Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sometimes I think of these really poetic things to say and then when I get on the computer it all drains away... and I'm just left with well, nothing.

Breakfast with Grandma and then to the hospital. Another day...

Monday, August 30, 2010

Peter Joel.

Some of you know what the baby's name is. Some of you don't. His name is Peter Joel. Mike and I named him shortly after our ultrasound appointment. We just knew it was his name.

We were waiting to make it public til he was born but I figure, "What the heck?" I mean there's other important stuff going on right now. So, well, it's secondary.

I can't wait to meet Peter but am looking forward to a full-term pregnancy. That's my prayer. I don't know how we'll handle a newborn on top of all of this but our God is full of grace and mercy and will sustain us. But I'm planning on being loopy, exhausted and emotional.

So talking with a few people lately and they asked me what they can do and I told them this.... "I want a Big-A-- Baby Shower!" Excuse me for being fresh. What I really want is to be around people who love me and are praying. I don't care about presents. I just want to eat cake and pray for Peter... and celebrate LIFE. Celebrate something good that is happening. I just want to be happy about something right now... I don't know if that makes sense :) So maybe at some point I will gather with friends and eat yummy food and smile... and probably cry.

So anyway, there's that. I'm a little bit exhausted so I'm sure I should probably NOT be online now before I start saying even weirder stuff.

When All is Stripped Away..

What do you cling to when all is stripped away? What do you hold to when your nightmare has come and you find that you're not dreaming? What do you say when you know with every word you speak that your heart might break and the pieces might never come back together?

"The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be His name."

Oh how I long for my heart to respond like Job's. How I long to cling to the truth that our God is good, near, ever faithful, ever strong, all knowing, all-powerful.

My heart might be breaking but this I do know... that NO MATTER what happens our God is God. He is good whether or not what I want to have happen happens. His being Good is not dependent on my life going the way I want. Do I want Samuel to be healed? OF COURSE! Do I wish this hadn't happened? Of course!

But I am trusting Him that He knows the bigger picture, that He will receive the glory, and that He will NEVER leave or forsake me!

John 9:1-7 says,

9:1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 Having said these things, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man's eyes with the mud 7 and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.

May the works of God be displayed in Samuel. May they be displayed in our family. May God receive all the glory.

Psalm 46:1-3 says,

46:1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah


The earth has given away under us and the mountains have fallen into the sea. Our world feels like it's crumbling. All our plans have blown up in our faces... YET, our God is our refuge and strength, and a very present help in trouble.

So onward we go. We cling to God and face the day and do each task that is set and appointed to us. Tired, weary, worn... we stumble on. Knowing that He is carrying us and He will not let us stumble.

Friday, August 27, 2010

what a difference a day makes...

If you had asked me a week ago would I imagine that Samuel had cancer I would have looked at you wondering what planet you came from... and here we are... with this crazy scary diagnosis/prognosis.

I had an OB appointment today and all looks well with baby and my fluids look normal! Hurray.

It's hard to try to rest, take it easy and care for myself in the midst of all that's going on. I know it serves everyone and especially the baby but it's not natural to not stay near Samuel while he's in the hospital.

I can see that Mike is exhausted and it's causing a strain on him.

The prospect of being her for a lot longer (6 weeks) seems so overhwelming... but if I look at the year it's terrifying. So one day at a time. Sometimes it's just one deep breath at a time.

Someone brought Samuel a really cool tiger hat. He put it on and roared so I roared back... so he told me, "No Mama. I'm the tiger. You're the Mama!" It gave me a good laugh.

His favorite treat has been oreos lately. I was wondering why he seemed so dirty... it was the oreo crumbs :)

Well, dinner arrived.. so off to nourish the babe within...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fundraiser for Samuel.

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A new toy.


Samuel was given a new toy! LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Learning Game System. He is requesting new games. (He has the Madagascar Penguin game).vDon't know if you have any we can borrow or know how to purchase them inexpensively.

Hyundai (auto company) just donated a ton of money to Children's Research. They had a big party and passed these out to inpatient/outpatient children.

Samuel LOVEs his. It's a great distraction when he's not feeling well.

Hats.

To all you knitters out there. I thought of something you might enjoy doing. Would you be interested in knitting a hat for Samuel? He'll probably lose all his hair in the next 3 weeks. Just thought it might be something practical. Knit your prayers into it... make a covering for his head :)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

How to encourage.

