Monday, April 30, 2007

I am done

I am done, just plain done. I am done with a whiny, demanding, grumpy child who is uncomfortable about 90% of the day. I am done getting up every hour during the middle of the night to get ice packs, sprite, new jammies b/c the ice leaked, pain medicine that gets spit out on me because she doesn't like the taste. I am done staying in this house alllll day and not being able to go anywhere. I am done not being able to go to the gym and working out. (Is that really coming out of my mouth?) I would get up and go early but I am too tired from being up all night. I am done with my precious little girl feeling miserable and not getting any better. I am done with her wanting to eat all the time but everything hurts when it goes down so we have to make 5 soft things for every meal. Then she ends up just drinking sprite. Ok, I think I am done being grumpy and gripy. I just had to get that off my chest.....I am better now!!

I really love her with all my heart and would do anything for her. Thanks for not holding my gripe session against me.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

What a day!

Well, today Madelyn is silent, she has barely said two words. Those of you who know her probably don't believe me. I promise you I am telling the truth. I can't get over the quiet at my house, she usually wakes up talking a mile a minute and doesn't quit until she is sound asleep. So it just seems weird here.

What a difference a day makes. I really thought that after how well she was doing yesterday that this recovery was going to be a breeze. Well, she woke up with a 102 fever and very lethargic. She has continued to throw up all day. She can't even keep a drop of water down. We took Nathan to his enrichment class which is only a mile away and we had to pull over twice for Maddie to throw up. It is just the saddest thing. She won't eat or drink. I called the ENT this afternoon and they called in some phenegran gel to help but so far there is no change. I am really getting worried that she is dehydrated. We are giving her another hour then calling back our dr., luckily he is on call tonight. I am praying the phenegran will kick in here shortly so we don't have to bother him. These are the times you wish you could just trade places with your kids and take all their pain away.

Okay, so in the midst of puke the tornado alarms start sounding at our house. Let me just paint a lovely picture for you about how our household reacted to this. First my phone started ringing off the hook (our sweet loved ones wanted to make sure we were taking cover), the dog starts running around the house in circles because she is nervous, Nathan starts screaming in excitement that our house is going to blow away in the tornado, I am running around trying to gather up all the items that we need (you know shoes, cell phone, blankets, flashlights, bottled water,you can never be too prepared) all the while trying to remain calm. Madelyn just lays. She can't get up to move to our hiding spot in the kids bathroom. So I go back and grab her and get her and Nathan settled into the tub with pillows and blankets. I go to turn on the weather in my room when I hear a noise in the bathroom. I rush back in there to find Madelyn standing outside of the tub covered in puke and Nathan still sitting in the tub, surrounded by puke, playing his leapster. I was only gone a second.

"Nathan, why are you still in the tub?"
"Cause, I am playing my game"
"Nathan, look what is in front of you."
"Oh, gross Puke!"
"Nathan, get out of the tub."
"When I am done..."
"Suit yourself, when your done playing, why don't you clean up your sister's puke that you are sitting in."

That was my day...

Monday, April 23, 2007

Madelyn's Surgery

This morning at 5:30am we made our way to the hospital where Madelyn had her tonsils and adenoids out. She was a real trooper. She didn't even cry when they took her back to the OR. That silly syrup is amazing stuff. The Dr. said that her tonsils were huge and filled with a nasty yellowy cottage cheese substance which is usually only found in teenagers tonsils. (Gross, sorry for the gory details.) He said we have saved her from a lifetime of sore throats. When we got back to recovery she was having a coughing fit and having a little trouble getting her oxygen sats to stay up. A breathing treatment helped that and after an hour we got to go to the post op room.

Once we got there the Lora tab they had given her kicked in and she started acting crazy. She was screaming the best she could with a sore throat because she wanted the IV out of her arm. The nurse tried to convince her that she needed it but eventually

Madelyn's screaming won the nurse over and she took the IV out. The poor, sweet child would not settle down and rest at all. She didn't want the hospital gown on, the bandaid was too tight, the curtain wansn't closed all the way, the bed was too high, then too low. They think the Loratab has the opposite effect on her. It was supposed to make her tired and sleep alllllllllllllllllllllllllllll day. Not our luck. My child is wide awake, she even tried doing a cart wheel. Have you ever seen a drunk child doing a cart wheel. It is pretty hilarious. She has already eaten 4 Popsicles, pudding, jello, a yogurt and is requesting a kooly from QT. Seriously, we may have the only child who gains weight after a tonsillectomy. She has only thrown up twice and boy am I thankful as I am a sympathetic vomitter. Hopefully a nap is in our future. Oh, Jarrett and Gracie are already asleep.

Nathan is playing with his grammy and grampy today at the lake. I mean, actually he is being homeschooled by his grandparents. He is learning to plant a garden, working algebraic equations, and did I mention they are doing chemistry too. Boy do I love homeschooling!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Never, Ever Brag!

The other day I was telling someone how healthy my children have been all winter, and oh what a glorious winter it has been. No stomach bugs, only one antibiotic for Nathan, not even a cold in our household to speak of. For those of you who have known us for any amount of time know what a miracle this is. Most winters we are confined to our "sick house"

Nathan has really been acting good this week, so much so that his enrichment teachers asked me what we were doing differently (translation, did you start the adhd meds yet?)
I tell them his attention has improved because of all this great therapy that we are doing at home and because there is no longer a trace of red dye #40 in his diet. (I am totally kidding here.) I was actually just basking in the glow of a good report for once.

