Happy 2nd Birthday Ace!

Two years ago today Ace made his first appearance in this world.  It’s amazing how fast time flies…can it really be two years already?

Momma is sad that her little baby…is not so much of a baby anymore.  I am excited that my little boy is becoming…well, a little boy.  😀

So, what has happened in Ace’s 2nd year?  A whole lot…

Ace has figured out that the world extends much farther than the walls of our home.  The boy loves to be outside, at the park, riding on the mowerswimming in the pool, swinging on the swingset, or at the zoo

He no longer fits in the kitchen sink for bath time, so we had to actually finish installing the bath tub in our upstairs bathroom.  He has some foam letters that float in the bath tub, and at only two years old, he can tell you what every single letter is…both upper and lower case.   (He’s a genius)  😀

Ace spent his summer going new places and doing new things.  Remember going to COSI, doing the chicken dance on the field at Cooper Stadium, going to Iowa for vacation, and swimming at the beach?  We had a blast last summer…

Not everything last year was cheerful and happy though.  We had to put down our family dog, Buddy.  And after trying for 11 months, we got pregnant, and then mis-carried.  Ace was young enough that he wasn’t really affected though, which is a good thing.   

Last fall Ace drank his last bottle, went to his first fly-in and demo derby, went to Circle-S-Farms, and dressed up like a Vampire for trick-or-treat.

Winter time brought on Wildlights at the Zoo, an amazing Christmas, a new fish tank, and locking Momma out of the house.  😀

So what will next year bring?  So far we have a two week vacation planned at the end of summer, which I’m sure will provide some good blog fodder.  Other than that I’m sure there will be some more mower riding, swimming, playing, and hopefully….some potty training!  😀

Ace’s birthday party is planned for this weekend, and I know of at least one present he is getting that will get some exposure time here on DadThing.  Stay tuned to hear all about his newest big boy toy!  😀

Going Under The Knife

Not me, not Momma, but Ace.  You heard me right…my little boy will be going in for surgery in a few weeks.

Now calm down, it is nothing life threatening, but it is still scary for me.  Just the though of him being given some anesthetic and being knocked out with hoses and stuff shoved down his throat make my stomach feel funny.

The thought of some doctor, cutting him open with a scalpel sends shivers down my spine.  I can just picture him lying there on a table, with all of the wires from the monitors, the beeping from the heart monitor,  and him just lying there lifeless.  The little boy that is never lifeless…even when he sleeps. 😀

Again, calm down…I am probably over reacting…

Ace has an umbilical hernia…AKA an outie.  😀   Basically the hole in his belly where his umbilical cord was…never closed, and his insides push out when he strains.

A good picture of it is from a post I wrote last summer where Ace was playing in the waves…

Big Waves

Big Waves

Ace’s doctor said it should have healed by the time he was 18 months.  He is almost two now and it is not getting better, so we were thrust upon making a decision…surgery, or leaving it alone.  We chose surgery.  One reason is cosmetic, and the other is to prevent any complications with it in the future.

Now, it is only going to be a small incision with 10 internal stitches, but it still concerns me.  But hopefully it will be all worth it and everyone will come out healthy with only some slight bruising  …including me and Momma.  😀

Bouncing Off The Walls

While Ace can be one hyper kid, that is not what this post is about… 😀

We recently took a trip to the awesome World Of Bounce!


World of bounce is fairly new here in the central Ohio area and is so much fun!

Ace, his cousin Olivia, Grandma S, Momma, and I all went for the Family Bounce Night.  Which was quite the deal…  We got to bounce for 3 hours, a large pizza, and drinks for everyone for only $25.

Ace ad Olivia loved it…


They had four different “bounce houses”.  The one pictured above was a bouncy basketball court.  They also had a huge slide that was probably over 20 feet high, and also two other giant bounce houses with slides, ladders, and numerous obstacles to bounce off of.

The coolest part was that the adults were free to bounce too!  Let’s just say that I forgot just how much fun it was to slide!  😀

Here are a few more pics…



Ace was one of the younger and smaller kids there.  Most of the kids were 4 to 10, I would guess.


Of course there were exceptions to the rule.  There were some kids pushing the 12-14 age group and they were being kinda rough seeing how there were much younger kids around.

The funniest part about the whole trip was when we were in the basketball court bounce house.  Ace had a thing for the only yellow ball in there.  He would grab it, throw it, run after it, and grab it again.

Then the older/rougher bunch of kids came in there and they grabbed the yellow ball.  One of the older kids fell down holding the yellow ball and Ace saw the opportunity.  He ran right over and took the ball out of the kids hands.

The older kids looked at each other like “What The…?”.  It was funny because most of the kids would leave when the bigger kids got close to them, but Ace went up and took his ball back.  I loved it!  😀

But anyways, if you come to the central Ohio area and have a few hours to bounce around…check it out!