Jace Man

If you are my friend on Facebook you may have heard about Jace and his ears. If not this will be new information.

About 6 months ago Corrie brought to my attention that she didn’t think Jace was hearing well. He wasn’t responding to his name, couldn’t seem to tell which direction sounds were coming from and would not startle when there was loud noises such as doors being shut. Of course then we started “testing” him all of the time. We asked the ladies at daycare and they too started to notice. We thought maybe he just had plugged ears and took him to his pediatrician. The doctor found nothing unusual in his ears. He didn’t even see fluid he said. He gave us a referral to go have Jace tested so we could figure out what was going on. Because of Jace’s age there is no one in the area that takes patients that young. The referral was for Children’s Hospital in Madera. When I called them in November to set up the appointment the earliest one they had available was in May! Um no if there is something wrong with my son we want to know now. Corrie made a few phone calls and we found out we could go to UCSF Children’s Hospital satellite location in Walnut Creek and they could see him in January.

We noticed in the time leading up to the appointment that sometimes his hearing would seem better and sometimes not as much. I wondered if he was just ignoring us or if the house was so busy with six people that he would just check out. Corrie consulted Dr. Google and that is never a good idea.

Walnut Creek is about an hour and a half away and our appointment time would put us driving over in the middle of commuter traffic AND there was going to be a major rain storm that morning. So we left 3.5 hours before the appointment time. They other 3 kids all stayed with grandparents so we didn’t have to take them out that early in the morning. Of course we ended up arriving way early but I was glad for that rather than having to stress not making it.

The facility was very nice and big. Jace’s appointment was with the audiology and speech department. After the standard check in and asking questions as to what we felt was wrong I took Jace into a sound proof room where he sat on my lap. They connected him to monitors with a plug in each ear. A woman sat in front of him to keep his attention. In the room next door where Corrie was sitting was the audiologist who was administering the test. She tested his hearing at difference decibles, sounds and calling his name. Each time he heard a noise in a certain ear he would look in that direction and would be rewarded with a screen that would show a cartoon. Then they would shut it off and the lady keeping his attention would get him to focus back on her. The test lasted all of about 20 minutes but of course as I was sitting there holding him unable to hear the noises myself I felt like it was taking forever and he was not looking different directions very often. When the test was complete and she came to discuss the results I was searching the audiologist and Corrie’s faces for some sign of how it went. They both however told Jace he did so good. The audiologist said she saw nothing wrong with his hearing. She then tested the pressure in both ears and was able to tell he had fluid in them. She let us know that what she thinks is happening is his ears fill with fluid and that causes him to not hear well and then when the fluid starts to drain he starts to hear better. Jace never shows any of the signs of ear infection such as fever, cranky, or ear tugging so that we know something is wrong and take him in to the doctor. She advised us to take him to his pediatrician and get an antibiotic for the fluid he has now. She wants to see Jace once more in May and will check things again. If there is still fluid then she will want to refer him to an ear, nose and throat specialist for possible tubes.

We left the appointment relieved there was nothing wrong with his hearing and made an appointment with his pediatrician for the next day to get some meds. Mason had tubes several times when he was younger. I know they work wonders so if that is what Jace ends up needing then we will not hesitate. We will though continue to hope that this just takes care of itself with the warmer weather and end to cold and flu season.

All I want for Christmas….

Is for all the sickness to leave our house! At least one person in the house has been sick since the middle of November and I am pretty over it. It started with Summitt having a stomach bug. Then Judge got that. Then Jace got pink eye and he passed it on to Summitt. Then Judge got pneumonia. I got a bad cold. Corrie got a double ear infection and sinus infections. Summitt is coughing still and throws up when she eats from gagging. Then last night Mason came home saying he felt all achy. See we need a break! I just keep thinking maybe we are paying our dues for the rest of the winter now. One can hope!

Four…IV…4!

I just realized this morning that I completely and totally forgot to write a post about Judge turning four. His birthday was over two weeks ago on November 8.

This year we opted to go small for his party. In years past we have gone all out with family, friends, food, a bounce house, all the things a kid “needs” at a birthday party. However this year we decided to just let him pick who he wanted to invite to the local indoor trampoline place and then have a few people over for pizza, wings and cake. It was perfect. Sure we missed seeing everyone but keeping it low key felt so much more relaxed and not rushed and stressful.

