Friday, May 22, 2009

A Good Day

I have to say that I am pretty impressed with myself this week in keeping our blog up to date. It's amazing what you can acomplish when you feel well!!! On Wednsday Liam went to see Liams Orthopedic Surgeon for a follow up to see how his hips were holding together. Liam is so cute. As I handed him over to the girl he just smiled at her. She laid him down and got him into position, I thought for sure he was going to start crying. He didn't cry until they hit the button to take the xray and it made a little beep noise. So not the cold table, dark room, strangers with weird drapes on, or people pulling on his little legs, but the little short beep noise. He is honestly the sweetest thing ever!!!! Anyway, his hips have pulled apart a little bit, but they said they expected that and that it was fine. He will just have wider hips. His joints were in their sockets and everything else looked great. They said, depending on how the MRI goes on his spine, that with their part he should walk and run and play what ever he wants as he gets older!!!!! He will need physical therapy in the future, but we expected that. We go in for the MRI on June 8th so everyone keep your fingers crossed that his little spine will be ok and if not that it will be minor.

Jared is doing his primary care rotation and I have to say that I LOVE it!!!! He is home ALL the time. He had the day off Wednsday so after Liams appointment we picked up the kids and went to the zoo for a bit.

The kids love running through the mister and getting all wet. I don't blame them because it was a pretty hot day.

I love watching my kids look at things. I allways wonder what they are thinking about. So after Avery watched this Elephant for a while I asked her what she was thinking about. She said, " Well, I think he would be fun to ride and um I wish I had some peanuts he could suck off my hands." I love this kid!!!

More fun at the zoo.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Not So Happy Idol Fan

Ok, who out there is with me on the fact that Adam should have won American Idol. Don't get me wrong Kris is ok but Adam kicked his butt on the Queen song for sure!!!! Don't worry Adam, Ill buy your album!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

This And That

Yesterday Liam went to the Genetics Dr. and they said that this was not a genetic issue, but that we have a 3% chance of something happening again. I was glad that this was not a genetic issue, but it scares us when we think about having another baby. I guess we will have to decide what to do when the time comes. In the mean time I am loving life with the three beautiful children that I am so lucky to have.

The kids with Liam at the Dr's office.

So the Dr. gave Linc a spiderman sticker and he was way excited. We got to the van and he kept telling me that he wanted two spiderman stickers. This is how our converstation went.

Linc: Mom, I just want two spiderman stickers

Me: Lincoln, that was very nice of the Dr. to give you a sticker. You need to be happy with your one sticker.

Linc: But mom, I want to be happy with two stickers

What do you say to that?! I just laughed and buckled him in.

Liam has started to reach and grab things so I have been looking for some toy for him to excercise this new little mile stone. As you can see Avery and Lincoln were also pretty excited about this new toy.

Some male bonding time while watching batman!

Here is Jared helping Avery make lip gloss, what a good dad!

All that time in the chemistry lab is finally being put to good use. Just look at those high tech tools.

Here we are at Frying Pan Farm. The kids love it here.

After watching this mother pig feed her babies, I am so thankful I only have one!

Last weekend we went to the park and had a BBQ with our friends from school. The kids were having such a great time together, as you can see!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Past Few Months

