Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Brian took Macie into the bathroom at Chuck E Cheese and she said, "I want to wash my hands in there". (referring to the urinal)
Last week, Gavin's steroids caused him to be crazy at times. We told Macie that he couldn't help how his was acting, that his medicine was causing it. One day on the way home from daycare, he started crying and Macie looked at him and said, "Gavin, your medicine's kicking in."
Tonight, Macie said, "I need medicine cuz my eyes are watered."
Sunday, August 28, 2011
The only disappointment was Chuck E himself. When we told Macie we were going, she said that she wanted to dance with Chuck E. He came out for a brief moment and she was thrilled and squealing, but it was mainly for the birthday parties. He never came out for his dance even though we were told by several employees he was coming. Macie was sad, but she handled it pretty well. She's mentioned it several times, but hopefully she will get to dance with Chuck E next time!
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Yesterday, Gavin started getting a runny nose and was a little cranky. Last night, he slept, but sounded like he was snoring a lot. We didn't worry about it too much. This morning when Brian got him out of bed, his breathing was labored and he was making a seal like sound. He looked and sounded like he did when he was in the hospital. Brian and I were both scared. We knew we had to take him somewhere, but we didn't know where. We didn't know if we should wait a few hours until Convenient Care opened or take him straight to the ER. I called Dr. Voyles' office to talk to the on call nurse. When she heard his symptoms and history, she sent us straight to the ER. We rushed around to get showers (in case he was admitted), pack bags, and make arrangements for Macie. We dropped Macie off at my parents' house and were checked in around 7:50am. They checked Gavin's vitals and did paperwork immediately. I barely had a chance to use the restroom before he was taken back to a room in triage. The nurse saw and heard what we did, but when the respiratory therapist checked him out, she didn't. It was so frustrating.
Luckily, the doctor was concerned enough that he ordered a breathing treatment and a dose of steroids. Brian and I were worried because that particular breathing treatment can only be administered at the hospital. We really didn't want him to be admitted. However, the doctor had no intention of keeping him and diagnosed him with Croup. He sent us home with two prescriptions (steroids and an oral decongestant). I would like to pretend that's how easy it was, but of course it wasn't. When we got to the ER, they weren't busy, but that quickly changed! I think they forgot about us! Between breathing for people, a man passing out in the lobby, and other emergencies, we moved to low man on the totem pole. Don't get me wrong, I think those things are more important, but Gavin had had enough! It took 3 and 1/2 hours and three nurses before we got out of there.
Overall, Gavin was great and is the model patient! He cooperated with all procedures and did pretty well being confined in the small space for so long. Brian and I took turns keeping him occupied and we pretty much let him do anything that wasn't dangerous! I am super concerned about the steroids though. When he was on them before, he got major roid rage and was super strong and wild. He is going to be on them for a week. The breathing treatment also got him wound up and at one point he was slapping me in the face and laughing at the hospital. Fun stuff! Not to mention, the decongestant should make him wired...seriously people!
Gavin didn't take a very good nap today, but he's been eating good. He also looks really pale/yellow and it worries me. He was sound asleep a little after 6pm. The doctor did warn us that tonight would be rough. He gave us some tips as to what to do if it happens again (take him in the bathroom and turn on a warm shower; walk around outside). If those things don't work, we are to take him back to the ER. Hopefully, all will go well and we will get some sleep.
Brian's parents came to town when they heard Gavin was sick. They were kind enough to meet us at our house with McDonalds for lunch. Brian and I were starving because we hadn't eaten yet. They brought a ton of food and we seemed to inhale it all! Aunt Katie also came to town and brought the kids new pjs. We had a nice long visit with Brian's family. After they left, Allie stopped by for dinner. Brian made fried chicken, corn on the cob, and mashed potatoes. She left right away so the kids could sleep. Macie hadn't napped all day with all of the excitement. She was so good and I'm so proud of how grown up she is becoming!
Unfortunately, we missed Emmy's birthday party and the Sills' Open House because of this mess. Hopefully, Gavin will be back to himself soon and we can put all of this behind us!
Before I was even pregnant, Brian and I decided that if we had another baby, we weren't going to find out the sex. I stuck to my guns and was totally cool with not finding out. Then, it just seemed like one thing after another kept happening. I've already had four ultrasounds and I could have as many as 8-12 more. How was I realistically not going to find out? Brian and I talked about it and decided to just do it. All along I thought the baby was a boy (although at the last ultrasound I thought I saw it was a girl, but I didn't tell anyone but Brian) and I was WRONG. We had a poll on the side and it was close, but they were wrong too. This baby is a GIRL! Lilah Jean Mitchell will be joining our family in a few short months. Brian was excited because he was right! Macie is beside her self and talks about "Liwah" every day!
After the ultrasound, they asked us to wait in a room for Dr. Turquest. They warned us that she'd been called for an emergency, but acted like it wouldn't be too long. We waited an hour and forty minutes. Thank God my mom was in the room with me or I would have gone crazy. When she finally came in, she went over all of the possible complications that could happen with a two vessel cord (malformations with heart, kidneys, and other organs; growth restrictions; preterm labor). She went on to say that Lilah's growth was good (she weighs 1 pound) and that no malformations were detected. The pictures of the heart were a little fuzzy, so she called for a repeat on those. I go back in 6 weeks for another ultrasound to measure growth and to get a closer look at the heart. Now, the big concern is her continued growth. Because I also have high blood pressure, I will have lots of ultrasounds for growth and close monitoring. Nothing can be guaranteed though. There are some things that can't be detected by ultrasound (like all of Gavin's issues) and they also offered me an amniocentesis. I declined because it is risky and it wouldn't change anything. I go back to see Dr. Crutcher in a few weeks, so I'm anxious to talk to her and see what she was to say.
Profile: She's already talking!
Friday, August 19, 2011
When I went to the doctor the other day,the lady who checked me in had triplets. When she realized that I was having my third child in three years, she said that I had it a lot harder than her because with triplets they all have the same needs. With "Catholic Triplets", they are all needy with different needs.
*I decided to post the pictures not rotated. Pardon the problem until I figure out what I'm doing wrong.
In typical Boyles girl fashion, we had to add a funny twist. We came up with 30 reasons why we were surprised they were still married. Everyone got a kick out of it!