Monday, June 30, 2014
Today was Diego's 2 month checkup. Callie went with us to have her shoulder checked and the doctor feels her infection is gone and she is done with her medicine. That was the good news. Diego had an ok visit, basically short, average weight and giant head. No really, 17th percentile length(1'10"), 59th percentile weight(12 lb 7 oz) and 83rd percentile for head circumference (15.8"). I think he is actually taller than that but it's hard to measure when they squirm and scrunch. He got Tdap/Hib/polio combo vaccine today. I split up all the vaccines than the usual which is a total of 4 shots/7+ vaccines based on that Callie had reactions to vaccines before we knew she had food allergies. The doctor is really nice about it and offered to split up today's into separate vaccines as well but it's almost always given as one so I went ahead with that one. Well bad idea.... After I returned to work Diego had a big red swollen leg with rash and was screaming bloody under in pain and wouldn't stop not even to eat. I left work and brought him back to the doctor right away. I was able to reach her by phone from the car through the emergency line and she wanted to see him in the office. We gave him some Tylenol and it started to subside but was still a big red lump very swollen and the screaming wouldn't stop. They gave him more Tylenol and we waited in the office for an hour. They measured the lump when we started at over 5 cm in length! Eventually he settled down enough to eat and the bump has gone down most of the way. He is still incredibly fussy and crying a lot (even more than normal if you can imagine). I feel terrible for him and feel like I should have split every single vaccine up and dragged them out forever but it's too late now. A second doctor came to see him as well and they aren't sure exactly what the reaction is, but it's an adverse reaction to the vaccine, likely the Tdap portion or he preservative. It could be a local reaction or an IgE true allergic response (minor since breathing wasn't effected). They will report it to the CDc as an adverse reaction and we are just watching him for a few days to see how he does before we decide on future vaccines. Since it wasn't a life threatening reaction we will still proceed with vaccines but cautiously and giving him Tylenol before each vaccine. Hopefully he starts feeling better soon, but it was a rough day for us both. I'm hoping for some sleep but realize we may be walking and rocking and snuggling all night. The prescription for improvement is Tylenol, snuggles and love with a little patience on the side. Poor little man :(
Sunday, June 29, 2014
PaPa Ed had to go back to CT this morning. We were so glad to have him for the week but it went too fast. He left this morning really early before Callie was up. The good news is she is old enough now to understand how it works when GiJu and PaPa come and go back home and so there is no crying anymore. She is excited already talking about going to their house on the plane in August.
Yesterday on our last day together we went out for breakfast in the harbor and played on the playground. She has so much fun with her PaPa. Love you lots, see you in August!
Yesterday we celebrated in dedicating Ford and Diego to be raised in God's family. It was a special ceremony for so many reasons. We are so lucky and blessed to have Tio Bogar to officiate all our families special events. It is so intimate to have it catered to our family in words but also in love and warmth. Bogar has been there for every family moment for is, from our wedding to Diego's dedication. It was also special because Ford and Diego got to share the day and be dedicated together, another tying bond for these two who I know will be best buds. I was lucky enough to have my dad in town visiting and Tia Nena flew in from Monterey so we had a lot of love from all around.
The weather was beautiful and it was a fabulous day. Diego cried quite a bit as he was having a rough day but I told him God loves him even if he cries through the ceremony ;)
Callie had so much fun playing with her older cousins and is still asking when she can play with them again. I think I found some new babysitters.
Nicky and Hunter, Diego's god parents took these photos of the day.
Diego is one lucky little guy to have so much love surrounding him.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Callie was so excited to spend a whole day with her PaPa. She couldn't leave his side for a minute and everything was no, not mommy today, papa will do it. She didn't give him a break even banging on the bathroom door while he took a shower. We went out for breakfast then went to the zoo. Since PaPa was with us at the zoo we braved walking all the way to the far side of the zoo. I never leave the front side since it's such a long walk. We saw bears, elephants, and polar bears. We took the Skyfari for the first time back to the front as we were all tired from walking. Callie couldn't stay awake in the car even when I was talking to her, tickling her and keeping her awake until we got home so she could nap in her bed. I think that means she had too much fun ;)
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Callie was so excited for PaPa Ed to arrive. She got to drive to the airport to pick him up and then since we drive right by the water park we stopped to play. When we got home she proceeded to show him all her toys and play in the play kitchen for hours. She was so thrilled to play with him she didn't even care that I left the house unexpectedly. I went to urgent care as I now also have a skin infection on my belly that looks similar to Callie and hurts a lot. So now I am on 2 antibiotics for 10 days as well... Oh sigh. At least PaPa is here and we are going to have some fun!
Monday, June 23, 2014
Callie has volumes of photo books from her first two years so I thought it was time for Diegos first.
