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Happy Valentine’s Day 2013

So, obviously this post is about a month late, but it was such a fun year this year that I just had to share!

A lot of people think that Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday, and to a degree, it is. But I also think it’s such a fun day to show each other that you care – not that this shouldn’t happen throughout the year. I find it important to show Madeleine that you should show others why you love them and take some time to be selfless, caring, appreciative and kind. That being said, for Valentine’s day, we did a number of things.

First, school: They didn’t do anything super formal, but did decorate paper bags for their Valentines. Anyone who wanted to brought in Valentines and the friends all got to take their bags home that evening to see what their friends put in their bags. I did Valentines with Madeleine. Nothing fancy, just the ones you get at the store. But, I had her choose which version she wanted to give to each friend and then she signed an “M” on each one. 🙂

Second, her daddy: I didn’t feel the need to do anything elaborate or outlandish, but wanted to make sure it was thoughtful. I decided to help her write him a note about all of the things she loves about him. See the photos, below, for the details of this letter. She had a little bit of a hard time with the concept, so a few of the answers she gave were quite hilarious. Others were just super sweet, and yet others were a little bit…shocking? You can view a video of her showing her daddy his present by clicking here. At the end you even hear her say “You can say thank you to me?” LOL! We’ve been pretty strict about manners and she calls us out sometimes. 🙂

Letter - Page 1

Letter – Page 1

Letter - Pg 2

Letter – Page 2

 

She wrote "daddy" in much the same method she wrote her own name. :) I told her what letters to write and she did it!

She wrote “daddy” in much the same method she wrote her own name. 🙂 I told her what letters to write and she did it!

Her artwork for him

Her artwork for him

And finally, our own celebration as a couple: I made a trip to Portland with some girlfriends in January for my future sister in law’s wedding dress hunt!! You can read about it on my friend’s blog here. While there, we did some shopping in downtown Portland and I picked up adorable little mini-notecards with matching envelopes, a heart seal and red seal wax. I forgot to take photos of them after they were sealed, but I planted them throughout Alex’s work bag, car, etc so that he would find them throughout the day. 🙂

 I had been planning on making a delicous dinner, but Alex said he didn’t feel I should have to make dinner on Valentine’s Day. So – he took us out to our favorite Mexican restaurant down the road. We didn’t want to deal with the chaos at any of the “traditional” Valentine’s places and it was a nice little night out with my two loves.

Getting a good picture out of my little ham is next to impossible. LOL!

Getting a good picture out of my little ham is next to impossible. LOL!

M and mommy!

M and mommy!

And of course, what would Valentine’s Day be without red roses from my hubby??

❤ ❤ ❤

Hope you all enjoyed your Valentine’s Day this year!!!

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RSV

For those of you unfamiliar with this virus, you can read more about it on the CDC website here.

Here is an exerpt from the CDC:

Visits to a healthcare provider for an RSV infection are very common. During such visits, the healthcare provider will assess the severity of disease to determine if the patient should be hospitalized. In the most severe cases of disease, infants may require supplemental oxygen, suctioning of mucus from the airways, or intubation (have breathing tubes inserted) with mechanical ventilation.

See the flushed cheeks? :( At home before leaving.

See the flushed cheeks? 😦 At home before leaving.

I think you can guess where this is going…Madeleine came down with RSV last week. I was away on business Tuesday and Wednesday. On Wednesday, Alex kept her home from school because she was pretty sick. Wednesday night, after I got home, she was up off and on all night and started to spike a fever. When I woke up in the morning, she was still passed out asleep in our bed – we let her sleep with us because she was having such a hard time sleeping. This was at 8:30 am! An hour after she normally would be up and bouncing around, she was still completely passed out. And hot. So I took her temp and she’d spiked a fever of 102.4 overnight. Just looking at her while she was laying there sleeping, she was breathing very rapidly and each breath was really shallow.

