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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Another Halloween Header Picture

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

What do you think of this new Halloween header picture?? Which one do you like better, this one or the first one with the black background?




Can you guess why we chose a Kangaroo costume for this year??
M
PS. More Halloween pics to come=)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

SNOW!!!!

I can't believe we had our first snowfall today!! It was so pretty looking out the window and seeing these huge flakes falling down from the heavens! WE LOVE SNOW...except when we going sledding down the big hill in our backyard and pop out our shoulder...right honey??? Hopefully that won't ever happen again!!

Here are some pics I took this morning...it was fun while it lasted, but it was pretty much all gone by noon:( But it sure was beautiful while it lasted!!







Here is a video of the beautiful snowfall. We hope it brings a little light to your day like it did to ours=)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Cousin's Are Funny: )

While on vacation, we picked up my niece's from school and they were so excited to see us! They were making Lil' Chris laugh almost the whole way home. Here are some video's of him laughing hysterically at his cousin doing something weird that she just made up. He thought is was so funny, that he had to give it a try. Now, whenever we are out and he sees another kid, he has to do it. My husband and I just crack up, b/c it is so cute. It's like he thinks he's doing something cool with the big kids:)





We were at a restaurant the other night and there were some kids sitting behind us, so he thought he would show them how cool he is:) I think the whole restaurant was laughing. (sorry the video is bad and makes a weird noise, it was from my cell phone, you may be able to see it, but not hear it...sorry)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Halloween Pic as New Header

We went and got Lil' Chris' Halloween pics done the other day. He is the cutest Kangaroo ever! I thought it was fitting to make it the new header for a lil' while, at least for another couple of weeks.

Our lil' Vacation

Finally, I got all my thousands of pics from vacation all downloaded! We had a great time seeing my sister D's new house...it's BEAUTIFUL!! I'm so glad my Dad went too, he never gets to see Lil' Chris. We had so much fun watching Lil' Chris play with his cousins. He usually is never around other kids, b/c everybody lives so far away:( He had a BLAST this weekend though! So did his cousins:)

We did all kinds of stuff...we went to a lil' festival thing that their town was having, we went for a walk around their development and thru a path in the woods, we saw a cute lil' turtle, we celebrated a couple of birthdays, and oh yeah...we celebrated Christmas. I know what you are thinking..."Christmas in October???" Well, we kinda had to since they live so far away and since I will be 8 months pregnant at Christmas time. There is no way I'm traveling then! So, we just celebrated a lil' bit early this year...the kids didn't mind, I'm sure:) It was a lot of fun! We can't wait to go back again!

Here is a slide show of some of the things we did. Of course, we can't go anywhere without doing his vest. He didn't seem to mind it one bit! He was distracted by all the new toys he got to play with=)



Here is a video of Lil' Chris doing his Vest when we finally got there at around 10:30pm. The video is a lil' dark, sorry:(


Here is a video of lil' Chris following his cousin around to play with the Christmas present we got him, a lawn mower. Lil' Chris is 16 months and his cousin is almost 2. I guess we'll have to buy Lil' Chris one for Christmas too:)


This video is of Lil' Chris doing his Vest with his cousins help:)


The kids liked racing the boys around on the nice hardwood floors=)


Hope you enjoyed them! Later I'll post the video of Lil' Chris laughing hysterically in the car, b/c of something his cousin was doing.
M

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Please Pray for Tricia and Richard

Sorry it has been so long since my last post. We went on a lil' vacation to see my sister D's new house. Since we have been back, I've been busy catching up on everybody else's blogs and doing laundry. We had a great time on vacation though, I'll post some pics later.

For this post, I think it is more important that we all pray for some of our fellow CFer's right now. Tricia just got some bad news from the doctor. I pray that they get some good news soon, they could really use it. Click here to read more about it.

Richard's wife just posted the saddest post ever! (Click here to read it). He is a 46 year old CFer who was doing chemo treatments for colon cancer, but he has now decided he can't take it anymore. So sad, I was really praying that he could make it past this:( If you would like to leave a lil' encouraging comment on his blog, click here.

