Thursday, December 17, 2009

All I want for Christmas...

Is a newborn baby!!! My goodness I know I'm asking for a lot since I'm not due until January 16, but I've been miserable, been on bedrest and now decided I'm just going to try and stay positive and push my body to get things done. This baby is ready to come as far as I can tell. I had an appointment yesterday and he has dropped and is doing well still..which means he is huge and still in my ribs for being dropped and likes to move all the time...way more active than the other two were. If I'm still pregnant at Christmas of course you'll get a picture of how big I've gotten. So far I have kept off twenty excessive pounds that I gained with Ali's pregnancy but I'm guessing that's because I haven't been hooked up to IV's at all like I was with her for a few days during the pregnancy. Those things made me bloat like crazy...oh yeah and no swelling in the feet or legs so far!! Yay...just strong contractions that hurt from my back to front...and sciatic pain...but life keeps going..

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Finally...

A couple weeks ago when I was in Moses Lake my friend Heather and I went out and took some pictures of our kids. She got a cute one of my kids together looking at her, but I didn't have as much luck...oh well!! I still think the pictures turned out cute... I know her diaper is showing but she is just so stinkin' cute in this pic!! I love it!!
She definitely had more smiles for me than Ethan did!!

He kept doing cheesy faces...
I think this is my favorite of Ethan...He is becoming such a big boy!!
This picture has sun flare but oh well...love it! Yes Ethan loves to show off for everyone!!

Here is Ali playing in the leaves afterwards!!! She wouldn't look at me by this point though!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween 2009

This year we stayed in Cheney and decided to head into the mall in Spokane because we couldn't figure out when or where the trunk-or-treat was!! Maybe we just missed it while we were gone. I don't know, but we had fun walking around the mall with the kids. It was nice to be indoors, but it was packed this year compared to last! After my camera came back from the shop I took pictures of the kids and left it in Moses Lake so these pictures are just from my Iphone but atleast I have some for right now! I hope to get some better ones soon!!
Ali was a bee fairy!! We painted her cheeks yellow and her nose black!! She could even say "trick-or-treat", but got really shy...Ethan was a ninja turtle!! He had a blue eye cover too but it was off by the time we got home. His face paint faded quite a bit too!! Everyone said he was the only ninja turtle they had seen!! Here Ethan is just being silly posing for me!

And this is Ali at church yesterday in her pretty dress my mom got her a while ago but finally fits her skinny body!! This cheesy face was what I got when I told her to say "cheese"!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Ali's 18 month WCC

Ali had her well child check yesterday. Yes she is almost 21 months but her doctor was on maternity leave and then it took forever to get her an appt. once she got back. She got 5 shots and cried but didn't scream. She's such a sweetie. She weighed in at 20 lbs even which puts her in the 1% for her age. I am a little concerned...so I'm going to try and fatten her up a little bit with milkshakes. She is just a tiny girl. Her height was 33.5 inches which put her in the 79% for her age and her head size was average. She just needs to work on the weight thing.

Karissa took this picture while we were at her appt. with her cell phone. I am really missing my camera since it is still in the shop getting fixed. I hope once I get it back I will be able to take lots of pictures to catch up on what I've been missing out on...

Ali has been saying so many words and she loves to point to all of the body parts and name them off. She even says her name now and it's so cute!! She isn't a baby anymore, but a toddler!! I am looking forward to having a newborn around soon!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

*sWiNe FlU*

It seems like this whole year I've only written about how sick our family is...and once again I am writing about it...

