Monday, August 17, 2015

Week 104: Two under two

Although it's a few days premature, I think I can safely say at this point that we all made it through our brief experiment with having two kids under the age of two. 

Our nanny took this week off to deal with a family situation, and Nona and Opa were away for part of the week, so I spent A LOT of time with both kids.  I tried go on some sort of excursion with them each day--a trip to our local municipal airport, apple picking, a trip to the zoo, a trip to the grocery store, whatever it took to keep Lemon entertained (and tired enough to take a long afternoon nap!). 

We're also getting ready for the big event--Lemon's second birthday is just a few days away.  Being the "practical parent," my gift to him this year is a wheeled cart for his vest and nebulizer, so that they can be easily stowed in his closet while not in use.  We enhanced it with an iPad on a stand with speakers (so you can actually hear the videos over the noise of the compressor), and then added on a power strip so we only have to plug and unplug two cords each time.  The cart came with some nice hooks so that we can hang up the cords when they're not in use.  I know--being the practical parent is somewhat boring, but hey, it makes life run more smoothly to have one, right? 

And, I picked out a fun-but-practical gift for him, which Grandma Carol generously provided--a miniature trampoline to help him burn off some of his energy on rainy or cold days when we're stuck inside.  Plus, jumping on a trampoline is supposed to be very good therapy for CF lungs.  Of course, Lemon had his own ideas about what a trampoline is for.

Lemon is continuing to do really well with his vest treatments--I think he actually looks forward to the afternoon session because it's kind of nice to just relax on the couch and watch videos for a half hour at the end of a busy day.  He also really likes it when his little brother is in the room to "watch" him do the vest.  And how does Lime respond to being in a room with YouTube videos blasting at full volume over the thump of the compressor? 
Lime has continued to grow like a weed in a Wisconsin summer.  He was weighed today as part of a research study that we're participating in, and tipped the scales at a whopping 9lb 10oz, or a gain of over 1lb/week since coming home from the hospital.  No wonder I'm feeling a little drained!

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