Sunday, May 24, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Yesterday we celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary. Daddy got the day off of work and we decided to start our day by taking the girls to a local zoo. It was a perfect day...the sun was shining and it was nice and warm. Peanut had so much fun seeing all of the animals. Pumpkin spent most of the zoo trip sound asleep in her stroller. Here are some fun pics from our trip.

As it was hot and around lunch time, many of the animals were snoozing. The white Siberian Tiger was laying on his back right by the window. Peanut got such a kick out of that since that is how our own cat sleeps at home.
Zoo Trip
She was not too sure about the goats. She would touch them quickly and then just watch them. Maybe it was because she saw a goat run into a little boy and make him cry.
Zoo Trip
She got to ride a pony again, but this can't be a pony. It has to be a horse that my teeny tiny little girl was riding. I couldn't believe how little she looked sitting on it but she was so brave!
Zoo Trip

I love this picture of her looking through the fence at the flamingos.
Zoo Trip
Pumpkin did wake up a bit around lunch time. Make sure you check out that little romper she has on. I have waited and waited for a good warm day for her to wear it on. Finally! I love it!
Zoo Trip Zoo Trip
Daddy took Peanut on a train ride which she really enjoyed.
Zoo Trip
We also took in the new Butterfly House. It was really neat to have butterflies flying all around. There were some gorgeous ones to look at.

Zoo Trip Zoo Trip
What a fun time together.
Zoo Trip Zoo Trip Zoo Trip
After the zoo, we headed to Dobbie's house. She watched both of the girls so we could have a nice supper together. Daddy took me to a very nice restaurant on a local lake. We had a 3 hour window to be away from Pumpkin and used each minute wisely. :) We made it back before she was starving. Thank you Dobbie!
Oh Dobbie! Papa and Pumpkin
Happy Anniversary Honey!
Happy 11th Anniversary

Friday, May 22, 2009

This and That

Here are some fun pics from our week...
Too Cute

Queen of the Mountain Queen of the Mountain
Marshmallow Face Big Bite
Funny Story...This week Peanut was playing with one of those plastic storage bins and it fell over. She couldn't get it turned back over and said, "Mom, I fwustated (frustrated)." I tell her when she gets upset about not being able to do something, "Don't get frustrated, ask for help." She learned just from that what it means to be frustrated and when to use that word in the correct context. Wow!

And a video of our little dancer....


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

UpDate On Friend

Sorry that I haven't updated on my friend.  I have lots to tell you!  She was moved to a top rehab center in Chicago last Thursday.  Since there she has started walking the length of the parallel bars, is able to talk in a whisper, and has started eating regular soft foods that are chopped up.   She is meeting with therapists on a regular basis daily.  Her family continues to see huge improvements in her!

They are working on getting her to use her right side more, speaking in more than a whisper, holding her head up high, and standing with her heel down on the floor.

Friends and family are also putting together a Port-a-Pit Chicken benefit for June 6 and 7.  I will share the details of this benefit when I know them.  

Keep praying!

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Sailor Dress

This is a picture of Peanut when she was almost 4 months old in a dress that I had found for her before she was born. I fell in love with it instantly. I even asked Dobbie if she could make it into a romper if we had a boy instead of a girl. I remember thinking pretty soon after she was born, "Yeah, we get to use that dress now." But she was so little for so long that it didn't fit her until November! I remember we had a warm up in weather one weekend and she got to wear the dress. This is one of my favorite pictures of her too, so it is a win win for Mommy. :)

This past weekend I put Pumpkin in the same dress and got such a kick out of the difference in these two little people. Pumpkin certainly still looks like a newborn in the dress while Peanut was already looking like an older baby. Pumpkin fits the dress at just 7 weeks old while Peanut was 4 months old! There is a bit of difference in their sizes.

