Sunday, January 30, 2011

Asia Times Square Fun

We took the kids to the local Asian market for their Chinese New Year celebration. We timed it so that we could walk around a bit (and maybe get something to eat) before the Lion Dance started. It was so funny...when we walked in my mom made a comment about the bad smell (she doesn't like Asian food) and I look down and Logan is rubbing his tummy giving the yummy sign. We got the kids some Vietnamese chicken soup and soymilk. Mom and I ate a green waffle (you might remember this New Year staple from last year's visit). There were several vendors in the mall area and we decided to let the kids get there faces painted.

Logan was a little unsure at first but he liked the end result.

We tried to do Sophie's face but she started crying. Then I noticed that they were doing these spray temporary tattoos so I got a panda (to go with the panda shirts the kids were wearing).

Maw Susan got a lion for her high school mascot.

And we managed to talk Sophie into a rose for her hand!

Then it was time for the Lion Dancers. Paul used to do this and I have always enjoyed watching them.

We ended up going back the next day so that Logan could get one of the tattoos. He noticed first thing in the morning that we still had ours but that his face painting had washed off in the bath.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Logan's Surgery

Logan had his surgery to correct his cleft pallet and also put tubes in his ears. Many people asked if I was worried about it but I really wasn't. I was more concerned about how recovery would be than the actual surgery. I have a lot of confidence in his doctors and the hospital. They have been so wonderful. My sister came up to stay with me during the surgery. I was concerned about the language issues so the hospital had an interpreter available for us, although we didn't really need him. Thankfully they don't really do much prep until after they get the child asleep. The biggest ordeal was that Logan wanted a drink, but luckily they were about to give him the "silly juice" so that calmed him down. After that, he didn't care about anything. One thing that was interesting was that they were never able to get his blood pressure before he went back. He had the same problem when we had the doctors appointments a couple of weeks before.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time our family has been at this children's hospital. I have a nephew, Baby Owen, who passed away at 7 weeks. He spent those weeks at this hospital. The crazy, amazing thing...the surgery waiting room where we were for Logan's surgery was the NICU waiting room when Baby Owen was there. Yes, that's right. My sister and I were sitting in the very same room 7 and a half years ago.

The surgery didn't last as long as I expected, but all the doctors were happy with the results. The ENT did say that in addition to the fluid we knew about, Logan had also gotten an ear infection in the 2 weeks since she'd seen him. It was so bad, she suspected that his eardrum had ruptured. He must have a pretty high pain tolerance because although he complained about his ear he didn't seem too bothered about it.

It was so sad to see him in the recovery room. He had drainage from his nose, mouth, and ear. The big concern post-op for cleft repair is for him to drink. He actually managed that before we left recovery. Go Logan!

Once we got to the room, he became a little more alert and was completely freaked out by the O2 monitor on his toe. I felt horrible because I knew it wasn't hurting him and all I wanted was to just yank it off. He eventually calmed down once we took his sock off.

He stayed fairly medicated most of the evening which allowed him to sleep. Thankfully, he was asleep when Pastor Mike came to visit because he had brought a pocketful of lollipops...something Logan can't have for at least 3 weeks. The night was the worst because he wanted either me or Paul to sleep with him and they kept coming in to check his IV or other monitors. He managed to eat some yogurt and soup for dinner as well as plenty of fluids. The next morning he had some eggs and cream of wheat for breakfast. Once we were seen by the doctor, we headed home.

The recovery at home has been okay. I slept with him the first 2 nights but after that he seemed okay. Trying to get him to eat soft foods has been a challenged but he loves ramen noodles so that is the go-to meal if he won't eat anything else. He hasn't been too curious about the stitches in his mouth so that is good. Bath time is a little more difficult because we've tried to limit the splashing since he has cotton in his ears. We have follow-up doctor appointments in 3 weeks, and I'm sure all we be good!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Fun Times x2

People have asked me how Sophie is adjusting with having Logan in the home. I think she is transitioning well. Meaning she acts as you would expect her to if you suddenly gave her a brand new sibling. There's some jealousy (from both sides), some fighting (especially when they both want the same toy), but overall Sophie loves having a playmate and Logan likes playing with her, too.

I'm still trying to figure out who is leading and who is following...I think they take turns just to throw me off!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Gladney Chinese New Year Celebration

Gladney had their Chinese New Year dinner at a local restaurant. Sophie wore the outfit we brought back from China. There were crafts set up for the kids (although it wasn't really the best layout for that kind of thing). Logan and Sophie ended up running all over the banquet area where we were so I guess they enjoyed.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

At the Kids Table

The kids love to just have free time to play and drag out every toy they own and empty every container of cars, blocks, and doll stuff, but sometimes I like them to have a little more structure. Usually after I have just gotten everything back where it belongs. So, I'll sit them at the kids table with individual activities.

There are puzzles.

Sometimes, we get messy with shaving cream.

Other times, we examine animals with the magnifying glasses.

But they always have a good time!