Sleeping Oliver Sleeping Oliver

5/28/10

Ollie and Landon Play Ollie and Landon Play

Landon’s playing Plants vs Zombies and Ollie is playing with all the toys he can reach May 2010

Ollie on his play mat Ollie on his play mat

May 2010

Grandma feeds Ollie Grandma feeds Ollie

May 23 2010

yummy food grandma! yummy food grandma!

May 23 2010

The bird The bird

This bird was drowning in our pool. I fished him out of the water, and he was mostly dead and cold to the touch. I held him and dried him off and warmed him up, then let him go in the backyard. I put out some bread for him. A while later he fell in the pool again, but got out before I had to rescue him. I put out a bowl of water for him. At the end of the day, he finally flew off. May 26 2010

My favorite piece of Landons art from school My favorite piece of Landons art from school

May 2010

Landon and Em in the ball of doom Landon and Em in the ball of doom

5/28/2010

Landon coming out of the ball Landon coming out of the ball

5/28/2010

Em going back in Em going back in

5/28/2010

Landon attempting to follow her Landon attempting to follow her

5/28/2010

Oliver's turn! Oliver’s turn!

5/28/2010

Ollie 5/29/10
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Ollie 5/29/10
Ollie 5/29/10
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Ollie 5/29/10
Ollie 5/29/10

Cabin trip May 14-16 2010
Cabin trip May 14-16 2010
Cabin trip May 14-16 2010
Cabin trip May 14-16 2010
Cabin trip May 14-16 2010
Cabin trip May 14-16 2010
Cabin trip May 14-16 2010
Cabin trip May 14-16 2010
Cabin trip May 14-16 2010
Cabin trip May 14-16 2010
Cabin trip May 14-16 2010
Cabin trip May 14-16 2010
Cabin trip May 14-16 2010
Cabin trip May 14-16 2010
Cabin trip May 14-16 2010
Cabin trip May 14-16 2010
Bath time, Ollie Mohawk!
May 2010
Bath time, Ollie Mohawk!
Landon swimming
May 2010
Landon swimming
Dada helping Landon learn to swim
May 2010
Dada helping Landon learn to swim
Ollie loves bath time
May 2010
Ollie loves bath time
SPLASH
May 2010
SPLASH
Jack and Ollie
May 2nd 2010
Jack and Ollie
Sam, Landon, Jen, Jack, Ollie
May 2nd 2010
Sam, Landon, Jen, Jack, Ollie
Sam, Jack, Ollie, Landon, Bobby
May 2nd 2010
Sam, Jack, Ollie, Landon, Bobby
Chillin in the pool for the first time
May 22nd 2010
Chillin in the pool for the first time
Landon with his new squirt gun
May 22nd 2010
Landon with his new squirt gun
Ollie explores the pool
May 22nd 2010
Ollie explores the pool
his little legs actually take him pretty far
May 22nd 2010
his little legs actually take him pretty far
Ollie plays with his dada
May 22nd 2010
Ollie plays with his dada
Fun in the Sun!
May 22nd 2010
Fun in the Sun!
Underwater Landon is happy!
May 22nd 2010
Underwater Landon is happy!
Moma and her boys
May 22nd 2010
Moma and her boys
Totally at ease in the water!
May 22nd 2010
Totally at ease in the water!

Oliver 6 month well visit.

Oliver had his well baby visit for 6 month today.
He is:
28 inches tall
Head 46 CM (18 inches)
Weight 21.13 lbs

So he’s not too much larger than he was less than a month ago at the Neurologist. The doctor thought he was pretty much on track. She has a son who is a week younger than Ollie, (but came 2 weeks late, so adjust he’s older?) Anyway, her son is skinny, but doesn’t sit as well as Ollie does. Her son is making the MA sound (just started), which Oliver hasn’t really done yet, but that is apparently okay too.

Ollie still has no teeth, also normal. He got his normal vaxing done, so that is out of the way.

The doctor thinks he’s eating too much. He eats roughly 45 oz a day (between 40-50oz). He only figured out food about a week ago, so we haven’t been giving him a lot of solids. Ollie eats roughly 5 bottles in a 24 hour period. Those bottle are usually over 8 oz in size (8-10 oz). He still gets a mix of Formula and Frozen Breast Milk. She says that 40-50 oz is a little much. Also, she very nicely made it sound like he might be getting a little overweight. She also said he spit up is related to an overfull stomach. She also really thought we should attempt to eliminate the night feeding we are doing.

She would like us to try solids two times a day, if possible. I guess its time to start sending him to school with a jar of food.

Basically I was offering Ollie solids (purees) out of a jar for the last month or so. I offer about twice a week, but he just didn’t “get” it. Most everything ended up on the bib. Last Weds (5/12) it suddenly clicked for him in the middle of a jar, and he actually ate. I’ve been trying to start giving him some at least once a day since then, but not doing a great job of it. He also likes Baby Mumums. Anyone else heard of these or used them? I give him one when we eat out to gnaw on. He seems to enjoy it.

