Friday, October 8, 2010

Outpost: Dayton



The Bonks have officially been at their Dayton post for almost 4 months. We like to say that we've fallen in love with our beautiful new home and the Dayton area - but then we'd be big, fat, fibbers. I love my residency, we love the house, but there is something missing.

It may be residency. While residency doesn't "suck," it ain't easy. It's much easier on the doctor than the doctor's wife because most people I deal with in the hospital or the ER actually listen to me. If a patient doesn't listen, I can persuade them with calling security. They typically come around to my point of view. Sometimes, they the threat of a security guard doesn't work and that's why we have sedating and paralyzing medications. However, one can't simply paralyze and intubate your 3-year-old for being a pain in the ass - that's called overkill. Likewise, it's also bad form to sedate your 16-month old twins for engaging in their favorite pastime: playing in the toilet. Not WITH the toilet, IN IT. For Finn, that means GETTING in. In truth, the most difficult part of residency is being away from my family. In Melanie's case, it is being outnumbered by slobbering, loud boys with messy diapers and rarely getting a moments rest.

While I'm enjoying the process of becoming a bone fide physician (that means knowing what the hell is going on most of the time) the hours DO kind of suck. I can't add much more to my schedule with sacrificing other aspects of life - usually that means working out, reading or any other hobby I may have had at one time or another.

Emerson is rapidly developing into a mini-me. He's recently had arguments with his parents on such momentous subjects as: what is the "front" of the house, what constitutes a porch, and the family plans for the day. He is now fond of replying to anything command we issue with "But I don't WANT TO!" This may seem frustrating to the uninitiated; however, it is also quite wonderful to utter this phrase after hearing it so many times: "It doesn't matter what you want, just do what I say." Ahhh Dictatorship.

The twins are rapidly acquiring their vocabularies. We went from counting the words they knew to quasi-human communication with them in mere weeks. They are both walking fairly well, and getting faster. I've noticed that they are quieter when they walk, especially Oliver. He can now sneak. Sneaking is bad for Dad. They're both very laid back and are happy to be taken anywhere and do anything. Sounds like someone else I know...

Melanie is her typical rock-star self. We'll be getting her press studio set up in the basement at the end of the month. Shameless plug --> If you need invitations, stationery, business cards, etc., look no further!

Emerson also finished his 1st soccer season. He scored many goals. He also investigated many blades of grass, many pine cones, and thoroughly investigated the weaving pattern of soccer goal mesh. In other words, he has Daddy's attention span. He also loves getting lost in the woods like his old Dad.

To finish off this update, enjoy a few videos taken of the kids zooming down a hill in Emerson's Tonka dump truck. No, they're not wearing helmets ;)


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Friday, April 16, 2010

Four Months, One Match and the 5 Bonks Get Ready to Move

Evidently, people read this blog. Imagine that. We should probably keep it updated then! The last 4 months in a nutshell: Christmas came and went, in came 2010, interview season ended, Oliver and Finn are both crawling and almost pulling themeselves up, JA matched in Emergency Medicine at Wright State in Dayton Ohio, frantic fixing/selling the house for sale and we looked (and found) a WONDERFUL home in Dayton last weekend...

Oliver and Finn have definite and different personalities. Oliver can be more mellow and enjoys playing by himself, but also will not hesitate to scream bloody murder when his needs aren't being met. Daddy says DROP SOME OF YOUR NEEDS, (then picks him up - sucker.) Oliver is also an eating machine and while they both eat like they were starving, Oliver may have 4 stomachs.

We've discovered Finn was born without fear and may have super-powers. We are fairly certain he can teleport himself and absolutely sure he can turn his skin metal on a whim to avoid injury from falling. We don't have any solid documentation yet, just some sketchy eye-witness reports and fuzzy photographs. He is very adventurous and very LOUD. (He didn't get his volume control from Daddy.)

They both love to flirt, luring ladies of all ages in with their big, ice-blue eyes and Snuffle-uppagus eyelashes. They're both very active and love exploring the house, sometimes in tandem, looking for trouble to get into. Bottles are becoming boring to the Bonk twins, but still a necessity in the morning, as they expand their culinary palates. They haven't eaten the flesh of animals yet because Mommy is a granola-eating tree-hugger, but we'll work it in after they are a year old.

