When I was young, I read lots of books with titles (or at least subheadings) along the lines of, “Amaze Your Friends and Confound Your Enemies” – a lot of them were filled with tricks and oddities like the Birthday Paradox, or the old saw about the elephant from Denmark. It turns out that if… Continue reading Amaze your friends, and confound your enemies!
We have a book of classic poetry that we often read a bit of at bedtime. Some of mini-Elbeno’s favourite poems: Naming of Parts by Henry Reed Tarantella by Hilaire Belloc The Way Through the Woods by Rudyard Kipling Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
I’m currently attending a parenting class on Thursday evenings, given by Brian Joseph from the Echo Center. It’s somewhat of a refresher class for me since I’ve taken a similar class a few times before, but it never hurts to have a refresher. I wanted to blog a little about this class and about this… Continue reading Taking Parenting Classes
I was wandering around upstairs this morning and heard the mini-Elbeno playing downstairs. He was playing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” on his glockenspiel, a tune he has known for a while. When I came downstairs, he said “Look what I’ve done!” and I saw that he’d swapped around the keys of the glockenspiel in pairs… Continue reading He likes a challenge
Micro-elbeno had his final op today to take out the internal hardware which has been holding his jaw together for the last few months. Mrs Elbeno got up at an infeasibly early hour to take him to the hospital, where they arrived at 5.30am. She called me just after 8am to tell me he’d just… Continue reading The hardware is out
Archie came home on Thursday and the screw-turning is now complete (we did the last couple of turns at home). He’s had one paediatrician appointment and tomorrow we’ll be making an appointment for him to get the other screw removed. With any luck that will be soon. He’s doing well and is pretty mellow, all… Continue reading Little Bro is home
The op today went well, and now he has a nose trumpet in rather than an ET tube. So that must be a bit more comfortable for the little guy. Now, we wait another 7 days for the distraction to run its course (again).
The plate that is in the left side of Archie’s jaw broke a couple of days ago. This has caused his jaw on that side to slip back by some millimetres. The rod is partly sticking out and the asymmetry of his jaw is visible from the outside. So after an x-ray it has been… Continue reading Latest – a setback
Archie is doing well and as you can see he’s been extubated for a day or two now. He has been in a bit of pain what with the jaw stuff coming off again, so he’s got some meds for that and also probably as a consequence of that he didn’t fully cooperate with a… Continue reading Tubes out
This morning was the last turn of the screws. They have reached the predetermined end of their travel. Archie’s scheduled to have the hardware removed on Tuesday. It’s made a huge difference to his jaw, as you can see from this photo taken a couple of days ago. Otherwise everything is going well. He’s feeding… Continue reading Archie’s progress