Saturday, January 31, 2009
Olivia went back to Dr. Shook yesterday for a check up, her lungs and ears are clear - the best news we have heard in a while. She is still suffering from a new cold she picked up at daycare, but that is nothing compared to what we have been going through, she takes it like a champ. She started her new Little Gym class today, she is now a Beast. She had a blast. The class is HUGE, we are hoping that a few of the kids move to another class to give them more room, but it didn't seem to phase Olivia, she was wide open the entire time.
Yesterday the whole family went to Shoney's for Breakfast before Olivia's Dr's Appointment, YaYa and GaGa met us there, you should have seen how much Olivia ate, we have decided that while she is young and free at buffets its the WAY TO GO with her, she ate more than all of us combined, it was hilarious. And then last night at dinner, we went to Don Pepe, she ate all of her meal and then ate Brad's Taco, hilarious.
Brad called Stanley yesterday to check on the status of Avery's Furniture, it was scheduled to ship on the 19th, turns out the shipping company picked it up on the 19th, but they are holding it until they have a "full truck" GIVE ME A BREAK. Like that is MY problem? So if they don't have a full truck until APRIL we won't get our furniture? I am going to give them another week and if we still don't have our furniture...I will go hormonal on them.
And let me just say, people commenting on Jessica Simpson's weight is pee my pants funny, seriously people...she's beautiful and WHO cares.
I am so hoping this sore throat I have had for the last 4 days goes away SOON...
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 3:46 PM
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 8:12 PM
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Weight: 24 lbs 4oz - 50%, she weighed 24lbs 7oz at 15M, and had weighed 27lbs the week before, so this weight isn't very accurate, its due to her not eating and throwing up for a week.
Height: 33 inches - 75%.
Head - still a HUGE melon - 97%
We are happy to report that Olivia is finally home with us, its been lonely here without her, but we know she had a great time with YaYa and GaGa. She is so lucky to have them here, and they love spending time with her. GaGa calls her "Buddy".
Olivia is still doing 3 breathing treatments a day and her lungs still sound junky, we are hoping it clears up soon, oh how we wish it was bacterial so meds would help, but no such luck. We suspect she will go back to see Dr. Shook later this week to have her ears checked again, we are hoping her lungs are sounding better by then.
We are hoping to spend some time in Avery's Nursery today, but since its right next to Olivia's Room we can't really do all that much while she is napping. I have ordered a few things from ETSY.com, one has already arrived, and we are still waiting on a few others, I can't wait to get everything up on the walls. I am addicted to that site.
Oh my goodness, I can't believe I didn't lead with this...Westchester Commons on 288 will be opening soon, but that isn't the best part...I was reading an article today in the informative Chesterfield Observer that there will be a Noodles and Company opening there this summer. I was reading it in the car on the way to pick up Olivia and when I screamed Brad almost drove off the road...I am SO excited.
Olivia has her 18M pictures tomorrow morning at 9:30, we are hoping for some good ones since we were deadbeats and didn't have her 12M pictures taken other than at Heather House. I will be sure to post them when we get back.
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 11:50 AM
Friday, January 23, 2009
Olivia has her Little Gym Recital tomorrow, but with her still recovering from Bronchiolitis we aren't sure whether she will participate or not, but we are hoping she can at least go for a little while. We don't want her to miss the medal ceremony, she will graduate from Birdie to Beast (very ladylike huh?). Other than that I am guessing we will have a low-key weekend, I was hoping the Nursery Furniture would be here so I could organize the Nursery, but no such luck, it will likely ship today or Monday. I can't wait to have the room put together, only a few more weeks before this little devil child arrives...and for those of you that don't know, she is called devil child because she never, I repeat NEVER stops moving...and now that she is large and in charge it isn't the most comfortable thing in the world, but she is still getting her 98 somersaults in every single day...sometimes twice a day.
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 11:47 AM
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
A quick update on Brad's issues...he is still taking his POTS Meds and initial results from the Hematologist tell us he isn't bleeding internally, but that isn't surprising, we didn't suspect he was, they just needed to rule it out to move forward in the testing process, he goes back in two weeks.
No other big updates to report....however we are pumped that LOST is on tonight! Wahoo.
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 1:08 PM
Saturday, January 17, 2009
NOT so much.
She woke up from her nap on Tuesday with a fever of 104.2...Motrin and another temp check 2 hours later and it was up to 104.9...on the advice of our Doc off to the ER we went. Not a great experience, slow and the triage nurse basically stripped me of my Mother of the Year award. Here is how the conversation went...
"What brings you in?" - Nurse I hate
"Fever of 105" - Leigh
"That's it?" - Nurse I hate
Then we went into the details of the day, how she just started on meds, etc.