Last Friday I had already had a cough for a couple days and Ethan was coughing with a Fever..as I posted earlier that week Ali had an ear infection so she had had fevers and cough as well...When I got back to Cheney Roger said we were going to the Dr. because they've been talking about swine flu so much at work he wanted to make sure we were all ok and that I wouldn't have to worry about the baby....well of course Ethan tested positive for swine flu..they tested me and I was negative but they said they didn't believe the results since I had all the symptoms but fever..let me tell you that body aches when you are pregnant is like a hundred times worse then when you aren't..my tailbone was even hurting. Ali didn't get tested because she was already on antibiotics for her ear and they figured she either had it or would get it so they just put her on tamiflu as well...since Roger didn't have any symptoms then they didn't put him on anything. While the rest of us were feeling like crap all conference weekend Roger was fine, but then Monday night he got a fever and a headache and went in and the doctor just put him on tamiflu because they didn't want him to get tested since it is pretty painful (they stick this nasty q-tip type thing up your nose until it hurts and move it around to get the gunk) and since I was pregnant they just wanted to prevent any more swine flu coming into the home. By Tuesday the three of us were done with the five day dose of tamiflu but my kids were still exhausted...you can get nausea and vomitting from the tamiflu and I was lucky to get it since I didn't have an appetite and it was supposed to be taken with food. I felt bad for Roger because the fever was bad and his chest hurt really bad. He always seems to get the worst of the symptoms no matter what kind of sickness he gets.

We are all doing a lot better...still a little cough..but feeling happy that the swine flu is gone..

On a happy note...my mom and I got to photograph Ellie O'Neill and Tyler Fredericksen's wedding and reception this weekend. She looked beautfiul....

My mom wanted to snap a picture of me pregnant since I don't have any from this pregnancy yet and supposedly I looked good last night so she got this while we were at the reception...THANKS MOM...

Although you can't see the outline of my belly I think you get the idea of how big I am...26 weeks..hopefully only 12 more if I get my way!! LOL


I hope the next post will be more uplifting!!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sick again...oh no Ali

Okay so Ali is sick again..She has had this awful cough for the past two weeks..started when I was sick, but on Saturday she started getting diarrhea and then Monday night started getting fevers!! I'm so sick of this little girl who is so tiny getting sick!! We have been alternating tylenol and motrin every three hours and it is keeping it down to sometime 99.9, but won't go down any further and won't stay down. She got her ears checked by my dad last night and has an ear infection but the antibiotics aren't helping with the fever either so once again we are headed to the ER as soon as my mom gets home (other clinics suggested I just go there with her symptoms in case of swine flu, but I'm guessing it's another UTI) to help me in case they want to do x-rays because I can't go back there when I'm pregnant. I was supposed to go back to Cheney after my maternity appointment earlier, but am thinking I might want to stay here until she's feeling completely up to it. She's been shaking with chills and her eyes are watery and she won't eat or drink much...saddest ever!!

While I was at my appt. Rob took this picture of her cuddled up asleep with Blaze. She doesn't normally fall asleep anywhere besides her crib. We haven't taken her in yet in hopes the second dose of antibiotics will help. If not we'll head to the ER in the morning.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

YAY!!! It's a

BOY!!!


I was so right and it feels good to know that I was right...so everyone that guessed boy needs to leave a comment with their address so I can send them a gift!! Yay!! Roger and I are so excited and can't wait to welcome Benjamin Cache, who will go by "Cache" into the world in January!!

Today is the day...




that I find out if I am having a
BOY or GIRL!!!
I have tallied 4 votes for boy and 7 votes for a girl!!! At 1pm I will be finding out!!! Yay!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Guessing Game


Okay so we have people that are completely split in our family about whether they think it's a boy or a girl...so I think we'll do a poll and whoever is right will get a prize...so you better guess!!!

8 days until we find out!!!

Roger and I are convinced it's a boy....but because Ethan tells us it's a baby girl we don't know what to think. He does call it "baby Cache" (because if it is a boy our plans are to name him Benjamin Cache and call him Cache.) but when we ask if it's a boy or girl...everytime he says baby girl. My mom thinks it's a girl...and so does my sister...and I heard that all of my girl cousins are hoping for another girl...typical girls right? So...
Boy or Girl?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Waites Family Reunion=Saturday at Roylance Pond outside Othello



I'm not one to say I like all of the pictures of me because I'm starting to show...most of you might just think I look fat..you could say that too I guess..HAHA...I think the pictures of Roger are funny. And I LOVE the pictures of my kids...and everyone else in the family just looks perfect!! It was a fun day!! Oh I forgot to mention..the dress up pictures are because we played a getting to know you game and if we guessed wrong someone had to put something on us. I of course had to wear a ton of stuff.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Waites Family Reunion



So far we've had fun....more details to come, but let's just say that the slip-n-slide will be a must every time. Too bad I was pregnant and Roger couldn't be there sooner.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Last week...

We had a lot of fun hanging out with our family in Moses Lake. Last Sunday our family headed to Quincy to see Roger's sister who was up from California. We had a lot of fun with them. The kids still don't really know her all that well but warmed up to her and her fiance really fast. I stayed in Moses while Roger went back for his second week of work at PAML.

PAML is a well known lab in the area and Roger just got hired there (locations all over Spokane). He loves working as a phlebotomist. It really lets him experience working with different patients and their needs. He does not like to hear "I'm hard to poke" though. He always gets them....LOL. He has a learned a lot about how PAML runs their draws though. He says it's definitely different than what he did at Rockwood Clinic. I am happy he is doing something he likes. And it helps to reassure him that he does still want to continue in the medical field. He didn't have to work Friday though since it is a paid holiday because of the 4th so he headed back to Moses to be with us Thursday night.

I had babysat Natalie Monday and Tuesday and we had lots of fun. We played outside in the water a lot since it wore the kids out and allowed them to all get naps about the same time. I loved that my kids like to play with other kids. Natalie loved the water as well as my little fish...Wednesday we went to a park with the Riner Family out on the base that they built last year. It's super cute. Thursday we went to the pool and it was nice because Robbie and Brandi were there to play with my kids and even got cute pictures while I sat in the shade with Amber's baby...yes it's making me think that it would've been weird to have another right now when Ali is stilll young but a little older than Ethan was when she was born. I'm happy these next two will be two years apart. Brandi posted pictures of my kids here. Thursday night we played games with Robbie, Brandi, Amber, Dane, Sierra, and Chris after Roger had got into town. Friday we had a bbq and invited the Riners and Barneys over. I should've taken pictures but I wasn't feeling so well. I got a bladder infection, atleast that's what we think is going on. Saturday night we had Grandma and Poppy over and we bbq'd steaks and sat out on the back lawn and watched fireworks across the lake going off on Pelican Point before the city fireworks went off. It was so cute because Ethan sat with my Grandma most of the fireworks and every time they would go off he'd blow at them and Grandma thought it was so cute she kept telling him to blow. She really enjoyed him cuddling with her. He eventually climbed up with Nana and fell asleep (I think the reclining chair she was sitting in had something to do with it). Ali liked the fireworks but wasn't as impressed. She sat with me for a long time but eventually decided Roger was more comfy and climbed on his lap and fell asleep. I think they are both getting colds because they started having runny noses and coughs and being really cranky. Most of the time my kids are pretty good, but I knew they didn't feel good today when we were at church and they just kept wanting to go back and forth between me and Roger. Robbie had to work today so he couldn't teach his lesson so asked my mom if they could be joined with hers. Since Roger was there and it was on priesthood mom asked Roger to teach the lesson. He laughed because he couldn't find his white shirt before he headed here the other night so he had a striped shirt and no tie so he said he was a perfect example of "what not to wear" when you have the priesthood. I was happy she asked him because I know he loves teaching and he does a good job so he went and taught 13-15 year olds. Mom stayed with me and helped with my cranky kids. And during priesthood/relief society Ethan had to keep going from Roger and I. It was a little crazy. I need to figure out what toys I can bring just on Sundays to keep the kids busy when they don't feel well. 1st ward doesn't like them to be in Nursery when they have runny noses because they've had kids get super sick from it so I didn't want to even try putting them in there. Only 10 more days and Ali is eligible to go in Nursery!! Yay..I'm hoping it helps Ethan be more interested in staying in there if his sister is in there. Roger is headed back to Cheney tonight. I decided to stay again this week since I have a doctor's appt. here and if I need help with the kids (since I'm sick, hopefully we won't have any trips to the hospital (I hate throwing up and having stomach pain from my bladder!!!)).

