Monday, January 31, 2011
Learning his letters
Slipped and fell...
Sunday, January 30, 2011
His hair cut appointment will have to wait until next weekend when Jon's back home. There's only so much I'm willing to juggle on my own!
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Here kitty kitty!
Testing his limits
Jon left this morning for a week-long business trip to Miami. It's going to be a long week without him, that's for sure. But wouldn't it be crazy cool if he came back and Callum was standing (without holding onto anything) and cruising, all on his own?! :)
Did I tell you not to throw?
Did you throw it?
Well, that's not being a good listener.
With my parents this morning:
How many hands do you have?
How many feet do you have?
How many eyes do you have?
How many ears do you have?
How many noses do you have?
How many fingers do you have?
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Loganism of the day
Words of Encouragement
Callum had a great day today. His mood has definitely improved!
I would have to agree! From the minute he woke up on Friday after his morning nap (post-surgery), his demeanor has definitely changed. He seems content, calmer and an overall happier baby. He is MUCH less clingy and totally fine to instead explore and crawl around the house and play on his own. I have also noticed he doesn't freak out and get upset the minute he bonks his head on something (like slamming it into the table, or falling backwards on the floor when wrestling with Logan, etc.) Previously, I had thought I just had gotten used to a toughie kid Logan and that Callum was a more "sensitive" kid. Now, I'm beginning to think that HEY GENIUS, maybe when he bonked his head on something it actually hurt for a reason! :)
I've been trying to see if his hearing has improved too - it seems to have, although not as much as I had thought it would. However, there are definitely changes. He notices sounds and turns his head to listen a lot more than he used to - but what has been more interesting and unexpected (for me anyway), is that he's had the "startle" reflex a lot more! I've noticed it a couple of times where something dropped on the floor near his side and he jumped from the noise. Or, the dogs barked nearby when he wasn't paying attention and sure enough, the noise startled him. I'm taking all of those as positive signs that his hearing loss wasn't permanent (although we won't definitively know until we do a follow up hearing test in a few weeks).
Callum napped really well all weekend throughout the day. However, he still had a rough time settling down and sleeping Friday and Saturday nights. I'm still hopeful that his (night time) sleeping will improve, since Sunday and last night seemed better than the first two nights, but it still seems too early to tell.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Callum did awesome. He had A LOT of fluid in his ears which they drained before inserting the tubes, and the tubes took just fine. Minutes after talking with the doctor, his anesthesiologist came looking for me. Callum had woken up and was hungry.
He gulped down a bottle and while a little antsy (he really wanted to crawl around), he was super mellow and quiet. The nurses labeled him the "good" baby (because he was so quiet). ;-)
We were out of the hospital less than an hour after his surgery time! Incredible. He fell asleep on the drive home, hopefully he'll have a really great nap this morning. He's certainly earned it! :)
Drunk Callum is hilarious!
About to begin
They just gave him some pre-medication which means I'll have a drunk baby in my arms any minute now. ;-)
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I'm glad I did - he has another ear infection :( but worse than that, the hearing tests they ran show he has minor hearing loss! Ugh. The hearing loss is very likely due to the fluid in his ears and regular ear infections. The doctor thinks it's reversible but we do need to take steps to treat him soon (especially since the risk of permanent hearing loss increases as we allow the infections to linger).
There are essentially two options - medically treat with anti-biotics or surgically insert ear tubes. Since we've been treating with anti-biotics for a few months now, with no great success, moving to tubes is the logical next step.
I had the doctor's office fax Callum's test results and paperwork over to Jon's dad Nolan (who luckily, happens to be an ENT too!) to review tomorrow morning. But in the meantime, I also booked Callum's surgery.
The surgery center happened to have an opening (early) this Friday morning, so I took it! His surgery is scheduled for 7:30am, which means we have to check in at the hospital at 5:30am. FIVE THIRTY. They schedule the little ones super early because patients have to fast prior to the surgery. Poor Callum can't eat anything the 6 hours prior to his surgery time, which is going to make the middle of the night wake up call tomorrow night, when he is used to having a bottle to fall back to sleep, verrrrry difficult.
Also, as it turns out, Jon's sister Catherine was planning on visiting and spending the night with us Thursday - which works out great since she'll be around to hang out with Logan in the morning while Jon and I are at the hospital. Phew.
We'll let you know how it goes - wish us luck!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Our family alarm clock
This morning, in addition to all of that, he made sure to mention to me:
Mom, remember? Remember when we rode on the very very big choo-choo train?
Yes, I think I remember that.
Remember? With a blue one [train car] on the back. It was a really long long long long one!
I'm marking the trip as a huge success. ;-)
In other news, Logan has moved up to the next classroom at his school this week! The class is focused on a bit more academics between play time, but more than that, he's now with his "old" pals again (who had all moved up to the classroom over the past several months, and who he was really starting to miss). :)
9 month checkup
He's still very tall, somewhere in the 80-90th percentile for height (29.75" - an increase of over 2.5 inches in 3 mths!!). He's average on his weight, at 19lbs, 1oz (40%) and his head measures 45.5 cm round. As a part of this check up, he received one shot (HepB) which he HATED. :(
In general, Callum is in good health and doing great. His ears, unfortunately, seem to be on the verge of another infection. So, Dr. Safir wants us to take the next step and consult with an ENT. On the one hand, no one wants their baby to undergo surgery (since he'll likely need tubes), however in this case, if it improves Callum's quality of life, I'm for it. We'll see.
