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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Just photos for now

Just the cutest! That's what I get told allll the time anyway :)


Mama bakes reeeeally BIG cookies!

Don't worry - I can do it.

Hhmmmm, what is this stuff? Can I eat it?

Yeah why not.

That stuff's crunchy!! And not very yummy.

Cool - sand castles.

Gonna get it! Gonna get it!

Daddy dug me a hole and built castles all around me. I destroyed them! FUN!!!

Cooling down In the back yard in a cold bath on a VERY hot day.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Our lump

We went to Plunket yesterday for Caelan's 8-10 month check-up but couldn't do it so he just got weighed. He was 11.5kg and 74cm long. Though we're not certain cause he was too tall for the scales and kept putting his feet on the bench and taking weight off the scales! And he wouldn't keep still while doing his length, little worm kept rolling over and trying to crawl away. The nurse and I decided to give up and guess at it based on what got! At Ascot Hospital at the beginning of his ear infections, their scales said he was 12kg but we know he's lost weight in the last month from not eating with the ear infections. The doctors and our home scales say he's 12kg or just under but I don't think he's 12kg anymore (feels lighter and not as bulky), I think he's probably somewhere between 11.5kg and 12kg.

He's so funny with his clapping, yesterday some people on TV started clapping and he clapped with them - real cute! Also as soon as you start singing "If you're happy and you know it..." he claps when you get to the "clap your hands" bit. Oh AND he's got a toy that says "Bye bye" when it hasn't been touched in a while and yesterday when it said it and I copied (which I always do), Caelan waved. Real cute! Our clever, funny little clapping waver.

There're many annoying things about him now being mobile, as well as many great things, but one of the best things is being able to call him and he comes! I'm sure walking's not too far away - he's up and walking around holding onto everything all the time. Climbed up and was standing against Toa this morning, the bummer is that dogs move! hahaha There was a tumble and a few tears but he wasn't hurt at all, just shocked.

Monday, January 15, 2007

What's new with Mr Poo?

Well he's still got ear infections and that's definitely getting old now!! It's been pretty hard for all of us for a while and due to that I haven't been in the right frame of mind to post anything. And even if I could it would have just been crying and swearing - doesn't make for nice reading! But things aren't so bad at the moment so I thought I'd better update on our gorgeous boy. The bastard ear infections - we had to go to the doctor again at the beginning of last week as he'd gotten worse and had a fever again. Got given a double strength version of one of the first antibiotics he had but by the end of the week he was still visibly sore. So back to the doctor and sure enough infections were still angry, after being on antibiotics since before Christmas and it not doing anything he's been taken off. This makes me a bit happier as I didn't like all that crap being shoved into him for no reason. Sure if it does something I believe antibiotics have their place, but when they're not working it can't be good for you. Especially a little baby. He's scheduled to have hearing tests in February as there's a risk that there'll be permanant damage to his hearing, or speech problems due to not being able to hear properly while his speech is developing. So at this stage we're playing the waiting game and hoping the infection clears up on it's own.

He had his first fall while standing today, he'd pulled himself up against the coffee table while I was getting his lunch ready in the kitchen. He fell and banged his cheek on the corner while falling - poor little boy screamed his heart out and now has a bruise on his cheek. But he's ok - I'm sure there'll be many more accidents now that he's wanting to get up and about. Oh and he's started clapping all the time and thinks it's just so much fun. He waves more now too - not all the time still but it's definitely better than the odd time he was doing it. It's about one out of 3-5 times he'll wave back - sometimes he'll just clap instead! hahaha His favourite game of the moment is chasing his beach ball around the house. He'll whack it with his hand and then chase it giggling his head off - he and the ball end up all over the place, it's really cute. He's climbing up on everything at the moment - us, the stairs (gulp, have to get that gate up tonight!), the couches, the coffee table, the dog, absolutely anything - he'll crawl up to it and use it so he can stand. Oh and for ages we've been saying we need to put his cot down to the next level but due to colds, ear infections, christmas, new year and being slack we hadn't. Well on Saturday afternoon I went in to get him after his nap and hearing him shouting out to us, I found him standing there grinning at me. Holy shit - I nearly died!!! Needless to say Chris put it down while I fed him. Whew!!! Luckily we didn't find him on the floor on his head screaming.

