Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Things I love this week!

So, I thought I would give this a try.  I know that I won't be faithful but we'll give it a go.

1)  Chipotle burritos...I don't know what more to say.  Living in the Midwest has its advantages but the accessibility to good ethnic food is not one of them.  I have especially loved them since I got pregnant.  Claire and I go at least once a week!




2) Jacob has had these shoes from Stride Rite for the past I don't know how long.  We bought these in several different sizes because they worked with everything, he was comfortable in them, and he LOVED them.  We had to get new shoes for him a few weeks ago and I have missed these so much.  The new ones have caused blistering, bleeding, and discomfort.  I don't know how much longer it will take to break them in.  Poor baby!




3)  The tulips in our front yard...Lily takes pride in every flower that pops up because she helped plant all of them last year.  Everyday when we get home she has to go and check on them to make sure that they are still blooming and that nothing happened to them while she was gone.  She is very gentle with them and does talk to them.  She has a much greener thumb than I do.  Jacob is not allowed to go near them just in case of accidental beheading.  She gets so excited as she sees each different bud open and a new color blooming.  Her favorite thing is to guess what color it will be when it is open.  She has been a little disappointed that we have not had a blue one yet! ;)


4) Baby dolls...Jacob (yes, my son) is OBSESSED with any baby. He loves to hold them, pat them on the back, feed them pretend things, make sure the pacifier is in the mouth, etc...I am a little nervous for when this baby decides to join us.  He is always dragging one around.  (For the record, he usually has some sort of truck or car in the other hand)  When we have been around a live, breathing infant he likes to sit there next to the baby and touch their hair, talk to them and try to give them toys to play with/chew!  I love watching him play and then get so excited that he just bursts out with laughter.  He is trying to say everything now so it is fun trying to decipher what he is saying to them.  Sometimes being a parent is so much fun!



5)  Lastly, the great outdoors!  We had beautiful weather all week last week and the kids were outside everyday playing.  This made for very worn out children and lots of fun!  I am so excited for summer this year.  Jacob is more than happy to be outside from dawn til dawn it seems and Lily loves running around and doing yardwork, riding her bike, and being a three year old.  Here's to great weather and lots more of it!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

All About Me

In response to the tag on Rachel's site...

1) Were you named after anyone?  Not the Mary, the Margaret is a family name.

2) When was the last time you cried?  Probably when Jake was in the hospital.

3) Do you like your handwriting?  Most of the time.

4) What is your favorite lunch meat? turkey, ham, salami...its all good

5) Do you have kids?  Yes

6) If you were another person would you be friends with you? Probably not.

7) Do you use sarcasm a lot? Depends on the subject.

8) Do you have your tonsils? Kind of personal, but yes.

9) Would you bungee jump?  No

10) Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?  No

11) Do you think you are strong? Yes

12) What is your favorite ice cream?  Tin roof sundae

13) What is the first thing you notice about people? appearance

14) Red or pink?  Red

15) What is the least favorite thing about yourself?  Biting my nails.

16)  Who do you miss the most?  Have to say family.

17)  What color pants and shoes are you wearing?  Khaki/green Capris and black flip flops

18) What is the last thing you ate?  A burrito from Chipotle

19) What are you listening to right now?  WMEE (radio station)

20) If you were a crayon what color would you be?  I have no idea, this is a stupid question.

21) Favorite smells? My kids when they get out of the bath, Joe, rice and curry, most food smells, grass

22) Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?  Claire

23) Favorite sports to watch? Why do I have to like watching sports?

24) Hair color?  Blonde/brown (depending who you talk to)

25) Eye color? Blue

26) Do you wear contacts? Yes

27) Favorite food? Rice and curry, Mexican, Chinese, BBQ, dessert, you get the idea.

28) Scary movies or happy endings? I haven't really watched anything recently so I don't remember.

