Friday, February 12, 2016

That's Not Chocolate

I don't like to wake Seth up in the morning so generally I start getting ready for work and then hopefully, he wakes up toward the end of my routine and I get him dressed.

This morning things went a little awry.

I was almost ready, but I had delayed making his bottles because I wanted to see if he'd take one that was half and half - half formula, half whole milk. (He had fought a straight whole milk bottle yesterday).

He's on an antibiotic for the bronchiolitis and has to take it with food. I had changed his diaper and put a onesie on him, then buckled him into his high chair.

I put some fruit on his tray, cantaloupe and honeydew, and went into the kitchen to start his grilled cheese for lunch and work on the bottles.

When the grilled cheese was done, I cut it into small pieces and gave him a couple pieces. I wanted to make sure he was receptive to it before I sent it to daycare.

I returned to the kitchen to finish the bottles and after a little bit I realized it was awfully quiet. I peeked around the refrigerator and at first glance thought he had pulled apart his grilled cheese. Then I realized that couldn't be. In the few steps it took me to get from the sink to the table, I knew he was playing with poo.

Sure enough.

I have no idea how it happened. He had a Swaddlers diaper on (meaning not a cheap diaper), and I had just changed him so it wasn't full from overnight. It appeared to be positioned correctly and the ruffles were out, I checked as I was lifting him out of the chair. I carried him Lion King style upstairs and laid him on his changing pad (which didn't have a cover on it fortunately). He proceeded to swipe his had across the bedroom wall.

There was poo everywhere, except around his mouth fortunately.

I cleaned him up and got him changed. I wiped down his high chair and put the tray in the bathtub to worry about later (remember we were running late 30 minutes prior to the poo). I was frazzled. All I wanted to do was run him to daycare, come home, and have a glass of wine. At 9am.

Alas, that was not to be. I had to come into work today, and I was lucky to make it just before 9:30.

I kept thinking how lucky Sal is to leave the house before anyone else is up, even if it is 6:15am. I was also thinking I could really use some flowers today. I almost texted him.

Imagine my surprise when I got a phone call shortly after arriving to work that I had a delivery at the front desk. Sal had sent me an Edible Arrangement. Today it feels much deserved :-)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Omnimax Adventures

Sal and I knew we were taking a risk when we decided to take Seth to the free showing of National Parks Adventure at the Omnimax Theater in Pittsburgh. It was from 7-8pm in the evening, the prime bedtime hour.

We were right to be apprehensive. Seth was doing pretty well, quite and hanging in there until a scene about the redwoods and how thousands of acres were cut before they were a protected species. As pictures of the destruction seemingly fell from the big screen toward the audience, loud chopping noises filled the theater. Seth visibly jumped and his eyes grew big. He handled the first couple, but then he burst into tears and loud crying as it continued. Sal hightailed it out of the theater and I followed once I got our jackets, diaper bag, and carrier positioned in such a way that I could carry it out with minimal disturbance to the other patrons.

The science center is close so it was no loss to us, in cost or travel time. We'll try again when he's older.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sick Day II

I kept Seth home from daycare again because he needs to be fever free for 24 hours before returning. Seth still had a fever yesterday afternoon,

He has a bin of stuffed animals, and I caught him loving on this bear this afternoon. It's hard to tell but he has the bear's nose in his mouth, but he gave it lots of hugs too.

We had a nice day together, and I wasn't sad to be able to stay in on this cold, snowy winter day.

In just one week Seth will be a year old. Wow.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Sick Day I

RSV and croup have been going around daycare, and it looks like Seth caught something. Since he's an older, vaccinated baby, he's probably gotten a lighter version of RSV. He started with a runny nose nose on Friday and by Sunday was a running a fever of 101.2. I decided to run him to the doctor first thing Monday morning.

He was wheezing slightly and there is a ton of fluid in his ear, which I knew since they were draining. He was given a breathing treatment in the office, which did clear the wheezing. He was prescribed an antibiotic for whatever is attacking his lungs, and ear drops to prevent an infection. The official diagnosis is bronchiolitis, but that's a general term for his symptoms. Emmy had this one winter several times. Some kids are just more susceptible.