Well, my bubble burst today when Nathan started losing his voice and dark purple circles appeared under his eyes. Then came the dreaded words, "Mommy, my throat hurts really bad." Oh, my poor, sweet first born. When Nathan gets sick, I swear I revert back to the mother of a NICU baby. I just can't help it. I pick up the phone and immediately call the dr. because I am just certain that my sweet boy will need to be hospitalized. He gets us right in and tests him for strep, it was negative. I am happy to report that he does not need to be hospitalized for his allergies and upper respiratory infection. We were sent home with a script for Zyrtec. The dr. even commented that Nathan seemed unlike himself today, meaning he was being totally laid back and well behaved. I jokingly said, "I know isn't he precious like this." I don't think he thought that was very funny. Refer to my previous post that this is new peditrician for us, not good Kathleen, not good. He just doesn't get my sense of humor yet.
Hey, if I can't laugh about the trials we have gone through and are going through then I would be one miserable person.
So now both my babies aren't sleeping good and both have sore throats and mammacakes is never, ever going to brag about how healthy her children are. Instead, I will just Thank God for their good health and not brag to other people.

By the way, I am totally bummed because tomorrow is the last day of an incredible Bible Study that I am in at my church. We have been doing the study, "To Live is Christ" It is a study of Paul by Beth Moore. It is one of her older studies and it has taught me so much and changed my heart. I just love the fact that we live in a free country where we can openly study the word of God. I also have the most amazing small group of ladies that I get to study and pray with. I am going to miss them, they are all at different ages and stages of life but they are the most wise and praying women I have ever been around. Their love for the Lord is amazing. Ok, I will stop being sappy now, I just had to share what is on my heart. Love to all!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

10 Reasons not to get a Nintendo Wii

For those of you considering the purchase of a new video game system keep these in mind.

1. You will become a Wii Widow.
2. Your children will beg to play it from the moment they wake up.
3. You will need to increase your budget for the AA battery allowance.
4. Your husband will challenge you to games in which he knows he will win in order to get you to do "you know what" that night.
5. You have to rearrange your furniture to allow for the space it takes to play the game.
6. Your kids will have so much fun playing "tank" that they won't realize they need to use the restroom and use your carpet as a urinal.
7. Grandparents won't stop playing golf to come to the dinner table for Easter supper.
8. When you have friends over with kids they fight all night over whose turn it is to play.
9. Offending people when making the mii's on the wii. Too fat, too tall, too skinny, too bald, bad afro, etc you get the picture
10. Breaking your tv or window with the flying remote.

Actually, I am half kidding. We have had a blast with it and have loved sharing it with our friends and family. It is fun group activity that everyone enjoys and to top it off you burn calories while playing. So come on down to the homestead and play a game with us, ya hear!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Madelyn's Shot Adventure

Sweet little Madelyn, I can't believe my baby is 4? Well, today she had to endure her 4 year old shots. I have been preparing her for weeks now and her appointment has been rescheduled several times because of a shortage of the vaccines so I don't think she really believed me when I told her today was the day. You see, she is the type of child who needs a lot of prep time and coaching before she does anything new or something she is unsure of. All of our preparation and roll playing however did not help in any way, shape or form. It started with her not wanting to get out of the car. I tell you what, that child is strong! After I bribed her with a piece of Juicy Fruit we made it into the building. (Don't judge me Dr. Bevins, they are only her baby teeth and she already has cavities, what is one more piece of gum)

In the waiting room Madelyn hid in the corner and firmly planted her bottom on the floor and was not going to get up. After I used a little creative parenting I got her to go to the exam room and that is when the all out meltdown occurred. I don't know why the nurse had to mention that she was going to give her 4 shots, I had only prepared her for 1 shot. She started screaming that she only wanted one! (Did I mention that this is a new pediatrician, I really am trying to make a good impression but failing miserably at this point) I could not get her to calm down so the nurse called in for reinforcements. Two nurses double teamed it and got the job done. As the shots were going in Madelyn was screaming so loud that I was afraid she was going to choke on her juicy fruit. I could see straight to the back of her mouth and lucky for her, her tonsils are so big that it held the gum in her mouth. Getting those out will be next weeks adventure. She will have them removed on the 23rd. When all the torture was over she stopped crying and said "Get me out of this place!" Afterwards we went for a victory lunch at McDonalds! At first she couldn't walk into the restaurant but when she saw the play land she was miraculously healed. Praise the Lord!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

What's with a name??

I thought I would jump on the blogging bandwagon! How fun is this?? Let me explain the mama cakes thing, you see Jarrett started calling Madelyn, Baby Cakes several years ago and then my name changed to mama cakes and it has stuck. What is it with names anyway? My real name is Kathleen but I have always been called Kathy. Once I got married I told Jarrett I wanted to be called Kathleen because it sounded more grown up, he told me he could never call me that because when we said our vows he married "Kathy". Ok, so I have a question, why is it ok for him to now call me "Mama Cakes" . He didn't marry "Mama Cakes" Hey, let's start calling him Jarretta! If he can change my name I can change his. Right? So for the rest of you, you have my permission to call me Kathleen and I promise I will answer to it and try to act more grown up.