Friday, July 30, 2010

Cow Appreciation Day

We are always up for a good deal and a good time. So when our favorite fast food joint, Chic-fil-A (or as Palmer calls it "Chic-fil-PLAY!") offered a free meal to anyone who dressed up as a cow, we were all about it! Palmer thought it was hilarious that we were pretending to be cows and enjoyed mooing all evening long. I made our costumes out of cardstock, yarn and masking tape; the kids had just about destroyed and/or eaten most of it by the time we had ordered our food. On the way there I told Greg just what a fun dad he was to dress-up so silly with his kids. His response was, "I'm not fun, I'm just cheap!"

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

What I've Learned from Brody's Accident

  • Life is fragile
  • Miracles happen
  • Prayers perform those miracles
  • Brody is a champ and an absolute sweetheart (I already knew this, but am now even more confident of it!)
  • A deep empathy for parents of children with medical conditions
  • That I will NEVER, EVER again leave my children on a changing table without buckling them in, even if I am right next to them
  • A good nurse not only keeps you sane but becomes your best friend
  • During a crisis, my older sister steps up and fills the dependable and protective role that my mother would have
  • A little sleep can go a long way
  • We have an abundance of loving and supportive family members, friends and ward members
  • Primary Children's Hospital is in need of boy themed blankets
  • Palmer and Brody love each other more than anything. (When we arrived home, Palmer was watching cartoons with his Auntie Rie. She asked him who was home and he replied his mom and dada. He still continued to watch his show. It wasn't until she told him Brody was also home that he jumped up and ran upstairs to greet us.)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Brody's Spinal Injury - Part 2

Sunday, July 25, 2010 -

Brody awoke at 6:45 AM after sleeping for about an hour. We were introduced to our second angel nurse, Aliesha. Brody was very hungry, and nursed and ate well. At 8:30 we went to radiology to get him x-rayed from head to toe (the hospital was checking for signs of abuse). I carried him there, and he actually wanted to sit up as I carried him. They said they were taking a total of 22 x-rays and that it would take about a half hour and to be ready for him to scream a lot about it. I was a mess at this point, so the nurse suggested I go to the cafeteria for some breakfast. She said she would bring Brody back and meet me in our room. I ate breakfast and called all the family to update them. When I got back to the room, I found our nurse with a peacefully sleeping Brody. I laid on the cot next to him and took an hour nap myself.

Grandma Nancy came to watch Palmer, and Greg arrived at the hospital at about 10:30 AM. A couple priesthood holders brought the sacrament to our room. London called very concerned (as did our friend Susan and Betty, because she called them to tell them how concerned she was about me). When I had called to update her earlier I had been feeling pretty bad about all that had happened, the fall being my fault and all that Brody was going through. After a nap, I was feeling better and I assured I was okay and that she didn't need to come up; she said she would come up later anyway. Child Services came to talk to us. They interviewed us and examined Brody. They said they had not found any signs of abuse from the x-rays (I knew they wouldn't, but it had still been very nerve-racking). They said they were clearing us and that no more steps would be taken with DCFS. That was a relief! They said after a second specialist looked at the films, he noticed that Brody might be slightly vitamin D deficient which could have weakened his bones and led to the injury. Dad and Betty showed up with lunch. The phlebotomist took a blood sample. He had a hard time getting a vein and dug around a lot.

At this point Brody was even able to sit unsupported with out discomfort. The nurse reported this to the neurologist and he decided to have one more set of x-rays to see if a brace was necessary. The people who make the braces showed up just then, and decided to take a mold of Brody's body in case he needed one, but to hold off on making it. Brody was pretty upset about it. The nurse and Betty gave him a sponge bath afterwards and then I held him and comforted. Greg and Dad gave Brody a priesthood blessing. I rocked him to sleep. He was woken shortly after to get his final set of x-rays. This brought the total to a whopping 28 x-rays. My little baby was pratically glowing in the dark! Greg went with him and I stayed with Dad and Betty and had lunch. When Greg returned, Dad and Betty took Brody on a walk in a little wagon around the hospital and in the gardens. Greg and I took a half hour nap. London and Susan arrived with snacks. Brody fell asleep in the wagon, and we let him nap there.