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Park time!!

Well since today I have been feeling better than the last week I decided to try and get out with the kids...so we went to the park and took some pictures!!! Karissa was my model so the kids loved posing with her!! LOL..it was fun!



Ali just had to grab Karissa's face for some reason!!
Now I just have to work on a four page paper...BORING!!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Finally some EXCITING NEWS!!!

We are expecting our third child!! Wahooo!!

No it wasn't expected, but we have decided it will always be a blessing to have another beautiful baby enter our lives. And no I wasn't trying to be pregnant with all of you out there that are pregnant as well. We thought we were going to wait another year. LOL.

This baby is due one day after Ali's second birthday which would be January 16, 2010. This puts me at 9 weeks tomorrow. I am hoping I won't have to wait that long, but who knows.

I have been extremely sick (some of you may have noticed my posts on facebook about not feeling well) and have resorted to just laying on the couch somedays trying to tend to the children as much as possible. I throw up just about every morning and some evenings. I constantly feel nauseous and cannot eat that much at one sitting.

It has been extremely difficult to not just scream it out to the world. Especially when I found out the week before Memorial Day weekend when we saw everyone at Spring Fest that we don't see that often. But Roger and I decided we would wait until after my first appt. to make sure everything was going well because I did have a CT scan in the first couple weeks of being pregnant (because I had no clue) and I read about how those can cause miscarriages so I have been extremely worried.

We had our ultrasound today (and I don't have a scanner that works so I couldn't post it, but there isn't much to see but a peanut shape) and the baby is tiny, only a little over 2cms. It made me really excited but a litte nervous at the same time. Each pregnancy has been completely different, but I do remember the pain of the contractions I had all the time with Ali and I'm not looking forward to that. I got all of my blood drawn today too and wasn't faint afterwords so that was nice. We do have a name picked out for a boy, but girl's names are the hardest for us!!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The last High School Graduate

Kaitlin graduated Friday!! It is crazy to think that the youngest of our family is graduated high school. She's attending Eastern Washington University in the fall and we are so excited to have her closer to us!! She will be graduating from Big Bend Community College as well Friday, June 12. She has enjoyed high school, but is looking forward to starting a new chapter in her life. This year they got to choose who they could walk with since they were doing it on the new turf field so Kait asked Kale Daniels-Brown. We are all so proud of Kaitlin and her accomplishments. She's worked so hard and gotten awesome grades. Way to go!!

Kait and her mini me!!
All of the kids who could make it. Ben is still on his mission in Argentina and Rog was working. :(
The PROUD parents!!
Some of the Sanchez family with Kait.
Kale and Kait.
Sisters!!
My angel looking for her "Kay Kay".

Friday, May 29, 2009

Dancing

video

Ethan and Ali love to dance so when we're in the car they keep it on up while we're driving. Look at this!! Karissa took it with her phone so it's not that clear but so stinkin' cute!!! I love these two!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Results...

This morning the doctor called to let me know the results from Ali's VCUG yesterday. She said the ultrasound went perfect and Ali doesn't have reflux. She did however say that just because that didn't show we still might have problems with her getting UTI's so to keep a watch on her and her fevers for sure because if it happens again it'll probably be within the next six months. We still have to take her in sometime this week to get her blood drawn again because that was a little funky but hopefully just from the infection. We are super relieved and hope that things stay normal for her. I just can't imagine if things get worse and that tiny little girl has to have surgery. It would not be fun!

My blood tests came back normal so that was awesome because I have been worried about it. I am still having pain but just trying to cope with it. The doctor knows I'm tender so she's a little concerned. If I continue to have the pain I might ask about getting my gallbladder checked because other people have told me they have had different symptoms than the normal ones (for gallbladder) and it was their gallbladder.

