Saturday, April 29, 2006

Rainy Day

Been a few days, guess I'll try to catch up.

Whew, what an ugly rainy day it's been. We finally made it outside around 5. According to the news we got between 3 and 4 inches of rain today (with some areas getting as many as 6). We need the rain but it would be nice if it was spread out a bit more so it would soak in a bit instead of just running off.

Good thing Alicia and Eli went to the strawberry patch in Cabot on Friday ahead of the rain. We've got strawberries coming out of our ears. It's a nice problem to have :).

Eli asked the other day who was going to make Emily's birthday cake for her. Gotta love a 3 year old's logic. It's a birthday therefore a cake is needed :). Guess we'll go with the flow and see if Nana will help him make a cake for her. So far we know it's going to be lemon with strawberry frosting (his choice).

We're making improvements on interactions with babies. He's taken to taking care of Alicia's Cabbage Patch doll as the "baby". Today he was filling bottles with the pump (just putting air in) and then feeding her. It was cute, once I extract the picture from the camera I'll post it.


Monday, April 24, 2006

The First Emergency Doctor Visit

** Disclaimer -- everyone's fine, no stiches, just a little glue, everyone's sleeping at home tonight ***

Well, we made our first emergency trip to the doctor this evening. Eli was playing with his beach ball while I was spraying for bugs. He's gotten to the point where he can walk up and down stairs without holding onto anything, when he pays attention.

Well, since he was holding his beach ball stair climbing wasn't formost on his mind. Seems he missed the edge of the bottom step, fell forward, bounced off of the ball, and landed on the back of his head on the oh so comefortable gravel covered walkway.

** Since it wasn't directly witnessed the events were determined through piecing together what he told us, what he showed us, and good ol' parental thinking **

Well, I was heading out of the garage right as he was landing (heard the lid on the bench close hard so figured I should check into things). Ran to him (mind you he's screaming bloody murder at this point) scoop him up, notice his head's bleading, and while trying to calm him down head for the front door.

It's locked, ring the doorbell a couple of times. Then think, Eli does that sometimes, Alicia's gonna think he's playing. Beat on the door with my free hand. Alicia makes it to the door (she can hear him screaming now). She gasps as she opens the door. I ask for a paper towel. Then we strategize. Emergency room, yup.

Stove off, grab a cloth towel. Lish runs to get my wallet and keys. Off we go.

On the way out the door debating which hospital to goto. Decide perhaps we should call his doctor's office first. They say they can see him (humm, $20 copay vs $100, we'll go there, plus they are closer). By this point the bleeding's stopped. He's yelling "no go doctor". For some reason he hates doctors.

Alicia tells him she'll ride in the back seat with him. Off we go. As we arrive he's still telling us to go back home. We go in, they are waiting for us (imagine that).

Nurse asks us what happened. Give them our best guess at the time. "He either fell off of a 1 foot step or a 2.5 foot wall on to concrete." Then she says she needs to wash his head so Dr. Hurbert can check it out. She wants to lay him down on the table but quickly realizes that he's having nothing of that. So Alicia and I hold him in a pseudo headlock with him mumbling about going home the whole time. She gets him cleaned up and Dr. Hurbert comes in, checks him out and decides that a little glue will patch him up.

So, they glued him up. Let's just say it took 5 people to glue him up. Ok, it took 1 to glue and 4 to hold him still. Then their little fan wouldn't work so they improvised with a magazine.

Then we paid and headed home. Gave him a Tylenol and ate dinner (an hour late). Between his short nap today (possibly contributed to his clumbsiness that caused his fall). Then we went outside and he showed us what he was doing and how he fell. Then it was bed time.

What an evening, hopefully tomorrow is less eventfull.


I guess if I'm going to actually blog I need to write about stuff. Problem is I tend to not think like a bloger. I guess I'll just have to get into the habit.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

In the beginning

Well, I hate to act like a lemming but it seems everyone else is blogging so I recon I should give it a go. We'll see what happens.