1.27.2012

Project 52:4 :: Moments




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If you want to know more about my Project 52, you can read about it here


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1.25.2012

A trip to the ER and other germs

Ahhh...now that the sickness *seems* to be leaving our house, I'm finally getting a chance to sit down and update this 'ol blog.

I'll start with our scare.

Saturday morning, at about 4am, I was woken up by Derrick calling me over his monitor.  "Mommy, I'm breathing," he was saying in a somewhat urgent tone.  ("I'm breathing" is what he says when he's breathing hard or can't catch his breath.)  My heart was pounding as I flew up the stairs to his room.  He was sitting up in bed on the verge of crying, and he kept saying, "Mommy,  I'm breathing."  

I scooped him up and took him to his chair to rock.  I figured he had probably had a bad dream or maybe his latest coughing spell had left him feeling breathless, so rocking should calm him down enough to go back to sleep.  He was lying in my lap completely still and kept opening and closing his eyes and repeating, "Mommy, I'm breathing."  

I started to panic.  He never says this while he's sleeping.  He never falls asleep while I'm holding him and he certainly never falls into and out of sleep as he's talking.  Derrick is an all or nothing kid.  He's sleeping or he's awake.  If you wake him up it's over.  He's up and often there's no going back to sleep.


I decided to take him downstairs and check his sats (oxygen saturation).  I didn't want to freak anybody out, but I was worried.  Justin came into the living room with us and when we turned on the lights we could see how pale Derrick's face was.  He was completely void of any color.  We watched the pulse ox, then watched Derrick.  Watched the pulse ox, then watched Derrick.  His sats were right at 80 which is great for him.  I think we were both waiting to see his sats go down, but they didn't.  As we were sitting there Derrick was still saying, "Mommy, I'm breathing!" over and over.  He was saying it like he was trying to get me to help him, but neither of us could figure out what in the world was wrong.  As he was saying this, he kept slowly closing his eyes.  He'd open them and close them back, like he was trying to stay awake but he was losing consciousness.  This had both of us terrified so we called Justin's parents to come over and stay with Jenny Kate so we could take Derrick to the ER.

In the car he wanted to sleep but I kept talking to him to make sure he was ok.  He's normally a very light sleeper, but I had to shake his leg and call his name over and over to get him to respond to me while we were in the car.  Once we got to the hospital I got him out of his car seat and he popped his little head up and said, "Mommy, I feel better."  

Seriously?
We were really glad, but really confused.  We went to check in and as I turned Derrick away from the receptionist, Justin heard her say to the other girl, "Um, do you see his lips?!"  We kind of chuckled and told them about his heart and that he always looks this way.  (The color in his face had come back by now.)  Would you believe that we didn't wait in the waiting room more than about 30 seconds before they were calling us to triage?  It's amazing how quickly little blue lips will get people moving! :)  


We got to a room and Derrick was his normal self.  He watched tv, played with Lightning McQueen, talked.  He was fine.  We were stunned.

They checked him out, did a chest x-ray that came back clear, and gave him some Powerade and a popsicle.  He was hooked up to the pulse ox the whole time and his sats were fine.  They told us to follow up with our pediatrician that afternoon and sent us home.  They had no idea what had happened.  We were both relieved that he seemed better, but not having an answer was not comforting at all.

When we got home Derrick ate some eggs, drank his chocolate milk and had another popsicle before we headed to the peds office.  The doctor listened to him again (this was the 3rd trip in 11 days to the peds office for cough/yuck) and heard a little wheezing when he coughed.  He started looking pale again so she wanted to check his iron.  Last time his iron was checked it came back in the normal range, but his cardiologist wanted it higher so he's been taking an iron supplement.  She wanted to make sure that was working.


The nurse came in with the iron checking paraphernalia on a tray, and she also had a glucose monitor.  At that point it hit me.  Derrick had insisted on eating a few bites of banana before we headed to the hospital that morning.  I wouldn't let him have much because I was afraid he would choke since he was zoning in and out of consciousness, but he did have about three bites.  The drive to the hospital took about 15 minutes, and when we got there he was completely fine.  Hmmmm.

His iron tested fine and his blood sugar was 77.  That's normal, but on the low end of normal.  And it seems a little low after having a popsicle and chocolate milk about 45 minutes before checking it.  So, we left the doctor's office with a little more information but no definitive answer as to what in the world had happened to Derrick that morning. 
We have a follow-up for Derrick's ear infections on Friday and we plan to talk to his pediatrician more about this whole blood sugar thing.  We both feel at peace about thinking that it was the blood sugar and not his heart, which of course was our initial thought.  We need a plan, though.  Him bottoming out randomly is not ok with us.  He's been sick since the beginning of January, so that could be a factor.  And of course he never eats like he should, but he didn't eat much of anything Friday because he was feeling pretty bad.  But still.  This mama needs answers!


