Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Honestly, so much has happened that I don't even know where to begin (or where I left off, for that matter!) So, maybe this post will just be a bullet list of everything that's happened since we last "spoke".
We'll start with Tyler:
- Tyler is talking up a storm these days! If he doesn't know how to say what he wants, he just makes something up. Also, if you catch him at just the right moment, you sometimes even start to hear him sing a little bit of a tune...
- Tyler also has a girlfriend now - her name is Lilly. Although, from what I'm starting to hear, maybe "stalker" is a better word for it... She LOVES Tyler. We don't really know what Tyler thinks of her though.
- But Lilly might just be connected to how he finally learned to give actual kisses and not just touching his lips to your cheek...
- Tyler knows how to open doors now. So, now when we feel something crawling on the bed at 6 in the morning, we've discovered that we're no longer so sure it's just one of the dogs.
Now, onto Austin:
- Austin is crawling! Yes... not even the zombie crawl he started with. All out crawling. Unfortunately, we're realizing that this is where his curiosity makes him more dangerous than Tyler. Austin is into EVERYTHING! And if he's not actually into something, he's probably in the middle of making a bee-line to the dogs' water bowl or food bowl. Baby magnets...
- Austin got to meet President Bush! (the younger one). Apparently he was in the building with their daycare for some unknown reason, ran into the babies on a buggy ride in the lobby, and had quite the conversation with Austin. The kid's not even a year old yet and he's already met a president!
- Austin has his two bottom teeth in front (which he's actually had for quite some time now, silly as they may look all alone in front) - but now he's actually got one in the process of breaking through the top!
- Austin LOVES food - as long as it's not baby food. Baby food is SOOOooooo yesterday! He loved baby food, till he tried real food. Now, he pretty much insists on eating what everyone else has (even though he just has those two bottom teeth to chew with). Chocolate is his favorite... but he also likes french fries, ramen noodles, mac & cheese, bread, waffles, donuts, fruit, chicken, cookies, dog food, peas, spaghetti, etc... actually, it might be easier to just list what he doesn't like: baby food.
- Austin likes to have yell-ersations. If you catch him in a good mood, he'll yell in unison with you and you can keep going back and forth like a conversation. He thinks this is awesome. Yes, it's a little loud, but better than Tyler's bird squacks when he was about this age.
There... does that give you a better idea of what you've missed!? Hope so! I'll just have to try to get a little better at keeping this blog thing up... it's harder than it sounds!!! :)
Sunday, March 15, 2009
However, recently, my fears have been relieved a bit - because not only is he now attempting to say a whole slew of words, but he seems to picking up new ones on a daily basis!
So, just in case you meet him soon and try to have some sort of conversation, here's a little translation manual of Tyler-speak to help you understand the gibberish you get in return...
- Dah: Dog. Or it could be another animal that looks like a dog in that it walks on all fours and has fur.
- Wha-dah?: "Where is the dog?" Or more specifically, where is Loki... he isn't usually looking for Max when he says this.
- DAAAaaaaaaahhhhhh!: He found Loki.
- DAH!: "Max/Loki, come here!" They usually don't, since they haven't quite figured out yet that they are "Dah".
- Baby: Austin, or some other baby.
- Daddy: Daddy, or mommy, or someone else.
- Momma: Mommy, or daddy, or a picture of some other random woman.
- MOMMA!: "Mom! I want something... NOW!"
- MOMMAAaaaaaaaaaaa!: Just walked in the door, or around the corner and saw mommy.
- Wawa: Water.
- Cocka: Cookie. This could be a cookie for humans, or also a dog treat. Probably not the best word for him to be using, but unfortunately, he prefers it to any other variation on "cookie".
- Jue: Juice
- No, no!: Max is trying to steal some of Tyler's food.
- Amo: Elmo. Often only seen within our home on diapers. However, he did point out an Elmo towel at Toys R'Us today - transference in action. Lovely.
- Oh-no!: Most frequently heard when reading books on his own, accompanied by hands pressed to cheeks (think "Home Alone" movies).
