Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sick day & 9 Months Old!

Remember in my last post how I said that I love the unexpected sick day? A bonus day out of the blue allowing me to cuddle and love on my sickie girls? Welp, we're at it again.  Up to the plate now (again) is poor Teagan.

Thursday the obvious sick signs we're all too familiar with at this point reared their ugly head.  Fever.  Lethargy.  No appetite.  Time for lots of fluids and lots of movies.  The day went on and right before bedtime Teagan was snuggled up with Kris watching her last show of the evening.  I noticed her cheeks were red.  Crazy bright red.  So I grabbed the thermometer and practically (okay, let's be honest here--completely and totally) freaked out when it read 104.1.  104.1?! Cannot be right so I checked her again. 104.5! Commence freak out and off the ER we go.  Tests were run and came back as the flu.  Poor babes.

Fast forward to today.  After ER visits a follow up is scheduled with the pedi.  While Teagan was making some progress on Sunday, her fever and sick symptoms returned Monday afternoon.   So (1) it's round two of the flu or (2) some bacterial infection . And to make it more enjoyable for all parties directly involved, the wet, deep cough that she has been battling for weeks that I really didn't think too much about? Yeahhhh, her poor little lungs are filled with fluid. So we're on breathing treatments,  an antibiotic, off for chest x-rays tomorrow, and another pedi appointment.

My heart aches for T.  This winter has been SO brutal for her.  For all of us, but definitely for Teagan.  According to the pedi her system is so weak that she can't recover, hence picking up everything and anything.



Teagan is tough though and was able to enjoy some Super Bowl festivities with us :)



Parker, while not ill, has been experiencing her own symptoms called jealousy.  All the attention sick T has been getting has been noticed and not entirely appreciate by our oldest.  95% of the time P is such an amazing Mother Hen and is the first one running to get T snacks, drinks, her fave toys, you name it.  But the other 5% of the time she's like enough is enough! And when that happens there's no better time for a daddy-daughter date to the ice rink.  Prior dates to open skate ended in tears but she tore it up this time!





Emerson is NINE MONTHS OLD and sweet as can be.  All foods are her favorite with cheese being #1, just recently I can say with confidence that she sleeps through the night more evenings than not,  she's taking two or three naps a day, said her first word (dada), loves cooing and still lets me rock her to sleep. That is, when she's not busy sticking her tongue out.  All day every day that tongue is out of her mouth!






Full on crawling is on the immediate horizon.  E is figuring out how to flop herself forward to scoot around.  She loves taking steps when we're holding her hands.  If we leave a room she makes it known that it's not okay in her book by screaming at the top of her lungs.  And my favorite thing is that after four straight ear infections over the span of months we have fluid free ears as of today! Woohoo! I'll take it.




What I won't take though are pictures with the 9 month sticker placed perfectly on E's onesie.  Too sticky and interesting to leave alone ;)




Watching Emerson figure out how to move around is the best.  I see babyproofing in our near future.  







Off to bed now but I will leave you with this shot I got Friday morning.  Such a peaceful, beautiful morning looking out at our backyard.  Hard to believe that this morning I woke up to the same view, only this time covered in fresh snow :)  Happy Valentine's Week!






Wednesday, February 3, 2016

January

Ahhhh January,  The time of year when the S Family finds enjoyment in taking eating to the next level.





I have clearly missed my calling in life.  Move over stocks.  I need to make room for my Nutella and fruit creations.  

The girls embraced the food creativity as well.  

And so did one of the local ice cream spots with their color changing spoons.  INCREDIBLE.


Little miss E has started moving around in her crib.  She starts off with her head facing the bottom end of the crib and many times ends up like this.  Seems pretty happy to be wiggling around :) 



E also seems pretty happy about her pink unicorn towel.  


Teagan has found joy in something new called the foot selfie.  It's when you take a selfie of not only yourself but your foot as well.  I think she is on to something epic here.  Before you know it Kim Kardashian will be doing the same.






