Saturday, January 16, 2010

Quick trip to the ER

Just thought I'd inform you of our Friday night. We were having a great dinner at home when we heard a smack and cry all at once. Isaac had pushed with his feet against the table and tipped his chair while strapped into his booster seat. He was not throwing a tantrum, he had been eating a great dinner and was happy as could be. He fell against the sliding doors but his head smacked the metal frame at the bottom of the doors. I quickly unbuckled him and picked him up (as I know I should have assessed the situation a little better bfeore moving him but mommy's instinct is to comfort!) and he was screaming. I felt the back of his head and could immediatly feel 1/2 a golf ball. I quickly told Royce we were going to go somewhere for this (not to startle Chloe too much) and so Isaac and I headed straight to the car after grabbing snugglies of course. He quit crying a bit down the road and luckily we were at the hospital in about 3 minutes. They saw us immediately and Isaac was calm the whole time. He never vomited, never lost consiousness, and did cry immediately so those were all great things. Doc came in and looked in ears/nose and there was not any abnormal fluid. Turned out the lights and looked in his eyes which were also fine. Worked with his skull and all was okay. So--no concussion, just a skull contusion. Doc said not to be alarmed if some of the bleeding above his skull slumps down into his neck or even if he sleeps on his tummy for it to slump to his face. His skin never broke, just a sharp line where it is obvious he hit the track or frame of the sliding door. We were to wake him every 2 hours just to be sure there is no abnormal change in behavior, balance issues, etc. We played while waiting to be discharged and he practiced making the number 2 on his fingers for his birthday coming up so he was well coordinated.

Through all this, Royce and I found the greatest blessing. Up until about 10 days ago I had Isaac's chair at the head of the table in which our china cabinet is behind. Solid glass doors and shelves. Had I not decided to arrange the dining chairs a little differently this would have been a completely different situation. So we most certainly don't ask God why this happened (even though all is well) we thank God for allowing this to happen now and not 2 weeks ago. Like I said, he was not angry or being silly at all. He was just eating a nice meal. He had issues pushing with his feet on the table several weeks ago but we haven't had any issues with tipping and obviously tried to punish the feet on the table and scold him anyway. But tonight was just a fluke so we are thankful that all of those times he tested us a few weeks ago were just truly a test and that God allowed the actual fall to happen tonight when the china cabinet was not behind him.

Okay--everyone have a great weekend! Hopefully our drama is over now!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A New Year!

I really don't have anything exciting to update everyone on in our lives. We've been busy recovering from the holidays but we've enjoyed every minute of it. We hosted 5 events in 7 days at our house and couldn't have been happier to do so. No driving, no hauling gifts, no squeezing everyone into the 3 or 4 days would have been back in WaKeeney to have all the Christmas celebrations at once. It was great. Our move has truly ended up to be everything we had hoped for. Yes, next year it won't be our turn to host and we'll have to travel a bit to the local family around here, but we're happy to make those little drives instead of the long haul we usually did.

I don't have any pictures to post. I dropped my camera on Christmas Eve so it's a the repair shop. I just busted the little ring that opens and closes the lens so I believe it should be able to be fixed, but go figure. The kids can get hold of it and be fine and I open it on the kitchen floor and drop it. So the pictures I posted late on Christmas Eve were from my mom's camera.

Royce has enjoyed hunting a few days this last week. Mom and Ron kept the kids for New Years so we could have some fun. It was strange not eating dinner until 7:30 or 8:00 in the evening and then actually going somewhere after that. We went to a ballroom here in Hays that had a band. They were really good, but we only knew a few people. So we left at 11 and went to where Robynn and Dustin were hanging out. It was a fun group and we're glad we were able to join them. So New Years Day Royce and Dustin went hunting and Robynn and I went to lunch and to see The Blind Side. What a great movie. I even caught another movie with mom and Chloe on Sunday. Mom took Chloe to her first movie, Alvin and the Chipmunks the squeaqual. It was cute and Chloe loved it. She was really sad when the movie was over because she wanted it to keep going. Two movies in just a few days for me is some sort of record for the decade for me. I don't see two movies a year anymore. One of the many reasons I'm glad to be living here. Robynn and I have caught several movies together and it's great.

Royce and I are also attempting to take up another hobby. Reading. Yes, reading. Neither Royce or I have picked up a book on our own will in years. Seriously, for me it has probably been 15 years and I'm only 26 years old. I do not enjoy reading. I wish I did, but I sure don't. But I don't want my kids to feel the same way. Royce's NY resolution is to read four books, all of different types (history, fiction, non-fiction, etc.). He figures if he can do one a quarter then he'll be doing okay. He started reading his dad's book the other night. Wayne has written a book that has compiled all of his letters home from Vietnam while he was over there. He is hoping to get it published this year but has copies of it for all of us to read. I started reading a book that Robynn left in my car after we were shopping together. It's 406 pages and I do have every intention of finishing it. It's called Barefoot and is just about the lives of three women one summer. I'm enjoying it so far. So Sunday night Royce and I did something we have NEVER done...we both read by the fire. Cheesy, right?!?!? It only lasted about 30-45 minutes, but it was nice. I'm not sure we'll ever find a time where at least one of us isn't watching a game or something to where it'll happen again, but hey, we can try!

Okay, enough about our boring lives. We hope you all had a great Christmas season and that God is keeping you all safe and healthy. Happy New Year!