Tuesday, September 30, 2008

All's well on the ear front

Cam had his surgery this morning and did great :) He handled going off with the operating room nurse better than mommy and daddy (mommy couldn't watch), and did well until the anesthesiologist tried to put on the gas mask - luckily Cam liked the surgeon, who held him while they put the mask up to his face (not over at first) to get him to sleep. It really was a quick surgery, and Cam came out of the anesthesia like most kids - Dr. Mulotte likens it to an angry hornet. So true!

After about a half hour we were able to leave the surgery center and Cam was asleep in the car within a few minutes. We're home, C's had a bit to eat and will probably go down for his lunch nap a bit early today - he's pretty much himself, just a bit tired. The infection risk is only for the next 48 hours, so we'll keep a close eye on him.
So far, so good!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Quack quack quack

Cam has fallen in love with this adorable book from Nanny Hines at our baby shower that shows pictures of animals and tells you the sounds he makes. When he hears the dogs barking in the neighbourhood (not OUR good dogs, lol), he points outside and says "oof oof". This weekend his favourite was "baa baa" for the sheep in the book. Completely doesn't go with the picture of him chewing on a duck but his smile was so cute, we had to post it :)


....not doing anything bad, just surprised by the camera. Ever since we got the new camera, Cam is determined to not look at it, so he was caught off gaurd by Daddy when he was playing in his room this morning (C had gotten really quiet, which is usually reason for concern).

Friday, September 26, 2008

Yay Friday!

The Caminator just loves grownup sun glasses - mommy's are the best to share b/c they are $10 at Kohl's to replace, unlike Daddy's. :) Baby sunglasses with the strap around the back of the head - eh, not so in love with those.

Cam's trip to the doc to get his shots went pretty well. He got 3 shots; did ok w/the first one then knew what was coming for the other two and protested mightily. He was ok pretty quickly once he realized he had these funky Garfield bandaids on his legs, but he was pretty sore for most of the rest of the day, so we gave him Tylenol (no Motrin allowed until after his tube surgery on Tuesday).

Overall a really nice day at home for all of us (he took a great morning nap and a fantastic lunchtime nap so not cranky at all) and it wasn't even too hot around here; mid-90s. His right molars seems to be taking a break as he's been chowing like there is no tomorrow; for all 3 meals yesterday he ate 10oz+ baby foods plus some bread, brie, banana, puffs and yogurt drops...a bit of a bottomless pit. :)

Our weekend is pretty much going to be trying to avoid germs and get Cam (mommy and daddy too) lots of good naps to prep for his tube surgery on Tuesday at 8am in Pismo Beach...not the funnest weekend but since Cam is currently germ-free, we're going to enjoy it!

One Year Stats
27lbs 10oz - 94%
32" - 97%
19.75" head circumference = 100% (off the charts)

(Doc has kept a close eye on the big head circumference, but since big heads run in daddy's family, she doesn't feel C needs a CAT scan)

If Cam's lower lip looks a bit fat, its because on Thursday at daycare he was playing outside when the girls tried to bring him in for his nap and he ran away laughing - until he tripped over something and fell flat on his face. He was ok, just bit his lip. Its healing nicely and should be fine in a week or so.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

More teeth!

This will be tough to photograph, but Cam's got his top and bottom molars through on the left side. This kid has had ALL his teeth come through in sets of two. The right side is red on the top and bottom; looks like they'll be through any time now. Phew…these molars have been tough!

Tomorrow Cam has his appointment to get his annual shots - have to decide on doing the MMR or postponing it (going into the fall/winter season, the likelyhood of Cam getting sick from daycare is HIGH). There have been outbreaks of measles in CA :( Not sure what we'll do but we'll figure it out before we get there!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Grass is gross

Cam's walking is coming along quite well, but sometimes he overdoes it and ends up flat on his face. Totally typical for *any* little kid learning how to walk! Well, he's tripped on the grass in between the flagstones in the backyard several times, and now has a new method for traversing on the flagstones. With clapping in between :)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Morning snooze

The boys were up *early* this morning, and when I woke up (K had turned off the alarm and closed the door to the bedroom to let me sleep in, what a doll!) at 8:15am, the house was super quiet. I found them on the sofa in the family room. Too cute for words!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ear tube surgery postponed

Just a quick note to let everyone know the ear tube surgery has been postponed to September 30. The ENT doc wanted Cam to be healthy and virus-free since this is elective surgery (yeah, right, only if he not in daycare for the next two weeks!!!) We have asked for the surgery to be sooner, as Cam seems to be getting ear infections every 5-7 weeks and that will put him right about getting another one, but they seem pretty firm on 9/30.

Cam is feeling much better than Tuesday and at daycare today for the first time since Monday. Fingers crossed he can get rid of this herpangina virus and get healthy so we can get his ears fixed!

Cam had a GREAT day at daycare today; he slept 2hrs 20 mins total - way more than his usual 1hr 15-30 mins! We did give him a dose of Tylenol in his lunchtime bottle though, b/c of his sore throat....that might be why he slept so well. Eh, so what, he had a good day over there - yay!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Ding-dong fever update

Cam's fever is finally gone; it WAS a pretty long night. We just got back from Cam's "Well Baby" check (ha!), and Cam has herpangina, a viral throat infection. Doc thinks he's at the beginning of it, and it should run its course within 5-7 days. He's sleeping peacefully right now for his lunchtime nap.

The ENT still wants to do the pre-op tomorrow and decide then on the Friday surgery for the tubes. Because of the fever yesterday, Cam's not allowed back to daycare until he's 24 hrs fever-free, which would be tomorrow. We'll probably keep him home since he sleeps so much better here and daycare is obviously just a damn germ-fest....ANOTHER sickness he has gotten from there (argh!!). If the ENT decides tomorrow to do the surgery Friday, we'll probably keep Cam home from daycare the rest of the week; we think he'll recouperate faster at home.