Hey friends,

Would you mind commenting after my posts? It really encourages my heart to hear feedback from you all. Even if it's just a sentence. Please?

JLN

Coordinating Help.

Just update the caring bridge site again. Feel free to follow at www.caringbridge.org/visit/samuelnapier

Here's an important clip from my most recent journal post.

"We have a help administrator. her name is Lori Beeson and she's a dear, dear friend. If you would like to offer help you can reach her by e-mail* at Lbeeson@mail.com

Now, let me tell you if you do offer you better mean it because she WILL put you to work :)

We need help with child care, meals, cleaning, picking up groceries, running errands, lawn care, etc. Laundry, Dishes, home managment. Taking kids to therapy appointments, etc. Picking up kids from the bus stop at the end of the driveway (starting September 7th).

*Also, please note: IF YOU SEND LORI AN E-MAIL BE SURE TO PUT SAMUEL IN SUBJECT HEADING OTHERWISE SHE MIGHT THINK ITS JUNK MAIL NOT KNOWING WHO YOU ARE!!!!*"

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Big Gulp.




Okay all of you people who keep "yelling" at me and telling me to get off my feet, and putting me in a wheel chair and harping on me to drink MORE water.... here's the proof. Look at my new water bottle. Yes, I'm drinking water. I will try and take it easy....

But just so it's said, it's a lot easier said than done!

After the OR

I'm eating popcorn and drinking a juice box and am about to go to bed.

I must confess I'm glad the procedures are over but there's a new type of nervousness in the center of my gut... what will they say tomorrow? Will the bone marrow be normal? What type of treatment will he have? How long will he be in the hospital? The list goes on and on.

But you know what's comforting? God already knows the answer to all these questions. And He's not afraid. He knew Samuel had this before we did.

We've been so blessed with love and support... with meals and coffee and gift cards and hugs and tears and to you anonymous people who have given money... thank you! And to those who have treated me to breakfast, and lunch and dinner... thank you! And for those of you who have brought gifts for Samuel and Libby- thank you.

I'm realizing I have to be careful not to leave Libby out. She's very aware and sensitive and discerning and all she sees is Samuel is in pain and he's getting gifts... and he gets to watch tv and movies all day and pretty much eat what he wants. So thankful for those who are giving her some special attention. The child life specialist help talk to her today about Samuel's owie in his body which is called a mass or tumor. Libby said she preferred "tumor". The specialist also told her about Samuel's central line and what to expect with Samuel. The child life specialist is a Christian and is ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!! I think she might become a best bud pretty quick.

If you're wondering how I'm doing so well (as so many of you have been saying to me) it's two things:

One- It's God holding and sustaining and carrying me and Mike and Samuel.

Two- I'm in shock. My body still hasn't caught up with all that's going on. My head is reeling but I just feel like I'm going to throw-up or pass out. Sometimes shock is such a gift. It helps you cope and get through. The grief comes in waves. Sometimes I cry sometimes I don't. Sometimes I want to be touched (hugged, etc). Sometimes I don't. Sometimes I want to eat. Sometimes I don't.

But now it's time for bed. I need the sleep and rest. We get the "big news" tomorrow. So pray.

And like Dorey in Little Nemo we'll "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming... swimming, swimming, swimming, swimming..."

Translate it to "just keep praying." or "just keep breathing".

Know that God is holding us and sustaining us.

Caring Bridge.

We started a site to help keep people posted and up to date with what's going on. You can follow at:

www.caringbridge.org/visit/samuelnapier

Just started it last night so it will take us a moment to get used to using it! But that's the plan. I will post personal posts on my blog and medical updates on caring bridge.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday update.

Sitting and waiting for Samuel to return from his bone scan.

They will be able to do the biopsy of the tumor tomorrow. They will also be putting in a central line (also called a CVL) this will eliminate the need for IV changes and make it easier to draw blood as well as administer fluids, etc. It looks kind of weird and crazy.

They will drain some fluid from his lungs (I believe on the left side). He will also get a bone marrow draw from the back of his hips (near the spine).

We talked with Dr. Lowe today (our oncologist). The plan is for chemotherapy to start probably this Thursday.

We continue to covet your prayers.

A song that encouraged my heart.

Mike was listening to our friends' ipod. There's a song by Sufjan Stevens called Vito's Ordination Song. I listened to in the afternoon and had a great cry. It's a must listen to kind of song. Below are the lyrics. It's really beautiful.


