Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Surgery Day

Addie had a remarkably good day - all things considered. 
Her surgery room was nice and peaceful and she was mostly at ease except for the yucky frog photo hanging on the wall. 

Addie only cried once the entire day, and that was when the nurse took her pulse ox and blood pressure. 
When I asked which baby was going to make the trip with her to the hospital, she gave it some thought and then chose her New York Baby.
I searched through the babies closet and found a hospital gown and got her all ready to go, including her own bag with a change of clothes and extra blanket.
Her baby was by her side all day.
The extra hugs from her baby kept Addie calm - making my efforts all worth it. 

We had a four hour wait, which gave us lots of snuggle time. 

She even got brave enough to get up and wander around the room
and she even went to get her sweater all by herself. 

I managed to get her changed without incident and the nurse even brought her an iPad to use while waiting. 

Addie could see all the patients coming and going by her room, and as long as I talked her through each question, she was calm.
She had LOTS of questions!

Chris was put in charge of finding a balloon from the gift shop and he did a perfect job!
It made Addie so happy to see it when she got back to the room. 
She pointed at Olaf as if to ask if it was hers.
When he told her that she got to keep him, she nodded and wanted to hold him (Olaf, not her Daddy).

Her surgery went very well!
We knew the doctor planned on replacing both tubes - yet again - but we didn't know that Addie had a pretty bad infection - in both ears.
The doctor was able to remove all the infected tissue and replace the tubes without us having to come back for another surgery. 

Also, after months of consideration, we also decided to proceed with an otoplasty. 
I'm just thankful that it's over and Chris and I are at peace with our decision.

Addie received rave reviews from the recovery room nurses for being so sweet!
They said that she said, "please", "thank you" and "ma'am" the entire time they were with her. 
So proud of my baby for remembering her manners during a very stressful time!

When she got back to the room, she remained very calm - with her biggest concern being the IV in her hand. 

Our ride home started out good until - despite the best efforts of the anesthesiologists - Addie started getting sick. 
Even through it all, she was calm and sweet. 

---Addie wanted to know where Olaf was so I told her I would show her...
I love that sweet smile even though she was miserable!

I honestly can't begin to say how proud I am of Addie for being so brave and for being so sweet.
The decision to proceed with the surgery was very stressful.

We are heading back to the doctor this morning for a dressing change and to make sure my beautiful girl is doing well.

Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes!

Monday, August 03, 2015

Surgery - Number Seven

Today will be surgery number seven for Addie.
She will have yet another set of ear tubes put in - AND, another ear procedure on her right ear.
Since the surgery will end all summer activity, we certainly made the most of this past weekend.
Addie went with me for a pedicure Friday night, had her hair cut Saturday morning, spent the rest of the afternoon/evening on the boat and got to go to the store on Sunday and pick out a variety of ice cream to help with her recovery.

She is all about being pampered - and I was happy to make sure we made time for it.
Kim at Polished was absolutely phenomenal with Addie.
She was so patient with her and so very sweet.
Everything I need in someone who is caring for Addie!

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Wrapping up the summer...

Summer - at least in our house, has come to an end.

Our summer has been full of activity, and drama free - just the way we like it.
We went on our last boat ride of the summer yesterday and Addie had a fantastic time!

Addie learned so many news things this summer.
She adores Julien beyond measure and is intent on doing everything he does! 
Whether I approve - or not.

The best evenings are the ones where we don't have anywhere to be or anything to do and we can just sit or stand - and enjoy it.

Julien spent the last 14 years asking me for a dog.
I have spent the last 14 years telling him, "No".
We just don't have the time to devote to a dog, and I just don't think it's fair to have a pet if you can't spend the time with it that it deserves.

After 10 months of asking me for a different kind of pet, Julien finally paid for it himself.
Julien adores his new pets, and so does Addie and she asks all the time if she can, "Hold her?".
Easier said than done.

Rudy is intrigued and has yet to show any malice towards her...

Pet #1 - Harley

and pet #2 - Waffles.

Things certainly have been interesting around my house.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Safety Patrol

This boat outing was not as smooth sailing as previous times.
We had to wait out a pretty bad storm, and while doing so, there was a dog from the boat next to us that kept trying to make her way over to our boat.
Addie became a little anxious with the events taking place and it took a while to get everything settled down.

Once we were on our way, Addie snuggled in next to my sister-in-law and began the task of watching her Uncle Howard on the float.  
Addie made sure that her Uncle Howard was safe and "good to go".

Praise for a job well done!

Addie always gets sleepy on the boat and ends up needing to lay down and rest.

Since there were so few boats out, the men folk took the opportunity to swim for a while.

Having her Uncle Howard and her Daddy off the boat was enough to get Addie up.
She had to watch and make sure everyone was alright.

Addie made sure that nobody got out of her sight for the remainder of the day.
No rest time was worth the worry!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Pre-Op Visit

We have been incredibly fortunate and have stayed away from an O.R. for a record breaking - 

However, the time has come.
This Little Monkey will be going back soon for set #7 of tubes, as well as another outpatient surgery.

This time, with a different ENT.

Addie did great at her visit today.
She tried to stay calm and nonchalant, although she made sure to keep one eye on the waiting room door.

Not a soul passed through those doors without her gaze being cast upon their every move.

She would glance away, only to hear the door open again.

Once we made it to the room, she was content to alternate between writing in her notebook and watching television.

Addie was perfectly still for ear exam 1 of 2, but refused to put away her notebook.

She's a master multitasker!

After her drama free appointment, Addie just wasn't ready to leave (how is that even possible?!?!?!?)
and she made her way across the hall and had a seat in another waiting room.
According to her, she just wanted to see the frog

and apparently wanted to see the frog without me documenting it.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Happy 50th Birthday Dewana!

My dear friend Dewana celebrated her 50th birthday a few weeks back.
Such a very special time!

The kids had a blast and loved spending time together!
At the point when Dewana forced us all to gather for pictures, it was quite the experience.

In the words of my friend, Patti - it was "like wrangling cats".

Addie looking less than pleased.

I hope I look as beautiful at 50 as Dewana does!

The only thing going through my mind...
"don't step on my toes, don't step on my toes..."

We all managed to walk away unscathed.

A wonderful night of memories!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Serious About Her Work

Today was another fun field trip day for Addie - and another trip on the bus!

After we arrived home, Addie had the job of melting all the ice from the cooler by rinsing it down the drain.
Super fun for kids - and adults - 
and a great coordination activity - make the ice disappear without soaking the floor and counters. 

Once all the ice was gone, I filled the cooler with dish soap and Addie stood by in anticipation of her next assignment. 

Since there wasn't anything to do but let the cooler soak, I assigned Addie the job of carrying some bubbles upstairs. 

It was busy work 
 it made her laugh. 

She was super careful. 

She even detoured into the living room looking for Rudy so she could show him. 

She made it all the way upstairs. keeping the bubbles mostly intact.
A job well done!

She deposited the bubbles into the sink and finished her task by rinsing them all down the drain.

Nothing was better than listening to the sound of her sweet little laughs - although I'm not sure if she was laughing at herself or laughing at me.
She must have thought I had lost my mind by assigning such a task!