Feet

Just a quick update on Luke’s orthopedist appointment this morning. The doctor was great but said nothing can be done and he’ll eventually grow out of it. He said his leg bone (from his knee to his ankle) is turned and that is what is causing his feet to turn in. By the time he is four it will be mostly corrected and he shouldn’t be falling and tripping by then. He also said that it could take until he is ten for it to be fully corrected. So it’s a long process but at least we know that it will get better and not worse. He gave us some suggestions on types of shoes for him to wear to reduce the tripping so that is helpful.

On another note, anyone have tips on how to get your almost four year old to stop biting your two year old? It’s getting a little old and Luke has about five bites on his back, arms and head. He does this almost every time I go to the bathroom. If I wasn’t pregnant I would consider not going to the bathroom unless Curtis was home or they are sleeping but that’s not really an option at the moment. So help would be appreciated!

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Stitches

Well, Saturday night we went to the ER for our first stitches for our kids. The boys had just gotten out of the bath and we were getting ready to get them ready for bed. We told Damon to go to his room and he wanted to go to Luke’s room. We told him to go to his room and Curtis tried to grab him and turn him around and Damon ran forward and fell into the corner of Luke’s dresser. When he first fell we just thought he just hit it and would be fine so Curtis picked him up to comfort him and there was more blood than I have ever seen. His face was covered in blood and he had a large gash on his forehead. We got the boys dressed and got Damon’s bleeding stopped and rushed him to the ER. He was great. He was counting and saying letter that we would point to so we knew he would be OK, but it was hard to see him with this huge gash in his head. They got us in pretty quickly and were hoping that they could glue it shut but in the end it was too deep and they had to stitch it. They had to numb around the gash and that was definitely the hardest part for all of us. The nurse asked if we wanted her to get someone to hold him or if we would want to do it. Curtis said he would hold him and I thought I would just hold his hands and try to comfort him. He did NOT want his hands held and he kept yelling, “Stop holding my hands.” It was awful and he was in so much pain. Curtis was holding his head and most of his upper body still and I was laying on his legs and holding his arms down. Once he was numb it was much better. The stitches were a little tough but definitely not as bad as the numbing. He ended up getting three stitches and was so brave. After he was finished we were waiting to be discharged and he asked if he could wear the doctors gloves, so we grabbed some for him and he was so happy. Here’s a picture of him wearing the gloves. (If we would have known the gloves would have made him so happy we would have given them to him much sooner!)

Damon stitches

When we got home we were getting out of the car and I was walking down the driveway to go get Luke and Damon said, “Mom, thank you for holding my hands so the doctor could make my head feel better.” I just started crying and hugged him. He is such a sweet boy! Hopefully we won’t have to do this again for awhile.

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Busted lips and funny things

The title of this post only describes a little bit of what has gone on over the last several months. I keep meaning to post, but have been busy, or lazy, or maybe a bit of both.

Busted lips: Luke. He falls about 10 times a day mostly due to being pigeon-toed. He trips over his feet. I’ve actually talked to the Dr. about it several times and they keep saying that he’ll grow out of it by the times he’s 5. About a month ago we were at Curtis’ soccer game and Luke was walking in front of me and turned and tripped over his foot and fell into the bench I was sitting on. I didn’t think he really got hurt until I picked him up and saw more blood than I’ve ever seen come out of either of my children before. It was pretty scary. We ended up leaving and taking him to an urgent care and after over an hour of waiting they told us that they won’t stitch a lip. A couple of days later he tripped again and fell into a bar stool at a friends house and busted his top lip. This one wasn’t as bad, but he looked bad with 2 fat lips. At his two year appointment I begged the Dr. to do something about it. We finally got a referral and are taking him to an Orthopedist at Children’s Hospital next week. He may say he’ll grow out of it but I’ll feel better after we see a specialist.
The boys always have funny things to say and many times they surprise us with what they know and say. Damon has been asking all of us our names when he is coloring and then he pretends to write them. Well, after he had asked me my name about 7 times I decided to ask him his name. His response was priceless, “My name is Damon Winkle Please Come Here!” At least I say please, right?
Damon is learning his letters and now knows how to spell his name. He can even write several and he is so proud when he writes his name. A few weeks ago we were in Muskogee visiting family and we went to church with Sally. On the way home Damon was showing us the page he colored and then told us that the teacher spelled his name wrong, which she did. He said that next time he was going to tell her, “My name is Damon, D-A-M-O-N.”

We have been so busy this summer and I’m not really sure why. We haven’t really gone anywhere or done anything too exciting. Bu we do have some exciting news, we are expecting baby number 3 in January! We’re pretty excited and the boys are too. They keep asking if they can go to the hospital and see the baby (they think the baby lives there), and they talk to my tummy all the time. I’ve been feeling pretty well, which I great considering I was so sick with Luke. I’m almost 13 weeks along and I still wake up every morning expecting to be sick and so extremely thankful that I haven’t been. I was a little worried when I found out I was pregnant since I was so sick with Luke. I didn’t know how I would be able to take care of the boys if I was sick, but God has really taken care of that we are so grateful.

