Friday, July 16, 2010

Chicken Pox?

Sunday, Will had a headache.

Monday, Will had a headache and a fever with aches.

Tuesday, Will had a headache and a fever with aches and a few red, sporadic pimple-like spots that don't itch.

Wednesday, Will had a headache and a fever with aches and MORE red, sporadic pimple-like spots that don't itch.

Thursday, Will had a milder fever and red, sporadic pimple/blister like spots; one that itched and then scabbed over.

Friday, Will has red, sporadic pimple/blister like spots; still only the one scabbed over and still no itching (can we say "thankful?!").

I never did take him to the doctor, but I did speak with the nurse. We both felt that if this wasn't chicken pox, it was viral and there was no need to bring him in. I was instructed to treat and watch the fever while pushing fluids (of which I had already been doing prior to the call). I'm such a good mom. ;)

Will and the other boys did have the chicken pox vaccine and booster, so we'll just have to sit out the incubation period and see if the other boys will get these spots, too. If they do, I hope it will be a mild case like Will's. I remember the chicken pox and do not wish that on my boys!

Jeff has been out of town this week, so it's just been the boys and me. I've been trying to clear out more stuff and organize a little for the move back to our previous house. They've spent the time watching lots of movies and playing in the rice boxes. It's just been too hot to send the little ones outside. Will spent the week on the pull-out couch enjoying the attention. :)

SO glad the aches and fever are gone. I've missed my little guy's silliness! :)

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Forgot to mention...

Witt is the only child I had to BRIBE for potty training. I never thought I would resort to it, but he has a *slight* addiction for these:

Sometimes you just have to go with what works to keep your sanity. :)

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Potty Training

While I'm on a roll of good news this week, I'll throw in the fact that Witt is probably 90% potty trained!!! He has been a stubborn little booger about it, but has FINALLY caught on to the idea. YAY!!!

He's been dry through the night for several nights and dry for naps, too!!! Twice this week, I've heard, "Mama... I done!!!!" - to find him sitting on the toilet, already finished with his business! He's even running to the potty to pee all by himself!

I can't wait to be diaper free! :) And that lil' tush is so cute in big boy underwear!!! LOL!

Oh, and the best part is that as they get older and we're all out-n-about, I'll get to go to the bathroom ALL BY MYSELF and Daddy will get the bathroom duty with the boys. (insert evil laugh here) BWAHAHAHAHA...

Just kidding. sort of. ;)

Hey, some days you just gotta be excited about the little things... ya know? :)

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Peanuts! Get Your Peanuts!

After Witt's annual allergy tests came back negative, his allergist said that we could do an at-home trial with peanuts after Witt turned three. Well, he turned 3 in May.

I haven't really had the guts to do the trial as of yet because that does take some planning. There needs to be two adults in the house: 1 to take Witt to the hospital if needed and 1 to watch the other boys. Then, of course, we'd need a few hours to kill at the hospital. And then, to be honest, when there is a day with both Jeff and I home and we've got a few hours to kill... who wants to mess up the day with a possible trip to the hospital? LOL!

So, I decided to take it slow. I already knew that he could be around peanuts because Will eats peanut butter sandwiches. I decided to check for a contact allergy and smeared some peanut butter on the back of his neck so I could see it, but he couldn't. Thankfully, no contact allergy!!

Then two days ago, my MIL had the boys while I ran errands and decided to give Witt a peanut butter cookie. (My FIL was there with her.) NO REACTION! YAY!

So, we know that he can be around peanuts, have peanuts touch him, and ingest small amounts. Next step will be to gradually increase the amount that he ingest, but for now, we are so thrilled!


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Monday, July 12, 2010

Heel... Toe

That's how Will has been walking... heel to toe! No tiptoes! Not a one!! After his surgery, he completed 5 - 6 weeks of physical therapy and was released last week with the instructions of "go to the playground and play". :) YAY!!!!

She also said we could sign him up for soccer this Fall!

He has one final appointment with the pediatric orthopedist and this whole tip-toe issue should be behind us!!! :)

It's been a long journey and I'm glad it's just about over!

