Tuesday 14 December 2010

Baby's first bladder infection

The baby in this case is Zachary. Alexandria has never had to deal with a UTI, thankfully.

I'm gonna back up the truck here a little bit..

On Thursday morning (5 days ago) I was literally about the write a post on how well potty training was going and we were pretty much done. Even at night. The operative word in that sentence is "was"...

Then Zach had an accident. Very strange since his last daytime accident was September - and I'd chalked those up to a stressful time for him. Alex had returned to school and he'd lost his playmate. Mommy was working more. Daddy was working more. Things righted themselves and he's been great.... up until last Thursday.

Later that day he had ANOTHER accident. Then the next day he had two more at home and a third at the Little Tot Spot. That was his first accident outside the house since September, too.

I wasn't sure what to think. Part of me thought he was just being a little ass. Part of me wondered if there was something more. There had been no accidents on Saturday or Sunday, but Sunday night he had a wet 'nighttime diaper'. Again, he'd been doing well at night, too. (Not well enough that we felt comfortable in underwear yet, but still fairly well.)

He peed on Monday morning and then around 1pm I told him I wanted him to try to pee. He fought me. And fought me. And cried and left the bathroom. And he kept crying. Then he went to his bed and cried until he fell asleep at 1:15. He slept for an hour. Then he woke up at 2:15, still crying. I asked him, "Do you even know what you're crying about anymore?" "Yes," he replied sadly. "I don't want to pee." That's when I asked him (a leading question, I know...) "Does it hurt to pee?" "Yes," he said.

He was also being extremely grumpy. The Fed-Ex guy was here Monday afternoon and asked how things were going. I looked at Zach as he was walking around whining and crying and said, "That's how it's going..."

So my inner voice was telling me to listen to him. My not-so inner voice was telling me he was just being a three year-old pain in the ass. I decided to listen to my quieter inner, inner voice and I took him to the clinic on Monday afternoon. It as quite exciting to pee into a cup!

The verdict? Bladder infection. We went and got some antibiotics (that he is happily taking) and hopefully this will right itself soon.

Right now he is playing happy, but he can turn into a grumpy bear pretty frickin' quickly. He's been hitting more, listening less and just generally making life a little more interesting around here....

Oh, and Alex is home from school today. I'm not sure if she's actually sick or just wanting some attention (and hoping to get medicine). She said last night after bed that her tummy hurt and she felt as if she was going to throw up. She slept in our bed (with towels under her and her hair back in a braid, just in case). Zach crawled in around 3am as well. Jean-Paul slept downstairs. It was a pretty full bed.

This morning she said her tummy wasn't feeling great still. So, instead of chancing it, we kept her home. Here's hoping she is faking. This is the week of Christmas concerts, family Christmas and Great Grandma's 90th birthday...

And the Fed-Ex guy? He was back again today. Same guy. He asked if things were better. I told him I'd had Zach to the clinic and he had a bladder infection... Bad mommy..

Saturday 11 December 2010

Alex and Zach and "the real Santa"

This is the real guy. Santa himself. Alexandria said so.

We went to Conestoga Mall today and weaved our way through the Magical Fairy Garden, which is awesome, to get to the big man. Zach wouldn't go to him without me and finally conceded and sat NEXT to Santa. Wouldn't sit on his lap - or talk to him. :)

On our way home, we passed a pub and there was Santa standing outside, texting away. I said, "Hey it's Santa again! And he's on his iPhone." Alex said, "Mommy... That's just a guy in a Santa suit. The real one is still back at the mall."

We were in Zellers tonight, too, and Alex said she didn't want the Littlest Pet Shop clubhouse, she wanted the animal hospital instead. I asked her, "What if Santa already has the clubhouse put aside for you?" So right there, in the aisle of the toy section of Zellers, she tilted her head up slightly and spoke out loud, "Santa? Santa, please change it to the animal hospital instead. Thank you."

I LOVE this magical age. Absolutely love it!

