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Monday, July 23, 2012

What Does a Dog Say?

"Woof" is overrated.

Nicholas: 13 month talking

Nicholas is 13 months old and talking up a storm!  He is really interested in learning the names of things, and he tries very hard to watch my mouth and copy what I say.  (Time to stop dropping "f bombs" I guess, lol)

Here are some words he knows:

cat (sometimes sounds like "ca" or "ta", but he's pointing to the cat, so I know what he means)
kitty ("kit-ty" or "ti-tee")
mama (sometimes sounds like "mom-mom")
daddy ("dad-DEE!")
Teddy ("ta-tee") - my mom's dog
dog ("daw" or "gaw" while pointing to it)
He also pants like a dog when he sees a dog, or when we say "what does the dog/Teddy say?"  lol it's so stinkin' cute

He just started trying to learn these:
pacifier ("pa-pa")
bottle ("bah-bah")

up ("pu-pu-pu-pu"-because when we're walking up stairs I say "up, up, up...")
birdfeeder ("BA-ba-ba" while pointing to it.  He gets that it's a long word--so cool!)
uh oh ("AH!" or "AH ah!")

Every thing else is "dadadadada..."

Friday, April 6, 2012

Hospital Stay

It's been a busy and stressful few weeks.

At his 9 month check-up, we discovered Nicholas had yet another ear infection and he was just starting to develop a cough. His cough got much worse over the next 2 days and he was up all night screaming, crying, and gasping for air. We went through this once before a few months back, so I knew he would end up needing nebulizer treatments again. Little did I know how bad it actually was...

We had to take him in to the doctor 3 days in a row to check his oxygen levels. The first two days, his oxygen was 93% (considered "borderline") and the third day it had dropped to 86%. The pediatrician told me he was admitting Nicholas to the hospital for bronchiolitis (not the same as bronchitis). Everything is sort of a blur from that moment on. I was shaking and fighting back tears and trying to figure out what on earth to have my husband bring from home. We walked right over to the hospital and were admitted that afternoon.

Strangely enough, the afternoon nurses and doctors didn't seem at all in a rush to get my son breathing normally. They all said they heard a lot of wheezing and he was using his abdomen a lot to breathe (which is NOT good), but for some reason we ended up waiting around for hours before the NIGHT nurse came on duty and finally hooked him up to some oxygen.

The rest of our time in the hospital was great. The nurses and respiratory therapists were wonderful. He was given steroids (to reduce inflammation in his airway) and antibiotics (for the ear infection), and he was hooked up to oxygen tubes and had his oxygen levels monitored around the clock. It took 6 days before they were finally able to wean him off the oxygen, but he was a trooper and he charmed the pants off all the nurses.

A week later, his breathing is back to normal, but he developed a stomach virus which my husband and I both caught. It has not been a fun few days in my house, but we're all on the mend. I'm on Spring Break this week, so I have Nicholas home with me, but he will return to day care full time next week. Fingers crossed that he can stay healthy for the next 2 months since I'm out of sick days!

Here are some pictures of Nicholas from the hospital:

Sunday, February 19, 2012

8 Months

I can't believe how quickly time flies. My little man is becoming his own little person. He's hilarious, and he and I have our own little inside jokes.

His favorite thing to say is "Dadadada..." He says this when talking to himself or us. Sometimes he shortens it to "Da" when he just wants to insert his opinion into the conversation, lol. He babbles a lot at me when he's breastfeeding, and he is just beside himself with laughter when I jump in first with my own rendition of "Dadada."

Nicholas desperately wants to crawl. He starts out sitting, then lunges forward and rocks back and forth on his hands and knees. Then he scoots his butt and arms back until he's sitting up again.

Another new thing he does is wave his hands furiously in the air. I have no idea why, but I absolutely adore it! My husband and I always clap when he does this and we say "Yay!!" Today he watched our hands very carefully, then started trying to clap! He is learning so quickly, and he's such a smart and observant little guy.

Here's a video of him waving his arms like crazy:

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