Thursday, January 29, 2009

Kelly did great!!

Just want to let everyone know that Kelly's surgery went very well! It took a bit over and hour and was a huge success. The surgeon told me that is was a success and they Kelly did a great job. We will follow up with him in a week and go from there. Thank you all for your prayers and support! Every prayer HAS been felt as we both had a tremendous peace going into this operation and know that this battle can and will be won! Thanks for all the flowers, meals, e-mails, etc. Kelly plans on updating the BLOG when she feels better but I did want to let you how how things went.
David

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Happy Snow Day!

Wouldn't you know it...it snowed today!!! But of course Chloe is sick with bronchiolitis and can't go out to play in it. For some reason I think I would be a really bad mom if I allowed her to go outside today when she is wheezing and sounding like a train. Well, since she can't go outside to play in it, I came up with the next best thing. I brought some snow in, and let her pick some up off the deck to bring inside to play with. FUN TIMES!!! Here are a few pics that she specifically wanted to show her "Op-Op" (my dad). So, enjoy the pics and of course I had to include some of the little Bro-Man.


A view from our back door



Snowballs in the hand



Look mom...I have 2 snowballs!







Leaning out the back door to pick up some snow. She wasn't satisfied with me just handing it to her. She had to do it herself!



The 2 kidlets watching Baby Einstein



Big Boy!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Kelly's update

Most of you who read this blog have probably already heard about the ordeal that me and my family have been through over the past 2 weeks. However, here is the whole story. I am going to start a different blog to share my journey and God's faithfulness to me as I want this blog to remain about our kids and our day to day lives with them. I'll pass on the new blog address as soon as I decide what it is going to be.


2 weeks ago I was doing a self-breast exam and found a rather big lump. I called Dr. Hamre, my OBGYN, and he saw me pretty much right away and referred me to a surgeon at Gateway. I saw him and he ordered some more tests...mammogram and ultrasound. Upon having those done, they determined that the lump was of serious concern and proceeded with a biopsy. Today I met with my surgeon and was in fact told that it is a very early breast cancer. The medical term is ductal carcinoma in situ. The plan is to have surgery this Thursday and start radiation soon after. As of now, I don't have to have chemotherapy which should remain that way unless when they take out the mass they determine that the cancer has invaded past the cell walls.

I feel like God has blessed me so much. Before 2 weeks ago I had never done a self exam but felt God leading me to do one. As I'm sure you can imagine the past 2 weeks have been ridiculously difficult emotionally and physically for not only myself, but my family also. However, now that I know what I am dealing with and the fact that it was caught early, I feel like I can breathe again. It's weird because I have been so thrilled that I feel like people are thinking I'm crazy for being diagnosed with cancer and being so happy about it. But I'm happy because God has just blessed me with an early diagnosis and has been so faithful to me through this entire ordeal. I have felt His arms around me when I felt like I was falling apart and have felt His love and peace when the devil was trying to tell me that I was done. I told the Lord when this first started that no matter what the diagnosis was that I would praise Him regardless so that's what I am choosing to do. He alone is bigger than ANY diagnosis ever could be.

Please pray for me and my family as we go through the surgery next week and the next however many weeks or months of radiation. I won't know about that until we meet with the oncologist, but from the research I have done it seems like it will probably be everyday for 5-7 weeks...at least that's the norm for this type of cancer.

OK - new blog address coming soon.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

SUGAR - The Baby Version of Crack

Last night we held our first ever Blevins Family movie night. David took Chloe to Blockbuster to rent a few movies, then they went to Food Lion to get some M&M's and cookie dough. Oh, and they also got me some of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen just because I was having a rough day. Anyways, they came back and upon opening the door, Chloe starts yelling "mama, flowers" over and over again. She was very proud of them. Then she showed me the movies she chose...Dora the Explorer and The Jungle Book. At 5:00 we began the festivities (her bedtime is 7 so we have to start early). We laid out a bunch of blankets on the floor, put on the PJ's, got her pillow and turned on The Jungle Book. We ate popcorn, M&M's and cookies...and some juice to go with. After about 30 minutes, her candy kicked in and she went CRAZY!!!! I remembered then why we do NOT give her sugar very often...it's baby crack! She was running around in circles roaring like a tiger, jumping, singing, and just plain being silly. This continued for about an hour and then she crashed out. We were able to enjoy some laughs through it all, and Brody enjoyed the craziness as well. He adores his sister and smiles at her when she is just being Chloe, but last night he was cracking up at her. So sweet!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Pictures


Getting ready for bed by reading a book about cookies - her very favorite word right now!



First night of sweet peas! He loved it and downed the entire jar...plus 2 TBSP rice cereal and a 5 ounce bottle. He won't be in the 28th percentile for too long eating like that.



My favorite thing to do at night before bed is snuggle up with Chloe and be silly. We pile on the couch with her pillow and our big blanket and have a blast.



Goodnight Chloe. She loves her big-girl bedspread and pillow.



Goodnight Brody! Doesn't he look like he is soooo relaxed?

Monday, January 12, 2009

Brody and his check-up

So the other day I took Brody in for his 4 month check-up at the pediatrician's office. It was a fantastic appointment so if you are ready to hear his stats, you may want to sit back and relax as you will probably quit breathing when you read how much he has grown in the past 2 months. So...
Height - 27 inches - which is a growth of 4 inches in a 2 month period. He jumped from 30th percentile in height to 90th percentile!!!
Weight - 14 pounds 15 ounces - which is an increase of 3 pounds in 2 months. He jumped from 18th percentile to 28th percentile.

So verdict is...LONG AND LEAN!!! He must get that from my younger brother as he is tall and thin (grown up version of long and lean). And Jordan if you see this in Iraq, I am so not saying that you are thin in a bad way...you know what I mean!

Anyways, he is still loving his rice and his formula so we were given the green light to start veggies. So...sometime this week he'll be starting with green beans. Pics to follow that first reaction to something with flavor.

Ummm...let's see. Chloe has taken great interest in Brody and he has reciprocated just as much. He lights up and just giggles and kicks when he sees her. And she is the same. She is very protective when anyone comes to speak to Brody. She doesn't want anyone to talk to him. She also gets upset if she doesn't see Brody immediately when I pick her up from school or her class at church and she starts saying "Where Grody? Grody? Grody?" Yip, that's right, that is how she pronounces his name. I guess that's better than when she just called him "that."

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Update on the kids

I'll start with Chloe:
Chloe continues to talk up a storm. She is now talking in sentances and saying things that I think "where did she learn that?" Nothing bad mind you...just sometimes I wonder where she learned to speak such big words. I do have a funny/embarassing story to tell though about one of her new words. Please note before you read this though that Chloe did NOT hear this word from us or from the TV because if the TV is on while she is awake, it's either on Word World, or the Christian Music station. That being said...yesterday David had just gotten off of the treadmill (yes, I got an awesome treadmill for Christmas - YAY!) and took his shirt off to cool down. Chloe, out of the blue, points to David's chest and says "daddy's boobies." I thought she said belly, but after she said it the third time we realized what she was saying. Oh my goodness...shock doesn't even come close to what I felt when she said that. Hmmm...where did that word come from?!? I've racked my brain and have decided that she is going to hear and say things that don't necessarily come from us and we just have to figure out how to handle it. Keep our mouths shut and not make a big deal of it in hopes that she won't repeat it, or tell her that that's not a nice word and not to say it anymore? Advice from seasoned moms welcomed!
On a better note, Chloe and Brody are becoming friends. She likes to play with him, help me feed him his cereal, and help him to roll over (she calls is steamrolling). I caught her in his room the other day during his nap trying to climb into his crib. I whispered (sort of loudly and sternly) that she needed to get out of his room while he slept. She looked at me, put her finger to her lips and said "SSSSHHHH mama!" as if to make me aware that Brody was asleep. Miss sassy-pants, huh?
Chloe still loves her playhouse that Santa brought. We have pretend picnics everyday and now we have pretend mail that she likes to put through the mail slot on the house. She will ride her little indoor bike up to the playhouse, put the mail in the slot, and then wait for me to pretend to read it and then ask for it back. We repeat this tons of times. Such fun!

On to Brody: he's growing like a weed. I decided to go ahead and start him on rice cereal since he is 4 months old and has shown signs of readiness for solids. He really likes it and is already trying to grab the spoon as if I am not feeding him fast enough. He has his 4 month well-check in just a few days so I am anxious to see how much he has grown. I am guessing that he is a good 15 pounds by now and at least 25.5 inches. Not sure about the length but I did have to just buy him some 6-9 month size jammies because his toes were curling in the 3-6 month size. They are so big weight wise, but the larger size is perfect for his height.
Believe it or not because I am not sure that you can tell on his pics, he is growing hair rapidly. It's coming in blonde which I'm not sure where that's from. Chloe can't tell that it's growing though because yesterday she looked at me and said "oh no, Brody's hair is all gone. Brody's hair, where are you?"
Brody can roll from belly to back really well now and holds his head steady. He's cooing quite a bit and actually "talked" the whole way to Target last week. He's teething now which means tons of drool, and chewing. I can't really feel any ridges though so I'm sure it will be a while before we get any teeth. Oh, and he's started to grab anything in his reach - including my hair and Chloe's.
Now on to pics...


The next 4pix will be a sequence of events pix.
This is how Brody starts out



Then he immediately rolls over



Next, Chloe insists on rolling him back over



And the sequence starts all over...




Check out all of her hair. I can't believe how long it is.



Eating rice cereal for the first time






Thursday, January 1, 2009

A Look Back...

I thought it would be fun to post pictures of the kids monthly growth in 2008. Enjoy as you watch them grow...



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