The Dreaded Phone Call…

 

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This is how it looked when I picked him up from daycare.  Once we got home and I washed it and put Neosporin on it started looking a lot better quickly!

 

While I was on my lunch break today, I got the dreaded phone call…

A phone call from my son’s daycare teacher.  She started the phone call asking how I was doing.  I told her that depends on what she is calling me about in the middle of the work day.  She let me know that my son was fine and that my son and another child were playing and the other child scratched his face.  Since the injury is above his neck a phone call is required from the daycare. 

I quickly got off the phone and checked my email.  The “scratch” looked more like a clawing…

Poor little boy!  There are multiple marks on his cheek and two small scratches right below his eye. 

Now I get to spend the next several days (until it heals) cleaning and putting Neosporin on his face a few times a day… hoping to not let it get infected…

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The Local Smorgasbord

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Yesterday we ended up going to the local smorgasbord with my aunt and uncle.  They had never been there before but had heard from cousins that it was good and worth checking out.  The smorgasbord is about 15 minutes down the road from where we live. 

It was fun bringing my aunt and uncle there and all 5 of us eating lunch together; me, my husband, my son, my aunt, and my uncle.  Usually we don’t all get to visit together so it was a nice lunch and time together.  I think my son was the only one that barely ate anything… that has been typical for him lately; at least he eats free.

They were alone for 5 minutes!

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I could hear my husband in the bathroom with my son.  They were laughing together and I could hear my son asking for more stickers.  I had no idea what they were doing and what exactly the stickers where.  Finally, I hear my husband say… “go show Mommy your stickers”.  My son runs from the bathroom into the living room and all of a sudden I realize what the stickers are!  The stickers were actually band aids!  The band aids were ALL over his face and shirt and he had the biggest smile on his face! 

This is the type of cuteness / craziness I deal with when I leave them alone for 5 minutes!

I Did It! – baby locks

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When our son started crawling we made sure our house was baby proofed with some of the most difficult baby locks around.  We made sure key cabinets had baby locks on them.  When our son started walking and wanting to throw his toys away in the trash can, the trash can got a baby lock on it too.  Within the last week or so, our son decided to show us that he has paid attention and can now open the lock on the trashcan as well as the cabinets that have the baby lock low enough that he can reach; it does not keep him out, it only slows him down. 

It seems like a moot point having them on at this point. 

I cannot believe he mastered unlocking and locking the baby locks having only had difficulty the first and second time doing it…

Now what?  What age are baby / toddler locks supposed to be taken down?  Our son is not even 2 years old yet!

Nuts!

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Last year right after my son’s birthday (February 15th) I gave my son a little bit of peanut butter to introduce it to him.  He ate a little bit two days in a row and liked it… Then he woke up from nap after lunch and had three hives on his left cheek… Those three hives sent us into a year long process of allergy testing. 

I got him to an allergist right away and got:

·         skin testing done… negative for peanut allergy

·         blood work done… negative for peanut allergy

·         food challenge done… he kept getting sick so it kept getting postponed. 

Finally, over this past summer I was able to bring him in for his food challenge… he only ate the first batch and then refused to eat any more peanut butter… there was not enough information to see if he is allergic or not.  The allergist told me to bring him back in six months to try the food challenge again…

 

Two days ago, was finally the appointment for the food challenge… In the last six months my husband and I decided if it was necessary I would make our son eat the peanut butter to complete the food challenge…

I packed my son’s backpack with my iPad loaded with some cool new TV shows, all the small cars and trucks I could find in my son’s collection of toys, a few favorite books, and a couple favorite stuffed animals. 

The first bit of peanut butter – ¼ teaspoon – my son decided he did not want to eat peanut butter.  I caught him off guard and quickly got it on my finger and into his mouth… he cried for a few minutes and finally closed his mouth and swallowed… the timer began…

I had to do the same thing for the ½ teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, and 1 tablespoon (allergist told me to just get him to eat as much of the tablespoon as he would let me).   Each time the peanut butter came into the room my son would start to cry until he finally swallowed it…

It was a LONG 2.5 hours of testing.  However, when we walked out of the allergist appointment I knew that my son is not allergic to peanut butter and can eat it (and products made in a factory with nuts)! 

I honestly am not even sure if he will ever eat peanut butter – I do not think he likes the consistency – however we now do not need to keep a nut-free house!

Holiday Party at Grandmom and Granddad’s – 2017

 

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My son playing the piano

 

Every year (except last year) my in-laws host a holiday party for the family.  Yesterday was the holiday party and since our son is almost two years old this was his first holiday party to attend.  My husband had a fun/cheesy idea of getting our son a nice blue button-down shirt and nice khaki pants and to match our son.  The photo of my husband holding my son and them matching is adorable; I will not post it because we specifically do not post pictures publicly of our son on the internet. 

Anyways, our son was able to meet a BUNCH of family that he has either never met before or only met when he was a newborn.  He was able to meet and play with/near a bunch of cousins he had not met yet.  He kept thinking his cousins were playing with HIS toys when in fact they were Grandmom’s toys that everybody could play with.  I had to tell him and had to remind him a couple times; but he did a great time sharing the toys.

He was adorable and had a great time at the holiday party.   We missed some cousins that were not able to make it and still have to have him meet some of the cousins.  All in all, a great holiday party!

They Are Gone!

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We have been having construction in one form or another for the last six months and today the contractors finally packed all their stuff up and they were pulling out of the driveway as I was pulling in the driveway after work today.  They are finally gone (for now)!

We still have our last phase of work to be done; finishing off the unfinished room and replacing the carpet with hardwood floor on the second floor.  My husband and I are still trying to decide when the best time is to get that done; and finally, be done with all of the work to our house for a VERY long time.  I think we need to get it done sooner rather than later to just be done with it.  My husband wants to postpone it a little longer and enjoy the time in the house without the contractors here.

We will have to wait and see what we decide

Happy New Year! – 2017

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What is there to do fun and exciting with an almost two-year-old for New Years?  I’m honestly asking this question.  This year we just put our son down at his normal bedtime (by 7:30pm) and told him “Good night and Happy New Year! See you in the morning; next year.” 

It was a little odd but there was nothing else we could really do with him.  We are not going to keep him awake (or wake him up at midnight) and I saw too late different toddler activities that were aimed towards older toddlers. 

I was not feeling well myself so I even went to bed shortly after tucking him in.  I ended up waking up around midnight and quickly wishing my husband “Happy New Year” by texting him and rolled back over and went back to sleep.

Hopefully, 2017 will be better than 2016.