Friday, April 20, 2012

We Are Moving.

Our blog that is! The new site will be primarily pictures, which lets face it, that is what everyone wants to see anyway and it is the primary reason I started a blog to begin with, so that our out of state family and friends could keep up with us and our ever growing family. This current blog will still remain up and accessible, but I will no longer be posting anything new here.

The new site is through Tumblr and I am able to directly post the pictures I take of the kids on my iPhone straight to the new Tumblr site. Neal's phone is also directly linked to the new site, which allows him to share the pictures he takes as well. The posting of pictures is half my battle since it is SUCH a pain with the current Blogger site and SO time consuming. So you will be seeing lots more pictures, like LOTS. I document the kids on a daily basis because so much funny, exciting, new, and not so funny stuff happens around here. With 3 kids, often times the pictures serve as my memory so this is also a great way for me to keep track of our day to day happenings.

The main reason for the change is that 'blogging' is not my priority, life demands so much from me these days and sitting down at the end of the day or finding time amidst the chaos of the day to upload pictures and type something out is not high up on my to do list. That said, I do still want to share pictures of our family with our long distance relatives and friends and with the ease and simplicity of Tumblr I will now be able to do that with a click of a button on my phone and I am so looking forward to that.

Pictures will be posted DAILY to the new site so if you are interested in keeping up with us that often please feel free to do so, I don't know that I will be sending out email reminders. Although I may sit down monthly or bi-monthly and send out a family update on how life is treating us! I hope everyone enjoys the new site, it is definitely a weight off my shoulders to have sharing pictures be so easy now.


You can find our new site here:

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Cuteness In Our House Is Killing Me!

These sweet little faces are making me crazy, in a good way!!! Sometimes I can hardly look at them they are all so stinkin' cute!! Other days they just make me crazy, as in lost my marbles! Enjoy the cute with me a moment will you?

****Oh, I almost forgot, Maisie got the "all clear" today at the follow up visit!!! Yay! No blood in her stool, ears look gorgeous and her lungs are clear, she is back to her happy, SUPER smiley, thriving little self!

I love to squeeze them.

For some reason or another this has become his favorite chair in the house!

Sweet, clean, smiley baby.

Melt my heart.

I LOOOOOVE this picture.  Sophie is in love with her little sister and is always talking to her and making sure she is happy.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Health Updates

***ETA (edited to add): Since posting this originally, on Saturday, we have been back to the doctor....AGAIN because Sophie was complaining of ear pain, and with her all her congestion and coughing I wasn't taking my chances.  Luckily, our office has weekend hours from 8:30am to 5:30pm Saturday and Sunday.  We got a 10:45am appt. today, Sunday, and low and behold the girl has an infected left ear and the start of an infection in her right!  All this sickness and craziness must mean we are in for one awesome summer!!!
It seems as though we may be on the mend over here (fingers crossed) after what seems like forever.  Jonah seems to be showing no signs of his ear bothering him, but is still coughing and while Sophie is still coughing too, the super duper cough medicine that the doctor gave us a while back (originally for Jonah) seems to be doing the trick and helping her get some sleep at night.  Maisie on the other hand had another trip back to the doctor on Thursday, she was pooping quite frequently, which is a side effect of the antibiotics, but that was not my concern, no it was the the color of her poop.  I had changed her diaper that afternoon and noticed that she had yet again pooped, but this time the poop was a pinkish red color, hmmmmmm, that's interesting was my first thought, my second thought to take a picture (no really it was) and send it to my mom or Neal and get their thoughts.  The picture thing did not end up happening because the pinkish red color did not show up in the shot.  My next thought, well her antibiotic is pink so maybe the dye is coming out in her poop, but just to be sure I put in a call to the nurse at the office and she told me it could be her meds or it could be blood and that I should bring the diaper by and they could run a quick test on it while I waited.  I loaded up all 3 kiddos and the poopy diaper in the car and off we went.  The test came back positive for blood in my sweet baby girls stool.  I felt so sad for her, no wonder she wasn't showing any super signs of improvement and was still fussy after several days on the antibiotic.  Sure, the antibiotic was healing her ears, but was wreaking havoc on her GI system or so we believe.  So, what was supposed to be just a quick run to drop off the diaper turned into a full blown appointment with the doctor.  Thankfully, my knight in shining armor showed up just as the nurse came out to tell me the test was positive for blood, he had heard the stress in my voice all day and knew that another trip to the doctor even to drop off poop was maybe more than I could handle.  We met with the doctor and she seems to think that the amoxicillin is irritating her GI system and is the root of the blood in Maisie's stool. She took her off the amoxicillin and gave her a shot of rocephin (another antibiotic) to continue to clear her ears.  We will go back on Wednesday (2/22) to test her stool again and see if blood is still present, if it isn't then we know it was the amoxicillin and if it is then we dive deeper to figure out what is the cause.  On a good note though her ears looked great and are healing well and her lungs were clear so the RSV is on it's way out of my sweet girl's lungs!

While Thursday was not a particularly awesome day, at least we figured out what was possibly causing Maisie even more discomfort and the weather has been pretty mild here so we were able to get the kids outside and enjoy some fresh air.  I also had a very sweet and dear friend drop a little ray of sunshine on my front porch late Thursday afternoon to help lift my spirits after what is proving to be a very challenging month for us. 

Out for a stroll.
She loves her some chickens!
Enjoying some mild weather, with his first official solo catch of a chicken.
My "sunshine" that made me smile.
Finally seeing my baby girl get back to her old self.

Happy Birthday Gigi Slimick



I Love A Good Deal

Visited the local Value Village thrift store and came home with some great finds. Two pairs of flats for me; the navy pair was a $1 more than the red because they were never worn, but still a steal at $3.50! Some great old school stories for Sophie circa 1950s. My favorite find a pair of flawless condition Pediped brand shoes for Maisie for $1.50 these retail for $33, I know because I have several pair that used be Sophie's in the attic awaiting Maisie's sweet feet to grow into them!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sweet Sick Baby

RSV is taking its toll on my sweet baby girl. After spending 3 nights in a row sleeping in the rocker in her room rocking the pitiful little thing to sleep and then staying in there all night long because in my arms was the only place she would sleep, Sunday night I decided it was time to pay another visit to the doctor. Monday morning rolled around and we made our way to the doctor, sure enough sweet baby has double ear infections and is wheezing which required breathing treatments at the doctor's office and at home, so we now own our very own nebulizer machine Yaaaaaaay (hopefully you can sense the sarcasm there). As you can imagine she isn't a huge fan of the breathing treatments, but we get them done as quickly as we can because she needs to have it done. My heart breaks watching her cry and wiggle in pain while trying yo get comfortable because of her ear pain and then to listen to her raspy, wheezy, "junky sounding" breathing is just pitiful and makes me want to stand in her place. She is such a trooper though and will still flash her beautiful gummy smiles and grab at her toys in her baby gym (a new skill), but naturally we can tell she is simply not herself, which is to be expected. We are praying that the antibiotic starts working quickly, that the Tylenol eases her pain, and that the breathing treatments help to open and clear her lungs, please pray with us. 
Sleeping in my arms.

Waiting to be seen at the doctor's office.

 Still a pretty happy baby.

This is where she slept last night and for her nap this morning, upright in her baby rocker.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

A Date With My Big Girl

Neal and I have been feeling like our big girl needed some one on one mama time, so this morning she and I hit up Target for a little Starbucks (hot chocolate for the little one) and shopping! Oh what fun we had!