We wake at 6:25am Monday through Friday. Warm chocolate milk for Ella and Lucy, cold milk for Jack. Everyone snuggles in the bed as they watch the last 5 minutes of whatever is finishing on Disney Junior and then patiently waits on Doc McStuffins to come on for our last 20 minutes of snuggle time before we get ready for school. This is our morning routine--has been for the last 7 years; same routine, different shows.
Maybe because it hits so close to home, but there's something about Doc and her innocent knowledge of fixing boo-boo's that appeals to me. Maybe its because its how I felt after Lucy got sick. Now, after 2.5 years, you can call me Dr. Mom, Mom, MD, Momcologist. Pick your favorite. I answer to them all. I can change central line dressings, administer potent IV medicines, change feeding tubes, monitor for seizures and feel as if I know the complete list of pharmaceuticals in the hospital pharmacy.
While those things are, thankfully, in our past I still keep busy changing band aids, doling out ibuprofen and administering ice packs. Through all of this, my all time favorite Doc McStuffins moments are when kisses and hugs are the only medicine that works. That's when I know I have done my job as a mother. Those are the only two medical skills I was born knowing to do. And I do them very well, if I do say so myself.
No one could have ever prepared me for being a Mom. It is by far, hands down the hardest job on Earth. No one else is expected to carry as many job titles as we are while being expected to do them well. If you knew what was going to be expected of you as a mother none of us would have ever had children. Even if a few of us were brave enough to try it we sure wouldn't have had more than one! But that's not how we were made. We march through motherhood bravely wearing the suit of honor called "Mom" and rise to challenges on a daily basis that would break even the strongest man.
We are made different--us Moms. We were set apart to love, care, nurture and protect our children. And we do it with a fervor and determination that only a mom's love can provide. So, how about you? Do you have any great stories? What about you and your children? Do you role play at home after you watch Doc McStuffins?
I'm excited about new episodes of Doc McStuffins (starting Sept. 6th on Disney Junior), mainly because I love it when Lucy looks at Jack and says "One time I had an ouchy like her doll and I had to go see a doctor just like Dr. McMuffins." How cute is that? One day I'm sure Jack will bore of hearing her stories and one day I'm sure she will pronounce Doc's name correctly. But right now, you can find us snuggling every morning watching to see what medical peril awaits the next Doc McStuffins toy.
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I never in a million years thought I would have a house dog. First of all, I've never wanted one. Second of all, I knew Erik would never, ever agree to it. In his words, though, "after last summer I just realized that you only live once." Having a puppy is something our girls have wanted for a long time. Ella, Lucy and Jack are beyond thrilled. If I'm completely honest, I'm pretty happy, too.
Thank you Erik!
What a weekend. We celebrated Ella's birthday a few days early, had my late birthday party celebration.....
and reveled in the excitement of my baby brother's engagement! Welcome to the family, Candace. I am so lucky to be gaining another "sister."
It's that time of year again. Team Lucy (Go Lucy Go) has been created and we are getting ready to run. I hope you will join us and help us remain the largest team 3 years running!
Help us spread the word. Facebook, Twitter, your personal blog, ..any social media account you may have. Let's see if we can work together and raise $25,000 for LeBonheur Children's Hospital.
(and don't forget, we always have the coolest tshirts in the race. You do have to be local to get your shirt, though. Sorry!)
I am thankful we made it to the lake this past weekend. After finding out that Lucy has to stay dry for ten days post surgery we would have regretted greatly any decision to be away from the water. Now, I'll be perfectly honest and say that we stayed in our long sleeves a lot of the time but we still had a blast. We took a few friends and the children (all but Lucy who is still sensitive to temperature) swam while shivering with purple lips. I got in once to ski and once to pull kids skiing behind the jet ski but that was all. Since my sweet grandfather built my grandmother a potty on the pontoon, we no longer have to get in the water when, well you know.
We ended up building a bonfire in the rain and roasting S'mores before we left on Sunday. Who would have ever thought that the temperature in August would be maxed out at 70? It's nuts! I'm sure not complaining as its been the most beautiful few weeks I can ever remember this time of the year.