- More: Possibly the most annoying word in his vocabulary, usually used within a succession of 4-5 "more" repeated concurrently with about 2 seconds separating each.
- Apple: Apple. Or applesauce. Or fruit in a cup.
- Baw: Ball or anything round.
- Ooo-ooo: Monkey. Actually, it just means he's seen a monkey - but he doesn't actually say Monkey yet, just what he knows a monkey is supposed to say.
- Woof: This one should be pretty self-explanatory. Typically said in a mocking fashion around Max or Loki.
- Chee: Cheese
- Peas: Please
- Tanku: Thank you. We're pretty proud of this one... but yes, he actually does try to say thank you (although once in awhile he does need a little extra prodding)
- Up: Wants to get in his chair, or be picked up, or get out of his chair, or on the bed, etc. This is his newest addition to the word library.
- Bobba: Bottle, as in milk bottle. This is not as commonly heard, but has occasionally slipped out.
- No: Nose.
- Eye: Eye.
- Ite: hot - even if it's not really hot.
- Mine: It belongs to Tyler.
- Cah: Car, taking a ride, or truck.
- Uh-oh: Austin just woke up or is crying.
At this rate, though, he'll be able to say all of those things for himself within the next month or two... That's our boy! :)
Of course, in re-reading this post, I just had to make this quick addition at the end to ask: What does it say about us that among our toddler's first set of words are the sounds a monkey makes, attempts at saying "cheese" or "cookie", and the phrase "Oh-no!"?
Scary, ain't it?
Friday, March 13, 2009
He surgery WAS originally supposed to happen on February 20 (as noted in one of my previous posts), but Austin conveniently came down with a case of RSV around the 17th. This meant anesthesia would be risky, which in turn meant surgery (even one as quick as getting tubes) would have to wait.
Side-note: just in case Jeff confused you by telling you that RSV is "Baby SARS". It's not.
"Respiratory syncytial virus is a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages ... infection can be severe in some people, such as certain infants, young children, and older adults ... RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia in children under 1 year of age in the United States."And now back to today's update.
The pediatric surgery center schedules their surgeries based on age - youngest first. So, thanks to Austin's young age, we were blessed with an especially early arrival time of 6:15 am. (I'd like to note here that on a regular work day, I'm barely even awake by this time, let alone out of the house with or without a baby!)
After Austin and I got to the center, I filled out the paperwork, handed over my credit card to pay more than you'd ever expect to pay for what essentially amounts to two tiny rubber bands, waited for a brief period of time, then moved on with Austin to our designated waiting "cubby".
This is where they check Austin's vitals, ask some additional questions about him, and then leave you to wait for the actual physician to arrive before they take the baby away for surgery.
Austin was quite the little charmer! And he passed all his tests. Then we waited.
Apparently, our ear doctor (a really nice guy, by the way - he did Tyler's tubes too!) had accidentally overslept and arrived about an hour late. I guess doctors are human too.
Now, just to give you some reference though.... I was doing all this waiting with a baby who not only had to also wake up super early, but also had his last meal and drink at about 8pm the night before. (He couldn't eat/drink anything after midnight due to today's surgery)
Typically, this would be the makings of a full-blown nightmare. But, with Austin, well, he just took it as an opportunity to catch some more z's, much to everyone's amusement that passed by. This wasn't really an area conducive to sleep, but I certainly wasn't complaining!
After the doctor arrived, performed the surgery (which takes all of about 5 minutes) and briefed me on the event (remarking on just how small Austin's ear canals were), I was led in to the recovery area to stay with Austin, who was just waking up from his anesthesia - content with the little burst of narcotics they had also given him to help ease his transition to the wake
He was even still pretty content after spewing his freshly finished bottle of milk all over both of us. Yuck.
Looking at him now, you'd never know he even had surgery today! Now, we just get to wait and hope this ends our merry-go-round with ear infections.
Here are some additional pics from our wait period, compliments of my Blackberry...
Sunday, February 15, 2009
What about the other 25%? Well, I can safely say it just ain't gonna happen. You see, Loki hates being groomed. And by "hates", I mean... a grooming session with Loki is almost always a full-on contact sport that typically ends with Loki in a pretzel hold between my knees, trying desperately to get away, while I'm simultaneously trying desperately to get even one brush stroke through his Rastafarian-like coat of hair.
