Saturday, March 22, 2008

Big boy!

Every night before his bath, Jack sits on the potty. He's never done anything other than sit before tonight. But, tonight he decided to do things right and POOP on the potty! Yay Jack!

Note: More Maurice family updates are indeed on their way. We have been dealing with everyone being sick this week and haven't had the time or energy to post.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Sleep tight...

Tonight, Jack was in the tub as I was putting Caroline to bed. As I shut Caroline's door and walked into the bathroom Jack said, "Night, night Sissy." So sweet.

Snap, crackle, pop!

My Little Man broke his first bone yesterday. Jack fell about 6 feet off a slide/play structure at the park yesterday and landed on his left side and shoulder. He cried and cried so I put him in the stroller and walked him back home. When we got home he was still crying (after about a 10 minute walk) and touching his left shoulder. I took off his shirt and felt along his collarbones and noticed a definite deformity on the left side - broken. So, I called Jason, Gigi, Yaya, and my good friend Erin to let everyone know what was happening. Then I packed up the kids and headed to Cook Children's ER after swinging by Erin's to pick her up (I needed the help and she was wonderful. Thanks Erin!)

When we got to the hospital we went straight back to triage and Jack was such a brave boy. He cried when we first walked back - I'm sure all the machines were a bit scary - and he didn't like having his blood pressure or pulse ox taken. He did like all the stickers he got, though. They also gave him a sling to wear with dinosaurs on it but since it's such a small sling, there's no complete picture of a dinosaur. Just dinosaur butts. Nice, huh?

When we got back in the waiting room, Jason had just gotten there and Gigi was coming in from parking my car for me. Jack and Daddy just walked around the waiting area (which was JAM PACKED, I might add) and played with the "aquarium" - there were lots of buttons for Jack to press so he was super excited about that. After a while my mom arrived and took Caroline home and put her to bed for me so I could focus on little Jack.

We went back and had Jack x-rayed - he didn't like that either but was very brave. After the fracture was confirmed (I knew all along, duh!) they put the sling on again and wrapped Jack's upper arm to his body with an ace bandage. He did not and does not like that AT ALL. We were then released and able to go home after being there for just under 3 hours! I was amazed at how quickly we were in and out.

Jack actually slept really well last night and is doing pretty well today. We're staying on top of his pain with Motrin and keeping his arm immobilized (trying, at least). He's actually wanting to use his arm and sometimes forgets that he is hurt. He'll put a little weight on it and then cry but settles pretty quickly. He's supposed to wear the sling/bandage combo for the next 2 weeks but we were told "good luck" by the folks in the ER regarding that. I just don't see how he'll tolerate it for that long. Although, he is getting more used to it now.

God was really watching over him when he fell. It was such a nasty, scary fall and things could've turned out much worse. I'm sure this is the first of many ER visits with my little boy. Poor guy. He was just trying to have fun and this is what he gets.

A day of firsts...

Sunday was a big day for Jack and Caroline. Jack "finally" got to ride in the car forward facing. I'm a huge proponent of car seat safety and believe that a child should ride rear facing until the limits of the seat. Jack's car seat has a rear facing limit of 33 lbs and I planned to keep him facing the back till we got to that weight. Well, Jack now weighs just a hair over 30 lbs naked - with clothes and shoes we were right on the line so we decided to turn him around. It was like a whole new world. As soon as I put him in his seat he said "WOAH!" and then pointed at the dash and shouted, "BUTTON, BUTTON!" (he loves to push buttons).

Sunday was also Caroline's first day to go the church nursery. I've been taking her to church with me since she was just over a week old but I'd wear her in the sling instead of leaving her in the nursery. At 2 months old, we decided that she was ready to go spend some time with her little baby friends and I could get a bit of a "break" (even though my break consists of taking care of other kiddos at church). She did great! Jason even got a picture of her snoozing away in the crib.

2 Months old!

My baby girl is already 2 months old! I know time went fast with Jack but I don't remember it feeling like it FLEW by like this. I guess it's cause I'm having to keep up with 2 now. Little Caroline is smiling, talking to us, turning her head, and lifting her head and chest up when she's on her tummy. We had her 2 month doctor's visit yesterday(Wednesday the 12th - interesting day, more to come) and she was 11 lbs, 2.5 oz and 23.5 inches long. She's such a cuddlebug and so cute. Check out these goofy grins!

23 months old!

Jack turned 23 months old on Saturday... this is the last monthly post I'll be doing. I figure, he'll be 2 next month and it's time for me to stop counting months. Right? This past month his language has really exploded and he's talking ALL THE TIME now. The other morning he woke up and Jason went to get him and he pointed out all the colors he saw on the way into our room - BLUE! (the curtains), YELLOW! (on his pajamas), RED! (the quilt on our bed). It's so fun to hear him talk and hear the new words he says every day. In addition to talking, he loves to bounce the ball, any ball. He could bounce, roll, throw, and kick balls all day long - believe me, we've done it. I'm amazed at how clean the playroom can stay because he's so immersed in playing ball that he doesn't even touch any of his other toys. He's such a boy!

He decided all the Diet Dr. Peppers needed to be stacked on the desk. Notice that he also has a pen in his hand - another big no-no.

Monday, March 10, 2008

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