Thursday, December 4, 2008
But what started as the day from hell ended with these words from Dr.Levitt "Sure I would be happy to help you". Our saving grace. I got an email response in less than 1/2 hour.....simply amazing. In less than 3 months, she had her surgery in Ohio.
And now a year later, a new butt later, she is 28.5lbs and 36 inches tall (60% baby!). What a difference a year can make.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Anyway, my breast biopsy came back negative for cancer. Yes, cancer. I had some weird things going on with my left boob/nip area and my gyn wasn't too concerned. I however, was, because this is the same boob that had a lovely tumor removed from it in 2002, in the same area where the tumor once had a lovely home. My gyn said fine, lets get you in with the surgeon.
Last week, I saw Dr.Stewart. She talked to me first before examining me and I read in her face..."she is a silly girl here over some rash that probably isn't anything". Fine lady, wait till you see it. And when she did, her demeanor changed which in my world, is bad news. And the ever so famous words which I heard from a breast surgeon back in OKC...."I can't be certain that it is not cancer without some additional tests" (i.e. involving stitches, needles and lots of anesthetic). And when she said she was going to do the punch biopsy that day, I knew she was serious. They look a lovely chunk of skin out of my breast/nipple and placed some wonderful prolene blue sutures that hurt/itched all week and sent me on my way. Ow. Ow.Ow. The stiches were the worst-the actual procedure was a piece of cake.
But I have to add a tidbit here....Emma had to come with me today and Dr.Stewart's office was great-they kept Emma for me (and she let them) and she was happily playing in the nurses lounge with stickers, highlighters and pens and having a blast. All the staff was just loving her and I got to have 15 minutes of peace with the doctor. And they sent her home with stickers and a lolipop-that is a nice office-I will have to write a thank you card.
The pathologist just faxed over the report this morning, indicating that my boob is cancer free. Now I can apply some cream to the boob and see if this takes care of the "stuff" that is going on. If it goes away, yay, I am done seeing Dr.Stewart. But if it doesn't clear up, there is a slight, slight chance that she didn't get enough tissue of the breast (hey you can only do so much with a local) that the next step will be a quick trip to the OR to take a deeper tissue sample out. Eeeeeeee....I hope it doesn't come to that. If you are curious, they were testing for Paget's cancer of the breast, which is rare, and even rarer in those under 50.
I didn't worry about the results, because I know worrying doesn't change the outcome. Its harsh, but when we knew in utero that something was not quite right with Ems, I stayed positive for the remainder of my pregnancy. It didn't change the outcome but worrying would have done nothing except generate fear. Boo for fear!
Now that I am out of the woods, I shall celebrate by eating cookies!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Butt looks FANTASTIC!!! No more surgeries on her million dollar butt hole. Dr.Levitt is having us continue with enemas until she is potty trained for pee. Once she has that down....well we will be back in Ohio for a week of bowel managment doing a laxative trial to see if we can do this route instead of the enemas. This probably won't happen until early next summer or early fall 2009-whenever she decides that peeing in the diaper is no longer cool, then we'll start making plans.
The va-jay-jay looks great too-everything has healed up nicely. Dr.Breech will keep an eye on her for like, forever, so I am sure Emma will get to know Cincinnati very well growing up.
Okay, must clean up cat puke, shower and get the day started!
Monday, September 29, 2008
The youngest one in our group....3 months old. He is just too cute!
Can you say HAPPY BABY!!!!!
Emma and Timmy rocking out!
Shelia, Jayden and Sara riding in the car.
Emma and Jayden going down the slide. I have the cutest pic of these two when they were about 9 months old, before they were even walking yet....time does fly by....