I always knew you
in your mothers arms
i have called your name
i have an idea
placed in your mind
to be a better man
ive made a crown for you
put it in your room
and when the bride groom comes
there will be noise
there will be glad
and a perfect bed
and when you write a poem
i know the words
i know the sounds
before you write it down
only wear your clothes
i wear them too
i wear your shoes
and your jacket too
i always knew you
in your mothers arms
i have called you son
ive made amends
between father and son
or if you havent one
rest in my arms
sleep in my bed
there is a design
to what i did and said

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Jesus Paid it All.

My head has been stuck on repeat... "Jesus Paid it All". I started singing it to Samuel on Friday while he was getting an ultrasound. Hymns calm him down so much. Who doesn't love this hymn?

I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow


Lord now indeed I find
Thy power and Thine alone
Can change the lepers spots
And melt the heart of stone


Jesus paid it all
All to Him I owe;
My sin had left this crimson stain
He washed it white as snow


It’s washed away
All my sin
And all my shame


And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete,
"Jesus died my soul to save,"
My lips shall still repeat


Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.


Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow


O praise the One who paid my debt
And raised this life up from the dead


We’ll praise the One who paid my debt
And raised this life up from the dead

MRI.

Today was supposed to be a day of a lot of tests. Then they said, no, they were mistaken, it's set for tomorrow a.m.

Well, Samuel's just been put (N.P.O.-nothing by mouth, food or drink) because... drumroll please... they're trying to make it happen today :)

We just need an anasthesiologist and we'd be set. Tomorrow they're completely booked all day so here's hoping we can get this MRI done today. They'll be looking specifically at his lungs.

They will do a bone scan probably tomorrow.

Then either Tuesday or Wednesday they will do a biopsy as well as a bone marrow draw... while he's under, Thank God!!!!

He was pulled in a wagon and taken to the toy room and got to play for an hour from his wagon.

He's gotten a bunch of toys.

A special thanks to Jessica S. and family for all the spiderman gear... that boy is hooked up! We were given water, applesauce, booklight, coloring books and crayons, a Veggie Tale DVD toys, toys, toys, and balloons. It's like Christmas. He's been loving all his new things and takes turn holding the items in his hands. He actually asked if it was Christmas at one point :)

He's comfortable on the morphine. He managed to pull out his IV today... several hours of work but he did it. He's adorable trying to suck his thumb, hold his fuzzy (his special blanket) as well as not mess up his IV now.

Thanks friends for all the gifts, meals, Starbucks, and prayers. We are so blessed to be surrounded with such loving support.

Just heard, he'll be going down in about 40 minutes!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

How U can help.

In case you're wringing your hands and wondering, "What can I do? What can I do? I'd like to help." Here are some suggestions.

***** PRAY *************

-Send a card. (please ask for address. I don't want to post it here.)
- Send a text.(please ask for numbers. I don't want to post it here.)
-Our finances are probably going to be blown to smithereens. Gift Cards: Gas cards, Starbucks cards, Target cards... even if it was $5 will help. We will be paying for a lot of extras and I have no idea how Mike is going to work in the midst of all of this.
-Help with the kids. We are still trying to figure out how to care for Samuel and our other children. We will need help.
-Meals. Brought to the hospital and/or the house.
-Help us find a vehicle. We have been at the mercy of others borrowing vehicles... we need a vehicle that can hold our growing family and also for the needs of traveling to/from the hospital.
-With-holding cliche comments. Please. We know God is good and He loves and will care for us. We don't need cliches.
-Encouraging us... by saying that you're praying, that you care. That you love us. Those things are helpful.
-Being understanding. We're exhausted. We're irritable. We're overwhelmed. We might not be the happiest, easy going people right now. We might nicely ask you to stop talking or chewing your gum. Don't take it personal. We beg for your understanding.
-Visit. Once we get settled we'd love visitors. Let's wait until we get some test results and a diagnosis. But we'd love people to cheer up Samuel.
-We'll create visiting hours that will work for us... eventually... so we look forward to your visits and we'll let you know when would be a good time, okay?!

Look at what was posted below. Some very practical helps....

Most importantly.... PRAY!!!!!!

When Faced With Another Day.

Dawn is creeping past me. The fog is over the pond. The sky is painted with pale pinks and other supposed calming colors.

