Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Next time, I vote we wear ribbons like some of the MBers suggested!
There is one in May down in San Diego... we could stay at my in laws and I could probably go for the whole weekend... I think I might consider that next time :)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Honestly, I don't think this boy knows what sleep is.
And in about 45 minutes Elijah will be waking up. yay.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Mr Elijah Anthony is 16 months old today. That's only two months away from 1.5... and then only another 6 months until he is TWO!!!
If we still lived in San Diego, he could start at the preschool I worked at at two years old! Potty trained or not! I can't believe he's going to be that old in a matter of 8 months...
He's such a big boy now. He just got his top two sharp teeth (canines, right?). Only 6 more teeth to go. He eats nearly everything we stick in front of him, and wants to try almost everything. He walks he runs, he walks backwards, jumps on the bed, "talks" on the phone, poses for the camera... And just yesterday learned how to take a picture AND look at the screen to see what happened. Before that he knew how to press the button, but that was the extent of it.
He's starting to talk now, says his brother's name, gives AJ bottles and pacis, he knows how to ride his little power wheels quad, he climbs stairs, he's getting the concept of a puzzle, he colors, he throws tantrums... he does it all now! The only thing "baby" left in him is we still give him a bottle before bed, sometimes a nap, and he still uses his pacifier. And you know what, I'm okay that he still does that! He'll outgrow it eventually... but it's the only thing left he does that is anything baby-ish!
Basically, mommy here is just having a minor breakdown that her little baby boy is growing up... and I'm not ready for it! The last 16 months went WAAAAY too fast. It makes me a little sad to think about how quickly he is growing up, and it'll just keep going and going! Nothing I can do to stop it. Sniffle.
Where'd my baby boy go?!
And get this... the kicker of it all.. Adam actually slept until nearly 3AM! Whoa! He fell asleep around the same time I was putting Elijah down -- 8:30ish, and stayed asleep! Now he's back to sleep again after a bottle.
A fluke? Perhaps... but I'll enjoy it while it lasts. I'm crossing my fingers maybe this has to do with the new medicine (even though he screamed his head off this morning and afternoon from reflux... still!!!)
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I took AJ in for his check up today, and to find out what the results of the Upper GI were. He has moderate to severe reflux. TAKE THAT DUMB ASS DOCTOR TELLING ME TO "SUCK IT UP!"!!!!! Sorry, just had to get that out... lol She said looking at his upper gi, it's no wonder he's so uncomfortable.
Anyways, she prescribed another medicine (raglan I think?) for him to take 4 times a day with the Zantac. If that doesn't help within the next two weeks, she said he needs to see a specialist. She hopes this will work though. Poor guy. She also said to continue with small frequent feedings and just let him sleep as elevated as possible -- in his car seat, bouncer, swing, whatever (both my bouncer & swing have the ability to adjust to sit straight up, like a car seat)
My poor baby!!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
My intention was going in to get a crown put on my tooth. I had a root canal (number 2 for me), done back in February and still needed a crown.
Well, not only did I need my crown (which righ tnow the insurance only pays for a temporary crown, and I can't afford a permanent one, so ghettofabulous silver cap it is...), I also have FIVE cavities and need ANOTHER root canal.
I also spent 5 hours at Western Dental. That's right, FIVE HOURS at the dentist office. That was awesome... riiiight... apparently they were understaffed today, so that pushed them behind like an hour and a half, then I spent a good 3-4 hours inthe dental chair!!
That said, I think that is my new dental record for longest time spent there and dental work needed! Today I got my temp crown put on and 3 cavities filled. The other two will be filled on Tuesay, and the root canal in a few weeks.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Well we hunted and hunted for some pants for Elijah, but nothing satisfied me! I want pants with adjustable waistbands but I guess they are hard to come by! Mervyns had some, but their sale wasn't that good, so I'll wait! Then I found cute boy tan work boots for Eli at Payless.
After that we went to Dairy Queen and "split" a pumpkin pie blizzard. He only got a few bites! Then we went to the children's play area. He was very observant, and then decided to join in. It was a little frustrating with some of the other kids.. some were waaaay too old to be playing there and way too rough in there. Luckily Elijah didn't get hurt. It was just annoying to see this older-older elementary age kid in an area obviously meant for toddler/preschool/much younger elemetnary THese kids were running around (which was fun), but then they were hitting on eahother and knocking eacho ther down, bumping into people and kids without care! Oh well! Next time I take him, I think it will be earlier in the day when it isn't "school's out" time. Nevertheless, he still enjoyed checking everything out!!