Ok...are you ready for this? Do you need your heart warmed? Do you need to smile today? Well I have two little pictures that will add some joy to your day really fast. Oh, how I love capturing that precious little smile. That is quite a task with the fun delay our camera has.
Sweetness Sweetness
I better go...I hear that sweet little girl waking up from her nap. That is the same sweet little girl who was up every 2 hours last night. So sweet! :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Picture Heavy

We had a very busy week this past week. Peanut is completely worn out from a lack of napping and late nights. Tomorrow is REST day. I have some super cute pics to share with you, so let's get started...
A friend of mine and I took the girls to a beautiful garden to take some pictures of them together this week. Most of the pictures are of Peanut with her arm wrapped around Pumpkin's neck, smothering her with kisses. :) They did super well and we did get some cute ones.
Picture Day Picture Day

Picture Day Picture Day
There are a few more on our flickr page.

We also helped Gigi plant his garden. Peanut got to help and was loving the dirt! She helped plant some of the starts that she and Daddy planted as seeds together a few weeks ago. We will plant the rest of her starts in Dobbie and Papa's greenhouse soon. On her gardening day she found many worms and had alot fun of playing with them.
Garden Planting Garden Planting
Garden Planting Garden Planting

Here is Peanut talking about her worms...

After gardening we had a hot dog and marshmallow roast. Peanut really enjoyed the fruits of this labor.
Hot Dog Roast Hot Dog Roast
Pumpkin on the other hand spent the time resting.

The girls got to enjoy the last days of preschool with me. We took in picnics with the classes and some fun playtime at the park. Peanut also got to go on her first pony ride. One of our preschool teachers had her hubby come and bring their pony. The kids had a ball with this as did Peanut! She did so well. She wasn't scared a bit!
Pony Ride

And here are pictures of sweet Pumpkin smiling. Oh how it makes my heart smile to see that little face just light up in a smile. Someone told me that she has merry eyes...I would have to agree. Her little eyes go into these adorable crescent moon shapes when that smile appears. Soooo sweet!
Smile Smile

And a quick funny Peanut story...
When we went to the cemetary with Gigi last Sunday, he was getting Peanut out of the van and called her Pumpkin. She quickly corrected him and said, "I'm Peanut, she's Pumpkin," pointing to her baby sister! She keeps us all straight on things. :)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day

Pretty in Pink
Pumpkin is still very congested. Poor thing! I sure hope this clears up soon because I know it is driving her nuts. Last night was her first night to sleep in her crib. She did well although she was up every 2 1/2 hours to eat. If you think of us and remember to say a prayer, can you please pray that she starts sleeping in longer stretches at night? I really am trying to enjoy each day as it is presented to me and not wish this time away, but it is so hard when I am so tired. We've had a few nights where she has slept a good stretch but not for a while. That is probably due to her congestion, I hope!
Pretty in Pink
I had a good Mother's Day except that Daddy had to work. We missed being with him. I'm sure there would have been breakfast in bed and a long, leisurely nap for me had he been home. :) Instead I took the girls to church and spent the rest of the day at Gigi's house. My plan was to get a nap in at his house, but it wasn't to be. Oh well, I tried. (I did get a very nice pair of slippers and a toaster/broiler oven from my family for Mother's Day on Friday. Thank you Daddy!)
Keeping Warm
We did go to the cemetery to visit Mimi's grave. The headstone that we had picked out last fall had just been put up so it was our first time to see it. I had picked out two roses for Peanut to put by her grave from her and Pumpkin. I told her it was a special place for us to visit to remember Mimi. This Mother's Day was really hard for me as it drew near. I have been missing Mom so much since Pumpkin's birth. It almost feels at times as if I am grieving her all over again. I really wish she was here.
Mimi's Grave
There is not much else to share...still trying to make this transition from one to two children. Some days we do just fine, others...well we don't do so well. I guess that is normal. Dobbie and Papa have been gone for the past week and boy do I miss them. I can't wait for them to be back. Dobbie is a wonderful help to me and shopping buddy. :) I don't venture out too much without her help yet.
A funny story...I attended a Mom's group this past Thursday. The woman in charge of childcare must have sang "If You're Happy and You Know It" with the kids because all the rest of the day I heard Peanut singing, "If you're happy in your NOSE, tap your hands. Tap, Tap!" :) Oh she makes my heart smile! I have been asking her to sing it to me over and over the past few days and actually heard her sing it the correct way a few times. I quickly remind her that the words are, "If you're happy in your nose...!" I love hearing her sing it that way.
Play House
Oh and yes, the lion is still taking up residence with us. This morning we made up a story about the lion and our cat, Arthur having a party during the night. Peanut thought they were dancing at the party and drinking water. :) After the party, the lion and Arthur had some coffee. Then the lion fell asleep on our couch and we found him snoring when we came down this morning. She had fun trying to wake the lion up from his deep slumber. :)
Pretty in Pink
Hope all you Mamas had a great Mother's Day!


