Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Feeling miserable!

What a miserable several days this has been! Once Caleb was well on Sunday, Cody and I both came down with the blasted bug! Cody and I had a terrible night Sunday. Not much sleep, tummies aching, body aching, fever, the big "D", and Cody vomiting. It was misery! I slept on the couch most of the day Monday. Caleb went back to school because he was feeling a lot better. Cody vegged out with me or if I got tossing and turning too much from the aches of my fever, he would move to a chair. Thank goodness for him, his was short lived and by Monday afternoon he was feeling spry. He started playing learning games on the computer and putting in his own Spiderman DVD's to pass the time, since Mama was a bit worthless.

Now it is Tuesday, both boys are back to school. But Mama was not ready to go back yet. My fever, aches, and the big "D" are taking a little longer to get over. This is highly unusual for me to get this sick. It has been years. I never get stomach ailments-I always thought I had a tummy of steel, so this has got to be one nasty bug. Anyway, hopefully next posting will be on a happier note!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Grandmama to the Rescue!

Nothing like a good cuddle and head rub from Grandma to make you feel better!

Caleb has been sick since Thursday. We received a phone call from school around 10am that Caleb had a severe headache and felt like he was really hot but not registering a fever. Ben picked him up and by the time he got home his fever was 101. He ran a fever all day and Daddy medicated him with Tylenol and Motrin all day with his fever ranging from 101-102. I got home from work at 6:30pm and his fever was 105 after getting Motrin 30 minutes before that. I put him in the bath and got his fever down to 103. After that he started vomiting and was unable to keep any meds or liquids down. The back of his head was still hurting severely. So I made our first ever trip to the ER Thursday night. We stayed most of the night, only to receive some Tylenol and Zofran and they tested his urine. He started having severe uncontrollable diarrhea in the ER. Much to the embarrassment of poor little Caleb. He had diarrhea 4 times from 1am-3am. But instead of starting an IV or admitting him, we were sent home with a prescription for an antibiotic with the doc saying he had a virus. ??? I did not start the antibiotic. For one, if it is a virus he doesn't need an antibiotic. Also he is having severe diarrhea, antibiotics sometimes cause him to have diarrhea and he is vomiting, so he won't be able to keep down the medication.

We've had a rough weekend. Tummy hurting, head still killing him, diarrhea every couple of hours, nausea, weakness, unable to eat. Friday he pretty much slept all day in between receiving fever meds and having diarrhea. I kept giving him small amounts of water or Sprite every hour to keep him as hydrated as I could. Friday night he did not sleep well and neither did I. He tossed and turned with his belly ache or headache all night long. Getting up constantly to go to the bathroom and sitting up dry heaving in one of the many hospital puke bags that I brought home.

I worked Saturday from 9am-3pm, an all-day Childbirth class. It killed me to be there when he was so sick. Ben stayed home and did a marathon wash-a-thon, washing all of the sheets, blankets, towels, and clothing. Hoping to get rid of any germs hanging around and prevent Cody from getting it. My mom was worried about poor Caleb and felt bad that Ben was home with both of them, so she came down to help out. Cody was bouncing off the walls when she arrived and never stopped till he hit the bed. He didn't know what to do with his best buddy being sick and unable to play with him. He asked me, "Mama, when is Caleb going to stop being sick so he can play with me? I don't like Caleb being sick."

I came home Saturday to Grandmama rubbing Caleb's poor little throbbing head in a dark bedroom. His head was hurting so bad. He hadn't had a fever or vomited all day, so that was encouraging. He had finally eaten a little bit- crackers, oatmeal, rice, and toast. He was drinking more water, Sprite, and Ginger Ale. We tried Pedialyte and Grandmama brought Pedialyte popsicles, but Caleb didn't like them. He still had very little appetite and will only eat a few bites at a time.

He finally slept for the first time last night, only waking once and climbing into bed with Grandmama with his head and tummy hurting. Today he is feeling a little better and plays with Cody for awhile before wearing out. Poor Cody feels a little deprived. "Why is Caleb getting popsicles (custard, jello, snow cones, or whatever we are trying to get Caleb to try)...I want some too!" Caleb still has no appetite and refuses to eat most of the time because he is too nauseous. I am trying to keep fluids down him and make him eat a tiny bit. His diarrhea is finally easing up. He still has a headache and tummy ache off and on.

