Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I am now at WordPress

My new address is http://www.coltonandrew.wordpress.com/ .  Please come on over and let me know you made it!!

Blogger issues

  Since Blogger seems to be having so many issues lately, how do I change over to a new format like WordPress?  Is WordPress free?  What other good blogging sites are out there?

Monday, June 27, 2011

My computer got struck!!!

   Last night we had a wicked thunderstorm.  We definitely need the rain, but all at one time!!  It must have rained 3 inches in 20 minutes.  The power went off and I shut off everything.  Next thing I know I hear BOOM and it sounded like lightning hit the house.  I didn't see smoke though so I knew nothing was on fire.  We went over to Mom and Dad's and put Colton to bed there and we stayed there until 9:00 when our power finally came back on.  I went to check the computer this morning and NOTHING.  The modem is fried and so is the tower.  It will not power on at all.  The phone still works and the monitor and printer still work, but no go on the tower.  I will take it in tomorrow to see if anything can be salvaged off of it--mainly pictures and such.

     Our local radio station was advertising a contest to win a year's scholarship to http://www.theblakeschool.com.   I entered Colton and now apparently he is a finalist.  I am supposed to bring Colton in tomorrow and meet with the director and look around.  It would be a great opportunity, but it has cons as well.  The school is about 17 miles from Mom's house and I am not sure if he would go all day or just half a day.  Also I am not sure that he is ready to go to school all day at not quite three years old.  Another thing I thought of was that he would have to give up his spot at the school he is in now.  This scholarship is only for a year so next year, he would need to go somewhere else.  With his birthday in December, he would have to go to private school for kindergarten and first grade if we didn't hold him back until he was 5, almost 6, to start school.  Also I am not sure how he would do with such a structured atmosphere.  We will see how it goes tomorrow and even though we meet, he may not get chosen.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Miami trip

The three on the balcony.
View from the balcony.
Me and the boy.
He would have been happy just to dig in the sand all day.
Playing in the waves with Grammy.
He thought it was great to get knocked over.
"Cheesing" for the camera.
Little man's footsteps.
Walking and talking along the beach.
He loves to smile for the camera.
Would have been better if I hadn't gotten my shadow.
Where did Colton's other half go?
A well deserved rest.
Some sort of sea life.  It was still alive.  I could feel the little spines moving when I held it so I threw it back out to sea.

All in all it was a great trip.  Colton was very good on the trip down and the trip back.  It took us about 5.5 hours to get down there.  He didn't even have to stop to go potty except for our normal stops.  He slept on the trundle bed on the floor.  He took his nap and went right to sleep at night.  Only problem was that he woke up too early in the mornings.  The first morning he woke up at 5:50 and said "Grammy done".  Thankfully he did lay back down, but most mornings he was up by 7:00.  We tried to keep him in the room and let him watch videos so he didn't wake everyone else up.  He loved going to the beach.  We didn't go to the pool much because they had a rule that you couldn't jump or splash (it was because of the old people) and Colton likes to jump off the side.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

We leave tomorrow--

We will be off on our adventure tomorrow.  Today is going to dragggggggg so bad!!

Steve's brother went and picked their mom up and brought her up here last Saturday.  Steve took her back home yesterday.  She lives about 2.5 hours away.  As you may recall, he and his brother were raised in an abusive and alcohol fueled family.  I had been asking him for quite sometime now if he had any pictures from when they were little.  Just to compare because we have heard different "stories" about the boys.  His mom said that they were both HUGE babies, like over 10 pounds.  I tended not to believe her due to the fact that she was only 16 when Steve was born and she had no pre-natal care.  Well when he took her home, he finally got some photo albums and brought them back.  He was so cute when he was little!!!  And Landen, my nephew, looks EXACTLY like Jeff did when he was his age.  It almost looked like they could be twins.

