wife to Jake, mommy to my 3 crazy munchkins, Lily (7), Jonah (5.5) and Kate (4). Taking this crazy blessed life one day at a time.

5.26.2012

Life update

Life the past few months has been BUSY!

Here are some updates on the kids:

Lily: Lily is getting to be such a big girl! She is finishing up her last year of preschool and is very excited about starting kindergarten in the fall. She lost her first tooth a couple of months ago and her new "grown-up" tooth is starting to come in. She learned how to tie her own shoes. She is a master on her "two wheeler" and absolutely loves to ride her bike. She is working on her reading (and is doing a great job!), writing and math. She is a big helper and takes so much pride knowing that she is helping us and making us happy. She is about to take her first school field trip to the zoo. She is so excited to ride on a school bus for the first time and to go on the field trip with her friends. And I am so excited for her- I know she will have so much fun!




Jonah: Jonah is about to turn 4! I can't believe it! I am planning his party, which is going to be fire truck theme (I'll post more on that later). His last week of his first year of preschool is this week. Jonah is getting so big! He is quickly catching up to Lily in weight and height. It won't be long before he is bigger than her! He does not seem to be too into sports, but is showing much interest in music. I think that he will be the musical one in our family. He finally figured out pedaling and bought himself, with his own money, a cool little bike that he adores. He is also pretty obsessed with swinging and would swing all day long if I would push him. He needs to learn how to pump, then he can swing all day!  


Kate: Kate has been such a trooper the last few months. She has been through a lot with everything that has been going on with her health, but she is handling it well. She had another episode last weekend, so I had to take her to the ER to get all of the blood work done. That was a tough morning, for her and for me. We found out that there are some abnormalities in her blood, which means another trip to Boston to meet with a specialist. Please continue to keep her in your prayers. I'll keep you updated once we know more. Other than all of that, Kate is doing great. She is a feisty little girl and is just the cutest little thing you've ever seen.


We have been busy working on the house, putting in the landscaping, trying to get the grass to grow, rebuilding the front steps, building our garden (!!!), and now building our new shed. The house is really looking great from the outside. Such a huge difference from just over a year ago! Last weekend we celebrated living in the house for 1 year.

The next month or so is filled with birthday parties (we have 3 this weekend!), graduations, and graduation parties. Maybe in July things will slow down?

(Pictures are from our visit to Captain Dusty's Ice Cream)



 Gorgeous, right? I love where we live!

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5.16.2012

3 Years

Sweet Kate,

 It has been almost 3 years since we found out that you were growing in my belly. We were not expecting you, but God knew that our family wasn't complete without you in it. And you were such a perfect surprise :)

By the time we found out about you, you were already the size of a lime (I was almost 12 weeks along)! You were born 6 months after that. Those 6 months were the longest and shortest of my life. They were the longest 6 months because we were so worried and scared. We didn't know what was going to happen to you or to me. A lot of things could have gone very wrong when you were growing inside of me. You see, you had a little companion right next to you in my belly. But it was a companion that no one wanted in there with you. Every doctor that we saw said that we shouldn't keep you, that we needed to end my pregnancy with you. But Daddy and I couldn't do that. You are a gift from God, and we couldn't get rid of you. Even though we were entering uncharted waters, we trusted in God. We prayed over and over for your safety and health, as well as mine, and so did lots and lots of other people.

We went to the doctor's office a lot, and we got to see you a lot too, which was so nice. So many things could have gone wrong while you were growing in my belly, but God protected us Kate. He kept us safe and even though you were born 3 weeks early, you were healthy. Tiny, but healthy.

I can't believe that 3 years ago, we were just starting that scary journey with you. I look at you now and you are just the best little 2 1/2 year old! You are so passionate, feisty, and independent. Daddy and I can not even tell you how much we love you. We are SO thankful that God blessed us and that He allowed us to be your Mommy and Daddy. Our family is better now that you are a part of it.

It was worth those hard and scary 6 months, because now we have you.

I love you Kate! We are so thankful that God protected us, and that we trusted Him to keep us safe.

Now we have that crazy story to tell and everyone always thinks you are such a miracle! God works in amazing ways, Kate, and you are a part of that!

I love you baby girl.




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5.09.2012

Never Grow Up

To my munchkins,

Please don't grow up. Even though you guys can drive me totally crazy sometimes, I am going to miss you being little. I am going to ache for you to be little again. I am going to watch videos of you and cry because I miss it so much. I am going to look at picture after picture of the three of you as little ones and wonder how the time could possibly fly so fast. I am going to miss you needing me so much. I am going to miss hearing your little feet running around the house. I am going to miss the crazy messes you leave throughout the entire house. I am going to miss your amazing little kid imaginations and creations. I am really going to miss your snuggles. And how you smell after a bath. I am going to miss your little hands holding mine. I am going to miss so many things about you guys being little.

I can already feel it slipping away and my heart is already beginning to ache, wishing time would slow down so I can take a moment to really soak it all in.

I know that things will be so fun when you all are older, as our relationships grow and develop and mature. I look forward to seeing you all grow into the people God created you to be. I am excited to see what paths you take and where you end up. I am excited to see what your hobbies and passions are, what your strengths and weaknesses are.

I am excited for the future, but you three are only little once, you have the rest of your lives to be grown up. I wish life wasn't so crazy with little ones, so that I had more of a chance to enjoy it and really take it all in.

Somehow, the older we get, time seems to only go faster. I sure wish it were the opposite.