Because, unlike Max, who joined me as a puppy open to learning about the potential joys of grooming, Loki came to me slightly older, slightly more worldly, and much more cynical about what a brush and scissors mean to his sense of security.
So, in recent years, we've reached a compromise that seems somewhat fair to all. We avoid the regular games of tackle grooming, and instead opted to make it a once-a-year event in which Loki just gets sheared like a sheep. Less stressful for all involved. I prefer him in a full coat of fur, of course, but the stress for all involved to keep him that way just isn't worth it in the end. This makes us all one big happier family.
Unfortunately, the plan didn't work this time. Loki has gradually been turning into one huge walking mat - and spring shearing time is just too far away to hold out much longer. A few signs that it was time to break our grooming arrangement?
- You take him to the vet's office and feel the need to proactively defend his matted appearance, explaining how stressed he gets by being groomed, and that you instead just shave him down once a year.
- You also feel compelled to let them know that if a stray is brought in that looks like he's been on the street for quite some time, it's probably your dog - and that despite his appearance, you really do love him!
- Every time the dog passes by you, you feel compelled to start picking apart mats of fur with your fingers - which in turn means he decides he should probably stop walking near you!
Of course, one thing you learn early on with these dogs is that if you get one in the position for grooming, and you have their cooperation, the last thing you want to do is break the momentum and get up, or allow them to get up.
It took all my willpower to take advantage of this rare Loki opportunity. Because, you see, while I was grooming Loki, I could also hear all the chaos that was ensuing among Jeff, Tyler, and Austin downstairs....
Sure, there was some laughing, crying, and singing - all pretty typical.... Then there was "Oh no, TYLER! Oooo... " And about an hour later, came the intriguing, "No Tyler ... Tyler NO .... TYYYYLLLLEEERRRR ..... NOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooOOOOO! #$%#*@#%$@!!!!!" This was promptly followed by the sound of Tyler crying, Austin crying, then the vacuum cleaner.
Hmm... Now, you know that can't be good.
I held my ground with Loki... but later had to get the scoop on that one... Evidently just after his bath, Tyler decided to use his plate full of dinner leftovers as a frisbee in the living room. 'Nuff said.
Gotta love kids.
But, on the bright side, Loki looks good.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Austin has finally finished all his rounds of antibiotics, and we were able to get in pretty quickly with our lovely ear specialist - the same guy that did Tyler's tubes last year.
After I explained little Austin's situation, I believe his exact words were, "This is practically a phone-in consult!" - meaning that basically it was a no-brainer that Austin has an issue with his ears, and we really need to consider doing something about it.
Because of Austin's age, I was warned that, most likely, the tubes would fall out early and we'd probably need to repeat the procedure down the road. The tubes can last anywhere from 6-12 months on average, but if they fall out before the ears are ready to drain on their own, then you need to redo it to keep those ear infections at bay.
Another interesting bit of trivia I learned is that evidently there could be a tie between Austin's fever/infections and his eczema! The doctor said that often eczema can be a sign of a hyperactive immune system - overresponding to the stimuli. So, that would probably also help to explain why he reacted to severely to the ear infection.
Anyway, here's where we now stand... Austin is indeed joining his brother in tubeville. His surgery is scheduled for next Friday the 20th. They do the surgeries based on age, so most likely, Austin will be the first that morning. In and out, probably done before 8am, I would guess! Then, I'm actually taking a vacation day to stay home with the little guy while his brother runs off to play with friends at daycare.
Pretty routine procedure - so we don't expect any issues...
And that's it for now! Just thought you all might want to know the latest and greatest on the little fellow - especially since I have had no time to make a real blog update recently. Sorry about that!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
After a few days with a rapidly rising fever, and daily visits to the pediatrician for checkups and antibiotic shots, it seems we hit the peak of the scare when Austin topped out with a fever of 106.5 the other night.
