Thursday, May 31, 2012

Adam's Graduation

Bobi was pregnant with Adam when Greg and I got married, and now Adam is graduating from high school.

Wow, that makes me feel old.

His graduation was held at the Huntsman Center at the U, and I haven't been to a graduation there since I went to my own (with my Masters degree).
Adam's show choir performed a number, complete with choreography
2 graduations in 2 days, and I was a good girl at both!

Silly Pop, that's not right!


Ellie wanted to be in the picture...

Adam and the grandparents
After the ceremony we headed to Bobi & Brian's church for a dinner with family and friends.
Travis flew in earlier in the day for his summer visit.  He is 5'9" now and so stinking cute!

Bobi, Adam, and Lauren (the girlfriend who braved the family party)

Family

We love having company!  Pops and Pat drove out from Minnesota, swinging through Idaho, and came down on Monday with Aunt Sharon, Uncle Bob, and Aunt Gail.  They attended a Memorial Day celebration, and then the Aunts and Uncle Bob went home Tuesday morning.  Pops and Pat stayed until Friday to attend all of Adam's special events.

Ellie asked Pops to do her hair
Aunt Sharon, Uncle Bob, and Lulu
After Aunt Gail put a piece in the puzzle, Ellie told her, "good job, you're learning!"

I lost a contact last Friday afternoon, and was able to get an appointment for Tuesday morning.  The eye doctor dilated my eyes, and assured me I would be fine to drive home.  I got these stylin' sunglass inserts and headed home.  And it was not fine to drive, but I made it.
Tuesday was Pops' birthday, so Bobi hosted a celebration dinner.  Adam cooked for us all, and I brought a boiled raisin cake for dessert.  It was fun to see everyone.
Teri & Jon

Gwen, Lyssa, Adam, Bobi, and Teri

No more pictures, Grandpa!
Lynlee is so cute in the morning
It was a wonderful week to spend with our family and loved ones!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Playing in the Basement

We love to play in the basement!  We do things like

bounce in the baby chair
 put together floor puzzle mats, and then do the monkey dance
 play the piano
 and sit on the stairs (just because it is the perfect seat).
check out those straight eyes!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Surgery Follow-Up

We had a follow-up visit with the ophthalmologist today, and Dr Young said that Lynlee's eyes are doing great.  We are going back in a couple of months to double-check, but I am really hopeful that all is well!  Her eyes still do not look perfect to me, but they are so much straighter.  They track together now and don't seem to be all cattywampus. 
"Mom, I hab a bu-dea.  I can hold Lynlee for a picture!"



Monday, May 21, 2012

FHE with the extended fam

Staci organized a come-play-at-this-aweseome-park FHE, and it was great!  Plans changed since Parker broke his wrist (Grandma and Grandpa brought Kyralyn, and then Parker talked Staci into coming anyway).

The park is a brand-new park in Saratoga Springs, and it features an amazing climbing tower that was swarming with children when we were there.
this is a picture of Kyralyn and her friends from another day, captured by a Deseret News photographer
We loved seeing the family (mostly from a distance as everyone scattered and played) and playing hard.


this and the seesaw were our favorite -- the girls pretended this was a kitchen and they "cooked" for everyone who came over

Sunday, May 20, 2012

BCL 10 year anniversary

It is amazing to me that the amazing, talented, and cool women of the Book Club Ladies are still my friends, 10 years later.  I have learned so much from these women, and treasure our friendship.  Our first meeting was in August 2002, in my basement family room in our first house.  We have had some ebb and flow with members, but settled in with our core 8 fairly early on (Kelly -- the founder, Ilene, Stephanie, Tiff, Erin, Kandice, and Tara -- who moved a few years ago and is missed).

To celebrate our 10 year anniversary, we decided to have a girls' weekend.  I think I have not stayed in a hotel room with non-relatives since high school, and it was a real treat for me!

We kicked off our festivities with a dinner at P.F. Changs and then got some shopping in.  While we were at the mall, Kelly found one of those photo-booth things, and we all hopped in.  6 months pregnant Kandice sat on Kelly's lap, Ilene was halfway in my lap and halfway out of the booth, and Tiff had her rear end pointed out.  We were giggling and laughing so hard, and the people walking by kept on laughing at us.  We didn't realize until we were done that there were video screens on the outside of the booth showing us in real time.  We realized this as we were waiting for the photos to print and got to watch the instant replay...

And then the photos didn't print -- the booth must have been out of paper.  It was so disappointing!

The best part of the night was after we made it to the hotel (a gorgeous 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom suite) and sat around talking & laughing.  Ilene painted all of our nails, and she has some mad skills.
Kandice brought happy anniversary balloons

Saturday was fabulous as well.  We started with a visit to Kelly's mom, who has stage 4 cancer and is in an assisted living facility.  It was great to see her again and talk with her, she is super nice (and an ardent reader of my blog--love you, Teri!).

Then followed about a hundred billion gazillion trillion gajillion hours of shopping.  There is nothing better than wandering around a couple thousand million stores in one day with your best friends.
 

Ellie wanted to "work" and has this contribution to the post

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After a yummy dinner at Rumbi (where Kandice & Kelly's food got left on the counter so long that Kelly had to go looking for it, and the manager came to apologize) and even more shopping, we headed back to the hotel for more fun and giggles.  Some people had to come and go throughout Saturday, but we were finally all together from dinner on.  Erin had bought a few fancy dresses to try on, since her husband won Best in State Principal AND his school won Best in State School and they had a fancy banquet to attend.  This happy occasion got a fashion show for us as Erin tried on her outfits.  

