Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Future Thrill Seeker

So my biggest little one is developing some bravado! This past Sunday we went downtown to Marion Square for the Annual "Green Festival". Katharine saw this huge blow up slide and said she wanted on. I thought for sure she could be talked out of this or would change her mind once she realized that Daddy or I could not come with her. But, no, she still wanted to go. So, I bought the tickets sure she would change her mind once she started climbing the rope ladder like stairs to get to the top. But, no, she went for it. Climbed all the way to the top, never had a moments doubt and slid on down to us waiting expectantly at the bottom. She even took her second turn! I was pretty impressed! (She is the little blonde spec up there at the top!).

Thursday, September 24, 2009

My first race


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!

Future shopper in training

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

One more med in the mix

In a recent turn of events, I have come to think that at least part of Matthew's issues are related to allergies. I base this on the most recent bout of runny, nose, cough, etc. we are going through with him. On Saturday, the AC decided to take a brief vacation so we opened all the windows. On Sunday morning Matty's nose was running. By Sunday afternoon the asthma cough was kicking in.

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

Matthew's developmental update

Matthew's Vocabulary:
  1. Momma (of course!)
  2. Dada (of course!)
  3. KK (he loves that big sis! - She is great role model)
  4. Shoes (he loves his shoes and if you aren't careful how you go about it, he may cry when they are removed!)
  5. Book (he loves him some readin')
  6. Dog
  7. Eye
  8. Nose
  9. do (as in "do X for me")
  10. Bye
  11. Hi
  12. Go
  13. No (of course)
  14. (Will nod his head yes)
  15. Night-night (occasionally used in combination with No)
  16. Nanna (for my mom)
  17. Nany (for banana - sounds alot like Nanna above so it is good thing we call her "Nanna Banana")
  18. Duck

Body parts he can identify:
  • Nose (this was the first one and was quite a thrill - my nose, his nose, my nose, his nose...)
  • Eyes
  • Ears
  • Hair (often by pulling KK's)
  • Mouth
  • Belly
  • Toes (although we prefer the term "piggies" - mention of seeing these can help with shoe removal, see "Shoe" above)

A Sunday Afternoon at Boone Hall Plantation

Here are KK and Matty enjoying a Sunday afternoon of Bluegrass and BBQ at Boone Hall Plantation. As you can see, KK got her face painted (a butterfly) - which she loved! It looked cute but took some scrubbing to remove later on at tubby time! A good time was had by all!

Friday, September 04, 2009

HAPPY 50th, JOE & LUCY!

On August 15, Paul's parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. As Paul said in his toast, 50 years is a long time! Joe and Lucy were actually married in a double wedding with her twin sister, Mary (who married Oliver), so it was also the 50th wedding anniversary for Aunt Mary and Uncle Oliver. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO YOU ALL!!

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!

KK's back at school


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!

Matty Boy


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.