Monday, March 29, 2010

Things we must do

Lately our lives have been filled with things we have to do.

Usually they are minor things that dont require too much thought or action. Taking vitamins every morning, bathing Owen every night. Reading him a nightly story no matter how long or how many times we have read said story. Continually reminding him of the rules.

Today it was given a violent shove of thought and action. Owen had to get his kindergarten shots. He had to get 4 of them. No combining any of them either. Four separate pokes!
I was going back-n-forth about telling him before and having to hear him try to talk me out of it for the next couple days or just let him go and not be prepared of what was coming his way. Jeremy and I decided to tell him about it yesterday after church. We told him it was what every kid does to be able to go to kindergarten. Of course and with a very nonchalant tone he told us," then i guess i dont want to go to kindergarten."

So we worked out a probable solution. He needed 5 more stickers to be done yet again with his chore chart and get a new game for his playstation. We told him that if he was good at the doctors and got all of his shots like a big boy he would get the rest of the stickers and get his game. That seemed to work until about 5 min before we got to the office. Owen started with the whining and telling me he didnt want to get shots. I comforted him as best I could putting on a brave face and reminding him of the game waiting at home for him.

He did really good until the nurse came in to give the shots. We laid him down on the table and there was immediate tears. I held his hands and told him to look at me. I tried to tell him to close his eyes and count to 5 and it would be over. None of these things helped. Poor kid screamed before the first shot even went in. Oh man when it went in he went ballistic. In the last 4 years of him having shots NEVER has it had an affect on me. When he was little it was just something that had to be done and I could comfort him and it was over. This time I almost sobbed right along with him. It took me a minute to get my emotions under control so I could be there for him but it was rough!! With each poke he just looked in my eyes and screamed like why dont you take me away from here. It broke my heart.

Even when it was all over he was sobbing with real tears streaming down his face. He even did that awful cough that sounds like they might barf all over the place a couple times. We pulled ourselves together and walked out of there. I told him he was so brave and I loved him. I hope he knows I do.

I got him in the car and we headed to get his favorite bug juice from the store. It wasnt more than a mile or two down the road to the store and when we got out he immediately said his legs hurt and there were more real tears. He was even walking really stiff like a penguin SO SAD!

We hurried home and he got his game, his bug juice and some Ibuprofen to help with the pain.
I am so glad I dont have to do that again till he is 12!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Super fun weekend....still coughing

Owen and I went down to St George with my family this past weekend. My brother made the high school baseball team and the pre-season tournament was down there. It was so nice to be with my family and do some shopping but Jeremy stayed home to take advantage of the last of the overtime at Verizon. Hopefully it will come back soon.
Owen had been coughing for about a week prior to going down and he never had a fever or runny nose so I thought the warm weather might help him get over it. Nope!
On the drive down his nose started to run and his eyes got all watery and he got a fever. I felt so sad for him all trip. He woke up every night coughing his lungs out and crying cause it hurt. Sharing a hotel room with my family was nice until we kept them up all night with our sickness.
The day we got there it was kinda warm but the wind blew. Second day it was nice in the morning and then a major rain storm in the afternoon. Of course the day we came home it was so nice and warm. I want to go back soon and soak up some sun!
Owen was so funny about our seat-belts too! Every time we got in the car he made us all put on our seat-belts before my dad could start it up. He was deemed the seat belt police! That's my safety kid!
Poor Owen all he wanted to do was swim. I told him it was way too cold and he was too sick to go out in the weather. There was a indoor hot tub but I guess everyone in the hotel had the same idea cause we got down there in our suits and all, there was about 15 people in that little tub. Crap! I couldnt break his heart and tell him we had to go back to the room so we got into the only square foot left. I put our towel and room key in the corner and when I wasnt looking some stupid teenagers grabbed my towel with theirs along with our room key! I went after them and explained to them soaking wet in the hall what had happened. You know what they said? " How do we know its your key? It doesnt have the room number on it!" I was so livid mad. We had to walk back to the room soaking wet and explain to my family what happened. Lucky for me the front desk didnt charge my parents for another key.

