Monday, June 26, 2017

Randomness from Today

Carson was pretty inconsolable during the night. Usually not sleeping well = sickness. He hasn't really been sick, but over the last week he's had a bunch of unrelated symptoms. The only one that I couldn't explain away was hoarseness. Since he was so upset last night, I decided to take him to the doctor to be sure he didn't have strep or something. I thought it was unlikely, but I can be too laid back at times regarding sickness, so I thought we better at least call. The nurse thought I should bring him in for a quick look. He loved the monkey mural on the wall.

She said his throat was red, but that it looked viral as opposed to bacterial. From the looks of it, she said that it was probably hurting him. Hopefully he's on the end of it now since it's been around 5 days already. We left the doctor and picked up Miles on the way home. Then, it was pancakes and sausage for dinner. Everyone was excited about that. Miles and I both got the giggles at dinner. Lots of laughs were had. I was laugh-crying before it was all said and done. 

I am in the process of redoing Carson's high chair (which has gone terribly wrong...a story for another day b/c I am not happy about it at all) so he just roamed the floor while we ate. We reached down and gave him a bite every now and then :)

We did finally give him 2 jars of baby food b/c she said soft and cold would be best for his throat. We've been trying to get away from baby food, but clearly he still loves it. He gobbled it up.

Our long summer days have been fun. A little more chill and less structured. We have been glued to the College World Series for weeks. We let Miles fall asleep watching it on the coach. That's what summers are for, right?

Friday, June 23, 2017


No privacy with this guy around. Reminds me of his brother (here) when he was little.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fussy Baby

Daycare text around 4 this afternoon to say that Carson had a slight fever and just didn't feel good. She told me not to rush, but said that she thought I would want to come get him. It was no surprise b/c he hasn't felt good all week. He's had a low fever, nasty diapers, and has been in a cranky mood really since he had his surgery last week. I think the two are unrelated, but regardless, we are ready for him to feel better. After his bath, Darrin said that he thought his hair should match his mood.

It didn't stop him from playing with every toy in the house tonight.

He has teeth coming in everywhere and is drooling like crazy. Hopefully it's all from teething and he'll be back to his cheerful self soon.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to our protector, navigator, breakfast maker, handy man, lawn boy, DJ, heavy lifter, top shelf getter, and so much more. You share the load around our house so well and I could not do it without you. Thanks for always bringing the fun to our family and helping us not take life too seriously. Thank you for being the calm to my crazy and always reminding me of what is truly important. Thank you for living a life that is worthy of imitation. Thank you for pointing our boys to Jesus. I am thankful they have you for a role model. We love you!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I Think He's Trying to Tell Us Something

Pretty much overnight Carson learned what it feels like to not get your way 24/7. And, he doesn't like it one bit.

We've started telling him no lately since he's crawling more and getting into things. The changing table has also become a struggle and he ends up hearing 'No' several times.

As 'No' has gotten more stern, he's been perfecting his lip pout and hiding his face in anguish.

Throwing his head back has been in his bag of tricks for a while, but he's getting more serious with it these days. Life is tough.

Monday, June 12, 2017

11 Months & Ear Tubes

11 Months today! I can't believe our little baby is almost one. It feels like the NICU was so long ago and yet his first year has flown by like no other. When you celebrate 11 months by getting tubes and 4 teeth, this is as good as it gets.

Everything went fine this morning as we expected it would. The no eating or drinking before surgery had me more nervous than anything. We tried to keep him calm and snuggly in our bed until it was time to leave. We stayed out of the kitchen and avoided his normal routine of eating breakfast in his high chair. It wasn't intentional, but it worked. We had to leave at 6:45am, so we didn't have to entertain him for long. We took turns getting ready so someone held him at all times.

We had to be there at 7:15am. I know these things take longer than expected, but everyone just kept saying how fast it would go. I underestimated all the pre-op and waiting time. For some reason, I thought they would spare babies the prolonged wait. Not so much.

He did great the entire time though. He was content to play on the bed or be held by one of us. We also listened to the Mickey Mouse Hot Dog song on repeat for quite a while. 

Is this not the cutest little hospital gown you've ever seen?

I thought he was going to put himself to sleep after he had the liquid meds that the nurse said would either make him sleepy or hyper. It was hard to tell how it affected him b/c every time he was about to fall asleep he started jumping around to keep himself awake.

The nurses all loved him, especially the ladies that brought him back after surgery. They said he was the sweetest and was so good for them.

Darrin fed him as soon as they brought him back to us. He had a bottle and a cereal bar.

I think he was still a little groggy, but he never whimpered or cried at all. Before long, he was back to himself and ready to go. The only time he cried all morning was when I put him in his car seat to go home.

The doctor said that he didn't have infection, but he had a thick fluid on both ears. He said that he should start to hear better immediately. 

I'm so glad that is behind us. I can't wait to see how he acts and feels in the days to come. About a hundred people have told me how much better their child felt and what a difference it made. He's a really good baby, but my gut tells me that he hasn't felt great in the last couple months. It feels so good as a parent to know that we probably did a really good thing for him today.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up

So this purchase happened the day before we left on vacation. Darrin has asked for one 347,861 times since we moved into our house two years ago. It was finally time and we came across a good deal that we couldn't pass up.

He and Miles have been riding some trails around our house almost every day. I finally got some time this weekend. I've never been a huge fan of 4wheelers b/c I think they are dangerous, but I have to say that it's pretty fun. Hopefully we can teach both our boys to handle them responsibly from a young age.

We've also been teaching Miles how to play poker. He's pretty dang good at it. He had a straight and earned this huge pot partly due to his sneaky betting.

When we finished the other night, Darrin said to me, "Keep him out of the casino" which I replied, "Or take him???" 

Another weekend activity has been a new slip and slide.

We wanted a water related toy that would serve both boys. This seems to do the trick. 

Miles can slide and Carson can crawl around. 

Things like this usually end up being a ton of set up for a little amount of play, but they actually stayed entertained for a while. I liked being able to sit on the side and get some sun while the water kept my legs cool. 

Marmee has been here most of the weekend. The swing gets a lot of use while she is here. Carson finds it very relaxing and usually ends up napping.

This little guy is getting tubes in the morning. He's had a combined 7 ear infections. I called for an appointment just last Tuesday and it escalated quickly b/c they had a cancellation. I am so glad. I just want to get it over with so Carson can feel 100%. He's a very happy baby, but I do think his ears are keeping him down a bit. I can't wait to see how good he feels after he recovers.