Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Trying on mommy's shoes.....First she tried on daddy's, then we got the camera out and she was over pulling my shoes off the rack. She gets the concept, she's trying to put them on her foot.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Terrible two's

and she isn't even two yet! Mark caught this on video today, it was one of many tantrums that we had in our house today. Everyday brings something new, yesterday it was the boys walking...today it's tantrums. Enjoy (oh, and take note of the snot bubble at the end of the video)

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Tricia is doing well!!!

Tricia is doing well, she's still on the vent, but they are talking about letting her take a small vacation from it. Gwyneth's CF test came back negative, and there are many more updates on their website: http://www.cfhusband.blogspot.com/

A little playtime

We had a nice relaxing day today just playing at home with the kids.

Tristan and Ryland were both practicing their walking. They'd walk from the gate over to where one of us were sitting.

I've got to share this, it happened last night. Tristan was screaming in bed, so I went in and got him (looked like he was having a bad dream) and brought him in with us. He was standing on the bed, up by the headboard and my chapstick was there. He said (I'm not kidding) "Momma's chapstick" That completely blew me away! He only has a few words in his vocabulary, so this was pretty big for him.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Cassie uses her words

Cassie is starting to say so many words now. At daycare, they also teach them sign language. She really liked daddy's snack tonight (frozen peas, LOL) and kept asking for more. I thought it was cute so I wanted to catch it on video.

Tristan, Cassie and Ry are all saying a lot of words now, Mommy, daddy, kitty cat, puppy, more, cracker, bye bye, hello, hi, nana, and baby....that's about all right now. Oh, and Cassie's favorite phrase "What's that"? which comes out sound like "sssat".

Update on Tricia and Gwyneth

FINALLY! Tricia is fully awake! She is still weak and very tired/sleepy, but her mind if fully awake! Still having a hard time focusing her eyes, and she can't do much with her hands, but we're having a much easier time reading her lips.

I just spent about an hour with her (they're doing her chest PT right now). When I arrived, she told me that she wasn't clear on where she was and why she was there. The last she remembers, she was still down on her usual hall (7800). She even though that she was in a different hospital. I assured her that she was at Duke, and spent about 10 minutes giving her the outline of the past 3 weeks.

Then, I showed her The Video of Gwyneth and we both spent some time crying tears of happiness together. We also watched a few minutes of the video of Gwyneth that my parents shot for us last Wednesday. I hadn't seen it yet as I was waiting to watch it with her. I'll be posting that video here soon.I also showed her the map of everyone who has been thinking about and praying for her, and told her that we've had about 200,000 hits and about 4000 comments since she went to sleep 9 days ago...she was as amazed as I have been.The Road Ahead is certainly not easy, but we've got this big hurdle behind us (waking up).

Gwyneth Rose is doing well. Her white blood count was up, so they sent a culture to check for an infection, and resumed her antibiotics just to be safe. Otherwise, she was sleeping peacefully when I checked on her a few minutes ago. Her CF screening should return tomorrow, and the scan of her head revealed no bleeding (can't remember if I mentioned that).Thank you so much! I'll be spending more time with Tricia today, and I'll be sure to tell you all about it. Nate

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Some daycare pictures

I left our camera at daycare today for the ladies to take some pictures of the kids in action at school, plus I've got some empty scrap book pages I want to fill. So here they are, they just seem to have so much fun at daycare!

Vomit vomit everywhere

It started last week sometime, Wednesday I think it was. Mark went to get the kiddo's ready while I jumped in the shower and when I came out, he was washing Tristan off. Poor guy had thrown up in bed sometime during the night and was covered in it. He threw up twice at daycare, so it was home from an early day at work for me.

Nothing on Thursday....WOOHOO! We figured maybe he was gnawing on his hands (darn molars) and accidentally gaved himself. Then came Friday... Man oh man, I didn't know little bodies could store this much food. We put them to bed on Friday night and an hour later, they were still screaming, which was a little unusual. So I went upstairs to quickly check on them. I knew the moment I stepped in the room what was going on. Let's just say Mark ended his workout a bit early that night.

