Friday, March 30, 2007

Thank goodness for Advil

This is the first bath Olivia took this week where she wasn't crying. I guess a shot of antibiotics and advil will do that to you. Now if we can get her to eat again....
My friend Tami bought this Dora nightgown for her. We had to get a picture with her in it. Now if we can get her to keep her diaper on with far no luck on that front!
(The bruise is from a fall last weekend)

Olivia update

Olivia has had a rough week. Monday night she woke up with a fever. By Wednesday afternoon, she was much worse so I brought her in. She screamed the entire time at the doctor. They ran a strep test, inserted a catheter, did a rectal, and the basics. All came back negative.
Yesterday I took her temperature because she was just lying in bed in and out of being asleep. My friend brought me two thermometers. Both said 105.5! I brought her to the walk-in. The doctor was wonderful! They did an influenza test (not pleasant, but neither was watching her have a catheter inserted either) and drew some blood. It took three tries, two lab people, and her mother pinning her down to get the blood. We were all sweating due to the efforts and the heat Olivia was putting out. Anyway her wbc count was elevated, but within normal range. So, they sent me home.
This morning the Dr. called and said her CPsomething was too high. So we went back in. By now Olivia HATES all drs and nurses. She knows where I am taking her and that it won't be fun. To cover all bases, they did a chest xray. That showed pneumonia. Yeah! At least we have something we can treat. Then we waited another hour for a microplasm test to come back. That was negative, so then she received a shot of antibiotic. She will be on augmentin for 10 days as well. She still has a fever, but the Dr. felt that by Monday she should be on the mend...just in time for Thad to leave town again on Sun! He has been gone all week. My students won't recognize me when they see me again!
Let's hope she really is on the mend!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Being a mom

A friend just emailed this to me. I don't have the energy to write about my Thad-is-out-of-town-Olivia-is-sick-week-from-hell, but most of the things mentioned below have happened to me this week. I am not a good writer and couldn't put all of my experiences into words, so this sums it up. I will, for the sake of generating laughter out of you all, mark what really has happened to me....not that I am complaining!

Before I was a Mom I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.
Before I was a Mom, I had never been puked on.
Pooped on. Chewed on. Peed on. I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts. I slept all night. (almost all of the above)
Before I was a Mom I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests. (did that today after one hour of straight screaming...she had a catheter, rectal, and all the usuals) Or give shots. I never looked into teary eyes and cried. (oh yeah) I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin. I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep. (okay so last night I just didn't sleep)
Before I was a Mom I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put them down. I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt. (today) I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much. I never knew that I could love someone so much. I never knew I would love being a Mom.
Before I was a Mom, I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body. I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby. I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child. I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy.
Before I was a Mom, I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay. (So I didn't choose to wake up..Olivia did!) I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom. I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much, before I was a Mom.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Kate's big news

See that sparkly thing on her ear? Yes, Kate got her ears pierced! She has been asking for weeks. We tried awhile ago, but she got a bit scared. This time she was fine until it came time to do it. It took some muscle work on mommy's behalf, but she is quite the proud four year old.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Should we be concerned....

...that Kate has a new pet rock that she found under our tree? She has named him/her "Rocky," been carrying him/her around in a blanket, and has recently put it to bed?
...that Olivia has a thing with nudity? She is always pulling her pants and diaper off. This has happened in public places too!
...that Ryan has a girlfriend named "nobody nobody booger?"

We just aren't sure if other kids do things that are as bizarre as ours. Of course now that I am typing, my mind is drawing a blank. But, not a day goes by where I don't think..."uh..huh!?!?"

I hope you are all 'concerned' with your kids occasionally too!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Nothing new...

Life has been busy but not so exciting this past week. Ryan got the stomach flu on Friday night. It was just in time for Thad to decide it might not be a good idea to go to the Final Five. The poor guy was not in a good mood, but what can you do?
On a happier note, we are just under three months out from our week's vacation to Florida. I can't wait to escape and see some new surroundings! I have Disney fever too. Thad thinks I have issues, but I am so excited!
We (okay I) are planning a mini-vacation in October for our ten year anniversary next year. We are going to do some adult stuff at Disney like Epoct & MGM. Thad is okay with it being there is a food and wine festival going on at Epcot during our stay. So: food for me & booze for Thad! Some friends will also be there at that time as well as a former student of mine who is interning there this fall.
So until the weather cooperates around here, I will be dreaming of sunshine, palm trees, and hot weather!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Rookie Hockey Banquet

Ryan's career as a Rookie hockey player came to an official end this evening. The end of the year banquet was tonight. It was a bit disastrous for us (what isn't!?) as Olivia pretty much cried through the whole thing...
Tomorrow Ryan becomes a Mite. That is the next level for Youth Hockey. He begins a three on three league. I was ready to be done, but Ryan wants to do it & Thad is happy to coach.
On to this weekend: more hockey! Ryan has more league time and Thad, Wes, and Corey (the neighbors) are headed to the Final Five for college hockey. Go Gophers! (Can you tell that I am getting sick of all this?)

Doughnuts for Dads

Friday at Preschool was Doughnuts for Dads day. Kate made Thad a tie that he wore. I took a few pictures before work.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Life goes on

Up here in Spudland, life must go on. Today we celebrated Ross's first birthday. It's always crazy & fun to get together with our family as well as the other Gillett family members.

Of course most evenings come to an end when some sort of disaster strikes right? We heard crying from Grant's room. Ryan carried Olivia down saying she had fallen of Grant's bed. Check out the shiner she got immediately! The tears didn't last long, but the bruise is growing. During bath, she kept saying "eye" to Thad.


Ryan and I hitched a ride to the game with some friends of a friend. We were so pumped on the way...but the Spuds did not win. It was so heartbreaking to watch. The final score was 1-0, so it was a nail biter the entire game.
For selfish reasons, I was really pumped to go to the cities to hang out with friends, shop, and watch some good hockey.
As a teacher, it was horrible to watch these boys look so crushed. These are such great kids. I really wanted this to be "the year."
Tomorrow will not be a good day at work. The boys will be bummed, the fans will be crabby, and the teachers will get to do the whole, "well life goes on...let's learn!"
Our car load told Ryan that when he reaches high school, we expect a trip to the cities on his behalf!

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Day off...

I have the day off today and tomorrow. Of course I am trying to cram appointments for the kids and me because I actually can!
Today I had lunch with two friends who happen I have met through teaching their kids. It was very nice. They are great women who have raised wonderful children. I enjoyed it so much!
I ran a few errands, Thad blew out snow, and tonight Ryan and Parker had a sleep over. It lasted about 39 minutes. Guess their not ready for that yet.
Tomorrow Kate has her kindergarten screening, and I have a dentist appointment. The SPUDS are scheduled to play tomorrow at 6pm (it was rescheduled due to the weather). The forecast calls for worsening conditions, so I won't be surprised if we know our "state fate" for another couple of days.
Even though the storm will rage on, Ryan has two hockey games, Kate has a birthday party, Thad is on call, and I am going to hit a CABI party. Stay warm & safe!

Happy 1st Birthday Ross!

Happy 1st Birthday to my beautiful Godson~Ross David! I look forward to watching you grow and develop into a crazy little toddler! You are such a special little guy & we love you very much!
Love, Aunt Bonnie, Uncle Thad, Ryan, Kate, and Olivia