We had a great memorial day weekend with the family in Moses Lake and I'll hopefully get some video up from it.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Me, Ali, and what's to come.

Almost two weeks ago I went in again for more pain in my stomach. They couldn't find anything with the CT scan this time and the doctor told me I should just wait for the pain to worsen and it'll probably be my appendix that they take out. So...I'm just waiting. My mom said her appendix hurt all summer long before she got an attack so I don't know if it'll be the same for me but I wish it would just get it over with. I have two kids I need to take care of... I had a follow up with my doctor Friday and everything on my right side was still super tender. She said she was also concerned because my blood work was a little wacky so she had another blood test done to check stuff. Hopefully I'll hear back on those soon.


Now to the sad part. Last Saturday we took Ali into the ER because she had a fever of 102 and it wasn't breaking with Tylenol so we were worried that it could be strep or something. Well she saw a PA and he said she sounded good so it might be a virus and asked if I would mind her getting a urine catheter to see if it might be a UTI. Well it was definitely a UTI. He told me since she had a fever it was most likely a kidney infection now and not just a bladder infection. She got shots of antibiotics and a prescription and we were on our way. Sunday she seemed to act a little better but by Monday she wasn't eating or drinking anything and I had only changed her diaper twice but only to find that she was dry so since it had been 48 hours by Monday night we decided to take her back in since she still had a fever as well. The doctor we saw at Deaconess was super nice but concerned. He told us she was going to have to be hooked up to IV's and she'd be transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart since they didn't have a Pediatric department at Deaconess anymore. The first nurse couldn't get an IV in her so she made another nurse do it who had worked with kids before so she got it in on the first try. Ali was super strong and fought them the whole time, but she was a lot happier once it was finally in. She cried the whole time we were at Deaconess. It was sad to see her so upset, but once we got to Sacred Heart she had gotten a little bit brighter and I think just happier to be in a new place. It was about 2AM by the time Roger left us there and went back to help Karissa with Ethan. It's been a blessing to have Karissa living with us the last couple weeks because we've needed her help with all of us going into the ER. Ali and I didn't get much sleep that night with the nurse coming in to check on her every two hours. And I was just so concerned and worried for her...to be honest I haven't slept well since I was in the hospital the first time unless I take pain killers. Tuesday morning she was still so exhausted she slept most of the day and was not acting like herself at all. She wouldn't give kisses, smile, or even walk. She just wanted to cuddle and lay there and if any of you know her you know she is independent and wants to be left alone to do things on her own. And always has a smile on her face. I called my mom crying because I was super concerned and knew that they would be doing an ultrasound on her kidneys which I was afraid wouldn't be good. My mom has been so busy with photo shoots and proofing sessions she couldn't make it up to be with us so she called my dad and asked him to come and help as well as give Ali a blessing with Roger. Kaitlin also showed up and surprised us. We were happy to have family there to lighten the mood. Ali loves her grandpa and laid with him for a good hour and a half. Every time the nurse came in she would sink down and hide from them on the side of my dad. It was cute. She did not want to be poked at any longer. The IV kept getting bent in her arm so the pump was constantly beeping. The doctor informed us Tuesday that she would have to stay another night to make sure she kept her fever down and to watch what she was eating/drinking. Wednesday the doctor came in and woke us up that morning...which was actually at 10:30AM but she came a lot later Tuesday so we weren't expecting her there so soon. Ali had woke up at 4AM and was awake with me for an hour and a half so she was still tired. The doctor told me that there was some dilation at the openings of her kidneys so we would have to do a different ultrasound called a VCUG. It is a test where they light up the kidneys and tubes to the bladder and see if there is reflex back up to the kidneys when she is urinating. It won't be fun for her to have to get another catheter, but I want to make sure she isn't going to keep having these UTI's. We had a follow up with her doctor Thursday and she seemed good so she wasn't worried but did schedule the VCUG for the 26th so we'll see what happens. She is pretty much back to her normal happy self. The funniest thing she's been doing lately is when we ask her where her mouth is she opens it super wide. I hope we can find out camcorder's charger so we can get a video of it because it's so CUTE!!

