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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Chrismas 2009 - Almost Home!

Our last trip was on Sunday - we headed out of Lenoir after a Birthday Lunch for Alan, back to Huntersville to have dinner with my family to celebrate my brother, Sean's birthday. (yup, both Alan and Sean are December 27th!).

Happy Birthday Alan and Sean!

On our way back into town to my parent's house, we stopped by my friend Thuy's house to visit with them a bit.

Here's Thuy with Leah and Lily and Olivia looking on:

Here we are *trying* to take a picture holding Olivia and Lily:

Then we went back to my parent's house for a birthday dinner for Sean. Olivia really enjoyed the chocolate birthday cake!!

We had a great time seeing everyone - but are glad to be home. Fortunately, we both had Monday off to pick up the house and get rested a bit after our travels. (although we both still worked some!).
Here's one last video from before Christmas of me and Olivia playing with her new tea pot set from Grant's business partner, Olivier and his wife, Sam. She LOVES this tea set and you can see how much she loves to dance to the music:

Christmas 2009 - On the Road

Christmas afternoon, after we spent the morning with my family at our house, we headed out to Lenoir to spend Christmas evening at Grant's parent's house. We had a great time there and both Drew and Olivia were quite spoiled by the time Christmas day was over!

Here are some pictures from the night:

Susan and Nana were surprised with some pictures of Olivia and Drew together (that we took over Thanksgiving)

Here are the silly kids *rocking* on the couch - something that Drew taught Olivia how to do.

Then the little ones got to open their Christmas goodies . . .

They got Olivia a Disney princess keyboard - that she LOVES:

Here are some nice family photos we took:

The day after Christmas, we headed down to Mooresboro for a Coffey Family get-together. Here are some pictures from that trip:
Aerin just loves little ones - here she is with BOTH Olivia and Drew. She made friends with Olivia right away and did a great job watching her while we were there.

Here we are playing "dirty Santa" at our get-together. Watch out - it can get pretty rowdy!

Poor little girl was all worn out by the end of it all . . .

Then we went back to Susan and Alan's house for the evening. Here's Olivia checking out their tree in her cute little dress from Grandma Noreen.

Olivia's other big present from Alan and Susan is a fisher price tricycle. We didn't put it together until we got home so we don't have a picture of it yet - but here is the basic bike (ours is a little different coloring - but still pink and purple). She loves the bike - but we have to push her around in it because she can't reach the pedals yet! :)

We had a wonderful time seeing everyone on the Nelson/Coffey side of the family and the kids (and us) got pretty spoiled by the end of it. Thanks for everything, guys! We had a great time.

Christmas 2009 - At Home

Merry Christmas, everyone! Well, we had a great (but VERY hectic) Christmas and I hope all of you had a wonderful Holiday. It is probably going to take me a couple entries to go through our Christmas travels, so I'll start with our Christmas at home. We were fortunate enough to be able to have Christmas morning in our own home this year and my family was nice enough to come share it with us. They all came up to our place on Christmas Eve afternoon. Thanks guys!

Here are some pictures and videos from Christmas morning.

Our family room prior to Olivia making downstairs (after Santa arrived!)
Olivia's big present from Santa this year was her very own table and chairs. She loves it!

Here she is opening her presents:

Here she is opening her FAVORITE present from Santa - Handy Manny, or as she calls him "ME":

See the destruction taking place . . .

We had a nice Christmas *lunch* . . .

Even Olivia at quite a bit!

We had a great time, but right after we ate, it was time to clean up, pack up and hit the road. We had to head out to Lenoir to have Christmas evening with the Nelson Family.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

One Crazy Night

NOTE - Please read the previous 2 posts first!

What a crazy weekend we had! Poor Olivia really had a tough time this weekend – thankfully it is over and we are recovering now. So here’s the scoop . . .

