Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Things a Mother with Boys Says...

Here are the culprits -


I recently realized I find my self saying things to the boys that I never though I would say. These are just a few of the things I have had to say this past week:

- AJ, get off the freezer door. They are not made for swinging.
- You may not climb the refrigerator, it is dangerous.
- AJ, stop climbing on the walls.
- Jay we can not keep slugs and worms as pets inside.
- No, you may not pour salt on them to see which ones melt faster (in regards to the slugs vs. worms)
- No we do not need to buy you a .22, you would not be able to hunt doves in the neighborhood.
- No, I am not taking you into any woods to go hunt, you are 7 and 6, ask me again when you are 12.
-Please don't pee in the bath just because your brother is bothering you! (no water in the tub, they were getting ready to take a bath, Jay didn't want AJ in the bathroom with him)
- No, I will not make turtle soup with the turtles you caught in the bayou.
- No, I will not cut up that little fish so you can use it as bait for bigger fish.
- I do not like slimy things, or crawly things, or any bug-like things, please take those back outside.
- No, you may not take the magnifying glass outside to see how long it will take to burn an ant.
- No I don't think that is a good science experiment.

Oh, I am sure there are more, this is all I can remember right now!!

** Please note no animals, or bugs were damaged, injured, or destroyed in the making of this post**

And just for fun, the sweet little face I hope I never have to say any of this to -


Monday, September 28, 2009

When it rains it Pours, or Drips

I previously wrote about an unexpected shower. For the past several morning I have been waking up to a small-ish puddle on the kitchen counter, near the stove. I kept telling myself "You better do a better job wiping the counters down" and then would proceed with the normal morning routine. Let's be honest here, nothing would strike my brain as unusual prior to having a cup of coffee. I am quite sure that my brain just does not work with out caffeine!! Good or bad, it is what it is. Anywho, as I was making coffee Sunday morning, and making the decision that we would not be attending church service (kiddo with fever), I stared at the small puddle. As I stared, more water dripped down on it. I was able to see that the cabinet was leaking, and I do mean the cabinet was leaking. I am positive that you could have wrung out the cabinet, the outside is warped and looks like a used wrinkled magazine. I know it was not that way two weeks ago when I wiped the cabinets down. I call Jesse into the kitchen to see the cabinet dripping, he calls the landlord to come fix the problem.

As we are waiting for the landlord to arrive, Jesse decides to start investigating on his own. He opens the cabinet above the stove, no water pooled, he opens the cabinet to the right of the stove, I look up, and my goodness, there is orange fur on the "ceiling" of the cabinet. Now, I have never seen it there, but I cannot reach that cabinet unless standing on top of two shoes and then on my tippy-toes on top of that. Yes, I am aware that it would be far safer to invest in a step stool, but, by chunky flip flops staked together give me an extra three or four inches, and they are with me where ever I go:).

Landlord comes, looks around, can't find anything and leaves. Great!! I continue cleaning, laundry, rearranging the boys room, etc. and the orange fur stays in the back of my mind. Finally it gets the best of me and I begin searching the net for orange furry mold. Not something I ever would have thought I would be searching for but oh my, that was a sight!!! Basically there is this orange mold that grows after water damage, you should not spray it, scrub it or disturb it in any way. Glad I did not move when Jesse said hit it with bleach!! I will be having Jesse take a sample (I should not due to past respiratory problems I had when I was younger) and we will send it for analysis. I just want to confirm it is what I am thinking it is and if so, there will be some major changes in living arrangements ASAP!!!

On the other hand, my quick research also brought me to a point where I recognize the symptoms of infection from this mold, much of what we have been dealing with for Jenna and AJ sound similar to this type of mold infection/irritation. The immunologist will be receiving a call, and hopefully he will request the lab work to rule out or confirm my suspicion. Not exactly what I want to be the reason for Jenna and AJ's illnesses, but I think that is a better cause than something a bit more long term for them.

Off to send hubby to sample mold and call the doctors about some blood work for the family. Oh, I wonder if the lab gives group discounts??


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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Procrastinating!

It is Saturday, we are looking for a new house, there is so much to be done around here, and I just want to lay in bed all day!! The floors need sweeping, laundry needs folding, bathrooms need scrubbing, and I am procrastinating.

Jenna had a decent night, only woke a couple of times. Between the ear infection, the throat infection and teething, she is not sleeping all that well. That and the boy that keeps driving by the house with his radio blareing!! That is a whole post in and of itself, that I will not get into now.

Too much to do, not enough time, and it looks like there is no end in sight:(.
I will be back later with hopefully some more positive news.



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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Frustrated...

I don't have the energy to go into depth about any of this now, I think a list will suffice.

I am Frustrated!!