I’ve been meaning to post here for a week about Columbia. Her last Valley Fever Titer was ZERO. She’s as cured as she can be. We go back in 90 days for a retest, and if that is also Zero, then we don’t worry about it unless she starts having symptoms. She is off her meds for now!

Landon Letter 3.9

Dear Landon-
You are three years nine months and two days old, and yes, I’m a couple of days late writing to you. But I have a most excellent reason! We were at the cabin on Friday! And you do so love going to the cabin. We went on a hike down to Natural Bridge, and you walked the whole way. It was nice not having to carry you. You did get tired and take a rest, but you drank a bunch of water too, so that is good! You also spent a lot of time at the cabin playing Mario Party on the Nintendo 64 with Damia, Darion, and Elaira.

In the van, you have a DVD player. For the drive to Payson you wanted to watch “Horton Hears a Who.” Your father and I quickly discovered that you like to skip huge sections of the movie though. We realized this when we had only been in the car for about 20 minutes, yet you were to the end of the movie. Despite this, you watched it over and over again until we arrive, 90 minutes later, at the cabin.

When we go to Costco, you will be good as long as when we are done, you can go to the tire center and see the cars. You love to watch people work on the cars and to see cars without their tires. When we were there this month, you told me that when you grow up, you want to be a “Wheel Man!” I found this to be adorable. You really do love your cars, but not as much as you are beginning to love your computer.

I think, if you had the choice, you’d spend all day on the computer. You love to play games, and can sit for hours and interact with it, if we let you. Your laptop broke this month and that left you begging for any computer games or ipod games we would let you play. Your Dada finally set you up with a desktop computer. We went out and bought a little cars table to set up in the main room and put your computer on it. You really like it. When I told you we were going to the cabin you then asked if you could take your computer with you. You were pretty sad when I told you No.

I think you might be left handed. If you aren’t then you just haven’t settled on a hand yet. I still see you using both hands a lot, but I think you are using your left hand more than your right.

You did have a bout of illness this month, but it was only three days and mostly a fever. You spent most of that time lying in bed and watching TV.

You are doing well in swim class. Your Dada loves to take you to swim class, and he thinks you are improving. We did get in the pool at home, but it was rather cold. I’m thinking this week it maybe warm enough to swim more often. I’m hoping that once we start getting in the pool regularly, you will get the hang of swimming on your own. Currently you still can’t actually swim, which worries me, because I don’t want you to get into trouble in the water.

At night before bed, we read you books, of course. You still really like the Little Critter books by Mercer Mayer. You can now also read “Bears in the Night” out loud. (Go memorization!) This makes me happy as it was the first book I could “read” the same way you read it. Your favorite TV is Team Umizoomi, which is nice as your little brother likes it too. You were so sweet to Ollie and you gave him back his Binky when he dropped it the other day. I love that you are good to him, but mostly you ignore him.

You are getting so big! I can barely believe you will be four years old soon. I am so proud of you and all the things you can do. You are a wonderful little boy. I’m proud to be your mama.

We love you very much!

Love always,
Mama

From Cabin Trip May 2010

Landon is allergic to Milk

Anaphylactic and life-threatening reactions to milk are real.
If you see Landon eating or drinking, be sure its safe for him. His milk allergy is real. It’s scary, and it’s probably life long.

So far, we’ve been lucky that he hasn’t had a life threatening reaction yet. Hopefully he never will.

Please, think about Landon and other child with allergies when you take your kids to the park. Don’t let them play on the equipment with food or drink in their hands. Make sure the cheese burger wrapper from your or your family’s food gets in the trash, not left where someone with a wheat allergy or milk allergy might come in contact with it. Don’t offer food to other people’s children without their permission.

The people at Oregano’s provide the kids with uncooked pizza dough to play with while they sit and wait for food. The first time we went with Landon, we asked what was in the dough. They told us it had butter in it. Now when we go, I decline the dough, and the hostess looks at us like we are so mean to not let our son have the dough. It’s not about being mean, it’s about saving his life. Also, free samples, all the ones I turn down and get looks like I’m nuts. I wish people were more aware of food allergies in general.

And sometimes I wish I could put a big tattoo on Landon’s head to help cut the risk.

We read the Little Critter books by Mercer Mayer. I love them and so does Landon. In the book “Just Lost” the little critter gets lost at the mall. A security guard takes him to his office and feeds him juice and donuts while he waits for his mom to come find him. At this point I stop, and Landon and I have to have a talk about how he can’t eat the food the security guard might offer him, as it will make him sick. I fear this situation actually happening to us. I fear helpful or kind souls who offer my son a treat to comfort him or make him happy. I fear they may accidentally make him sick or take him from me by poisoning him.
Landon loves Team Umizoomi, and I enjoy the show as a kids show too. However, they have an episode called “The Milk Out” which is all about how they can’t eat breakfast because they don’t have milk. They also have an episode devoted to Ice Cream and one about buying Yogurt. All of these episodes require further discussion.
Landon loves the episode with “The Cows” (the milk out) but we finally just deleted it, because it makes him want milk.