Into the tub both boys went. As Mark is drying Ryland off, he throws up all over the towel. Back to the tub, and this time makes it through the diaper and clothing application. He's in Cassie's crib with her (because I'm still busy cleaning their cribs, and the floor, and trying to find sheets...), and he throws up all over her crib, just barely missing his sister. Luckly, nothing got on either of them. But now I was in need of 3 sheets.

I quickly finished up his crib and put him in it-with a bucket for you know what. Cleaned up Cassie's bed and put her in it, and finished Tristan's crib just as Mark was finished with his bath. Ry threw up three more times in his crib-but he had great aim and made it into the bucket. Pretty good accomplisment for a 16 month old little guy.

When I was SURE he was done throwing up, I sat with him in the rocking chair and just snuggled him and rocked him. Tristan seemed to be holding his own at this point so I just kept him in his crib. Ohhhh the joys of motherhood, that boy threw up on me two more times, and then I required a bath.

Imagine our horror when tonight, Cassie is eating dinner and suddenly throws up. Just as I'm going to grab her out of her high chair and she throws up again. Then again, and then a little more before I have a chance to get her out of that seat. That was about 2 hours ago and she's sleeping soundly in bed right now. I just hope it stays that way. Hopefully she just choked on something which made her gag, vice having this bug the boys had.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Cassie used the potty

So I was reading some posting on the triplet connection last week about potty training. I realize the kids are only 16 months, but it can't hurt to introduce them to a potty seat early on-right??? I mean, Cassie has been interested in the flush factor of the toilet for a few months now. So Mark went on a hunt about two weeks ago the perfect potty chair. He did a fabulous job and came home with this Winnie the Pooh one. We put it in the toy room so they could play with it, sit on it and see what it was all about.

After a week of being in the toy room, we moved part that sits on the toilet, up to the bathroom I give them their nightly bath in. I put Cassie on it the other day and she FLIPPED out. That girl screamed. Ok, it didn't go as well as I thought. At least the boys thought it was cool. They thought it was pretty fun to sit on top of that big toilet.

I've kept up with putting her on the potty this whole week, and tonight was nothing different. Me lifting her onto the toilet was followed by ear-piercing screaming. However, Mark was in the bathroom with me tonight and as I pulled the screaming Cassie off the toilet, he said, "honey, I think there was something there" so I put her back on the toilet, and the screaming started again. After a very short wait (which I can assure you felt like forever with her screaming in my ear) Mark and I both heard the sound of pee pee in the potty.

We made a really big deal about it, clapping and cheering and woo-hooing it. I'm not sure whether she had a clue about what she had just done, but we are both excited. Excited enough to call my mom, and Mark's mom to share the news.

It's been almost a year...

I completely forgot that I created this blog so long ago. Time has flown by since then. I've actually been encouraged to re-start this blog by a family that I have never personally met. Tricia, Gwyneth and Nate Lawrenson are an amazing family, and I hope that you have an opportunity to "meet" them through me.

Tricia is someone I "met" online. She has Cystic Fibrosis and was being evaluated for a lung transplant when they found out that she was pregnant. This put a halt to their transplant plans, as she and Nate disussed and prayed about what to do.

Ultimately they decided that they were pregnant for a reason and that terminating the pregnancy was not an option for them. As of late, Tricia has been having complications relating to her failing lungs and the added stress of a pregnancy on her body. She went under surgery a week ago to be placed on a ventilator and they decided to deliver the baby via emergency c-section at that time. The doctors thought it was a better decision than having her undergo two major procedures with her body in such a delicate condition.

Gwenyth Rose was delivered at 24 weeks+ and is holding her own in the NICU, absolutely amazing the doctors and other staff. She truely is a miracle baby. Tricia is also doing well considering the circumstances and they are slowly weaning her off of the ventilator. They are hoping that after a few months of recovery, she can be re-evaluated for a lung transplant.

If you would, please join me in keeping this family in your thought and prayers. Nate does a fantastic job of sharing their daily experiences on his blog, you can visit it at www.cfhusband.blogspot.com.