Thursday, December 11, 2008

Santa, Fevers and Snow

When I imagined having kids, I never really thought that much about Christmas. That seems strange, I know, since it's such a kid-centered holiday, but I never went and saw Santa when I was growing up, so it just didn't really enter my mind that there was a whole list of traditions that we are now obligated to participate in and, of course, document with photos. My company has its own Christmas fair and one of our employees plays Santa. It's a nice way to avoid the mall crowds. M and I took bets on how Luke would handle it. He did ok. He wasn't thrilled, but he didn't freak out. He was sceptical, though.


When I picked Luke up and out of his crib on Monday morning he felt hot. So, I dug out the thermometer and, sure enough, he had a fever. Not just any fever, his first fever. Combined with a cough that seemed to be getting worse, we took him to Dr. I for a little visit. Of course, there was only one Doctor there with a room full of walk-ins, but Luke did pretty well. Three hours later, we had a diagnosis of the very beginning of an ear infection and a scrip for some mild antibiotics. M stayed home with Luke since he has much more sick leave than I do and sent updates to my e-mail. Here he is, passed out on the floor after playing.

He was back at daycare today and very glad to see all of his friends, I'm sure. Everyone survived the first sickness. Only being sick once in nine months is pretty good for a baby. Hopefully, we can keep him healthy - at least until Christmas.

Last night we had the rare opportunity to see snow falling in our back yard. You may be confused because if you look to the right you will see that I am in Houston. Well, it snowed in Houston. It was nice to play Christmas music and actually see snow falling. Of course, M had to take some photos of our deck.....

...and there was just enough to make a little snowman.

Life is good. Luke is better, it snowed in Houston, and Zofran if allowing me to live a normal life again - puke free. What more could I ask for??

21 comments:

Cheryl Ann said...

How exciting was the snow?! We didn't make a snowman...too cold to hang out outside (hey, it's the South and I'm a wuss), but we definitely cranked up the Christmas tunes, lit a fire, and wrapped presents while sitting by our tree. We almost puked from the "Better Homes and Gardens" of it all.

Nine said...

Luke looks adorable in both pictures!! I'm glad he is feeling better- how lucky that his first illness came at nine months! I hope we get that lucky too!

Kate said...

OMG! Your deck looks so beautiful in the snow!!!

I'm so glad Luke is feeling better... and you, too!

xoxoxoxo

Fertilized said...

Snow ...Wow!

yeah for zofran and surviving your first sick baby!

That is a pretty santa

aimee said...

i love how luke is looking at santa! so cute!!

i could send you lots and lots of snow from WI if you want more!!

darcie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the pic of Luke and Santa! Priceless!!
And how pretty was that snow!
Now you are all prepared to come on up for a visit to good ol' Minnesota!!

Chris said...

it's a Christmas miracle.

Delenn said...

We haven't gotten our first snow yet. How wonderful! I have never felt obligated to do the whole Santa picture thing. (Maybe that is because my husband was Jewish?) But, I would be tempted if it was hassle free...

Glad you made it out of the first sickness. I am dreading Willows. She has had a cold, but nothing severe yet.

Teal Marie Chimblo said...

YAY for snow and no puke!! Glorious!

Danielle said...

Luke is so adorable. Glad he's better!

Aunt Becky said...

That snowman is the cutest thing I've ever seen. And Luke getting sick once in 9 months? AMAZING. You're doing a great job!

Tinker said...

I'm glad Luke got over his illness relatively quickly and that you're feeling better with the meds too.

And what a cute little snowman. We have about a foot of snow on the ground (some of it has melted already with the above freezing temps the last few days), and my be getting more on the weekend. There are snowmen on my street bigger than most of the kids! I'm envious of being able to go out in much lighter clothes than we're in right now though.

FattyPants said...

Yay for zofran. And great pics. Glad Luke is on the mend.

lifelemons said...

How exciting to see it snow, you know I was thinking, but she lives in Houston?

Glad to hear the Lukester is feeling better and glad to hear that you are also feeling better!

Kellie said...

I love the little snowman. Cute! We've got plenty of snow up in MN. Want me to send you some??? :)

Courtney said...

Oh how I am dreading that first real sickness. I'm so glad to hear that Luke is feeling better and he wasn't sick for long. Glad to hear that you are feeling much better also.

I must say that I am jealous of the snow you got. We merely had some sleet here, but nothing worthy of making a snowman like you all made. Maybe one day there will be a white Christmas. Yeah right. :)

Katie said...

What an adorable snowman. We didn't have ANY stick to the grass. But, we saw it swirling in the air. It was fun all the same.

Amanda said...

Luke is too cute checking out the plaid Santa :)

And I love your tiny snowman.

ms. c said...

I'm glad to hear that Luke it better. That's a cute photo of him sleeping on the floor. Sacha's had his first bout of sickness too, and today he fell asleep in his highchair.

Your snow sounds like a nice rare treat!

Marissa said...

Plenty to be thankful for, that's for sure! I love love LOVE the little snowman!!!!

butterflyanla said...

adorable photos. Wow snow! It has been so warm here.