Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Life in a nutshell

On the 12th of February Tyler and I went on a cruise without kids. We did bring Max our baby though. He was such a sweet and fun baby and all of the people that work on the Cruise ship loved him. Especially the Maitre d', She was from Romania and every night would carry Max to our table. She said that she had to leave her daughter to work on the cruise ship when she was Max's age. While we were on the cruise Max turned 1!! I can't believe that a year has passed. He is such a sweet little guy.
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While we were on the cruise Max had an allergic reaction to amoxicillin and was covered from head to toe in hives.
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This picture was taken at the airport and every person that saw Max kept saying "what happened?" or "what is wrong with him?" Poor Max, I kept saying "Normally he is an adorable cute baby."
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This was taken at the doctors office just before we left.
It really was divine inspiration that I brought Benadryl with me on the cruise ship. I know that it would have been life threatening if I hadn't had it with me. I knew what to do because Brigham had the same allergic reaction when he was around the same age as Max.

Poor Max is going to have tubes put into his ears next week. He has had fluid in them since September and infections off and on since then. I hope that after he has the tubes he will talk more. Right now he is on his third antibiotic since the last one didn't take care of it and the one before he was allergic to.

While we were gone Spencer had a fight at school. When we got home Spencer took me down into his room and told me about it and said the principal would be calling me. He was suspended last week for Tues, Wed, and Thurs. In September he was in a fight with a different kid, who had been picking on him. This time he was in a fight with that kid's friend. I wasn't thrilled about the fight....you know that I'm not a fan of fighting or violence, but I do support defending yourself when being picked on.

I don't know if I updated this before but I took Ethan to physical therapy and the physical therapist said "I can see that there is something wrong, but I don't know what is wrong and I can't help him." So I just have to be patient and wait.....Our appointment with the neuromuscular pediatrician isn't until May 18....that just seems so far away and google has an unlimited amount of information to look up. I do know that it isn't muscular dystrophy thought and I am so thankful for that.

In January we took the kids on a cruise for Christmas. It was so much fun! The kids said that it was the best vacation ever. Hailey asked if we could go on another for her birthday...lol. Taking the kids on a cruise was fun and more relaxing than I thought it would be. Grandma Dalton, Marge, Marge's Brother Tom, His wife Jamie, and their kids Ian, Abby, Evan...and Aunt Les all came with us on our cruise! Here is a picture of Les and I with the kids just before we got on the cruise ship. I am sure that you can see the annoyed look on my face. I didn't want to stand and pose for a picture and I was annoyed that they were taking one.
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Here is a pic of me with Max and Brigham. Brigham had gone to camp carnival and they painted his face while he was there. A little side note. The kids all had so much fun at camp carnival and circle C. It was built in entertainment for the kids while we were there.
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We are so blessed. We do have our challenges but life is good :)

Here is a pic of Max and I on the cruise.
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

My Little Ethan?......

Taking the kids on a cruise was one of the best vacations that we have had. It was very relaxing and the cruise ship has plenty of activities for the kids. While we were on the cruise Marge brought to my attention that there is something going on with Ethan. I am a big fan of taking the stairs on the cruise the elevators are slow and the stairs are good exercise. I have always noticed that Ethan walks and runs a little funny, but I just figured it would work itself out as he got older. He was the slowest at walking and has to plant both feet on every stair when walking up and down the stairs. I also know that he gets tired easily and if you ask him how he likes kindergarten he will say "I hate it because I can't get a drink when I am thirsty." I had his thyroid screened and they also checked for diabetes in December and both came back normal. When we got home from the cruise I took him into the doctor to ask about his walking and what might be going on. They did a CK test if it was high then there was a possibility of muscular dystrophy. The test came back
normal. We went and saw a physical therapist and made an appointment to see a neuromuscular pediatrician at Primary Childrens Hospital. The physical therapist told us that there wasn't anything he could do for Ethan. He could see that there was something wrong but just to go and see the Specialist. At physical therapy we could see that Ethan only walks on the heels of his feet and doesn't use his calf muscles. He is unable to stand on one leg and raise himself to the toes of his feet and can't hop or jump very well. I have googled every symptom that I can think of for my little boy and I come up with nothing. The doctor isn't able to get Ethan in until May 18th. At first I felt sorry for my little Ethan because right now it is apparent that he won't be walking or running like a normal person. Ethan has such a sweet personality, even when we are having a lot of tension or fighting in our home he walks around whistling or singing and he is so creative at coloring. He also makes up songs on the piano and can't wait until he is old enough to take lessons. I love my sweet little Ethan and so glad that he is a part of our family.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

November

In November we flew to Minnesota to spend Thanksgiving with Grandma Dalton and Marge. This was our kids first time on an airplane. I was quite stressed packing and getting us there but we made it without losing any kids along the way. I let the older kids use my camera while we were flying and I think they took about 50 pictures of the clouds and airplane wings :) Shawn and Lindsey were on the same flight out as us and it was fun for the kids to have cousins to play with. Brigham now says that Carson is his best friend.
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Ethan was really cute. He wore the Indian hat that he made at school all through the airport. The people at the airport helped us a lot and were very family friendly.

Here is a picture of the back of Grandma Dalton & Marge's house.
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The house is really neat and it had plenty of room for the kids to play. We took the kids to the park to play one day.
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While we were there I was visiting with Marge and I asked her if she had ever had someone puke in her car, and she said "no, but I did have a crock pot spill once." On the way home from the park Shawn and Lindsey's little boy Carson puked in Marge's car. I felt really bad...I'm sure I somehow jinxed her. Grandma Dalton and Marge were so nice to us, and I know there were plenty of times that my own kids drove me nuts so I know they were really tolerant and patient with all of the extra noise.

We also went to church while we were there. It is actually a branch and it is in North Dakota. When we showed up for sacrament meeting I think we doubled the size of the meeting. Before our kids came there was only one girl in primary. It was fun to visit and I am sure we will visit again sometime.

The ride home was a bit more challenging. We had to fly to Salt Lake and then drive 3 hours to home. On the way we stopped at Smith & Edwards in Ogden to look around and break up the ride a bit. My second child was quite a challenge on the ride home. He still continues to be a challenge. I now know how my parents must have felt when I went through my rebellious streak. I love him so much but sometimes I just don't know what to do with him. I just want him to grow up to be a productive, kind boy who does what is right. I just pray that I am doing the right things for him.