Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas 2.0 with the flu

We were hit. Poor Brady started fevering a bit on Monday night, then it came around Tuesday night higher around 101.  I knew something was up because he'd stop playing and ask me to cuddle on the couch with him. Which isn't TOO different for him, but he would literally just stop playing and beg for couch-time. On Christmas Eve-morning he hit 103 which is very unlike him, so I took him to the doctor. Sure enough, he tested positive for Influenza A, blech. He ALMOST made it out of the school the week before without getting it!

He was put on Tamiflu and told to not go around anyone until 24 hrs after his fever stopped, so we knew right away that Christmas day plans to go by family would have to be canceled. The doc put Jax on Tamiflu as well to try and prevent the severity if he contracted it as well. She was a bit concerned about him getting it and reviewed the protocol with him in case he started to show symptoms (since it's a respiratory infection and he has asthma).

After night #2, the Tamiflu made Brady's stomach 'burn' and he was up all night moaning and trying to vomit. The nurse the next day said it was our call to stop it if it was creating worse symptoms for him. The drug worked fine with Jax since he was fed his thick milk all night through his tube along with a dose of Zofran. The doc said Jax had to continue no matter what, which thankfully wasn't an issue for him.

The good news is that Jax NEVER got it, WHEW. Brady perked up fast after some medication and Ibuprofen. Thankfully he didn't go down too hard. We have to wonder if his nasal vaccination wasn't as effective as Jax's shot this year, although the doc said this year's vaccines aren't working against Influenza A very well because the strain mutated. (*Children with asthma can't get the live-nasal-vaccine, so that's why they get different vaccines.)

We were able to enjoy some Christmas time together just the four of us, but were also lucky enough to have Jay's parents and his sister and her family come Friday to celebrate. Thankfully we didn't have 'travel' plans out of state this year like we did the last two years!

Waiting for flu-test results. I sat holding him like this for about 20 minutes.

Jax and Daddy trying to stay occupied Christmas Eve night. Thankfully Uncle Adam sent LOTS of games this year!

Some dinner, Tamilfu, Ibuprofen and a bath perked this kiddo up to put cookies and milk out for Santa. Jax is being.. very much himself - always turned up to the highest notch.

Christmas morning.

Brady being... Brady. Santa brought him a guitar, lucky cat.

A jumbo remote monster truck with tickets to the show from Mommy and Daddy.

Fever gone and family visiting the next day - these four cats were in an intense game of SORRY!


Nothing keeps Jax down when getting neb-treatments.


An intense game of tic-tac-toe between Aidan and Jax at breakfast.

Jay looks HAPPY cleaning out cabinets, right?! We finally got rid of our old useless tupperware!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas 1.0

The Christmas break is in full swing!
We had a family Christmas party this past Saturday for my side of the family. We picked up Marley and headed over to my Grandma's new assisted living home for a visit first.
We attended the family gathering at my Uncle Dave's house and we had such a great time. Brady had decided earlier that day that he was going to tape a piece of paper to his face and be Santa. The entire day.
And he was.
So, Jax had the elf hat on and Brady was Santa - they crack me up.

Both of the boys had started a cough on Tuesday night, so I was wondering how well they'd feel by Saturday for the long day/night of driving up to Green Bay and attending all the festivities. Brady's cough went croupy on us, but some steroids helped. Jax of course just needs round-the-clock neb treatments, which is a bummer to travel with a neb-machine, but it is what it is. They did pretty good, but I've noticed Brady has ramped back up a little bit with a cough and not feeling the best again since Sunday night (hmm).

So far, the boys are doing ok with being home while I work. Thankfully they only have to deal with that for one more day and then Jay and I plan to be off the rest of the week.

For the first year ever, we have Christmas Eve to ourselves at home, so we're going to try and have it be relaxed, yet festive! Planning is in the works... maybe we'll actually get to CHURCH this year!

Every parent can relate... this is just one of my kid's backpacks exploded on the floor after school.

Guinea pigs - the perfect asthma-pet.

Our daily veggy-delivery to the piggies.

Slightly excited for their last day of school before the break.

Great Grandma Carol with Marley and the boys.

Some great ornaments from Grandma.

She was so happy the ornament she gave me matched me that day.


Marley and the elves.

The boys "helping" during the gift exchange game.