Calling it "impressive for such a small baby" (and not meaning that in a positive way, of course), it appears the fever even sparked much concern in our pediatrician - who then promptly ordered further testing on the little guy. The flu test came back negative right away, and we had to wait till early evening for the results of the bloodwork to make sure he didn't have an infection in his bloodstream.
Turns out, to everyone's great relief, he tested negative for meningitis. So, it looks like all this stemmed from the ear infections, and the possibility, of course, that he may have picked up a bug of some sort on top of it.
And since by that time he was now willing to smile again (a glorious site considering how he'd been prior), and his fever seemed not as toasty, it did look like things were taking a turn for the better finally.
This morning, with Austin feeling much cooler in the head, we headed to see the Doctor for his last scheduled daily checkup for this illness.
Noting that his color has drastically improved, his fever appeared to have receded, his bloodwork came back clean, and he was more alert and attentive, we were released after one more shot of antibiotics in the baby thigh (much to Austin's chagrin.)
However, due to the severity of this latest round of ear infections, we were sent on our way with a prescription for another round of antibiotics (starting tomorrow), and the instructions to have him checked out by an Ear/Nose/Throat specialist as soon as possible (most preferably within the next two weeks) to get Austin started on the road to tube-ville.
Hopefully, once those tubes are in place, we'll be spared from another event like this one!
And yes, Austin does still have messy ears right now that are keeping him a bit on the irritable side, (they definitely won't be going away overnight) but at least the overall issue that was making it so much more serious appears to have subsided.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Um... unfortunately, not talkin' about me with that title... Actually, it's a bit more literal in reference to our littlest one, Austin.
Poor little guy got evicted from school yesterday with a slight fever. So, grabbing my laptop to work from home, I picked him up and we went to spend the afternoon at home. But, what began as a slight fever certainly didn't stay that way.
By mid-afternoon, a butt-check had him at 103.2! Poor little fella was melting. So, I stripped him down to his diaper, gave him some baby tylenol and a spongebath, walked around a little with him outside, and gave him some milk. Then, I let him hang out in his diaper for a bit to cool off (every baby's dream, really).
It seemed to work, because he calmed down a bit and didn't feel so much like a little roasty piece of coal.
Oh - and I had called the doctor's office too. Since he had just been treated last week with antibiotics for an ear infection, the nurse made us an appointment to stop by this morning to see our pediatrician.
All was calm... until 1am... then, Jeff and I awoke to the pathetic little wails of a baby in agony. Jeff changed his diaper, I did the butt-check, and this time he registered 104.6. So, we gave him more tylenol, a bottle of milk, then moved him back to his bassinette once he seemed to be falling back asleep.
This morning, it was off to the doctor's office. Surprisingly timing it just right, Austin had a bit of an exorcist moment right after I had finished undressing him. I was able to avoid me, his clothes, and the floor - getting it all on the papered patient bench. (i was really proud of that "save", thank you very much!)
Verdict appears to be the ear infections are raging away. But, since he had just shown he has a propensity to not keep all his food in his belly right now, Austin was cursed with having to get his new antibiotics via a shot to the thigh muscle. Ouch.
Having gone through those shots in the muscle through all those fertility treatments that led to our blessing of Tyler, I completely knew about the pain that Austin was SCREAMING about at that particular moment of time. And needless to say, he was one pissed off baby after that.
Now, we wait to see if he needs to get another one tomorrow (for which we have tentatively scheduled a 9:30 am appointment. ) Unfortunately, doesn't look good, as his temp was back up over 104 this evening - and that's with the Tylenol and wearing just a diaper.
Let's just say Austin's not a very happy camper today. But, on the positive side, he really enjoyed the strawberry icee he got to eat as part of our efforts to make him more comfy.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Here's a few of some of his latest surprises:
- When he has his nightly container of applesauce, deciding that "applesauce" was probably too complicated, I had been saying "apple" constantly as I feed it to him. Two nights ago, he finally started to say "apple" himself when pointing to it! Of course, we didn't have the heart to tell him the first night that it was really mixed fruit that time, and not apple... but nevertheless, this is HUGE for Tyler... :)
- Replacing the trash bag liner in the kitchen trash can... Well, he doesn't actually change out the trash bag himself (although THAT would be pretty sweet!!) - but he is now more than eager to hand you a new white kitchen trash bag to replace the one that was in there previously when he sees you taking out the full one from the can. So cute!
