Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Thousand Words Thursday-Bath Seat

Here's another awesome and useful new piece of medical equipment we received last Monday.

This is Cole's new bath seat. It is called the Manitee!

Previously I had been using a baby bathtub that had a 'ring' that snapped in between his legs. This was still not an easy task, giving him a bath. Since Cole can't sit up on his own I would have to try to hold his already slippery body with one hand while washing his body and hair with the other.

With this bath seat he was sitting snug so he could actually 'play' in the water. He was so happy and having such a good time.

This seat has adjustable 'wedges' for his upper trunk and his hip area. It also has a lap belt I could use but I didn't have to with the wedges supporting him. And I can use a wedge between his legs so he doesn't slide down.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Wordful/Wordless Wednesday-New Wheels

What do you think? Cole's new wheels are awesome, right?

Monday morning I was scheduled to go in early to Cole's school so I could pick up his new bath seat (later post). When I walk in I see a pretty shiny blue KidWalk (walker) close by. So, of course, I start getting SO excited!

Yes! This was Cole's new wheels. His KidWalk had come in! We appreciated the use of the Rifton the school had let us borrow so Cole could get around but he has so much more fun and can actually maneuver his KidWalk a lot easier.

The Rifton (as do most gait trainers and walkers) has wheels that stick out in front and would get stuck on everything. This KidWalk has everything beside or behind him. Now IF he could use his hands he would be able to reach to open doors, turn the t.v. off and on (he has already been checking this option out), and easily get around corners.

This is so great to have this piece of medical equipment as it helps him feel a little more independent and let's me get other things done since he can move around on his own.

Today his daddy went to pick him up from school so I could go work out and when I pull up into the driveway they were outside playing. Cole was rolling around everywhere and quickly. He also was so much happier tonight and actually went to sleep easier.

This is a good work out for HIM and will help him build his muscles!

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Thousand Words Thursday-Comfort

Sweet Cole Dawson laying comfortably in his daddy's arms!

Doesn't he look so sweet and tiny laying wrapped up in his daddy's big strong arms? This and the pictures of my baby's laying on daddy's chest sleeping are my absolute favorites.

I honestly couldn't decide if I like the black & white or the color picture better. What do you think?

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wordful/Wordless Wednesday-Rifton

Shane and Cole

Cole loves it when Shane plays with him. Shane will help Cole get to the edge of the driveway and let him roll down the hill so they can race. Shane will be on his skateboard and Cole in his Rifton.

The Rifton helps support Cole so he can walk and get around places. This is a loaner from Cole's school. We are currently waiting on the KidWalk that we have ordered for him. Yes, of course, I will post pictures as soon as we get it in.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009


One week ago today I had to take Cole to see his pediatrician. He will be another post at another time though.

So it turns out that Cole has RSV and double ear infections. RSV stands for respiratory syncytial virus.

A lot of children that may already have a compromised respiratory system may have to be hospitalized when they get RSV. As you may know, Cole has very low trunk tone which compromises any organs in his trunk.

We were very fortunate to not have to worry about that this time around. Generally Cole is very healthy, other than his constant bowel problems and his lack of sleeping, which seems to be more bothersome for me than him.

He has almost completed his round of antibiotics and I can see major improvements. He still has his fussy moments but has started jabbering more and seems to be happy more frequently.

A Thousand Words Thursday - Push Up!

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Like this? Am I doin it yet?

Ta-Da! Look, Look, Hurry!

Whew! Now I'm worn out!

I wish I could make it easier for Cole. If he could just stay up on his hands/arms he would be so ready to crawl. He does this nose dive action with his butt in the air and will get his legs pumping like he is trying to crawl. Then he gets so excited and his arms go down and back to his sides. Poor baby, he tries so hard!

He understands what we are telling him but he just can't get his hands and arms to do what his mind it telling them to do. We will coach him saying "put your hands up, push". He will maneuver them back in front and will do this half-propped up deal and sometimes he looks like a beached whale (a very cute beached whale) stuck on his belly kicking his fins (feet) around trying to get somewhere.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wordful/Wordless Wednesday-Yummy!

Isn't this baby just yummy? Or is "yummy" what Cole was thinking while Grandma was giving him his bottle?

He wanted his bottle at first then he got so distracted with playing and wanting to jump that he just let the milk that was left in his mouth trickle out.

I can't just post a picture without explaining it..... If you want to see other ramblers like me that like to explain their pictures take a trip over to Angie's place (she really ROCKS!) at:


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