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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Help for my friend Sarah and Baby Austin

This post is to provide an update, but more importantly, it is to help my bloggy friend Sarah over at Sarah, Brett & Our Baby Boy. 

You can get a quick recap HERE.

Since birth, Austin has been fighting like a brave and strong little man.  He has had some setbacks, he is still in the hospital, but his will power and spirit surprise everyone each day, especially his loving parents.

Sarah was an avid blogger until She had her sweet blessing Austin.  Like any loving mother, she is completely devoted to being by Austin's side every minute.  Thus, she has had little time to blog. 

I have had the luxury of being on Sarah's "text list" and receive daily pictures and updates on Austin.  He is such a wide eyed cutie let me tell you!

Sarah is finally ready to show off her handsome little man back in the bloggy world again, however, things have changed.  She has had some unfortunate "family drama" and does not wish to keep her blog public.  She would LOVE to share stories, pictures, and updates with all of you but she is needing to turn her blog private. 

Since many of my followers are also followers of Sarah, she asked me to post her email in order to allow you to email her to get on the "approved" list to continue to view her blog. 

So again, if you wish to continue following Sarah, please email her at srw_juliet@hotmail.com

Trust me.....he's a cutie worth following!!!


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Blogger Dropout

That's what I feel like....a complete dropout. 

I haven't updated my family blog, or this here gem in a long time.

So instead of excuses, I will just give you a bullet pointed list of the reasons (excuses) to my absence.

  • After our hospital stay, we were just recovering when my husband was in a car accident.
  • He's fine, he's fine, (big deep breath) however our trusty little car was not. 
  • Our car was declared totalled
  • We had to wait for the VERY KIND citizen who called the accident in, to call to police back and support my husbands side in saying that he had a green light. Insert no fault of ours.
  • The other person (elderly man with a dog in the car headed toward IKEA ((that damn store makes everyone stop looking at where they are going and stare in amazement)) decided that since he has nothing better to do with his life he is contesting the citation therefore my husband has to go to court
  • Meanwhile....we had 6 days of the insurance company to pay for a rental car. After that, we were on our own.
  • Therefore, we had 6 days to research/find/buy another car.
  • Also, that meant we had 6 days to find a money tree or win the lottery or sell our bodies for dollar bills.
  • You see......when you drive an old, yet trusty car that is already paid off....it is really priceless.  Yes, I know it was old and not worth much, but to us, it was priceless.  But even though the accident was not our fault, all the insurance company will do is slap a price on your car you totalled and pay you off.  Unfortunately, what our car was worth isn't even close to enough to buy a new car.  Shitty.
  • Oh yeah, and insert a CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY within those 6 days to find a car.  Um.......impossible?
  • Somewhere in all this mess I realized that Bradley has not the 8 teeth I thought he did, but 11.  Um, hello bad mother who has no idea what's going on.
  • B also pretty much will hold a conversation with you now.  All mumble of course.  But a full conversation none-the-less with pauses and voice inflection's.  He's so stinkin cute
  • So now with the new year approaching, and oh yeah, a new car, hopefully I'll get back on track.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Our Hospital Stay

I'm not sure why it has taken me so long to write about this, but it is something I definitely wanted documented.  Over Thanksgiving week we had a scare with Bradley and had to stay 24hrs at Children's Hospital in Cincinnati.  Neither my husband, parents, friends or myself had ever heard of what happened to Bradley, that's why I thought it to be so important to blog about it, just to spread awareness.

Bradley had what's called an Intussusception.  It is a problem in the intestine and it's described as "telescoping" because the intestine starts to invert on itself similarly to what collapsible telescope does.  It is most commonly caused by a child starting to fight off a cold, or being sick, and the glands swell in the intestine just the same as the glands that swell in your neck.  The swelling of the glands in the intestine push on the intestine walls and can cause it to start telescoping on itself.  Once that happens it continues to get worse every time peristalsis tries to push the waste out.  Thus, it is very painful and normally reported to cause spurts of pain every 15 to 20 minutes.  If untreated it results in lack of blood flow to the intestine, to no blood flow, to eventually death if untreated for 2 days or more.  (Let's not even go there, ummm k?)

