Chunkus has been quite the little sickly thing this week.
Tuesday she managed to end our day a few hours early by needing a last minute doctor's appointment and our ENT was able to get us in the quickest.
As we waited for our turn, Addie was all about being a people watcher.
I truly feel for the people who think they can go potty without Addie noticing where they are headed.
She must blatantly point them out and ask me - for all the world to hear - "Potty?".
Yes, she is a mess.
Our ENT was nice enough to tell me that her throat looked just fine and her fungus was just viral.
Yet, it is always good to keep in touch with Addie's doctors.
It was also important to retrieve the necessary "Return to School" excuse
the doctor and nurses admired Addie's baby, which really made her day and was worth my crazy afternoon.
Yesterday, she was fine at school, but today she decided she needed to rearrange my entire schedule.
She was overly quiet when we dropped her off at school and we had just managed to make it to my doctors appointment in Vestavia when I got a call that Addie had gotten sick.
By the time we picked her up and I got her home and settled, she was a little better.
She snuggled with me, baby, Bailey, rabbit and a baggy of crackers all day.
Alley even risk injury to her brittle bones in order to give Addie a "hug, hug".
No fever, no more vomiting...
so, we'll see what Friday brings.
I know neither one of us feel "older", yet we catch ourselves talking about "stupid kids" and "when we were your age" topics -which means that we really are adults and are getting older despite how we really see ourselves.
Chris's 40th Birthday celebration with my family took place at our house.
It was Plan B, but sometimes it's just too difficult to make things work out for Plan A.
Despite our change in plans, I still made Chris wear his honorary big boy birthday shirt.
I just couldn't help myself.
My brother was more than happy to read aloud the card he picked out for Chris.
Yes..we are those people.
The people who put Thanksgiving Hallmark commercials and special greeting card sentiments to shame.
both of my children managed to warm my heart with only a few spoken words.
As we were leaving from picking Julien up from football, Monkus kept calling Julien's name.
He got irritated with her.
Which is understandable considering he was hot and tired and had spent the last two hours out in the awful August heat.
In my mind, when Addie repeats herself, I think it is her way of trying to participate in a conversation with the limited vocabulary she currently has.
It's really hard on my heart, but I'm so proud of her for trying her very best.
In an effort to defuse the situation, I asked Addie if she was "asking about Julien's day".
Her response was heaven sent.
In absolute clarity, she asked:
"Good day football?"
and I just about burst into tears.
Sometimes all she needs is a little guidance and our patience.
and then, while sitting at dinner tonight, I asked Julien about his day. I asked if there were any bad parts that he wanted to talk about and he responded:
"I didn't have any bad parts in my day."
I'd say that is a pretty good day in the life of a 14 year old - and that makes me very happy.
From time to time, I will have a business contact me and ask that I write a review for one of their products.
For various reasons, I have never responded to the requests.
However, I made an exception for Signazon.com.
Michelle from Signazon.com emailed me requesting a review of one of their products and instead of just deleting the email, I decided to do a little research.
I looked Signazon.com up on BBB.org.
Upon seeing their good standing membership with the BBB, I then looked at their website.
The website was very "clean" looking and I was interested enough to look through the products they had to offer.
The only issue was that I initially didn't think they had any products that I could use.
I don't own a business and have no need for marketing supplies.
Then it hit me...they do sell products that even I could use!
Signazon.com offers stickers, baby shower invitations/banners and yard signs, holiday signs...and birthday signs and banners!
Upon realizing that even an average girl like me could utilize the services offered by Signazon.com, I contacted Michelle for more information.
Michelle immediately emailed me back with the information needed on how to order one of their products.
I went back to the website, easily found the link for "banners" , then "event banners", and then "birthday banners".
The navigation through Signazon.com's website is super easy and the layout is very easy on the eyes.
I didn't have to backtrack or sit and try to figure out where I needed to go next and one of the very nice features is the "breadcrumbs" at the top at the page that allowed me to browse through some of the other products without having to go back to the home page.
Upon picking the banner design that I wanted, and clicking "customize", the next view of the website was a fun little treat....
while the banner template was loading, an adorable little animated raccoon kept me entertained.
Unfortunately - for me - the website is so quick, that the little raccoon quickly disappeared and I moved on to the next step of the process.
Each step through the customization process was truly self explanatory, and very user friendly.
I was very impressed.
It took me no time at all to customize the banner and submit my request.
I did not request rush delivery, but from the submission of my order until the order shipped was only three days!
From the time the banner shipped until I received it was two full business days.
Considering it was a custom ordered item, I was impressed at the speed of the shipment.
I received an email confirmation upon receipt of placing my order.
I received an email giving me instructions on how to install vinyl banners (which I probably should have read closer).
I received an email notifying me when the banner shipped
another email notifying me that the banner had been delivered to my front door!
That is what I call phenomenal customer service!
The banner arrived in tact and packaged securely.
When I opened the box, the banner was exactly as requested.
The banner is heavyweight, appears to be extremely durable and the colors are fantastic!
I, of course, proceeded to publicly shame my husband by putting the banner on the front railing for the entire day.
The banner stayed outside in the hot Alabama sun and was still in perfect condition when I brought it inside later that evening.
Everyone at the party absolutely loved the banner and commented on the quality and color.
Thanks to Signazon.com for helping to make a birthday party that much more special.
From the professionally designed website to the exceptional customer service, Signazon.com exceeded my expectations!
The response I received from Chunk when I told her that we had to walk back to see Julien and talk to the doctor was very much expected.
As we approached the door to the back, she turned around and walked back to the chairs, held up her hand to me, shook her head and said, "No...no....no".
She proceeded to try her best to camouflage herself in the chair in hopes that I would forget all about her requirement to follow me to see Julien.
When the door to the back opened and she saw Julien, she started screaming his name and waving.
However, when we made it to the back and she saw him laying in the chair and the dentist with her mask and gloves on, she hit complete melt down.
It was lovely.
Doctor appointment number two of the day was even better.
Addie was scheduled to see a new provider today and after waiting for an obnoxiously long time - we left.
My time is just as valuable and if I have no explanation of an emergency situation (or even a decent excuse) delaying the doctor, I cannot sit around and occupy a nervous Monkey.
AND, let me just clarify...there are some doctors that I don't mind waiting for...and would wait two hours to see because they take the time with us that every patient deserves...and - because they are awesome.
alright...I'm done complaining.
I don't even know how many more appointments we have this week and I'm already exhausted at the thought of one more waiting room.
the countdown to school.
Now that it is almost here, I'm nervous.
Like butterflies in my stomach nervous.
This is the part where I stop letting all the "What ifs" consume my brain and get back to the business of focusing on the moment. It is so hard.
I will spend the next three business days taking Julien and Monkus to - almost all - last minute care providers and finishing up all the last minute details.
I have so many last minute things to finish that I'm pretty sure I am going to miss something earth shattering, that no one else will even notice.
I think the last of Monkus's six year molars are coming in.
Either that or she is getting sick
something else is bothering her terribly.
These last two days, she has not been herself at all.
Which, of course, makes me worry even more.
Julien has commented several times about Addie's rather odd behavior - which means he's worried too.
Our day tomorrow starts with a trip to the dentist for Julien.
We shall see how the Monkus reacts.
I typically schedule Julien's visits for times when Addie is at school, so this will be interesting.
This was the precious moment when I first saw my baby girl. A private moment captured by my husband and blessed by our God. For those of you new to our blog, click the picture above to read the entrance into our "Wait and See World"...
...and our lives one year later. Full of miracles and a testament to God's grace.