Sunday, September 27, 2009

FINALLY A STANDING PICTURE!



Not so clear but FINALLY PROOF LOWELL DOES STAND ON HIS OWN!! :) [you guys get to see it from 2 different picture views] He was playing w/Mark's Brother's Family dog & got so excited he was standing, laughing and clapping to the dog :) Super cute!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

5K WALK

Today we did the 5k walk in Bidwell Park (in Chico), with our Stroller Strides group of mommies. It was sooo much fun & was for a great cause (supporting heart desease research). In these pics are Lowell & I, my friend Amber & her son Landin, & my friend Cassie & her baby Nevaeh. :) Incase you all are wondering the 5K was 3.8 miles, we got done in just about an hour, woohoo go us!!



possible VIRUS

I guess there is a very bad virus going around that is hitting babies pretty bad right now. The symptoms seem to be a fever & a red dotted/rash type outbreak. Hmmm sound too familiar? I'm guessing this is what Lowell had, & he was one of the first children to get it so "they didn't know what it was or what to diagnose it as".

On Monday I am going to try & find a new ped. office to take Lowell to. Am I crazy to say, I am going to look in Sac for one? I honestly have thought really long & hard about it & what's the different if he is seen in Sacramento or Paradise? His ped. now can't even see him until a few days after I call to make an appointment so if I can get in the day I call or the next at an office in Sac I will be MORE THAN WILLING to drive an hour & a half.. Lowell's health is worth it to me. So any mom's in that area that have ped. suggestions please let me know. Also any good pulm. doctors because I have to ask for new referrals from Lowell's ped now for a pulm., because I have yet to get in anywhere & it's been too long for anywhere to now see if Lowell has a referral there (it's really mixed & messed up). On top of that any good ENT doctors?? Lowell has an aptmnt w/the ENT through our hospital at the end of Oct, but I'd rather him see someone is Sac & just make rounds for aptmnts for a Ped, Pulm & ENT doctor. :)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Evaluation with PIP

Lowell had an Evaluation through Parent Infant Program today. They assessed his development & social skills. They had him play with lots of different things, such as; place pegs in a peg board, take things in & out of a can (acknowledging in & out), try & match objects (mainly a circle) into the correct shape designation on a board, etc. He showed them how he could stand on his own, clap his hands, say "ut-oh", "dada", etc etc etc. The list could literally go on.. I hopefully will get an evaluation on him & what they thought soon. :)


Tomorrow Lowell & I are going to join the Stroller Stride class that we workout with every week for a 5k walk supporting heart disease research. :) It's in Chico at Bidwell Park. I can't wait!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

1ST DAY OF FALL!

Today brought us the 1st day of fall. Lowell had a not so good start :(

Lowell woke up 5 times last night starting at 11pm,

11pm- I gave him his sippy cup with warm water & he fell back asleep.

1am- he cried until I gave into giving him his sippy WITH milk/formula (we are converting him over to milk so I do 3oz formula 2oz organic non-fat milk)

2am- he screamed & cried so I sadly gave into another sippy of milk

3am- I got up super quick when I heard a little peep & while being 1/2 asleep gave him another sippy of water.

4AM- THIS WAS THE BREAKING POINT!! I was def. ready to PULL MY HAIR OUT when I heard him cry!! I tried to keep my cool, but living in a studio you hear every little move & sound your child makes, sometimes is enough to drive you nuts because when they don't sleep good, neither do you.. Anyways I waited and waited because I didn't want him to know I was awake, he had a total tantrum for 30 mins before I found myself completely upset am crying myself. I kept on telling him to "lay back down" & he would, but would not calm down, he would get back up on his knees and cry, i would proceed to tell him to "lay down" & then he started hitting his head into the side of his crib.. I couldn't take it any longer & picked him up & cried holding him! How do mommies deal with letting their babies cry themselves to sleep to break the habit of waking up at night?? I can't do it!! I really need help!! He cuddled in bed with Mark & I for 10 minutes & he was almost asleep & content until he balled like he was starving, I don't know how wrong I am for doing this but I gave him ANOTHER bottle of this time just straight formula & put him back in his bed. He then slept until 745.

All day today he had a tummy ache, I'm not sure if he all of a sudden isn't handling milk well or what, but he got a handful more of diaper changes than he typically does. He also is SUPPPPER emotional and moody about everything. :( Great Gma Bee is up from Southern California, so I'm very bummed he has been such a pain in the rear... hopefully he will feel better tomorrow so she can see more his laughing, lovable side! :)

On the bright side he started to blow a whistle today :) & knows how to get off the couch/bed by himself!!! (which is scary, because he doesn't know how to do it everytime he wants down). He says "dada" & "mama" in reference to us as well. He is growing up so fast!!

Oh & I completely forgot to blog about it but on the 13th of this month he starting STANDING ON HIS OWN, as in, he can be in the middle of the room with nothing around him & will just stand up!! That has got to be a major start to walking by himself!! :)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Ut-Oooh

I had to blog real quick about Lowell dismorning.. I had him on the diaper changer & was changing him, & he was holding a whistle (we have to give him distraction toys to get diaper changes done without struggle, haha) but he took the whistle that was in his hand & threw it on the ground & said "Ut-oooh"... I enjoyed it so much I made him drop it & repeat himself 4 times!! haha, I will have to get it on video and share it with you guys :)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

