Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Surgery went well!


Waking up an hour before her normal time was hard on her

Before surgery... happy baby

After surgery...thanks to the evil gas known as Sevoflorane...read on to see what I mean

So Chloe's ears are now officially clear and tubed! YAY!!! From the time the OR nurse took Chloe from me, until the time Dr. Brandon came to talk to us, it was a mere 13 minutes. Now, don't get me wrong...it was THE longest 13 minutes ever, but so well worth it. The doctor told us that he pulled out tons of thick junk from behind her eardrum and that he felt like by doing that he "cranked up her volume about 4 notches." I feel confident that she will really start talking soon now that she can hear much better.
The worst part of the surgery was the type of gas that anesthesia used to put her to sleep. My nurse friends will totally get what I am talking about when I explain this...Sevoflorane is the evil gas! It makes children wake up screaming like banshees for about 30 minutes and they have no idea where they are, who is holding them (even if it's mom or dad), and they just have this look of total fear and drunkeness in their eyes. It is the worst thing to see your own child go through this and know that you cannot do anything about it until they blow the gas off through time and crying. Unfortunately for Chloe, she did not receive the Fentanyl nasal spray that can prevent this reaction, but at the hospital I worked at in Ohio, most children did and they woke up a lot different....pleasant.
Anyways, here are a few pics of her before and after surgery. The expressions tell all.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Pics, Pics and more Pics


"I love yogurt!" Immediately following this meal, she went to the tub. And since then, she eats topless if she is feeding herself. What a mess!!!




I've been listening to Chloe's lungs a lot while she has had this bronchiolitis and have been Purelling quite a bit too. She's caught on and loves to wear my stethascope around her neck now and carry the Purell with her.


In her new Chick-fil-A onesie. She actually sat and posed for this one when she saw the camera.


Chloe loves playing with the farm and her animals. It can pass lots of time during the day. The newest thing is taking the farm and every animal (one by one) from the living room into the kitchen and back.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Sick AGAIN!

So Chloe is sick again...this time it's another ear infection and bronchiolitis which is the same thing that is caused by the RSV virus. Last year, it landed her in the hospital on oxygen for a few days, but I feel like now that she is older and stronger that she will recover at home just fine. That's my prayer at least. My other prayer is that they will still be able to do her surgery on Wednesday. She is getting ear tubes placed and based on my experience as a recovery room nurse, I know that anesthesia will not be given to any child that is wheezing and coughing like she is etc... I'm putting this in God's hands as I know the best will be brought forth that way.
On a happier note, at her doctor's appointment Friday, they went ahead and did her 15 month well-check stuff too and I'm proud to announce that my baby girl is now 31.5 inches tall (she grew 3 inches in 3 months) and is 25.5 pounds (a 4 pound gain in 3 months). Can we say major growth spurt going on?!? She went from being in the 25% in length to the 75%!!! Developmentally, she is ahead of schedule except for her communication, but her pediatrician said that she is not really behind in it...just not ahead like in everything else. She also thinks that the ear tubes are going to help that as she feels like Chloe is not hearing words clearly since she has had 8 ear infections in 10 months now. I mean truly, if my ears were full of fluid all of the time, I wouldn't hear sounds properly either. Her doctor said that with the tubes allowing the fluid to drain instead of build up, that she will probably begin talking my ears off soon. I told her that she already babbles them off as it is so I'm just waiting for the day when Chloe begins using "real words." I'm in trouble then.
It's about time for some new pictures of Chloe so I'll get those posted next time - promise.

We're baaaaack!

Well, after an extremely busy, yet exciting, week in Orlando we are finally back home safe and sound. We arrived back to Clarksville Thursday afternoon and were so happy to be back with Chloe. Now, things are back to normal, as though we never left.
The theme of this year's seminar was "Great Leaders Serve." Think about it...that phrase is true. I have had employers who had the servant leadership attitude and were willing to lead by example and service. I loved working for them and formed a bond with them because of the interest that they took in me and their strong work ethic. On the other hand, I've had employers with the "do as I say, not as I do" attitude who wouldn't leave the chair behind their desk except for meals and bathroom breaks. Those were miserable situations to work in. I felt as though they didn't care, weren't interested, etc... From both of those situations, I learned that I want to be a great leader, the kind that serves others - I want Chloe and this new baby to see a servant in me and learn how to serve others as Jesus served. I want them to know that serving others is the greatest example that can be set. I mean look at it this way, Jesus washed His disciples feet...a very dirty job that was not even required of slaves in that day. What powerful service there! The King of Kings who should be having His own feet washed and not having to want or be bothered for anything, came to serve - not to be served.
I just want to share with you all some key points that I took away from this as it doesn't just relate to business owners at all. It relates to everyone...even stay at home moms like myself. Let me start off by saying that one of the reasons that I feel so blessed to be a part of the Chick-fil-A family is because they are a business based on Biblical principals. Many of the things we learned this week were backed up with scripture and presented in a whole new context. I loved it! Anyways, here we go. I am just going to share how the things I learned this week apply to me.

