Friday, February 8, 2013

I have a few minutes to spare tonight, so I thought I would just give some updates on Ms. Gemma.

1. She crawls around the house like she owns the place!
2. She loves to play fetch with herself... ok, so part of me feels bad that she plays by herself, but she loves it! Gemma will pick up a ball, or small toy and throw it and then crawl as fast as she can, laughing, and go pick it up and do it again. Cracks me up!
3. She found the kitchen cabinets! uh, oh! We are in some trouble. This just happened yesterday while E was in the kitchen he opened up a bottom cabinet in front of her, and as soon as he left she opened it up and then slammed it shut! She did that for about 5 min before she realized there were things inside the cabinet to get. And now she crawls into the kitchen and tries to open up all the cabinets to see what is inside.
4. My favorite thing so far is that she now says DAD! Gemma has been saying dad, dada, and baba, for almost 2 weeks now. The best is when we wake up and she looks over at her daddy sleeping in bed and says "hi dad!" and she waves to him! :) omg, I don't think my smile could get any bigger. It is the sweetest thing in the world! :)  And today at my mom's Gemma was playing with a baby doll and kept pointing at it saying "baba! baba!"

Very exciting stuff here!

So, I think that my next post should be about my weight loss efforts, b/c I need to be accountable for myself! I know this is nothing new, and several of you are also blogging about this, but we need support ladies! :)  I think this might be my 4th post about trying to start a new weight loss program! lol I really need help! ha!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

For Grandpa

I've been away. I have tried to not go so long without blogging, but life gets in the way sometimes ya know? 
  I am dedicating this post to my grandfather. He passed away Jan 25th 2013. It wasn't sudden, actually we hadn't expected him to live as long as he did. He had been in a nursing home for about 2 years now suffering from Alzheimer's. He hasn't known who I am for at least 3 years. When we would visit him, before he went into the nursing home, and even a few months after, he would act very nice to us and smile and nod at things we would say and then after we left he would ask my grandma "who were those nice people?"  He never forgot my grandma. She was with him almost every day. He would hug and kiss her and tell all the nurses how much he loved her, and that she was his sweetie pie. :) It was really cute, and funny because my grandpa wasn't much for affection before that! He barely gave hugs and didn't express his feelings much at all. He forgot who my mom was, and she was his only child. I didn't visit as much as I should of, and in a way I'm glad I didn't see him when he got bad. He would go days without any visitors besides grandma, and he had no idea that no one had been there. It was a very sad way to see him go, and in the end he got pneumonia and slipped into a coma for 3 days before the Lord took him. And as sad as we all were to see him go, his passing wasn't filled with all sorrow. We loved him, and knew what an amazing man he was. Our faith I believe has been the greatest blessing on our family during this time.
  I have to tell you about what kind of man Grandpa was so you can understand. He was a mans man. Loved his fast cars, his boat (when he was much younger of course) his tools, and his tractor! And most of all loved Jesus. And that is not exaggerated. He was a very holy man, and everyone he came into contact with knew it.
  Grandpa came from a long line of preachers, but his own father and mother didn't raise their children up in any faith. When he met Grandma, he fell in love! He joined the army and told her that if they didn't get married right away he might get shipped off to Japan (this is during WWII) and get killed! lol so she said yes.. She was 17 and he was 19. She said he had a really nice car, and smile. ( I just love these old stories! ) They had my mom pretty quickly and unfortunately weren't able to have any more children. Grandma had come from a very Catholic family, and she was bound and determined to win him over. Every night Grandma would tell him that they had to have their lessons in Faith, and she would read to him till he fell asleep. A few years later, Grandpa joined the Church and never looked back. He became one of the best Catholics I have ever met in my life. He knew every prayer, every devotion, and was a huge supporter of EWTN, the Pro-Life movement, was a KofC. I'm not sure how to explain how amazing he was. Grandpa was quiet, and would only talk your ear off if you wanted to talk about cars, or Church! He was the most honest person I have ever come into contact with. And that is what everyone who knew him said. Grandpa was sweet, and kind, he loved Jesus and Mary with all his heart. He prayed the rosary every day, went to church every day. He was just amazing!
    Before he died, Grandma and mom put his brown scapular back on him. He wore it daily, but it had to be taken off while he was sick. And the amazing thing is that he died at 12:30 am on Friday and it is said that if you die wearing the Brown Scapular, Mary will bring you up from Purgatory the Saturday after you die.(  You can find the link here.  )  Knowing that, just made his passing that much easier. Grandma wanted him to be at peace, and not to be suffering anymore. But the thing is, that as a Catholic you view suffering much differently than other people do. We know that he was here hanging on for so long, suffering, for a reason. We know that God used his suffering to either help him shorten his time in Purgatory, or to pray for us, or something along those lines, but we know he didn't suffer in vain.
   The funeral was amazing and beautiful. Our entire family was involved in the services. My cousin Father Jason, was the celebrant. The servers were my brother and 2 nephews. The pallbearers were all the brother in laws. The vocalist was my other cousin. And during the prelude music we had the great-grandchildren bring up flowers and put them in vases next to Grandpa. There were 27 kids! :) The older ones carried up the babies and their flowers. It was beautiful. Of course seeing that is what brought on all the tears, but it was as happy as it was sad. If that makes sense. 
  At the grave site Grandpa was saluted by the Color Guard, and Taps was played, for his time spent in the service. And that brought on the tears! We know that Grandpa is in a better place. We know that he was a very holy man, and that if he is in purgatory we can pray for him, and knowing who he was, it's hard to think he could be there for long.



