Tuesday, December 30, 2008
This is our beautiful daughter. She is 7 1/2 years old. She is a typical girl. She can be moody, esp. when she is tired. She has been active in cheerleading, tumbling, and horsebackriding. She loves ALL animals. She can't wait until she's 9 and can start handling her own dog in junior showmanship. She loves to cook with her easy bake oven, and make crafts. She did want to be a vet tech like her mom, but I think I have successfully talked her out of that. She now wants to be a model. She had her first published photo this year. She will appear in the Jones Fish Hatchery catalog. Hey you have to start somewhere.
She has always been our sickly child. She has seen a cardiologist for an innocent murmur at 3 months old, a urrologist, and a gastroenterologist. She had a bladder condition called reflux that was diagnosed when she was 10 months old. It is caused by the valve not functioning properly that stops urine from going from the bladder to the kidney. It also made her prone to urinary tract infections. The infections could set up shop in her kidneys due to the weakened values and cause kidney damage. She spent the next 3 years with monthly urine samples and daily antibiotics, that tasted yucky! Every 6 months she had to have kidney ultrasounds and cystograms. Cystograms are terrible procedures where the nurse places a urinary catheter and injects a radioactive solution into her bladder until it is extremely full, then they shoot xrays while the bladder is full and as it empties. All the while it is the parents job to hold down the screaming child keep her still for the photos and convince her it is okay the pee in a pan in front of all these nurses. Real fun. So after 3 years we decided to have the problem corrected surgically. The doctor injects a polymer that slowly biodegrades and forms a lump of scar tissue under the valve in her bladder to position it where it will function normally. The worst part was the anesthesia. I was so nervous. She did not handle recovery well. she vomited from 24 hours afterward and we had to get medication to make her stop. But the surgery was successful. We have been virtually problem free since. We did have one scare last year where a routine urinalysis showed some white blood cells but that proved to be just an artifact thank goodness.
She also has a very sensitive stomach and gets ill very easily. Anywhere from carsickness to just being too tired will cause her to vomit. We never know what we are going to get when we take her out. So we travel with spare clothes and lots of trash bags. Her doctor told us to try to regulated her diet well too.
Since she is our sickly one she gets babied and spoiled, but we still expect alot out of her since she's that oldest. She is my darling and a huge help to me. She is super smart and spunky.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
On Sunday We spent the morning baking sugar cookies and making treat bags for my daughter's class Christmas party. She loved rolling the cookies in the sugar and putting on the sprinkles. Then I let her put all the different types of candy in the bags. She had a great time and so did I.
Friday night we went to my husband's work party held in downtown Cincinnati. We had a nice dinner at the Cadillac Ranch. There we watched his co-workers get way too drunk and stupid acting. We hung around and watched them ride the mechanical bull. Very funny. Then after being hassled to get as drunk as they were we decided it was time to go. We went for a lovely carriage ride through the city. Breathtaking!!! Then we enjoyed the lights around the square and in the lobby of our hotel. Then we retired for the night since I had to be at work the next morning at 8.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I think this photo says it all. This is our son. He recently turned 5. He is 100% boy. He loves all things reptile, amphibian, or butterfly-ish. He loves his transformer, power ranger, bakugan etc. toys. His favorite outdoor activity is football because he gets to tackle mommy. He also loves his wii. Yes we play video games in our house, but we don't do it obsessively. We are much too busy to be inside all the time. We love to play outside and hike in our woods and play with our critters.
He also loves trains. He has been to a day out with Thomas several times. We recently took him to Cincinnati to see the Duke Energy train display, and he loves to ride the train at the zoo.
As I am sure you can tell he loves music. Not that barney crap. He listens to what I listen to. He is the only 5 year old who knows every word to every Def Leppard song. He also listens to all the old 80's and 70's rock that I listen too. But Leppard is by far his favorite. His favorite songs include Pour Some Sugar On Me, Rock Of Ages, Rock On, and Hellraiser. I am sure someone is going to give me flack on this one, but it is innocent he just loves good sounding rock n roll.
He is also a child who knows exactly what he wants, and he won't leave you alone till he gets it. He has his certain foods he likes and everything else is gross he tells me. This child didn't just tell Santa what he wanted or make a list, he took the toy catalog with him to show Santa exactly what he wanted. And he loves to be at home not out shopping. This personality trait sometimes makes him a little hard to reason with, but one day it will lead him to do something great. Something that is exactly what he wants.
On the other hand he is also the most cuddly and affectionate child. Our favorite past time is to cuddle in the computer chair together and watch you tube music videos.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
For those that know me know I love to cook, I just hate doing the dishes. And you also know I have recently lost 40 lbs. So it has been my quest to cook healthy meals that taste great. with lots of flavor but with out all the calories. So here was tonight's dinner simple and fast and not much clean up.