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Burn Out

I have been burned out big time lately and the website has suffered, more than suffered it was like one of those sad eyed neglected children with a distended belly and flees flying around its matted hair… okay maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration but you get the point.

These past few months – starting around the beginning of fall up to the holidays – have been really tough. Shitty would be more honest, shitty both figuratively and literally. Potty training was a complete bust. Michael will not do it. I can not get him to say a final good bye to his diapers. So besides the literally shitty-ness that was happening behind curtains, in corners and all over our new wood floors there was the figurative shitty-ness that almost broke our spirits. It started with an H1N1 scare, then a couple bad colds for the boys then of course Tim and I got sick. Just when we thought we were turning the corner on all the sickness Michael got really sick. We found out that he actually did have H1N1. Then Patrick got it but not as bad because of the drugs the Doctor prescribed. Shortly after that I started getting sick too. I didn’t have H1N1. Nope, I had something else. After five failed tests the sixth finally confirmed that I was sick from the baby that was growing in my belly. Pregnant! Again! Number three will be here in July. The due date is July 14th. This news was not shitty. This news kept us going and made us so very happy. However on top of being elated over being pregnant I was sick. I had severe all day morning sickness. It got so bad that i needed to go on meds just to get through the day. I lived on applesauce and saltines for almost 2 months. It was the best diet I have ever been on. I dropped major weight and eating became a 3 times a day battle. And during all of this it was crazy busy Roll Out time for Tim. He was working on average 90-100 hours a week.

It was a challenging few months, so yes, the website did suffer. We will get some pics up soon and maybe even a few videos. Mom- I am still trying to capture Michael singing Jesus Loves me on video. I promise to post the video as soon as I trick Michael into singing in front of the camera!

Christmas was a nice break-even if that break included 2 feet of snow. The boys had a blast playing with family and being spoiled with tons of toys. Tim and I were grateful for the time to relax (and for all the great loot ).

I am starting to feel better. The all day morning sickness is now just morning sickness sprinkled with a few boughts of sickness through out the day usually around meal time. I have been able to put back on all the weight I lost so that is some good news. Tim says this one has to be a girl because boys don’t cause this much trouble!

This post has been a serious downer. This fall and the start of winter hasn’t been all bad. We had a great Thanksgiving with just the 4 of us. Michael’s obsession with animals has jump started a love for learning. Because of animals he now knows his alphabet and sings his ABCs with out hesitation, he counts to 50 (then gets confused and goes back to 15) and he sings Jesus Loves Me all by himself. Patrick learns a new word everyday and expresses himself so well, better than Michael ever did at this age. His new word today was monkey. He is also counting. He only counts to 2 consistently. An occasional 3 is thrown in there but that is only when he is counting with Michael.

So I guess all and all the Lord never gives us more than we can handle… He tested us this fall but through Him and some strong meds from our doctor we made it through!

And yes Beth, You read this whole thing and I didn’t attach any pics. Give me time. I will try my best to get some up tonight.


At 4 am this morning Michael woke up crying, which is rare. So very rare. We comforted him, gave him so warm milk and talked about how even if you are scared mom and dad are here to keep you safe….

Tim and I went back to bed, patting ourselves on the back and doing sleepy high fives celebrating our parenting awesomeness. We went to bed thinking their would be a Best Handling of Nightmare award on our door step the next morning.

There wasn’t an award, in fact the opposite. Michael was sick. A fever of 100.8 sick. Accompanied by a runny nose and signs of an ear infection.

I was able to get him into the doctor early this afternoon and she matched my suspisions of ear infection and raised me a “better test for H1N1.”

The doc did a quick test and 20 minutes later, just minutes from pulling into our driveway, the clinic called and told me the test was positive.

Yeah! Michael passed his test. Joy. Lovely. Wonderful…. not so much….

Right now it is 6:09. Tim will be home soon with antibiotics for Michael’s double ear infection and anti-viral meds for both the boys. Patrick will get H1N1. There is no avoiding it, but hopefully the dose of anti-viral meds will help him better fight the infection.Patrick still has no temperature and Michael is now at 100.9 -which is up from earlier when he was down to 99.2.

We will all be getting sick in the next few days. Your prayers would be appreciated.

I am watching Michael like a hawk. We are lucky to have my Mom. She has direct access to all the latest info on H1N1. She is going above and beyond her Grandma duties making sure we know everything we should so we can fight this the best we can.

We know to watch for the second crash, we are tracking temps, listening for changes in breathing and watching energy levels.

We are also watching Madagascar, Elmo and Clifford. We are reading books and playing giraffe and zebra and making sure the little plastic cow eats (the green rug) three square meals a day.

We will keep you all posted via the website and email.

Friday Oct 23rd 12:30

The boys are down for nap right now.

Michael seems to have gotten some energy back this morning. Not the usual chase Lucy around the house energy, but he was able to muster up enough to stand on the couch and roar like Alex the Lion while watching Madagascar for the 1000th time.

Patrick is showing signs of battling off the infection. He has red eyes, less spunk than normal and is needing a bit more love than he does on an average day. He has yet to spike a fever though, so I think the meds are helping.

Tim and I are both feeling the fight coming on. Our bodies are tired and we are sneezing and have runny noses. I am just heading up to rest while the boys nap. Tim is at work (I know! I don’t think he should be there either! But if her gets all his shiz done today, he can relax this weekend)

I will keep updating as we get better. Because we will get better and soon. Positive attitude help, right?!

Quick Update…

I’ve been falling a bit behind on up keeping the website with all that has been going on lately, so I though I’d just let you know that soon you should be able to see pictures of:

Ben and Carmen moving in,
Jess and Kyle’s Wedding,
and Baby’s Shannon #2’s 3d ultrasound pictures.

I also wanted to make everyone aware of a great site I found this morning. With the big 2008 presidential election coming up, it’s important to know which candidate stands for which issues. Check out www.ontheissues.org for all of the info and more.