Monday, January 17, 2011
A good trip
Hi world, we're home!
Mr. Social Butterfly
So what I'm saying is, the train is perfect for Jon and his chattiness. ;-)
And yes, I'm blogging ridiculously early because Callum decided to wake up at 4:30am and just hang out. Thankfully, no screaming and all smiles but still. I'm exhausted. :(
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Someone's winding down
(should have been sent a bit before 8pm but my mail got stuck since we were going thru the mountains with no coverage)
It's going to be a long night...
Everyone has been snoozin' in our room just fine - except for me! I've been super jumpy and nervous with every little sound or squeak that Callum makes. *sigh*
Even Callum is munchin'
Skipping the evening nap
I couldn't have been more wrong! He's wide awake and acting like a monkey.
Passing the town of Kelso
My hands and arms are full
Enjoying the view!
Boarding our train
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Greetings from the Space Needle!
Model Railroad Show
Friday, January 14, 2011
Our new view
Some serious pie
We've decided NOT to rent a car this trip and rely on public transportation. Seattle actually has some great transportation options available. So, I hopped onto the light rail (the station is a block and a half from our hotel) and headed to the airport, met everyone at baggage claim (I received thrilled welcomes from all three) and then headed back downtown on the light rail again. Logan had a blast on the "choo-choo train", pointing out the airplanes and airport (as we left), other trains that kept passing us, the bridges, the tunnels and the TRACKS MOM!! LOOK AT THE TRACKS!!!
Seriously. My kid was tickled pink about tracks.
After dropping off the bags at the hotel, we decided to grab a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant called Serious Pie. Super yummy and different flavored pizzas. This pic was taken just outside the front door, with our hotel tower in the distance.
After lunch, we walked all over downtown Seattle searching for a store that sells diapers and formula. Who would have thought it'd be so hard to find?!? We also made it down to the Pike Street Market and did a little shopping on our way back to the hotel.
When we got back, Jon decided to find out if the room next to ours was free since he was worried we'd all have trouble sleeping in the same room. It was booked but they offered us a free upgrade to a Junior Suite (two adjoining rooms) in the other tower.
We took it (giving up our fantastic view but it was a hard offer to pass)!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
And here's my view at night!
Notice the monorail just below, which will be a part of our big trip experience this weekend!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Another trip to Redmond
Riding the airplane is dangerous!
It's conversations like these that make it really difficult to take off for business trips anymore. Callum doesn't know any better of course, but Logan's starting to realize when we're gone for long periods of time and the guilt just sets in when he clings to our necks and begs us not to go away.
Jon thought it might make Logan feel better if we told him he'd get to ride an airplane and "choo-choo" train to see me, but that kinda backfired, since he woke up this morning asking if we were going on an airplane today Mommy? Because it's daytime!
So I've had to carefully explain that I'm leaving today - I need him to be a good boy and big brother - helping Daddy and Callum all week. In FOUR days - one, two, three, four - he will ride an airplane with Daddy and Callum to "come find me". And then AFTER the airplane, we will all ride a VERY LONG choo-choo train back home together. We'll ride it during the day AND the night - we'll even sleep on the train!
We will? That will be the longest choo-choo train I've ever seen!
Yes, buddy, it sure will.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Look Mommy, it's Santa!
Packing for the snow
Saturday, January 8, 2011
And a partridge in a pear tree
My parents, Zane (and his girlfriend Norma who we met for the first time!) and Kai all joined us on Christmas Eve for a yummy tamales dinner and gift giving (after the kids were both down for bed). In recent years my parents have done a (really nice) White Elephant gift exchange for Christmas. This year, there was a theme: kaleidoscopes. Jon and I scored some really nice ones! :) (Sadly, I didn't snap any pictures during our Christmas Eve festivities although I did get a couple of Logan checking out my prized "win" on Christmas morning)
Christmas morning, my parents and brothers came back over to join us for another big meal and of course, presents. I had told everyone to arrive at 9am but Logan woke up at 7:30 and immediately started asking if he could open his presents. It was a ridiculously long hour and a half of distraction. ;-)
|This is for ME?!?|
|Logan helping Callum open his present|
|WHOA!!! A rocket ship!!|
|Mommy's favorite - a wooden "memory" game|
|The rocket ship was the favorite of all toys, I have to say|
The "big kids" got a present too - Santa left an Xbox Kinect with a few games (Dance Central, Sports and Kinectimals) as well. Logan liked watching everyone play, but had some trouble playing himself, since a lot of the games required reading directions and/or knowing your left and rights very well. So, it didn't hold his interest as long as I had hoped - but I think he'll enjoy it soon enough. Daddy had a blast (with Zane and Kai) playing the Sports games while Mommy fell in love with Dance Central.
|What did Santa hide back there?|
|I just love this series of my brothers - they're "running" hurdles btw :)|
|Check out how BIG Callum's handprint is! ;-)|
In between game playing, we had a yummy feast and visiting. What a merry Christmas indeed!
The above are just some of my very favorites, to see a number of other snapshots throughout the day, make sure to visit Callum's album.