One Year Stats
27lbs 10oz
19 3/4" head circumference

I'll add the percentages later - we forgot that paperwork at the doc's office.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Ding-dong has a fever

I got a call from daycare today about 4:15pm, telling me Cam had a fever of 100.6°. Not horrible but he definitely was warm and not himself. He's sleeping comfortably now, due for another dose of Tylenol around 9pm and we're getting ourselves together for a long night.

Ironically tomorrow morning at 10am we have Cam's one year "Well Baby" check up (snort). Not sure he'll end up getting his shots, or if this will affect the tube surgery he's supposed to have on Friday but we'll let you know.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Dear Auntie Sherry and Mr. Keogh,

Mommy and daddy say you both love soccer and will coach me someday :) So far I like to carry the soccer ball - is that allowed? I also keep smacking it with my face but it hurts - what am I doing wrong?


Friday, September 12, 2008

Gigglepalooza 2008

Charlie and Chance bring out the giggles in Cam; especially when he's 1) chasing them, or 2) getting wacked in the face by their tails. :)

Cam's walking is getting better and more confident every day. We're not sure if all kids do this, but he likes to walk with his arms up, like we're holding his fingers - too funny! He does have moments where he's a bit OVER confident - that's typically about 3 seconds before a face plant.

please ignore mommy's giant bottom in this video!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Happy Birthday to Cam-a-lam-a-ding-dong!!

As unbelievable as it sounds, Cam turned one today :) His walking is more and more confident; it won't be long before crawling is a thing of the past. No real "speech" yet, but lots of sounds. We suspect after the tubes go in that will change.

His little personality has totally emerged; he's just as tenacious as mommy and daddy but much more lovable. What a ride its been! Now the countdown to two starts :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Dear Grandpa and Grandma Janice,

I loooooooove my wagon; thank you so much! I'm driving mommy and daddy nuts because I want to be in it all the time. This afternoon I learned a new game: getting in and out of the wagon on my own in the backyard. It helps to have both the seats turned down (see photo). Its tons of fun as long as daddy is there to help me. I can't wait to see you again so you can pull me around the neighbourhood in my awesome red wagon!


Is there something on my face?

I feel like there is something there - seriously, tell me, I can take it ;)

Last day of Grammie and Grampie's visit :(

Today was the last day of Cam's east coast grandparents visit. After 5 days of marathon stroller rides, lots of finger walking and general merriment, they headed up to San Jose to catch their morning flight back home to Rhode Island. Cam looooooved having them here for so long - every morning of their trip they were here when he woke up from his nap at 10am. We're hoping he's not looking for them tomorrow to rescue him from daycare!!

Thanks for making the trip! And thank you for all your help with Cam's birthday party - we really appreciate it!! We're looking forward to your visit for Cam's birthday next year (hint hint) :)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Cam's first dinner out

More fun with mommy's $10 sunglasses while our OUR FIRST DINNER OUT AS A FAMILY since Cam joined us last year. He did great in the restaurant and we all had a blast. Should have tried this sooner!!

Adorablest :)

The Caminator was at the beach in Cayoucos with mommy, daddy and Grammie and Grampie today. Gorgeous cool weather (much to Grammie and Grampie's relief after triple digits in Paso) with sunshine, swings and sea gulls - awesome!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Happy Grandparents' Day!

This year Cam got to spend Grandparents' Day with all his grandparents; Marty and Ruth from the east coast, Karen, and Dick and Janice from the west coast. Uncle Steve, Auntie MA and Loretta joined us also. We all got to enjoy a great breakfast that K cooked outside on the patio before it got too hot. Happy Grandparents' Day to everyone!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

First birthday festivities :)

Cam got his first taste of sugar (organic, at least) on his birthday cupcakes (recipe here) at his party today :) The cupcake - eh, not so nuts about it, but the frosting and especially the marshmellow eyes were a BIG hit.

Cam's first birthday was Elmo-themed and a lot of fun, even though it was 107° outside! (does Mother Nature know that its September and almost fall??). Our fantastic neighbours Katherine, Jason and Ryan loaned us their fun sprinkler toy and all the kids got to play in the water - our only mistake was not doing the water AFTER the birthday cake :)

We all had a great time and are so grateful so many friends and family could be there, from near and far. Thank you for joining us to celebrate Cam's first birthday! We figure he'll come down from the sugar high just in time for his actual birthday on Wednesday :)

Friday, September 5, 2008

Blue eyes

Used to want Cam's eyes to turn green like mommy's but falling in love with the blue ones!

Bath time

Cam enjoying an after-dinner bath (the best time after feeding oneself).

Let the festivities begin!

Grammie and Grampie from the east coast are here! Mom and dad arrived late yesterday afternoon and Cam took right to them; loves their glasses and dad's nose :) They totally tired the Camster out today on a super long walk around the neighbourhood - he took a great nap - yay! We're on our way out to get some stuff for the birthday party now; more photos soon :)

Monday, September 1, 2008

Playin' around

We all went to the grocery store today to get some supplies for a certain someone's FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY next weekend (wonder who that is!) and got a killer deal on some soda - buy 2 get 3 free (crazy - they paid us to get the soda!)

Anyway, as we were unloading the car of all the groceries, we put the soda near the hallway closet (where we keep it) and kept unloading groceries. When we finished, we found that Cam had crawled over, made a little seat for himself and was beating on the beer box like a drum, having a grand ole time. K is convinced Cam will play the drums when he gets older! Me? I think he was pretty smart to figure out how to get comfortable while he smacked away on the beer box :)