I came home last night my head reeling. And although I was so exhausted I thought my brain was numb I had a hard time falling asleep. It was after midnight. I dreamt weird dreams and then one thought came into my head to disrupt my sleep: Samuel.

So it's all true. It's not just a bad dream. I had to walk past the floor on which he had been sleeping this past week. He wasn't there.

I feel sunk. Gasping for air that's not there. My stomach in so many knots it would take a professional sailor to undo them. I've been on the verge of throwing up since yesterday.

I've been wandering the rooms like a mental case wringing my hands and trying to avoid losing it completely.

Damn this sun. What is it trying to tell me? That it's a NEW day? That everything is going to be all right? And what if it's not all right? What if my world is slowly falling apart piece by piece? What I have is an insatiable urge to get in the car and drive nowhere and anywhere. But just to drive and pretend that all is well.

I don't feel like I ever want to eat again. I'm more numb than the man trapped outside his home in Alaska for a week.

I should be sleeping. I know I should. But there will be time for that later. Now, I'm just too awake. Too up. Processing.

My little five year old is up. She's asking where Samuel is. She doesn't know what's going on and we're not telling her anything til we know what's "really" going on. So for now she knows Samuel and Papa are at the hospital.

And although I sound like a miserable, pitiable fool I know that My God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. I know He's always been faithful to me and that He will be again. I know that even though I feel shattered He will sustain me. He will sustain us all through this trial.

So I cling to Him.... and enjoy what I have in my possession and try to take deep breaths... and hold onto the One who is holding me.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Want to help?

Things that would be helpful and appreciated for Mike and Jennifer:

- a good (not crappy) book-light for Mike

- bottled water

- crossword or sodoku puzzles



Things that would be helpful and appreciated for Samuel:

- spiderman anything

- Mylar balloons

- coloring book and markers/crayons

- stickers

- childrens movies to borrow

- mott's applesauce cups

- children's worship music or instrumental music

Samuel

Michelle Swingle here, logging in on behalf of Jennifer. She composed the letter below and asked me to post it for you...


Dear Friends,

Once again we are in need of prayer. Surprise surprise. :) I took Samuel to the doctors at 7:30 this morning. (Samuel has continued to be in pain since Monday.)

After our doctor did a rectal exam he detected something was very wrong and sent us to CHKD ER.

After a normal ultrasound test and abdominal x-ray all that was left was a CT scan. It revealed an enlarged bladder. The reason for this was a baseball to softball sized mass. It blocked his bladder from urinating as well as made him become constipated. It's also causing his pain.

He has a catheter and IV now as well as enjoying the effects of morphine.

We have seen an oncologist and have spoken several times at length. Samuel is now a patient on the oncology floor under the care of Dr. Lowe.

We will be here all week-end into next week (at a minimum) running more tests, bone scan, MRI, etc. A biopsy will be in the future.

Although in all likelihood, according to the doctors, this is cancer we are still hoping, praying and crying out to God to heal our precious boy.

To say that we're exhausted and overwhelmed would be an understatement but we know and put our trust in our faithful God. He is our Rock. He is our Hope. Though the earth give way He will remain. He will sustain and carry us.

Please pray,

Jennifer


ps - Michelle will help me manage my blog and provide updates over the next whatever. :) Don't have blogging abilities in the hospital.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Days are kind of weird and crazy and long and strange. I don't know which way is up half the time. Samuel's still in pain but not quite like the pain he was in. I'm exhausted but that's a perpetual feeling so nothing new there.

Listened to my voice messages tonight. Just got a reminder call that Michael has a doctor's appt. tomorrow at 8:15 in Norfolk. So that's changed my whole P.O.A. for tomorrow. (Plan of Action) I'm tired just thinking about it.

I'm supposed to see my surgeon for follow-up tomorrow afternoon. I'm going to see if they can switch me to the a.m. because otherwise I will need to cancel. I can't take all four kids with me. I can't get them in and out of their carseats. For that matter I shouldn't be taking Michael tomorrow because of the whole no lifting thing... but what to do :)

So, blah, blah, blah.

On verge of tears. Tomorrow is going to be another day. I'll probably feel better than... right?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A trip to CHKD.

Samuel had to go to the ER at CHKD yesterday. It was a long visit. He ended up having an x-ray done which revealed that his entire intestinal tract was backed up. I've never known anyone to be so badly constipated. Last night he screamed all night and was up every 10-20 minutes. He was miserable.

