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Friday, February 02, 2007
Jack has been up for an hour, but it has seemed so much longer. He has
literally spent half the time crying – tears and snot pouring down his
face. Teething and a bad cold – what a horrendous mix.
Sometimes days like this turn out to be really good for me – Jack
spending the entire time in bed attached to his mum. Other times it is a
nightmare – an upset Jack who only wants his Mum, and a tired and crabby
Mum looking for someone else to direct her annoyance towards. Either
way they tend to turn out poorly for Al.
They just had their morning shower – Jack did not appear to stop crying
the entire time. The volume seems to have upped a level during post
processing (drying and dressing), so I better go up to see if I can help.
Wish us luck.
(For someone with such a good vocabulary for his age, Jack sure does
fall back lots on using crying for his communication.)
Posted by Doug at 9:24 AM
Sunday, February 04, 2007
I noticed another new tooth in Jack’s mouth. On the top he now has the
middle four teeth, a gap, 1 tooth, a gap, and then another tooth. Not
sure what is happening on the other side of the top – it is not easy to
get a look. That further confirms / explains his behaviour over the
last couple weeks.
I was thinking today about the power – both good and evil, of the nap.
It is surprisingly common to put Jack down for a nap, and to have him
wake up 1 to 3 hours later with a totally changed personality. This
morning he was a pretty happy little man. After a nap he has turned into
a demanding angst ridden tearful little boy.
Posted by Doug at 2:08 PM
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
The Childcare centre has been asking about shoes for Jack. I mentioned
his strong aversion to them, but they cheerfully and confidently offered
to help. We figured why not. (In fact Al and I had fantasies of this
latest little issue being resolved.)
When Al dropped him off on Monday morning she also handed over his new
shoes. When I picked him up that afternoon they handed the shoes back
and said, “Wow, he really does not like them”. Without actually saying
it, the offer to help appeared to have been withdrawn.
I guess it is back to us again – all fantasies squashed.
Jack was kept home today. He is running a temperature and has
antibiotics for an ear infection. Along with his teeth, he is one
unhappy little boy.
We are once again going through the hell of trying to give Jack
medicine. The instant he realises what we are doing he struggles with
all his mite and gets extremely upset. It takes two of us, and we
estimate he often still only gets 20 to 40% of his recommended dose –
the rest being spat, dribbled or forced out of his mouth.
We are going to have to resort to mixing it in with his food again –
although even that is hit and miss since he seems to pick tampering
He doesn’t seem to care for things that are good for him when he is
Posted by Doug at 11:27 PM
Friday, February 09, 2007
After three long days, Jack’s fever finally seems to have broken this
evening. It has been a worry for us. Jack’s eyes are normally big and
wide open, but they have carried dark bags and heavy lids over the last
few days. I looked in on him a little while ago and found him sleeping
Posted by Doug at 1:10 AM
Jack had a cautious start back to his activities
last week. For swimming he clung to me for the first 10 minutes and
refused to do anything. Thankfully there was then a ball activity that
he got right into. This was his first chance to walk across the floating
mat rather than crawl. For his first attempt he walked half way then got
down and crawled. He then managed to walk the whole way for his second
attempt - albeit crying the whole way both times. He clung to me for all
of his music class, but did join in the various activities. He was most
relaxed at Gymbaroo, walking and running between all the different
equipment. He did cry briefly however when I had to take him over for a
formal part of the session. So all told it was about what I expected for
the first week back, and it could have been a lot worse!
On a more positive note, he had what I think was
his best ever session at Playgroup. I think being able to walk gives him
a lot more confidence, so he wasn't as bothered by the other kids. When
they did approach him he was able to walk away. At other times he gave
them a stern 'no. It was interesting to see him repeating this as we use
the same stern 'no' for things he isn't allowed to do. All told it was
an improvement on his previous behavior of head butting or pushing the
kids, and then crying. It gives me more hope for a happier year ahead
for Playgroup - fingers crossed!
We were also happy to welcome another of the
mother's group into the Playgroup, expanding it to be four mothers, two
little girls and two little boys. It was amazing how much busier it
seemed with just one extra mother and child.
