Thursday 1/31 Anderson was coughing like crazy and could hardly sleep. Then in the morning he was still coughing a lot and he had a fever. I made him a doctor's appointment for the afternoon. When we got to the office and was signing in, Anderson was coughing a lot and the receptionist asked us to please put a mask on him! The poor kid did not want to wear a mask, so I did my best at putting the mask over his mouth when he was coughing. He got his oxygen levels checked and he was fine. Then the doctor checked out his chest and she said that she doesn't hear much, but his cough does sound bad. She had us go downstairs to get an x-ray. We went downstairs and got an x-ray for Anderson. He was so good (and so were the techs). We were in and out in about five minutes. The doctor then said that on the left side of his lungs it looked like it was the beginning of an infection. In other words, he had the beginning stages of pneumonia :(. The doctor said that we could wait it out and see if the infection worsened or got better or we could put him on antibiotics. She told us that if it were her kid she would put him on antibiotics because of how bad his cough is. We decided that we would do antibiotics. Today is his last day on the antibiotics. After the first full day of taking the antibiotics his cough and fever completely went away which was a relief!
Anderson has also been talking up a storm! He is saying so many words now and he is putting words together, which is so great to hear. I knew that he would be talking before he was 2 1/2, but as a mom I still worried because my kid is behind where the average two year old is in speech. It is pretty cute because we taught him how to say "I Love (Mama, Dada, Nate, Nana, & Papa). He says "love" as "lub." It is so precious. We took video of him saying this and I will have to post it later (it's on Christopher's phone).
Anderson is also starting to participate more in the Parent & Child class that we do together. He still likes to stay close to me, but he does play more and now when it is circle time he will actually participate in the songs.
Anderson has been a bit stubborn lately. He mostly just does this with me, but he will want me to be near him, but will not want me to help him out or pick him up. Whenever I leave to continue with what I was doing he will start screaming and crying. It is very frustrating because it is like he just wants me to be near him doing nothing. Whenever he wants to do something on his own he says, "mine!" It is nice that he uses this word because I know for sure that he does not want my help.
Nothing much has been going on with Nathan. He is still giving us a hard time almost every morning when we drop him off at school. One would think that he would be used to the place now that he has been going for almost two years. Also, when we go to pick him up he doesn't want to leave. The silly kid! We also made the decision that we are going to homeschool Nathan. I am thinking that we will do the Christopherus homeschooling program. Hilarious that is is basically the "Christopher Us" one we will be using. This curriculum is Waldorf based and started by a stay-at-home mother. We will probably supplement with Oak Meadow, which is loosely based on the Waldorf philosophy. Both Christopher and I are getting excited about it and think that it will be a lot of fun.
Now that Nathan is back at school he got another cold, but this one has been pretty minor. Although, Nathan has been telling us that he is sick so he needs to watch a movie! Lately, Nathan has wanted to sleep everywhere, but his bedroom. He has slept in the guest bed and our bed. It will be nice when he is back to his bed. At bedtime (almost every single time) after we have done the whole bedtime routine and read him stories he has to go poop! We don't know if his body's clock is set to go poop in the evening around bedtime or if it is another stall tactic from him!
|Christopher and the boys enjoying the seals at the zoo|
Christopher has been keeping busy with work and building a new chicken coop. He got notified by his boss that he was going to be going to Japan soon for a week. He is very excited, but I am very jealous. I would love to go to Tokyo! It is also going to suck to be a single parent for a week, but I've managed in the past. I'll just have to make sure that I keep all of us busy to make the time go by faster.
Christopher has been doing excellent on working on improving his mobility. He found this guy named Kelly (not sure exactly of the name or the spelling) on the internet who is a doctor of Physiology. Kelly does a lot of workshops that he posts online that you can purchase. Christopher has been doing some of the stuff that he has been saying to get better mobility and to learn how to do exercises correctly. He has also been doing a video on how to strengthen ones back muscles for better posture. I've tried this one and it really does target the lower back muscles! Christopher will also be turning 40 soon! We haven't figured out what to do for his birthday, but we do want to do something to celebrate this big birthday!
I believe that I am getting the cold that Nathan brought home. My head is super congested and I am feeling tired again. I have been on this crazy reading kick lately and I love it. I have barely been watching TV and have just been reading. In January I read about a book a week. I decided to make it my goal to read about 50 pages a day. It has also helped that I have enjoyed most of the books that I have read. I have a feeling that I might be coming to a point soon where I will be burned out on reading, but so far it's all good!
I finally got a haircut! It has been forever and I really needed one. I just got a trim and some layers, so nothing major. I was told by the hairstylist (a new one that I really liked) that I had really good, strong, and beautiful hair. I get told this a lot by hairstylists and I think it has to do with the fact that I hardly ever blow-dry it or use other heating styling products on my hair. But I have to say that when my hair is blow-dried it looks so nice afterwards and it doesn't look like I am rocking the homeless look! :)
|Christopher, Nathan, and Rhonda|
We went to the zoo last weekend (we hadn't been in so long) and they have a new attraction where you can go behind of the scenes and feed and pet the Rhino. Nathan was scared of the Rhino, but Christopher had fun. Anderson is too young to do it, so he and I played at the zoo's playground. Christopher said that the Rhino is named Rhonda and she is 40 years old. He said that her skin was really warm and soft, which he was not expecting. As you can see in the picture, Nathan did not want his picture taken.
Speaking of the zoo. On our day out we put sunscreen on the boys because it was a warm day. Later that night Anderson's forehead and side of his face was all red. We thought that maybe he fell, but then we realized it was on a lot of his face. We think that he must have had a small allergic reaction to the sunscreen. It is a little weird because it is a bottle that we have had and he didn't have a reaction before and he only had a reaction on his forehead and the side of his face, but we put it on all of his face and arms. In the above picture you can see the redness.
|Anderson with the new coop|
We are finally having our backyard done! The landscape company came in and removed all of the bamboo in our backyard. They are doing the cement work now. This coming week they should finish up the cement work and then start landscaping the back. We are so excited for it to finally be done and we can't wait to see what it is going to look like! We decided that when our backyard was being done we would downsize on the chicken coop. It was a little bigger than it needed to be and it is super heavy. We wanted to make something smaller, so Christopher has been working on building a new coop and a run. Luckily, he started the coop a couple of weeks ago and that is all done. He just had the run to build this weekend. Had he not started the coop earlier we would have been scrambling trying to get it done because we didn't know when the contractors were going to be here. I'll do another post of just our backyard when it is all done.
Christopher's sister Karen came and visited us. The boys and us really enjoy having her here. It also seems like the time goes by so fast when she is in town. We are looking forward to her next visit with Danielle in a few months.
I think that is about it for now. I will leave you with a cute picture of Anderson with a green juice mustache :)
Have a great week!