Frustrated that all the doctors involved with Jenna's care are all on different pages.
Frustrated because I know all doctors involved are or work with and are getting advice from the best of the best in their field.
Frustrated that none of the other kids in Jenna's class are sick, no one at home is sick, and I really don't want any of us or the kids in her class to be sick, but at least that would make more sense.
Frustrated that things are not looking great for her to have surgery, based on what the docs can see their best guess right now is that she has an immune deficiency of some sort.
Frustrated that the lab was not able to take us this evening, I will have to take more time off from work (right after we just had a lovely meeting about "holding hands during difficult times, yada yada yada")
Frustrated that it will take at least three days to get the results back from Jenna's blood work that we have yet to get drawn (see above)
Frustrated that the cultures of her throat will probably, most likely show nothing since she was on meds at the time of the culture.
Frustrated that most of her cultures come back to show a viral infection anyway.
Frustrated that all of this continues to point to an immune deficiency.
Frustrated that the doctors want to keep her on antibiotics for a month to see "if there is progress".
Frustrated because Jenna is at the point of not sleeping well at night, which means I am not sleeping well at night.
Frustrated that the house we put an offer on has 14 other offers.
Frustrated that they are taking other offers for an additional 10 days before making a decision.
Frustrated that work isn't as great as it could be. My assistant is gone on family leave, I am doing all her work plus mine, with no problem, and she will probably be gone shortly after she comes back.
Frustrated that it seems like anything that can go wrong will, or has gone wrong.
That is all I have for now. I will update as we hear more, cultures should be back tomorrow, and blood work back on Tuesday - at this point I am not sure what the lesser of the two evils are.

The docs seem to have conflicting feelings when it comes to the surgery and I totally understand their reasons. Like I said, I am just frustrated with all of it.


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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Update - The Princess and the Reason for my Absence

This will be quick, as I am back at work, and trying to get things done before I run out the door for doctor appointment #2 today!!

Quick run down - Jenna has had these incurable throat infections off and on for about 7 months. Originally there was Strep going around, and we thought it was that, even though the Strep test was negative (I present with Strep and a neg. strep test often). They were doing cultures and nothing seemed horrible abnormal, but there was indication that it was a viral infection not bacterial. Jenna has for the last four weeks been on two different antibiotics, twice each one, with two to three days in between. The kicker is that on day three (or sometimes day two and a half) she spikes a fever, that is not broken by Motrin or Tylenol, and we end up back at the doctor's office and on another antibiotic. Jenna has some severe allergies to a few antibiotics, so we really are limited as to what she can take. This last go 'round he last dose of meds was given Saturday morning, by Saturday afternoon, she was running a fever of 102.5. Lovely!!

Fever stayed pretty consistent all weekend, but she was eating and drinking just fine, so the plan was to schedule an appointment for Monday with the pediatrician. The ER is not a place I like to go unless, absolutely medically necessary, and there was really nothing more they would do for her than what we were, with the exception of maybe waking her up every couple of hours to check vitals (which was not medically necessary at that point). The only other thing the ER is good for, is breeding infection and passing it along to the people in the never-ending waiting room (i.e. the people who use the ER as a walk-in clinic) not the place I want to take my child to. Certainly not when every other person in there has a cold, or some version of the flu - swine or otherwise.

Monday, she is still running a fever, we take her in and low and behold, she has an ear infection, and another (although I am quite certain it is the same one) throat infection. Great!! Now what??

We had seen the ENT at the end of August and his suggestion was eventually to remove her tonsils/put tubes in her ears. His concern was that due to her age and the severity of the tonsillectomy, he wanted to wait a bit longer (like until she is two). I just met with him again, and he said that she will most definitely need her tonsils removed, but he is still very cautious about performing the surgery on her now. His reasoning makes sense, she is very small/young, it is hard to reason with a one year old and get them to drink and eat when necessary, he is worried that due to the pain of the recovery she will not drink or eat properly and that would cause her to dehydrate and be admitted to the hospital for IV fluids, which leads to the possibility of a secondary infection just based on the fact that hospitals are typically full of sick people and as much as they clean and wash their hands, well the longer you are in there, the harder it becomes to leave. He did say it is not more difficult for him to perform the surgery on her than an adult, just easier to have an adult eat/drink through the pain of the recovery.

So step two before we schedule the surgery is an allergy/immunology panel that will be run this afternoon. Depending on the results, we will either schedule the surgery, or treat an immune deficiency. I am hoping it is the former, but really wishing it would be neither.

That's where we are right now, I have been super busy at work, and as you can tell, busy, busy with the Princess as well. The boys are well, neither are sick!
I will post more after we find out the results and see which way to go from here.


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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Picture Blog Hop:)

Ok, so Jamie H. is hosting her first ever Blog Hop. Here are the rules:
Go to the place where you upload all your photos. If you don’t upload them online, just go to wherever you store your pics on your computer. Open the oldest album, and post the first photo. Tell the story behind it. Grab the MckLinky and post it on your blog. Just for fun, tag 3 people you want to see old photos of :)
So, who will I tag??? I tag Kristin, Mama M, and Jes. Have fun ladies!!!



Ok, I will admit - I broke the rules a bit, but with good reason, you just don't get the full effect of what is going on in just the first picture.