Emma "bouncing" in the house LOL
Monday, September 22, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I remember the first day I went, a Friday, and it was right after Emma had some pictures taken with her cousins at JC Pennys. I remember how freakin' exhausted, frustrated and scared I was to be with Emma all day......and back in those days she cried and cried and barfed and barfed all day.....it was a mini-hell for awhile back then. Anyhow, I remember walking in this big room with all these mamas bf and having fun with their babies. And there was chocolate cake. I remember the cake clearly b/c that was the first meal I had all day. I ate cake and had some tea and met a lot of people who I long forgot some of their names now. The leader of the group then was a older lady name Jacqueline, who my doula told me about. Technically speaking, I shouldn't have even been there since I live in Virginia Beach and I wasn't a part of the WIC program but she said to come anyway. I had dragged in my stroller, her carseat, my huge diaper bag, her bag with pumped breastmilk oh and yes, I dragged my favorite pal at the time, my yellow Medula Symphony Breastpump b/c I didn't know how long I was going to be there for. I got there right at the end and Jackie was able to watch Emma bf, give me some pointers, show me how to get her positioned and lots of other things to try. I told her if she didn't catch on soon, I was going to pump for 6 months and be done with it-it was draining the life out of me trying to get her to latch on and stay on and oh yeah, not barf doing it. She was still healing from the TEF surgery and probably wasn't feeling too well and with me not feeling too well (still anemic from all my blood loss from the C-section) we made a lovely pair. Jackie continued to help me like the entire month of August before Emma had her PSARP surgery to try and get through things day to day.
Anyhow, today was a booby club day thing. My friend Verda runs the show now (I think) and it isn't quite the same (or as large) as it was 2 years ago. However, there are a few of us that still do things together since our kids are so close in age (and we all started at the same time 2 years ago). I was watching all four of our kids play today and I couldn't believe how fast the time has gone by. They were just bitty babies not too long ago and now they were running around chasing each other at the library. I am not always the best at showing up to these things b/c of dr appts or other typical Emma things but I hadn't gone out with everyone in a long long time and I am so happy that I got my rear in gear and got to go today. My goal is to try and come to these things more often now that we don't spend our lives at the children's hospital. Emma gets to play with her friends and she had a blast doing it today.
Long story short, if it wasn't for the booby club, I wouldn't have bf'ed her for 1.5 years(and had a whole bunch of support behind me), wouldn't have known what craigslist was (thanks Denise) or met some great mamas! Yay for the nipple club!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
2) I FINALLY sold something this week on CL-I have about 10 items for sale and I have sold, the only thing I have sold, was her old leapfrog playtable, in which Emma proceeded to grab the table out of this poor girl's hand as she was heading out the door. Emma hasn't played with it in months.....the cat however, has been sleeping underneath of it so I am sure HE will miss it more than the kid.
Yesterday was the real exciting day when I decided that I was going to lob off about 8 inches of hair and get a real "style". My hair looks amazing and I finally ditched that "mom" look that has been driving me nutso lately. I would take a picture, but I have no idea where my camera is. The kid has it somewhere I am sure. Plus, I look like crap today b/c Emma was up all night with some post-nasally-coughing-congestion thing so I got zippo in the sleep department. Once I have the camera, I will post some pics of the new do. Its short, as in above the chin short. Chad, not surprisingly, hates it but alas, he'll deal with it somehow.
Oh well, maybe something exciting will happen tomorrow. You never know with a 2 year old!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
She was truly a fighter and will be missed dearly by her family. If you are reading this, please pray for healing for this family-their toughest days are yet to come. They are donating some of Lilie's organs for research on GM1 Gangliosidosis.
It is a rare, incurable lysosomal storage disease (enzyme deficiency) that has no cure and most children do not live to see their second birthday. Lilie surprised most of her doctors and lived a wonderful life with a family who loved her ever so dearly.
I hope you are finally able to run free around Heaven Miss Lilie-you are finally healed!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
We are home-had a great time away, ate some good food and enjoyed the beach....its crazy that we had to drive 6 hours to go to Myrtle Beach when our "own" beach is only a 20 minute drive down the road-seriously we never go to the beach and we live here LOL.
We stayed at the Royale Palms (part of the Kingston Shores Resort) and it was super nice-the condo was bigger than the one we live in. We stayed on the 18th floor and had a awesome ocean front view. We got a 2 bed-2 bath condo b/c those were the only ones that had a oceanfront view like this. It was well worth the money for the view and the extra space. We even had a doorbell-I thought that was pretty cool.
View of part of our deck-it continued out to the left and wrapped around to the other side. Emma and I had breakfast out there one morning.
View straight down looking down at the many of the pools at the resort. Part of the pool had a real sand bottom and a waterfall. Pic taken on Monday, in the rain.
View of the building from the beach. Ours is the one on the left, the other one on the right is the Hilton.
View of the living room/dining room from the deck.
Gotta love the decked out kitchen-laundry room on the right. I love this kitchen!
