Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Go, Go, Go!

My parents bought Nate this car that you shake and then when you put it on the ground it takes off. When he does this and the car "drives" away he always says, "go, go, go!"

So we are in the car the other morning and the traffic light turns green and the car in front of us starts to move and from the back see I here "go, go, go!"

My little backseat driver!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Croup

There are lots of things that people don't tell you about being a parent... like how much fun it is, like how much you can love another human being, like how quickly things can go all pear-shaped. That brings me to the story of last week or how we spent a night in CHOP (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia).

On Monday I took Nate to my cousin's house for a play date. He was fine, he had a great time. After nap that day I took his temp and it was 100.5. That and a tiny cough made me call the doctor and get an appointment for the next day. I figured he was going to tell me it was nothing but with all of this H1N1 paranoia I thought better safe than sorry.

On Tuesday I took Nate to the Drs. Out of nowhere he had a temp of 101.7 and the doctor heard wheezing in his lower right lung... pneumonia was the diagnosis. Two scripts for antibiotics and we were off. I stopped at the pharmacy to get the antibiotics and for the first time I could tell that the little guy didn't feel well. I took him home and put him down for an early nap.

1:00 he wakes up... his fever is 103.6 (103.6!!!) and he is having a really hard time breathing, it sounds all gravely and wet and nasty. I call the Dr. and he says it is time to get to the ER. So off we go. Thank god my mom was there or I would have been a wreck. I call Jon at work and her meets us at the ER.

The ER staff is great and the Doc there says it sounds like the croup but since our Doc had said pneumonia to get a chest x-ray. The X-ray shows what could be a beginning pneumonia so they start Nate in IV antibiotics. Then there are two breathing treatments, then there is the shot of steroids. They test him for the flu and it comes back negative. Then they decide he needs to be observed overnight but this hospital doesn't have a pediatrics floor so we will need to be transfered to another hospital... we say CHOP. It is one of the best in the nation, so away we go via ambulance.

CHOP was fantastic. He gets more antibiotics, two doses of tamiflu and finally they give him some motrin because his fever is still at 102. In the meantime they suck out some snot to test and find out if it is the flu (even thought he already tested negative) or some other virus. The motrin kicked the fever, he tested negative for the flu again, but did test positive for parainfluenza, which is the leading cause of the croup. Oh,and the pediatric radiologist said there was no pneumonia present on the x-rays... YEAH!

By Wednesday about mid morning Nate was beginning to act like his old self again and since treatment for croup includes breathing treatments and steroids, both of which he got in the ER, we were good to go home.

Hospital stays are not something you really want to remember, but I did think it was funny that Nate was eating his Cheerios with a fork, so I took some pics of that.

We were back at the doctors on friday and nate got a clean bill of health. He is back to his normal crazy self and tearing up the house... thank god!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

On Love and Help

We have been trying to get Nate to say "I love you" when we say "I love you" to him. Most of the time, with prompting he will say something close to "love you" in the cutest little voice ever! (Really... cutest EVER!)

So yesterday he was sitting on the top of the stairs (Jon was with him) and I decided to crawl up the stairs and "tackle" him. I was hugging him, kissing his neck and saying "I love you," "mommy loves you" etc. I stopped and asked him to take out his bink and say "love you." He took out his bink, looked at Jon and said "Help!"

I have NEVER laughed so hard.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Week of Firsts

This was a big week for Nate.

  • He got his first action figures (Daddy bought him the BIG GI Joes)
  • He figures out how to make his Cozy Coupe and his tricycle go FORWARD... he had mastered backward a while ago
  • He actually used a sentence (I Like it!) in front of a witness
  • He had his first Dippin' Dots (which he loved)
And one funny incident to report:

I put Nate in his crib for his afternoon nap. He wasn't really tired so I wasn't really surprised when he didn't fall instantly asleep. He was talking to himself and then he started to call for me. He was pretty persistent about it so I went up to check on him.

I found him plastered into the corner of his crib. He had lines up all of his binkies (pacifiers) on the window sill and he was infront of them, almost guarding them. He was pointing to something on his mattress, obviously distressed. It was then that I noticed he was sans diaper (whether he took it off or it fell off on its own remains to be seen). I THEN noticed that what he was pointing out was poop. Apparently he had felt the urge to go after the diaper was off.

I got him cleaned up and rediapered, stripped the bed and remade it. It was only when I was putting him back in his crib for his nap that I realized he had "rescued" his binkies and gotten them to the safety of tte window sill so that they wouldn't get poop on them. He had then put himself between his most treasured possesions and the danger. It was hysterical to think that in Nate's world is is "Women, Children and Binkies, first!"

