Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Need help!

Okay my legions of readers, I need some help! I have a queen size mattress, queen size box spring, queen size metal bed frame and an armchair with ottoman to get rid of. I am trying to sell them but in the event that doesn't work out does anyone have a vehicle that I could use to get these things out of my house? I tried to get Bridging to pick them up but they can't do it until July and I don't really want to wait that long.

I will pay for gas! Let me know if you can help me out.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A few pics from Disneyworld

Classic Baby Sister. She and I hung out while the rest of the group went on Small World. It was very late but she was in a great mood.

Okay, so we didn't actually ride these. We tried to but they were closed by the time we got there. I figured the kids wouldn't remember anyway so I'll put this in the scrapbook and pretend like we had a great time.

Riding the Teacups at the Magic Kingdom. Ethan had fun!


We are back from our vacation that was not actually a vacation. I am disappointed that things went the way they did but understand that life happens. All told, Jay, Ethan and Emily all fell victim to this stomach bug. Ethan is fully recovered although I am so glad we took him to the ER when we did. His test result for (severe) dehydration came back at a 16 (normal is 22)--they told me that normally they would admit someone for that but since we were on vacation they would try to keep us in the ER. The nurse also told me his blood sugar was 56 to which I breathed a sigh of relief. She looked at me like I was crazy--she didn't realize that part of me was scared that he might be showing signs of diabetes. Just the lethargy mainly but you never know.

I have had a rough few days here. Today I broke down in tears at Panera while having a birthday lunch with my mom, Em and Jimbo. I just can't take the noise sometimes. Olivia is crying constantly--I think it is her teeth but she is still wailing all day. If I'm not holding her she follows me around screaming and hyperventilating. I can remember moms in ECFE saying this about their kids and I just figured they weren't being tough enough on the crying. This isn't a "cry it out" situation. It just isn't working. This is what you get for being smug. And poor Ethan--he just wants to play with her but always ends up making her cry. I get so ticked with him--why can't he just leave her alone?

Okay, I'll stop with the complaining. That isn't what this blog is about. But since I can't muster any enthusiasm for anything I will cease to write for now. Check back in a few days when I have regained my spirit. :)

Friday, April 25, 2008

It's 2:05 AM....

and I am sitting in the ER in Celebration, Florida. It is a pretty nice place---looks like the dollars we spend at Disney are going to good use!

Ethan is severely dehydrated and is getting watered by an IV right now. He didn't enjoy the experience of getting the IV or the x-rays for his distended belly but he is finally sleeping. He looks so crumpled and tiny in his bed--I sat there watching him for a while just thanking the Lord that this isn't our normal reality.

He wasn't getting better today and wouldn't eat or drink anything. I finally called the nurse line back in MN and they told me to get thyself to an Urgent Care pronto. We tried an Urgent Care but they just sent us to the hospital in anticipation of us needing more care than they could give.

They'll keep giving him fluids for a few more hours, at least. Not sure about the belly stuff yet--could be nothing. Don't think Mom is getting to bed tonight. My mom (Gummies Joanne) is here with me and for that I am thankful.

Just got a text--Emily is throwing up now! I pity the people who check into our room next. :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Midweek update from Disneyworld!

Greetings from the most magical place on Earth! So magical in fact, that Jay and Ethan have been spewing magic from their mouths for the last 14 hours or so. Yes, we seem to have encountered the stomach flu on our vacation. Olivia and I seem to be fine so far (fingers crossed). Jay and Ethan have been in bed all day and it doesn't seem like a rally is too close in our future. Ethan can't keep anything, including water, down so I'm watching him closely to make sure he doesn't get dehydrated. If we go to urgent care and see a doctor with Mickey ears I might just have to take a picture of that. :) I think Jay will be good soon--he isn't throwing up anymore. Ethan--not so sure. We were supposed to go to Epcot today. I'm hoping we can still fit that in before it is time to leave.

Aside from the stomach flu, the trip has been great. Ethan is a lot more scared of things than he was last year but he has found some fun things to do that make him happy. Two highlights for him: the Small World ride, the SpectoMagic parade (everything is covered in Christmas lights) and building sand castles at Typhoon Lagoon. Baby Sister is cool with everything but I think she misses being able to crawl all over--too much pavement and razor blade grass here to do much.

I'll post some good pics when I get home. Later!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I think we're raising a monster.

Okay, I am looking for help. Ethan is OUT OF CONTROL. I realize that he is 3 1/2 years old and that kids this age are crazy. But he seems a little crazier than most.

He has taken to yelling and screaming at us, ordering us around, and slapping or hitting us when he gets mad. He also has some pretty ferocious tantrums, which is to be expected, I suppose.

I'll admit that Jay and I are not the best disciplinarians around. We lack consistency, mainly because nothing we try seems to work so we move on to something else after a week. We have started spanking but that seems to be sending him a conflicting message---"Don't hit us or we'll spank you".

Does anyone have advice for me? Things that have worked in your family? We leave for Florida in 3 days--I am dreading the behavior issues we are bound to have.

In Ethan's defense--he is a sweet little man most of the time. I understand that he is just trying to figure out his world but I really don't want him to figure it out by treating us this way.

