I love living here. There is always something going on, something fun to do. In April every year Puyallup has their spring fair. Its a mini version of their big fair in September. There are games, rides, food and lots of animals. Its always the same stuff, but its always different because my child gets bigger every year. Its such a sweet memory I'll always have. The regular fair is much more sentimental to me, but this will do for now. We got out of the house, thoroughly enjoyed the sun and had a blast. Here are a few pictures of our day.
Joshua drumming away Gotta love my husbands photography skills. Haha. I said I wanted it of Lucas, but hello! Don't cut off my head! Men, I should have known.
I love this picture. Its perfect for these guys. Daddy showing Joshua how to shoot a gun.
He was tired. But these were some his winnings.
'I want that one daddy!'
OOHHH and alligator.
Enjoying a famous 'crusty pup'
I passed on the pricey fair food. I had scones instead. Its a tradition!
So said Lucas last week. (he he) We had Lucas hearing test last Wednesday up at Mary Bridge in Tacoma. When we got there we actually had a nurse that we had before when Lucas had his last surgery. One that I loved, thankfully. I remembered her because she talked too much. (Is there such a thing?) She was great. Anyway, we assumed that finding a vein was going be a difficult process because he has teeny tiny curvy veins. So we hot packed 2 feet and 2 hands in preparations. After answering a ton load of questions, surgery, allergies, blah blah blah. So they took him across the hall and I spoke with the audiologist. The anesthesiologist came in and went over the same questions I had just answered and then they got started. Lucas was sedated, but it was a really light sedation. Nothing major like for surgery or anything. He fell asleep withing 30 seconds. Wouldn't that be nice at the end of a long day? 30 seconds and you're out. Nice.
So after the 40 minute wait, which I LOVED. 40 minutes of quiet for mom? Yes please. I spoke with the audiologist and she gave me pretty good news. His right ear was normal-unlike the last time she told me his right ear was worse. His left ear has a moderate-significant loss, but nothing that we would notice because his right ear makes up for the loss in the left. She wants us to see an ear, nose and throat DR to find out the reason for the loss in case its preventable for the right ear. And she wants to do another test in 6 months to keep track of his progress.
Overall, I was pretty excited. Coming from the last test where she said he had a significant loss in both ears to this was fine with me!! We won't be needing a hearing aid just yet, and that makes me pretty happy too. I knew he could hear, I knew from long ago. And I told her that! So there.
Gotta love apartment living. Joshua's Easter egg hunt
Well we had miss Abby in town today. She is the daughter of my best friend AnnMarie. They live in CA now, but we still see them pretty regularly. Abby was staying with her grandparents so we went and stole her for the day. We had fun. We had McD's for lunch and then came home for Lucas' therapy. Then off to the mall to play and then ice cream. Wow, I'm nice. :o)
Its fun for all!
Having fun at the mall
My kid really likes chocolate. He didn't want to miss a drop!
Last night was rough over at the Wakefield house. Lucas was pretty fussy after the chiropractor and slept most of the day. But around midnight he would not calm down. Nothing was working. At 3am I vented his g-tube, something I haven't been doing much of lately. Well, out came a bunch of milk. Not that weird usually, but he hadn't eaten since 12. Then after the milk came yellow secreations. Not normal, and quite gross. Remembering back to his bowel obstruction and the discharge that he was having then, I freaked out. I called the oncall surgeon to ask his opinion. He told me to hold off and see what happened in the morning. After an hour or so of venting, he finally fell asleep. That was about 5am. He's been pretty happy all day. A bit shocking for what took place last night. But I am not complaining. He didn't eat again until around 2 and that was only about 2 oz.
Tomorrow we have our hearing test. I know he'll pass this one. This kid hears all the ruckuss in this house, no doubt about it. But I'm asking for prayer anyway!
Lately I've been feeling out of sorts. I've been feeling not myself. Stressed, worried, tired- ok exhausted, scared. Those of which aren't really me. Yes, I stress. Yes I worry. Yes, I'm tired. But lately, its been to the extreme. I think that the last year is finally catching up to me. Life has taken its toll and I'm kinda freaking out. The 'week of tears' kind of put me in a rut and I haven't been able to get out of it. We are in the process of planning a weekend getaway which is well well over due and sooooooooooooo needed. Can you tell I really need a break? :o)
I've been worried about myself, a good sign I guess in the scheme of things. If I didn't care about my well being then you should probably worry. I've been not wanting to be a mom, homemaker (which is legally my job title) and wife. Its all been no fun and I want a change of pace. No fun you ask? Well, let me elaborate. I've been dealing with a 3 year old potty trained, jealous, not getting enough time with mom, high spirited, full of energy, acting out little boy. He does weird, very werd things to get my attention. Like peeing on his toys. Pooping on the floor. Stuff like that. Oh yes, that is the no fun I am talking about. I am hoping that this is a phase or way of getting mom's attention, because if this is the ride called life- I WANT OFF! I love that boys and daily he makes me smile. But lately, oohhhh, I just don't know what to do. And more of the no fun.... a fussy, skinny, not getting enough time with mom, needs a lot of attention, 8 month old baby. Oh its just a joy.
And let me just add a little bit of more 'no fun' stuff. Cleaning, cooking, budgetting, laundering, cleaning up of pee on toys, poop off floors, and baking (ok that one if fun). I am not complaining. I actually have a point to this WHOLE blog. As it is a way for me to vent to the hundreds of people reading (ok 30, LOL), it is also to share this little tid bit.
As I drove down the highway today in a bit of a funk, I saw something neat on the side of the road. There was a little bunch of flowers blooming. It was surrounded by weeds, trash and other not so great stuff found in ditches. But through all of the junk, the flowers bloomed. As I looked at those flowers (while driving 60mph down the highway) I realized that I needed to be like those flowers. Surrounded by junk, i.e. cleaning-stressing-kids, I needed to bloom and grow. That even in this crazy stressful time in my life, there is more important things to focus on. Growing as a person. As a christian, a mom, a wife, a friend, a sister, and a daughter. I hope that in some part of my life that while I am blooming and growing that I can bring laughter, love and brighten someone's day, just like that flower patch did for me today.
Oh and here are some pictures from todays family day.
Happy Easter!! When the boys first got together. Joshua and Micah...and Lucas! My little boy is getting so big!
Cool toys from the grandma's!
Uncle Gabe and Lucas
Hanging with the grandma's. Gma Alice, Micah, Joshua and Gma Robin.
Trying to find the eggs
Yes, its April. Looks like we hid eggs in October!
Auntie Robin and Uncle Tim
These were a big hit!
My whoops, what can I make strawberry pie. It turned out pretty good.
My cyster Denelle's baby Mariana. (Cysters is spelled wrong on purpose!)
Well, we had our little photo shoot. Let me just say that I don't plan on doing that alone again....ever. OK, thats a little crazy. But it won't be soon. It was rough. Joshua did not want to cooperate. Not that I really should expect that, but I can dream. And mr. Lucas would not turn his head to the right at all! Or up, or open his eyes much. It was NOT easy. But we got a couple pictures out of the 75 or so they took. Poor photographer. Thank God he didnt have another sitting after ours. I made him work for his money that day. LOL. As always, they look great, the few that came out. I love this studio. Its pricey and this will probably be my last year there, but they have given me some amazing shots over the years.