Friday, November 28, 2008
BAD news- I came home this evening to one of my dogs (Eddie), very lethargic, breathing very fast/labored, awake--but non responsive, wouldn't get up, couldn't get him to eat anything....and it s-c-a-r-e-d me!! So, I took him to the ER vet (yes, I had to carry that 55lb dog) and after a bunch of tests and alot of money, we find out that he has pancreatitis. I dont know what has caused it, but he is staying there overnight being treated with IV fluids, antibiotics and pain meds and then will be transported to his regular vet in the morning; and then we will know a better prognosis!! Gosh, I hate this crap...it's so hard with an animal because they can't speak...but I could tell by his eyes that he was not well.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Until then, I wll try to come here everyday, with my chin up and try to make you all smile!!
Monday, November 24, 2008
I did not make everyone (hostess, waitress, manager, other patrons etc..) at Red "Lobster" refer to it as Red "Chicken" because Angie does not like Red "Lobster"
I did not stop the "fun" from beginning until I got a good picture of all of us together... And that picture was not taken by the waitress who had other tables to tend to, and it was not taken a few times until I got just the right one (if it was, I probably would've gotten frustrated because i couldn't get all the kids to look in the right direction at the right time)
I did not make Angie sing her cute little songs over and over again to anyone and everyone who came to the table making a stink about how cute she was!! (if I did do that, she would've eaten up every bit of it)
Friday, November 21, 2008
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek
On this day, eleven years ago....well, actually it was at 9:49pm on this day, (but who's counting right??) my sweet Ethan was born. Wow-- I can't believe it has been eleven years; where does time go??
Anyway, Ethan was a very good baby. Once we got past the colic, he was like a dream baby/toddler... he ate good, slept great and played so well with his brother. He was (and still is) very independent... I could sit him down with some toys and he would play for hours, all by himself; keeping himself entertained with his imagination. He had an imaginary friend named Amy. And whenever I told him no or he didn't get what he wanted, he would say- "But, Amy says it's ok".
When he was 2, he had a TV on his dresser; one evening we heard a loud crash and thunk so I ran into his room....my heart beating right up into my throat. He had opened the drawers and was trying to climb up the dresser and he pulled the whole thing down on top of him....You all, the TV was about 6" from his head...yikes!! So, we took him to the ER to make sure that he didn't have any internal damage from the dresser falling on top of him...which he didn't...but would you believe that while we were at the ER he was trying to climb the bookshelf in the waiting room. From that moment on, I always thought...no, I knew he would be the one to get broken bones (which by the way he did when he fell off the monkey bars last year).
He is a very sweet boy and is the people pleaser of my bunch.... he gets very upset and disappointed if he makes a mistake or feels like he's let me down. He is very obedient and loyal... I really don't think I will have to worry about peer pressure with him. I mean he follows every instruction to the T and will not budge if he doesn't want to do something or knows he's not supposed to. He is very timid, shy and soft-spoken. Actually, most of the time when talking to him, I have to ask him to "speak louder and repeat yourself, please". Funny thing is that even though is he is so shy, he still makes friends anywhere he goes..... Like I said, he is a people-pleaser. Most of the time he does things to make others happy and to help others out. The only "flaw" (and how can I even say "flaw" when it comes to one of MY children??) is that he is very indecisive, which I believe comes from being a people pleaser. He is so concerned with making others satisfied, that he will often times, put them first...which I have been trying to help him get past. When I ask him something like "What do you want from....?" or "What movie do you want to see?" he will respond with "What do you want me to do?? So, I end up having the talk with him about learning to make decisions for HIMSELF too.
He is very, very smart.... is in all gifted classes and reads/learns at a much higher grade level. He scores off the charts (in a good way) on his FCAT tests and sometimes gets bored with what they're teaching him in school. Oh, but my sweet, smart, obedient Ethan is NOT very organized...his backpack, his desk at school, his bedroom...everything is pretty cluttered. And his dis-organization causes him to lose and forget things, which doesn't go over well with the teachers when his homework doesn't get turned in.