1. Leadership always begins with a picture of the future. To me, I have a vision of my future as a mommy. I have many specific goals that I have set for myself in regards to parenting and how I can shape Chloe's future by the actions and character that I display. I learned a while back that God has called me to be a stay at home mom and He laid on my heart that this is the most important job that I will ever have.
2. Prayer is the gateway to God's picture for my future. I can dream as much as I want to and visualize how I want the future to be, but without prayer and petition, it may never come to fruition. Or through prayer and petition I may see that God's future and vision for me is totally different and better than anything that I could have ever imagined. Read the story in the Bible of Nehemiah and see how God placed a vision on his heart and how it was carried through.
3. Big, revolutionary, life changing vision - we must call on God through prayer and scripture to reveal His vision to us.
4. To fully embody the values that we have, we need to say them and show them. The ways to do that are to really know your values (what are the values that you want to drive your behavior), share your values with others so that there is no guessing, and live your values.

Other things I want to share about this seminar is that if you have never had the chance to hear Louis Giglio, a famous pastor from Atlanta, speak, you need to find a way to do so. On Sunday night, he was the guest speaker and I'm telling you that he gave the most phenomenal message that I have ever heard. I am going to try to get a copy of it so if anyone wants to borrow it, let me know. Also, Chris Tomlin was there in concert and literally rocked the house. It was amazing!!! You know, the Bible says that where 2 more or are gathered, that God is in their presence. Let me tell you that I could literally feel the Holy Spirit in that room like no other. It was like His arms were wrapped around the entire room and giving us all tight squeezes. I can't even describe the internal feelings going on, but they were powerful.

All in all, a great week and now I am glad to be back home to put into the practice the lessons learned.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Time To Go...

It's that time of year again when Chick-fil-A corporate headquarters sends all of the owners and their spouses to an annual seminar. It's the third week of every February and it's always a great time to re-energize and set some goals for the current year. I am always uplifted when I attend these seminars as it's always great to be around other Chick-fil-A people.
As I get ready to leave here in a few minutes, I am sitting here thinking about just how good God really is. Most of you know that Chloe and I are attached at the hip and we go everywhere together - and I do mean everywhere (it's true that once you have a child you get no privacy at all. I started getting nervous about leaving her probably a month ago but immediately started praying to feel God's peace and calm about it. I can honestly say this morning that I am totally at peace and actually very very excited to be going on a trip with my husband. I am going to miss her a lot for sure, but I know that I am going to come back a totally refreshed and rejuvenated mommy...ready to tackle the world with Chloe again.
Keep my family in your prayers this week and I'll update you all when we get back at the end of the week.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A New Car!

Yep, that's right. David got me a new car yesterday and I love it! Since we have another baby on the way, I needed something bigger to drive as the Jeep just wasn't cutting it. I mean, it was barely big enough for Chloe's carseat, much less another one plus a double stroller etc... So, after spending nearly 2 weeks looking at vehicles and all day at the dealership, David worked out the price and got me a brand new Ford Edge. For those of you unfamiliar with the vehicle, it is a cross between a car and SUV. A lot like a Nissan Murano or a Pacifica. Have I mentioned that I absolutely love it and feel like I am in heaven while driving it? So...bye bye old car, hello new one.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Chloe and her Sign Language

So Chloe completely surprised me today with a new sign that I had no idea she even knew. I have shown it to her a few times, but have not been consistent with it like I was with the others. So, her new sign...? THANK YOU!!! I'm so excited that she has started "saying" that. How I discovered that she knew it is really fun. I asked her to give me a kiss this morning and she did it. I told her thank you afterwards and then I told her that mommy was going to give her a kiss back. When I gave her a kiss, she signed thank you. At first I thought she was just kissing her own hand and then moving it away. Then at lunch today, I told her to say thank you to a friend who had given her some Goldfish Crackers and she signed it again. I was floored! I mean, I worked diligently with her on learning signs for "all done", "more", and "help", but she just picked this one up pretty much on her own. I'm going to start doing "please" with her now too I think. It sure makes things easier when I know what she is trying to say.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Surgery is scheduled...

I forgot to blog about Chloe's ENT appointment yesterday. We went to see Dr. Brandon, a local ENT physician, who comes very highly recommended by everyone we know. He took a peek in her ears and then ordered a hearing test to be done by the audiologist. Luckily, Chloe's hearing is perfect (the doctor's words), and she has suffered absolutely no damage to her hearing as of now. Her tympanic membranes are stiff though which I found out means that her hearing is on the way to being damaged. He did go on to say that she has already had too many infections and that she is the perfect candidate for ear tubes. So, after answering a ton of questions about the procedure and anesthesia (yes, the pediatric nurse came out of me yesterday), we felt extremely comfortable with him and set the surgery date for February 27th. We are thrilled that our concerns were finally answered and validated but even more excited that this may be the end to ear infections for Chloe.

Just some pictures...