  I don't have a scanner to put pictures on here, so sorry for the poor quality.



Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tuesday Top Ten

Well, we have been having a little bit of a rough time around here recently. Poor miss Gemma has an ear infection, her first one ever!! And along with it, a cold and two more teeth coming in. That will be 8 teeth!~ This girl is getting them all out one after another. We just need a break!  So after 3 nights of no sleep and days of crying we are finally feeling better and getting some much needed rest.
    So I decided to make a top ten list of things that Gemma and I have done today, just so I have a record that I'm not in my pj's and Pinterest all day! well, maybe my pj's ;)
  
1. Gemma learned a word! All day she has been saying BUP, BUP!  Can my smile get any bigger right now!? lol She said it and I just started whoo whooing and clapping my hands like she is the smartest baby to have ever lived! :) It means up, butterfly, i want that, and pretty much everything right now. :)

2. I worked out! finally did my 20 min workout while Gemma was asleep
3. I showered! yay!
4. Washed all the pots and pans, and ran the dishwasher
5. Washed, sorted, and stuffed all the diapers. Yes we cloth diaper, and I love it!
6. Read 4 books to Gemma today.. She loves being read to. She will sit in my lap and pat the pictures as I read.
7. Gemma rocked on her rocking butterfly, and she patted the buttons to make it sing! She can't push down on it yet, but she showed me what she wanted! Amazing :)
8. I dusted the basement.. Well, just the tv stand. but hey, I still dusted something!

9. Gemma got to play with her food today. I gave her some oatmeal on her tray and just let her go wild with it! She loved trying to smear it around and then tried to eat it off her fingers.
10. Laughed and played and diapered, and nursed my baby all day long!

Well, this is my exciting life!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Biting Help

Yes, I have a biter!! NOOOOOO!!!!! How in the world did I get a biter? Miss Gemma is always smiling and happy, and she laughs and giggles at everything. And then she will smile and bite you as hard as she can. If I tell her no, she looks right at me and laughs! WTH??!
   My poor nephew who is only 3 months old got right in her way a few days ago. Gemma loves babies, every time she sees one she can't stop smiling and giggling, and tries to kiss them. :) It is so unbelievable cute, I can't help but to smile just thinking about it. But, as she was kissing, and kissing, and kissing her cousin... E and I kept telling my sister to watch out, b/c Gemma might bite him, and she said "oh, I'm not worried"... And then poor little Jack started screaming, and Gemma looked at me, she was so scared! We told her no, and that hurt Jack (yes we know she is 9 months and can't understand anything we are saying, but we had to do something) and then she laughed! OMG... sigh..
      Does anyone out there have any tips? We tell her NO with a firm voice and I touch her cheek and tell her No Bite! That's how I got her to stop biting my nipples, but now she just bites me on my shoulder, my foot, my legs, pretty much anywhere she can. We are playing and she will scoot over to me and bite my belly! And she always laughs after. I just don't know what to do. I don't want her to turn into one of those bad kids that everyone knows is a biter.
  I'm pretty sure she's not teething again. I mean she has 4 teeth on top now and 2 on the bottom, so there is just no way she could be getting more teeth in already, right? And I'm trying to figure out if she is biting for a certain reason ... tired, hungry, mad, ect. But so far there doesn't seem to be a pattern to it at all. I think she just likes it!
     Seriously any advice would be awesome, I don't know whats wrong with this girl!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Return of the Awesomeness!!!

