Tuesday, December 15, 2009
On Friday, KK had a field trip to get to see a real plane up close! (Daddy was a chaperone!). They went out to the Charleston Executive Airport where her classmate Holland's Dad flew in his plane for them to see it land and take off. Then, as you can see at the left, they got a chance to feel what it is like to sit in the pilot's seat! I think KK looks like a woman in charge of her craft!
KK, Nanna, and I went to see the Nutcracker ballet this past Saturday! It was Katharine's first ballet performance. She thought it was pretty neat but perhaps a little too long. I think if we had left at intermission she would have been perfectly happy.
That night, KK spent the night at Nanna's hotel and apparently much time was spent watching KK give her interpretation of her ballet experience (the bed was her stage!).
We are planning to get KK started in some ballet/tap/tumbling lessons after the New Year!
Monday, December 14, 2009
A New Game
We are always looking for good examples to help our students understand a constructivist view of cognitive development. This one is classic demonstration of how prior experiences are processed, assimilated, and adapted to create a new construct – in this case understanding what a game is and how rules apply to playing one.
One of the Sunflower’s (3 year olds) current finger play/game favorites during the transition from group meeting to lunch is “One Little Leaf.”
One Little Leaf
One little leaf, two little leaves,
Three little leaves today.
Four little leaves, five little leaves,
Blow them all away. Whew!
Five children at a time are chosen; each child is given a leaf with a numeral 1-5 on it and holds up his/her number when it is said. At the end, the children blow their leaves, then go wash their hands for lunch. This continues until all children have had a turn.
Katharine announced at large group time that she had brought something to share and had made up a new game for us to play, “but only four people can play.” When asked to describe the game, she said, “You get one of the leaves then you gotta do what I say. You shake it and then blow.” We let Katharine go and get her leaves, which was a branch containing four leaves (so she clearly understands the one-to-one correspondence connection that determines how many can play). She called four children at a time to stand up, then handed each child a leaf. Then she said, “now shake it and blow!” The children happily followed her directions, then Katharine told them, “Now go wash your hands!”
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
As many of you know, KK is currently attending the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) here at the College of Charleston where I work. Each year the College has a "tree lighting" ceremony and Santa is kind enough to make it one of his stops on his pre-Christmas rounds. KK was a bit tentative about the close proximity but agreed to get this picture taken with Mom there to facilitate! She told Santa that she wanted a scooter a Christmas! It's funny because I sort of thought Santa might have a dollhouse in mind this year. ;)
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
While I realize most people don't like to air their dirty laundry in public, here is 4 days worth of Roof laundry. Our clothes dryer went out on Saturday and a new dryer was installed today (yahoo!). Can you believe I actually conquered this whole mountain in one day!?!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Kate (Leila's mom) and I went into the classroom on Thursday to do a craft project with the kids! We made Frankenstein noisemakers that the kids carried in the Halloween parade on Friday! We had a great time and this pictures shows KK's version of Frankenstein (3 eyes - the mad scientist probably should have thought of this!).
Well, the eye thing turned out to be more serious than I thought. It ends up the cellulitis did not respond to the shot of antiobiotics so when we returned to the doctor, he said we had to be admitted to the hospital. So, Saturday afternoon we went off to the hospital where we ended up staying until Tuesday evening.
Matty was a real trooper and an angel given all he went through. He was not at all keen on having the medical professionals use any kind of device on him.
- Stethoscope -- OK
- Temperature under the armpit -- OK
- Rectal temperature -- not great
- Blood pressure cuff -- bad
- Inserting IV port (3 different times!) -- screaming like possessed by the devil bad
Matthew had to receive his antiobiotics through IV which was the main reason we were there -- Rosecpherin every 24 hours (over half hour period) and Vancomyacin every 6 hours (over a 2 hour period). When we first checked in they were doing the Vancomyacin over a 1 hour period but Matthew got "red man syndrome" which is a side effect of it being such a strong medicine that his scalp and eyebrows turned all bright pink when he got it. So, we had to stretch it out over a two hour period. Apparently, "red man syndrome" is pretty rare and the pediatrician actually chuckled when she heard because she said ordinarily doctors usually only hear of that on med school tests. Only my Matty!
On his last day in the hospital they "probed" his tear duct because they were pretty sure that a blocked tear duct was a contributing factor to all this. The eye doctor said the procedure was a success and she did feel resistance and a "pop" when they did it that she felt indicated that there was a membrane from birth that had never resolved itself and opened up. (Apparently, the procedure is the equivalent of taking a stick pin and send it down the tear duct where it would normally drain into the nasal passage). This was the only time that Matthew was not with a family member and when he woke up in recovery, he wanted his Momma. He really is such a sweet boy!!
