Friday, September 30, 2005

Tuesday afternoon, before all the Sammy excitment, we were on the TART trail again. We met this puppy named Jules. She survived hurricane Katrina. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Thanks for the Prayers!

I knew Sammy was feeling better this morning when he had enough energy and breath to throw a tantrum. The doctor seemed very surprised at how much better he was today, he actually called it near miraculous and said he was pretty worried about him yesterday. Obviously, there was no more talk about the hospital thank goodness! He gets to stop the prednisone a day early, something else to be thankful for. I had to stradle him and hold down his arms with my knees so I could pry open his mouth and make him take it this morning. So much fun, right Kim?

On a side note, I had to take all the boys with me today. On the way there, we talked about how they were expected to act (and not act). I really stressed that they had to be quiet while the dr. was in there so I could talk to him since thats usually the problem. They were so well behaved, and didn't make a peep while he was in there! Also, last night Isaac won a candy bar at AWANA. I thought his teacher said a coloring contest, but Isaac says it was a race. Either way, I'm very proud.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005


is the verdict. Early this morning I could hear Sammy grunting with each breath from my room. His breathing was actually worse than it was last night, we gave him the oral prednisone that the ER prescribed and that helped alot. I brought Sammy to the ped today for his follow up to the ER visit. They did another breathing treatment at the office, and he has to go back tomorrow. The ped said he is hopeful that we can treat it without a hospital stay. He said not to second guess ourselves and feel bad for poking him with the epi. With how fast the breathing problems came on he said it was the right thing to do (in case it had it been a food reaction). Also,last night he had a pulse oxygen below 90, so thats probably why he acting so woozy.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

E.R Trip for Sammy **Updated**

I'm waiting to hear from Jeremiah as I write this, he brought Sammy to the hospital. All we can figure is that he is allergic to red dye. He ate some red Jello jigglers and soon after he started the telltale wheezing ( I have become very good at recognizing the early signs of a reaction). We gave him some benedryl which usually fends off the attack but not this time. Soon he was making grunting sort of sounds with each breath, than he started acting very sleepy, than he vomited. This is exactly how he acted when he ate eggs for the first time. The allergist said if he ever did that again, to use the epi-pen. His breathing was not getting better, and he would barely respond to his name so Jeremiah used the pen, I couldn't even watch. I'm not sure what it did, because Jeremiah left right after. I can say that he did cry a good bit after he was stuck though.

I just talked to Jeremiah, Sammy is doing fine. Apparently, the dr. didn't think the breathing problem was due to an allergic reaction but to a virus. They gave him a nebulizer treatment and Jeremiah said that really helped. They are on their way home, can't wait to give him snuggles.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

One of my favorite things about Traverse City is the TART trail. Today I took the boys on it. Isaac and Elijah rode their bikes, I pushed Sammy and Jonah in the stroller. We went as far as Little Ceasers and had a pizza for lunch.

Oh yeah, some new pics on my website. Posted by Picasa

Name That Tune

Yesterday, when I was in Osh Kosh a song from a commercial I like came on the radio. Today I decided I wanted to buy the song from ($.88). I spent waaay too much time searching for this song, thinking it was called Fifteen or Fifteen theres still time for you. wasn't coming up with it, I even found a website that you can search for commercial songs but I don't remember what product the commercial is selling! Than I remembered that Sandy mentioned it on her blog before* so I went thru her archives until I found it. Aha! Its not Fifteen , its 100 years by Five for Fighting! So I buy it and go to listen...what the heck? Wheres the words?? Turns out I bought the karaoke version! Argggh! So I go back and buy the right version, finally I can listen to it!

So, if your ever at my house and feel like singing this song I have the karoakoe version for you!

*The only reason I knew it was the same song was because I listened to a 30 second sample of the song after she mentioned it, good thing or I would still have no idea what the title was.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Six Weeks

I had my six week check up today (really 6.5 weeks). Other people say "six weeks already??" but I feel like Jonah has been here forever and it seems like much longer than six weeks to me. I took Jonah with me so the nurses and everybody could see him and make the appropriate fuss (which they did.) Although I had to disappoint them again because they are always rooting for red hair. I have 9 pounds to go to reach my pre-pregnancy weight. Thats not so bad considering I haven't even begun exercising yet unless you count one lesiurely walk around the block everyday with the boys.

