Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Potty Training Part 2

Case went to his potty and peed three times yesterday without prompting! Yay for our big boy.

So far this has been a much less stressful experience than I anticipated. Quite honestly I did NOT want to potty train. The good thing about Case is that he is very observant. He watches and absorbs so much. And he is at a stage where he wants to help and he is thriving on verbal praise and clapping. He does things, claps for himself and then looks to see if you're clapping too. I guess this is really helping with our casual potty training attempt.

Today he used his potty once without prompting, twice with a prompt and had an accident while eating his lunch. At nap time I put a pull-up on him. He was restless and would not lay down. Finally he pointed to his pull-up and said "that." I asked if he needed to go potty. Of course he didnt respond but I took him down the hall to his bathroom where there is an Elmo potty seat on the big toilet. His little potty chair was downstairs. He peed on the big potty. Then he was asleep within about 5 minutes.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Case's Announcement

Do I look like a BIG brother?

I had other precious pictures of Case that I took today but the camera ate them.
I am not a happy camper.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Potty Training Part 1

We weren't planning to start potty training yet but he seemed very interested today. So far he doesn't want to tee tee in his potty, but we did accomplish a few things. He will go sit on the potty, scoot his booty back and tuck his little business in. It seems like he knows what to do but nervous about not peeing in his diaper. He started to tee tee in the kitchen and when he realized it he stopped. So he can control it. We'll see how it progresses.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

ENT Update

First of all, Case has been tugging on those ears again for the past 2-3 weeks. He hasn't run a fever and we generally don't take him to his pediatrician for these symptoms because she ALWAYS diagnoses him with an ear infection and sends us home with antibiotics. We have taken him to the ENT in the past to get him checked when he does this and our ENT ALWAYS says his ears are fine. Once again, I took him in to double check and the ENT assured me that his ears are clear and he's cutting his 2 year molars causing the ear pain. He said this could go on for awhile. That's fine. We suspected as much. Reassuring to know though. He also said, if it were an ear infection he would not treat it with antibiotics unless he began running a high fever anyway. We appreciate his anti-antibiotic approach after our 3 month battle with antibiotic induced diarrhea.

I also wanted to have Case checked for a sinus infection because of the amount of drainage he has in his throat and his obsessive clawing at his itchy eyes and nose. He also has strong sinus breath. This is not a new problem either. More like a chronic problem. We have talked to his pediatrician about it at nearly every well and sick baby appointment and we have been told the same thing...He doesn't have allergies. Just use saline drops, nose sucker, Vicks, humidifier, prop him upright when he sleeps, warm showers, Johnson and Johnson Vapor bath, Afrin. We have tried it all-REPEATEDLY. The nurse once told us we could try Children's Claritin or Zyrtec. The pediatrician told us he didn't need that because he doesn't have allergies. Well, she was wrong. Our ENT said today that he DEFINITELY has allergies and he can tell by just looking at him. His eyes are dark and puffy. He's congested and guess what. Allergies are hereditary. If you knew his mother as a child you would know that allergies were definitely a major problem. The doctor said chronic allergy infections can lead to sinus infections but antibiotics for the sinus infection is only a temporary solution. We need to start by treating the allergies. This is what we suspected. Case will be starting an allergy nasal spray which we hope we make a significant difference in this problem.

We are grateful for the outcome of this visit. We were reassured that his ears are fine and the doctor actually listened to our concern about this chronic allergy problem, agreed with us and is going to attempt to treat it. Case is home, happy and hoping for a good night's sleep.

Check back Monday for more news.