Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


We LOVE the beach! We are fortunate enough to be able to go every year in May. It's a work trip for Bret, and his company is kind enough to allow their employees to bring their families. We've been going since before Jack was born & we love it! This year, Grammy & Papa (Bret's parents) went with us & we all had fun. I was a little worried about Luke. Didn't know if he would like the sand (Jack wouldn't put his feet in the sand until he was 4!). Luke LOVED the sand! And, Jack LOVED the gulf! Jack loves to swim in the pool, but he has never really cared about the gulf. Well, this year he was so brave & wanted to play in the gulf! Jack lost a tooth at the beach (2 years in a row), we played, ate great food, and relaxed (well, Bret worked mostly).

Jack loves to be buried in the sand!

Jack showing off his muscles! (With his feet in the gulf!)

Luke loved the sand! Every day we had to bathe him extra long to get all of the sand off of him. He even would get it in his ears!

My sweet boy!

Did you notice the matching bathing suits?

Grammy & I took the boys down to the beach before dinner one night to try & get some pictures. These were my favorites!

Yam It Up 2010

Jack's school has an annual art appreciation month. They learn & try different art projects at school & they once again had their YAM (Youth Art Month)contest. Last year, Jack made Perry the Platypus as Agent P (from Phineas & Ferb). This year, he wanted to make just plain ole Perry, the pet. It turned out so cute! He was so proud & so were we!

We had to put the Yam Perry with the stuffed Perry to make sure we did it right!

Easter 2010

I love Easter! We usually have warm weather, I LOVE dyeing eggs, the boys hunting them, Easter clothes, the story of Easter, etc. Here are some of our Easter activity pictures:

Egg hunting at Grammy & Papa's:

Easter morning. What did the Easter Bunny bring?
Jack was still very sleepy!

Handsome boys!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Catching Up!

Ok, so I'm really not a good blogger! I'm very behind! But, I've started catching up & hopefully will be caught up in a few days!

Children's Hospital Part 2

OK. I love Children's Hospital, but I would really love to never have to go there again! Two weeks later, Luke was back in the hospital. Bless him! He caught a stomach virus. We didn't think it was bad because he only threw up twice one night. The next day, he drank enough to have about 7 wet diapers. But when he woke up the next day, he was so pitiful. Grammy was at the house & we decided that we needed to take him in. He was so severely dehydrated that his blood sugar had dropped to 30! Yes, 30! The nurses stuck him so many times trying to get an iv going, and he felt so bad that he never even flinched. It was pitiful! The doctors were very worried because he had only thrown up twice & had no diarrhea. They tested him for a few things just to be sure it wasn't something worse, but it wasn't.

They admitted him and after about 3 bags of fluids, he finally starting urinating & drinking. Praise the Lord!

Again, Children's Hospital, we love you & we are so thankful that you are here in Birmingham. But, I would love it if we never met again!


Luke had a really bad winter last year. He had several ear infections & was scheduled for tubes on Jan. 19th. A few days before, he was sick with bronchilitis. Our pediatrician told us we had to postpone the tubes. Apparently the anesthesia is really hard on the lungs & with Luke having this respiratory infection it wasn't safe for tubes. Well, the night of the 19th, I noticed he was really breathing hard & fast. I asked Bret to watch him & he said to call the doctor. Well, when daddy says call the doctor, I knew it was bad. The nurse told me to bring him to the ER because he may need a breathing treatment. It was late (10:30 pm), so I packed up a few things for Luke, got myself dressed & headed out to Children's. Bret stayed at home because we didn't want to wake Jack up, & we sure didn't want him to be in the waiting room during cold & flu season. Bret's parents were on stand-by just in case, but we really thought we would be back home.

One breathing treatment done, no change. Luke's oxygen levels were lingering around 90, not good. Two more treatments done over the next few hours, no change. Now his oxygen levels were dipping close to 85. Around 4:30 am (I think), the doctor tells me that they will admit Luke because he will have to be on oxygen. Bret called around 6:00 am & I told him to get Jack off to school & come down to the hospital. He got there right after they got us to Luke's room. Luke's oxygen levels were up & down all day & the doctor told us that when he could go without oxygen for 24 hours, then we could go home.

The next morning, Luke woke up with a high fever of 103.5. Of course, Bret & I were worried, but the nurses & doctor were worried, too. They checked Luke for the flu, RSV, and pneumonia. RSV was the culprit, as well as an ear infection. So, antibiotics were started for his ears, respiratory therapy was started for the RSV, and Tylenol & Motrin were alternated for the fever.

Even with Luke as sick as he was, the nurses & doctor said he was the happiest patient they had on the floor! I know my sweet baby was very sick, but he really was happy! I'm so thankful that he was able to smile & laugh when I know he felt so bad! He even did the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" song for his nurses! And every time the nurses or Dr. Salmon came to see him, he had to blow them kisses when they left! Sweet boy!

He was in the hospital for 4 nights! Yikes! That's a long time these days for a hospital stay! We are so thankful that we have Children's Hospital here. They see children from all over the world & they are just awesome! Luke had the best care the whole time he was there!

Of course, I had my camera part of the time during Luke's stay.

This was the first morning, right after daddy got there:

Luke wasn't very happy here when his sweet nurse was trying to get his oxygen hooked up, but at least he wasn't crying!

Bret brought some toys for Luke since he was isolated to his room:

Walking around & playing in the room.

Luke's little friend, James & his parents sent this sweet basket. I just had to take Luke's picture with it!

Luke was such a little trooper, but he did have moments where he was just worn out, especially when his fever would creep back up.

Did I mention how much we LOVE Children's Hospital? While we were there with Luke, I would sometimes walk down to the cafeteria or just outside for a little break while Bret stayed with Luke. I met some other parents who were there with babies with RSV. I also talked a mom who had just found out her 9-year old son had kidney cancer. I was getting on the elevator & this mom got on. The elevator was full, and I think it was all parents or grandparents, no hospital staff. This mom just broke down on the elevator with strangers. It was awful! We all comforted her, cried with her. None of us knew her, but we were all mommies & daddies, or grammys or papas that loved their children, and we all hurt for her. I know Luke was in bad shape & we were scared for him. But, there are so many other children who are so very sick. I still pray for these children because I know that my children could be in that situation one day.


We don't get much snow in Alabama, so even a small amount of flurries excite us. This year we had a good snow! It was really cold, too, but the boys did not care!

Jack's 7th Birthday!

Wow! Time really does fly! I can't believe my baby Jack turned 7 this year! He decided he wanted to have a Wii party for his birthday! We had a small party at our house with Evan & Owen. They all played the Wii & also their Nintendo DS's.

Jack's teacher made him this cool hat for his special day at school:

Jack with his Madagascar cake:

Even Luke & Ty tried to play the Wii:

Santa Picture 2009

Grammy & I took the boys to Brookwood Mall for Santa pictures the day after Thanksgiving. That is the best day to see Santa because although the stores are crowded, the line for Santa is non-existent! I guess I'm the only mom that takes the kids that day! Jack loves seeing Santa! But he always gets a little nervous talking to him, but he does better every year. Luke did great! I think seeing big brother talking with Santa first helped him not be scared!

Christmas 2009

Here are a few pics from Christmas. I will have to dig up the ones from Christmas morning, but these are some of my favorites: