About Me

I am a proud wife and mother, and a born again Christian. I work from home as a writer while taking care of Miss N, our six-year-old, Miss M, our four-year-old and Miss C, our newest bundle of joy. Life is crazy but so much fun!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Finally some answers

Well, Natalie is improving, but I finally have some answers as to what was wrong with her. Turns out it was not pneumonia after all. She did end up having a positive test for strep, and the breathing issue, not sure what is causing that, perhaps just her drainage. She is much more energetic today than she has been, and her temperature is NORMAL! It looks like we will be able to visit grandma and grandpa after all at the end of the week.

Another excellent thing is that the van is not going to be expensive to fix, it looks like. We took it to a transmission shop, and they couldn't find anything wrong with the transmission. Tim did a little more research and it looks like it's a sensor, which is something he can fix. Praise the Lord! We certainly did not have the $1000+ to fix a transmission! I thoroughly believe God sent the transmission problems in order for us to come home and get Natalie some treatment and let her be home while she was so sick.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

What a Weekend

Well, we have been having quite the adventure. Natalie's had been running a temp through all of the Christmas festivities. On friday morning before our family picture, I called her pediatrician and they said they've been seeing a lot of strep. There was no way to get her in there before the picture or after we left for Missouri, so I decided to take her to the walk in clinic at Walgreens before our trip. We had family pictures at 10, which turned out great. The large family picture with Tim's whole family is on facebook.

After lunch I took her to the walk-in. The Strep test was inconclusive - a bad strip. The lady said she had all of the symptoms so she prescribed the antibiotic. I was very happy, figuring Natalie would be well soon.

We left around 4 to head to KC. It was pretty foggy, but it was supposed to get better as we traveled. It did not. It got worse. Then, the van started having serious transmission problems. We got as far as the Iowa 80 truck stop and stopped for the night. It was very scary, not being able to see, and having the van start chugging every few miles like it was going to stop. Not exactly a good time to be broken down (when no one can see you as they approach

We got a hotel and that was an adventure. There are some cute pictures of that on facebook as well. Natalie was very scared, but she was a trooper. Her fever just kept getting higher and higher in spite of the medication and antibiotic.

We came home the next day. Tim's dad came down to meet us and follow us home. We are very thankful the van made it and we did not have to get towed. Natalie was doing a little better. When we got home, however, her fever was back with a vengence. She was just laying around and wanting to be held. it was pretty pathetic. She also was not eating, which worried me

This morning she woke up with a fairly high temp. I decided the antibiotics should have started making a difference. I called her ped and they asked us to take her to the convenient care to have the strep test redone. We arrived at noon when they opened, expecting to have the strep test repeated and be on our way.

Nope, instead, we had to have a chest x-ray, blood drawn, and try to get a urine sample. Natalie was extremely lethargic, sleeping on us, and burning up with fever. It was terrible. Getting blood drawn was the worst. I had to hide around the corner so natalie couldnt' see my tears. Tim held her and he started to tear up as well. She was a very brave little girl, but kept clinging to us saying "I don't like this, I want my mommy." It broke my heart.

After tons of waiting, a quick trip to the gas station for a snack (we had not eaten lunch), we finally had some results. Looks like she has pneumonia. She's very sick, but it's not a horrible case. We got some different antibiotics. The doctor also suspects that she has a urinary tract infection. I have to try to collect a urine sample tonight, since we did not succeed at the clinic. Natalie was too scared to go, especially after they put a bag on her to try to collect it.

It has been a tramatic weekend, our little girl is quite sick, our van is going to be expensive to fix, but I am thankful. I am thankful that we broke down less than three hours from home, got the van home safely, and are not in KC while Natalie is this sick. Praise the Lord for forcing us to go home, so she can be home in her own bed with her own doctor while she battles this infection.

I hope you all had better Christmases than we did. We did enjoy time with Tim's family in spite of Natalie being so out of it. Happy New Year everyone!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Here's Natalie playing with daddy in our messy basement playroom. Silly me took the video vertically! Oh well, I thought grandmas and great-grandmas would want to see it anyway.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Let It Snow!