I already told you that we went to the Marbles Kids Museum on Friday night – well, everything started going really wrong shortly after we got home. The event went until 9pm, so we got home around 10 and put Olivia to bed. We went to bed around midnight. Then around 1am I started to hear Olivia coughing . . . the croupy cough! A REALLY BAD croupy cough – she was struggling so hard to breathe, I could hear her from the other room wheezing! So, we got her out of bed and took her into the bathroom to sit with her with the steamy hot shower running. The steam usually helps to open the throat when a baby has croup. (Croup is a virus that affects the vocal cords and can make the throat swell shut.) Anyway, after 20 minutes in the steamy bathroom, it didn’t help her – so we called the doctor.

The doctor said that if the steam didn’t work, we should take her out into the cold night air for about 20 minutes. Keep in mind that it is now almost 2am and our thermometer says that it is only 27 degrees out!! So we bundle her up and head on out. We looked like complete crazy people walking our toddler around outside in the middle of the night while it is freezing out. I know the cars that drove by must have wondered about our sanity and our parenting! Needless to say, that didn’t work either!

So the next step, according to the doctor was to head out to the ER with her! Wonderful! It was now 2am on a Friday night and we were headed to the ER. This should be fun! Luckily one of our hospitals near us has a special children’s ER (Wake Med on New Bern Ave – for those who live around here). Thankfully, it is kept separate from all the crazy’s in the regular ER and when we got there we were (surprisingly) the only ones in the waiting room. It was SO much nicer than a regular ER to take a child – I highly recommend it!

So we got checked in and called to the triage room by about 2:45am. They assessed her and gave her an oral steroid, a breathing treatment (epinephrine) and some motrin for her fever. The oral steroid was supposed to take at least 8-12 hours to work, but the breathing treatment should work immediately. Well it seemed to work pretty quickly – although she hated every minute of getting it.

Then they wanted to get a chest x-ray to check her lungs. I’m not sure if any of you have ever seen a toddler get a chest x-ray, but it is pretty awful! They have this crazy contraption that she sits in and it closes in around her with her arms over her head (of course it has to be tight enough that she can’t move – so VERY uncomfortable). Pair this with her not feeling well and being tired and cranky as it is now about 3:30am and it is just bad! She screamed the whole time and I had to hold her arms up and try to comfort her while they took their pictures. Grant had to wait outside and he said they could hear her screaming down the hallway! L

Well, the x-rays showed that her lungs were clear, but confirmed the croup diagnosis – it showed a narrowing or “steepling” (like a church) of the throat – showing it closing up. Well, after a little bit, her wheezing came back and they had to do another breathing treatment. This was about 4:30am. They also told us that we would have to stay 6-8 hours after any treatments were done to make sure she didn’t rebound again. Well, after a little while her wheezing came and went a little bit, but not severe enough to warrant any further treatment. However, they still decided to admit her to the hospital. (It is now about 6:30am or so). Keep in mind that Grant had patients that Saturday morning at 8am and 9am, as well as a hair cut appt at 6:45 (yeah, I know – who gets their hair cut that early, right?). Well, he cancelled the hair appt. and wound up leaving around 7am to go to see his patients while I stayed with baby – I wasn’t going anywhere anyway! They didn’t get a bed for her until around 8:30am. Well, she was pretty pitiful until around lunchtime – then she started perking up a bit. I had managed to get her down for a short nap and she woke up when Grant showed back up with some lunch for us, in a much better mood. But, we still weren’t allowed to leave until about 5pm that night.

What a LONG day . . . and it wasn’t over yet!

Well, we got home and put Olivia down for a nap and we took the opportunity to get one, as well since we had not slept at all the night before. About an hour later (about 6:30pm) she woke up screaming – I ran into her room and she had gotten sick all over herself and the crib. It was a HUGE mess! So, we tag-teamed to get her into the bath and get the mess all cleaned up. So, I was stripping down her bed and Clorox-ing everything while Grant was bathing her. I started up the laundry with all the bedding to try to get it all washed and dried to put back together before she had to go to sleep that night. We brought her downstairs (and covered the couch and the floor with some towels as a preventative measure). The poor baby had gotten a stomach bug (we’re guessing from the museum Friday night) and she was just pitiful. She couldn’t even take one sip of anything without getting sick. What an awful feeling to not be able to *fix it* as a parent. And, of course, we couldn’t find our thermometer and our discharge sheet had said to call the doc if 1) she had vomiting and 2) if she had a temp of 100.4 or greater and 3) if she had any more breathing issues.

