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The boys and animals

Timothy loves animals.  He plays with our dog, Molly, far longer than is matched by her interest.  He watches birds outside our house.  He also loves to read books about animals–Touch and Feel Farm is a long-time favorite, and Petting Farm is a wonderful new addition.  The Petting Farm book came with a DVD, and this has been incredible.  It’s a simple concept which is perfect for him.  The narrator introduces segments featuring different animals, and children on the DVD talk about what the animals are doing, what a particular baby animal is called (such as horse/foal), and other general tidbits about the current animal.  I love watching this with him and teaching him different animal names and sounds.  He can make the sounds for dogs (his first animal sound, and still the default when he doesn’t know the answer), horses, sheep, baby chicks, and frogs (which aren’t in the DVD but which we have stuffed versions of all over the house).  Of course, sometimes he resembles a broken see-n-say:  “Timothy, what does the pig say?”  “Woof woof!”  “What does the duck say?”  “Woof woof!”  He’s very entertaining, and always proud of himself as we also are of him.

Nathaniel is just starting to become interested in Molly, and is going through the process of pulling her fur, smacking her nose, and pushing her face away when she tries to clean him.  Poor Molly put up with this from Timothy for several months when he was younger, and she is handling Nathaniel’s attentions with the same long-suffering gentleness.  We were able to teach Timothy how to be gentle with her, and we are grateful that she is putting up with Nathaniel’s attentions until he learns gentleness, too.

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I voted!

voteI voted for John McCain and Sarah Palin today.  There was no line, and the poll workers were a few decades younger on average than usual!  Now I just have to bide my time until the elections results come in tonight.  Obviously, I have to be an optimist to believe that McCain/Palin could win, and I have decided to be optimistic today.  Only time will tell if that is foolish, but I would rather be hopeful than not.

Updating other news about the family, Nathaniel is still stuck in a cranky cycle, but Timothy is settling in better with the time change.  He actually wasn’t hungry until lunch, and now he is down for a nap, though only time will tell if he actually takes one!  Now I’m settling in to watch election news, all of which is meaningless until tonight.  Oh, well…it makes me happy!

If you haven’t already, GO VOTE!

Church today…or not

We got up (early, thanks to the kids and the time change) and went to church this morning.  Everything was fine through the announcements, then Nathaniel started screaming (in nursery) and wouldn’t stop.  I held him for some time, and tried to feed him, and he would settle for a while, then go back to fussing.  Patrick stayed in the service until the Lord’s Table, then we gathered up the kids and had to leave.  I was sad doing that, but it was obvious that Nathaniel wasn’t going to be happy even if he was being held constantly, so we decided not to put all the other kids and the nursery volunteer through that.

After we got home, the boys napped, and we moved my computer to the living room.  Big fun!  Now I can check email while the kids are running around, since the office is not a baby-proofed place right now.

We’re getting ready for Timothy’s big day on Wednesday.  He will have an echo cardiogram, during which he will be sedated.  Unfortunately, I was unable to find anyone to watch Nathaniel while this is happening, so I will be staying home with him while Patrick takes Timothy down to the doctor.  I’m pretty sad about this, but I’m looking forward to hearing from Patrick as soon as the test is over, and I’ll try to talk to my groggy boy over the phone if I can.  I’ll just want to hold him, so it will be difficult, but he loves his Dada, and his Dada will make sure everything is okay.

That’s all I have for today.  Remember to vote on Tuesday!

Doctor visit for Nathaniel today

Well, I’m up for the Mother of the Year award again today, but Nathaniel is a first-timer on the background story.  See, I was trying to get Timothy to leave Nathaniel’s room, so I asked him to go and he FINALLY walked out the door.  I was holding Nathaniel over my shoulder, and slowly closed the door, only to realize it would not close all the way.  I suddenly had this sickening feeling in my stomach–Nathaniel had grabbed the back of the door!  He started screaming and I laid him down and checked his hand.  It was red, and there was a small abrasion on the back of one finger.  I tried to calm him, then Patrick returned from an errand and held him, and he finally calmed down.  We called the nurse line at our pediatrician’s office, and they said that even though it didn’t look too bad, they wanted to have an x-ray of it since it was the back part of the door and that can be more serious.

Patrick took him in to see a PA at the office, and thankfully, his x-rays came back normal.  He’s really doing just fine, and his hand doesn’t look bad, there’s just a red mark across three of his fingers.  Oh, and Patrick ran into our regular pediatrician while he was there and she took a look at him in passing and figured that since he was smiling and giggling at her that he was probably just fine…and he is!

Four months old and trying solid food

He likes it!

He likes it!

Pictures of Nathaniel

All better

We took Nathaniel to the doctor for a follow-up to the x-ray he had last week.  She listened to his lungs and checked him out thoroughly, and she said he looked good.  He got a second x-ray (no piggostat this time, Patrick held him) and his lung looked much clearer than it did last time.  Praise God!  She did say that he has about a 33% chance of developing asthma, so that is definitely a subject for continuing prayer.

Thank you all for your kind support while we’ve all been under the weather.


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