Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Yesterday I noticed that her 2nd tooth had finally popped thru! Yippee!
Last night was the last night for her to get a bottle. We'd been cutting down the number of bottles over the last two months; first taking away her noon bottle, then her 4p.m. bottle, then her morning bottle. Tonight was the first night she didn't get her 7p.m.-ish bottle. She did pretty good. (relatively speaking, considering she is crabby from teething, and both of my kids seemed to be a little off-their-rocker tonight. I think it is the impending weather). So, since I cut each bottle out "cold turkey" --we're done with bottles!! Yahoo!
Today, I noticed that Hannah was getting into a standing position in the middle of the room (without pulling up on anything), and taking a few steps. She'd done this randomly over the last month, but today it was like she was a pro. And then I noticed, she was taking a lot more steps too! She picked up a cracker, then walked at least 15 steps. She's rockin it! The last few weeks I've been thinking "geez, is she going to walk in time for our trip or not?!?!" ...but after today I'm thinking it should definately happen! I'm anxious to see how she progresses the next few days!
Tonight, she found a toy hairbrush and toddled over to Matt (who was laying on the floor) and "brushed" his hair. I laughed so hard I thought I might wet my pants. It was so funny. She was not really gentle...lol...then she'd rub his head with her hand, and giggle, and do it some more. Too cute!!
As far as Brooke goes, if I get my nostalgic hat on, I would say "this is the last Thursday that she will be a four-year-old!". She is getting so excited for her birthday. I have no idea what to get her! For her treats for school she requested brownies and chips. The chip request didn't surprise me because she loves chips; but we hardly ever have brownies around here! Maybe that's why she asked for them! Before her big Birthday next week, we have a quiet (and snowy, supposedly) weekend ahead of us. Matt is not working on Saturday and I hope we all have a great, relaxing weekend together! As previously mentioned- the girls were kind of a mess tonight-- Brooke was totally off her rocker--and I'm thinking it is the weather--(considering that several people said they were having the same problem tonight)--so I hope once the weather hits, she'll calm down a bit!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
I thought I needed to get myself a blog post done, and since I've had a busy week of just trying to keep the girls entertained during spring break; I have decided to share a few of my favorite things with you. Just five. Because Lord knows I might need to do another post like this someday :)
1. I love church camp. Loved going to it growing up, loved working at one, love them. It is a happy place...and was always so much better than my "real life"...because popularity wasn't an issue, everyone was nice because we all had Jesus in our heart. It is a great thing. Everyone should get to go to church camp at least one time in their life. I always thought it would be AWESOME to own a church camp someday...but I doubt that I will ever get to!
2. Doritos and dip. Specifically, AE (Anderson/Erikson) Party dip. My cousin Danica and I always share in this fabulous snack when we get together and catch up on life. Danica always has to bring the dip because they don't sell it where we live.
3. Friends. Friends make my world go 'round. I love my friends. My heart aches when friendships seem to change....I take friendships so personally and to heart...which is fine and dandy when I have friends who know I'm high maintenance like that and "Show me the love"; but which causes me to drive myself crazy when they don't know that ;) But I love friends. Old ones and new ones.
4. Smutty romance novels. I love quick reads, and those red paperback Harlequin or Silhouette romances fit the bill for me. I have branced out in the last year thanks to my friend Debbi, but my old fallback when looking for something to read is grabbing the newest smutty romance novel off the shelf at wal-mart.
5. Massages. I wish I could afford one-a-week. They are so relaxing. I love feeling the knots in my muscles getting worked out of me. I like chatting with the masseuse. Or dozing off. If you ever feel like buying me a present, a massage is a good way to go!
What are a few of your favorite things?
Oh and one more.... I love weekends where Matt is not working Saturdays. That is this weekend....yipppeeee!
Have a great one--
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Can you tell I'm excited?! Well, as you know (and will hear much of), our big trip is in seven weeks. We are doing that seven day Disney cruise that I mentioned before. I cannot wait! But yesterday it got even better...!
We are flying in 3 days before we set sail so that we can go visit some of my family in Sarasota. AFTER we had booked our plane tickets to include that pre-trip visit, we found out that said family is coming up north (i.e to Iowa, where I am from) this summer, a month after we are there! I didn't want to cancel our Sarasota portion (it would cost too much to change the airlines anyways), but was bummed to have the two visits so close to each other! Yet I still want to see them too!