Saturday, May 9 from her Mom

"She will be having a stomach peg put in this morning between 07:30 & 09:00. This will allow them to remove the feeding line from her nose and will make her much more comfortable. They can then feed her directly through her stomach. They are concerned that her swallowing ability at this point would not allow for enough food to keep her stong and healthy."
That procedure went really well!

Sunday, May 10 from her Mom
"Today has been a wonderful Mother's Day.

She continues to surprise us all with her responses and healing. The GI doctor and her family physician were both here today, and both are so pleased with how well she is doing. She makes my heart smile.

She will be moving in the next couple of days to an acute care facility here in town, as she is well enough to move on to the next phase of her recovery and restoration. She will be there for 2-6 weeks approximately while the doctors and therapists are determining the next plan of therapy for her. What a strong girl! What a determined girl!"

Friday, May 08, 2009

Even More Good News

From her mom today at 2:44 p.m.
"She has graduated out of the ICU to the 7th floor Stroke Unit!"

At 7:56 p.m.
"*Boy....what a day! What a glorious day. She has settled in the room (stroke unit). She was sitting in a chair most of the afternoon, and they have just put her to bed and have her settled in. She went right to sleep.
*Her hubby was visiting her this afternoon, and as he left he flashed her the love you sign (thumb, index finger, and pinkie....She does this to the children all the time)......SHE GAVE HIM THE LOVE YOU SIGN BACK! He cried."

What a glorious and awesome Lord we serve!  Thank you Jesus!  Keep praying!!!!

Excellent News

From her mom this morning at 8:24 a.m.

"The neurosurgeon is very pleased with her reaction to being off the vent.  The nurses, (with the aid of a lift) have her sitting in a chair for the first time. Continuing to make a step forward every day. They will continue to monitor her breathing and coughing today, and she will be seen by the therapists (speech, occuptational and physical) again today for further assessments.  Last night she tried to untie her sisteri's sweater (the ends knot in the front), so we are seeing new movements every day."

Thursday, May 07, 2009

A Few New and Great Updates

These are updates from her Mom from today....

From 5/7/09 at 7:01 a.m.

"She has just returned to her room from having a CT scan. I will be able to go see her in about 5 minutes when they have her settled. The doctors, both the pulmonologist and the neurosurgeon, should be in between 9-10 am, so will know more of the plans for the day then.

I checked on her around 2am and she was resting. I checked on her around 4am and her eyes were open, and she seemed to be somewhat irritated with the breathing tube. That is a great sign. Although we certainly don't like to see her upset, being aware or uncomfortable is a great sign of awakening brain function and coming further out of the coma. Praise God!"

From 5/7/09 at 8:38 a.m.

The neurosurgeon and the pulmonology resident have been in to see her this morning. The neurosurgeon indicated there was "slight improvment" (he usually says, "slight change" and this is the first time I have heard him say improvement) in the CT scan, and he is probably prefering that the trachea and feeding tubes be put in for the short term future as a precautionary measure. That determination will be made by the pulmonologist later this morning.

From 5/7/09 at 1:14 p.m.