Around 5:00 PM the nurse arrived and said there was no need for a brace and that we could go home. We all cheered. Brody got his IV out and we packed up and left.

He is doing amazingly well! He is resting at home, talking, eating, playing and showing signs of his regular self often. His speedy recovery has been a wonder to all the doctors and nurses. I have a few follow up appointments (including the results of the Vitamin D blood test), but he is expected to make a full recovery. An enormous thanks to all our friends and family for their love, support and prayers. We have been granted a miracle and we know that surely your kind thoughts and prayers contributed to Brody's successful rehabilitation.

Brody's Spinal Injury - Part 1

Saturday, July 24, 2010 -

Brody fell off his changing table at 8:30 AM. I was right next to him, but had turned my back in order to get a diaper from the adjacent wall. It took a total of five seconds for the accident to happen. I heard him cry and turned around to find him lying on the floor, turned in the opposite direction, flat on his back. I picked him up, calmed him down and rocked him to sleep. I then, not realizing he was injured, went to the gym while Greg stayed home with the kids. I am told he cried out sporadically through his nap. Greg got him up after an hour or so, and I nursed him when I got home. We realized whenever we lifted him up into a sitting position, he cried out in pain. We tried to locate the injury, but were unable to.

At 11:30 AM I took him to Instacare. The doctor examined him and was also unable to identify his exact injury and sent us to Primary Children's so that he could be x-rayed and evaluated by specialists. I called Greg and London on my way out and told them what was going on. Monte came over to pick up Palmer and I went home to pick up Greg before going on to the hospital.

We arrived at Primary Children's ER at 1:30 PM. We were told not to give any food to Brody while there. The ER was very busy and it took a couple hours for the doctor to even make an appearance. He examined Brody and ruled out some possible injuries. He then ordered three x-rays: his collarbone, spine and pelvic bone. He also took a blood sample to check if he had ruptured his spleen. Around 5:00 I was given permission to nurse Brody, but still to not give him food. At 6:00 the doctor came in to tell us he couldn't find anything on the x-rays and that the Brody's blood count was in the normal range. Brody was still in a lot of pain whenever sat-up, lifted or moved. He was happy and content when on his back or being held in a laying down position. The doctor said he knew something was wrong, because babies don't lie about pain, and that he would keep checking. The next step was to check with the trauma team for head injuries. By this time I had a bad headache from working out and then proceeding to not eat or drink all day, so I went to the cafeteria and called our family to let them know what was going on. At 7:00 Greg called me there and said the radiologist had taken a look at the films at a higher resolution and found three wedge fractures in Brody's spine. We were allowed to nurse and feed Brody dinner. The trauma team came to tell us that Brody would be admitted and kept, at least overnight.

We were admitted at 8:00 PM. Greg drove home to pick up Palmer and get some overnight supplies for Brody and me. We were introduced to our nurse Deanna, who took to Brody instantly. She was wonderful! Greg arrived back at the hospital with Palmer at about 10:00. At this point my headache was a full-blown migraine. I took the medicine he brought and a shower, and that seemed to help. Greg left at 11:00 when I was feeling well enough to take care of Brody. The neurologist's nurse came to talk to us. She said the neurologist took a look at the x-rays and decided Brody would need a brace. The brace would be for comfort only. She also said since the injury was so severe in regards to the short fall, that they had ordered to have every bone in Brody's body to be x-rayed the next day to check for abuse.

