Saturday, January 30, 2010

Smiles





Hallie is such a happy baby. She is really only fussy when she is not feeling well from gas or reflux. Other than that it seems like she is always smiling. She loves mom and dad but not nearly as much as her brothers. She simply thinks they are hysterical, especially Griffin. I thought she might be scared of him considering he spends most of his time just inches away from her face or nose to nose with her. I keep trying to keep him away but he wants to be right up in her face. I guess I should be glad he loves her so much, right?

I caught some great pictures of her and her little grin today. She also has an open mouth grin that I didn't catch but these are great. Enjoy.




Poor Hallie had to have a ph probe and a sleep study done last week. It was strange to be at the lab as a patient and not as an employee. I felt like I should be the one doing all the work but just let them take care of her. She was great through the entire ordeal and slept very well through the night.

That morning we were woke up by a fire alarm. Hallie slept through the entire thing and it was loud! Crazy.

They are trying to figure out if her reflux is causing her problems with breathing while she sleeps. She has severe reflux and they are just running all the tests to make sure they know what they are dealing with. She also had an upper GI and airway flouroscopy last week as well as an ultrasound of her abdomen.


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Evan's Birthday Party

Evan turned 6 without me blogging about him so I am playing catch up.

Evan is a wonderful little boy to have around the house. He is so helpful and I sometimes fear that we expect too much of him since he is always so good and responsible. Of course he has his moments of craziness but we really lucked out with him.

Evan is constantly thinking and his brain is always running to new ideas. He is constantly asking questions, sometimes about things we talked about days ago. He just keeps mulling things over and figuring out different ways to do things. He loves to figure out what words you can make with the letters of another word and how many letters are in people's names. You can always find Evan with a project. We got him a ream of paper for his birthday and I am hoping it will last a month. Can't stifle creativity!

He has done so well in school this year and is now working with the first grade class for reading. He just simply loves to read and reads book after book.

Funny story. The librarian from Evan's school was bragging about him to another teacher at Ryan's school and didn't even realize it was Ryan's son she was talking about. All she knew was that she was impressed by this little boy who loves to read.

Evan and Samantha



Evan is obsessed with Star Wars. He loves Anakin and Obi Wan. We had a Star Wars theme but we had it at the swimming pool. It was fun.
Evan as Anakin for Halloween


Samantha and Jackson


Oscar loves the water


One of my all time favorites of Griffin


We love you, Evan, and think you are amazing!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

That about sums it up

Man, life has been hectic these past few months. I have really wanted to blog and really wanted to put into words and pictures my thoughts and feelings but time always seems to get the best of me.

This fall was really tough for me. It was very difficult for me to have my family so sick for so long. Watching Ryan with pneumonia was scary and upsetting. I have never seen him so sick and at times I was scared for him.

Then when Oscar got the swine flu and pneumonia on top of that I was really scared. He was so sick and lethargic. For about 24 hours he didn't move. He just moaned and lay there. I don't like to talk about it a lot, but we are so blessed that he got better so quickly and with no lasting effects. What a trooper he was.

Through it all I was dealing with what was a truly difficult pregnancy for me. I was working full time and SO tired on top of it. I had a separating pelvis which, I learned, is extremely painful and there is really nothing to help it. Walking, standing, sitting, stairs, carrying kids, even lying down hurt. I try not to be a complainer but it was some serious pain.

We made it through and now we are all well and Hallie is here. I am feeling much better, although not 100% and life is getting back to normal slowly but surely.

I just had to put thit funny picture of her hair in here! I love it.








We drove to Kansas for the holidays and got there the day after Christmas. Driving for two days each way was not easy but our kids are so great in the car and so well behaved so it wasn't as bad as it sounds. It is just so much cheaper to drive and we don't have to rent a car once we get there. I was sad to miss all the family who came to Kansas for Thanksgiving but I was busy having a baby at that time!





We blessed her while we were there. We had to do a quick plan on the way there and then after all the planning church was cancelled due to snow. We had to do some more quick planning and ended up doing it the next night at my grandparent's house. It was a very small gathering but so wonderful to have my side of the family there.




The time really got away from me and I missed seeing a lot of people I would have liked to visit. I am hoping to get back there perhaps this summer so I can remedy that.

I am now back to work for the first week and it has been a bit tough. Working nights is tough but it is still a great job for having kids. I have not been taking Hallie to day care and keep her with me while I try to sleep. I am not sure how long this will last but for now it is working. I don't get as much sleep as I want but at least she is with me and able to nurse.

Evan is doing so well in school. He is such a reader! His teacher is so wonderful and has really taken him under her wing. She really works hard to make sure that he is being challenged and we so appreciate that. Beginning this semester he has been going with the first grade class for reading. He enjoys that and it seems to be going well.
Griffin is still enjoying school and is really progressing quickly. It is such a difference from the beginning of the school year to now. His knowledge base has really grown. I do think he needs more behavior therapy but slowly we see progress in this area. Sometimes it is difficult to tell if it is because he is autistic or because he is three.

Oscar is quite the adventurer. We find him standing on the table, climbing under the beds, putting things in the toilet or diving into a full bathtub fully clothed. He also loves to head butt things. Why, you ask? Who knows? He is always covered in bruises and cuts and scrapes. Sigh. He is also the most loving child. His nursery leader said to me, "Oscar kissed a little girl in nursery and I thought we might have a problem. Then he kissed and chair, my leg and a little boy too. I guess he just loves everyone. " That is Oscar for you. He will come up to me hug me and give me a big kiss and say "Bye Bye!"

Hallie is now two months old and I can hardly believe it. She is smiling so much and just grins at her big brothers (who sometimes love her a little bit too much). She is sleeping really well at night and wakes up once to feed. She has really bad reflux that is in part caused by a hiatal hernia. She spits up a ton and is fussy sometimes after feedings, poor thing. It does seem to be getting better. She is still a tiny little thing. I am used to chubby babies so she seems so teensy to me. I love it. I love the bows, and the tights, and the pink! So much fun!






Whew! This was long and rambling but I had a lot to say after so long.





I'm not fat for my height. I'm short for my weight.