Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bronchitis and a get well card

Tuesday night, while at work, I got a text from Bill saying he wasn't going to be coming to meet me at a Reconciliation meeting that we were supposed to attend for Rebecca because Jacob had just thrown up all over himself. And he had a fever....just lovely.

Well Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, Jacob threw up a few more times and had a fever. I decided to treat the fever with Motrin/ Tylenol piggy back....That night, Jacob stayed downstairs on the love seat and I was on the couch to keep an eye on him and help him.

Wednesday, I was able to keep his fever down to around 100.0 degrees, and he did not throw up at all. He had absolutely no energy and laid around all day long.



Wednesday night, we again slept downstairs and I noticed the Jacob was developing a very deep sounding cough....

This morning, Jacob woke up at 6:30 am and starting crying for his dada. I took his temperature and it was 103.7. Bill left to run to work to tell them that he had to help take Jacob to the ER, and in the meantime I got Jacob dressed and then had to get Rebecca and Benjamin up so that I could take Rebecca to school.

The diagnosis at the ER....bronchitis. Apparently Jacob is susceptible as he had pneumonia last year and that makes him more likely to have lung infections. Just great. They gave him a breathing treatment at the ER, and prescribed him an antibiotic.

I gave him the antibiotic this afternoon and we have been piggy backing the Motrin/Tylenol. About an hour ago, Jacob got up and started moving around and actually asked for dinner. He ate 3 pieces of pizza and some fruit. I hope this means that the antibiotic has started working and we are on the rebound. I am hoping that tonight Jacob can sleep in his own bed, and I can actually sleep in mine.

On a more positive note, when Rebecca came home from school today she had a surprise for her brother...a get well card she made in school. It was the sweetest gesture.



I just have to say I hate when my kids are sick! And I hope that no one else in my house gets sick!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Weigh in Wednesday # 16 AND #17

In an effort to lose 40 lbs over the course of the next year (by July 28, 2015) I have decided to have a weekly accountability forum here on my blog. Every Wednesday I will be posting a "Weigh In Wednesday" post where I will post my weight taken that morning and things that I did good on the previous week, and things (goals) to work on for the next week. I think that by doing this, I can break it down into smaller goals and hopefully make myself more accountable!


First let's recap:
 My official starting weight (on July 30) was:::  235.6 lbs.
My weight last week was::: 222.2 lbs
My weight this week is::: 223.4 lbs. 
I am up 1.2 lbs. :(  

November has been a very stressful month. I did weigh myself last week on Wednesday but did not get to post that day. Surprisingly today when I weighed myself I weighed the same as last week. So we will do a 2 for 1 Weigh in Wednesday. Things have been stressful around here. Bill has been extremely busy with work. Worry about Benjamin. Busyness that comes from work and kids being in school and parent teacher conferences, etc. And today Jacob is home sick from school with a fever and throwing up. It doesn't end. I have been trying to be better at eating better, but quite honestly we have been eating out some (not a ton but at least once a week) and I have been snacking more. I really need to get back on track.....

Any words of wisdom? Thoughts? Advice? 
I would love to have all the support I can get!!
If you are trying to lose weight, feel free to tag along on these posts as well! Would love some company on this weight loss journey! 



Monday, November 17, 2014

Snow Day Fun!

Today, the kids and I had the day off from school and work due to the snow that we got overnight. So this afternoon, after Bill took Benjamin to his speech therapy session, we decided to get everyone snow suited up and head out to play.



The kids had a ton of fun. The sun came out and it was nice being outside. Benjamin loved walking in the snow and picking it up and throwing it. He didn't like when he fell and couldn't get up. Rebecca and Jacob enjoyed throwing snowballs at Bill and I.



After we came in, I made hot chocolate for everyone, including Benjamin who doesn't seem to like it!



Overall, it was a good, snowy play day!

Snow day today

one of the trees outside our house


Last night when I went to bed, I saw that the forecast was for 3-6 inches of snow overnight for our first snowfall of the winter season...

Except it isn't winter yet. It is only November 17....

Well, I woke up at 2 am and there was barely anything on the ground....

Then I got woken up at 5:41 from our school, saying that we were on a 2 hour delay today. I looked out our window and the streets and ground were covered with snow. So I reset my alarm for 8:00 instead of 6:30 and went back to sleep.

Bill got up and left for work. I woke up again with a phone call at 7:54 am from our school that we were now closed for the day.

view from my kitchen window


I decided to get up and shower, but when I looked in Rebecca's room she was awake. I told her there was no school and she started crying. But her mood got better once I showed her outside.

Then Jacob got up and I told him there was no school. And he started crying and said "But it is Monday and I go to school on Mondays." I am so thankful that I have kids that love school.

Right now, I am trying to get some things done. I have a load of sheets in the wash and have made a to do list for the day. I hope to get a lot done on this extra day off.

Does it snow where you are? 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday #15

In an effort to lose 40 lbs over the course of the next year (by July 28, 2015) I have decided to have a weekly accountability forum here on my blog. Every Wednesday I will be posting a "Weigh In Wednesday" post where I will post my weight taken that morning and things that I did good on the previous week, and things (goals) to work on for the next week. I think that by doing this, I can break it down into smaller goals and hopefully make myself more accountable!


First let's recap:
 My official starting weight (on July 30) was:::  235.6 lbs.
My weight last week was::: 224.6 lbs
My weight this week is::: 222.2 lbs. 
I am down 2.4 lbs this week!
***DOING  A HAPPY DANCE*** :) 

I have been very stressed and have gotten to the point where when I do eat, I don't eat very much. I have cut back on my chocolate snacking though so I guess that is a good thing! I am trying to make sure that I at least eat 3 meals a day, even if they are small. For example last night, I only had a chicken patty sandwich as I really wasn't all that hungry but it was something. Still need to work on drinking more water. I have been so tired this week and I think it is a combination of stress and not drinking enough. Have to change that. I want to lose the weight and keep it off, but I don't want to lose a bunch of weight because I am stressed.  

Any words of wisdom? Thoughts? Advice? 
I would love to have all the support I can get!!
If you are trying to lose weight, feel free to tag along on these posts as well! Would love some company on this weight loss journey! 



Monday, November 3, 2014

Worry about Benjamin

It has been a stressful couple of months, especially with concern about our little Batman Benjamin.



We have been taking Benjamin to speech therapy since May. Over the summer, his therapist mentioned that she would like to refer him to Children's Hospital for an autism evaluation as he was doing some things that children diagnosed with autism do---spinning chairs and looking at them out of the corner of his eye for an extended period of time, not being very sociable, having a very hard time with transition. I agreed and we had that evaluation done. The doctor that did that evaluation said that it was her opinion that Benjamin was not on the spectrum but that there was definitely something else that was causing some delays. She referred us to the main hospital to have a 2 hour developmental evaluation done. We had that done at the end of September.

On Friday, October 24 we took Benjamin back to the doctor to see what the results of that 2 hour evaluation showed.



Her official diagnosis is that Benjamin has a Global Developmental Delay, and has Autism Spectrum Disorder with associated language impairment, requiring very substantial support.

To say that we are shocked is an understatement. I have a nephew who is on the extreme side of the spectrum (non verbal, violent, has to wear a helmet, has a feeding tube, etc.) and to put him and Benjamin under the same diagnoses is disheartening and feels unreal. The doctor said that 3 years ago she would not have put that label on Benjamin, however they have lumped a lot of developmental disorders under the autism umbrella. She seemed to imply that with intensive therapy that we should be able to get Benjamin to a place where he could transition into a normal classroom with no issues when he is ready for school. She did give us the option of waiting a few months and having Benjamin tested again, as he was showing some things in our meeting that he was not showing in the evaluation a month before--like eye contact, pretend playing, etc. But if she came to the same diagnoses then, then we would have lost 6 months of treatment time. So we decided to accept the diagnosis and go from there.

So we are in the midst of trying to figure out what steps to take next and what this means for us. I have ordered a couple of the books that the doctor recommended and we have been in contact with "Help Me Grow" through the state of Ohio to see if they can provide the therapies that Benjamin is going to need. They said it could be around a month before we have anything in place to help Benjamin. In the meantime, I will continue to take him to his speech therapy once a week and will try to work with him at home.

I will say that it is overwhelming to think about. I have eaten so much chocolate in the past couple weeks that it is not right. I am scared for the future, but at the same time I am glad that we might finally be able to get Benjamin the help that is needed. It is so hard, but we will do what we need to do to help Benjamin succeed.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

I made a sign for Thanksgiving!

Yesterday, I took down all of our Halloween decorations on our fireplace mantel, and I wanted to replace it with something that was for Thanksgiving. I had a turkey gravy bowl and salt and pepper shakers to put on it, but it needed something else.

Earlier last week I stopped at the Dollar Tree, and I was disappointed that they had NO Thanksgiving decorations;  not even paper turkeys. They skipped right over Thanksgiving and headed to Christmas.

I then went to Pat Catan's, which is the craft store that we have in our town. They only had one little shelf of Thanksgiving things, but I was able to get a cute pilgrim set and a matching turkey to go with it.

When I put them on the mantel, it was still missing something :(

So I decided to browse on Pinterest to see if I could have any inspiration. I found a lot of ideas, but I kept coming back to this idea....

http://craftsredesigned.blogspot.com/2011/10/reversible-fall-wood-signs.html
So I decided to take that as my inspiration and headed back out to Pat Catan's to get some supplies. Mainly I needed the wood block, as I had lots of fall color acrylic paints already and modge podge to seal it.

I ended up buying a pack of blocks that had 5 blocks in it, a pack of leaf stickers and a stencil to use for the letters.

And here is what I ended up making:


I cannot tell you how much I love it! I think it turned out really great, and it is a great final touch to the mantel. It finishes it off nicely. And I might do a different holiday on the back so that I can reuse the blocks for a different holiday. Probably not Christmas, but maybe Valentine's Day or Easter.....


Do you decorate for Thanksgiving?