Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bad Doggy

About a month ago, Carson had a little run in with a not so friendly neighborhood dog. We were walking home from the duck pond and we passed by a house on our street where a man was working in his yard with his dog. The dog walked out to the sidewalk and appeared to be friendly. Carson, of course, immediately wanted to pet the dog. I reminded Carson that we always ask before we touch someone's dog, and the man said, "your mom is right, you should always ask first, but he's the sweetest dog, he wouldn't hurt a fly." Famous last words!! Carson leans down to pet the dog (I think he was trying to give the dog a hug, because he laid his head down on the dog's back) and the dog whipped his head around and snapped Carson in the face. It happened so fast!. The guy was very apologetic and was very shaken up about it. I was actually really calm until I got home and called Shane to tell him what happened, then I started getting really upset. I felt so guilty and started realizing how bad that situation could have been. The wound wasn't very big, but it was deep and pretty open, so I decided to go ahead and take him to the ER to get it checked out.  
The ER Dr. opted to put steri-strips on it instead of sutures to decrease the risk of infection. Apparently the saying, "A dog's mouth is cleaner that a human's" is just not true. Dog's mouth are extremely dirty and filled with tons of bacteria that I've never even heard of. They cleaned out the wound really well before putting on the steri-strips and sent him home on oral antibiotics. The Dr. said that even on the antibiotics there was a 50% chance it would get infected. And it did. By Tuesday morning he started having redness and swelling up around his eye.
It got more and more swollen and red throughout the day so I took him to his pediatrician to have it checked out and she said it looked infected and that he would need to go back to the hospital for IV antibiotics. 
So Tuesday evening we headed back to Children's Legacy. I was really nervous about him getting the IV, and I didn't know who to ask for or who was a good stick up at Legacy. It was such a blessing though, because my friend Sunni (who was also my preceptor when I started working at Children's...she works at Legacy now) was working that day and she called the charge nurse from the ICU to come put in his IV...and she was fantastic!! They used a J-tip (which is pressurized lidocaine that numbs the skin and tissue) and she got the IV on her first try. He didn't feel a thing. I don't even think he realized what was going on, it went so smoothly!!
He actually slept all night and was in a really good mood the whole time we were there. I think it was like a little vacation for him. He was loving all the attention he was getting, and he got to play with some cool new toys.
And even got some balloons from DD.
After four doses of antibiotics his face was looking so much better. We were discharged Wed. afternoon. He was excited to get home and see his daddy and sissy.
So my lesson learned though all of this is that no matter what people say, just don't let your kids pet animals that you aren't familiar with. I am just so thankful that it was a small bite, because it really could have been so much worse!

Friday, September 14, 2012

First day of school 2012

Carson and Avery had their first day of school last Thursday, Sept. 6th.
And they did great!
We were all really excited about the school year starting!
Not a single tear from these two. They went right into their class, loved their teachers, and had a great first day!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Our Garden

Last spring, Shane and the kids planted a garden in our yard.
The kids were really excited about planting seeds, and helping daddy.

We weren't really sure how well it would do,
But over the next couple of months, the plants grew like crazy!
We got tons of cucumbers,

Shane was able to make several jars of pickles, they were so good!
We also got a ton of okra

And so many cherry tomatoes, which were the kids favorite.
 They loved helping us pick the veggies when they were ready.
The garden was a success!!

Summer Wrap Up

This summer was kind of a long one, mostly because I spent half of it nauseous and exhausted, but we still got out and did some fun things.
 Shane and I started out the summer with a trip to Cozumel in June for a wedding. The kids stayed with my mom for 3 wonderful nights...it was a great trip!
We went to visit uncle Ryan at his firestation in Sherman.
The kids loved it!

They got to spray the water hose 

Sit in the firetruck
and try on some of the gear.
Avery took her first ballet class.

She was a little shy at first, but warmed up quickly and loved her class. It was only a 5 week camp, so we are hoping to do another class this fall.
The kids did lots of fishing with daddy at our neighborhood pond.

We had some fun playdates with friends.
Ellie, Emery Kate, Olivia and Avery
The indoor Safari park

Avery, Carson, Teagan and Gavin
And finally, we wrapped up the summer with me tagging along on Shane's work trip to Newport Beach, California. It was absolutely beautiful there and the weather was amazing!!
It was so hard to leave!
The kids spent a couple of nights in the Woodlands with DD while we were gone.
They had such a great time and DD had so many fun things planned for them.

Overall, we had a fun summer!
And I'm so excited about the fall!!

4th of July

Playing catch up...
We had a fun 4th of July this year. Travis, JJ and Barrett came in town and spent a few days with us. We went to the Addison airshow again this year with the Long's on July 3rd. The kids loved it and had so much fun watching the airplanes.
The big kids loved it too!!
JJ and Barrett
Daddy and his girl!
My attempt at a cousin picture
The kids all tired on Gavin's spiderman mask.
Gavin cracks me up!

The Long's
My sweet little family
Watching the the planes fly by.
It was a great show, can't wait to do it again next year!