Friday, October 30, 2009
2005, I was pregnant with Micah and Elizabeth was a sweet little sweet 16 month old. Since Curtis and I were expecting, we thought it would be funny to go as rabbits. When we moved into our first house the week before Halloween, that plan fell trough. But we did have a little pink bunny!
and a dragon!
Next year, I'm going back to a theme!! I have two ideas of what to do with my FOUR (!!!!!) children. Dorothy, the tinman, the scarecrow and the lion. Or Goldilocks and the three bears. What do you think?
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
We received Benjamin's diagnosis of craniosynistosis on November 27, 2007. Though we knew that it was possible that Benjamin would under go this major surgery, we really didn't think it would actually happen. We were praying that Benjamin would be healed, or that maybe this was all one big medical mess up. After receiving the news that our 6 month old had this rare deformity, and that in six days he would be undergoing major head surgery, all we could do was remind ourselves to breath. Breath in, breathe out.
When I woke up the next day, I found myself in a whirlwind of planning. Family had been notified, prayers were already being lifted up, there was cleaning, cooking, packing and child care to take care. I also found myself spending hours on line, trying to find every bit of information I could on the surgery. And though it wasn't a high priority, I knew I needed to make sure Curtis and I had a place to stay, to call home, while we were in an unfamiliar city, without our support system.
Our neuro surgeon refereed us to the RMH in Austin. It was such a weight off our shoulders to know that there was one less detail that needed to be taken care of! One less thing for me to plan, to arrange, to worry about.
We arrived in Austin, the evening before Benjamin's surgery, we checked into the RMH. They were kind, caring, and very warm. It was so nice to have a place to call home, while we were away from home.
After Benjamin's surgery, he spent 24 hours in the PICU. Only one parent could sleep in the room with him, and since I was the food supply, I pulled out the fold out couch and settled in for a very long night with very little sleep. Curtis, however, was able to go back to the RMH, sleep in a comfy bed, and get a shower the next morning (the PICU didn't have showers). Once Curtis got back to the hospital, my dad took me back to the RMH to shower. It was refreshing to get out, to have somewhere to rest and get cleaned up.
We only spent 3 nights in Austin, at the RMH. But what a difference it made! Though we had people offer to pay for a hotel during our time in Austin, I was thankful that the RMH was there for us, and we only had to pay $10 a night! Other than the low cost, there are also many other benefits to staying at the RMH; a family room, a play ground for other children, eating quarters with meals provided.
I know how greatly the RMH blessed us during a very hard and stressful time. I can only imagine what a blessing it is to families who have a child in the hospital for longer amounts of time.
Please consider how you can help the Ronald McDonald House Charities. You can donate to our team, by clicking the link on the right hand side of the blog. You can also join our team, and walk with us as we raise money and support this amazing charity. If you're interested in joining our team, click on the link. Then go to the link that says My Team Page.
Friday, October 23, 2009
If you haven't done so yet, take a moment and go over to Team Cranio Kid's site (the link on the right side of the page, Lights of Love). Then see if you can help us make our fundraising goal, or possibly join our team!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
When we found out that we would be blessed with another son, I laughed, and thought of how much more intense my sanctification process would be.
And there you have it! The title of our blog: Sanctified by Sons and One Daughter.
Even though the Aggies lost horribly this weekend, we're attempting to keep the Aggie spirit strong! Gig 'em Aggies!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
And how I was a very good Mommy, and took her to the dentist, right away? The dentist, who I should mention was not a pediatric dentist, told me that everything was fine and there would be no long term problems. Little did I know, the dentist was an IDIOT! Actually, I'm learning that it's not just that dentist who's an idiot, but any regular dentist, who is dealing with children.
A couple months ago, I took Elizabeth back to the dentist for a cleaning. She saw a new dentist this time. This visit was the 4th time she'd been to the dentist, and had her teeth looked at since the slide incident. After my insisting, they took some x-rays (only of the back teeth), and discovered that she had "one tiny cavity".
Did I mention that I think adult dentists are idiots when dealing with children?
Thankfully, we were referred to a pediatric dentist.
The first thing our peds dentist asked was about her loose gray tooth. I told him the slide story. He asked if I had told our regular dentist about the loose tooth. Of course I had! He then informed me that the two front teeth don't normally come out till around age 8, and that this was a HUGE red flag that something was wrong.
