Thursday, July 28, 2011

More travels and a MUCH happier, healthier little guy!

So that weekend, after the big scare with Brayden, I flew out to Boston to help Lisa celebrate her bridal shower and bachelorette party. Although, of course it was hard to leave my baby after that hard week, I knew that he was doing MUCH better and in good hands. I really enjoyed my time in Boston...it is always so great to catch up with great friends and have so much needed girl time. Here are a few shots from the big celebrations...

Crazy to believe that we met 12 years ago ago in Carmen Hall at EIU! (*funny story about the 12 here, originally I put 9 years...however Aaron QUICKLY saw my typo...and reminded me, that it was much longer than 9 years ago that I was a freshman in college)




Brayden was feeling SO much better by the time I got home...he did have a little rash on his hands and feet, but not nearly as I imagined it might be. We also experienced a MAJOR HEAT wave...so we made the most of our time indoors and went out for small spurts...


Since he was all better, we got to go see his friend Nora in the city. This is the little girl that he first did a nanny share with in the city. They were very excited to see one another---it was like they were long lost friends. So cute....there were many hugs and kisses too! We also got to see our wonderful nanny that watched them, Billie...unfortunately, I did not get a picture of that


Playdough fun...

All the boys...

Then, this weekend, we were back to traveling. Friday, we headed to Bloomington...Aunt Reena and Uncle Brian tied the knot. We were very excited to see family....Natalie, Dave and their 3 kids were even in from CA...so Brayden and Michael were attached at the hip. Here are the kids taking a quick dip before the wedding...

The bride and groom

Doing races and dancing at the wedding....they never sat still until the cake came!



This is Megan, our cousin Eric's wife...they are due in mid-Novemeber




Saturday morning, we were back to traveling. We headed off to Peoria to see the Jefford side of the family. It was great to see them, even though it was a quick stop. Here are the boys checking out airplanes...

After lunch, we headed back to Aaron's parents and Grandma Scherer's for more family time. Here are the kids with Eric, he had an iPad that all the kids loved.

Sunday, we had a BBQ and party for Gracyn who turned 5 Monday and the newlyweds who were off to Hawaii this week...








We had such a great time visiting family! We headed home Sunday, and Brayden and I both passed out before we left the Jefford's subdivision. We were pooped!
Monday was pretty much a lazy day outside...



The fun continues this weekend...Aaron is off to Toronto for his baseball trip and my mom and grandpa are coming to visit Brayden and I. This summer has been such a whirlwind...I really think that we have squeezed in as much traveling, play dates and family time that we could---but we would not have it any other way....we have had a great time doing so much!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Quite the scare...

So Tuesday after I posted the bog entry, things took a turn for the worse. When Brayden woke up from napping on the couch...his temperature shot up (this is what I was told later by the doctor). I knew he had a temperature all day...and I am the parent who is reluctant to give too much medicine...so he had had just one dose of Tylenol. Because of this sudden rise in temperature, he ended up having a febrile seizure....I did not know that this was happening at time. As a mom, I saw my little boys eyes roll back, his breath weaken and the area around his mouth turn blue. I freaked out and called 911. He was not responding to me...It was the scariest moment in my life. While talking to the 911 operator, he came out of it...and got his color back. The fire department showed up, took his vitals and all was fine. His temperature was 102.5, but they said it is not the height of the temp it is more the amount that it increases in a short amount of time. Soon after the ambulance showed up, and we took a ride on it to the ER. Once there, the doctor and nurses were great. It was indeed a fever induced seizure caused by a virus. He was kept and observed and then released later that night. That first night, I was so scared to put him to bed....I considered sleeping on the floor...however being largely pregnant that did not work...so instead Aaron and I checked on him like crazy!!! Yesterday we took a trip to our normal pediatrician, and Brayden has hand foot mouth disease----it sounds just about as awful as it is. There is a high fever for about 3 days along with sores in his mouth and throat...there is also a rash that shows up on his hands and feet. His fever seems to have broken....which is great! I had never really heard much about this disease...however it is a very common childhood virus. YUCK! Now, he is just so uncomfortable....he goes from being cozy and cuddly one minute, to a full blown fit the next. He also needs me to be by his side constantly...which who doesn't want their mom (or dad) when they are sick! Luckily, he is eating--oatmeal, nutrigrain bars, ice cream, yogurt, juice, milk....which is great since some kids can refuse to eat. Here are links to the fever and to this virus....I have been doing lots of reading and research the past 2 days. Like I said, the fever has broke---so we should be in the clear for no more seizures from this virus, however they can occur again in kids who have had them. So, I need to be pro-active about medicating all fevers...not so reluctant to medicate any more. Even though medicine can help in fever reducing, it does not prevent seizures from happening...it can just lessen the likelyhood that they can occur. The good thing is, is that around age 6, kids outgrown this condition (my doctor told me most kids outgrow it by age 4---I guess their bodies figure out how to deal with the temperature increase!?!?) I am just so thankful that he is doing alright...I know that God was watching over us helping me get through those scary minutes.