The Milk Out

Anaphylactic and life-threatening reactions to milk are real.
If you see Landon eating or drinking, be sure its safe for him. His milk allergy is real. It’s scary, and it’s probably life long.

So far, we’ve been lucky that he hasn’t had a life threatening reaction yet. Hopefully he never will.

Please, think about Landon and other child with allergies when you take your kids to the park. Don’t let them play on the equipment with food or drink in their hands. Make sure the cheese burger wrapper from your or your family’s food gets in the trash, not left where someone with a wheat allergy or milk allergy might come in contact with it. Don’t offer food to other people’s children without their permission.

The people at Oregano’s provide the kids with uncooked pizza dough to play with while they sit and wait for food. The first time we went with Landon, we asked what was in the dough. They told us it had butter in it. Now when we go, I decline the dough, and the hostess looks at us like we are so mean to not let our son have the dough. It’s not about being mean, it’s about saving his life. Also, free samples, all the ones I turn down and get looks like I’m nuts. I wish people were more aware of food allergies in general.

And sometimes I wish I could put a big tattoo on Landon’s head to help cut the risk.

We read the Little Critter books by Mercer Mayer. I love them and so does Landon. In the book “Just Lost” the little critter gets lost at the mall. A security guard takes him to his office and feeds him juice and donuts while he waits for his mom to come find him. At this point I stop, and Landon and I have to have a talk about how he can’t eat the food the security guard might offer him, as it will make him sick. I fear this situation actually happening to us. I fear helpful or kind souls who offer my son a treat to comfort him or make him happy. I fear they may accidentally make him sick or take him from me by poisoning him.
Landon loves Team Umizoomi, and I enjoy the show as a kids show too. However, they have an episode called “The Milk Out” which is all about how they can’t eat breakfast because they don’t have milk. They also have an episode devoted to Ice Cream and one about buying Yogurt. All of these episodes require further discussion.
Landon loves the episode with “The Cows” (the milk out) but we finally just deleted it, because it makes him want milk.

poor sick little Landon

Saturday morning Landon awoke in a grumpy mood, and upon further inspection, spiked a fairly high fever. No, I can’t tell you the number, we don’t normally bother with numbers. He feels hot to the touch and he’s miserable, he gets meds. If the meds don’t bring the fever down, then I worry about exact numbers. All weekend, while on Motrin, Landon would act grumpy and tired, but would interact and play. When not on Motrin, he would lay in bed and sleep or watch TV. We kept him dosed all weekend. He didn’t eat much but he had lots of popsicles and drank lots of fluids.

Ollie, on the other hand, was fine except his nose was stuffy again. That boy is the king of stuffy noses. No word on his MRI results yet.

As a result of Landon being ill, we spent the weekend at home. My mother’s day was still good. Bobby got me Pei Wei’s for lunch, and I had a coupon for a free Mother’s Day meal. For Dinner Bobby made me to die for steaks cooked to perfection in Truffle oil and with a dipping sauce that was the best thing I put in my mouth. As a side we had these delicious Potatoes Augratin. Dessert was chocolate cake and ice cream. Mel stopped by Sunday and we watched one episode of Tudors. Bobby’s parents also stopped by and Mickey loved her Mother’s Day present. (I got a cute card drawn on by the kids and I got my iPod touch last month)

The last two or three episodes of Supernatural have been so good. I can’t recommend this show enough. The commercial for last week’s episode gave me shivers it was so good. I’m really looking forward to the season finale this week.

Monday morning Landon was still fevered. Ollie was still stuffy, but probably okay to go to school. In the end, I just worked from home and kept them both home with me and Bobby. At around Noon his fever broke and suddenly he was just fine. It was like someone flipped the switch from Sick to Well.

Last night Oliver slept in his room for the first time. He woke up at 2:30AM to be fed, and awoke at 4:30AM and Bobby moved him to his swing. (The swing is still in our room). That’s basically a normal night for him, so sleeping in our room apparently didn’t have any effect on his sleep cycles. Still, it was nice to have our room back! And to be able to get into my closet was nice too. (Oliver’s crib blocked the way in, so it was very hard to access it,)

I think Landon might be left handed. He uses the mouse with his left hand. He’s always sort of used either hand when eating, and he doesn’t really like to color or draw. He does love the computer. His Laptop broke again and he’s been begging to play the other computers. He also loves to play games on the iPod touch. Bobby set up an old desktop for him to play with, but he initially set it up in Landon’s room. Bobby and I talked about it and agreed that we don’t want Landon having internet access in his bedroom at this age. We bought a cute little Cars table and move the computer out to the living room for him to play at. He’s thrilled.

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