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.

9.19.2013

Our 1st ER visit.

It finally happened. Our first ER visit for one of the kids. 

Honestly, I am amazed that we went 7 years without having to take any of our kids, especially with Lily running and climbing anything in sight. We thought for sure she would be our first one to go- we thought with a broken bone. 

But no, it was our littlest munchkin. 

Kate was sort of running, but it was kind of just a fast walk, ahead of me at the elementary school. We had just dropped Jonah and Lily off and we were almost out the door when Kate tripped and fell right into the edge of a metal door frame. 

The sound was enough to make your heart stop. It was horrible. 

There were parents and kids all over since it was drop off time, and everyone stopped to see if she was okay. 

She started screaming and I ran and scooped her up. I was heading outside to take a look and calm her down, but I looked down at her and her whole face was covered in blood. And so was her dress and my jacket. 

It was pretty terrifying seeing her like that. 

I turned around, went back into the school and asked for help. I rushed her into the nurses office, where the nurse got some gauze or something to stop the bleeding. After a couple of minutes, we cleaned off her face a bit to see what was going on. 

Kate had a huge (I say huge because to me, it was HUGE. In reality, it is maybe a little over an inch long) gash on her forehead. To me, it looked really bad. I don't want to get too into the details of her cut, but it was pretty wide open- enough to see things coming out of it. That's as far as I will go. I could hardly look at it- it made me so queasy.

I called Jake to tell him to come back home (he had just left for work) because I knew she would have to go in for stitches. 

I carried Kate home, Jake took a look at her, and I left for the ER. 

Thankfully they got her right in. 

They numbed it, said it was too big for the glue they use, and put in 5 stitches in instead. Then we had to wait a bit to see if she had a concussion, since she hit her head so hard.

Now, let me say how proud I am of Kate. After she calmed down right after she fell, she did not cry or complain ONE time. She was perfect at the hospital and didn't even wince during the stitches. Honestly, she could not have been better. Such a brave little girl :)

After a few hours at the hospital, Kate was starting to act more like herself and was itching to get home. 

Everything has been going well as far as Kate healing up. 

The only issue we ran into was some pretty significant swelling 6 days after. We got into the doctor and it turns out that Kate was having a reaction to the stitches. So, out they came. Thankfully, they were supposed to come out that afternoon anyway. 

So, she is still healing up, but it is finally starting to look a little better. It still looks pretty gross, to me at least. But it is getting better each day. 

So, that's our first ER experience. I am so thankful that it was just for stitches and not something more serious. I am also thankful at how awesome Kate has been the past week. 

And I am praying that we will not have to go back to the ER for quite while. Or ever. That would be just fine with me. 
Right after we got home from the hospital

Having some fun with the band aids. 

9.09.2013

First day of school- 1st, kindergarten, preschool.

Right this moment, none of my kids are home. 

They are ALL at school. 

This is the first day that has ever happened. 

A few years ago, I would have been THRILLED at the thought of all my kids being at school, giving me a break. 

But, I'm not. 

This is the 5th year that I have sent kids off to school (Lily had her first year right when she turned 3), and it is by far the hardest. 

I don't think I am having a hard time with it because I am just an overly emotional mom. Well, that might be part of it.... 

but I really think that God has been changing my heart and opening my eyes more and more to how He wants things to be. 

He has changed my perspective of my kids, and is changing how I once thought they should be raised. 

I never ever thought that I would consider homeschooling. But, honestly, I feel like God might be leading us in that direction.  

I am also having a hard time with the fact that my kids are getting older. And that makes me sad. 

But, I had to send them to school anyway. 

Today is Kate's very first day of school. Friday was Jonah's first day of kindergarten. Lily started 1st grade a couple of weeks ago.  It just blows my mind that we are already here- no more babies or toddlers running around. 

1st grade

Kate's visit day- too cute not to share

Kindergarten


Preschool

Outside of her school

First day of soccer!