Monday, February 21, 2011

Sunday Night Random

Yes, I know that I have already blogged once today. But hey, it's 11:50 pm, Robert's at work, I can't sleep... you get the drift.

So... I thought I would discuss some important events-- Sunday Night Television!

First off, did anybody catch Extreme Home Makeover tonight?! It was around a soldier that was injured in the Ft. Hood shooting. He and his fiancee got a beautiful home and their story was so sweet! And they even threw them a wedding. She wore a Monique Lhuillier gown straight from Monique Lhuillier herself. It was gorgeous! And I was so excited to see Leigh Anne Tuohy (The Blindside) on the show. I hadn't watched it in a while, and am so glad I caught that episode.

My other Sunday night staples are Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters. Love them both. I thought B & S was sooooo good tonight. It's the first episode in a while that I thoroughly enjoyed. (I mean, come on, will it ever be the same without Robert McCallister???) Loved the new character Brody. I am hoping he sticks around a while.

Now it leaves me watching one of my all-time favorite movies, "Father of the Bride". I swear, if it or Part 2 is ever on, I HAVE to watch it. But one thing that I have never admitted... in the first movie, the part where he is chased out by the dogs and into the pool... can't watch it. I am too horrified for him. Don't know why, but I have to turn the channel. Every. Time.

So, here I am eating dried cherries and hoping I fall asleep soon. But I have some major heartburn, so we will see how well this goes! :)


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Just Go With It!

Friday night Robert and I got to have a DATE NIGHT!!

I don't think the simple "All Caps" even could express the joy of those words. It was definitely much needed. We started off with dinner at Outback. Afterwards, we went and watched the new movie "Just Go With It" with Jennifer Anniston and Adam Sandler. It was hilarious! I laughed the entire movie. If it weren't so dang expensive to go see a movie, I would go watch it again. But, I will definitely be getting it on DVD.
Saturday, we got up and went and picked up the boys from Jeremy and Shanna's. We all then went to eat at Chili's. It was good. We had plans to walk around the mall and take the boys to the Disney store, etc. But Thompson threw the fit of the century. Robert had to sit in the back seat with him to make him sit down in his seat. He screamed, kicked, cried for about 30 minutes. It was a nightmare!! After we got home, we layed the boys down for a nap and I ran as fast as I could out the door. I needed to run the errands I didn't get to before and go to the grocery store. Haili, our neice, came over so her mommy and daddy could have their date night. She is so sweet! I just love having a little girl around the house. 
Robert is on duty today. Tuesday cannot come fast enough so he can get these kiddos graduated and gone! Not much else going on today. About to clean house and finish washing sheets. I hate doing laundry, but I love fresh sheets! :)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Family Update

What's been going on with us lately???

Brycen is learning so much lately! He is now able to say "thank you" and understand when to say it. Love it! He is just getting so big. He wants to act like his big brother (which isn't always the best thing!) and be so independent. He is eating up a storm and has even gotten some more teeth! Yeah!

Thompson has been testing his limits/my patience here lately. Whoever said that it was the terrible two's apparently hadn't hit the three's yet. I am so tired of yelling and disciplining. It's getting old. I swear his attitude could rival that of a teenager. I am really starting to feel for my parents more and more...

Robert has been working so much. Of course we are on his "on cycle" right now, but he is finishing that up this coming Tuesday! PTL!! I need some extra help around here. I also need him to put together my elliptical. I better start making his list now... ;) Good news is that they told him that next cycle he will be the Platoon Commander, which is a huge honor seeing as he has been there less than a year. Bad news is he doesn't particularly want this job. He is one of those guys who has to be outside doing something, right in the middle of it all. As the plt commander, he is supervising over the whole platoon.

That's about it for us.

This Mommy is signing off and going to bed!


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My Little Heartbreakers!

I hope you all had a great Valentines Day! I got to spend mine with my two favorite "Momma's Boys!"


Saturday, February 12, 2011

New Town, New Fun!

So, we have been in our new house for a few weeks now. We haven't gotten to explore much, but what we have found has been so fun!

Whenever my parents come to visit, we always venture out to find new places. We were able to spend a few days home before they left back to Arkansas. One of the places we went to was Dana Point. We ate a great lunch down at the Harbor and did a little shopping. As we were leaving out, we found a strawberry stand with fresh berries! So good. We took them home and dipped them in chocolate! Yum! The next day we went to Laguna and Newport Beach. It is always one of our favorites. We did some shopping at Balboa Island. I love it that this place is only about 30 minutes away.

Today, the boys and I went up to Mission Viejo, which is about 15 minutes away. I was trying to find an Old Navy and ended up at the most glorious mall I have ever been to!! It had a Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Restoration Hardware, Williams Sonoma, H & M, Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Changs, and then Old Navy. :) It also had all of the normal mall stores, but I was so glad to see a normal mall with extra! I can't wait to go back. Although next time I will be going by myself, because Thompson has gotten as bad as Robert on the shopping patience level.

Where we live now is about a mile or so from the beach. I really think I am going to love it here! So much to do!

Although... I will have to admit that the Chick-fil-A is about 15 minutes away. Boo... It's not an easy run-to spot like it was in Oceanside. But it is in the same town as all the other big stuff, so it will be easy to get to when we have to run errands!

That's about all we have found so far! I will have to finish my house and finally get some pictures on here!


Thompson- Part 2

Ok, as I was leaving off... Rady's Children's Hospital found out that Thompson had an infection in his neck/throat, not an injury!

