On July 4th we headed to Ottawa for a visit to the Agriculture & Food Museum. We were supposed to meet up with another SMA family but unfortunately one of Shawnna’s kids was sick and she had to cancel. We decided we would enjoy the day anyway and show Oliver the animals at the farm!
I slathered sunblock on Oliver, got him comfy in his Bugaboo Donkey, and on we went! We had taken out a museum pass from our local library so admission was free. I encourage everyone to do this! You can have a fun day out with the family for free. 🙂 Oliver was 8 months old for this trip.
Oliver got to see horses, cows, goats, and pigs! A huge cow moo’ed right in his face and I thought Oliver would cry but he just watched the cow. I think he was very curious. He was amused by the rambunctious goats and loved looking through the window at the piglets.
Oliver’s Aunt Serena and two cousins, Zoe and Mëa, met us at the farm later in the day. We spent some time exploring the tractors together and then we had to leave to go check in at Rogers House. I think Oliver enjoyed exploring the animals and being out in the sunshine.
The above is a super adorable picture of my clone babies! 🙂
On June 7th we arrived in Ottawa at CHEO in time for Oliver’s appointment with General Surgery. We waited an hour before we were called in; they were running behind. The g-tube nurse was training another nurse so the trainee did the tube change. She removed Oliver’s temporary PEG tube and inserted the measuring tube. Oliver was not impressed with this at all; he got very upset and I felt bad, but the tube switch needed to be done now that the stoma was healed. I did my best to comfort him and rocked him to sleep while Jordan went down to the pharmacy to purchase a new Mic-Key button (12 French, 2 cm). Over $200 later, the button was inserted and we were finished for the day! The nurse showed us how to do the insertion so that in 6 months’ time we can do it ourselves. I’m actually nervous about that, as we never did a tube change with Khloë.
We stayed overnight at Rogers House, the palliative care facility. The following day, after packing up, we drove over to Ottawa’s Aviation & Space Museum and spent a couple hours wandering around there.
The museum was a nice way to end our trip to Ottawa!
On August 11th, after a visit to CHEO, we went to the Aviation & Space Museum. Jordan signed out a free family pass from our local library before heading to Ottawa and we ended up spending just under two hours wandering around the museum. It was a nice way to spend time as a family!
That last photo is pretty epic. 😉
…The Agriculture & Food Museum in Ottawa to be exact!
We spent the weekend at Serena & Cheepow’s. Our two year old niece, Zoë, liked having baby Khloë to “play” with. Mostly she would sit beside her and watch me change the baby’s diaper, dress the baby, or nurse the baby.
On Saturday Jordan and I decided to use his sister’s free pass to the Agriculture Museum to take Khloë to see the animals. We bundled Khloë up against the chill and put her in the stroller for the first time. She seemed comfortable and didn’t fuss.
First stroller ride
The museum is not all indoors. Basically you walk from building to building to see the animals. There were cows, pigs, goats, and sheep. We also listened to a talk about honey bees and saw the cows being milked. I think it would have been more enjoyable in better weather; it was muddy and a little cold when outside.
Look, it’s a cow!
Look, it’s a tractor!
Watching the cows get milked
Before leaving I tried to nurse Khloë in a quiet corner in the Learning Centre but she got really fussy and wouldn’t drink. I figured she was getting tired and needed her nap. We took her back to the house and I put her down for a nap. She seemed a little stuffed up but I didn’t think much of it.
By 1:30 am on Sunday morning I had to suction the snot out of her nose because she was having a hard time breathing. I kept waking up to the sound of her choking on mucous. Later in the morning, after nursing her, she was really fussy and nothing would make her happy–definitely not the norm for our girl. We all headed to church and I kept thinking to myself that I should have stayed at the house with her. Mother’s intuition! She cried almost the whole time and I spent the whole service in the nursing mother’s room trying to console her. She didn’t want to nurse and finally slept about 30 minutes. Her nose was still pretty clogged.
Back at Serena’s she finally had a good breastfeeding session and fell asleep for two hours. When she woke she had developed a nasty cough. I gave her some infant’s Tylenol because I was afraid she was getting a fever. The medicine seemed to improve her spirits enough to do a little photo shoot with her cousin.
Photo shoot at Aunt Serena’s
Khloë & Zoë
We got all packed up and made the 2.5 hour drive home; Khloë slept almost the whole journey. I gave her more Tylenol to help her sleep, suctioned her nose again and fed her. In between doses she was able to sleep but her breathing and coughing sounded awful.
As soon as her doctor’s office opened Monday morning I called and made an appointment. The nurse practitioner confirmed Khloë most likely had a virus and that we were to continue to give her Tylenol, nurse her as much as she wants, and let her sleep. She checked Khloë’s ears and chest, which sounded clear, and said that the mucous was all in her sinus area. Hopefully this illness doesn’t last more than a couple days; my poor girl is miserable and I miss her beautiful smiles. And I think she might be passing her cold on to Mama…