Looks like he will probably need to stay home Monday to get his strength back and not overdo it at school. Mom headed back home this morning. (We appreciate you coming down to help out with Caleb. It was greatly needed!) Didn't think you needed pictures of the past few days, we all look a bit rough. Poor Caleb was pale with dark circles under his eyes. He is getting his color back, but still looks puny in his eyes. We all need to sleep about a week!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

20 Things to Never Say to a Cop

Well, I'm a little bummed right now. I just got a speeding ticket on my way to church. The cop didn't seem too impressed that I was going to a holy place and speeding to get there. This is my first speeding ticket ever. Yes, you read correctly-my first one in 19 years of driving. Ben says serves me right, I've lucked out until now. As I saw the cop whip a big u-turn around in the road to get behind me, I knew I was sunk. I ran through some of the phrases below in my head, but decided I better play nice little soccer mom in the family van. Especially since both boys were with me and I knew they would freak out if the cop slapped handcuffs on me.

20 Things To Never Say To A Cop
1. I hope you realize you're about to ruin a perfect record.
2. I can't reach my license unless you hold my beer.
3. Hey, you must have been doin' at least 120 mph to keep up with me...Good job!
4. You're not gonna check the trunk, are you?
5. Didn't I see you get your ass kicked on COPS?
6. Gee, Officer...that's terrific...the last officer only gave me a warning too!
7. Do you know why you pulled me over? Okay, just so one of us does.
8. What do you mean, "Have I been drinking?" You're the trained specialist.
9. Well, when I reached down to pick up my bag of crack, my gun fell off my lap and got lodged between the brake pedal and the gas pedal, forcing me to speed out of control.
10. Hey, can you give me another one of those full cavity searches?
11. Tell him you like men in uniform.
12. Care for a doughnut?
13. Met your quota? Happy now?
14. Speeding is an abstract concept, don't you think?
15. If I had known you were there, I would never have been going that fast!
16. What's wrong, ossifer, there's no blood in my alcohol?
17. When he asks why you were speeding, tell him you wanted to race.
18. Ask if you can borrow his uniform for a Halloween party.
19. Stare at his lights and say "Look at the pretty colors!"
20. Yes, officer I saw your flashing lights, but you didn't seem to be catching me, so I assumed you were after someone else.
The boys were curious. "Why did the police officer pull you over?" "Mama was speeding." "Why were you speeding?" "Are you going to jail?"
The police officer was a woman, which I am sure is why she didn't give me a warning. Remember this is my first offense. But she was probably happy to give me my first ticket in front of my wide eyed little boys. "Mama, where did that policeman go?" "Is he going to come back?" "Are we going to be late for church?" I didn't try to explain that the butch police officer was actually a woman because actually it was a little hard to tell. She did knock back my speed from 50 in a 35 to 45.
As we headed on our merry way, the boys made sure I wasn't speeding. "I think you are speeding, Mama." "Well it felt like we were going faster." "Where did that policeman go?"

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Indiana Cody

Cody wanted an Indiana Jones birthday party and has been talking about it for months. So that's what he had this past Saturday. We even found a cute Indy costume at Wal-mart for him to wear. Memaw and Pepaw brought him a hat and whip to complete the outfit. He was so cute! He walked around cracking his whip and singing the Indiana Jones theme song. He wanted a bowling party, so his party was at the bowling alley. They put bumpers in for the kiddos and we only put 3 to 4 kids per lane, so they wouldn't have to wait for their turn for long. They all did great and had so much fun!

Caleb and Cody were so excited that their cousins Ben and Makinna came up. They got to play with them before and after the party for awhile. Wish we lived closer, so they could play more often.

Caleb had a soccer game on Saturday morning. He is playing so well this season. Really getting into it and going after the ball. He is not usually a very aggressive ball player and waits for the ball to come to him. But this season, he is going after it and getting right in the middle of the bunch to get the ball. He is also doing great at goalie, diving on the ball or kicking it out of reach.

Check out his new sports glasses. He thinks he looks like an astronaut or something. He loves them. They have a strap to keep them from being knocked off and padding on the bridge of the nose in case he is hit in the face. He has had his glasses knocked off and stepped on during basketball. He brought them to me all catty-whompus. So we usually just didn't wear them for sports. He lost (or someone took) his glasses a couple of weeks ago while he was on the playground. He would leave them inside, so they wouldn't get broken. We went to get a new pair and they said we could get another pair for free. We already had a spare set, so we got the sports glasses as the free pair!