So after just a few hours at Children's they transferred us to the Naval Hospital in San Diego. (Yes, that would mean we were at 3 different hospitals in 1 day.) We got there and they started him on some antibiotics. Robert and I rotated shifts, he would stay during the night and I would take the day. Luckily, my mom and dad flew out Wednesday night to help out. It was sooooo nice. It was great to have help with Brycen during the day and it was nice that we didn't have to drive back and forth. We stayed at a hotel that was just about a mile or 2 away and made getting to/from the hospital so easy. Thursday, Thompson finally broke his fever for good. Thank God for antibiotics! They also did another CT scan and blood draw and all of them showed him heading in the recovering direction. Friday, we were told we were going to have to stay til Saturday, but that afternoon they said that he was doing so well that he could go home! YAY!!! We were so excited! He was glad to get out and get a good bath. Poor guy looked pitiful from being shacked up in the hospital for 4 days.

We went back to the doctor this past Tuesday and they said he was doing great. We still have a few days left on his antibiotic, but everything seems to be working. Tuesday, was also the first day he could move his neck to the left.

It has been a been a long journey, but I am so glad he is feeling better. He is terrified of having to go back to the doctor and getting "pinched" again. Poor guy.

On a side note... I am so thankful for the health of my child. Staying in the hospital and seeing so many kids with cancer and other things is just awful. There was a family there and the little boy, probably about 9 years old, had some sort of cancer. His mom and sister was there the whole time. I spoke with her a little bit and she was just so joyful. I know she was probably going through a lot, but she took the time to talk with me and ask about Thompson. She was always smiling and playing with her kids. I just wanted to hug her. In such a stressful/emotional time, she stayed strong for her kids. Amazing.


Monday, February 7, 2011

MIA- Part 1

Well, I had been doing such a great job of blogging here lately.


Thompson got sick! Let me tell you the story...

Monday night (1-31-11), Robert came home from work and I had ran to get us some dinner. About 10 minutes later he calls me and said that Thompson was hurt and I needed to come home quick. I race back to the house to find Thompson sitting on the couch with his chin down neck cocked to the left. He had a huge knot on the side of his neck. Robert said that he was picking him up and the next thing he knew Thompson was whimpering saying his neck hurt. We were sure that he had gotten hurt somehow. So we rush to the ER and they proceed to check us in. We find out Thompson is running about a 102.5 fever. They then do some x-rays and a CT scan. Everything showed that nothing was broken or fractured. They gave him some Motrin and we were back home at 2am Tuesday morning.

The next day (Tuesday), Thompson woke up, still not able to move his neck and still running a fever, and came and layed on the couch. I made him some waffles and chocolate milk and noticed he couldn't eat. I let him lay there all morning and carried him to the bathroom. (I didn't want to hurt his neck worse, thinking he had a neck injury) I gave him some more medicine and watched him gag the whole time trying to get it down. It sounded like he was about to start vomiting any second. I promised him a popsicle if he took his medicine and the poor boy couldn't eat it. He said it hurt him to. :( So then I started noticing his hands shaking every time he went to take a bite. Then I noticed he couldn't swallow and he was drooling everywhere. I freaked out! I called my mom and gave her the rundown and we both decided to call the paramedics. I called Robert at work to let him know what was going on and he too thought we needed to call them. All I could think is that there was some neurological problem and we needed someone to see him now. The paramedics came and next thing I know 15 people were crowded in the living room all making sure my baby boy was ok. They told us that his vitals were fine and we could either transport him to the hospital or they could. After calming down a bit, I decided that we could just take him in. So we loaded him up and took him. We got there and explained our story 20 more times and they kept getting so puzzled. They didn't know why his neck was still stuck that way. They didn't know why he was running a fever. They didn't know what the lump on his neck was. So many questions, very few answers. They did some blood work and a ultrasound on his neck. The blood levels came back highly elevated for some sort of infection and his white blood count level was very high. The ultrasound showed that his lymph nodes were huge. They did some more x-rays. By this time they said that they didn't feel comfortable letting us go home til they could give us some answers. We tried to get into the Naval Hospital in San Diego but they were full. So we had to stay at Pendleton til they could transfer us to the Rady's Children's Hospital the next day.

Wednesday morning came and Thompson and I were up getting ready to leave for Rady's. They had to call a critical care team to transfer him because at this time he was still being treated as a trauma patient because of the neck injury. They had to get his IV in him before being transferred. Let me tell you... I HATE what they did to him. Hate it. He was dehydrated and the nurses tried 4 times to get his IV in. No luck. They said they couldn't try anymore and they would have to call the anaesthesiologist to try to get it in. He and and another doctor came in and they tried 4 times. I cried. He CRIED. It was horrible. I was on the verge of yelling at them so bad, but had to remind myself that they were trying to help him. It's just the worst feeling watching your child in pain. They finally got the IV in his foot. The transfer team was there and we were loaded up in the ambulance ready to go. We get to Rady's and the doctors start talking to us about Thompson. One doctor (our hero!) looks at his x-rays, looks at Thompson, then tells us that he does not have a neck injury at all. He apparently has retro pharyngeal abscess in his neck. Basically, it is an infection started from an infection, that settles in his neck and creates pus pockets (his lump) that grow and eventually cuts off the airway. There is so much swelling of the glands and this is why his neck was swollen and he couldn't move. This also explains all of the blood work results and fever issue. Apparently Pendleton was never looking for an infection, all they were worried about was trauma. The infection was right there on the x-rays and that is how the doctor found it.

We were so glad the doctor realized exactly what it was! I will be back later for part 2 of the story...