Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thank you normal day

One of my current favorite quotes (found, of course, on my current favorite blog) is this:

"Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day, I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all of the world, your return."
-Mary Jean Irion

And, thankfully, that's just what we have been up to...

Even Dewey-dog is having a very good normal day...

Grateful, indeed.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Puddle jumpers

The best part of a rainy day...
... a puddle walk!

Then it was home for warm baths, pizza & a movie. They made it about a third of the way through Monsters, Inc. before attention spans wore out. Luckily it was nearly bedtime anyway. All in all a great rainy Sunday...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Adventures in medicine

Since he was born, our little Quinn gets his hearing tested every six months. The last three tests have been "inconclusive" since he refused to cooperate during the sound booth portion. Something about being in the little booth with the animals that move & clap freaked him out every time. (Can't really blame him, they were kind of freaky!) So our next step was to take him for a sedated hearing test that measures brainwave reactions to sound. As long as we had him under we decided to see if he needed to get tubes in his ears as well. (I wanted to also bring a dentist, barber & nail scissors as long as he was under... he is such a squirmy monkey...but unfortunately that was not possible.) We arrived at the hospital bright & early... he was so very brave!

In the pre-surgery unit there was an area with toys for him to play with... it even had a little house & kitchen. He quite enjoyed all of the attention.

But I think his favorite part was taking a ride on the big bed...

We made good use of the extra hospital socks...

Saying good-bye to our pre-op nurse... Quinn made a lot of friends at the hospital that day.
He did really well during the whole process. I held it together right up until they put the little mask on his face to put him to sleep. One look at my little guy laying on that huge operating table set me a cryin'! The ear tubes were a quick procedure, he only needed the temporary ones. The hearing test took over 2 hours... luckily William was with me to wait it out. The results showed that he has a mild/moderate conductive hearing loss in both ears. They explained it to us that it is like he has soft ear plugs in... he can hear, but it is muffled & not as clear. We are going in tomorrow to get fitted for his hearing aids. Not sure how we will get him to keep them on... now that will be a challenge!

Once we got home we watched movies & hung out the rest of the day. Other than being a little groggy that afternoon he seemed back to normal really quickly. He was up & running around by dinner time.

Easter boys

Since we had to work on Easter Sunday we were lucky to have a pre-Easter egg hunt & party to attend at a friend's house. Lots of beautifully dyed real eggs & plastic ones filled with treasures hidden in a gorgeous spring green backyard. (We love living in our warehouse, but so often find ourselves with yard-envy!)

The boys had a great time hunting for eggs, but with their short-attention spans it was over way too quickly. Maybe next year we will be ready for a "real" egg hunt.

Once all of the eggs were collected, the kids attacked a lemon tree & filled up wagons & buckets with more colorful bounty.
Remy decided to take a taste... silly kid.

More fun was had at the macaroni table...

Happy Spring everyone!