Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Thy name, O Most High; to declare Thy loving-kindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness by night... For Thou, O Lord, hast made me glad by what Thou hast done, I will sing for joy at the work of Thy hands. How great are Thy works, O Lord!
Psalm 92:1, 4-5

Earlier in the week we gave Hudson & Jackson their long belated birthday presents, Cars suitcases just like A&A's so the boys all decided to take their Cars for a drive around our street.



Gammaw, PeePaw, Amy & Stevie came to our house to celebrate Thanksgiving!


To Infinity & Beyond!!!!

I'm SO very thankful to God for these two precious lives, their happy hearts, sweet smiles, healthy bodies, soft kisses, joyful laughter and every moment that I get to be their Mama.


A Delicious Meal

The boys devoured their personal pumpkin pies from Aunt Dana



Getting Ready for the Big Game

Adam played ball with the big boys






The boys got an awesome early B-Day gift from Gammaw & PeePaw, their own Roller Coaster!

On the way to the Aggie - tu Game

Uncle Stevie

Aunt Amy

My Lil Aggies



















We may not have won the game but I was really proud of our 49-39 showing against an undefeated #3 ranked team.
We almost had them, Ags!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

And the winner is . . . . .





Miniviolet

Congratulations to you!!

If you didn't win I would still highly encourage you to consider adding My Tot Clock to your Christmas list, it is such a great product, you won't regret it!

And a BIG thanks to everyone who entered! It was really cool to hear from so many of you that have been reading for a while that I didn't even know about.

I'm SO thankful that there are so many people out there that care about my boys and have prayed for them through out this journey!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

It's not too late!

You have until midnight Monday to enter to win the Tot Clock. I'll announce the winner on Tuesday.

First Ever Give Away!!!

I recently discovered the most genius kids product ever. If your kids are anything like mine, the recent time change has thrown them for a loop and they continually end up in our room at the crack of dawn, well before I'm ready to step into my mothering shoes and begin the day. And since my kids are not quite three and don't tell time, I can't just stick a regular old clock in there and tell them to come out when its 7am.

While doing some Christmas shopping on the Internet I came across a product called "My Tot Clock". I was hoping to find something that could train my kids back into our routine but with the sun rising so early, they just don't get why Mama isn't ready to start the day when they are.

After reading several of the highly positive reviews I decided to order it, thinking I'd save it and give it to them as a birthday gift. But let's face it, this is really a gift for me ;-) so when it arrived I couldn't wait to try it out. It was a little pricey (49.95) but believe me it was worth every penny.

It looks complicated at first glance but it's very user friendly. You choose bed time and wake time and the clock lights up Blue to symbolize night time and turns yellow at the time you set for wake. This way I explain to the kids that it's still night time as long as the blue light is on and they can only get out of bed when the yellow light is on.

Clock

In the past, it's been a huge tantrum fest when I lead them back to their beds but after getting the clock, I just point at it and say "Mr. Clock is blue so it's still night night time. When he turns yellow, then you can come to Mama's room". And much to my amazement, they didn't even argue this. I have our clock set to play soft good morning music when the yellow wake up light comes on. The kids get so excited when this happens.

In addition to the colored lights it has many extra features including nap time setting, time out settings (red light), reward settings (green light). And it also comes with a cartridge that if you so choose, it will read them a bed time story, then play lullabies, and finally switch to white noise all based on your preferences. You can order other story cartridges through their site.

The bed time story/songs feature is really great. Instead of begging me to read "nuther book" over and over, they are eager to listen to Mr Clocks story and haven't been fighting bedtime. I wish I'd bought this clock back when I first converted the cribs to toddler beds because it's been a lifesaver.

I'm SO excited to announce that one lucky reader is going to get their very OWN awesome My Tot Clock!!!!

I recently wrote to the company to profess my love for their product and they generously offered to sponsor a give away here at Adam & Andrew's blog. This is a value of $49.95 and would make a fantastic Christmas gift if you don't have little ones of your own.

So how do you enter???

