Sunday, February 27, 2011


Woodbridge - Sunday was finally warm enough to go outside and play with the scooter Santa brought him...yay.  Mommy put all of his protective gear on and he was off.  He liked to push it or be pushed, but he is starting to get how the scooter really works.  The scooter will be lots of fun when the weather gets really nice.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Rough Week

This past week was a difficult one for Ryan.  He had six doctor appointments in one week and he really isn't even sick.  As previously noted, Ryan has a bump on his chest that is being treated by an ENT.  He had a CT Scan on February 7th that revealed a cyst that did not go into any tissue or bone (thank goodness). 

The week started last Sunday with a minor fever before nap time.  The day before he completed a round of antibiotics.  He kept the fever on and off until the following morning.  Daddy stayed home with Ryan and Mommy checked in with the ENT about the fever.  They insisted that he be brought in to his pediatrician to make sure everything was OK.  The pediatrician said he was fine, but put him back on the antibiotic.

Tuesday he did not see a doctor and enjoyed a full day of school.  On Wednesday we headed back to the ENT to follow up on the CT Scan.  She said it was a cyst that needed to be removed, but we needed to get the infection under control.  We scheduled a surgery for March 18th to remove the cyst and was instructed to follow up with his pediatrician to get an antibiotic shot. 

On Thursday we were back at the pediatrican for what Mommy thought would be a quick in and out.  Unfortunately they were unsure how Ryan would react to the shot, so he had to get a dose of Benedryk first, wait for 20 mintues for that to get in his system and then he got the shot.  It was a pretty brutal shot, one in each leg at the same time.  We then had to wait another 20 mintues to make sure he didn't have a reaction to the shot.  The shot also had lydocain, so Mommy then had to take Ryan home to make sure his legs worked.  Around lunch time, Ryan was finally off to school.

If Thursday wasn't bad enough, Friday was 100 times worse.  Mommy and Ryan were back to the pediatrican to get a second dose of the antibiotic shot.  Again, Mommy thought it would be a quick in and out because we didn't have to wait to see if he had a reaction because he didn't the day before.  When the doctor came to exam his bump, she noticed that it has changed from a solid mass to something more fluidy.  She said it needed to be drained.  She contacted our ENT, who wanted to see us right away.  Mommy and Ryan headed to the second doctor for the day where we proceeded to wait for nearly an hour to be seen.

As we waited in the play area, Ryan began to scream and be rather rude.  Mommy took him outside of the office for a time out, but that backfired.  It was right next to the bank of elevators, which Ryan has becomed fascinated with since we started seeing this ENT.  When we went back inside the office, Ryan started doing again what he ended up in time out for in the first place and then yelling time out, trying to get Mommy to put him back in time out near the elevator.  (His plan did not work and Mommy did not take him Out).

The ENT examined the bump and decided she would drain it there in the office.  It was very difficult for Mommy to watch because they strapped him to the table and held his head while she got the puss and fluid out.  After it was all over, the ENT still wanted us to get another dose of the antibiotic.  That was scheduled for Saturday.  Mommy decided that Ryan deserved a treat and took him for a Happy Meal before going to school.

On Saturday, Mommy and Daddy took him back to the pediatrican for his second dose of the antibiotic.  It went much better this time around because Mommy came equipped with Goldfish crackers and M&Ms.  We took him home for a yummy hot dog for lunch and a good nap.

On Monday, Mommy has to call the ENT to see if they got a culture result from what was drained from his bump.  Ryan may have to go back for a third dose of the antibiotic or he may be put on a new oral medicine.  Hopefully soon we will have this all fixed and be done.  However, we don't expect another week like this last one.

Ryan's Favorite Jams

Ryan loves to sing songs.  From the time he gets up in the morning, through meal times, until the time he goes to bed he is singing or making requests for Mommy and Daddy to sing.  Here are the top requests:

8. Pinkle ("Twinkle Twinkle Little Star") - He doesn't request this song, but he sings it from beginning to end by himself.

