Friday, March 30, 2007

At the Arboretum

My wonderful neighbor Anastacia called us up this morning and invited us to go to the Fullerton Arboretum. I think Jack and Archer had fun exploring, picking things, throwing things, etc. Here are the pictures from today.

There was this beautiful trellis that had wisteria growing on it. This picture is of the boys helping themselves to some oranges which we put a stop to rather quickly.

Jack with his working stick.

Bamboo Forest.

We had so much fun today and I am really going to miss our wonderful neighbors. Our boys are 2 weeks apart and our daughters are 4 weeks apart. It has been so comforting having a kindred spirit right down the street. We have been so blessed to have them in our lives and it is hard to imagine our neighborhood without them, however I know that they are doing what is best for their family. We will miss you.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Disneyland With Cousins

We took the kids to Disneyland yesterday and let them run around in the water. Seven kids and three adults, you can imagine the looks we got. We even had an older Disney employee count up all the kids and laugh that next year there would be one more. Or not. I think everyone had a good time...even Tristan. A special thanks to Amy and Allison for being so patient with Arhcer, even though he was in rare form towards the end.

Della wasn't that into being at Disneyland (upper left hand corner) however Jack was having a great time.

Tortilla Break.
Archer says that is enough love from Nathan.
Tyler wanted me to take his picture in the same spot that I had just taken of the boys, he even had me count just like I did with them.


Sunday, March 18, 2007

Cure Autsim Now

I am participating in a walk to benefit autism research on April 28th. My nephew Tyler has been diagnosed with autism and although I may not be able to help him in his day to day life, I can help by raising money for research. Please donate to this wonderful cause so that one day we can stop autism altogether. Whatever you can spare is enough to help. Tyler is such a sweet boy and when he smiles, he can light up an entire room. Please help. Here is the link.

Monday, March 12, 2007

She's Baaaaaaaack!

Aunt Anne has some friends who couldn't keep their Boston terrier anymore. She offered to ask if we could have it, and a few days later she brought the dog over. Archer has prayed for Maggie #1's return, and so we went with it. According to him, Maggie came home again. She is a really good dog ( Maggie #2 that is) trained, spayed, and extremely low key. Thanks Anne. As Allison called her, she is our Milagro Maggie.

It was 95 degrees today....

so we got out the slip n'slide! I think a good time was had by all although Tristan didn't feel so great and hung out in the house for awhile. Here are the pics.

Sometimes Archer struggles to keep his pants up.

Miss Della at 9 weeks.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

We received a statement from CHOC today. The total for Della's stay was $75,588.28. It was itemized and it was interesting to see how much things were, for instance, every day she was in the PICU was almost $7,000. That first day we weren't sure if she had been added to our insurance. I had done all the paperwork, but I never heard back from Blue Cross. Fortunately we have 'connections' and we were able to verify that Della was covered (thanks Allison). Since we probably hit our deductable with her delivery, we don't have to pay any of Della's hospital stay. Phew.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Just a Reminder...

Just a reminder of how serious Della's condition was. We have a friend named Cindy who works in the Neo-Natal ICU at St. Jude where we took Della to the ER before we were transferred to CHOC. While in the ER we had a respiratory nurse named Sally and as we talked to her we found out that she was also friends with Cindy. Last night Cindy told us that Sally sought her out at work and wanted to know if our baby lived or died. It puts it into perspective just how serious things were.

For those of you with babies, or who know people who have babies under 2 (especially newborns) please educate yourself about RSV. It has the symptoms of a cold but there are warning signs such as loss of appetite, lethargy, cough, inability to cry, and grunting with every breath. RSV can kill babies, but there is a vaccine offered and given every 30 days throughout the season which is November to March. Many don't know it is available, and this included myself until recently. This whole ordeal could have been avoided if we had just known.

Thanks again for all of the love and support that was offered to us. I can't tell you how much those things meant to me, especially after spending the night in a hospital watching monitors and worrying. Coming home and reading the e-mails and cards that were sent to us helped me to know that we weren't alone.