Cousin Amanda helping Brady re-tape his paper beard.

Ohhh to be 6 at Christmas time...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

First Report Cards and holiday celebrations have begun!

The first kindergarten report cards came in. The boys are doing so great, we're so proud of them. My heart just sores to see Brady doing so well. He scored pretty much the highest mark for most areas, and has a reading level 6, which is beginner 1st grade. I was so worried about his reading because of his speech, but he is trucking along great. His only issue of course, is the spoken word.

Jax is doing great too, although I had hoped he'd come a little further with his attention/focus/slowing down issues. His reading level is a 7, which is mid-level first grade, but his writing and fine motor (art) needs a lot of work yet. It's an odd little combo that I can't quite figure out.

Both of the boys have great behavior and have adjusted well to kindergarten, so I'm hoping this all continues and we're able to support Jax to help him in his areas of struggle. The next teacher conference and IEP meeting will be helpful.

We had our annual Christmas-lunch with friends on Sunday, who all happen to be someone's godparent in the group. It's always a nice afternoon of food, fun adult punch and football while the kids tear up the toy room.

The boys are gearing up for their last couple days of school before the 2 week holiday break. They've been coming home and telling us all about other December holidays like Hanukkah and Kwanza. I'm pretty impressed with the diversity of teachings! Jax cracked me up talking all about it. He told me that Hanukkah was beginning and would end on Christmas Eve, then Kwanza would begin right after Christmas. I asked him if he knew who celebrated Kwanza and he said, "Ummm, I think Chicago". LOL, not quite buddy, but we can talk more about it later.

The boys have been dying to see Santa. We saw him and Mrs Claus on Tuesday at the KidReach party they attend each year (that's where Jax still gets Feeding Therapy). Jax wanted to ask Santa if he could become one of his elves when he grew up and Brady wanted a guitar. Well, they were so star-struck that they froze on his lap! Jax blurted out that he wanted a MONSTER. Um, what?! Jason said, "a monster truck?" Um yeah.
Brady blurted out a ROBOT. Um, what?! I whispered to him that I thought he wanted a guitar, so he said, "oh yeah, a guitar please." Santa didn't hear him and said, "You're welcome!"
Poor Big B! Although I don't think Brady even realized it.

Brady made a plane full of elves to fly to the North Pole.

Jax working on writing.

Brady is PUMPED to help unwrap the Hershey kisses to make cookies! (Jax chose not to help once he found out he had to wash his hands to do it... uh ok.)

In Heaven with Mama. My little kitchen helper all the time!

Shanns holding baby Jameson.

Gift opening craze!

Checking out the piggies.

Jameson giving some smiles

The boys loving their Battleship game.

The boys were so starstruck!

Putting in their orders.

Making ornaments

Official cookie holder.

Working the bucket with Jax's old physical therapist!

We caught the boys peeking out the shutters watching Santa and Mrs Claus leave!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Two new family members!

The boys are on CLOUD 9 right now! They received two little guinea pigs, named Lucy and Piper.
 They've been asking Santa for them, but since Santa is busy with Christmas right now, he had St. Nick bring them for him with a note. Santa told the boys they got them early since he couldn't care for them, but he's still watching them since he'll still swing by Christmas Eve with a small gift if they've been good and taking care of the pets.
Jason said that Jax got on the bus for school this morning and told the bus driver, "WE GOT GUINEA PIGS!", so I can only imagine how many times the boys screamed this sentence to every person they saw at school today...

**For those of you out-of-state folks, St Nick is a deep rooted tradition from Germany, and other northern Europe areas that celebrate St Nikolaus - a catholic saint who brought treats to orphaned children. The boys even had treats from him waiting for them at school today! Busy guy!

Found under the stockings.

The boys held these little piggies off and on the entire day. Jax refused to get out of his pjs for most of the day!

Brady is madly in love. This is Piper.

We made Jax get dressed and we ran a few errands. Here's my big elf mailing the Christmas cards.

Jax only has the attention span to hold Lucy for about 20 minutes, so Brady takes them both. This is about an hour into a movie...

Living like QUEENS!

The cage was made for boys... oops.

The neighbors came to hold the piggies on Sunday.

Santina's 2nd birthday party!

This little 6 week old tank got some love.

Playing with hair bows!