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Speech Evaluation (Part V )

Part I, Part II, Part III (Nathan, age 2 1/2) -- Parts II and III have videos of him showing some of his sign language skills in case you are interested. :)

Part IV (age 3 1/2) - I don't think I blogged about this, so here's a quick recap:

After the age of 3, the free speech therapy must be done through the school system so that's the next route we took.

During his evaluation, he was given a hearing test with headphones and the little beeping noise and he was supposed to say if he heard it or not. Well, he didn't say anything... not because he didn't hear it, but I don't think he's understood the directions. So the therapist tried to just watch his body language for cues that he heard it. Not very conclusive as to his overall hearing, but it appeared that he could at least hear some of the tones.

He also did a lot of the same activities from his first evaluation (which he was disqualified from because he spoke more than 10 words at age 28 months). He stacked blocks, played with toys, told the therapist what pictures he saw on the paper. I answered questions about his development (which was normal).

At the end of the session, I got the same answer as before: He does have delayed speech, but he's not delayed enough for the free program due to tighter constraints on entry qualifications. Basically, they have so many children seeking help that they can only take the extreme cases. We were told that when he turns 5, he can be reevaluated in kindergarten through the school system if necessary.

And now we're at the present and PART V of his speech evaluations.

Nathan is not quite 5 and he's not in kindergarten, but his speech is still really slurred when he gets to talking fast. He misses the "r" and "th" sounds regularly. I still do a lot of interpreting for friends and family. Sometimes I just have to give up on what he's saying myself. It's very frustrating for him, but he really does a good job of trying to get his point across and repeating his words. Unfortunately, we have not kept up with the sign language with his growing vocabulary, so that is *generally* not a helpful alternative in trying to decipher his sentences.

An example of our frustration is a conversation just 2 days ago:

Nathan: "way-yah way-ee-oh"

repeating himself and changing one sound: "way-yah way-DEE-oh"

I asked if he said "radio" and he says, "yes".

Me: What kind of radio?

Nathan: "red-ah"

Me: A "red" radio?

Nathan: NO!

Nathan, again: "red-ah"

Me: ???

He tries again, screaming it: "WED- AH!!!"

So I begin to think about what it could be. Knowing his "th" sounds like a "d" I change it in my head to "weth-ah".

Quickly realizing the "ah" is actually the "er" sound, I finally get "weather".

"weather radio?" YES!!!!

This type of conversation is typical at least once a day to every other day; however, his speech is improving over time. Regarding therapy, my thoughts are that he will probably only need minimal sessions and that we'd be able to work on most of it at home. So, we signed him up for a private speech evaluation, paying for it ourselves.

Same rundown as the previous evaluations: play, chit-chat, tell the therapist what the picture is.

At the end of the session, the therapist said that for his age he's doing fine. The sounds he is having trouble with are typical for his age and even though he also initially missed the "z" sound during the evaluation, she when back over it and he was able to make it then.

She said that they could continue therapy, but all they would be working on is slowing him down and repeating the words he is missing. She suggested we just work on that at home... instead of shelling out $75 a session. (sounds good to me!)

She also said that if the "r" and "th" sound don't come by 1st - 2nd grade, to have him evaluated again through the school.

I left that day very satisfied with the answers I was given. It was no longer, "Yes, he's delayed, but not delayed enough" to "He's doing fine, he just needs to slow down". YAY!!!

{On a side note... with no other place to put this bit of info because I don't want a post all to itself... Nathan had an outer ear infection about two weeks ago. At his initial appointment, the pediatrician pulled a huge chunk of wax from his right ear. He was later referred to an ENT for the infection and was treated. At his follow-up visit, the ENT pulled a huge chunk of wax from his left ear. The left ear no longer has a tube and has healed, but there is pressure behind the drum. The right ear no longer has a tube, but there is a hole in the drum. We will follow-up in two months to see if it has healed and how the pressure is doing on the other ear.}

Now that you have that bit of side info, you can fully appreciate the following comment I got from Nathan yesterday:

"Mom, I can hee bett-ah now!" (I can hear better now!) ~ LOVE IT! :)

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sparklers and Such

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