She walked!!!

Cate took her first real steps last night. I think it kind of surprised her. Today, she walked from the toy chest almost to the ottoman, which is probably about 5-6 steps. Not a lot, but still exciting! She's still crawling and cruising mostly, but she's getting braver about letting go and taking a step or two on her own. I think she'll be walking well before we know it. Hooray!
PS - Will is much better. Thank you all for asking about him and praying for him.

My Poor Will

Will has strep again. It's really bad. His tonsils and the back of his throat are covered in white pus (sorry if that's gross!). He hasn't eaten in 2 days and has only had 1-2 oz of fluid since Friday. He just lays around and cries. I know he feels terrible. He's running fever with it. It's been staying in the 102 to 102.7 range, which makes him feel even worse. The other issue with the fever is that it makes him more likely to have a grand mal seizure. He had his first one the last time he had strep about a month ago. I've been treating him with Tylenol and Advil around the clock this time trying to prevent any seizures. He'll have to miss school tomorrow, which we all hate. It's so good for him to be there. Pray that Will gets better very soon.
As far as updates go, Will went to the ophthalmologist on Tuesday. We're patching his eyes again. The right eye wonders more than the left, so we're patching the left eye for 2 days, then the right eye for 1. He does okay with it as long as we tape the patch around his head! I feel kind of sorry for him, but we only do it at home, so people don't stare at him any more than normal when we're out and about. Cate took a step and a half today! Hooray! I think we're on the verge of independent walking. I certainly hope so. She was sick the first of the week and is better now, so we're hoping she doesn't get sick again with what Will has. I swear, if I could keep my kids healthy, I'm not sure I'd know what to do with myself! I really hope my next post has nothing to do with my kids being sick and is all about how Cate is walking or how Will learned a new word or something awesome like that! We'll see....

Good Week

Well, we had a good week this week. Both of the kids got over their strep infections and are back to normal. Will started back to school yesterday after a 3 week break. I think he was glad to go back, and I know Jeremiah was glad for him to go back. We love Will very much, but he is exhausting! He'll be in school for 6 weeks and then have another 3 week break. The new school year starts in August. Cate is growing well from what we can tell. She hasn't been weighed in 6-8 weeks, but she looks like she's gaining to me. She still isn't walking, but I think she's close. Once or twice she's really thought about letting go but decided against it at the last minute. She isn't saying any words yet, and that worries me. By 12 months, she should be saying mama and dada to the appropriate person and have 1-5 other meaningful words. She says dada, but not appropriately, just whenever she babbles. She does say uh-oh, and uses it appropriately most times, so that's good. I'm sure I'm just overreacting because of Will, but I just really want Cate to develop normally. She starts mother's day out at Highland Park Learning School in August. I think this will help her development a ton. Being around "normal" kids and getting that socialization will be good for her. They also do music, art, school lessons appropriate for age, and a lot of other stuff. I think it will be very good for her, and it will give Jeremiah 2 days a week to himself to do housework, run errands, and rest. Will goes back to the ophthalmologist in a week, and we'll find out if he's going to get glasses,go straight to surgery, or just wait on his eyes wondering. They are getting worse, so I won't be surprised if we get glasses this visit. Anyway, that's all there is for now.