today, i couldn't find my phone. i used bo's phone to call it.
i found it in bo's shoe.
how cute and funny is that? i love how kids just do silly things without thinking anything of it.
the last couple of days have been big days. bo started using the shelf from our dining table and turning into a ramp. he inclines it on the couch, and orion practices walking up and down it, grabbing his cars and racing them down the ramp. our physical therapist actually suggested this kind of exercise several weeks ago to get him to build up his muscles. it's working! it's also helping out his balancing skills, and it's all fun and games too. it's one of his favorite past times.
orion's also understanding when he's pee'd/poo'd into his diaper. he will go into the bedroom, grab a diaper, bring it out to us and point to the bedroom to go take him in there and change him. HA! he's quicker than us. he's also showing interest in his potty, so i think it's time to start....sigh....it's such a big job, but it's got to be done.
tonight was the first night he fell asleep without a bottle. he ALWAYS needs a bottle, whether or not he's thirsty. we've been contemplating lately on weaning him because that darn kid just drinks too much! an average toddler probably drinks 10-15 oz of water a day. orion drinks at least 30-40 oz. that is so much! and then, that really adds to the diaper changes, we must go through that giant value box in a month (that's 160 diapers!). plus, i think all that water-drinking is making him too full to eat. so tonight, we let him have one bottle (5 oz water) and he cried for more, but after 30 minutes of tears, he gave up and went to sleep. i'm aiming to not give him any bottles in the middle of the night (he always wakes up about every 3 hours to drink some water). i hope i don't give in!!!
he's also had trouble tolerating cow's milk in the past (rash and vomiting). we tried goat's milk, but that didn't work either. in the past week, he has become obsessed with cheddar cheese and stonyfield farm's yokids squeezers.
he never really liked yogurt from a cup, but these little tubes of yogurt is so appealing to him! he will eat two at a time, and will total 4-5 of these a day! i'm sure he would eat a whole box if i let him. you can find these at trader joe's.
since he's been tolerating processed cow's milk, i decided to try cow's milk again. i mixed 1 oz of whole milk with 3 oz of soy milk and he didn't mind it. no rash, no vomiting. today, we are at 2 oz whole milk and 2 oz soy milk and he enjoyed it. hopefully i can get him to drink just whole milk, it will be so much more nutritious for him, and cheaper too!!!
so, some great stuff happened over the last couple of days. on the downside, he hasn't been eating well in the last 4 days. he would eat breakfast, but would not eat lunch or dinner. then today, he didn't eat any breakfast at all, so i decided to make lunch fun and get him this:
ORION'S FIRST HAPPY MEAL!!
he ate most of the fries and half a nugget. he drank half of his juice. he ended up finishing the rest of the nuggets at home, only after i spent 45 minutes blowing bubbles to distract him and getting him to eat.
prior to mcdonald's, we took orion to one of our favorite parks in palo alto. it was such a nice day today, we decided to stop for some play time on our way home from LPCH's rummage sale.
here are some long overdue photos that are from the past month:
couch time with his fave soccer ball and raisins
reading after visiting moriah
response to "where's boobie?"
straws = inexpensive entertainment
dipping cookies into milk
that funny face you see in a lot of his photos is his infamous "picture face." he does this whenever the camera comes out.
orion also got to spend some quality time with my mom while she was here earlier in the week for a few days. i did not get any pics with my camera, so i will have to get them from hers. she cooked a TON of food, kept our apartment clean, and played so much with orion. he had a blast. she left in the morning while orion was sleeping, and that day was pretty rough for him. he was looking for her, calling her, and was just sad and moody. it took a couple of days for him to get out of that funk.
i hope you enjoyed the photos, and i will try harder to post more pictures in a timely manner!
orion's got another follow-up with cardiology on monday and also seeing pediatrician on wednesday. oh yeah, forgot to mention after him catching a cold, he also got a staph infection on one of his chest tube scars. the antibiotic ointment did not get rid of it, so he's taking an oral antibiotic. hopefully it will go away by wednesday! if it doesn't, i don't know what the next step is. let's hope this infection clears and does not spread to other places like his HEART.
ok, last bit of info: please continue sending prayers to baby moriah!!!! she will need heart surgery again, and needs all the love and healing she can get!!!