We hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We sure did and are still trying to put the house pack together!
Isn't the tissue always the most fun?
This is the Christmas present Ava made for us at preschool. It is an angel made from a pine cone. She was so excited and proud to give it to us. She had us open it before she even opened up any of her own from Santa (although she did inspect the doll house that he left unwrapped first)
We are soo excited to welcome little Delcia Marie to the family. She was born December 27 in the very early hours of the morning. We are just sad the she is so far away in Utah and we have to wait to see her. Delcia is the very first cousin for Ava and Elizabeth - and also our very first niece. I am so excited to be an aunt! Congratulations John and Janessa, we love you!
Elizabeth is sick again!!! It just started, runny nose yesterday, cough starting today. I can hope that this will just be an easy cough that will go away. I am so tired of taking her in to the doctor or worse to the ER (three trips so far this cold season). I am starting the breathing treatments and I guess will see what happens.
Elizabeth has a pattern that she follows: crabby at night for a few nights, we think it could be teeth or her ears- it never is. Then a runny nose followed up with a nasty cough that lasts for about two weeks. Here's hoping that we don't spend Christmas Eve in the ER!
The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting®, held annually the second Sunday in December, this year December 14, unites family and friends around the globe as they light candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause. As candles are lit at 7 p.m. local time, creating a virtual wave of light, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memories of children in a way that transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious, and political boundaries. Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the Worldwide Candle Lighting, a gift from TCF to the bereavement community, creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten.
We will be lighting a ours in memory of our friend's son Jack, almost 3, who died in October.
We had a nice Thanksgiving. Then it comes. First we thought, its just Elizabeth's reflux. Nothing new, we are used to vomit here! Then. . . it keeps coming. A stomach bug as hit us. Elizabeth was up vomiting all night long on Saturday. Matt, wonderful husband and father that he is, stayed up with her. I was felt sick (probably from the smell of being thrown-up on three times)and stayed in bed trying to sleep. Sunday is mostly normal (huge thanks to my mother-in-law who helped spray the whole house with lysol and bleach spray to ward off further spread), we had a great visit with our family here for a belated Thanksgiving. Later that night Matt is the second victim and Elizabeth's diarrhea starts. Matt is sick all night and I start to feel really sick around 5am. I spend Monday sick and in bed, just really really nauseous. Late Monday we notice that Ava has pink eye and her eye is all crusty! As of now, Matt is recovered, I feel mostly better, Elizabeth still has diarrhea, and Ava's eye has cleared up with some drops the doctor called in (no office visit requied!) she reamins untouched by the nasty bug. The worst must be over???
Elizabeth was born weighing just 1 pound and 3 ounces. She spent 109 days in the NICU; coming home one week before her due date. She spent a month a a ventilator, then moved toCPAP, and was on oxygen for 5 months. She had a PDA ligation, Grade 1 IVH, ROP laser surgery, multiple blood transfusions, and a sepsis infection.