Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Save the Date

Sophie Kate's flyers are here...

A HUGE thanks to First Baptist Church Trussville for printing all of our flyers on the cutest shade of pink ever.  Now, we need all of your help, so once again troops I really need y'all to mobilize in a big way.  Our plan of action here is two-fold.  First, we need y'all to help us get these flyers out to the community.  So, if you have anyone that you can hand flyers out to let us know, like sports teams, dance/cheer groups, area businesses, church groups, and even in your neighborhood, Theresa Suhr, Traci Collins and I all have them, just get in touch with one of us.  We have got to get them out to as many people as possible.  Second, we are going to need volunteers on the actual day, Monday April 13 to help us at Chick-fil-A.  We are getting a sign up sheet together and are starting to fill slots in so please let us know if you will be able to help on that day as well.

We want to be very quick and careful to give God all the glory for this wonderful opportunity.  This day is not all about Sophie Kate (sorry Miss Sassy it's not).  We want the message of God's faithfulness and unfailing love to show through.  We are so thankful for the community support we receive here in Trussville, Alabama.  Can't wait to see everyone at Chick-fil-A on Monday, April 13, save the date!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

It's the Kitchen Sink Post

My littlest man will turn 3 on Saturday.  Of course I want to say that I can't believe he's fixin' to be 3, but see the thing with Grey is that he thinks he's 6.  It makes me so sad that he wants to be grown sooo bad, I just wish he would act like he's 3 that would make my day.  So in a last ditch effort to get his 3ness back, we are going to take him to Playhouse Disney Live on Saturday along with his best friend Jacob and his mama Mrs. Misty (or to Grey just Misty, yes my three year old calls my good friend Misty by her first name, I think it's the Mrs. Misty that he stumbles on b/c he doesn't do that with anyone else, it's pretty funny though).  We are going to see Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Little Einsteins, Tigger and Pooh, and many more live on stage. Oh yes, you will be three Grey, you will!

Don't feel sorry for him yet, he did get a party.  We had a Star Wars party for him when we were at my mom's over Spring Break.  Once again, not a typical 3 year old thing but he does have older brothers you know and believe me, he can play Yoda like nobody's business, excuse me I meant to say Master Yoda, Grey corrects me on that all the time.

Grey with his everything Star Wars cake.

Oh, that face, I'm not sure what to say about this one except wow, Cooper could you stop shoveling cake for one second.

No one wanted to break the theme of the party, so Grey got his own lightsaber (yay, now we have 3), he got his own Clone Trooper gun (I know way too much Star Wars lingo) and he got his own little Star Wars people to play with, all is right with his world, I can tell you that.

SK and Taylor (my cousin's daughter) were able to meet up again, they came over for the party.

Aren't they sweet together?

SK is sooo over Star Wars, but she looks so darling when she's annoyed.

Just wanted to let everyone know, since the posts have been kind of downers lately, that SK had a really good week at therapy.  Her therapists had commented on how much of a setback SK has had since her surgery, but this week they all thought that she looked so much better and also looked like she felt better.  Everyone was very encouraged by her progress over the last week and felt like we weren't as far off of getting her back to her pre-surgery self as we had once thought.  That was great for us to hear from them.  I can tell that she has been feeling better lately, her crying and her irritability are definitely down, but once again I'm afraid to say it too loudly, but I wanted to let y'all know b/c you have been so faithful in your prayers for our sweet Sophie.  Love y'all, thanks for loving our girl.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Back to School and Back to Reality

We're back and let me just start off by saying that the first day back is a bear!  We are dragging around here like zombies.  It was so nice to have a break from everything-school, baseball practice, our regular routine and even computering.  Yes, I was a good girl, I didn't even take my laptop with me.  We spent the week at my mom's house visiting with my sister and her family and lots of cousins.  It was a good break especially getting away from the regularness of life here.

First things first, Sophie Kate seems to be doing better.  I'm afraid to even write that for fear that things might take a turn for the worse again, but I do want y'all to know that we haven't had a "major crying episode" since Thursday.....shhhh don't tell SK, we're keeping it on the "downlow."  She does have a cold that we saw the doctor for 2 times before we left to go out of town, unfortunately it is still with us.  Hopefully, she will be able to fight this one off herself, we'll see.

As for Spring Break, the jury is still out, in my mind anyway, about who had more fun, the boys or Chad, who let me remind you had 4 days in the house by himself with peace and quiet.  My vote is unanimous for Chad but I think the boys would veto me huge on that one.

Here's a little glimpse of how we spent our Spring Break....

The boys had biscuits with gravy/jelly and sausage balls every morning and as for me, my mom bought my favorite coffee creamer, so I was a happy camper too.

Then there were brand new legos for everyone and that was just the first day, how am I supposed to compete with that?

SK enjoyed her second favorite thing to do, sitting outside.  Her #1 favorite thing to do is for someone to hold her while she sits outside, can you say SPOILED!

Sophie Kate on a happy morning before her bath.

My niece Emma Claire loves to help with SK, don't let Grey give you the wrong impression here.  Emma Claire had helped me give SK a bath and then Grey jumped in there at the last minute "take picture me too wif Sosie Kate."  Emma Claire would be real quick to tell you that he didn't do anything with SK, she did.

How sweet!  I love this one and they love each other.  Isn't that darling?

SK still happy even after her bath.

There's more to come from our spring break adventures, I just don't have time to post it all this morning, I have to go now and be "mama" today.  We had a birthday party for Grey while we were there, I can't believe my little guy is almost 3.  No pics of him in his underwear this time though, I made him wear clothes b/c we had a lot of company.

Please be in prayer for Sophie Kate's therapy this week.  This surgery has caused a HUGE setback in therapy, all of her therapists have commented on it.  She has lost a lot of the progress that we had been making, we've got a huge task of catchup ahead of us and SK is not real big on cooperating on any of it.  It's back to reality here.  I hope we can survive the 2 months until school's officially out, there are no more breaks, yuck!!

Thanks for checking in on us, have a good Monday.

Friday, March 13, 2009

We Need a Break

The progress has been very slow around here concerning SK's "bathroom issues."  She is still crying quite a bit and from time to time I am not sure that this is really the problem.  We were doing way better than this the first time around with this surgery.  She is still crying really really hard every day and I am at a complete loss as to what the problem is if it is not her GI problems.  One thing I do know for sure is that all of us are sooo frustrated and sooo sick of this.  I talked to her pediatrician today (Friday March 13) and was actually a bit encouraged after we got off the phone, but as the long evening and night have worn on I am becoming less and less optimistic.  We need some wisdom, healing and relief over here and we need it right now!

Spring Break has officially started here and if there was anything else we needed a break from, besides Sophie's incessant crying, it's school.  It's just that they really expect the children to be there everyday and we are really tired.  We need some lazy mornings in our pjs w/o SK crying, that is what I want, along with afternoons, evenings and nights w/o SK crying.  The kids and I will be heading to my moms this week  for some time away.  I'm not sure how well it's going to go seeing as how we have made no progress in figuring out what is going on with Sophie Kate, but nevertheless we need a change of scenery.  I can't even tell y'all how jealous I am of Chad, 4 days of heavenly bliss and not having to listen to one second of SK crying.  I told him when I came back, it would be his turn to go out of town with the children, ha ha.

I will leave y'all with this super sweet picture of Grey and Sophie Kate.  He is so sweet with her, I adore him.

Hope everyone has a great week.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Getting Back on Track

I think we have figured out what has had Miss Sassy so upset over the past week and I am trying to think about how I can discreetly and with Sk's utmost dignity in mind tell y'all about it.  Let's see....umm.....Miss Sophie is having some major "bathroom" issues, as in not being able to, if y'all know what I mean.  Now I'm not saying that she hasn't been able to go at all, just not very much and not without a lot of weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Whew!  I can't tell y'all how happy I am to finally get this thing figured out.  It is beyond frustrating to endure night after night of crying and painful screaming and not know what is wrong with her.  It is a terribly helpless feeling.  What a relief to have an answer and we didn't even have to go to the doctor this time.  So, I won't go into detail about the solutions to this problem b/c that would be compromising her dignity and privacy "big time."  Let's just say that today (Wed. March 11) is better than yesterday and hopefully we are getting back on track here.

The second time around with this surgery has been so difficult on my baby it's time for her to feel better for a really long time.  Thanks for checking in on us and pray that there will only be good things to report from now on.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Not Feeling Better

I guess I spoke too soon in the "Feeling Better" post.  The past 5 days have been a strange mix of misery and fun.  First, the fun, we went to 2 birthday parties this weekend, one with friends and one with family, but both had my boys laughing and running wild.  It was a beautiful weekend here and the parties were outside for the most part.  I love hearing the sounds of kids playing outside after having been inside most of the winter.  We are also in full on baseball practice mode around here and it was so nice to be back at the ballpark.  I love weekends spent there, thank goodness SK does too, I don't want to miss those boys playing ball for anything.  It was just what we needed to be reassured that Spring is on it's way.

Now for the misery part, SK has not been doing to well over the past few days.  We are still giving her way more pain medicine than I thought she would be needing at this point.  Mornings and afternoons are fussy and whiny and then evenings and nights are all out screaming and crying.  We are trying all different kinds of things to make her more comfortable and are exhausting all the things we know to do.  Please pray for some wisdom and clarity in this situation.  I am going to call her surgeon tomorrow (Monday March 9) to let them know what's going on here.  I just don't know what else to do.  This is not how our little Sophie acts and we are soooo wanting to get back to what is "normal" for her.  Please pray we can figure this out quickly, this is so difficult to watch.  I want the sassy back in my little Sophie.