So, we followed up today with the pediatrician and she feels that the infection is gone but there is a bit of residual redness around the eye which is normal given the degree of inflammation he had. However, all the antiobiotics have given him diarrhea so he now has a raging diaper rash with likely yeast infection. We added a prescription diaper cream to his regimen and some probiotics to really load him up on that "good bacteria". And in two weeks we will follow up with they eye doctor to make sure everything looks as it should.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Well, not exactly but my mom instincts were telling me something still wasn't right with Matty. So, after a brief discussion with our nurse, we were headed back to see our regular doctor at 12:15. As soon as nurse Stephanie saw us (and Matty's swollen up eye), she said she was glad we came back in to today!
Dr. Goedecke had a look and determined that he now has cellulitis (an infection that has been known to land kids in the hospital!). Fortunately for Matty, his case is not that serious. It seems that Matty probably started with a clogged tear duct, which made him more vulnerable to conjuctivitis, he got conjunctivitis (which starts in that area where you pull down your lower eye) but instead of moving to the eyeball as conjuctivities normally does (hence the term pink eye) the infection moved downward into the tissue and became cellulitis. So, we suspended the eye drops (which Matty hated because they burn) and went for some more serious antibiotics. We started with a shot of antiobiotics (unfortunately, a slow painful shot); which not only brought Matty to tears but had him crying "oweee". Poor bub! And then it is back to the doctor tomorrow for another check. If it seems the shot is working, we will begin a 14 day course of oral antibiotics (Augmenten). If it seems the shot didn't have much impact, then we get another shot, and then 14 days of antibiotics. Whew! This kid is seriously either going to go to med school when he grows up or really, really hate doctors! Hopefully, not the latter.
And I just have to conclude by saying how much we love, love, love our pediatrician and her nurse - they are truly awesome!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
After the movie we made a brief stop at the playground to get some fresh air. KK was all over the place showing me a lot more of that bravado she is developing. She is photographed here climbing up this ladder type thing on her way to hit another slide! The slides seems to be her favorite right now. She had a blast and you would never know she had just been through the dreaded H1N1 flu! We had a great day!
They did not recommend seeing an allergist yet. Apparently, kids under two don't technically have allergies. And, I guess allergy testing can be unpleasant and they don't feel like too much will change in terms of the course of treatment.
Friday, October 09, 2009
As it turns out, the doctor feels that Katharine has the flu, the symptoms were clear. And she said in most cases doctors aren't even bothering to test, just assuming it is the flu and treating. But, like I said life is often not simple and after explaining to her my two concerns, the doctor felt like she should do the test. So, swab up the nose (KK did not enjoy) and 10 minutes later we find out... the test is negative. So, she doesn't have the flu? Well, not so simple. This test is only 60-70% accurate, so the chances of a false negative are high. The doctor felt this was most likely a false negative and we should proceed as if we have the flu, the dreaded one. So, KK is on Tamiflu 2x a day for 5 days (treatment), and Matty to go on it 1x a day for 10 days (preventive). As we were leaving, I saw the doctor in the hall and she said, "here's the thing. I just looked and we have a positive test... another child from ECDC and I believe this child is in KK's class." More evidence to assume we got a false negative, definitely proceed as if this is H1N1.
The upsides are that KK really doesn't seemed to badly off for having the most feared illness of the season; Matty hasn't caught it yet (nor have we, nor has pregnant friend); and it seems that there is some residual protection from taking the Tamiflu that can last up to 4 weeks (which should hold us over until we can get the kids vaccinated). Also, Tamiflu is supposed to start working quickly so hopefully KK will be feeling better soon and Matthew will be getting some protection soon!
Thursday, October 08, 2009
We won't know the results of the test until we visit the pulmonologist next Tuesday. However, the doctor did make it clear that this was to rule out Cystic Fibrosis. And the tech said, while he didn't know the results, he didn't think Matty had it. He said he had seen enough kids come and go for this test and Matty just looked too healthy in comparison to the kids he saw come back positive. So, I am still on the course of not worrying until I'm given something to worry about! more to follow next Tuesday.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
So, we cruised off into the Folly River with 7 kids, 4 brave moms, and our fearless captain. It was a beautiful day and moods seemed to be good! Captain Dumars showed the kids authentic pluff mud and salt water, then proceeded to catch fish and shrimp with a fishing net. The kids could touch and explore - very experiential learning! He also pulled up a crab pot to show the kids some crabs.
Then it was off to Morris Island Lighthouse (approachable only by boat, only at lowish tide) for a little shell seeking. All the kids had a blast with some freedom, some shells, and lots of sand.
On the way back we saw Egrets and lots of dolphins (so cool). It was a well spent two hours!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
This past Saturday, I ran my first road race (with much encouragement from my husband). It was only 2 miles but as one of America's biggest coach potatoes it was a big deal for me! Paul pushed the kids in the stroller so it was a family affair! Katharine did a great job of cheering me on to the finish line!
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
So, I had a chat with the nurse today who had a chat with the doc and we are now going to add children's Zrytec into the mix: 1/2 tsp every night before bedtime. Fortunately, it is OTC and bubble gum flavored so there was no resistance on Matty's part. As a matter of fact, after he got the first taste, he gave me a big smile so I think he thinks it tastes pretty good.