Sadly Jack has had to miss all his activities and
outings this week after being struck down with an ear infection. After
three days of fever in which he attached himself to me for around 23.5
out of 24 hours of each day (20 of each spent in bed) he finally
returned to a more normal temperature last night. Today he is obviously
still not back to his normal self, but seems over the worst. I have had
to take two sick leave days from work. Since working part-time accrues
only a partial leave allowance, I am already worried that the remaining
balance of four and a half days for the rest of the year will not go far
enough. I already fear my small supply of annual leave days will be
needed to cover sickness. It does add to the stress of the situation
when you really have to justify each day I take off to care for him,
rather than just being able to give him my full attention each and every
time he gets sick.
So unfortunately another milestone (his 19th
month) goes by in the shadow of illness. Summary of where Jack is at for
. Jack now has around 175 words. Given he had
around 100 words at his 18 month milestone, this means he has been
picking up two to three new words a day, a more rapid pace than
previously. Latest words include light, dark, lawn, pasta, cat, lion,
monkey, oct-pus (octopus), frog, jump, run, orange, gate road, path,
pink, black and white.
. Jack now walks almost constantly and rarely
crawls. He has also got up to a slight run and can certainly move fast
when he wants to. He loves doing circuits around and around the first
floor - sometimes with his little dog pulled on string behind him. He
loves doing circuits around the ground floor – especially on his bike,
car, walker, or pulling his wagon. His particularly loves it if we chase
. Jack also loves going for walks down the street,
and can go down the court and two to three blocks in either direction
before turning around and walking all the way home. He is very excited
to be allowed out to walk, and races on a quickly with a determined look
on his face, not wanting to stop for much. The main things that distract
him are bricked or paved driveways (that he starts to walk up),
interesting fences (such as those with circle designs on them), or white
garden rocks (that he tends to want to play with). He also keeps a
running commentary of 'blue car', 'white ute', 'truck' as we go along.
Unfortunately it also means he now constantly goes to the front door
asking to go 'outside', and throws a tantrum when he is not allowed.
Sometimes he will repeat 'hot, hot' if we tell him it is too hot to go
. Jack has taken a great aversion to shoes, and
refuses to wear them thus far. The only times we have managed to get
them on his feet have been met with kicking tantrums, and refusing to
put his feet down. Childcare offered to help and we were hopeful they
could resolve this issue, only for them to reluctantly agree after the
first try that he really does not like them at all. Unfortunately Jack
doesn't realise that if he wears shoes that his opportunities to go
walking 'outside' would increase.
. In the break from activities Jack has had more
opportunities to go to parks, the beach, and Play Centres. He has shown
us that he had already mastered climbing up small ladders and sliding
down slides – a skill he picked up at childcare. Although he is cautious
when first facing a new environment, he is gaining more confidence in
himself and enjoying these different play opportunities.
. Jack enjoys playing with his new wooden puzzle,
with pieces numbered 1 to 10. He has been surprisingly quick to master
most of it, and be able to recognize what each written number looks
. He has also shown excitement and interest in
helicopters this month. He spots them in the sky before we do, and loves
carrying around a ball with a helicopter inside it, talking about his
'copt'. So another new toy for him this month was a helicopter.
. Between Jack walking and now being one of the
older kids in his childcare groups, he has gained more confidence in
talking at childcare. Both childcare places have noted that he was
previously pretty quiet but is now suddenly speaking at a great rate. In
reality he has always talked a lot at home, but only recently seems to
have developed his confidence to talk at childcare. They have also
reported that he sings 'baa baa black sheep' and 'twinkle twinkle little
star' to them.
. Now that Jack is up and walking he enjoys
dancing to music all the more. He also enjoys imitating our actions
while dancing such as stamping feet, patting his head or his knees,
clapping, and walking around in a circle, all accompanied with a big
Posted by Al at 11:27 PM
Saturday, February 10, 2007
The fever has gone, but the antsy behaviour remains. To make matters
just that little more testing, Jack has developed a rash that covers his
back and forehead whenever he gets hot. We are not sure if this is a
side effect of the Chickenpox Vaccine he had two weeks ago (plausible),
a reaction to the Penicillin based antibiotic (also plausible), or a mix
of both. Thankfully it doesn’t seem to be bothering him, and it seems to
effectively become invisible once he cools off.