Please take some time and pray for them all. They really need some miracles right now.

Thanks,
M

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

CF Mom Meeting

I don't have too much time to write, but I'm so excited for our next CF Mom Meeting. We are going to try to get together once a month and hopefully start planning our Great Strides Walk that we are going to start here in town. For our next meeting, we are going to try to get one of the Great Strides organizers to come to give us some ideas and help us get started.

I just wanted to say THANK YOU to Daniel's mom and Alma and her mom for coming to the CF mom meeting. I had a great time and learned a lot. I can't wait for the next CF mom meeting:)
M

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Our CF Mom Meeting Went Great!

Our CF Mom Meeting went GREAT!! We ended up talking for 2 1/2 hours. It was me, Daniel's mom, Alma and her mom. Oh yeah, and my husband and Lil' Chris. They were hungry, so they came to eat, and then they left and us girls kept chatting. Julie wasn't able to make it, b/c her twins were sick and she was starting to get sick too. Catherine couldn't make it either. Maybe one of these times we will all be able to get together:)

We talked about a lot of different things. Alma's son Jack who will be 3 soon, had 2 hospital stays this year. So, I was asking her lots of questions as to what it is like being in the hospital for days and days. Hopefully we never have to go thru that, but just in case, I wanted to know what it was like. She said that they bring their own Vest instead of using the one that gets passed around the hospital. That's good to know. She also said there is a pull out bed in the room which can fit 2 people, but if you want to be comfortable, only 1 person would be best. I always wondered about that. Also, the hospital food is expensive and adds up very quickly.

Well, Lil' Chris is crying for some reason...probably a bad dream. I will update you more later.
M

Daniel Update

For those of you who have been with us for awhile, you have probably been wondering how Daniel is. For those of you who don't know who Daniel is...Daniel is 3 and is the first CF child we have met other than our Lil' Chris.

Daniel's mom is the first CF mom I ever talked to. Our clinic gave us each others phone numbers, b/c we live in the same town. I think Lil' Chris was about 2 months old when we had our first lil' CF mom meeting at my house. We just found talking to each other so easy, b/c others just don't understand sometimes. I thank God that we met, b/c without her, I would probably be a mess and not have confidence in how to raise Lil' Chris. But thanks to her and the stories she has told me, I don't feel alone in how I protect my son so much. You see, at first, I thought everyone would think that I'm just too overprotective of him. But she has made me realize that you have to be for his sake! She taught me not to worry about what others think. I remember her telling me stories like...when someone or her other kids friends comes to her house to play, she asks if they are sick. If they are, she tells them that she is sorry, but they can't be around her son and they can't bring the germs into her house. I love that! In the beginning, I would have been like..."Oh you're sick, well just try not to get Lil' Chris sick." But now, I have the confidence to say "I'm sorry, but we can't afford the germs in our house. A cold to you could be pneumonia to Lil' Chris and all kinds of hospital stays." So I just wanted to say THANK YOU DANIEL'S MOM, FOR BEING A GREAT EXAMPLE OF A GREAT CF MOM, AND FOR TEACHING ME ALL THAT I KNOW, AND FOR ALWAYS BEING THERE FOR ME WHEN I NEED A FRIEND!! YOU'RE THE BEST!!

Here is an update that she left as a comment on one of my last posts. I cut and pasted it, b/c I know not everyone reads the comments. Please pray for Daniel to get over this heavy breathing and cough really soon.