103 temp :(

Off & on all day today & yesterday Lowell has had a temp of about 103. :( I've been giving him Motrin & Tylenol & its been helping it come down to about 99-100. I've been giving him a bath about every 12 hours to cool him down as well. I was going to take him in to the ER because he can't keep his temp down but I am so dreadful of all the germs there!! I took him to prompt care on Thursday when all those bites/rashes were really swollen and red & they said "we cant do anything for you, these are just bug bites". Needless to say I was really really frustrated! Bug bites? Maybe the ones on his arms, head, legs, hands & feet, but NOT the one on his thigh. They told me "its because he itches that one too much". I don't believe that because he was wearing pants, with a band aid on the 2 areas for the whole day, on top of that I had him wearing long pj pants when he went to bed. Who knows, all I do know is now he is really cranky and has been fevering every few hours (when the meds wear off). Maybe he is teething & it has nothing to do with all these bites? All I do know is if hes not better by tomorrow, we are going to have to be seen by a dr. :/

Friday, September 18, 2009

"DUE DATE" BDAY CAKE

I FINALLY FOUND THE CHIP TO MY MEMORY CARD THAT IS IN MY PHONE, SO I CAN POST THESE CUTE PICS FROM AUG 10TH. WE DID A "DUE DATE BDAY CAKE". LOWELL HAD FUN WITH IT. THE CAKE HAD SOME COOL YET FANCY CHOCOLATE THINGS ON TOP OF IT... BUT WAS SUCH A YUMMY CAKE. MARK WAS EXCITED TO EAT SOME OF IT ONCE LOWELL WAS DONE EATING & PLAYING IN IT. HAHA, WE TRIED TO KEEP HIS EXPLORING TO ONE SIDE. :) IT TOOK HIM A LITTLE BIT TO GET HIS HANDS IN THERE & GET MESSY, BUT HE FINALLY DID :)







(THE CAKE ALMOST FELL ON HIM WHEN WE SANG)















Thursday, September 17, 2009

Another Skin Problem..

First it was 'bug bites' that looked like this.. but they weren't only on his feet & chest, he had them on his back, arms, legs, etc...



& now he has a rash that looks like this....



It's so inflamed and red, not only is it on his thigh (like in these pics), but also on the top on his right arm & hand. He doesn't itch or act like it bothers him but it has gotten worse since yesterday afternoon when I noticed it.

Lowell's Dr's office has this "new" thing where they NO MATTER WHAT can not over book the pediatricians that work there (there are 3), so our only thing we can do is wait until NEXT WEEK when they have an opening.. I am so torn as to what to do!! There were SO MANY people at prompt care who were sick last week, & we were there for 4 hours.. honestly that is the LAST place I want to take Lowell. So I'm posting pics hoping someone will give some good advice, I obviously will have to take him to the doctor but I always like going in a bit prepared and with my own opinions, options or suggestions on things.

& he got this while in the car on our trip home from SF yesterday. We left at 630am, he slept the whole way there, then we were in SF for about 2 hrs walking around outside (picking up his marks mom & her b/fs family, they just got back from a cruise starting in Canada & ending in SF). Then we were back in the car & about 2 hours later I notice Lowell had these welt like bumps all over the right side of his body...????


ADVICE ADVICE... ANY IS WELCOME... YOU CAN LEAVE IN ON THE COMMENT BOX BELOW OR EMAIL ME!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

taking steps & bug bites

Each & every day Lowell is taking a couple steps all on his own!! he finally can be placed to stand & stand all on his own with nothing around him! he is doing soo well!! on the other 2 days ago he woke up with this really big red bump on his chest, right where his chin touches his chest. It looked really irritated but I figured it was just a bug bit, later that day (in the evening) I noticed about 10 other little bumps all over his body (feet, legs, back, etc) that looked as if they were really swollen mosquito bites, so I let them be figuring they were just irritated at the moment & then yesterday morning when he got up they were REALLY red so I called his doctor.. OF COURSE they couldn't see him! they are booked out the whole rest of the week & suggested I take him into prompt care or a walk in clinic :/ I was dreading that answer!! there are too many people with the flu & are just in general really sick right now so I wanted to avoid the public sick places like that, but these bumps were really starting 2 worry me. I was thinking possible chicken pox, but they weren't spreading.. soooo I didn't know what to think. Anywho after a long awaited day of me pondering if we should go or not I realized i'd rather know what is going on then it get worse (the one on his chest started getting bigger, about the size of a quarter). So we were there for 3 hours!! :( The nurse practitioner couldn't diagnose him, & said we should see a ped. because she had never seen anything like it, so I called Lowell's ped & told them that & they said they are doubled booked & still can't get him in until maybe Monday.. UGGGH!!! Needless to say I was super frustrated, another doctor came in the room & looked at Lowell & said she was pretty sure they were bug bites, but the one on his chest was starting 2 get infected (ouch!!) which is why it was so big (also it could have been a spider bite). So they placed him on antibiotics & a steroid cream.. They strongly explained how they are worried about MARSA & how his infected one is exposed.. & so on.. I get it!! So we are hanging out at home for a few days until he gets better. Hopefully these bumps/bites go away soon because they seem to make him not feel too great.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

pics from landin's 2nd bday



look at this precious little boy!! :) my friend amber had a photographer come & take pics of all the kids at the party & here are a few of them (from 8/22)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

flowing water :)


any flowing water & lowell is happy! here is him exploring the running water from the sink! :)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

parent infant program

Every other Wednesday the Parent Infant Program comes to our house & works with Lowell on developing new skills. The past 2 months(ish) we have been trying to teach Lowell how to put things 'in' & 'out' & he finally showed them he can do it!!! His new task is to stack blocks, he already has down stacking two blocks on top of each other, but we're going to try and get him to be consistent on stacking those two, & possibly stacking three all together. We also are trying to have him get down putting a puzzle peice (which has easy to handle pegs) in & out the puzzle cut out, they're simple shapes (circle, square, & triangle).

Here are some fun pics of him playing in foam soap.. I have never even heard of it, but Lowell definitely LOVES it so we are going to go out & get some!! :) Thanks to Jamie for introducing s to it!