I always feel like my six week check up ends the "newborn" phase, so now its onto the "infant" phase.
Hello world!  Posted by Picasa

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Sure he was being quiet...but the last thing I expected my three year old to be doing was giving himself a manicure!  Posted by Picasa

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Society and Babies

Blest with sons wrote a very good post recently about birth control and society's attitute toward babies. I have to agree. When its just me and Jonah out and about people always smile sweetly, however, when all four of the boys are with me those same smiles become eye rolls. Instead of a sweet little baby he becomes "OMG, another one?" Not that we care, I mean we pretty much go against the grain in everything.

I remember when my younger brother was born, I was so excited. I told everybody about my new baby brother. When I told the playground supervisor at school she said "there is five kids in your family now?" She said it with such distain and I remember that was the first time I realized that babies are not always seen as something to celebrate. It was a very sad thing to learn.
What a difference a month makes! Although, Jonah's head started out much bigger even at birth. This is our friends daughter Emilee, who was born on Aug 30th. Posted by Picasa
Aren't these the coolest?  Posted by Picasa
Bet you didn't know a five week old could look this cool huh? Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, September 14, 2005


I found this study very interesting, considering Sammy is allergic to milk and was my only c-section.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Thats Our Elijah

Today the three older boys had their six month dental checkup (no cavities!). Afterwards the hygientist always makes balloon animals for them. "What will it be Elijah... a giraffe, dog, cat, fish, sword?" she asked. "Sponge Bob" answers Elijah.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Clothes Funnys

Today I was busy in the kitchen trying to get something for Sammy to drink when Eljiah came up to me and we had the following conversation:

Elijah: (handing me his Spiderman pjs) Will you put these on me?
Me: Okay, but you will probably get very hot.
Elijah: Thats okay, I like to be very hot.
Me: Okay
Elijah: ( three seconds later) It doesn't look like you are putting them on me!


To the average person it would sound like ca-ca-sha. Only the mommy knows that her two year old is asking to wear his "cop car shirt".
Moments like this restore my sanity.  Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

We're Ba-ack!

We arrived back home yesterday afternoon in one piece. Let me just say that a four hour trip with four boys is long enough at this point, at least until Jonah is old enough to eat some finger foods.

Our trip was great though, we saw lots of family we haven't seen in a while. My class reunion was very nice. I won prizes for being married the longest, most kids, and youngest baby. Although Janelle would of won for most kids if she would of been there because she is expecting #5. The funniest thing, though, comes from my senior yearbook. For some reason I don't have a copy of my senior yearbook, so I forgot long ago what my "senior prophecy" was. Turns out my senior prophecy was "Amie will be running her own elementary school while keeping Jeremiah in line." That pretty much hits the nail on the head doesn't it? The reason for that prophecy, in case your wondering, is that I planned on going to college for early childhood education. Anyway, Jeremiah and I thought it was pretty funny.

Would you believe I didn't take ONE single picture the whole trip? Not one. I kept telling myself to get the camera and take pictures, but I didn't. Chalk it up to laziness.

I still have our whole house to put back together. Right now i'm exhausted. I'm at the tail end of a nasty head cold that wiped me out. Plus, there is always that taking care of four boys thing...

Friday, September 02, 2005

Big "F" for FEMA

Its been disturbing at best to watch the slow response to the people of New Orleans. This is the USA??? We can't get water to people in 90 degree heat?? Water?? I don't believe this has anything to do with lack of money, it is unorganization, bad management and bad leadership. Were talking about a city known as a "bowl", where was the plans for a disaster like this? What if a levee had broken on any old day when 80% of the city wasn't already evacuated?

I can't describe the frustration watching people on tv, moms with tiny babies, elderly, getting no water, no food, no direction, no help. Dead bodies of people who made it to dry land only to die of other causes. I saw a story about two FOX News employees who did not stop flagging down cars until they finally got help for a 5 day old baby who was starting to dehydrate. I couldn't believe as a Salvation Army volunteer explained that they were not allowed into the city, when he was asked why they weren't helping.

Finally, a convoy arrived this morning. Five days later.