Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Nine months in. . .

nine months out!

Curtis's biggest news is that he's starting to scoot all over the place. I'll try to get some video up soon. It's too cute. (At least this momma thinks so).

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Somebody had a birthday this week!

We celebrated Andy's 31 years of life and are 
thankful for each day with him. 

Happy Birthday to an a wonderful husband and father.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

As promised. . .

I took some pictures of Curtis!

Eight months seems to be my magic age to get nice portraits of my kids.

It was a warm afternoon, Graydon was sleeping, Bella wanted to play outside, Curtis was in a good mood, etc. I decided to go for it. If this had been more planned, Curtis would have been wearing a nicer outfit. But since this was spontaneous and all of Curtis's clothes were in the bedroom where Graydon was sleeping, we had to make do. Such is the life of the third child.

I'm hoping to open up an Etsy shop in the next few months to sell crochet hats that I make. The money I make will go into our Disney World fund. Anyway, I wanted to get some photos of a couple of the hats. They are actually more Graydon-size hats, but he is less than cooperative with the camera lately (always).

Curtis isn't exactly mobile yet, so he really doesn't have a choice.

Doesn't he look like he's about to jump out from behind the tree to sneak attack someone with that stick.

You wouldn't believe the time I had trying to keep grass/dirt/twigs out of his mouth.

Two days later, I put up a black sheet in the kitchen to get these shots.

And here are my other two babies when they were eight months old.

Bella's was taken at JC Penney and Graydon at Portrait Innovations. 

I'm just as pleased with mine. 

And I love how much money I saved!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Artists at work

This is all I have for photos this week. Sorry. I seem to have gotten out of the habit. I'll try to do better. I really want to get some nice photos taken of Curtis. Now that I've said it here, hopefully that will help keep me accountable to actually doing it.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

T & A

That's the doctor code for the procedure that Bella had done last week. Tonsil & Adenoid Removal. That's what Bella was in for. Her tonsils and adenoids were extremely swollen; negatively impacting her breathing - especially at night.

Here she is just before the surgery.

She's smiling in this picture. And I think it's the last smile that I saw for days.

When they took us back there, Bella got dressed in this get-up, chose a little toy (stuffed pink pig), and was given a cup of "silly juice".  There was something in the juice that was supposed to relax Bella prior to the procedure.  Based on its name, I thought it was going to make Bella act all goofy.  Unfortunately, it didn't seem to work for her.  She was just plain scared.  Her tears broke my heart and I kind of lost it a little when they wheeled her away.

After about an hour in the waiting room, they called us back.  The procedure was done.  She was in the recovery room and just waking up.  Again, this was not pleasant for her.  There were more tears in her eyes and she kept saying, "I want to go home."  She was also in a lot of pain at this point, so they added some morphine into her IV.  Within minutes, she was back to sleep.  We spent another two hours in the recovery area before being discharged.

That evening was not fun.  Bella did not want to take her pain meds.  We literally had to chase her and pin her down to give them to her.  Oh boy.  We also couldn't get her to drink anything - which was bad since we didn't want her to get dehydrated. 

The next few days were up and down.  She made her bed on the couch and took a lot of naps.

Meanwhile, my mom was in town to help out with everything. I managed to let a whole week go by without getting any pictures of her with the kids. Big bummer. Graydon had so much fun with "Gah-Ma". He was her little shadow. She has been gone for five days and he still asks me "Where Gah-Ma!" I know that he's going to be thrilled to see her again.

Monday morning rolled around and Bella was starting to perk up. This was now six days after the procedure. She wanted to go to school and we let her. This was the last day that she took any pain medicine.

She seems to be feeling much better now. She's eating and drinking just fine. I'm so glad to have my happy Bella back!

And she is breathing so much better!