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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Entertaining a toddler in the worst scenarios

Our little Jax had a few seizures over the last few months. It has all been very scary for us, and his parents, and everyone who loves him.
After doing some initial testing, the Neurologist decided to admit Jax to the University of Virginia for 24 hour/day epilepsy monitoring.
A 2 and a half year old is hard enough to keep happy and entertained. But put him in a strange environment, strap wires and crap to his head, make him wear a backpack which contains some of the monitoring equipment, and tell him that he CAN'T get out of bed for 3-5 days! UGHHHHH.
So I took a day off during that week to go down to UVA and hang out with my favorite dude. As well as give his Momma a little break ;)

So what does an Auntie, such as myself, bring to her favorite boy to help keep him happy, and entertained in his cute little hospital bed?
Well...I'm going to tell you!
It wasn't easy. I had to think things that he would like and not become bored with TOO quickly. Stuff that didn't need tons of space. Stuff that didn't rile him up TOO much, etc.
1. Blue bucket/tote. From Michael's with  a coupon. Can't beat that with a stick.I was going to paint his name on the front really cute but ran out of time!
2. Matchbox cars
3. Various action figures or "mans," as he calls them. I really like the Imagenext ones and also Fisher Price "little people."
4. Shape and color flash cards
5. Books, books, and more books.
6. Frozen, Cars, and Toy story sticker/activity packs from the $1 bin at Target
7. Squeeze applesauce in different flavors. His appetite wasn't that great, so at least these got some good vitamins and nutrients into him!
8. Crayons and coloring books.
9. Pirate puzzle
10. Animal Crackers in little, pre filled containers.
11. Little sorting game with tiny, plastic farm animals that you can sort by animal, color, size, etc.
12. DVDs (Walmart has some cheap ones in those bins, you just have to dig for them!)
13. Stickers
14. Tic Tacs (I don't know why, but the kid loves those things!)
15. Beanie baby Elephant...because Elephants are his fav.
Probably more, but I forgot...
He is doing OK now. They never noted any seziure activity on his EEG and he is on preventative medications.

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