Thursday, September 29, 2011

The great magnet adventure

My sweet boy Nathan Cole has had a rough go of it these past few weeks. Here is the timeline of what when down at our house:

September 11th- Nathan was playing with two heavy duty magnets on our fridge. We turn our backs for a second and Nathan comes running up to us holding one magnet and grabbing his belly. He says "My throat hurts" and then "My belly hurts". We asked him if he swallowed the magnet and he says "Yes". Off we go to the local ER. They do an X-ray and say that the magnet is in his stomach and it should pass in a few days.

September 16th, 1:00am- Brandon hears Nathan vomiting his bed. Brandon comes to get me and we agree that we should probably take him back to the ER because we are worried that the magnet still hasn't passed and now we are freaking out thinking that the magnet is causing the vomiting. Brandon takes him to the local ER while I stay home with the twins.

September 16th, 3:00am- Brandon calls me and says that the new X-ray shows that the magnet has not moved from his stomach. The ER doctor is concerned that it hasn't moved in 5 days and suggests that we transfer Nathan to the children's hospital for further evaluation.

September 16th, 5:00am-After waking my mom up and having her drive over to sit with the twins, I am able to join Brandon with Nathan at the local hospital. We are transferred to the children's hospital. We are admitted. All of us are exhausted.

September 16th, 8:00am-Another X-ray shows that the magnet is still in the stomach. We meet with the pediatric GI doctor and his team of residents. They show us the X-rays and they tell us that Nathan needs to have endoscopic surgery to remove the magnet. Brandon and I freak out, but agree that the magnet needs to come out.

September 16th, 11:00am- We are taken down to surgery waiting where they give Nathan some Versed to calm him down (they do this for everyone). Nathan is adorable and saying things like "Look at this truck...it has four wheels. Wheeeeeeeeeeeels!" Nathan drifts off to sleep and I lay him down on the gurney so that they can take him to surgery.

September 16th, 12:30pm- Two exhausted, terrified parents wait anxiously in the waiting room as it takes twice as much time as what they said.

September 16th, 1:00pm- The GI doctor comes out to tell us that he could not find the magnet. But he did find some white tissue on the side of his small intestines that he took a biopsy of. He orders another X-ray to see where the magnet is now.

September 16th, 2:00pm- We finally get to see our baby boy in the recovery room. He is sleeping and I am crying looking at him all hooked up to monitors and IVs.

September 16th, 3:00pm- Secondary X-ray shows that the magnet finally moved! The GI doctor thinks that the anesthesia relaxed the smooth muscle of his stomach and allowed the magnet to pass through. He seems confident that the magnet will pass on its own. We are told to watch his poop to find the magnet (the joys of being a parent). We are discharged and head home with our sweet boy.

September 21st- Magnet is OUT!! We jump around like idiots and are thrilled!

September 23rd- The GI doctor calls to ask about Nathan's status. I should have known something was up when I heard his voice. Doctors just don't make those follow-up phone calls. Anyway, he tells us that the white tissue biopsy came back and it turns out Nathan has ulcers. He wants Nathan to have bloodwork to measure his Gastrin (hormone that controls the production of stomach acid) level and for him to start Prilosec. He also wants him to have another endoscopy at the end of December to be sure that the ulcers are resolved. This is all well and good except Brandon and I immediately panic. We are so terrified that Nathan has Crohn's disease. My mother-in-law has it and we are just scared to death. So now, I get to worry frantically for the next three months.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Letters to my sons

Dear Gavin,

September is here! You are 20 months old today!

Not much has changed since my letter to you last month. You are saying more and more words every day and starting to string small sentences together. "I do it" and "I found it" are common phrases heard around here. Life has been incredibly busy now that I am back to work. You have made the adjustment beautifully though. I really miss you during the day but it is so nice to come home to your smiling face. I'm only working a couple of days a week but it still seems like forever. You are beginning to use forks and spoons better now. You seem to be getting the hang of that. You really love going shopping with me. I put you in the cart and you say "hi" to everyone that passes you. Such a sweet boy! Sleep is still going well and you continue to take one nap a day. You eat pretty much anything that we give you. A recent favorite of yours is pulled pork. You really love it!

Getting so big, sweet boy! Just 4 months left until you are two!! I can't believe it. I love you so much!

Always,

Mama

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Dear Kai,

Fall is nearly here and you are 20 months old today!

Life hasn't really changed much since our last letter to you. You are still slow to talk, although you've started to use more signs. I'm thinking that we will probably have you evaluated for speech soon. I have a feeling that you will take after your big brother Nathan and be a slow talker. That's ok though sweet boy! You are still Mama's cuddlebug. I've been worried about how you would adjust to the changes after I went back to work, but so far you have done wonderfully! You really like the sitter and we've had no problems. Thankfully I only work a couple of days a week now. I sure do miss you when I'm gone. Speaking of your big brother, I think you are going to take after his picky eating too. You don't really like trying new foods and tend to stick with your favorites. We are slowly working on it, but I have a feeling that you may have some sensory issues like Nathan too. Hopefully we can address those when we get you evaluated for speech. But I'll love you no matter what, Kai-bear.

I can't believe you are 4 months away from being two! Time has just flown by! Soon it will be time for our fall family pictures.

Love you,

Mama

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The next step

As many of you know, I have been debating for years about going back to school. My original plan from years back was to finish nursing school and immediately return to get my Masters in Nursing and become a certified nurse midwife (CNM). Well, kids and life and everything got in the way and I put that dream on a shelf for awhile. I've posted several times about going back, but I've been really unsure.

However, as of this Thursday, I will have all my paperwork and application turned in to the University of Cincinnati! Their program is just perfect for me. My entire first year will be online, so that I can still be the busy mom that I am. My clinicals will start during my second year. It will take two and a half years to become a CNM. That seems like forever, but I know that it will go by quickly.

I'm excited and nervous and ready! Just hoping that I get accepted!

Pictures from the wedding

I love this dress. As an aside, it is amazingly different shopping for clothes now. Being a size 8 affords me with a lot more opportunities for fashion. For the first time in my life, I am excited to shop and buy pretty clothes for myself. It feels wonderful. This dress is Nine West from Macy's.
Showing off my ring. I love it! It went with this dress perfectly.
The Music Hall in Cincinnati. It was a wonderfully elegant wedding. The ceremony was the first Jewish wedding I had been to and it was really neat to see all the tradition. I cried through the whole thing!
Brandon and I enjoyed our night away!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September goals!

-Run, run, run! I'm currently in week 3 of 10K training. I've gotten a little side tracked as I was waiting for my new shoes to arrive. But they are here! So I can run again! I may repeat week 2 so that I can have a slower build-up. But by the end of this month I would like to be at least halfway through the training program!

-I have been at a standstill with my weight. I haven't gained or lost anything in quite some time. I would like to get back to the losing side of things but I worry I've kinda hit my body's normal, healthy weight. Still though, I have a goal to be 150 pounds. I'm at 153 today, so three pounds needs to come off!

-Finish one month of scrapbooking! I'm going to do this next weekend.

And that is really it for me this month. Starting on the 11th, I will be working for 16 days in a row. I have to do an orientation at my new job and I'm still working weekends too. Gonna be a long month! This weekend, we have a wedding to go to! One of my dear friends from high school is getting married on Saturday and Brandon get a night out! I'm really looking forward to it.