29) Last movie you watched? Barney or Little Einsteins

30) What color shirt are you wearing?  Purple

31) Summer or winter?  Both

32) Hugs or kisses? Yes

33) Favorite dessert? Chocolate cake from Max and Ermas (thanks to Laurie Dapelos birthday)

34) What books are you reading? Anything that has less than 20 words on a page.  The kids don't do big people books.

35) What is on your mouse pad?  No mouse pad.

36) What did you watch on tv last night? Dancing with the Stars

37) Favorite sound? Jake and Lily playing together...a close second is quiet breathing signifying sleep

38) Rolling Stones or Beatles?  Beatles

39) What is the farthest you have been from home? Anywhere I am is home.

40) Do you have a special talent? The ability to fly.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Exciting News!

I didn't even think about posting anything about being pregnant!  Is that a cardinal sin in the world of blogging??  Sorry Emily!  I am 16 weeks, we told our family on Easter, and everyone else is finding out as I get bigger and they have the guts to ask if I am or if I have just been really stressed! 

We had an ultrasound the week of Easter, if you want to see the pics shoot me an email or comment and I will email them.  I feel terrible, apparently number three wants to be the last child.  Things have been worse but they have also been better.  I am now in some maternity clothes.  Apparently the body decides to expand faster with each kid.  Nice!

Our official due date is October 3rd.  The doctors are optimistic that this baby will want to be like its big brother so we could be looking at a September or October baby.  Anyway, the news is out.  Sorry all!

The Most Beautiful Day!

We got some of Jacobs test results back!  The bronchoscopy came back clean...we have to wait on the biopsy since they send them to Buffalo (hopefully next week it will be ready), and the bloodwork came back with cows milk and egg white allergies.  We are a little more apprehensive about the biopsy as that is the bigger test but it shouldn't be too much longer. 

We spent the afternoon outside after a hard day at work and001 school.  The kids were so excited to have nice weather considering it snowed last Friday!  We bbq'd, the kids played and we all relaxed.  

008 Jacob is obsessed with the gravel that we have in our alley and all he wanted to do was pile it on top of the daffodils that have been struggling to survive after the frost and snow that we had last week. 002

I let Lily play with our camera for a little bit and she discovered settings on it that I didn't know that we had.  It takes a three year old to show me how to use our digital camera!  A few pics of the day...010 006 These are pink shoes!009

Sweet kisses...  A very happy boy!005


We took Jake and Lily in to get haircuts because Jake was starting to look like a little girl and Lily has never had one.

As you can see, he was not terribly excited about the experience.  He thought we were trying to kill him!  Have you ever seen such a sad baby?001 003 She was a little apprehensive but no tears!










004 Everything was suddenly all better once they got outside with lollipops.  Isn't that typical?  The diva poses for the shot! 



Finally, a glimpse of Easter...

I finally got around to uploading the pictures from our camera so there are some new ones to put up.  The kids had so much fun with their cousins! 

005 The girls...007 Lauren Jo loving on Jake

008 Lily and Madeline!


001 They didn't understand the word "cooperate"!  This is unfortunately the best picture of them I got!

The Hospital Experience

We got to the hospital on Monday morning and got Jake admitted.  He was dehydrated from the weekend so I was actually relieved that we were going in. 

They got him connected to the IV, did the initial blood draw and breathing treatments, and left us there to pass the time.  Every 4 hours they came in and did some treatments and percussion.  He wasn't terribly excited about the IV.  It took him a good hour to get used to having it in his arm and then he fell asleep.  When he woke up it was like he relived the whole experience again and had to get used to it all over again.  002

Lily and Joe came over on Tuesday and spent a little time there with us, giving me a chance to go eat lunch and take a shower.  They had a good time playing together.  Lily was especially excited about the family play room that they had there on the floor we were on and the crib that was in Jacobs room because it was a cage.