That night was one of the longest of my life. Brody was in so much pain, overly exhausted and dehydrated from crying and lack of nourishment through the day. He would only sleep in my arms and woke anytime a nurse or doctor came in to check on him. He got about two hours of interrupted sleep through the night. At about 2:00 AM he was screaming like I had never heard before. It was a high piercing shrill and he was arching his back in pain as I tried to rock and calm him. The nurse got permission to give him a more potent pain medicine. It didn't seem to help and his intense crying lasted for two more hours. I was praying as intently as I ever had. At 4:00 they put in an IV to hydrate him since he had stopped peeing and he got a dose of Motrine. Once it kicked in he was all smiles. I let him play in his crib while I took a half hour nap, the only sleep I got all night.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Shopping Spree

I have finally finished spending my birthday money, and boy did I sure have a lot of fun doing it. I drew out the shopping spree as long as possible. I absolutely love to shop, always have and always will. And money has been tight lately. So, as you can imagine, I have been missing my retail therapy! But thanks to my family and their very generous birthday gifts, I was able to make up for lost time.

I bought...

Bumbles. I have wanted one of these babies for a few years now and have never been able to justify the high price tag that usually accompanies them. However, I did some searching and found three bands and a watch face for a decent price. I think even though it took a good chunk of my cash, they will be worth the investment. I wear one of my new cute watch bands just about every day. Brody also love the fun colorful beads and they make a great backup toy for him.

The Hunger Games Trilogy. I borrowed The Hunger Games and Catching Fire from my sister a couple months ago, and thought they were fabulous reads. I am so excited to read the last installment in the trilogy that is coming out next month. I purchased the whole set from Amazon. I already received the first two and look forward to the delivery of Mockingjay soon.

MP3s. I've started running for the first time in my life. It's not the easiest workout for me, so I thought some new tunes with good beats might help keep me going. I usually just listen to the radio, so my music selection at home desperately needed an update. I found this great site that sells songs for as low as nine cents! Greg and I have both stocked up on some great jams. And with the addition of a little Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce and Lady Gaga, I've been able to actually enjoy my workouts.

Clothes and more clothes. Of course I had to buy clothes. I can't think of much that feels better to me than wearing a new outfit. And since the only new clothes my wardrobe had seen in over a year were a few odd and end maternity clothes, I really was in need. I bought a swim suit, five shirts, a pair of workout pants, a temple dress and a pair of sandals.

So thanks to all those who gifted toward my birthday stash. I have been busy shopping, wearing, reading, listening and thoroughly enjoying all thanks to you.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Greg is starting a new position at work today. When he was hired on a few months ago, he was told the policy was for an employee to be at the company for nine months before promotion was available. But when a position came open on the networking team, he was told he could apply since he was so over qualified for his current position and they didn't want to lose him. The interviewing process obviously went great and now he is moving his way on up. Hooray! We are super excited for this job; it is more technical and thereby more interesting for him and it comes with a raise. He lost seven dollars an hour when his previous company lost the Log Logic account, we are now half way there to making that up. Great work Greg!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Nine Month Photo Shoot

Brody's nine month photo shoot went off like a hit. He is finally starting to feel better, and boy is he happy about it! He was all smiles and baby chatter for the photographer. Every shot was a winner; it was so difficult to choose which ones to print.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Nine Months Old

Brody has had quite a difficult month. He definitely got the worst of this nasty virus we are passing around to each other. Throughout the past three weeks he's had: a runny nose, cough, sore throat, two eye infections, vomiting, diarrhea and currently a high fever. Poor little guy! He has been more cranky than usual, but can you blame him? He does still try to be sweet and smiley. This picture was taken last night at dinner. You can tell he has a fever because of his flushed cheeks, yet he is still happy to be eating watermelon. He has lost a lot of weight and is looking very skinny. He has always been cuddly, but with not feeling well now he always wants to be held and snuggled. Here's what is going on with Brody at nine months of age.

