Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Sometimes during the day, I mentally start writing a blog in my head. I always plan on actually typing it out, but I never do. At least there is some effort, right?

Jackson is quite the busy bee. He is very curious about the world around him, and he probably asks me, "What's this?" ten times a day. They are usually simple things, like carpet, a hem of a blanket, a zipper, electrical outlet, etc. One time I put a shirt on him, and he said, "What's this?" pointing at the cute little pocket on his shirt. It's fun to see the wheels in his head turning. Sometimes I will see him studying things trying to see how they work. Can you say engineer in the making?

Yesterday, I had just picked up my dry cleaning, and I asked Jackson what he wanted to do. "Do you want to go see books and legos? Or should we go to the store and play toys?"

He thought for a second and said, "ZOO! Tiger! Rawr!" This kid loves the zoo. He asks to go all the time, but we can only go on Saturday when Ryan can come with us.

Speaking of zoos...

Last week, Jackson came down with the chicken pox. It was a rough week for everyone. Luckily it was Ryan's one week off, so we teamed up to help Jackson. I don't know if Jackson would consider it helping. He HATED taking his medicine! We would have to hold him down and force him to swallow. In his defense, he is usually not that difficult, but he had sores all over the inside of his mouth, tongue, and throat. Poor guy. He didn't eat or drink anything for two days straight, except for the milk and pedialyte we forced him to have. On the fourth day, we got a Smoothie King, and his eyes lit up, and he drank the whole thing. This was a huge relief. You should have seen Ryan and my silly, happy grin as we watched Jackson scarf the smoothie. *Phew*

We definitely learned patience that week.

*Warning: The pictures you are about to see will pull at your heartstrings and make you feel sad for this little boy*
Day 1

Spots. Why are there spots?

Day 2 
Finally asleep after a rough night. Poor guy had blisters in his mouth and down his throat.

Swollen lips, fever, and crazy cool hair

We could've played "Connect-the-Spots"

"Fix it," he said.

Day 3
Grandpa brought Mr. Fu to help Jackson feel better. He also brought pudding, popsicles, and yogurt, but only Ryan and I ate it.

Day 4
Drank a smoothie FINALLY and zonked out.

That blessed smoothie

Day 5
This pretty much summed up our day...and week.

The only place that made him happy was Grandma and Grandpa's house. Guess where we went that weekend?

Just in case you were wondering, this is Jackson on Day 8. So much better. We couldn't find his shoes, so he got to wear his Holland shoes. This is the classic smile we would get since it hurt too bad to smile for real.

I wish I could say he is back to his regular 'ol self, but he actually has a bad cold/fever right now. This poor kid can't catch a break!

At least he is building up his immune system!

And Jackson has this book.

I think that animal can relate to Jackson.
And we did end up taking him to the zoo.