New hair bows!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

I finally got some new hairbows made for the consignment sale in February. Let me know what you think!

My baby wants to be a baby again...

Reese is SO jealous of Aiden! I usually let him sit in the bouncy seat if he's not in my lap, so, of course, Reese had to try it out, too. She's really too big to sit in it, but she was determined to try!

Just excuse the snot pictures! She'd been crying because she couldn't figure out how to get in the seat the right way.

The worst tooth fairy - EVER!

I have to be the worst "tooth fairy" on the face of the earth. So far Katie has lost about five teeth. I always tell myself that I will remember to collect her tooth and leave some money before she wakes up in the morning. Once again, of course, I forgot. Katie pulled a tooth Tuesday night, and put it under her pillow. I woke up Wednesday morning and didn't even think about it. She ran back in her room to get her prize from the tooth fairy and found her tooth. I thought fast and shoved a dollar under David's pillow on our bed. I called Katie in there and told her that the tooth fairy got confused because she(Katie)sleeps with me sometimes. Katie seemed satisfied, but I still felt bad...

I've moved that mountain!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wow! I finally managed to get rid of that kidney stone! Praise the Lord! Exactly 22 days after the trouble began the son of a gun is OUTTA THERE! I am so excited!

I know it's kinda gross, but I wanted the world to see this thing! I feel like it should be my third child or something... I swear, it hurt more than childbirth, and they wouldn't give me an epidural for the kidney stone! I think we'll just call this one Bubba.

I'm gonna be supermom - like Amy!

Friday, January 25, 2008
Wow! Today is my first day of "supermomdom". The day started early (5:35am to be exact) when Mikel dropped off the kids for my first day of babysitting since Aiden was born in November. I will now be taking care of four kids ages 7 and under. Katie is 7, Avery will be three in April, Reese is 19 months old and Aiden is just over two months old. It's so funny to have FOUR carseats in the car! I feel just like my buddy, Amy, who has four boys ages 7 and under.

I am honestly a little nervous, but I think we'll do fine. We're already off to a great start. Avery was a little upset about being left behind this morning, but she was fine before her daddy got his car door closed. I don't blame her. She's been able to stay home with her mommy for the past eight weeks, so there is, of course, a little separation anxiety.

Isn't it amazing how quickly you forget just how small two month old babies are? Reese isn't even two, but it's hard to imagine her ever being so small! Aiden is new territory for our family. We've always had only girls! We started watching Avery a little over a year ago, and she just melted right into our family. She was between Katie and Reese in age, so it just all worked out perfectly. She's just like one of my own. I am sure it'll be the same way with Aiden, but he will certainly be the odd "man" out! I think David feels the same way sometimes.

Anyway! I will let you all know how the first day goes. We're off to a good start!

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Licking the beaters

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

One thing my kids love is for me to make homemade chocolate chip cookies. We don't do it very often, but when we do it's a real treat. Their favorite part is licking the beaters from the mixer when I'm finished with the cookie dough. I can remember doing the same thing when I was a little kid. My mom made the best homemade brownies and cookies, but the best part was still licking the beaters!

If you have a crab, put her in WATER!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

"If you have a crab, put her in WATER!"
Someday I am going to put those words on the wall in our kids' bathroom. There just isn't much in this world that Reese likes more than taking a bath. She will stay in there all night if I'll let her. One of her favorite things to do is to put her mouth in the water and blow bubbles. Her big sister is a waterbug, and I guess Reese is planning to follow in her footsteps!

Notice the black eye? Reese decided to pick a fight with mom's computer desk and the desk won. She ran right into the corner of it with her face. It's been black for over two weeks! I wish it would go away!
Tell me this, does my baby girl not look like Baby New Year from the Rudolph show? I just love those chubby cheeks!

On Friday, January 18th, my oldest daughter, Katie, was honored at school. She made the "All Around All Star" list at school. That list recognizes students who have made all A's in the second quarter. Katie was SO proud to be standing on that stage, and I was so proud she was there, too.

The kidney stone that moved into our home to stay...

Monday, January 21, 2008

"The severity of the pain is no indicator of the size of the passing kidney stone. This pain is often described as the worst pain a person has ever suffered even by women who have given birth. It is reported to be more painful than gun shots, surgery, broken bones, or even burns.”

Yeah, so that’s the fun I’ve been having for the past two weeks. It all started on January 5th. I was on a shopping trip with my sister in law. I woke up feeling a little down, but decided that I wasn't too sick to go window shop for a little while. I headed off to my brother's house, stole his wife, and off we went for some retail therapy. We had been at the store for about fifteen minutes when I started to get really cold. I figured it was just the weather and wrapped my jacket a little tighter. I went to go to the bathroom and to my chagrin, couldn’t. Then an acute pain grew in my lower back. The pain grew more intense and I broke out in a cold sweat. By the time we got halfway through the store I had to sit down and rest. Allison decided it was time to get me home.

We headed out of Little Rock at rocket speed with only a stop at a convenience store for Motrin and at Sonic for a cranberry slush. It was probably a little late to try the cranberry juice, but hey, I was desperate! We got to their house in Cabot and I plopped myself down on their couch to let the Motrin take effect so that I could drive myself home.

