Sunday, September 11, 2011

Adventures in pottying

HOMY and I attended an open house with Ralphie today. It was one year anniversary of Ralphie's cardiologist's new office.

This is the man who showed up at the hospital in the middle of the night that Ralph was born. In the wee hours, he spent time with us, drew a picture of a heart, and explained all the terms as if we were actually intelligent enough to understand them. If you've been around doctors and hospitals at all, you know how rare that is.

We sat around in the waiting area playing with toys and eating cookies while waiting for our turn to take pictures with the doc. I noticed that Ralphie was sort of quiet sitting in the corner. Then I caught a whiff of something. Oh NO! I didn't bring a diaper bag!

I did a little peek down the back of the pants and was relieved to find that it wasn't Ralphie that I smelled. I took this opportunity to take Ralph to use a public restroom for the first time ever, not counting hotel rooms and church. Well, ha-ha, the ladies room was being used, so the doc's assistant showed me the men's room!

Can I just say that it felt SO wrong for me to be in the men's room with him?! It was just a one seater, so I'm not sure what my problem was. Ralph did great! He did his business without taking every single piece of clothing off like he does at home!

Sorry if you didn't want to read about Ralphie's pottying adventures. It was just a pretty big deal to me. He's come so far from a medically fragile baby to a confident and strong little boy.

And after all those warm and fuzzies I got today, guess who woke up screaming with a fever? Ralph.

He was choking and crying and holding his breath. For the first time in over a year, I got out the stethoscope to listen to his chest. I laid him down in the living room and he snuggled up with Chipper and then puked on him! After that he seemed to breath a bit easier.

Guess who's not going to school tomorrow?

PS-here is Ralphie at Big Truck Night at school. He was too busy looking at himself in the mirror to look at the camera! Little narcissist!


TherExtras said...

Congrats on the potty success!

Get well soon, Ralphie!


Carissa said...

Glad I am not the only mom who has her own stethoscope! LOL With all of Raimie's recent health issues, I went and bought one two weeks ago. Did you know you can find sound bytes for everything on the net?! Pneumonia, wheezing, stridor and even heart sounds! Oh, how parenting takes us on a learning adventure!