Sunday, March 22, 2009

Baby Julia's Hospital Stay

On Thursday, Julia was admitted to the hospital because she had a high fever and swelling on the right side of her neck. After antibiotics and a CT scan, the doctors decided she had an abscess that needed to be drained. Saturday she had surgery. Everything went fine. The last 2 days she has been getting better. We will hopefully go home on Tuesday!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Joy in Motherhood Comes in Moments

In May General Conference, Elder M.Russell Ballard shared some thoughts about mothers and this one comment really touched me. He said, "Recognize that the joy of motherhood comes in moments. There will be hard times and frustrating times. But amid the challenges, there are shining moments of joy and satisfaction." This thought rang true to me this past week.

After a weekend of fever and David on call, I felt like I started the week in a hole. Then Noah came home from school Monday sick. So Tuesday we went to the Dr. and he had a positive strep test, then I went to my new all time favorite Dr. at the local CVS (thanks Becky) to get a strep test and it was positive. That night Julia had a fever. So Wednesday everyone was home sick. On Monday I had felt like I wanted a break, and by Wednesday I really needed one. Saying all this I wanted to escape for just a little while. It was a beautiful day so I decided that despite our illnesses we would take a walk.

Thank goodness for the great outdoors that invite those moments. As we were walking out of the garage Ella Joy noticed our red CPI security "stop" sign on the floor of our gargage. She ran over to it and said, "Octagon, broken mommy?" Did you just say octagon. I never taught you that. Where would she have learned that. I was in awe that she recognized the shape and just as equally glad that I was THERE to hear her and see her discover and recognize this shape for the first time. We walked through the neigborhood identiying all the octagons that we could find.

To add to the sudden gratitude that I was feeling that I was a stay-at-home mom, during our walk Noah randomly exclaimed, "Don't you just love this fresh air, Mom. At school I have to breathe the same air for 6 hours and everyone else is breathing it too. I just love this fresh air." I had to agree. Once again I was glad to be THERE as Noah expressed his joy for fresh air. As we walked home I was grateful for the fresh air and grateful for Two moments in motherhood that I wouldn't miss for anything else in the world.

Note: Later that night, after relaying our day to daddyo, David informed me that Jack Black and Elmo had taught Ella Joy about octagons. Thanks Jack!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Bye, Bye Pappy

Like most of you know, Ella Joy is completely addicted to her pappy. She has had a pappy in her mouth since the day she was born. Pappy has been a crucial part of our life for the last 2 and half years. If I wanted Ella Joy to stop whining, stop talking, stop fighting, sit quietly in the car, or go to sleep, I gave her Pappy. I tried to limit it to the bed and car but I'm just not very good at keeping those kind of rules. My friend Emma shared the idea of putting Pappy inside of a Build A Bear, brilliant I thought. So a few days ago we started talking about when we were going to get rid of Pappy. "How about when I'm five?" Ella Joy suggested. "No, Ella Joy we have to get rid of Pappy soon because it makes you talk funny." "Its OK to talk funny, mommy." Well, today I decided that this would be the day we would say bye to Pappy. So here is the final farewell. It was a dramatic, but she has done great. Her new best friend, Pap the Bunny.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Our Nanny Noo Noo got married

On Saturday we went to Shannon's wedding. Of course we are very happy for her but at the same time sad for ourselves. Shannon has come on most all Stier family vacations and they just won't be the same without her. I always hoped that she would marry one of my brothers or cousins so that she would just always be there. She was a beautiful bride. Noah and I had fun getting funky with the hula hoops. And it was great to finally get to meet Becky's Max.

To Shannon: You are wonderful! You are beautiful! You truly are such an incredible person! You are so kind and thoughtful and "such a catch." You love cleaning, cooking, babies, and you are always smiling. I hope your hubby knows how great you are. I will always remember sharing the captain's seat in my mom's van, one cheek each, for 7 hours. Thanks for loving my babies. You are the best! Love you and see when we come to Columbia!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Let It Snow

On March 2 it snowed in Winston-Salem. Noah was thrilled. There was one good day of sledding and then the snow melted. However, they were out of school for 2 more days after that. Lucky kids, crazy moms.