Febrile Seizure
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/febrile_seizures/detail_febrile_seizures.htm

Hand foot mouth disease
http://children.webmd.com/tc/hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-topic-overview

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Good and NOT so good...

Brayden is loving his hat...and getting ready to break the rules...

He has now figured out he has the strength to open the fridge....this is no good!

On Friday, we met one of my friends and her little boy, Max, at a petting farm. It was so cute. The boys had a great time together and loved feeding the animals.





Saturday, we headed down to the city. Aaron's work co-hosts a kickball tournament and Bears players play in it as well. It is for a great cause...and Brayden got to see some Bears players up close and personal. He was a big fan of Forte's dog!





Afterwards we headed to Burger Fest in Roscoe Village to meet friends for yummy burgers.
Sunday....he decided to dump out all the cereal all over on the couch in hopes for finding some marshmellows..

Followed by...him tatooing himself with a bunch of stickers...Funny kid!


Which brings us to Monday...Taken moments before the POWER WENT OUT...7:30 am...

So, like I said the power went out...fun for the first hour with flashlights and such....but then...not so fun. So we decided to head to Woodfield mall...they have a nice indoor play place...which Brayden enjoyed. And then we had lunch at the Rainforest Cafe...so we did make the best of that situation.



Unfortunately, we when got home at 12:30....still no power...so we took naps in the HEAT box. Finally at 2:30 it came back on...so only 5/6 hours without...I know we are lucky since some people will be out of power all day and for days to come...it is just hard to deal with.
To brighten the day...it was 7-11's birthday....so we got a slurpee night cap! Brayden's first try...

And then comes today...
Well...as I am writing this...this is where the NOT so GOOD part comes into play...I am sitting by a VERY SICK little boy who has just finally passed out. All of a sudden today, it hit him out of no where...Brayden is SICK :( He has a temp of 102...and will not eat anything and drink very little... Well thats until I gave him a cracker and a little mac and cheese...which was a BAD IDEA and soon came right back up...ALL over EVERYWHERE...all over the couch, the carpet, down the hall into the bathroom...as this is going on...Bruiser is exploring the mess...the landlord is calling---the washing machine repairman is on the way---and they are here! UGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! I quickly bathe Brayden...let in all the visitors and put the mut outside....I am trying to figure out how to clean it all up....as Bruiser eats the screen door---yes, literally eats through the screen door in front of the landlord! Somehow...I got through it all...I think the washing machine is fixed (we will see after this nasty load)...the landlord spared her comments on the door..although I could read it in her face that she was TICKED...and the little man is passed out. The couch...well....I am not so sure what to do about that....Aaron sent me a text that said coffee grounds and vinegar...I am not sure that either are a good idea?!?!? I put a little vinegar water on it....and he is going to get cleaner after work...as for this mom...I want my baby to feel better....but I am will be ready for my weekend get away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!