Thursday, November 27, 2008

Veronika Decides to Die....and luckily my mom didn't.

Well last night was a crazy one! Nate (being the stinker night owl that he is) woke me up at 2:30 last night. So I checked my phone to see what time it was and I had the craziest text message on my phone! It was from my dad and it said that my mom took an ambulance to the hospital due to severe abdominal pain. They thought it was stones at first. Apparently the pain started and got really bad within an hour(around 11:30)and so they decided to go to the ER, but my mom couldn't make it to the car and laid down on the garage floor (which is a surefire sign that it was definitely worse than normal). So they opted to calling an ambulance. She wanted to go to Jordan Valley because it was the closest (which is another surefire sign it must have been excruciating! I think I'd have to be on my death bed before I would go there!!). Well, come to find out, some of her small intestine had adhered to some scar tissue (most likely due to her hysterectomy that she had last year around this time) and twisted. They called it a bowel infarction which, judging by the name, I can only assume that the blood supply was cut off and some of the tissue had died. Anyhow, she is in the hospital right now and will be for 4 to 5 days. And considering she just had major bowel surgery, she won't be eating Thanksgiving dinner with us :(. We can't even take it to the hospital! It just sucks because she sacrifices so much for us and now she can't even be there to be a part of it! The other scary thing is that I guess she is at a high risk of infection and someone my sister knows died of an infection after this same successful surgery. So my sister is even more worried. Of course me, I'm always in denial and think life is going to be perfect, so I assume she'll be just fine, but when I think about her not making it, I get way too sick to my stomach so I prefer not to! Please keep her in your hearts and prayers!

On a more positive and completely different note, I just finished my new favorite book! I know I should be reading the Twilight series since that's what everyone else is reading and apparently it is SO GOOD, but sometimes I have a hard time doing the same thing that EVERYONE else is doing. I never read Harry Potter... But sometimes I do feel a little left out when people talk about it.
Anyway the book is Veronica Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho. It's intriguing, poetic, and really makes you think about how you view the way you live your life! It really kept me reading the whole time! Its a semi true, or perhaps all the way true (not sure) story about a girl that is 24 and doesn't want to live out the same routine her whole life.
Phil says she likes the routine she's living and doesn't want to get sick of it, but I got the impression that she was sick of her routine and didn't want to live it anymore. She is very cynical about life in general and about the way people live and she chooses to not be a part of it anymore and takes four packs of sleeping pills. Instead of dying she wakes up in a mental hospital because she was rescued (I never figured out by who) and finds out that the sleeping pills did irreversible damage to her heart and she only has five days to live.
I won't give away the book, but I just have to talk about one thing. They bring up the most AMAZING point!! Most of the people in this mental hospital don't want to leave it because they can completely be themselves and act on their greatest inhibitions because they have the excuse that "they're crazy" and no one judges them! It really makes you think about the things you hold back doing or saying because you worry about the invisible limits that society puts on you! Its amazing! Someone please read it so we can discuss it. I finished it before Phil and its driving me crazy cause I want to talk about it to him!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hooray for the Christmas season!

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In case you were wondering, the two little girls are my neices Jordyn and Jaci (my sister's girls!)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Look at him go!

This is a new development! Just last night did he start doing this! :D Full blown crawling is just around the corner (I don't know if I should be happy or sad...). Hopefully it will lessen his boredom, being able to get around!





Also, he is starting to sit up! He doesn't do it for very long without falling backwards or to the side (hence the pillow in the background), but he really gets better every single day! So I got some pictures! :D Sorry for the red-eye, our camera really sucks when it comes to that!


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Bloopers!

If any of you have ever had a photo shoot with a baby, you know that they don't hold a smiley face for the picture. I was just going through the pictures again today and noticed that some of the faces that we captured were hilarious! So I thought I'd post them for your entertainment! Enjoy! (P.S. Phil came up with most of the captions)
"Do you think THAT'S gonna get me to smile?"
"SQUIRREL!"
"Is that a hot pocket? Mmmm yes I believe it is"
No caption necessary
"Ugh Dad! You shoulder smells like an elephant's toenail!"
The face of giddy satisfaction knowing one has urinated on his father.
The N in Nate stands for Narcolepsy.
Practicing for prom night.

Monday, November 17, 2008

As Promised!

Here are some pictures of Nate and Phil together! Nate DEFINITELY has Phil's head shape, eyes and feet!!! :D He looks SO much like Phil its adorable! My only point to the previous post about how much he looks like me is that he doesn't ONLY look like phil! Phil's mouth is bigger and his nose is shaped differently. And Nate definitely doesn't have his chin because Phil's is a slight butt chin and Nate's is cherry! But just look at how much he looks like Phil!
I made these two on different days and didn't realize I used the same picture. But thats ok.




Which one is Nate?? These two look SO much alike!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Nate is five months old today!

Yay! Our little squirt is growing so fast!

Since he has turned another month, its time for his developmental update again! (I don't have pictures this time :( oh well :D)

This month, as you know, Nate started eating solid food! Because we waited for him to be ready, he has taken to it REALLY well! After the first time, he already started opening his mouth for each bite! I add apple juice to it now and he loves it even more! Just tonight we were in North Ogden visiting my grandparents and I didn't have his cereal so I ran to the store and bought some stage 1 Applesauce (organic too! It makes me so happy there is so much organic food available!) and he ate both containers of it! After one he was still acting hungry, and I was surprised that he ate the entire second one! He really loves it!

Eating solids was the only big milestone he reached. He also reaches out for toys now, holds himself up with his arms while on his belly, sits while supporting himself with his arms, and he makes (as my book explains it) a wet razzing sound...which he loves to do when he's eating so it goes all over me! :D He's also shown some early signs of teething, but isn't in full blown teething mode yet.

I can't think of anything else he's mastered, he just is smiling and giggling a lot more, and more aware of his surroundings and explores the world around him! We just love him so much!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I don't care what your stand is on politics! :)

No matter what you personally believe, Barack Obama is our president as of January 1st. So even if you didn't vote for him, he is our president and we can stop being "scared" of him and just be hopeful and optimistic about our future because there's nothing we can do anymore!

Ok on to what I originally wanted to write. Last night Phil and I watched the "I Have a Dream" speech given by Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28th, 1968, 45 years ago. I walked passed a TV at work with it on, so it made me want to watch it! He says the most amazing thing in it "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

How incredible is it that three of his four little children got to vote for a black president? I don't know for sure if they did, but just the fact that they were alive in a time when that was possible! When MLK gave this speech, blacks didn't even have the right to vote in some states!

Of course I don't believe that any president should be voted in purely upon the fact that they are black, or a woman. Their issues play an important role in why we should vote, but just look at what an amazing thing that it is, no matter how "scared" you are!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Nate's first solid food!!

The beginning is hilarious! You'll see...

He did really well with his first few tastes of rice cereal. I've noticed lately that he wants to eat a lot more, he has watched me eat a couple of times and gotten excited, and last night he was whining a lot, but breast milk wasn't satisfying him, so I thought we'd give it a whirl. So we tested it and he didn't spit it back out, which means that his reflex to not choke is gone and therefore he was more than ready for that extra meal or two a day not from mommy's hoo-hoos! :D Which naturally makes me happy!! Enjoy