Tuesday, January 26, 2010

wilD winter

This winter has been very busy and definitely a transition.  Here in Rexburg, Idaho it is FREEEZING cold.  I thought I knew what cold was but apparently I had no idea.  It is honestly, freeze your butt off cold here.  The first week we were here, I went grocery shopping and it was -9!!  ya, N.E.G.A.T.I.V.E.... and then another morning Cory went to work it was -13! and it was 9am!  Thankfully it has warmed up a bit and today we are a whopping 28 degrees, and its snowing.  It's always warmer when it snows.Rexburg doesn't really have a snow removal system(which just baffles me) so the roads are awful when its snowy and freezing...I have become a great snow driver :)

Winter also means, runny noses, sneezes, colds, coughs and at our house ear infections. lots and lots.  Poor Hayden has had 3 in two months.  About 6 doctors appointments later, one super crappy doctor, lots of antibiotics, one of which Hayden is allergic to(Penicillin), me stressing out about his hearing and having speech delays...we finally went to an ENT here in Rexburg. His ears looked good while we were there and there was no fluid on his ears while we were there and his hearing was great. Whew... BUT when kids have ear infections they have 30% hearing loss!  So Hayden could have been struggling to hear us, or we sounded like he was underwater while he had all the infections.  We then scheduled an appointment to have tubes put in his ears.  I had 2 sets of tubes as a kid, Ive obviously lived through the surgery.  I know lots and lots of kids that have tubes in their ears.  But the thought of Hayden "going under" and having surgery made me want to barf.

We woke up early that very snowy, cold morning...woke Hayden up and left for the hospital.  I had done all the pre-op the day before so I had signed all the dreaded "your child could....seize, die, etc." awful awful things to sign your name too.  They took us right back and got Hayden in a gown.  He was so happy and good considering he hadn't had breakfast yet(he had to fast for the surgery), and we pulled him out of bed and took him to this weird place he had never been.  We waited, then walked him back with the nurse to a certain point and then I gave him to the nurse to take back for the surgery.(WORSE FEELING EVER! just in case you were curious...)  The nurses later said he was happy and fine with them the whole time, until the mask over his face(uh ya...duh..of course he freaked out...)15-20 min later the Doctor came and told us the surgery went great, he was doing great, he had pus in his ears and was starting another infection so he would be more sore, gave us ear drops and went on his way.  I then heard my baby coming down the hallway SCREAMING crying!  He was so out of it.  He was slobbery and wouldn't open his eyes.  I couldn't get him to calm down.  We were in recovery for 45 min.  He cried the ENTIRE time.  Once he was more with us and out of the anesthetic he was more freaking ticked than anything.  He wanted nothing to do with any of the people there, he didn't want anyone but me and Cory to touch or look at him, he didn't want a drink or a snack... he just cried.  Until we left and got outside the hospital.  Then he stopped.  We got home, he ate and took a nap.  He was kinda more grouchy than usual and still kinda loopy sometimes, but was perfect the next day.  It's been a week later and its the last day of putting the ear drops in(which he HATES..LOATHES entirely really...)  But hopefully this means no more ear infections.

Waiting for the nurses to come take us back.  He looked really cute in the little hospital gown.

Loving on the cute bear the hospital gave him... and his Dog of course, which he got to take back into surgery with him

So we survived that fun adventure... Im ready for Spring.....

Here are some other pictures we have randomly taken this winter :)
(side note: Hayden is starting to kinda talk I think.  He will say the same sound over and over for certain words, like for hello and yes.  Im hoping now that he will for sure always have no fluid on his ears he will start talking more.  But he is signing really well.  He knows the signs for, "all done," "please," he signs please for everything...when he wants more, or when he wants up, when he wants out of his crib, when he wants anything really. And today he picked up "thank you," and "cheese."  He eats SOOO much cheese!  And Im glad he has manners already.  He knows where his tummy, nose, ears, head and "button" (belly button) is.  He follows directions, like "go get your ball/milk/juice/puppy etc." If I ask him if he needs to go nigh', night and he is tired he will walk to his crib and reach up for his blanket and dog.  He is so so smart.  He seriously amazes me daily with how much he knows)

"Taking at my new friends house. Rex :)  We are gonna be good buddies."
(Rex is our friend's brand new baby.  He is SOO cute and little.  It's so crazy to me that Hayden use to be that small)

mmmmm...these are yummy

How freaking sweet is this face?  I love watching him sleep...

