I didn't think it was possible... but the boys went through yet another round of sickness again, tho this time it was the FLU and the ENTIRE family got hit by it. It started last Sunday (3/1) when Oscar vomitted about 30 minutes into his nap. He started crying, which I normally ignore as they do this sometimes and go right back to sleep, but something sounded wrong this time. Went in to find half his crib covered. Chris cleaned up the bed and I took Oscar... got it all cleaned up and got him back down for his nap, tho he moaned and cried through most of it, which I chalked up to an upset tummy. Then after nap and right before dinner he did it again, but just a little. Just stood there behind me by his toy box and just let 'er fly. I don't know why - but I STILL was in denial that this could be the flu. Mainly cuz he had no fever to go along with this and was his normal happy, giggly active self. That next day (Monday 3/2) it was coming out the other end (diarrhea) all day. Yet, for some reason I still wasn't thinking flu.... maybe I was just hoping for the best..... that is until later that night MacKay got violently ill and was vomitting every 10 minutes for 4 hours. From 7:45 - 11:30pm it was non stop - that poor little guy, he always draws the short stick on stuff like this. Finally at 12:30am, after no vomitting for an hour (tho the last 2 hours of it were all dry heaves and foam/spit) we put him to bed and accepted that we were dealing with the flu and got ready for another long day ahead of us. Tuesday (3/3) neither of the boys would eat, which I knew was okay, but were slugging down the juice and water like crazy (good boys).....and I have to say - WOW to the amazing amounts of diapers we went through due to the boys STILL having it come out the other end like crazy. Chris came home for lunch that day with some pedialyte that we quickly found out the boys wouldn't even touch.... only to stay home for the rest of the day cuz now HE wasn't feeling well. Well around 6pm it hit Chris pretty hard and I came to the realization (tho still hoping for the best) that I was next and needed to prepare. And at around 2am and 5am on Wednesday (3/4) morning it was my turn. I can say I NEVER want to go through that again.... tho I know we won't be that lucky to avoid it. WOW. Just so glad to be on the other side of all that now.
As for now.... I feel loads better as does Chris. And the boys seem to be back to their normal selves, tho they get picky at eating here and there and still are having some on and off again "backside" issues :) ... but for the most part I think we are on the mend.
Onto more positive things and new things going on with the boys. MacKay and Oscar are now 16 MONTHS (as of the end of Feb). On a daily basis they both are climbing machines. They love to scale the furniture then climb back and forth between pieces.... Oscar has even managed to climb into the toy box, which is rather unfortunte cuz that usually results in all the toys coming out (which there are way too many of). And they are little beggars - worse than our canine child, Angus when it comes to us trying to have a snack while sitting on the couch. Tho it is a good way to get them to eat things they normally wouldn't while sitting in their high chairs. We've been to ECFE (the new session) twice now (had to skip two sessions due to them being sick) and they are doing so much better at playing there now. Not as apprehensive and getting into everything and playing with others. They also spent two nights alone with Daddy while I went down to stay with my mom who was having a surgical procedure the other week. Auntie Jolene came over one of the days to watch them so Daddy could go into work (her day off) and they were very well behaved from what I heard. And they are little mimicking machines... copying so many things that we do - making popping sounds with our mouths, gasping (taking a big breath), shaking, dancing, stomping etc. They love to find the tiniest of things (I don't know how they find them) like piece of lint, fuzz, hairs etc.. and bring them to you - tho most of the time it is nothing and they are just pretending. And when you say "Thank You" for the item they actually respond with "Tah Tah". They amaze me every day. Speaking of communicating... they are both getting VERY good at letting us know what they want and don't want. Shaking their head (esp at food they don't want) or letting us know what toy they want (but cannot get) out of the toy box when they are frustrated. We need to get them talking more, but they can actually relay most of what they need and want now. And the newest... we've taught them how to give kisses. If you ask for a kiss they will come over and put their mouth to yours (sometimes open - unnghh)... and funny enough MacKay will actually mimick the smacking sound but the timing is off cuz he does it afterwards while walking away. :)
MacKay... some specifics... MacKay has been learning "Eyes, Ears, Nose, Mouth, Hair" and is getting pretty good. I can't say he gets them right all the time, but he's interested and learning (Oscar shows no interest). He also has learned how to lock/unlock our patio door, tho he hasn't the strength to open it yet (whew). He loves this "Tshirt" game where you hold his shirt and he tries to get away from you but cannot - will even come over to you and hold out his shirt for you to grab. He's also very perceptive. The other day I tried hiding a book he wanted (that has this annoying laugh sound when you hit the button) in his bookshelf... unaware he was watching my every move and paying attention... and when I wasn't looking he went STRAIGHT to where I hid the book and wedged it out (it was in there tight too). He also had his 4th haircut the other weekend (Oscar has had one since he was born)... and it was definitely needed, but for about a week afterwards we referred to him as "Lloyd Christmas" from Dumb and Dumber cuz the lady cut such a drastic line straight across his forehead in his hair in the front. It's grown a bit since then and looks quite good now. :) Lastly, MacKay has been very lovey lately, constantly giving Oscar hugs for no reason - even after Oscar has stolen something from him, bit him or pushed him away.... just will walk over to him and embrace him. I wish I could capture it on video but it happens so randomly.
