Thursday, February 25, 2010

Solution to back talking

Ahhh, I’ve found a better solution for a boy who likes to talk back to me. Until recently, I put soap in his mouth when he talks back, or screams ‘NO’ at me. It didn’t seem to be working. So I tried Tabasco sauce. The first time he had it was about 3 weeks ago. He screamed. I thought, great, its gonna work. And for the next 2 weeks, it did. Just the threat of me saying ‘do that again and you’ll get tabasco sauce’ seemed to work. Then on Tuesday he got it 2 times. Because of his reaction to it, I decided I should try it as well. Its not too bad. Yeah, its hot and burns on the tongue for a little while, but it went away after a couple of minutes without me even drinking anything.
What do you do for kids who talk back??

Wordless Wednesday (one day late)


Well, they’ve figured out the problem and the solution is surgery. As I mentioned in an earlier post, Caden has had trouble with his hearing lately. We had his follow up appointment on Monday. His ear infection is gone. They did a hearing test on him. He did not score well at all. There was a box in the middle of the paper, and the line was supposed to come up into the box and go back down again. Well with both of his ears, the line barely moved from the bottom of the paper, let alone get anywhere near even the bottom of the box. His doctor sent a letter to the specialist in Winnipeg, who will send us a letter telling us when to come in for an appointment. From there, he’ll schedule the surgery to put tubes in his ears.
In the mean time, Cadens Dr. decided to try another round of antibiotics, as well as a nasal drop. Apparently, the passage from the nose to the ears can become blocked, which is part of why he can’t hear, along with his ear drums being pushed back.
It scares me a little bit to think of my little boy having surgery. I know its not a big deal, and they do it all the time, but its still my baby.
My Dr. said that once he has the surgery, it’ll be about 6 months till the tubes fall out on their own. They are so tiny. She said I would notice them on a Q-tip one day. Also, she said that he likely won’t be able to go under water. I don’t like that idea, as summer is coming up and Caden likes to swim. However, I talked to a friend who’s nephew just had this surgery done and the specialist had told him that he could go swimming to try it out. If he gets an ear infection, then he knows that he can’t go under water anymore. Apparently it doesn’t happen to all kids, that they have issues with going under water with tubes in their ears. Lets hope.
Anyway, I’ll keep you posted as to what happens with that. We go back next Thursday to see if this medication has done anything to improve his hearing. Then, we just wait for surgery, which I hope can be soon. Its driving me crazy to hear him say ‘what’ after everything I say to him. How nice it’ll be to have a boy who can actually hear me. Tuesday he was playing outside by himself. I went out to check on him and called his name, loudly, 3 times. No response. So I went looking for him. Turns out he was right beside the house, playing, but he didn’t hear me call his name at all. Scary.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Holiday inn

Caden with his Papa
What an awesome hotel. We went with Robs parents and sister Jess. They have a huge play structure that is 3 levels. It has a slide, things to climb through, and air guns that shoot out foam balls. It was great for everyone. Even I got in on the fun. Caden had a blast. Happy Valentines day to us.

Not too big

Sure, the tag on the jolly jumper says not to be used past 20lbs, or when child is walking. But hey, who says I can't put my 38lb 2 1/2 year old who's been walking for nearly 2 years into it. He had a great time in it. Didn't work as well as it should have, since I couldn't get it high enough, but he still enjoyed it.

Friday, February 12, 2010

3 months old

misc. pics

Ahh, the time has arrived that having kids is usefull to I've been waiting for this. And he loves to do it.

I hauled out Cadens old clothes to give to some friends who have 10 month old boys. Caden found the pile of pants and thought it’d be fun to try them on. Surprisingly, they fit him great in the tummy, however not so good in the length…lol. Daddy's big boots

Avery's first time in the jolly jumper

Cadens' words, 'Grandma, take a picture of me with my nice jacket on.'

Caden can you hear me???

Over the last 3 weeks or so, I’ve really noticed a problem with Cadens hearing ability. At first, I thought he was just being 2, and not listening. I’d hear, ‘what mommy’ after everything I said. I started getting really frustrated with him over this. When he’d be playing by himself, and I’d call his name, he wouldn’t have any response. I could say his name 3-4 times and still nothing. Eventually he started coming up to me and every so softly saying ‘what mommy’, with his head turned to one side (the right). I figured this must be more than not listening.
I took him to urgent care on Wednesday morning and explained the problem. The doctor took a look in both of his ears and told me that his left ear looked really red. She figured he must have complained about it, or have been pulling at it. I told her he has done or said nothing. I’ve even asked him if his ears hurt and he says no. So she prescribed some medication for him and we are going back to see his doctor on the 22nd. From there, she will take a look to see if his eardrum is able to get sound or if we will need to go see a specialist. Today is day 3 of the medicine and so far I’d say its only getting worse. But I’ll keep going with it and hope that I see a change soon.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Stubborn as a mule

I never knew how stubborn my son really was until the other day. It all started when he decided he wanted to dump his tub of wooden blocks. I told him he could dump them, as long as he knew he would be cleaning them up by himself. He agreed. Well, after playing with them for about 5 minutes, he decided he was done. I asked him to clean them up and he said no. I told him he wasn’t leaving the living room until he did. Well, let me tell you, it was a hard day for him. It was 10:00 when he dumped the blocks. It took him until 7:00 that evening to finally clean them up. Other than his nap and lunch, he stayed in the living room ALL DAY!!! I couldn’t believe it. We fought all day long over those stupid blocks. He’d play nicely for awhile, then decided he wanted to come out of the living room, so we’d go over the whole thing again. I refused to give in. I was gonna win no matter how long it took. After 6 spankings, 4 times slapping his hand (he’d get mad at me and throw the blocks) and 3 times of having soap in his mouth (for screaming or saying NO to me) he finally did it. He was so happy with himself after he had cleaned them up.
The next day, it started off the same. He dumped a different tub of toys and pretty much before they had all hit the floor, he told me he was all done playing with them. I again told him he had to clean them up. This time it only took an hour. Ahhh, success.