Yesterday as I was laying in the tanning bed, I had an epiphany. You can really do some good thinking in a tanning bed if you don't fall asleep! Instead of spending Wednesday AND Thursday night in Sarsota, then driving back to Orlando on Friday after lunch and spending Friday night there waiting for our cruise day; we could just drive back to Orlando on Thursday night.... and then on FRIDAY we could go spend the WHOLE DAY at MAGIC KINGDOM! I love the magic kingdom. Doing this would only cause us to lose a few hours with family in Sarasota, but in turn would give us A WHOLE DAY AT MAGIC KINGDOM!!! All I had to do was talk the rest of the family into spending the $ on the tickets!
Well talking the family into it was no problem. yipppeeee! Then we got to thinking "Geez, if we're going to spend 2 nights in Orlando and we're going to spend a day at Magic Kingdom, maybe we should go ahead and stay at a Disney resort instead of the Airport Hyatt!"..... So we are going to stay at the Swan and Dolphin, and the cruise bus picks up right there. I'm so excited.
We'll spend that Wednesday evening with family (hopefully), and that Thursday morning thru mid afternoon with my Grandma; and then we'll head on back to Orlando. Then on Friday--- it's off to Magic Kingdom!! Brooke will be tall enough for all the rides now! How exciting! And it will be Hannah's first visit!!!! And we're staying on-site so we could jet back to the hotel for a nap if we need to! It was driving me nuts to be IN ORLANDO and NOT go to the parks at all. Magic Kingdom is our favorite park (followed closely by MGM/Hollywood studios), so I'm so excited to get this worked out! And then, we'll see more of my family just a month later in Iowa!
I'm so darn excited. Can you tell?! Will you be able to handle this for seven more weeks?!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I will start by giving some kudos to my girls though. Hannah's rash cleared up so I took them to get their pictures done this morning-- Brooke's 5yr-old, Hannah's one-year old, and them together. I was really hoping they would cooperate. Even though Hannah is at the age where she keeps trying to crawl away, we were fortunate to get a couple cute ones of them together and several great individual shots. Brooke was her normal supermodel self. I was so thrilled with how they turned out.
But it's been all down-hill since then! Hannah is in a teething nightmare. That's gotta be the problem. We came home and she took a horrible morning nap. She didn't eat much for lunch and spent a lot of time screaming at me (literally). I got a little more food down her before her (again, horrible) afternoon nap. I put her down at 1:30 and at 2:45 she started crying. I went up to her room, layed her back down, gave her a paci, turned on the mobile and left. 3p.m she was crying some more. Went back up there...she'd somehow taken her pants off (thankfully not her diaper too). I got her re-situated again and thought "She is just going to have to cry it out." Man-oh-man...did she ever! She screeched, cried and screamed for 30 minutes.... finally I decided she was not going back to sleep so I got her up. She was a mess all evening. Fussy, not eating well, screeching at me some more, getting mad at her toys....! I gave up and put her down for bed at 7.... Matt wasn't even home (from flying) yet! Man I am sure hoping she does better tomorrow. She popped thru a little bit of her first tooth on Monday, I'm hoping after our rough day today she pops thru a few more overnight!
Brooke, on the other hand, was great today. She was not demanding or high maintenance, and was pretty patient and laid back with the fact that Hannah was taking most of my attention or energy. Yeah for my big girl!!! I joked on my facebook page that I was thinking about putting rum in my diet-dr.pepper.... those of you who know me well know that I don't drink at all actually... but if Brooke would've been in a difficult mood too; I just might have started!!!