After all of the excitement that morning, that afternoon we all got hit with the stomach virus.  This lovely stomach virus was on top of Derrick's double ear infection with round 2 of antibiotics, this time the vicious Augmentin ES, and his awful cough and congestion, and Jenny Kate's unexplained virus complete with cough, congestion, sleeplessness, and rash.  After she just got over her strep throat, of course.  We were quite worried that round 2 of the stomach virus was coming for Derrick, but we're pretty sure that it's the aftermath of each dose of Augmentin, despite the Florastor.   That stuff is brutal!

The good news is that we're on the mend!  Things seem to be getting better around here and I'm hoping that the windows being open on this beautiful almost-70-degree-day will free the rest of the germs from our house!  


I'm so thankful that this scare with Derrick doesn't appear to be because of his heart.  It's always my first thought when anything strange happens with him and it always throws me into quite a panic on the inside.  It did bring me back to reality though.  The reality is that we'll never know what's coming and most times don't know why.  Not just with a special heart, but with anybody.  It made me realize that taking care of sick, non-sleeping children is still a blessing, no matter how tough and patience-pressing it is.  Every single day is a blessing.  It's a gift, and it's really easy to lose sight of that.  While I would prefer to not have to be reminded through trips to the ER, I am thankful for the nudge from the Lord to enjoy life right now.  Snotty noses and all.  

These pictures are from our morning in the yard, soaking up the beautiful  January sunshine!  (Yes, in mis-matched pajamas! :)


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1.19.2012

Project 52:3 :: Germy


This may be the only picture I've taken since my P:52 last week.  

There's no better word than GERMY that could describe life lately.  The germs have filled our house to the brim and they don't seem to be going anywhere any time soon.  Derrick had an ear infection and three days later we were at the doctor's office again, this time with Jenny Kate having strep.  We've officially finished both rounds of antibiotics and already have appointments for both of them this afternoon.  They've both been coughing and snotty for weeks and our little nebulizer friend has been visiting, but doesn't seem to be doing his job.  Ugh! 

Bring on the sunshine.  This winter business is for the birds!

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If you want to know more about my Project 52, you can read about it here


If anyone else out there is doing a P:52 and wants to join in on the link fun, let me know and we can link each other up! :)

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1.12.2012

Project 52:2 :: Sleepless


I got one of each...one fantastic napper and the other...not so much.  She sleeps when she wants to sleep, not when you want her to sleep.  But who can be upset that these big blue eyes just want to get up and play? 

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If you want to know more about my Project 52, you can read about it here


If anyone else out there is doing a P:52 and wants to join in on the link fun, let me know and we can link each other up! :)
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1.10.2012

A Little Photog?!

He no longer wants to be my little model, but he sure did want to take pictures of Jenny Kate!  He grabbed his camera before we went outside the other day and said, "Mommy!  I want to take pictures of Jenny Kate!" 


He shot away, too.  Well, for about 2 minutes, then he was bored.  I got his camera when we came back inside and was going to upload his pictures to the computer so we could really see them.  What a BUMMER to find that he never turned the camera on while he was doing his little photo shoot! 

He toughed it out, yucky nose and all, just to get some shots of "Nudy"  (That's the latest...don't ask! :)  He got none, but he did let me get ONE, just one, of him!

This boy is growing up WAY TOO FAST! 

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1.08.2012

SEVEN months!!

Well...I wrote all of this ON your 7 month birthday, Jenny Kate.  I really did.   And I'm so glad because you've been doing so much more since then and I would have everything all confused.  Anyway, better late than never, right?


My Jenny Kate, where oh, where does the time go?!  You are now SEVEN months old!  How did this happen?

You have become quite a BUSY girl!  Your biggest accomplishment this month is that you're now mobile.  You are crawling everywhere!  And you LOVE it!  You are so happy with your new-found independance. 

There isn't one second of the day (that you're awake) that we cannot not have an eye on you.  We can turn for one second and you're into something.

Your favorite thing to play with is whatever Derrick is playing with.  You LOVE his cars and will tear up his train track any time you can reach it.  You'll laugh after you jerk his track apart.  It's funny, but you're starting to drive him crazy! :)

You keep going after the plant that's on the fire place.  (I'm trying to think of a new home for it, just haven't figured that out yet.)  The other day I had to run into the kitchen and grab something and told Derrick not to let you get near the plant.  I was gone maybe 15 seconds, and when I rounded the corner I saw him pulling you backwards by your legs.  Neither of you saw me watching, so I just let you go for a minute.  You would crawl a few feet forward and Derrick would grab your feet and pull you backward.  As soon as he let you go, off you went again and the cycle continued.   I have to admit, it made me laugh.  I did make him stop, but it was really funny.


You've gotten a little better about letting me get out of your sight for a second without having a fit.  That's made life a little less stressful! 

