Friday, March 30, 2012

ER Visit and Hospital Stay

Spring Break didn't start out how I'd hoped. Once we got home from Rachel and Eric's house, we put the kids to bed around 7:30. Brian and I didn't go to bed until around 11. We didn't get to sleep very long. At 12:30, I heard Gavin crying out for me. I jumped up and before I even got into his room, I knew that I had to take him to the hospital. He was crying and struggling to breathe. I knew it was a repeat of the past and he could only be helped at the hospital. I took him outside for a brief moment hoping it would help, but it didn't do much. Brian took Gavin and changed his diaper and loaded him in the car while I got dressed and put some necessary things in my purse. Even though it was a very short drive the hospital, this seemed to take forever. I was praying the whole way that I would get him there and they would treat him right away. I hated going by myself, but there was no other option.
We walked into the ER around 12:45 and they took him back right away. In fact, two people were working on the process because they could hear him when we walked in. Once back in a triage room, four people came in at one time (doctors, nurse, and tech). It was a little overwhelming for me so I can only imagine what Gavin was thinking. He handled it so well though. He is such a good patient and quickly charmed everyone who came in contact with him. After asking me a bunch of questions, the doctor ordered a breathing treatment and steroids. They came and gave him a breathing treatment and ended up giving him two back to back because it wasn't helping enough. Even after two treatments, his breathing was still labored.
After the initial chaos, things calmed down and we just hung out for a bit. I brought a few toys to entertain Gavin and we found some random cartoons on tv. Not a lot of variety at that time of night! I climbed in bed with him and tried to sing him to sleep. He wanted me to sing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and "ABCDEFG" over and over. I almost had him asleep and then he bounced back. This is when it got a little crazy. He was so slap happy. I was started to get really tired and struggled to keep him on the bed. He was attached to a pulse oxygen reader and he kept wanting me to take it off. He also wanted down. Finally he said, "Daddy get me down? Grammie? Grandma?" and proceeded go to through everyone in our family. It was too cute.
After a few hours, we were taken up to our room. We finally got settled in around 4:00am. I got him to go to sleep and I was able to sleep for a few hours too.
Gavin stayed until Tuesday morning. The steroids and breathing treatments made him super hyper. We literally walked around the halls too many times to count. Everyone took turns walking laps. He also got to play in the playroom a few times. He was like a Tasmanian devil destroying everything in sight!
Gavin had a few visitors. Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Allie, and Aunt Katie stopped by. Thankfully, Aunt Katie took Macie with her to Sturgis. Lilah was a whole different story. Brian brought her to me so I could feed her and I pumped the whole time to keep up with her. This was a moment when I realized three is enough for me!
Overall,Gavin was in good spirits the whole time and charmed everyone he met. One tech even called him froggy. When it was time to leave, they were sad to see such a sweet, happy patient go. He took his medicine like a champ! They even joked they should video tape him taking it so well!
I'm happy to be home, but I still have a lot of worries and concerns. In my heart, I know we are going to be back there again. Only time will tell how it all works out.
*I took a lot of pictures with my new phone, but now I have to figure out how to email them to myself:)


Macie quote of the day...
"The patio hurts Miss Julie's knees a little bit, cuz it has pimples."

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Grilling out at the Maurer's

Sunday night, the Maurer's invited us over for dinner. The funny thing was, we had planned to invite them over that night, too! We just don't see them enough. It was nice to catch up. Eric grilled some chicken kabobs and we had yummy sides to go with it. Their friends, Holly,
Alan, and Ewan, joined us, too. The kids had fun playing with Anya and Ewan and running around the back yard. It felt so nice to be outside. What a great evening. Hopefully, we will do it again soon!

Barbie Jeep and Princess Bike

As I look around our backyard, I see lots of fun toys and things for the kids to play with. What I love most about it is that besides the playground set that was a Christmas gift, all of it was given to the kids. Most of it was well used by others. My kids are so blessed to have so many people who love them!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Macie's Last Gymnastic's Class

Macie was able to do gymnastics for 8 weeks at Newburgh Tumbling. She started out being very shy and freaking out for half of the class. By the end of the 8 weeks, she was able to go out there by herself, loved the class, and didn't want to stop. We could have kept her going, but I have a hard time committing the money each month and every Saturday morning so my 3 year old can be in an organized activity. I definitely think that if she still wants too, we will try to get in a class again in the future. She had many people come and watch her class. Not only were Mommy and Daddy able to go, but Grandma, Lilah, Gavin and Aunt Allie were also able to cheer her on. For her last class, Macie asked Aunt Allie if she would come and take pictures of her. Allie couldn't say no. Here are some of the pictures she took:

Macie always said her feet smelled like cupcakes!Table tops!Jumping on this "big" trampoline was Macie's favoriteLook closely...Macie is holding hands with the little girl next to her!Too sweet!Miss Cassie
Unfortunately, Miss Ashley wasn't there for her last class:(

Run of Luck

Click on the following link to see some good pictures of Brian running in the Run of Luck:

Where do I even begin??

This is what is in my living room right now. We are having a yard sale next weekend (pray it doesn't rain) and I have to go through all of these. Almost everything pictured is full of kid's clothes. Keep in mind that my oldest child is ONLY 3 and this doesn't include what is in their closet or dresser! Talk about crazy!! The even crazier part is that we've bought very few clothing items for our children. I'm obviously going to keep some of Macie's old clothes for Lilah, but I'm getting rid of a lot of it. Besides going through kid's clothes, I also have everything else to get ready for the sale. Good thing I'm on spring break this week!

Making Cake with Grandma

This afternoon, we went to my parents' house to hang out. Brian had to leave to bartend, so it was nice to have help. We stayed for dinner and my mom decided to make a cake. She let Macie and Gavin help her. They were so excited! Who needs aprons when you have grandma's shirts?The best part...licking the batter!I'd kiss that face!Lilah snoozed outside in the swing

IU vs UK

Last night, IU played UK in the NCAA tournament. This was a big game in our house. I went to IU and have grown up being a fan. Brian grew up rooting for UK. IU won the regular season game and UK was out for blood. Luckily for them, the refs were on their side:) Oh well, we will get them next time! Allie came over and we at least had good food and company!
I'm wearing an IU shirt, Brian is wearing a UK shirt, and Gavin is wearing a UK shirt with red pants

What's Not To Love About This...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Lilah's 3 Month Photo Shoot