The Boys of Summer

Fall is officially here and I'm pretty excited about it (especially after a long, HOT summer with multiple record-breaking heat waves).

We spent way more time indoors this summer than I would've liked, since Jojo doesn't do well in the heat with his heart condition and the medications he's on. We still squeezed in some little trips here and there on the cooler days, though, once I was cleared to resume normal activity after my C-section.

To start us off, we drove out to Suisun Valley to see the sunflower fields. Jojo -- totally unprompted -- exclaimed, "Wow!" when he first saw them, and he eagerly points out sunflowers whenever he sees them in a bouquet at the grocery store or in someone's garden now.

The inaugural trip out of the house by myself with both boys was slightly disastrous, as I talked about on Instagram (where I post somewhat more frequently, if you'd like to follow me there!), but I'm much better at wrangling the two of them now. This also reminds me that we haven't been down to the waterfront since then, but the upcoming Vallejo Waterfront Weekend sounds like the perfect opportunity to go back and spend some time there.

I also got the two of them out to the Farmer's Market just before the whole family got sidelined by a cold. Thankfully, it was a fairly minor cold that Jojo was able to ride out at home with no medical attention necessary.

Some other highlights of the summer...

Hitting up several different parks in the area, some new and some we've been to before. It can be a challenge to find play structures that are appropriate for his size and gross motor skill level, even with the progress he's making in physical therapy, so I'm always on the hunt for new prospects.

Jojo's first carousel ride at the local mall. He initially wanted to ride on a horse, then got totally freaked out by the instability of sitting on it, so we ended up on a bench.

Meeting up with a play group a couple of times for some socialization with other toddlers and their parents.

A trip down to the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito to see the Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood exhibit before it closed. I'll make a separate post about that later!

And to re-visit my last post...

We made no progress with getting Jojo to enjoy swimming in the pool, although Daniel actually liked it when we took him in. Bath time is still a struggle, too, as is just about every other task related to personal care: haircuts, clipping fingernails, brushing teeth, etc.

After a brief discussion about whether or not we'd be interested in trying to start weaning him from his G-tube feeds, his dietitian and I decided to just keep doing what we're doing. Jojo is now in the 10th percentile for weight, which is really good for him, and I don't want to rock the boat with his weight gain when he still has at least one more heart surgery ahead of him in the not-terribly-distant future.

I'm extra nervous to be going into cold and flu season this year, because Jojo no longer qualifies for monthly Synagis shots to help protect him from RSV -- a respiratory virus that can be life-threatening even in otherwise healthy kids.  I've also read that we may be in for a particularly rough flu season, so please please PLEASE get the flu shot if you are able to!

Daniel's colic seems to have subsided by now, but we were all losing our minds for a little while there.  There's still plenty of room for improvement on his nighttime sleep, though...

Moving on... 

Any ideas for Halloween costumes for the two of them? I think it would be cute to have a theme. Like ketchup and mustard... only not that, haha.

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