Sometimes there are un-fun parts to parenting. And I’m not talking about changing poopy diapers (which is un-fun, but doesn’t come close to this). The un-fun part is knowing your little guy is sick and there’s nothing you can do about it. On Sunday night Christopher had a low-grade fever. We were watching some You-tube videos (he loves Fluff and Such) and he felt really warm and was really fussy. It was bed time so after I put his jammies on I took his temperature. It was 99.7. At 3:25am he woke up crying and his temp hadn’t gone down. We gave him Tylenol and he went back to sleep. We stayed home on Monday and went to the doctor. By this time he had little red bumps everywhere. The doctor thought it was probably strep so it was antibiotic time. Thomas stayed home with him on Tuesday and after naptime Christopher had some blistery bumps on his hands, feet, legs, and in his mouth. So off to the after-hours clinic (I just LOVE that, saves you expensive trips to the emergency room!) we went. The doctor said it wasn’t chicken pox or hand-foot-and-mouth disease. It wasn’t fifth disease either. It was just a ‘virus’ of some sort that we all probably have in us but we’re immune to. Basically there was nothing we could do. I stayed home onWednesday with him. It was a hard day because he didn’t want to eat or drink much because of the “owies” in his mouth. Thankfully the doctor recommended popsicles because Christopher LOVED them! I got him to eat most of a popsicle (the Dreyers all fruit kind). Thank goodness after naptime he was hungry and he had a good dinner! He went back to daycare on Thursday and has been getting better. He was having a hard time transitioning (from asleep to awake, vice versa, from play to eating) and couldn’t wear any shoes or socks. Today he seems even better. He woke up this morning and wasn’t crying. He even wanted me to put socks on him. The blistery bumps seem to be going away too. I was happy to just have to change a poopy diaper this morning …
04/21/07 New pictures uploaded April 21, 2007
I finally got around to uploading more pictures on our pbase site. Click on the link and scroll to the bottom.
04/20/07 Isn’t Today Earth Day? April 20, 2007
Isn’t today Earth Day? Aren’t we supposed to clean up a beach or something? I guess being an hour from the coast puts a crimp in that activity. Ok, I just checked and Earth Day is the 22nd. Is it always a Sunday? The website has a search function for finding events in your area. There are none for Eugene. It looks like every coastal town is having an event though.
Today we have a break from the rain. It’s nice to not have to wear a jacket in from the car. I went out to get lunch for the Accounting Department and it was nice to have the window down and breathe fresh air. There were cute little kids running around on the grass at Oakway Centre. What is it about running on the grass barefoot? I think it brings out the kid in everyone.
04/18/07 I forgot more birthdays … April 18, 2007
The 14th was my friend Alexandra’s birthday and the 16th was Julie’s daughter’s birthday. I figured out what the problem was a while ago but I still have not gotten around to fixing it. I have two Yahoo e-mail addresses. One is under my maiden name and that has most of my calendar entries. The other is this one with my married name. I have the calendars linked, but you actually have to be viewing the calendar to see any entries that come from other sources. The ones that are directly entered into this e-mail address show up at the bottom of my e-mail screen. Yahoo used to have a function where you could add an entry from another calendar to your current one. It disappeared a few years ago and I just haven’t gotten around to transferring the information. I am sad.
Anyway, Happy Birthday Alexandra & Rebecca!
This is the second day in a row where it hailed. Hail is wrong in April. I should never hail at this time of the year. Now is the time for flowers and pink blossoms from the trees to carpet the pavement. I just LOVE how that looks! I want a pink dogwood for our front yard. They are so gorgeous, much more so than the white dogwoods that you can see every April in Georgia.
04/17/07 The real tax day and some pearls April 17, 2007
04/16/07 Where Have All The Leaders Gone? April 16, 2007
Your taxes are due today.
This quote totally rocks!
From Lee Iacocca’s new book, Where Have All The Leaders Gone?
“The President of the United States is given a free pass to ignore the Constitution, tap our phones, and lead us to war on a pack of lies. Congress responds to record deficits by passing a huge tax cut for the wealthy (thanks, but I don’t need it). The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we’re fiddling in Iraq, the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving pom-poms instead of asking hard questions. That’s not the promise of America my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I’ve had enough. How about you?”
04/15/07 If you haven’t filed yet … April 15, 2007
… your taxes must be postmarked tomorrow. We (I) did our taxes, got our refunds, and spend our refunds, in February. I use Turbo Tax. I love Turbo Tax!
Christopher went to his second birthday party today. The daughter of a friend of mine turned two last week and they had her party at Bounce, which is a gymnastics place for kids. It’s got a long bouncy walky trampoline thing, bars, rings, big shapes, and a trampoline room with several trampolines. He had a great time just experiencing everything. He liked the trampoline room. He jumped with his daddy holding his hands.
And then there was the cupcakes. Oy! He took a bite of the edge of the cake then stuck his nose in the frosting. Naturally the frosting was his favourite part and I had to take over half of it away from him without him noticing. It was GHASTLY sweet! My stomach hurt for a while after all of that sugar! He didn’t seem to care. Then we had to go home so he could nap. He was one tired puppy!
We went to the park this afternoon. Christopher is never sure what to make of the park when we first get there. I think the whole thing overwhelms him. There is so much to take in and all of the equipment is so big compared to him.
There is this great new park on the north side of Skinner Butte and we had to go experience it for ourselves. Thomas and the two big boys rode their bikes there. Christopher and I drove. It’s about 10 minutes by car for us. They have sand, swings, water features, this huge climbing/slidy/other stuff thing, a fake western town and spongy walkways. It is totally cool. Christopher went down the big slide with Jonah and got really scared. He’s just not too sure about heights. He liked the little faux buildings. We played peek-a-boo with the windows. We stayed for about an hour. I think by then Christopher was getting a little overloaded.