I will post pictures of our Miami adventure when I get back next week.  Till then, have a great week!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Only two days---

   We leave for Miami in two days.  We plan on leaving and getting down to Orlando at about lunch time.  Hopefully Colton will just watch movies and read some books until lunch and the he will take a good nap.  We don't want to hit Miami at 5:00 so we have to leave here about 9:00.  It should take us about 7 hours to get there.

  I had to go to the post office today so I took off a little early before lunch.  The last couple days when I tell he has school, he says "Momma up"  (as in momma come pick me up).  I always say "no Grammy picks you up.  Mommy is at work."  Well since I took off a little early, I went to pick him up and surprise him.  They had just gotten back from the playground and picnic at the park and he was in the bathroom.  When he came back out to line up, one of the helpers said "Colton's mommy is here to pick him up."  His head spun around and he saw me and came running down the hall and said "Momma up" and I said "yep I surprised you and picked you up."  When we got back to Grammy's house, we went across the street to see the neighbors, who LOVE Colton, and he even told them "Momma up."  It was cute!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Good grief--

     I take Colton in this afternoon for the results of his bloodwork.  He was fever free yesterday, but now he does a cough--not really a wet cough, more of a dry cough.  He woke up about 12:00 this morning coughing and waited to see if he would settle back down.  He wasn't crying or calling out for, just coughing, and not a constant cough.  By about 12:30 he was still hacking so I went in to give him some honey syrup.  He took it and laid back down.  Every time he coughed, his binky would shoot out and he would grab it and put it back.  He coughed a couple more times and then he quieted right down.  I heard him again about 6:00 coughing again though.  I guess the honey syrup doesn't last longer than about 6 hours. I really don't want to give him regular cough syrup though.  I also REALLY don't want to be woken up at 6:00 tomorrow when we can actually sleep in a little.

      Last night he really wasn't hungry at dinnertime so he was playing with his food and trying to get attention.  He slung is food on the floor and I took him to go to time-out.  He protested and when I was trying to hold him, he tried to bite me--not hard but still put his teeth on me.  I popped his leg and he started crying.  Well we know what happens when he cries these days--out he went.  I laid him on his side and he had his little mini convulsions and went pale.  After about a minute, he came back around and started with his "momma hot".  I think it freaks him out when he passes out and then comes back to.  He was fine and went outside to play.  He wanted to go to look at our neighbor's fish pond so we walked over there.  Our neighbor was out and we were talking to him while Colton played in the sprinklers he had going.  He was running from one to another.  Well they were across the driveway from one another, the driveway being rocks.  Splat goes Colton across the rocks.  He gets up and starts crying and runs over to me, making no sound yet again.  He gets to where Tom and I are standing and down he goes--twitching and stiffening and looking like he is drying.  I lay him on his side and pat his back and stays out for a minute or two and slowly comes back around.  Tom has a freaked out look on his face and I say "he is fine.  Just give him a minute."  He comes back around and starts crying and wants me to hold him and longer wants to play in the sprinklers.  THIS IS TWICE IN 30 MINUTES.  I told Mom that she needs to warn his teacher at school that this is becoming more of a common occurrence and what to in case it happens.  I sure he grows out of this soon.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

My poor boy---

     Yesterday was a repeat of the last couple afternoons--Colton was running a fever.  It seems so weird that he only has a fever in the evenings.  When I got him home, he was once again complaining that he was hot and I can tell just by touching him that is very warm.  I took his temperature and it was 103.  He didn't want to eat, not even his favorite ham, all he wanted to do was sit in his chair and watch a dump truck video.  He was VERY pathetic and can't cry and saying "momma hot".  After I ate and cleaned up the kitchen, I picked him and he was still burning up.  His temp was 102 and all he wanted was just to lay in my lap.  I sat down on the couch and he laid on me and was about to fall asleep at 6:30.  I took him in his room and he didn't a bath or even to read stories.  I put his PJs on, gave him some Advil and rocked him for about 5 minutes and he was sound asleep by 6:55.  I didn't hear a peep out of him until this morning.

