Tuesday, October 31, 2006

happy halloween

Let the carving begin!

Little Sister missed the point of cleaning out pumpkins. As soon as hers was cleaned out, she filled it back up...and then some.

Little Boy's "bumpy little pumpkin":

Daddy's "Super Grumpy Gus": Mommy's "swiss cheese" pumpkin and "Nellie Nose-Job":
Happy Halloween!!!

Friday, October 27, 2006

the first safety moment

Since my certification as a carseat technician, I have been thinking about what safety information I wanted to share here on my blog. I found this video yesterday and it's the answer! It was created by a 17-year-old girl trying to persuade her older sister to leave her neice rear facing. It's incredible, informative, and I'm so impressed.

As an added bonus, it has one of my favorite songs in it!

Tell me what you think.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

all is well

When I talked to the doc yesterday, she told me on the phone that there was some inflammation in Little Sister's colon and that we needed to talk about the why and what to do next... I thought she was giving me the tip of the iceburg and needed to tell me more. She really WAS telling me what was going on. There is inflammation in her colon and that is what is causing the diarrea. It's leftover from when she had giardia several months ago. The giardia is gone, but her immune system is over reacting and still fighting something that isn't there anymore. BUT, she doesn't have an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). But, without treatment and with my history of autoimmune disease, it could easily develop into IBD. We're starting her on some medication that should heal her colon. She also has some inflammation in her stomach, but he thinks that is caused b/c the stomach is over compensating for the colon and should go away as the colon heals. If it doesn't, he'll give her prevacid. This should also help her raspy voice to go away and her real voice (that we've never heard) come through! The meds should start working in 2 weeks and we have a follow-up in 4 weeks. I hope this works and stops her from getting IBD.

My royal freak-out (Emily, I think of you every time I use or think that term) was unnecessary, thank goodness. I kept thinking the worst. The words "Colon Cancer" kept going through my mind until I had myself convinced that she had it. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I heard that it was not so severe and treatable.

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. I could really feel them and it helped so much!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

three things (updated)

1. So, I didn't make the cake. Emily's friend, Applemom, made it for me. The moment I saw the cake that pesky ole perfect woman made for Emily, I knew that I must have one for Little Sister's party. Everything else revolved around the cake. It was vanilla cake with whipped cream frosting and mini-chocolate chips. It was delicious! And the two little candles on top? Crafted by Applemom for the occasion! She should open a business, really.

2. I talked to Sister's doctor last week about her procedure and they didn't have the results. They needed a second opinion, so they sent her biopsies to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City. It looks like she could have Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, or another inflammatory bowel disease. It was not what I was expecting to hear. To be perfectly honest, I was expecting to hear "Nothing is wrong...we don't know why she has the problems she does." I got my crying out and decided to move forward and wait for a definitive answer. I've waited and waited and waited. Still nothing. This mama is about to throw a tantrum.

3. Some things you should try:

*Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip at Chili's. YUM.

*Gerber Grins & Giggles baby lotion in the Sweet Pea scent. It's sweet

*Homemade laundry detergent. Yes, you heard me right. My sister-in-law introduced me and it's really easy, and really cheap! I just made the dry powder. It should last me a long while!

Have a Happy Wednesday!

**UPDATE: I heard from the doctor after I posted this yesterday. She asked us to come in this morning to discuss everything and discuss treatment options. She didn't tell me over the phone what is going on. I've been a bit of a mess. Steve is out of town (and he's very upset that he's not here), so my awesome friend Emily is going with me to the appointment for support and to help me listen to the doctor.**

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

princess party

The prettiest princess in all of the land
is having a party that's sure to be grand!The Queen got to work and a plan was laid
Orange and Pink in every shade!To welcome the guests a carpet of red
"No, No, it should be pink!" she said.We're almost ready, it's just about time
The only thing left is the Tiara to shineThe guests arrive at the door and it's Cinderella!
and a few handsome princes and one sleeping fella.We ate some good food and made a lot of noise
We then ate some cake and opened some toys.
It's your birthday, Princess, you are officially TWO!
Happy birthday, Little Sister, Happy Birthday to YOU!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

terrific two

Little Sister is Two! I have been reminiscing all weekend about the day she was born. It was a perfect day and we were so excited to welcome her into our family. Shortly after she was born, I wrote up a birth story so I could always remember the details and share it with her when she starts having her own babies. Here it is:

After a couple of weeks of almost constant contractions and a false alarm that left me at 4cm and 75% effaced, we decided to induce labor. I had been very hesitant to talk about induction because I didn’t want to have to use pitocin. Since my previous labor had been very quick after my water broke, my doctor decided that we would just break my water and see where we got from there without having to use pitocin.