Thank you God for your wonderful blessings.
I am happy to report that Lucy came through her surgery with flying colors. She was a little sore this morning (and again tonight) but she went to school today and did great. She will have to take it easy for the next 10 days while her incision heals, but she is going to be just fine. I just want to thank you all for continuing to pray for our girl. I know that many more stories of precious, sick children have come your way and it would be so easy to move on from our family. We know this and we appreciate the prayers that are lifted on her behalf every single day.
I had a rough day yesterday at St. Jude and then at home. The weight on anxiety was so heavy on my shoulders that I went to bed at 8:30pm with the worst neck ache I've ever had. I felt nauseated and had cold sweats. I think the longer I'm away from St. Jude the harder it is to go back each time.
We saw a family that had been at the Target house with us in the Fall of 2011. We found out that 7 months after he was home from his treatment of Ewings Sarcoma, he was diagnosed with AML. I couldn't even speak to his mother. I had nothing of any encouragement to give her. I felt so helpless, and could only imagine how she must have felt. Cancer is evil. EVIL.
I couldn't sleep last night thinking about them. It would be Lucy. It could be our family again. While I don't let my mind and heart go there often I would be lying if I said it wasn't something that was always on the back of my mind. Cancer and the effect of Lucy's treatment will haunt our family as long as we live. Ella couldn't even stay at school yesterday she was so worked up about Lucy's surgery. The worst part was that there was nothing I could say to Ella to make her feel better. (I was 0 for 2 yesterday in the "words of wisdom" category."
Here are three examples of recent projects I've tackled. I wanted to start small, but I am officially ready to tackle my first piece of furniture! The first was a magazine basket that we were given when we got married. It started black and it is now yellow.
Next I decided I would repaint a cheap shelf that I bought from Hobby Lobby a few years ago. I never liked the color but I had to settle for it when my months of searching for the perfect shelf proved fruitless. I don't know why I never thought of painting the thing! The bright red looks really nice in the newly painted half bathroom.
Today I decided to tackle the ugly gold mirror that has been in the same half bath since we moved into our house. The gold mirror and grey walls just looked horrible together. I'm still up in the air about the finished product but it looks better than the gold for sure. I may end of adding more red back to the mirror, but I'm going to think about it for a few days before I get my paint back out.
|finished mirror before the tape was pulled|
Lucy's teacher placed confetti in little ziplock bags and stapled them to the inside of the poem.
and talks of Jesus were on the agenda. Life was really, really good tonight.
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Lucy has some urology issues that we are going to be dealing with AND is scheduled for surgery Monday week to remove a piece of residue left from her central line. Apparently her body has finally decided to start rejecting this foreign matter that is lodged in her chest and is mounting up a nice response in the form of an infection trying to get it out. So...lots of antibiotics for us and surgery. It will be outpatient and should be no big deal, but dang! School just started and we are already pounding the pavement to Memphis and back.
As I left St. Jude today I was keenly aware of how insignificant this issue is and what burdens so many others are carrying. So, I have whined all I'm going to whine and now its time to move on with an immensely grateful heart for all God has done for Lucy and the miracles in her life.
For example. she made it to first grade with flying colors! All three kiddos were super pumped about the first day of school and can't wait for this year to get underway. I'm excited, too. I have big dreams and expectations for this year for all three children. My prayer is that they will all succeed in their own ways, in the ways that God has planned. I know full well that my children are going to do wonderful things in their lives.
**On a totally random note, our family has decided it's time to get a puppy. It will be an indoor/outdoor dog. We are concerned about some allergy issues, but mainly want a great family dog. One that can grow old with us and one that will take to be "loved." We looked into some of the designer breeds (mini golden/labradoodles, cadoodles) and unfortunately those are a little cost prohibitive. We are thinking more along the lines of a Collie now. Any opinions? Suggestions?
This little girl was not happy with me last week. Apparently, EVERYONE has a puppy except her. Look at that "mean" look I was getting!**