Teagan has also become even more independent than ever.  Recently she became lodged butt first in the toilet and was not a fan of peeing by herself.  But we've overcome that obstacle and now she is  back on the track of solo trips to the bathroom. Right down to hand washing too :)



I apparently need assistance in the bathroom because when left on my own I run a bath, fill it with bubbles, turn on the jets, accidentally pass out on our bed (thanks germs!) and wake up to this.  Woops.



For the most part, someone in our house has been sick since September 29th.  It first started out with Teagan's sickies turned pneumonia turned we have no clue what is going on.  Then it turned into walking pneumonia for both me AND Kris.  Do you know how long that nonsense lasts? Weeks.  Like endless weeks.  Like 8+ weeks.  Then began the first of now FOUR in a row ear infections for Emerson which involve lots of throwing up.  And in the middle of all that Parker got sick for an entire week. Then Teagan decided we hadn't had enough yet and puked eleven times.  E.lev.en. So of course Parker had to do the same.  This is an endless cycle people.

So we've spent a lot, I mean a lot, of time at home.   I have to admit, I love sick days.  Not necessarily the sick part but the unexpected bonus time hanging with my loves.  I mean, look at em ;)


Here they are sick.


Yep, sick.


Again, sick.


Sick sick sick.


Do I even need to say it again? Sick.


Stiiiillll sick but on the road to recovery. 


So after weeks and weeks and weeks of hanging out at home we finally were able to get out as a healthy family this past weekend. The girls requested Jungle Java, a big indoor play place thing, so that's exactly what we did.  Even Emerson was able to get in on some of the fun. Though it does appear that she is trying to escape the madness.  Too late chica!





Other random things:

I am so not a car person.  The bigger the better when it comes to vehicles IMO.  But I will say that I am loving Kris' CTS.  It's sporty, its leathery, I'm super close to my littles and they sit right next to each other. What is not to love??


The deer are back out and about.  Most likely creating a game plan on how to effectively damage our landscaping come spring.  


A few weeks ago I found this gem :) September 2013, right before T's 1st birthday.  Awwwwww.


Maybe I have shared these pics but if not, rollers & strollers (in Deember)! Always a fun morning outing especially since I am allowed to wear shoes and don't have to make a fool of myself trying to skate!



While filled with sickies, January was still a lot of fun.  As all the months are! Now we're in February with lots planned.  A trip to Nashville, multiple birthday parties, playdates, and I am still holding out for loads of snow.  Come on winter! This girls needs a little more snow in her life before you bring the 55 degree days (like today!)



Thursday, January 28, 2016

Home Updates: Family & Dining Room

Remember in the last post I mentioned how the original playroom wall color made my skin crawl?  Welp, the family and living room weren't much better.  I mean, come on.  Purple walls?? Had to go stat.  As did the general dark vibe this room gave off.  Even with three sliding glass doors letting in loads of natural light, the overwhelmingly heavy colors made the room feel sad.  But as I typically do, I was able to see the potential in this space.  Large and open and exiting right to our deck, I knew we would spend a lot of time in this area and wanted to get it right.



Tada!

The very night we moved in I made it my mission to paint the floor trim and built ins white which immediately cleaned up the space.  Up next was three coats of a light blue paint and a nice mix of bright and rustic elements.  I recently white-washed the fireplace to rid it of it's 70s vibe and my handy husband tore down the oh so hideous mantle and replaced it with something more our style.



I'm not sold on the yellow curtains I bought the month we moved in but they still remain since I'm having a hard time finding the perfect fit.  I'm thinking maybe a tan of some sorts might work well.  Something that's not so bright and cheery since we have a lot of that going on already (helloooo red couch and blue rug).







The connected dining room also got a much needed facelift. New light fixture, wainscoating and once again, pops of color.  Not much eating goes on here though typically as 9 times out of 10 it functions as an arts and crafts area for the girls.





Still up on the to-do list: replacing the sliding glass doors with french doors (much too chilly to tackle right now) and maybe some crown molding if Kris wants to tackle that project.  But for the most part this room is complete and cozy and a great space for relaxation and play :)