Friday, September 30, 2011

Grant's gone tubular!

We are exhausted!  Our morning started at 4:45am, when Rob and I got up and began getting ready to go to the hospital.  We had to be there by 5:45.  Grant couldn't have anything to eat or drink after midnight, so we let him sleep until about 5 minutes before we left the house.  With a quick diaper change, we were off!

Once we got to the hospital, we were in line behind two other babies getting tubes.  It was a long wait at registration, then a long wait in the waiting area, then a long wait in our "room" (little more than 3 walls and a curtain).  They made Grant wear their special PJs, and we snapped a few pics of him in an attempt to pass the time.  But around 7:30, they finally took him back.

They weren't kidding about how quickly the surgery is done.  The doctor walked into our area within 10 minutes of them taking Grant back to tell us it was already over and that Grant was headed to recovery.  That was fast!  They give the babies gas sedation, so it's a very smooth and fast process.  Waking up from the gas was a different story.  Grant was not happy.  It took about 45 minutes for him to finally calm down and pass out on Rob's shoulder, just in time for them to discharge us and wake him back up!

When we got home, Grant slept for THREE hours straight.  Poor guy.  The he woke up like this!  (I know, I'm so mean for taking this pic!  Also, look at all those pacis!)

But all was good, because he was quickly back to his normal self.  Happy and HUNGRY!

Then he took another two hour nap.  Whew!  I hope he sleeps tonight!

The doc said that the tubes won't cause him any pain and that with this anesthesia, he'll likely not even remember being at the hospital.  Everything he predicted appears to be the case.

Now, if he can just stop having ear infections, or at least reduce them significantly, we'll be very happy.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Beautiful days...

Were made for spending outside in the backyard.



While my mom is busy looking for pics of THAT BABY, I'll take this time to hijack his blog and post a photo of myself.  I've put in my dues.  I let THAT BABY pull on my tail, grab handfuls of my fur, poke me in the eye, squeal in my ear, and (the humility) ride me like a horse, all while keeping a straight face and patient demeanor.

And also?  This blog needs more puppeh.   - Parker

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sittin' Pretty! Er, uh, HANDSOME!

Our favorite casual restaurant, Houston's, has these awesome high chairs that hook onto the table.  They are the perfect size for little Grant, and his seat cover fits in it nicely.  He can sit in the actual booth with us, instead of being on the end of the table in high traffic areas where a clumsy waiter is bound to drop something on his perfect little head, and Mama goes to jail for public assault. 

So the last time we were there, we took note of the brand and bought one for ourselves from our favorite site -  What?  You didn't know that Grant has his own affiliate site at Amazon?  Well, now you do.  Go shopping!

Anyway, here is Mr. Smiley this morning after a 12-hour rest-fest, modeling his new seat.  I love this thing already.  He was happy to be able to see in all directions in the kitchen, especially where the dogs are.  Because seriously?  They are so much more entertaining than we are.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Daycare Germs 2, Grant And Family 0

Well, it was inevitable.  Grant gave me his stomach virus.  We've been down for the count since Friday around noon.  Daddy has had his work cut out for him.  Grant is completely over it, but I had to go to urgent care last night.  24 hours later, I'm feeling much better.  Rob has seemingly been immune so far.  We're hoping that it has run its course in our house.

Tonight, Grant ate crackers!  These are baby mum-mum crackers.  They were a huge hit with Grant.  I tasted them, and I can assure you that they are nasty.   They taste like onions.  Whatever.  He liked them.  He ate two!




Thursday, September 22, 2011

Poor guy!

Grant is under the weather, so he's not entertaining photographs at the moment.  There is a bug going around at his daycare, and I had to pick him up early yesterday due to vomiting and fever.  He was better this morning, but ended up sick again late this afternoon.  I'll be keeping him home again tomorrow, and of course, he'll have the rest of the weekend to recover, so hopefully, you'll all get to enjoy some Daily Grant again soon.

Also, we had his ENT appointment today.  Grant will be getting tubes next Friday.


We are hopeful this will solve the issue of back-to-back ear infections he's been suffering for the greater part of the last 4 months.  The ENT doctor assured us this is a routine surgery and that Grant will be fine within about an hour of the procedure, which, by the way, doesn't require an IV.  They use gas anesthesia on the babies.

I'm just excited to see Grant enjoy some relief from the pain he must be experiencing every time he gets an ear infection.

Monday, September 19, 2011

We're working on it...