Dining room/living room
We got there around 2 on Sunday, spent most of the afternoon at the waterpark on the other side of the complex (I forgot the camera a lot while we were down here) and then had dinner at a pizza place on the other side of town. We were almost in North Myrtle Beach so most of the stuff to do was about a 15 minute drive from us. Chad and I took her to a local park to "play" (ie to tire her out). This was followed by a trip to the Piggly Wiggly grocery store (which I had to go in b/c of the name) and for the fact we needed to stock up on snacks/juice/milk. Meltdown at the check-out line followed....
We went to Barefoot Landing, which was 5 minutes up the road from our hotel-and she rode a cow, the carousel and had a butterfly balloon made for her. I have her monkey harness on her in this pic-that way she can walk in crowds and we still have a good hand on her. I get some "I would never put my child on a "leash" look but then again, I used to give those looks....until I had a child who won't always hold my hand. And Emma LOVES the monkey and she loves having us "walk with her".
Snack time on the beach.
Checking out the waves with Daddy
At the Ultimate California Pizza place with Daddy
Where am I? Behind the camera. And Emma wouldn't want to pose with my anyway on this trip. This was a "da-da" trip. Daddy had to dress her, change her diapers, shower with her, walk with her, sit next to her, hold her hand, put her in her carseat, put her to sleep, cut up her food for her, ride on rides with her, walk with monkey with her, push her stroller and play ball with her. Mommy was left out in the cold most of the trip. I don't know if she finally realizes that Chad isn't around much ('cause he is working, making us money, putting food on the table) and by golly, she was going to get everything out of him on this trip. Chad had to take her to the bathroom with her b/c on the first night, she PUKED from crying so hard when he got up from the table to pee. I couldn't even push her stroller without her turning around and saying "da-da push". If I held her, she wanted daddy. If I tried to change her diaper, she would run, grab the diaper and give it to Chad. It was great :)
All in all, we had a great first va-cay with Emma. Now back to the real world :)
Friday, August 22, 2008
Surprisingly (big shocker here), we have a hard time finding someone to check in on what Avery, my niece, calls "cujo cat" because lets face it, when I am not here and other people try to make sure he is alive, has water and food, the cat goes nuts....so people tell me. My mil will check on the crazy cat only if my fil comes with her. Pungo spits and hisses all the way from the front door to the kitchen, where the food and drink are at. He about ate our friend Heidi alive a few years ago when we lived in Ohio (and he wasn't a year old yet) when we had to drive back to Iowa for Chad's graduation....after that, she didn't volunteer to watch the cat if we happened to go away. Why have a dog when you can have a cat like mine?
I am sure cujo cat will be fine, since we have left him alone this long before....actually, we have left him longer when we left to take Emma to Cincinnati this past spring and boy was the cat pissed when Chad walked in the front door without me :) Chad was trying to get over the nasty stomach flu and the cat was biting him all night. I am more worried about the neighbor's cat who we feed 2x daily (don't ask) so hopefully he won't camp out in our backyard waiting for food.
I am tired and now that the last load of laundry is finished, I am going to bed. I will try and post some pics while we are down there, but don't hold your breath b/c I can't seem to post pics while I am staring at the digital camera across the living room. Now add the vacation into it......so we'll see :)
Sunday, August 17, 2008
But then, today, a new league has been formed and now I am playing....LOL
I need a cool "girl power" name so when I win, it won't be forgotten :) I found "Victorious Secret" to be the best so far....
Obviously Chad and I have nothing else better to do (pack/put house up for rent/build new house/clean house/sell stuff) after our va-cay next week except worry about the draft.
Love the fact we have our priorities straight!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Leave VA Beach at 10:15 (b/c Chad just had to have the office open for an hour on Saturday). Get to the bank and realized he forgot his dress shoes. Backtrack back home, grab the shoes, get on our way. This is a bad omen-I check my bag to make sure I got my heels!
Traffic Delay 1: 5 mile back-up at the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, one of two ways to get out of this place...we quickly jump off the interstate 64 and go down 264 to 164 to 664 and pick up the Monitor Merimac Bridge Tunnel....this was somewhat out of our way and not a big surprise-always a back up on Saturday mornings on the stupid bridge-tunnel.
Traffic Delay 2: We are back on 64, across the bay.....7 mile back up at Jefferson Ave in Newport News. Off 64 we go again up some back roads to Williamsburg and get back on 64. Traffic is still not cleared and we crawl up to Richmond at 40 mph. Count endless cars on side of road.
It is now almost 1:15pm....3 hours and we are finally in Richmond, which normally takes 1.5 hours to get to. Snarf down Chick-Fil-A and off we go around the city on 295N.