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Another Valuable Skill

We taught Nate how to blow bubbles with a straw... its a life skill.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Nate & the Popsicle

Nate on Vacation

Sometimes a guy just needs a break, needs to get away. Sometimes the pressures of playgroup and the water table are too much and it is time for a vacation.

On vacation you get to do lots of things you don't do every day...

Like eat out at restaurants instead of cooking at home,
(Nate's first Happy Meal)

You also are a little less careful with your money,
(Nate finds Mommy's wallet)

You indulge in sweets,
(Nate eats a cookie at the Farmer's market)

You spend time in the pool,
(Nate swims!)

And maybe you even drink a little too!

Monday, August 17, 2009


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Nate's Likes Ribs

We went over to a friend's house for dinner a few weeks ago and Nate was in rare form. He chased their cat, who good-naturedly took the chasing in stride, he played with their shopping baskets, and he ate ribs for the first time. They also took a couple of pictures of our little man in action.

This was titled "Blue Light Special"

and this was "Nate Likes Meat!" (he's sucking on a rib bone)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

18 Month Old

Our little Natey-Bug is 18 months old today. We are so lucky to have this little dude in our lives.

So I don't forget, since I am not the best at updating his baby book:

-- Nate can tell you that he is one by holding up one finger
-- Nate will point to his nose when you ask him "where do boogers live?"
-- Nate has "phantom bink" syndrome where he tries to take a non-existent binky out of his mouth
-- He presses his face up against the sliding glass door and the windows in the living room and "kisses" the glass
-- He hugs the dogs (the dogs tolerate the hugging)
-- He dances when he hears music
-- He is developing his own sense of humor
-- He says mom, dad, dog, duck, umbrella, and cup consistently and busts out a slew of other words when he feels like it.
-- He loves to play with his kitchen and his farm
-- He likes to watch Oswald the Octopus and Caillou

Everyday there is something new!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Dancing Machine

Here is a quick video of Nate "dancing" on the dogs' new bed.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Nate and His Water Table

The other day it was hot, hot, hot. My mom decided that instead of standing and playing with the water in his water table, Nate should sit in the water instead. He LOVED it!

I shot this with my iphone 3GS (how cool is that!) so it's not the greatest resolution.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Climbing & Watching

Nate has discovered that he can climb onto various pieces of furniture. Today he climbed on to the couch and sat and watched an entire episode of Oswald (the Octopus). I have never seen this child sit still for 30 minutes in a row except when he is asleep!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Farmer Nate (or Nate in Great Grandpa's Garden)

My parents and I took Nate to see my grandparents today. He had a lot of fun in my grandfather's garden... hum, maybe organic gardening is in his future?

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Playing with Sushi

I caught Nate playing with his Melissa & Doug wooden sushi for 15 minutes straight. He was so intent I had to take pictures.

I Picked This One Just for You

Friday, May 29, 2009

16 Months

Nate went for his 15 month check up today even though he is actually 16 months old. He is now 30" tall, or 2'6" as the nurse put it and 24 pounds. I could have told you that he got taller because now he can reach things he couldn't reach before.

He got one shot, his first MMR shot, and in true Nate style did not cry but gave the nurse a dirty look.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Attention Target Shoppers...

Nate is on Sale in Aisle 5!

The seats in the carts at this target recline at a crazy angle and are not very comfortable (or they don't seem very comfortable. So, I put Nate in the cart and he LOVED it!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Nate's First Orange

Hey Mikey... He Likes it!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Second Conversation

Nate really doesn't talk much. He is EXTREMELY verbal, but he doesn't actually used a lot of ... words. So it is kind of a big deal when he does use words, that I can understand, like he did yesterday.

Nate and I were reading a book when we came to the end. "All done" I said to him.

He picked up his cup, finished what was inside and held it up to me. "All done" he said.

"Do you want some more?" I asked.

"More" Nate replied.

"More?" I asked again, excited because, dude, this is our second conversation.

"More" Nate replied.

"More?" I asked for a third time because he actually just said a word more than once, something he NEVER does...

"Yeah" Nate replied. With a look on his face that said "woman, I just told you that two time now would you quit asking me if I want more and make with the juice!"

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Nate and His Duster

Nate LOVES his Swiffer duster, he takes it everywhere with him.
Sorry, no sound on this one.

Easter Outfit

This is Nate just before making his escape from the chair.

So we thought I should hold him... here he is making his escape from my lap.

He was more interested in retrieving the binky from the bunny basket
than he was about getting his picture taken!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Nate's First Juice Box

Today Nate had his first successful encounter with a juice box... he figured out what to do with the straw and everything. Don't worry, I didn't let him drink the whole thing!