To set this up...Dex finally realized he could walk behind this walker we have. BUT, it rolled too fast, so I had to crawl beside him and keep the walker from going 90 miles per hour and thus keep Dex from busting his face. He thought it was the greatest thing he'd ever done, as you'll see. And after the camera quit rolling, we went back and forth about 75 more times. Or 80. Probably 100...
Sean and I went to pick up Dex this morning from staying yesterday and last night with Mimi & Daddy Doug. He got to spend lots of time with DD, which I'm pretty sure he loved...he's known for giving pretty good snacks to his grandbabies :)
We were all hanging out outside when we got there today because the boys were working the yard and it is just gorgeous outdoors these days! Here's Dex playing Sean, who kept putting his hat on his head. Of course, Dex had to pull it off immediately every time!
Love that perfectly round, bald head!
We turned his car seat around to face the front today, and the ride home was his first time facing forward! He loved it so much, he fell asleep right away. But doesn't he look so grown up? Haha!
Sean and Daddy Doug have been at the house working on shelves in one of our closets all morning. So I decided to load Dex up, run to the craft store for a couple of things, and then we went by the park for a minute so I could try to get a few pictures. I knew it would be difficult, since it was only me and him, and I had the camera. It's hard to get his attention, focus the camera, take the picture, and make sure he doesn't fall off of whatever he's sitting on all at the same time. Shwew. But I was pleasantly surprised, I got a few! Here you go!
The hand forward is because I was trying to get him to smile by jingling my keys in front of his face! Haha! I have about 12 pictures with his hand straight out :)
No idea, maybe trying to taste the air? But regardless, I love this picture!
I can't even believe I'm typing this (and I TOTALLY jinxed myself yesterday) but Dex now has ear infections (both ears). They started oozing sometime in the middle of the night, we took him in to the doctor this morning, got antibiotics (which will cure everything, according to my mom & dad :) hehe!) and ear drops. He started out at daycare this morning, but then started running a high fever, so I brought him home. Hopefully this is the end of it!
We may be finally coming out of the woods after two weeks of sickness... (I almost hate to type that for fear of jinxing myself). Dex has had fever starting Saturday night, and it finally let up yesterday. He's still not eating, but we've been able to keep him hydrated, at least. Today, he seemed like a new baby once he finally woke up. But he tired really quickly and fell back into his cranky sick fussiness. I was able to take him to his new nanny/daycare this afternoon, and I must say, it was much less traumatic than I thought. I fully expected him to cry, me to cry, me not be able to get work done because I was so distraught, and it was nothing like that! I think we've found a great place for him to go, and I think he'll really enjoy being around other kids! When I left him, the other babies were pulling on his ears and clothes, and I kept hearing "bay-bay?" He just sat there stunned, poor guy. I stayed a while until he felt comfortable enough to go exploring a little bit. I think we'll all be okay! :) (it's so funny being on this end of it, because I've always heard people talk about how difficult this is, and I'm always like, 'really? They're fine!' Well, folks, lo and behold, it's just not that easy!)
Since every post needs pictures, here are a few of me trying to keep a hat on Dex for one photo. ONE. Needless to say, 20 pictures later, and I still didn't have a picture I wanted. *sigh* He'll turn on the charm and wear the hat for everyone else, but me? Nah, not so much.
Well, we made it through last week, after Dex was diagnosed with Croup. He had a ROUGH few days, but seemed much better on Thursday afternoon and Friday (meaning, he didn't cry when you put him down). This weekend, Pop & Emi came into town for Amanda's birthday, and Dex seeemed okay on Saturday, but woah, Saturday night, he had to be held the entire night (thank you, Emi) and would wake up almost every hour crying. He was severely congested and running a fever. He couldn't breathe through his nose, which didn't work very well since he sucks his thumb to sleep. I think that woke him up several times, in and of itself. We gave him tylenol and a decongestant throughout the night, but nothing really seemed to give him much relief. So, we took him to Cook's Urgent Care this morning, and come to find out...he now has bronchiolitis. This is caused by several different viruses (including RSV) that infects the small airways of the lungs. (Did that sound like I copied it from the doctor's hand-out? Because I did.)
So.....even after taking Dex to get a monthly RSV prevention shot for the last 7 months (which are terrible, by the way...huge needles, thick serum that really burns going in, and the fact that he had to break his shot into two shots, one in each leg, since his weight was under 20 pounds) he still managed to catch the virus and cause bronchilolitis. *sigh* I just feel terrible for the kid, because watching a sick baby, unable to help him, just breaks my heart.
We were perscribed a nebulizer and some albuterol today to give him as needed, which seems to help quite a bit, thankfully. He was able to nap today and is sleeping on his own right now, so that's encouraging.
Please keep him in your prayers!
Precious little face...
One of the few smiles we got after the medication kicked in.
At least this time, it wasn't anything that couldn't be fixed with some medication and a breathing treatment! Dex woke up this morning with an awful dry raspy (barky) cough and was having difficulty breathing. He was taking short shallow breaths and it just sounded awful. Once I got him up and awake, he acted completely normal, playing and smiling, but just the sound of his breathing, and knowing the short breaths are not a good sign, we needed to do something. Since this was at 5:30 am and we couldn't take him to his regular pediatrician, we drove him to Cook's in Fort Worth. Thankfully, they got us in quickly, got Dex a breathing treatment (HATED IT) and gave him some oral steroids. We had to wait there for an hour to make sure he didn't react to it, and then we were discharged. He'll be taking steroids for the next few days, but right now he sounds much better. Pray that continues! He was diagnosed with Croup and an upper respiratory infection.
Here is a picture of Dex in his teeny tiny hospital gown! Needless to say, the nurses loved him :)
Here are just a few snaps of Dex today in his Easter wear. Such a big boy!! I promise there are more to come, with Dex and his cousins together! These are just a sneak peak for my out-of-towners who miss their grandbaby/nephew/etc :)
Hello... LOVED his Easter basket!
"Mom, who cares, okay?! They're just flowers." Ohhh...this child will learn :)
I don't particularly want to remember the sad feeling of this day, but I do want to remember our wonderful nanny. She has been Dex's best friend for the past several months... She's played with him, loved him, dried his tears, calmed his fears... all between the hours of 8 and 5 :)
How funny is his face in this one?? Haha!
Lyns - I can't express how deep my gratitude is to you for taking such wonderful care of our little boy! You honestly loved him like your own, and I am eternally grateful. I can't imagine how things are going to change going forward, but here's to the next step! I'm scared and nervous, but through it all, I know Dex will be fine. It's me that I'm most worried about :)