She has oxygen through a tube in her nose to help make the transition and to make sure her levels remain constant while they are monitoring the level of her breathing. They will assess when/if to put in the trachea tube as the day progresses.

The speech therapist was in earlier today and did note that she is seeing improvement in her responses. Now that the breathing tube is out, they will be able to determine her swallowing abilites.

Today is airway assessment day.....tomorrow is feeding tube assessment day."

We serve an amazing God!!!!  It's not over yet...but these are awesome updates, aren't they!!!!  Wow!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009


"She remains stable. They will be removing the breathing tube Thursday morning. They have turned the ventilator to 0, so she is doing all the breathing on her own. WAY TO GO GIRLIE! They are leaving it in another day to help remove secretions to avoid any pneumonia or infections in the lungs. They will then put in a trachea tube to help keep her airway clear. The plans are to also do another CT scan tomorrow.The doctors and nurses are so pleased that throughout all of this her heart rate and blood pressure have remained very stable and the numbers are within the range of a young healthy woman."


Sweet Dreams
Poor little Pumpkin has now caught the despised cold. She is so congested and having a very difficult time sleeping and nursing. We saw the doctor on Monday and he gave us some medicine to help with the congestion. I sure hope her cold doesn't hang on like Peanut's has. Just when I think Peanut is fine, it strikes back with a vengeance. We have a vaporizer constantly running in our house right now and the smell of Vick's Vapor Rub (for Peanut). Someday we'll all be healthy again.
Sweet Baby
I did take Pumpkin to see the doctor on Monday for her one month well baby check-up except that she wasn't a well baby. She is now 22 1/2 inches long and 10 lb. 10 oz.!!! She has gained 3 lb. in one month! That is just craziness to me because Peanut was so tiny for soooo long. Pumpkin just looks so big to me already...although everyone else thinks she is so small. Ha! Comparing her to what she was a few weeks ago and to what Peanut was like, sh e is getting big.
Sweet Baby
She is starting to smile alot. Her favorite things to smile at are trees and fluorescent lights. She seems to love hearing her big sister's voice and turns her head to find her. Her big sister LOVES to rub her head and smooch on her...that would be why Pumpkin is currently sick.
Peanut has really started to use her imagination. The other day I was in the bathroom getting ready and she came running in and told me there was a lion in her bedroom. She would run to see it and come running back giggling. I told her it probably stopped by to have "toffee" (as she says coffee) with our cat. Today she again pointed out to me several lions who were hanging around. I asked what they were doing and she said, "Eating." I asked what they were eating and she said, "Worms." So fun! I have promised to take her to the zoo soon so she can see the lions who live there very soon.
Making Pizza
I do have to share some funny thing with you. Last night when we were brushing teeth she asked me to put the "poop-paste" on her toothbrush. A few weeks ago after breakfast Daddy was rubbing his belly and she asked, "Daddy have baby in his tummy?" Then this week she asked Dobbie and Daddy if they had milk for babies like Mommy does...she also asked if she did. She is learning. Ha! Dobbie said, "If only Daddy did for those 3 a.m. feedings!" Ha!!!
Her memory is astounding to us. She remembers the craziest little things. She will randomly tell us who bought her something after months and months have passed. She is one smart little cookie, so we will certainly have to be careful what we say in front of her.

Dobbie Time Grandpa Time
We finally were able to have a play date with some special friends a week ago. We had planned several only to have to cancel because someone was sick. I think we are all sick of being sick! When I ask Peanut who a friend of hers is she always answers that her friend is this little girl. We are very thankful for friends.
Dobbie has been VERY busy making some new quilts for the girls and their cousins. Cora's "tilt"
(as she says quilt) was finished this past week. Dobbie dropped it off for her to enjoy. She loves it as you can tell from the next pictures. I think it is absolutely precious! Thank you Dobbie, so much!
New Quilt New Quilt
New Quilt
And to close...some cute pics of Pumpkin!

Sweet Baby Sweet Baby

Sweet Baby