He has Tourette's Syndrome...luckily it is not real bad, but he does have his twitches and sounds that come out, especially if he is nervous, stressed, worried or too excited about something. But we have always been very honest about it and talk about it like it's a normal thing. As a matter of fact we call them "his noises". I've never wanted him to feel like it is a bad, tabu, thing.... I've never tried to hide the "diagnosis". I believe that if he feels that it is ok and doesn't feel like he has to hide it, then it is less stress on him.
He has blessed my life in so many ways and I look forward to watching him continue to grow into a young man!! I love you, son....Happy Birthday!!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
In our house, whenever somebody has a birthday, we start celebrating a week ahead of time…. We call it “--------‘s birthday week” and they get the special treatment all week. I love to do it for everybody else because…….well, because I want it done for me!! He-he.... So, in keeping with that theme, I will do my post today (my writing assignment) about Ethan again.
I remember when Ethan had colic…. Yikes!! Yes, I was ‘blessed’ with a newborn baby with colic. And for those of you who have also been “blessed” with a colicky baby, you will know where this story is going. It started when he was six weeks old....and I remember thinking why is he still crying; I've fed him, changed him, I'm holding him...arrggghhhh!!! This went on every day, although luckily it wasn't all day long (as I have heard of colicky babies that cry all day). It was the same times every day, always around lunchtime and always around 6:30pm. It was crazy-- he would cry so loud and so long and his little body would stiffen up and straigten out and I just didn't know what to do..... actually I usually ended up crying too; out of frustration & helplessness. This may sound awful, but there were a few times where I would just lay him in his crib, walk out and close the door just so I could gather myself (no, i didn't leave him in there long---just enough to breathe a minute). I tried everything-- different routines, changed his formula, Star of Anais tea, swaddling & shhhing (remember the 5 S's)....you name it, I tried it. But then somebody mentioned to me about Chamomile tea with a tiny bit of sugar in it. Why hadn't I thought of that yet?? After all that time, it just stopped...I don't know if it was from the chamomile tea or if he just grew out it, but it was a dream come true!! I stuck with that tea...every night after dinner he got a bottle of Chamomile tea and it always relaxed him. Oh, I remember that... remember it like it was yesterday!!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
This is me 11 years ago (actually I was about 18 weeks along—but you get the idea)
Wow, I can’t believe it has been that long….. Eleven years ago, my ex-husband and I had just recently bought our first home and had a toddler that we were chasing around. Eleven years ago I was sitting at my desk and got up to go to lunch. As I stood up my water broke…which was kind of scary because I was only 35 weeks and I knew he was probably still pretty small. I checked into the hospital and we waited to see if I would go into labor on my own. After a few hours they started pitocin and the fun began!! With CJ, I got an epidural right away, as soon as I started hurting I had them hook me up...but this time...well, this time I thought I'd tough it out and do natural. hmmmm, why did I want to do that?? Anyway, I have been blessed with very fast labors, so after about 2 1/2 hours, I was 7-8cm, but I could NOT take the pain anymore!! No way-- I wanted the epidural and wanted it right then. Luckily for me, my mom was an L&D nurse (and nurse manager) there for 20 years and was getting her midwifery degree at the time, so she knew everyone there really well...... so, she was able to get the anesthesiologist fast and give me some relief. Although being that far into labor and in that much pain, the epidural just took the edge off. Within 10 minutes of getting it, I was ready to push. I know what you're thinking---why didn't I just wait it out...I could've made it 10 more minutes, right...? Well, let me tell you this little fact about me: I don't have a high threshold for pain. And I feel like if the medicine is there to fix that pain, then why not use it (and I am NOT knocking anyone who does it med-free; more power to you, that's awesome!! But, not for me!!). Ok, so after 2 0r 3 pushes, my little braniac was born... 5 lbs 2 oz, 19". I had some very personal things going on in my life at the time (that's for another post), so this was a very emotional experience-- happy, sad, mad, hurt.... on a day that should have been ALL happy!! Oh well, I got my beautiful little boy out of it, and he has been a blessing ever since!!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Onto a much lighter and "cleaner" subject :); it's Photostory Friday. You should go over and check out all the stories...and even do one yourself!!!