7. ABC ("The Alphabet Song") - He will either sing it alone or sing parts while someone else sings other parts.  He is the leader at school with this song when the teachers stop.

6. Meatball ("On Top of Spaghetti) - It used to be a favorite, but has slipped on the Ryan charts lately.

5. Row Row ("Row Row Row Your Boat") - He loves to sing that one and scream at the end.

4. Bus ("Wheels On the Bus") - A previous number one hit, this song is still requested nearly daily.  His favorite part is when the driver says move on back.  He even does all the hand motions.  Often times he insists on certain verses and will quickly tell you no if you are not singing the part he wants to sing.

3. Rudolph ("Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer") - This is a common request.  Sometime it is requested by just saying nose.

2. Hokey Dokey ('Hokey Pokey) - Number 2 with a bullet, it has quickly become a favorite since Mommy revived it recently.  When he "shakes it all about" he shakes both arms, despite the body part that you are singing about.

1. LaLa ("Deck the Halls") - Yes...Christmas has been over for nearly two months, but it has to be Ryan's favorite song.  This song has held the top spot since just after Thanksgiving.  It holds a new record at the top spot.  In the past few weeks he is finally able to sing most of the song while Mommy or Daddy sings it. 

Checking the Sales

Woodbridge - Before heading out for the Saturday shopping, Ryan decided to check out the sales and see where we could get the best deals.  While he ate his Cheerios, he read the sales ads.  He did determine that Wegman's was still the best place for us to go. 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Cinematographer

Ryan took the video camera and made his own movie.  It is really a silent flick.  This is partially the world through Ryan's eyes.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Vacuum Cleaner

Woodbridge - Ryan has never liked the vacuum cleaner.  Whenever Daddy would vacuum the house, Mommy would have to hold Ryan as he kept teling Daddy to put the vacuum cleaner away.  We tried giving him his own vacuum cleaner (which he loved to play with until it broke), but it never got him over his fear of the vacuum at home.

This weekend Mommy and Daddy bought a Dyson.  We took Ryan with us to pick it out and he helped Daddy asssemble it.  On Sunday morning Daddy vacuumed the house with Ryan's help.  He wanted to help clean up and drive the vacuum around the bedroom.  After a while he did want it put away, but at least Mommy didn't have to hold him the whole time.  Mommy and Daddy consider this huge progress.  Maybe it is a respect for an awesome vacuum cleaner. 

Thank You Aunt Mickey and Flip

Woodbridge via Maine - Ryan got a birthday present in the mail on Friday from Aunt Mickey and Flip.  They sent him a cool learning pad for  letters.  It also sings the ABC song (one of Ryan's favorites).  Thanks Aunt Mickey and Flip for another cool learning toy for Ryan.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


Ryan is currently being treated for a cyst growing on his chest.  In a months time it grew from nearly pea size to larger than gumball size.  His pediatricain referred him to an ENT.  The ENT sent him for a CT Scan.  Fortunately the CT Scan has show that the cyst has not gone into the bone or tissue.  We will visit the ENT again next week to see what the next step will be.  Until that time Ryan will be on 2 antibiotics to try to combat the infection that has made the cyst grow so large.

Ryan calls it his bump.  He did great at the CT Scan when they put him under and when he woke up.  Mommy and Daddy were very proud.

Here is a picture of Ryan and his bump.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Birthday Party

Gloucester - One week after Ryan's birthday we celebrated with an awesome party with friends and family.  It was a fun celebration with a Mickey Mouse theme, yummy food (Yay Chic-fil-a nugget tray), cake, presents and fun play.  There was even a pinata.  Ryan got LOTS of cool toys and some nice clothes.  Thanks to everyone that came to celebrate.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

After a year of Flashback Photos, it is time to move onto something new.  Each Wednesday will be a Wordless Wednesday.  There will just be a picture posted with no explanation (unless absolutely necessary).  Hope you enjoy the first installment.