Saturday, January 31, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Owen has a serious case of acid reflux. He was sick over two weeks ago and started coughing. He still has the cough but not the cold. He has been very hard to get down each night and even harder to put down for naps lately. Really, it takes me over two hours sometimes to get him asleep at night and it is killing me. He coughs and chokes and is in general not feeling well, so I feel bad for the little man. I thought he was still sick and planned to take him in. Then yesterday it finally dawned on me, he has reflux like Carter had and that's why he's coughing and is miserable. Goodness I can't believe it took me so long to realize what it was. Carter would vomit and never cry, whereas Owen hardly ever spits up and cries and coughs. Same reflux just manifesting itself in different ways with each child. I took him and Carter into the pediatrician who agrees with me. After talking with the pediatrician we also found out Owen has mild eczema. One thing after another for Owen. So not only is he dealing with burning acid in his throat, he's also suffering from the driest skin ever. Aside from baths not as often and Ecurine lotion I'm not sure what else to do for his skin. Any ideas?
So Owen is now on two different medications to hopefully help with the reflux and we have a handout about the dry skin with a few ideas that in all honesty I'm already doing. In the meantime, since he coughs and chokes when laying flat, he's been taking a lot of naps in the swing. While at the pediatrician I had Carters ears checked again to see if his ear infections were gone, I had a feeling they weren't and we right on this one too. The ear infection went from the left ear to the right. So we are on our fourth round of antibiotics and are making an appointment with an ENT (ear, nose and throat) Doctor to see about getting tubes for his ears. We'll also have his hearing checked while there to see if perhaps this has something to do with Carter being a little behind on speech development.
With all of this, two sick babies, no wonder I've been having "one of those days" all week. Here's to getting healthy and happy sooner than later.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
This smiles for you Grandma Mouser. Chomping on his fingers. Owen prefers his fingers over a pacifier any day.When did Carter get so big? Seriously, he looks like he's four here playing in the lobby of Texas Roadhouse.
Owen during tummy time. He pretty much calls it quits and this is his look to tell me he's done and I need to roll him back over. My mom came back into town and we headed out shopping. Here's my mom and Owen at lunch in the food court. I haven't mentioned this yet. The hospital extended my moms contract so she'll be here in Texas for another 9 weeks... wohoo! (and a big sigh of relief)
Today was my first week back teaching in Relief Society in church since I had Owen. It was nice to be back at it after three months off. Here's just a nibbling of my lesson. I really like this quote from Pres. Eyrings talk, "O Ye that Embark" given last general conference about the more faithful service you give, the more the Lord asks of you and gives you the strength to give. Maybe I like it because I've been working out again and it compares our spiritual growth to building muscles. :)
"It is like building muscle strength. You must break down your muscles to build them up. You push muscles to the point of exhaustion. Then they repair themselves, and they develop greater strength. Increased spiritual strength is a gift from God which He can give when we push in His service to our limits. Through the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, our natures can be changed. Then our power to carry burdens can be increased more than enough to compensate for the increased service we will be asked to give." Read the rest of his talk here.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Shala, Brian and Landon. Shala is expecting another baby boy at the end of March.
Val and Charlotte. Our two little guys.
Landon and Carter. This was the only photo we got of both cousins during the shoot.
The siblings... I guess you had to be there to fully appreciate the joke of a picture this is. :)
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Owen was up last night at 4 a.m. nothing we did seemed to make him happy, at 5 a.m. I threw in the towel, put him in the swing and there he slept until 8. So we got up and worked on getting to the gym for a spinning class, right before we walk out the door both boys decided to leave me a present, so after the changing both diapers (I can not wait to only have one in diapers) we made it to the gym only 20 minutes late for my class. Not lucky for me or the other mommies at the gym, the kids club was more like a sauna this morning and the kids were miserable. I had to go get Owen after about 30 minutes and was totally ticked off that they had left him in his car seat crying, I picked him up and he was soaked with sweat and the lady looked at me and said, woah he's really sweaty... well duh! idiot. So we left with Owen still crying on the way home and Carter joining.
