Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Barfing Continues & A Close Encounter

Poor Buddy. His barfing problem was not solved by the hypo-allergenic formula. I suppose the good news is that he is NOT lactose-intolerant. We are back to his regular formula now and back to experimenting with other solutions.

Dr. M did say that acid reflux babies need some extra calories since they lose a lot of them on the floor. So Keaton got to try his first rice cereal today. He already has to "gum" his Prevacid tablets as they dissolve in his mouth so the rice cereal actually went pretty well.

Until Mommy put too big of a spoonful in his mouth. Gag reflex kicked in. And happy again!

This kid NEVER stops smiling!
Still working on the Duck luck for the Rose Bowl!
Picture is blurry because he's laughing so hard!More laughing!

Carson has been absolutely hilarious this week! And only one time-out! This morning (Christmas Eve Day) he and I had the most amazing experience at the grocery store!

It was just Carson and I. We were gettingg in line at the cashier and a gentleman glided in front of us with one last item to add to his pile on the conveyor belt.

As he turned around to say "Excuse me", both of our jaws hit the ground. He was unmistakably recognizable.

Fluffy white beard. Perfectly coiffed, white mustache with the tips gelled into swirled whirls. Jolly ol' tummy. Red suspenders and a red baseball bat that said "Ho ho ho" with little blinking lights.

Carson and I stared unblinkingly at our most favorite character of all time, standing before us with a merry twinkle in his eye.

This wonderus fella reached into his pocket, pulled out a candy cane for Carson and in the most distinguished voice, "Merry Christmas to you! Have a wonderful day! Ho! Ho! Ho!"

And with a deep belly laugh he was gone! As I type this, I don't remember the cashier processing this gentleman's order or if he paid with cash or credit. I couldn't see through the tears in my eyes.

The logical explanation . . . it came so easily that I even believed it. Carson was the only child in the store at that moment. We were in the right place at the right time and just happened to run into Santa buying some last minute snacks for his long sleigh ride tonight.

We ran outside as fast as we could to see Santa's reindeer on the roof of Fred Meyer. And the moment became even more magical as we looked up and it started snowing on us!

This will be a Christmas experience that we will never forget!

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