I took him to the doctors at 7:30 this morning and guess what... he has a urinary tract infection to top it off. So now he has antibiotics and pediatric suppositories, mirulax, lactulose, ibuprofen for the pain, benefiber, etc. He's hooked up. We're just waiting for him to be able to push this stuff out and feel better.

I didn't sleep last night and I drove today. I'm wiped out :)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

SOS

Hey Friends,

I'm in need of help. I'm looking for people who can come over and help me take care of the kids. I'm supposed to be on bed-rest and I have that whole restriction of not being able to lift more than 10 pounds. Mike needs to work... for obvious reasons :)

If you're able to help even if it's for part of a day. Could you let me know?

Love,

Jennifer

Friday, August 13, 2010

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Bagel Breakfasts.


So, I tried to fall back asleep but an hour and a half ago I was awakened. Maybe it was all the trips to the bathroom in the night or maybe it was Samuel's blows to my head. I don't know if it was his elbows, hands, or feet but he kept getting me in the head. All that to say is I'm up with the dawn.

Once I was awakened all sorts of thoughts started going on and I just couldn't fall back asleep.

Thoughts of school starting again. Libby will be in kindergarten this year. Samuel will return to pre-school and Michael will probably be joining him. I know what you're thinking... "michael is only 2!" I know. But he needs a lot of language enrichment in addition to physical and occupational therapy which our school provides. This means 3 out of my 4 will be at the same school.

Poor Ian. He's probably going to wonder where everyone went. Thankfully it's only half days.

I'm eating my multi-grain bagel with turkey and cheese, my morning staple. It's packed with protein and complex carbs. It holds me for a while. If I have a bowl of cereal I need to eat again an hour later.

So Sunday I will be 26 weeks along. That's really weird to think about. That's how far I was with Samuel when I went into pre-term labor. I really don't think that's going to happen this time around. I couldn't even imagine having a newborn in 4 weeks. That's just freaky.

I saw the Ob yesterday. Everything is looking good and I've really recovered well from the surgery. I'm still on bed-rest for another week but then I should be able to drive. I'm still trying to figure out how to deal with michael and ian. I'm not allowed to pick them up for a while (another 5-7 weeks). Oh boy. That means carseats, cribs, highchairs. I'm trying to figure out how to get creative. Plus they just like me holding them. I try and do it sitting down with them but it doesn't seem sufficient for them. They like to be walked around.

I've lost 20 pounds this pregnancy. Healthy eating combined with exercise (before this surgery) has contributed as well as my hormones somehow stabilize and I have no desire to overeat. It's a wonderful thing. I wish it would continue after baby comes. It's when I'm nursing I feel like I could eat the world. I get so ravenous. And then I'm so busy and tired that who really feels like eating healthy. It's tempting to just stuff whatever I can into my mouth.

Okay kids are up and begging me to make waffles. A chicken is strutting on the deck. The sun has risen. Mmmm. Good morning.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Being weird.




When you're on pain meds and you look and feel like crap it's amazing how weird you get.

I have all these plans, like I'm sure any other mom on the planet does, that if I were to get a chance to rest then... I would read this, watch that, take naps, etc.

But the truth is when you feel lousy you don't care. You don't do anything productive. You don't feel restful. You just feel strange... and then you find yourself taking strange pictures of yourself on photo booth.

Friday, August 06, 2010

At home.

Hey guys, it's me Jennifer. I got home last night after 7. I couldn't wait to see the kids. They were so excited to see me.

Yesterday was a long day of attempting to recover and rest. I threw up a lot (everything) once yesterday but am doing better now. Pain is under control and I LOVE being in the comfort of my own bed. My mom thinks I've lost some weight.

Surgery went very well and I was thankful the competent group of doctors and nurses I had working on my behalf. I know it must have been the Holy Spirit giving me peace yesterday before surgery. It all happened so fast but I knew God was with me. When I came out of surgery on Wednesday the first thing I remembered saying was that I was in pain and then I threw up. The pain was horrible the first night and it was made worst by having to do a non-stress test on baby boy. They strapped me down with two belts and when you've just had surgery on your tummy... well, I think you can imagine the pain... not fun :) But good thing is he's doing great! He's fine and moving around.

