Today is a good place to be.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

No More Daily Doses!

At around 5 months old Miss Kathryn was put on a daily antibiotic to help her with her kidney reflux issues.  Kidney Reflux in itself is not a big deal, but when it causes infection from bacteria getting back into her kidney and growing it becomes a major deal. Especially when the kidneys are teeny tiny.  Every infection causes scaring and too much scaring will ruin these delicate organs.
Kathryn around 5 months old

Today at around 21 months old Miss Kathryn got the go ahead from her Urologist to stop all daily doses of antibiotics.  He told us we do not need to worry next time she gets a fever that it might be a UTI.  Of course, we are to keep in mind the criteria and act accordingly if there are not other symptoms, BUT she should be a normal kid now! 

Kathryn around 21 months old
 Her ultra sound was a bit traumatic for her.  She really does not like health care professionals.  She likes her urologist, but wasn't so sure she wanted him touching her scar(which he made a straight line, not a lightening bolt like Nathan suggested).  After we were out of there, she was happy.  So were we.
Good Job Baby Girl!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

So very Thankful for some many things this year.


Its been a tough year for me... but I have so very much.  Thank you Lord for all my blessings. 


Today is November 25th, 2010.  Here are 25 things I am grateful for:


  1. My Husband
  2. My Amazing Leila
  3. My Sweet Nathan
  4. My Baby Love Kathryn
  5. My Healthy Family
  6. My Parents
  7. My Parents gained through marriage
  8. My Sisters
  9. My Sister gained through marriage
  10. The Boys gained through marriage
  11. My Sisters who are my Friends
  12. My Friends who have become as my Sisters
  13. Long Lost Friends who took the time to find me and reconnect
  14. Sweet wet kisses from babies
  15. Tight crushing hugs from little boys
  16. Conversations with big little girls
  17. Modern conveniences
  18. Safety and shelter
  19. Music
  20. Availability of medical expertise
  21. A Dad who can still send e-mails with beautiful thoughts
  22. A Mom who can craft and sew and make life beautiful with small things
  23. Aunts and Uncles who love me and my children
  24. Children who love my Aunts and Uncles and understand family goes beyond our home
  25. My nieces and nephews that I love as my own.
and a bonus:  26. Fresh Baked Rolls
“Gratitude turns a meal into a feast and drudgery into delight. It softens our grief and heightens our pleasure. It turns the simple and common into the memorable and transcendent. It forges bonds of love and fosters loyalty and admiration.”

Joseph B. Wirthlin

Monday, November 22, 2010

Future Profession & Jammie Day

I realize my posts have been very Kathryn-centric lately.  She is just so darn cute!  I can't help myself!  I will post some updates on the other critters I created, but for now, its on with the Kathryn Show...

Here is a picture of her performing a job that could be a possible future profession?  Seriously- no pressure- but I know she is smart enough!

And there are days when my kids mirror the way I am feeling.  There was a day last week when Kathryn didn't want to get changed out of her Jammies.  When I asked her if she wanted to go upstairs to get changed or stay in her jammies, she just said:  "Stay in jammies."  Being a jammie girl myself, and wishing I could simply answer no and stay in my jammies- I indulged her.  She stayed in her jammies until after her nap.  I think its safe to say she has this mom wrapped around that pinky finger:
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Babies and Blankies

Kathryn loves her blankies.  She isn't really attached to just one, but loves being snuggled.  We swaddled her at naptime and bedtime for months and months too long(all our children actually, this might be why Nathan can't handle being held too tight- but the girls can!), but she has enjoyed the cuddle factor of a good swaddling.  So long as it didn't interfere with her self-proclaimed independance.

Lately, she will bring me a blanket and simply turn around.  She is expecting me to drape it around her shoulders so she can walk around wrapped up in it. 

She also likes to roll on the floor with her blankie wrapped around her.  She will ask me to swaddle her dolly up too and will even roll her dolly around on the floor. 
 Of course... she is just my little dolly.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Recovery, kinect and tutututus

Kathryn's recovery has been going very well.  She is feeling great.  She wasn't sleeping real well for about a week, but has started sleeping through the night once again.  She still gets bladder spasms from time to time and they are quite painful- she doesn't know what do with herself- and its brutal to watch, but overall she is doing much much better.  We don't take her into the doctor again until Nov. 30th at which point they will do an ultrasound to make sure things look OK and with those results we will discuss what to do next.  I am very encouraged and happy with how things went and are continuing to go.  A healthy child has to be one of Lifes greatest blessings.

Kathryn is feeling much much better!


Jeremy got his new game on the xbox360- the kinect is a game where there is no controller.  There is a special camera that uses pretty cutting edge technology to track and even recognize its players- or avatars as a nerdy gamer might call it.  I haven't had a chance to play with it yet, but the kids love it and it looks like a great work out.  I normally don't let them play video games until Daddy is home for the night, but today is Friday and its allowing me to blog.

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I have been busy making tutu's and coordinating hair bows for my mom to see if they will sell in her upcoming bazaar on Saturday out at Jennings McCall Retirement Center in Forest Grove.  I can make one a nap.  They are super cute- the pictures don't do them justice.


We are looking forward to a nice fall weekend at home with everyone feeling relatively healthy.