Gimme all the raisins, please.

Gimme all the raisins, please.


Pillow forts forever. #universal

Pillow forts forever. #universal


Weekend photo dump. It’s been such a busy week!

Charlie had a good week at preschool. He started swim class on Thursday, which was new and exciting (more exciting for me than Charlie). He also rode a tricycle during PT time, and has since willingly climbed on and rode his trike at home, so yay! He also started private OT on Thursday afternoon, and we are trying to get private ST scheduled next week. He will get ST, PT, and OT at preschool once a week, too. Hoping for lots of great progress for him this year!

Walt is trying to simultaneously shift from army crawl to regular crawl, cut tooth #2, and start to pull up on everything (not very successfully). MUST DO ALL THE BABY THINGS. He babbles “da”, “ga”, and “ba”, especially at wake up and bed times. Charlie running around might be his favorite entertainment, which is good, because we have infinite amounts of that, lol. He’s very interested in drinking, less so with eating. He’s not 100% with a sippy cup, but pretty efficient, which I have to admit blows my mind. :)


Happy 3rd Birthday, Charlie!

This kid. You guys, he’s 3 years old already!  How did that even happen?

Things Charlie loves:

  • ABCs, 123s
  • Donuts.  Cookies.  Other round frosted foods.  ;)
  • Bye-bye… this kid loves to take trips in the car, and especially run errands with Dad.
  • Beef lo mein, still his fave.  Pepperoni and cheese, but not together on a pizza.
  • Hiding stuff in his basket or behind the chaise.
  • Walt, and bringing toys (forcefully) to him.  :)
  • Running!  Everywhere.  
  • Daniel Tiger is his favorite show.
  • Cars, mostly on his car ramp.
  • iPad apps:  Endless Numbers, Endless Alphabet, Daniel Tiger, There’s a Lion in My Backyard, Super Why, AlphaBaby
  • Bilibo, AKA “the whee” - you can see it upside down in the sad trike picture (looks like an green bowl).  He loves to be pushed across the room in it!
  • Finding Dad in the middle of the night if/when he wakes up.  He will walk right past Mom with outstretched arms to go around the bed and find Dad, heh.  Sorry, Dad.
  • Campus.  He loves the college students and running up and down the Mall!

Things Charlie doesn’t like:

  • His backpack.  
  • His birthday trike…hopefully he comes around!  He treated it the same way he treated playground at the beginning…he’ll love it eventually.
  • Not getting his way. We get a lot of “OOOOO” now, which is Charlie for “no”.  
  • Sitting still.  Or being made to do so.  Circle Time at preschool has not been his best subject.
  • Doctors’ offices.  The dentist was not successful, although he did manage to show the tech he knows how to brush his teeth, so minor victory.
  • Dad going bye-bye without him.
  • Seizures.  For the first time ever today (on his bday!) he signed “seizure” to us after one.  Sad, but good to know he can tell us now.

He goes to the ped on Monday for his 3 year check-up, so we’ll post stats then!  

We love you, Charlie!  You are a hoot.  Thanks for keeping us on our toes every day, and being so full of energy and spirit.  Hope this is your best year yet!


A short snippet of Walt’s army crawl. :) He is going places!


Ok, Mom, that’s enough.  Can we go eat lunch now?  (We treated him to a Happy Meal, for the record.)

Ok, Mom, that’s enough. Can we go eat lunch now? (We treated him to a Happy Meal, for the record.)


Here he was coming out of the hallway on his first day! He gets pretty excited to see Dad. (Operation Ignore Mom is a complete success, as usual, lol.) His teacher said he cheered up during free play, and did better for second circle time. :) He’s already down for a nap - it’s been a long (half) day!


Oh, my.  This must be onion cutting preschool.   I’ll just leave this here.

Oh, my. This must be onion cutting preschool. I’ll just leave this here.


Room full of toys, and all this baby wants is a bucket. Ha!  Also, sort of rude to remind me of all the ice cream I’m not eating, mister biscuit, but I’ll forgive you.  ;)

(Cue that “MAH BUKKIT” meme from a couple years ago.)

Room full of toys, and all this baby wants is a bucket. Ha! Also, sort of rude to remind me of all the ice cream I’m not eating, mister biscuit, but I’ll forgive you. ;)

(Cue that “MAH BUKKIT” meme from a couple years ago.)


Rainy Labor Day fun:  sorting pom pons into an ice cube tray!

Rainy Labor Day fun: sorting pom pons into an ice cube tray!