On our way out he helped me push the stroller... one of his hobbies! Then we saw a water fountain with a ton of coins in it. He LOOOOOVES water, and got so stoked to see it. HE kept trying to climb into the fountain. (no Elijah, you can't swim in the mall water fountain! I know you love to swim, but you can't do it here!) To take his mind off of it, I pulled out some pennies. I showed him how to throw it in with just onepenny, and right away he started throwing the rest of them in! So cute :)
We went to Babies R Us next, bought 2 cooler weather outfits for AJ, and I got some long sleeve onesies for AJ on clearance. Elijah and I came home, he ran outside and played in the dirt for a while. He came inside and I made him a PB&J sandwich for dinner with some peaches, followed by some CHeez Its just to top it off.. lol He took his bath, ran around naked for a few minutes... gothis bedtime story... then it was ZZZZZ time for him!
It was fun hanging out with my lil' guy just the two of us this afternoon!
Now I'm going to get AJ to sleep and it will be ZZZZZ time for MEE!! I hope he decides to fall asleep soon!!!
I couldn't see anything that looked strange to me, but I'm no doctor! It looked like everything went down to the belly, but who knows! I guess we'll find out on Tuesday what happened with it.
It was pretty trippy to watch on the screen though... I enjoyed it... nerdy, I know :) It was fun to watch his whole inside system work.
Last night we gave him his first dose of rantidine and put him back on Enfamil AR. The medicine seemed like it reduced his crying bout... maybe it is wishful thinking. I hope between the low dose medicine and AR formula it is just enough to take the edge off him. If it ISN'T any sort of reflux, it looks like it might have to do with a milk protein allergy. I guess we will wait and see what they say next week.
At least my lil' man is a trooper and hung in there with it. :)
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
1. Project Runway
3. Dog Whisperer
4. America's Next Top Model
5. What Not to Wear
6. Friends (I don't care if they are reruns, I still love it!)
7. LA Ink
8. How I met your mother is becoming a new favorite
8 Favorite Restaurants: no particular order
1. Olive Garden
2. Red Lobster
3. Old Spaghetti Factory
4. Red Robin
5. Steer & Stein
6. El Rodeo
8. Marie Callendars
8 Things That Happened Yesterday:
1. I spent way too long on the phone w/ doctors offices
2. I went to Super Target
3. Went to Mervyns (unsuccessfully, no good sales!)
4. went BACK to Target to get Eli jeans -- since Mervyn's wasn't having a good sale
5. listened to AJ cry for hours :(
6. cooked cheese enchiladas for the first time... and they were pretty good :)
7. talked to my late night girls, Brandie and Sarah
8. gave my hubby some hugs and kisses. aww :)
8 Things I Look Forward To:
1. Adam's dr appointment today
2. when everyone is sleeping
3. AJ's baptism in a few weeks
4. watching my family grow
5. seeing Melody at Christmas I hope
6. Christmas time
7. i hope meeting more people up here where we live now... it gets lonely :(
8 Things I Love About FALL
1. Cooler Weather
2. pumpkin pies
3. pumpkin spice lattes at starbucks
6. watching leaves change. although in california they change for one day and its done.
7. telling brandie.... hey, where's my carmel apples?!?!?!?! :)
8. cute fall clothes
8 Things On My Wish list:
1. AJ to feel better
2. time to scrapbook
3. repaint our bedroom
4. to fit my favorite jeans... my hips changed after Adam. boo :(
5. finish my degree
6. more Harry Potter books... it should never end!!
7. to see brandie, sarah, mandie, E :)
8. for my sis to come out at Christmas
8 People I tag:
6. Mandie (with all her free time right now... haha)
8. whoever else :)
Monday, October 6, 2008
Well, Adam was two weeks early. According to that doctor, he's "Preemie" and she doesn't see preemies. I said he's nearly 6 weeks old now, he wasn't a "preemie" at the hospital, geez he was over 7 lbs. No go, doctor said only see's babies who are term. okay...
Call up another doctor recommended by a friend. Answering service again, and again, and again, and again. I finally break down and leave a message. Didn't hear back for quite a while... eventually I hear back (while I was making phone calls in between). They aren't accepting new straight Medi-Cal patients. No go there.
