Imagine yourself not sleeping too well one night b/c your child wasn't feeling well, and kept waking up whining for a minute, then going back to sleep. Imagine this happening all night long, and you have to work the next morning. You have to get up at 6:00 am, and must leave the house at 6:30. Your alarm goes off at 6:00, but you decide that you are going to sleep until 6:15...just 15 more minutes. You'll hurry and get ready in 15 minutes...maybe you'll skip makeup for the day. You drift off to sleep without setting the new alarm. You suddenly awake, look at the clock and it is 6:30! Ahhh, the time that you are supposed to leave. You jump up, but your eyes are still just about closed b/c of how tired you are. The room is almost pitch black b/c the sun hasn't come up yet. Your feet hit the floor and you take a step. You realize that there is something soft under your feet. Your eyes are squinted, and in takes you a minute to get them completely open and focused...but once you do...you realize that there is dog poop smashed on your foot. An entire "log" of poop is smeared all over your foot. You look to the rest of the ground and see that there are "logs" all over the floor, and you have to hop between logs on one foot so you don't get the poop that's already all over your foot onto the rest of the floor!
Yuck! I'm glad that you only have to imagine that was you...but that really was me this morning. I had a shitty start to my day...literally!
Well, Colin was pretty lethargic this evening. He just laid in Miguel's arms for an entire hour without moving or making a peep. I knew at that point that something was wrong. I took his temperature, and it was 100.7, so I gave him some Tylenol, and out him to bed.
Miguel will be staying home with Colin tomorrow b/c I have to work, and I just want to be sure that I have someone who can take him to the doctor if need be (my mom doesn't have a carseat...or a safe car for that matter).
According to the doctor today, Colin's teeth can cut at any time...and I'm hoping that this fever is just from him teething (finally)...but, he does have a runny nose and he is congested again tonight, so I'm not sure.
Colin had his 1 year check-up today. Everything was great. He weighs 22 lbs. 2 oz. (50%) and is 30 1/4 inches long (75%). The pediatrician says that he should be getting teeth any day now, b/c they are "bulging" and that they will probably come in all around the same time. Poor child. He was impressed with Colin's social skills. He said for a 1 year old, he maintains eye contact really well, and is very social. Do we have a future preacher or musician or public speaker? I wonder! Colin didn't exhibit much stranger anxiety toward the doctor, and that impressed him as well. He said that the stranger anxiety of a 1 year old is pretty high. Colin does have some stranger anxiety, but it has been getting better recently. He got 3 shots today, but handled them like a champ! He only cried while he was getting them, but as soon as I was able to pick him up, he was all smiles again!
All in all it was a really good visit, and our next one will be at 15 months.
Poor Colin woke up about 3 times crying last night...which he never does. I worked today and when I got home I noticed that Colin had a runny nose, he sounded pretty congested, and he was quite fussy. Miguel said that he had been like that all day long. I took his temperature in the early evening, and it wasn't too bad...99.9, but I gave him some Tylenol anyway, b/c I didn't want him to spike in the middle of the night, and not have anything on board. By the time that he went to bed, like 1 1/2 hours later, his temperature was down to 99.3. He was still pretty fussy when he went to bed, and I've heard him a few times in the monitor, but he hasn't started crying yet. He has hi 1 year check-up tomorrow morning, and I'm thinking that he'll be fine until we can get to the doctors office, but I hate thinking that he isn't feeling well.
The first 12 months of Colin's life. The many faces...and changes.
Colin's birth picture. He was 2 days old.
Colin at 1 month. How precious.
2 months old. I just love this picture!3 months old. He was starting to develop his personality.
4 months old. What a ham for the camera!
Colin at 5 months. He was starting to get chunky!6 months old. He was at his chunkiest! I love it!7 months old. Colin was starting to look like he does now.8 months old. Looks who's standing!Colin at 9 months. He's so sweet and loving.10 months old. He loves posing for the camera!11 months old. Colin was crawling all over the place!Colin is 1 year old! Happy birthday! We are waiting for his birthday portraits to come back.
