Saturday, February 12, 2011

Still Here

At the Snowflake Festival: Tummy Hurting

I just realized how long it has been since I last posted (and how long it has been since I have read anyone's blog)! Things are fine in our neck of the woods - just insanely busy! Dennis has been going on various business trips and the snow is approximately 1 mile deep (I might be exaggerating a tad, but it is deep).

We have had two rounds of the stomach flu, one flat tire with a bent rim due to a very nasty pothole, and a heating system that decided to quit functioning. Fortunately, we are warm and well again, though we are still a one-car family for a while.

Nolan is still having stomach pain occasionally, and it can be crippling. Other days he seems to do fairly well: his reflux has been acting up again, no doubt a consequence of the recent tummy bug. I have heard stridor twice in the past week, which is quite upsetting. Hopefully it is simply a flare-up due to his cold, though the returning and worsening reflux symptoms do make us quite anxious. Hopefully things will settle down as Spring approaches: he has a follow-up with the ENT in late March. A friend sent me a link to an Aero-Digestive Center at Cincinatti Children's, so if the laryngomalacia returns or the reflux remains uncontrollable, we have a good center to travel to for a second opinion.

I have gathered all of the paperwork required for his Universal Pre-K application. His clearance from the pediatrician, birth certificate, and immunization records will be submitted this week. He will also go to an afternoon creative arts program that Matthew currently attends: they do really wonderful art projects! Matt has created murals in the style of Eric Carle, drawn with charcoal, and worked with clay in this class - I am very excited for Nolan to get the same opportunity next year.

Matt is getting registered for Kindergarten, and we are quite excited for that. He has some urology concerns, primarily due to a constant wetness, that we will address this summer if he hasn't "dried up." There is a treatment called DDAVP (Desmopresin) that should help him, if the need arises. Hopefully we won't be adding a urologist for Matt, just as we are removing the urologist from Nolan!

We are also getting ready for a family trip to Park City, Utah, for some skiing and family fun. Both boys are excited, and hopefully the flight will be a little easier now that they are three and five. I plan on visiting the Dollar Tree to load up on cheap flight entertainment supplies!

This winter has been quite brutal with the utter lack of sun and constant snow: the kids can't even play in the front yard, because they have to climb into it! We are supposed to have weather in the 40's next week, though, with some sun. Surely things will get warmer soon!

Our mailbox, when the snow was still only 3 feet deep


Herding Grasshoppers said...

Hi Leah!

Man I wish those health issues would all clear up!!! But good to see you back in the bloggy world.

Exciting news about next year's school/activities!

Have a fabulous time in Park City :D


Julia said...

Great to hear from you! Although the news about the reflux flare-ups and the recurring stridor isn't good. Hopefully both will disappear soon.

Yeah, I'm getting *really* sick of all the snow. Our driveway is so narrow that at this point, it's getting difficult to get into the car, with the mountainous walls of snow on either side. We have a friend who says that every time he pulls into their driveway, he feels like he's on target to destroy the Death Star. But it's 42 right now, so maybe we'll lose a little off the top.

Julia said...

Oh, and have a great time in Park City! Neil and his brother did Snowbird back in January.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

The snow does get old! I hope a lot of it melts for you. Of course then you're vacationing in yet more snow you silly people!

tammy said...

Missed you and reading your posts! This has been quite the winter here too, the snow's not as bad as last year, but dang it's COLD out there. We don't even want to venture out.

Sorry to hear Nolan's still having belly issues. I hope you don't have to head to Cinci, but if you do, know you can stop here for a break in the trip!

Have a great time in Utah!

rouchi said...

Hello Leah,hope all is well.Have not seen you very regular last few days.I too have been busy and so was out of the circuit, but now am hoping to be back again more regularly.Hope Nolan's issues are getting better and you are just busy with regular stuff.take care girl!