I thought that April but was a bad month but I think it was just preparing me for what was to come with my little girl. All in all this has been scary but I'm grateful to know that she's doing better and happier. She has to take the antibiotics for another 5 days. Thanks for all of the family that has been praying for her. It really has helped. Oh and I feel like I don't know anything that's been going on with everyone else...it's going to take me a while to get caught up...

Friday, May 1, 2009

Our 4th Anniversary and Roger's Phlebotomy Graduation Party

Yesterday, April 30, was Roger and my 4th Anniversary. We had a fun day! He surprised me when he came home from his first class with roses and gerber daisies ((pictured below.) I love how the temple where we were sealed is right behind it). I was excited and then while he was in his next class Karissa helped me with the kids and we went to Walmart and got him the Call of Duty game for his xbox 360. He loved it. I guess it wasn't the exact one that he wanted but it is the same one that his friends have so he can at least play people he knows online with it. He was super surprised because he had no clue. He had a lab for his A&P class that night so we waited until he got home to head out to town. We went to Twigs for dinner. We hadn't been there before so we decided to try it out. He got a chicken teriyaki pita and I got a oriental chicken salad but we traded half way through because we both liked the others as well. It was a yummy place. They have three restaurants in the Spokane area so if you are in Spokane and want a new place to try you should go there. We were done eating at 10pm and we had two hours until the new X-men Origins movie came out so we decided to camp out in the theater and wait since nothing else was open. It was funny because so many people were in there the whole time and talking about the comic book club they have and how we all knew what they were talking about because we were all NERDS. Lol...too funny because I've never read a comic in my life! I love the movies though!! It was cool. About an hour before the movie started people had blown up beach balls throwing them all around. Roger was fun to watch during that because he had his arms out trying to block them the whole time so I wouldn't get smashed in the face! He's so sweet! I could defend myself pretty well though. I think he was impressed by my quick reflexes. Karissa watched our kids and we were so happy to get to enjoy such a cool day together. It's funny cause the day we got married we went to Spokane, to stay in the Davenport hotel (fabulous, gorgeous hotel) since we only had like two night before Roger had to be back to class at Big Bend, and ate downtown and went to a movie in that same theater. (We wouldn't have endeavored out of our room if I hadn't been on my monthly. Yes women I started my monthly the morning we got married. I was in tears quite a bit that day about it) Roger finished his Phlebotomy classes and the last day they had a party to celebrate. This is our family together at the party. My mom, sister, Karissa, Chris, and Antonio came to support him. My dad couldn't make it because he had a work meeting in Tri-Cities. We are all so proud of him. It was a tough ten weeks, but we made it through and it'll help him in the long run. He loves the medical field. It was cool because his instructor said they were the best class he's ever taught. They all finished with A's and none of them had any complaints from their clinical setting jobs which was impressive. Roger got an awesome letter of recommendation from the lady who taught him things at the Rockwood lab in Cheney. She said she doesn't give out letters of recommendation to anyone, but was insistant on giving one to Roger because she was so impressed with his work. Good job babe!! You are the best!

Man my babies are getting big....

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Potty Training

Yesterday I started potty training Ethan. Hopefully we can get through this before he gets a spout of diarrhea again. He doesn't tell me he pees until afterwards so I'm having a hard time getting him to tell me. I constantly take him to the toilet but he never goes when he's on it. What do I do? I need some advice from some moms who have done this and can tell me what I'm doing wrong. I know he can control when he goes but he won't. He gets on the toilet and just begs for candy because he knows if he goes he will get rewarded. After he poops in his diaper, yes luckily he was wearing a diaper at that time because I was sick of peepee underwears, he comes to me right away and lays down and says poopy. So HE KNOWS!!! Please any advice would be greatly appreciated. I've read a book about it and how to put them on before every main thing during the day but it isn't helping...maybe I'm just being too inpatient..