In May Damon’s honeybees sang at church and I’ve been meaning to post the video since then. So here it is (I apologize for the bad quality, Curtis was sitting kind of far away and so you can’t see him very well. I tried to label it so you could tell where he was standing):

I apologize for not updating for such a long time. I will try to be better! Here are some pictures of the boys (including Luke’s birthday). Enjoy!

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Finger painting, A Day at the Park, and Tall Tower

It’s finally time to make up for my lack of posting with lots of pictures! The title should explain it all. Not too much to report right now. I was hoping to have pictures of us playing in the snow this morning, but unfortunately the weatherman was incorrect once again and the 3 inches of snow he predicted was only a dusting and the ground is so wet from all the rain we’ve gotten the last couple of days that playing outside would mean wet and muddy. Maybe one day we’ll have enough snow for the boys to build a snowman, but not today! (Maybe we should move back to Colorado!) Everything else is going well and we’re keeping plenty busy.

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Happy Birthday Daddy!

I promise I’ll try to post something more later this week, I have lots of pictures I need to upload. But today is my wonderful husbands birthday and the boys wanted to wish him a very happy birthday…

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Sick


I know it’s been a month since I’ve posted last. I’m sorry! We’ve been busy, and VERY sick. But hopefully we’re on the end of all the sickness maybe we’ll have time to do things, like blog. It all started about 2 weeks ago with Damon catching some type of stomach bug at church and he spent the next day throwing up. I got it next and Curtis had to take off work to stay home and watch the boys. Then Curtis got it and was sick for a couple of days. That happened to be on Valentine’s weekend, so we had an awful Valentines day! Then Luke started getting a really nasty cough which ended up being Croup and we spent last Wednesday in the ER because he was having a hard time breathing. But after 2 breathing treatments and a steroid prescription he was starting to get a little better. On Friday I got to spend a weekend at a women’s retreat with our church. It was great to get away with other women and grow spiritually. But Friday night when I talked to Curtis he said he wasn’t feeling well and Damon was coughing too. By the time I got home Saturday Curtis and Damon were both pretty miserable and Luke was still not 100%. So we spent the rest of the weekend at home trying to get everyone well again. I was still feeling well and told Curtis, “Mom’s don’t get sick.” Well, maybe if I wouldn’t have said that I wouldn’t have gotten sick, but no, I now have it too. But everyone else is starting to get better so we’re hoping it will end with me! I was going to do a couple of videos today but all I want to do is curl up on the couch and sleep so maybe later this week.

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Eggs and Allergy shots

Well, last week was an exciting week. Not only did Luke get his haircut, but Damon started his allergy shots. He did pretty well. He goes once a week to get a shot for the next 44 weeks. Each week up until the 44 weeks they increase the amount of allergens they are injecting and at 44 weeks it is the maximum amount. At that time we are hoping to be able to give them to him at home (or have a friend do them) so we don’t have to take him in each week. After that it will take anywhere from 2-5 years for him to be done with the shots. We are hoping for closer to 2, but we’ll take what we can get. He did really well. He cried just for a second then we had to wait there for 30 minutes after to make sure he didn’t have a reaction. So the boys got to play (and fight) over all the toys in the allergists office!
I think I had mentioned in an earlier post about the possibility of Damon having an egg allergy. He had shown positive for an egg allergy at his food testing in December, but we were all hoping it was a false positive. Unfortunately it was not and we are pretty sure that eggs are the cause of his eczema. We have gone egg-free for about three weeks now and he is doing pretty well. His eczema has almost completely cleared up, which is new for us since he’s had it since he was just a few months old. But taking eggs out of a diet is difficult. I can’t believe I thought tree nuts were hard! Grocery shopping has become a difficult task once again as I have to look at every label to see if he can or can’t eat something. The hardest thing is pasta. Most store-bought pasta is not made with eggs, but processed in a facility that processes eggs. So I’m still on a search for pasta that doesn’t have eggs and isn’t $4 for a small package. I bought some stuff called Egg Replacer and have used it a few times in things like pancakes and cookies. The boys seem to like it, so I guess we have found a temporary fix. Curtis and I don’t love it so I’m still searching. I’ve actually been doing some research on Duck eggs. Apparently the protein in duck eggs is different than in chicken eggs and many people who have egg allergies can still eat duck eggs without a problem. I found some duck eggs through a local food coop, so we may try and order some this month and see how he does. I’m really hoping that this can be a solution for us but we’ll just have to see.
Damon has adjusted to this new allergy well. We talked about him being allergic to eggs and nuts and he can tell you that he can’t eat those things. In fact a few days ago I was getting ready to make breakfast for the boys and I asked them what they wanted, after not getting a response I asked, not thinking, if they wanted eggs. Damon looked at me like I was a crazy person and said, “Mom, I am allergic to eggs!” I was proud of him for knowing what he can and can not have.
We’ve started having Saturday movie night with the boys and it’s been a lot of fun watching movies as a family. The boys get really excited about a new movie each week. Last week we watched Jungle Book and this week we saw Toy Story. They enjoyed both movies. Luke’s attention span isn’t quite as long as Damon’s so he’ll make it about halfway through the movie before he starts getting distracted but it’s still fun. If you have any movie suggestions, let us know.

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