This is the day of his birthday :)
He always surprises me the messes he makes and what I don't think he will be able to reach and then does... like goldish... or...

cereal...not sure how he got these... and then dumped them on the floor...

here he is enjoying his handy, and yummy work...

then fleeing the seen of the crime, haha :)

oh my heck he is the cutest

this was also the day of his birthday... :)

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Our little man turned 1!

My baby turned 1!  I still can't believe it... he is so big and independent now.  He knows he's big but thinks he is bigger than he is at the same time :) Anything he sees mommy and daddy do he tries to do as well.  He is finally eating really table food! (thank goodness, I thought the boy was gonna start kindergarten drink his lunch from a straw)  He loves pretty much any cereal, noodles, cheese, cheese, and more cheese, bananas, peaches, mandarin oranges, pears, black beans....and sometimes other veggies.  As long as he eats his carrots, green beans, peas etc off a fork, he will eat it.  Im not sure why it's different off a fork.... silly boy.

He thinks its the most hilarious thing ever to come around the corner screaming at the top of his lungs to scary mommy and daddy, then tackle them to the floor. (it is pretty funny)  He loves watching the cars outside and scaring them too.  He loves to read.  He will grab a book and climb into mine or Cory's lap to read.  He is so smart, to smart for his own good.  He knows how to sign, "please," and "all done."

Cory and I love him more than anything and are so blessed to be his parents.

Cory and I just had a little party just the 3 of us. :)  It was fun to be with our little boy together.

Opening one of my presents from Mommy and Daddy

Getting ready to blow out my candle!

Hayden wasn't sure what to do with this thing...

He wasnt really excited about having it on his hands.. haha.. it was pretty funny.

So daddy helped him get a little dirty...

He ate a few bites here and there, but then was done...

The "pupcakes" I made for our little party :)

That weekend we were able to go to my moms to celebrate his birthday and New Years.

These are pictures from Hayden's birthday at grandma's :)

Now I can shoot hoops like Uncle Trav!

I love my new puppy pillow pet!

"Thanks Grandma, Mandi and Travis for my birthday presents! I love you so much!"

The birthday cake I made for our bigger party :)
Its just like his little puppy...



I think he liked it hahaha...

"What?  Is there something on my face?"

"This chocolate stuff is good."

"Are you sure you don't want some of this?"

"Great...more for me"

"Wow... Mom..Dad... you've been holding out on some really yummy stuff!"

All gone :)

(Our Christmas post is below)

Christmas 2009

We had such a nice Christmas.  We were able to celebrate Christmas at my moms house early and then just us 3 on Christmas Day.  Hayden definitely got spoiled :)  He got a play barn that he loves, some books, movies, clothes, bath toys, a train, pjs....just to name a few.  He loved that all the attention was on him and he got to rip open the presents and then destroy the paper :)  He is definitely my little mess maker.  Here are a few pictures of our Christmas festivities starting with our early Christmas at my moms.

Helping grandma countdown to Christmas

Making Christmas cookies

Hayden "helping" make Christmas cookies

Trav was a big "help" too :)

Opening Christmas presents from Grandma, Aunt Mandi and Uncle Trav

"Thanks for all my new presents :) I am a lucky boy!"

Christmas Day at our own place was so fun.  It was so nice to be all together and celebrate Hayden's first Christmas!

Leaving cookies for Santa

But I kinda want this one....

Santa Came!!

My new barn!

I LOVE books!


We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas.  We felt very blessed this year to spend Christmas as a family, and remember the birth of our Savior.  Our holiday season continued with Hayden's first Birthday and then mine and Cory's second anniversary! I can't believe how fast this year went by...
bring on 2010!