Traffic Delay 3: Sign reads...Major Delay at 295/95 split....off we go onto route 301 N to avoid 95 for the rest of the trip. If its bad in Richmond, DC will be hell and we would never make the wedding. We are moving, but there are lights, 55mph speed limit, little towns..ect. And I am driving and I am a lousy driver when it comes to speed LOL.
Finally cross into MD at 4pm....wedding starts at 4:30.....we decide that we are going to miss the wedding and make it our goal to get to the reception. We get off of 301 and onto 97 to head to my parents house. You guess it! Accident. But we get through quickly. I start to speed b/c I know these roads better than life itself. We arrive at my parents at 4:45pm (the wedding is shot, we are trying to make the reception at this point). Hurry up and change, I do my hair/make-up (mascara included) while Chad zips down dreaded 95 S (but no traffic) and we arrive at the reception at 5:45pm-one of the first people there. Nice wedding. Good to see all of our friends from our college days, which were about 10 years ago....has it been that long? We seem so old. And no one wants to dance :( It was different when we were back in our twenties with no wedding rings, no kids and lots of booze in our systems. We last until 9:30 and have to go home.
Time in Car on Saturday: 7.5 hours
Emma and Chad snore all night.....4 hours of sleep is what I get.
Sunday: We are out the door at 10am, grab some McD's and head down 97 to go to our college on the eastern shore to visit a friend. I am not anticipating anything big b/c in the 100 or so times I have made this drive over the past 15 years, I have hit traffic on a Sunday maybe 2 or 3 times and 1 major jam in 1996 or so on a Saturday morning trying to go to the beach.
Traffic Delay 1: See flashing sign.....delay at exit 27.....about 10 miles from the bridge. We should have turned around and scraped the visit right then and there b/c we were at the 97/50 split. 50 would have taken us back to DC and down 95. But we press on and then WHAM! Sitting in traffic at exit 27, right before the Severn River Bridge. But we are moving, slowly and decide to wait it out. An hour goes by and we have not made it to exit 29, 2 miles away. The bay bridge is still 8 miles away. At this point we decide to turn around, scrap the visit (b/c that is the ONLY way to get to Salisbury without going back through B-more, up 95 N and down 301....about 5 hours out of our way). Turn around at exit 29 and head towards DC. ***It turns out a truck had run-off the bride and fell 40 feet into the bay at 4am......perhaps if we wern't listening to Barney's trip to the zoo we would have heard about the backup from hell on the radio*****
Traffic Delay 2: No traffic at all through DC.....no traffic heading into Virginia and then we hit #&$^$ Springfield and lo and behold a sign flashes ....8 mile back up......expect delays. Off we go on the back roads again. Thank GOd for our GPS in the car.....we would have totally been screwed without it. At some point we decide to try out 95 S again and we get on right before the IKEA store. Got on 95, got off 95 and had lunch and shopped at IKEA so poor Emma could see something other than the back of our heads. Got food, got coffee, got a new stuffed cat and some stuff for the office. 2 hours later, back in the car we go.
Traffic Delay 3: And now it is POURING outside, we get on 95 and.....oh you guess it......accident b/c of the rain but after about 15 minutes, we are moving through the rain. On the other side, I think I counted a 15 mile backup.....that just sucked for those drivers trying to get back home in the storm that turned the sky purple (I wish I would have taken some pics).
Traffic Delay 4: We get on 64 E and all was good. I was checking the 511 info line for delays and couldn't find any. We get to the split with 664/64 and see a sign......3 mile backup to bridge-tunnel.....freak.....are you kidding me?????....we take the long way around again! And then.....the gas light comes on-we don't even have enough gas in the damn car to get home. Off the interstate, get gas and hauled some ass to get back home. Fed Emma some turkey and cheese in the car to calm her down.
We finally walked in our front door at 7:45-Emma is finally free of the carseat!
Time in car on Sunday: 7.75 hours
Total round trip time: 18 hours
I cannot believe how many cars were on the road this weekend-even through these little towns there were cars everywhere! And the traffic jam at the md bay bridge....holy cow it was at least 20 miles......they only had 1 lane open to get across the other span of the bridge. All these cars had to go through the toll plaza and then merge into 1 lane, cross the stupid bridge and then you have all these cars flooding the towns on route 50 trying more likely to get to the ocean before summer is over. If we sat there, it would have taken over 6 hours for a 2 hour trip to Salisbury. Thank the Lord we turned around. The driver of the truck did not make it....looks like he ran into on-coming traffic, lost control of the truck, crashed through the concrete barriers and fell 40 feet off the bridge into the bay. It was a horrific accident and who knows when the other bridge will open back up.