The side-effects/precautions listed on the box of CHILDREN'S Zyrtec includes:
- May cause drowsiness (really!?!, hmmm... I can't help but wonder if it might also cause sleep through the nightness)
- Do not operate an automobile or other major machinery while taking this drug (really!?! I'll remember to take my son's car keys away)
- Do not consume alcoholic beverages, sedatives, or tranquilizers while taking this drug (oh man, no more beer and qualudes before bedtime??)
WHAT ARE THESE PEOPLE THINKING....The medicine is for children!!
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
- Momma (of course!)
- Dada (of course!)
- KK (he loves that big sis! - She is great role model)
- Shoes (he loves his shoes and if you aren't careful how you go about it, he may cry when they are removed!)
- Book (he loves him some readin')
- do (as in "do X for me")
- No (of course)
- (Will nod his head yes)
- Night-night (occasionally used in combination with No)
- Nanna (for my mom)
- Nany (for banana - sounds alot like Nanna above so it is good thing we call her "Nanna Banana")
Body parts he can identify:
- Nose (this was the first one and was quite a thrill - my nose, his nose, my nose, his nose...)
- Hair (often by pulling KK's)
- Toes (although we prefer the term "piggies" - mention of seeing these can help with shoe removal, see "Shoe" above)
Friday, September 04, 2009
The couples celebrated with a party hosted in their honors by their children at California Dreaming, a restaurant in Columbia. All of the six total children (3 to Lucy and 3 to Mary), their spouses, their children, and a few other special folks all gathered for the event. A fun time was had by all!
Here is KK on her first day back at ECDC with her new teacher, Ms. Phyllis. Katharine is in the 3 year old classroom now; the "sunflower" class!
She had a rough first day as she was recovering from a wild weekend so she was pretty grumpy. But, apparently it has been smooth sailing since then. She seems to have gotten reacquainted with her old classmates and has made some new friends as her class has 4 new children this year. Leila is still one of her best buds but she does a pretty good job of working the room throughout the course of the day.
The wild weekend that preceded the rough first day of school began with a day trip to Columbia to celebrate Joe and Lucy's 50th wedding anniversary! At the party, she and Morgan had a fabulous time together and with the drive home, it was a late night. Then on Sunday, Nanna came in to town and KK spent the day with her having fun in the sun - a long day of beaching and swimming in the pool. KK spent Sunday night at Nanna's condo throwing up from 11 PM to 4 Am (poor Nanna had to handle this mess solo). Nanna said KK was so sweet about it all, apologizing for making a mess after she would throw up. (TMI, I know). We think she might have gotten a little bit of sun poisoning. So, anyway, all that wore the poor girl out and I think it took her a few days to get back to her old self.
KK continues to love school and is happily settled in to her new 3 year old routine!
This picture was taken at the annual Dowdle Reunion (Paul's mom's side of the family) which is ALWAYS held the first Sunday of August at noon at the old school house.
Matty continues to be the sweetest little boy I know! He melts my heart on a regular basis. At his 18 month check-up he weighed in at 24 pounds, 3 ounces (30th percentile) and 33.5 inches long (90th percentile). Early indications that tall and thin may be in his future. While the doctor can predict more accurately when children are two, she made an early prediction that Matthew would be 6'1"! I know it shouldn't matter, but I was durn proud to think about having a tall, strapping lad about the house some day!
However, we are continuing to battle with his respiratory issues. So, we were back at the doc about a two weeks ago after Matthew had another round of runny nose, fever, coughing, and breathing treatments. We have been trying acid reflux medicine (we started with Zantact because the health insurance company wouldn't cover the Prevacid the doctor ordered - insert resentful tone here). So, after all this and still being very "breating treatment dependent", we were off to the pediatric pulmonologist. They were very thorough and asked all kinds of questions that I wouldn't have anticipated to be related to pulmonology stuff. Such as: is his poop especially smelly?, does he have bad breath in the morning?, and on and on. Then another chest X-ray; which Matty was not happy about and to get the side view we had to strap the poor boy to a board while he screamed the entire time (I've had better moments than being a contributor to that!). So, where does that leave us? They seem to think Matty has asthma (triggered largely by colds and/or congestion) and acid reflux (which exacerbates the asthma isues). But, just to be thorough and to make sure it has been ruled out, Matty is going to be tested for Cystic Fibrosis. Scary to think about but I refuse to let myself worry about something like that until it has been diagnosed because I am pretty confident that he does not have that. Anyway, for now the pediatric pulmonologist has increased the strength of his Flovent (topical steroid taken through an inhaler), switched us from Zantact to Prevacid (and, yes, now the insurance company will cover it), and we continue the Xoponex as we need it. We are supposed to get to the point where Matthew only needs breathing treatments once or twice a month (rather than the twice a day we have to do now for the entire time he is sick - which is anywhere from 1 to 3 of every 4 weeks). I hope the end result will be to get him healthy and strong before this flu season really kicks in as his asthma puts him at high risk of complications if he gets H1N1.
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Now there are many, many boxes to be packed (haven't packed even one yet!). More to follow soon!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
(This photo was taken this past weekend, not today).