Monday, March 30, 2009

Family adventures

Last week Andrew's brother, wife and kiddos came to visit and we had an amazing time! So much fun! They came during the week and surprisingly enough daddy was able to take a lot of time off and we all hung out. The kids hasn't all been together since November of 2007 so it was a blast watching the kids play. Wednesday we took Lily out of school and we all went to the zoo. It was a really nice day, can't beat AZ in March. The kids were all well behaved and then got drenched in the splash zone at the end of the day. Oliver screamed all the way there and back home, but he was good at the zoo. Thursday Lily went to school and Andi and her cousins went to gymnastics, her teacher let the kids join the class free of charge. They all had a blast, it was fun to watch them. Andi was showing off a bit in front of her cousins, but I wouldn't expect anything else from her. Our little show off. Then we went to lunch and sat outside at this cute Mexican place, then to the mall, then to their hotel and the kids swam in the heated pool. That night Andrew and Andi had to go to soccer practice. Andi started soccer and they didn't have anyone to coach so Andrew stepped up. I will use my friends expression "it was like herding cats", but cute. Everyone went along to practice but Lily, Oliver and me (I was tired!) but then everyone came over for pizza afterwards. It was so funny watching the kids, they were all over the house, wrestling, gymnastics, etc. It was fun to watch them all get along so well.

Friday we just hung out at the house for a bit then went to an outdoor mall with a play area for the kids, had some lunch and off to the airport to see them off. We were all a little sad to see them go, it was such a short trip and went so fast, but we are glad that we are all getting together at Andrew's other brothers place in June and we get to see our new baby niece and attend her baptism. That will be in Colorado. It is so cool that the cousins are all within the same age range from 0-6, but it sucks that we all live in different states. We just all have to do our part to keep in touch and visit when we can. I have such fond memories of growing up with my cousins and so much want the same for my kids.

Saturday Andi had her first game and well she started out good. She was the only girl and the tallest kid on the team. She is so athletic and looked so good out there, but after maybe 10 minutes and not getting a goal she declared that "I quit!" she said it was too hard and didn't want to play anymore. She sat crossed legged with her hands on her chin. Not our proudest moments as parents but what can you do? She will continue to go to practice and the games even if she sits the sidelines, she can't quit. That was how I was raised and will do the same.

I am a little jealous that Andrew and Andi are headed to Colorado this weekend to meet our new niece Jayda! She is only 10 days older than Oliver! Lily, Oliver and I will meet her in June like I mentioned before but Andrew wanted a trip with just Andi and what better place to go than to meet our newest family member. But I am a little jealous, can't lie. June can't come soon enough.

Lily had an awesome day in therapy today and then was sent to school. She was so happy when I dropped her off, I hope she wasn't too tired. She trotted on Ruby the horse this morning and laughed and clapped. That kids loves going fast!

Oliver is good. 7 weeks old and growing like a weed. He is in size 2 diapers already! He goes for his two month check up next Monday as well as Andi goes for her 4 year check up. He has already rolled over twice out of anger while on his tummy. He has a bit of a temper and does NOT like the car seat, the swing or bouncy seat. If he is awake he demands to be held and all is well, if he is held. He spends a lot of time in the sling or bjorn while I vacuum, clean, cook, etc. Luckily he does take a really long nap in the afternoon that I use for work from home stuff, Facebook (guilty pleasure), blogging, etc. I suppose I could do something more productive, but I'm not in the mood.

Well this is long and scattered, when isn't it? I thought of a great kids book idea last night while feeding Oliver and wonder how does someone go about that? Just make the book then try to sell it? It really is a cute idea. But don't we all have great ideas at 1am?

Just wanted to add that Aunt Carol is in our prayers, we love you.

And baby Siar is in our prayers. We hope you are off the vent and home really soon with big healthy lungs!

We love you!

The kids minus sleeping Oliver

Oliver 7 weeks

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Andi Jane!

Happy 4th Birthday to our vivacious, spunky, gorgeous, brown eyed
St. Patty's baby!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Birthday Party

Although Andi's actual birthday isn't until the 17th, we had her party today. I uploaded mucho pictures on Flickr and have them on the slide show up on top.
Just sharing! :)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Big week!

Well it's been eventful around here!

Thursday Oliver was not only 4 weeks, but also 1 month. How often does that coincide?

He is doing well. No fever, a little congested, but no other worries. Well I always worry, but he's fine. I realized my heart can't take another newborn (nor my house), as sweet and as wonderful as they are, these reflexes are too much. He reminds me a lot of Andi. He likes to be walked around, only goes in the swing when he's asleep and cries in the car seat. I am wondering where my mellow boy went and am wondering if we are meant to raise very strong willed children. Oh and who are these people who say their kid slept through the night at one month? Why am I not one of those people? Oh well. He is adorable and that counts for a lot.

