Monday, April 25, 2011

Texas and tubes

Last Tuesday Shem was sent down to Texas for work. He needed to show some guys how to do processes the right way. It's the same thing he did when he went down there in January but this time was more effective and also a lot better and calmer. If you remember, in January everything seem to go wrong from the moment he stepped off the plane and went down hill very quickly from there. This last week everything went fairly smoothly. The overtime pay will be very nice from this trip as well. :)

William also got tubes in his ears today as well. Since the end of last year William has had fluid behind his ears that just wont go away and the past 3 months he gets maybe 15 days between each infection. The past few days he has been extra fussy and not sleeping well at all and then last night while getting him ready for bed I noticed infection smell on him. I knew it was back again and was so glad that he was getting tubes today. So this morning we got up bright and early, at 5, we had to be at the hospital by 6:15, and went to same day surgery. We got settled in and him in his little hospital gown and waited, and waited, and waited. Finally at around 8 am he finally went back into surgery. It only took about 15 minutes to do, when the doctor came out to tell me everything went well he said it was a good thing that we had it done because his ears were full of infection. Not even 5 minutes later they came out and got me to go back with my poor screaming and confused baby. Within 5 minutes of being back with him his ears started draining infection and some blood and it's been doing it off and on all day long. After a nice long nap when we got home, he has been acting 100 times better and it's so nice having a happier boy back. I'm so glad I listened to my mommy instincts and went ahead and got the tubes rather than listen to the doctor and wait 3 more weeks and see what happens, which we would have just been doing another appointment this week rather than the actually surgery.

So for you new moms or future moms out there, Momma instincts know best so LISTEN to them, even if you have a "medical professional" trying to tell you other wise. If my mom hadn't listened to hers one of my sisters would not be alive right now.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The past couple months

Well, it's been a crazy past couple months. The end of January William got an ear infection that just wouldn't go away. After a month and a half of treating it 4 times with antibiotics and having an allergic reaction to one of them we finally went to an ENT (ear, nose, throat specialist), and while waiting to be soon by him started a 5th round of antibiotic. Finally on April 5th we saw the ENT and the infection was gone but he still had fluids behind his ear drums. So he suggested to wait another 3 weeks to see if things would finish clearing up on their own and then we would talk about getting tubes, but that just didn't feel right. After sitting there for at least a half hour talking the doctor into just doing the tubes, yes I had to talk the doctor into doing them, I finally got the papers to set up the appointment. So I go set up the appointment, well, the only day they had open in the Payson hospital was 3 weeks out! So if I had waited another 3 weeks and then check his ears again before talking about tubes it could have been another 6 weeks before he actually got them. William is getting tubes in his ears on the 25th of this month. I'm so happy to hopefully be done with the ear infections. Oh and it turns out the doctor was wrong about him, most likely not getting an ear infection again, because this weekend he came down with a fever that wouldn't go away, so I got the refill on his antibiotic filled and started it on Sunday, wonder of wonders he is doing tons better today! He was playing with his ears and screaming when I tried laying him flat on his back, all the typical signs of ear infection. After just 2 doses of antibiotic he is doing so much better and is so much happier.

Of course it hasn't all been bad. William is now numbered among the walkers. He is officially a toddler! He walks every where, except the grass which is too hard to walk in though he tries, and thinks himself the most clever little boy alive. He is also getting quite the language skills, he says "thank you", "welcome", "hi dad/mom", "bro-er(brother)", "hello", "goodbye", "kitty", "cat", and many other things. He is such a sweet boy and loves to give hugs, and occasionally "aww" kisses (as he is kissing your check he says "awww" while his mouth is on your check all wide open). He is such a character.

Shawn is the lead character of the family with some much energy that he wears you out just watching him. He also is quite talkative and is very smart. He has an amazing imagination and loves to drive his "motorcycle" around. He is getting so big, he could start preschool this fall if we wanted but we will probably wait till next fall to enroll him. He is still very much a daddy's boy but has decided that mom really isn't that bad and I just love it when he runs up to me wraps his little arms around my legs and says, "love you." and then takes off playing again. He is day potty trained, aside from the occasional accidents during the day, and is showing signs of being ready to potty train at night, so we might start that in the very near future.

Shem is doing well at his work and is working long hard hours. He will most likely be going on some out of town work trips this year possibly even to Trinidad.

Life is going well for us.