Yeah, I said it... I'm awesome! lol I'm sure you all have been dying to hear from me, and now that I have come back, you can relax and enjoy life again! ( ; 
    Oh, to finally be back to blog land. I apologize for my long absence and behavior. I'll make this short and sweet, I was NOT with it!!! My hormones made me someone else, for a very long time. And getting my thyroid back in order has been not so easy. So, from the moment I got pregnant till about a month or so ago, I have just not been me. That's all I'm going to say about that right now.

  I have lots of updates on Ms Gemma. She is 9 months old right now, and oh so sweet! I think I'll make that another post.

Whats up with this weird blogger + thing? Not sure I want to go for that. 
 
I will be trying to catch up with all your blogs, and hopefully someone will actually read this!

I think I want to change the layout of my blog, and maybe the name of it? I mean, my life is changed shouldn't my blog? hmmmm... just a thought.

Anywho... I hope this finds you all well, and I can't wait to get back to blogging!!!

Good night!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Update

Thanks for the prayers. Gemma is great!
So, I was up all night before the MRI and luckily Gemma woke up on her own at 4am so I was able to nurse her before the cut off time. Then I was worried about getting her the pedialyte before 6:30 am, because she won't take a bottle. I kept trying to get Gemma to take the bottle and she flat out refused to take it! She would make the worst face when I would put the nipple in her mouth, if I wasn't worried about her getting enough to eat before the MRI it would have been funny. So I decided to try something else and put it in a cup and she drank it up! A lot of it went down her chin, but she drank enough to keep her hydrated. That was the first time she drank out of a cup!
    We got to the hospital right on time 8:30am. The nurses took her vitals and then we were told that she would not be getting general anesthesia, they would give her an oral form mixed in a cherry syrup that they give in a syringe. They had to squirt it in her cheeks, and I think she thought it was candy bc she had no problem swallowing that up. :). I can't tell you how relieved we were that they did not have to give her an iv. We were just not ready for that again. The only reaction she had to the drug, was that it made her very cranky right before she went to sleep. That was hard to see bc it really made her upset. She was screaming and crying and shaking for a few minutes, and then went to sleep. I got to stay with her during the MRI.
  When she woke up we were told she might be very cranky and feel woozy ect. But she woke up, ate and was in the best mood she had been in in a long time! She was cooing and smiling at everyone. It was such a relief to see her like that and not all upset like the last time.

 So now we get to the nurosurgeon. He walk in and says, there is nothing wrong with your child! Omg thanks be to God! There is a slight malformation of her spine, the base is blunt instead of elongated. If it were going to be a concern it would have already presented itself in the way her legs are shaped and in the strength of them. He checked her all over said nothing was out of place, we have nothing to worry about, and this will not cause any problems later in life.  The only thing we have to do next is see the urologist when she is a year old, besides continuing updates with her surgeon. That is to check to make sure we won't have any problems with potty training. That is another worry for another time. For now we are just so thankfull that her spine is not tetherd or any other issues.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Prayers for Gemma

Hey everyone, just asking for some prayers for tomorrow for Gemma. We have an MRI scheduled for tomorrow morning. It's a routine MRI for kids born with imperforate anus, usually around their 6 month. Gemma has the so called "easiest" form of IA, so there is only a 30% chance that something else could be wrong. She has already had all of her major organs checked and all came back normal. This is the last test. They are checking for a tetherd spinal cord. So far we haven't noticed any symptoms, and in fact Gemma is doing amazing, so we are pretty confident that nothing is wrong.  
    This is not as major as her surgery of course, but she does have to be sedated. That is scary. I have to stop nursing her at 4:30 am so I am sooo hoping that she wakes up on her own so I don't have to wake her up.  Imagine wanting your baby to wake you up at 4:30am!! Lol but I'm scared how she is going to react not being able to nurse. It not only feeds her, but it comforts her too. She's not going to understand what's going on. We can give her clear liquids until 6:30am. But she won't take a bottle since I've been home! So this will be interesting.
   I'm scared of how  she will react to all the strangers and watching them put her under sedation. She won't know what's happening or why. It's just bringing back all the concerns and memories of her surgery. It was horrible. She was in so much pain, it was horrible. I can't go through that again.

So please pray that there are no adverse reactions to the sedation and the MRI comes back normal.