Last Thursday was a busy day for me; I kept Alex in the morning, took Max for his 9-month checkup at 2pm and went out on a date with my honey that night!
Alex was good, as always. We’ve moved the play pen into the living room just to the right of the couch…he and Max played well together. The crazy thing is that every time Tj walks into the room Alex starts crying! If I leave them together for more than a minute then he’s ok with Tj, but the very next time he sees Tj he cries again! I wonder what that’s about? I guess it’s just because he’s a kid.
Max’s checkup went well. I didn’t know what to expect and thought there’d be a lot of stuff done, but it wasn’t much longer than the other ones. His nose had run for at least a month…I assumed it was teething…and then it just stopped about a week or two ago. It started again last Wednesday. Because I wanted Katie to keep him I asked the doc if he looked contagious and he said no. Max weighed in at 20lbs 15oz (50%) was 27” (25%) and had a head circumference of 18.5” (90%). Now that last one just seems crazy to me…his head looks exactly proportional to his body…I can’t understand how it can be so out of whack with the rest of his dimensions! Oh, well. He had his finger pricked to check his iron levels and he’s a bit low…10.9 when it should be 11. I had to go buy some vitamins with iron in to give him every day for a month. He was preoccupied while she pricked his finger so he didn’t even notice. One thing I’ve noticed about him is that he hates for anyone to force his hands to do something; so after the finger pricking when the nurse was trying to get a drop of blood onto the tester he was pulling away with all of his might! Silly boy! He got his second flu shot and his last hep shot. He cried like he’d never cried before…I was so glad to pick him up at the end and hold him. He got over it pretty quickly, though.
As usual they asked me several questions that I wasn’t prepared for. Does he say “bye bye”? Uh, no, I haven’t thought about teaching him that until two days ago. Sorry. Does he mimic your speech…well, no, I mimic his mostly. Does he play peek-a-boo with you? Well, he likes it when I do it to him, but he doesnt cover his own eyes. There were a few others that I hadn’t thought about until she asked me…and then I told her that even though she hadn’t asked he was doing something…when I pour him some Cheerios mixed with Gerber puffs he eats all the Gerber puffs first before he even touches the Cheerios! Now, isn’t that something!?
My girlfriend Katie has had a rough time this year. The first day I met her (at MOPS) she was asking for prayer. She was pregnant but was spotting. The next week she said she’d lost the baby that night! I”ve since found out that she’s lost her grandmother and grandfather within the last ten months. And the latest bad news is Thursday before last her daughter (Maddie, one month older than Max) spiked a 103.9 temp and had a seizure; Katie had to perform CPR on her! She’d had a fever all day and Katie was waiting for her husband to come home to help her. In the last hour before he arrived Maddie’s fever went up two or three degrees. When he got there they were changing her diaper and Maddie just lay still looking up at the fan. Katie realized that she wasn’t blinking, and then touched her and felt that she was so stiff! Craig hadn’t even realized that something was wrong. They called 911 and they went to the ER.
Maddie is doing well now, but her diaper rash is horrible. I found all this out last Monday. When I called Katie to see how she was she mentioned that she’d been planning a huge cooking day the next day and had 30lbs of meat in her refrigerator. I told her I was coming over the next day to help her. I stayed about four hours…we had a great time.
While there Katie told me that Maddie had horrible diaper rash. She kept having diarrhea…the antibiotics she was taking for the virus that brought on the fever were really messing with her stomach…and because of that they couldn’t get rid of her diaper rash. I could hear Maddie screaming so loud when she was being changed. Katie said the next day that they’d started using cotton balls with just water to clean her off.
We’d planned a couple of weeks ago or so to start switching out a pair of weekend nights…we’d each keep the other’s kid and let the parents go out on a date. This was our first weekend to do it. I called Katie Thursday, when I was supposed to keep Maddie. We decided to change days because Tj was flying out Friday for San Antonio. So Thursday night we dropped Max off at Katie’s…I met Craig for the first time…he seems like such a sweetie! I was feeling a little guilty for leaving Max because of all the trouble Katie’d had with Maddie and because he’d just gotten shots…but he’d never reacted at all to any other shots…so I took a chance. Tj was still at work so I drove there and picked him up…we went to Dave and Buster’s and played games. Lots of fun! We drove back to Katie’s separately…I really wanted Tj to meet Craig, too. They both said that Max was and easy baby to keep…I’m glad he didn’t give them any trouble. Katie said she’d call me the next day to get directions to our place.
Well, I waited and waited for her to call. Donna kept Max for two hours that morning while I went and bought jeans. Then Tj called and asked if I wanted to go to lunch with him. I threw Max back in the car and drove down there. Tj drove us to Ruby Tuesday’s. I got back home around 3pm and waited some more for her call. Finally, at ten minutes to 5pm she called saying she wasn’t sure they would come…Maddie’s diaper rash was really bad. I told her to bring her on…they both needed a break and I could handle Maddie. I figured that I’d have to change her every hour and I could handle three diaper changes no matter how bad. They came and had a good night out. The changes were pretty bad…she never had diarrhea while she was there (Katie said she had it as soon as they got home) but she screamed and bucked around the whole time! Poor sad baby! I was so glad I could do this for them, though. I know that must be so trying to have to do that so often every day. After they came back we sat and talked a good bit…hopefully they’ll be a great couple to be friends with! Yea!