Monday, March 31, 2014

The Bug

We survived stomach virus 2014
 The 24 hour bug ran through our house a couple of weeks ago. It came in waves attaching me, Nick, and Tillman. Caroline and Graham managed to miss out on the fun!  It was interesting to see how Tillman reacted to the bug, since he had not been "sick" before. In fact, he didn't know what was going on.  Poor guy was so confused about it.  This is the first time he sat on the couch and didn't move. We watched Sprout for 6 hours straight (I was still napping / recovering while Nick was in the bed).

Enjoying the spring weather
Tillman started to feel better after about 8 hours. He felt better just in time to see the neighborhood get trash service.  We followed the garbage truck around the whole neighborhood watching the men at work. Tillman has "longed" to see our garbage truck, so there are pros to being since in his mind! 

Tillman has started a soccer clinic to learn the fundamentals of the game. He has soccer every Monday night. A lot of his classmates are in the class as well.  He does really well with kicking the ball. I think he is going to be a goalie, as he loves to touch the ball. The coaches have been great with his age group. 

Caroline is equally interested in soccer. I'm pretty sure she wants to be signed up when she is old enough.

Tillman's Teeth Trauma & Drama

I would like to request that all footy pajamas and those puffy socks with treads be band from store shelves! They are nothing but trouble when it comes to stairs; oh, and trying to walk for that matter! 
On Saturday, Tillman was climbing the steps, when all of sudden, I heard a thump and horrifying screams.  I rounded the corner, and all I see is a mouth full of blood. Tillman had hit his chin and bottom teeth on the edit of the steps. 
Mouths certainly do bleed....and for a long time too!  As soon as we got the blood under control, I checked out his teeth. 3 of the bottom teeth were loose.  I called Nick to come home, as he was getting ready to start his bike race.  One that he had been training for.  I hated to call, but life happens.  I also called the dentist office.  The dentist was super nice, and after asking a few questions, he thought it was best that Tillman be seen.  We were seen within an hour to get x-rays and an exam.
Getting Tillman out of the house and calmed down took about 1.5 hours after the incident happened. He was pretty shook-up to see all the blood, he was hurting, and I'm sure he feed off my reaction as well.  As you can tell by the picture above, he walked around with his chin out and would not swallow any spit, so he was drooling everywhere...we had to put a stop to that!
In the back ground of this happening, Caroline was having a "hay day" with spurts of crying in reaction to Tillman. She was in the pantry dumping out a full box of cereal and terrorizing the place in general!

Tillman was not a fan of the dentist when he went for a check up a few months back, so we were not sure how this visit would go since he refused to have xrays the last time. Dr Galloway was wonderful. He offered for Tillman to sit on daddy's lap for the whole thing. That set the tone for a wonderful visit. Dr. Galloway said that Tillman's teeth looked ok on the xray. No cracks were visible. He did say that we will have to keep an eye on them, as they could fall out and not reset themselves. If that is the case, then Tillman will be without his front, bottom teeth until the permanent one come in. He is to be on Advil every 6 hours for swelling and pain, and he is also on a soft diet for 2 weeks.  I'm pretty worried about the teeth. I hope they reset themselves, but if they don't we will adjust.
Last night, I asked Tillman if I could check his teeth and touch them like the doctor did.  He said "the doctor didn't touch my teeth." I said "yes, he did."  He said "no he didn't!  mommy, the doctor's mirror touched my teeth!"  He's a sassy thing...needless to say, I didn't get to check his teeth!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

18 Months 2.20.14

Caroline is very vocal for her age. She knows about 20 words and phrases now (I want to go, bye bye, car, dog, Elmo, milk, please, shoes, Amen, etc). It is amazing how much she mocks Tillman's actions. Tillman is a great supporter of Caroline. He praises her for going potty, eating well, saying new words, etc. It is amazing how much we can understand what she is saying. If we can, sometimes Tillman knows exactly what she is saying. One thing is for sure, she knows NO! With the talking, she does get very frustrated if we can't understand her. She often leads to hitting us, which leads to further frustration by all, as we are trying to teach her a lesson not to hit which she is trying to communicate. 

 She continues to do well with potty training at school, and we are starting to do some potty time with her at home. We are trying to make it routine when she wake to try to go potty. One morning this week she woke up dry, and went to the potty. Tillman praised her very well and gave her a treat. I think she enjoys his praises much more than what mommy and daddy can do. She seems ready for the potty. Caroline doesn't mind sitting there for a while. She really enjoys Tillman's seat since it has a race car button on it, so she is entertained by that!

 Miss Caroline is also a climber!  She tries to get on everything, and has even crawled out of her crib! She also enjoys kicking her shoes off.  As soon as she gets in a high chair or in the car, she is kicking them off. If you give her too much time, she will take off the socks too!

Her health has been good. She made it to her 18 month point where tubes will likely not be needed. Especially since she is going into the spring and summer months. She continues to have runny noses, but I just think that is part of being a daycare kid! 

 Caroline is in the 2 year old class and is starting to get asked to parties. She had her first visit to Little Gym and did very well. Tillman also got to come, so he was excited. She loved the bubbles, running around on the mats, and getting help with all of the bars.

 With learning new stuff, Tillman started soccer this month.  Caroline has actually been the one who has really enjoyed wearing the shin guards and kicking the ball around. I think she is going to be our soccer girl. Still unsure about Tillman with the sport, the first practice, he wanted to be on the opposite side of the field from the group.  Caroline was having a ball! (no pun intended)

 Caroline has grow 1 inch, gained 6 oz, and her head has remained the same. We think she is growing well, and certainly has a wonderful appetite. She receive one vaccination this time. I was nervous about her getting a shot at this appointment since I had Tillman with me, but she didn't even cry! I was shocked and so was the nurse. She took it like a champ and really acted as nothing was going on. She did have a huge knot on her leg for about a week, so unsure if that was normal or the reason it didn't hurt. Tillman again praised her for doing a wonderful job. I hope that will help him when he was to get shots at his next appointment.  All and all, Caroline is taking on 18 months like a champ!