Tuesday, December 17, 2013
I had library books due back today so I decided instead of taking the van, the kids and I would walk. The library is literally down the street, .45 miles to be exact. So I put Eli (my 37lb 5 year old) in the front of the double stroller, Gabriel (my 30lb 2 year old) in the back, and then put my 3 month old, Amery, in my wrap and carried him! I'm pretty positive I burned more calories than what the fitness tracker tracked due to me pushing 67lbs of kids in a double stroller up and down hills (Strength training anyone?) and carrying a 14 lb on top of my 261 lbs.
I am worn slam out but now I will be cleaning for an hour to burn more calories! I have eaten pretty healthy all day with the exception of my (2) 7.5 oz cans of Pepsi.
Kicking this weight loss in to high gear!
Sunday, December 15, 2013
My 2 year old, Gabriel, was diagnosed with HD when he was 8 months old. He had surgery to remove 34 inches of intestines and to reattach his intestines to his rectum right before he turned 9 months old. He went from about a week old until 8 months being misdiagnosed with different things until he had a blockage so bad that a pediatrician had him rushed to MUSC in SC in fear that his intestines would rupture. At this time, he had quit going to the bathroom completely.
He did well after the surgery (most children end up with a stoma and 2 surgeries...Gabriel only had to have 1 surgery and his intestines were able to be reconnected after the bad was removed). At birth, Gabriel weighed 9lbs, 100z...at 8 months old, he was only about 14lbs. He was the same size at 8 months that his 3 month old brother, Amery, is now.
This past April, we had to rush him to CHKD in Norfolk, VA (an hour and a half drive) in the middle of the night because he stopped going to the bathroom completely and had started vomiting bile due to a stomach virus. This causes him to have HAEC (Hirschsprungs Associated Enterocolitis) flare ups. He was in the hospital for almost 3 weeks and had an allergic reaction to a barium enema while he was there. It is so NOT awesome, walking in to a hospital room and your 18 month old is laying there with his eyes rolled back in his head, the coloring of his skin is gray, and he has a tube down his nose to collect any vomit so that he doesn't aspirate.
Last night around 3am, Gabriel started crying. So I got up and went in to the room that he shares with his brothers (they are at their dads this weekend). He was COVERED in feces and the smell made me heave. I called for back up (his dad was sleeping). I got him to the bathroom and had to give him 2 baths. His dad took care of his bedding. We got him straight and I sanitized the bathroom. Not even 30 minutes later, he went again, and then an hour after that. He is either A) having an HAEC flare up or B) he was starting to get backed up again and the hot sauce that he ate yesterday combined with the juice he drank is cleaning him out.
So, please keep my Gabriel in your thoughts and prayers. HD is a rare disease found in children...usually when they are a couple of days old. This is something he will battle for the rest of his life. Statistics say that Amery should have it too but by God's grace, he doesn't.
Gabriel at birth
Gabriel at 8 months old getting ready for his surgery
Gabriel at 18 months old at CHKD for HAEC
Current pics of Gabriel Fall 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
I have had a busy 3 days...Tuesday was my daughter's dress rehearsal for her Christmas dance recital. I loaded all 5 kids up and took them. The boys sat with me...Amery and Gabriel in the stroller, Noah sitting at one of the tables doing homework and playing a video game afterwards, and Eli doing the same minus the homework. I got to see my girl dance both dances and my oh my...She is so BEAUTIFUL! I am soooo humbled by how graceful and beautiful she dances! Her teacher gave me a compliment and said that Chloe is extremely graceful and her remembrance of choreography is amazing for only 8...Competitive dance team, Here We Come! I got home and Shawn made me a can of Progresso chicken noodle soup since I had been sick for the past week with an ear infection and an upper respiratory infection. Then I got the inkling to make homemade chicken noodle soup so off to the grocery store I ran at 9:30pm lol. I still haven't made it...I'm thinking maybe Saturday!
Yesterday, Wednesday, I took my older 2 to school at 8:30, then ran over to my sisters house. We took a short 45 minute trip to Colonial Heights so that I could pay my layaway at KMart. My younger 3 boys also went with us. We grabbed a bite to eat and then I had to have her back home at 11:30. My boys and I then ran to Walmart in my hometown to pay on Shawn's Christmas present which is also on layaway (Thank goodness for Layaways!) and Eli and I picked him out a couple more presents.
We came home, I cleaned, took a nap, got the kids off the bus, cleaned some more, cooked dinner (It was a spaghetti and garlic bread kind of night!), got the wee ones off to bed, and then I went to bed...I was exhausted!
Today, I have yelled at children (they are being so bad today and the older 2 didn't make the bus this morning!), got Eli's homeschooling done, cleaned (still working on it), put little boys down for naps, done laundry, and I still have more cleaning to do. Having a household with 7 people creates a lot of mess so I am cleaning non stop! I am waiting for the older 2 to get off the bus and then we are heading out to take Eli and Noah to Tae Kwan Do . Chloe, Gabe, Amery, and myself will come back home since Shawn picks them up. It is a 2 hour class. That will give me time to get dinner done and the younger boys bathed and ready for bed. Woo!
I don't think I will get my walk to the library with the boys in today as I don't have enough time to do so and get back before the bus gets here. I'm already tired also! I should sleep good tonight!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
I started homeschooling my 5 year old kindergartener 2 weeks ago due to the principal being a jerk and refusing to keep my son in the right class simply because the school chose to "officially enroll" my son as one of the last kindergarteners. The school system hired a new kindergarten teacher only 2 weeks ago. My son, Eli, is very high strung and hyper and he has adjustment issues. His teacher even told the principal this. The principal refused to work with us so my oldest 2 are still attending, but my little guy is at home with me! So my day started out with getting my oldest 2 off to school and homeschooling Eli. Then I got to take a nap with my baby boy, Amery. Gabriel and Eli stayed quiet playing video games. Amery had a rough night last nght so I was pretty tired.
Then Gabriel went down for his nap and I cleaned and played with Eli, got Gabriel up, and got the older kids off the bus. Today was my last day keeping my niece and nephew as my sister has decided to start letting their grandfather pick them up from school rather than ride the bus to my house (they live outside city limits). My grandma came over just in case my sister couldn't get anyone to keep my niece and nephew so I could load up my 5 and take my girl off to dance. Her recital is Friday so she has her dress rehearsal tomorrow night.
Thennnn, I came back home, cooked dinner (breakfast for dinner yum!), my honey got the kids to bed (all except Miss Chloe who fell asleep on the couch doing homework...it will be an early morning for the princess!). Now I am in bed, doing my spark people thing and watching my shows that were DVR'd!
Here's a wonderful picture to make you smile!
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