"You know the meds will take 36 hours to kick in?" - Nurse I hate
"Yes, but she has never had a fever of 105 with an ear infection and our Doc told us to bring her in" - Leigh
Then she proceeded to tell me that Olivia should be taking Children's Motrin NOT Infant's and that I just wasn't giving her enough and that is why her fever is so high. I seriously wanted to knock this lady's block off. Not to jump ahead in the story here, but that ER Doc and NP told me to stick with Infants Meds as long as possible, the strength isn't different, just the volume they have to consume, infants is concentrated so its easier to dispense, they still give infants to children as old as 11 in some cases.
A chest X-Ray, lots of Motrin, and a Popsicle later she was diagnosed with Bronchiolitis and we were on our way home....just after midnight.
So back on the Nebulizer, continue with the Meds for the ear infection and she should be as good as new in 7-12 days...
Wednesday - Olivia has trouble breathing...to be expected, breathing treatments do help. She throws up twice, and doesn't eat all day. Doesn't sleep well....poor thing.
Thursday - No eating or drinking....back to the Doctor, appears to be getting worse. Doctor says she is NOT getting worse, but the illness is just peaking, so she is on the way down now. She takes a great nap and sleeps better.
Friday - Wakes up wanting to eat, I was so happy I had tears in my eyes. She eats two pancakes and drinks some water...plays for a while, watches Nursery Rhymes for hours, doesn't eat lunch, and takes a nice long nap. Wakes up, eats almost an entire canister of Gerber Veggie Crunchies. Goes to bed, is restless, but sleeps great and until 8am.
Saturday - Wakes up at 8am...fussy...first day without a fever...wahoo. Eats 2 Kix and a Banana for breakfast, devours Pasta Pick Ups for lunch...goes down for a nap...shortly after being put down, starts fussing. I go to check on her, just in time to catch her throwing up her lunch...poor thing. She starts saying "uh oh" and "its yucky". She gets up, no nap. Plays for a little while, crawls into my lap, watches some TV (dee-dee) and pukes all over me a few times. Bath Time...lays around, head in my lap for over an hour....takes a sip of Gatorade and Water...pukes again...I call the Doctor...
Doctor says NOROVIRUS..he saw 50 patients today, 30 of which were puking their little brains out and he too is sick. She likely got it at when she was at the office on Thursday getting re-checked for Bronchiolitis.
The poor thing has had a rough go of it, her body has taken a beating the last month or so...first Bronchitis over the Holidays, then an Ear Infection, then Bronchiolitis and now Norovirus. Good Lord. So needless to say we all had to miss Anna Tillar's 2nd Birthday Party, we hear that April did a fabulous job with the Clifford the Dog Theme...I can't wait to see pictures. And my Baby Shower has been cancelled for tomorrow as well since I have been exposed, I don't want to get anyone else sick...can you imagine me puking my brains out 9 months pregnant, lets hope it doesn't come to that.
A quick update of all other weekly events:
- Megs arrived late last night, so great to see her.
- I will likely be changing "roles" at work in the near future, and will transition full time to this new role when I get back from Maternity Leave in June
- No major update from my OB Appointment - everything is moving along well, strong heartbeat, measuring right on schedule, no concerns. If all goes along as planned she will induce me on the 24th if I don't have her before then.
- Our friends Lindsay and Karl Tuhey found out they are having a little boy...she is due in June.
- We had a Neighborhood Girls Shower for Samantha on Thursday Night, she is due with sweet Maya on Feb 6th
- We celebrated YaYa's Birthday last night with Chinese Take Out so we could keep Olivia in the house. Aunt Sue drove up from NC to surprise her...
- Brad had another Doctor's Appointment with a Hematologist, more blood work and still no diagnosis on the Hemoglobin issues...another appointment and more tests scheduled for Tuesday
TV - Madly in love with 24, love me some Jack Bauer, oh how I have missed him. And AMEN, Friday Night Lights is back...Tim Riggins is a dreamboat.
Movie - We are getting ready to watch The Women and 21, I will report back
Books - Just started The Kite Runner...not far enough along to report
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 8:20 PM
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Brad had a "Team Ride" today and spent the morning riding in the mud, needless to say he was stinky and dirty when he got home.
Football Munchies...oh how I love to prepare them and eat them, but its so hard to stay interested when both the Redskins and the Pats are O-U-T. We did have a delicious pot of Chili on Friday night...
We are all looking forward to next weekend. YaYa will celebrate her 65th Birthday on Friday Night, we are planning to have dinner out as a family and toast to her 65 years. Late Friday Night Megs arrives, we can't wait to see her and are so glad that she will be in town for the long weekend to join in all the fun. Saturday Morning Olivia will have her 18 month pictures taken at 9 and then will head off to the Little Gym. Then Saturday afternoon we will head to The Tillars to celebrate Anna's 2nd Birthday, can you believe its already been 2 years? And Sunday April and Megs are throwing me a Baby Girl Brunch, so nice of them and then Sunday Night will be Olivia's Half Birthday Party...
