July 3rd, 2012 by ariana
I have been such a bad blogger :( Something came up with my wall guides and I’ve been working non-stop on a new project which has eliminated any “free time” I’ve had over the past few weeks.
There is so much to catch up on I barely know where to start!
First I have to go back to Friday June 22 when we took Jasper back to the ENT. It had been almost a whole year since we went last time (and discovered he was still suffering from reflux!) and his prevacid Rx was almost up. PLUS, he has lately been clearing his throat often, even though he had previously stopped almost completely after being put back on prevacid a year ago.
I dreaded the appointment because I knew he would use the nasoscope and every year that Jasper gets older it gets a bit more traumatic. And this time Jeff couldn’t even come to the appointment (and I couldn’t hold Jasper in my now non-existent lap!) so I had my dad come with us. As predicted, it was horrible. Jasper launched into a full on hysterical cry as I watched helplessly.
The good news is that his redness/swelling from the reflux was much better than the last time. The bad news is that his adenoids are very large, which the ENT thinks is what is causing the throat clearing. He gave us an Rx for nasonex and told us to come back in a month and also to schedule allergy testing.
Now I’m so conflicted because there is NO way in hell Jasper is going to take nasonex daily. I mean, why would he? It feels wierd and awkward and thanks to the scoping he’s now terrified of things going up his nose! So I’m not sure the point of bringing him back to the ENT if we haven’t tried any therapy since the last visit, so I almost am tempted to cancel. Honestly, I don’t really care too much if he’s clearing his throat from allergies because it doesn’t cause long term damage like reflux. It does suck though because the clearing was his tell – I knew that if was clearing, his reflux was acting up, which was really useful when I tried to wean him off the prevacid a few months ago and the clearing started up immediately – I knew he still needed the prevacid. Now I have no idea and I’m so confused by the whole situation.
I also don’t really want to put him through the allergy testing scratch test thing, though they said the first set of tests is just drops of oil? Does anyone know what the second phase is like?
After our “fun” afternoon at the ENT, I took him to get a haircut which he desperately needed. His whole head was getting way too hot and sweaty and his “bangs” were hanging into his eyes! I wasn’t prepared however for the hack-job that ensued..she cut it SO short!
I’ve never before allowed them to use clippers on him, but this time with the hair so short I figured it might as well get cleaned up. I really wished she hadn’t shaved off his sideburns though. So it was a rocky start to the weekend, but then “Uncle Justin” came to visit and things started looking up!
Jeff and Justin went to art school together and were roommates when I met Jeff (when we all lived in the East Village.) Eventually we all (plus Justin’s girlfriend at the time Amy and another couple Sarah & Jay) ended up living together in a 3 bedroom apartment on avenue C. Even though we were all so close, we don’t get to see each other very often so Justin’s visit was such a treat. Especially for Jasper who took to him instantly – maybe a little TOO much, he wouldn’t leave him alone for two seconds!
Look at the adoration in Jasper’s eyes!
Saturday we had an amazing pool day and wrapped it up with a trip to yet another carnival. This time we were lucky enough to run into one of Jasper’s daycare buddies and family.. the boys had SO much fun together!
This was the only “tame” ride of the evening. The little thrill seekers loved the roller coaster most of all:
Sidenote: It’s REALLY hard to take images of a MOVING roller coaster in the DARK! I cranked up my ISO to 2600, which is fine because they are just snapshots. I brought my trusty Tamron 28-75 because it’s a decent range for a carnival and it’s also soooo light, which is important for me because I definitely don’t need to be carrying around any extra weight right now :)
After the roller-coaster we spotted a “kid friendly” version of that ride with the swings on the chain.. you know what I’m talking about right? This one was shorter than the adult one, but it went FAST and thank god Jasper loved it – even though Jeff and I both kind of were having heart attacks watching him go so high and fast!
(that’s him above the funnel cakes sign!)
I think we were both just worried that all the sudden he’d start crying out of fear and there would be nothing we could do to rescue him until the ride stopped. He wanted to go again but Jeff and I couldn’t take another round!
The following day we had Jasper’s day care friend Ryder and his family over to swim and it was another amazing pool day. I LOVE our pool and I’m so glad all Jeff’s hard work on it is paying off. It really feels like we are on vacation at home on the weekends!
This past weekend we drove to the amazingly lovely Rhode Island beach house of our friends Alex and Tamara. We haven’t really gotten a chance to spend any quality time with them since their own 18 month old twins Max & Stella were born! It was like a little window into our future seeing them with the twins, and obviously I had lots of questions for Tamara! Jasper was very sweet with them, it was a really nice time even though we had to cut it short and leave Sunday morning.. Jeff had thrown his back out playing with Jasper on the beach Saturday and I was super uncomfortable on the beach. Sitting in traffic to return Sunday evening (like the traffic we hit going on Friday night!) would have killed us both. I was really glad we got to spend some time with Alex and Tamara though, and that Jasper got in at least one great beach day- it had been way too long (over two years!) since he has had the chance to play in the sand and the Ocean.
So that’s been the last few weeks, I’m now 25 weeks pregnant and in shock that in less than a week I’ll be in my THIRD TRIMESTER!
Where has all the time gone?
The list of things we need to get done before the twins get here is overwhelming..I get panic attacks just thinking about it. There are rooms to be painted, cribs and carseats to be purchased, we have to go through all Jasper’s baby stuff and see what we still have and what we need..I could use about another 4 months, not just the two-ish that I most likely have left!
Ah well, I am nothing if not a procrastinator..have a fabulous 4th everyone :)
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