Judge was actually born on Corrie’s birthday and she gladly steps back each year to let him have the spot light. Her mom did make her favorite dinner and cake though which is always a must.

So what is happening in the life of a new 4-year-old?? This kid is so smart and remembers everything. As a matter of fact today he brought up something that happened when he was 2! Sometimes I can not remember what happened last week how can he remember things from 2 years ago?! He is actually very patient with his baby sister and brother. Even with Jace crawling and getting in to his things he remains calm. He loves music. He even requests songs for in the car when we are driving or you will hear a little voice from the back start singing. To hear a 4 year old sing “uptown funk you up uptown funk you up” is pretty darn cute BUT if you don’t listen carefully you may question what he is saying…HA! We have signed him up to play tee ball. That will start with practice in February. We are also checking into dance for him. The kid has some moves!

This is what 4 looks like!
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Help…cold weather friends….

I need some advice from friends who live where the weather is cold.

I think our babies are getting cold at night and waking up from it. It is starting to get cold here, let me clarify what COLD is to me…anything below 60 deg F, and since they do not recommend blankets in a crib with babies I want to know what I can do. We put them to sleep in fleece sleeper jammies but when they wake up at night and I change their diapers their little bodies are rather cold. What do people do where it snows? Where is freezes on a regular basis? Now granted these are my third and fourth children but I feel like a beginner for some reason. Do any of you have helpful tips or tricks? This mom would really appreciate it. maybe then they will sleep longer than 3 hours at a time.

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6 Month Update

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These two were six months old on the 23rd. Half of a year has passed…how can that be?!? I actually went back and read a couple of my blog posts from when they were born and it feels like that was years ago but at the same time I see them and think the time has flown by. Such a strange concept.

They went for their well baby checks yesterday and they are doing so good. Summitt is 25″ and 16 lbs. 2 oz. Jace is 25.2″ and 16 lbs. 7 oz. To look at them you would not think they were so close in size. However my arms can certainly tell how much bigger they are getting. Everyday I arrive at daycare and carry in two infant carries all while keeping a watchful eye on Judge that he follows along and doesn’t get distracted in the parking lot. This task is getting harder by the day and I am soon going to have to find a new way to get them in and out of the center. I actually have callouses on my hands from those darn carries!

Both babies are now rolling over in all directions. Jace is wanting to move more and more. He wants to be right in the middle of whatever action is going on. He loves to watch his brothers and I just know he can hardly wait to play with them. Summitt rolls over and then proudly smiles like, “hey did you see what I just did? You need to praise me.”

We have started feeding the babies food. So far they have had rice cereal, avocados and sweet potatoes. They both do well. Last night Jace was on a roll and ate 3/4 of the sweet potatoes. Good thing Summitt wasn’t in the mood to eat and he could have her share. We had grand plans to make all of their food but I am just not sure that is going to happen. I think we will see how it goes. I am leaning more towards the making what we are eating work for them idea. However we have to start out slow until they get the hang of it.

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Before the babies were born it was not uncommon for me to stop at the store after work with Judge. Run in and grab that one thing I forgot. Now that I have 3 kids I pick up from daycare those days are gone. I had not taken all 4 kids to any stores by myself. First I wasn’t sure how that would logistically work out and me not lose one. Then I was also afraid of melt downs or being THAT mom in the store that people think can not control her children. Well last week I needed to stop at Target to get something from the pharmacy so I decided it was now or never. I was eventually going to have to do this. So with Mason as my helper we each put a baby in a shopping cart and Judge hanging on to the side and went for it. Well that was basically a disaster! Everything I was afraid of happened. Mason was upset they didn’t have the Halloween item he wanted, Judge was upset he couldn’t get what he wanted, that he had to walk AND he needed to be taken to the bathroom, both Jace and Summitt started crying and one of them (I currently can’t remember which because I blocked this trip out best I could) had a dirty diaper I am sure you could smell from 3 aisles away. I could not get out of the store fast enough!

Well yesterday after the babies appointment I needed to stop at the same store again and get some Motrin for just in case. This time I went prepared. I made sure the babies were fed, I put Judge in a cart and bought him popcorn as soon as we walked in and bought Mason some bread sticks because he was a starving 14 year old boy. What a difference! This time I was actually able to even stroll through the aisles instead of sprinting in a hurry to get out. I suppose the lesson learned here is to be prepared and that just because it was a terrible experience once doesn’t mean it will be every time.