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The joke is that we only know how to make one model child, identical looking males, healthy in all regards except problems latching and with high bilirubin. It is this last characteristic that is causing the trip back to the hospital with our little Umpa Lumpa.
Our first, Drew, was under light therapy at home for about a week. Will had high levels but just missed out on the fun. Although, he got to go back to the hospital too when mommy came down with an infection. Landon was on lights at the hospital and they thought the levels were such that he could continue treatment at home. However, despite being on the home lights all night and all day, his levels shot up so high that he had to go back to the hospital where they continued to rise. They were so high, that the possibility of a transfusion was discussed if the trend continued.
Fortunately, after a day of rising levels, things started to slowly drop back down. Since, I'm writing this after the fact, I can tell you that Landon and mommy had to stay in the hospital from Thursday to Sunday. This was followed by two more days of lights at home before we got our healthy "pink" baby back.
In the hospital, Landon and his teddy bear both wore shades to protect their eyes.
Drew was very compassionate and comforting to Landon.
Landon in his car seat at the hospital all ready to go home where Aunt Donelda, Drew and Will are anxiously awaiting.
Drew welcoming his newest little brother home.
Will is introducing Landon to Elmo and Yoda.
Drew, Will and Landon and Landon's welcome home gift a fun-with-foam picture frame Aunt Donelda and the boys made for him.
Thing 3 and Thing 2 are sure going to miss their Aunt Donelda when she leaves.
Did you say you wanted to see more pictures of Landon? Well, here you go...
Baby Landon in his St. John newborn bassinet along with his first teddy bear.
Landon in his Sweet Pea outfit ready to be photographed for the hospital's website.
The amazing Mary and her newest son Landon.
The proud daddy holding his newest son Landon.
Aunt Donelda who's in town for a whole week taking care of Drew and Will while mommy and daddy are at the hospital.
Aunt Catherine affectionately known simply as "Aa" to all Danz boys under four years of age.
Grandma Youngman holding Landon in the most experienced arms of us all.
Grandpa Youngman holding the youngest of his now seven grandchildren.
A very fortunate Landon with two wonderful grandparents.
Oldest brother Drew holding his new little brother Landon.
Drew is very proud to have another little brother.
Will is very excited to have a little brother.
Will has the best of both worlds, he is a big brother and a little brother.
My three sons...or, the Three Musketeers...Drew, Landon and Will.
At 12:46 p.m. today, Landon Walter Danz joined the world weighing in at 7 lbs, 10 oz and measuring 19 3/4 inches long/tall. Both Mary and Landon are doing wonderfully!
Will and Drew meet their new baby brother Landon for the first time.
All the Danz men together getting to know each other.
Will is 2 3/4 years old and is starting to have "deep thoughts." During Church today, Will asked, "Where is Jesus and God?" Mary replied they are in heaven.
Later, after the Handshake of Peace, Will was clearly disappointed and said, "Me didn't say Amen to the people." Meaning, he didn't shake anyone's hand. Mary turned to the family with teenage boys behind us who immediately understood and had everyone shake Will's hand.
Today I was fortunate enough to be able to take off work and go with Drew's class to the Tulsa Zoo for a field trip. Below are some of the animals we got to see...from far away...and close up:
The big cats are always my favorites. We were fortunate to catch this proud lion walking around. Later he even roared for us, just so there was no confusion who was the king of the jungle...or, in this case the Tulsa Zoo.
The lion close up.
The Amur Tiger was keeping a close watch on everything from a comfortable position in the shade. I don't think there's a more beautiful wild animal than a tiger.
The Amur Tiger close up.
The Spectacled Bear took some time out of his busy schedule of eating and napping to pose for the camera.
The Spectacled Bear close up.
This Chimpanzee looks like he's seen it all. He was completely unfazed by some little chimpanzee's flying around their habitat. He was content to slowly munch on his snack.
The Chimpanzee close up.
This White Rhinoceros was doing some grazing when we spotted him.
The White Rhinoceros close up.
This seal was taking it easy today, lounging around in the shade while still enjoying the warm sun on his face.
The seal close up.
We caught this African Penguin right before he took the plunge into the water.
The African Penguin close up.
As always, the American Flamingo doing what it does best, standing around.
The American Flamingo close up.
Click on "Continue reading" to see pics of Drew, me, his pre-k class and Drew almost being eaten by a lion!
Drew and me on the train at the start of our day at the zoo.
Drew almost being eaten by a lion!
A handsome young boy and a beautiful background of blooming spring trees and daddy composes the most boring picture in the world...bad photographer, bad.
Besides being the only child with a face, Drew tends to stand out a little from the rest of his class. (Actually, Drew's about the same height as the boy on the far left.)
Today is tax day, April 15th, the day where thinking people realize that maybe, just maybe, the federal government is out of control. Two questions: one rhetorical and one actual.
1) Assuming it was legal, would it be moral to allow people to borrow money from their children and grandchildren? This would be done without the children and grandchildren's consent and without regard to whether they were even alive yet. Further, the debt is one which the children and grandchildren could never get out of by declaring bankruptcy or otherwise. What would you think of someone who lived it up while saddling their offspring with ten of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt? Obviously, such a person would be a disgusting amoral individual who, at all costs, should be prohibited from stealing from future generations.
