Tuesday, July 31, 2012

And There's More

And..Friday made doctors visit #2 and hospital emergency room visit #2.
Our GP was still concerned, and agreed with me that the problem with Cohen's leg was/is unlikely to be an allergic reaction to something, so referred us up to the Paediatric emergency department. We spent about six hours there, only to be sent home with no more answers...nor did they do any tests. Cohen's leg did flare up fairly badly while we were at the hospital, which was good in a way. Of course, after they gave him some pain relief, he felt much better, and that's when they decided to send us home. I was not impressed.
I went out to a friend's place on Saturday afternoon, and Cohen's leg was fine all day Saturday, but just before I left my friend's place to come home, I got a text from Simon saying Cohen was crying. I called - it was his leg again. By the time I got home, Cohen was pretty much back to normal, but Simon had videoed it. The redness which usually would only be on the lower half of his left leg was now all over both his arms and legs. The poor little boy was miserable and I felt so awful that I wasn't home to cuddle him. Daddy was though, so that's just as good :-)
Sunday morning we had him at the After Hours GP clinic. He told us there was nothing he could do and told us to go back to our usual GP during the week to get a full blood screen done. We got an appointment this morning. The doctor didn't even look at Cohen. He just told us that blood work wouldn't do anything.
The thing is, Cohen's leg isn't coming up red and super painful now. His last 'episode' was the one on Saturday night. But...all day Sunday, Monday and then today, he has been limping. All day. But we think it's improving, there were quite a few times today when we had to look very hard to see if he was even limping at all. We are going to keep a very close eye on him, and if the limp is still there on Thursday/Friday, or if it gets worse, or he has another 'episode' before then, we will be straight up to the Paediatric ER demanding they do tests. It's just not normal for a two-year old to limp.
It is so frustrating that the doctors and ERs keep palming us off to each other, and noone is giving us any answers, or doing anything to get any answers.
Cohen seems fine within himself, if a little more cuddly than usual...but he also has a bit of a cold at the moment (as does Kase). He isn't jumping as much as he usually does, but he's still climbing, and getting into mischief. I just want, and need, some answers. It's not fair on him :-(

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Emergency Room Visit #1

Today has been such an incredibly long and stressful day. It was never going to be a good day, just because of what today is, but it could have been better than how it ended up being.

This morning was pretty good, we had Toddler Time at the library, and both boys actually got involved and had a great time! They usually do love it, but they often spend half the time running around the children's area, playing with the trains, and trying to Skype Nana on the computer. From there, Simon caught the bus to work, and the boys and I ran a few errands before heading home for lunch.

It was after lunch that everything kind of fell apart. And it kind of goes back to Monday afternoon. Cohen and Kason spent a fair amount of time playing outside in the afternoon, and when we came back inside for dinner, I noticed that half of Cohen's left leg was a bit red. I didn't think much of it, he seemed fine.
Tuesday morning, it was a different story. Just after I brushed his teeth, he was walking down the hallway back to the lounge when he suddenly just starting crying and limping. His leg was red and hot and he just wanted Daddy to pick him up, and he would grizzle and cry if he was set down and he just didn't want to put any weight on his leg.
It was strange, and really worried me so I called HealthDirect to see what they suggested we do. They said to take him to the doctor within four hours. We called all the GP clinics nearby, and couldn't get in anywhere, so we went up to the SuperClinic to see if we could get a 'walk-in' appointment. By the time we got to the carpark, his leg was fine, and he was fine. We decided not to worry about the doctors, and just to keep a close eye on him.
Tuesday night, right before the boys' bath, his leg got sore again - same thing. I gave him some nurofen and ducked over to my neighbour's place with both boys to see what she thought. We decided to get him to the doctors, and managed to get them to wait until we got there before they closed. Of course, by the time we got there, his leg was fine again. The doctor was still rather concerned though, and gave me a referral letter and instructions to take Cohen straight to the hospital if it happened again. He also gave us a referral for an x-ray which we had done yesterday (Wednesday).