Callie has a check up today for her infection and her doctor says she is doing really well and it should clear up in about a week. It was great news!
Tomorrow PaPa Ed arrives from CT, in Callie's words, "yippeeeee"!
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Callie was asking to go to the water park with her daddy for awhile. I've always only been during the week so it's just me. It was super packed and we barely found a parking space, we waited for 15 min for someone to leave. Anyways once we got there we had a great time. Callie loved playing with her dad in the water as he splashes and plays in the fountains more than me. Diego slept the whole time. After we tried to go to Bluewater our favorite seafood restaurant but there was no parking spots and a long line so we went home. Callie was so upset there were no parking spaces she cried about it. She fell asleep in the at for 15 min then when we got home kept crying about no parking spot and never napped again. She was surprisingly well behaved for no nap and has been doing great still using the potty. Hopefully in a few weeks we will be diaper free for one child! Happy Sunday!
Saturday, June 21, 2014
I started Callie on serious potty training on the recommendation of our pediatrician starting Thursday. Callie has a staph infection on the back of her shoulder and the dr says it's most likely to spread or show up recurring in the diaper area because of the moist dirty environment. So the best thing we can do for her is get her potty trained ASAP and in underwear and dry. She's on antibiotics and has a special cream and she's being so tough about it. Hopefully we can get it cleared up and she has no recurrences even though there is a real strong possibility it will show up again. She has been really successful with the potty! I am so proud of her. Yesterday I brought her to walmart and let her pick out a toy because she made it all day using only underpants with no accidents! She even went to Walmart in her underwear with no accidents! She picked out this great big doll house.
Meanwhile Diego was fussy all week and not sleeping well at night. This week I had introduced dairy again and as much as I didn't want it to be true I can finally conclude dairy Definately bothers him. I removed it all again a few days ago and he is back to happy sleeping Diego today. This photo is of him at 5 am Thursday happily sleeping in my bed after we had been up for hours Wednesday night. It was killing me since I had I go to work and now he wants to sleep, go figure.
And tonight I am home alone with both kids as Juan took his dad to the padres game for Father's Day. I was nervous it was going to be a chaos perfect storm of crying but believe it or not we had NO crying (except washing Callie's wound which is expected). Diego was asleep or happily awake watching Callie and I play. Callie was gentle and loving to him. We called GaGa to wish her happy birthday. I made dinner, ate, cleaned up, emptied the dishwasher, fed the dogs, gave Callie a bath, read books for bedtime all with two kids and no meltdowns. I swear it's like someone miraculously swapped my kids out today Rachael usually everyone is crying by 7 pm. I feel a little bit like super mom! Now wish me luck for the rest of the night.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Callie got her first bad report from school today. When I picked her up the teacher said she had time out for hitting another girl. She also hugged her like a tackle and the girl hit her head. Oh boy... Now I have a kid who hurts her own brother and now her friends at school. We had a talk about being nice and not hitting and now I hope for the best for tomorrow.
Diego had a visit from Tia Mari while I was at work and was an angel.
We had family dinner at the Chavez house and Callie got to hold both boys. The three amigos! Now I need her to play nice with everyone else.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
I was home with both kids today and the morning was amazing. Both kids behaved well. Diego took a morning nap so I could paint and spend some time with Callie. Then we all went to the library and to feed the ducks. The baby ducks were out with their mom again and were being protected by her constantly. Unfortunately there were only 4 now when there were 5 last time we came. When we got home we had a calm lunch time. I put Callie down for her nap then was ready for my own nap. That's when Diego decided to take a turn to psycho. He cried for an hour and a half uncontrollably no matter what I did. He then settled for a little while before returning to crazy screaming at bed time. I have no idea what flipped his switch from calm and easy baby to crazy boy but I hope it is over now so I can get some rest before work tomorrow.
Monday, June 16, 2014
I don't know who missed who more today. I missed my little guy being at work all day, reading my 686 emails I received while I was gone. 686 was lucky because some timed out as too old and I never got to read them. Diego spent his first day without me ever. In 6 weeks I've only left him for 1 hr or less besides my ER visit for a few hours so he's only had two bottles in his lifetime before today. As soon as I walked in the door from work he was crying for mommy and wanting to nurse. Once we were home he went right back into crying until I would hold him and nurse him again even though it was obvious he wasn't hungry. After he finally settled himself he's snuggled himself into my chest and is sleeping ever since in the comfort of mommy's arms. Tomorrow I'll be home again so I can spend some quality time with both my kids. Diego will learn to adjust to the bottle and being without mommy and I'll adjust to being back at work. We both survived our first of many many more of these days.
Jeana took this photo of the boys happy together yesterday :) and I didn't take any photos today.