Monday, August 25, 2008

Back to School

Today was Drew's First Day back to School. This is his second year of Pre-K at the Elementary School, as he started last winter after he turned 3. He is in the 3 year old class again this year. Next year he will be in the 4 year old class, and then off to Kindergarten in the fall of 2010!

This is what Drew thought of my idea of taking some cute first day of school pictures..... obviously this didn't go so well... Just imagine a cute little smile on his cranky face....

Once we headed for the door, Drew was a little more happy to let me take a picture. He looks like such a big boy!

Let's go already! I just want to note that his backpack is actually much smaller than a normal size backpack. It still looks huge on him though! The funny thing is that I don't really think he grasped the concept of the summer vacation from school. Every few days during break, he would put his backpack on and say "go to school." He was definitely ready to get back to school!

It was starting to rain, so while we waited outside for a little bit, Drew was playing with the umbrella.

Of course his little engineer brain had to take a minute to try to figure out.

Drew had a great first day!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Last Summer Hoorah!

Today was the last Friday before school starts! Tiffanie from Three Peas and I decided to take the kids to the zoo for one last hoorah before school started. Her son and Drew are in the same class at school, and love to get together to play. We packed up her 3 kiddos and Drew in her van and headed on a little road trip.

Drew playing in the sand at the kid zone at the zoo.

Drew getting brave on the playground at the zoo.

Yes, we did see animals, I just didn't take pictures of the animals. I guess I was more concerned about getting a few pictures of the kids. We never did manage to get all of the kids in one picture together. We had a great time though and it was a beautiful day. It was still a little warm (right around 80 degrees), but it was the coolest day we have had in a LONG time.

On another note.... Today is Tony's Birthday! Happy Birthday Daddy!!

Drew woke Tony up this morning saying 'Happy Birthday Daddy!'

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Stop the Itching!

Poor Drew, he has had eczema for as long as I can remember. We have done the basic hydrocortisone for the last year and it really hasn't made a difference. Drew has finally started sleeping more than 4 hours per night and for the longest time he now gets up around 2 am every night screaming. We realized in the last few weeks that he is also itching like crazy when he gets up. He usually will go back to sleep, but after a lot of fussing. He is just miserable. We also notice that when he takes a nap, he wakes up itching and scratching.

I finally decided enough was enough and talked to the doctor about it. She gave us a Rx for an eczema cream (which insurance will NOT approve-lovely) and a Rx for an antihistimine to give him before bed and naps. She is also having us give him fish oil and milk of magnesia in addition to his multi-vitamin. She said that there is studies about fish oil with autism and with eczema so it definitely is to his benefit.

The dose he has to take is pretty high. She told me it was going to be hard to find a pallatable fish oil for him, but I found one! Looking at the ones in the regular store (chewables) he would have to have 10 or more per day and that bottle would go fast! So Drew and I headed to the Vitamin Shoppe and the salesman recommended Carlson for Kids fish oil. It is a liquid and Drew LOVES it!! It is lemon flavored, and he loves it so much that I can use it as a bargaining tool! It was not cheap, but it should last us quite a while.

The great news is that as long as I give Drew the antihistimine he sleeps through the night. He is sleeping 10-11 hours per night on a regular basis now and does not wake up itching. I have forgotten to give it to him a couple nights and every time he wakes up at 2 am.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Zoo Trip with Aunt Alyssa

Drew had a great time with Aunt Alyssa this week. Of course, I'm sure Alyssa was ready to get home to sleep in without Drew running around like a wild man at 6 am, and screaming "wake up lazy beans." Poor Alyssa, it's a good thing she isn't a light sleeper! ....and Alyssa, he tells anyone who is sleeping, 'wake up lazy beans' so it isn't just you. He seems to get a kick out of waking us up in the morning by saying that. Drew is such a morning person.

Alyssa and Drew got plenty of bonding time over the last week or so. Drew loved cuddling up with Aunt Alyssa and playing computer games at night. Alyssa quickly realized, that Drew really DOES know how to read, as he would recite her IM's back to her as she typed to her friends. Nothing slips by him.
Alyssa got some great vacation time, relaxing, going to movies, shopping, shopping, more shopping, and having lots of fun with Drew!
We packed up the car and headed to the zoo on one day of her trip. It was super hot, but we had lots of fun. After the zoo, we headed to the pool to cool off. Here are a few pictures from the zoo.
We had a great time having you here Alyssa! Hopefully we can do it again next year!

Aunt Alyssa helping Drew onto the Elephant Statue.

Drew driving the helicopter

Alyssa taking a break in the misting tree.

Drew hatching out of the eggs.

Alyssa and Drew talking about the monkey.

Alyssa took this picture of Drew and me. We hardly ever see pictures of me and Drew, because I am always the one taking them!

Thanks for visiting Alyssa! We had a great time!!!!

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