There is never a dull moment around our house these days. The boys had both been battling colds the last few weeks and we thought they were on their way to recovery until last Monday. Eavn was cranky in the morning (not unusual) and we sent him off to school. Daycare called soon after and said Evan was having trouble swallowing and was really upset. By 3:00 they called me with him hysterically crying in the background. Off to school I went to get him and then to an urgent care because I couldn't get him to see his regular doctor. Turns out his tubes in his ears were not in the right place and he had developed an ear infection. The poor guy just kept holding his ear and screaming crying. I got him to see his ENT the next morning and by Wednesday, he was scheduled to get his tubes replaced. Evan has allergies to antibiotics and the best ones for curing ear infections are the ones he can't take. This is one big reason why we got tubes originally, because we can treat ear infections with drops. However, the ears were blocked up with wax and infection so the drops could never get to where they needed to. Since this was his first cold of the season and it had turned into an infection without his tubes working properly, his doctor agreed to do the tubes the next day. But since he was a last minute addition to the schedule, it meant he had the last appointment . . . which meant no food all day! By the time we go to DuPont, Evan was in a surprisingly good mood considering it was 4:00 PM and he last ate at 6:45 AM. Our doctor was running late but DuPont is the best because they have a children's playroom. I didn't have my real camera, so these next few pics are not ideal. But here he is shooting hoops and loving the playroom area:
Sunday, November 25, 2012
I unfortunately left my digital camera memory card in Elmira, so no one will get to see Thanksgiving pictures until a few weeks from now when I see Janet & Vinnie again. In the meantime, this gives me a perfect chance to catch up on some posts I'd been wanting to do.
Cartwheel photos are a small hobby of mine. The tradition started in college - back in the days before digital film. This is my first cartwheel photo from spring break in the Bahamas. It's with Kelly (I'm the one in the background). Knowing how difficult it is to capture the right moment now that I've done this a hundred times with a digital camera, I'm surprised looking back at how great this photo turned out in one take. Big thanks to the photographer (Chris :)
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Eric turned 8 months old this past week! Getting these frog chair pictures isn't as easy these days. I was looking back on Evan's 8 month pictures and Eric was pretty good compared to Evan on this frog chair at the same age. These days, Eric is ON THE MOVE. He doesn't sit still for one second. He's pulling himself to standing on objects that are shorter than him (step-stools, etc). It is quite challenging to change his diaper these days too. We are just starting to get into this active phase and I know it's not going to slow down any time soon. He is eating his solids well but isn't a huge fan of puffs yet - spits them right out. And we're slowly working on the sippy cup, but not as much as we should be because we don't have a lot of free time. He's still our skinny little peanut who is happy and easy-going.Close up:
The next few months are going to be hectic and I'm afraid his first birthday is going to be here before we know it!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
This past weekend, my parents very kindly agreed to watch the boys overnight so that we could get away. Last year on this same weekend, we spent the night in NYC. We had such a great time that we decided to do it again. This year we stayed at Central Park South and opted to take a guided bicycle tour through Central Park. Here we are along the ride:
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Halloween began for us on the weekend before. With the hurricane coming, we didn't know what sort of Halloween celebrations would still be taking place. So on Saturday night, we headed to the YMCA for their annual Halloween party. We found out about it from our neighbors at 5:00 and we were there by 6:30, with our little cow in hand:
Eric started off the day getting diagnosed with pink eye. Since he was going to sit in his stroller, we weren't worried about him giving his pink eye to other kids. But by the time we left, we noticed he was feeling warm. Little did we know we were in store for a 6-day long fever virus:
Fast forward 3 days. Hurrican Sandy hit hard. We were lucky to get through it unscathed, keeping power throughout. Many were not so lucky. Eric was really sick the whole time. The pediatrician's office was closed Monday and Tuesday. Eric was 102+ fever for 5 days and we got him in there first thing on Wednesday morning. They sent him to the ER for tests because the labs were without power still. Turns out it was just a virus but it took 7 long days to run its course. He had little appetite, little energy and just wanted to be held all of the time. It was a long few days stuck in the house. Thankfully Nana was able to come down to help out for the 2nd half of the week, which meant she was able to stay home with Eric while Brian and I took Evan out trick-or-treating. Here he is just as we were able to go out: