Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

We have encountered the gift that keeps on giving at our house this week. Yep, that's right... THE SUPER STOMACH VIRUS!!! Brody started with it on Sunday...4 days of diarrhea which equaled about 2 bedsheet changes/day, 12 diapers/day, lots of Butt Paste, wipes, and fussiness, oh and a co-pay for the doctor to tell me I was doing everything right and that this may last a while...ARGH!!! Of course, after going to the doctor, the diarrhea all but stopped and my baby has become happy again.
THEN, the virus moved on to me. Won't go into details but let's just say I lived in the bathroom for 24 hours and nearly passed out on several occasions. After a call to my oncologist though and a prescription called in, I started coming out of the bathroom and was able to sleep it off last night and feel great today!
THEN, Chloe got the virus. Luckily though, hers was just a major vomit of red juice all over the living room carpet. Just a one time occurence and a couple of small spit-ups/dry heaves and she was done. So we assumed that the virus was losing its steam and dying... UNTIL TONIGHT.
NOW, David is in bed with a temp of 102, chills, nausea, etc... Seriously, this super virus has regained it's strength or something. I'm praying for his sake that this is a very short-lived experience for him. I feel awful because I know how miserable he is. Thankfully I have the Phenergan and Immodium for him to take so that should help. I'm going to just put on my nursing cap (and no, I never wore one, it's just an expression) and take good care of my hubby. He's taken such fantastic care of me for the past 4 months so I am honored to be able to baby him some now.

Pray that he recovers soon though because there is a reason I did pediatric nursing...it's because they were not WHINY ADULTS. Let's face it, adults are so much whinier than children when they are sick... so pray for him to heal and me to be loving and patient for the duration.
Gotta go now and retake his temperature. I'm actually enjoying this for now.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Singing...A Favorite Around Here

Singing is something that we do ALL THE TIME around here! Chloe and I LOVE LOVE LOVE to sing. I grew up singing and now Chloe is growing up doing the same. So, here is a video clip of her singing a few of her faves this morning.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Fun Family Day

On Saturday morning, David and I ventured down to Brentwood with the kids for the Chick-fil-A/Kyle Petty Charity Ride. All money donated goes towards a camp in NC called Victory Junction. It is a year-round camping environment for children ages six to 16 with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son Adam, Victory Junction’s mission is to provide life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment. Anyways, the riders were stopping at the Brentwood Chick-fil-A for breakfast so all of the owner/operators in the Nashville market had to go and serve them. It was so much fun! Lots of TV crews were there along with newspaper reporters. While there, we met Michael W. Smith, Hershal Walker (who is the nicest guy!), and Kyle Petty. Of course we also got to play with the Chick-fil-A cows for a while too. Chloe wasn't too keen on the 7 foot tall cows though. She told them "Git cow git" (she was really scared of them) and after they left our table, she said "whew...that was close!" I think though that if I were only 2 years old and a massive cow came towards me that I would be a little nervous too.
So after they charity event was over, we came back home and all of us took naps at the same time which NEVER happens! It was awesome. We slept for about 3 hours and then got up and went over to our friends' house for dinner. It was lots of fun. Four couples, 11 kids with 2 more on the way, and lots of food...great night!!!

Here are a few pics of our day yesterday...




Dan Cathy on his motorcycle



close-up of his bike



The fam with Dan Cathy (President of Chick-fil-A)



The fam with Hershal Walker



The fam with Michael W Smith



The cow holding Brody



Kyle Petty with Emma (she is the daughter of another owner/operator)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Brody in the Bath (sink)

Here's a quick little video of Brody taking a sink bath. He's pretty much too long for it now but it is easier than bending over a bathtub. Enjoy.


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Did I Really Just Say That?

I'm starting a new sidebar titled "Did I Really Just Say That?" Totally stealing this from my friend Kristi (thanks!). Check it often (it's just below the breast cancer symbol) as there are some real random things that I say to Chloe and Brody throughout my day.

Fiesty... (updated)

UPDATE: Brody DOES indeed have ANOTHER ear infection. This is #5 in 9 weeks. Got another shot of Rocephin today and will start an oral antibiotic tomorrow. He'll be on that med until we go to see Dr. Brandon. Please pray that my baby boy feels better.


The new word to describe my son. Truly, he is getting a fiesty, fire-cracker little attitude as he hits the ripe ol' age of nearly 9 months. And honestly, it's hysterical most of the time to watch the most laid-back baby on the block share his "opinion" with us all.
The other day, we went to Lowes to get a playground set for our kids. When we got there, we found these really fun shopping carts that look like race cars. The front seat was large enough for 2 kids and each side had its own steering wheel. So, we sat each child behind their own wheel. Chloe was perfectly fine with this (surprising - as I thought she would want the middle so she could have both wheels), but Brody...let's just say he harrassed his sister then ENTIRE time we were there. He kept reaching over and grabbing her wheel which caused her to squeal and push his arm away. Then he would push her arm back. Later in the trip, he started reaching over and grabbing a hand full of her hair and would yank it as hard as he could. Then he would reach over and smack her on the arm, and take her paint cards (yes, I took a bunch of paint color cards to give Chloe something to do). Again, this caused her to scream and whine (don't blame her though). It was the funniest trip ever...he is definitely coming into his role as "pesky little brother." Maybe he's getting her back for calling him "That" and "Grody" for so long.

