So, I am trying something new tonight. Tonight is Paul's night to teach and he gets home pretty late so he doesn't even know about it yet. Katharine decided tonight that she wanted to stay in Matthew's room to "protect" him. I thought it was cute and she has been going through this whole thing of being scared and not liking the dark so I figured what the heck. So, I told her that once Matthew was asleep she could tiptoe in his room and get in the extra bed very quietly. I told her that she could not make any noise all night long and she said she was o.k. with that. So, after Matthew fell asleep, we tiptoed in and she crawled into bed, I tucked her in and snuck back out again. She was quiet as a mouse and seemed to go right to sleep (something we don't always see around here lately). So, I am hoping that tonight will be a peaceful night!
This afternoon was Matthew's nine month check up. He weighed in at 20 lbs., 12 ounces (50th percentile) and 27 inches long (75th percentile).
They checked the progress of all of his illnesses and it seems we are on the road to recovery: no signs of the ear infection anymore and no signs of wheezing. So, we will wrap the end of all our current medications for him and hope for the best!
The pediatrician just seems to love Matthew, she gets so tickled by how good he is and the cute faces he makes at her (always smiling and taking everything in). She said the given where he is at with crawling now (the sort of odd backwards kind - not purposeful forward motion), that he probably will not by walking by his first birthday. This is not odd, only half of all kids tend to make this mile-marker and Katharine was a late walker so that just seems to be the way I make 'em! We are to continue the soft solids and try to get him to enjoy more than just cereal puffs. We worked on some peaches tonight and he wouldn't put them in his mouth of his own accord but he did eat them when I put them in there (after a small grimace). The other big thing for this phase of development is language - so we are to tell him the names of everything he sees and really read to him a lot right now.
No immunizations this time but poor Matthew had to get the follow up to his first flu shot so he didn't get off scott-free today. Of course he didn't like the shot but he did pretty well all things considered.
Katharine went with us and seemed a bit enamored with both the doctor and the nurse. She hugged them both (actually those cute leg hugs that little ones give unsuspectingly) and seemed very interested in engaging with both of them. The doc checked on her wheezing too and it seems the breathing treatments must have helped her too because there was no sign of wheezing in her either.
Featured here is a moment that was too cute not to run and get the camera! I was giving Matthew a bath and while I was doing that Katharine was happily playing in his room (I didn't question as all was peaceful). So, I bring Matthew in from his bath and there is Katharine with one her favorite stuffed toys (Biscuit the dog) strapped up to the breathing machine. She looked at me and said, "Biscuit is sick. He is wheezing and coughing. He needs a breathing treatment."
So we were back to the doctor again! Thank goodness we love our pediatrician and her nurse! This time it was for Katharine as she had started wheezing and coughing yesterday. It ends up she has bronchiolitis too and probably caught it from Matthew. Now we are strapping her up to the breathing machine too. She was a little hesitant at first but is doing pretty well with it now.
Matthew, Katharine, and I enjoyed a nice day at home today nursing our colds!
This past Wednesday marked Matthew's 9 month old birthday! It really does seem like time is flying by and Paul and I often marvel at how fast life seems to whiz by right now. On the other hand, it seems like Matthew has always been with us and it is hard to believe sometimes that I was pregnant last Christmas -- that already seems like such a long time ago!
Matthew is doing great (minus the battles with colds - see previous entries). He is starting to work on crawling and can scoot around 360 degree while sitting, transition from sitting to belly, and push himself backwards across the floor on his belly. He also loves clapping his hands, "talking", and laughing. He is ticklish and seems to love being tickled! We started the process of introducing soft solids with mixed success. He seems to be most interested in this cereal puffs that are made especially for babies and much less interested in the fruits and vegetables. I don't think it is a taste preference as the fruits and vegetables don't even make it into his mouth, just get squished in his hands and dropped (which is odd because pretty much everything goes into this mouth these days).
Matthew also still seems to adore his big sister and she him. She is so sweet to him, trying to make him laugh (often with great success), help tend to his needs, and give him lots of love. The only thing she does that upsets him is to take toys from him.
Well, we seem to have an ongoing battle this cold and flu season. Matthew has been battling colds on and off since we first got the breathing machine in mid-September (and actually before that with a case of the croup!). Ugh!
Anyway, Matthew was back to the doctor again on Friday with a fever and more coughing and wheezing. He has an ear infection in his right ear and reactive airway disease (the lung struggles that seem to come from the colds). Plus, he has three teeth coming in on the top! So, we are on our third round of breathing treatments (good thing we own the machine), we have now added in a daily dose of Singulair (granules that we put in his food once a day), and an antibiotic for the ear infection. Plus, we are administering Tylenol as needed for fever (which has pretty much passed now) and a daily multivitamin. Whew, it is a lot to keep up with! I think the antibiotic started working pretty much right away which is good and the breathing treatments seem to help some. The Singulair is apparently a long term investment and it is likely that Matthew will stay on this medication for the rest of the season (with the hopes of it decreasing his tendency to go into bronchio-spasm every time he gets a cold). Matthew has his nine month old well visit this Wednesday so we will also be following on all these issues as well.
And, now, poor Katharine seems to be coming down with something as well. She starting coughing this morning and seemed a little bit lower energy than normal. By the evening, she was starting to wheeze and seems to have a fever (I stupidly took her temperature after her warm bath so not sure how much this impacted my measurement!). So, I think we will be off to the doctor's office again tomorrow (I'm starting to feel like I live there!).
By the way, this photo of Katharine was taken today during Matthew's nine month old photo shoot (just couldn't put it off any longer!). As you can see, she still looks pretty good despite her symptoms!
On Halloween night we were lucky enough to get a visit from Grandmomma and Poppa! They shared in the Halloween festivities with us helping us to carve our pumpkin, go trick or treating, and hand out candy to neighborhood little ones.
Friday morning marked Katharine's first time participating in the ECDC Halloween parade! It was controlled chaos and despite being a bit overwhelmed we all had a blast. Mommy and Daddy put work aside for the morning to make sure we were there to share in it!
The picture to the left here is the closest we got to a group picture for the 2 year old classroom. It was hysterical watching all the parents try to get their kids in place and then get out of the way.
To the right is Katharine in her Tiger costume once again. I must say that we definitely got our money's worth out of this costume. Besides being recycled from last year (when I had to bribe her with candy to wear it!), we got about four wearings out of it this year. And, to further illustrate my frugal-ness, I will probably still put little Matthew in it next year!