Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mama's Sweet Baby

Ben got his first and hopefully last set of ear tubes. Ben has had nonstop ear infections for over a year now. We finally got a referral from Ben's doctor to an ENT. If you are looking for a wonderful ENT, look no further than Dr. John Bitner with the Tanner Clinic. He is wonderful. His philosophy is similar to mine. He's liberal in practice. For example, I've heard "Don't get Ben's head wet" or "He can't go swimming," etc. Dr. Bitner said there are no water restrictions. The worst thing that can happen: Ben gets water in his ears. If his ears drain more than two days, put some ear drops in. Simple.

Any who. We had a WONDERFUL anesthesiologist, Dr./President Rush. He's the second counselor in our stake. He switched his schedule with one of his partners so he could come in today to take care of my sweet baby. Ben fell asleep in my arms in the pre-op room while waiting for Dr. Rush. I was able to carry Ben into the OR and hand him off to Dr. Rush. Ben opened his eyes and cried. Marty and I ran out there. We didn't stop running until we his the cafeteria. We were supposed to have thirty minutes of free babysitting, but we got paged overhead twenty minutes later. Oh well.

Needless to say, everything went well. Ben had massive infection in both ears that Dr. Bitner cleaned out. Poor baby. He just finished Augmentin one week ago. He got his tubes none too soon. To celebrate his quick recovery, I got Ben some chicken strips and french fries. He then was able to lay in my bed and watch his new favorite "Home Alone."

Here are the pictures of "Mama's Sweet Baby!"

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Jacob and Eddie

Jacob came home from kindergarten yesterday with Eddie, the class stuffed-black Lab. Eddie comes with a homework assignment called "Eddie Takes A Vacation." Each child in Jacob's class takes Eddie home and writes a short story about what they did with Eddie. Jacob just so happened to have his dental check up. He took Eddie with him. Of course I had to take pictures for the story that Jacob was going to dictate for me to write. Here you go:

The "New" Distraction

As many of you know, one of my sisters lives in my basement. She recently purchased a new TV for her room. She put her old TV in Ben's room. I hooked up the old-school Nintendo, and the boys have been having a blast. They play the old Mario Brothers 1, 2, and 3. They also watch their own cartoons and DVDs on it. Yeah! My TV is no longer the designated "Bakugan" or "Wonder Pets" TV. My life is becoming my own again. Actually, I spoke too soon. Ben just came in the office and he is in DESPERATE need of a diaper change. Here are some pictures to enjoy.

Happy 36!

I just celebrated the 20th anniversary of my Sweet Sixteen. Gosh I'm old! The boys got me flowers. Marty bought me furniture from Ethan Allen and a yummy lemon cake from Cutesie Cakes. We had family over for cake and ice cream. It was just delightful. Thanks Marty and boys for a wonderful B-Day weekend.

Our New Baby Girl Sarah!

Yes, she is finally here. We finally have our baby girl! Her name is Sarah, and she is just wonderful. The boys are crazy about their baby sister. Ben loves here deeply, even though he taunts and torments her at times. Oh well. I guess he doesn't like being usurped as the baby of the family. Here are her long awaited pictures!

Yes. I realize she is a cat. But she is the closest thing to a baby sister that Jacob and Ben will ever have. Jacob and Marty have wanted a cat for so long. I have always HATED the furry purrers. And "hate" is putting it mildly. However, Jacob saw Sarah at Petco for adoption, and fell in love with her. Needless to say, I gave in to a week's worth of tears and pleading from my 5-year-old angel and have yet to regret it. I even love Sarah. She loves the boys. She is so mild and docile. She is wonderful. Jacob loves to have her sleep on his bed with him. He is such a nurterer. Love him. Love Ben. Love Sarah. And I love Marty for talking me into getting a cat!

And the Verdict Is . . .

Okay. So Marty wrote the last post about wanting to sell our precious Ben. We take it back. Poor Ben has FINALLY been diagnosed with chronic ear infections. In fact, he has had so many (diagnosed and undiagnosed) that he has delayed speech. He failed his hearing screen (OAE) in his left ear. The ENT we were referred to said Ben is a PRIME candidate for ear tubes. Hip Hip Hooray! The end to his suffering is in sight. We were told his speech will improve dramatically after the surgery because the poor guy will actually be able to hear us. I'm such a bad mother for thinking he was just a demon child. I know it's not a huge complicated procedure, but keep Ben in your prayers next Tuesday, Feb. 16th.