Tuesday, January 29, 2013

~*Happy Birthday Dalton*~

In November of 2010 we saw this 3 yr old face.

Source (Thanks Stacy!)

We prayed and prayed about it and were clearly led to this boy.

Just a few short months later he turned 4

Last year, we sent a cake for our boy's 5th birthday but we desperately wanted him home before that, however, it didn't happen.  

This year.
This year he's home.
For good!

~*Happy Birthday*~ 

We love you so much!
You are fiercely and strongly bonded to us.
You are quick witted, intelligent, have a bright smile and you will go far in life!

Luke 1:14
He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,


Sunday, January 27, 2013

~*Sweet Conversations*~

We've had some very sweet conversations recently and I wanted to get them down before they are forgotten.
Wearing 2 pair of socks...that have been on for 2 days! At least she's sporting clean undies*! 

Peanut fell over into the bouncy seat! As she cried, "HELP HELP" I ran for the camera!

When asking Peanut what she wants for her birthday, she says, "Bubbles and a cup!"  That's it!  I thought those were great ideas for a 2 going on 3 yr old!

When asking Dalton what he wanted for his birthday he indicated that he wanted the whole family to have gifts to open, too.  Then quickly settled on a few simple requests.

He wanted everyone he loves there to eat. 
He wants Mommy and Daddy to dress pretty for him.
He even told me he wanted me to have pretty shoes and lipstick!

He then asked for two simple things:
A shirt.
A new picture book like the one we made him and sent to China!  

Done, done and done, sweet boy!

When getting ready to go play in the snow, Kitty was encouraging Dalton to hurry up and go out with her.  He said, "No, I wait for Peanut and hold her hand!" 

We are gearing up for a few birthday's around here...stay tuned for those details!

Psalm 19:8 

The precepts of the Lord are right,
    giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

~*Have You Ever?*~

Have you ever posted something then later hopped on over to another blog you follow and had their recent post complement yours perfectly?

That just happened to me!  

I was saying {here} how difficult it is to parent Sunshine because the normal parenting tactics don't work for him.  He doesn't make the cause and affect connection in his brain.  

With your average emotionally stable child consequences are learned and they make the cause/affect or action/reaction connection and it prevents them from repeating said behavior, at least most of the time!

With Sunshine that is just not true. He will do a behavior to death...I seriously mean TO DEATH....where your so over the behavior your preparing the funeral, writing the eulogy and ordering flowers 


To be able to fill a parenting toolbox with ideas would be fabulous but I never thought of it as freedom. Ever! The main issue being that I am still grieving for this child...

Dorothy over at {Urban Servant} was just talking about how some our children do not fit into the standard box and cannot be parented the say way as other children.  

She says, "Before I felt the freedom I was afraid. I wanted answers and methods. Concrete cause and effect policies that would keep our life smooth the outcome predictable.

Before I let go I was afraid to trust my God with my children.  I was afraid to trust my life and my reputation and my comfort to my God."

Whoa....has somebody had a front row seat to what is going on in my brain?  

I'm working on grieving for my boy....then simply celebrating and loving him for who and what he is.  Its a process people and I'm not to the embracing freedom part yet...(my kiddo came at my newborn with fists flying)...I need a moment to gather my thoughts and not quite to the point of rejoicing...yet....

Yet, I have hope in the Lord that we will have an awful lot of celebrating to do!

His life is precious and I adore this boy!


Saturday, January 12, 2013

~*Peace Upon Me*~

Ya'll feel that?  

There it is again!


(*Le Sigh* as Peppy Le Pew would say!)

Peace! Contentment!  

I am so grateful to be home so quickly and that Donovan wasn't more serious!

I am so grateful that Dalton was comfortable telling me he was afraid I wasn't coming back.

I am grateful that Analina was so worried about Mommy after Mommy's surgery that she was acting out.

I am grateful that Sunshine wants to go to his room if I'm not going to be around for a moment to prevent himself from making bad choices that could hurt others.  