This morning, Cohen was fine, but after lunch I was changing Kason's nappy and Cohen started screaming in pain again. His leg had come up red and hot again and he did not want to put any weight on it. I quickly packed a bag for Kason and rushed him over to our neighbour's house and drove Cohen to the hospital emergency room. Needless to say, by the time we'd waited for over an hour (I have to say, I was pretty impressed at the short waiting time!), he was back to normal! The small chance of it being a bone infection was pretty much ruled out by his clear x-ray, so the hospital doctors decided that it is most likely 'contact urticaria', an allergy. I'm not convinced at all. I don't think that an allergy would cause him so much pain.

Ten minutes after being home, it started again, so we (Simon came home from work after I called to tell him I was in the emergency room with Cohey) took him over to the doctors across the road...but it was much too busy and they could not get us in. It went down fairly quickly this time, but then came up again with a vengence just before his bath. For the rest of the evening, he was crying and just wanted cuddles with me, and to lie on the couch. This is the same child who won't even sit still for five minutes to watch his favourite Wiggles DVD, and who doesn't even cry when he gets his vaccinations.

It's really worrying me. We are planning on being at the doctors clinic first thing tomorrow morning to get a referral for the Children's hospital (we called them late this afternoon, and were told they wouldn't see us without a GP's referral).

Anyways, he finally fell asleep about 8pm tonight. Here's hoping he gets a good night sleep tonight.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

End of an Era

Right now, as I type, I am listening to Kason and Cohen creating mayhem in their bedroom...they have, overnight it seems, discovered how to climb out of their cots. To be honest, I'm surprised it has taken them this long - they scale most everything else, and were climbing things before they could even walk.
I hate to think of the mess I'll be tidying up in there when I go in to get them...I'm still hoping they'll fall asleep, but I think that the novelty of being able to be out of bed when they are supposed to be sleeping will be too much - even if they did both have a restless night last night (reason for restless night may have to be another post).
Ok, so one boy just started crying, so I went in to make sure all is ok...Kason had both his legs in one leg of his overalls and he was stuck. He had also somehow managed to take his nappy off, while not undoing his overalls at all...I have absolutely no idea how he managed that! Their drawers are almost empty, shoes and toys are covering the floor.
Now, please someone tell me how I can get them to STAY in their cots?! Needless to say, their cots will be being transformed into cot beds tomorrow morning when Simon is home!

Monday, July 23, 2012


Wow, this weekend has been crazy busy! But definitely in a good way!
One of my best friends came to Adelaide on Wednesday last week for work, and she was able to hang out with us all weekend - I picked her up from the city on Friday afternoon and dropped her back to her hotel on Sunday night. We had SO much fun, I absolutely love hanging out with her, and I'm already hanging out for when we get to do it again. She lives in Melbourne, so hopefully it won't be too long away!
Anyways, she met us at Simon's work on Friday arvo, so we {Kason, Cohen & I} dropped him off and picked Leshy up. Got the boys' dinner on the way home, then bath and bed for them and me and Lesh got take-away pizza for our dinner.
Saturday we drove down to Victor Harbor and went to the Wildlife park where we have annual passes, then into Victor for lunch before heading back home. Saturday night I had a fundraising dinner for the Neonatal Unit {they are fundraising for a new $69,000 ventilator). It was such a great night, fantastic food and company! "They" had done such an awesome job with all the decorations, and everything was just amazing! It wasn't a super late night, I think I got home just before midnight (but then stayed up with Simon watching a movie until 2am!).
Sidebar: Just before I got home, I had to stop to let a koala cross the road!!! It was so random! Driving up to it, I thought it was a smallish dog with a limp, but as I got closer, I realised that it was actually a koala! I really wasn't expecting that - it was within 2 minutes of our home, and definitely not in the country! It was pretty cool, though :-)
Sunday was the traditional pancakes, then after a pretty lazy morning, we took the boys to the adventure playground for a few hours, and just as we were about to leave, some friends turned up so we stayed for a bit longer. After dropping Simon and the boys at home, Lesh and I went out for coffee and lunch, and just a catch up. It was so lovely!
The whole weekend went so super quickly though, but we had fun :-)

Lil Sax Boy

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Rocking out!


