Thursday, June 30, 2011
We have had a busy few days. Tuesday we spent running errands and Wednesday we were at the beach all day. I would post pictures but I never got my camera out of the bag we were having too much fun! I bought a season's pass to Wares Grove Beach so I imagine we will be spending quite a bit of time there! I'm working all weekend so happy early 4th to everyone!
Sunday, June 26, 2011
So I finished Xander's errand sweater today. I did end up ordering some more yarn because I knew it would bother me forever that it wasn't the way it was "supposed" to be. I ordered it from the same place that I got it from before and it ended up even being from the same dye lot so it was meant to be! Once I got the yarn it was quick and easy to finish up that sleeve cuff and weave in that last end and it was all done! I haven't blocked it out yet but Xander seemed to enjoy wearing it regardless. I had to bribe him to get him take it off. It might have something to do with the yarn- I used a cascade 128 Superwash 100% wool. It is super soft and thick and squishy. Hence the reason that I didn't want him to wear it when it was 80 degrees out! You can see all the details and my commentary on the pattern here.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
So since I have been debating the yarn issue I started in on a few other projects for a diva knitted item swap that I am doing- and need to get cracking on because I am 8 days away from the sending deadline and nowhere near done! I have been making reusable swiffer covers from this pattern which I think is completely brilliant b/c I got the yarn on clearance at Wal Mart for $1 and I made a reusable cover with it. It makes my frugal heart sing. I did discover along the way though that some of the yarn that I got is 100yds and some of it is 120yds so one was a better deal than the other but I think I'll survive the 20 yd shortage! Once I have made a few more up I'll have enough scraps to make a truly hideous scrap one but since I am just going to scrub the floor with it who cares! I had been very resistant to working with cotton yarn previously and while I still think it's a pain to work with it has grown on me a bit. It does feel softer once the item is knitted up. I bought a bunch of clearance yarn so I might actually have to make some dishcloths....
The other knitted item in my photo is a teaser shot for my swap partner...another first try at a new pattern so hopefully it works out b/c I am not going to have time to start something else before the swap deadline! I started that book the the other day too- "Heaven is for Real" and it's a pretty cool story. I like that he gets across his message without being too preachy. I'm only part of the way through but I am enjoying it so far. It definitely makes me want to take the boys seriously if they complain about a stomach ache!
Xander is still battling the ear infection of last week. Frank had to take him back to the dr this weekend b/c he had thick green/yellow pus draining from his left ear and after a week of ear drops it should have been better. They started him on Augmentin by mouth then but by yesterday it still didn't look too much better so I took him back to the dr again and they cultured the drainage. We're supposed to change his antibiotics and start him on a decongestant to see if that helps. Hopefully once we know what is growing in his ear we can get the right abx to treat it! It takes 48 hours to get the result of the culture though. In the meantime we have an appointment scheduled to see out local allergist at the end of July and hopefully we'll be able to get an appointment with the pediatric allergist and ENT at CHAD sometime in the vaguely near future- it looks like September though before we can get an appointment. I tried to get him into see his ENT here to get his ear checked out but even they couldn't see him until next week. James has his post-op appointment next Wed though so I am just going to bring Xander and ask him to look at his ears too. Usually every time we have had an appointment with him in the past he always checks out both boys. Mostly though we are both pretty frustrated with this whole process. It's like we traded one problem for another. Sure Xander had a few ear infections before he had tubes but nothing like he has had since! But he can hear now and he has made dramatic improvements in his speech so... I guess it is just the ongoing struggle to know or at least believe that you are doing what is right and best for your child. I know that for his speech and hearing issues doing PE tubes was the best option, but a second surgery later and 15+ ear infections I am not so sure it was the best choice for his overall health. Then again we had no way of knowing that he would have all these problems so.... hindsight is 20/20.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
We spent some time outside the four of us today- the hour or so inbetween me sleeping and going back to work. The boys were "helping" Frank till the garden. It's been so rainy and wet this year that we are WAY behind in term sof planting. At this point I am not even sure we will have a garden this year.
The boys and I made this cake for Frank earlier this week since I had to work Father's Day. It came out really cute! We had fun with the decorating anyway!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Speech is going well. He is on a hiatus from speech until school starts in the fall but we still see the speech therapist weekly for James so he is kinda getting it anyway! It probably helps that most days now he can actually hear us talking to him. He has another ear infection in the left ear today. He's been averaging about 1 infection a month since his 2nd set of tubes in March, which I guess is a lot but is such a vast improvement over then near constant infections before. These seem to respond well to antibiotic ear drops and clear up quickly. The biggest problem really is keeping the drainage from causing breakdown on his ear lobe. Xander still hates the ear drops but he submits a little bit easier these days b/c he knows it's coming no matter what. I found that if I told him it was time for drops he screams bloody murder but he'll lay down and take it. I hate to hear him scream but I don't think it is fair to sneak up on him with them either- that just makes it worse! He does seem to hve a constant clear running nose so we are going to go see an allergis for him. Given my history and his constant running nose plus the ear infections that haven't really cleared up with multiple sets of PE tubes and an adenoidectomy it's time to explore other avenues for "fixing" his ears. I am not looking forward to skin testing on him or the possibility of having to majorly alter his diet but if it will prevent ear infections then we'll do what it takes... Can you imagine how bad his ears would be if we did any of the things that supposedly make ear infection worse (formula, smoking, not vaccinating, etc...)
