Thursday, February 28, 2008

Brilliant.....AND Nurturing!

Jason started teaching Alexandria, a couple weeks ago, how to write her name. Ever since then she has been obsessed with writing letters. Never a bad thing. She has this fort builder that she got for Christmas, and look what she did with the pieces!

I know she didn't put the letters in order to actually spell her name, but she did include each letter from what we have taught her (we have only taught her to spell ALEX because ALEXANDRIA is a little long!). I had to stand up on the arm of the couch to get all the letters in one shot. I just can't believe how smart this child is. She is not even three yet! I know I am bragging, but I don't care. She is my child and I have a right to brag, what mother doesn't?

Also, I finally got to babysit for Noah. I haven't had a chance to have him all to myself yet. Not that I don't like to have Jenny around, because I really do, but it was a lot of fun to take care of Noah on my own. I little taste of what it might be like to mother a boy. Just a little taste though, Alex actually hogged him pretty good. Her Mommy instinct kicked in full blast today, and she was really protective and nurturing to Noah. She helped feed him, she looked after him in the back seat of the car while we took a ride to bring Anna to school and Grandma to radiation, she got me his diaper and wipes when I needed them, she rocked him in his carrier to get him to fall asleep, (we could probably ignore the fact that she woke him up right after he feel asleep because she wanted to play with him again), she got him toys to play with, held him.....the list can go on. So much fun! I just adore this little boy, and obviously so do my girls. Adorable, just adorable!


I might not post again until next Thursday night. I am working on a Montage for Anna's 6th transplant anniversary, coming up on the 6th of March, that I will post when I'm done, along with an update about how clinic goes on Thursday too! We have a long day next week at Children's. We have to be there at 7:30 to have an ultrasound, then go for labs, then breakfast at McDonald's (inside the hospital), transplant clinic and we have to schedule for a biopsy (routine) and talk to the doctors about the withdrawal study I have mentioned in the past. Then we are going to stop on the way home to have lunch at Jason's cousin's restaurant.
Wish us luck!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Treatment has started

I love my mother in law. She means the world to me and I hate that she has to go through cancer treatment.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in October and she has had five surgeries since her diagnoses. I would have never imagined it would take this long to start radiation, but they wanted to make sure they got all of the nodes that the cancer would travel to. She also needed time to heal between surgeries and before she could start radiotion. While I know that she has a good prognoses, all of this has really taken a toll on our family. Stage 1 is a really good stage to be at (if you have to be at one), and no chemotherapy is great! But the fact remains that she still has cancer, and she is tired of all of this already, and treatment has just started....TODAY! Going everyday for 5 weeks is going to be hard for her.

She doesn't deserve this. Nobody ever deserves this. We need to find a cure.

A good friend of mine who lives in Seattle is doing The Breast Cancer Three Day this year in honor of my mother in law, mother to Jason, wife to Bill, and Grandmother to Mary, Anna, and Alexandria. Lynne.

We love you so much Ma! Go on and fight cancer's but!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Just a little obsessed?

Noah again!!!!!!!!

He is feeling much better!

Take a look at the little angel.

I can't get enough of him!

Can I have him Jenny?

Monday, February 18, 2008

Welcome Baby Sophie Lynn!

Yes, all my friends and relatives are having babies!

My friend Michelle had a baby girl yesterday at 1:30pm.
Sophie Lynn weighed in at 7 pounds 12 ounces, and 21 1/2 inches long.
Mommy and baby are doing very well!
Big brother Hunter and big sister Maya are very proud!

I went to the hospital to visit today. She is a very pretty baby!
I just love newborn babies, and I started thinking, maybe just one more! Then I got home and realized that the three I have are more than enough, they don't stay newborns for very long, and I just love my girls (plus the fact that I am done with diapers). I'll just keep letting my friends and relatives have the babies, I can enjoy them, and hand them right back!

********Update on Noah********

Noah went home last night with a take home nebulizer because he still needs treatments. He is feeling much better!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Prayers for baby Noah

I got a call this morning from my friend Jenny's mom today saying that 4 month old Baby Noah was admitted to the hospital last night (I have mentioned him in a few posts). He spiked a high fever last night and was wheezing quite a bit. He had been sick for a few days, maybe almost a week now. My understanding is that he has a viral or bronchial infection of some sort. They are doing nebulizer treatments every couple of hours. The doctors are also wondering if maybe he has asthma like his older brother. Jenny is exhausted. Noah has not been getting much sleep so that means she hasn't either. They might be able to go home today if the need for the nebulizer can go for four hours in-between treatments.

Just wondering if anyone reading this can say a little prayer for Jenny and Noah. I know how hard it is to have a sick child in the hospital no matter what the severity of the situation is.


Noah is staying another night. Mike came to the hospital after he got off work so Jenny was able to go home and take a shower and eat something other than chips.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Wow! I have been slacking on this blog! So sorry everyone!

There is not much to report, so this is just an entry so that you all know that we are all alive and well!

This cold weather has been kicking our buts! I can't stand the snow at all, and we have had a couple of below zero days. It's brutal! Winter in Chicago is not an easy thing to deal with. I can't wait to be able to just have the girls slip on their sandles and just walk outside. It can take so long to bundle all three up to go out.

School has been keeping me busy too. I am studying my butt off! It's not easy with three little ones who want/need my attention. I have been feeling really bad that I have been spending so much time with my nose in my books because my girls are not used it. Also my house is not looking so hot either because when it's all said and done the last thing I want to do is clean my house!

A post would not be a post without a picture or two, right?! Remember when I posted almost four months ago that my best friends baby and my niece were born a day apart from each other? Well, I never had a picture of my niece to post because my camera died out that day after taking so many pictures of Noah (Jenny's baby whom I went to visit first that day). I finally got to see baby Christina last week for the first time since I saw her in the hospital when she was born. We were over at my brother's house for a few hours and this baby didn't cry, or even fuss once! She is so good, she just sits there and takes everything in! What a doll!

Christina's big sister wanted nothing to so with having her picture taken!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Snow Day!

I don't understand, when I was a kid growing up, I didn't get a snow day! Not once! Not even when it was waist deep! And, we would always walk to school in it. It was so much fun!

Last night we got about 10 inches of snow. I got a call from the school at 5:30 in the morning (automated) saying that all of our district schools were closed for the day. It didn't matter to me, I had no plans for the day and it was nice to be able to stay home and relax without having to bring the kids back and forth all day. The girls are playing out side in the snow. It's been about an hour already and now it is snowing again! Fun! They wanted me to play with them but I only got as far as taking a few pictures. Anna was too busy to turn around and stop what she was doing for a descent picture, but I got Mary and Alex! The little hams. I just didn't want to actually go out in it, so I stood at the patio door to take these. I know, I'm a party pooper.