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
We’ve got the stomach flu making its way through our house this week...yuck!! So far, it hasn’t been a terrible, lay-you-out, can’t hold a thing down bug; but it’s been enough to where two of the kids had to stay home from school. And now I’m starting to feel bad….I can feel my stomach getting uneasy, I have a BAD headache and I can feel the fever coming on!! But you know what…it can’t keep me from blogging, especially on my Thursday post!!
I wonder if MamaKat knows how much I love Thursdays and I wonder if she knows it’s because I love Writer’s Workshop!! Again, I really wanted to try one of the harder ones, but I just could not figure out how to write a fun, cool, catchy Haiku…boo!! And who wants to read a boring, unorganized mess of one---not me, so I’m certainly not going to write one!! Maybe next week, MamaKat…don’t give up on me, yet!!
The first time I heard the words “We’re sorry, but there is nothing more we can do for her”, my.heart.just.broke. You see, she had been battling cancer on and off for 7 years. Each year bringing a newly formed tumor which she would treat with chemo and/or radiation; and each year seeing the cancer get “beat”. But in August 2004, after the latest tumor did not respond to any treatments and was aggressively growing, they said “we’re so sorry, but there is nothing more we can do for her”. This tumor laid right up against her sciatica which caused her so much pain and weakness. Because of that, she had to be on many different pain medicines; which in turn, slowly kept her from doing the things she loved!!! She fought on, she never gave up…never gave up her will to live. Her last Thanksgiving with us, she was so frail.... she had to have help to walk and couldn’t eat more than a few bites. But still, she fought on, never gave up. Her last Christmas with us we ate McDonald's cheeseburgers with her because, out of any food in the entire universe, that was the only thing she could even think of eating. And yet still, she fought on, not giving up her strong will to live. She spent her last "New Years Eve" in the hospital, with all of us around her bed, watching as she was in a morphine induced, heavy sleep. Her breathing so labored, her body twitching and at that moment I knew she couldn't fight anymore; and it wasn't fair for me to "want" her to keep fighting. On January 7, 2005 I lost my mommy, my best friend!!
You know I'd like to have asked why "there was nothing more they could do"...?? You mean with all those millions of dollars donated every year (every month I'm sure), that there is not some kind of medical breakthrough to help heal those with cancer?? Oh wait, I forgot: too many doctors, insurance companies, hospitals,pharmacies, drug companies, executives etc... make way to much money off cancer patients (and alzheimer's diabetes AIDS etc...) to ever "find a cure". I know I speak of my mom's death alot, but she was (still is) such a BIG part of my life and this is very therapeutic for me.....so, thanks for the ears!! :)
Some pictures of me and my mommy (from my childhood):
1 month old
5 Years Old
High School Graduation
Anyone been to the Bahamas? If so, did you happen to eat at the Greycliff? And even better, did you get to parasail??
