Christian is finally cutting his top front teeth! 🙂

You might ask how I know this for sure (as we’ve been wondering about them for the last six months)…

Well, yesterday morning Christian woke me up by violently banging his forehead against mine.  I didn’t understand why he was doing this.  I just got super annoyed and rolled over attempting to claim any last stakes in sleepland that I could.  A few minutes later, he started violently banging his forehead into the base of my skull.  Over and over and over.  I still wasn’t understanding (in my defense, it was 4am!), so he grabbed my index finger and shoved it into his mouth pressing it firmly into his top gumline.

Oh! (My brain kicked in!) Your mouth hurts!  I get it!  Do you want medicine?

Christian grunted out a yes as he continued to bang his head into the couch.

After a dose of Tylenol and a finger-full of orajel (which he absolutely hates!), he stopped the constant banging and started happily building with his Legos. 


I pray that his teeth come in quickly so that his pain will subside.

I am also super curious to see what Christian thinks of his new front teeth.  He hasn’t had any up there for over 4-1/2 years!!!  He relearned to talk without those teeth in place.  This could be HUGE!  (I’ll keep you posted. 😉 )


…Kidney Stones in my right kidney.

You’d think that the ER doctor would have maybe mentioned this before we were let go.  (Good thing for the follow-up with our family doc today!)

So, I’ve heard the pain is worse than labor.  Great.  (sigh)  I’m looking forward to it.  NOT!

Off to drink my weight in water and load up on my ibuprofen…

(I guess it could be worse.  After hearing them talk about some of the possibilities for my pain yesterday, kidney stones don’t sound quite as bad.)

I found myself in pain shortly after waking up yesterday morning.  Severe pain in the belly button region.  It was bad enough that I contemplated calling Brian and have him drive Christian to school.  About a 1/2-hour later, the pain shifted to the right and was no longer stabbing.  Constant pain, but not as bad.  So, I got Christian ready for school and away we went.

After Christian was safely at school, Liv started asking me about the library.  I had promised her the night before that we would go, especially since we didn’t make it there last week.  OK, we went.  I figured I could talk her into letting me rest when we got home if we had new books to read and movies to watch.  So, we spent an hour at the library.  Liv was disappointed that we didn’t stay longer, but I needed to get home.  I was exhausted.

With the pain persisting (and encouragement from a friend and my hubby), I made an appointment to see our family doc in the afternoon.  She saw me, felt my abdomen, and sent me over to the ER.  (Letting me pick-up and drop-off Christian on the way.  She understands what our family situation is like. 🙂 )  Brian was able to drive me to the ER.  Grandma came over to help entertain Olivia while Christian had his usual therapy sessions.

We had to drive to the ER at the city north of us.  (About a 1/2-hour drive.)  They admitted me almost immediately.  (I’m thankful that they weren’t overly busy!)  I was hooked up to an IV with pain meds and anti-nausia medication, asked to pee in a cup,  and have a contrast CT scan.  Pee came back fine.  CT scan was negative for appendicitis, kidney stones, ovarian cysts, all of the bad stuff they had been talking about….

…Thankfully, it did show what was ailing me — swollen abdominal lymph nodes.  Oh.  Not much they could do about that.  They gave me a prescription for heavy-duty pain meds (which I have yet to fill because if I take them then I can’t drive and I need to be able to drive), told me to take ibuprofen to help with the inflammation,  rest, and have a follow-up visit with my family doc.  OK.

So, it turned out not to be that big of a deal and Brian and I got to spend 4 hours without the kids.  (Can a trip to the ER qualify as a date??? 😉 ) 

The swollen abdominal lymph nodes probably explain why my neck has been feeling stiff and my armpits sore for the last few days.  I’m guessing the lymph nodes there are swollen, too.

And this morning Christian is at school, Grandma just picked up Olivia for the day, and Brian is at work — I think I’ll nap (or at least rest).  I have my follow-up with my doc later this afternoon.  We’ll see what she has to say then.

