Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Speech appointment--

    Well, there was a good and bad outcome to his appointment.  The "good" news, if you will, was that I am not paranoid and he does in fact need speech therapy.  The evaluator said that he was at about an 18 month old level for speech.  The "bad" was that he acted like a crazy, wild, unruly child.  His appointment was at 3:00 and we had to drive an hour to get there, so we ate lunch and left and he was only to get about an hour nap instead of his usual 1.5-2 hour nap.  I don't know if that had anything to do with it or not.  He wouldn't sit still or pay attention and he kept trying to throw the balls at her (there were toys in the room with us).  He wouldn't "talk" to her at all.  She said that he needed to be seen twice a week.  One, we live an hour away and there is no way that I want to drive that far twice a week with the price of gas right now.  Two, even with insurance it was going to be $20-30 a session.  I just can't afford that.  Yesterday I called his pediatrician and asked if they could recommend a therapist here.  I figured that even though Avmed only covered the one in Gainesville, it may cost less after I factored in gas and the time it would take to get down there.  They said that they actually have a therapist on staff through them!!  He has to be "referred" to her by the pediatrician, so he has an appointment for that tomorrow.  She may be in Lake City, but that is still closer than Gainesville and if she works through them, the insurance should cover it I would assume.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Weekend wrap-up

  • The transition to "big boy" bed is going well.  Much better than I thought it would.  On Friday night, he started crying about 10:30 so I went in to see what was wrong, and he was standing by his bed.  I am not sure if he fell out of bed or got out of bed.  I layed him back down, gave him his binky and he went back to sleep and when I went in to get him, he was still in his bed.  I went on Saturday and bought one of those foam Noodle pool toys and cut it to the exact length of his mattress.  I put it under the sheet and made my own bed rail (the one that came with the toddler bed in maybe a foot long at best).  It seemed to work as kind of a bumper to help him stay in bed.
  • Mom and I were out shopping for Colton some "play" shorts and shirts and summer PJs and we saw one of those Zorb balls that you get in and roll around.  It said ages 5+, but we got it anyway.  OH MY LORD it took FOREVER to blow it up.  You could use an air compressor.  You have to blow up individual panels by mouth and there was probably 25-30 that we had to blow up.  We finally got it done after about an hour and a half.  Of course Colton loved it and rolled around in it for a while.  I took some pictures of him playing in it.

  • Since Colton can get out of bed now, I went and got some of the doorknob covers to keep him in his room and out of the bathroom.  Well on Friday evening, I went in to take a bath.  I closed the door behind me (like I also do) and I could hear Colton come in the room.  He tried to open the door, which of course he couldn't.  He started saying "mama" and was crying at the door.  His crying progressed and then it quit and I heard THUD.  I opened the door just about the same time Steve came in and Colton was lying on the floor COMPLETELY OUT COLD.  As you may (or may not) recall, wen he cries really hard sometimes he cries in so much that he passes out.  Normally I am right there within a matter of seconds to blow in his face and make him catch his breath.  Well this time I wasn't and down he went.  I scooped him up and his face was completely blue and his eyes were rolled back in his head.  Of course I knew that once he passed out, he would start breathing again and he would come back around.  It took maybe a minute and then his little eyes opened up and he looked at me and started whimpering so I knew he was fine. 
He has his evaluation with a speech therapist today.  I had him evaluated through EI, but their main focus is on motor skills and cognitive thinking and not so much speech.  Unfortunately the closet therapist is an hour away from us, but I want to know what they have to say.  If I have to take him once a week, then so be it. 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Night two--

     Well I guess it was a success.  I put Colton down after his bath and I didn't hear a peep out of him (other than a random cough every now and then) but when I went in to get him up this morning, he was lying on the floor.  He wasn't asleep, he was actually saying "momma" as I was walking down the hall to his room.  I asked him if he fell out of bed and he said no.  I asked him if he got out of bed and he said no, so I am not sure how he ended up on the floor.  He is a very light sleeper but I may try and sneak the door open tonight when I go to bed and see where he is.  His binky was still laying in the bed this morning as well so I am not sure what was going on.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Success (knock on wood)