Yesterday we decided to get out as cabin fever was threatening to kill us. We took Caelan to Mission Bay for a picnic dinner of roast chicken and chips. Caelan experienced junk food for the first time - he had a few hot chips and thought they were pretty damned good. I sucked off all the salt before giving it to him and felt ok about it as they weren't greasy at all. But I was so worried that we looked like "those" parents!!! hehe After dinner we were gonna have a little play on the sand and make sand castles but Caelan wasn't feeling the best so we came home, he wasn't interested in playing at all and just cried. His ears must have been sore because the first half of the nights sleeping was shit. Poor little guy was trying to pull his ears off while he cried. Please ear infections go and bring back the full nights sleep!

He's such a good boy though - we've had a breakthrough with the "no" word. He understands and has learned. We decided not to change our house in any way, everything is exactly as it is before he could move. We decided that he needed to learn anyway and it seemed silly to alter the whole house when babies need to learn boundaries at some stage. So that's what we've been doing. The stereo used to be his favourite place, he'd always end up there pulling all the CDs out. Great fun he thought. Well after much persistent and patient no-ing he's learned that he's not allowed to go there and doesn't even bother anymore. It went from always going there and having to say no and actually move him, to him always going there and having to say no and him stop touching, to going towards there and when you say no turning around, now he will look sometimes and remember so not go. What a good little boy! He hasn't been hear the stereo in ages. Brilliant! He doesn't pull the books out of the bookcase anymore either. Oh he's so good!!!

Such a little angel.

Playing with my ball on a hot day. What ginger hair?!?!?!?!

Stay still dog - I'm going over!

Grotty little boy.

Yummy! Chips are good.

Saturday, January 06, 2007


Spoke too soon again! Caelan didn't seem quite right yesterday, but in the morning I put it down to tiredness, then he was worse in the afternoon. Really upset, couldn't be put down and was in pain. Took his temperature and he had a fever again, it was all too familiar now... Soooo off to the doctor we went and sure enough - both ears had gotten worse again and he was running a fever. Poor little thing. We have stronger antibiotics and more paracetamol - he's gonna be addicted to the stuff soon!! Last night was pretty yucky again - all three of us are sooooo sick of ear infections now as we're into our 3rd week of the same ones! The doctor said that he's seeming like he's going to be a problem ear boy and it "usually, hopefully" gets better by the time they start school but it can go on from there. JOY! He could be fine but he just told us that to prepare ourselves as he said it's not looking good so far. Neato.

Friday, January 05, 2007

A new year

Well Caelan's nearly 9 months old and what a fantastic, trying, awesome, heart-breaking, fun, upsetting, wonderful and hard 9 months it's been! We say goodbye to 2006 and look forward to whatever 2007 throws our way. Our little boy is just amazing. He's been through some shit, my god he's been through some shit!! But he's still such a happy, good natured, fun baby (most times!) - he just the best. He seems to be over the ear infections that plagued christmas and new year ending in burst, bleeding drums - poor wee thing, but he's good now. He's a real little trooper! The Dr was amazed that Caelan wasn't screaming his head off constantly after he looked in his ears, I told him that he definitely had been throughout the sickness! hehe But he's tough, our boy. Another course of antibiotics and he's definitely on the mend now. He's booked in for some testing in 6 months to check hearing etc after such a yucky time with it. I hope it's all ok, no point worrying about it till we know for sure so I'll just forget about it till then. :) Needless to say after taking him to check his ears before going away for New Years and discovering they were worse - we didn't go. So Christmas and New Years just didn't happen this year as planned, but I'd say we'll have to get used to things not going to plan. We have a child now! hehe

Well Caelan's all over the show these days, we never know where he is cause he's crawling everywhere. He's started trying to pull himself up on things but hasn't quite mastered that yet. He's fine holding himself up against things and walking around carefully holding on - but I think he thinks he can do it all and just lets go. Funny boy! He closes his eyes real tight when he realises he's gonna fall and waits for the impact. It's so cute. Oh and he run real fast!! When we hold his fingers he loves to run everwhere fast - it's sooooo cute!

His vocabulary his HUGE! He prattles in his own laguage constantly and makes real sentance sounding things - though of course nobody but him can understand them! He knows Mama is me and Dada is Chris and he can say water and cat - though quite odd sounding! But he knows what he's saying and what they are so that's pretty cool. He tries to say dog as well but it just comes out as da - not really there yet!

He's way more cuddly now since getting the ear infection - it's soooo lovely. Shivers gotta go, he's awake and needs tending to!