Friday, December 21, 2007

Life is certainly back to normal again around here. The girl's are feeling much better and are back to their silly old way's.
I think over the past two and a half weeks we have managed to watch every Christmas show that has been on television. This truly is a great age. I am having so much fun teaching them about Christmas and what is involved as well as getting to re-live some of my own childhood. Watching these Christmas shows brings me right back to when I was a child, and I remember being so excited for the big day! They are understanding so much more about Christmas than just ripping paper off of boxes. They know that Santa is coming here in a few days and will be dropping off presents under the tree while they sleep. The only thing they haven't grasped yet is exactly how many days. I'm sure that will be next year. The other great thing about them understanding more is I can bribe them now to go for a nap because I keep telling them that "Santa is watching to make sure you have a nap for mommy". Now I just have to figure out what bribe I'm going to use after Christmas.
When I asked them the other day what they thought Santa might leave for them under the tree Avery said fruit snacks and Olivia told me he was going to leave her some raisins. It was very cute. Something I'll have to remember a little later on in life to share with them.
I received an e-mail from my sister-in-law who lives in New Orleans this morning. She shared a little Christmas tradition with me that she and my brother started years back with my nephews. Every year each of my nephews receives three wrapped gifts under the tree along with their stocking. She said it is to symbolize the three gifts from the wise man to Jesus. It is an honor to have three because it shows Santa that they understand the meaning of Christmas. I have been thinking about this all day, and I think I might just start the same tradition around here. Especially since buying for two can become very expensive! Thanks for the tip Connie, now all I need is a tip on how to get both of them to behave at Christmas mass this year!!
Merry Christmas everyone!

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Thursday, December 13, 2007


My lack of posting lately isn't due to the fact that I'm chasing two very active little girl's around. It is because we have been battling a pretty bad illness. But then again when isn't one of our sick times pretty bad? Just dealing with two of them sick at the same time is physically and emotionally draining.

It all started last Tuesday, with sneezing. Wednesday the coughing started. Thursday I was blessed with diarrhea and vomiting. All of the above continued into Friday with the addition of a low grade fever, and by Saturday their fevers got so high that we spent most of the night in Emerg.

After answering a million questions and having to go over their birth history once again, the doctor ordered chest x-rays for both girl's. Olivia was a little trooper as always. She sat like a big girl on the stool and said "cheese" for her x-ray. Avery on the other hand was terrified! I really don't blame her after her last x-ray episode in the summer for her VCUG test. So after failing to get two x-rays of her I told the technician to get out the bicycle seat and take the x-ray. For those of you who don't know what this is, it is a nifty little contraption for children like Avery who refuse to sit still. They are placed on a seat and pretty much enclosed by a plastic shield with their arms up in the air to keep them super still. I didn't want to cause her more stress then she was already going through but, at the same time I didn't want her exposed to unnecessary radiation. Out of the two of them she had so many X-rays taken during their hospital stay, so I only allow them during the most necessary of times now.

After the x-rays were complete we met with the doctor again who began to tell us that Olivia's x-ray was a little fuzzy but that Avery's lungs clearly showed a thickness to them. I knew right away what he was going to say. Pneumonia! He figured that since he couldn't give a true diagnosis of pneumonia for Olivia he would still have her start an antibiotic just to be safe and and due to the fact that they both have had pneumonia in the past.

They are slowly on the mend but not soon enough for my liking. The fever is gone but the cough they have has kept all of us sleep deprived since this started. They are both also down 2lbs! With all the vomiting, diarrhea, and just not eating I'm not surprised.

This is pretty much what life has been like around here lately. Lots of lounging as you can see. The only good thing that has come of this is all the snuggling I've been able to do with them. We have cuddled up on the couch and watched the classic movie Rudolph the red nose reindeer and Frosty the snowman so many times that the girl's are actually starting to sing the songs.

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007


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