Picture #1:This was the first day of school, in 2007. AJ, in red, is starting Kindergarten, and Jay, in white, is starting Pre-K (half day school program). The lady in the middle, she is the director of the daycare, attempting to get Jay on the van to take him to school. he is pulling away from her, does not want to go, which is why I would not be able to take him and drop him off, for fear that I might actually leave the child with some serious emotional issues.
Picture #2 Jay is still pulling away, while AJ climbs right in. Poor, poor Ms. Irma, I don't know how, but she has the most patience and she is so good with the boys! Even the "strong-willed" child:).
Picture #3 Ms. Irma is lifting Jay into said van and has to climb in and buckle him. All the while he is screaming and the huge crocodile tears are just streaming down his face.

Yes, I was the mom, who was also crying in the parking lot of the daycare, and taking pictures. I also followed the van to the school to drop off half of Wal-Mart - I mean their school supplies. I will let you know that once they were half a block down the road, the child was fine, no crying, and telling all the other kids on the van to look how high the "snake water" is. (they have to cross over a "bridge" that has a "bayou" under it. The "bayou" is a man made canal used for flood control, and yes there really are snakes in it)



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11 Months!!!

Wow, I cannot believe that time has flown by so quickly!!! Jenna-Bear is 11 months old!! She is constantly moving, never still, even in her sleep:), talking and babbling like no body's business. It is so neat to see her personality. She does things when she wants, she is very stubborn, and nosey - and I have no idea where she got either of those traits!! It was definitely not from me. Words she is saying, Mama, Dada, Bubba (for either of the boys), Zay Zay (for either of the boys), Ball, Bath, Agua, Gamma (grandma), Nana, Papa (for my dad and for food), up, off, hey. i think that's it. She will nod her head for yes, and sometimes she gets her whole body moving if she really means yes. She dances to any music, even if you just start to sing to her, she will dance. She is walking, or well, running all over, climbing like crazy!! Scary stuff, but she will move things around to climb. She moves chairs and toys to climb from one to the other and then on to something else. She sings in church:) it is so cute, and she smiles and waves at people in the congregation while she sings. I know we are in trouble with her!! She is not happy unless the focus is on her - she will yell for you to talk to her and she will look back at you and bat her eyes and smile and look innocent. She has two teeth, the bottom front two, her one year molars are coming in, but no other teeth yet. Don't worry though, that does not stop her from eating, and she refuses to eat baby food!! No purees for her, she wants the real thing!! Her brothers are her body guards and they are very protective of her. I think they are starting to realize she was a lot easier when she wasn't mobile, and now that she is, she wants to be right in the middle of everything they are doing. She will point her finger and shake it back and forth to tell you no. If you ask her where the sweet baby is, she will give you a kiss. If she is in the mood to be a stinker, she will fake you out with her kisses, lean in and turn her head at the last minute. She will decide if she wants to give you a kiss or a hug - regardless of what you ask for she will give you which ever she wants. We have been crazy busy and I have lots to catch you all up on, more posts and pictures of our family, and coming to a computer near you:).

Friday, September 4, 2009

DipTacular 2009 - Brought to us by BooMama

Oh, the joys of football season!!! I love watching football, and what better is there to watch than sitting down with a very yummy dip, and a bag big bowl of chips? Nothing better there unless the Horns are winning!!! Hook 'Em!!!


I could not resist joining BooMama's Dip Tour!!!
I have no name for this other than Aunt Paula’s Dip:) (thanks Aunt Paula!!)

1 pound lean ground beef (or turkey)
1 package of your favorite taco seasoning
1 4oz can of tomato paste
1 package of whipped cream cheese (spreads easier)
2 cups of shredded fiesta blend cheese
1 4 oz can of sliced black olives
1 4 oz can of sliced jalapenos

Brown ground beef, add taco seasoning and tomato paste. Spread cream cheese in the bottom of a dish (we use a pie pan) top with ground beef mixture, then cheese, then olives and jalapenos to your liking. That’s it – super simple, very tasty and we may have eaten this for dinner a time or two.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Balance

Lately I feel like I am in constant struggle for balance in my life. Balance between work and home, ballance between chores and fun, balance between kids and me. How do you make it all work and not go insane? Sure you let things slip - like the laundry (which now seems to be taking over every room in my house), but that just makes it that much harder to regain control of it all again. Right?
With school starting and trying to get the kids back into a decent routine, and Jenna back to sleeping all night long in her own bed, craziness going on at work, talk of layoffs, cutting back hours, no salary increases (again!!), increase in the cost of our insurance premiums as well as the deductibles - at this rate I may have a hard time balancing the checkbook. Oh, who am I kidding I don't balance the checkbook now!!
I always struggle with my personal control issues, needing things done the way I want, when I want, and how I want. I think that the last year has been a release of a good part of that. Trying to give more "duties" to the boys, letting them do it their way, with minimal coaching on my part has helped. It may not be done just the way I would do it, but it is done and it is clean and that makes me feel a little more in control. I ask God daily to help me with that, and I think it is working. Still praying about it, but I definitely notice a difference!!
So basically, there is a lot going on for us right now, and I am just trying to balance it all! And stay somewhat sane in the process!!
On a lighter note, there is a little princess that has this whole balance thing down pat!! She is WALKING!!! and has been walking for a few weeks now!!