Did I mention we had fun at the wedding and Emma was a perfect doll for my parents? I pray that our trip to Myrtle Beach in 2 weeks goes a little smoother!
Monday, August 4, 2008
Emma loves Dr.Kobak and was making lots of conservation with him today, which is rare for her to do with all the doctors that she sees. I think out of all of them, he is the most laid back one and always reassures me that I am doing a fantastic job raising her and addresses every single one of my questions.
I thought he would would totally flip out over the daily enema thing but once I told him the story on how we ended up there, he was perfectly fine with it. The less we stress about poop, the better off everyone around here is. He also told me to not worry/stress out about the whole potty training thing either-though he agreeded that we could save some trees if we got her to sit on the potty after the enema LOL-we go through about 200 diapers a month just for collecting the enema solution. His advice is if she is scared to sit, don't push it and when she is willing to sit on the potty for a longer time, then start trying it more and more often.
I thought this time we would be scheduling the esophageal dilation but....no. He wants to see her in November, see how things are going and get an upper GI in early December. He said as horrible as this test is for us, its a heck of a lot less invasive than taking her back to the OR and doing a dilation that may not really need to be done. If the UGI shows the same size stricture, then we'll wait another 6 months and repeat the test unless something changes. If the stricture is larger, well we'll be booked for an OR in the second week of December. He doesn't want to put her to sleep unless she has to. I like his approach and he never wants to rush her to the OR unless something absolutely needs to be done-hence repeat the test to see if things really have changed. If not and she is doing fine, then we spare her from being put to sleep for the almost 15th or something time-its hard to keep count.
Next year, this is the year we drop down from every 3 months to every 4 month visits with GI and the year after, 2x a year and then 1x a year. Kind of like our dilation schedule LOL. I have a feeling most of her specialists will be seeing her at least 1x a year until she is 18. I have traveled a lifetime's worth of visits to our childrens hospital so any decrease in appts is a good thing.
I am beat-massive migraine so I am off to bed-yay for a good day. Oh, she is 34 inches and 25.8 lbs...2 lbs and 2 inches since her visit in May.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Now we go out and get our construction loan (its so complicated I will just leave these details out) and hopefully in the next few weeks, we will officially start building our new home!
Here is a link to the property site.....the whole piece of land is divided into 3 pieces of property and we are the middle lot. Chad's BIL owns the lots and the first one on the end is sold, ours is ours and they are waiting on a buyer for the third lot. The middle lot was the biggest (and the nicest) so we took it.
Now the fun part begins......
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
I had to get another KUB of Emma's belly today to make sure she was CLEAN (yesterday was a not-so-fun poop day and today's enema produced bright green results-ick) but she is clean so I know now that we have a clean system to work with using our new bag/foley cath enemas. Yay! Thanks to Bridgette for helping me out so much, over LIVE voice-to -voice Internet chatting from AUSTRALIA! How cool is that? I love talking to her and listening to her speak with her Aussie accent LOL
But the topic of this post, the look, well I saw it today in the radiology waiting room. My friend Denise and her daughter Jayden (Emma's age) and her newborn son (born 6/5) were in there. I admit I haven't called her since her baby was born (did send her a text) but things with Emma have been out of control and I knew if she needed something, she would call. She was nursing and when she lifted up her head when I called her name, my heart broke into a thousand pieces. She had the look of "something is wrong with my baby" all over her face and I knew, I just knew something was wrong. And she started crying and I was crying and Emma and Jayden were digging through my purse looking for snacks....oblivious to what was going on. Their focus were on the teddy grahams in the bottom of the purse.
Her son wasn't gaining a whole lot of weight and he was there for the THIRD NEWBORN SCREENING b/c the first one came back with a high chloride reading and they went to repeat it and it got contaminated so she was back, again, trying to get this test done. A dumb*ss nurse told her last week that a high chloride level and him not gaining weight was a sure sign of CF. WTH??!!! You don't tell a new mom this as she is walking out the door! A doctor tells you this folks! Oh, and they wanted to test him for anemia b/c he was so pale and high chloride levels also go hand in hand with anemia(mom and dad are so very tanned). And like all of us do, she got on the Internet and started researching, starting freaking out and started to wonder if her baby boy would ever crawl, walk, talk, go to school.....
