Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Lily Mae

It's been a while since I've written just about my sweet girl, Lily, so thought I'd share some fun pictures of her!

First of all, I can't believe she will be starting Kindergarten in 2 weeks!!!!! Do I really have a child old enough to go to school?! And I know once that starts, the time is really going to fly by! She is so excited and so ready to start school. I feel the same thing :) As much as I will miss her, she just gets so bored at home, especially when Jameson naps and I want to nap too :) And she is one smart cookie. I think she'll do great in school and love it! At least, that's my hope for her! She picked out a pink Hello Kitty backpack that is way too big for her! But she's adorable. She's got her first week of new clothes already picked out. And she has all her school supplies in her backpack ready to take to school.
 I was waiting for the day when Jameson would allow Lily to dress him up :) Pretty sure he'll hate this picture when he's older!!
 Roasting 'mallows!
 She LOVES her cousin Owen!
 Lily is into horses lately and has actually said she wants a horse of her very own. Wow. Since that will never happen, I called up my Aunt Tammy who lives 15 minutes away from us and said, "Can Lily come ride your horses?!" She said yes! So off we went. Lily loved brushing the horse, riding it, and wasn't afraid at all!
 She looks like a pro!
 It looks like she's riding all by herself, but my Aunt Tammy is just ahead of her. But, Lily took charge of that horse and guided her! She did a great job!!!
And she is officially grown up now having lost 2 teeth! The first tooth came out as she was eating apples and she swallowed it. Yikes. The second tooth was super loose and I pulled it out for her! Gave me the heebie jeebies! Such an old girl!
Here is a little video of Lily trotting with the horse! She loved it and was giggling so hard!!
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The saddest part of her starting school, is that I will miss her first day and most of her first week of school!!! I'll have the baby on a Monday, and Lily goes to school the very next day. So sad for me. But that's the way the timing all worked out. Thankfully, AJ will take her the first day of school and my parents will do the rest of the week. I will just have to live through the pictures and video I make AJ take :)
 
 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Ocean Park!!!

A few weeks ago, our little family headed up to Ocean Park, WA to hang out with my brother and sister-in-law. It was a quick, 2 day trip, but oh so much fun! We packed a lot into those 2 days!
 LOTS of pickle ball was played! Such a fun game. Even Lily and Jameson loved playing it!
 Lily didn't have to wear her helmet to play :) She was riding her scooter and left it on!
 Yup, me and my giant prego belly played as well! I was quite a show!!!
 Swinging on the swings at the camp
 Walked down to the beach. Uncle Joel is playing with Lily!
 Jameson LOVED the beach this year! Finally! He has hated it the last few times we have gone. It was a bit windy on this day, so he preferred to sit in my lap :)
Lily wanted to be buried in the sand! Uncle Joel and Auntie Katie did a great job at doing this for her!
 More playing!
Snuggling with daddy while watching pickle ball :)
 2 days with no naps = a very sleepy Jameson! We were waiting to eat dinner and I just sat him on my lap. He fell asleep immediately and used my belly as his pillow! This hasn't happened since he was a baby! I loved it. Although, after him being this way for 30 minutes I had to wake him up!
 And nothing like finishing up the trip with motorized scooter rides with Uncle Joel!
We had such a BLAST and love visiting the camp up there! Not sure when we'll go next with a new baby, but hopefully not too far away! :)
And here's my giant belly at 36 weeks! This was taken last Friday so technically I'm 36 1/2 weeks now :) Had our last ultrasound last Friday and baby is measuring just under 6 lbs. My Dr. thinks when he's born that he'll weigh around 8 or 8 1/2 lbs. I'm thinking he'll weigh closer to 9 lbs!! Anyone want to make a guess?!!! Just 3 more weeks and this boy will be here! Can't wait!! I'm definitely in the "nesting" mode and wanting his room done asap. It's getting close and just needing AJ's help with some things :) When it's done I'll be sure to post pictures! I just hope these next weeks fly by!!!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Happy Anniversary?!

Two weeks ago on Thursday, AJ and I celebrated being married for 9 years!!!! I love that man SO much!!! My awesome dad got us a room at a Marriott in downtown Portland and we had a whole 30 hours to ourselves! We dropped the kids off at my parents at 12:30 in the afternoon on Thursday afternoon and headed out! Our first stop was Bridgeport to do some window shopping, eat some appetizers at PF Changs, and hang out! We then drove to our beautiful hotel where we dropped off our luggage and freshened up. Our next stop was to a fun restaurant some friends of ours had told us to go to. It's called Screen Door. A cute, little place with a "southern" feel. Here's our yummy food! And yes, I'm one of those people that like to take pictures of our food!
 AJ's giant plate of food!
 And my giant plate of food-yum!
 After dinner we headed to a theatre to see a movie. After about 30 minutes of watching, I received a call from my mom. Long story: A few weeks ago Jameson fell off his scooter on our back patio and scraped his pinkie toe. The fall broke the skin and bled a teeny bit. He was fine after 5 minutes. Fast forward to a few days before our anniversary trip: He would say "ow" when we put shoes on him. I thought nothing of it, just that his owie was still healing. Plus, once his shoes were on he acted totally normal. Well, the day we drop him off with my parents both AJ and I noticed his pinkie toe was more red than usual. AJ even said, "I wonder if that's starting to get infected?" When we dropped the kids off, we noticed Jameson was limping on his foot. So, we took his shoes off and thought maybe the shoe was bothering his toe! We told my parents about it, they said they would soak it in Epsom salt and just watch it. My dad also said he'd look and see if a red line would appear on his foot throughout their time with Jameson. I decided to leave their insurance cards just.in.case. Now, back to the phone call in the movie theatre from my mom. At this point it was 8pm. She said Jameson had a high fever, a red line had appeared on his foot (meaning, infection in the blood stream!) and the on call doctor told them to take him to the ER. Awesome. I immediately said, "We're coming home!" She said not to just yet. Maybe they'd give him some meds and send them home. We just said we'd stay in touch. Of course I go back to the movie, tell AJ about it, and proceed to feel antsy and ready to leave! After about a half hour of going crazy, I call my dad back. He said the ER Dr. had just come in and said they were going to give Jameson an IV of meds. At that point, we headed out! We ended up leaving our stuff in our hotel room because we were further south at the movie theatre, which meant closer to Salem, and our hotel was clear in downtown Portland. We only saw the hotel room for about 5 minutes. It was beautiful though! We booked it to Salem, or tried to, but got stuck in road construction traffic for 30 minutes! I was going crazy!!!! We finally made it to the ER at about 10pm.
 Here is my sweet boy hanging out in the ER bed. He was given that stuffed toy and loved it. His cheeks are SO red because he was burning up!!! I've never felt him have such a high fever before.
 His wrapped, infected foot. His toe was SO red and there was a huge, thick, red mark across the top of his foot and starting to go up his ankle. The nurses and ER Dr. were thinking it was not only a staph infection but possibly MRSA-which can be extremely dangerous-like, amputating the toe!!!! Unbelievable. Before we got to the ER, the nurses tried 3 TIMES to put an IV in his arms. I was thankful to have missed that part as I hate to see my baby in so much pain! My poor parents :( They are such troopers!!! They couldn't get an IV in and the Dr. wanted him admitted to the pediatric unit to give him meds and watch his foot to make sure it wasn't spreading even worse. First, they had to put 2 shots in his toe to numb it, then they had to lance it so they could get blood/puss out to test it for MRSA. I left the room for that part. But heard Jameson screaming in pain down the hall. Worst moment ever!! Finally, they are all done and we go up to the Peds floor. After getting situated a bit, the nurses up there have to try again to put an IV since they couldn't do it in the ER. This time it was just AJ and I as it was about 12:30 am. So they "burrito wrap" him-meaning, wrap his whole body in a blanket, minus the arm they are working on, so he won't flail about. AJ and I are right there trying to calm him, but of course it's not working. He's screaming and crying in pain and yelling, "Hold you mommy!" Oh my word. I was bawling like a baby. Of course I wanted to hold him but couldn't! I hated seeing him in so much pain!!! They also tried 3 TIMES!!! Finally, it worked on the third time on the top of his hand. This whole process took about 40 minutes. Jameson finally went to bed at 1:30 am. I didn't sleep much as my mind was reeling over the past few hours of what had happened. Plus, the nurses kept coming in and that woke me up.
Here's his little jail crib! He was fast asleep thankfully. His arm was all wrapped up from where the IV was so he wouldn't bother it. The next morning he was a new boy. Still tired, but we could tell he was already doing better after getting some meds. He was mastering potty training before this whole ordeal, but STILL went potty there! I was amazed. And he was attached to the IV pole so whenever he moved around or went potty, the IV pole came with us! We ended up being in the hospital for 2 nights. The day we got discharged he was so ready to come home-as we were too!
 This was the morning we left. He loved playing with those toys. Thankfully, we were home by noon that day!
 My parents, in-laws, sister, a few friends from church all came to visit. It was so nice seeing people from the outside! Big sister Lily was helping Jameson brush his teeth with his new "piderman" toothbrush. He can't say "s" very well! So cute.
 Hanging with daddy before we were sent home!
This hospital visit was definitely the most scariest moment of my life as a mom so far. And I'm sure there will be more to come! I'm SO thankful my parents were with the kids as they knew what to look for and do. Of course I'd like to say we'd have done the same thing, but we didn't know to look for a red mark! Now we do! I'm thankful for the nurses, doctors and hospitals who have the means to help Jameson. And I'm MOST thankful God protected my sweet boy and got us through this! I'm SO thankful he still has his pinkie toe, he never did have MRSA, just a plain 'ol staph infection (I say "just" in a joking matter!) and that after a week of antibiotics he is completely normal!
 This was the night we got home from the hospital. Just wanted to prove he really was feeling good! Here he is feeling baby brother kick and bending over to kiss him. So sweet!
See? All smiles from him!!! Thank you LORD!!!!
Pretty sure this was an anniversary AJ and I will ALWAYS remember!