He also told me, based on the x-rays that the other dentist had seen, that Elizabeth had not 1, but 3 cavities!
After taking x-rays of her front teeth (you know, the gray ones that had been damaged, that the regular dentist didn't think about x-raying) we found out that the nerve in the loose tooth had died and was decaying AND was infected! The decay is about to spread to her permanent tooth.
So tomorrow, Elizabeth goes to the dentist to have three (relatively small) cavities filled and one tooth pulled.
I really like our pediatric dentist, and trust that he and his staff with do a great job. But if you happen to think of Elizabeth (and me) tomorrow morning, around 10, please say a prayer for us. Thanks!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Until then, I thought I'd share (more for my own memory when I someday work on his baby album) a few little things about Timothy.
- Timothy has the strongest kick of all my babies. Benjamin was my most active baby. Micah was so big that all I remember is how much it hurt when he moved. From what I remember of Elizabeth's pregnancy, she was pretty mellow, and was quite content to snuggle under her daddy's hand.
- Timothy's due date is March 1st (based on my calculations) and March 4th (by the doctor's calculations) and February 21st (by the u/s tech's calculations, which are based on size). I'm hoping he will be born on 2-22-10 because that's a nice even number.
- Though he is measuring big, it's not "too" big. (Too big is 2 or more weeks bigger than your due date.) And since we're having a scheduled c-sec, it doesn't bother me too much if he is big. I would like to not be miserable in the last few weeks of pregnancy though.
- We are not planning on calling Timothy TJ, Tim, or Timmy. We'll call him Timothy, just like we call Benjamin by his full name. However, we do know that it will probably be shortened at some point, and that's a-ok by us!
- Based on his measurements during the ultrasound, Timothy weighs apx. 15 ounces. At 19 weeks, a baby usually weighs about 9 ounces.
- During the ultrasound, Timothy had his hands and arms over his face, and his legs crossed. I was afraid that he would be trouble, but we were able to get the "money shot" determining he was a boy. And the ultrasound tech was able to get a couple profile pictures by taking the picture from the opposite side of where he face was. Doesn't this little boy know how much this family loves taking pictures??
Timothy's brothers and sister are really starting to get excited about his arrival. Between being able to call him by name, and all the baby things we've been able to purchase, Timothy's arrival is starting to become more of a reality. We feel so blessed to be adding him to our family!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 09, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Sunday, October 04, 2009
- dirt in the tub
- paint in the sink
- rubber bands in the washer
- and tissues in the dryer
- cups in the coach
- a pirate ship in the laundry pile
- pennies in the bed
- scribbles in the teacher's manual
- crayon on the walls
- nail polish in the bathroom sink
- food on the TV
- fruit snacks in the carpet
- snot on the sleeves
- and toothbrushes in the hallway.
I know this kind of stuff won't last forever. But it sure is exhausting.
I also know that in the grand scheme of things, having a nice clean house shouldn't be the goal of my day. But it sure would be nice!
I've heard that one day I will look around at my clean, organized house, and miss the sticky little hand prints. But that's not today.
So today, I'm tired and overwhelmed by my list of things to accomplish. Yet trying to enjoy it, because I know it won't last forever. Deep down, I really do know that this time with my kids is like gold. But I think that thought might have gotten lost under all the laundry.
Saturday, October 03, 2009
So far, the results are pretty one sided. And just in case you guys are right, I had to buy this sweet thing. Just couldn't pass it up.How adorable is that??? And for $2?! Yes please.
And yes, the baby will be born in February, right at the end of the month. We'll have a scheduled c-section, probably right at 39 weeks.
Here's what I got today while garage selling:
Fisher Price Rainforest Swing $140 (Babies R Us)
Fisher Price Rainforest Tub $30 (Wal Mart)
Graco SnugRide Car Seat in Zurich (that's the color) $150 (Graco website)
Moses basket $30 (and ours has a little cover and a pad!)
Infantino Sling Rider $30 (Babies R Us)
Total, if purchased new: $380
Want to guess what my total was??
It's pretty amazing!
How much would you pay for all this?
$55 for all of it!!!!!! That's a savings of $325!
I'm feeling pretty good right now.