Monday, June 9, 2014

Clubine Party of Five

Yes, we are expecing another baby in early November.  We are almost half way there now!  We are very excited, but the last 12 weeks have not been very fun for anyone since I am so nauseous again (I am almost 19 weeks now).  I know it's worth it at the end and we will have another very special kid.

This is also the main reason that my blog posts have been so sporadic.  The computer is not my friend again.  Most days I am just excited to make it out of bed and get dressed.
Hannah is very excited and is hoping for a baby sister.  We are not going to find out the gender, so she will have to wait a little longer to find out.  Her name choices are Elsa Rose for a girl and Olaf for a boy.......I wonder where she got those ideas from:)
We have our big anatomy ultrasound tomorrow.  Praying that baby looks healthy.  I have been so worried and preoccupied with Evan's health lately that I haven't even had time to worry about this baby.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Our Sweet Boy


Our sweet boy had to go back to the hospital again last week.  His blood pressure had been high for a while, so they wanted to observe him at the hospital.  They can go up on his medicine dose a lot quicker in the hospital when he is observed vs doing it at home.  They also did some lab tests, a heart ECHO and kidney ultrasound.  His overall kidney function looks good (thank God), but his right kidney still hasn't grown.  We don't know how much function that kidney has, but it hasn't shriveled up yet, so they believe that the kidney gets a little/sporadic blood flow.  This "bad" kidney is what is causing his blood pressure to be too high.  The blood pressure is under control for now and I am praying that it stays that way.  Next step would be to do a kidney function study, but they have to sedate him for that.  They are talking with the team now to figure out when they want to do that and what they would do depending on the outcome.  If the kidney has less than 15% function they would recommend to take it out.  They would like for him to be bigger to do that surgery, because it can then be done laparoscopic.  If the kidney has at least 15% function they would like to keep it as long as we can keep the blood pressure under control with 3 or less medications.  The heart ECHO looked good and the high blood pressure has not caused any thickening of the heart yet, which is great news.

Keeping an active boy busy in a hospital is not easy.
He is still so cute even in his hospital gown

This little boy keeps us busy all day long.  He never sits still (which is going to be an issue on our upcoming flight to Germany) and is always into something.  He loves to open and close doors and pull everything he can out of cabinets and drawers.  He is still quite the climber and carries Hannah's step stool to places he can't reach.
Caught again
This little boy loves to be outside and tries to escape any chance he gets.  We have to keep all doors locked and I know it won't be long before he can open the locks.
This is what a happy child looks like....playing in the dirt
A chocolate chip cookie in the car also makes for a happy child
I was getting him ready for his nap and he got away from me.  Here is where I found him......on the shelf of the TV cabinet in our room (TV and cabinet are bolted to the wall)
After our strawberry picking adventure a few weeks ago we stopped at this little burger joint in Pea Ridge and apparently Evan was really hungry.  He was trying to climb out of his high chair before we got our food, so I took him out and was going to take him outside to run around.  I put him on the ground and he ran over to the table next to us and stole a french fry from the ladies plate.  Thank goodness she thought it was funny too.  He was so fast!


Here are a couple of Hannah quotes related to her brother.  He was doing something he wasn't supposed to again and she said "Evan use your head man" or "You are killing me dude".

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hannah Funnies and Evan Update

I can't believe I haven't posted in so long.  I need to do an update on my two babies.

As you all know I think Hannah is hilarious.  I need to document some of the things she has recently said. 

We were getting ready for a birthday party and Hannah put a dress on and came in saying: "Don't I look beautiful and Evan looks so handsome".  Then she looked at me and said "I am not sure about you".  Thank you Hannah for your honesty. 

She is such a little princess (actually Queen Elsa now)

Scott is allergic to dogs and cats and Hannah knows that, so here is here suggestions: "I have an idea.  When daddy is at work we can get a kitty and then sweep everything off where the kitty went so daddy won't have to sneeze.  Would that work?"  After I explained to her that wouldn't work she had another suggestions: "I have a great idea.  How about we watch Jenny, Dave, Ben and Nathan's animals?  They can all go on a little date and we babysit them.  We can go for a walk with them, make dinner for them and give them a bath and then play games.  Then they go night night and we read them a story."  Sounds like a fun evening for the animals.


