Morning Sunshine

In the blurry morning sunlight, I see a baby who is very pleased with himself for not even needing an alarm clock to wake at 6 a.m. He just spent the past hour poking our faces, singing in our ears, and flopping his body over our limbs and heads.

Got Pollen?

This is my car after one afternoon parked outside my office. I rinsed it this morning. The pollen is so bad this year! And the news reported that sand from North Africa is being blown up here, too.

Favorite Brother



In the middle of the night
, I was yanked out of sleep by this guy as he grabbed me by the shoulders and shook me as hard as he could in the dark.

“Something happened to the baby,” he said.

We raced down the hall together, and just as I got to the door, I could hear the baby’s raspy breathing. And as I lifted him awake, it rattled him enough to produce that distinctive bark. At some point after his bedtime and now, the croup settled in.

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My Little Piano Man

I got to sit in on Jaz’s piano lesson this evening. The three older kids all take music lessons in the same music school. This was the first time I was able to attend one of his classes, and meet his piano teacher.

She was so patient and kind with him. He was initially interested in the drum set in the room, and she went with it, explaining to him percussion and its role in music. Once they were  He was so focused and eager to show her what he practiced. Continue reading

Little Tooth

He was giving me a big, slobbery kiss this morning, chomping on my chin, when I realized his first little tooth poked thru his bottom gum overnight. Can’t believe he’s teething already!

Right on schedule, but too fast for me.

Holiday Decorating

We’re celebrating a lot of firsts this year. First Christmas for Junior, first Christmas in the new house, and first real tree for our family!

Martin and I got the family room painted and set up just enough to decorate. We’ve still living out of boxes and suitcases, but at least we’ll be ready for Christmas.

Whew!

Family Room Finally

Night shift nursing duty

It was another night of nurse duty for me. Fortunately, Jaz’s breathing is responding to the meds, but I feel so bad that the poor kid can’t just have a normal cold, and be soothed with some vapo-rub, chicken soup, and cherry-flavored cough syrup.

Asthma’s a bitch.

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Sleep Mates

Getting my heavy-sleeper son to use his inhaler when his asthma flares up is impossible, so last night, I carried him into our room to use the nebulizer after he resisted my attempts to wake up and administer his puffs.

I propped him in my spot on the bed, got the nebulizer set up, turned it on, and watched the mist appear around his nose to ease his breathing. Once that started going, I went to get a glass of water, and returned to this.

My husband and son, holding hands, resting contently while the nebulizer hummed. Completely peaceful and serene. Continue reading

Bedtime [Baby] Blues

Does this one look ready for bedtime to you?

All he wants to do is babble and talk. And I’m such a sucker for good conversation, so I took him to Martin, who was sorting socks. From what I could hear, the baby babbled for a bit, but he was zonked O-U-T within 15 minutes. Sorting socks will do that to you!