Friday, January 16, 2009


After a chest X-ray and a thorough examination by our family doctor it has been determined that Joey doesn't have croup or pneumonia, he has bronchiolitis caused by RSV (a common respiratory virus in kids). He hasn't gotten any worse, and Advil seems to calm the coughing well enough. He's missed nursery school this week, along with his very first walker class which started yesterday, since he would have been around other kids and I didn't want to be "that" Mom who exposes her sick kid to other kids, but today he has physiotherapy and we're heading out soon.

This poor kid just can't catch a break! It seems like we've been on a cycle since October of two weeks sick, one week healthy. Luckily Jason and I have avoided catching this one, it's no fun caring for a sick kid but it's REALLY no fun if we're sick too. So hopefully he'll continue to improve over the weekend and be ready to go back to nursery school next week.

Joey still hasn't met his new cousin, but hopefully he'll be well enough by Sunday so Jodi and Jason can bring him over for a visit. I can't wait!

- P, J & J

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


I'm all warm and fuzzy about Baby Ty wearing some of Joey's newborn clothes and of course I had to take pictures. This is an outfit that my mom bought for Joey, he didn't fit into it until he was about 6 weeks old. He weighed 6 lbs 11oz at birth:

And here's Ty, 7 lbs 3 oz at birth, fitting into the same outfit right away!

I remember when Joey was born and all of the medical professionals going on about his "low muscle tone", and me, not having anything to compare him with, thought they were all crazy. I kept saying "but he's just a baby! He's not going to sit up on his own or anything!" but then I dressed Ty the other day and wow, did I feel the difference. That resistance in his little limbs, where you gently have to pry the arms and legs down to get them into the clothes...Joey really never had that. he was my little dolly, I could get him easily into anything because he was so loose and floppy. Now I get it.

So my poor baby is dealing with the croup I think. I took him to the doctor on Monday and she suspected early stages of croup or even possibly pneumonia, but it wasn't bad enough to send me rushing to the hospital. The Doc gave me a requisition for a chest x-ray and told me to take him in if he got any worse. Well, it's officially worse. He coughed so badly last night that it triggered his extremely strong gag reflex and he threw up his dinner. He has been coughing all night but like the sweet kid that he is he didn't complain, just fell right back asleep each time. I'm still waiting for him to wake up in order to decide about bringing him in. It's -31 here today, so I don't look forward to bringing a sick kid out in this weather. And then there's the method of x-raying the chest of a small child...he's had it done once before and basically they put his arms over his head and enclose him in a big tube sitting upright, with this plastic case snapped tight around his chest to keep him still. Ugh. Jason calls this machine the "iron maiden" and really, it does resemble some sort of torture device. Joey was only 7 months old when he had it done last time and I remember him bawling and me bawling, it was awful :(

Wish us luck!

- P, J and a croupy J

Monday, January 12, 2009

Joey's Cousin is Here!

Baby Ty made his entrance to the world 10 days late on January 10, weighing 7 lbs 3 oz!!! Jodi had a rough labour which ended up in a c-section, but Ty is absolutely perfect and Jodi is recovering amazingly well. We are so excited to welcome him to the family! Jason and I are officially a Zia and Zio (aunt and uncle in Italian). We went and visited last night and met him for the first time, he is incredibly adorable and very laid back. Here are some pictures of the new little guy:

The lighting in the hospital room wasn't the greatest to work with, so he looks a bit more red and his hair looks much darker than it is in person. I ended up changing most of the pictures to black and white to minimize the redness so you could see how truly adorable he really is!

Unfortunately Joey hasn't met Ty yet, and probably won't for a few days. He's not feeling the greatest, and with Papa Roy having pneumonia and Gramma Phyllis coughing a lot too I'm worried he may have something contagious so he'll have to wait until he's better to meet his new cousin. I have a doctor's appointment for myself today, and while I generally don't run to the doctor's office for every sickness Joey gets (and he's had A LOT of colds since starting nursery school) this one is accompanied by a fever that spikes pretty high at times, so I think I'll get him checked out just in case if he wakes up again this morning with a fever.

Welcome to the world Baby Ty!

- P, J & J

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy New Year!

Now that I can see how many visitors come to our blog regularly I feel the pressure to post more often. Life is now in a bit of a lull, so I have time, but I know we'll go back to the craziness soon. It feels like the holidays officially end tomorrow and then we can all hunker down for a long winter. Normally I would hate this time of year, such a long stretch until April when we go to Florida, but there's so much to be excited about!

First, Jason and I will be a Zia and Zio very soon (aunt and uncle, in Italian) and Joey will be getting his first cousin. I honestly expected this baby would have been here by now, but we're all still waiting anxiously.

Second, we're going full-steam ahead with plans to have baby #2 (second and definitely last baby for us). I hope we're blessed like we were with Joey, there really wasn't much work involved in his conception...we were married at the end of March 2005 and I was pregnant by July!

It feels like our entire world has done a complete roundabout in just under a week. I'm looking forward to getting back into our normal routine, and to welcoming a new member to our family sometime in the future, something I couldn't say for sure just a week ago. It's a gamble, since we really don't know what's "wrong" with Joey, but we're usually pretty lucky...we did get married in Vegas after all. And how could we not have another child, look how gorgeous the first one is:

We DO make beautiful children :)
- P, J & J