Here's the playset we settled on (just a pic that was on the brochure)



So, Master Brody has also decided to start walking behind his toys. Literally, out of nowhere last night, he started pushing a toy and took a few steps as he was doing it. Then, he started moving from the toy to me. It was just a matter of him turning around and moving his feet a little (while holding on), but nonetheless...he's learning mobility. He may be an even earlier walker than Chloe and she was early at 10.5 months.

So, that's my fiesty son in a nutshell. Oh, side-note... we go back today for an ear re-check. Praying that they don't find another infection since he just had those 3 Rocephin shots. Also, he has an appt with Dr. Brandon (ENT) for an evaluation for ear tubes on May 26th. Praying that tubes will make a huge difference for our little man.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

I Love...

Being a mom. Yep, that sums it all up. I had written this long post about how much and why I love being a mom, but simply stated, I love being a mom because that is what God has called me to do. He has blessed me with 2 perfectly healthy and beautiful children and when I think about the fact that He could have chosen any other woman in this world to be their mom, yet He chose me, it's overwhelming. I'm thankful and I am blessed.

Here are some pictures of me and my babies...



Sweet Girl



Brother Sister bonding










Friday, May 1, 2009

Ask And Ye Shall Receive...

So yesterday was an extremely yucky day for me. I felt absolutely horrible all day long and could barely even function. I prayed and asked the Lord for His strength and while I didn't feel it so much yesterday, He gave me ample dosing of it today because He saw what my day would look like. Here is a glimpse into my day...I'll just preface it by saying that I haven't stopped since 6:00 this morning and it is now 8:00 PM.




This is Brody chowing down on Gerber puffs so that I could get everything ready to head out to the doctor for an ear check. When all else fails, bribe them with food.



We set off to the doctor at 7:40. I cannot believe I actually got all of us up, dressed, fed, bags packed, and out the door by that time, but I did (thank you Lord). And by the way, the stethascope is mine; I have it because pre-children, I was a pediatric critical care nurse. I am glad that I chose not to get rid of it because A) it was expensive B) I do listen to my children's lungs when they are sick and C) I have been able to diagnose Chloe many many times with pneumonia before even taking her in thanks to my handy dandy tool and assessment skills (see, nursing school was well worth the money even though I don't practice anymore). Anyways, Brody has another ear infection...this is #4 in 7 weeks. Tubes are in the near future.



Next, we ventured to the pharmacy which by this time it was pouring rain and was thundering loudly. While getting everyone out of the car, Chloe decided that she wanted to stare up at the rain so we spent what seemed like forever in the parking lot getting soaked while Chloe stared at rain and sang "rain rain go away." She's one that when you need her to move and get going, she will take her sweet time, and when you want her to slow down, she is furiously fast. So by the time we got into the pharmacy, I was drenched, she was moderately soaked because she had a raincoat, and Brody was the dry one thanks to his rainproof blanket that was thrown over him. Anyways, I was in no hurry to venture back out to the car so we took our time shopping around. Brody got another antibiotic and Chloe got a book about elephants. While I was at it, I got myself the newest People magazine and a Diet Sunkist. And I got David a pack of sour candy that he loves.



Aaaah, my least favorite chore...dishes. I have washed and dried several loads of dishes today.




Now this is something I do everyday, multiple times/day. Search for passies. We have probably spent a fortune on them and they have mysteriously disappeared often. I bet in the past 2.5 years we have bought 50 passies. Anyways, we are down to 5 (3 for Chloe and 2 for Brody) but we'll probably find a few more in the next day or so. We don't panic until we are down to 1 each...



Next, I am on a mission to have a garage sale and get rid of lots of "stuff" that we have and don't need or use. The things in these bins are baby clothes (sniff sniff). I hate to get rid of them, but I know it's time to just go ahead and do it. So, I've been gathering outgrown clothes and getting them ready to sell. Besides these 3 bins, I have 2 extra huge bins already full of clothes to go with these.



I spent the next 2 hours in the kitchen mixing, baking, and wrapping cookies and muffins for the craft fair that Chloe's Parents Day Out program is having. Now those who know me know I don't cook/bake/or anything of that nature very often at all so when I do I feel like I need to include Chloe. This was not a good idea tonight, but we made everything nonetheless and all turned out just fine.



And finally...kids both exhausted and ready to hit the sack. Mommy is not far behind them.