Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Our May 2015

Here's our May 2015! I keep thinking I should skip a few months to document our most recent adventures...I might just do that so I remember all the little things a bit better. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

A new week

Over the weekend, I was talking to a friend and she asked me how things were going. I responded with, "Well, we are really glad that this week is OVER."And we were. Last week was exhausting and here's a few reasons why:
  • On Monday, Little Dorrit had a hematology appointment. Thankfully, we did not have to drive three hours to Little Rock because this was one of the two times per year that the specialists from children's come up to where we live. We talked about the possibility of Little D. getting a port to replace her Broviac. She has to be at least 20 pounds before she could get a port and right now she's only 18 pounds. A few days leading up to Monday, Little Dorrit had terrible diarrhea (so bad, it would wake her up from sleeping) and because of this, she developed a really bad diaper rash. We asked her hematology doctor about it and she prescribed her some cream thinking it might have turned into a yeast infection. 
  • Tuesday, Mr. Rochester took Trotwood to get the flu mist and Little Dorrit had her regular occupational therapy appointment. 
  • Wednesday, Little Dorrit had a weight check at her primary doctor's. We are hoping to be able to remove her G-button at some point and that all depends on her continuing to eat by mouth. She's still not a great eater and lately, I feel like she's really digressed with eating. Whenever we try to feed her non-baby food items, a lot of times she will end up throwing that up and more. She used to be really great at eating baby food but now she doesn't even want to eat that and will often throw that up as well. We talked to her doctor about this and we're going to have her evaluated by speech therapy again and possibly have a swallow study done. It's just not normal, especially since she had been doing so well with the baby food before. So, Little Dorrit has gained some weight, mainly because we recently put her on a special high calorie formula but that is really the only nutrition she is getting right now. Wednesday night was also our ward's trunk or treat so we took our kids to that. 
  • Thursday, Mr. Rochester was changing Little Dorrit's diaper and found blood mixed in with her (still) diarrhea which she's now had for a week. We called hematology and her doctor's office and they said she needed to be seen. Mr. Rochester had to be somewhere else that day so I took Little Dorrit to the doctor by myself (which is a good 30-40 minutes from our house). As I'm getting off the interstate, a bunch of warning lights come on in the car, but I'm almost at the doctor's office so I just park and go in, thinking maybe the warning light situation will resolve itself when I get back from the doctor's. The doctor says we need to collect stool specimens because of the blood in Little D.'s stool. So, I leave the doctor's office, armed with my stool specimen kit, load the baby in the car, turn the car on, and the car won't move out of park. After calling Mr. Rochester and our mechanic, we figure out that there is a chip or switch in the brake that is malfunctioning (the brakes work but the chip is sending wrong signals). Thankfully, the mechanic was on his way home, which happened to be near where I was stuck. Tender mercy. He dropped by, finagled something, and the car would move again. The next morning we were able to take the car in and get it fixed. 
  • Thursday night: Mom and Dad are tired because Little Dorrit was up a lot tonight from her diarrhea and rash. 
  • Friday, we spend 3.5 hours of our life working with a state agency to get Little Dorrit's formula paid for. It wasn't difficult to get worked out, just a lot of waiting and signing paperwork. It just took so much time. With everything that was happening this week with Little Dorrit, I was still working and trying to meet a deadline by Friday. Everything ended up working out and I was able to meet my deadline, but I was a bit stressed about it all. On Friday, we also took the kids trick-or-treating at my work, which turned out to be pretty awesome. Oh, and on the way to my office, we dropped off Little D.'s stool specimens. By the time Friday night rolled around, Mr. Rochester and I were just glad to put the kids in bed so we could go to bed ourselves. (Also, lest you think we keep dragging a sick Little Dorrit out to do Halloween things, she acted completely normal during the day and never had a fever this entire week and we kept waiting for her diarrhea to go away.)
So, I feel like the new week has definitely started off better although this week doesn't have to do much to be better than last week. Today, we found out that Little Dorrit's test results came back positive for C. diff and we should have her medication for this by tomorrow. Apparently, C. diff is contagious so I'm hoping no one else in our family gets it.