  • Monday — we found tiny holes in the majority of our cabinets.  The cabinets are only a 1-1/2 years old.  After searching the internet for awhile, I came across a page that possibly gave the answer to what was making the holes — powderpost beetles.  Yuck!  Thankfully, from what I read, the beetles will only hang out in the type of wood that they were born in — the ash wood that our cabinets are made out of, and we have no other ash wood in our home.  But, we still have to try to get rid of the beetle larva that are now chewing their way to the surface.  Sigh.  Hopefully we found something at the store that will combat this problem.  Yuck!  😦  Oh, and I stepped funny and did something horrible to my bad ankle.  I could hardly even walk on it and I have a fairly high pain tolerance.  Boo.  😦


  • Tuesday — my cell phone died first thing in the morning.  This wouldn’t be the biggest problem if my cell phone also wasn’t our “home phone” number.  Sigh.  😦  I had to go pick up Brian’s cell phone from the farm and then call the school and the therapists for the day and give them Brian’s number just in case they needed to get ahold of me for whatever reason.  Thankfully, Brian and I were able to go in to Radio Shack over his lunch break and upgrade our phones.  (We had our others for close to 3 years, so I guess that it was about time! 😉 )  We didn’t go for anything fancy (yet), as we are not really into texting or surfing the web on our phones, but I still think my new phone is cool, so I’m excited. 🙂  (Although, it was a bit of a pain transferring over all of the phone numbers, especially since my old phone was completely dead.  Like, blank screen dead.  I’m still chasing down the last few numbers that I know that I don’t have.  Note to self: make an actual list of all people’s numbers that are stored in cell phone!) Oh, and Olivia is officially enrolled in 4K for next school year.  Wow!


  • Wednesday —  I woke up and my ankle was miraculously feeling much better.  Not perfect, but good enough that I could go for a mile long walk.  Hurray!  🙂  The bad news — we are having random “pee problems” around the house.  Just whipping it out and letting go.  😦  Last time this was going on, there was a horrible UTI happening.  I hope that this isn’t the start of another UTI.  Not cool!  😦  We are trying a week of raw milk cheese again.  I’m very curious to see what happens.

I wonder what the rest of the week will hold…  😉

I love walking.  I could walk for hours.  I had been going for 3-mile daily walks last spring and then I had a week where I was feeling horrible and napped instead of walked and I never made it back to walking daily.  😦

Today, I decided to restart my walking routine.  But this time with a goal — running a 5K in June.  Whoa!

Because of my inactivity and ankle stress fracture, I’m starting by just throwing my 3-mile walk back into my daily routine.  After a month or two, my plan is to follow the “Couch Potato to 5k” program.  According to that program, I should be running 5k in 2 months.  Awesome. 

I have been missing the euphoria that I would used to get from running or other heavy workouts.  I haven’t been able to make that kind of exercise a part of my day since Liv was born and I think that it is taking more than just a physical toll on my body.  I am not able to handle my life stresses as well mentally or psychologically either.  😦  Boo.

I’m ready to try and change that.  Brian has agreed to start training for the 5k in a couple of months, too, so that we could run it together in June.  That gives us both a goal and some motivation!  (I always needed to have a “fire lit under my butt” to workout effectively. 😉 )

Is it too much to think that if the 5k goes well, there could be a 10K in my future in the next year?  How about a half-marathon in the next 2?  OK, now I may be getting a little ahead of myself, but I am excited.  🙂

(We are also thinking of working running into Christian’s daily routine (especially after the ice/snow) is off the road.  We can teach him some rules of road safety and allow him to burn off some of the excess energy that he has built up in that little body of his!  😉 Maybe run the 1k in June???)

Brian’s surgery went excellently.  His surgeon told me that it actually went better than he had hoped.  Praise the Lord!  He was also released from the Medical Center two hours earlier than we expected.  Hurray!  He is on some pretty heavy-duty meds, but doing well.  The soreness is starting to kick-in now, so I just keep bringing the meds, ice, and fluids on schedule hoping they will help.

Thank you for all your prayers!

By the way, the kids did great yesterday, too.  🙂

Hmm…is Christian sick?  That is the question this morning. 😦

If I had to venture a guess, I would say he has a UTI.  Urgency.  Frequent trips to the bathroom without the ability to produce consistently.  Refusal to drink anything.  (Perhaps hurting when he pees?)  Hiding under the covers on his bed.  Wanting to snuggle instead of constantly running.  Feeling quite warm.  Etc.

Thankfully, I was able to schedule a doctor’s appointment for later in the day.  I hope that we will be able to find out what’s wrong before we leave the office.


Perhaps she will be able to tell me, too, whether or not the ankle that has been bothering me for a week most likely has a stress fracture.  I’m pretty sure it is.  Bummer.  😦