Hi M,I have my ability to comment again. I ended up setting a new password. Daniel is fine. Daniel had a first at clinic last week. He actually wore his mask from the car until we were in the exam room, and put it back on to go back to the car! His appointment went fine. They said his lungs sounded clear. I was surprised because he was breathing heavy and had such a cough. They put him on an antibiotic, increased his albuterol to 4 times a day, and we will find out if he cultured anything on Monday. The cough is getting much better, but he still sounds like he is running around when he is sitting still. I was thinking this morning that one thing I hate about CF is how it has eroded my confidence as a Mom. I always wonder if I am being vigilant enough, or am I worrying too much when he is fine. With my other kids, I feel confident, with Daniel I am constantly second guessing myself. How is Lil Chris? Any great plans for the weekend? Not much here. I am really looking forward to Tuesday! Daniel’s Mom

You're doing a great job with Daniel! Keep up the good work! That's great that he wore the mask the whole time!

I know what you mean about losing confidence when Daniel gets sick. I do the same thing with Lil' Chris, but at least we are here for each other and now we know more CF moms to help give us great advice.
M

Monday, October 6, 2008

CF Mom Meeting Tomorrow!

Yea! Tomorrow is our CF mom meeting! I can't wait to meet the others CF moms and hear all there stories! I've talked to them on the phone, but it just not the same as meeting them in person. Hopefully they all bring pics of their kids:)

I'll let you know how it goes and what I learned,
M

Friday, October 3, 2008

"Our Fav CF Blogs"

If you haven't noticed, I have added some more CF blogs on the right side of the page under the title "Our Fav CF Blogs". I came across them from Nate's CF blog roll call that he did. Every now and then, I look at the list of all the people that responded to his roll call post. I still haven't made it through the entire list yet, but every time I look at it, I end up finding another Christian CF mom just like myself! So, I try to get in touch with them and tell them about this blog, so that we can help each other out or just be there for each other and to keep in touch to see how each others kids are doing. Now I check their blogs everyday.

I encourage you to check out their blogs too! They really are nice families that always help me out with all the questions I email them=) One of the families is having their Great Strides Walk tomorrow! I hope everything goes well and it doesn't rain. I'm sure they will have fun even if it does rain:) I pray that Ashley (3 years old)has fun and doesn't catch any germs or bacterias. Have fun tomorrow Ashley! =)

Another CF family just had a scare. Their almost 3 year old daughter, Samantha, almost had to go into the hospital for the first time. I know that would scare me too. But thankfully, her test came back and it was much better than before!

Melissa is almost the same age as Lil' Chris. I was really excited to find her blog, b/c all the other CF mom blogs that I know all have older CF children(2-28 years old). Melissa's mom and I scratch our heads to the fact that Melissa doesn't do the Vest, but she does the nebulizor....and Lil' Chris does the Vest, but has never done the nebulizor. I don't know. We just say the doctors know what they are doing.

These are just the blogs of those with lil' CF children. I also look at some blogs of CF adults. Like Tricia and Nate's blog of course! The ones who got me started on blogging. Thanks Nate and Tricia!

Also, here is a blog of a 46 year old CFer , Richard, with colon cancer as well. I encourage you to check his blog out and leave an encouraging comment. He could really use it, as he is going through a rough time right now. He only posts a couple times a month.

Here is one that you can really learn a lot from. Lauren (late twenties)has a couple different CF blogs. She talks a lot about CF and has many useful tips.

If I find anymore CF blogs, I'll let you know and I will add them to the list so that whenever you check my blog, you can click on their name on the right side of the page to see how they are doing. If you know of any good ones, let me know:)
M

Baby Sister Appointment

Our doctors appointment went great yesterday! The doctor said her heartbeat sounds great and that I have gained the right amount of weight she expected me to(12 lbs. overall) and my blood pressure was great too! All in all a good visit! My next appointment is in 6 weeks, b/c I have to be at so many weeks to take the orange drink thing. I will also have to get my shot then, and they will do blood work then too. After that visit, she said that I will start going every 2 weeks! I can't believe how fast it is coming! I feel like we have nothing ready! I'm itching to get a crib and set her room up, but we are going to wait until after Thanksgiving b/c we need that room for our guests that are coming to stay with us. I don't know where everyone is going to sleep next year at Thanksgiving. We're gonna need a bigger house! =)
M