Gage is 2!

It’s so hard for me to believe that Gage is 2 years old today. It seems like just yesterday, it was him that we were bringing home from the hospital. Now, he’s a big brother and constantly helping Mommy out with the new baby.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane.

Here’s Gage just a few days after he was born:

Gage 5 days old


Here he is at his birthday party last year:

Gage 1 year


And here he is now:


He is such a sweet boy. He loves to snuggle with anyone that will sit with him. He love Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, His Mommy and Daddy, his Aunt Stephy, and junk food. Yes, he has my sweet tooth. And my stubbornness. And my temper. But he gets all his sweetness from his Daddy.

His birthday party is tonight, so you can bet there will be lots and lots of pictures to share soon!

Happy birthday, Gage! Mommy loves you so much!

It’s Official… Recurrent Ear Infections Means Tubes!

It looks like my little boy will soon be undergoing yet another surgery. This one is far less complicated, and much more common than his last surgery, though, so I’m trying not to stress out about it too much.

Gage gets ear infections all the time. About 3 weeks ago, we were at the doctor’s office, and she said that if he gets another ear infection in the next month, we may need to consider having tubes put in his ears.

Well, this past Friday night, Gage started running a low-grade fever. I prayed it was just the crud that everyone seems to have right now, but in my heart I knew better.

By 3 am, he had a raging fever of 104.

I tried all day to get his fever down: cool rags, Tylenol/Motrin cocktail, etc., but nothing worked. At 5pm Saturday night, I decided it was time to take a trip to the ER.

After a 3 hour wait, and their failed attempts to get his fever down, the doctor finally came in. Sure enough, another double ear infection. The doctor decided our best option was to give him a shot of antibiotics, and send him home.

The next day, his fever finally broke, and he started acting better. But it wasn’t until yesterday that he was finally back to his old self, playing and goofing around like the crazy kid he usually is.

This morning, I had a follow up appointment with his pediatrician. She checked his ears, and they are still severely infected. The shot he got most likely helped his fever, but it didn’t do a thing for his poor ears. So, he’s on another round of antibiotics, and we’ll meet with the Pediatric ENT next Wednesday. I’m guessing we’ll set a surgery date then.

It breaks my heart to see him in constant pain. I know the tubes will help. My oldest daughter went through the exact same thing when she was about Gage’s age. Only then, doctors didn’t want to put tubes in kids’ ears. She’s now 15, and she still has trouble with her ears. I don’t want Gage to go through that. And I’m afraid that if we don’t get the tubes soon, he will have an absolutely miserable winter. I think it’s best to just get it over and done with now – especially before Carly makes her appearance. It’s just the thought of another surgery for my baby that has me worried….

Any parents out there had experience with tubes? What do I need to know before and after surgery? I’d love any tips or advice you can give!

Gage at 11 Months Old

Gage 11 Months

I simply cannot believe that Gage is 11 months old today. In exactly one month, we will be celebrating his first birthday. I guess I should get started on some party plans, since I’ve already invited people – just haven’t done much past that. 🙂

Gage is such a fun baby. I’m amazed at how different each of my kids really are. Gage is Mr. Independent. He holds his own bottles, likes to feed himself, {because I just can’t feed him fast enough!}, and would rather crawl where he wants to go than to be held.

He hasn’t eaten baby food in months. He’s strictly on table food now, and he eats everything we eat. You’d never know he only had 8 teeth, because he’ll eat anything you put in his mouth.

He doesn’t talk much yet. Mama, Dada, bye-bye, and ba-ba are about the extent of his vocabulary. But, boy, has he finally caught up with the gross motor skills. He trucks around the house all day long, and he loves trying to walk along anything he can hold onto. {Just don’t try to hold his hands and make him walk. Not Mr. Independent.}

My baby boy is certainly growing up. I wish I could just bottle time – or at least slow it down a little.

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Gage is all about his baby food. If you need a giggle today, take a second and watch him enjoy some breakfast:

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Wordless Wednesday: He Just Screams Rotten {Linky}

Gage - 6 months

I took Gage’s 6 month portraits the other day, and that’s just one of them. It cracked me up so much, I just had to share!

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Wordless Wednesday: He Gives the Best Smiles {8/3/11}

Big Smiles

Melts my heart every time….

There’s Nothing Like the Sound of a Baby Laughing

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Gage laughs all the time now, and the way that he throws his head back when he laughs makes me smile every time. Hubby is holding him, Ashley is making him laugh, and I’m doing the taping. Sorry if it’s shaky – I was laughing so hard that I couldn’t keep still.

Hope it makes you smile!

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Having A Bad Day?

I am.

I’m not sure if being stuck in the house with 6 kids is finally starting to get to me, or if it’s because I’ve simply decided to wallow in self pity today.

Whatever the case, there’s only one sure way to get me to smile on a day like today.

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Hope it makes you smile, too!

2 Down…

I am really, really sorry for the lack of posting around here. I’m doing my best to get back on track, but I’m failing miserably.

Last night, Lucy ended up with the chickenpox, too. That brings the count up to two. How long until they’re all down for the count?

The baby has been miserable for 2 days now. He cries all day long, which is totally unlike him. He’s usually the sweetest, happiest, easiest baby. I’m praying it isn’t the virus getting ready to make it’s appearance all over him.

Of course, when he’s not crying, he’s looking at me like this:

Baby Gage
He looks about how I feel!

Hope that made you smile. Thank you for your patience while we recover from our epidemic. I *promise* I will make it up to you as soon as I can!

Update on Gage

Yesterday, we had to take Gage to a pediatric urologist down toward Atlanta. We knew that Gage has a Hydrocele on each side. What we didn’t know was if these hydroceles were also hernias and if we would have to consider surgery.

Gage’s little sac “down there” will swell up and become the size of a baseball. It is absolutely horrible. One of my other boys had a hydrocele, but it was never anything like this. This is just outright scary. But, it’s not like that all the time. It does shrink back down to a normal size. It seems to be best at his first diaper change in the morning, and it swells up and goes back down all day long. It’s never appeared to cause him any pain, but it just looks awful.

We drove about 2 1/2 hours to get to the urologist’s office. It was an eventful trip, considering we got into a car accident on the way down. (Don’t worry, we’re fine. It was a minor fender-bender. It was just an omen for the day, I think.} When we finally got there, we waited in the room for a few minutes before the doctor came in. The doctor took a look at Gage and explained to us that in baby boys a Hydrocele and a Hernia are the same thing. Usually, they resolve on their own. If Gage’s haven’t resolved by the time he is 9 months old, then we’ll need to consider surgery at that point. He said that if they don’t repair themselves by the time the baby is 9 months old, they probably won’t.

He spent less than 5 minutes with us, and never even looked at the ultrasound disc they had asked me to bring. We spent 5+ hours in the car for a 5 minute appointment. So not cool. I am thrilled that Gage is ok for now and that I don’t have to worry about my 2 month old needing surgery. I am not thrilled that they couldn’t have just told me this over the phone instead.

Hopefully this will resolve quickly and he won’t have any more problems. That’s what I’m praying for anyway!

Thanks for all your prayers for him. We go back in December, but hopefully it will all be healed up and we won’t even have to make that drive again!


Finally Got Some Pictures!

I finally got some pictures of my sweet baby boy! I can’t believe how long I’ve put this off. It really does get harder the more kids you have. Much harder.

Here are a few of the shots we got… I won’t bore you with all of them!

Baby Gage
Baby Gage
Baby Gage
Baby Gage
I love his eye lashes in that last one. They’re so long they actually curl!

Thanks for letting me share my sweet little guy with you all!

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