Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tubes Today

Today was the big day, Davis' first official surgery. Honestly, the hype at the hospital was more stressful and scary than the actual 15 minutes it took to put in the tubes. It's such a simple and very short procedure, but the before and after took the most time. Last week we had an appointment with our ENT to line up everything and prepare ourselves for ear plugs and ear drops. Yesterday I had to spend an hour at the hospital filling out all the paper work and getting instructions about where to go, how to bathe Davis, and not to let him eat or drink after midnight.

Besides the anesthesia, I was most worried about Davis wanting to eat first thing this morning. We woke him up right before we walked out the door, we had to be at the hospital at 5:30am. He was a little upset that we weren't feeding him his usual morning spread, but we gave him some toys in hopes to distract his hunger. The two hours till surgery weren't too bad, but towards the end Davis was bored with this so-called adventure.

As 7:30 rolled around it was time for surgery. The nurse came in to give him some tylenol and something to make him groggy. All of a sudden he was loopy and drowsy and that's when the nurses carried him off and I freaked out. I don't do well crying or showing any emotion in public, so I held the tears in. It's only tubes after all, right? But it was difficult seeing him go into surgery. I so badly wanted to go with him.

Forrest and I grabbed some coffee and waited in the waiting room. Before we knew it, the Dr was out telling us everything went great and that we could go in once he was awake. Unfortunately, they only let one of us go back to hold him. I wasn't expecting this to be the worst part, but it was. I put on a gown and went back to find my baby boy groggy, eyes closed, limp, and crying. After about 30 minutes, he started to calm down and was happy to chug a bottle and start munching on some graham crackers. We watched Sesame Street for about an hour as they kept checking his vitals and finally, they let us go home! Good thing because he was so ready to get outta that hospital bed.

Davis reading his favorite book in the waiting room.

Sporting his hospital ID tag

Dressed in purple and ready to go! His first time in purple and we got a lot of, "oh she's precious!"

After tubes, in the recovery room enjoying our Graham Crackers. Yummy and messy!
Time to get dressed and go home!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Go Crusaders!

This past weekend was my high school 10 year reunion. Somehow Kel and I ended up coordinating the weekend plans, neither of us were class officers. St. Michael's is a small private Catholic high school and we graduated with about 83 people in our class so it was no surprise our reunion was very small. And when I say very small, maybe 10 people showed up. Even with the poor turnout, it was still a fun weekend. I got into Austin Thursday with Davis and Ann Marie was our hostess. She was also my babysitter! It's always difficult traveling and being in a non-baby-proofed place, but we made it work.

Friday night was the football game, which was surprisingly fun because we ran into a few of our old teachers and we got to see the improvements to the campus. Let me correct that, HUGE improvements. They now have a theater, an air conditioned gym (I don't miss PE in the heat), a cafeteria (yes, we used to sit outside on the sidewalk or at picnic tables), and a nice track around the field. Saturday we had a family picnic at the park and that night we met up downtown.

Collin (Kel's husband) and Jack doing a little swinging!

The SMA crew that showed up to the picnic!

Downtown, showing our Crusader pride!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

We Did It!

I want to give a shout-out to my amazing sister for all her hard work over the past couple of months...training, fundraising, and spreading the word. She helped us all reach our goal of $5,000 for the Mark Felice Childhood Cancer Fund! To read more, check out her blog: TRI-ing for a Cause. Thank you for all your support and encouragement!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

One Small Step for Baby, One Giant Leap for Davis

Davis is walking. Everywhere.

It started a couple weeks ago actually, right when I got home from Miami. Thank goodness Mommy didn't miss those first steps!!! Of course every time we tried to catch it on video he either 1) Got mad at us for trying to force the walk when he wasn't in the mood 2) Duke got in the way (which is why Duke is outside in this video) or 3) Knew crawling would get him where he needed to go, so he would forgo the walk. All of these attempts are on camera and worth posting, especially the one where he gets mad at us. But before posting those attempts, I want to post the real deal! He walks across rooms usually doing the Frankenstein thing with his arms straight out. Here he's playing with one of his favorite toys and I try to lure him in with a Mommy kiss!

Untitled from Christina Thompson on Vimeo.

While we are posting some major milestones, I want to share a couple things Davis does we find adorable:
1) If you sing Old McDonald has a farm Davis will sing along the "e-i-e-i-o" part.
2) The boy says "Thank You!!!" Sometimes it sounds more like "danku" but if you hand him something he replies.
3) He's a pro at the high five!
4) We didn't decide to teach Davis a ton of signs, but the ones we did work on, he's using frequently. These are milk, eat, and more. I love when he uses two at a time. The other morning I was changing his diaper right before breakfast and he was hungry, he told me through his signs, more eat!
5) He has four teeth and they are super sharp. He does okay when it comes to brushing those teeth, but it's not one of his favorite things.
6) He loves his puppy dog Duke. He'll call for him, "Doookie?"

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Long Labor Day Weekend

We had a very relaxing Labor Day weekend. Forrest was on call, so we didn't make many plans and stayed close to home. Still, without any plans, it ended up being a very eventful weekend.

We geared up for the Aggies to watch the UT game :)
After the game we went out for sushi. Davis thinks he's soooo funny. And I must admit, he is!
Daddy and Davis catching up on another football game...
About to go on a train ride...
Feeding the ducks at the zoo

And to top off a wonderful weekend, Forrest decided to fix a leaky faucet. We now know you are supposed to turn off the water first. Home Depot taught us a lot that day and I'm proud to say our faucet doesn't leak anymore.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Barefoot Baby

Davis rarely wears shoes. The only time I insisted on socks and shoes was back in December when we wanted to keep his tiny toes warm. When summer came, shoes seemed like a waste and of course got in the way of crawling and cruising. I tried to get him to wear some flip-flops but he would take them off every time. And now that he's getting close to walking I haven't wanted to put shoes on him because they say (who is they...the experts?) babies should learn to walk first barefoot. Don't worry, for church and other nice events I do dress him with shoes, usually his navy blue crocs (thanks Renee). Well, the other day, he was playing with his box of shoes and insisted I put a pair on him. He crawled up to me with his camo crocs (which just happened to match his camo PJs) and started tapping his foot. They are still too big for him, but I obliged. I figured they would fall right off and he would leave them behind. To my surprise, each time one fell off he would hold it up to me wanting me to put it back on. So precious! Thanks Bina, Davis loves these shoes!!!

Of course, I caught it all on camera: