December 2010

“Ooooh, What’s a Finger Prick? I Want One!”

Two days ago, I took Ashton to the doctor for his 5 year-old check-up and immunizations.

When it was time for his immunizations, the nurses had him lay back on the table and asked me to hold his arms while they gave him the three shots in his thighs.  I always feel sad for my babies when they get shots but the crying doesn’t last long and they are happy again fairly quickly.  Well, it was terrible to see the pain on Ashton’s face this time.  The nurses were probably bugged by how long I cradled him as he cried and cried.  For the rest of the day, his legs were really sore and he kept asking,”Mom, why did they have to do that to me?”  After I tucked Ashton in that night and was leaving his room, he said,”Mom, when you’re out there, will you say a prayer that my legs will get better?”  I immediately went back in to have a prayer with him for his little legs.

The next morning he was limping and finally CRAWLING.  I thought he was being a little dramatic.  Well, at about 3 I noticed he had a fever, which is normal with immunizations, so I gave him some Motrin and had him relax.  At about 5 he was 101 so I had him take a bath.  My poor little guy undressed in his room and came limping into the bathroom.  When I saw his thigh I IMMEDIATELY started panicking!  It was twice the size of the other thigh and RED and HOT!!!  I felt like THE WORST mom EVER!!!  I tried to be calm, I put him in the tub, ran upstairs and called the doctor – who THANK GOODNESS was open until 9 – and they wanted me to bring him in.  When Ash found out he had to go back to the doctor, he tried to sound so happy as he said,”Mom, my leg is much better!  Let’s go to the doctor another day when my leg is hurting.  But it is way better now.  I feel fine.” (So afraid of more shots, poor sweetie)

I packed up all the kids and met Josh at the doctor.  Of course, all the way there I was thinking the WORST and freaking myself right out and the SNOWY TRAFFIC did not help matters.

The doctor was VERY calm but after thorough examination and questions about BLOOD CLOT history (my heart began pounding and pounding), she suggested we take him to the hospital to have blood drawn to see if there was an infection.  I do not know if I could have functioned without Josh by my side being calm and positive.

So we hurried over the hospital and I held Ashton on my lap as they stuck another needle into him.  He was so brave but I felt so terrible, betraying my baby like that.  Oh, it’s hard to be a mom sometimes!!!  The results came back NEGATIVE for an infection, THANK HEAVENS.

They had me bring him in again the next morning and the verdict after a couple doctors checked him out, was that he just had a reaction to the tetanus vaccine…THE WORST REACTION either doctor had ever seen.  Here is a picture of his leg the day after, the marker is where the RED used to be…

And look at my silly guy back at the doctor, joking around, pretending to be Buddy the Elf….

FIVE MONTHS OLD!!!!

Tomorrow my NEWBORN BABY will be FIVE MONTHS OLD!!!  What in the…?!?!?  Time is flying by and he is growing way too fast!  Oh my goodness, I cannot express how much I love this chubby little guy!

Ethan is such a doll!  Ashton was a very chill, very good baby but he was extremely serious.  It was hard to get Ashton to smile.  But Ethan is very chill, very good, and VERY smiley.  Oh, he’s just such a sweetheart.  He is so patient as I take care of Ashton and Emmy who seem to need me more than he does.  As long as he’s fed and not tired, he’ll play and be content on his own for long periods of time.  Poor little guy.  He has been sleeping through the night since 8 weeks old and he’s a great eater.  I was going to argue that he isn’t as chubby as he used to be, that he seems to be thinning out…until I saw THIS picture…

Wowie!!!  I mean…WOWIE!  LOL!

Ashton and Emmy LOVE Ethan and their fascination with him is even greater than the day we brought him home.  Josh and I compare Ashton’s love for Ethan to Lenny’s love for rabbits and puppies on “Of Mice and Men”, or Chris Farley and his roll on “Tommy Boy”.  That’s a perfectly accurate portrayal.

It’s so AMAZING how love just MULTIPLIES as new babies come into our family and how I can’t remember life without them.

Thanksgiving Point Christmas Lights

Each Christmas, Josh and I take the kids to Thanksgiving Point to drive through the Christmas lights.  We always stop at the cafe’ for dessert and Ashton and Emmy MUST get a gingerbread man/girl.   This year a lot of my family came with us and it was SOOOO MUCH FUN!!  First we all ate at McDonald’s (Ashton and Emmy have been begging me to take them to play there) and then we headed to Thanksgiving Point.  Ashton and Emmy wanted to ride with Grammy and Grandpa and this is how they got to see the lights…

It’s hard to see, but they were popping out of the sunroof.  So cute and fun! (It was sprinkling a little bit so my parents were VERY nice to let them do this. Shows how things change when you’re grandparents, eh?  Hahahaha!)  I know Ashton and Emmy will remember that forever!

We saw the reindeer…

Got our gingerbread people….

And had dessert….

Ashton found his own table to sit at with Ryan and didn’t want to join us.  He opened his gingerbread man ALL BY HIMSELF and ate the whole thing in about 5 minutes.  It was pretty cute but…MY BABY BOY IS GETTING SO BIG! WAAAAAAAAA!

Cari making Ethan laugh

Ethan(seeing isn’t important, as long as you’re warm), Cari, Jenn

Mormon Tabernacle Christmas Concert

Our fabulous friends, Julie Anne and Will, invited us to go to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert with them!  I still can’t believe that they chose US!!!  I LOOOOVE the MoTab Christmas Concert and I was completely bummed when I realized we missed the ticket deadline.  But the Beck’s saved Christmas for me!

And check THIS out!  They always overbook the concert but since David Archuleta was performing, EVERYONE showed up.  So even people who had been there an hour early didn’t get in.  Well, as you can imagine, traffic was horrific and at 7:50 (it started at 8), we were still sitting in the car a block away from the Conference Center!  Julie Anne and I jumped out to go save seats.  We found our line to get in, it wasn’t moving and was about a block long.  Julie Anne, being the tenacious little fireball that she is, came up with a new plan and was ON THE MOVE with me tagging behind.  I dare not let this TOP SECRET scheme hit the masses, but I can tell you, we got in almost immediately and hurried right in to our seats.  If it hadn’t been for Julie Anne’s quick thinking and AWESOMENESS, we would not have made it in. (I avoided saying “been left out in the cold” on purpose, folks)

The concert was stupendous.  Josh and I were completely impressed with little David, who seems as humble and sweet as his American Idol days.  The only bad thing was I kept thinking throughout the WHOLE thing, “Dawg, you can BLOW!” (Randy Jackson).  But that boy really CAN!!!

Jenn, Josh, Will and Julie Anne

Thank you, Julie and Will!!!!

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

I LOVE Utah!  I love that we had no snow yesterday and this morning we woke up to find six inches of snow had fallen, THEEEEN it was sunny and beautiful all day long!  I love SUNNY snowy days, ESPECIALLY right before Christmas!  After we picked up Ashton from school, he and Emmy played out in the snow for a looong time.  I went out to check on them and found them making a snowman…SO CUTE!!!!

My snow angels!!!

I also love how if we do an activity together at night, I count it as Family Night!  Soooo, tonight for Family Night, we decorated graham cracker “gingerbread” houses.  Ashton and Emmy had fun and Josh was waaaaay cute helping them.  I really just got all the junk ready then said “Josh, will you sit here and help them while I put Ethan to bed?” and I left him to regulate the mess.  He’s the CUTEST!!!!