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I have some pretty strong feelings on the way kids are taught, now-a-days, that "everyone is a winner". I think it does a huge injustice to children, to not teach the losing process. In schools, sports teams, extra-curricular activities etc... kids participate and WIN; each and every child WINS each and every time. During Field Day, the kids all go to the same activities, they each take a turn trying it out and then move on to the next one; and at the end of the day, they all get a "Everyone is a Winner" ribbon. Geez, I remember when I was in grade school, during field day we competed in our sport/activity and then we got ribbons based on 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. We used to get so excited to see who was going to win which event. (If you must know... I was always good at the bean-bag toss) The reason I say all of this is because if you don't teach children how to lose, if they don't know that it is OK to lose...then what will they do when it finally does happen (because, inevitably they.will.lose.something.at.some.point.in.their.lives.)?? Also, if you don't teach them what it feels like to lose, how will they ever get the motivation to want to win (or succeed). I mean, seriously, this carries on into their college, professional lives and future family lives. I know that I want my children to "want" to do good; I want them to "want" to succeed...and at the same time understand that you don't/can't (and won't) always win...but that's ok!! If they do lose, I want them to know they will still be liked/loved the same...they just have to pick up and try again the next time!! But if they are never "allowed" to lose...then how will they ever learn this??
Until next Tuesday.....that's all I have to say about that!!!!
Monday, November 10, 2008
I did not let Angie and Ethan join in with Joseph's pre-game stretching...if I did they'd probably be the only two without a uniform on
I did not look at this picture and think that one day Joseph will be playing professional ball and all these other kids will think "wow, we knew him we he played t-ball". Not me...because I know it's all "just a game"--for fun!! (Joseph: Front row, 2nd from the left)
I did not take Angie and Joseph to the UCF game and "give in" to all their requests for "spirit stuff" (can you believe a foam hand was $8)
And at that same football game, I did not let them eat all kinds of junk food...and then they both did not have a tummy ache on our way home
Friday, November 7, 2008
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek
Can you guess what I baked last night???? I got home and realized that I had a bunch of very ripe bananas and decided instead of throwing them away (because we all know that I do not eat bananas that have even the slightest brown on them), I would bake with them.
So, I got all my supplies together:
Thursday, November 6, 2008
10. Cell Phones in the movie theatre or while out to eat…. I mean seriously, what did you do when you didn’t have a cell phone??
9. On the cell phone subject--- People on speaker phone on their cell phone in a public place, with lots of people around. News flash—we don’t care what happened to your friend’s sister’s husband’s lover’s mama!!
8. When people hawk a loogey (I’m sure I spelled that wrong---but you know what I mean). I work with a guy, who constantly, and I do mean constantly, sniffs, snorts and hawks. YUCK!!
7. Arrogance…. I can’t stand when somebody thinks their crap don’t stink and they are way to good to converse with ME (geez, they should be lucky I want to talk to THEM…he-he, j/k…for real!!)
6. When drivers are at a light, waiting to turn (or go straight in heavy traffic) and pull into the intersection and then end up blocking traffic moving in the other direction once the light has turned red for them… it makes me want to get out of the car, pick up their vehicle and toss it (no—I’m not a road rage person, but that would look kind of funny if I did that)
5. On the driving subject—Drivers who don’t move for emergency vehicles or try to beat them to the light/turn… Seriously, what if it were you or your family waiting for the emergency vehicle??
4. Leaving the toilet paper or paper towel roll empty
3. Leaving an empty or very close to empty drink (or anything) container in the refrigerator/cabinets. (I actually, I have a very big 12-year old violator of this pet peeve)
2. (this is almost my biggest pet peeve) When people touch or twirl or play with my hair!! I can’t stand it…it makes my skin crawl the same way fingernails on a chalk board do!!