So I ran out to Target to get a new thermometer (and some purell and some more Clorox anywhere spray to sanitize our home and some Imodium, since we knew we would wind up with bug at some point!). Well, her temp was exactly 100.4! Uh-oh. Well, we decided to wait it out and see how she did before calling the doc, as we were in no rush to be sent back to the hospital. We gave her some Tylenol, which brought her fever down and helped her through the worst of it. Eventually we were able to lay her down for bed.

So . . . we had made it through the worst of the croup and now a stomach bug – what next? I mean things happen in 3’s right? Well, this was no exception! Come to find out – our washing machine broke! At the peak of trying to get all her bedding and clothes and towels cleaned from her getting sick! Yuck! Yup, we ticked off karma somehow.

Well, she was sick through Sunday night – mostly better by Monday, but still a bit of an upset stomach. Of course it hit me on Sunday night so I stayed home Monday. Then it hit Grant this morning – so he stayed home. What a weekend from you know where! I’m SO glad it’s over! (Well, not quite for Grant yet – he still feels pretty crappy, but by tomorrow, he should be fine!). Anyway, I hope you all had a MUCH better weekend than we did and hopefully I’ll have a better story to tell you all next time!

On a complete side note - Olivia had her 18-month doctor's appt. today. She is doing very well - here are her latest stats:
Height - 33 inches (75%)
Weight - 22.6 lbs (25%)
Head - 46 3/4 inches (50%)
So she is still our tall and skinny girl! Based on the doc's calculations - she should be approximately 5 foot 6 inches as an adult (though this is just speculation at this point). So she will be taller than EVERY woman in my family! Definitely from the Nelson side! (She'll also be about my brother's height! ha ha!)
Ok, so that is all for the moment - I'm exhausted from just retelling it all - never mind going through it at the time!

Evening with the Elves

Hello again! Ok, so we are now onto this past weekend - Friday night to be exact. Well, the Marbles Kids Museum here in Raleigh had a neat event called "An Evening with the Elves" this past Friday night that we went to. Our friends, Randy, Sara and Gracie also went (as well as my boss and his family). They had music and fun festive stuff for the kids to do.

Here we are having dinner when we first go there:

Poor Gracie didn't get a good nap that day and was pretty crummy when they first go there, so I was holding her so Randy and Sara could eat. Isn't she being so sweet?!!?

The girls loved running around playing with everything in the museum and dancing to the live band they had there.

They even had REAL SNOW outside for the event. Here's Olivia all bundled up checking out the snow. We didn't stay out too long as it was VERY cold that night and some of the older kids had started a snowball fight.

We even got to get our Elf Names from the event. Here are our names:

Olivia: Quirkle SmirkyKinz

Sherry: Pinky Sunnysockz

Grant: Buttons Gigglywigz

We even got name tags to decorate with our new elf names (and got covered in glitter for the rest of the night!). Here's Olivia trying on a tu-tu with her Elf Name tag on:

Olivia really enjoyed herself at the museum running around everywhere non-stop. She wore herself out so much that she fell asleep in the car before I even got out of my parking space! I wish I could say that we got to go home, go to bed and that was the end of our night - but our night was far from over! You'll have to check out my next post to see what sort of crazy-ness followed!

Happy Birthday, Nana!

Hello again! I have a LOT to catch you all up on, but it will take me a couple of entries to do it. So let me start at the beginning . . .

First I want to show you some cute pics of Olivia *helping* us decorate our Christmas tree:

She loves all the "yights" on the tree! We have also been working with her to be gentle with all the ornaments on the tree and not pull them all off! But, as those of you heard on facebook - we had one incident the morning after we decorated it. She had been asking us what some of the ornaments were and we had told her that the round ones were "balls" - well, that was a bit of a mistake. See balls are meant for throwing, so she took one of them off the tree and threw it into the kitchen. Yup it shattered EVERYWHERE! Needless to say, we aren't calling them balls anymore - they are now just plain ornaments! Lesson learned!

