Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Christmas Eve was spent at my Mom's house. It was a great time, with lots of food I couldn't eat, and tons of presents. It is always fun to get presents, but I really enjoyed giving this year. We got my brother a great gift, something he had really wanted but had no idea we knew he wanted it, so his face was priceless when he opened it. Jayke was a riot this year as well, he loved everything and just couldn't wait for it to be his turn. We finished opening and Jim and I stayed and hung out for most of the night just chatting and having a good time.
Christmas morning is spent at my Dad's house. We have breakfast and open presents together with us kids and my Dad and Deb. Breakfast turned out good even though the casserole Deb had made got dumped on the floor thanks to the 2 dogs racing around the kitchen. We had brought our belgian waffle maker as well so Deb put together some scrambled eggs with all the fixins to replace the casserole. Everything turned out good and tummies were full.
After breakfast we all head downstairs to open presents. Present opening was a great time. Santa left Jayke a present at Papa's too and his reaction to finding it and opening it was just priceless. He is really into animals this year and got one of the tiger cubs that acts alive, I think everyone was impressed by it, but especially him. By the time gifts were done Jim was up in bed sick. I knew something was up but he was in denial for a little bit and wouldn't say what was wrong, finally there was no hiding it. He was in bed or in the bathroom the rest of the day. Odie was always by his side making sure no one would bother his sick Dad.
Christmas night is spent at my grandparents house with the whole Skudler clan. Jim stayed back of course, not only was he still sick but he didn't want to make anyone else sick. The rest of us congregated for a pretty low key evening. We had our big Christmas dinner, followed by our gift exchange. There was lots of visiting and catching up. There are now 3 Skudler families expecting babies this spring/summer so we swapped pregnancy stories for a bit. It will be amazing next year how much the family is going to have grown and it will also be exciting for so many kids to grow up around the same age. Jim called a couple of times, I think he was lonely even though I wasn't gone too long, so I stopped and got him some medicine and headed back to take care of him. He had quite the fever when I got back so I am glad I was there to get him some tylenol and cold pack his head. By the next morning he felt much better, but still not 100%.
I am not going to post any pictures just now, I want to get some stuff done before heading to work, but expect some soon. Have a Happy New Year everyone!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
By this time it was about 5:40 and I was the only person who had keys to open work at 6:15. I called my co-worker who was opening with me and told her I would come and unlock for them but wouldn't be staying. I managed to make it there, got unlocked and got them on the right track for the day and by 6:30 was running to the schools bathroom vomiting again. I grabbed my coat and headed straight home after that.
I came in and just laid down on the couch. Jim was up snow blowing a little while later. When he came in I was up and running to the bathroom again...other end this time. Absolutely miserable by this point, I managed to sort of sleep until about 8:55 when I was up for another round of both. I had nothing left in me to throw up, so was just throwing up bile. After I finished I curled back up into a ball and tried to get my mind on something else. At 10:40 I was puking again.
Jim came home for lunch and brought me some tums, toilet paper (we were about out...bad timing!), and tissues. I tried 2 tums and before he left that was out of me as well. He got the pleasure of listening and watching me throw up, I am sure that was not pleasant.
I had been waiting on a call back from the doctor and it came shortly after Jim left. They said I needed to wait until I had gone an hour without puking, then take 2 or 3 sips of water. If that stayed down for a half hour I could take 3-4 more sips until I was able to hold down 8oz of water in an hour. Then, I needed to be on the BRAT diet for at least the next 24 hours (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast). If I was not able to hold anything down for 24 hours from the time it started I was going to have to go in to the hospital to be put on fluid and what not. This was making for one awful day.
I made it an hour without puking, although I did have diarrhea but didn't count that. I took a few sips of water. I was SO thirsty I could hardly stand it. Before I knew I took a couple of big swallows f water and sure enough I was throwing up shortly thereafter, that was at about 1:25. I waited about 45 minutes and tried a few small sips. I took a couple small sips every 15 minutes or so. I thought I was making progress, but was vomiting again at 3. I called Jim and told him if it didn't get better we should go to the walk in clinic tonight.
When he got home from work he brought some bananas, applesauce and bread. I had been doing good sipping water. I was in the massage chair downstairs because I was so sore from puking. I went and laid down in the family room. Over the course of the next couple of hours I ate the equivalent of a couple spoonfuls of applesauce and drank an entire glass of water. I was feeling ok. I decided to head upstairs and before I knew it I was puking everything up again, this was at 8:30, just late enough that we couldn't make it to the walk in clinic in time. Jim had gone to drop off his families presents to his siser so she could take them to Christmas and I asked him to bring me back some ice and some pedialyte because the doctor had told me to try that. Jim was told when he was going to get it that his sister's friend, who has triplets, was told by her doctor to use gatorade instead of pedialyte because they work the same but pedialyte tastes so bad a lot of kids won't drink it. So Jim called and asked me and I did a quick search online to find out that it was true, it is recommended for replenishing dehydration in children and adults caused by excessive vomiting and diarrhea and is shown to have the same health benefits as the children's remedy, Pedialyte.