Upon arrival to a room at Urgent Care

Upon arrival to a room at Urgent Care

I immediately called her pediatrician to try to get her in. When they didn’t have openings until the afteroon, I got ready and loaded her into the car to take her to urgent care. She was extremely lethargic and sleepy. In fact, she kept passing out in her wheelchair when we wheeled her down to x-ray to get a picture of her lungs. For those of you who know her, this is really not like her at all. By 11am we had a diagnosis of pneumonia and were headed to Children’s Hospital by noonish. Alex met us at urgent care after I called to tell him it was pneumonia and she might need to be hospitalized.

Because of her previous surgeries in/around the lung cavity, urgent care couldn’t discern exactly what was going on with her breathing and pneumonia.  Seattle Children’s has all of her previous x-rays and MRI’s and would be able to compare the old x-rays to her current for a better diagnosis. Because of how lethargic she was, they rushed us through the intake process and back to an ER room.

Passed out waiting for her X-Rays

Passed out waiting for her X-Rays

Back in the room at Urgent Care awaiting information from the X-Rays.

Back in the room at Urgent Care awaiting information from the X-Rays.

Cozy in the car - arriving at Children's.

Cozy in the car – arriving at Children’s.

On a side note: Can I just say that I would like to stop being rushed through the ER at Children’s? That was actually a little bit traumatic, and I didn’t expect it to be. The last time we were rushed in like that, M was diagnosed with cancer. Each room I passed that we’d been in before, I had a flashback to a moment when we were there during her cancer diagnosis and it was extremely overwhelming. I was in tears by the time we got to our room and once we got there tears were streaming down my face, Alex took M and I just broke down. Having a sick child is scary! 

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Passed out on daddy in the ER.

She was awake for about 20 minutes, had a small snack and played with some stickers before getting super tired again.

She was awake for about 20 minutes, had a small snack and played with some stickers before getting super tired again.

Tired! Everyone was so tired!

Tired! Everyone was so tired!

We spent about 8 hours in the ER. They spent a good long while monitoring her oxygen levels. They also compared the x-rays and determined she did indeed have pneumonia, but we caught it pretty early so it wasn’t too bad yet. And they took a nasal swab and throat swab to see if there was anything else going on. That is how they found the RSV infection. For a couple of hours, they kept saying they were going to send us home with antibiotics, but I wasn’t super comfortable with that. Per urgent care and the ER, they wanted her O2 levels no lower than 92 while awake and 88 while sleeping. She kept dipping down to 86, even while awake. So when they kept discussing discharging her, I pushed back a little bit and asked about her O2 levels. The last thing I wanted was to go home where I had no idea what her O2 levels were and have her get worse. Once they realized that her O2 levels were actually dropping and not getting better, they decided to admit her. That was at about 7pm (5 hours after we first saw the ER doc). It then took another 3 hours to get to a room for the night because they had to consult Hem Onc and her Pediatrician.

Snack before bed time

Snack before bed time

Madeleine was put on oxygen and had an IV put in for fluids because she wasn’t really eating and was also not drinking well at all. We went on a super fun “ride” through the hospital on our hospital bed, which Madeleine actually seemed pretty thrilled with and then settled into our room for the night. We all ate a bit, got cozy, checked in with our nursing team and tried to get M to bed. At this point it was nearly 11pm and way past her bedtime.

Alex was kind enough to offer to let me go home and sleep for the night. I’d had less than 8 hours of sleep in over 48 hours and was sick myself (with the same thing!). So he cuddled up with M and I went home to get some rest so I could get better, too. 

She always wanted one of us to cuddle her to sleep. So sweet.

She always wanted one of us to cuddle her to sleep. So sweet.

While I was gone, she had seen some improvement and was taken off of the oxygen, which was great! Evidently she was still up off and on all night, but that’s to be expected in the hospital with nursing staff coming in to check and take vitals every so often.

I arrived back to the hospital the next morning to a super bouncy girl. Check this out!

Hi Mommy!!!

Hi Mommy!!!

 While things were back and forth over the course of the 2nd day, ultimately, she had done a bit better. She was going to the bathroom again, because of the IV fluids and had spiked a fever in the morning. So we had to wait for 24 hours of fever free and to be able to drink enough fluids to not need the IV. That ended up taking the next 24 hours, but her mood was vastly improved from the previous day! 🙂 She was a complete goof during this 2nd day in the hospital. Fascinated with her fancy motorized bed, wanting to play and talk and read and was back to eating somewhat decently.

