Our mischievous elves were at it again! Here are some of their favorite antics from December 2016!
Yep, just like his big sister Hayley, this little guy got the “tubees” (i.e., ear tubes). And just like his big sister Hayley, Keaton was a late talker. He met his milestones each time, but barely. So I kind of wondered if there was something else going on.
When we got back from our trip to Dallas, I took Keaton to see Dr. Wani. After looking in Keaton’s ears, Dr. Wani asked me, “So, how long has he had an ear infection?” “Ear infection? I didn’t know he has an ear infection.” Apparently, both ears were filled with fluid. So basically, for who-knows-how-long Keaton has been hearing as if everything was under water. Poor little guy. He also failed the hearing tests in both ears. I felt like an awesome parent.
Dr. Wani gave us some antibiotics and told us to come back in a week. When we did, there was still a lot of fluid. Since we had already met our crazy high insurance deductible this year (thank you migraines) we decided to go ahead with ear tube surgery. When we went to schedule the surgery, the scheduler told us that we were beyond lucky to get into surgery because the hospital was completely packed through the end of the year.
Although ear tube surgery is extremely low risk and only 5-10 minutes long, it was still super stressful to bring your child to the hospital, watch him climb into a huge hospital bed, and then watch the doctors carry him away. I thought I could do it by myself, but I couldn’t. I needed Clint. Carla was watching Bridget’s kids, so I called Miss Caroline. She came over right away and Clint made it to the hospital just before Keaton went in for surgery.
Keaton is such a sweet little boy. He certainly had no idea what was going on, but he knew something was up. They gave us the wrong surgery time (an hour later than expected), but we had fun making laps around the third floor. We even ran into Sister Seedall who was having surgery that morning as well and was just a few rooms down from us. It was a fun reunion. I love Brother and Sister Seedall! They are the sweetest couple!
Keaton did great during the surgery. When they came to get us they told us Keaton would be crying and would probably be inconsolable for a while. I could hear his little tears in the recovery room. I went over to him, scooped him up, and said, “It’s okay, Mommy’s here.” Keaton immediately stopped crying and put his head on my shoulder. It was the sweetest thing I’ve ever felt. He needs me just as much as I need him. I love that little face.
I think we may have started a new tradition with Clint’s family, going to Taste of Texas in December with just the adult kids. Our own kids were a little miffed that mom and dad went out to dinner without them two times in a row, but I must say, it was worth it! We had so much fun at Taste of Texas with Clint’s family without having to worry about chasing children around. I love that restaurant! And at Christmas time, it’s beyond incredible! There are Christmas decorations everywhere! We even got a surprise visit from Santa.
Bridget and Whitney couldn’t make it because Bridget had a stomach bug, but I got a chance to talk with Emma a lot, which was fun. We all had a great time and laughed pretty hard that night, but the funniest story occurred just as we were getting ready to leave. We wanted to get a group shot of everyone by the fireplace. As we leaned in and smiled, a Taste of Texas host taped Haider on the shoulder, “Are you with them?” Of course he’s with us. Lol. After the picture, Clint leaned over to Haider and said, “Haider, I think you’ve just been racially profiled.” It was pretty funny. Merry to Christmas to everyone big and small!
Each Christmas season Clint and I try to go on a Christmas date together without the kids. Christmas is so magical with kids, but it’s magical in a different way without them. It’s a calm more calm and peaceful type of magic.
We first had dinner at Grand Lux Cafe, which I LOVE! Just give me the bread basket and I’m happy for the night. Afterwards, we went on a really quick “stroller” through the Houston Galleria. Clint does not like shopping, but oh how I LOVE the Galleria at Christmas. I love the beautiful lights, the hustle and bustle of all the shoppers looking for the perfect gift, and all the gorgeous Christmas decorations. I promised Clint I would be good and not buy anything, but I couldn’t help myself. I had to buy a pair of leggings from Lululemon. It was their fault anyway for sending me a free $25 gift card.
We wrapped up the beautiful night by driving through River Oaks and gawking at the magnificent light displays and deciding which home we should move into next 😉 Even if we decide not to move into that stately mansion in River Oaks, I’m so lucky we have each other! XOXO
If there’s one thing Keaton LOVES to do, it’s cuddle!! We do early morning cuddles, mid-morning cuddles, afternoon cuddles, bedtime cuddles, and cuddles in between. This boy is definitely a cuddler and we are all eager to accommodate, especially Colin! They have such a sweet brotherly bond. Even though Keaton calls Colin “Ca-Ca,” Colin doesn’t seem to mind. Keaton also LOVES to give hugs and kisses! He may just very well be our most affectionate child! XOXO