Andrew was already gone at this point. When he got his flu shot, all he did was kind of furrow his brow a little. What a guy!! Then he was easily distracted by getting a purple frog (color of his choice) and a Percy sticker. Yampa then took him in his truck to the bank and "Mall-mart."
Benjamin had his hearing rechecked. He passed the right ear with flying colors but will have to have his left ear retested in a month when we return for his second flu shot. (The first time you get a flu shot, you have to get a booster a month later.) He will also need another one of his vaccines b/c they were out of it. (Sara, I did ask the doctor and she said it was fine to get his flu shot and vaccines on the same day.) Poor little guy. He is such a trooper.
He weighed 13lbs, 3 oz, and was 26 1/2 inches long. For the Down syndrome charts, that's 25th percentile for weight and 80th percentile for length. (On the "normal" chart, that's 10th for weight and 25th for length.) He's only gained one pound since his four month checkup, but we'll cut him a break. He *did* have open-heart surgery. ;)
His hemoglobin level was 11.9 (normal is 10 t0 15), so we can cut back on the iron vitamins a little bit, which is good. They totally constipate him! On Friday, I decided not to give it to him for a day, and the next day...POOP EXPLOSION!! Lucky for me, Matthew was out running when I discovered the ten-pound diaper. Yay me.
We started Benjamin on a little baby cereal on Saturday! He had a little on Saturday and a little on Sunday. While he is still clueless about what he's supposed to do with it, he seemed to like it, diving for the spoon. We'll start with some stage one baby foods this week. The doctor said we can start with prunes or peaches to help combat the constipation. I'll be sure to give him those when Matthew is around so he can reap the benefits. Hee hee
Below are some cute pictures. Please forgive the cloudiness. It seems my camera is on the fritz. We bought it in 2004. In digital camera age, that's ancient. I only hope I can make it until Christmas!
Emma's Halloween Party 2007
Our babies were 1 1/2.
L to R is Taylor (a fireman), Andrew (a duck), and Evangeline (a ladybug). We were lucky to catch a peek of Evie in her costume. She kept taking it off. :)
Taylor and Andrew hanging out on the hearth.
The famous hearth pics. As you can see, Andrew is crying *and* his outfit is too short for his long legs. Sigh. What can you do?
Okay. L to R is Andrew, Taylor, Emma (a tiger), and Evangeline.
Fast forward one year. Emma's Halloween Party 2008
Our "babies" are now 2 1/2. (Just as a note--there are *lots* more kids at each party; these are just some of the playdate friends.)
The same hearth and mostly the same kids. Matthew (on the far left) had already removed his Dumbo costume. He wasn't at the 2007 party; I believe he and his parents were stuck in the Miami airport on the way home from a mission trip!
L to R is Matthew (the toddler formerly known as Dumbo), Andrew (Elmo), Taylor (a pirate), Evangeline (Cinderella), and Emma (a ladybug):
Inside the bouncy house. "Ummm...Mom, I'm not so sure about this..."
Elmo, a pirate, and Cinderella. Ready to par-tay.
A couch + a cookie = a happy Elmo
Waiting to play Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin:
Almost got it!
Elmo and Dumbo hanging out by the window:
No, they're *not* supposed to be capri pants...
Nothing says Halloween like black Play-doh and a Mister Potato Head with fangs!
His favorite thing at the party (other than the cookies obviously) was the purple sand. Here he is with Evan (a racecar driver) happily pouring and scooping.
He's talked non-stop about the purple sand. (Diana, we need to find a time for the kids to play in it again!! Let's see if there's a day when it won't be too cold so we can sit outside w/the babies while the "kids" play.)
Finally getting the hang of the bouncy house. Emma (far left) told her daddy to buy one of these. He told her to get a job.