After a dose of Augmentine and a good 3.5 hour nap, he was feeling much better. So much so, he wanted to help me unload the dishwasher.

Since he's still running a fever this afternoon, he's going to be home tomorrow. That's fine by me.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Betsy Ross

Sarah's latest project in third grade is as follows:
Each student has been assigned an important American Hero or hero who has made a significant difference in history.  They are going to be writing a paper with four facts and two reasons their person is inspiring and for their poster they are to come up with at least three (3) more facts and at least three (3) pictures of their person.  They can use the Internet to access this information.  These posters can be elaborate or simple, in color or black and white - however you decide.  They will present them in class and answer questions from their peers.  I will be displaying the posters in the hallway.
As you probably guessed from the title of this post, she was either assigned or chose Betsy Ross. This project is right up my alley, writing, history, and a little creativity. Sarah had been thinking along the same vein as me when she suggested creating a Betsy Ross flag poster. She put a lot of time into this over the course of a few days with minimal help from me. She was thrilled with the results, and I think it looks great.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Birthday Photo Session

Since we just had family pictures done in November, I wanted to keep things simple and inexpensive so we just went to Target Portrait Studio, my first experience with them.

I scheduled his pictures for first thing in the morning at 10am, hoping he'd be bright eyed and bushy tailed, and he pretty much was. I think he's coming down with something, but he played along nicely for the photographer.

She only took 20 pictures, and we only liked three. One I absolutely loved, the last one she shot actually which I will post a later time. We were only allowed to choose two backgrounds, and I kept it simple since his outfit was kind of busy.

I'm a little disappointed that she didn't take more time positioning him or composing the picture, but she works at Target and isn't a pro photographer so I don't think I was being realistic in my expectations.

Also, we spent $20 on balloons and I felt like the photographer could have taken more time arranging them and trying to make them work in at least a couple of the photos. As it turns out, we didn't like any of the balloon pictures.

I had also purchased a frame and put a newborn picture in it. I was hoping to have a photograph with him as a one year old holding his newbie picture. This was an epic fail. He wanted to alternately eat the frame or turn it over. The photographer politely blew me off when I said it was an important shot for me, and gave up on this shot actually working. I'm going to try again at home, maybe on his birthday when he'll actually be one.

That said, we did get a few good pictures, and he's adorable. For what we paid, and the general tone/feeling of his session, I am ultimately satisfied. Oh, and I should mention that the turn-around time was stellar. We opted only for digital images and were told we would have the link within 24-48 hours. By the time we got home, the link had arrive in my inbox. That was a pleasant surprise, and that feature alone makes me think I would consider using Target again in the future.

I'm always nervous when selecting outfits for pictures, but am usually happy with my choices. This little blue gingham romper was perfect for Seth. Even at home it was just an outfit that suited him, and I thought it was a slam dunk choice.

The first is just so Seth. The thumb, the blankie, This is how I will remember him when I think back on his baby years. Composition wise, it's not great given the balloon strings behind him and no balloons, but when you think about Seth as the subject of the image, this nails it.

We love the black and white for the artistic quality, and his expression. Seth is a little more smiley in general, but it's a close-up of his sweet little face. I think he looks so much like Sal in this picture, but with my nose. His curls are also peeking out on the right hand side. Sooo cute.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Catholic Schools Week, Day 4

Today's feature presentation was by Turner Dairy, which my kids said was "okay." I don't know, it looked cute to me. I mean, just look at this inflatable cow. Cute!

I buy Turner Dairy occasionally, but I didn't realize they were local.

The girls were far more excited about the pep rally in the afternoon, and the annual teacher versus student volleyball game. Emmy is on the far left in a flamingo type stance, but is actually getting ready to kick her leg forward as part of the "Piece by Pieces" routine. Sarah is second from right and will get a chance to introduce herself after the additional three kids in front of her take their turns. It's a cute, simple cheer that they perform during halftime.

Here are a couple pictures from their day.