I get home to find a great surprise from our two terrible dogs. I left my pump on the coach this morning as we were rushing out the door to the gym. That was my first mistake. The dogs knocked the pump down and ransacked my bag and demolished all of its contents. I could handle this, I was still calm and collected, then I walked by the sliding glass doors and peered into the backyard. At this point all calmness left, I looked out into our yard to see all of my pump attachments chewed and destroyed. Are you kidding me? Mind you both kids are still crying and Owen is hungry and poopy again. My second mistake at this point was not opening the gate to the backyard and letting the dogs "get lost." So they are still here, banished to the backyard and kennel. Anyone want a beagle? how about a boston terrior?
At this point I have a melt down. Classic. Called Mike and cried. I want to go back to work. This is too hard. (Can I just say how wonderful Mike is. So loving and attentive and supportive. Thank you honey for letting me cry it out.) Not that the events were really all that tragic or huge by any means, but I think everything had been building over the past two weeks and this morning was enough to set me off. Call it post partum, call it down right craziness, but I have a case of I want to be someone else for a day.
The day did get better, or maybe I should say more manageable. I left the dogs outside, ignored the mess downstairs and put Carter down for a nap, took a shower and called the pediatrician, Owen had a slight fever this morning on top of his cough. I was able to get both boys in this afternoon and turns out Carter has another ear infection. I thought for sure that Owen would have one too, he's been so miserable the past few days, but she said it was just a cold and his ears looked good and his lungs sounded clear. I wish she could have heard him cough, she might have thought different. Side note, Owen weighed 15 lbs. 2 oz. He's put on about 2 lbs this past month.
We stopped by a friends house on the way home so Carter could play and I could also get out of the house and hopefully get a little less crazy. Thank goodness for good friends around the corner. The day was long but the night turned out okay, getting out of the house was the turning point of the day... thanks Stacie for loving my boys and putting up with me.
After baths I was able to play with the boys a little and grab a few pictures of Carter and Owen. This is what it is about. This makes it worth it. I can do anything, this stage will pass and I'll miss it. I'll go to bed tonight, hopefully Owen will sleep all night and we'll wake up tomorrow to a better day. It also helps that finally, as I write this, both boys are asleep and I'm enjoying a cinnamon twist donut from Shipleys with a tall glass of milk. I deserve it.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Our little bruiser smacked his head against the corner of the kitchen table leg yesterday. You can barely see it here, but this one left a huge goose egg on his forehead. Yet another war wound for Carter. He's always so busy and never slows down to watch where he is going.
Another after bath picture. Poor kid, I think he has my lips, or lack there of.
The past three nights we've had an unwanted visitor in our backyard... a possum. And boy does he look scary. Good thing we have the dogs to let him know he's unwanted in our yard. Too bad the dogs don't know it's not polite to our neighbors to bark like crazy at the possum at 4 a.m.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
My goals for 2009
1. Spend more uninterrupted time with my boys. Less time with the TV on, or on the computer or the phone, not worry so much about having a clean and clutter free home and just play. Enjoy the stage they are in fully and devote my time to making sure they know that I love them and will take care of them.
2. Criticize less. I've taken a look back at me and the things I say at times and realized that not only can I be mean, but my criticism chases the spirit from our home and in our lives. If I'm to be a better wife, mother, daughter and friend, I need to start filling others cups and stop dipping into them. (a great analogy given at church in Relief Society on Sunday).
3. Continue to work out 5 days a week. I was in such good shape before I had Owen, that I'm now starting from scratch again. I'm determined to get back where I was and feel good about myself. I joined a new gym this week that will take 3 month old babies in their kids club. We went for the first time today and both boys did great, so I am well on my way.
4. Drink one less coke each week and by the end of the year hopefully not drink any at all, except for special occasions and outings.
5. Make baby books for both boys and work on making this blog into a coffee table, family journal book.
Family Goals for 2009
1. Be early to church each week. Our ward meeting time just changed to 8 a.m. It was a little hard this past week to set the alarm for 6:30, but I know this means a lot to Mike, and therefore it's important to us all. Our goal- 5 to 10 minutes early.
2. Attend the temple one more time in 2009 than we did in 2008.
3. Spend less and save more.
4. Enjoy the point in our lives that we are at. Enjoy our starter home and spend less time wishing we had more. Enjoy the craziness that comes with having two little boys and enjoy our marriage and the friendship that grows after 6+ years.
5. Go on a date with just Mike and I, every quarter, but hopefully we'll have more opportunities than that.