2) Is it any less immoral if a government does it instead?
Drew and Will set out carrots for the Easter bunny last night. Easter morning Drew and Will looked out our back door but couldn't see any eggs that the Easter bunny might have left. Since it was raining Drew thought that the Easter bunny might have hidden them in the house. So, off we went look for Easter eggs and we found them in the living room!
After church, we all went to Ma and Pa's for lunch and more egg hunting. This is Will and Drew after their second egg hunt of the day.
Finally, back home after a long day. Time to enjoy some Easter candy!
On the day before Easter, we spotted Mama, Daddy and Baby bunnies in our backyard. We are pretty sure they were scoping out places to hide Easter Eggs to report back to the Easter Bunny for his visit tomorrow.
After soccer practice, we all dyed Easter eggs. Drew was quite insistent that we were not "coloring" the eggs, rather, we were "dyeing" the eggs.
The final product: back row, Dudley's Bobbling Eggs (actually from a few years ago), second from back, Sesame Street Easter Eggs, and front, 1 1/2 dozen of PAAS best (does anybody use anything other than PAAS?).
Exactly two weeks after he first noticed something poking him in his mouth, Drew lost his first tooth. It came out at dinner when he took a sip of milk. Under the pillow it will go in hope that the Tooth Fairy will exchange it for some serious coin. What is the going rate these days?
Drew and I went on a long walk today, just under 3 miles according to the Google Maps Pedometer, all around the local community college finishing up at the local school's playground.
We saw some friendly geese at the community college.
Despite being tired from our long walk, Drew had plenty of energy to enjoy some time playing at his future school's playground.
Lots of sliding and climbing finished out our day before we headed home for a wonderful dinner.
Tonight the four of us went to see Sesame Street Live (for the third time) featuring "Elmo's Green Thumb." Elmo raised his sunflower friend, Sunny, since he was a seed and now he has out grown his pot so Elmo was looking for the perfect place to plant him. Along the way, Abby Cadabby cast a spell to make Sunny grow but it had the opposite effect and made everyone small (a concept no doubt lost on many of the younger kid). Eventually, Abby remembers the right spell (which Drew figured out) and everyone is made big again and Sunny is planted in the perfect spot.
Elmo and his friends planting Sunny in the perfect spot.
I love Oscar...he's such a grouch. Along those lines, while obviously the show was very professionally done, Mary and I both thought it was lacking when compared to previous years excellent offerings: 2008's "When Elmo Grows Up" and 2006's "Super Grover Ready for Action!"
Drew and Will during intermission. Will came dressed for the show sporting his favorite Sesame Street character...Elmo!
Is that the world's greatest iPhone home screen or what? Thanks to Drew and Will, my (our) iPhone has finally filled with the maximum 9 pages of applications. The applications very roughly break down into the following pages: default applications, search and news, reference and music, utilities and 5 and 1/2 pages of games which appeal from toddlers to children to adults. I will now have to cull through the games with Drew's assistance to see what can be deleted to make room for new ones. After the jump, a screen shot of each page for posterity.
Page one, mostly default applications, slightly rearranged, and a DanzFamily.com icon in the lower right.
Page two, SplashID one of, if not the best, secure personal information storage programs along with search and news applications.
Page three, reference and music applications. The various music applications are really amazing and I wish I had more time to enjoy them. As it is, I probably listen to AOL Radio the most to hear WBBM News Radio out of Chicago. They haven't changed their sound in decades and hearing them makes me feel like I'm still connected to Chicago.
Page four, some utilities including various dice applications that have replaced real dice in some games we play. The spinner on the Chutes and Ladders game I played as a child has seen better days and so we always use the iPhone instead. For some other games, it's just easier for Will to roll virtual dice than to toss a real one across a table.
Page five, Drew is a tic-tac-toe and checkers master. Even Will is starting to get the hang of tic-tac-toe, although he prefers the one on page seven.
Page six, I play PBJTime when I make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the boys, Crazy Mouth was an early favorite of Will, Trace is a fun game for the older crowd while Bolt is true to the movie.
Page seven, Morocco is Othello, DinoWar is the classic kids card game War that somehow just isn't as fun as slapping down a real card and picking up your wins, and DizzyBee is well enjoyed by both boys,
Page eight, some silly games for Will and other time wasters.
Page nine, awesome idea but too difficult in reality JellyCar, my current favorite LightBike which is a brilliant implementation of Tron and the last application LED Message I will post about sometime in the near future.
A few years back I started my annual tradition of never surfing the internet on April 1st. Perhaps I have no sense of humor, or perhaps I have little tolerance for what passes as humor on this day. Either way, I won't be wasting my time on fake news articles, fake gadgets and fake stories of interest. Unfortunately, I checked my email just after midnight and Google's Gmail had a link to their new Autopilot feature. I am right now drafting a letter to Google billing them for one minute of my time wasted. Bah humbug. And, get off my lawn!