He got another blood draw that day and treatments throughout the whole day.  Wednesday morning he got the bronchoscopy and biopsy done.    They decided to wait and see the results of the biopsy before they do the pH probe because they didn't want to put him through it unless they had to.  We were able to leave on Wednesday afternoon.  It was so nice to walk outside and let him run around.  He had gotten pretty good walking the halls pushing his IV pole in front of him but nothing beats the great outdoors.    005

Saturday, April 5, 2008


It is Saturday afternoon and the kids and I are sitting at home keeping busy while Joe is gone for the weekend.  I have started running out of ideas for entertainment so the tv is on and the little one is riveted to Barney while the big one is playing with a mermaid in the sink.

I have been sitting here watching Jacob play and now as he is cuddled on the couch and have just been having such a hard time imagining why he could be having as many problems as he is having.  He is such a happy child (most of the time) and I am trying to wrap my mind around what it is going to be like on Monday. 

For those of you that don't know, Jake is getting admitted to Children's Hospital to undergo several days of testing on his lungs including a bronchoscopy, a pH probe and a lung biopsy.  I was talking to one of my friends whose daughter has been in and out of the hospital due to leukemia (she is only a few months younger than Lily) and I can't fathom the constant trips to the hospital and the seemingly endless treatment.   Jake's problems seem so minor compared to the problems that other people face and yet at the same time seem insurmountable to me. 

I know that God provides strength and that no problem is too great.  I just have to put it all in His hands which is something that I have a hard time doing as I like to be in control of everything.   So, pray for our family.  The hospital is almost an hour and a half away so Joe and I will probably not see each other much during this time as he will have to be home with Lily and attending classes.  Pray for strength for Jake and that he will cooperate with the doctors.  (He was able to pull an IV with several layers of tape and a Velcro splint thingie covering it when he was around 8 or 10 months!)  I don't know what he is going to think of the tube that will go in his nose into his lungs with a camera on it.  (They will be leaving it in for 24 hours while he is conscious)  Pray for Lily as she loses a brother and mother for just under a week. She doesn't like things out of order so hopefully she will be flexible. Lastly, pray for the parents as we watch them do all this to our "baby".

So, we have about a day and a half before we go in.  It seems like endless waiting and so close all at the same time.

I am sorry for the somewhat "heavy" post.  One of these days I will have something fun to write about with lots of crazy kid anecdotes and pictures.  I promise.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


So, I took Jacob into the doctors office yesterday due to an awful nights sleep. Before you start to think what is wrong with this woman, I should preface it by saying that he has had problems with breathing and all things upper respiratory since he was about 3 months old. So, I digress. Jake didn't sleep well, he was coughing and wheezing all night and I was concerned that maybe round 3 of pnuemonia was starting so in we go.
Once there we saw a doctor that I really do not like. (He has some personal space issues) He proceeds to tell me that yes, Jake has an ear infection and probably some "nasty bronchial thing" going on. He asked me to call the pediatric pulmonologist that Jake has been seeing and ask him to take Jake off of the steroids since they haven't been helping at all. After that he dropped the bomb...
"I know that you won't like me much for what I am about to tell you but I really think that you should consider discontinuing all soy, wheat (gluten), food coloring, and any and all dairy products!" WHAT!!!??? What is left? This seems to be the response that I get from anyone that I have told. This doctor seems to think that if we take him off of all of these things the breathing problems will go away in about 10 days. I agreed to give it a try, went home and began to look through my cupboards. Not pretty. I went to the store to explore our "milk" options and found that Rice Milk and goats milk are really the only way to go at this point. Now I just need to find out exactly how much gluten needs to be eliminated because apparently in rice milk there is 0.008% gluten...what is that? How do people do this. I know that lots of people do but I don't know any. I am currently on the hunt for some sort of support group because I figure there is no need to reinvent the wheel. I want to take advantage of information that people who have been through this have already found instead of spending forever trying to figure out where to start.
So, here is my plea. If you know anyone who is gluten, dairy, soy and food coloring free please let me know. I want to pick their brain, nicely of course...
Thank you!


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