I have been trying to get more into my photography in hopes I can start up a little side business so that is keeping me busy. I also started making invites, cards, etc for friends through photoshop and I'm kinda loving that so I might see where that goes too. Needless to say, I've been busy. But here's a semi quick update on the kids!
Brody is really transforming into a little person at this point in his life. He understands so much more and does things with more intent. He started saying "apple" (side note: how weird is it that this was both of my kids first word besides mama and dada?). I also started giving kisses and blowing kisses this week! (I have a really cute and funny story about this down a little further.) He's walking/running and climbing all over the place. All those people who told me boys were so much harder were right. I'm realizing how easy Kayla was when she was little now that I have Brody.
He's pretty attached to Mommy, which sometimes is very hard. I try to make time for both kids individually, but sometimes I feel like I'm failing. In the last month, Brody has gone through an ear infection, croup, getting a molar at 1 year old, and pink eye. The poor kid. Despite all this, he's been sleeping pretty well. I was talking with a patient about my kids constantly getting sick, and she made a good point. She said that kids tend to "get sick" in the same place all the time, i.e. Kayla is always getting ear infections and Brody gets SO congested and all his sickness is in his sinuses/throat/nose etc. I think she's probably right.
Speaking of sickness, I don't remember if I talked about Kayla going to see the pediatric ENT (ear, nose and throat doctor) in May, but she did after having 5 double ear infections in 6 months. At that point, he told us we wouldn't even think about tubes since her ears were clear and we were heading in to the summer months, therefore fewer colds, therefore fewer ear infections. I was kinda hesitant at the time but agreed to wait since she didn't seem that "sick" to me. Then she got a double ear infection in July, in the middle of summer. Then another in September and then another in October (or the on in September never went away.) So the pediatrician we saw finally referred us back to the ENT and for a hearing test.
So this last Wednesday we went to have Kayla's hearing test and then her appointment with the ENT. Between May and now, I also emailed the ENT to ask him at what point I should start being concerned since I'd heard about hearing loss, etc from frequent ear infections. Well, even though Kayla wasn't interested in participating in the hearing test, she still came out with mild hearing loss (even with the completely objective tests.) Her ear drums aren't vibrating at all (how you hear) due to the amount of fluid trapped behind them, and therefore she is failing the inner ear test as well. Then ENT then recommended tubes and told me, "Here I was thinking you were just an overbearing mom, and you were right. I hate when that happens." Um, ok thanks, I guess I'll take that as a compliment.
So this Tuesday Kayla has a physical prior to her outpatient tubes surgery next Tuesday. I realize tons of kids get tubes and it's really a short, relatively easy procedure, but I'm worried about my little peanut. Looks like I'm getting the week off of work for Thanksgiving week even when I wasn't planning on it.
Oh and the story I promised about Brody learning how to kiss...
While at the ENT appointment this week, Kayla was clearly getting tired of being asked to do stuff and being poked and prodded. She was sitting in my lap and Brody was getting antsy as well so I picked him up too. He was standing behind Kayla on my lap and he just kept leaning over and giving her kisses (even making the smacking noise) on top of her head. This is the first time he ever has done this and I thought it was so special he was trying to comfort her.
Anyways, there is a quick update. I will also be writing a post soon about my updated priorities and my new life goals soon. Here are some pictures of the kids while we were raking leaves last week.