Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Happy 31st Chad

Last Friday was Chad's birthday and he turned 31. We didn't to anything fancy since we have 2 sick kids and no money but we had a nice time going out to dinner anyway. Sunday my grandparents invited us over for dinner and Chad requested Papa's tacos. He ate seven. We topped it all off with Grandma's famous chocolate cake. A special thanks to them for inviting us over and my mom and Devin for making the trip all the way to Fullerton.

Archer is recovering well and yesterday was the first time that he didn't need Tylenol every few hours. He is anxious for Jack's party and to get back to school. Della is improving everyday and she sat with no support for almost 5 seconds yesterday. It might not sound like much but if you count 5 seconds it is a fair amount of time! Still waiting for MRI and blood results and we have our appointment with the geneticist this Monday.

Our garden was thriving and I was so proud of my green thumb. I am not sure where I went wrong but the whole thing was taken over my aphids, ants, and mold. We do have 3 cantaloupes, about 12 ears of corn, carrots, a few strawberries, and some peppers. Our tomatoes are on their way out and our watermelon made it to the size of a softball before it died. Bummer. We ate the cantaloupe for FHE and we all thought it was great. Chad even made a trip to the store to get cottage cheese.

So all in all we are doing well. Getting a little stir crazy, but doing well. Enjoy the pics!


Pipe cleaners = hours of fun.

Hanging out in Della's bed.

August harvest.

Since Archer's surgery we have been spending a lot of time watching every Disney movie known to man several times a day. Chantel, you know what I am talking about. I had Della turned away from the TV in her exer-saucer but she was determined to watch "Toy Story" with us.

I know Della looks like she has jowls, but she has all over low muscle tone. Also, I can't get her to smile for the camera because of the orange light that flashes before the picture is taken. She instantly goes into investigative mode. Hence the facial expression.

Monday, August 13, 2007

That Was Intense

Archer had his adenoids and tonsils out last Friday and it has been an intense few days. As he was being wheeled off into surgery I could hear him down the hall saying "I love this race car bed! It is really cool!" I thought to myself "You have no idea what is about to happen and you are going to be so upset with me when this is over." I was right. We went back into recovery and I could hear Archer way before I could see him. He was hysterically crying while being held by an nurse who was trying to get him to drink some water. He was having none of that. I got him to settle down about 45 minutes after we got to recovery and from there we waited 2 hours to be released. Once home, Archer cried/slept most of the day. We were told that he would have a fever the first 24 hours but by Sunday we were getting worried. He wouldn't eat or drink and spent most of his time laying on the couch covered in sweat. Even getting him to take his pain medication was a huge ordeal that left us all exhausted. Finally we called the Dr. and during our conversation I discovered a slight miscommunication that had occurred at Archer's pre-op visit. He was supposed to be getting antibiotics for 3 weeks after the surgery and somehow I had not gotten the prescription (my personal opinion is that I never received it, but that is another story). The Dr. also told us that he Archer was to be drinking a minimum of 50 cc's of milk every hour. He wasn't consuming half that amount. The Dr. had given us a syringe and he told us that if Archer refused to eat or drink then we were to hold his arms back at a 45 degree angle and force the syringe into his mouth. Right. After threatening this torture to Archer he has struggled to drink more and I think we are on target to the 50 cc/hour. Today has been slightly better and hopefully he will continue to heal. We made a short video to thank everyone who has called, sent cards, and given him gifts. Archer has really appreciated it and we have too. A big thanks to Chad for handling Saturday all by his lonesome. I had traffic school for 8 hours and he did a great job of taking care of the kids. Warning to all who drive in Fullerton: The red light cameras on Chapman and Harbor work extremely well. When making a right on a red, be sure to stop a full 3 seconds or the else you will receive a picture of yourself driving through the intersection accompanied by a $403 ticket in the mail. To make matters worse, the picture is extremely not flattering. You have been warned.

If you can't understand what Archer is saying, it is because he is swollen and has a hard time talking.

Archer and his "balloon belt" that he refuses to untie from around his waist.

50 cc's of chocolate milk.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Little Einsteins Dance

We usually watch Little Einsteins in the morning while we finish getting ready for school. For some reason Archer dances for the entire duration of the opening song. He does this completely unprovoked every time we watch it. I caught it on film yesterday and I am posting it for all of you to see. Actually, this was my second attempt at filming it. The first time I was holding Della while trying to hold the camera and I didn't end up pushing record. Oops. So I put Della in her saucer and rewound the show in hopes that Archer would dance to it again. I didn't tell him that I was trying to record his performance so that he would be completely in his element. It worked!

A few side notes on the video. 1. Notice how he is constantly wiping his mouth with his hand. This is because of his drooling problem and the year and a half we have spent telling him to wipe his spit. I can't wait for this to be resolved with his surgery on Friday. 2. I like the "sprinkler" move in the middle of the dance. 3. I also like how he catches me filming him but continues to dance anyway. Sweet.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Of Course

Of course this happens on a day that Chad is out of town on a scout trip. Of course he is camping on the coast where there is no cell phone signal. It all started with (another) trip down to CHOC yesterday to take both Archer and Della to the pediatrician. As the Dr. was examining Archer's ears he made a startling discovery, something was inside ear canal. He let me sneak a peek and as soon as I saw it I knew exactly what it was...a piece of white wax from one of Della's ear plugs that mysteriously disappeared a few days ago. I instantly feel like an incompetent mother as if my sole purpose in life is to monitor what goes in my child's orifices as well as knowing the whereabouts of all choking hazards (anything that can fit into a toilet paper roll for those of you who are wondering). I called the ear/nose/throat Dr. who agreed to meet me at his office at 7 AM. So I woke up at 5, got the kids ready, dropped off Della at my grandparents at 6:15, and was at Dr. Camelon's by 6:50. He was able to successfully extract the ear plug and he discovered an ear both ears...with fluid that has solidified...of course. The next 4 hours were filled with x-rays, blood work, and a urine test (all in separate buildings). Archer is scheduled to have his tonsils and adenoids removed as well as tubes put in his ears next week. As the Dr. described the symptoms of someone who has enlarged adenoids and tonsils, I realized Archer had every single one. He has had a serious drooling problem since the day he was born, gagging, trouble swallowing, chewing food into a pulp and still not being able to swallow it, as well  chronic ear infections. AT LAST! Answers to the problems Archer has had for most of his short life. All the hours of occupational therapy, the worry, the frustration of a "picky" child could potentially all come to an end. Of course I am not that excited for my son to have surgery, but I am excited for potential solutions that it offers. All of these events transpired without Chad's knowledge because his phone wasn't working...of course. Archer's surgery the 10th of August. Side note- Della's MRI is on the 7th, so we have another busy week.

The giant tootsie roll that Papa and Grandma gave Archer.

The rest of the pictures were taken in various Dr.'s offices and CHOC:

PS Chad now knows about all that has been going on  and thankfully his cell phone works!