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Friday, October 31, 2008

Home and doing better

Aidan is home and did well with her surgery. She was VERY unhappy to be at the doctor's office and REALLY upset to see Dr. Bates. It was much harder emotionally for her this time around, as she is just aware enough to be scared. But she did very well post-op and coming out of the anesthesia. Late this morning she complained of her ear hurting. We gave her some Tylenol and are just watching her. Hopefully it was just a little drainage and all will be well. But she's up from a nap and helping Christianne change the sheets on the bed and vacuum. She's such a great helper around the house!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Surgery tomorrow

Aidan is set for bilateral ear tubes tomorrow at 7:30a. We have to be at the surgery center by 6:30 in the morning. I hope all goes well and quickly! I'll update tomorrow after we get home. We are planning on trick-or-treating tomorrow evening!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pumpkin patch girl





Princess Aidan



Here's a picture of our Princess Aidan. She's very excited about her costume and about trick-or-treating - at least in theory. We'll see how it goes.

Oh, and our child can sing the melody of the Viennese Waltz - and it is recognizable. I'm not sure if that's impressive, but it sure seemed that way to us when she started singing it at the dinner table this week.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Ear update

Christianne took Aidan to the ENT today. I'm kind of glad I wasn't there, as Aidan put up such a fight having her ears looked at that they had to restrain her on a back board. I'm not sure I could have stood that. Christianne said she recovered quickly after they let her up and seems no worse for the wear.

Dr. Bates said that one tube is out and the other is clogged and on its way out. His recommendation was to replace the tubes. We tried to get it scheduled for this coming Friday, but no such luck. Right now, surgery is scheduled for Halloween. How's that for something to ruin your holiday? No trick or treating at school. :-( Hopefully she'll feel well enough to go out a bit that evening - especially since she's telling everyone that she plans to be a princess for Halloween. Now, we just have to keep her fever free until then. I'm asking for some maintenance antibiotics to keep the infection at bay enough (her ears are still red even with 7 days of antibiotic) that she doesn't get too sick for surgery, like happened last time. I guess the saving grace is that they aren't making us wait through multiple infections before getting us the tubes.

That's the update on the ears. In other news, Aidan is having great fun getting us to pretend with her these days. Her two favorite things to play are "night-night" (where we call lie down, she covers us with blankets and we pretend to sleep ever so briefly before waking up and doing it all over again) and "party" (where we pretend to eat cake and drink tea or juice). It is really very sweet except the tile floor is HARD! Her best phrase of late is "Happy to see you, Mama (or Mommy)." She's also learned that when we say grace, it starts with "Thank you God" and ends with "Amen." Unfortunately, she says "Amen" every time we pause to take a breath. Perhaps we are raising a Baptist. Oh, that's the other thing she does: she calls every church she sees "Baptist Church." This stems from the fact that we have several Baptist churches on a frequently traveled road by our house. One day, Christianne was listing off the churches and said Baptist church 3 times or so. Now, Aidan thinks that's what you call all churches. We are working on the various denominations now. Aidan knows that she goes to "Thomas Church." She also knows the street she lives on and the city and state in which she lives, as well as the name of her school. I'm sure there is more to report, as she grows and changes every day, but that's it for now.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Some videos - I hope!

Here are some short videos Christianne took of Aidan. Hopefully they work.

This is Aidan and myself pretending to walk like ducks (Eugene is full of ducks, so we had a lot of practice).

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This is Aidan's Stevie Wonder imitation.

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This is Aidan going down the biggest slide ever!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Ears, ears, ears

OK, yes, I'm a slacker mom who hasn't' posted pictures of her precious child in over a month. You will hardly recognize her by the time I get around to it. For now, you will have to content yourself with a brief update.

Aidan's ear tubes are pretty much out. We had hoped that by 2 she would have outgrown her ear infections and all would be well. No such luck. She's now had two ear infections in two weeks. She can go about 5 days without antibiotics and then the infection is back. She has an appointment with the ENT next Monday. I'm sure he'll recommend tubes again.

I'll keep you updated and I'll try to post pictures.