I’m not exactly sure where to start, it has been a crazy time for us.  This might be a little all over the place, but so am I right now so it fits, and its real and us.  I have to start somewhere, so here I go after one of the longest weekends ever….

1.  Let’s start with something, and someone, who makes me smile.  Every now and then I take a photo of one of my children that shows me who they are and I love it so much that I just want to hoard it and keep it all to myself.  I did that with this one for awhile.  She makes me smile so big.

2.  Yeah, back to that long weekend….Friday was the last day of school, Ty had a half day so that meant he and Taryn needed to be picked up at close to the same time.  That means I’m pretty much in car pool all.day.long.  Poor Teagan was pretty mad about being in the car all day.  We finally got home in time for naps with all 3 in tow.  About an hour into his nap Teagan had the mother of all asthma attacks.  I heard him cough once and I bolted across the house, I just knew.  I can normally see the signs that it is coming, I’ve learned his cues.  But he was asleep and away from me.  I ran to him so fast, I just knew, but by the time I got there he was flopping around on his bed like a fish out of water, wheezing, scared and closed up tight.  Thank God Ty was here with us, he grabbed the nebulizer, I grabbed his meds and we met in the middle.  My poor little man was trying so hard to breath and normally the arbuterol opens him right up, but it took a few minutes.  This was the worst one yet.  After 7 minutes or so he was still wheezing post treatment (but he could breath and was MUCH better), so I called our pedi and brought him in.  He was still wheezing when we arrived 20 minutes later but was thankfully on the tail end of a very bad attack.  To say that Jason and I are fed up with his treatment plan, or lack thereof, is an understatement.  There is no plan, there is no interest in figuring out his triggers from his doctor, they only seem to be willing to put a bandaid on it and give us more steriods.  Don’t get me started about how I’ve been begging for a pulminologist referral for a year.  And an allergist.  I finally got one for the allergist on Friday, but they still refuse to refer us to a pulminologist (our insurance requires written referrals).  We are fed up, we are going on our own as a self pay and we are finding a new pediatrician.  They have let us down in many ways, both with our children and with our health care (we all go to the same office) and it truly is time to move on.  If anyone knows of a great pediatrician in north austin that is good with asthma kids, please send them my way!

3.  Saturday I spent the better part of the day hovering over Teagan who still wasn’t doing very well and I ended up bringing him back in to see our pedi that morning.  There was some confusion over his asthma meds (caused by me but I was wasn’t happy with their answer.  We worked that out, got him a necessary refill and talked more about the long term 2x minimum daily use of the meds he’s on (I’m not thrilled with).  I also started clearing Teagan’s room of anything that could possibly be a trigger, we really need to make some changes in his room, we’ve started and will be making more in the coming weeks.  The upholstered chair is already sold and gone, the carpet is the next to go.  That afternoon, Jase took Taryn and Ty out to the natural caverns in Georgetown.  They had a blast!  I worried about Taryn in a dark cave but I was reassured she did just fine, even when they turned out all the lights in the cave.  She even let me know she didn’t have to hold her daddy’s hand in the dark.  Daddy swears otherwise….so, if you were standing next to a 6 ft tall bald guy who tried to hold your hand in a dark cave in Georgetown, he belongs to me 😉  The best part was that T came home so exasperated and just had to tell me all about it….the cave, the bats, the gem mining and the most very best and special thing at all, “mom you won’t even believe what they had there….a giiiiiift shop!”  Love her.

4.  Sunday was spent me running around like a crazy person getting ready for Ty’s birthday.  I had finished all the shopping for gifts but hadn’t done a single thing for his birthday party, that night.  Slacker (busy) mom!  So Teagan, Taryn and I did some party planning while Jase and Ty went off to the Star Wars Concert that was Ty’s birthday gift.  They had a total blast, it was apparently nerd heaven, but I have a feeling they fit right in based on the iphone pics that landed in my inbox about every 10 minutes 😉  When they got home, the house was decked out in Star Wars party stuff, we opened gifts, had cake and a little party.  Ty dubbed it the best birthday ever!  Photos forthcoming….someday.

5.  Monday was his actual birthday and we decided to go the cheap route and take the kids on the cap metro rail that opened a few months ago.  We thought they’d enjoy the train ride and then we could pick up dinner.  We underestimated the fact that Teagan would hate having to sit in a seat without a carseat or seatbelt.  He refused to sit still and basically threw a massive fit when we wouldn’t let him have free reign.  That was on the way into Austin.  We got off, had a slight layover, got back on, Teagan was exhausted by then and cuddled up on Jason’s lap but Taryn was totally delerious and giddy to the point of loud laughter and weirdness.  It was funny for the first 15 minutes.  At least it was to me.  Let’s just say that by the time we got back to the Leander station Ty was mumbling something about never having children and bolted out to the van before our butts barely left the seats.  We made it up to him with a brownie and ice cream though at dinner and he forgave us (them).

6. Speaking of brownies and ice cream, when we stopped in at Chili’s, we told them it was Ty’s birthday.  I knew Teagan would clap and sing along at the top of his lungs because we’d been practicing (and he did), but I suggested Jase warn Taryn about what was about to happen because she has a fear of the birthday song, especially when it is loud.  I was cracking up on the inside watching them from across the table as he whispered in her ear and her eyes immediately went to the closest escape route to hide under the table.

