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Friday Favs: The metro!

George loved sitting like a big boy on the metro!

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Clingy

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Friday Favs: Cutie iPhone Pics

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Ear Tubes!

Yesterday, George had his first surgery to have ear tubes placed. I was VERY nervous, but George was incredible. He hardly cried, was so agreeable and was back to himself by the time we got home!

We woke at 5am to get ready and left at 5:45am to head up to the Kaiser ambulatory surgical center in Gaithersburg. We took George straight to the car in his PJs. He was awake, but groggy for the ride. We arrived at 6:30am and checked in. Everyone was very nice to all of us. They brought George a warm blanket and all the nurses and doctors (not just his) had to stop by and say hello.

George did great, but wanted to nurse. He’s always been able to nurse on demand, so he wasn’t too happy. I held it together really well for all that part. I asked my questions, expressed my concerns and was playful with George. I didn’t want him to see me upset and get scared. Then, it came time to take him back. It was hard to decide who would take him back, but in the end I felt I should do it. I think Clay was a little bummed, but because I was so worried he let me do what I needed to do. He is awesome like that (thanks, hun).

I got my booties, robe and hat on and carried him back to the OR. The staff was so sweet. I laid him on the warm blanket and he was so content. He was pointing at all the bright lights, clapping and talking to all the drs and nurses. He even let them put all the monitors on his fingers and belly. They were all amazed at how easy-going he is!

Finally, she put the mask over his little face. We all (really–everyone) sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as he went to sleep. He looked me right in the eyes the entire time. I told him that mommy loved him SO much. I was sobbing and very scared at that point. They said he was out and I kissed him on the forehead and left. The anesthesiologist gave me a hug and reassured me on the way out.

As predicted, it was the longest 20 minutes of my life. I was really upset at first, but Clay talked me through my anxiety and had me take deep calming breaths. He was fantastic and a great partner, as usual!

After about 20 min, the dr came and got me and told me that the surgery was a success. She said the fluid in his right ear was like glue and both of his ears were really, really full of fluid. She said there was no way it was coming out without the surgery. It felt good to know we made the right decision.

I heard him crying as she was talking to me and the nurse said I could go back, he had just started to wake. I ran (literally) and took him from the nurse and immediately nursed him. He calmed down right away and nursed for about 45 min in recovery. He was in a good mood in no time. Clay went and got the ear drops at the pharmacy downstairs and came back up to us. Then we got him dressed and went home.

George fell asleep in the car on the way, then finished his nap at home with no problems. After his nap he was totally normal. Amazing!

I was SO impressed with the Kaiser team. Everyone was competent and had great bedside manners. It was quick and efficient, no waiting around or confusion. The pharmacy was right downstairs so we didn’t have to make a special trip. All in all, it was a good experience (for surgery, anyway).

And the best part…George gets to feel and hear better!

Here he is in his little surgery outfit. So cute.

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Art time!

Last weekend, George and I went to a toddler open art studio to have some fun! It’s local, only about 1.5 miles from our house in mt. Rainer.

George loved coloring with markers and painting with watercolors. He also got to play with lots of toys!

He loved dipping the brush in the water, then the paint, then onto the paper, then into his mouth! ūüôā

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George’s Ride

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Walking is hard!

Below is documentation of George’s first walking related injury. He was heading for the coffee table and didn’t quite make it. Well, his chin made it. I was standing right there when he face hit with a horrible crack! He was unbelievably¬†tough. He had a shiner on his chin and split his upper lip. But¬†a¬†bit of nursing and an icepack and he was good to go.

I was¬†was very calm about it¬†until that night. When I was trying to sleep I kept seeing his little head hit the table. I tossed and turned for this longest time! But,¬†I better get used to it! ūüôā

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Friday favs: Haircut!

The before, during and after shots of George’s THIRD haircut! He just LOVES getting his haircut…and this time he got animal crackers to boot. This was his best cut yet. We will definitely be going back to Shelby. She made him look so hip!

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Sunshine Daycare

On January 2nd, George started daycare for the first time at Sunshine Bilingual¬†Family Daycare. Until that day, he was home with one of us, his¬†grandparents or his nanny. My goal when George was born was to wait for daycare until he was at least 1-year-old–and we met it! George was 13 months. I also wanted him to be walking. And he walked on Jan 1st! Whew, that was close.

I feel so fortunate that our childcare situation has worked out so well over George’s life. Our closest friends use the same daycare, so we have tons of support. It feels like a community watching over him.

For example, when our friend Misty was dropping Laurelea off, he recognized her and started to fuss. She held him for 15 minutes until he was feeling better. When she left he was happily chowing down on waffles. Hearing that did my heart good. Hooray for great friends.

George on his first day:

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I decided to wait until a week after he started to post about it on the blog because I wanted to have a more accurate picture of how he was doing. It has now been a week and we are definitely still in transition, but things are looking up.

Separation Anxiety: He didn’t really cry the first day at drop off, but now cries everyday when we start to take his jacket and shoes off. At first he cried on and off all morning.¬†But now¬†he is crying less and less everyday. By the time the afternoon rolls around, he is playing and acting normal. When I come to pick him up he gets overcome with emotion and cries or fusses. This has gotten better each day as well. He says MAMA UP very clearly when I come in the door. He also wants to nurse immediately. He hits me in the chest and cries when I put him in the carseat.

I am SO grateful that I am still nursing. When we get home, he nurses for 15-30 minutes and most of that is really ‘mommy time’ where we can connect, he can relax and¬†he knows that he is home.

Eating: This is improving. Nubia was very concerned last week because he didn’t eat very much at meals. I anticipated this would be hard on our boy. He is used to long, leisurely meals where the focus is 100% on him. Now, there are 5 kids eating around him and lots of distractions. Also, the food is all different and new. Of course this is an adjustment, but a good one. He needs to be exposed to more food. On Tuesday, he made a big turn around and ate all his meals and snacks. Nubia was really pleased and so was I!

Sleeping: His little tired face has been the hardest thing on me. He was not napping there very much so by the time I would get him he would be so shockingly tired. I’m used to a very well rested boy who¬†takes two 2-hour naps during the day. He was cranky. George doesn’t really DO cranky, so that been really hard to see. He¬†went to bed at 6:30/7pm for the first¬†few nights and sleep 12 hours straight.¬†But again, on Tuesday (I think this is related to him having a full belly as well) he took TWO long naps!! He was himself all evening. Great to see this improvement.

Other notes: Cloth diapering at daycare is going well . They are awesome about it. I send clean ones in the morning and they send home dirty ones in a wet bag each night.

We drop him off at 7:45/8am, pick up at 3:45/4pm.

He takes a cup of whole milk with him to daycare but doesn’t really drink it.

He shares a cubby with Laurelea.

He sits in the middle seat at meal time. When I come to get him they are usually having snack. He is facing away from me at the table and the back of his round head looks JUST like Clay’s. Love it.

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I’m keeping notes on all of this stuff to track his progress and will update again in a week or two!

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Art Work

George has a little art area in his play room.

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Here he is practicing his coloring.

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Not quite over putting everything in our mouths…marker tastes yummy.

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