Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Max is recovering well from having his adenoids removed. He bounced back within 4 hours of the end of his surgery, although the nights are not yet going smoothly. He's in Action Max mode in the day time, but he has a stuffy nose which seems to be tormenting him at night. He has been having some fevers which drag him down, but after a dose of tylenol he is back on track again during the day. Last night was the first night we did not give him medicine before bed and he lasted until 3am. And then he seemed to feel that kicking Mark in the ribs was going to be the solution to all of his problems. Mark did not agree and Max was exiled back to his own bed. Hopefully tonight he will be able to sleep through the night in his bed without getting up. Because I need to sleep through the night in my bed without getting up!!!!!

We are already seeing improvements in the quality and quantity of his speech. Hurrah!

Monday, January 10, 2011

First Day of Preschool Photos

Ready for school in his tiny baby jeans and Beatles t-shirt.

Nik gets a fruit snack to put in his backpack, so Max has to have one too. Even tho Max eats his fruit snack in the car and not at snack time. So he put the fruit snack into his backpack and zipped it up, and then we had to unzip it to remove the fruit snack as soon as we got to the car. But it's a process thing...


In his coat and getting excited!

Traditional First Day of School pose!

At the doors of the preschool. Thanks to our Photographer, NannyJo. Also I am holding the poster for Max to share with his classmates. They hang the posters in the classroom so the kids can look at the pictures whenever they are feeling homesick. Max's poster included pictures of him doing things he enjoys (lego, bubbles, playdoh, playgrounds), people he loves (mommy, daddy, baby, Nik, Julian, Grandad, Grandpa, Uncle Russ, Wesley), and his favorite color -- purple!

Hanging up his coat

Getting ready to serve up some deep dish pizza!

Making some coffee

Time to eat!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Max helps me bake

Sorry that I still don't have the pictures of Max's first day ready to share. I got home late and then spent all night baking cakes and cupcakes and mini cupcakes for the party tomorrow.

Max was very excited once he figured out I was going to make a cake. He reminded me of the location of the mixer, and then he carried the bowl and the paddle over to the counter. He went and got his potty (which doubles as a step stool) and was ready to help out. He was very excited that we were making cake, but then when it turned out we were making Birthday Cake for Baby he got even more excited and demonstrated for me how he could help her blow out the candle. I let him turn on the mixer, to low. And then when he is ready, he tells me to go "faster Mommy, faster!" and swirls his arm around in a mixing motion to ensure that I know exactly what he needs me to do. He's a good little supervisor!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

First Day of Preschool!

Max started preschool today. I did not cry!

We had visited the preschool a couple of weeks ago, so Max had an idea of what to expect. Nik and Julian had been talking to him about how lucky he was to get to start school. We picked out a backpack (Cars!) and he had been playing with it at home.

Today was the big day. He got up and had breakfast and then we got him dressed. He was very excited about putting his fruit snack into his backpack. He posed for a series of pictures for me (more pictures to follow when I get them off the camera -- the picture above is from my phone) and then got into the car.

Once we got to school he was happy to get out and get his backpack. He wanted to hold my hand going in, but once we got inside he was happy to go straight to their play kitchen. The teacher asked him to take off his coat and hang it up, and Max did, although it was clear that she was just slowing him down on getting into the kitchen!

He went back to the kitchen and took out the deep dish pizza and put that on the table. And then he pulled out his chair. And then he realized he needed plates. So he got out the plates. And then he put a piece of pizza on each plate. He was having a great time. He made some coffee. He got out an egg. He found the toaster.

He did leave the kitchen briefly to look at some cars and another toy some other kids were playing with. But then he was right back to the kitchen.

I heard from the school that he went outside at recess (with his new mittens) and was having a great time on the playground.

It sounds like the first day of school went well! He will go back tomorrow too. His preschool classes are Thursday and Friday from 9-12 so it is a nice amount of time but he will get back to Joanna's house in time for lunch and a nap.