You're still enjoying your exercauser, but I have a feeling that's going to end soon since you know you can get around now.  I really hope you'll enjoy it a little longer because it sure does make it easier when I'm getting ready in the mornings.  You play right beside me and love it when the air from the blow dryer hits your face.  Let's just keep thinking that's fun, k? :)

You've started experimenting with puffs.  You like them but haven't quite figured them out yet.  You don't have the fine motor skills to pick them up and get them directly into your mouth, but sometimes you accidentally hit your target.  That pleases you and confuses you at the same time.  You're so funny to watch.


Now that you can attempt to feed yourself, I can contain you some in your high chair.  That is helpful the nights daddy is working and I'm trying to get dinner ready.  You'll usually let me get the food ready, but you don't allow for extra time like cleaning the dishes.  I guess I'll take what I can get!

You put EVERYTHING in your mouth.  Seriously, someone has to have an eye on you at all times.  You especially like to eat paper. 


You are definitely our more nosey child.  You are so busy and want to grab everything in your sight.  You can grab a plate or cup in a split second, leaving whoever was holding you in quite a predicament.  You enjoy tasting everything you can reach and you are definitely going to put all of those child-proofing devices to the test.

It's amazing how different two children with the same genetic make-up can be.  Derrick had to have speech therapy because he didn't like things in his mouth.  Part of our homework was trying to get him to put toys in his mouth.  You...we can't keep anything out of your mouth!  You are definitely keeping us on our toes!

You're starting to make the "d" sound. 

This picture screams 'Jenny Kate!'  A cute little outfit with the ribbon already torn off and dirt everywhere.  That's my girl! :)

You are thinking about pulling up.  You'll crawl over to something and reach up with one arm.  We think you'll be walking a little sooner than we'll be ready for.  Then we'll really be in for it! Ha!

You still think Derrick is the funniest thing in the world.  You're crazy about him and can't keep your eyes off of him.  You love to try to be involved in everything he does.  And for the record, even though you're starting to bother him by taking his toys, he still loves you to death.  He's so gentle when he takes his toys away from you and almost always has another (safer) toy ready to put in your hand. 

You get angry when we take things away from you.  I mean like red-faced, screaming angry.  You like for everyone to know when you don't like something.

You love to spit.  Especially  when you're eating baby food.  And most especially if it's orange.  And stains.

You love eating baby food.  You're eating a stage 2 container of food twice a day and take 6-8 ounces of formula four times a day.  I think you're about ready to be eating three "meals" a day.


You have turned into a good sleeper.  You sleep for about an hour in the morning and for around 2 hours in the afternoon.  You're ready for bed by 8:30 at night and usually wake about 8:30 or 9 in the morning.  Sometimes we struggle to get that morning nap right with the running around we do, but when you're home you're pretty much scheduled. 

You're curious about the presents under the tree and have successfully torn the paper on several of the gifts.  We didn't even bother with the bows as they were sure to be an attraction.

You are a happy little girl.  You love to smile and laugh and you're also into dancing!  Any time you hear music you start bouncing and flapping.  You like to be included in whatever is going on and you love it when people talk to you. 


Jenny Kate, you are so full of personality and so much fun!  You have turned into such a little person.  You're not a "baby" any more.  That makes me sad and happy at the same time.  It's sad that you're growing up so quickly but you're so much fun!  You've gotten snuggly and daddy and I both love when you'll put your head on our shoulder and let us just snuggle with you.  It doesn't happen very often, but we sure love it when you'll share that sweet, snuggly side you have.  You are such a blessing to our family and I don't think any of us can remember life before you were here.  We're proud of you and we love you more than words can say.  Slow down girlfriend, we love this new stage you're in.  We'd like to enjoy it!

We love you to the moon and back, sweet girl!

Mommy, Daddy & Brother
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1.04.2012

Project 52:1 :: Hardheaded


I've decided to do a Project 52 this year.  For Project 52, you take a picture each week that tells a story.  Mine is a story of my life right now, with the theme of 'Motherhood'.  I've seen several in cyber-world {my favorite being Shawna's on 'motherhood' over at Styleberry}.  I thought it would be fun to participate and 'motherhood' pretty much sums up a large majority of my world right now, so that seems most fitting for me. I'm excited to have this to look back on at the end of the year and hopefully print it into a book that I can keep forever.  I like the challenge it will bring to take the time to really look at what I see through my lens and what it says about life, right now.  One day these "mom of two, two and under" thoughts won't be so fresh in my mind, but they're definitely something I don't want to forget.

And as usual, I'm insanely behind, so all kinds of Christmas posts will be drizzled in as these babies give me a chance to get them together! :)  Hope you all had a happy New Year!

Check out more P:52 over at Styleberry Blog, Firecracker mama, bugs and boo boos, Finding Joy, lucas and mahina and Wicked Kate.

If anyone else out there is doing a P:52 and wants to join in on the link fun, let me know and we can link each other up! :)


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