That being said.... I am going to bed and saying a prayer for a better day tomorrow and a good weekend!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
After a horrible day on Sunday, where she wouldn't eat or drink a thing, and was crabby crabby; she woke up Monday morning with a wee-bit of her first tooth finally poking thru! A breakthrough! finally!! of course, then last night we discovered she had a rash all over-- yet another possible side-effect to teething. My kids teethe worse than anyone I know. Every symptom in the book! Brooke will be in 2nd grade before she ever gets a loose tooth, I swear!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sweet Hannah is still not herself and it is stressing me out. She was doing pretty good thru the mid-to-end of the week last week, but Saturday morning when she woke up she had a lot of congestion and was hacking away on it. She was still in pretty decent spirits on Saturday.... but Saturday night she didn't sleep worth a darn and Sunday was not a good day. She woke up at 7 (remember this would be the usual 6a.m.) and we couldn't get her back down, so she snuggled in bed with us for awhile. Brooke and I went to church and left Hannah and Matt at home. All day long it was a battle to get any food or drink down her. She just swats away anything you bring near her mouth. The poor thing does not feel good, but she's going to feel a lot worse if we end up back in the hospital because she gets dehydrated. Thankfully, while Brooke and I were gone last night, Matt got about 4 ounces of pedialyte down her by finally putting it in a bottle, followed by 6 ounces of milk. I hope that was enough! I didn't hear her fussing last night at all and she's still asleep, so I'm hoping we are on the road back to normalcy! Then the next hurdle will be broadening her eating repetoire!
I've been doing much better about eating lately and I am hoping it is paying off. I've bounced around the same 7 lbs for about a month now (my own fault), so I'm hoping I will finally see that middle digit on the scale drop and we'll start a downward trend. I need more flexibility in my life than to just follow a specific plan, but I bought the "Biggest Loser 30 Day jump start" book and have been loosely eating according to those menu plans. I've tried to really watch my intake of carbs--white ones especially-- and that seems to be helping. I'm not one of those totally anti-carb people, but I am seeing that protein and vegetables seem to hold me over longer. They just don't taste as good as carbs do...!
I better go get the kids moving. Please do say a prayer that Hannah gets back to her normal self, and that I keep being successful in my fitness endeavors. I would like to look decent for the cruise!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Today, in honor of the sweet angel, I painted my toenails pink. I'm going to wear a pink shirt. I'm hoping to send a pink balloon up to the skies. I'm going to go buy Hannah "MooBaaLaLaLa" because I hear it is a great book and one of Cora's favorites and so we will share it together and someday I'll tell her all about Cora. I'm going to snuggle my babies closer. And I made my donation from the etsy sale online.
Please pray for Jess and Joel....these souls I have never met but whom I love nonetheless....pray that they will feel Cora's love today, and that they will hold each other tight, and that Jesus will shower them with the peace that passes allllllll understanding.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Last night, however, life in general started looking up. I was working on our Disney Cruise pkg with DCL, and found out that they had opened up military discounts on our sailing. Our friends that are going with us are military...and not only do they get a discount but two of their travelling companions rooms' get discounts too meaning all three of our rooms get discounts! So that is another $900 back in our pocket! Yipppeeeee!
Today, I bought one of those $2 crossword scratchoff lottery tickets...and I won $100. Yipppeee!
After lunch, Brooke had her first dentist appointment ever. She can tend to be over-dramatic and get scared/worked up about things like this (she FREAKS when she has to go see our family doctor). I was really dreading the dentist visit. She did AMAZING!!!! She was in a very chipper (bouncing off the walls!) mood when we got there, being very social, etc. She hopped right in the chair, and they did the whole thing-- cleaning, polishing, flossing, and even a fluoride application! She didn't get upset or anything. It was FABULOUS! I was so proud of her! Of course our hygenist is wonderful and that made a big difference. I just couldn't believe we got through it with no drama.
Thank goodness the weather is gorgeous today. We should get some good outside time here after nap.
Oh. And I bought a swimsuit today. Not because I've lost anywhere near my 30 lbs. But because I'm hoping that if I hang it in plain sight and have a daily reminder of having to wear it in 2 months, that it will remind me to do crunches, not eat cookies, love on my vegetables a little more, etc.
Hope you're having a great day!
Monday, March 2, 2009
Hannah got sick on Friday night (as in-puked in her bed. and man was it gross). She was okay on Saturday...just seemed to be fighting her teething like crazy but didn't get sick or anything. Sunday she seemed to be doing okay too but had some pretty nasty diapers and her appetite was terrible. Still, she was having wet diapers, etc. so we thought we were doing okay. She was on tylenol pretty frequently for her teething.