In-between sobs she said that she could handle the anemia, but not the CF. She was frustrated that the test would take 2 weeks to come back but scared about finding out the results. All I could do is listen, feed her daughter snacks and offer my love, my prayers and my help if she needed it. I didn't know what to say but I knew I didn't need to say anything at all.
She asked me how I handled everything with Emma (she met me about a week after Emma got out of the NICU) and wondered if I hated God for giving me Emma with all of her "ticks". And I was honest with her....I told her I did hate God at first. Why me? Why us? We did everything right but still......why did you bestow upon us a baby with no butt hole (Becca F will find humor in this). And I told her how sick I was about "God doesn't give you more than you can handle blah blah blah"). And from people telling me this with "normal" babies....I about ate them alive. It's like we were being punished or this was some trial we had to go through for God. But then I read a different story about the Saints in heaven deciding who Emma would go to.....and he chose us because WE COULD CARE FOR HER. He knew that we had patience when other people would not have, He knew we had the open-mindedness to try other things that others would not have thought of, He knew we would travel halfway across the United States for a wonderful surgeon to finally fix our daughter where other parents might not have had the money,the time or the insurance to get her there and finally God knew that we would love her, do whatever it took, no matter the costs, to make Emma ours. When I look at it this way, Emma is indeed, hand-picked by God to be given to us and no one else because we could care for her in the way she needed to be cared for. Maybe Denise listened, maybe not but I wanted her to know that whatever happens, your faith and love always pulls you through, somehow, all the time. God gives us our children for a reason, a reason we may not be able to understand at first.
If Emma didn't have the "whole no butt no poop thing going on", I would have never crossed paths with my wonderful girlfriends and their "no butt-hole" kids as well and quite frankly, my life would be dull without them and their constant support. I love them all to pieces and wish we lived on the same street to go get some margaritas on those hard days.
Realistically, everything is probably fine and it's probably just anemia. But until she knows for sure, time is at a standstill. Please pray and keep her in your thoughts
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Lucky for us, it was 10pm, no body on the road. I remember listening my Third Day CD, listening to my favorite song on that CD (My Offering) and being perfectly calm. I knew I and Emma were in God's hands then and I had nothing to fear. I started to "hypnobirth" myself into another state of being and simply focus on my daughter being born.
Tomorrow (2:55am), she will have been on this earth for 2 years. Tomorrow is her 2nd Birthday party. Tomorrow we celebrate another year that we got to spend with her and watched in amazement of how far she has truly come...,
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Here's how it works: Use the first letter of your first name to answer each of the following. They have to be real places, names, things - nothing made up. You can not use your own name for the boy/girl names.
1. What is your name? Laura
2. A 4 letter word: Leaf
3. A vehicle: Laredo
4. A city: Lewis Center, OH
5. A boy's name: Lance
6. A girl's name: Leah
7. Dessert: Lemon Cheesecake
8. An occupation: Lawyer
9. Something you wear: Longjohns
10. A celebrity: LeAnn Womack
11. Food: Lucky Charms
12. Something found in a bathroom: Lipstick
13. Reason for being late: Lost
14. Something you shout: Look out!
15. An animal: Lepoard
16. A body part: Lips
17. Word to describe yourself: Loving
I tag Kristin and Amber :)
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Her party is Saturday so we are getting ready for that and Sunday is a mini-party at the pool with her friends in the neighborhood-cupcakes and of course, playing in the pool which she LOVES!
Oh, and my drama yesterday....I go to take out the trash and I hear all this commotion going on down the road....birds going nuts and I know they are after a cat. Sure enough, I round the corner and the birds are dive-bombing the CCC orange cat who has a BIRD IN ITS MOUTH. All I had on me was the empty recycling bag which I proceed to bat the cat with so he will drop the bird. And he did.....by then, the CCC 3 other cats were on me, trying to get the bird and now I also have the birds trying to get me! I somehow managed to get the bird in the recycling bag, shoo off the cats and the birds by then left me alone. A few hours later, I finally get a call from the wildlife rehab lady and I happily dropped off the bird at her home down near the beach. It looks like the wing is broken but she is confident the bird will be ok.
Our cat was going nutso b/c I had the bird in a box in our 1/2 bath downstairs and he perched outside this door for about 4 hours-the bird was mighty ticked about being in the box.
