Sheepshearing Festival Fun!

We went to the Sheepshearing Festival in Waltham today and, in addition to the shearing (both hand & electric), we saw border collies herd sheep and goats, went on a tractor-pulled hay ride (Justin loved the tractor! Vroom vroom!), enjoyed a variety of dance and music performances, played on hay bales, checked out the crafts sale, watched military drill reenactments, and ate lots of yummy fair food! It was a very busy day!

Here are a few photos to go with the Daily Justin pic:

Justin and Zach love playing on hay bales!

Justin and Zach love playing on hay bales!

Col. Bailey's 2nd MA Regiment

Col. Bailey's 2nd MA Regiment

Sheep!

Sheep!

Easter fun!

Justin had his first egg hunt this year! He had a great time searching for all the eggs:

Basket at the ready!

Basket at the ready!

First egg!

First egg!

Into the basket!

Into the basket!

There's one!

There's one!

I can reach it!

I can reach it!

A blue one!

Here's one!

I got another one!

I got another one!

That was fun!

That was fun!

A big storm, a fun visit & some other stuff

If you’ve been wondering what happened to all the updates this last while – it’s been a busy and eventful week and a bit! We started it all off with a great big storm (hurricane force gusts! whee!), we got power back just in time for Alex and Emma to visit for a bit (yay to both!), then Justin had his allergist appointment, I got sick and Chad’s computer died (boo to all three).

I’ll start at the end and say that Justin is still allergic to the things he was allergic to before, Chad’s new battery is on it’s way, and I’m feeling better already! Prior to that, we had a fantastic time showing Alex and Emma around Salem and Boston. And before all that, there was the storm…

The storm was pretty crazy – our house felt like it was sitting on a water bed at times! Gusts were up over 90 miles per hour and we woke up to tree and roof debris all over the yard, but we were spared serious damage with only a small fence crushed by a tree branch (the roof bits weren’t ours). Our power was out for just short of 48 hours, though, so we spent a night in a hotel and had to restock our refrigerator. Luckily, our little gas fireplace kept the living room, well, livable, and we were able to stay in the house during the daytime. Here are some photos:

Storm (photo by Justin)

Storm, afternoon of Day 2 with no power (photo by Justin)

Tree damage

Tree damage

Fence damage

Fence damage

Tree branch

Tree branch

Just like his Daddy!

We’ve had an awful stomach bug here this past week, but just before that, Justin said his first words! In order of appearance: Light (Chad’s first word), Dada, No, Mama, and Yes (said “Yesth”). Yay Justin! 🙂

A busy week…

This past week, Justin learned to crawl (and is now into everything), can sit up from lying down, has another new tooth, had dinner at the neighbour’s, took Granddad to the farmers’ market and the Rebecca Nurse Homestead, can open the cupboard doors, went to a birthday party, and had his first taste of a popsicle. Whew.

Daily Justin is now back up to date. 🙂

9 (and a half) months old!

Justin had his 9 month appointment today (just a couple of weeks late!) and he is growing, growing, growing! All the way up to 19 lbs 10 oz and 30″ tall (that’s 90th percentile! So much for our *little* baby – he’s a tall one now!) He’s also healthy and meeting or exceeding all his developmental targets. Yay! After the visit with the doctor, he had to have one shot and some blood drawn (to test for lead poisoning and iron levels), we should get the results of those in a few days.

On Thursday, we’ll be heading downtown to do some more allergy testing, so we should know a bit more about that soon, too.

Justin’s scary day

On Tuesday, Justin had a severe allergic reaction to something in the formula he had at lunch time. It was the same kind of formula he’d had as a newborn (when we were supplementing), but it has been many many months since he’s had any kind of formula.

I was out coaching at the time and had just gotten off the ice when Chad called me saying that Justin was throwing up and gagging a lot, so he was calling the doctor. By the time I got home (about 15 minutes later), his reaction had progressed to the point where his face and feet were starting to swell up and he was starting to wheeze, so off we went to the Beverly Hospital ER – 10 minutes away.

They admitted him right away and gave him shots of epinephrine and an antihistamine, hooked him up to a bunch of monitors and started an IV (which took *a lot* of tries, poor little guy!), by the time the IV was in, the swelling was almost entirely gone, he was breathing fine and the hives had disappeared. They gave him some prednisolone & zantac through the IV and sent us off in an ambulance (no siren) to Children’s in Boston for overnight observation (at this point, Chad went home to get an overnight bag put together and met us at Children’s…)

We were pre-admitted and went straight up to our room. After explaining what had happened so far and answering a bunch of questions (many times over for all the different nurses, doctors and specialists who were taking care of us), we settled in for our stay. Justin was a perfect patient – smiling and flirting with everyone and incredibly patient with all the poking, prodding and medicine giving. He was also perfectly healthy while we were there, with no recurrences of the reaction (yay!) and we were discharged late Wednesday afternoon.

We should get the results of the blood work tomorrow (Friday) which will give us a general idea of what he’s allergic to, although the current assumption is that it is the cow’s milk in the formula he had. We’ll go back in a month for a skin test to get a better idea of what foods we need to avoid in the future. In the meantime, both Justin and I are avoiding a bunch of common allergens and anything he or I ate during the 24 hours before the reaction. We also have an EpiPen Jr., just in case.

A great big thanks to the ER team at Beverly (Dr. Gruskin, all the nurses that took care of us, and the singing Pediatric IV team), the Lyons EMTs, and everyone on 9E at Children’s, especially Jowell (our nurse) Drs. Hoppa & Hartmann, Dr. Stutius from Allergy/Immunology, and Jill, from the playroom – Justin loves his new blanket and ball!

Here’s a pic of Justin relaxed and getting ready for bed last night:

Glad to be home!

Glad to be home!

8 month old baby!

So yesterday was Justin’s 8 month-day. That means he’s now been on the outside just as long as he was on the inside. Craziness!

Aside from almost being mobile, Justin is putting nonsense syllables together (da-ga, goo-bah, ga-geh, etc…), recognizes several baby signs (milk, all done and more) but doesn’t sign any himself yet, and loves to watch the neighbour’s cat. Our library group has ended for the summer, but we’re taking swimming classes at the Y and have a play group we go to regularly – Justin is a huge flirt with all the girls that we see (babies and moms!)

He’s been eating (very mushy) solids for two months now, and his favourites are applesauce, apple-apricot puree, pears and *peas* (Really! He can hardly get enough! Such a change from when we first introduced them…) He also enjoys bananas, avocados, squash, sweet potatoes, carrots and oatmeal. Yum!

We also went to the beach for the first time today (but no swimming in the ocean yet), and I’ll have a few photos from that posted during the week… 🙂

Almost crawling!

As you can see in today’s photo, Justin has figured out how to get up on all fours. He hasn’t figured out how to move yet, but it’s only a matter of time now. Hard to believe we have an almost-mobile baby… eep!