Monday, August 31, 2009

Trip to the ER--Round 2

So Thursday night, Will made his second trip to the ER. Not fun!

It all started Thursday around lunch when I picked him up from daycare. As we were driving to meet my mom for lunch, I heard him breathing loudly and wheezing. He wasn't doing it constantly, so I thought I was being paranoid. Around 2 pm, I started getting concerned, so Clay called our doctor's office so we could talk to the nurse. I was thinking it was croup and just wanted to make sure we knew what to do. The doctor's office never called us back (communication issue, that is a whole other topic), and the wheezing started getting worse so we called the after hours nurse. She told us it was in Will's best interest to take him to the ER. So off we went.

Because of Will's age and it was a repiratory issue, we were seen right away. We only had to wait in the waiting room about 10 minutes. I was so thankful because there were a ton of kids there with swine flu symptoms.

(Wearing his "doctors mask"...precaution because of swine flu patients)

Once, we got to a room we were seen by the nurse and then the doctor. After being evaluated, they could not determine exactly what was going on because he was not showing any classic symptoms of croup and he did not have a fever, so it wasn't an infection. They sent Will to have a chest and neck x-ray done so they could look to see if his airway was swollen. The x-ray was no fun at all. Clay and I had to hold him down and he kept looking at us like "why are you doing this to me?"

After the doctor looked at the x-rays, they decided to give him an oral steriod and breathing treatment to reduce any swelling of his airway. Will had to be observed for 2 hours after he received the medication in case he had any type of reaction. He didn't so we were released around 11:15 pm. It was a long night.

(Getting his breathing treatment...not a happy camper!)

The final diagnosis was that he had striders, which is usually accompanies croup. Striders is intense swelling, and narrowing of the voice box and windpipe and is associated high-pitched sound when inhaling.

(Waiting to be released.)

On Friday, we went to Will's peditrician for a follow-up. First, Dr. R apologized for not calling us back on Thursday (totally not his fault, he said he would be having a meeting with his team to address the issue). Then, he evaulated Will. He said he saw no signs of croup and thought that it may have just been an isolated incident. He also told me it could have been a delayed reaction from the cold Will had last week. Will was given a clean bill of health and has not had any issues since receiving treatment at the hospital.

It was scary at the time, but I am glad we were taken care of and Will is okay. Hopefully, this will be our last visit to the ER for a while. I had a talk with Will and told him mommy's nerves can't handle it. Also, I don't want everyone to think I am that mom that takes her kid to the ER everytime something happens. At least our two ER visits were justified and the doctors told us we did the right thing by bringing him in.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A boy and his dog

Clay bought Will this dog while I was still pregnant. It is such a cute little dog and Clay said it was a good stuffed animal for a boy. Will started playing with the dog this week and he is too cute!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Sitting up, Sweet Potatoes, and Sharing

Will is now sitting up unassisted for a few minutes at a time. It is so cute and I am so proud of him. Sometimes he will start to lose his balance and catch himself, other times he just falls over and laughs. Many times we will be praising him for doing a good job and he will get so excited that he falls. I love this boy.

On Tuesday, we started giving him sweet potatoes. The boy LOVES them. He has finished every jar we have fed him. When we were doing peas and green beans, he would usually only finish half a jar. He is eating like a big boy. Carrots are next!

Tabitha took these pictures of Will and Gavin at daycare. They are playing together and sharing! They are such sweet boys and Gavin is so good with Will.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Weight Gain

I took Will to the doctor yesterday to be checked out because he had some symptoms of a cold. The doctor said he was just fine and it is one of those things we just have to wait out.

The biggest surprise was his weight. At his 4 month well visit he weighed 12 pounds, 12 ounces. Yesterday, at 5 1/2 months, he weighed 16 pounds, 14 ounces. I about fell in the floor. That is 4 pounds in less than two months. Our boy is growing!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!

You are the best mom and grandmother in the whole world!
We love you,
Clay, Amanda, and Will

Thursday, August 13, 2009


This is Clay's new favorite word. It is like living with a 5-year-old. It doesn't matter what I say, he almost always follows it up with WHY. Most of the time I just look at him like he has lost his mind, but answer in my head. Here are a few examples:

ME: Can you please take out the trash?
Clay: Why?
ME: (in my head) Because it stinks.

ME: Will you hand me a burp cloth?
Clay: Why?
ME: (in my head) Because our child just barfed his lunch on me.

ME: Will you turn those lights off?
Clay: Why?
ME: (in my head) Because our power bill was $150 last month.

ME: Can you put the dog out?
Clay: Why?
ME: (in my head) Because I don't want her to pee on the carpet.

I am fighting the urge to answer, "because I said so!" That is such a mom thing to say and I thought I had a few more years before that started. Apparently not.

I feel like most of my requests are pretty simple and don't require further explanation, but I am not a man and I really have no clue what goes on inside of his head!

It was starting to get annoying, now it is just funny because I know he is going to do it.

Husbands: they are a total trip!

Sometimes I feel like a single-mom of two!!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Will's Scrapbook

Instead of buying the standard baby book to record Will's first year of life, I decided I would buy a scrapbook. I guess I was on a pregnancy high when I came up with this great idea. I have never done a scrapbook page in my life! I thought that I would have all the time in the world to work on it and it would be beautiful.

Here's a little secret: my child is now five months old and I have only completed half of ONE page, and that page is not even about him. It is a page about my 1st baby shower back in February.

I have decided to get back on the scrapbook wagon and at least put some type of effort into it. If I have to, I will just slap some pictures together so in ten years I don't have to tell my child that he has no baby book because his mommy is lazy. If things get tough, I will just give all the stuff to Tabitha and give her some money to complete it because that's how I roll. I am not past paying someone else to record my child's memories. (Tabitha-you need to post some of Gavin's pages on your blog so everyone can see them-they look great!)

Now my secret is out there. Here is some pictures of the scrapbook and the one half completed page.

I need some serious encouragement!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Peas, Peas, Peas

Saturday, Will had peas for the first time. It is his first big boy food other than rice cereal and oatmeal. He loves them!! I was so scared after trying the rice cereal and oatmeal that he was going to hate the peas, but he enjoys them so much. It has been a much better experience. We will keep him on peas for the rest of the week and then try something new.

5 months old

My baby boy is 5 months old today. Really, is this happening?!?! I feel like time is flying by. He learns something new everyday and is getting sweeter every minute. I am totally in love with this boy.

Here are some things he is doing now:

-eating peas
-sleeping most of the night, we are still working on all night

-sleeping in his bed exclusively

-sleeping 99% of the time on his tummy

-still wearing some 0-3 month clothes, but mostly 3-6 months

-grabbing and holding on to his toys

-sitting up for a few seconds at a time

-lauging at his daddy, his favorite thing to do

-he gets cranky every night at 7:25 like clockwork

-chewing on his fingers constantly

-trying to suck his thumb

-following Winnie's every move

-hates the carseat

-rolling over, both ways, front to back, back to front

-trying to crawl. He can't seem to get the feet and the hands going at the same time. It is always one or the other, and he gets so frustrated.

To see Will and Tiger month-by-month, go HERE.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Mommy Car

Last Thursday, I took the plunge. I offically have a mommy car now. I was sad when we pulled away from the dealership without my beloved Lexus. I know it is just a car, but it was my car and I loved it! The 4Runner definitely has more room and we are much more comfortable. To be honest, I am just waiting until I hit something. The SUV is HUGE compared to any car I have ever driven before.

Bye, bye cute little black car!