Tuesday, September 28, 2010


I don't know where they came from but Jacob has two new bottom molars!  I thought I got a glimpse of them earlier today, but then at dinner he really let me see them.  I had just really looked a week or so ago and there wasn't any sign of his two year molars, but now two are here!  Maybe that's the reason for the fever, ear infection, sore throat, and stuffy nose.  He has also NOT been sleeping at night.  It's has been taking several hours to get him to sleep and then he's been up at 3am... not fun... and he has not been happy.  Hopefully we've turned a corner.  He fell asleep drinking his milk from his sippy cup tonight within a few minutes.  I've got my fingers crossed for a full night's sleep!

And I almost forgot... Dr. Wood confirmed it... no more neutropenia!!  We were hoping his levels would get to 1500 and they were just over 5500!  WOO HOO!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Good start... bad end

We started out Saturday morning with a great gymnastics class.  Jacob enjoyed everything!  He hung from the bars (he's so strong!), walked and bounced on the trampoline, walked on the balance beam, climbed over mats, rolled, slid, and danced.  It was a blast!  Then we met Ted a Pico for their September fest.  There were tons of little kids running around and Jacob joined right in.  There was a Diaper Derby, pumpkin carving, scarecrow building, and a cookout.  He starting to feel more independent and will run around with other kids.  It's very cute to watch.

Then we came home so he could take a nap.  It was a little late, 2pm, but I figured he could sleep for a few hours.  Around 5pm I started to wake him only to find him burning up with a 104 degree fever.  I gave him some Motrin and debated calling the doctor.  I decided to call since we didn't know his neutrophil counts and he hasn't had a high fever like that before.  And Dr. Wood said if his levels were low and he had a fever, they would treat him with antibiotics.  Dr. Schneider was on call and wanted him to go to the ER for blood work and to be checked over.  We got there around 6:30.  They were very good to us, and especially Jacob, keeping him away from all the sick people.  We never had to wait in the waiting room.  They put us in our own room right from the start.  Then we did a lot of waiting there, but that seems to be how ERs work.  The nurse and doctor were great with Jacob, going slow and talking with him.  His fever had only come down to 102.6 so they gave him Tylenol.  The doctor said one ear was red along with his throat.  I had put Emla on his arm before going so the blood draw was easy.  It also helped that the guy who did it got his vein instantly- he did a great job and Jacob didn't flinch.  It took about 45 minutes to get the results.  The doctor said his levels were all normal!  Maybe the neutropenia has resolved!  I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much until I talk with Dr. Wood this week.  In the end the ER doctor put him on antibiotics and gave him a double dose before we left.  We got home a little before 10pm and put poor little Jacob to bed.

He woke up around 8:30 this morning with a fever of 100 and a super stuffy nose.  Poor thing sounds like a bull dog trying to breathe.  We are alternating Motrin and Tylenol today.  Despite feeling so yucky (I'm sure), his spirits have been good.  He's a little trooper!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Yesterday Jacob started back in swim lessons.  He's now one of the big boys in the class!  I realized how much easier it was last year before he learned to walk.  Now he is much more vocal about what he wants and can just take off!  Overall he had lots of fun and did the biggest kicks and splashes in the class!

He then slept 3 and 3/4 hours in the afternoon!  I cleaned out my car and washed it.  I can't believe we are selling it.  I really love that car but a bigger one will make my life much easier.  It's going to it's new home Sunday morning. 

After his big nap we went over to Karen's house to celebrate our new contract at school.  It was a great time.  I work with so many wonderful people!  Jacob had a blast running around, eating, and flirting with everyone!  He really liked seeing his friend Logan.  We have to get together soon.

This morning begins a "family fun day"...we have gymnastics and then are going to Burlington to look for a car for me.  I want a mid-sized SUV.  It's hard because there isn't a lot to look at around here.  Let's hope it's a FUN day!

Monday, September 13, 2010

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Hathaway Farm

On Sunday we went to Hathaway Farm to see the animals and go on a wagon ride. Jacob really liked the big tractor and wagon ride. We watched some huge pigs eat corn and saw cows, chickens, goats, sheep, and rabbits. Jacob liked the animals until a calf mooed really loud and scared him. We didn't make it to the mini corn maze because it started to rain, but still had fun!

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Well Baby Visit

We saw Dr. Wood for Jacob's 18 month well baby check up.  As expected, he's perfect!  He weighed 29 pounds 12 ounces, which places him at the 85th percentile (down 10 points from last time), and he was 33 inches tall, staying consistent at the 75th percentile for height.  He got a flu shot (combo seasonal/H1N1) and will go back for two other shots.  :-(  You would think in this day and age there would be a non-painful way to give vaccines.  Dr. Wood also wants to have his neutropenia blood level checked before winter.  He said if Jacob get a high fever and his levels are low, they will treat him with an antibiotic.  So that's a good reason to have it checked.

Jacob has not been sleeping well the last few nights.  He was up at 10:30 and then from 1-3.  He took an early nap today, so hopefully he'll go to be early and sleep all night!  I'm praying.  I can't take another night of this... I'm too old!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

18 months!

Happy 18 month birthday, Jacob!  What a big boy he's becoming.  He's still tip toeing but has become more steady, even outside on uneven ground.  And I did notice that when he walks really slow, kind of shuffling, he stays flat footed!  He's saying more and more; this morning he said, "All done, Mama." and then threw his pancakes on the floor!  He babbles non-stop and is into everything.  Playing with Pili, which involves chasing her with toys or climbing over her, is a favorite activity.  Gymnastics starts Saturday and swimming lessons begin next Friday.  I can't wait to see how he does at the pool after all the swimming he did this summer. 
Jacob loves Pili so much...
...although sometimes he tortures her with his popcorn popper...
... but then he shares his apple with her to make up for it!
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The Fair

Well the great Rutland Fair was a great disappointment! I guess that shouldn't be a surprise. I was so excited to go, for the first time in 20 years. We were only there an hour and had already had enough. We basically went for Jacob to see the animals. He enjoyed touching a baby calf and seeing the chickens, goats, pigs, and some other creatures as well. We didn't even look at the rides. Jacob was really tired and I figured all the noise wouldn't help. Seems like things never work out as I hope. Oh well, maybe next year will be better!

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Apple picking at Mendon Mountain Orchard

How is it possible to drool down your back?  Just lay on the floor drinking from a sippy cup and don't swallow!
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Apple Picking

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Jacob's new pj's look so cute!

Jacob's latest face... the surprised look!
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See my new tricycle!

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