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Updates about Ari

Ari is Wearing Underwear

Enough political posts today.
Ari is wearing regular underwear now, except at night where we still put him in a regular diaper. He is now more or less officially out of pull-ups except on trips.
Meanwhile, if you haven’t checked out the rest of the Ari Updates in a while, be sure to do so now, lots of good videos of Ari. Oh, and I’ll get pictures of Ari’s trip to COSI up soon, so keep an eye on the Latest Photos badge to the right for those to appear online.

Some of Ari’s Favorite Music Videos

Ari’s favorite music video of late is Kate Bush singing Wuthering Heights. He does it with lots of her dance moves while he watches it and it can be quite funny…
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdmvs7r1u9c[/youtube]
He is also a fan of Ben Harper’s A Better Way, sometimes asking “I want the Better Way song.”
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TILzJ-_4urk[/youtube]

Ari at COSI

Sara’s mom took Ari and Sara to COSI yesterday (I had to work so I couldn’t join them). From all reports, Ari had a great time as one would expect of Ari at a science museum like that. Ari was asleep when I got home from work, and I haven’t got much out of him yet, but he did say he wore a rain coat and sprayed stuff, and something about balls falling down.

Why?

Ari has been full into asking “why?” for a little while now. Anything somebody says to him is followed by “why?”, and he’ll just ask “why is ?” off and on as well.
He is also into saying “I want to ask you something?”, although it sometimes comes out as “I want to tell you something?”, which he also uses a statement, the only way to tell the difference if he forgets the “ask” is he makes it sound like a question. He’s getting better at remembering to say “ask” though if he has a question and “tell” when he just wants to say something.
He’s still working out the details of gender tense, mixing up his “her” and “him”, “she” and “he”, and the like. He knows the difference between men and women, just forgets when he’s referring to them which one to use.

Ari at the Astronomy Club

Last Saturday, after we cleaned the house, I took Ari out of Sara’s hair for a little while and took him to a public star gazing party at the Astronomy Club of Akron (I myself was a member… 30 or so years ago…) Ari had a great time, as did I. These star gazing parties are free and open to the public.
It made me think of getting a telescope for him, and myself. At the cheap end we have the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT ($439), which would be a good starter scope and will expand with him for some time, but not be a huge investment if he doesn’t really get into it. I am not a huge fan reflectors like this, and would rather go with a refractor such as the Celestron NexStar 102 SLT ($479), but would take either as a starter scope.
I would prefer to step up and get something from Celestron’s CPC Series, which runs from $1999 for the 8″ model, $2499 for the 9.25 inch model, and $2799 for my preferred choice of the 11 inch model. These would satisfy my needs better, and be a better investment overall, however they do cost a lot more…
With any of those I would probably want to spend the extra $99 on the eyepiece and filter kit as it saves a lot of money in the long term. A solar filter would be cool as well…
Anyhow, Ari had a grand time and knew as soon as we got there they were telescopes… not sure where he knew the word from already. When looking through one his face lit up with a huge smile and he said “I see stars!”
Continue reading Ari at the Astronomy Club

Ari is 3

Ari is 3 today… wow…
We decided to get him a Vtech V.Smile TV Learning System, which we’ll wait until his party Sunday night to give him. There are lots of cartridges for it to add more educational games to it. I think Ari will think it is a blast and be educated at the same time. I might post more later, but it is way late and I need sleep as Ari has gymnastics in the morning.

Ari’s Swimming Lessons and Gymnastics

Ari is taking lessons at the local YMCA. So far he is taking swimming and gymnastics.
Swimming he is not too enthused about. Though he does sit on the edge with his feet it the water he clenches onto the teacher when they take him in. All the parents have to stay in another room and watch on a TV and there is no sound, so I can’t tell what he may be saying when they do it. The teachers keep saying he’s okay, just nervous. He likes playing in the bathtub, but if we get his hair wet, he cries. We’re sure he’ll relax as time goes on, and will take him to some open pool sessions and go in with him ourselves.
Gymnastics he only did once so far, but he seemed to have a really good time. He didn’t really participate in the stretching part, but seemed to participate more as the day went along. They did a balance beam, both forward, sideways and crawling through a hoop. They then went to a foam pit and played around in there (I am under the impression they were to do something more specific in there, but I don’t think that the teacher at that station had the patience for Ari and the other little boy that were there together at that part). From there they moved to a long trampoline and took turns bouncing down the length of it, which Ari seemed to enjoy until his last time down when he decided to walk it. They had to carry their mats with them from station to station, which again, Ari didn’t like the idea of at first, but took to it after that. He has another session today which he looks forward to.
I think part of the problem with the pool might be that his first time there with me he was doing well until he took a big gulp of water and started puking. He now thinks of the water as “icky water.”