Comment or email me NOW! :)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Musing on in-laws

The topic at MOPS today was In-Laws. You can imagine the groans and rolling of eyes this elicited from many women present. I thought it was a great topic. So many women (and probably some men) have issues with their in-laws. I've heard lots and lots of stories. Sometimes I think that, yes, their in-laws are crazy and other times I think that people just need to lighten up and loosen their control a little.

I'm very fortunate to have in-laws that I love and love me back. Doug and Debbie (or the Double D's, as they are affectionately called) have always been wonderful to me. In fact, they call me their "daughter-in-love" rather than "daughter-in-law". Just one word different but the meaning is miles apart. They are emotionally well-adjusted people and I realize that not everyone has the fortune to marry into a great family like that. They have told me that they have been praying for me (not me specifically, just Jay's future wife). That is a wonderful thing to be told.

The speaker today had some good bits of info to share. I will share them here for those of you that find this topic as interesting as I do.

1. In-law relations is a two way street! Both parties contribute to the success or failure of the relationship.

2. The issues that come up can be grouped into these areas:
-competition (usually between the new wife and the mother-in-law)
-lifestyles (we all do things differently)
-control (this is a biggie, at least from the stories I have heard)
-expectations (some moms assume they will be close with the new wife, maybe the new wife wants distance)

3. The best way to deal with problem in-laws is to strengthen your own marriage--present a united front!

4. A healthy family has clear lines of separation/boundaries.

5. Moms must step aside when their children marry--their child has a spouse and they are a family unit now.

This was the best one...

6. You do not have to attend every argument you are invited to! Profound.

After this talk I started thinking about in-laws and the sudden realization that I will be a mother-in-law (hopefully) someday! I know many of us pray each day for the person our child will marry--perhaps we should also include the family of that person! Life is too short to quibble over relatively minor things. I know some folks have dysfunctional families that are unhealthy to be part of; I'm all for keeping distance in that situation. But try not to let the little things undermine what could be a great relationship. Also, remember that your children will see and hear you--if you complain about your in-laws then they may grow up with the expectation that they will also complain when they get in-laws.

For those of us with children, just try to put yourselves in their shoes. Figure out a way to make it work, as Tim Gunn would say. :)

This poem made me tear up when I thought about my little man getting hitched someday.

To His Mother
Mother-in-law they say, and yet,
Somehow I simply can't forget
'Twas you who watched his baby ways,
Who taught him his first hymn of praise,
Who smiled on him with loving pride,
When he first toddled by your side.
Mother-in-law but oh, 'twas you
Who taught him to be kind and true;
When he was tired, almost asleep,
'Twas to your arms he used to creep.
And when he bruised his tiny knee,
'Twas you who kissed it tenderly.
Mother-in-law they say, and yet
Somehow I never shall forget
How much I owe to you,
who taught him how to grow.
You trained your son to look above,
You made of him the man I love.
And so I think of that today
When with thankful heart I'll say,
"Our Mother".


I hope that my future daughter-in-law will think of me this way someday!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Ethan is kind of funny.

He and Grandpa Jimbo were rough housing today. Grandpa clearly had the upper hand and had his arm over Ethan. Ethan started getting frustrated and said, "Grandpa, you don't need to lay on me. I'm not a pillow!". I died laughing. Lately he has been saying some really funny things that just sound way too complex for him to come up with.

Went to Ikea today--dropped Ethan in crazy Swedish Elf Land (play area). He had a ball and I was able to stroll around the store with Olivia in relative peace. I'm excited for preschool next fall!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

2008: Year of the Ear

Just took Baby Sister to the doctor for her 9 month check (she'll be 10 months next week--oops!). She has a double ear infection AGAIN! This is the second one since January. Here is the best part--dumb mom had no idea that her ears hurt. Talk about lacking observational skills! Those of you that were dying to nominate me as Mother of the Year, I beg you to withdraw your nomination. I really don't deserve it. :) Doctor gave me some stronger antibiotics this time--hopefully that will do the trick. The medicine smells like pastries...yum....hungry time.

Her stats are as follows:
Weight-18.1 pounds (30th %)
Length-27 3/4 inches (45th %)
Head size-17.5 inches (50th %)

So she is a little on the small side but no worries--that girl puts down more food than seems possible. Sometimes you can't get it in front of her fast enough--she lets you know by grunting and growling at you. They say your stomach is the size of your fist so that means her stomach is about the size of an egg. She routinely eats meals that are three times that size. It is crazy.

Also, her top 4 teeth are all coming in at once! They should be popping through any day now. The thing I love about Olivia is that even though she has a double ear infection and 4 teeth coming in at once is that she is so happy. She is always smiling and waving and trying to tackle people. She is a joy to have around and seems to have a positive attitude nearly all the time. It is helpful to me to have such a sweet girl because sometimes Ethan and I really struggle to get through the day. This tempers the stress a bit.

I heard birds chirping today and felt sunshine on my face. It was glorious! Welcome Spring!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Here is the good news...

I don't have arthritis or lupus! Yea! The bad news is that doesn't help me at all because now I'm back at square one. I'm going to try another tactic; will blog about it when I get some answers.

Thank you for the prayers!