About thirty minutes later I headed out for the 25 mile drive home. It probably wouldn't have been too bad if I had been in my car, but I was driving David's 1992
stick shift Ford pickup truck. Every time I had to push in the clutch to change gears I felt like someone was shooting flaming knives into my lower back and side. By the time I got home I had chills and rigors. Within two hours my fever had reached 104 degrees and I was absolutely miserable. I asked David to go out to my car and bring me the bottle of ibuprophen that was in the glove box. He looked, but told me it wasn't in there, so I had to take Tylenol, which isn't nearly as effective. We didn't get my fever under 101 degrees all night, and I was so exhausted from the rigors I could hardly walk. David told me that at one point I must've been hallucinating because I was talking all crazy. I vaguely remember that, but not really.

The next day, which was Sunday, we headed to the weekend clinic so I could get some antibiotics for what appeared to be a raging kidney infection. The doc examined me and took a urine sample which confirmed what I already knew. Don't you wish you could just call up, give your own diagnosis and order your antibiotics over the phone? It took us about three hours to get done at the clinic, and by that time I was wiped out.

We left there and went to Mi Ranchito (our FAVORITE Mexican restaurant) to pick up a to go order to eat at home. This is when David almost met his death at the hands of his wife. While he was in the restaurant I opened the glove box on the car to look for the ibuprophen that he didn't find. It was RIGHT THERE! All that was in the glove box was a box of bandaids, the owners manual for the car, three napkins and the unopened box of ibuprophen. He let me suffer all night because he wasn't willing to spend five more seconds moving the box of bandaids to get to the pills. I could've killed him. When I showed him where they were he said, "you must've just put those there." What!??! AARRGGHHH!

My mom has a theory about men and children when it comes to finding things. She is convinced you have to have a MATURE UTERUS to perform the most basic of searches with success. Do you think I could buy one of those for David for his birthday? Oh, wait a minute, that's why he has ME, right?

Well, it took three days on the Cipro, but I finally lost the fever. The pain in my back and side never completely went away, so I knew there was more to come. I went back to the urgent care clinic on Sunday, January 13, because the pain had gotten worse. The doc then decided that I probably had a kidney stone, prescribed pain meds and more Cipro, and sent me home. I knew at that point that the worst was yet to come...

Fast forward to Friday, January 18th. This was my baby brother's birthday, so Allison and I had spent the day emailing back and forth trying to plan a family dinner to celebrate. I got off the computer at 3pm and got in the car to pick Katie up from school. Then it HIT! The most blinding childbirth pains cannot compare to this pain! I managed to drive to the school (1.3 miles each way) and get Katie, but was bawling before we made it home. I called Mom, and she headed our way. I called the urologist on our health plan, and his nurse kindly told me that they could get me an appointment on March 5th... Lotta good that would do! I called our family doc, and his secretary told me that if I could be there by 4:10pm they could see me. It was 3:58pm. When mom pulled in the driveway I had both kids and myself in my car and buckled. She drove me to the doc, and after almost an hour of writhing around in pain the doc came in to see me.

The first thing the doctor said when he walked in was, "So, you're feeling a little urgency and burning, huh?" WHAT!?! This had NOTHING to do with urgency and burning! I felt like I was giving birth to the spawn of Satan himself! I think the look on my face said it all. He ordered a shot of Demerol and Phenergan, and sent me home to pass the kidney stone. Believe me, I counted the minutes (the nurse said it would only take 15 minutes) until the drugs kicked in! It actually took about 24 minutes before the pain lightened up, but it hadn't gone away an hour later, so mom told me to take one of my Mepergans. Wow... Sweet drug induced haze! I was finally able to sleep. Katie left for open gym and came back at 9:30, David came in at midnight. I don't remember any of it! I was totally knocked out.

Saturday I got up and felt a little better. The pain wasn't gone, but it was a lot less. I decided to go to the ER on Sunday after a cup of hot chocolate sent my bladder into spasms. They did a CT scan on me and found that I had a 5mm stone somewhere between my kidney and my bladder. They just told me to take my drugs and wait it out. It's now Monday, and we're still waiting. I know it's going to hurt! We figured that a 5mm stone is about the size of an English pea. OUCH! Hopefully I'll live through this week!


Thursday, January 17, 2008
I have decided that I want to make some hairbows to sell at a consignment sale next month. I've been working on them for a while, but I am just not getting that "boutique" look that I want. Here are some of the pics of my pitiful first attempts at bowmaking... I will surely be able to post some better ones later...

I love basketball!

Sunday, January 13, 2008
Katie had her first Upward Basketball game on Saturday. She had a ball! She was the only person on her team to score, and it was a really nice shot! We got stomped by the other team. While our team was practicing how to dribble, that team was practicing how to run a screen. I think our team may have been a little younger than the other team, too, but I'm not sure. I was very proud of Katie for playing hard, and as soon as we can teach her not to steal from her own team members, we should have a great ball player on our hands!

Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 5, 2008
David and I didn't do anything too wild for New Year's Eve. We went over to Mikel and Serena's house to play games and just hang out. We played 'Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader', which was fun, and a few others. We toasted with our drinks at midnight and didn't make it home until 4am.

I got to hold baby Aiden for over an hour, which was so sweet. I'll start babysitting him along with Avery at the end of January. I think it'll be neat to have a teeny tiny baby around again. Maybe it'll cure the baby "I wants" I have had going on... If not, I'll be going off all meds by October of this year! We'll probably start trying for number three around December or January. (I have to detox at least three months from all of the migraine meds and headache preventatives that I take.) Who knows? Maybe there'll be a new baby to cuddle next year...