This morning when I got her up...she was nothing like her usual self. Usually, when I go into her room, she's happy to see me and standing up and squealing. This morning, she was sitting there, looking none to happy and wimpering a little bit. Usually, when I lay her down to change her diaper, she throws a fit and immediately needs her bottle shoved in her mouth so we can get thru that morning diaper change. This morning I'd decided we were going to work on eliminating that morning bottle. She didn't cry. She just laid there, with her paci. She didn't do much of anything at all. Usually, after I change her diaper, she crawls off (ditching the bottle she's already drained) and babbles away and plays. This morning, she laid there until I picked her up. I held her on my lap. Usually she does not cuddle. She laid against me and was limp like she was sleeping. Brooke got in her face and was all "hey hannah! how are you today!". Usually she squeals or swats at Brooke. She didn't move. Her eyes moved some, but she pretty much stayed right where she was, nestled against me. While I was holding her, I noticed that her breathing seemed shallow and her little heart was racing like I've never felt before. Fortunately Matt was home (sick) and I had him come hold her and see what he thought. He said "I think we're going to the ER".
I don't know about your family doctor, but on Monday mornings, it is almost impossible to get thru even to the appt scheduler at our doctor. So I tried calling several times and couldn't get thru. We sent Brooke off to school with grandma, and got Hannah in the car. I finally got thru at the doctors and they got the nurse on the phone, and she said given the symptoms to go ahead and go to the ER. We were already 1/2 way there anyways.
We got in past triage pretty fast, were in the waiting room about 15 minutes, then waited about another 20 minutes for the nurse to come in our room. They had us put Hannah in a little gown. (ache to mommy's heart #1). They asked some questions and put a little puls-ox/heart rate monitor on Hannah's toe. It was reading in the 160s. Should've been more in the 130's or so. We sat there some more. We got her to drink her juice and eat some yogurt melts and she chippered up some. Then they came in and said that they were going to need to draw blood, start an IV line (hopefully in the same stick) and do a cath to get a urine sample. And they wanted mommy and daddy to wait outside while they did all that... so baby doesn't sit there and wonder why we aren't saving her from the torture and when it's done we can swoop in and rescue her. (ache to mommy's heart #2). We waited. She screamed. she stopped. we heard her screaming more. (heartache#3). I just knew they were having trouble getting a vein. When we went in there, that had indeed been the problem. Poor sweet Hannah.
Then we had to take her for a chest xray. They wanted to see if there was anything in there that might be causing any of this. If you've never had a baby get an xray...I don't recommend it. Torturous to see. They stuck her in this tube for lack of better description. She was upright and kind of on a little seat thing, with this casing that wrapped around her. With her arms stretched above her head. She was strapped in like a hotdog in a bun (heartache#4). When they were trying to get her in there the poor little thing was trying frantically to stick her paci back in her mouth before they trapped her arms. I said "ohooh let her get her paci in!"...which they did. They hadn't even noticed she'd had ahold of it. So after watching that torture we got to back to our ER room.
They started a saline drip to get her hydrated. She fell asleep laying on mommy...she was so tired...They did 2 bags, and put some antibiotics in the 2nd bag. Just in case I think is what they said. All the tests came back okay (except there is one blood test that takes 3 days), xrays looked fine. Given the description of her symptoms, etc; they determined that she was either dehydrated or had a fibrile seizure (not sure that's the right word; but basically a seizure that is brought on by a spike in a temperature). Her symptoms were similar to how they would be after one of those seizures happened and she might have had one right before she woke up and we saw the after-effects. My gut tells me it was probably dehydration...because while we were waiting she did perk up some once we got her juice and snacks going.
We got home and she slept for 3 hrs. Her appetite is not great right now, but we kept getting fluids down her. I don't know if it's a tummy bug that's brought this all on, or if the appetite problem is from teething or what. We go to our family doctor tomorrow for a follow-up visit. Say some prayers that she will be back to her old self soon.
The whole time we were in there, I'd tear up anytime they had to do something to her. My heart just hurt watching my baby hurt. I kept thinking about the McClenahan's and what they went thru with Baby Cora. I just cannot imagine. It certainly reminded me to keep praying for them as I thanked God that all our tests came back fine, etc.
So that's the start to our week. Let's hope it slows down - a lot!