This weekend, Grant was really under the weather because he's on a strong antibiotic that does nasty things to babies' tummies.  We didn't do much to venture outside of the house.  So Grant got a lot of snuggle time, and a lot of one-on-two time with both Mama and Daddy!

Grant, at 9 months old, still hasn't crawled yet.  I think maybe he's too indulged - we bring everything to him.  He has no need to get around, thus real motivation.  Yet, we work with him on this skill as much as possible.  It's paying off, as he's now scooting backward when he's on his tummy, and he can make real progress toward things by pivoting 360 and pushing backward with his hands.

See, I can get to my Sophie!

Mama, can you help me get up on all fours?

Oooh, look, I'm doing it!

Let me just get my Sophie over here... oops!  I didn't know I needed that arm to keep my balance!

This crawling stuff is hard work.

Wanna try again, Mama?

Here we go!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

He did the mash!

The monster mash!  Funny, Rob and I were both singing this to him at different times, because his PJs reminded us both of this song.  :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Where have we been?

I know, I know, I'm so far behind!  But with a good excuse!

Rob surprised me with a trip to see my best friend in Minneapolis - Julie!  And instead of spending my weekend snapping pics of the cutest baby ever, I was doing this:

It was a wonderful break from the norm, but I missed my two guys.  Grant and Dad spent a lot of time with Grandpa and Nonna.  They got a new swing for Grandpa's backyard! 

I am thankful that they were able to help out so much this weekend.  All in all, it was a good weekend for everyone.  Sadly, today Grant woke up with a fever - his first one ever.  It was only 100, so we gave him some Advil and it went away within about an hour.  I stayed home today to keep him from daycare, and Grant is resting while I work.  Hopefully, he'll be back to his normal, happy self tomorrow.

Until then, here is a cute picture from a couple of weeks ago when we visited the Farmer's Market in Dallas with Mimi.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

9 month stats!

Well, we decided to take Grant a bit early for his well-baby exam because he was pulling on his ears this morning, and we were concerned that his ear infection wasn't clearing up.  So, we have lots of good news for this post, starting with he doesn't still have an ear infection.  Yay for small victories!

Also, Grant has a new doctor!  We decided to switch pediatric practices because we felt that his old doctor wasn't living up to our expectations - mostly I felt that his bedside manner left a lot to be desired.  So, on a recommendation by a friend, we are at a new place, that is much closer to home.  Grant went in today for his first visit and here are his stats:

21 pounds 10 ounces (70%)
28.5 inches long (55%)
17.75 head circumference (75%)

The biggest news is that the doctor recommended Grant no longer do breathing treatments!  YAY!!  Grant is pleased, even though he can't tell you.  I'm sure his daycare teachers are even more thrilled since they had to do them with him twice per day!

Last night, I snapped some really good 9-month photos.  I'll also throw a few in from months prior for a comparison glance.  Enjoy!

6 months:

3 months:

1 month:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

9 months old!

It's hard to believe that 9 months is already gone.  I look at Grant these days, and I see more of the little boy he will become, and less of the baby we've always known.  Until his 9-month appointment on Thursday, we don't know his size and length measurements, but here is a list of things he "does" these days.

  • Grant can say lots of ba-ba-bas and da-da-das, and rarely la-la and ma-ma, although we've been working on that last one!
  • He is eating stage 3 foods from a jar - these are more chunky in nature and closer to eating real food than purees.
  • He can turn a full 360 degrees on his tummy if he wants an object.
  • He can sometimes scootch backward on his tummy.
  • He has developed a ticklish rib cage!
  • He has definitely developed separation anxiety, and will cry the moment I leave a room.  Not so much with Rob, but if he sees me, it's all over.  It's also near impossible to do anything when we get home from daycare because he wants to be held. NON. STOP.  
  • He has begun waking up in the middle of the night wanting one of us to comfort him.  Most times, he will not go back to sleep without being brought into our bed.  This is a pretty terrible sleeping situation, if you ask me. We are diligent about putting him in his crib to start the night, so maybe he'll grow out of this the older he gets.

Last night, we went to Nonna and Grandpa's house for a Labor Day barbecue.  By the time we got home, Grant was pooped.  While we were getting ready for bed, we sat Grant on our bed and gave him one of the remotes (battery-free!) that he loves to play with.  He was so cute and sleepy.  We came to the realization that he doesn't know how to lie down from a sitting position when he gets sleepy, so we found him in this position.  Poor sleepy boy!

Thursday, September 1, 2011