Emerson just turned 3 years old on Saturday! You know you're getting old when you say to yourself "I can't believe (he/she) is (x years old), it seems like yesterday they were just a baby." Crap. Emerson continues to develop and evolve as a very interesting child. I think uncle Mike Joseph had it right when he warned us of the terrible 3's... He frequently says "I don't want to" at which point we must remind ourselves that arguing "I don't care what YOU want" will not work on a three year old and may just make one insane. Emerson is even more like Deacon now in that he needs frequent vigorous exercise to leech his energy because his energy level is inversely proportional to Daddy's sanity. A serene child is a sane Daddy. All good things.

I started writing this update 4 days ago...



Friday, December 18, 2009

2000 miles later....

Seven Months


This month went by crazy and fast as always. Thanksgiving, interviewing & driving filled up days.

JA has interviewed at 7 residency programs so far. We traveled to DC, York PA and Akron Ohio while Emerson went to his first week of school with Aunt Chrissy! He loved spending time with Uncle Mike & Aunt Chrissy, even the dogs too :) He had a blast and we are so thankful they opened their home to the big man for so long.

The twins are what we like to call 'roly polies' these days. Pretty close to crawling but not there yet so they just roll across the room. We are starting to really see their personalities more, Finn is a little high strung and loves to bounce. Oliver is more my 'mellow man' perfectly content just chillin' and being lazy. But they both love to laugh and give slobbery kisses.

Here are some pictures from Thanksgiving....

Emerson was quick to pick the DS -- but mama don't think so :)


Our trip to DC & Smithsonian....



Friday, November 20, 2009

6 months!

Ok, I am self admittedly a terrible blogger! Nothing for two months, there is no excuse (well except for the changing pooping diapers, mixing bottle after bottle, running after Emerson and now making baby food for two!).

It has been a busy two months and the twins have changed so much. They are definitely turning into little men with their own wants, needs and ATTITUDE!! They are fulfilling the Bonk legacy of complete crabbiness until feed (however I think that is characteristic not specific to a Bonk but more all males in general). They love looking at each other, and their big brother of course, and when given the opportunity they enjoy 'exploring' each other (ok sounds bad but it is true).

We started feeding them store bought rice cereal around 5 1/2 months. At 6 months we began the Super Baby Food Diet of homemade cereals, fruits and veggies (as we did with Emerson). So far their distinct palates have enjoyed brown rice cereal, avocados, bananas, winter squash, sweet potatos and pears. The process of making food is pretty easy: steam, mash, feed (or freeze for future use). And it is truly so economical, I think total we have spent around $20 on produce, if buying jarred food I would have spent well over $60 by now.

Halloween was a blast, Emerson was in awe of the fact that he got candy for simply saying Trick or Treat. Now when he sees his pumpkin in the basement he says, "My pumpkin, lets go trick or treatin!" However, Halloween is in the dust and he has moved onto Santa in a major way. He can already explain to you where Santa lives, how he arrives and what he is gonna to bring (a blackbird and a super guppy).

John-Adam has started the interview process for residency. So far he went to Augusta GA and Gainesville Fl. In two weeks Eastern Carolina and Wake. And in three weeks it is the Ohio - Pennsylvania tour.

I am most pleased to give a shout out to the newest little rock star born, Wilder Davidson Grace. Matt and Sarah made an amazing, beautiful little man and I was so pleased to have almost been there for his arrival (I was literally less then 5 minutes late to his birth). They are all doing great and are a beautiful family. Here are some pictures...

Check out more pics of the Wilder at www.minigrace.com

I promise to try and do better with the blogging (JA has off next month so he can help too). The boys are all changing so much everyday, I just try to keep up with them!!

Finn & Oliver
6 Months


A glimpse into the good times over the past two months...

Carrowinds (last) time...

Emerson using his 'half birthday' money from Aunt Sherri!

His prize...

JA's face = "Do I really have to ride this bleeping Boots ride again?!?"


Meal times...


Trick or treat time...

Finn is the giraffe and Oliver is the zebra (or white tiger)

Emerson is ready for the action!

Emerson and his bestie, Sadie!

His favorite, a sucker...


Bath & bubble time


Snoozin' time


Time to look adorable...


Outside time

(could that be a stroller ad or what)


Goofus time


And in our spare time, we solved NASA's financial problems...

Sponsorship by Pampers!!


Happy Thanksgiving,
Love,
The Bonks