- "Woof!" Yes - now instead of just pointing to Max and Loki and saying "Dog!" every time he sees them, he actually barks at them. This would be cuter, though, if it happened any time other than when Austin is napping in the same room, because once the dogs start barking back, it's just pure pandemonium.
- Getting undressed. We're not all that thrilled with this new fascination of his. In case you haven't picked up on it from the pictures, we all spend a lot of time in our jammies at home. It's easy, it's comfortable, and hey - why get a kid dressed just to stay home all day! But, toddler sleepers are always constructed with a big zipper down the middle. And Tyler has decided that it's now cool to walk around the house looking like Elvis with his zipper opened down to his belly button.
Anyway, that's just today's quick update as I procrastinate just a tad longer on that growing number of articles I must now get back to writing for work...
And don't forget to check out the video bar to the right of this blog page! I listed the top video of Austin babbling in my last post, but if you check out the video below it, you can see Tyler and his brother playing with the recliner. We sure are lucky when it comes to those two. They really do love each other a lot, and it shows more and more each day!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I'd like to tell you a great story about how Tyler got it... defending his little brother's dignity against the daycare bully - who Tyler then proceeded to beat to a pulp...
I'd like to... but I can't. Because unfortunately, the truth isn't nearly that exciting. In reality, it all came down to Tyler versus the footboard of our bed. And, as you can see, the bed won.
To make matters worse, the very next day at school, another toddler then proceeded to bite Tyler in the hand - breaking the skin! (which of course led to the addition of a new "accident report" to our growing collection....)
I don't think his caregiver caught on that I was only joking when I asked if the other kid had been vaccinated for rabies...
At least it sounds like we have a month for his eye to heal before the next picture day - which is evidently in mid-February. His last round of pictures were a wash since they took place the day after the "dumptruck incident". Maybe we can just lock him in a padded room until then...
And on another Tyler-related note, apparently his presence is having quite a big impact on Max and Loki these days... 6 pounds' worth of an impact, in fact!
At yesterday's vet appointment, I discovered that since their last appointment, both have put on a solid 3 pounds each - which can probably be directly attributed to Tyler's open-door policy on snooky distribution and leftover fishing after toddler meals. Max is now a very solid 57 pounds and Loki is up to 60 pounds (their heaviest weights ever!!)
As for Austin, well, he's recovering from his latest round of ear-infections, still battling baby eczema, and is definitely not a fan of green beans according to the daycare.
But, it does seem that, within the past two days or so, he has found a voice by which he can now complain out loud about his problems. In fact, he really only seems to partake in this babble when he is growing visibly bothered by something at that moment.
Here's a sample that occurred as he was rapidly growing bored with his playmat earlier today...
And since we know the grandparents and relatives want to see pics, and lots of them, here are a few of Austin and Tyler from today and the past week.... Actually they're mostly of Austin since a toddler with a shiner doesn't really look too happy in pictures... Enjoy!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Tyler preferred, instead, to screech really loudly in an annoyingly-birdlike manner. Apparently, he picked that up at school from his friend, Enslow.
Austin, however, has always been more baby-like and easier on the ears with his coos, gurgles, and baby dinosaur-like grunts.
Tyler has decided to pass on that valuable skill he learned from his friend in months past to his dear little brother.
Nothing like the "lovely" sound of two little boys screeching back and forth to each other on the living room couch.
We are so screwed when they get bigger.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Austin & his new furry Grover (Mmmmm.... tasty, but could use a touch of applesauce!)
Tyler takes his new Big Wheel out for a spin (Whatever happened to the handlebar tassles the kid in the car commercial has on his Big Wheel?)
It's all fun and games till the dogs join the party... ("We'll only let you pass if you give us Snookies - and lots of 'em!")
Nicole, Jeff, Tyler, Austin, Max, and Loki wish everyone a happy, healthy, and wonderful 2009!