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My little man reading a book with one of my besties <3



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If you look really closely, you'll see a little joey poking it's head out of it's Mama's pouch - SO precious.



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We bought Kason and Cohen a superhero cape from a market...Superman on one side, Batman on the other. They LOVE them, they love to run around the house saying, "whoosh"!


Style 101

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Yeah, so guess who chose his own clothes...!


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Gorgeous Cohen


Boys in the Kitchen!

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Cohen & Kason reading before bed <3


Thursday, July 12, 2012


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'A' is Cohen and Kason's favourite letter. Every letter they see, they think it's an 'A' - just as every number they see is apparently a '2'!


Favourite Colour

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I don't really have a favourite colour, as such, but I super love the bright colours in my new table runner.


Cheeky Boy

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Just a lil bit ;-)


Run, Cohen, Run!

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Daddy's going to tickle you!!


Day 190

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Kason and Cohen decided this was a good "chair" today!



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Kason LOVES doing somersaults on the couch!


My Sweet Boy

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Lil Cohey Boy


Monday, July 9, 2012

Dancing Fun!

We had such an awesome day yesterday! We had pancakes for breakfast (our Sunday morning family tradition), then played outside until lunch time :-) After lunch, we went DANCING!!! Oh yeah! There was salsa on at a restaurant/bar not too far from here, and it was such a fantastic venue - the dancing was on a mezzanine floor above the main restaurant/bar, just perfect. We took Cohen and Kason along (they've been to something similar a few times before), and they had heaps of fun...especially when the percussionist let them both bang the drums! EVERYONE just kept watching them, and coming over to say 'hi' to them! The cutest moment of the day: Kason and Cohen facing each other, holding both hands, and Kason tried to stand on Cohen's feet to dance (I often dance with them standing on my feet)!! SUPER cute!

We have a pretty busy week this week...totally not what I was expecting when the school holidays started last week, but hey! I'd much rather a busy week than a quiet one :-)


Friday, July 6, 2012

These Crazy Days

Today has been CRAZY busy, but super fun!

We started off with a coffee date at a friends place...we've been attempting this for approximately three months, but for one reason or another, it's been postponed every other time! Jen & Tim have two beautiful boys, who are six and eight (I think...!), and Kason and Cohen had such a super fun morning playing with the bigger boys - and the bigger boys had lots of fun too :-)

After we got home from there, some friends who are over from New Zealand came over for the afternoon. They lived here for a year and left almost 12 months ago, which was the last time they saw Cohen and Kason. We had an awesome afternoon catching up (I went to school with Cqtherine), and we have plans to meet up again on Wednesday before they head back to Melbourne and then back to New Zealand.
They left at about 4:30pm, and dropped Simon at work on their way. It was also about that time that the boys kicked into CRAZY-gear!! I guess because they didn't even have an attempt at a nap (just not worth it with other people in the house), and they had lots of different people to show off to all day! Anyways, whatever the reason, they did. not. stop. until I put them to bed at 7pm...they were sound asleep pretty quickly! I feel much like heading to bed fairly soon myself...I was up until about 2am this morning getting the housework done, and some baking done for today (we didn't know we were catching up with our NZ friends today until last night), so I'm pretty much shattered!

Thankfully, this weekend is Simon's weekend off, and we don't have much planned at all, apart from some salsa dancing on Sunday afternoon, which I'm heaps looking forward to! Hopefully the boys will let us have a dance or two this time!