We made it home safe and Owen has been a little better since being back in his bed. He has slept through the night since without coughing. But any activity at all makes him start up again, and he still has a good runny nose. I hope he gets better soon. It would help if the weather would cooperate and give us some more sunshine!


Saturday, March 6, 2010

Swimming 2010

Our swimming lessons started today! It was a great class. I was a little nervous when we got there because all we have ever done is the mommy and me stuff but he did great! I think it was in a large part to a guy teacher. Anything to be with "the guys" Owen absolutely loves!
The last time we did lessons he would put his face in the water and blow bubbles but that was about it. This time the teacher Chris had him floating on his back! He held him like this and then let go and Owen did it himself! Awesome! I was so proud!
When it was over he said, " mom, can we come again tomorrow?" I guess he really liked it! It also made him super tired! Added bonus! I have signed him up for Tball that starts in May. Hopefully that will go just a great as this did!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Can someone please tell me whats going on here?

Things have been going better here! Finally Owen is catching on to the fact that he is NOT in charge and that there are serious consequences to his actions. It has not been easy at this house the past few weeks but I think now we are back on track and things are much smoother.

Our fridge finally died this last week. It broke in December but we gave it a small tune-up and hoped it would last a few more months. We came home last week to water all over the kitchen floor and a fridge full of food that needed moving asap. We moved everything to our coolers in the garage and bought a new one. It took about 5 days for it to be delivered so it was like being on a really long camping trip. It was not fun for a few days but now we have our new fridge and its awesome!!

The weather here has been so nice the last couple days. We have been jumping on the trampoline again which Owen just loves! It is great exercise for me too! We have also signed him up for swim lessons. They are at our local rec center. They are on Saturday mornings and I am really excited for him! The only lessons Owen has had are the basic put your face in the water and blow bubbles so we are ready for him to move on to the next step. It will make the pool this summer so much fun!

Another fun thing for Owen is in the Daycare at the gym. They started doing little exercise classes for the kids while the moms work out too. This is so nice and it really wears him out so I can get some stuff done while he watches a movie when we get home! Perf!

I got my test results phone call from the doctor. She said everything was normal and that I should follow up in 3 months. I asked for the specifics like I always do: my spleen size, my blood flow in the portal vein, ect.
All they could tell me was it was normal. So today I went to the hospital to request my records and see for myself the actual measurements. Well guess what it said to my absolute surprise.

Spleen normal size with a normal splenic vein.
Liver has normal size and contour without evidence of mass.
Liver density is normal.
Portal and Hepatic veins appear normal.
Impression: The liver appears normal. There is no evidence of hepatic
steatosis(fatty liver) at this time.


Ya know what?? I just dont know what to think anymore? I thought when the nurse called me the doc had just written on it normal. When I got the report today it would tell me more. Normal is all I get??

Dont get me wrong I would LOVE to be NORMAL I just dont have much faith that it is true anymore. I feel like I am in a bad dream and cant wake up.Each person I ask tells me something different. So can someone please tell me whats going on here? Anyone?? Bueler??

Jeremy's hard work on overtime have been paying off! Here is a list of things we have been able to accomplish with his hard work!
*$1000 in savings-this is a big deal for us!
*paid off our bank overdraft
*paid off our loan on our new laptop
*paid cash for a new fridge when our old one broke
Jeremy was so proud of the last one!

Jeremy's birthday was last month and we had a wonderful day together. He had his free breakfast at Denny's. Renewed his drivers license. Finished some honey'dos around the house. Took us all out to dinner at Tucanos. Then we had yummy carrot cake at his parents house. It was a wonderful day together!


This is a really old video of Owen in San Diego. I saw it the other day and it made my smile...hope it does the same for you! I loved that age! So fun!

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