Well I made it to this morning and have eaten a couple of glassfuls of ice and have finished about half a bottle of gatorade. I feel much better this morning. I am extremely sore from the vomiting and heaving. I think I will try to eat something, maybe toast, and see how that goes. My husband is a rock star. He took such good care of me and finished all the wrapping and getting ready to go. He is definately awesome. Hopefully I make it through today without any catastrophes and everyone have a Merry Christmas!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Monday night we went to Jolly Holiday Lights. It is an extremely long lighting display in one of Des Moines parks, with all of the proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We grabbed a bite to eat after work and then headed there. At the end there was a small place to park and go in for hot chocolate and other snacks, along with Santa and Make-A-Wish items to purchase. Here are Jayke and Jim in front of one of the lights on that building.
Wednesday night after dinner we decided to sit down and go through the ads to cut out pictures and make a letter to Santa with all of the things he wanted. He did awesome! I can imagine some kids would want to pick everything imaginable, but he truly picked the things he wanted most.
More than anything he wants the Imaginext jungle thingy and that is what he keeps telling Chelsea and Josh he wants. He would tell us that he also wants Santa to bring a lion, tiger and a dragon, so of course his next favorite things on his letter are his animals. Being the sweet boy that he is, he suddenly pointed out a baby toy he wanted Santa to bring, he told me he wanted Santa to bring it for his new baby brother (although Chelsea isn't due unti April).
On Friday all Jayke could talk about was taking his letter to Santa because that was the day we had been planning on going. That evening Jim, Jayke and myself got ready to got, had our letter in hand, got to the mall, and Jayke absolutely refused to Santa. He wanted to have nothing to do with him. It doesn't surprise me much, he has never really liked him, but I thought maybe this year would be different because he had been looking forward to it so much.
Saturday he helped me Christmas shop all day and we got quite a bit done. Other than that we spent the week just playing, hanging out, watching Kung Fu Panda and Horton Hears a Who, and just enjoying our nephew to the fullest. Here is a picture of him playing a monkey and Jim being the tree.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
We had an appointment last Friday and all was going well. I still haven't put on any of the weight that I lost initially which is good, and my stomach is growing like it should be. I am still mostly in regular pants, buttoning them fine without any pressure, but I have begun to feel my stomach starting to expand a bit. We were able to see the baby at that appointment to check on the heart beat, she was at a MUCH better angle than at our last ultrasound and it was very exciting to get to see her again!
We are definately having trouble thinking of names. We had a girls name all picked out for quite some time (Harper Charlotte), until recently the Disney channel decided to use it in one of their shows (thank you Wizards of Waverly Place whose main character's best friend is Harper). Anyone who knows me well knows that that will kill it for me, we don't want a weird name, but we want an original name, and now every pregnant Mom watching the Disney Channel with their kids will hear this name so we just can't do it. I suppose we will keep brainstorming and come up with something eventually.
Saturday, December 06, 2008
This is why...
- we can't have a tree that gets put together in layers...that equals climbing to the top opportunities for the cats
- the most precious ornaments now get loaded around the top of the tree
- Jim had to make a base for the tree out of 2 2x4's crossed and routed to fit like an X, screwed in to a 4x4 with a hole drilled into it that the tree pole slides into. This way, even if they do jump in, try to climb, etc... they can't tip the whole thing over like they did multiple times in 2005.
Before: This is when we got it up, lights strung, and our 1st ornament we got together on it.
After: This is taken before Christmas even, as you can still see the presents under our tree.
As you can see, the lights are no longer working, the star is falling off, there are few ornaments left, multiple branches down, and all in all, it is just a mess. I also learned to take a picture of the tree after it is completely decorated, just in case this were to ever happen again!
Hope all your trees are looking festive!
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Sunday morning also brought some beatiful winter weather to us. We had our first big snow! It was snowing when we were driving home Saturday night, but by the time all was said and done Sunday evening they say we had about 4 inches. I know some people hate the snow, but I am a 4 seasons kind of girl and there is nothing more beautiful than the first snow. Don't get me wrong, a too long winter gets old, but tell me that you don't love these pictures!