Evan was getting into something again and Hannah said "Mama look at what your son is doing again"


When we were on the beach in Florida Hannah wanted to catch a seagull and said "Mama if we are so quiet maybe we can catch one of those swans?"

"If daddy was on The Voice he would be really good" Hahahahahah!

"Let me tell you what".  I think that sounds like something grandpa Irv says.....

"You betcha I will"

"Mama you are genius.  How come I didn't think about that?"

Yesterday she went to art class and they made a peacock, but she is calling it a pecan.


Now on to Mr Evan.  I totally missed his 14th and 15th month update.  Oooops!

He really liked those ribs!

Evan has been really busy over the last few months.  He started walking full time right as he turned 14months old and he hasn't sat down since then.  I thought Hannah was busy, but he takes it to another level.  He is just busy all the time and never sits still.  Sometimes he just walks in circles.....he definitely keeps us busy and on our toes.  He still likes to climb on everything and has no fear.  He can open all doors in our house and that makes it hard to keep him out of anything.  He is quick to get away and I can usually find him in Hannah's bathroom on the step stool trying to get to her toothpaste.  He is obsessed with Hannah's toothpaste.  If he can't get the tube he will look for her toothbrush and just starts sucking on it.
Silly boy playing with daddy's wig....most of his pictures are blurry, because he doesn't sit still long enough

He likes to take his diaper off and then takes it to the toilet and wants to throw it in (he also likes to play in the toilet......we may need to invest in some of those toilet lid locks).  Every time he finds a headband or bow he puts it on his head and when he does he looks just like Hannah a that age.
He loves to eat, be outside and wrestle.  He can spend hours outside playing (we have to look front door and door to the garage all the time otherwise he will escape).  He all of a sudden became a great sleeper at night (I am not questioning what happened here, I am just going with it).

He has also caused us a lot of worry again.  His blood pressure has been on the rise and we haven't found the right dosage/medicine to get it under control.  His readings have been quite high (higher than adult should be) and it just makes me sick to my stomach.  We have had lots of conversations with the team in Little Rock and we just need to give it a little bit more time to hopefully get it under control with medications.  I learned to take his blood pressure at home and we do it twice a day, which can be very challenging.  He is such a sweet boy, but like mentioned before sitting still is not one of his strong points.  The doctor told us that he is not at any danger right now, but that we do need to get the blood pressure under control.  If they can't get it under control with 3 or less medications than they will have to consider doing surgery to remove the one bad kidney a lot sooner than planned.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

One More Day in Florida

We had one more day in Florida and we got to spend it with my dear friend Tabitha.  We did the character breakfast at the Grand Floridian and the kids loved it (the Mickey Mouse waffles are pretty fabulous).
She was excited to meet Mary Poppins.  She didn't know any of the other characters, but she still enjoyed meeting them.
Alice in Wonderland
Evan was pretty focused on his waffle, but he did smile at Tigger
After breakfast we rode the monorail by the Magic Kingdom and took the boat to the Wilderness Lodge and walked around for a while.  Hannah was super excited to see the castle from the monorail.   Disney seems stressful to me, so this was the way to go for me:)

In the evening we met up for dinner with my college friends Hellen and Lisa and their husbands. I feel so blessed to still have these girls in my life.  We pick up where we left off last time we saw each other.

We haven't aged at all......I tried to look for a picture of us from college (of course they are not digital) and for some reason we were doing the Charlie's Angels pose in all of them.  Good times!
We had a wonderful few days in Florida.  I can't wait to go back.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Little Getaway

We spent a few days in Florida last week and it was so nice to feel the sun on our faces after this crazy winter we have had (and then it snowed again two days after we got back home).  Scott's parents joined  us for the  trip.  We spent a day in New Smyrna beach and it was wonderful to put our toes in the sand. Hannah was so excited to go to the beach.  We built some sand castles and looked for sea shells.
Evan loved the sand too


Walking in the sand was not so easy
An almost family picture......Hannah was too busy

The next day we went to Sea World and had a wonderful time.  It was a little cloudy and rainy that day, which was perfect, because the crowds stayed away.
Evan was not so interested in the shows......he preferred to be tickled by grandpa

A rare family picture
The dolphin show is beautiful

Seeing Shamu up close
That night we celebrated Scott's birthday with his parents at Taverna Opa
Evan loved the ribs....he was very content

The rest of the family danced on the table


Hannah was a little shy at first, but then she really liked it

That's enough pictures for one day.