Sorry for such a long gap between updates, but things have been anything but boring around here. Ill try to catch you all up. On March 11th Liam came home. We were all soooo excited to bring him home. My Aunt Anita was here with us and thank goodness for that. She was such a help and we miss her more than she knows. Anita with Ave and Liam at Childrens Hospital the day she got here. Liam has the most kissable cheeks! The day Liam came home was such a long one. There was so much I had to learn and do before they would let me take him home. The day before I had to bring in his car seat so they could put him in it for a while to make sure his vitals wouldn't go crazy and he would stop breathing. He passed, thank goodness. I also had to fill all his medicines and bring them in so they could make sure I new how much and when to give them all to him. I had to pass off on infant CPR. I had to take out Liam feeding tube and then put it back in since he was coming home with it (not fun for either of us). I also had to be checked off on changing is ostomy bags. Our case worker had to get us started on all of his follow up appointment with all of his many amzing Dr's that worked on him. Finally the time came for us to unhook him!!! This was pretty emotional for me. Every time I would hold him I couldn't cuddle with him as much as I wanted or go very far from his crib because he had so many "bells and whistles" hooked up to him. The white patch one his chest is where they removed the Broviac. He had a few stitches and now just two little scars from it. Liam in his carseat in the van. The look on his face kills me! The kids were soooo excited to have him home. They wouldn't leave him alone for a second. Avery LOVES to sing to him and Linc has to help with anything and everything. Liam loves to watch these two crazy kids. If Liam makes a sound of any kind, Avery starts singing (it honestly puts him to sleep) and Linc keeps yelling, "mom, Liams crying" until I come into the room. Here are some cute picture of Liam's first little bit at home. Liam had the feeding tube because he lost the "suck, swallow, and breath" instinct that babys have when they are born since he was IV fed for so long. He was eating from a bottle and nursed good, but he still needed the tube. His little tummy could only take about an ounce or two at a time. So he did not sleep very good at all for a long time. One morning Avery had preschool and my amazing friend Heather had come to pick her up. When I came back in the house Liam had pulled his feeding tube out and had the biggest grin on his face!!! He was so proud on himself. I took it off and left it off for the rest of the day since he was starting to eat a little better. I had to put it back in when Jared came home and I cried the whole time I had to do it. He sneezed and coughed and gagged for about 5 min. after I finished so I told Jared I was just going to take it out and leave it out. Liam had an appointment with his pediatrition in 3 days and if he was gaining weight I was going to see if we could just be done with the tube. Thank goodness he was and we said good bye forever to the tube!!! Around March 20 something Julie, my sweet mother in law, came to take the kids to Disney World for a week with all their cousins and Papa. They were soooo excited. During this time I woke up on night with the worst lower left pain I had ever felt!! I finally woke Jared up and it kept getting worse and worse until I was throwing up and could hardly stand. Honestly I thought I was going to die! We went to the ER where they finally put me on some good pain meds and sent me for a CT scan. They sent me home the next day and said I had a bad Kidney infection. Sweet Jared and Liam sat in the ER with me the whole time I was there. I was so glad the kids were not here for all the fun. Well, the kids and Julie came back on Jareds 29th birthday so we had a little celebration! So then about a week later I woke up in the middle of the night with the same pain!!! I woke Jared up and told him it was back and that he should stay home with all the kids and I'll drive myself to the ER since the pain wasn't unbearable yet. Long story short they did the same thing as last time and then sent me home. I went to see my primary care dr. and he just said if the pain returns then to go back to the ER. Well the pain came back of course and I was stuck at home with Liam. Thank goodness I had friends watching the other two kids. When Jared came home we went back to the ER and they admitted me this time with Kidney stones. Poor Jared had missed so much school because me. My mom and grandma flew in the next night to help out with the kids since was in the hospital and Jared couldn't miss any more school. I was so thankful they were there since I ended up in the hospital for four days. They placed a stint in my left side and it was there for a long painful month. So Liam is the happiest baby ever!!!! Here he is with my mom laughing.
We had such a great Easter!!! All the Easter Egg hunts and stories of long ago. We had our own little hunt here in the court yard behind us. Jared hid all the eggs and then let the kids loose! They had soooo much fun. They came back in the house and had to show Liam their baskets. This kid already has so much personality and keeps us smiling every day. So one night Lincoln comes down stairs after we had put them all to bed and says, "Look mom, I'm handsome!" I had to turn my head because I was laughing so hard, he was so dead serious. He is so stinken cute. Avery joined him as soon as she knew we weren't too mad :0) So last week was Jareds spring break. We were soooo ready for a vacation!! We went to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina with some of our friends. We had a condo right on the beach and it was sooooo much fun. I was so sad to see the week end! Ave and I would get up and walk the beach for sea shells and Jared would fly the kite with Linc. I want to go back.

Linc loves flying the kite and how cute is Liam in his beach chair!

They had a great outlet mall so I was able to get the kids some matching outfits. It was sooo much fun to get matching stuff for the boys! On our drive home we stopped at my Aunt kathy's house in North Carolina for the night and took some pictures. I am so lucky to have the family I have. Thanks kathy!!!!!

We love you and miss you and your flat screen in your amazing bathroom!!!