Well, it has been some time since I last posted because we were on our move, and didn't get the internet up and running until 2 days ago.. so I figured I wont post all of the pictures that were taken over the past month, and I would start again today, the 1st!
well I made an april fools joke.. a pretty good one too lol, thank you photoshop!
Today was Hunter's last day at playgroup in Lanse, MI.. we will soon have to find a new playgroup in Sacramento, I'm so sad as I loved all of the mothers there and we will especially miss Hunter's home visitor, Katie!
But while it was bitter sweet.. Hunter had a really good time with his friends.. while he was playing fireman and the other little girl was a farmer hahah!
Hunter just absolutely in love with his baby brother.. everything is about baby - "aw baby cute" "it's okay baby" "Hi Baby!".. and on and on.. he wants to do everything for him, and he always wants to hold him LOL.. then after about 15 seconds, he makes this face, and says "here baby" in other words.. my arm is hurting, please take him from me LOL!
Vander has a Valentine Baby Love! Her name is Hannah and one of the cutest little girl's I have ever seen! She sent him a Valentine card and Sock Monkey gift and it arrived yesterday, but didn't have time to take a pic until today!
So I got a Bella Band while I was pregnant with Van.. and found another use for it post pregnancy lol. Today Van was just super fussy, he's already teething! He's typically not fussy on his teething bad days, but today was the beginning.. So I put him in my lap (the only place he would be calm and was trying to sleep).. and wrapped us in the Bella Band.. he loved it.
Oh and Happy Valentine's Day! I know this isnt a Valentine's Day photo, but there's pink in it.. thats a little credit, right?!
Today we found out that all of Hunter's tests came back all normal, the only thing that came back abnormal was his vit D was a little low.. so he has to take a high amount of vit D supplement.. which apparently if it's low can trigger the alkaline phosphorous (the count that was skyhigh) to be high.. so today was a very relieving and happy day!
sorry for this mess you see here LOL.. it was very late!
Today was the day that Hunter had an ultrasound, an x-ray, an injection for a CT scan, and then the CT scan last.. which means, my little guy had to be "put under".. of course they need people to be 100% still while doing these types of scans, and being my little guy can not sit still, they had to sedate him.. it was the WORST feeling in the world to walk away from my child and leaving him in the hands of complete strangers. I'm so glad that they gave him a gas mask that put him under temporary sleep.. so I was able to be there while he fell asleep.. and then I gave him a couple of kisses and had to walk away so they could give him an IV drip to give him the real anesthetic to be asleep.
I had already recieved the results of the ultrasound as well as the xray.. both came back clear!.. I got a call last minute before closing for the results on the CT Scan.. but I missed the call, I am assuming because the pedi's nurse was going to tell me over the phone the results, that those came back clear as well!!! the only thing we have left to hurdle over, is Cilliac Disease. If it is not this.. then it's a Vit D deficiency in which can be controlled with a simple vit D supplement.
here is a photo of Hunter being prepped.. the very nice nurse let him play with her stethoscope.. he really loves them. Then gave him this cute Moose who Hunter then was "listening" to Moose's fault. He loves that Moose, who is already named "Muscle Moose" for the brave little kiddos!
Today I made cupcakes for Hunter and Van's playgroup.. I am no baking by any means, nor do I really know what I'm doing, but I like to pretend lol!.. We also made cookies that Hunter liked to coat with sprinkles!
Today we had some bath fun, Hunter loves bubbles in the bath and typically when the boys bathe together, I don't put in the bubbles because of Van... but, I gave in this time.. and Hunter was having a ball putting bubbles on his brother!
Hunter and I went out looking for some Valentine coated M&Ms and could NOT find any! Walmart didn't have any either, surprisingly! When we got home, I thought to try one more place that I hadn't thought of, and.. they had some! But, only with Peanuts.. I needed them to make cookies with for Hunter and Van's playgroup, but because of peanut allergies I thought not to go that route, but I still bought them.. for home lol!
We are still waiting for the results of the two most important tests.. and in the meanwhile.. while everything is running through my mind, one minute im positive about it.. the next I'm in tears over the "what if's".. but while going through this emotional roller coaster it just keeps reminding me just how precious everything really is.. I now give 10x more hugs and kisses to my children than I normally would in a day, and let them know how much I love them. Everything Hunter now does just makes me smile and more proud of him.. we really do take everything for granted until something happens to someone you love. I really just appreciate life more and what we have been given.. I don't think that I could really stress enough to people that everything we have is very dear to us and to not ever take anything that you have for granted. This whole thing, whether it comes back good or not so good, I will always look at life differently now.
i got a call this morning while i was still asleep, from Hunter's pediatrician's office.. they wanted Hunter to be seen at 4:15pm.. i got a call not even 30 minutes later from the office again, asking can i come in earlier at 2:45pm.. well, thats when I started to get a little worried.. i knew it was for a follow up about the ER visit, and thought everything was okay ped just wanted to go over him make sure hes fine.. but then the 2nd call got me scared, because the first call, i asked.. is 4:15 the only time.. she said yes. so i knew it was serious.
we get there, go over his results.. and she tells me his hskjhkjshfdkjshdfkhs was really high (the words are so long and forgetable i duno what it is).. normal for his age is about 300 or less.. Hunters was 1500. 3 times more than it should be. basically what the test was on was showing something to do with lung,liver, calcium, and something else deficiency.. Hunters levels for the calcium and whatever else.. were normal. so that left the lung and liver. we drew more blood, and were asked to stay.. 5 o'clock comes, and we get the results.. this time she had other things tested as well, one being genetics, one of 2 very important tests. his number still came up the same.. around 1500.