Keep in your prayers for our friends in the midwest. Chad and I used to live in Iowa and I worked in Iowa City. It unreal that the road I used to drive on is underwater-we knew it was bad but we saw the photos on the news tonight and it about broke my heart. Our new house is going to be built smack dab in the middle of a floodplain (which is most of VA Beach/Chesapeake) and backs up to a lake. I think I will be calling our agent about flood insurance tomorrow.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I am bad about the bags-I have a ton already and she has seen me throw enough away to know where they go LOL!
Yesterday was picture day at JcPenny.....they always do such a good job considering my kid has never gone in there with a smile on her face until yesterday! Finally finally finally she didn't have a freak out attack right when they start snapping away. I will post them once I get the pics back in two weeks. But this is the dress she wore; I had one from TCP picked out but when I had her in this outfit for Chad's B-Day, I got so many complements on it that I swapped out dresses. She'll wear her pink dress on her B-Day in two weeks. And yes, for non-big Wal-Mart trips, I usually take my trusty green recycle-able bags but I was doing some major shopping on Monday and honestly, forgot to grab the bags. Blame it on the 100 degree heat :)
In our diaper cream arsenal, we have the following:
Triple Paste (the actual 1lb JAR)
Neosporin with pain relief
Milk of Magnesia
and good ol fashion baby powder
11 things people, ELEVEN different things, not to mention the hundreds of combos you can use to paste on the keister. There are probably some of you out there that haven't even heard of ilex or calmoseptiene and let me tell ya, they are about 10 bucks a pop for a 2oz tube!
What we are using today/tomorrow:
1/4 tube ilex (skin protectant)
1/3 tube neosporin (antibacterial and pain relief)
3 tablespoons of Maalox, cherry flavored
A good helping of triple paste
and cornstarch to thicken things up
-Mix all together in a disposable bowl and apply apply apply
If this doesn't work, I don't know what I am going to do!!
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Emma spent yesterday afternoon with her cousins and had a blast but I was there too so no break for me. Today, she went back over to her Nana's house (cousins still there) and I got 2 hours of alone time without her. Spent at the pool, trying to even out my tan. It's hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk, and perhaps a side of bacon.
I used to love laying out all afternoon. While I was working in Iowa, I used to get all of my running done, laundry done and put away, worked-out, got the grocery shopping done all on Saturday (I was up by 7 since I woke up at 5am during the week). That way, on Sunday (in the summer), I would sleep in, could go to Panera and drink loads of coffee, read the paper for an hour, come home and go lay by the pool all afternoon. It was so wonderful and relaxing and I read oh so many books. Flash-forward 4 years later: I got up at 6:30, made pancakes, tried to read the paper without my daughter taking pieces from me and going after the cat with them, gulped down my 1 cup of coffee and spent the morning cleaning up poop from the night before. But when I got to the pool, I just couldn't relax. I didn't have Emma to talk to and watch her enjoy the water and after about an hour, I packed up and went home. The laziness has lost its luster and the fact it was about 105 degrees (with the heat index of 110) outside. I came home, took a nice long shower, read another chapter or 2 in my book and went to pick up Emma. I think secretly I miss her when she isn't around-come to think of it, I am going to be sad when she starts going to preschool :( Its like I want the break from her, and when I get it, I am wondering how long is it until I get her back.
Chad is home (gone since Thursday) so I am sticking him on kid duty tonight. Hey, if you get to sleep by yourself, without a baby waking you up at odd hours, then you are so getting up to check on any crying coming out of her room.
I ought to make him change her tomorrow morning but I won't be mean :)
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
*Sigh* She is pissed that she is backed up AND to top things off, b/c she is backed up and now is pooping constantly, her butt burn will turn your stomach. I have been trying everything on the market, and finally got even more cream today- triple paste. This has worked well, acutally it worked fast! Within 2 hours, 50% of the redness was gone. I slathered her up tonight and hope for the best. I am not expecting poop in the morning since she didn't take any LT today or for the fact that she has eaten 1 lunchable junior, 1/2 of my starbucks iced coffee (caffiene is a laxative people), 1.5 graham crackers and about 4 tiny pieces of a turkey dog, topped off with about 1 tablespoon of cheese. So if you do the math; what goes in=what comes out.....she isn't going to have a lot anyway. She did drink more today than yesterday so it's better than nothing right?
