Monday, August 1, 2011

No rest for the weary in Weyville...

Where to begin??  Well, we took our very first family "vacation" to Delaware last weekend.  Austin did rather well for the almost 4 hour ride down there.  We stopped halfway at a rest area for lunch and Austin decided to have what some would call his worst blow-out explosion in his diaper ever!  Took me thirty minutes to clean him up on one of those tiny cramped changing tables.  I ending up throwing his whole outfit in the garbage!   All we heard for the remainder of the trip was Jake asking "Are we there yet?  Almost there mommy?  Mommy just a little bit longer?  Mommy, just about there?"  It was so annoying it was comical. 

On the way home, we stopped at the Please Touch Museum in Philly.  Jake had a BLAST!  I highly recommend it for anyone who has a young child and is in the area.  Austin didn't really enjoy the ride home that much, very cranky and cried a lot.  Who could blame him?  Its a long ride for a 3 month old!!

Then, last week, Austin surprised us all with a bout of THRUSH!  Yep, Thrush.  Jake never had it, but I knew enough about it that I knew the symptoms.  And sure enough, took him to the pediatrician and he had it, pretty bad.  So, he's still on meds for that.  Luckily its not really that big of a deal.   

Austin then had his evaluation for Early Intervention.  He did fantastic!  He passed all areas in the average or above average range.  In physical development, he scored a 98 (average is 85-115)!  Not too shabby!  (Jake coincidentally failed almost every section for his EI evals, his highest score out of all areas was 77!)  Normally, Austin wouldn't have qualified for EI with scores this high, but hydrocephalus is an "automatic qualifier" for services.  So, he will be getting physical therapy once a week.  They even agreed to give him infant massage!  I'm excited about that.  The little bugger still clenches his fists, but didn't clench them at all while they were evaluating him!  Wouldn't you know thats how it always goes, right?  Great to hear how well he is doing though!

Today I had to take Austin for bloodwork (for his upcoming MRI on August 8th).  Poor lil guy.  It was so traumatic for him.  The techs were literally squeezing and holding his arm so tightly, and then his blood wasn't flowing out, so they had to twist the needle!  I thought they pulled his arm out of the socket (flashback to visions of Jake's nursemaid's elbow when he was only 10 months old!) because Austin just kept screaming.  Thankfully he seems to be fine now and has been a little happy head since.

Kevin and I are really enjoying having a son who coos!  Here's a cute clip from today of Austin "talking" and enjoying his bouncer...(I apologize about the crummy taping..the cat was attacking my legs!)

Jake writing his name....

And in closing, here is a CLASSIC Jake-ism.  Before viewing, let me give you a little synopsis of the situation.  I am videotaping, Kevin is sitting on the couch next to me holding Austin.  Jake climbs up in between us, puts his hand in front of the camera, realizes "oh, hey, there's my hand....and THUMB"...and the rest is just classic (complete with Jake's own twist of the song at the end).  Gotta love him.....

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