Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Attack of the crazies

Oh boy how crazy things have been during the last couple of weeks. Kien has been completely out of sorts; extremely clingy and extremely grizzly. The poor little guy has 4 teeth coming through all at once. He has been in quite a lot of discomfort, and we have had to give him paracetamol and teething gel as often as is necessary and within the recommended guidelines.
He looks like a little vampire with only the tips showing through the top gum-line :-)

Neither Jef nor I have been getting much sleep (what's new) and I've had a few episodes that resemble meltdowns - the worst one landing on my birthday! So I've decided to send Kien off to daycare for 3 full days a week to provide me some more sleeping time. Also I need to salvage the vestige of my scattered brain; at this point I cannot fathom ever being able to go back to work and functioning in the same capacity.

I can see that Kien is taking after his dad already.
He LOVES cables!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Perpetually changing

No sooner has he mastered sitting Kien is also now able to maneuver from sitting to crawling back to sitting position. We noticed this transition at the beginning of the week. He can do it so effortlessly by merely tucking one leg/foot under his body.

Today was the first time he pulled himself up to stand using the table. He was so determined to get at the juggling balls on the table. It was scary watching him as he was so wobbly I was afraid he was going to slip and smack his head - which he did but luckily it wasn't a hospital visit, only a mini backward slump. When he hurts himself the best thing we can do is laugh at him so that he is distracted and would think there was something funny going on. It works most of the time.
We took him to get his blood tests this morning. I was so nervous and had put it off all week. But there was no drama whatsoever; he acted like nothing happened throughout the entire procedure!

He's been talking up a storm as well; lots of dadada, bababa, yayaya and aydaa. Unfortunately he has entire conversations to himself in the small hours as well - like at 4:17 this morning! At 5:30 I took him into bed for a cuddle. I couldn't sit there patting any longer. My back was sore and I was cold. He eventually fell asleep while I jiggled him back and forth.

His top teeth are going to cut through any day now. His gums are so swollen, and you can see the teeth just under the surface. From what it looks like it won't be the two front teeth that will come through first I don't think. The ones next door looks further ahead and I can actually see the tips. We've been putting teething gel on which he screams at but does get instant relief from.

The latest thing that makes Kien giggle uncontrollably is the ball bouncing against the wall.

Kien also likes to explore, and is not really interested in his toys as much as in things that we don't want him to be interested in. Go figure!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Sleep, oh sleep, wherefore art thou?

Yes, 5 whole days with my old foe Mr Insomnia. This can't possibly continue for much longer - exhaustion has got to kick in and take over sooner or later, right?

We took Kien to the Auckland Allergy Clinic yesterday and uncovered 2 reactions so far; milk and dust mites. We will have to go and get a blood test done for him...hmmm, how the heck is someone going to get blood out of Kien when he cannot stay still for one second?

We've also switched him to Neocate formula for a 2 week trial. Lets see if it is my breastmilk he is intolerant to ;-)


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