1. My biggest pet peeve is when people are late to meet me, come to a party, come to work, holiday functions, etc….. Please, please, please tell me, how does this happen?? How can you not plan and get ready to be there ON TIME, if not a few minutes early. I’m sorry, I missed the memo that the world totally revolves around YOU!!!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
In honor on the presidential election, I'm going to discuss something that really irritates me!! I have always strayed away from sharing my political views on here (as I have with religion as well), as I don't want to have to get in a pissing match with somebody while defending my views on things!! And even today, I am still going to stray away from sharing most of my views, although I will tell you I did vote for Obama!! What really irritates me is how irrational, how crazy people get for "their" candidate...and how they make you feel that you are sooooo wrong because you don't choose who they like or agree with their views. I mean seriuosly people, we are still going to wake up tomorrow and feed the kids breakfast, get dressed and go to work.... Now, don't get me wrong-- I am all for change and making this country a better place, but it won't happen over night (in fact I think it will take a while to see some changes) and who are these people to try to "PUSH" their way of voting on me!! I have the right to choose who I want and you have the right to choose who you want; so, don't look at me like I'm an idiot because I feel differently than you!! A couple of weeks ago, we were out and had been drinking some adult beverages and somebody brought up the election--- wooooaaaa, rule # 1: do not debate religion or politics after you've had a few to drink....especially with somebody who is on the other side of the fence!! Anyway, he ended up screaming and yelling about how wrong I was, and how could I think this and how could I think that.... Hmmmm, last time I checked I was in the good old U-S-A and I have the right to my own opinions, right??? I guess my point is, it doesn't matter who I (or you) am voting for...I am still the same person on the inside-- the same cool, fun, wild-n-crazy mommy (ok, maybe not so cool) :) . So, why do some people get so ridiculously crazy about it?
Like I said, I normally don't want to bring up politics here (i leave that to Diva Ma), but I do have a question....that I really hope does not stir up a big debate: The friends that I have/people that I know who are voting for McCain, most of them say "Wow, what a perfect pick Sarah Palin is... she was THE BEST choice he could of made". Do you really believe that or are you just trying to support your party?? Do you really think out of all the governors, senators, whoever, that she was THE BEST pick for the VP position or did he just sell-out in trying to win this thing? This is not a bash on you and your decision to vote for McCain/Palin.... it's just curiosity on my part!!
Whew, that felt pretty good.... I hope she lets me do this every week!!! And even more, I hope you will continue to come check me out even though I puked my political rants on here!!
Monday, November 3, 2008
That's right, it's Not Me Monday time again; but this week we are doing it without MckMama.....You wanna know why we are doing it without her?? Her miracle, baby boy has made his entrance into this world and why would she ever want to do Not Me Monday when she could be snuggling with this bundle of joy... :)
Anyway, I enjoy Not Me's so much that I will still participate, and let you all know what I did not do this past week....
I did not get super sad and lonely on Friday evening, after all was done, because I missed Joe (out of town at the Florida-Georgia game) and I missed being with my boys for Halloween.
I did not watch my boy Joseph at t-ball hit that ball way past second into the outfield everytime; and did not watch him field, stop and throw to first most of the balls that were hit ( i promise I'm not just talking him up).
I did not think that if he sticks with baseball that he will play professionally one day (i know, I know--- all moms "do not" feel like that)
I did not wear my new, high heel boots to the concert Saturday night and dance in them for 3 hours and I did not stand in the front row and have to look up at the band for 3 hours.
And then, because of those things, I did not wake up Sunday (and today) with such bad muscle/back pain that I could not move.... bring on the muscle relaxers and pain medicine!! :)
And then, because of that pain, I did not call my daddy (like a little girl) in tears, asking him to come help me and take me to the Urgent Care/Walk-In because I could not take the pain (no, I didn't end up going)!!
I did not sit at the UCF football game with an Icy hot patch on and people did not ask "eww, what's that strong smell??"
Joe and I did not watch our UCF football team once again blow a first half lead and lose AGAIN in OT.
So, do you like or hate this time change??? I'll tell you this--- I love it in the morning because I can get up soooo much easier when it is light out. But I hate it in the evening because the kids have to come in from outside so much earlier!!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
GUESS WHAT...... remember this giveaway I was trying to win....???? Well, I did it....I won!! It was a random pick and I was the lucky one (which never happens)!!! I get to proudly wear a shirt with my blog name made by Embroidery Works which is owned by a friend of Jo-Jo's!!!
Thanks Jo-Jo; I may even play the lottery tonight and see if luck sticks by me.... don't worry, if I win $15 million I will definitely share it with all of you... :)