Well, after the ornament incident we were headed back to Lenoir for a family get-together to celebrate Nana's 85th birthday!

Happy Birthday, Nana!

Here are some pics and a video that I thought were cute from the ride up to Lenoir of Olivia being silly in the car:

We had a good time seeing everyone and Olivia had a great time playing with her cousin's Sawyer and Gracie. (unfortunately her cousin Drew was sick and couldn't make it!)

She also LOVED the cupcake (with RED icing) she got to munch on!!! She got icing EVERYWHERE! It actually stained her face and hands for about a day, but she had a great time eating it! She also really enjoyed meeting all the nice people from Nana's new apartment building!

Here's a picture of Nana opening all her gifts:

Well, that's about all for this weekend (last weekend) and this post - but I will be continuing all my updates with a couple more entries to keep you updated.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy (late) Thanksgiving everyone! We had a whirlwind of a holiday! We visited with my family thurs-friday and had a good time hanging out. We (Grant and I) even got a good night's sleep at Grant's brother's house while Olivia stayed overnight with Grandma and Papa. She slept really good overnight (not so good for her naps, though!). We had a good time hanging out and seeing everyone. My brother's dog, Ozzy, really took to Olivia - he became quite mesmerized by her and would not let her out of his sight. He wanted to protect her from all of us and follow her around constantly. Which wouldn't have been an issue, except that he is a 90 lb puppy! And VERY clumsy! She'll have a friend for life with him!

Then we drove up to Grant's parent's house for the weekend and had a nice time visiting with them. We even got to see NC State beat Carolina while we were there, which made the trip even better! :) (sorry Sara and Scottie!) I didn't get any pictures while we were at my parent's house (we were so busy I forgot about the camera!), but we did get some while we were at Grant's parent's house.

Here's Olivia hanging out with Nana:

Sitting with Granddad:
Then, for a special treat, Granddad took Olivia and cousin Drew out on the four-wheeler! Olivia was a bit scared when she first got on it, but was screaming for more when they came back! She LOVED it! She truly is a little dare-devil!

Here's a nice little family shot:

Then we let Olivia run around out there until it got too cold out and we had to go in:

She LOVES leaves - always has to collect them every where we go!

Then she played a little basketball with Da-deeee before we went in.

Here is Granddad with Olivia and cousin Drew:

Then, once we were back in town, I got to babysit Gracie so that Randy and Sara could go to the hospital to see her brandy-new little cousin. The girls had a blast together, but my house looked like a tornado had hit! Gracie even taught Olivia a new trick - how to use the water dispenser on the outside of the fridge! Only problem - they weren't filling anything up - just squirting it all over themselves and the floor - so they were both soaked, as well as the floor. This was about the time that Grant got home from work so we had to wrangle them both and change them into pajamas!

Then here is just a little video of Olivia running around like a little crazy person a couple weeks ago. Grant loves to watch her run - "she runs like a girl!" - yup, she sure does!

Other than all of that - she has been really starting to talk a lot more lately. Over the last couple of weeks she has started really repeating all sorts of things and really trying to learn all that she can! Her favorite words right now are:
no or no no - she will DEFINITELY tell you if she doesn't want something!
"happy happy" - if you ask her if she is happy, she'll say happy happy! It came from he little book of opposites - happy vs. sad
out - if she wants out of the crib, down from being held, or out of the car seat - she'll repeat "out" until she is free!
bye bye - she is very good about saying bye bye now - but sometimes it is after someone has already left!
jeeeuuusss - (juice) - she loves her juice!
moy - lately instead of saying "more," which she used to say very clearly - she say moy! (like soy sauce) - even if we say "more" she'll repeat "moy"
graygsheee - or something like that - she now know's Gracie's name. It comes out a little different, but she gets the point across (she even knows how to say Livi now, too!)
on-gie and memur - (Angie and Mur Mur (Muriel)) - she definitely knows how to say her daycare ladies' names!
She still LOVES to talk about kitty and doggy's too!
She also knows Handy Manny (ME!) and mickey mouse (mou!), too! But they have both become one-syllable!
That's all I can think of for right now, but she is learning more each day!