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Greedy

We all know that Ella can eat a whole plate of rice and beans by herself at the Mexican place, but today Rhys repeated her feat. At less than 1 year old, he can take down a whole plate of rice and beans!

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Good Memory

My mom has always told me that even as a child, I had a very good memory. Seems like Ella is the same way.

From the time she was 1.5 and not only remembered where the stroller was parked at Bell Square, but also that it had snacks in it, to today, when she remembered exactly where Elsie had put her boots several hours earlier, even as Kim and I were looking for them.

Winthrop

Every year I want to go to Winthrop, but every year work gets in the way. Now that I stay at home, we finally did go with the Jacobys. And as a bonus, Erica’s aunt owns a cabin there so it was all free! Good times!





Rhys Goes to the Hospital

A week ago, Rhys was admitted into the hospital. One of the scariest experiences of my life.

The day we came back from Winthrop, Rhys felt very lethargic and just wanted to be held and sleep.

Monday was the same, with him sleeping for 5 hrs until I woke him up, not eating or even crawling. Tuesday he has a high fever so I made an appt to see the doctor the next day. I was told he has bronchiolitis, lots of kids get it and recover from it. I was told to watch him and that if he didn’t improve by Friday, that I should go back. Thursday he got even worse and had only had solids twice that week, and even so, only a bit. The tell tell sign was that when I put him on the stairs to go up, which he loves doing, all he could do was cry. I knew something was very wrong.

I was able to make an appt for Friday afternoon. His oxygen levels were low and I was told that he had to go to the ER and would remain there for a couple of nights. Luckily my parents were at the house to watch Ella, so at least she was taken care of.

They immediately put Rhys on oxygen and there were talks of putting him in the ICU, where he would be able to get higher pressure oxygen. Scary moments, but the doctors decided he could go to the regular floor. 

I was there Friday through Sunday night, when Tim came home early from his ski trip to take care of him. 

Rhys was released on Monday afternoon and is improving every day.





Feeding her bear

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Bath Ritual

I’ve always wanted to capture this when Ella started her bath ritual. From going out the stairs at my singing of “vai Ella, vai, vai, vai” to me taking her clothes off, to when she first started pulling her socks off by herself and putting all her clothes in the hamper to opening the drain and picking up all the toys while singing our “clean up time, clean up time, everybody clean up time” song, I’m just sad I didn’t do it earlier.

But today I did capture it. Now that we have Rhys, he will be part of this routine and Ella will continue to say “come Ella, Rhysy” and “não cai, Rhysy.”

Ella’s first time riding the bus

We went to the Children’s Museum today. It was Ella’s first time on the bus and she had a grand time! She was the best little kid, walked the whole time by herself and was in a good mood.

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