7.  My mom is a smart, smart lady.  She sent Taryn and Teagan little gifts in Ty’s birthday box and boy it’s a good thing she did because Teagan was none too pleased that he didn’t get to open Ty’s gifts.  It’s so hard to understand at his age….I’m a little worried that birthday season is coming up around here, we have one after another.  Maybe I should hit the dollar shore and get him a handfull of little things to help ease the birthday blues for little dude.

8.  Birthdays are a lot of work and man am I exhausted from our weekend of fun.  Totally worth it all to see Ty so happy.

9.  But there is no rest for the tired.  I have sessions every day this week except for this past Monday all the way until next Tuesday.  And Taryn starts T-ball this week.  And Dr. appointments and Ty needs to go to the dentist and get his physical for football and a much needed girls night out (girls do you still have your taste buds intact after that salsa last night?!  mine are gone, at least the top layer!)…and, and, and….

10.  Ah, I saved the best for last.  Lily’s birthday card she made for Ty….I think I need to frame it.  We all laughed and giggled and laughed some more when it landed on our doorstep.  Covered in marker and pretty pink hello kitty stamps on construction paper, the inside reads:

“Dear Ty, I like you because you are so nice.  I think you are very good.  I hope you get a bike for your birthday . . . . and a castle.  Love, Lily”

Awesome.  And me too Lil, me too!  And I hope he shares!!

2010-06-09T23:08:59-06:00June 9th, 2010|My Family|

10 on Tuesday | Austin Lifestyle Photographer Lyndsay Stradtner

1.  Bad news first?  Teagan’s ear drum burst Sunday night.  Through the tube.  He started complaining around bath time when it was time to put his ear plugs in.  By the time his bath was over he was a screaming mess.  He’s not a complainer (sounds like a good thing but it really is not, it’s hard to tell when something is going wrong when he doesn’t complain).  We called our pedi who ok’d some ear drops and we gave him some motrin and put him to bed.  He woke up constantly until around midnight when he walked into our room with a smile and a “hey”….uhm, ok?!  Ear oozing, ear tube sitting just inside his earlobe.  UGH.  That hurts, really bad.  I rank my burst eardrum last year up there with childbirth pain, it is bad!  Poor little man hasn’t had an infection since getting his tubes a year ago AND we just had them checked when he was in urgent care for a rocephin shot last week and they were clear.  UGH.  So we spent Monday carting him from his pedi for asthma issues to his new ENT for his ear issues.  We were trying desperately to keep him out of surgery and the hospital until cold/flu season is over closer to the end of April due to his asthma.  Weighing all the risks with both docs, we’ll do the surgery after Easter and only put him under once to replace the tubes and remove his adenoids.  We’ve been assured this will be a much easier surgery on him than Taryn’s was on her because it doesn’t include the tonsils.  I really hope so, I feel so bad for Teagan and how much he goes through on a daily basis.  I just want my baby to be well and stop suffering 🙁

2.  How about a little good news?  I finally got around to getting my own family out to my favorite field for shilohette photos.  So excited about that, I never take my crew out for pics anymore!  While I didn’t get the shot of the 3 kids I was hoping for, I did get a lot of keepers.  It was…..uhm….shall we say…..interesting….

But life with this hubby of mine always is 😉

3.  Tonight after story time Taryn and I were talking about how God made each of us special.  She started listing special things about each member of our family.  Like, God made her special by making her tall with yellow hair (we tell her it is blond but she refuses to accept it, it is yellow), etc.  When she got to Jase she said “God made daddy special by making him frustrated.”  BWAHAHAHA!  Love it!

4.  Ty has been doing some of his own proofing this week.  Love that.  He’ll sit and watch me proof for awhile and soak it all in.  The process, the details.  He asks questions and the second I get up, he jumps on.  On this night, his little buddy was right by his side.

5.  I got up this morning and cleaned up my workspace(s) because I needed to take a few photos of them for an interview that I did.  And don’t you know that as soon as I needed the room empty, a certain little someone decided to crash the party!  The same dude who avoids the camera at all costs these days….that is….until I want him to!!!  Stinker….and of course once I tried to kick him out he did the most onry thing he could think of, he flashed me!  HA!

6.  Yes, he still has a binky.  We’re waiting until after his surgery to take it.  It is not going to be pretty.

7.  I took Taryn shopping on Saturday to go buy a dress for an upcoming wedding she’s going to with her Daddy.  It was the first time we loaded up and hit a dressing room, just the two of us.  She had a BLAST.  Twirling and spinning and looking at all the little details on the dresses.  We narrowed it down to 4.  She picked the one she loved (pink and not itchy of course) and there was one that I just couldn’t part with, so we bought both!  And a purse.  And gloves.  And shoes.  And tights.  And bows for her hair.  Having a shopping buddy who loves it, totally rocks.

8.  A few iphone pics from this week….

9.  My Ty.  So happy to have him home with us this week for spring break.  Having more time with him is always awesome.  And can I just mention that as we were leaving the house the day I took this shot he told me he was wearing his hair like this because his girlfriend likes it that way.  Whatever.  I don’t want to talk about it.  I’m not ready.

10.  I still have a few openings for the 2011 Senior Class casting call / senior rep spots!  If you know someone who might be interested, forward them my info, they get a free session AND free goodies!  I also have a few bluebonnet mini sessions left, grab one now before they are gone!!

Happy Tuesday!

2010-03-17T00:15:19-06:00March 17th, 2010|My Family|