Wednesday, February 24, 2010


As you can tell by the title (and the infrequent posts), I'm not feeling extra creative in my writing. As I mentioned awhile ago, I started a craft blog with my best friends from college. While it's only been a few weeks, it's been fun and craftingly motivating so far. This month I have made: a child's apron, child's tool belt, birthday cards and an organizer for them, and 3 tag blankets. Oh, and I made a 104 pg. blurb book of Dean's first year, but I'm still trying to edit it before I get it printed.

This past week was Walt's worst week yet, poor kid. He started getting fussy last Thursday. He's normally such a content little guy. And then it continued. And it got worse. He kept throwing up in his mouth and swallowing, gagging and choking during and after feedings, looked like he was in a lot of pain when eating, and was HORRIBLY fussy and pained after waking up from naps. His night sleep was interrupted badly as well. I tried stopping solids since I thought it might be a food allergy, but it persisted and got worse. I ended up taking him in to get medicine for reflux and I was determined not to leave without a prescription (the nurse over the phone just told me to feed him rice cereal before his nursings and to keep him upright for an hour after every feeding--including night feedings!--and I just wasn't going to accept that. He was in too much pain.) He's had medicine for 2 days now and is mostly back to his content self. I am trying to keep him upright after feedings and we elevated the head of his bed a little so he's not laying flat. I can't tell you how glad I was to get a smile from him after 5 days of pained grimaces!

Dean's having a hard time adjusting his sleep. He's been waking up between 6-6:30 the past two weeks. He takes a nap at nap time about every three days. I know he still needs it because he has fallen asleep on the couch 3 or 4 times around 4:30 the past few. If he doesn't take a nap he's in bed by 7. If he does, it's about 7:30 or so. I don't know what I'm going to do with him come day light savings! I will NOT get up with him at 5 or 5:30! That's where I draw the line...

We had a simple Valentine's Day celebration awhile back. I made heart shaped mini meatloaves that didn't turn out as well I would have liked. I got my meat at a different place, and I think the pork was a different blend and tougher. Ah well. I did make my classic cheesecake and Matt got me gerbera daisies, the longest running traditions we have (dating back to 2003). The cheesecake was really quite divine, if I do say so myself. My best yet. I used the base of Chantal's New York Cheesecake and Betty Crocker's graham crack crust recipe. A water bath. It was consistently cooked from center to edges, and the consistency was perfect. I was happy. We gave half of it away, though, since we just don't need a whole cheesecake!

My Valentines


Marzy Dotes said...

oh my gosh, that last picture kills me. what a character that Dean is. he is such a sweetie. so glad that Walt is finally feeling better. hang in there with Dean's sleep schedule. I am going through a similar thing with Bella's naps. I go back and forth as to whether or not she needs them. when she doesn't have one bed time is a million times easier, but she can get pretty cranky around dinner time and if she does have one, bedtime can be a nightmare. Buying that color changing alarm clock has changed things for Buddy. He used to be up and in our bed long before we were ready to get up. we used the alarm clock (with the color feature) for only a few weeks and he has not been in our bed since and he still tells us every morning how proud he is that he stayed in his bed all night long. we still use the alarm clock for school days. love it.

Sarah Pace said...

I'm having the same nap problems with Hailey! sometimes she will sit and play in her room for an hour and a half before she actually goes to sleep. but I would rather that than her falling asleep at 5 and then she doesn't want to go to sleep when it's bed time. very tricky!
Good luck!