Saturday, February 28, 2009

Eating with a spoon

It's time to start showing Landon how to eat with a spoon. I've tried on several occasions, but he has shown no interest. So the other night I put the spoon in his hand, scooped up some food and fed him. Now Landon's turn. He picked up food, put it on the spoon, and brought it up towards his mouth. Then, he flung the food in the air. He laughed and laughed. It was hard for Jer and I not to laugh. You can see where the food landed. I guess he's not ready for a spoon!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Skin update

Last month, I posted about Landon's skin. While we are still waiting to get in to see the Dermatologist, things have gotten worse. It was a two month wait, and we have one month to go. We've tried steroid cream and two different types of antibiotics, none of which have worked. Last week, one of the spots on his neck was getting worse. The Dr. suggested putting a large band aid over the spot so he could not itch it. Little did we know, this would make things much, much worse. After one day, the whole area around and under the band aid became inflamed. Landon now has a patch about 2" x 4" that is bleeding and completely raw, not to mention two other spots, and his patchy cheeks. I took a picture this morning, but I will spare you the photo. I brought the photo to work to show my coworkers and ask their opinion. They suggested I try calling Decorah Clinic, we've always gone to Gundersen. I called at 8:30 am, and they informed me they have a physician's assistant who specializes in pediatric dermatology. I asked how long the waiting list is, and she rattled off a bunch of openings that she had throughout the day. I felt like I won the lottery! I've never been more excited to take Landon to the Dr.

We got to the Dr. and I took off Landon's shirt. She said, "Oh that's bad." I explained the whole situation, and she reviewed the different medicines we have tried. Then the hard part. She wanted to do a biopsy. I cried silently while Landon cried out loud. We will not know the results until probably Monday. From her observation, she says it looks like Landon has a staff infection. That's serious. She explained that the antibiotics we've tried should have cleared this up. Until I hear differently, we need to apply an ointment to the infected area four times a day. I feel so bad for Landon because we have been batteling this for over 5 months. I hope this is the answer to our prayers and Landon can soon live an itch free life!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pots & Pans

Landon loves playing with pots and pans. In fact, he will choose utensils, pots and pans over any of his toys. On Saturday night Jeremy and I went out with a group of friends and Landon stayed with Grandma Merrill. Of course, he found the pots and pans! It doesn't look like he was missing Mom and Dad at all!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009


Every working Mother who leaves their child in the care of someone else during the day will go through this at some point. It was finally my turn. The last two nights I've picked up Landon from daycare he has cried and clinged to Bernice. As I put on Landon's coat, hat and mittens he kicked and screamed reaching out for Bernice to rescue him. As I carried Landon out to the car he continued to scream and I felt like I was kidnapping him. The whole way home I cried along side him thinking I am a bad mother for working and leaving him with someone else. I know this should be a good thing that Landon loves Bernice, because don't get me wrong, she does a wonderful job. I'm thrilled Landon loves going to her house, but to be honest, I look forward to the day when he kicks and screams because he doesn't want me to leave...

Monday, February 16, 2009

Who is that...

This was probably one of our funniest moments yet! Landon saw his own shadow and could not figure out what it was. Landon kept turning around and it was still there. It is so amazing to watch Landon grow and learn new things!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Day

Landon's first Valentine's Day was spent in the Emergency Room where he was diagnosed with RSV. This year was a lot more fun! On Friday, Landon passed out treats to his friends at daycare. On Saturday (Valentine's Day), Daddy made breakfast in the morning, which was delicious, and we then spent the day doing nothing. In the evening, we hosted a dinner at our house, and had a great time! Landon shared Valentine's and played with his cousins Eryn and Nolan, the guys hung out in front of the tv, and the girls enjoyed a few bottles of wine, grasshoppers and a card game. Sorry Dad, but this picture was too cute to pass up!

Friday, February 13, 2009

14 months

Landon is 14 months old today!
Notice his toothbrush in his hand. Landon usually has an object of the day that he clings to. He will literally carry it around all day. Today was the toothbrush. Other days it may be a spoon, spatula, comb, etc. Not really sure what that's all about.
Landon is starting to develop a "voice." Landon has had a few temper tantrums, here is a photo of one! There are now 8 teeth in that mouth!
Another great hat picture! I love picking up costume hats for Landon to play with!
Landon is starting to try and do things on his own his own. I asked Landon to brush his hair this morning and here is him trying to do just that.
Landon is also starting to copy things that he sees others do. Here is Landon trying to listen to his Dad's ipod.

Landon is still babbling at 14 months, but of course we can't tell what he's saying yet. Landon does continue to use signs to communicate. Landon now signs milk, water, more and eat. It is so fun to see him do this because we really knows what he is trying to tell us!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Kermit pose

All I have to say is this is my new favorite photo of Landon. Doesn't he look like a frog?

Long walk...

So I came home from work on Friday night and thought we could all play outside since it was so nice. As it was getting a little darker I thought I would turn on the outside light, only to find out, the garage door must have locked behind me. After a bit of a panic, I decided we could walk to Debbie's and get the spare key. So, Landon, Elke and I began the half mile walk to Grandma's. The bad news, Landon wanted to walk himself, which would have taken for ever. The good news, I had my camera. That's right, no key, but a camera. Anyway, we made the trip. The bonus, Elke was so dirty by the time we got home she got a bath.