I am grateful for my spunky Peanut (or should that read punky!) who keeps us in stitches most of the day!

I am grateful for J.J. and Kitty who are always looking forward to helping out, who truly ENJOY their siblings, have humungous hearts and love children as much as we do!  

I am grateful for my husband who was lonely without me and came up to bring me some supplies at the hospital and still managed to get to work for a few hours!

I am grateful for my Lord who kept me company while holding my sick wee one for 6 hours before we finally got a bed!  My arms and back were sore, I was thirsty and hungry, and I was never once truly alone!

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.      

Friday, January 11, 2013

~*What A Night!*~

Its been rough around here, health wise, for the past few weeks and months.  Donosaur had bronchitis (bronchiolitis) and an ear infection and after 2 injections of rocephin we thought he would be on the mend....

However, he slowed his eating on Monday and Tuesday and by Wednesday had altogether stopped eating.  He's already at the bottom of the weight chart for his age (although still gaining slowly on his own little curve) and being so young I didn't want to risk his health.  He was, also, in immense pain in his abdomen. 

I took him Thursday to Urgent Care and they felt he could possibly have C. Diff. and wanted him to be seen at the Children's Hospital.  We were able to bypass triage and go right to a room.  

The E.R. Doctor refused to do a stool sample to check for this...and while he did agree his tummy was clearly hurting him, the Doctor was adamant about checking for fractures or breaks.  Why?  My only guess is that its because my face is still swollen and horribly bruised from my oral/facial surgery on Monday and I believe he jumped to conclusions.  Ya'll should see the other guy! ~wink~ 

Moving on....he wanted an ultrasound and x-ray.  The ultrasound was negative for an intussusception (Praise God) and the ER Doc told me that if the x-ray was normal then they would need to pursue trauma testing for fractures and breaks....I was praying but had peace.  

Mommy's intuition worked again! The x-ray showed some concerns!  When you look at an x-ray of the abdomen you expect to see swirly intestines with pockets of gas.  With Donovan they only saw gas pocketed in one area on his right side and they couldn't make out his large intestine.  
The surgeon's concern was that his anatomy might be different than "normal"....The ER Doc came back and told me that the abdomen was the only thing they were pursuing at that point. (Told ya so! Wink)  

A CT scan was ordered along with i.v. but after 4 attempts with no successful i.v. insertion I called it off. The surgeon suggested doing an Upper G.I. series since that would not need an i.v. to be placed.   

The 2nd concern was his refusal to eat and finally after 36 hours he had a good feeding.  The decision was made to admit him overnight to make sure he was eating/peeing and find out the answer to the mystery of the x-ray.

We didn't get up to the room until 4 a.m. and by that point I was practically falling asleep in the chair in the ER holding the little man...we got a wee bit of shut-eye before the day started up at 7 a.m. (Why on earth does the Pharmacy come up at 5 a.m. to ask me a question? Dark room = sleeping people!)  

The Upper G.I. was clear. Donosaur's intestines are exactly how they should be anatomically.  

Suffice to say: We don't know!

The surgeon believes his bowel twisted and was able to correct itself.  Also, she believes that he has incredibly sensitive bowels.  He has us all confused as to if he has food allergies or not because he clearly reacts to things in my diet but tests negative to them.  His reactions are more than simply an intolerance.

The Ped's believe it was just a virus.  
Nothing about what was found or questioned sounds viral to me.  I stand with the Surgeon and firmly agree that the bowel is sensitive and likely turned or twisted funny causing his extreme pain and the strange x-ray.  

So, we are home now and praying this never happens again but if it does we know the signs now and can act quicker.

We covet your prayers for health right now.  We haven't been hit this hard with illness in 2 yrs.  Peanut is feverish, again, and will accompany me to the Doctor tomorrow for Donovan followup.  She'll likely be put on antibiotics for this horrible Upper Respiratory Infection. 

So, please pray for rest for our house (Mom and Dad are exhausted!), health, and peace!  We have some anxious little ones due to all the changes.