I call the crazy-usual-pediatrician and say I want an appointment today, and ONLY with Dr. Valencia (the primary ped there) OR Neil, the nurse practitioner. Well Neil isn't in, an Dr. Valencia is already DOUBLE booked for the day. I say I might call back later, I'm going to call around first.
Another doctor I try... they don't accept straight Medi-Cal either. Fine. (here I'm thinking gosh darnet why is it not Nov. 1st yet?)
I try ANOTHER doctor... doctor isn't in today.
So here I start trying walk in clinics and urgent care just to get him seen.
A few don't accept Medi-Cal, another doesn't see babies that young. I could try, but with a problem of reflux, she probably won't do anything I'm told by the nurse. I called I believe 4 different walk ins/urgent care... no luck.
I call the Medi-Cal office - a recommendation from one of the nurses -- to find out which urgent care I could take him to. I call, she says she doesn't know, they don't have recommendations. Check the yellow pages. geez...
Finally, I call up the stupid doctor's office I don't want to go back to, ask if there are any cancelations, because I still refuse to see anyone but Dr. Valencia if I am going to go there. He's passing the message on to the same day appointment person who is supposedly going to call me back. We'll see.
I'm exhausted. I think there may have been a doctor or urgent care phone call I left out in this message... after talking to so many with no luck I have no idea what to do.
Maybe I'll luck out and Dr. Valencia will see him today. Whoever sees him I think will get to see stressed-out-mommy who will probably break down right in front of them. I was teary eyed on the phone with three of the people I talked on the phone with. I'm not sure how I composed myself enough to talk with the receptionist at Dr. Valencia's office... I told him what the other crazy ped said to me and I could tell he was dumbfounded too. At least then that's when he said he'd have them try to look for a cancellation.
A little bit later, I get a phone call that Dr. Valencia can see him on Wednesday. I said, "Well, what about Neil the nurse practitioner? Does he have anything available tomorrow or Wednesday? If I'm waiting that long I'd rather see him." She seemed a little taken back by my up-front-ness... but at this point, I don't care WHAT they think!! I'll tell YOU who I want MY CHILD to see... not the opposite! And whaddyaknow... there is an appointment with Neil tomorrow at 1:45. FINALLY...
Well... that's my morning...
Hey while I'm at it, might as well give some baby boy updates from the weekend... and post new photos of my little guys here.
Well, poor AJ... his reflux is just as bad... if not worse. Every time he cries now, I want to call up the mean pediatrician and say, "LISTEN! Does this sound like a baby who can 'suck it up'??" Gr. I'm still so upset with that... Tomorrow morning first thing I'm calling the insurance company to find out how to get a second opinion since the boy's new pediatrician takes effect Nov 1. Either that or I will call his old pediatrician's office, demand to see ONLY Dr. Valencia or the nurse practitioner (two people I've liked there)... and of course tell them how I was treated on Friday. I'm sorry, I still think there is no reason to tell a parent who is concerned for her child that "babies are hard, suck it up."
Moving on from that... I had a huge "proud mommy" moment. Elijah said "AJ!" It was just soooo cute!! This was Thursday night... my in laws had stopped by on their way up to Paradise, CA. We were eating dinner together... Elijah in his high chair, AJ next to us in his bouncer. Elijah loves AJ to be in his swing... I guess it is his new thing. I think it's because Eli has a clearer view of AJ when he is in his swing. Now he looks for him there. Eli kept turning himself around in his high chair, looking at the swing and asked, "AJ? AJ? AJ? AJ?" He said it about 6 times and kept looking at me... "AJ?" yes, I get all teary eyed... trying not to look like a fool in front of everyone! We show him where AJ was -- in his bouncer, and Eli says "AJ." then continued to start saying "Doggy" right after that! He's finally REALLY starting to talk. Of course it still doesn't top his first word of "JESUS" -- that's right!! I think I have a holy little boy on me here...
Some proud Mommy moments with lil' AJ... well he started smiling a little over a week ago! So cute! He also continues to roll over! Can you believe that?! He started at TWO WEEKS OLD! I thought it was just a fluke. The next day, he did it again... and again and again and again and again! I think there has been a grand total of 7 or 8 times now... and he's not even 6 weeks old yet! He also makes all sorts of precious little baby noises now... like "ahhhh," and every time he sneezes it is followed by "*sneeze* ohh!"
Anyways, now for some new photos of my boys!!