Look at my face!

Look at my face!

Time for a nap!

Time for a nap!

See that pouty lip?? My goodness!

See that pouty lip?? My goodness!

After a few minutes, she cheered up a smidge.

After a few minutes, she cheered up a smidge.

Later that mornnig, we were released to go home! Madeleine was doing so much better, we had antibiotics just in case she had pneumonia (the doctors never were 100% certain) and were scheduled a checkup at her PCP clinic for Monday.

So: If you made it through this entire post, thank you! She is doing much better now. Still on antibiotics, but fever free, back to normal activity and back to school again. She is no longer contagious, so we were able to alter our Christmas plans a bit so she could still celebrate the holiday and see family. I am so glad I took her in when I did, given how severely her O2 had been affected.  Now, if we can just avoid the hospital, aside from regular check-ups, for the next few years, I will be happy. 😉

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Mother’s Day/Father’s Day 2012 Combo

Since I never got around to posting about Mother’s Day 2012, I figured I would combine it with a Father’s day post.

Mother’s Day:

What a great day! We woke up early to go kayaking in Seattle. Madeleine had a blast and has not stopped talking about kaying since. We need to go back when we have another day of decent weather – we could hardly get her out of the boat when it was time to go to lunch!!

“I go a kayaking!”

Then we were off to the Greenlake Bar and Grill, which was very nice, as well. We had an enjoyable lunch together and headed home for Madeleine’s nap. The rest of the afternoon we just relaxed and enjoyed each other’s company.

Lunch!

Father’s Day:This year, Father’s Day Weekend was a bit of a disaster. I had plans for Alex and us to celebrate and it all was thwarted by a migraine and some bizarre allergic reaction to something. I’m still not sure what, but it hasn’t happened in a week and a half, so I think we’re ok. Needless to say, I spent the entire weekend in bed just trying to get my migraine to go away. Those of you that know me know that I don’t use the word “migraine”. I always say “headache”.  I find it incredibly annoying that people use the term “migraine” so loosely and complain of having one when they really have a headache. So, the fact that I’m using the term here means it was that bad. In fact, it was bad enough that I had Alex drive me to the doctor because I’ve never experienced anything like it. But, enough of that. The weekend was ruined. 

So, this weekend we had a Father’s Day “Re-Do”! What is that, you say? Well, we just pretended that today was Father’s day and did everything we were going to do before.

The day started out by taking some breakfast in bed to Alex along with his Father’s day present. A couple of friends of mine did a “child’s survey” for their husbands for Father’s Day and it was so cute, I wanted to do it for Alex. Only difference is that I had her decorate a canvas, and then put the survey in the middle for him. We went to the craft store and she picked out all of the supplies, stickers, etc for it. Also note how she stuck the different animals together, like little families. 😀 Then I modge-podged the entire thing and ta-da!! Ignore the lumpiness in the photos. It hasn’t dried completely and was much flatter after all was dry. Also, M and I added some lavendar rhinestones, because she loved them at the craft store. Those aren’t shown in these photos, either.

First, the survey.

The whole thing!

Alex should be spending more time in his office at work, too, so this is meant to be something for him to take to work and put up in his office. 🙂 Once he was done eating his breakfast and opening his present and getting some much needed snuggles from Madeleine, we all got ready to go out. Out where? To see a movie! Unfortunately, the rainy weather today prevented us from going to Remlinger Farms, like I had planned. So I had to make last minute adjustments. 

“No, my dress is not pretty. It’s buuuutiful!!” (Yes, she actually said this today)

Awwww!

Trying to get a cute picture, what a goof!

Such a sweet pair. 🙂

We went out to see Brave, which was really cute.  We got there early, so M and Alex played a race car game in the lobby.

Go fast!

“I feeding a daddy! I sharing!”

  Brave is the first movie that Madeleine got scared at, which was also adorable. She kept squaling and then hiding her face behind my arm. She ate lots of popcorn and drank lots of water and overall had a nice time. At the end we asked if she liked it and she said “Yeah! It’s scary!” LOL. After the movie, we went home to feed M and get her a nap. She’s been fighting a cold since about Thursday, so she desperately needed it.  After she woke up from her nap (she slept a loongg time!) we got ready and took Alex out to dinner.