Simply leave a comment on this post telling me how you originally found Adam & Andrew's blog and then go back to your own blog (or Facebook page if you don't have a blog) and post about our giveaway and include Adam & Andrew's badge/link (instructions/code down below). Make sure your comment has a link back to you. Out of appreciation to My Tot Clock for their generosity I want to get the word out as much as I can about their product.

Only one entry per person, US residents only please. I'll use random.org to generate a random number that will select our winner.

Photobucket

Copy & Paste the code below into the "Edit Html" of your post so that Adam & Andrew's badge appears in your blog post:

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Gig'em Andrew (and Aggies)

So Andrew had a cat scan Friday morning of his head/neck, ordered by his ENT. A little over three weeks ago the boys went in for their 6 month ear tube check up. At the time Andrew had a cough and running nose and some enlarged lymph nodes. The ent put him on a round of antibiotics and then wanted to see us back after a few weeks.

After antibiotics his lymph nodes were still noticeably enlarged, but in pediatrics this isn't always out of the ordinary. But that combined with potential sleep apnea, allergies, sinus issues, he decided to order the cat scan to get a better look at his airway and sinus cavities in addition to ordering just about every blood test out there for allergies and everything else. The doctor was very serious that they draw the blood while he was under sedation to make this as easy on Andrew as possible.

Andrew has always coughed at night when he's lying down and when he has a minor cold he gets this terrible croupy spasmy cough where he coughs so hard he throws up. Plus he always looks like he hasn't slept in days with big bags under his swollen eyes even though he gets 12 hrs a night. And lately he's been especially grumpy, thought I'm not totally convinced that's not just his age.

So anyway hopefully we'll get some useful info to help him to feel better but not something serious like lymphoma or something scary like that (very unlikely).

I got to hold him while they gave him the gas to start the sedation for the test since there was no way he would be still for the procedure. He has never had trouble coming out of anesthesia before but this time was pretty rough. He was psychotic when he came out of it, kicking and screaming. He was ripping all the leads and bandages off and writhing around. Not fun, that was the hardest thing for me.

(He was also retracting hard and making this whistling sound when he would breathe and the anesthesiologst thinks perhaps he has an obstruction in his larynx or trachea. So hopefully the ent will be able to check that out on the scan.)

I finally calmed him down and got him to drink some juice when the worst thing happened. Two ladies in white lab coats came in and said they had to draw additional blood because someone didn't count all the blood tests correctly. Like I said, this was supposed to be done while he was out but someone screwed up big time.

Andrew lost it, he would not let us even touch his arm or sit him on the bed. It took 4 people to hold him down so they could get the blood. He was screaming in very complete sentences "I don't like you! I don't want you touch my arm! I don't like this! No touch me! Let go Let go a me!" I've never heard him talk quite like that before but it was just heart breaking!

I gave them all a piece of my mind for that. He's going to be traumatized for sure and I pity the next nurse or doctor that tries to lay a hand on him. The only thing that finally calmed him down again was chocolate. A boy after my own heart!

They said it would be two weeks before we know anything on the blood work and we have an appt with the ENT to go over the cat scan so I'll keep you posted once we know something.

Thanks for your prayers!!

And don't forget to enter our giveaway, down below I'm going to leave it open a while longer.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Prematurity Awareness Day

In nearly three years, not a single day has passed by where we aren't affected or reminded of Adam & Andrew's premature birth.

(this is my child size pinkie finger by the way)

Prematurity can happen to anyone. Even you, regardless of how many full term babies you've had or how healthy you may be.

Far too many parents have to travel down this road.

Far too many parents will leave the hospital with empty arms.

The premature birth of our children has impacted us forever. We are not who we were before, going through life in our safe little bubble believing things like this didn't happen to regular people.

Now every time I pass by a hospital I think about all the families inside and the ones that have come and gone before them, and the ones that will be uknowingly thrust into that world in the future. Sometimes the magnitude of suffering overwhelms me, I could never see or grasp it before Adam & Andrew came along.

So many children suffering, so many families hurting. The numbers are endless.

Please don't forget God's littlest warriors.

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:23-26