Monday, July 27, 2009

Sick Babies Again??? All is Well Now

Well, the boys survived another bought with sickness, and Matthew and I did too…barely! Whew, it was a rough one. They had really, really high fevers again for almost two full days. This occurred after we went in for their immunization shots and visiting the doctor - AGAIN. I am not sure if it is the shots, or the doctor’s office getting them sick. I have to try to stay positive that this will help build their immune system and later on they will be less sick. Gus had it pretty bad with a sustained fever over 105. We took them to the “after hours” pediatrician on Sunday night and they confirmed it was just viral and diagnosed pharyngitis. They had some pimply looking dots in the back of their throat and tons of drool; it was like they could not swallow their own saliva because it hurt too much. Then, days later when the fever was gone Gus had fever blisters in his mouth and throat. Poor baby! By Thursday Matthew took him back to the doctor because he was just screaming in such pain I thought there was something else wrong with him. The boys obviously did not have much of an appetite during the week, and I think it was messing with their tummies as well. The doctor just said that it was likely pain from the blisters in his throat making Gus so uncomfortable and irritable. However, he has continued with the fits as well, so it may just be a bit of the terrible twos coming early. The pediatrician actually said that the terrible twos begin with 15 months…and the boys are now just 16 months, so here we go! The boys are so good; it is just funny to watch Gus have a full blown fit. Raleigh just looks at me like “what is he doing???”

As the boys were feeling better we took them to Great Explorations in St. Petersburg. The boys had fun and were able to run around without us worrying too much about what they were getting into. The museum is a hands-on experience with tons of little interactive areas to play in. Of course, the boys loved the fire truck the best. The big cow in the orange grove area was also a hit. I did not have my camera with as I left it at a play date, but I took some with a disposable camera, so look for pictures when I get them developed. However, yesterday I bought a new camera and I am in love with it…which means tons of new pictures to come! Here are a few pictures of the playdate with some of the boys friends.

Some little things the boys are up to include: spinning, lots of spinning, walking on their tip toes and backwards, even sliding backwards on the wood floors too. They are very into new things and are so fun to watch. Raleigh loves to sign everything he can around the house and out and about. Gus has not been so active with the signing, but today he signed a ton while reading his book and I was so proud! They are still working on talking and have lots of new sounds, so I think they will take off talking soon. “Dad” is their favorite word right now. They never did say “da da” so it is awesome to hear dad all the time! I love that when we come close to Nonnie & Pickles house they start saying “pa pa” in the car. Their molars are almost all the way down now and the biting seems to have subsided as well – knock wood! Gus had been bitten on both sides of his face at one point and then a week later Gus had bitten Raleigh on his face too. Ugh! Better news is that they are moving towards a one nap schedule after the sickness. They have been sleeping in later and if they make it to 7 or 7:30 in the morning we know we are safe to get the day started and settle them in to a nap around 12 or 12:30. They also have decreased the amount of milk they have been drinking and have increased the amount of solid foods, which is helping them get better sleep overnight. We are also saving on milk expenses! Man, if they both drink around 30 ounces a day we were going through a LOT of milk. Now they are down to about 2 bottles totaling 16 ounces – which is exactly what they need. Plus, it means less bottle washing!!! Yay. Hopefully they will be down to one bottle soon and off them completely in the near future.

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