Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
The past few days have been an absolute gong show. I got a little concerned about my little guy when I saw a rash begin to appear in Silas's cheeks on Sunday. I thought that maybe he had gotten a little too much sun, or maybe had red cheeks from the teething. The following day, it seemed to be spreading on his body. I became more worried and brought him to the Doctor that day. She took a quick look at him, no more than 4 minutes and declared that he has the measles. I was shocked. I guess that kids don't get their immunizations for measles until 12 month, and there had been a few reported cases in Calgary. Still, how could he have the measles??? My doctor lamely told me to give his tylenol if he got a fever and sent me home with no instructions, tests etc. The following morning I called the community health nurse who does my kids immunizations and she was very very surprised to hear the Doctor's diagnosis, especially with no tests having been done. She told me that the likelihood of it being the measles was very low, but they wanted me to bring him into the hospital to perform the tests. At the hospital they took every precaution including air tight quarantine, face shields, full gowns etc. My mom and I felt rather underdressed! I repeated several times to the nurses that I really didn't think that he had the measles. One nurse even commented on the fact that he didn't look like a sick guy....the rash he had cleared up completely overnight. Still they drew blood (painful) and swabbed deep deep in his nose (traumatic)and taped a bag to his bits to get a pee sample (uncomfortable). The drama of this ordeal was amped up because of the quarantine precautions that needed to be taken. We had been planning a trip to Edmonton on the upcoming weekend for a reunion with some of my old girlfriends and their kids/babies and I was now being told that we had to cancel our trip. Well, I wasn't going to have that, especially when I doubted so strongly that he even had the measles at all. I spent the following days on the phone with community health nurses, Doctors and all of the parents of the kids that Silas had been in contact with over the past days and weeks. I was busy and stressful and in the end we got the ok to go away as even if he were sick, we would have been through the contagious stage by that point. I was so glad that we didn't cancel the trip...sure enough as we were on our way driving to Edmonton, we got a call from the Doctor and the test results showed that it wasn't the measles. What an ordeal! But I was happy to know that Silas had a clean bill of health and that my Mommy intuition was still bang on.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
I know, I take a lot of 'swing' shots...but it is the perfect picture taking opportunity - my hands are free and he is filed with huge smiles! I am trying so hard to be a record keeper of sorts...even if it is mainly images. It is difficult to find the time to try to capture these busy times. But I love these times, I love them with all my heart. Silas, my little buddy, has been having a very rough time these past couple days. A fever, nothing too serious, has been plaguing him as two more teeth painfully work their way through his pinks gums....on the top. He nurses and sleeps his way through the days and nights right now....his attachment to me has seemingly increased ten fold. He has grown leaps and bounds in the past weeks. Here he is, poised on the last remaining edge of true babyhood - walking. once those first steps are taken we will be snowballing into toddlerhood at speeds faster than I can imagine. I savour his need for me. I surrender to it. Being a food provider is a monumental task and I love it. Silas is so wonderfully content to sit in my lap, to play, to see the world from the safe, comfy vantage point of my lap...and I am thrilled to hold him here as long as he wills it.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
It is great to see that even at such a young age, this little guy is very social - he is always honing the suave skills on his favorite girlfriend, Addison. Here are the two of them chilling in the backyard. They had a busy day hanging out together at parent link and having a backyard play date.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Silas's first Mother's Day...Dad was teaching him the ropes. It was certainly my busiest, most tiring Mother's Day yet. Some things (like babies) just don't ever stop. But also very special. Adam made an amazing, never to be forgotten, lemon pie. And my Mom made us a lovely feast. A walk in the park and a special morning of pancakes and presents made it a completely enjoyable day!
Monday, May 3, 2010
I pulled out Willow's old 'pusher'. I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner but maybe it's a good thing that I didn't. The moment I gave it to him, he was off. He looked so happy and thrilled with himself...I had to run to grab my camera.