Archive | March 2012

Happy Birthday To My Newest Teenager

My son R, just turned 13.  Wow, how fast the years go.  He was born 5 weeks early.  My water broke out of the blue.  He was okay right after he was born and for about a week.  Then he started with some breathing problems when I was nursing.  He would gasp for breath.  He did this off and on for a week.

I was so scared during this time that I let him sleep with me because I was afraid to have him in the bassinett right next to the bed.

I took him to the Pediatrician twice in a week because of it, but of course he wouldn’t do it for them.  The frequency was getting more and more often.

When he was 17 days old,  after 10 times that night of this gasping for breath, I just didn’t know what to do.  I called the Pediatrician and the told me to get him to the hospital as soon as possible.

I left for the hospital right away.  In hindsight, I should have called 911.  Anyway, I flew as fast as I could down to the closest Children’s Hospital 30 miles away.  I had him in the front seat, because I wanted to keep my eye on him every second.  I had to reach inside his car seat and pound his back repeatedly to get him to take a breath.

I pulled up to the hospital.  I had never been there before.  By the grace of God, there was a parking spot right in front of the building.  I ran into the hospital and up to the desk, and told them that my baby was having trouble breathing.  They took one look at him and took him THROUGH the waiting room window and ran into a treatment room.  I was away from him for a few minutes to do the paperwork for insurance and quickly reunited with him.

In just a few minutes they had an IV in his head and they were using long clear tubes to suction his nose and throat.  I have never been so happy to be in a hospital in all of my life.  They took great care of him.  We had test after test done, all negative, thank God.  But with each test we passed, they tried another one to try to figure out the problem.  After all of the tests and 10 days in the hospital he was released with a diagnosis of sleep apnea.  It was probably from being delivered early.

He was on an apnea monitor for nine months.  He had many sleep studies and he had a central apnea which is when your brain forgets to tell you to breathe.  After nine months he was released from the Pulmonologist with a clean bill of health.  If he had been my first child, I think he would have died.  Being my third child, I knew his breathing was a problem that I had never seen in my first two children.

He is such a blessing.  I know he is on this earth for a purpose.  We are just waiting to see what God has planned!

Happy Birthday!

Losing Teeth Is So Exciting

My son S is 7.  He has finally lost his 2 front teeth.  I’m glad I lived through it!  He complained a lot.  He said it hurt to mess with it, so he would try to leave it alone.  It bugged him, so he messed with it some more.  Wash, rinse, repeat. 🙂

I finally couldn’t take it anymore  got it out.  It was really stuck on one edge.  It hurt.  Poor kid.  But as soon as it was out, he was completely better.  Thankfully.  Here he is the next day showing off his new ” look”.

Everything Is Calming Down

Everything is calming down now, thankfully.  I am really appreciating all that my husband does around here.  Sometimes I don’t give him a lot of credit, but this week I am seeing how all of the little things really add up to keeping things running smoothly.  My bigger boys have really stepped up to the “extra jobs” which is great.  The only problem is that I have to tell them to do them.  My husband can see and do without being told. 🙂  Anyway, here is how things are improving!

The ear infection is getting better.

The end of the week moves at a slower pace than early in the week.

Hubby will be home late tomorrow night.

Trip to NYC for my son is almost here.

Dermatologist said we only need come back as needed.

No more orthodontist visits for 3 months.

My oldest will be getting his drivers license in the next couple of months.  This should be a HUGE help.

I get so stressed out sometimes, but really I have it easy.  I think of my grandmother who had 13 kids, 4 in CLOTH diapers at once (2 yr old, 1 year old twins, and newborn), ringer washer, no dryer, a widow in her late thirties, my grandfather died when he was 39 from complications from Rheumatic fever, I think, etc., etc., etc.

I am so thankful for all that I have…my family, my health,  my faith, my life.  Have a great day!


Soooo Busy

Sorry I haven’t been around much, but I have a lot of things going on.  My top 10 reasons I haven’t been blogging this week.  In random order.

1.  My MIL slipped getting out of the bathtub and messed up her total knee replacement.  She has to have surgery in early June to fix it.

2.  I have 6 kids

3.  Boy scouts and cub scouts

4.  Hubby is out of town this week

5.  Band trip informational meeting

6.  Dermatologist appt.

7. Pediatrician appt.

8.  Orthodontist appt.

9. 2 pharmacy visits

10.  Opening game for baseball and my son could get 10 pts. extra credit in CHEMISTRY if he went–game was cancelled because a dump truck got stuck in the outfield.  It really messed up my evening.  Good news…he got the 10 points anyway

I hope to be better with posting.  Hubby will be home in a couple of days and next week is Easter vacation.  I hope to get it all together then!