 Kandice and I finally dragged ourselves away about midnight (we both have 9 a.m. church) and the rest stayed for another night in the hotel.  I am glad Greg was able to arrange his schedule to let me take some time with my friends, and so grateful to my friends for being so wonderful that I crave time to spend with them.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Birth Mother's Day

Today is a special day to celebrate birth mothers.  We love our birth moms, T & M, so much!  I (literally) cannot imagine my life without them in it.  Lots of love to all birth mothers, especially ours!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Bilateral Eye Surgery

I got the call Tuesday afternoon that our check-in time was 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.  Tammy came over about 8:50 to get Ellie, and we headed out the door.  Lynlee could see Ellie in Tammy's car as we backed out of the driveway, and Lu was confused for a while, and kept on asking us, "Ella?  Ella?"
 I was worried about how Lynnie would do with the no-food-or-drink-after-midnight thing, but it worked out beautifully.  I was going to wake her up around 11:30 to top her off, but she woke up around 11 wanting milk.  Then we had to wake her up the next morning, and in the bustle to be out the door, she was easily distracted.  She asked for milk twice, and I told her we would get it after we went to the doctor, and she seemed satisfied by that.

Once we checked in, we headed to the surgery floor waiting room, and Lynnie started to act a little nervous.  She hated her wristband, and held her arm up the whole time.  Thank goodness they put it on her left hand, since she uses her right hand more!

 After a few minutes we went to pre-op, where we changed Lynlee into her pajamas and she had an exam by the nurse practitioner.  Lynlee hates the doctor, and she cried the whole time.  I just kept on thinking, "poor girl, it's only going to get worse..."
but I look so cute in my pajamas!
 After her exam, she got to ride in the wagon to the surgery waiting room.  The wagon ride was a hit.
 There were lots of fun toys in the waiting room.  Lynlee especially loved this cool lamp with floating things in it.  She said BALL over and over again, but would not touch it.  We were in the waiting room for about an hour, and she did great the whole time.


 We played with this toy the longest.  It would make noises as Lynnie slipped the stars on.  And notice how she is holding her left hand, not using it at all.  Silly wristband!
 After hearing all of the options, we chose to give Lynlee Versed before her surgery, a sedative.  She has really bad stranger anxiety right now, and they talked about how if the child is too upset, they can't keep the anesthesia mask on long enough to put them under.  Lynlee was really funny all doped up, she was singing and giggling and acting really loopy.  You can see it in her eyes!
saying goodbye -- another wagon ride to go to surgery
 Then it was time to wait.  They took her back around 10:50, and it was supposed to take about an hour.  Greg's parents were in the hospital at a doctor's appointment, and then came up and waited for a while with us (before leaving to take a turn with Ellie so Tammy could go to work).  Tammy kept on texting me updates, and after we got home that night, Ellie told me she had so much fun she wanted to play with Aunt Tammy every day.
They played at one of Tammy's friend's houses, and Ellie made all sorts of new "best friends"



Grandma sent us this picture, and said, "I won!"
 The surgery finished around noon, and we had a post-op meeting with Dr. Young.  She told us she moved the muscle on each eye about 6 millimeters, and everything had gone well.  As we were leaving to go back to the waiting room, all sorts of horns and sirens were going off, and Dr. Young said that someone was really needed.

About 5 minutes later, she came out to the waiting room and told us, "oh, those alarms were for your daughter.  She started spasming when they pulled her breathing tube out and everyone started panicking, but she's OK now."

How's that for bedside manner?

When I was able to get to Lynlee, the nurses there explained it much more nicely.  They said it was fairly common, and Lynlee wasn't as awake as they thought when they tried to take the breathing tube out.  She did have spasms, but they reinserted the tube and she was fine.  They let her wake up a little bit more and the tube came out just fine.

So, the doctor told us in all of our meetings before that the anesthesia would be the worst part of the day, but I wasn't prepared for how bad it was.  They only allow one adult at a time in that first room, and I was first.  Lynlee was inconsolable.  She was trying to wake up, but wasn't awake enough to open her eyes, and she was mad.  She was also in some pain, and it took 3 doses of medicine to hit her threshold.  She kept on signing milk (her comfort) but they wanted her to have clear liquids first.  Lynlee was not interested in the sugar water in the bottle or the apple juice in a sippy cup.  After about half an hour of crying and insistent signing (and thrashing about and arching her back and being miserable), they said she could have her milk.

The nurse called out to have Greg come in with the diaper bag and switch me.  Lynlee took her milk right away and kept on sucking so hard that she would stop breathing.  Her sats would drop in the 80s and Greg would pull the milk out, she would get mad and cry, her sats would come back up, and the cup went back in.

After she was drinking, the nurse ushered me out.  I couldn't bear to go back to the waiting room, so I just stood in the hallway and watched through the little window.  After a couple of minutes, they took pity on me and let me back in.
 After Lynlee's signs looked good and she had kept her milk down for a while, they took us to a different room to wait a little more.  I had to take a picture of Lyn's poor little foot--although I am really glad that they put the IV and other stuff on her foot, where she couldn't see it all.
 Greg got Lyn to take a short nap, which was awesome.  Then she woke up and wanted MAMA and more MILK.

Everyone at the hospital was very nice and took really good care of all of us.  That helped make the experience more pleasant.  After we were discharged, we came home and Lynlee and Greg took a nap on the couch.  Then Greg had to go to a meeting, and Lynnie woke up in the transfer to me.  She was sad for a while, but Hailey and Shaylee came over to visit, and she perked right up.  She even wanted to get down and play.  After the girls left, Lynnie played for a couple of hours and seemed to feel a lot better.

She went to bed well, and woke up about 12:30 that night for more milk, and acted like her normal self (we were told the anesthesia effects would last between 12-24 hours).  On Thursday, it was like nothing had even happened.

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