   He had his 2.5 year old check up scheduled for this morning so I thought I would ask about it while we were in there.  I did notice that he had a rash on his chest and belly, but it looks more like a contact rash than anything else.  He had a little in his groin area as well.  I think it may have been from his diaper though.  I think I may have gotten his diaper too tight on him.  When his temp was taken at the doctor, it was only 98.9 and he was acting like his normal little self.  The ARNP was so concerned with his rash, but she was concerned with his fever.  She sent us over to the hospital for some bloodwork.  He was such a brave little guy. When they inserted the needle, he did start to cry but he held real still and his crying kinda tapered off.  The nurse doing the blood draw was really good with him.  She gave him a sticker and when she wrapped his arm, she drew a smiley face and wrote "good job" on his bandage.  There was a man outside in the waiting area and he gave him a dollar for being so brave!! LOL  We go back in on Friday afternoon to go over what the blood results are.  I am hoping it is nothing serious OF COURSE.  I just get concerned with the not knowing and all the "what it could be's".

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Happy half birthday!!!

Today is Colton's half birthday.  He is officially two and a half now.  Hopefully this will be an important milestone in his little life.  Once again last night, he passed out.  This time in my arms though.  I had outgrown this by the time I was 2.5 so hopefully the same will be true for him.  We had just walked in the door and he was playing around and somehow tripped or something and hit his head against the side of the dry sink.  He immediately started doing his cry with no sound coming out.  I picked him up and tried blowing in his face to make him catch his breath, but to no avail--out he went.  He gets this really scary look on his little face and turns blue and has mini convulsions.  I just held him and talked to him and said "its ok.  Mommy has you."  After about a minute or so he starts to come around.  I think it scares him thought because he started crying again, normally this time.  I know that he will be fine and he will start breathing again, but it is still frightening to see your little boy blue and lifeless.  I worry about the effects of lack of oxygen has on his little developing brain.  He didn't break the skin or even have a bump on his head afterward and he is back to normal self about 10 to 15 minutes after all is said and done.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Man it is hot!!!

  It has unseasonably hot here the last couple weeks.  Yes we do live in Florida, but our highs are usually upper 80s at this time.  The last couple weeks, it has been upper 90s and the last couple days has been 99-100 with a heat index of 105-110.  We really need a tropical depression to form and come over us to give us the rain the desperately need.

   We leave next Thursday to drive down to Miami to see my sister and nieces.  They will be down from NY for 6 weeks staying in their condo.  I am looking forward to seeing them.  We haven't seen them since last July.  I am not looking forward to the drive itself.  I plan on taking many videos and many snacks.  Hopefully he will sleep part of the way down.  There is a pack and play as well as a trundle bed so hopefully one of those will do for him to sleep on or in.

   Friday evening after picking him up from Mom's house, he seemed to go down hill.  He kept saying "Momma hot" so I took his temperature and it was 101.  I gave him some Advil and he wanted to go right to bed--no bath and no stories.  He slept all night and actually I had to go in and wake him up at 8:15 because we were going to Jax to see my aunt.  He felt a little warm and didn't really want to eat much for breakfast, but his temp was only a little over 99 so I gave him some Tylenol and we went on to Jax.  He was fine all day.  He played with her dogs and went swimming and ate a good lunch.  One the way home, he took a bit of a nap and when he woke up, again he said "momma hot".  When we got home, I took his temperature and it was 102.  He was extremely clingy and just kept crying "momma hot".  He layed on the couch and when I sat back down he just layed in my lap.  I got him pizza for dinner, but he didn't want to eat it.  I took him in his room about 7:00 and gave him some Advil and he wanted to go right to bed.  He slept all night but woke up at 6:15.  He was his happy little self all day and then when he woke up from him afternoon nap, his temperature was back up to about 100.  It just seems to be an afternoon illness!!  I gave him some Tylenol and he was after that with no more fever and he ate his dinner and was back to normal.  I guess his body is just fighting off something.  He woke up fine this morning and went to school.


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