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Me...in the hospital?

Yes, I was in the hospital Thursday from 3pm until yesterday at 10:40am.

Thursday morning I woke up and did some editing work on Breanna Haddican's Miss Teen pictures. (Which are gorgeous by the way. If you have my mom on your facebook you can see them there.) My mom was having a client over at 1pm to have a consultation and so I had decided to help get things cleaned up while she was in the shower. I swept, cleaned the kitchen, picked up the toys, straightened up the pillows on all the couches, put misplaced papers away, etc. While I was cleaning I felt nauseous and I thought it was because I hadn't eaten anything yet that day. So I ate some toast with raspberry jam. I still didn't feel ok. I decided I should go lay down and since it was Ethan's nap time I figured I could probably get him to lay down with me. Ali was already down for her morning nap. He would not lay still but I did NOT have the energy to go chasing after him and my RIGHT side was killing me. My stomach and back were aching me so bad on the right side and I wanted to throw up. I kept running to the bathroom. I felt like I couldn't move or the pain would increase. I was even crawling on the floor from the toilet to the bed. I couldn't get anything up at first than I threw up. It was not fun. I talked to my dad over the phone and explained my symptoms. He said maybe my appendix or kidney stones, but said kidney stones aren't as common in people my age. I was scared if it was my appendix but also knew I did NOT want the pain anymore. I laid in bed for a while and decided I better take a shower in case I decided it was time to go to the ER. I took a shower and made it to my room where I immediately ran to the bathroom throwing up. It was then that I decided I better go. My mom had a doctor's appointment to get adjusted because her jaw was bugging her and my sister had to take her so I had Karissa help me get the kids in the yukon and had her drop me off at the ER. I didn't want to be alone, but also knew I couldn't deal with the pain or the throwing up on my own. They got me back right away. They did a urine test (and because I was on my monthly it showed blood) so they made me get a urine catheter to make it a clean sample. That was not fun. A PA named Chad saw me and explained that he thought it was kidney stones or appendix too. He said they would do a CT scan to help rule things out.

It took an hour to get the CT results back and they said I had a partial bowel obstruction. My thought immediately went to a family friend we have that had a complete bowel obstruction and had heard of the awful pain she went through. They said in order for it to be fine again I would need an NG tube down my nose into my stomach to relieve the pressure. The tube would suck everything out of my stomach and let the bowels be loosened. If it didn't work and if it were to get more serious I would have to have surgery. The sound of the tube just made me want to crawl into a ball, but I knew it was that or probably get worse so they put the tube in..is it fair to say it hurt worse than labor? Because it so did!! I was screaming and yelled and said "NO". Not fun!!! It takes a lot of me to say it hurt worse than labor since I had Ethan natural and he weighed 9lbs. I am telling you that hurt...but this was excruciating pain in my nose!! No one should have to feel pain like that!! At least not when they are awake!! I felt bad because I knew the nursing student who was helping the RN put the tube in and she did not want to do that to me. I knew it was her job though and was not mad at them...just mad at my body for doing this to me. I felt like a truck had hit me in the stomach...

The tube was in so it was time for me to get moved out of the ER because they had a lot more emergent patients that needed the area I was in. My mom had gotten to the hospital after I got the CT scan and my dad arrived just before they put the NG tube in so they got to witness me so mad and hurting. My mom was relieved my dad was there because he just talked me through it all. He kept telling me to take deep breaths and then when it was time to swallow the tube down coached me through that. I'm sure the nurses would've been louder about it if he hadn't been there but he'd done it to so many people all I could hear was his comforting voice. I felt like a baby!! After the tube was in I just cried. I was so happy Roger wasn't there to witness it all. He would not have been happy to see me like that. We told him to stay in Spokane because he had a test and a paper due the next day so we didn't want him to be here until we knew what was going to happen for sure.

