Sunday, November 18, 2012

Under the Weather

Boy, it's been one thing after another at the Tolleson house lately.  The first one to go down was Trevor.


While my parents were here we went to the lake, and pretty much right away Trevor got a fever.  He spent a good deal of time laying on the floor.  It was pitiful.  Probably as pitiful as finding him sitting in the canoe all alone.


He was sick with a fever all weekend. Monday, he was still sick, and on Tuesday evening his fever got up to 105. That sure got my attention. The next day we went to our favorite doctor. She said Trevor had pneumonia(!) and sent us for chest x-rays. After 4 days of medicine, he still was pitiful, so we went back to the doctor again.

After 2 breathing treatments...


...we were ordered back for more x-rays. This time we brought Grandmother along.



Trevor said being sick was worth it since he got to see his x-rays. He absolutely loved that.

Well, no sooner had Trevor begun to mend and who should get sick? Zack. He was wheezing up a storm, so off to the doctor he went. He also had to have breathing treatments, but as I was too busy holding him down while he was screaming through the first one, and trying to keep him distracted during the second one, I have no pictures. Zack has Bronchiolitis. He had to use an inhaler for over a week. It had a breathing chamber on it, and a tiny little mask. After pinning him to the floor, I would hold his head down with one hand, and hold the mask with the other while he screamed and sucked in the medicine. After every couple puffs he would get a mini M&M. That helped a little, at least to get him to quit crying afterwards. It was a rough week.

Just as Zack was getting a little less wheezy, and we had quit doing the inhaler, I got sick. At first I was rattling in my chest, but within a day I was in the bed. Tim did Mommy and Daddy Duty for 2 whole days before I, too, got a 105 temp and decided to go to the doctor. Not really sure why we waited that long, but we did.

I'd been on my pneumonia medicine one day when William started it. I called our favorite doctor and got a prescription called in without an appointment, which was such a blessing. Unfortunately, that medicine made him barf, so we got another kind, which he took to better.

And now, can you believe, my story is not done?

After 6 days of his medicine, William woke up yesterday with red spots on his chest. I thought he was having a reaction to the antibiotics, and took him in to the doctor. But the doctor said, no, he has a virus. The pneumonia is cleared up, and now he has a virus that looks like the chicken pox. The spots have gotten worse. He is COVERED in nasty red bumps. They haven't filled with pus, like chicken pox do, and I'm praying that they won't. I wish he would let me take a picture to show you, but so far he won't. He spent at least 30 minutes in bed this morning with his blanket over his head before I could coax him out. I think he feels okay--maybe a little achy, and pretty itchy--but he looks terrible. TERRIBLE.

They boys have spent a ton of time like this:

...on the couch, watching movies and playing wii. Actually, Zack isn't ever sitting there like that. That was a fluke.

That there is the only minute I was able to get him sitting still...thankfully long enough for me to take a picture, however misleading it is. He is always, always running around getting into things. He usually has a pencil in his hand. I wish I could find his source for pencils, because I can never seem to find one when I want one.

So, there you have it. Our sad, sick story. I'm praying that this is the end of the story...that no one else gets the ugly red bumps, and that we won't be having Thanksgiving alone at home!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Sandbox


Zack is not cuddly, but he is affectionate. He loves this duck, and loves to kiss it. DSC09867

On a tangent: look at those curls!! DSC09862

They were so messy most of the time that I finally cut them off yesterday. Sad.

Zack kisses everything he loves: Me, Tim, the boys, the stairs, his sandbox. Somethings are better for kissing than others. :) Zack loves to play in the dirt. Here's some pictures of him playing on the patio from awhile back... DSC09682



Samuel kept him busy one soccer game playing in the gravel. DSC09771


We wanted to make Zack a sandbox for his birthday. But where to put it? Remember that big hole we had in the patio from the pipe leak? Well, we thought that would be the perfect spot! DSC09907

(We like to make sure the kids wear work-clothes. )DSC09913

Tim cleaned up the edges, trimmed it in with decking boards, laid a water permeable tarp to keep that red Alabama dirt from mixing in, and we filled it up with beach sand! DSC09929



Zack loves it. Hardly a day goes by that he doesn't play in it. DSC09944

Actually, all the kids love it. DSC00010


Yay Sandbox!  Yay Daddy!  And Yay Stroller Time--that gave me a chance to pump this post out!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Stroller Date

Zack can't talk, but sometimes he is very effective getting his point across.  The other day he brought me his stocking cap, and I put it on him, and he pulled it off.  We played that game for a little while, and he finally went and did something else.  Later he got my attention by yanking on Tim's hoodie that is hanging by the door.  Then he got me one of Tim's shoes.  It all finally made sense when I saw Tim getting Zack ready for a walk.  Zack was bringing me all the things he needed to go for a walk.  Tim takes him every day, no matter how chilly or dark, and Zack loves it.  Tonight when he was pointing at his coat, we knew what he wanted.  I got Zack ready and took him outside and set him by the stroller.  He climbed right up and plopped into position.



Isn't he hilarious?  He was actually doing some BIG grins, but of course the camera flash is too slow to catch them.

Samuel went along tonight.


Stroller Date Time may be the most peaceful part of our day :).

Thursday, October 11, 2012

We Take a Field Trip

I don't know what got into me:  I signed us up for a field trip.


Why does something so simple cause me so much anxiety?  Self, you have to loosen up!

We had such a great day!!  We left the house right about at nap time--that's the right time to take your baby out for a field trip, right?  I was counting on it being okay, because Zack loves to be outside, and especially loves to stroll.

We went out to Landmark Park for {Homeschool} Harvest Days.  The weather was beautiful, and it wasn't overly crowded.

We started with cotton picking...  At each activity there was some teaching.  That was nice. DSC_0366



I love the South! DSC_0369

Did you know that cotton has beautiful pink flowers?   I didn't! DSC_0372

The cotton patch was right next to the sugar cane.  It was so tall. DSC_0409

Then on to the pumpkin patch.   The kids learned about how pumpkins grow:  on vines.  I thought that was funny, since these pumpkins had obviously been distributed in an old corn field.  Also, they learned about boy flowers and girl flowers.  I'm waiting for that to come back up, perhaps during breakfast some morning?  DSC_0414

Everyone got a pumpkin... DSC_0437



Even Zack... DSC_0420

Here, he's showing you: DSC_0421

This is the only picture I snapped of them all before I realized I was standing in a fire ant bed.  In my flip flops. DSC_0445

Okay, so the South may have some drawbacks.

We got to pick peanuts.  We threw them in a tub for the animals to eat. DSC_0452


Zack pretty much chilled out in his stroller most of the time. DSC_0451

The kids used some old fashioned corn shuckers to shuck corn.  That was neat.  It must get in your nose pretty easy...and require digging out.  (that's not my kid.  But it could have been.)DSC_0464

The kids loved the feel of the corn in their hands.  The lady helping asked if we had been to the corn box.  Eh?   We made note to look for that later.  Too bad I didn't get pictures of the kids with their fun bottle drinks from the general store, or their rocks they bought at the Nature Center.  We spent a good deal of time shopping.  After said shopping, and a nice snack, we found the corn box.  What bliss!  We had it all to ourselves, and even though the kids started out somewhat carefully, DSC_0482

they eventually dove in. DSC_0493

(Yes, and I'm not sure why Zack loves to chew on clothes pins so much, but he really does enjoy it.) DSC_0501




DSC_0512 And now they want a Corn Box.  Don't you?