There's some new stuff here....I have been adding posts that I previous only recorded in my journal in a effort to fill in some blank spots from the past six months...I intend to try to keep up with this little man's comings and goings - if that is possible! Enjoy...

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

One of Those Moments...

...when I am just struck with he perfection of everything....and overwhelmed with the how beautiful this little guy is!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

Hospital....

Silas and Mom spent the night in the Emergency room last night. Silas was coughing and mucous-y and could not catch his breath. I guess it was a croup-y kind of cough, which is fairly common, but it came on so fast and I have never heard him like that before. It was 1 am when I woke up, Adam was already awake and we were both concerned that it just seemed like he was having trouble breathing. So we woke up Willow, got everyone dressed and packed into the car and headed off. I couldn't help but think about the drive to the hospital on the night Silas was born. Thank goodness it wasn't too busy in the Emergency room. we were admitted with about 40 minutes. I sent Adam and Willow home. It was another couple hours before we saw a Doctor and by that time Silas had been nursing and sleeping and his cough and breathing were completely normal. The doctor offered epenefrin (sp) and steroids but I opted out. I figured if it happened again I would consider it, but for now, it didn't seem like my little guy needed that. It was probably a case of 'overreacting parent' but when it comes to breathing, you can't be too careful. Pretty much, once he was upright, he was fine. So, that was a good adventure. Willow was happy because I gave her our hospital bracelet to play with as a part of her doctor kit.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Tasty Rocks...

This little guy just makes me smile...

Sunday, March 21, 2010

First Day of Spring!

Clearly Silas is as thrilled as we were to be celebrating the first day of spring with a cozy stroll down to the river! ANother big milestone occurred to day as well, Silas did his first sign for 'milkies' to me. I find it totally amazing that we can communicate with sign language to one another. It is so useful to be able to understand him and his needs accurately. I will try to continue to teach him more signs...it really just makes both of our lives easier!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

FOOD!

Here's a pretty big milestone, at least in my mind it it. Tonight Silas ate the exact same food that we had for dinner - no separately prepared baby mush! We had home made chicken noodle soup and he held the noodles and peas in his little fists and munched down no problem. He enjoyed it so much - it was great for me to see him being so excited over his first tastes of one of our old favorites.

St. Paddy's Day...

No green beer for this guy...or green milk for that matter. But Silas, the social butterfly, had fun at Parentlink celebrating the lucky day.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Seven Months!

Holy macaroni! Where did that month go? Now Silas is 7 months old, over half a year. I know it will feel like a blink of the eye before he is one. This month brings us the welcome warm weather of spring. It has been so nice to be out in the yard each day. It is still a pretty big world for Silas. But it is a world with some softer landing pads as grass and dirt have a little give to them, which is good. His little legs are getting much stronger and I do not worry as much when I see him pulling himself up to standing against the couch...the noodle-leg thing seems to be easing off and he can hold his ow weight a lot better. Even when he is crawling up on things (a 24 pack of toilet paper has been in the living room for several days now acting as a soft, climbing block) and he cascades over, he seems to be able to catch himself to avoid a big crash and instead employs a 'roll with the fall' technique to a safe landing position. He is sitting up on his own now without much worry that he is going to topple over. I still spend a lot of time on the floor these days. No matter where we are, indoors or out, someone always needs to keep an eye on what this guy is putting into his mouth...leaves, grass, rocks, and everything else you can imagine seems to find it's way there. Oh, the sandbox will be fun! Yesterday we even had our first BBQ and outdoor picnic and he seemed quite pleased with it all. It's a whole new world of fun about to begin now that we can hang out in the back yard....just you wait and see little guy! I can't wait to show you everything....

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

DaDaDaDaDaDa!

Ok, I am trying not to admit it, but Silas's first word is Da-da. Actually, more accurately, his first consonant sound is "D"....and he is saying it all the time. It is so completely adorable. As he is crawling about, concentrating, eating, playing, "da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da..." is coming out of his two-toothed mouth. I Love him so much, even if it is not "Ma-Ma-Ma" that he is saying.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Parentlink...

Silas loves going to Parent Link almost as much a Willow does. He gets to play with neat toys, be social and hang out with his girlfriend, Addison. He is really good with me leaving him to play with her with other adults watching, while I do activities with Willow. I guess as a parent of two, I don't really need to worry whether he is 'getting enough stimulation' because just being towed around in the busy chaos of our family is stimulating enough!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Mr. Sunshine...

Is it just me, or does he look like a rugged, outdoors type already....?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Feeling it...

Today in the gorgeous sunshine Silas's first feeling of grass. The snow has finally melted and the front yard is ready to be explored!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

To the Doctor...

I took Silas to the doctor today for a follow up appointment from last month and I am happy to report that all is well. His ears are fine and he is feeling much, much better. I kind knew that but I guess it is always good to get the ok from the professionals. It's funny, though, because I took him to the walk in clinic about two weeks ago and the Doctor there gave me a prescription for antibiotics for an ear infection which she encouraged me to wait about 24 hours before filling it, just to see if it could clear up by itself....and it did. And when I was at the Dr's with him last month for his cough, she gave me a prescription for what she called candida-type diaper rash cream, which I didn't bother filling either. I use a natural, herbal balm that keeps him completely rash free, but I had lost the little tin for a couple days, which is when his (very slight) rash appeared. I was glad to not be pumping his little system with unnecessary prescriptions. It reassured me that I know what is best for my little guy....and it doesn't come from the drugstore!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

Keepin' up...

Oh it's a hectic pace to keep up with some days....

Finger Ouchies

Silas the mighty explorer did a number on his little thumb this evening. He stuck it into the heat vent in the hallway as I was pulling his sister out of the tub. I only turned my back on him for a moment only to hear him screaming bloody murder - I knew something was hurt. I found his bloodied thumb with a big chunk of skin torn off...but I was relieved to see that he still had a thumb attached! Why do these things always seem to happen when Adam is not home??? I nursed him and (finally) stopped the bleeding and he passed out. Geez! Poor little guy...that was a bad gouge! I called Adam and he came home right away. Willow was really good through the ordeal and kept coming in to check to make sure he was ok. I will never be totally ok with seeing my kid's blood...that was freaky! Please tell me this is not a sign of things to come....