Posted by Doug at 5:19 PM
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
One tooth down, three to go. The latest teething round continues,
although we are just into a bit of a lull where Jack seems half way
happy. The signs are there however that a new round of angst plus a
tooth are on the way, in particularly the nappy rash and strong smelling
I picked up a new PC yesterday. I had it built to my own specifications,
and am now working through migrating my data and applications on to it.
It will very likely take me weeks to complete, slowed somewhat by having
to look into compatibility issues with running my old applications on
The blog software was the latest migration – and it is with some
trepidation that I now hit the publish button for this post…
Posted by Doug at 10:59 PM
Monday, February 19, 2007
We have had some really great days with Jack since my last post. He has
been in a great mood, although just tonight was seeming out of sorts
again. His latest trick is counting to 10.
I was looking at the statistics for this website tonight. Someone
visited after searching for "her little boyfriend in pram". Why would
someone do a search like that?
Posted by Doug at 10:52 PM
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Jack made it along to all his childcare and
activities last week, allowing me to return to work. He had happy
reports for all childcare days, and they were particularly surprised
that he could count to 10. With the long break over Christmas, then only
one week back, then one week off, he was still a little cautious and
clingy when he returned to his classes again, but warmed to them as they
Unfortunately on Monday night he had a bit of a
cough, which developed into a barky-sounding cough on Tuesday morning.
Since it sounded similar to when he had croup I felt better to be
cautious and get the doctor to check him out. He indicated it was just a
cough and slight sore throat, and nothing to be too concerned by. I had
already organized for my mum to come down to mind him (due to the travel
lead-time involved) so Jack got to spend a happy day at home together
with his Grandma Q.
Grandma Q noticed that he is participating in more
'imaginary' play, such as lying his soft toys down to sleep, and taking
his cars to 'work' (parking them near dad's study) and 'home' again
(back to their normal spot), when she suggested these plays to him.
I kept him home from swimming as a precaution
yesterday (he cried when I asked him if he wanted to go swimming, so
this helped make up my mind on the matter). He did manage another happy
day at playgroup.
This morning I think he had his best music class
to date. He really got into it, and was following the instructors lead
in waving his ribbon and instruments up and down and behind his back,
slow and fast, doing peek-a-boo back at her with his sheer cloth,
walking around in the circle, and 'running' across the room for
different activities. He was also able to point to his different body
parts for another song. It had all the other mother's asking me how old
he is (all the other kids in the class this year are around 12 months
old so he is the oldest by far, whereas last year all the other kids
were about 6 months older than him so he was by far the youngest).
Although he still has a slight cough, we felt he
was ok to return to childcare today and can only hope he has an ok day
there. With having to worry about sick leave days, we just don't have
the luxury of keeping him home for every small thing.
Today we heard news that the first mother from my
mother's group to be pregnant again has given birth to twin boys at 31
weeks (all well). She now has to cope with 3 under the age of 2 - hard
to imagine or even contemplate. Exciting news all the same, and I look
forward to meeting the new additions.
Posted by Al at 2:30 PM
Sunday, February 25, 2007
I spent most of the weekend rerouting cables, sorting and neatening in
my study. It was a huge task. Al kept Jack amused and elsewhere for
much of the weekend - allowing me to get the job done.
Posted by Doug at 5:22 PM
Monday, February 26, 2007
Jack had another fever today and was again kept home. Pretty sure
(hoping) this is just the normal 24 hour teething fever, since his
second top molar has just broken through. The mind boggles at just how
frequently this has been occurring - I feel apologetic discussing it.
Al is running a little ragged – from lack of sleep and feeling a little
exasperated at how much time off she has had to take.
Jack has actually been pretty good, all things considered. He has
recently taken to pulling off his socks, saying “hello toes”, handing
his socks to you saying “more sock”, and then saying “bye bye toes” as
you put them back on again. That is rather cute - for a short period of
Posted by Doug at 10:43 PM