Saturday, February 28, 2015

Project 52: February

I'm telling ya... taking a one picture a week is so much easier than a picture a day.

Actually, I've just been taking pictures like normal. I pull out my camera whenever inspiration hits or whenever a kid is doing something cute or important. Then, at the end of the week, I pick one picture to represent our week.

Easy peasy.

Here's what February looked like at our house:

It was a fun month full of flowers, love, snow, and outdoor play. Couldn't ask for a better one!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

And here's our SNOW!

Well, it looks like our Winter took a long time to get here. It's almost March for crying out loud! Yet, we'll happily take snow any time. As long as it's 70 degrees the next day :)

Our first snow fall was disappointing. It was just a dusting; hardly any more than that. Of course school was cancelled. We live in South Carolina, after all.

I'm so glad we were able to get Jayce outside for it. He doesn't really care for snow, or outside, much at all.  He was determined to get a good snowball to throw at his big sister. Unfortunately, the snow wasn't good snow for packing.

Jocelyn loved the snow... for all of 15 minutes. Then she was cold. And wet. And cold. And she fell down. At least I got some smiling pictures before she complained!

Jayce might not have gotten enough snow for a snowball, but Jaina cheated and took a bunch of snow off the trampoline to attack Jayce with.

That's her look of satisfaction right there :)

By Wednesday morning our kids were back at school with no snow in sight. We battened down the hatches and prepared for "one of the worst winter storms in South Carolina History". Every meterologist on every news station predicted our area would get a minimum of 4 inches, but more likely we'd get up to 8 inches.

The snow fall started around 6 PM on Wednesday night. Big beautiful wet flakes! The sun was already set so it was hard to see outside. We couldn't wait to wake up to inches of fluffy snow in the morning!!!

Um, yeah...

We got 2 inches. Most of our county got a dusting. Some areas got nada. It was so disappointing. I blame our governor, who I believe jinxed us all by prematurely declared our area a state of emergency.

Jocelyn liked this snow much better. First of all, the sun was out and it was pretty warm. She also appreciated the fact that there were no snowflakes falling in her face this time.

There was just enough snow for a Snowman.  I let Brian handle that. He's good at making snowmen.

We named him Olaf. And then someone insisted that we go inside right away and watch Frozen. Yes, we pride ourselves on originality.

And, just like that, our snow is gone. School is back on for tomorrow. I heard a rumor its going to be 70 degrees next week. Now, that's the kind of weather *I* like.

Monday, February 23, 2015

8 Inches

I almost bestowed the title "Hair today, gone tomorrow" on this post but thought better of it at the last minute. I suck at thinking of post titles, but really... I know I don't suck *that* badly :)

So, my sweet 12 year old middle schooler, who has been growing her hair out for the past few years, started asking me when I could take her to get her hair cut.

I thought it was a passing fancy so I pretty much just put her off.

After a full month of pestering, I figured she probably really was ready.

Jaina wanted to get her hair cut because she realized that l-o-n-g hair was a pain in the butt to style. And lately, she's really been into blow drying, straightening, and curling her hair.

I thought it was a very mature decision. She looked online for some hair length inspiration. I asked her if she'd be willing to donate at least 8 inches for the Pantene program. At first, she was scared to cut off so much length. Then I got the measuring tape out and showed her exactly how long 8 inches was.
(Ugh, just realized those pictures are on HER phone, not mine).

I called our salon to schedule an appointment for her last Thursday. She unexpectedly didn't have choir practice AND it was an afternoon that my mom was coming over anyway to hang out with Jayce and Jocelyn. Perfect!

Our favorite stylist was out sick so Jaina opted for a $7.99 cut at Great Clips. I figured that they couldn't really mess up cutting a pony tail off :)

Before we went, I took Jaina's picture one last time of her with long hair.

Getting this child to settle down for a picture is about impossible! Just see...

I now just threaten to post the outtakes on instagram and tag her in them in order to get her to cooperate :) Well, candy bribes don't work as well as they do for Jocelyn!

And now, here is the after :)

Um, yeah... no one told me she was going to go in looking like a 12 year old and come out looking like a TEENAGER!