Ari’s Lightsaber

Ari loves Star Wars, particularly Star Wars – Episode I, The Phantom Menace (Widescreen Edition) as he loves the battle with Darth Maul… as a matter of fact when he does the Star Wars theme he’ll actually sing the start (first two notes anyhow) of Darth Maul’s theme. Anyhow he loves playing lightsaber, so his Grandmother and Grandfather (Sara’s parents) got him a real one… well, the Obi-Wan – Star Wars Force Action Extending Lightsaber which is nearly as close as you can get to a real one (I know they got thos $100 glass ones but that would break in two seconds with him). He loves it. I of course have to be Darth Maul, pretending to have a lightsaber since I can’t find the cheaper plastic Darth Maul lightsaber anywhere. Perhaps I’ll get just another generic lightsaber so we can properly battle.

Ari’s Knock Knock Joke

Ari: Knock Knock.
Me: Who’s there?
Ari: Orange?
Me: Orange who?
Ari: Me! (Starts laughing as if it is the funniest joke in the world)

This joke comes out of him trying to do the old “Orange you glad I didn’t say banana again?” knock knock joke. I think his version is funnier because of the way he starts laughing at the end.

At the Y

We got a family package to the North Canton YMCA the other day, and Ari will start swim lessons and gymnastics here soon. We took him once so far to the pool. It took a while to get him to go into the water much, but then he pretended to swim and that was going well until he took a big gulp of water and started puking, ending that day. We also played in their play mat room, which he really loved. I haven’t managed to make use of the facilities myself yet, but someday soon…

Diaper Free

Ari going around the house diaper free except when goes to bed at night. We got a small seat for him to put on the big toilet and his little toilet is setup in the living room. There have been a few accidents, but nothing major yet. When he needs to use one, he’ll go to it, pull his pants down and go then finish off, pull his pants back up and go on with his day. We help sometimes, especially if he goes poo, but for the most part he seems to do okay on his own. He is wearing pull up as a backup just in case, and we got him regular underwear that he wore for a bit, but he doesn’t have the hang of everything quit yet as it kind of sneaks up on him and he makes a run for it.

Ari’s K’s

One of the most noticeable aspects of Ari’s speech is that his K’s are pronounced as a T. There are a few other things as well, but that is one of the ones that can be heard clearly and identified. Once he has his 3 year checkup soon… wow… 3 years… we’ll have his doctor make an appointment for a speech therapist to see if he needs help or not. He is hard to understand sometimes, even for us as parents. If we repeat what we think he said, he’ll say “yes” or “no” and we’ll repeat until we get it right. Lucky for all, he doesn’t seem to get too frustrated when we don’t get it.

Ari Learning His Letters and Numbers

Ari is starting to recognize several letters and numbers. If I show him a capital A, he knows it is the letter A. He knows a bunch of others, but thinks Q is an O, which is understandable at this point. Now we just need to start working on the phonics of the letters with recognizing them.
As for his recent bout salmonella, he is fully better now. A few black and blue marks from the IV points, but he is otherwise back to normal. Quincy, the lizard is gone as well so we don’t have to worry about that again.

Salmonella

I forgot to update on what they decided Ari had, salmonella, and the fact that he came home Tuesday. The salmonella probably came from the Iguana, even though we never handle him like we should, we handle his water dish, which is probably contaminated and the cross contamination happened from there. Everyone is much better now, though Ari really didn’t care for his experience at all. They had a real hard time putting the IV in and stuck him 4 or 5 times for the first one, then 4 or so times when they had to redo it. They were about to put a third one in (his veins would blow, so they would have to redo it), had cleaned him up and was just about to stick him when a nurse ran in and said the doctor called to say forget the IV. At that point the IV wasn’t to rehydrate him so much as to get some antibiotics into him as one of his blood samples showed bacteria in it. They decided later that the bacteria was a cross contamination from his skin and wasn’t in the blood (none of the other blood samples before or since that sample had bacteria, plus the type of bacteria made them decide it was just normal skin bacteria).

To the Emergency Room

I wrote earlier how we all had some stomach flu. Well about 10 PM last night I took Ari to the emergency room. He had slept all day, wouldn’t drink anything and his diarrhea was pure water, not to mention a fever of 103 or something like that. Amazingly we got into the room real quick, and even got an initial response real quick. I guess we got lucky and got there before the rush.
Around 5 AM they sent him up to the pediatric wing, which is where he is now. I am home to finally get some sleep as I obviously didn’t get to sleep the whole time in the emergency room and didn’t really start sleeping until after all the questions were done. With hourly checkups I didn’t sleep well during the day and finally got up around 7 AM, ordered Ari and I breakfast. Ari didn’t really eat any, and continues to not really drink anything. Combined with a few other factors, he may have to stay another night.
It isn’t the roto (sp?) virus this time, just some other virus going around.
Anyhow, I am off to get some sleep then head back to the hospital.