I love you my munchkins. Know that I am doing my best with you three. I wish I could just freeze you sweet little ones, but sadly, I can't do that.

So, in the meantime, I will continue to try to enjoy every little moment with you three, good and bad, happy and sad. I will continue to take picture after picture and video after video, so that the next time I blink and you all are grown up, I will have lots of glimpses back to these days. And I will be sure to have a box of tissues by my side.


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5.02.2012

Kate's EEG and MRI

This past week has been a busy one.

Unpacking from vacation, work, firefighter training, work on the house, getting all of the landscaping done around the house, school and so on.

The  biggest things that have happened this past week were Kate's EEG and MRI.

The EEG was last Tuesday. I was a bit nervous for this test because they needed Kate to fall asleep there, with 27 wires taped to her head. I didn't think there was a very good chance of that happening. But I prayed a lot about it and tried to just be calm. We were told that Kate had to be sleep deprived, so we had to keep her up late the night before and then I had to get up with her at 5am that morning. Going into the appointment, Kate was actually looking forward to it! When the technician came out, Kate was a little nervous and started crying. But once we got her to calm down, she was awesome! She laid still while getting marks drawn on her head and then when they put the sensors on her. Once the tech was done, she turned off the lights and within one minute, Kate fell asleep. I was so relieved! They were able to get the test done, no problem. Kate did a great job! 

Then, on Monday, we headed into Boston for Kate's MRI. I will say that this appointment changed my opinion about Children's Boston. Our first visit back in October, I was not very impressed, but this trip was so much better. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. The waiting room was great, with boxes of crayons and coloring pages for the kids, books, a little kids table and chairs, and there was a kid show playing on the TV. Our nurse ( I can't remember her name!) was amazing. We got Kate changed into her johnny, aka her "hospital dress". She had "lotion bubbles" on her arm and hand. These "bubbles" were numbing cream to help numb the area for the IV. They did one on her hand too, in case the IV didn't work in her arm. They even gave Kate a portable DVD player so that could watch a show while we waited to get the IV. She did great up until it was time for her IV. That was heartbreaking. I haven't heard such a sad and scared cry come out her. They had to put a ton of tape on it, so that Kate couldn't take it out, and then they even wrapped her whole arm in a towel. I think that was to protect the IV, but also so that Kate would forget about it, since she couldn't see it.

Kate in the "hostable"

It took Kate quite a while to settle down from getting the IV. After that, we met the team that would be with Kate and doing the scan. I was actually very impressed that there was a team working on her. I wasn't expecting that. But there were 2 or 3 anesthesiologists, one or two nurses, and then all of the people that actually do the scan. Then, Jake had to leave (they only let one of us take Kate into the MRI room) and I took Kate with the team to the MRI. Holy smokes, those machines are HUGE. Kate looked so tiny in it! She got very upset anytime anyone went near her IV. It took her a little while to finally "fall asleep". They all kept saying that she is tough! She would drift off and then suddenly open her eyes and call out to me. But I stayed with her until she was definitely out. I thought it would be a lot harder seeing her like that (under sedation), but it just looked like she fell asleep. The team reassured me that they would take great care of her, and I knew that they would. The nurse led me out to the waiting room, where Jake was waiting for me.

The scan only lasted about 45 minutes. The nurse came out suddenly and said that Kate was already awake and crying for us. Usually, when they stop the medicine, it takes the kids a little while to wake up from it, but Kate woke up immediately after they stopped it. Jake and I went in to see her and comfort her. Jake took full advantage of her sleepy state and held her and cuddled her the whole time. It was actually pretty hilarious to see her like that. She was so out of it, her eyes half way closed and she kept rocking back and forth, talking to us and trying to eat/drink, but also being so sleepy. She was so cute. We had to stay with her in the recovery room for about a half and hour or so. They needed her to drink a lot of juice so that her blood pressure whet back up a bit. She was a bit spoiled in there, they gave her 2 cans of juice, teddy grahams, goldfish, a new sippy cup and Kate's favorite, a giant sparkly star balloon!

Kate did a great job. Everyone there kept commenting on how adorable she was and how she was the best patient of the day. We were so proud of her- such a little trooper.

The whole process was a bit more emotionally draining than I was expecting. I knew it was going to be a hard day, but boy was I tired on the car ride home. We left Boston right at rush hour and were stuck in traffic for a while, but Kate fell back asleep right away and slept until we were almost home.

The GREAT news is:

Jake got a call from the doctor yesterday and they said that Kate's EEG came back normal and that the MRI showed NO tumors or abnormalities of any kind! Everything looked great. They did see that her sinuses were imflammed, but that's something we talk to our PCP about, it has nothing to do with the vomiting.

What amazing news!

So, we still don't have any answers, but now we know that her brain is nice and healthy! The next steps for Kate:

We have a follow-up with her neurologist next Thursday. And the next time she has an episode, we need to take her to the ER to get a lot of blood work done. And then we will go from there. It has been almost 2 months since Kate's last episode, so we are hoping that maybe she is growing out of it, or they will just happen infrequently.  

So, it seems that this whole thing is winding down, which we are all very grateful for. We have all been through a lot, and we are looking forward to not having so many appointments. I can tell that it is having an affect of Lily and Jonah too. They have been playing "doctor" all the time and they always say "Oh, you  have to go to the hospital now..." and things like that. It will be nice for things to settle down for a while.

I am so thankful for everyones prayers and that we have such a sweet and HEALTHY little girl!



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