Have a good one :-)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Our Day

Today's photo prompt was 'best bit of your day'. I don't really have a 'best bit' today, and I certainly didn't get a photo of it, so I decided to write a post about it :-)
After being 'stuck' inside at home all day yesterday, I made sure we got out to the shops this morning with Simon to pick up a couple of things. We got there, only to discover that there was a cute school holiday activity on for little ones. They had decked out an empty shop all in white - white walls, white furniture etc, and the kids could ask for a sheet of ocean-themed stickers from the information desk which they could then stick anywhere in the room! The boys absolutely loved it, and we'll definitely be back to add more stickers before the end of the holidays :-)
Anyways, after we got home (and dropped Simon at the bus stop), Cohen and Kason rode their bikes on the driveway for a bit before lunch. This, and letting them walk at the shops, was part of my plan to actually get them to nap this afternoon...it worked a treat!!! They were both asleep within 45 minutes - this is almost unheard of lately!
After their nap, they both just wanted cuddles and stories snuggled on the couch (with the blanket for Cohen, too, of course)...SO lovely! And they were even cuddling each other, too :-) Dinner was even a success, too.
The time after their bath, and before they go to bed is always really fun, and tonight Kason was practicing his forward rolls - he is scarily awesome at them - and Cohen was trying to figure them out! He's almost got it sorted.
It was just a pretty standard day at home, I guess, but we don't really have many of those - just me and the boys at home for most of the day. It was lovely, though, and I'm now really looking forward to the rest of the holidays :-)

Monday, July 2, 2012


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Today has actually been a relatively quiet day, we've been home all day...I don't even know the last time that happened!!

But, these two boys still keep me super busy on 'quiet' days like today :-)



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This is me, looking a bit worse for wear after a busy day, at about 11pm!


Crafty Weekend!

I can’t believe it's July already!!! It's been fairly quiet around here lately, but I have been doing a bit of crafty stuff.

I am finally super close to finishing the boys' playroom...

I love the little bench seat/storage unit we 'made' for the boys. It's just a skinny bookshelf turned on the side. We got a piece of foam custom fit, and then I made a cover (using drill cotton) for it which can zip off for when it gets dirty. This is what was frustrating me on Friday night. My sewing skills aren't all that flash, and I had it all figured out in my head how this cover was going to work out...but of course it didn't go to plan! It turned out well in the end, and I'm happy with it :-)
The wall stickers are all pretty random, just ones we've picked up here or there, or been given. We put them up in little 'stories'. We figure that we can use them with the boys to create big scenarios and stories. I can't wait to hear what the boys come up with!

I also whipped up the strip rag quilt sitting in the corner of the bench seat. It was so super quick to make, it only took about 2.5 hours from choosing the fabrics (I just used mismatched fabric I had in my stash) to finishing the snipping of the seams. Cohen, especially, absolutely loves it, and I think it's super cute. It was also a good way to keep from having a particular 'theme' for the room.

This morning, the patch for Kason's Wiggles duvet cover arrived from my Mum in New Zealand, so while the boys were down for their 'nap' (that's a whoooole other post!), I ironed and sewed that on, so now his Wiggles bedding is all finished. It's a different patch to Cohen's, which is good.

And above our new dining table, we now have this:

We still have a couple more photos to add at the bottom just to 'even it out' a little bit, but I love it - I think it looks awesome! We put them up last night (I've had them sitting in the frames for about 10 days, but I had to pull the stands off the back so they would hang on the wall), and when Kason and Cohen got up this morning, they noticed them straight away and kept pointing at them and saying, "Wow!! Wow!!" all day! I think they like them too :-)

And that's the end of my crafty stuff for the weekend! But, just to finish off, here's the photo list for July:

I'll probably end up doing what I did in June, and just use it as a 'guide', and if I can't think of something that will work for that day, I'll just post another random photo I take that day - that worked well in June, I didn't have so much pressure on myself to get a particular photo, but I like having the ideas to get something different to what I usually would :-)



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Kason LOVES to kick balls...which is what he is doing here, you just can't see the ball!



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Why yes, his foot *is* in a teapot

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Day 180

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Finally a break in the rain! Means we can get outside to play for a bit!!


Something Cute

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Watching my two beautiful boys playing together so nicely :-)



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Got my water and my book - I'm set!



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Cohen & Daddy jumping