We've been enjoying a very white December. We got 8 inches Thursday night and another 6 predicted tonight. Natalie made her very first snow angels. She thought the snow was "mmmm, tasty." Here are some pictures.

She picked this up and said "This is the Biggest Snowball in the whole wide world!"

Megan loved this wrapping paper - it was the foil kind and did not dissolve when wet, so I let her play with it for a while.

Natalie enjoyed a birthday party with friends at our local children's museum. Here are some pictures from that.

Those buildings are made out of Legos

Monday, December 15, 2008

Please Santa?

This morning Natalie told me "I really want my boogers to go away someday." Poor baby! I guess if we were doing Santa in our house that is what she would ask for!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Greetings from the Sick House

Yes, we are still alive. We're just all a little under the weather. Not sure why, but we seem to be continuing to pass a cold around. It started just after Thanksgiving with Natalie, then she seemed better, but I got it, now she seems a little sick again and Tim is starting to get it and Megan is congested at night. Fun fun!

No new pictures, but I am sure many will come as we enter our Christmas festivities. I am dreading Christmas week slightly - it's going to be so busy! On Tuesday we are getting together with Tim's extended family to celebrate his grandma's birthday (90th). That is occurring during nap time - yikes. Then Christmas day we do presents and food and such with Tim's sisters and parents. Then Friday we are doing a family picture with everyone (Tim's sisters and parents). Saturday we are leaving for Kansas City so we can see Joey before he leaves on Monday. I am praying we are healthy by then because if we aren't that is going to wipe out my kiddos (not to mention mommy and daddy).

We've made an executive decision to have our family Christmas when we return from KC. There just isn't time to do it before, unless we do it way before, and I would rather wait.

Natalie's had two birthday parties this month to attend and one more coming. She's really enjoying them, and I am proud of her for learning about giving presents. It's hard for little ones to see a toy and realize it is not for them, but she's helped me wrap the presents this year and seems to understand that they are for someone else. It helps, I think, that her birthday is still coming up, because I keep saying "You'll get presents on your birthday and on Christmas." Still, it's a start towards learning about giving.

I asked her what we should get daddy for Christmas and she said "I baby (doll)." I asked her what he would do with a baby and she said, "Hug it, feed it, rock it." Pretty funny.

Megan had her 4 month appointment. She is now 20lbs 14oz, and is 27 3/4 inches long. Everything is above the chart but she seems to be following her growth curve and is a healthy girl. She's also slowing down on her growth a bit, which I am thankful for. She is getting more and more active (rolling over and all), so that has probably slowed her growth down some.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

I've Been Tagged

I've been tagged by my friend Michelle, and have to follow the rules. Here they are:
Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their name as well as links to their blog.Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1. I have unrational fears on a regular basis - thinks like my kids being stolen out of my house in the middle of the night.

2. I wanted to be a cheerleader, mom, and teacher when I grew up - two out of three ain't bad!

3. I've always wanted to visit Australia

4. I've traveled all over the world yet have never seen the Grand Canyon or Mt. Rushmore.

5. When my family moved to Massachusetts, I went to six schools in three years - yes, it was bad.

6. I was afraid of my husband when we first met. Guess he got me over that!

7. I'm a complete sci-fi buff. I love Heroes, Stargate (all versions), Star trek, and Star Wars movies, much to my husband's chagrin!

Ok, so I tag

Sarah H - I sure know a lot of Sarah's

Monday, December 8, 2008

Stories by Natalie

Today we are staying home, yet again, due to sick Natalie. She's starting to feel better though, and we were putting up Christmas decorations and she found a bucket and stick. She put the bucket on her head and held the stick like a sword and proclaimed herself a "knight." Then she told me a story:

"Once upon a time there was a dragon named Brownie. He ate all the teddy bears in his mouth. Then he go to the castle and meet the good knight. The knight tried to find the bears but he chewed them all up in his tummy. The end."

here's Megan's first ponytail:

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