I’ve been pretty absent lately and it’s not because nothing is happening. Perhaps, in fact, it is because too namy things have been happening.
I am absolutely jammed at work. My days are so busy that they fly by (which is a good thing!). The best part is that my students are progressing in English! Yes!!! You see I teach a group of 13-15 year old students who have learning difficulties. Specifically, most of my students are at about the level of 4th graders. They have trouble with their mother tongue (French) so English is waaaaay far on their priority list. BUT, so far, things are going smoothly and not only are they progressing beyond what I had though, but they are actually enjoying themselves.
Then, there’s the home front. Amélie is now confidently walking (and climbing, and hiding inside cupboards and trying to do everything her big brother does). She is seriously all over the place. And she talks! This surprised me because (even if I know I shouldn’t be comparing my children), Charles was only saying “water” and “mom” by 18 months whereas she has quite a few words in her vocabulary (“eat” being the most prominent one…). She also recently started to cut her canines…all four of them…at the same time…at 13 (well, 14 now) months. Sheesh! She’s such a sassy little miss though and lights up any room she’s in. Oh and she has rendered my plug protectors obsolete as she has figured out how to take them out of the plugs.
Charles is doing really well too. He is now able to dress himself (when he wants to…). It’s always very apparent when he does so because his shirt, boxers and pants (and usually shoes/boots) are facing the wrong way, but boy oh boy is he proud when he surprises his father or I by getting out of his room all dressed. He is also talking non stop and loves to sing. “Row, row, row your boat” anyone? He still has his tantrum up and downs, but they seem to be getting (if not less intense) further apart and shorter in duration. Perhaps it’s just a placebo effect to my knowledge that he is going to be three (!) soon though. We’ve been keeping up his swimming lessons and have really seen an improvement in the last few weeks. He’s now able to float on his back unassisted and he’s able to put his whole head under water (which is wonderful because we used to get huge meltdowns when we got his face wet even a little).
By the way, for those of you who use the Allerject epinephrine injector in Canada, I received an e-mail yesterday stating that the company was issuing a voluntary recall of their devices because:
“The products have been found to potentially have inaccurate dosage delivery,” (source)
We’re not using an epinephrine injector anymore (thank goodness that Charles doesn’t need one anymore), but for those of you who are using Allerject, it might be worthwhile to look into with your pharmacist.
Last Thursday, we went for Little Dude’s follow-up appointment with his pediatric allergist. It was freezing cold and there was oddles of traffic so I’m super happy we took the train and subway to go to the hospital.
We first sat down with the doctor who asked how things were going allergy-wise. She was thrilled when I told her that we had successfully introduced milk in baking and cooking. I also talked about the insane reaction that Little Dude had after taking Amoxil a couple of months ago. Then, after some more waiting in the toy-filled waiting room, we went back in to see the nurse who would conduct the scratch test. This time, she skipped the synthesized dairy altogether and used a drop of fresh milk right off the bat. I was really eager to see how it would go, because last time, the test spot started reacting before we were even out of the nurse’s office.
Well, it turns out that we would be receiving good news.
1. Despite the fact that Charles did react again to the fresh milk, his reaction was so small that the allergist gave us the green light to try hard cheeses with Charles. She went on to say that if the hard cheeses were ok, that we could then try softer ones and even yogurt!
2. Because Charles’ reaction was smaller than the control spot, the allergist is pretty confident that Little Dude’s dairy allergy will be history by the time he’s 3. We will have a follow-up appointment in 6 months to keep monitoring his progress.
3. It turns out that the little guy isn’t allergic to penicillin. Though he had an immune reaction, it wasn’t an allergic reaction. It was a serum-sickness-like reaction to either a virus or the Amoxil. Since there’s no way to know which it was, I was told to avoid the Amoxil, but told that other forms of penicillin should be fine.
Perhaps, by his 3rd birthday, Charles will be able to have some buttercream icing or whipped cream on his cake!
We are now at the tail end of the 4th day since starting potty training with Charles and I have to say that I am absolutely amazed by his progress.
He is now able to control his bladder for longer periods of time. On day 2, he went 10 times (7 on the potty & 3 accidents). On day 3, he went 6 times (3 on the potty & 3 accidents). On day 4, he went 4 times (3 on the potty and 1 accident).
It also seems that pooping on the potty isn’t a problem as he went on day 2 and every day since.
Furthermore, he surprised me today (day 4) by having his very first dry nap (we still use diapers for naps and nighttime sleep). Plus, as an added bonus, he was able to stay in the same pair of pants from the time he awoke from his nap to the time he was ready for bed. In the past days, he always ended up wetting his boxers because, when he had them on, he would only realize he needed to pee when he had already started.
Though Charles has come a long way in the past four days, he still has a few quirks to work out in the realm of bowel movements. He still needs to work on understanding when he’s about to have a bowel movement (and when he’s actually done).
Tomorrow, we’re also taking potty training to the next level. We’re going to be out of the house for Christmas (going to my parents’ house in the morning and my in-laws’ in the afternoon). This will be his first time out of the house without a diaper. This means that we’re going to be testing if he can handle a 15 minute car ride and if he’ll be able to use the potty in a new setting. I’m eager to see how things go (and plan on packing quite a bit of spare pants and boxers).