Now I'm on bed rest for two weeks and can't lift more than 10 pounds for 6-8 weeks. That means no putting kids in and out of cribs, car seats, highchairs, etc. Boy, this will be interesting.

Thank you for your prayers, love and support.

okay, I'm off to take a nap....

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Our Love/Hate Affair With Hospitals

This is Mike guest-posting to give an update that seems nearly commonplace for this family. Do we ever not need prayer from the People of God to the God of all comfort? Does any saint not need prayer? I'm thankful that Christ intercedes for us at the Father's right hand.

Here's our latest felt need: Jennifer, when readying herself and the children for an excursion of appointments, began feeling sharp ("stabbing" is the nurse's preferred term) abdominal pain at about 7:30 this morning. So, I skipped work and Jenn skipped the dentist, the kids went to their appointed child care/play date for the morning (thanks friends!).

Jennifer and I drove to the hospital to get her and the little one in-utero checked out and to hopefully cut the pain. Jennifer was in real agony - yet it wasn't labor. The baby was and is fine, no problems.

However, Jennifer needed an emergency surgery to take care of a hernia that has grown increasingly troublesome and seems to have caused today's pain. Surgery on the abdomen while 24 weeks pregnant is nobody's preference, yet the doctors believed surgery to be the best course.

Mother and child are now out of surgery and recovering well.

Please pray for us as a period of recovery looms in the midst of family needs for a 5 year-old, a 4 year-old, and two 2 year-olds.

Please pray for appropriate help for Jennifer so that I can continue to work.

Please pray for a quick but thorough recovery for Jennifer and for the continued health of the baby (everything seems well).

And please pray for God's continued sustaining power, mercy, comfort, healing, help and we would be continually filled with the Holy Spirit.

Thank you friends and family for your care, love and support.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Bunny Foo Foo.



My Dad found this precious baby bunny. Actually Allie, our dog, found it and brought it to my Dad. Isn't it cute? The kids got to pet it and went crazy over this sweet little animal.

We returned it to its home a little while later. But it was fun while it lasted.

With Flair.












I had the pleasure of having my Grandmother and Auntie Barb from Texas with us for a couple of weeks. One of the many highlights was getting to go to our favorite teahouse "With Flair". It's a wonderful tea room with beautiful decor, delicious food, and a WONDERFUL staff.

They went above and beyond giving Libby a special "children's tea" even though it wasn't afternoon. She had a cheese sandwich in the shape of a flower, a PB&J sandwich shaped like a bear and a teapot cookie with fresh fruit. She was given her own pot of strawberry tea.

They even took her upstairs and got her dolled up in hats, pearls, and a feather boa to top it off. What a treat!

Monday, August 02, 2010

Prima Ballerina.



















It was so fun to see Libby perform this past June. The theme was Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Samuel, Ian and Michael did great watching the whole performance. They were entranced watching the dancers on the stage. What a great time we had.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

24 weeks.






I'm twenty four weeks today. Now, if it was like how it was with the twins it would mean I would deliver in 8 weeks... with how it was with Samuel... 6 weeks. BUT I don't think we're on that trajectory.

I saw the doctor on Friday. He's very pleased with baby's development and my lack of abnormal fluid. Everything looks A-ok right now.

I have been having bouts of vertigo so my OBGYN is referring me to a neurologist to get it checked out. I'm sure it's a combination of weird blood sugar problems and the heat... and the fact that my body gets WEIRD during pregnancy.

This past week I took Michael in to see the doctor. He had a fever for over a week. It would dissipate with Tylenol but then return... Michael had a chest x-ray and blood work done. Looks viral. This too shall pass.

Samuel was diagnosed with Impetigo. It's a common skin infection caused by bacteria. It causes a single or possibly many blisters filled with pus; easy to pop and -- when broken -- leave a reddish raw-looking base. It develops into a rash -- which may begin as a single spot, but if person scratches, it may spread to other areas.

Needless to say he's on antibiotics. Poor guy looks like a leper.

We've been discovering bites on me and Michael. And now we have found the problem: fleas. So we're trying to rid the house of this crazy infestation. It's been a little nuts.

Originally I was supposed to go to church today but we were concerned about Michael's bites and finding bugs, (the fleas) in his hair... Don't want to share the love with others. So he and I are hanging at home today. As yucky as it is I'm so thankful it's NOT lice.

Life is anything but dull around here. :)