The week prior to Thanksgiving Bradley had his first ear infection.  He was put on meds on Sunday.  On Monday I thought he was getting better.  On Tuesday things went downhill fast.  He woke up in the morning and would not eat.  Would not stand.  Would not walk.  Would not even sit...I would sit him down and he would just lean forward and put his head on the ground.  Also, and this is another telling symptom, when I would pick him up to hold him, he would tuck his knees up under him and would not let his legs dangle down. The whole time he was moaning in pain.  I knew right away he needed to be seen.  Long story short I took him to the doc, and she immediately told me to go downtown to Children's. 

Treatment:  With an intussusception you are admitted to the surgical floor just in case they can't fix it without surgery.  This was very scary. However, most are treated with an air enema.  Where they basically create a seal around the rear and the pressure of the air can just pop the intestine right out again.  If this process doesn't work they use a barium enema.  Finally, they resort to surgery. 

Very thankfully Bradley's was fixed on the first attempt of an air enema.  We are so thankful to all the Dr.'s and nurses that are so skilled.  It was a traumatic experience but truly made us understand how blessed we really are. 

As always, some documentation photos.  These were all taken AFTER the procedure was done and he was in a much better state.

There is something just so sad looking about those hospital cribs and all the wires and tubes.
 The genious that checked us in gave B a peach gown.  We got tired of everyone calling him a her so finally a nice nurse gave us a rockstar blue scrub shirt.
 One of the hardest parts was watching/dealing with B having an IV.  He pulled on it but finally adapted to doing things one handed. 
 Checking out his cool gear.  He actually enjoyed pushing that thing around the halls and flirting with the nurses.
 Exploring the room.
 Chiling with Dad
 Back to his old self again!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Squeak Shoes Video

What's better than pictures of a birthday party???

Videos of the presents in action!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

My Friend Is For Real

I think...

(Side note: my fabulous walking one year old's birthday party was awesome.  I will post pictures, eventually.  Honestly, my computer sucks and is old and slow that for now it's just easier for me to type.)

So my friend.  Is it weird I'm calling her a friend already? Hmm, maybe.  Anyway, It was beautiful weather here last week so I called her up on Monday asking if she'd like to meet at a park either that day or the next and she took me right up on my offer.  She said that we could meet that Monday afternoon.  Cool.

I arrived at the park about 10 min earlier than our date, and she arrived about 10 minutes late.  Regardless, we met, and the boys played.  Her son is exactly 1 year older than mine, so they really didn't play together, but they ran around. 

Bradley was getting tired so I did what any good mom would do and shoved food in his face.  Of course I offered her son, and he took a snack promptly.  Then he came back for seconds.  Totally fine with me. 

Her and I talked about a lot of things we have in common like, enjoying when our husbands are gone, couponing, and margaritas. In fact she said how most of her friends are prego with their second child so she doesn't have anyone to drink margaritas with.  Umm hello? Insert me!

So all in all it was a fun time.  Now for the weird part, she hasn't called.  We made plans to meet up at each other's houses so the boys could play with some "new" toys, but....radio silence.

I made the first call, so would I be coming off too desperate if I called again?  It's been over a week.  Am I just being too needy?

Maybe she's dating other people....

What should I do?

This is so weird...............

(p.s. I completely understand that I make myself look like a lunatic by continuing to put out there how I'm trying to make friends and people keep shutting me down.  I swear, I'm totally cool in real life....promise.....no really...........like REAL cool....)


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Excuse me while I catch my breath

My little man turns 1 tomorrow.  Gasp.  I apologize for these last couple weeks, and probably the next few weeks for my MIAness and my non amusing posts.  I have been cherishing every second with my newly walking baby.  I have been using my free time to look back at old pictures and video's of a year ago and I've been completely struck with nostalgia almost daily.  I cannot believe my pad wearing, incision healing, nipple aching, nighttime feeding, and stationary play days are over.  Tear. 

Although, I will not be sad. I've promised myself I'd live in the moment.  It also helps if I remind myself that everyday that my baby gets older, is another day closer to being done with diaps.  Sweet Jesus that sounds nice. 

His modest party will be this weekend.  I'm sure I will have party pics to come, and then I'll get back to my regular banter.  In fact, I have a little goody surprise for you all.....are you ready?.....I THINK I FOUND A FRIEND!  Like a real life friend who lives in my neighborhood.  Ya I know, pretty fantastic.  With my luck she is a robot in disguise.  We'll see.

For now, here's some 11month + pics of the little dude. 

Sunday, October 30, 2011



My Dangerous Dragon