Thursday, September 29, 2005

MORE teeth, Dancing, Fall? and Allergy Upgrades

Houston we have FOUR teeth!

For the last week or so, Kian has been whiney and complaining a lot. That’s usually not like him! Last week I noticed a tooth was getting ready to poke through…one that is next to his top two front teeth. Well, a few days ago I got a chance to look in there again and noticed a molar had poked through and he is getting his eye teeth on the bottom…from what I hear those eye teeth are some of the most painful. From what I can tell he has about 4 bulges right now in his gums! Gosh! I can’t wait for all this teeth to be in!

Kian could also use your prayers...he's got a runny nose and an on and off fever I think from teething...he's miserable at keep him in your thoughts.

Kian’s new tasks this week are…

Every week it seems that Kian is into something new! We have sliding doors that hide our washer and dryer and he has recently learned to open them. I am waiting to hear screams from him getting his fingers stuck…but he actually hasn’t so far…I am thinking about trying to get something so he won’t be able to open it at all.

He also has learned to climb on top of our shabby-sheik trunk! He likes to throw his toys behind it and once he was trying to get one of them and he climbed on top! Once he was up there I could tell he was a little scared being up there lol! To be honest, I was scared too! He’s quite a daredevil!

He’s a Dancin’ Machine!

Yeah, Kian has finally learned to dance! My friend Angela noticed him dancing one day a few weeks ago so no when I see him bobbing up and down I encourage him to do it more hehe It’s so cute because he dances to EVERYTHING! The music on toys..I never thought he would get down to “I’ve Been Workin’ On The Railroad,” music that is played over head in stores, music that’s on TV….we sure had fun when Bon Jovi was on Oprah last week! He really liked that!


Please, autumn hurry up and get here! Today it was in the 90’s! Is it really the end of September or is it July!?!?! It cooled off for a while up here and then it warmed back up again. They say it will cool off into the 70’s this weekend and I can’t wait for it! I just went out and bought Kian’s fall wardrobe and now all those nice new things (and nicely used items I got on ebay) are just waiting for him!

Allergy Upgrades

Yeah, we did all our allergy upgrades for our Mr. Turkey Toes. I am so thankful that we have a subscription to Consumer Reports because the air purifiers that people were suggesting to me (Ionic Breeze from Sharper Image) was rated one of the worst out there (mainly because it puts out a toxin from it’s exhaust…yeah, weird that an air purifier would pollute the air!). Anyway, I am glad we did our homework! We ended up getting a great deal on the purifier we got through (it wasn’t in stores). It has a HEPA filter which is what the allergist suggested.

We also got a new vacuum! Thanks to a nice 20% off coupon at Bed Bath and Beyond I saved us over $50 on it! We needed to get a vacuum with a HEPA filter on it since I am now vacuuming daily (well, I try to!) This vacuum was rated #1 by Consumer Reports and I have to say that it was worth it! It’s so much easier to use than my other Hoover (both our new and former vacuums are Hoovers) and all the tools are on board so I don’t have to go searching for anything!

We feel like Kian has already made leaps and bounds of progress…now if his teeth would stop this runny nose thing from happening I could get him off the Pulmicort for a while! Good news is that he hasn’t had any wheezing at all! :) That makes us all very happy!

Stain Removal Recipe

Wow! An online friend of mine shared this receipe for stain removal on our message board and IT REALLY WORKS! I used it on some of Kian’s clothes that I was unable to get stains out of and they were gone right before my very eyes! I also used it on a shirt I got for him from ebay that had a very small stain on it and now it’s gone!!!

The reciepe is as follows:

You need Oxyclean powder and Boiling water (yeah, I know it’s weird).

Wet the stain
Rub some powder on it
Pour the boiling water over it and let it sit for a while
Wash like you normally do

That’s it! No fading or anything! I actually did this in my kitchen sink and I saw the stains disappear right as the boiling water hit them! I let the water cool down until I could handle the clothing…not only did it get the stains out but it also gave me a clean sink LOL

I will be using it on EVERYTHING! This even worked on some clothes I had put through the dryer! Amazing!

Friday, September 16, 2005

Update on Kian’s Allergy Tests and other things

Update on Kian’s Allergy Tests

Jamie and I went to see Kian’s allergy doctor yesterday. Kian is HIGHLY allergic to peanuts as well as dogs and cats :( The doctor said that these are usually life long allergies.

With the peanuts we have avoid ALL nuts since they might be processed in the same place with peanuts. And ANY products that say they are processed with peanuts or nuts. That might even mean that if Kian goes to a birthday party that we bring our own cake and ice cream for him because we know it’s safe (that is something the doctor said that parents do). :( We are also supposed to not let Kian have ANY fish of any kind until he’s three as that can be a high allergen too. He was not allergic to any other foods that he was tested for.

As for the cat and dog allergy, the doctor gave us ideas of what we can do to keep the dander and things down in our house. We have already done a lot of these things and they have helped A LOT. (those things were keeping the animals out of Kian’s room and keeping the door shut all the time as well as vacuuming more often.) We saw the significance of that over the last few weeks because I got a cold (for the first time before Kian) and Kian got it but did great and had no wheezing thanks to the Pulimcort to prevent that. We are now looking into buying an HEPA air filter and a new vacuum with a HEPA filter too. I will be vacuuming everyday now.

We feel right now that things are significantly better but in a few months we are going to reevaluate everything to make sure that Kian is thriving.

Funny thing that Jamie brought up a while ago is that before Kian was born and we knew he was a boy we called him "Peanut" - isn't that strange! lol! I guess we will need to be careful with a nick name next time...maybe not after a food! ;)

Fall is Quickly Approaching!

Well, this week we started to pull out our long sleeved stuff. It’s starting to get cooler around here. In fact, I just went though Kian’s things and tried on some shirts I thought would still fit him and he only had ONE long sleeved shirt that he could wear! Thankfully last weekend there were quite a few sales so I was able to pick up some stuff for him…and I also won an auction on ebay for some shirts too. I’m trying to gear myself up for a little bit cooler winter than the one we had in San Luis Obispo.

Our New Friend :)

Yes, I made a new friend :) Her name is Angela and she is the girlfriend of one of the guys who worked at Oddworld and went to EA before it shut down (he helped get Jamie’s foot in the door at EA). We have been getting together every week for the last month or so. It’s been nice to have someone to get together with, talk and go and do things with. She is so nice and Kian LOVES her :)

Well, that’s all the update I have so far from our boring little lives here in Sunnyvale.