The wind was crazy when we got home so I'll have to get better pictures of her new cut some other time :)

She absolutely loves it, though. She has gotten nothing but compliments, too, so I know that makes her feel good. She loves how healthy her ends are. She loves how easy it is to wash and brush it now. Its so tangle free! She can dry and straighten it in record time.

Who knows where she'll go on her hair journey next :) I still want to take her to an actual salon in order to get it shaped up and add some layers. She's excited about all the possibilities!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Happy Birthday Jami

We were supposed to go down to Tucker for Christmas two months ago. Instead, I got four new tires.

Then we were supposed to go down to Tucker for my dad's birthday on January 13th. Instead, my dad and stepmom got sick.

We were determined to make a visit work for my little sister's 25th birthday this past weekend.

I'm happy to say we were successful :)

We enjoyed a nice relaxing weekend with my parents and sister. My stepmom cooked spaghetti, my dad grilled hamburgers, and we ordered pizza one night. My kids were in heaven.

The dogs were in heaven, too. Supposedly their favorite food is pizza.

Jocelyn thought it was a great time to play outside. Mommy was freezing. Also, excuse her fashion choices. It was Valentine's day and I wanted her to wear her heart shirt. She agreed, but only with the condition that she leave her "jake the dog/ simba the lion" tights on. Whatever.

The only snafu of the whole weekend came when Jocelyn told Aunt Jami what kind of cake we picked out for her birthday. Three year olds are horrible secret keepers.

Jayce played Minecraft on the downstairs computer almost the entire time. He stopped long enough to watch The Lion King with us on Friday night, but that was about it.

He also brought his ipod, tablet, and DSi with him. Eh, that's what weekends at Grandpa's house are for.

I also made him take pictures with Grandpa and Aunt Jami. Jaina was pouting during this time (I can't remember. It was stupid 12 year old drama) so she refused to be in pictures.

Jaina perked up when we went out side to take pictures of Jami and her dog buddy.

Jaina had brought her "curl secret" hair tool to try out on aunt Jami.

Happy 25th Birthday Jami! Way to go making your big sister feel old! :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ice Isn't Nice. We wanted Snow.

We had about 5 minutes of actual snowflakes followed by about 6 hours of sleet and freezing rain.

You can imagine what kind of scene we woke up to.

And I love how Northern transplants love to say that they can still drive here in inclement weather. Yes, I do believe your chained tires and 4 wheel drive *can* drive in snow. But ice? Nobody can drive on ice. And we just simply don't have enough trucks to pre-treat all the roads here. Ice pretty much blocks people in.

Jocelyn insisted that our ice covered yard really was snow. And she wanted to "play" in it. I let my kids get bundled up and walk carefully down the back deck steps. Jaina fell on the bottom step but luckily didn't get hurt.

I really hope this isn't the last of our "winter weather". I'd like one good snow please. Then it can immediately be Spring :)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day 2015

I love Valentine's Day!

My husband hates it.

I'm not gonna lie... I love getting presents. Its totally my love language. I love the thought and effort behind it as much as the physical object.

Brian's love language is NOT getting presents. It would be me cleaning the house for him or something similar.

So, every Valentine's day, I expect flowers and candy and a nice dinner out. Brian hopes that I don't expect anything.

I don't get him a gift because he doesn't want one. Nor would he appreciate it. He really doesn't like to celebrate any holidays except Halloween and 4th of July. Maybe I should start buying him presents for those holidays?

Anyway, thanks to Amazon Prime (totally loving our membership btw), I did indeed get my flowers and chocolate. And early, too!

I love tulips :)

The day that these came in the mail is the same day Jayce came home from school freaking out about his class valentine cards.

See, he's in 4th grade. If he were attending the Intermediate school, he wouldn't be exchanging cards. However, he attends an elementary school instead. And he found out two days before his class party that they were indeed exchanging valentine's.

I showed him some examples online and he picked this design:

which we then made into a card:

He then proceeded to handwrite a personal note to each of his classmates on the back.

