Saturday, August 31, 2013

My Little Allergy Man

As many know, we found out last summer that Walt is highly allergic to peanuts. While the incident that gave us the indication was super scary, I have to say it's been a relatively easy thing to handle. Luckily food allergies seem to be more prominent (maybe we are just more educated??) so everyone around us has been very cognizant and understanding (or dealing with allergies of their own!)

After Walt's initial exposure, we did take him to my allergist just to confirm (not that we needed a clinical confirmation), but we also wanted to make sure we were prepared. We now have an EpiPen that I hope to God we never have to use. I just dispensed our expired one into an apple (while you get a "trainer" pen with the real deal, the doctor suggested practicing with the real one b/c it actually feels different. He was right! It's kind of violent).

We took Walt to Dr. Moore this week to get re-tested. Many kids can grow out of the allergy by the time they are five years old, but this is really the only way to tell, without causing anaphylaxis.  Since we practice "total avoidance", we really had no idea if the allergy was still present. Welp, it is. :) You're either allergic or you're not, but they do grade the reaction. Walt is a 3, which is supposedly pretty sensitive.

Ouch! (P for Peanut and a control and positive test)

This was about 5 minutes into the 15 minute test and the P and + are welted up nicely
Last week at school there was a little incident where Walt lost a battle to some fire ants.  He got about a dozen bites distributed on his ankles.  He didn't have a scary reaction, but the bites definitely got super swollen. We gave him Benadryl just in case.

Ant bait
Through all of this, Walt is such a champ. He didn't even flinch at the ant bites and got over the peanut test pretty quickly (with the help of some ice cream).  Luckily, I was allergic to everything known to man as a kid and had bad asthma to boot. So, I have some empathy for this guy. I can tell he's a lot tougher than I am, though :)

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Oscar's 2-Month Stats

This morning when I was getting ready, there was a spider in my bathroom. Not uncommon given we're in a developing neighborhood and there's farmland on one side of us.  It doesn't matter how many spiders I see. I am really ooged out by them and ALWAYS ask Chris to come to the rescue. I'm excellent at trapping spiders, but a complete wuss when it comes to killing them.  As I was staring at this spider today, holding Oscar, I thought, "Gee, I sure am glad there are THREE big guys in this house who can rescue me from spiders."

When I say big, I'm not kidding.  I thought Walt was huge (uh, he's 95%+ in all of his physical stats and has been since birth). Turns out, Oscar wants to make sure he's not the runt of the family. At our visit, we learned that Oscar's stats are:

Weight: 14 lbs 11 oz (90th percentile)
Height: 24.5" (95th percentile)
Head: 16.5" (98 percentile)

What's craziest to me about these stats are how much bigger than Walt he is at this age.  At Walt's two-month visit he was 12 lbs 14 oz and 23" long. It was actually the only time he dipped below the 90th percentile in height, but still tall. Oscar is actually closer to Walt's size when Walt was four months old!

So, I feel like I'll be aptly protected from spiders... and probably most living creatures with my big boys.

Did I mention this kiddo is a champ at tummy time? He loves it!

Took a mama/son selfie... just to prove I actually do exist.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Oscar is Two Months Old!

Here we are. Already at another month milestone. This is my last "month birthday" while on Maternity Leave.  I'm having a hard time believing this is coming to an end. We'll truly be a busy little family of four in just a few short weeks.

But, enough about that. Let's talk about our little Oscar Man! I'm starting to see a little personality develop, and it's oh-so cute! Oscar started smiling last month, but now has a truly interactive smile. He loves to grin really big during his wake times. His favorite things to smile at are mommy, daddy, and his little play gym toys.  Walt moves too fast for Oscar to focus on him and smile :)

Oscar is sleeping really well. We possibly jumped the gun a bit on pulling his last night-time feeding, so it's back on the agenda, and all's well. Oscar goes right to sleep after his 7 p.m. feeding then usually wakes up anytime between 2-4 a.m. to eat.  If he wakes up before 2 a.m., I go in and soothe him back to sleep.  I still swaddle him for naps and bedtime. I'll worry about weaning that when he goes to day care next month.

We are crossing a big milestone this Saturday, and having a sitter watch BOTH boys. The theory is that O will just be asleep the whole time, so it'll be more like just watching Walt. Still, anything can happen, right?!
Super strong boy, holding his head up like a champ

This look I see a lot. I see lots of mischief in those eyes.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Walt at 2.5 Years Old

Walt's half birthday came and went (it was a mere 2 weeks after Oscar was born). With all the monthly updates for him as a baby (and now all the Oscar updates), it's only right to talk about what Walt is doing. While his milestones aren't quite as monumental, I see him turning into a little man each day and just love it.

Probably the biggest thing right now is Walt's talking. He's been saying sentences for a bit, but now he even has a little humor and comedic timing.  Some things that he's said:

(to his Allergist) "Look in mommy's mouth"
"I want to go eat at On the Border"
"If you drive too fast, the police give you a ticket" (oddly, I just got my first speeding ticket in 13 years!
"Look! It's the high school!" (point to any large building)
"Carry me. It's too hot."

And there are a few words that he doesn't get quite right:
"Mise" = Mine
"Papa Truck" = Papa Chuck (his grandpa)
Walt and his bro
He still has a pretty limited diet, but it's healthy stuff (for the most part). I have to give him credit because he is willing to try most things he's never had. It just typically takes one little taste for him tell you he doesn't like it.  If you really want to bribe him, his favorite treat is banana ice cream.

Walt also got to see his first movie(s) in the movie theater! We took turns taking him to Monsters University, Despicable Me 2, and Planes.  He does pretty good for a two year old.  If he wants to get up, it's to use the potty. Which brings me to my final topic...

I don't even know how to describe where we are with potty training. If you count from the first time we put Walt on the potty, we've been potty training him for over a year :)  We haven't yet buckled down and locked ourselves up for three days (or however long they say you can train your kid). We just gradually (verrrryyyy graddduallllyyy) make progress.  We're to the point where we are done buying him diapers and he's only in Pull Ups. He does have big boy underwear, but I'll be honest and I'm terrified to use them. Frankly, until about a week ago, Walt was scared uninterested in them. For now it's working. There will be a time that we'll have to be ok with accidents and completely rid him of any protection. For now, our method has been stress free and no one has los their minds.  We'll see what happens when we start letting accidents happen.

Loving any sport known to man. Loves "hitting the golf ball in the hole"