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Reading wise I have been trying to be good about studying more for my IBCLC boards but I have to say I am having a hard time focusing on it. Learning about cranial nerves and innervation along with the fat/protein/casein composition of milk is just making me fall asleep! Helping mothers breastfeed in person I love but I'm feeling frustrated cramming all these facts into my head when I probably won't use them past my boards. That being said mixed in with all the factoids is some really great information that will help me in practice so I keep slogging. This book has tons of great pictures so it is a nice change from reading! Gotta go take a nap so I can make it though work tonight!
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
James had speech therapy Tuesday morning and I had a pair of pants that I was hemming for friend to wear to a job interview so despite my attempts to make an early start we really didn't get going till mid morning. I loaded up the car and installed the portable DVD player with the hopes of keeping the kids occupied on the almost 3 hour drive. Then I had to look all over the front pasture for Lucy b/c she is due any day with her calf and I needed to check on her before we left but I couldn't fin her. I had to walk practically the whole pasture before I finally found her tucked in a corner by the fence- without calf i might add! I finished the pants, James finished his speech therapy and off we headed. First stop was the post office to mail a package for a diva swap, then we stopped in Keene to drop off the aforementioned pants, then headed up Route 9. We made it almost to Hillsborough before James started to get really antsy so i stopped at the McDonalds there to get him some food, which did pacify him. Then we stopped at LL Bean in Concord and hit a 50% off kids sale so I got some shoes for $10- score! and a few $3 t-shirts for Xander who for some reason is woefully short of t-shirts. It might have something to do with the fact that he changes his clothing 3 times a day and gets every single outfit filthy dirty! Playing outside is wonderful but oh the laundry!!!!
After LL Bean we made a bee line for Lincoln, got to the hotel, checked in, and unloaded the car. By the time we finished that Frank had joined us so we had some snacks and then headed up to Franconia Notch State Park to go and hike the flume trail. These pictures are all from that hike. It's 2 miles round trip with maybe an extra 1/2 mile for some of the side trips we took. The flume is simply cool! It's a nice shady hike too so you don't get sunburned or too hot. Xander walked the first mile and a half or so and then he got tired so Frank carried him in the backpack the rest of the way. James was supposed to be riding in the backpack with daddy but he decided he wanted me to carry him instead of daddy so I carried him the whole way in my SSC- good thing I brought it! It was a pretty good workout all things considered and a beautiful hike.
After leaving the flume we headed up to Profile Lake to look at the where the Old Man on the Mountain used to be...I can't believe it has been almost 10 years since he fell. It totally doesn't seem that long ago. Frank never got to see hims till up on the mountain but they are in the process of doing a memorial so we got to see the beginning of that although Frank thought it was already completed and it looks like they have just started. So we walked the path around Profile Lake, saw what they have completed, dipped our toes in the lake and headed back to the hotel. We bought leftovers from Xander's party so we had kebobs and fruit for supper. We were going to head down for the movie but the boys were pretty much done by that point we bathed them and then we all fell into bed. James woke up at about 4:30 am but he snuggled into bed with me and went back to sleep so that was nice.
Wednesday Frank went to his training. The kids both slept late and so did mommy! After breakfast we headed down to the playground which the boys enjoyed but I think it was really meant for slightly bigger kids. After the playground we went to Clark's Trading Post, which would have been much more fun had it all been open. Just the general store was open which is really just a cheesy souvenir shop but we did get to look at the bears through a window. We'll have to go back sometime when the whole place is open b/c I am sure Xander will love the trains! After Clark's the kids were ready for a nap so we grabbed some lunch and headed back to the hotel. The boys napped- well Xander napped and James played in his pack n play while I took a bubble bath- yeah for jacuzzi tubs! Then James and I played until Frank got back and Xander woke up. We tried to go to the Lost River after that but they closed early that day b/c of a tornado watch- so lame! It was sunny and only a few clouds in sight. I'll admit it did rain a few drops but there were no tornadoes anywhere near by!
So we went back to the hotel very disappointed and decided to go for a swim. So we frolicked in the hotel pool for quite a while! After that we got some pizza and had dinner. Then went back to the playground and then went down to the lobby for movie night- it was Open Season II. Sadly the boys weren't wildly interested in the movie but they quite enjoyed the popcorn! James woke up again in the middle of the night and came to bed with us but after being really restless about the time that Frank left he fell back asleep and slept pretty soundly. Frank had to leave very early to make it back in time for work. Xander and I got up not too ling after and Xadner watched tv while I packed everything up and James slept. once James woke up and they had breakfast we headed home. We stopped in Tilton at the Tanger Outlets on the way home. I have never been there before but it was really quite nice. We got there a little before they opened so we made a bathroom pit stop and a playground stop and then went to gymboree- which was our original mission. I had a coupon for $5 off so I "needed" to use it! They actually had a really nice selection of things. The outlet in Kittery is always kinda bare but this one had tons of nice, well marked down things. So I got Xander a bunch of t-shirts and a couple for James too. I like gymboree b/c I find that their boy clothes are cuter than most and they are pretty durable, plus they have a good rewards program. They run huge but as long as you know that.. it doesn't really matter. I did get Xander mostly size 3 shirts though b/c I want them to last. I really need to spend some time weeding through their drawers soon! One of my least favorite mom chores but I need to move James into more 18 month stuff.
After Tilton we headed home. I dropped the boys off at daycare on the way and went home to take nap b/c I had to be at work at 5pm. I managed to get a couple hours of sleep so that was good and I made it through the night at work! All in all it was a fun little trip and we'll have to go again. I think the next time though we'll plan on going on a weekend or mid-week a little later in the season so that more of the attractions will actually be open!
ps- does anyone else think that James just looks a tiny little bit like me?!?!?!?!