Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ears and noses

As I am sitting here on the computer, eating a brownie my 4th large one since 6 tonight, I can hear Harper talking away in her bed where she has been since before 8.  She ended up needing a nap today and slept almost 2 1/2 hours.  We all know that naps equal late nights for Harper unless she is up by 2 from her nap. As I left to pick HG up at 3:50, she was still snoozing away. It was one of those things were you know it will bite you in the butt but you just can't waking her.  It was a rough morning, extremely rough. The husband and I threw our hands in the air by lunch. I am loving that he is getting to experience and help with the good times and the bad. He has been a trooper helping around working during the day, even doing the dishes nightly.  Something as simple as him doing the dishes or drying a kid off after bath time makes such a difference to me.  With all the traveling he has done and is still doing, these are things he hasn't really been able to do. 

Monday morning, this little man had to go to the doctor.  Sunday into Monday, I was up every 30-45 minutes with him.  Saturday into Sunday, it was every 1-2 hours.  As you can imagine, I was exhausted and he was incredibly cranky Monday morning.  We knew it was the ears.  Sure enough, he had to have his ears cleaned out and double infections.
Happy to say that he is finally starting to feel a little better.  Yesterday, he was still pulling on that ear pretty bad but only woke at 2:15 and 5:15 during the night.  

The husband pulled these horrible rose bushes out of the front yard.
Harper has fallen in them and Hudson has grabbed them.
I love tall rose bushes but these have so many thorns on them and were in bad shape.

We replaced with very simple and low profile things.
Really wishing for azelas or hydrangeas but not knowing how rough our winter will be, we opted for less expensive.
Purple of course, it was the very first thing HG noticed.

When I picked Harper up from school on Wednesday, green snot was flowing,
Besides the green snot, her ear hurt and poor thing had a fever.
With Harper's history and underdeveloped sinus cavities, we always have to go to the doctor.
Thankfully we saw the same sweet lady we saw on Monday with Hudson and they had all of Harper's records from her previous Pediatrician already. Sure enough, she is on two weeks of antibiotics and has a clogged tube with and ear ache.  She felt miserable.

Oh this baby can cuddle with me any day. He slept just like this for nearly 2 hours today.
I didn't move.

Watching the world.
Harper was teaching him to dance.
Oh bear.
He is so cute.
HG had arrived home with massive stains the last two days.
This cute legging and tunic outfit came home with ketchup covering the tunic and pen on the leggings.
Yesterday, she came home with her denim dress covered in pizza sauce.
I am good at stain removal but having a hard time.
Both were brand new, first time to wear to school outfits.
She bounces when she eats and doesn't pay attention to where she puts her food.
Kids and their messes!

Harper gave us quite the scare last night.  I was on one side of the island and she was on the other coloring with markers on the floor and  the kitchen table.  She has huge issues with climbing and is often gets into trouble for this. I heard her fall and said Harper get up, you have to quit this climbing or you will really hurt yourself.  She didn't respond.  My initial thought was she knew she was in trouble because she seriously climbs all day long. So I repeat myself as I am walking around the island.  I realize the high chair fell on top of her and she is unresponsive. My heart stopped. I grabbed her with her arms and legs totally limp.  I kept calling her name and her eyes were rolling in the back of her head. I kept calling her name for what felt like forever.  She was screaming by now but still not moving anything so I laid her flat on the ground until I could get her calmed. She was coming around and then could move her legs, toes, arms and hands fine.  I grabbed her, put her in her carseat then did the same to Hudson and we were off.  Chris had just left with Hailey for swimming and thankfully it was a night it was in our town.  By the time we arrived to Chris, Harper was almost back to normal.  She could walk, talk, follow a light, you know the same things they would do at the hospital.  I still wanted to take her in but the husband assured me that we would watch her and any change, I could take her directly in.  He reminded me that she falls all the time that this one just got her good.  She stayed up way past her bedtime, slept with her baby brother's breathing monitor and I fully woke her a few times during the night.  We had a long talk about climbing and she was really scared last night. Tonight I walk in the living from the bathroom and she is sitting on the TV console table with the TV and falls off.  She landed on a rocking chair and a TV speaker came down with her.  The TV somehow managed to stay up there and I was in the bathroom for less than 2 minutes. She was in trouble, big trouble and she knew it. The husband caught her climbing up the same high chair that fell on top of her tonight.  This sweet, loving, super smiley little girl is going to give me a heart attack by the time she is 5.