I love Colin so much. My life has been so blessed since he has entered it. He has touched my heart in a way that I could never imagine. He's taught me how to be selfless. I don't know what I would do without him. I thank God every day for allowing me to have this little boy, and to love him and teach him things. What a blessing!
I think back at the past year, and my time has been consumed (lovingly) by Colin. I feel like just about every minute of every day I am either directly taking care of Colin, playing with him, feeding him, holding him, or doing misc. thing with/for him. I often think back to when I was childless, and I wonder to myself...what did I do with my time? I feel like I wasted all of the time that I had before Colin. My days revolve around him, and I enjoy it! In fact, I look forward to waking up and seeing his smiling face every morning.
I thank God for such a wonderful year that was full of blessings, and I ask for many more. happy birthday to my little boy, my baby boy, my angel.
Wow, I've been a nurse for 2 years already. How the time has flown by! Every 2 years I have to re-certify in ACLS (advanced cardiac life support). It's a 2-day course to certify the first time and a 1 day course to re-certify.
Since this is my first time having to re-certify, I didn't know what to expect. I apply the ACLS skills every day in the ER, so I figured that I would do ok. Iwalked into the class this morning, and everyone had books and a pre-test completed. I didn't even have the book. I didn't even know I needed one. The instructor was a little annoyed, and told me that I had to complete the pre-test before I was able to sit in the class, and since I didn't even have a book, it was obvious that I hadn't studied, and I probably wouldn't do well on the test, and would probably not pass the course. I told her that I would like to take the pre-test anyway, since I was already there.
I sat at a computer and took the stupid 45 minute test. When I finished it, I printed my results (76%). I wasn't too happy with the results, but I guess I couldn't complain...I hadn't studied. I turned it into the instructor and she commented "Wow, a 76% without studying...you can practically teach the class." I joined the class.
When it came time to do the hands on stations, people were looking to me for the answers. Then after the hands-on "mega-code" we had to take a written test. I was in the class with about 15 people...most of whom had been paramedics for years, or nurses for a very long time. I turned in my test, and the instructor was very impressed that I got 100% on my test. I did better than the people who studied before hand and had their pre-tests complete. Praise God! I'm now certified for 2 more years! Yay!
I definitely give Him the glory for helping me through today!
Whitney, Valerie, Yasmin, Christian, Colin, and I had a fun day at the Dallas Zoo. It was Colin's first zoo experience. He especially liked the turtles and the birds. We had a great time, but boy was it hot!
We celebrated Colin's 1st birthday with a jungle themed party at my mom's house this afternoon. Colin had a great time visiting with family & friends. We had a beautiful jungle cake made for everyone to eat, but Colin got to dig into his very own special little cake. I was actually surprised that he really wasn't that interested in the cake. He ate a little of the frosting, but that was it!
We had a great time, and we thank everyone who shared in the special occasion!
Why is it that the fire alarm batteries always die in the middle of the night? About 2 weeks ago Miguel and I woke up to BEEP...BEEP....BEEP and we figured out that it was in his office. So we got up, and took the battery out. I bought a bunch of batteries b/c Miguel figured that the when the house was built, all of the alarms got the batteries around the same time, so they will probably die around the same time. We never changed out the rest of the batteries.
Last night at 3:00, Miguel woke me up saying the he heard a BEEP. I didn't hear it and after a few minutes of listening, I told him to go back to sleep. So as I was drifting off to sleep again, I heard BEEP! Frustrated, Miguel sat up and said "did you hear it this time?" This time I got up and went searching the house for the stupid alarm that was half dead. After waiting in the living room for about 5 minutes, I finally went back into the bedroom to go back to sleep. It never made another BEEPthe rest of the night! How frustrating!
Colin & I met up with some girls from my meetup group at Starbuck's this morning. We had a great time drinking coffee (the mom...not the kids), and letting the kids play on the floor. I just love the cheerio stuck to Colin's chin!