“Be Gentle, Damien”

I was sitting next to Damien on the couch this morning and he pops up from eating his bottle to start slapping my arm with a big smile on his face as though he was showing me affection. I decided it was a great opportunity to try to encourage him to learn to be gentler since he’ll be in the company of cats this week. 

What Went Wrong?

After looking at countless ads and conducting a couple interviews with people, Scott and I finally found a babysitter (Staci) that we felt comfortable with and who was close and affordable. Oh, and watched kids on the weekends. So tonight was the first time we used her and it didn’t go as planned. It was supposed to be from 2-6pm. Just a 4 hour period to see how he’d do and Scott and I just went home to watch some TV and relax since he starts work at 7:30pm. About an hour and a half after we left, she calls us because Damien has been crying nonstop and the only way for him to even be somewhat calm is if she’s holding him. He didn’t want to play or eat anything either. So of course, Scott and I go get him. We don’t know what happened. During the interview, Damien was super comfortable and playful. But I guess 10 min after we left him there, he was upset. We’re also not sure if he was scared of their dog. Really friendly dog and all, but Staci even put him behind a gate so the dog wasn’t bothering Damien. We’ll have to try again some other time. I just didn’t think this was going to be an issue.

PT Test (Round 3)

I took my PT test today and I passed! Yay, I’m so happy! About 4 months of working out 5 days a week (2 of those days were strength training with a personal trainer), and I am finally where I need to be. It’s a great feeling.  Compared to my first failure, I dropped 2 inches on my waist, ran 1 min faster, did 18 more pushups and 3 more situps. I suppose it doesn’t seem like much in 6 months, but I’m happy anyways. Now I just need to maintain this and I’ll be set for the rest of my Air Force career. I would still like to lose 20lbs. Someday 🙂

Hearing Test

I took Damien in for his hearing test today. I was SO proud of him because he was so well behaved. Anyways, the lady said it appears that he has some fluid (no infection) and it’s common for children his age and that it could sometimes affect his ability to hear sounds as clearly as he should…which COULD cause speech delays if it’s on-going. So a follow up appointment is scheduled for the end of Nov to see if it clears up, stays the same, or gets worse…and then go from there. If it’s still an issue, they’ll refer us to a ear/nose/throat person and maybe put in some tubes. So I guess we’ll see what happens.

Lazy Bones

I’m not really sure what to do about Damien and his lack of desire to walk. He’s quite ridiculous about it. Scott and I will try to have him walk to each other, but it becomes a game to him in which he just lets himself drop and then laughs. He’s also developed a habit of becoming dead weight if he thinks he’s getting picked up. Like if I reach out my arms to him, he just goes limp. *sigh* What am I going to do with him?

I’m not sure, but I think he is making more of a variety of sounds…or at least more multiple sounds. No words yet, but maybe he’s improving. So hard to tell.

Damien and I will be spending a lot more Mother/Son time together in October because Scott’s going back to night shift. Since his weekends will be Thursdays and Fridays and he’ll be sleeping a lot during my weekends…I need to come up with something for Damien and I to do together. I took him for a 35 min walk today in our village. I need other things too though…maybe something where he could be a little more active. Not much to do since he’s not walking. I need ideas!