Getting some advice from daddy, who assistant coaches.

Here is a picture of Caleb in his Tae Kwon Do gear. He is a blue belt and doing awesome this year. Look at all of the stripes on his belt. I really enjoy watching him on Mondays and Wednesdays. Last year, while he was in the After School Program, I only saw him practice once a month or so. I would have to leave work early to watch him. But this year, his TKD is at 6pm. It is so fun seeing the little kids learn all of the movements and work on teamwork. She keeps them all on a very tight leash and no child gets out of line. They are all very focused and strive to learn more and do better each week. It is so cool.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Little Man's Big Day!

Well yesterday was Cody's 4th birthday. It is hard to believe that my baby is now 4 years old! Ben reminded me that four years ago, he was rushing me to the hospital and praying that I wouldn't deliver in the breezeway to the hospital. I was only in labor four hours and when I got to the hospital, I had the urge to push as we were walking in the door. Ben and my buddies Christy and Kyra quickly got me to a room before I delivered in the hallway. I ended up delivering 22 minutes after coming through the door with the doctor barely making it in time. Cody came out in a hurry, wide eyed and bushy tailed. I remember thinking later that day, "I wonder if this is a tale of this little guys personality and what I have to look forward to." Oh boy, it sure was! He hasn't stopped since that day. What a little busy body Cody Riley is and so full of energy.

Cody decided that for his birthday, he wanted to go to Cracker Barrel for breakfast before school. I told them that we would have to get up at 6am with no whining about being tired. They popped out of bed that morning with no complaints. They filled their little tummies with pancakes and bacon before we all headed off for school and work. I brought cupcakes to his preschool that afternoon. When I walked into his classroom, the kids had just sung Happy Birthday and Cody was wearing the above head gear. He was so excited. Cody always loves birthday parties. Anytime he hears it is someone's birthday, he asks when are we having birthday cake? He thinks you have to celebrate everyone's birthday with some birthday cake and a party. He doesn't understand why anyone would have a birthday without it. And why not? Let's live life to the fullest and have our cake and eat it too! Cody sure does!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Labor Day weekend

We had a fun-filled weekend with Uncle Kevin.

We braved the heat and went to the park for a short time.

Cody received birthday presents early from Kevin. He got some cool Indiana Jones guys and Spiderman stuff. Here is Cody showing his PJ's and tatoos.

Sunday morning Mom came by for a couple of hours to visit the boys and give Cody his birthday presents. She and Bill were camping close by.

Cody got a book with a read-along CD of his favorite character, Skippyjon Jones.

Grandmom also got him a very cute Bedtime Stories book. She knows how Cody loves his books at bedtime! "Can you read 2 books tonight Mama?" Which sometimes ends up being 3 or 4. But we both enjoy it.

It was a very hot weekend in the 90's, so we were unable to play outside very much. Kevin got bored and declared it was craft time. So I pulled out my Arts and Craft box for the kids. It is where I keep the coloring and activity books, construction paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils, paints, etc. I also have feathers, string, paper, beads, felt, popsicle sticks, and foam sheets for making crafts. So we pulled it out and the boys glued foam shapes and critters on popsicle sticks, making up stories about them.

Then Uncle Kevin got out colored paper and had them draw a picture. They then glued cereal and dried pasta to the picture and painted it. After that, they all made kitten toys with string, beads, and feathers. Memphis was very excited about his new toys.

We went to Marvin's Marvelous Maize Maze Sunday night. It was the last night for the maze this year. Farmer Marvin will be harvesting his crop later this week. I am glad we made it in time. The boys had a blast. This family in Illinois cuts an intricate maze through the corn each year and charges admission to go through it. We were there for over an hour wandering through the corn. Getting stuck at dead-ends and going in circles at times.
The boys even found a wooly caterpillar crawling on the path.
At one point we came out to a little clearing with a playset and a tire swing hanging from a tree. The boys really enjoyed the tire swing and it was nice break from the corn.
As it got darker, we got out our flashlights to the boys delight. I was afraid that they would get scared in the dark, but they weren't. If it hadn't been so crowded after dark, it might have been a little creepy wandering around lost in the corn. But we had a great time. Definitely a place to remember to visit this time next year.