Anyway, on to Lily, Lily lost her two bottom teeth! Well maybe lost is a loose term, daddy took some fly fishing scissors and just pulled them out. They were hanging by a thread and her adult teeth are already in behind the baby ones. I think this is the start of those awkward years...crazy teeth. I've tried to take a picture but she won't cooperate. Lily scared us with a strange new seizure last night that lasted about 2 minutes. Dr. Mom is trying to figure what should increase, but thinks she might have to call in reinforcements since I have not seen this type of seizure before I am not sure what med would stop it. I hope something will. She has been doing so well, I hate to see new seizures. She has had a growth spurt so she might have just grown out of her dose.

It was funny, when they admitted Oliver the chart nurse was going over everything and asked about family history, I had to tell him about Lily and he said "Wow you just rambled that off like you're some medical professional, are you?" I smiled and said "I should be".

Andi...Andi..Andi. Andi has been a little difficult lately. Lots of tantrums and has been very hard to deal with. I have been doing my best at sharing "me" but it doesn't seem to be enough. I know we are still adjusting, but yesterday I was looking for military preschools on Google....not really.. but. She did just say something pretty funny, she said "I wish Obama would come over and see my baby brother, he would like him".

Silly sleeping Lily

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

De Ja Vu

Lily was 3 weeks old 3 days when we took her to the ER. I watched her get poked, prodded and scanned. It was heartbreaking and devastating.
So imagine my surprise and detriment when there I was 6 in a half years later at the same hospital in the same ER with my 3 week 3 day old son. We were NOT there due to a seizure, but we were there. He woke up at 3 am for a feeding and was burning up. I took his temp off and on for an hour, took off his clothes and prayed it would go away. I looked online when to go to the hospital and it says over 38 Celsius. He was just at 38 degrees and I didn't know what to do. Andrew was up north with my parents and the girls. At 4am I called on call ped and the RN called me back at 5:30am. She said it was borderline, she'd call back at 6:30am and go from there. At 6:30am he was 38.1 and she said "take him in". I take him in.
It was a whirl wind from there. They have a protocol for kids under 4 weeks with a fever and it is not pretty. Right in front of my eyes there they are stripping him, putting a cath in him, poking him for blood, trying to get an IV and then the said he needed a lumbar puncture. I stood there watching them hold him in a ball, he was screaming and I was bawling. No more pride, no more trying to be strong, they were hurting my baby and it was killing me. I stood there staring when I finally "Mom..Mom" I look at the nurse and she is looking at me asking me if I am ok, do I need to sit down. I nod that I am ok and stroke his hair. I can't express how absolutely awful that was to see. I did not see 3 week old Lily have her LP done. They then tell me he will be admitted for up to 3 days, possibly longer then they leave me to nurse him. I call Andrew and start crying. "It is bringing back too many memories, I'm dying here" I tell him. He calms me down. Tells me not to worry about the girls, because I indeed was and we were in our room in less than an hour.
So for the rest of that day they are poking my boy, checking his temp (which had almost all but gone normal by the time we were admitted), blood pressure, etc. They shoved a thing up his nose to check for RSV. It was awful. My sister and aunt stayed with me the first day. Andrew drove back with the girls that day and he came to visit in the evening while my nieces watched the girls. I heard Lily is sick (again!) and Andi was refusing to take her antibiotics while up north. Great. I knew this is why he was sick in the first place. I just wish he got sick on a Monday, I would have rather taken him to our pediatrician first before the ER. We were told no one under 12 could visit, which was heartbreaking for Andi. She was so sad. It was funny, when Andrew told her Sunday night he was going to visit us she said "well how old are you?" She is so funny.
We had to stay at least 48 hours to get all the results back. Of course they were all negative. They pumped him so full of antibiotics he had loose stools and stinky pee. And most likely he just had a virus that wouldn't respond at all to the antibiotics at all in the first place.
Monday he was crying inconsolably and I was really worried. I thought, this is a brain thing, something is wrong him. The RN said I think his IV might be bad and sure enough it was. He was having meds go in a bad line and they said that can be painful. I was just sick with guilt having my baby hurt over and over. And then they had to take the one out and put a new one in.
By Monday night I had had it with that place. The beeping machines, the techs who didn't care about waking up a sleepy baby for stats, the nurse who wasn't very sweet, it was all to much and I got very agitated around 3am.
Thank God at 8am I was told all is negative and we can go home. But first we had to stop by the cashier who kindly told me I owed $1100.
We're home. Oliver has been the most at peace since Friday (he was fussy on Sat before the fever started). He is back to his old self and I am not compulsively worrying that he will have something wrong with his brain any minute.
Oliver will be fine. No fever since admission on Sunday Morning. He has no congestion, anything. We go for a follow up with his pediatrician tomorrow and he will have his RSV results, which I am sure will be negative as well.
It was a tough two days. The memories were overwhelming of that first hospital stay with Lily and there was no sun shine, I hadn't seen my girls since Friday, it was awful.
It is amazing though how much we think a scar has healed when we don't look at it. Then we catch a glimpse of it and we realize it is still more of an open wound than a scar. I think I will always have a gaping wound when it comes to all we have gone through with Lily. Every time I think I am healed and take off the bandage I am reminded I am still wounded.

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