May 15, 2007

We have a one year old!

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Well, once again it's been too long since I updated! Two whole weeks have gone by since I posted an update, and there is a lot to talk about!
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First, of course, Sam turned one the day after my last post! I just can't believe that a whole year has gone by already. Sam is getting so big. We didn't do a lot to celebrate on his actual birthday, but I did take him to the mall and get some picture done, and they turned out well. The one to the left is my favorite one, but I posted all of them on the flickr site, so if you haven't seen them already, click on the photo link over to the right and check them out! I didn't like the place at the mall as much as Babies R Us, but that's why I went - to try it out and compare. So, we went to the mall and he got to play in the kid area and then we got some ice cream, which he thoroughly enjoyed!
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The day after that we went to the Children's Museum at Seattle center with Tara and Nate. I'd never been there before, and it was really neat! In addition to all of the cool stuff they have, they have an area specifically for 0-3 year olds, and Sam had a lot of fun crawling around and playing with the various toys. They have a little theater, a couple of restaurant areas you can play in, and lots of other stuff. I didn't get to explore completely because we left after playing mostly in the 0-3 area to go outside and have snacks and enjoy the music and the fountain. We had a really good time, and discovered that Nate LOVES the little puffs that Sam has been chowing down on lately.
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That Friday Sam had his one year well baby checkup and got four shots. He dealt with the shots really well - he cried a lot during them, but was fine by the time we got out of the building. We were lucky he did so well because we accidentally left the diaper bag in the driveway at home, so we didn't even have a bottle to give him to soothe him! Before his shots, he'd had a runny nose and a yucky chest cough, but it had mostly cleared up. Well, since he had the checkup he has actually gotten sicker and sicker, and this past weekend was kind of crazy. More about that later. Sam is 30.5 inches tall, which is still in the 75th percentile, but still only 19.5 pounds! He is still only in the 5th-7th percentile for weight. He's just a skinny little bugger! He is right on track with everything developmentally and everything, and he is eating, so the doctor isn't worried about his weight. I was only in the 5th percentile until I was 5, then I caught up.
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Saturday the 5th was the big day - Justin and Sam's Cinco De Mayo Birthday Fiesta! I went out in the morning to the store to get some drinks and stuff and then came home to get the house ready. I was a little stressed out in the morning thinking about so many people coming over, but everything was ready in time and I was able to relax at the party and just visit and have a good time. Actually, since so many people were here I got to visit with people a lot since they were all eager to hold and play with Sam! Sam did great despite having his shots the day before, he wasn't as bouncy and upbeat as usual, but he was happy and loved his birthday cake! So many people came, Mom and Paul, Rob, Susan and Maggie, our neighbor Nora and her son Lucius, Jamie and Scott and their daughter Brenna from church, and Laurie and her girlfriend Gerina - and lots of other people! It was really great to see Laurie, we had not seen her in a while, and Gerina is so nice! Brie and Kyle and the twins came - they are getting so big! It's funny, they don't look alike anymore, Roman looks just like Kyle and Ginny looks a lot more like Brie, except for her eyes, which are definitely Kyle's. We all just hung out and had LOTS of food, then we had cake - shaped like a sombrero made by Brooke - the master of cupcake cakes! It was actually a four layer brownie cake in the middle with two rows of cupcakes around the outside. Then we had a pinata, which was mostly fun for Seamus and Lorelai. Then we opened presents. Sam got some really cool stuff - he got a walker that turns into a wagon later that he can push around the basement from Laurie, and he got a Leapfrog music table from Justin's Mom. He loves the table, and it's actually kind of funny because he pushes it around the basement too. We had a great time, and there are lots of pictures posted on the flickr page, so take a look!
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On the Monday after the party, we headed down to the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma for Brayden's third birthday party, which was fun. On Tuesday I went out and went to dinner and saw Edward Scissorhands at the 5th Avenue Theater. It was really interesting, I didn't really know what it was going to be like, but it's actually sort of ballet-ish - I think they called it 'dance theater' or something. There were no words or singing, just dancing! It was pretty good. That Friday was Justin's birthday so we went down to Tacoma and went to the Point Defiance Zoo (twice in a week!) with Justin's Mom and Stormy and the kids, and went out to dinner. And just our luck, Grandma Deanna took Sam home with her for the night so we got to go to a movie then hang out and celebrate Justin's birthday. He got back on Saturday and we headed up to Bellingham to go to the Kulshan Chorus concert.
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Sam had been getting sicker throughout the week, and on Saturday he started getting hot and by the time we were at the concert he was burning up. We took his temperature when we got back to Mom's and it was all the way up to 102.7! Argh! So we just gave him some tylenol and made our way through a rough night. He woke up a couple of times, and the second time, we ended up leaving him in the bedroom and moving to the living room - me on the couch and Justin on the floor. At 7 the next morning he woke up again and Mom came to ask if we wanted a break and took care of Sam for a while so we could get a couple more hours of sleep. His fever was down by the morning, but he was still cranky, tired, and obviously sick, but having trouble sleeping. So when we got home his fever had gone back up and we took his temperature around 6 or so and it was 103.5!!! He was a little dehydrated, but not too bad. So we called the doctor, but it took forever for them to call back and she recommended taking him to the ER if he was getting dehydrated, but by the time she called and gave us the recommendation he had drank a whole 8 oz bottle and his fever was down to 101.5, so we decided to just see how things went. He hasn't had a fever since, but yesterday he took 6 hours worth of naps, and then slept all night. Today he was doing better, but he's still clingy. He's starting to eat a little food, but he's mostly been eating yogurt and bottles, and some puffs. He has a little bit of a rash and still has a runny nose and cough, but we are hoping he'll just continue to improve. It's been a tough couple of days - it's just been hard with him being so clingy and dependant, it's funny how much that can tire you out!
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Sam is doing great other than being sick. He is talking a lot now. He still doesn't say many words, although we have heard him say "hi" several times, and he still says "bap" for clap. But he has been talking a lot and it's changed so that even though he's not saying words, he's talking in a purposeful way, like he's really saying something. He hasn't been walking much the last few days since he's been sick, but he is starting to be able to cover longer distances - he walked almost halfway across the basement the other day! It's so exciting to watch him walk and he gets excited and we tell him good job and he claps his hands. He knows "hi" and "bye bye" now and will wave his hand to say hi or goodbye to people.
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Mother's Day was all right, not too eventful since we had a sick baby, but Justin bought me a cross necklace that's white gold with rainbow colored sapphires, it's really pretty. I got a really nice bouquet of flowers from Dad and Helene and Lianna that are sitting on the dining room table right now looking pretty and smelling good! Justin also took care of Sam that morning and Mom and I went out for a nice Mother's Day brunch together at Skylark's in Fairhaven, which was delicious!
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Well, that's about all for now! Hopefully I'll manage to get on and update in less time this time around, but I always mean well! I've got to get to bed so I won't be too tired when I get up with Sam tomorrow!

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