Tuesday, December 28, 2010
So as we were getting everything together to leave for a Christmas Eve party Benjamin came over to me and puked...and puked....and puked....and puked....And basically that is how our Christmas Eve went.
Gorgeous little Annabella was all dressed up in her first Christmas dress.....with nowhere to go.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
So their feeling was admit her immediately to have a feeding tube placed so the sooner she gains the sooner she can start therapy. We agreed to it because at this point it looked like the tube was inevitable and we might as well squeeze in another admittance before our deductible renews.
Of course she ate great while at the hospital. Here she is her last dinner before they put the tube in.
Climbing the folded stroller and checking out the plumbing...
Because the anatomy of the dummy is a bit limited the nurse told us that it wasn't actually too realistic of what it would be like to put the tube in Anna. So Cla being the brave, selfless guy he is volunteered to let me practice once on him!!! So here they are....both with their tubes in!!!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Monday, December 06, 2010
Outside my window... It is blustery, gray, and cold. I love it. Just add in some snow and it would be a perfect late Fall day!
I am thinking...About the kids. Ben and his seeming inability to potty train. There are few things in the world grosser than cleaning up a poopy accident. Anna had her first official weigh in post surgery. We were at the nutritionist this morning. She is 17lbs1oz which is an weight increase, but she also grew about an inch so she is still actually thinner. She has lost more ground and we were told she is categorized as "severly underweight". So it has been recommended that she start supplemental tbe feedings via a tube in her nose *sigh*
I am thankful for...Outstanding medical care.
From the learning rooms... We have only done table time a few times. Mostly because Ben hasn't been wanting to do it and at his age it is not worth pushing for. So we have been learning about this season of Advent and the Feast of St. Nicholas, and Christmas. We have been trying to learn about going on the potty. We are learning about manners. And that little brain is always churning!
From the kitchen...Lemon garlic chicken in the crockpot. St. Nicholas cocoa in our mugs. Candy canes and chocolate coins for snacks.
I am wearing... denim skirt and black shirt
I am going... to do some laundry. Do some knitting. Do some wrapping. Do some snuggling.
I am reading... Jane of Lantern Hill. I finally finished the Emily series and I feel like I have lost all my dear friends...having finished the Anne series, Little House series, Betsy Tacy series, and now the Emily series I have been acquainted with all of these dear girls intimately and now they are done and there is nothing left of them for me to read. I am heartbroken!
I am hoping... That Anna's feeding tube can be placed before Christmas and that it is not something that is going to drive her bananas or be too difficult for us to manage.
I am hearing...the TV on in the background. The kids are napping and I hate silence.
Around the house...We have discovered that we are too poor to finish finishing our basement. We will not have the money to put down carpeting right now. So once the spackling is done and I finish painting we are done for now. We are hoping that perhaps our tax return this year will be sufficient to pay for the carpeting, but not sure on that as we are being bombarded once again with heaps of medical bills.
One of my favorite things... Benjamin
A few plans for the rest of the week: Nothing much. Need to make some appts for Anna. Need to get my Christmas cards out. Wednesday is a holyday of obligation...so Mass.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing: Nothing in the world as beautiful as sibling love.
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Sunday, December 05, 2010
Father reads the story of St. Nicholas to the children and then once he finishes the story St. Nicholas sneaks in from the back to surprise all of the children.
And daddy took Anna up to get her gold coin.
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
This first Sunday we always break out our big nativity scene and assemble it. This year we kept things on the simple side and a bit smaller. No water falls, streams, ponds, or caves this year. But it still looks lovely.
This year Ben helped make design decisions and put a few things in place.