Exciting things happening in sqwehrman land:

  1. Charlie started sweating this week!  I know that seems weird to be excited about, but we’ve been waiting for over a year for an old medication’s effects to finally wear off.  He still takes a while to truly cool off, but it’s major progress!  
  2. Walt is totally crawling.  Army crawling, but truly getting where he wants to go!  He’s even [very slowly] crawling after mama, which is so cute.  His separation anxiety has kicked into gear, too, which is less cute, but also a milestone.  I’m sure my wee shadow will be moving faster soon.  :)
  3. Charlie starts preschool next week.  We went in for Orientation and Open House at the end of this week, and he LOVED the classroom.  I couldn’t even get him to look at the camera - he just wanted to run around and check out all the things.  :)  Of course he found a book with numbers…  ha.
  4. Walt got his first tooth!  Seems like it took a gazillion years, but Tooth #1 has finally broken through.  He’s been a little grumpy, but that’s understandable. (So far, his teething has been less traumatic than Charlie’s.  Phew.)
  5. Last but not least, Walt has been babbling up a storm.  Da da da BA DA buh duh.  You guys, he even really and truly said “Goo goo ga”.  That is only one “ga” short of being a cartoon baby.  I didn’t realize babies actually said that!  

Hoping blogging will start to be a little easier to do next week once I go down to part-time at work.  Cross your fingers for us as we make a lot of transitions next week!  :)


I cannot get enough of this kid. 
(Or his brother, but he was not in a photo mood.) 
#babiesinglasses

I cannot get enough of this kid.
(Or his brother, but he was not in a photo mood.)
#babiesinglasses


7 months old! (+ a few days; sorry, pal)

It’s been a very busy start of the academic year, so we are way behind on posting!  In the meantime, Walt has turned into a sitting up champ (not 100% yet, but longer and longer stretches every day!).  And as of this weekend, we have a forward-motion crawler!  He can get up on all fours and rock back and forth, but his forward crawling is sort of a diagonal army crawl.  It won’t be long before he puts the two together, but he can get where he wants to get to (slowly) now.  

Walt is still not a big fan of solids, so we are going to be more consistent in offering a meal or two daily this month to try and ease the MILK ALL THE TIME urge he still has.  This month will also bring a real attempt at some cry-it-out, since he’s only had one 4-hour stretch of sleep in the last 3 months.  Last night, for instance, I still saw every hour on the clock.  This may have been some developmental leap disturbance, but we both need some longer swaths of sleep.  *yawn.

Mr. Walter is the sweetest baby ever, though.  He hardly ever pitches a fit, unless you’re taking the toy/whatever he’s interested away. ;)  He loves Charlie and thinks he is hilarious.  Everyone at daycare loves him, and all the little girls (~1 year old) in his room just dote on him all the time.  They all say “HI WALL” when he comes in.  :)  He’s quite the flirt.


Antiques Roadshow’s youngest fan! #wvantiques #einsteinhair

Antiques Roadshow’s youngest fan! #wvantiques #einsteinhair


We’re home (and if you follow me on Twitter you know we’ve discovered our water heater is on vacation).  Just wanted to give a little more detail about our visit for the curious Charlie friends and fans:

  • We knew we’d be back for a VEEG back in spring, so this was a planned visit.  Our regular neuro wasn’t sure we were still seeing seizures: sometimes it’s hard to tell what is a seizure and what is Charlie concentrating/thinking, or as Andy likes to say, just leaving for Toddler Planet.
  • The new doctor was very good - we are going to investigate to see if we can switch to him all the time - and confirmed that he is, in fact, still having seizures.  This EEG showed that the seizures are for certain originating in the right frontal lobe.  We suspected both of these things already based on the last EEG in the fall, so no surprises there, either.
  • We will keep going up on the Lamictal (same meds he’s been on since May 2013), but as of our discharge time, they did not have the blood level labs back.  We are guessing he’s not out of range on the meds, and will have more room to go up if needed.
  • We will be scheduling an MRI and PET scan soon.  At the EEG last fall, we discussed doing this this summer, anyway, but our regular neuro sort of poo-pooed the idea in spring.  Now it’s back on the table, and we are still on board with the idea.  This will allow the doctors to get a clear idea of what/where is causing the seizure origination.  This will also allow the doctors to consider if surgery could be an option for Charlie.  We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

So, all in all, no big surprises, just moving forward.  We are very thankful to have captured a few episodes and gathered enough data to give the doctors a picture of what we’re seeing at home.  It’s terribly selfish, but I’m also relieved to have our suspicions confirmed that he is still having seizures - it’s so hard second-guessing what you’re seeing all the time!

Glad to be home.  :)