He is on the go constantly.

Harper shared her injury popsicle with Hudson.
He got one bite and yelled for more.
Harper was walking and fell face first into a steel bar at gymnastics.
I think everyone in the gym hurt with her.
The falls are all day long every day right now.
Someone said I needed to make her slow down and always tell her to slow down. If I would just tell her to slow down. I just needed to tell her.
We all say this 100 times a day, every day.
She was walking, slowly walking and fell into a steel bar.
Chris and I have our house Harper proofed and are constantly doing everything we can to stop the climbing and falls.
My day revolves around making sure Harper doesn't get hurt.
I check on her at least twice a night to make sure she is okay.
Every day. Every single day. All day long.
I appreciate the sweet texts and calls checking on her, we are working on it daily.

HG switched gymnastics classes and is doing fun things.
Our free nights are Thursday and Sunday between summing and gymnastics.
He was entertaining the on lookers
Crazy driver.
She gets her four wheeler back tomorrow after loosing it on Monday for driving up steps and flipping it then flipping over the handle bars doing a front roll.

Tuesday, she told me to step away from the brownies or my hiney would get big.

But she helps me bathe Hudson every single day and he totally loves it.

So sweet.
he has now had fruit loops an yogurt thanks to red headed sisters
Sunday our air messed up.
Today they replaced the coils.
It still didn't fix it.
Thank goodness it isn't hot outside.

Her head hurt, I had advil waiting when she woke up.  We have been switching tylenol and advil off every 3 hours.

Loves fresh corn on the cob.
He spotted the Ritz cracker.
He loves getting a Ritz.
I've been giving him a bit of water at dinner, maybe an ounce or two.
He loves it but I know his isn't really supposed to have much water, just a few ounces if needed.
I need to wash down my food, I think he needs to as well.

Boy vs dog, one will go through the screen soon.
They will be the best of friends soon.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Swim team

Hailey Grace began her swim team practices this week. This is a first year swim team she is on to prepare her incase she continues swimming in middle and high school. She will have a couple of events through out the year but mainly this will just be a year of learning more skills and working on endurance. I think 3 laps for a Kindergartener is pretty good for endurance already.
Not only do they swim, they also have fun and make lots of friends. Last night I was ever so thankful for the little boy who danced and shook his hiney that entertained the babies. We laughed and laughed. And for the lady behind us that kept Hudson laughing and smiling. And that the husband was in town to lend a hand, help with kids and routines.  We felt that we belonged and everyone greeted us with open arms. 
Flavor of the day bathing suit.
Swimming will keep us busy.
3-4 weekly practices, one being 30 minutes away and many Friday nights.  Thankful the younger and beginners have practice first allowing to get home earlier. 
Hailey Grace loved it and asked it she could do it every day. We are working on a swim cap but 2 French braids worked last night. HG isn't much into swim caps. 

Monday nights will be late for us. Typically, they are all in bed by 7:30 and even the downstairs tv is off 8-8:30 (even on a volume of 8, it shakes Hudson's room).  But we still weren't home by 7:30 last night. Then ran into friends outside. By 8, I hadn't even started dinner. That is incredibly late for the girls. I managed to whip up a fresh Mexican dinner fairly quickly but we still needed a bath, teeth brushed, story, prayers, kitchen cleaned/mopped, school stuff ready, etc. We didn't plan well but really enjoyed the day and seeing HG so happy.

