Monday, March 16, 2015

New bedrooms and a play room.

We have been doing some work on our house, currently updating a bathroom and re-arranged our bedrooms. We will eventually have a new living room, so right now we are living out of our soon to be dining room and turned our old living room into a Master Bedroom which attaches to the new bathroom we are updating. That left an extra room for the kids which we turned into a play room for the girls. Jace moved to our old room and now has a walk in closet and his own bathroom. I am sure we will be more appreciative of it when he is older, living with 3 sisters!

Busy Weekend!

Makenna got all her circles on our reward board and as her reward, she decided to ask her cousin Alexis over for a sleepover. They were up all night but they had a good time. The next day we had a play date with some friends and they fell asleep in the car on our way there... this is very unusual! It was a very long and fun weekend for them.

The Tooth Fairy Has Come!

The time has come! We have lost a total of 2 teeth between the girls and more are to come very soon. They are also getting in their 6 year molars. Makenna had a bad experience with her first tooth and I hope her gums heal. There was no way to know her tooth root would still be attached. When we were finally able to get it pulled out, she was in a lot of pain. Maysie’s came out no problem and she was super excited. They both were very happy to get money from the Tooth Fairy! Jaeli is afraid to let anyone go near her teeth. Her’s will have to fall out on their own. (The same day the other two lost their teeth, Jaeli got hurt by Cooper jumping on her, as you can see he scratched her face pretty bad.) We helped Maysie and Makenna with their first one. Not so sure they will let us help again though!

What's Been Happening?

We joined the new YMCA in January and have been going about 3x per week since. The kids love it. They have free child care for members 2 hours a day, so I can go work out while they play and then they are also in Gymnastics and Swim Lessons.

I really enjoy the break I get, that time by myself not being bothered every 5 minutes because someone needs something - it works and we are all getting exercise!

The best part is, my sister in law goes with me, as well, her kids and we keep each other motivated and accountable. I think without her, I would have missed more than a few days.

Makenna enjoys the Gymnastics the most and is such a monkey! As for swimming, I am hoping they learn some new things and can swim even better than they do now. My goal is to avoid them having to wear their arm floats when they swim this summer at Grandma J’s. It was a constant battle last year and I would like to avoid it knowing they are safe.

We have been so busy updating and remodeling the house, school and everything else we have going on. I am lucky if I update this blog once a month.

The girls all have a new row of bottom teeth coming in, hopefully their baby teeth start to come out soon.

The girls have been picking out their own clothes for awhile now. However, I am starting to think I need to help them again or call the fashion police to give them some pointers. Jaeli seems to be the worst! At least she tries!

Jace is such a handful. I can’t get him to eat what I make, only what he wants which is usually junk. Always getting into stuff and does not listen well. I just don’t know what to do with him. His tantrums are horrible lately. He can be hilarious at times too and so loving. He is a Mama’s boy. He will knock on his door making me think he needs something and when I open it, jump out and try to scare me, like you see in the picture. His nick name should be bruiser, he looked like someone beat him up the other day. The first day he ran and fell into the couch, giving himself a big cut on his eye, then the next day he fell again goofing around and busted his lip. Somehow he got a bruise on his face too. That’s Jace for you!

Homework has been crazy. Thanks to my mom, she has been helping out a lot with it. It just feels like they have multiple things to do every single night. I can understand 1 thing and occasionally 2 things at night... but it’s getting bad... are they expected to learn 24/7? They are 6 years old, let them have some fun. And then it becomes even harder when I don’t understand the homework as you see from the picture.

Jace Turns 5!

Jace is a big boy now! He is 5 years old, can you believe it? Where did time go? My baby is no longer a baby. I miss my little guy, but the little man he is becoming is amazing (most of the time). I took him for his 5 year check up a couple weeks ago and thought the girls didn’t get any shots at this age... but I was wrong, really wrong. I told him no shots this time. After getting checked out, the nurse asked me if I wanted him to get his shots for Kindergarten. So he got 5 shots, one was the flu shot. I didn’t want to take any chances after our scare over Christmas. He was not happy and their were many tears. Afterwards, he says, "I am tired, can I stay here?" I assume since he got his shots already, he wanted to be admitted now so he could get all the attention he got a few weeks ago. So funny!

Weight is 40 lbs

Height is 41 3/8"

He is growing way too fast!

We had a big birthday party for his 5th. Spiderman came to his party. He has been asking for him to come ever since Rupunzel came to the girls. He loved every minute of it. We invited a few boys from his class since our only other guests were girls. Only one was able to come, but I was very grateful for him coming. Ever since then, they have become very good friends and I think they both enjoyed themselves. Jace got a brand new bike that he is begging to ride! So ready for Spring.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Jace gives us the biggest scare yet...

 Just got there.
 So tired!
 Starting to feel better!
 Even playing with toys.
 Thanks Grandma J, he loved them!
 I had to take a picture of his back because he wanted to see the bandaid from the spinal tap.
At home, sleepy!