I tend to isolate myself when this is going on- it takes all of my energy to focus on cleaning the kid out that I really have little left to give. I missed taking her to the pool today with her friend b/c I wasn't sure if the poop would stay in her diaper so why risk it? Tomorrow we are supposed to go to the park but if there is no poop, we probably will not be going :( I just learn to accept these things and once we get back on track, we will be fine. She'll have another xray on Monday to make sure she is cleaned out as well as a trip to her local surgeon to get some silvadine butt cream to see if it can help with the burning from the LT.
Well, its 9 and I am wiped out. Better sleep while I can ;)
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Blah, so at some point in the future, she'll need to go back to the OR for a dilation. Dr.Kobak said for now, she is fine and we won't even repeat the study until December at the earliest and March at the latest. Unless she starts choking a lot or starts vomiting again, he isn't rushing to take her back to the OR. He said to probably plan on it early spring. I trust him on this and he has always been pro "whatever I want" but reassured me that this is something to monitor and not worry about.
Dang it- but what can I do? She is "supposed" to grow out of the dilations eventually, i.e. Dr.Kobak said once she is in grade school, he doesn't suspect the need for any more OR face time (so he hopes). He said the first few years are tough but get better over time. Yeah, like the whole VACTERLS thing is supposed to magically get easier once they hit the age of 2 LOL!
Speaking of the girl, she is trying to wake up from a nap so I better run!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
I had to go to our urgent care facility today b/c I have been having some unexplained right-sided abdominal pain for almost 3 weeks now....my GYN said everything was fine there and told me to go have someone else check the rest of me out (this was last week). Well, after a bunch of blood work and a KUB later (ha-ha), the doc still doesn't know what is causing the pain. Not the kidneys, not the gallbladder, not the appendix, no tumor, no constipation (he asked if I had used any laxatives lately and I was silently laughing to myself that I use them for my kid all the time. There is a possibility that its a very small deep abdominal hernia (which he doubts) or I pulled a abdominal muscle jogging and that would cause severe stabbing pain. Wrote out a script for NSAID (which I didn't get filled) and said if its still there next week, they will do a CT scan to see what is going on. Lovely. Took almost 4 hours and I had Emma, with no nap, screaming most of the time.
Then this afternoon, while I feel like crap, she:
-finds a bag of cat treats on the table, uses her stool to perch up and grab them, proceeds to shake all over the floor while I am using the bathroom.
-takes her shredded cheese I gave her in a bowl, and with my back turned switching the laundry, shakes the cheese all over the living room floor AFTER I had just vacuumed.
-ran upstairs to look for walgreens form for my calmoseptine I needed to reorder, come back down and she had GONE INTO THE TRASH and took out the bag of chips that were reduced to crumbs and had them all over the kitchen floor. Vacuum comes back out.
-3 major meltdowns over dolly and lovey. After the poop explosion this morning, dolly dolls and lovies had bits of poop over them so I decided to wash them all at once. BIG FREAKING MISTAKE b/c she went cuckobananas. Once they were out of the wash, she got to have 1 doll and 1 soaking wet lovie while I dried the other 2. I tried to distract her by putting her in the pool, but she got mad once she was in the water, chucked all the toys out of the pool and I had enough. She proceeded to scream on the floor for about 20 minutes until I stuck in the barney DVD.
Oh, and don't let me forget to say that her horrible rash is back-but it looks like yeast so I will be adding yet another layer of cream to our routine tonight. I have a feeling the barium from Monday is backing her up so we will be getting a KUB for kicks tomorrow to send up to Dr.Levitt for his take on things.
For not napping, she shows no signs of slowing down. I can't put her to bed yet because our 5 sets of sheets are currently in the dryer- the sheet I just put on last night, you guess it, in the dryer too. She has gone through about 5 sets of sheets in less than 10 days. Unbelievable. I should be happy she is having blow outs but seriously, I hate with a passion, putting on sheets for her bed/crib. The $&$*# bumper is still on and it is such a pain to get the mattress out of the crib (and then the cat and kid will try to lay in the middle of the mattress while I attempt to put the sheets on) and then trying to get the mattress back in the crib is a whole ordeal.
I am in a b@tchy mood right now, and it's Chad's Bday, and I didn't go to lunch b/c I felt bad and from the way our house looks right now, you would never tell that our cleaning lady ( a patient) was just here 3 days ago. It never ends around here :) Drinks for everyone today!