I’m Still Here

Life is crazy. Work has had a lot of layoffs (never good). I’m ok for now but that was stressful. The house selling process is stressful. The original buyers were flakes and our house went back on the market. Thankfully we got another offer right away so we are pending again, hopefully will close at the end of this month and be done with all of it. UGH!

The big news, Logan had surgery last week. He got tubes put in his ears.

We got his hearing checked a few months ago after some concerns and it turned out he had some hearing loss. He has a lot of ear infections when he gets a cold so it’s a combo. We met with ENT and they suggested that we get tubes. It would help with the ear infections and the hearing loss. Thankfully his speech has never been effected by the hearing loss, but we have noticed some behavioral stuff (like not participating in things at school, probably because he couldn’t hear very well).

Surgery was obviously not something we WANTED for our 3 year old, but it was in his best interest. They were able to fit us in pretty quickly and the surgery itself is like 5 minutes long, and he’s only under anesthesia (gas) for maybe 10 minutes. It was still one of the most stressful things ever!!!!

Thankfully Logan LOVES the doctor. He is so fascinated by doctors and all of that stuff. He was a hit with all the nurses. 😉 He got a car and a stuffed bird. It was cute. He was so curious about all the stuff they did for pre-op. I wonder if will be a nurse or doctor someday! 😉

The hardest part of this whole thing (Because seriously, it all went so quick we didn’t have a chance to worry much)…was when he came out of surgery/anesthesia. Apparently it’s normal for toddlers/little kids to have a rough time. It was SO BAD. He was hysterical and inconsolable for over an hour. I know he was probably confused and scared and feeling the effects of the anesthesia. It was so upsetting. 🙁

We went home and Logan was still weepy and indecisive. I asked if he was hungry, he said he wanted toast, I made toast, he said he didn’t want to eat, that type of thing. He was also glued to me. So I carried him into bed with me and made him lay down on me until he finally fell asleep! We napped for about 2 hours. Thankfully.

He woke up feeling better. He ate lunch. He was ready to lay on the couch with me and watch movies. He was acting a bit more normal. Good! He was back to his normal self by the next day, so that’s good!

Over the weekend we went for a run and Logan biked, so he was definitely back to his normal self!

He also got to go to the movie theater for the FIRST TIME to see his favorite, The Lion King. 🙂

We went to the river and he threw rocks into the water, his new favorite thing. 🙂

I’m glad he’s back to his normal self so fast. Glad we did the surgery. Hopefully this winter when cold and flu season starts he’ll skate through it without too much issue because of the tubes! (And I hope I do too, because of MY surgery!)

Hood River Mountain Loop

On Sunday we took a day trip out to Hood River and went for a hike. We did the Hood River Mountain Loop (or part of it anyways).

Logan was super excited to go for a hike! And he did a great job. We haven’t been in awhile.

Not sure if we actually made it to the hike we planned on going to because there was no real trailhead marked but there were other cars parked there and other hikers, so…?

The hike was basically an old road that was pretty steep. We walked up it, out in the open with the hot sun beating down on us. Thankfully we brought hats and had sunscreen and lots of water!

We got to a little top part and there was a really nice view of the mountains, gorge and river.

There were lots of wildflowers blooming. Lots of rocks on the trail. But overall it was pretty easy going.

We did about a mile and then took a break in the shade for water.

Logan was ready to turn around so we headed back down the trail to the car.

It was a lot slower going down with the loose rock and dirt.

It’s not much of a “workout” with a toddler. But it’s really more about family time and getting outside and getting Logan used to hiking. We did about 2 miles.

We got back to the car and I changed and then we drove to Panorama Point Park for a picnic. Due to budget cuts the park is now closed! So disappointing! It’s a great little park with nice views. You can still walk into the park, but it’s not maintained and there’s no bathrooms. But we parked on the street and walked in and had a picnic lunch on a picnic table anyways and just packed our stuff out.

The above view was from our picnic bench. See? Great views! Bummer. Anyways. After lunch we drove to the Draper Girl’s Orchard and Logan got to pet some goats and we bought some fruit.

It was a lovely, warm day. It was nice to get out of town and do something fun after months of doing house stuff with prepping our house, moving, unpacking, etc. I hope we can go for another hike again soon!

We drove back to Portland and Logan and Bella took another little nap in the car. 🙂