Thursday, January 28, 2016

Ear Probs

As you've read G's monthly updates, you have learned that our poor little dude has been suffering from sever ear infections. This last time his ears did not heal from the antibiotics... the same stupid antibiotics that I was forcing down his poor little throat. So he ended up with an antibiotic shot and an appointment at the ENT.


Luckily for us my brother works as an ENT medical device salesman so he was able to help us find one of the best Dallas has to offer which eased my worries right off the bat. In our initial appointment they looked at G's ears and saw that although he was no longer infected, he did still have fluid built up. So we did a hearing test.




The hearing test confirmed that sound was muffled for G. That was news to me. He had been responded to sound just fine. Responding to his name, etc.




But in further talks with the doctor it was clear that the right decision was to get tubes put in. I had them when I was younger and J had been plagued with ear infections through his childhood as well. I wasn't surprised at this decision, so we made the appointment to have the surgery just a week later.


Unfortunately, the day before surgery I was diagnosed with the flu (& no I did not get my flu shot, spare me the lecture) so I was unable to go with the surgery. Luckily Mimi & Pops were able to join Daddy. I got up early that morning and sent them off.


Daddy sent me some pics of this sweet boy





I was getting constant updates from J and the surgery was over within 10 minutes and G was back to Jarrett within 15 more minutes. Everything was a success! G was super hungry afterward, he hadn't been able to eat for several hours prior to surgery and in his little world, that is THE WORST.





My Mom was here when they got back to watch him for the day so I could rest and J could go to work. He was his happy little self, just a little more sleepy than usual.




Since surgery G has been great. Nothing seems to be bothering him. He is sleeping much better. Not perfectly, but much much better than before. The doctor said that they drained quite a bit from his ears, so it is funny to see him hear things differently and hear things that maybe he didn't before. You can see his shock when he hears something new - its the sweetest.


Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers. Its never easy to decide to put your baby under anesthesia but heres to hoping this time it pays off.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Adventures With Honey & Dude

Over the years, J&I have loved being able to have time with the twins. They truly were my "first children". I treat them like my own and proudly respond to the name Auntie when they call me. Now that G is here, J&I get to cash in on some free babysitting we are owed. So while we were celebrating Zak and Chara this weekend, G got to hang with his favorite ladies (PBJ) and his Honey and Dude.


King Roy was retiring from the fire department, so G got to tag along and go to see where Uncle Dude works. Side note - I cannot wait until G is a little bit bigger and thinks what Jordan does is so COOL... I see many visits at the station along with his gal pals!


Amber kept me up to date on their day through pictures. Thank goodness we aren't at that stranger danger stage yet. He was able to be passed around the family members throughout the ceremony and gave Honey's arm a break!









I love that we will have an endless supply of pictures with these two. When they are older they will be so over us... but we just need to be sure we have their whole romance documented for the wedding slideshow someday.... duh.





Worn out! A day on the go with some of our favorite people truly wore this little dude out. He slept amazing that night!






Maybe next time this momma will be able to let him have his first of many sleepovers with his friends.... maybe....

Monday, January 25, 2016

C&Z: Stock The Bar Party

Let the festivities begin! Its hard to believe that Zak and Chara have already been engaged for almost a year! With the start of 2016 means all of the festivities for the upcoming "I do's" are finally here!


First up - a stock the bar couples shower. My parents and J&I hosted and it was simple, but oh so fun! No real theme, just their wedding colors and a play on their hashtag "HappilyEverLally"


Of course CKFireboots did all of my prints, including the invitations




I came down with the flu last week.. THE WORST. Thankfully I have an amazing friend that helped me do all of the food and get me setup for success going into the weekend!!








The Menu: My philosophy is if it aint broke don't fix it... So if you've been to my parties or have been reading around here long enough, my menu choices wont surprise you.


Chili Bar
Meat & Cheese Board
Prosciutto & Melon
Crudite
Truffled Devil Eggs
Jalapeno Hushpuppies








The cake was from Jenny Layne Bakery (the best around, fo real)  and it tasted just as amazing as it looked - cake topper from Sweet Orange Fox



















One of my absolute favs from the party were the take homes - Beverage Recipe Cards w/Mini Liquors. So fun!