When we attended his party two days later, his teacher told us how much that meant to all his friends.

We also made cookies to share with our friends that came over that day.

A few days later, it was actually Valentine's day. The kids and I were in Atlanta visiting my parents (more to come on that!) but I at least got Jocelyn to wear her heart shirt. Ignore the tights that do not match! You pick your battles with a newly 3 year old :)

All in all it was a good Valentine's Day.

I'm still awaiting my fancy meal with my husband :)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Night at the ER

In 2003, Jaina was admitted to the hospital for dehydration thanks to a stomach virus. Soon after that hospital visit, I had to take her to the ER for a tear in her cornea. Um, yeah. Its not good when your toddler's eye bleeds, just FYI.

Jayce's ER visit came when he was 6 and he broke his arm at Greek Fest. He was such a trooper, that kid. Luckily, it was just a buckle fracture and didn't require a cast. Just a sling.

Last Saturday, it was Jocelyn's turn. (Really, I could have done without her reaching this particular milestone).

On Saturday morning, she complained that her vagina hurt and she didn't want the "pee pees to come out". She woke up from her nap at 4:30 completely dry and started crying that it hurt. She peed a little upon waking but not much. She kept clutching her crotch and crying. Then she started writhing in pain and screaming "OW! IT HURTS!". I took her to the Immediate Care in town. We got there at 5:15. They close at 5. Minute Clinic and Doctor's care closed at 5, too. Pediatric Evening clinic isn't open on Saturdays anymore. By this time, she had been crying for a solid hour. I took her to the ER.

They had to cath her for a urine sample. It wasn't nearly as traumatic as I thought it would be. They got SO much urine out. This was around 6 PM by this time. Her urine culture was negative for a UTI. They took blood (much more traumatic). It did not show evidence of any kind of bacterial or viral infection. The doctor did say that she was very red and irritated around her vulva and labia and that she most likely had a yeast infection.

She cried until they brought her some topical lidocaine for her diaper area. She felt better after that and went to sleep. Her urine showed dehydration (along with dry skin and chapped lips and flaming red cheeks) so they hooked her up to an IV. That wasn't fun, either. But she said she felt better 30 minutes after fluids.

However, the doctor heard something in her chest when he listened with his stethoscope. He sent in the respiratory therapist, who also heard a "crackle". She gave Jocelyn a breathing treatment and then sent her for a chest x-ray. Brian got there in time to help with the chest x-ray.

Chest x-ray showed reactive airways but was negative for pneumonia. We continued to give her fluids while she slept.

The ER doc came back in and said that if she could drink by mouth, he'd send us home. He also ordered a bladder scan to make sure she wasn't holding an unusual amount. The scan came back fine and she drank 3 oz of milk. We got home at 11:00 PM.

We expected a baby that received IV fluids to have a soaking wet diaper when she woke up.


Yet, she was happy and playing and wasn't in pain anymore.

I was pumping her full of fluids. Popsicles, soda, lemonade, milk, water... whatever she wanted. Brian even went and got her a Baja Blast Frozen drink from Taco Bell.

Still, nothing.

We ended up waiting 25 hours for her to pee. I was *this* close to taking her back to the ER. I have never been so happy to see pee in my life.

Yes, that would be FOURTEEN ounces of urine my 3 year old toddler was holding. I mean,damn.

I didn't think that was normal so I took her for a follow up pediatrician visit on Monday. Our doctor received all the ER reports from the hospital. This is her theory:

- Jocelyn got an external infection (most likely vulva vaginitis) from wiping with tissues and toilet paper during potty training.
- It then made it burn when she peed.
- This caused her to hold her pee.
-Holding her pee made her bladder swollen and spasm.
-Then when she tried to pee, she couldn't go.

Vicious cycle :( My poor baby :(

I'm happy to announce that she is all better now. Baking soda baths, no soap whatsoever down there, wiping with soft terry cloth washclothes, and some external yeast cream has cleared her right up.

And she's back to peeing in the potty. Totally her decision :)

Let's put this ER visit in the blog and then forget that it ever happened. And never do it again!