Saturday, January 21, 2012

I'm Alive, I Swear!

Holy cow, it's been a month since I posted last. I am SOOOO sorry! I'm alive, I swear. There's been a lot of drama lately and I've basically just dropped off of the face of the planet and have been soaked up in my own little world! I have good excuses, I promise. Good excuses...but no pictures. Lame, I know...to be honest, I'm not even sure where my camera is right now! Hahah!

Fist, Whitney got her tonsils out. I really wasn't expecting it to be all that big of a deal. But HOLY COW, I was so wrong! The poor girl woke up in tears at the hospital and the surgeon just kept saying "WOW. Those were BIG tonsils." The nurses said "Keep up with the fluids, keep up with the fluids, MAKE.HER.DRINK.FLUIDS." And I was like, "Psssh. Of course I will!" They weren't kidding, it was HARD to make her drink anything. I know the pain must have been horrible. But then, she started producing this horrible, thick, foamy saliva that she kept choking on. She couldn't swallow it! We tried gum to keep it from forming and to keep her mouth moist, but the gum just fell to pieces in her mouth. We tried popsicles, ice cream, crushed ice, every kind of juice or flavored ANYTHING...everything we could think of. But she just wouldn't swallow. I ended up just bribing the heck out of her and gave her a dime for every gulp of fluid she could get down. She ended up earning almost $10...not too shabby. The other bad part of it was that they took out so much tissue that she has to re-learn to swallow. Whenever she drinks something it also comes out of her nose! I know it's a totally cool trick, but she doesn't think it would make the top finals in the school talent show. We're still working on that. Apparently Sprite really hurts when it comes out of your nose. Just FYI. To make a long story short, she's doing much better now. She lost about 10 pounds total, and I'm pretty sure her breath could have been considered a dangerous weapon of mass destruction or at the least knock out a horse... but it's good to have her sleeping better and not getting strep anymore!

Next matter of business, we noticed that our plumbing was draining really slowly for about two weeks. After running the dishwasher and doing a few loads of laundry it would start to back up into the showers and tubs. We couldn't figure out what the problem was. Mike took off the toilet and ran a snake through the house and couldn't find any blockages anywhere. Then, a few days later, I was flushing some throw up from Aaron who came down with the flu and it wouldn't flush. Then, all of the sudden, sewage started coming out of EVERY.DRAIN. in the house. No joke. It was coming out of the washing machine. It was all over the floors...just....everywhere! So, now our house not only smelled like vomit from Aaron, but sewage as well. To make another long story short, we had to move in with my parents for about a week while the plumbers came to fix it all. It tuns out the culprit was clear over at the city line...a partially frozen pipe. I am SOOOO happy it's all fixed! But it still grosses me out to use the bath or the shower, even though I cleaned it like ten times afterwards. *shudder* And I have been able to catch up on 3 weeks of laundry. UGH. Not so bad washing it, but the whole folding and putting everything away thing just doesn't agree with me. ;)

Then, Mike took me to Boston with him for a 5 day business trip. Our parents were kind enough to take the kids for us while we went. It was really nice to have 5 days of just my husband and I. It was so quiet...nobody came and climbed in bed with us at 2 a.m. and I even got to shower all by myself! It was awesome. However, to be honest I'm having to adjust to being back to this stay at home mom thing. It was nice to get dressed up and go to meetings and talk to people all day...come back to a clean hotel room with a made bed and not having to cook anything! WOW. I had forgotten how hard this whole mom/wife/maid/cook thing is. But I know I'm blessed to be able to get to do it. :)

I'll do an update on Stephen within the next few days. I've had several people ask about him! Which, of course, makes me so happy that people haven't forgotten him! Oh how I love that kid. :)

So, anyway, I apologize for my absence! Thank you for being so patient! I'll be back soon, I promise!

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Lara said...

You have had one heck of a month. Hope things calm down for you.

Jennifer said...

Wow!! Things have been crazy for you! Glad things are getting back to normal.

Tausha said...

HOLY CRAP! What a month! SOOOO glad you are back, and gave an update! I was starting to get worried!! :)

Vicki V @ blestnest.blogspot.com said...

Wow, you have had an--ahem--interesting month! Glad you survived and got to have some alone time with your husband. Sounds like you're a great mom.

Mike & Rachel Barton said...

You're alive! :) Can't wait to hear about your trip to Boston. Love yoU!

Julie said...

Phew. I was starting to worry. Poor Whitney. Glad things are looking up.

Beck said...

You've been busy! Welcome back!

Wendy Cutter said...

I've missed you, Natalie! The sewage thing is so, so gross. I can't even imagine!! But, lucky you! You got to go to Boston- one of my favorite places!

Michelle Johnson said...

Ha, it's always feels creepy to start using the bath right after if was fixed! Those memories do not erase themselves easily! Your plumbers were really competent though, as they detected the fault wasn't on your part, but on the city's frozen sewer lines. Hey, at least you should have at least some peace of mind when you take a shower!
Michelle Johnson @ Dial 1 Plumbing