❤ them!

This year was fun, as it’s the first year where we feel Madeleine was truly able to understand what these two days are about – and it’s really fun to see her spoil her daddy for all of his love and care that he gives her.  In fact, this evening she said to him “You’re the best daddy in the whole world!” 😀

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Happy Easter 2012

Oooooh! Eggggs!!

Orange!

Yes, Easter was really quite fun for us this year! Not only was the weather fantastic, but Madeleine is old enough to know what’s going on and truly engage in it. Last year, she got bored of the egg coloring. This year she was directing which color she wanted to try next, putting the eggs in “a jetttly” (gently) and taking them out when they were done soaking. 🙂 We experimented with learning about what colors do when you mix them, so we have some eggs that are a blend of two colors so she could see what happened.

I wish I could describe how cute the process was. She’s also becoming quite bossy and demanding, so she would tell me very vocally which color egg she wanted to pull out, and when, so that I could move the color container closer to her.

And now a green one.

"I find it! I go a get dem! A wittow tweat!"

Then, it was on to the Easter egg hunt. I tend to forget how observant she is, and she spied the Easter basket on the dining room table much earlier in the day. She kept saying she wanted the “pink sock monkey” (yes, I really did find one! And so the sock monkey tradition lives on) but I made her wait until the afternoon. Surprisingly, she did a good job being patient. 🙂

Easter egg hunting this year was impressive. Last year she picked up on the fact that when I told her she could find a new egg, it meant she got something pretty and colorful. She moved quick! But, last year she was crawling. This year she was running around the yard looking for “wittow tweats!” (little treats) and she did a great job. Any of the eggs that weren’t out obviously in the open she had a kind of tough time with, so I directed her closer to them until she saw it. However, she just adored finding each one and collected them all in her basket quite handily.

"I got it!"

Then, since daddy was done putting things on the grill, it was time to play a bit with the soccer ball!

Kick!

Whoooo!

Silly Girl!!

By that point, dinner was done, so we headed inside to eat. A great day full of eggs, easter baskets and lots of fun for the kiddo!

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Happy 2012!

First, because this child is so silly, I just have to share this one…

And because you can’t quite tell…she was standing up and throwing herself backwards into the pillows, post-shower while I was trying to clean up the bedroom. She is a riot!

Snuggle time on the couch with mama when she wasn't feeling well.

In other news – we are all recovering from a pretty nasty cold that has plagued us for the last 2 weeks. On Wednesday I started to notice her behavior take a change for the worse where she was screaming and very easily upset. I thought she just hadn’t slept well. Friday I finally called the doctor to get her in and my intuition was right! She has/had a nasty ear infection to go along with the cough, runny nose, etc. She’s been on antibiotics for the last several days and is doing much better now. 😀

Happy 2012!!! May this year bring happiness and joy to everyone’s lives!! Without going into to much detail, we are looking forward to more health successes for Madeleine and health for us as well! She is growing so much and changing every single day. We’re both really enjoying our jobs and are looking forward to continuing that success and have really enjoyed this time of year to spend as a family with loved ones and friends.

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From our Family to yours

Merry Christmas!

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“I see Santa Cause!”

Santaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

Some of you may remember 2009 or 2010 when we went to see Santa with Madeleine. She was still too young those years to verbalize who she was going to see, but this year she was thrilled. Ecstatic, even. Can’t you tell by the photo? Hahaha!

But in all honesty, she really was!! She kept talking about him that morning and how she was going to go see him and I thought maybe this year we’d get a smiling one. No such luck!! I chose the least upset of all of the photos for this year, if that gives you any indication of how upset she was.

We had to wait for them to print the photo, though, so we went to the grocery store nearby and got a snack for Madeleine and then went back. Of course then she was happy with Santa. She even went into the room and said “Bye bye Santa!” Haha! Of course. Of course she’s into it when we’re leaving. That’s my girl!! 😛

This was the same photo as previous years. I’m excited to have years of the same Santa in the photos to see the age progressions. So cool!

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