So about the Half Birthday...I am a huge fan of celebrating everything Olivia. A Half Birthday in this house just means cupcakes and likely pizza or lasagna with a few friends and close family, no presents and nothing "party like". When she is older I plan to make half a cake, let her invite a few friends over and have a sleep over and just have a pizza party with a few age appropriate movies. I read about it in Real Simple....or maybe it was Parents, and it was adorable. I just hope she remembers them as special days as she gets older and creates memories for her children.
And speaking of traditions...when the kids get their report cards, there will be no "awards" just family time to celebrate their hard work. I could never understand how parents rationalized paying their children for good grades...we will likely celebrate with a dinner out or a favorite dinner in.
I am going to start a new blogging tradition, I am stealing it from our Card President at work, he always closes out his blog with TV, Movie, Book and Music recommendations and/or reviews, they generally consist of things he has watched, read or listened to throughout the week.
- Hancock with Will Smith, its out on DVD....and it was FABULOUS. - I give it at 9
- The Great Debaters with Denzel Washington....I have to say, I had very high hopes for this movie and while it was inspiring and I shed a tear or two, it was a bit slow and left me a tad disappointed - I give it a 7
- Lipstick Jungle - LOVE IT, and I am praying that it won't be cancelled.
- And I am very much looking forward to Friday Night Lights...bring on Mr. Tim Riggins...holla.
I got nothing...however, I did listen to Michael Buble a lot this week in the car, and I adore him.
- Second Glance - Jodi Picoult. I can't seem to get into this book, and usually I soar through her books.
- Harvesting The Heart - Jodi Picoult. I finished this book before the Holidays, it was tough to get into, but it turned out to be well worth the time.
- In an Instant - The Bob Woodruff Story - loved it. Highly recommend it.
Have a great week!!!!
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 5:17 PM
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Clearly some of these won't work until Avery is born...
1) Continue to take vitamins once I am done with the prenatal vitamins
2) Jump on the Weight Watchers Band Wagon, and don't get off until I am old and gray, and drink 8 glasses of water every day.
3) Read to Olivia every day
4) Spend quality one on one time with both Olivia and Avery each and every day
5) Call my friends more often
1) Take Vitamins every day
2) Spend more quality time with my Wifey (he came up with that one on his own)
3) Be better about communicating with my family (for example: let my Mom know when I am going out of town for a week)
4) Eat healthy
5) Make sure Olivia brushes her teeth every day
1) Reduce the number of times I say NO every day
2) Stop hitting my Momma and Dada
3) Be gentle and kind to my little sister
4) Give Doggie a break and leave him alone when he is sleeping
5) Continue to be a happy, lovable little girl
1) Come into this world quickly and without inflicting any pain on my Momma
2) Cry as little as possible, only when I am hungry and they are ignoring my need to eat
3) Sleep through the night as soon as possible, ideally by 2 weeks of age
4) Let my Momma read to me
5) I will schedule my crying time so as to not wake up my sister
1) Stop "tooting", or at the very least, stop with the smelly toots
2) Stop bleeding all over the walls
3) Stop burping in my Mom's face
4) Continue to get the Sunday Paper since its the only chore I have
5) Be nice to my new sister and tolerate Olivia's pokes, hugs and kisses
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 10:31 PM
Friday, January 2, 2009
Olivia got her second hair cut on Tuesday, she was a tad freaked for the first second or two, but I can't really blame her, the lady who was cutting her hair needed a serious make up lesson, but she calmed right down and let her cut away, she just added trimmed it up a bit, nothing major.
Brad's Parents arrived on Wednesday afternoon, we opened presents with them, Olivia had a blast. She loved her Rocking Horse, we will post pictures soon, she can now get on and off by herself, so its a constant on and off. Wednesday Evening Brad and I headed over to Justin and Insley's after putting Olivia to bed, I love low key NYE's. Last year we started the tradition of watching the crazy guy jump his motorcycle a trillion miles on ESPN, and this year we continued the tradition by watching another crazy guy try and flip his truck, and a twitchy crazy guy jump his motorcycle on top of a replica of the Arc de Triumph, idiots. But we have a blast, the girls get super nervous and have to look away...Insley and I enjoyed some sparkling grape juice that tasted just like melted Welch's Grape Popsicles.
We enjoyed our time with Brad's Parents, we got some projects done around the house, Brad's Mom helped me organize the Laundry Room Closet, I have major issues with folding sheets, so she was a savior. They are heading out in the morning, they need to get back to Bassett, Grandma Martin isn't feeling so hot.
Brad and I are looking forward to a relaxing weekend. We just signed up for the Blockbuster Movie Package Thingy, we figure we won't be getting out much in the next several months so its a good time to catch up on all the movies we have missed since Olivia was born. We are hoping to eat at Chipotle at least once this weekend, we have both been craving it like crazy. I could survive on their chips and guac, and its always 100 times better when pregnant.
Olivia is finally feeling better, her cough is still "yucky" as she calls it, and we are still doing breathing treatments 3 times a day, but those will decrease to 2x a day once she goes back to daycare on Monday. Back to work for both Brad and I on Monday...
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 9:06 PM