Sunday, September 27, 2009

It's a Good Thing!

These came in the mail this week, and that's all it took to light up my beloved's eyes!!

We haven't taken a family trip or holiday farther than 3 hours away since Nate's been born. Hopefully by February, a road trip will be more or less feasible and traveling in a van will be a more or less positive experience! (Right now, a trip to Winnipeg is just about the limit for happy passengers!)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Clear as Mud!

That's kinda how I feel today!!

Since I last wrote, we've had some better nights and some worser nights. But in the midst of that what has touched me more, is the care, love and concern that has been shown to us in the last few days. Notes of encouragement, words of compassion....makes me emotional just thinking about it.

Don has been a huge help the last week, (and always!) during the nights and going double duty by being Mr. Mom (otherwise known as DAD!) to the boys in the morning before going to work. He is right now enjoying a much deserved Big Boys Night Out in Winnipeg, watching the Oilers take on Tampa Bay Lightning!

Today I took Nate to see our family doctor, and to say the least it feels complex right now. If you want to know details, read on - if not (and I understand!!) thanks again for praying for us!


1) Our cardiologist - I'll abbreviate with PC, for Pediatric Cardiologist, wanted Nate to see the pediatrician - abbreviate with ped, to discuss possible inhaler treatments for Nates lungs. Since our ped. works out of Wpg and only comes here once/month, we saw our family doctor in the meantime.

2) Our family doctor did prescribe an bronchodilater (not a steriod) inhaler. Two tricky things related to that: First, this dilater which would help to open the bronchioles, also raises the heart rate....something that as a heart baby, we're already dealing with. And Second: The lower lobes of his lungs sounded clear to her, leaving her to believe it's more of an upper respiratory issue. It's a risk/benefit balance here....maybe using the puffer very moderately will give Nate just enough that he needs to be able to clear (expectorate) whatever is causing this issue, without raising his heart rate.

She still would like us to confer with the ped. about using the inhaler, but we did pick one up in the time being....but I have not used it yet.

3) She will refer us to physiotherapy to see if we can do some manual loosening up (ie. pummeling his back and under the arms) in that area. We have private insurance so that part will at least be covered!

4) If there was anything she wanted me to take away from this appointment, it was to take all possible measures to protect Nate against H1N1. She told me matter-of-factly, that if Nate would be infected with this virus, he would end up on a ventilator in short order.

She expects Nate to get the immunization. She also wants me to limit any possible exposure, once that season hits. Specifically, she told me for Nate: no church, no grocery shopping, social activities with people in our house, or taking him to others.
The issue is that the onset of H1N1 is ACUTE with sudden onset. That means, we could be interacting with someone in the morning who is by all accounts healthy, and by that afternoon, they could be showing signs and symptoms of the virus. By that point, Nate could have already been infected.

It's alot to take in and consider. However, she doesn't want me to just consider...these are Dr.'s orders, and she said I could lay all the blame on her for for whatever I may encounter by adhering to this. She is genuinely concerned and wants me to be completely informed and educated.

As an aside, Nate's heart rate was normal at this appointment! His iron was up only 2 points to 102 since starting on his iron supplement 2 months ago.

Sorry if this is too wordy, but it just feels like I got alot of information today. I think I summed up most of it!

Thankfully Nate has so many happy moments in each day, which allows us to forget about some of this other stuff. He's such a ton of fun, makes us laugh, and still loves to cuddle! We'll continue to pray for better sleeps for him, and for clarity on all these other matters!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Monday, Sleepy Monday

I ate cake before 9am this morning. Farmer's Brownies, to be specific. I guess today, my cake was my consolation!! Ever felt like that?

We've been having some exhausting sleep and night issues with Nate for the last few nights (and by that, I mean bigger issues than just waking up a couple times a night!). It's been tiring physically and emotionally. I'm sure I'm not alone in this feeling....of just not knowing what to do and feeling helpless that you can't even comfort or soothe your own child.

I know there are always teething issues that all babies will deal with, and I can only wish that was all it was. But there I was last night lying beside a very restless Nate....trying to get an accurate reading on his heart rate (around 150 bpm, from what I could tell), and listening to his breathing which was anything but clear and steady. In my mind, trying to come up with a composed email to send to his cardiologist in the morning.

Restfull, it was not!

But like our pastor said in church on Sunday, quoting Chuck Swindoll: "Life is 10% what happens to us, and 90% how we respond to it."

Well, I guess in the grand scheme of things, responding to this with my cake this morning is perhaps acceptable, if not somewhat detrimental to my own dietary goals :)

And after going for a 3pm drive this afternoon to finally getting him to fall asleep for his only nap of the day (and after a good cry myself), things look a little brighter. Since the pediatrician that we see only comes out once per month, we'll be seeing our family doctor this Thursday about his breathing and lung issues. Then we'll see where we go from there!

To quote an unknown source: "Whoever says they sleep like a baby, probably doesn't have one!"

Friday, September 11, 2009

Better Late than Never!

Not sure why it took until the last hot day of "summer" to figure this one out!

Even though we've lived in our current home for 4 summers, I think we've used our in-ground sprinkler system once!

But for some reason, on one of the hot days last week, while we were out working on the yard this idea came to us! Really, how easy could it be! And the boys loved it.

I think this will be a more regular activity next year!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Schmidt Camping Weekend

The weekend at the lake was FABULOUS! It was Hot, Hot, Hot, but still cooled down nicely each evening. The younger generation played non stop all weekend, and us older folk took it easy and enjoyed the beach, campfires, fellowship and on and on!

I always thought that "Book Club" was all about the food.....after the first meal of the weekend (a buffet of bacon, eggs, fresh muffins, fruit - I could keep going here!) I was quickly reminded that it's's really all about the food. And then croissant sandwiches at lunch...

One of the super hot afternoons led to a water fight between Grandpa and the younger ones. It was quite hilarious to watch!! Not sure who was having more fun!

Best toy that we brought along for Nate....this and the dump trucks, loaders, etc.!

Saturday evening was capped off with fireworks, courtesy of the campsite next to us, and a special showing of Horton Hears a Who, on the BIG screen!

OK, this picture is not about me, but I laughed out loud when I saw it the first time. Don had the camera and I told him to take a picture of the 3 of us. Hmmm.....I see a donkey's ear, and an inflatable activity toy.....but I seem to be missing the other 2 faces that were to be in the picture!

But the next morning, he did capture some better shots during the bike ride with Brady!!

What a great weekend!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Happy Long Weekend!

This last week has been the perfect week, weather-wise, and this weekend couldn't get any better!! Sunny and hot! Perfectly coordinated with the Labour Day weekend too!!

We're heading out for our Schmidt Family Annual Camping Weekend. If past years are any indication, this will be another super fun weekend together!

Hope you enjoy yours, too!

Here's Nate at last year's camping weekend....this year is going to be a little different.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Two of Us

I have to say, I'm extremely thankful that I am married to a husband who helps out during the days as well as the nights.

Case and point: Last night Brady was awake till 3:30 and then finally fell asleep. Nate on the other hand, woke up at 6:00 this morning. If it was just me alone doing 'night duty', I think I may be a little cranky this morning. Thankfully Don was on 'Brady Duty' while I took care of Nate.

It makes me think about single parents, or families in which one parent works nights. I feel more compassion and and have more understanding for them, while it also makes me feel blessed to have Don at home to help. Even if it does take some nudges, kicks, etc. to wake him up and inform him of the issues going on across the hall in Brady's room!

Cheers for the best Daddy!!