Jace gave us a big scare over Christmas Break. It’s one of the many things you pray and hope never happens. It is by far the worst Christmas we have had.
Christmas Eve Jace seemed fine. Then through the night, he developed a fever over 103. I didn’t know anything about it until Christmas morning when Josh told me.
I could see Jace did not feel well when he woke up on Christmas morning. He tried to open a present or two and then asked me to finish for him. He layed on the couch for awhile. I just figured the sickness we have had in our house since before Thanksgiving was making it’s rounds again. I was a little worried since he doesn’t usually have a fever that high, even for an ear infection. It was Christmas Day though, was he sick enough to take to the Emergency Room? We didn’t think so at the time.
We went on to our next Christmas where he just layed down again and didn’t want to do much of anything. Mom and Dad offered to keep him while we took the girls over to their other Grandma’s for Christmas since he had a fever and most likely contagious. We were sad he couldn’t enjoy it with us, but even if we took him, he would be miserable.
My dad brings Jace home later that night, he was very tired - if I remember correctly, he went right to bed.
The next morning I was feeding the girls, letting him sleep in and I heard him crying for me. I went to his room and his eyes were still closed and his head leaning back with a painful look on his face. I asked him what was wrong and he said his neck hurt. I felt his head and he was burning up. I took his temp, it was over 103. I called the doctor right away and after telling the nurse his symptoms, they got us in within 2 hours.
I asked my mom to come with me, just in case... but I didn’t think that "just in case" would be so. My dad took Maysie, so it was just my mom, Makenna, Jaeli, Jace and myself.
Driving to the hospital, I was so worried about him. I didn’t realize at the time that it was a symptom of Meningitis, but Jace kept telling me his eyes hurt, the sun was hurting his eyes and he couldn’t open them. The neck pain, the fever, the light sensitivity, they were the top three signs of Meningitis.
We arrive to the doctors office and only have to wait a minute or two. They called us back, so mom stayed in the waiting room with the girls. I take him to the room, the nurse gets his information, symptoms and temperature. It’s 103 still. She leaves the room after telling me the doctor would be right in.
I sat there in a chair, holding my baby boy... he was weak, tired and didn’t feel like moving much.
The doctor comes in and sets him on the table after removing his clothes. He checks his ears, throat and eyes but has yet to use the stethoscope to listen to his heart and lungs. He lays him down, feels his belly and then sits him back up. He asks him to put his chin to his chest. Jace can’t do it. He says it hurts. At that point, the doctor sets down his medical thingy, to check the ears and mouth, with the light still on... and says "I will be right back".
I picked Jace back up and sat down with him. I was very concerned at this point. I just kept thinking, why didn’t he finish the examine? He left quick with no explanation. About 5 minutes later, he comes back in and says, "Not to scare you, but he may have Meningitis or maybe the Flu". I heard the word "Meningitis" and instantly had tears in my eyes. The nurse comes in with a swab to test for the flu (which comes back negative). After that, the doctor continues to talk about what needs to happen. He said he just consulted with another doctor and they both recommended Jace be admitted to the hospital to do a spinal tap. It is the only way to test for Menengitis and it’s not something you want to risk.
I just wanted to cry... but I knew I would scare Jace. I asked the doctor if he could have my mom come to the room.

The only thing going through my head at this point was what was going to happen to him, would he be okay? I can't lose my baby boy or want anything bad to happen to him. I knew Meningitis can be bad but that was about it. I kept thinking about a couple TV shows we have watched that have characters in them that had Meningitis as a child. One couldn't walk and one was deaf. That is about all I knew about Meningitis, I was pretty scared. 
Mom comes back and she instantly knows something is wrong. We call Josh and tell him to come right away, as well as my Dad to give him an update. So many thoughts were going through my head at this time. This is my baby boy, he and his sisters are everything to me, to us... he has to be okay.
They get him admitted right away and do a spinal tap within an hour or two. They tell us they are going to start treating him for Bacterial Meningitis but if it’s Viral Meningitis, there is no treatment for it. However, that is what we want it to be because when it’s viral, they usually have a full recovery. With Bacterial, you have to worry about hearing loss, brain damage, neurological issues, etc. The doctor was pretty sure we caught it in time and if it was Bacterial, he was being treated right away and would most likely have a full recovery either way.
The thoughts are there. For us, it was "what if". For family who was around him, I am sure they had the same thoughts as well as, "Is he contagious"? We too were concerned for the girls. We had to sit there for 24 hours before we would have an idea of which kind it was. It was confirmed right away that he had meningitis, we just didn’t know which strand.
The doctor assured us that either way, everyone around him should be fine. The chances of him being contagious were very slim. Most importantly, he reassured us he was certain Jace would have a full recovery.
Once we got to the 48 hour mark and the results were still negative for Bacterial, we were pretty certain he was going to be just fine. We just wanted to go home.
After about 55 hours, they sent him home to finish his recovery. Usually with Meningitis, you have to stay for 72 hours but since all the tests up to this point were negative, the doctor felt that we could go home.
It took a couple days of sleeping a lot and lots of out of control tantrums from being spoiled for 2 days straight, but he is back to himself! He does still sleep with his head back, same as he did in hospital when his neck hurt. The doctor said to move it, would be like stabbing him in the back of the head with a bunch of knives. It is just a symptom of the meningitis but that it will eventually go away.
I pray and hope we never have to go through anything like that again with any of our kids. We are very blessed to have them and to have such great family and friends who supported us, prayed for us and showed their concern for us through it all. Thank you to everyone!


Shark Teeth!

I have been wondering when they would start losing their teeth. Well... instead of losing them, they are growing them in behind their baby teeth. So far Makenna and Maysie have at least one, maybe two coming in. And the baby teeth are not ready to come out yet. This is going to get expensive!!