We arrived at the hospital at 8am on Thursday, October 14th. I had an IV started right away and started a round of antibiotics because I was Group B Strep positive. At 10am, my doctor came and broke my water and stripped my membranes. Steve and I walked the hallways for about a half hour, but there was too much pressure on my back and bladder to walk very much. We went back to the room and watched the news on TV. I was disappointed that my contractions didn’t pick up right away, but I kept reminding myself that this was going to take longer since it was an induction. Around noon, true labor got underway. The contractions started picking up quite a bit and were 3 minutes apart and hurting. They got progressively stronger for the next hour and I asked for the epidural at 1pm. The anesthesiologist was in on a c-section, so I had to wait for him and while waiting for him the contractions were pretty bad---but I was still able to breathe through them. I was 6cm dilated when the epidural went in at 1:30pm. I felt great after the epidural! My OB came in at 2:20pm and checked me and I had only changed slightly—I was a “loose” 6cm still. She suggested pitocin to speed things up so that she would be there to attend the birth (she wasn’t the OB on call that evening). I agreed since I had already had the epidural and wasn’t worried about the pain anymore. She told the nurse to start pitocin and said she was going over to the other hospital to check on some other patients and would be back in 2 hours. While waiting for the pitocin to arrive from the hospital pharmacy, I felt different and felt a lot of pressure at 2:40pm. The nurse checked me and I was 8cm. Only 3 minutes later I felt much more pressure and a slight urge to push. The nurse checked again and sure enough I was 10cm I had gone from 6cm to 10cm in 25 minutes. I guess the mere threat of pitocin got my body into gear! The nurse paged my OB and she had just gotten to the other hospital, but turned around to come back. I felt a lot of pressure with each contraction and a slight urge to push, but I didn’t need to push, so we waited for my doctor.

In the meantime, I called my mom in Florida so she could be on the line while I delivered the baby. I also asked the nurse to set up a mirror so that I could watch while I pushed and see the baby come out. My doctor arrived around 3:05pm and got dressed for the delivery and we got the bed set up. I started pushing at 3:11pm and watched in the mirror as her head came out. The cord was around her neck, so the doctor pulled that around her head and suctioned her nose and mouth. It was neat to be able to watch the entire process in the mirror. I could feel a lot of pressure, but no pain. Our darling daughter was born at 3:16pm after only 5 minutes of pushing! It was so amazing to watch her birth in the mirror and to feel her come out. She looked so tiny to me. I said something about her being tiny and the nurse and doctor said “No, she’s not!” She weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

We are thrilled with our birth experience! My labor and delivery was only 3 hours long and everything went perfectly with no complications at all. I had been worried about things like having an episiotomy, having to use pitocin, and not making it to the hospital in time. I didn't need the episotomy or the pitocin in the end and I am very grateful that my doctor decided to break my water. She told me that with the way things happened with the induction, I probably wouldn’t have made it to the hospital had my water broken at home since I would have already been in labor.

It seems so long ago, but it's still easy to remember how I felt. The moment she was born I immediately felt like I was seeing an old friend that I hadn't seen in a long time. I remember telling her the first time I held her "I've missed you so much!" It was kind of an odd feeling, but I know it wasn't our first time meeting. I love my little girlie!

Friday, October 13, 2006

thanks so much

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers!

Little Sister's procedures went well. She was great! She did take longer than normal to start breathing on her own afterwards and to wake up (which scared me!!!) but she did fine. The doctor said that everything looked normal and good, but he took several biopsies to test. We don't have any results yet, but should hear something by Monday. If they don't find anything wrong, they will just give her Imodium to help. I certainly don't want anything to be wrong with her, but going through all of this because she needs a little Imodium seems extreme! Time will tell...

Little Sister's big birthday party is tomorrow!!! We are excited and you'll get a full report as soon as I recover from it!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

prayers for little sister, please!

Little Sister is having a birthday on Saturday! She is getting the world's worst birthday present: a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy. I'm just glad she's too young to remember.

She has been seeing a pediatric GI doctor for her chronic diarrhea problems and they haven't been able to find anything wrong with the blood and stool tests. She is having the procedures done tomorrow morning. I haven't been very stressed about it because I'm a "last minute stresser" and the last minute seems to be starting. I'm not very stressed about the tests, but I am stressed about the anesthesia. She's so little!

Next on the list for birthday celebrations....immunizations next Tuesday! The poor girl can't win.

Monday, October 09, 2006

"the spinach scare is stupid! we want spinach!"

A printed sign explaining why there wasn't any fresh spinach on shelf at the grocery store was hanging above the former spinach display spot. A person desperately missing his spinach scrawled the above statement on the sign.

What do you think? Is the spinach scare stupid? Do you want your spinach back? Would you buy it if it was back on shelf today?

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Monday, October 02, 2006

ghosts & ghouls of halloween past

I love Halloween! Not the spooky-skeleton-blood-and-guts-vampires-and-monsters kind, but the fun kind! The kind where kids can dress up as whatever they want and roam the neighborhood asking for candy. I especially like the making of fun costumes and decorating with pumpkins!

The first Halloween in the Garden was rather tame. Little Boy was only four months old and I had not yet discovered the joys of costume making. He was a hand-me-down pumpkin and while he was rather cute (and round just like a pumpkin) I knew there was something missing.

The next Halloween I ventured out a little and turned Little Boy into a Little Puppy.

(See his little tail? That was my favorite part!)
Halloween #3 was only a couple weeks after Little Sister was born. I hardly remember it, but I do remember that Little Boy was a sweet Scarecrow. I didn't dress up Little Sister that first year and it didn't really matter since she spent the entire time nursing anyway. Here is Little Scarecrow with his cousins The Cat & The Princess:Halloween #4 was the first one where Little Boy had costume preferences. Not only did he have a preference about his own, but he was adamant that he knew what Little Sister wanted to be as well...
The Little Super Hero:
The Little Lady Bug:
Halloween #5 is fast approaching and two very cute costumes are in the works. Little Boy wants to be a Big Black Spider and Little Sister is going to be Minnie Mouse. They are in the process of being created...
28 Days and counting....Get a move on folks!