Just 2 short months until Miss Chara Rae is officially my sista! So close!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Grayson Dnaiel: 6 Months

Happy 1/2 Birthday to our sweet boy! One year ago from his 6 month birthday, J&I announced our pregnancy! Funny how things work that way.






Weight: 19 lbs, 11 ounces {85th%}
Height: 27 3/4" {90th%}
Head: 44 cm {55th%}


Overall Dr. Pass said G-Man is healthy, proportionate and strong. Poor babe has been plagued with ear infections. 3 of them.. and the last one he had, still isn't gone. This booger was refusing his meds... blowing raspberries, spitting it  out, pursing his lips... it made being the medicine giver not easy, or fun. So at his appointment we had them give him an antibiotics shot and he will have to return on Tuesday for the rest of his scheduled shots. 


While I am talking about his ear infections, we have an appointment next week with an ENT to have G's ears looked at. I have a feelings that tubes are in our future, but we will wait and see what they have to say.







Eat: We have continued on the same schedule and ounces. ((6 ounces; 7, 10, 1, 4, 7, 10... sometimes more in the middle of the night)) I don't think I will ever say that eating is a problem. He truly is a champ. The week leading up to his 6 month mark, we started solids. He loved it and is continuing to love it all. As I write this post, he has tried the peas and butternut squash. Loving both. Dr Pass told us today that we can up the amounts we are feeding him if he is really enjoying it. So we will see how that goes. I think the next on the list will be zucchini..






Sleep: I think this goes hand and hand with the ear infections.. and teething. Poor babe. He is taking (3) 30 minute naps a day while at school. Since we have started solids, we started a new routine. Dinner around 6:45 pm/7:00 pm, bath, bedtime story, cuddles, then bed, which ends up being anywhere between 8:00 pm/9:00 pm pending on G.


We tend to be golden until about 10:00 pm/11:00 pm and he wakes to eat. Then again around 1:00 am. For a while he was waking from about 3:00 am - 5:00 am just to be held... Exhausting. So. EXHAUSTING. I have no idea how he functions all day. I know I walk around like a zombie. But every single day his teachers tell me how happy he is. Its unbelievable.


We spoke at length about this with our doctor today, once he is healthy, I think we will end up doing some sort of sleep training. Research needs to be done before I figure out what that will entail, but we will get some real sleep sooner or later around the Dunaway House.


He is starting his nights in his room, but at that 3:00 am mark he makes his way to our room in the pack and play.. Some day he will sleep in his room all night, every night. Someday










Play: Oh my word. This boy loves to play, jibber jabber, and laugh his booty off. Peek-a-boo and "The Claw" (tickling) are by far his favorites.


We spoke to the doctor about him not turning over still and the lack of pushing up with his chest/arms. After putting him on his belly and seeing how he held himself, she assured us that all is fine. He is plenty strong, and just because he doesn't do something, doesn't mean he cant. His hand coordination and social skills are beyond the expectation of a 6 month old and she said that he may just bypass the rolling over mark. She did give us some thing we can do with him to help/ease our worries, so I know we will do that over the next months.


Other than that, business as usual.













Miscellaneous:
  • G still loves his paci, but every now and then he will suck his thumb
  • He will blow raspberries when he is mad or frustrated
  • He deliberately pulls out his paci, plays with it, chews on it, and replaces it as he wishes
  • Late last month he really started responding to his name, this month he now chooses when to ignore us... selective hearing, YAY! ((insert sarcasm here))
  • Squealing and yelling are new this month. He is definitely learning how to use his voice
  • We are in size 3 diapers
  • Hes a bit clingier than he has been in the past
  • His hands are constantly in his mouth
  • He definitely knows the source of his milk. He will now hit my chest, pull my shirts or just dive bomb into me when its time to eat
  • G is so nosey. He has a hard time focusing on eating if we are out and about or people are around
  • First tooth popped the week of Christmas.. looks like a few more are on their way
  • Fits are in our future. I have started to tell him "no" and he does NOT like it.
  • We bought him a small chair for Christmas. He LOVES it. He would sit there for hours if we would let him.
  • He has started to pull my face to his for "sugars" (kisses)
  • When he is tired he plays with my hair or touches my face.. its the sweetest






















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