Sunday 5 December 2010

Christmas celebration with college friends and kids

Our circle of friends from college has exploded! We went from Shannon, John, Ryan, Nico, Chad, Jodi, Sabina and I to include spouses Jean-Paul, Lori, Dayna and Matt - so that makes 12 adults now. And this year there were fourteen kids there. FOURTEEN!! We are officially outnumbered. Thank god they didn't figure that out or we would've been screwed. ;)

Here are some great shots of the very fun day. So great to have everybody all together.

 Can you believe all 26 are looking?! I can't!
 This is more like it :)

 The Baldwin girls brought some Christmas Silly Bands for everyone.
 Alex took this cool shot.
 This is a really bad pic of me, but Shannon and Bean look good.

Friday 3 December 2010

Make up your mind!

Today Zach looked outside and said, "And now the snow is melting... This is so confusing."

Wednesday 1 December 2010

The magic of Christmas

So today, on the first night of Chanukah, we were talking about celebrations and what they mean. We watched videos about Chanukah and talked about Christmas.

I said, "Christmas is a celebration about the birth of Jesus."

"And Santa!" adds Alexandria.

Monday 22 November 2010

Thinking outside the box..

... or inside the bowl, as it were.

After Nana and the kids were done pouring the cupcake batter into the cups, Nana gave Zach the bowl to lick. He licked away with his fingers, but apparently that wasn't doing the trick.

He stuck his whole head in there to get at the batter at the bottom of the bowl. And this was the result:

And so it begins..

Here is Alexandria's passive-aggressive homework from tonight. I told her she had to finish it before she could watch a YouTube video. She had to use some words from the word bank in her homework. This is the sentence she came up with:
It reads: "I love you but not when this happens."

Friday 19 November 2010

Wednesday 17 November 2010

Random shots from the iPhone

Just before Tanya and Kyle's wedding
 A pic with Amber Mac (author of Powerfriending) and Scott Stratten (author of UnMarketing)
My cute lunch date

 Building a tower "so high" at THEMUSEUM
 One of Zach's favourite parts of THEMUSEUM - the kid-size toilet :)
 My yo' books table at MeFest in October
 Alex having fun at the Watts Up exhibit at THEMUSEUM
 Zach and the "ground beavers" at THEMUSEUM
 Zach behaving VERY WELL at a networking/marketing event with Mommy
 Getting a hair cut and playing Wii racing
 Zach's regular state of being on the couch
 Cutie after school on a warm, but rainy-ish day
 A gorgeous Oktoberfest day
 My Oncle Hans pumpkin :)
 Fun with the forward-facing camera on the iPhone
 More fun
 My mini-Elton John
 Looking like such a little lady!
 Sharing a licorice a la 'Lady and the Tramp' at Nana and Grandpa's
 Putting in the new window at Nana and Grandpa's
 Tired on the train ride back from St Jacob's
 Intermission at Peter Pan
 It was such a magical show. Alex's reaction to it was awesome :)
 At the Little Tot Spot
 Great to see some friends at She's Connected
 Zach doing a fabulous job with a giant floor puzzle
 Playing in the leaves on the way to pick up Alex on Hallowe'en
 Getting dolled up at the Mabel's Labels party at Blissdom Canada
 Relaxing in my hotel room at the Delta Chelsea
 My "costume" for the costume karaoke party at Blissdom Canada. Get it?
 The kids joined me for a night at the Delta Chelsea after the Blissdom Canada conference was over
 Giant Connect 4. Pretty cool
 Painting at the hotel
 Fun in the leaves

 Enjoying the sway Mommy got at the Mabel's Labels party at Blissdom Canada
 First snow of the 2010/2011 winter season.
 Fun in the ball pit
 Singing in the choir at the Remembrance Day ceremony (Alex is in orange)
 A warm sunny day - November 12
 Even the dandelions are confused by the warm spell!
 More fun with the camera on the phone