Oscar.... our little vampire. I say this cuz he has now bit MacKay on 3 occassions (that I know of) where he has left quite a mark. Usually welts up for a couple days and then turns to bruise. The first two were on MacKay's arm, and this last one was just yesterday (Thurs 3/5) on MacKay's FACE. I have pictures below to show the damage. We always thought MacKay was going to be the biter (cuz he started to show those signs a while back) but Oscar has that full mouth of teeth that really does some damage and he really clamps down and doesn't let up. Speaking of teeth - Oscar got 2 more since last I posted.... and now has 14 teeth. The only baby teeth he has left to get now are his 4 2nd molars (he has all 4 1st molars), a lower lateral incisor and a lower cuspid/canine. He also has taken to tip toe walking a lot, usually when he gets excited and starts stomping around on his tippy toes. Oscar has been quite the loud one lately with tons of babbling and such as well... even has started flapping his tongue making that fast "Lah-dle" sound where he curls up the end of his tongue and flicks it against his upper lip/teeth... he does that CONSTANTLY now. He also loves when Daddy growls at him and tries to make his own growling noise back. Oscar lately is quite interested in details too... he plays with very detailed things, checking them out... especially the knots (one in particular) in our hardwood floors. I'll find him lying on his belly just fingering and picking at one of them for long periods of time. Hes very tactile... even doing this fiddling thing with his fingers (his thumb and forefinger), rubbing them back and forth like feeling his finger tips... which scary enough is something I find myself doing when I am just sitting doing nothing. (weird).
Well there is always so much more to share, but that is most of the interesting stuff... so I will leave you here and begin with the pictures I know you all come here to see anyway.
MacKay and Oscar LOVE paging through books (tho they have no patience for us reading and entire book to them lately)... here Oscar is trying to get in on a book with MacKay (the one with the giggling sounds) but MacKay isn't having any of that and is pushing him away (hence Oscar crying)
... and here Oscar finally finds a book for himself (and happy cuz it was one MacKay wanted), but quickly finds interest (rubber necking) in the new book MacKay is paging through.
The boys LOVE Oreos, which they usually get some of when Chris tries to have them as a snack on the couch (little beggars)... but here I let them have some as dessert for dinner and they made quite the mess of themselves with them.
MacKay and Oscar reading their first postcard from Gma Bonnie and Gpa Dean (their Laughlin trip recently)... they were checking this thing out for a good hour or so before it became a bent/wrinkled mess.
MacKay getting stuck (teetering on the edge) trying to get into the toy box.... and Oscar successfully in the toy box with all the toys thrown out on the floor surrounding it.
Some goofy pictures of Oscar nuzzling up with Angus, and sitting in Daddy's recliner ripping apart his paper - Chris had taken off to take a phone call and this is where I found Oscar minutes later.
"Poor Little MacKay" pictures: First, MacKay's horrible night up vomitting - taking a breather here leaning back on Daddy. And two pictures showing the evidence of being "attacked" by Oscar the vampire.