   On a whim yesterday afternoon, I decided to convert Colton crib to a toddler bed.  There was no real reason for this.  He is a great sleeper and goes down like a champ and rarely do we hear a peep out of him until morning.  He wasn't trying to climb out of his crib or anything.  When we go on our cruise, he will need to sleep in a twin bed, but that isn't for over a year.
    I took the front rail off and put the tiny little bed rail up.  My main concerns were 1) he was going to get up about 2 seconds after I put him down and roam around his room and get into the bathroom and 2) he was going to fall out of bed with such a small side rail.  Last night went well.  I heard him in the after I put him down singing and talking, but I don't think he got down and when I went to get him this morning, he hadn't fallen out.  I know it has only the first night and he may be "braver" now, but here's to hoping it works out.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cruise countdown---

I booked a week long cruise on Monday--for April 29th 2012 LOL.  We will be going to Haiti, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.  It is the same we took for our honeymoon, but a newer boat.  Also this time we will have Colton with us, which will make for a whole different experience.  Mom is coming as well.  She really got hooked on cruises to a I guess!!!  Anyone else want to go with us??????

Wordless Wednesday---

Monday, March 21, 2011


Yes it is that time again to vote for my boy in the Parents photo contest!!  He never does really well because I just don't know that many people--that is why I am posting here to try and get everyone who read my blog to vote and then if they would be so kind, to try and get them to forward it on to their readers as well  :O)
He definitely was in "terrible two" mode over the weekend.  He was like a wild child.  He must have gone to time out 15 times.  Hopefully whatever switch was flipped on Saturday and now been turned off!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My turn to go to the doctor---

As you recall, we have had a cold for about a month now off and on.  Thankfully Colton's never developed in to anything after his last bout.  I woke up on Sunday and it felt like someone was sitting on my chest.  Under my rib cage was killing me.  Everytime I coughed it about killed me.  I couldn't even take a deep breath in.  Yesterday after getting done what I needed to at work for the morning, I headed to the doctor's office.  He said I had bronchitis and a slight ear infection (he actually said my ear drum was odd looking) and perscribed me a Z-pac of antibiotics and some cough supressant pills.  The pills do help with the cough, but my chest is still extremely sore.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday again---

Steve got some new hair gel so I tried it out on Colton.

Side view

Shirt Papa got for him--foreshadowing the future perhaps.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

ABC's of me--

I borrowed this from Sarah over at Austin's Mommy

ABC's of Me

A. Age: 34

B. Bed size: Queen

C. Chore you dislike: Folding Steve's laundry--it never seems to go away!!

D. Dogs: LOVE THEM!!  We have one at our house, Madison, and then my parents have my other one, Taylor.

E. Essential start to your day: Coffee and watching the weather.

F. Favorite color: Green

G. Gold or silver: White gold

H. Height: 5'2

I. Instruments you play(ed):  Absolutely none--I have no musical talent at all.

J. Job title: Biological Scientist II

K. Kids: Colton aka Coltrain, Coli, Colioo, Bubba, and Little Man

L. Live: Florida

M. Mom’s name: Laurie

N. Nicknames: None anymore.  When I was little my dad called me Little B

O. Overnight hospital stays: The only time was when I had Colton.

P. Pet peeves: Hypocrites and people who can't spell.

Q. Quote from a movie: "Wanna buy a rope?"  (anyone know what movie that line is from?)

R. Righty or lefty: Both actually

S. Siblings: Only one--Kristi, who is 7 years older than me.

T. Time you wake up: 6:15am

U. Underwear: ALWAYS

V. Vegetables you don’t like: Yellow squash and onions

W.What makes you run late: Waiting on Mom to get ready if we are going somewhere together.  Other than that I am ALWAYS early.

X. X-rays you’ve had: Teeth

Y. Yummy food you make: Hard to answer--maybe my chicken chili

Z. Zoo animal favorites: The Great apes and the zebras

Monday, March 7, 2011

A little late--

The weekend before last Colton had another pageant.  It was with a different "group" and I thought what the heck.  He ended up winning the 2-3 year-old boys group and qualified to go to the State Finals in Orlando in May. 

He won the "King crown" and most photogenic

Best Attire, Best Eyes, Best Smile, Top Model Look, Best Hair and Best Personality

I am leaning towards going.  It is just something I can "do" with him until he is old enough to play in a sports league.  He seems to enjoy going up on stage and waving to people and have them clap and show him attention.  It will be a nice little get away and I can go see family and friends in Orlando while we are there.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My sister's latest book---

    My sister's latest book was just released.  It is titled "Haven" and was written under the name Kristi Cook.  It is a really good book.  If you liked the Twilight series, then you will enjoy her writing as well.  It took me a day and half to read. I would have gotten through it quicker, but I was reading it at work and then I forgot to bring it home with me last night.  It is a real page turner!!!


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