailey have fun feeding herself that. Maybe we will do that tonight. Those pics should be interesting.
Yesterday we celebrated Hailey's first birthday by having a party at McDonald's. She got a lot of gifts including books and dolls. She seems to like everything she got. A number of people came including many of Nickcole's family members and my parent's and siblings.
Hailey's first birthday is soon approaching. This Saturday we are celebrating it at McDonald's at 1pm. Her actually birthday is the 24th, but this was the most convenient time to celebrate it. We bought her gifts the other day. One of them she already has, a red plastic bouncy ball. She loves that. He also got her a doll for the bath tub, a duck for the bath tub, and a couple of other things that I can't remember. She won't get those until Saturday.
Just found out earlier today that our next baby is gonna be a boy. Got to see the ultrasound first hand and it was pretty cool. The due date is still the same as before, Oct. 9 so everything is going how it should.
Haven't been up to much recently. Yesterday was Nickcole's first Mother's Day. We had lunch with my mom. We went to the Eaton Place, a little hometown restaurant. My brother and sister were there, and Nickcole, Hailey, and a friend of my brother's were also there. My mom is kind of funny cause she spilt her iced tea twice and then got gravy all over herself. :)
Hailey is now officially walking. She is now taking five or more steps. Yesterday she walked all the way across our living room. She still seems to prefer crawling as it gets her around quicker, but I think that she knows that walking is what makes her grown up.
Hasn't been much going on recently. Took Hailey to the doctor today for a checkup. She was 30 inches tall making her in the 97 percentile for height for her age. I have no idea where that comes from. She has also now reached the 20 pound mark too. Everything was perfect during the checkup and she actually didn't need to get any shots this time.
On Monday Nickcole and I went in for Nickcole's ultrasound. We could see the heartbeat already. Nickcole's stepmom Wendy found out for us from the radiologists that the baby was 7 weeks and 4 days along from the ultrasound. That puts the due date at October 9th. So soon.
Today Nickcole found out she is pregnant again. She had a home test taken, and then one at the hospital. The one at the hospital said that not only is she pregnant, but she is about two months along!! :O
I'm still kind of shocked over this. I wasn't planning on having another child so soon. Hailey and this new baby will only be about a year and three months apart. More info to come...
Tonight me and Nickcole took Hailey and my sister Teddy to the mall to see Santa. Teddy also had to do some shopping for our mom.
Hailey didn't cry or anything, I don't think she had a clue as too what was going on.
Found out that my wife's labor is going to be induced today. So that means that I'll be a dad within a day or two. Pretty exciting and scary at the same time. I better hurry up and become responsible. :)