Stats: Weight - 16 lb. 14 oz. (only the 4th percentile, so sad), Height - 29 1/4 inches (85th percentile), and head circumference is the 49th percentile

He has learned: to hand feed himself, to say "da da" and "ba ba"

He likes: playing with toys, being held, bouncing, table food, Pedialyte, being tickles, peek-a-boo, playing with his brother, and pulling hair

He dislikes: being alone, going down for naps, and being on his belly

Things he does/about him that makes us laugh: high chirps, his natural faux hawk, likes to point and stick out his tongue, big smiles and laughs

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A New Love & Recipe - Homemade Bread in One Hour

I have wanted a mixer for about a year now. I originally thought I would get it for Christmas. Of course, with Greg's lay off, that wasn't an option. So when my birthday finally rolled around last month I was making sure to hint to Greg almost daily about my need for a mixer. About a week before my birthday, my good buddy Tennisa called me and offered me her old mixer since she was upgrading to a Bosch. She warned me that it was very old, and not too cute to look at, but that nonetheless it worked perfectly. I told her I would be thrilled to have it and that it would feel right at home next to our recently donated 25 year old refrigerator. Greg was likewise happy to have it as he no longer needed to buy me a $200 mixer for my birthday. So, meet Kitchenetics, the new love in my life!

Oh baby, this is one sweet machine! I hardly know how I survived so many years of baking without it. I make desserts quite often as it is, but since the Kitchenetics has entered my life, we have had an over abundance of cakes, cookies, dessert bars and breads. In fact, I've been giving away quite a bit of it because we can't possibly eat it all.

My dear friend also gave me the bread recipe she had been using with the mixer. This bread not only tastes fabulous, but you can make it, start to finish, in one hour! Isn't that amazing? I seriously could quit buying bread all together; it's that easy.

Homemade Bread in One Hour

5 1/4 cups white unbleached bread flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tbsp. salt
1 1/2 rounded tbsp. Saf-instant yeast (store in freezer)
1 1/2 tbsp. liquid lecithin
2 cups hot tap water

Mix dry ingredients. Add lecithin (don't measure, squeeze or pour directly into the bowl - tablespoon is about the size of a quarter) and water. Mix for 1 minute and check consistency. If dough is too dry, add more water. If dough is too moist, add more flour. Mix for 5 minutes. (Do not add water or flour to dough after it has finished mixing) Spray counter and pans with Pam. Shape dough into loaves and cover with a dish towel. Let raise for 25 minutes and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. This recipe makes 2 loaves of bread.

Once done, immediately take out of pan and cool let cool.

For bread bowls - 4-6 per loaf
Rolls - 12 per loaf
Cinnamon rolls - roll out 1 loaf and spread with soft butter, sugar and cinnamon and roll up and cut like normal
Pizza - one per loaf - bake pizza at 400 degrees

To make wheat bread - change the flour to 3 cups whole wheat flour and 2 1/4 bread flour, change the water to 1 1/2 cups water and add 1/2 cup apple sauce. The rest of the recipe is the same.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Nasty Virus

We have been one big walking germ this past week! Brody started last week with pink watery eyes and a runny nose. Then he started coughing and had a low grade fever. Palmer took up the same symptoms last weekend. Greg got a very sore throat and congestion early this week. He toughed it out and suffered through work for a couple days and then soon felt better. By Thursday, I thought I had miraculously escaped the nasty virus, but sadly, I was wrong. I woke up with a very sore throat and very tight chest this past Friday. Now that I am personally experiencing the misery, I can see why our boys have been so very, very cranky. I took Palmer and Brody to the doctor on Friday, because at this time Palmer's eye was very pink and had a lot of discharge, and Brody had been throwing up and having diarrhea since Thursday afternoon (the poor baby couldn't keep anything down and I was terrified that he was getting dehydrated). It turns out all of our family's symptoms come from the same ubber-awful nasty virus. It just manifested itself differently in our bodies. Thankfully, Palmer's eye has cleared up after using drops (which he actually take very well, and even laughs when we drop them in his wide open eye... go figure!) and Brody is finally keeping down food and acting more like his cheerful energetic self. Hopefully, I will be on the mend after today as well.