We are looking forward to more practices and the kick off party next week.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Locked out

Somehow we manage to lock us out of various things. Cars, houses, hotels, etc.
Wednesday, leaving for gymnastics one of the girls locked the garage door. My car keys have been missing since the husband took then out of the front door, that was 2 weeks ago. I have looked and looked for those silly things.  Today, Chris found them behind some stuff in the pantry. Nice.  Back to the lock out... We headed to Hailey's gymnastics and Harper's turn at the play gym. I ran some errands and even came home to put groceries in the outside fridge. I was in a rush so never even touched the door or I would have known. Fast forward to after gymnastics.  It is nearly 6:45 and I have hungry screaming kids. HG yells that the door it locked. I tell her that it isn't and to try. Then I try. Yep, locked. We met our first locksmith here in Indiana. We were in the house within 30 minutes. The actual process took less than 3 minutes of lock picking and $160 out of my pocket. I will have keys everywhere now!
Selfies while locked out.
Oh my cuteness!
We read so much while HG is at school.
Sure enough, as soon as I bragged on her, she had a rough day.
Her skin was itching, she took a bath in LUSH products and naturally it gave her another UTI.
They make her incredibly whiny and she had a headache.
We are trying to beat this one naturally since she has been treated for two UTI's and one kidney infection recently.
She had an ultrasound and a VCUG of her kidneys and bladder where both looked good.
So it is the environment stuff causing it.
Bath productions, possibly her wiping which I have stressed she isn't allowed to do, swim wear, pull ups over night, etc.
We don't normally put anything in the bath and if we do, it is extra sensitive only once a week.
The girls were gifted some amazing things from Poppy and Danielle from Lush that most adults would love to get their hands on.
As you can imagine, the bath was really pink.
We also don't use any pull ups at night, they are horrible on her skin.  Think big red boils all over. Either just panties or one of Hudson's diapers.  Plus, even if she has a diaper or pull up on and wakes up dry, we can't use it again the next night.  She has to have a clean one each night and only certain brands.
Crazy how all of our skin can differ as to what irritates us.
Hudson gets better naps when just one girl is home or both are at school.  Then in return, he tends to sleep better at night.  The last few nights we are getting long stretches.
We play in Harper's closet a ton.
Slowly easing back into food after a GI bug.
Still not wanting much food or baby food but enjoying cheerios and some applesauce at breakfast.
Tried organic blueberry Elmo pancakes one day this week after swiping off Harper's plate.
So pancakes all the way around
Love watching all the hot air balloons over head on pretty nights. Luckily we were locked out on a beautiful night.
This is trouble. He is constantly in the fireplace. Baby proofing is under way.
What what?
Hudson can pull himself up on everything!
Harper wants to wear her Minnie Mouse bathing suit to gymnastics each week. It always gets her a lot of attention.
He is such a hoot.
Poor baby and his GI bug hit hard.
I think he passed it on to Momma.
Migraines and a belly that hasn't been 100% but thankfully we are both back to feeling okay.
As I posted on IG, crawling and puking are messy and no fun.

We wrote our words of the week in chocolate pudding licking fingers after each word.
After we finished, we made chocolate pudding for the girls to eat with the reminder.
Still waiting on Hudson's eyes to decide.
This day, he had on a brown shirt.
Today, they were blue and then green.
Working on our words of the week a little more with chalk.

Sweet new balances we bought from Stephanie and Hendrix.
Baby boy has some chunky feet but these work pretty good with some cooler temps just right around the corner.

Harper had homework on her first day of school.
She had to make a place mat and could put anything she wanted on it.
So typical Harper, her favorite things.

I was cleaning the kids bath tub and turn to see thing.
Moooooooooooom, I am just doing my gymnastics

Big girl and her big girl PBK backpack.

Sweet baby.
Harper wrote her birthday list on the ottoman in pen.
That did not go over well.
So thankful it came out.
Oh my sweetness, he wanted some pizza on Friday night pizza, popcorn, and movie night.