basically right now, we are looking at Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency which is inherited from a biological gene.. like i said this isnt 100% confirmed, we didnt get the results back on the two most important tests, one being the genetics.. but his ped thinks this is what is the mystery to the high count. If it is NOT this, it IS something else. that something else i just dont remember what she said.. like i said, big words.. and at that time, the only words i heard was lung/liver disease, liver transplant, monthly shots, and "shorter life expectancy"..
im trying to stay positive at this point.. but to know its one thing or another.. neither being good.. one that is defined to give shorter life expectancy.. im just in pieces.. hopefully i will know within the next couple of days the final result.. all i can do right now, is hope and pray that my baby is okay.. i never in my life, thought that i would have to question one of my children's health.. let alone be told my child could possibly live a shorter life than what he deserves
Today we woke up to a scary scene.. Hunter woke up before us, got out of his room (he has a gate on his doorway because we have stairs, but lately climbs out to hang with us).. he has a pill in his mouth, and two in his had.. Husband realizes it's his multi-vitamins.
We I begin to panic.. took him straight to the ER not bringing the bottle with, it was the last thing on my mind. Had x-rays, no particles in his stomach. They drew blood, this was the FIRST time Hunter EVER had a needle in him, we dont vaccinate. He was watching at first with no problem, until she poked him, then he started to freak but wasnt as bad as I had expected. The girl who did it.. for some STUPID reason, went in from the side.. then she of COURSE (because she went in from the side).. misses his vein that was clear as DAY bc the veins are so little.. so shes going in and about in the needle hole, trying to find the vein.. so Hunter is freaking out even more.. I'm getting insanely ticked off because this moron doesn't know how to properly do her freaking job, and left him with this swelled bruise, which isn't SO swelled now.. there is a little knot but not noticable in the photo.
but, his blood work came back clear, his iron was actually low. So he is okay! these were husbands multi-vitamins, and WHY they were in arm's reach I don't know.. we just have to learn from it, and be thankful Hunter is okay.
So after seeing someone use a "seamless paper" backdrop.. I had to try it out.. hey it's cheap anyways. I have to admit.. maybe I'm just spoiled with Vinyl Coated Canvas.. but, I am just not a HUGE fan of the seamless paper.. I have to deal with light differences on the paper that I can correct in photoshop.. but it is a hassle.. but I do like it, it's a really cheap alternative.. I just love the vinyl coated canvas more!
SO we did a test with my Hunter.. he was actually willing to sit still long enough to actually get quite a few shots!
This little guy just melts my heart all over again every day! He has the squishiest chunky cheeks ever!! and he is doing so well with his head control!! don't let this photo fool you, he isnt THIS good with head control to have this way all the time lol.. this was just a quick snap of the pic.. but he really does do so well!
The Husband and I just love Little Big Planet, so when we heard there was going to be a 2nd, we could not wait to get it!! the original release date was supposed to be in November, when it was switched to January 18th.. ugh! But.. we got it, so we have been playing it a lot the last couple of days, mostly today lol!
So Husband and I were checking out our map to plan..
It's going to take us AT LEAST 9 days to get from MI to CA.. we can only drive 5-6 hours a day because of the kids, well.. mainly because of the baby.. Hunter is able to go 10+ hours but he doesnt eat as much as my little Heifer does LOL!
Then, we plan to stop in Texas and Arizona.. and Nevada as well.. to stay 1 full day. Minneapolis is during our route.. we went through there last year and stopped at Mall of America.. but we will skip staying an extra day as I really don't want to shop.. (oddly lol)..
In Texas we will be meeting up with our friend Caitlin who has a son from Hunter's Playroom who we met last year, and just so happens a friend in Van's Playroom lives in the same area.. so we will be meeting up with her as well, and hopefully another friend who lives a couple hours away.
In Arizona, is my family.. so I would like to stay 1 full day with them to visit..
& Nevada is another friend from Van's Playroom and hopefully meeting up with ANOTHER friend fromhis playroom who happens to be visiting Vegas the same time we should be there
Today my little man is 3!!! we celebrated with an Elmo cake, hamburgers and fries. and presents.. He didn't have a party or anything, just family. On Wed he will have playgroup and we will have cupcakes for his birthday with the other kiddos!
I LOVE Van's Eyes!!! They have been getting lighter and lighter, right now they are pretty blue.. but they could easily turn green or hazel.. for sure they will not be brown like my husbands, I'm pretty sure looking at his eyes, thats a given lol!
I am so excited to have a bright eye'd baby! Now I only wish he had black hair!! but brown and bright eyes is awesome too!!!!! and to make this all even better, his eyelashes have gotten so long!! He gets those from his daddy! this pic isnt best to show off how long they are but you can semi see it!
okay, so that's not what they say when you bowl.. but I'm not sure what they say when you bowl, if anything at all lol, so just go with the flow!
We took Hunter bowling again tonight, for the second time ever! He just loves it! And it was really nice because it was all about him, and not baby.. so he can have him and mommy & daddy time! It was really nice!
Daddy sure does love his little man, Daddy was holding Van to get ready for a bath, and I HAD to snap this pic, Van was wide eyed, and as chubby as could ever be lol. Like J-Lo's insurance for his butt, Van will need the same for those cheeks!