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Saturday, June 25, 2011

It Ain't Easy Being A Superhero

Our house has its fair shares of superheros. There is Batman and Batgirl who visit quite frequently. Then there is Superman who has been hanging around more often lately. Aquaman was here a while ago but maybe something happened to his green gardening gloves that he wore since we haven't seen him recently. And of course, there is Green Lantern. All these guys (and girls on occasion) keep our house safe. (You wouldn't believe how many "bad guys" run around here. I'm amazed we've made it this far without them stealing all our food - since that is what bad guys apparently do.) Although yesterday Superman's arm got mangled by a crocodile which entered our house through the bathtub drain. (I'm telling you, it's rough out here.) I digress.
One of our superheroes however had a bad mishap. While trying to leap off the kitchen barstool and attempting to fly, Green Lantern was brutally reminded that apparently, he can't fly. He landed harshly on the floor, on his elbow. Not wearing his protective gear or any part of his uniform, he broke his arm. As is usual for superheroes, he was super tough. Daddy masterly got Nathan through this painful time in his life. We realized the bone was broken by looking at it and were hoping (although we kind of knew better) that is wasn't a break. Maybe it's just an elbow that needs to be put back in place...
All of us minus Abigail headed to the ER and Nathan endured a painful car ride. Once the doctor had seen Nathan, he pretty much told us the bone was broken. He ordered x-rays and Nathan was freaked out of an IV for pain medication. He opted to not have it and had x-rays taken the painful way, being the tough little guy he is. X-rays came back and confirmed the break. However, if a boy had to have a broken bone, apparently the way he broke it was THE way to break it. Nothing was displaced and Nathan did not need surgery. He needed a splint/half cast until his swelling went down and he could have his permanent cast placed. Permanent cast most likely only needed for 4 weeks. Amazingly, my type A personality child adjusted to the cast impressively well. Usually things like that bug him and he gets really upset over it. The cast he is proud of (maybe because everybody stops him and asks what happened - so if you see a kid with a cast, ask him/her - it'll make their day).
We went to get his permanent cast 4 days later. Nowadays you get to pick your color. And guess what they have? ...... Pause for dramatic answer: .....Glow in the dark casts! Yep, that is exactly what he got. And it glows green in the dark. So he is Green Lantern after all. :-)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Isabelle at Six Weeks

I guess I'm a little late on her one month update. :-) She's a wonderful little lady and just the best baby anyone could wish for. She sleeps a lot, is content when awake and goes to bed easily in the middle of the night for me. We had some figuring out to do since she has acid reflux and doesn't take well to me eating chocolate (it gives her tummy cramps). Then she stopped eating for a little while and we haven't figured out what that was all about. In the meantime, I'm only eating white and clear foods and am slowly adding other foods to my diet to figure out what it was she so disliked. She's gained a lot of weight despite these challenges and is already 10lbs and 2oz as of Monday.
She is our first pacifier baby. She LOVES her binkie. Goodness does she love it. But she does spit it out as soon as she has calmed down, so hopefully it won't be a bad habit to break. Although she at first did not like to be swaddeled, she now loves to be bound up like a burrito. Hence, the kids call her "burrito" (with a Mexican accent). She's also known as "pick-a-boo" and "sweetie pie". All of those names originated with Nathan.
She loves to splash her feet in warm water and is now ok with baths. Getting out of the warm water and hitting the cold air is not something she likes. And she lets you know with the saddest little baby cry face you have ever seen. So sad but oh so cute. She loves to ride in the car and likes her baby swing.
When she goes to sleep, she seems very upset and needs to hold on to something as tight as she can (and that girl is strong!). She's partially rolled over twice, scooted herself over a big Boppy pillow twice and can hold up her head pretty well. And baby acne seems to be going away.
She adores Nathan who is amazingly gentle with her and spends a lot of time with her. Both him and Abigail join Isabelle for tummy time every day. Isabelle is not so sure about Abigail yet because Abigail gets very excited around her and sometimes just too excited. The last two days Abigail did very well though and Isabelle quickly responded to it. Her siblings soothe Isabelle very much. When she hears them, she sleeps easier and can go to sleep without soothing. At night, when her siblings are asleep, we have to hold her which is a great time though, 'cause we get to spend quality time with her. Isabelle also tries to see them when she hears them and turns her head toward their voice. When they play with her and talk to her, she makes her happy sound. Can't wait to see how these three will interact with each other as they grow up together. I just love our family of five.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Oma is for Our Mom is Amazing

Today we sadly dropped my mom off at the airport to send her back home. She's been staying with us for the past five weeks to help us out after baby Isabelle arrived. She's been a fantastic help and it would have been very hard without her. She took care of kids, us, the house. She cooked, cleaned, ironed, scrubbed, decorated, re-arranged. She let me sleep in and catch up. She taught me once again that making a pretty breakfast table and sitting together there is fun. She rocked Isabelle to sleep most nights, went to all appointments with us, washed our laundry, folded it and put it away. Did my dishes every day. Carried Isabelle everywhere when David wasn't with us. She was here for Nathan's birthday and when he broke his arm (blog post to follow). She even enjoyed some of my meals that I cooked for her. (Yeah! :-) ) She was my garage-sale, treasure-hunting buddy. Most of all, she was great company. On the way home, Nathan said that he was hoping he was having a dream and Oma would be back in the morning. Abigail agreed and said that she wishes Oma was still here.
I miss my mom. Next week will be hard.