Saturday, May 30, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Tonight Eli was in Clayton's bed as I got Clayton in pajamas. When Clayton crawled into bed, Eli lit up completely. I ran to get my camera, and although I couldn't get Eli to look as excited as he had, I did get this shot of Clayton so generously sharing a sippy cup of water with a very hungry Eli. Can you see the excitement on Eli's face?
I pray these boys will always have each other.
I have to say it was a slightly refreshing appointment.
1. A doctor with excellent kid bedside manner, and he's not even a peds specialist.
2. A doctor with compassion for Clayton's condition- the arm and the heart.
3. An orthopedist that knew what HLHS was. Not all doctors remember the chapter on congenital heart defects.
Clayton sat super still and didn't care at all as the tech put on the new cast. They were out of blue casts, so Clayton's next choice was purple, which was quickly vetoed by Mama, who selected green. Lucky for Clayton, they were able to do a short cast below the elbow. Not being able to bend his elbow had really annoyed him in the splint. The cast is also waterproof (I'd never heard of such a thing), so he'll be able to bathe, swim, and most importantly, run through the sprinklers. The tech told me insurance would not cover the waterproof cast, but she'd put it on if I payed the difference. I braced myself as I asked how much I'd have to pay out of pocket. $15. Sold! I think we'll get our money's worth.
Monday, May 18, 2009
So here's the terrible mom part. I'm not exactly sure how this happened. There are a couple possibilities. I usually help Clayton in and out of his booster at the table, but last night, he started to get down before I could reach him. I watched in horror as he fell head first onto the tile. He got an enormous knot on his head, and I was worried, so my neighbor came over to help me decide what to do. We watched him for a while, and he seemed to get over it. A while later, she asked me if I thought he was nursing his right arm. I didn't, but she moved it around a little, and he seemed just fine with that.
Then this morning Clayton woke up on the cranky side of the bed. He was a crank all through breakfast, and then as he was dragging his whiny self through my room, he tripped and fell with his arms straight out. He screamed and screamed, but he got over it. He played a little, but he continued to be super cranky. I started to think he was nursing that arm a little. He was using it and moving all his fingers, but something was different.
I decided we had to go to the ER. As I signed in, Clayton had a little toy motorcycle that he was driving with his right hand (the side in question) all over the chairs in the waiting room. Surely the nurses at the check in thought I was over paranoid, and I was wondering why I'd dragged us all down there. The doctor came in and said we'd get an x-ray just to be sure.
Well, sure enough, he's got two broken bones in there. They are buckle fractures, which means the bones just buckled on themselves from the force. They splinted him up, and we see the orthopedist tomorrow.
I can't say how relieved I am that I took him to the ER. I just didn't know, and I don't want to be that mom who freaks out everytime their kid gets a little bump.
Clayton seems fine. The only time he's been upset since the ER was when I wouldn't let him ride the neighbor boy's razor scooter. I don't think we need anymore broken bones tonight, thank ya very much. They probably have a little red flag in our chart because I didn't know exactly how my son's arm got broken. It wouldn't look good to drag him back in there with yet another broken bone.
You have to admit, all sadness aside, he does look pretty cute with the splint and sling, don't you think?
Saturday, May 16, 2009
A little boy in heaven
PS Just when you think it's time to put those jackets away...
Friday, May 15, 2009
Doesn't my baby look like the Pilsbury Dough Boy next to Elisabeth?
Elisabeth had been so good, but she suddenly decided she did not want her picture taken. As soon as I put the camera down, she was fine, of course. Aren't these kiddos sweet? I hope they'll all be good friends one day.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
By the time I got everything set up, Eli was starving. He wasn't particularly thrilled about learning something new at that moment, but he tried a few bites before getting a little frustrated.
I can't believe my baby is old enough to eat rice cereal. He's five months old today. Where has the time gone?