Tonight, we had family home evening. Our lesson was on being honest and Trotwood picked the activity. With our crazy week last week, we didn't have much extra time to do some our traditional Halloween activities which involve just watching Halloween movies and playing games. So, tonight, we finished watching The Invisible Man and played King of Tokyo with the Halloween expansion pack. Somehow, I'm always the first to die in this game - I blame Mr. Rochester. :) Trotwood is always so sweet about it and recruits me for his "team" after my character dies. 
So, that's that for now. Here's to hoping for a few uneventful days this week that will allow us to just catch up with life.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

All Saints Day

When I was serving as a missionary and living in the Philippines, I remember the week before every November 1st, the residents of whichever town I was living in at the time would go to the graveyard and busily clean up the graves of their dearly departed before November 1st. And on November 1st, they would visit those graves, often staying for hours and hours and literally having parties there. Mr. Rochester and I like this tradition of visiting the graves of our loved ones on November 1st and have decided that this is something we want to do with our family whenever possible. It was actually a beautiful day today and after church, we all went to visit the cemetery. Here we are (next time we'll get some headstones in the background): 

Later this afternoon, we went on a drive down the Arkansas Pig Trail and stopped to walk around a local park on the way back to our house. 

Trotwood played on the playground for a few minutes and I took Little Dorrit down a slide. Mr. Rochester had some fun with her too. 



Today, I was released from my church calling serving in the Young Women's Organization. For the last two and a half years, I've loved working with the youth and the other Young Women leaders, and I have learned so much from them! Although it is a little sad for me to not be with the youth organization anymore, I'm excited about new opportunities to serve. 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from our family to yours! We've had a whirlwind week, and I must say, I am glad the week is over. Despite the chaos of life we experienced this week, we also tried to fit in some Halloween activities. Trotwood is really into Pokemon right now and wanted to be Ash Ketchum from Pokemon. So, last Sunday, I literally dusted off my sewing machine and put together an "Ash" shirt for him. We painted the symbol on a red hat and cut off the fingers of some green gloves. Of course, the costume wouldn't be complete without a Pikachu and a Pokeball. For those of you unfamiliar with Pokemon, here is what Ash Ketchum looks like:

Little Dorrit was a monster for Halloween. Her costume was way too big for her but we made it work.

On Wednesday night, we attended our ward's Trunk or Treat and then on Friday, we went trick or treating at my work. The marketing department, along with other departments, really go all out and decorate for the kids. We took pictures with a Tardis!
Trotwood participated in a "Jedi Training Academy."

And he got his picture taken with a storm trooper.
We also visited WhoVille, Jurassic World, and Hollywood. It was super busy but a lot of fun and I look forward to going next year. 

Tonight, we joined with some great friends for an afternoon of karaoke, food and then trick-or-treating. Little Dorrit was obsessed with the karaoke microphone and kept trying to eat it. 

When we asked Trotwood if he had a good Halloween, he said "No. I had an AWESOME Halloween!" He went to bed happy and tired and that makes it all worth it. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Pumpkin Patch

I've been meaning to post about these photos for the last few weeks. It seems my blogging habits are falling at the very beginning and end of each month. On October 17th, we had a full day of fun going to the pumpkin patch and visiting with friends. It was a little chilly to be visiting a pumpkin patch but sometimes I feel like our weekends get so busy I wanted to make sure we would be able to take the kids. Trotwood absolutely loved going on the hay ride, running around the grass maze, and picking out pumpkins. Little Dorrit just likes to go places and watch everything that's going on. If I'd planned more in advance, I would have brought our nice camera and tried to get some better photos burns think our impromptu iPhone photos turned out okay. 

We carved the pumpkins for our family home even in activity. Carving pumpkins is actually not one of my favorite activities but Trotwood just loves it. I think I feel the same way about dyeing eggs...probably because of the mess. But I do love that he wants to do all of these things and I hope he will have good memories of these activities. So, we carved the pumpkins and put them on the porch and for the last week and a half I've been telling myself I'm going to get a picture of all of the pumpkins lit up at night. Well, I still haven't done it and now they are starting to mold. Maybe next year.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Our April 2015

I think it's highly unlikely that I will finish our monthly logs by the end of the year as I keep falling behind. And yet I persist. Here is our April.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Crawling baby

I meant to post this video when I talked about Little Dorrit turning one. She's doing a lot better crawling and physical therapy is going well. I'm not sure when they'll start on walking with her but I can't imagine it will be too far away.


Also, the day before her birthday, she had a checkup and Little Dorrit was 25 1/2 inches long and 17 pounds. She sure is a tiny little thing!