Mom to the Rescue

So this week was great! My mom flew into town on Sunday evening to stay and help me for the week. I was still feeling somewhat drained and worn down from the previous week so she came to the rescue.
On Sunday night, David and I were able to go to watch the Superbowl with some friends while Chloe stayed at home with Grammy. It was nice to watch our friends chase their kids and know that we could sit back and relax. We really enjoyed our time with them.
On Monday, mom and I took Chloe to play at the library and then for lunch at Chick-fil-A. After Chloe's nap, we took her out for a stroll around the neighborhood thanks to the 70 degree weather that we had. She really enjoyed being outside for more than 5 minutes. I even braved it and took the dog too. He desperately needed to get out and walk off some of his energy.
On Tuesday, we took Chloe to Mommy and Me class at the library which was interesting. She generally is good at these classes, but this wasn't the normal one that we go to so she lost interest very quickly. By the end of the class, I was worn out from chasing and trying to contain her, but it was still a great time. Tuesday evening, we left Chloe with her Grammy again while we went and enjoyed dinner in Nashville with some other Chick-fil-A owners. Around midnight, we all woke up and gathered in the basement due to the tornado sirens going off. We camped out in the bathroom with pillows and flashlights for a good 30 minutes until we got the all clear. Luckily, Chloe went right back to bed and the rest of us were back to sleep by 1:30 or so. It was a scary night due to the weather, but thank God we avoided what could have been much worse and what was devastating to other parts of TN.
On Wednesday, I had the better part of the day to myself. I forgot how easy it is to run errands and how quickly it goes when you are without a child in tow. I had the best time going to the DMV (who can say that?!?), Mom's group, lunch, and to some area schools on business for CFA. Usually, I would have never have even attempted to tackle such things with little Chlo-Bo.
Sadly, on Thursday, we had to drop my mom at the airport. I hated to see her leave as I was really enjoying her company, and the fact that she was getting some one-on-one with Chloe. However, I am fully back to myself now with as much energy as I can have while chasing a very busy toddler and being pregnant.
I think today we will tackle the grocery store...dear Lord please don't let it be another escapade as it was 2 weeks ago!
Oooh, I almost forgot...the highlight of my week was being able to take 2 naps that were about 2 hours each!!! I haven't taken a nap since before Chloe was born so that was amazing...it's the little things, right?!?

Friday, February 1, 2008

My Turn

Kelly, Chloe, Cabot and me are all doing well. We had a home run year at the store with a 18.56% sales increase and large profit increase. I won "Symbol of Success", the most prestegious award at Chick-fil-A. I will soon be driving a FREE 2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4x4. It really is a sweet model that far surpasses previous model years. Although, Kelly may inherit the Ford because I have my eye on one of those new Toyota FJ Cruisers! Best of all I can honestly say that I LOVE what I do and look foward to going to work everyday(how many people can say that?!). Kelly and Chloe are regulars for their "free" meals...they walk in off the street like a homeless family and demand free food!!..Oh but I love them so much, I could never refuse. It really makes my day when they come visit me. We are looking forward to seminar in Orlando in a couple of weeks!!! blog blog blog..I can't think of anything else now...uhhh...bye!

And Then There Were Six...


This is Chloe's new chair...she loves to sit in it while she is watching her cartoon before going to bed. I love it because she can't get out of it once she climbs in it!

So yesterday Chloe woke up from her nap after only being asleep for 1 hour screaming her head off. Generally, after a good nap, she will wake up playful and will talk to herself in her crib for about 15 minutes so I knew something was wrong. She didn't want to eat her favorite snack (not like her at all!), she didn't want to be put down, but she didn't want to be held either. No fever to speak of, but I noticed that she did tug at her left ear once. Uh-oh! Not again... So I called her Pediatrician's office but they were booked solid so I had no choice but to take her to the urgent care center by our house. I didn't want to wait on it as the last 2 ear infections she has had have been so bad that she has required 4 rounds of antibiotics both times. Anyways, we get to the urgent care at 3:45. We check in and wait...and wait...and wait some more. Finally we are called back to the room at 5:30. Yes, nearly 2 hours after arriving and there were only 2 patients in front of us. S-L-O-W! After sitting in the room for about 15 minutes, the doctor strolls in and takes a look in her ears. His conclusion (are you ready for this?)...he's not sure if they are infected or not. I wanted to say, "so genious, you mean to tell me that we've sat here for 2 hours and you know as much as I know...that they may or may not be infected?" He wasn't even kidding. He said that they looked a little red and that he wasn't sure if it was an infection so he gave us a prescription as a "just-in-case." Needless to say, I got on the phone with her pediatricians' office again and asked for an appointment for first thing this morning. They obliged and lo and behold, her ears are infected again. So we start another 10 day course of medicine and should be referred to ENT next week for ear tubes. I'm sure we will wait until after we get back from our trip to Orlando to have the surgery done, but at least we are getting somewhere. I hope and pray that this will make the difference for her. Luckily, I notice no decrease in her hearing thus far but poor thing has probably gotten so used to muffled sounds that she doesn't know any different.

Moral of the story - don't bother with urgent care anymore. If it's that bad, and she can't get in to see her Pediatrician, go to the ER for some answers.