Monday, March 19, 2012

Let the Dirt Eating Begin!

We have been spending a lot of time outside in the past few weeks- it has been so nice to get out of the house, even if we just ended up sitting out in the front yard.  CJ seems to love exploring in the grass and getting dirty! 
It's also been fun starting to see him interact with other kids.  Even though most of the time we have to pull the babies apart because they are either crawling over each other or pulling on hair, it's still cool to see them being social. 
The little girls in the neighborhood love CJ!

Party on St. Patrick's Day!
I still have been taking the usual pictures of CJ around the house- but have also started to play around with my camera more outside.  At some point, especially since the trees are all blooming now I would love to drive around rural Loudoun County and take some pictures, but that is going to take some planning since I'll have the little man with me.  Anyone know of some good spots? 

My parents were up for a visit- they are so excited about CJ crawling, and my dad loves playing with the train...

I know this is a crappy picture, but thought it would be neat taking a picture of our cherry tree at night.  I used a really slow shutter speed, but also should have used a tripod.  It was cold out though so I was lazy.

Playing around with my telephoto lens- I need to use it more often!

Flip flop time!  Time for a pedicure!

I visited my friend Sharon who just had a baby- CJ like playing with their dog Milo's toys. 

I love taking pictures of trees against a blue sky.  This tree is probably bloomed now!

Acting goofy
At MacDowell Brew Kitchen for a drink- pit stop on a long walk through town on Sunday
Although we have been enjoying the weather a lot in the past week, we have also had to deal with some major teething.  CJ looks like he is about to pop out several teeth so he hasn't been in the best of moods.  One day he was hysterical for the first half of the day, but then snapped out of it and was perfectly happy the rest of the of the day.  I guess we can blame that on teething, but you never do know.  I took CJ to have a follow up ultrasound last week as well.  Back in the fall CJ had an ultrasound when we had the whole pink spot in the diaper episode and it was found that one of his ureters was a bit enlarged.  The nephrologist said that many babies have this issue but grow out of it, so we should just have another ultrasound in the spring.  Well, what we thought may be closure to this whole annoying situation (he hasn't had the crystals since we started formula and solid foods) turned out to be not.  We found out that CJ's kidneys are functioning and growing just fine, but the enlargement in the ureter has gotten worse.  The technical term is "Mild Pelviectasis."  We now need to take him in for more tests to see what is causing the issue.  The nurse said it could be urine reflux or some sort of obstruction, and to not be alarmed.  Of course I still am, and when I found out that we couldn't get an appointment until the beginning of May, I pushed for something earlier and got the doctor to see us mid-April.  I guess that is better than them wanting us to come in right away- then we really would have been worried.  It seems also from the info that I received from the nurse that whatever it is it just makes him more susceptible to infection, so I guess we'll see!  It's hard to even think about something wrong with CJ; he is eating, sleeping, growing, and aside from the teething, happy!
Flowers Kev brought home to cheer me up after dealing with a teething baby and bad news

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