5k Today

Our school held a 5k race as a fundraiser.  I was glad to participate.  The course was a little off, my Garmin said 3.21.  It was put on by non-runners which is why I think they weren’t too specific about the mileage.  I would have liked it to be accurate, but it is their first year and it was a fundraiser.  My time was 36.19, which isn’t my best, but I’m ok with it.  It’s not like I was going to win my age category or anything 🙂  It was fun to be out there supporting our school.  My pace was 11:19.  My fastest 5k was a 10:32 pace.  definitely not my best, but I’m ok with that.

After the 5k they had 2 kid fun-runs.  A 1 mile run for the older kids and a half-mile run for the little ones.  My 10-year-old did the mile, and my 7 and 5 year olds did the half-mile.  It was a lot of fun for them.  All of the kids got medals, which was nice.  I think that makes them want to get back out there and try again.  They have been wearing them proudly all day.

My three little runners! My daughter is showing off her medal!

My Son Got His Tiger Cub Badge

My son S was recently awared his Tiger Cub badge.  He has really enjoyed being in Scouts this year.   With all of his older brothers doing Scouts, I was hoping he would like it as much as the other boys have liked it.  He has really enjoyed the meetings and the Go-See-Its.  We had the Blue and Gold Banquet, and it was great!  There was a nice meal with lasagna, garlic bread sticks, salad, brownies, and fruit punch.  They also had some great entertainment.  There was a guy with all kinds of snakes doing a show.  I didn’t pay much attention to the entertainment because I was on kitchen clean-up duty.  All I know is that my daughter had a corn snake around her neck.  All of the Scouts got a chance to hold on to the 15 ft   Tiger Reticulated Python if they wanted.  My kids said it was an awesome show!

A with the corn snake on her... she's not too sure this was a good idea!

Beautiful Spring Flowers

My daughter and I just love looking at the Spring flowers.  She wanted me to take her picture with all of the things that were blooming.

tete a tete daffodils




Buy Used Whenever You Can

A few years ago we got a free go-cart because our neighbors were moving and didn’t want to take it with them.  The go-cart had no engine, but my husband bought an engine and put it on the go-cart.  The kids had fun with it for a short while, but the chain kept coming off.  We replaced and repaired the chain, but the go-cart had a rigid suspension and on bumpy land, it would throw the chain off.  After many, many times of putting the chain back on, it really wasn’t fun any more.  Each ride ended too soon with the chain off.  The enjoyment was short-lived.

Since the go-cart wasn’t much fun and I needed an engine for our roto tiller, I won out and we put it on the roto tiller.  It works well and the kids have been mad ever since.  They are always complaining about it to this day!

Fast forward to today.   We had a neighbor who put his go-cart up for sale.  $300 for his used go-cart.  My kids were super excited.  Since we had that free go-cart a couple of years ago, we knew what we were looking for with the suspension, the engine to start easily, and that the oil looked good.

We also found out why he was getting rid of it and the reasons were that he was getting too big (he’s 17) and that their grass is on the wet side and it tears up the grass.  We have plenty of acreage, so our kids don’t need to ride in the mowed part of the yard.  Also, since he had a helmet that he used when riding, he threw it in with the deal.

We bought it used and saved $1200 over the price of a new go-cart that the kids were always talking about buying.  We considered buying a new one  a couple of times, but couldn’t part with the money.

Buying used can save a bundle.  We would normally negotiate to get a lower price, but he was a nice young man, and he threw in the helmet, and he had a fair price on the go-cart, that we didn’t push the price.  The kids don’t care whether it is new or used, they are just glad to get to ride it!

This is linked to Frugal Tuesday Tip.

History Fair

Chernobyl and a 3rd place finish!!!

My sons M and R did history fair this year.  M did the Alaskan Gold Rush.  R did Chernobyl.  They both did a great job.  M didn’t place in his 8th grade class and he was super bummed about it.  R placed third in his 7th grade class.  Of course he was super excited.  It was nice to see what a good job they can do if they just put forth a good effort.  Here are a couple of pictures.  Great job, boys!

The Alaskan Gold Rush

Field Trip

My youngest, A, had a field trip today.  They went to Run, Jump, and Play.  It was awesome.  She had a great time.  We never did anything like this on our field trips.  Granted she is only in Pre-K so there isn’t much out there that the parents and kids can do together ( a parent must be there watching their child).  This was super fun.  Here are a few pictures.We had a fabulous time!  It was well worth the $8.50 cost.  Here we are in action.  Sorry it is blurry, but those slides are fast!!!