That night Dr. Carter came in and saw me. She thought I didn't really need the tube but as long as I had it in I wasn't taking it out in fear that they'd have to put it back down again. My dad and my Poppy gave me an incredible blessing and I was feeling relieved, but still in pain. They kept me on some good drugs for the pain and gave me Zofran (which was my best friend during Ethan's pregnancy) for the nausea. The next morning Dr. Carter came in at 6:55am and I had already had my blood drawn by then, but no x-ray so they sent me down for an x-ray. Let me just say Moses Lake is so small....I knew the x-ray tech too....yay I get to see tons of people with this tube stickin' out of my nose like an elephant!! The nurse told me that the doctor would be back in at lunch to tell me the plans....lunch came and went...no doctor...no results...around 4pm the nurse said if she hadn't heard from the doctor she would call her and ask what the plan was...so she couldn't get a hold of her at 5pm so she got a hold of another on call doctor. He said he would be taking over and told her to take the tube out and if I could keep food down the next morning I could probably go home since the x-ray didn't show anything so they assumed everything is fine.

Friday night I had liquids and kept them down and then Saturday morning I ate some eggs and kept them down. I really didn't want to stay there any longer if it just meant I would just keep getting pain meds and nausea medicine because I could do that at home. Roger had made it there Friday afternoon and wasn't expecting to see me like that. He thought it was different. It was gross to see the food I had eaten coming out of my nose in liquid form and into a bucket.

They think I just had a virus and it caused my bowel to get obstructed when I got the CT scan because I've never had any surgeries in there anywhere. I still have crazy pain and am constantly nauseous so I don't know what is going to happen but for now I have medicine to help. Most importantly I got migraine medicine. It has helped quite a bit. The first night I was in the hospital I could NOT sleep. I was up all night staring at the wall hoping it would be morning for results...which never happened anyways. My migraine was pounding for three days.

I am happy to be home, but sad that my husband can't stay here in Moses Lake with me because he has to get back to school. I'm lucky that his job was understanding and let him off this weekend to come be with me.

I thought I better get this up because people keep asking me what happened so I thought it'd be easier to get written down to read. Thanks for all of the love.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

ER visit

So yesterday my babies were both having lots of watery diarrhea. We have gotten them to keep down bread, crackers, applesauce, cheese, and yogurt so we're hoping the throwing up has completely subsided. I am still being picky as to what I feed them though in fear they will get sick again since Ali did throw up Sunday night and hadn't since Thursday. After talking with my dad a lot and then talking with Roger, we decided they needed to be seen again to make sure it wasn't something serious. I mean three weeks of diarrhea is NOT normal.

I stayed in Moses Lake since I'd rather have them be sick in my mom's house, because she has hardwood floors downstairs and they are easier to clean than the cheap carpet in my apartment, my only option was to take them to the ER for insurance purposes. I had talked to the doctor's office in Cheney and they had reassured me that his stool sample results came back negative/normal. But this go around (the past week) it looks completely different and the consistancy was different as well. (Sorry if this is TMI but I want people who have wondered what's happening to know.)

My mom and I made our way to the hospital this morning. The nurse that checked us in tried to get me to stop them from drinking right away when I said the symptoms. I said "no my doctor told me to keep them hydrated" and she said"well the diarrhea will of course be more watery with the fluids". How come it wasn't watery to begin with then lady because he's been drinking fluids from the beginning!!! Then we went back and saw a nurse practitioner. She looked at them said she thought it was the rotavirus, went out of the room for five minutes, came back and said "It's a virus. You need to keep doing what you are doing because they are staying plenty hydrated. I can give you another stool cup if you WANT." What is the WANT part about? I had just told her my boy has had diarrhea for three weeks!!! My gosh I would think they'd want to do another stool test. I told her I wanted another stool test just so I could be at peace and make sure that was all it was and nothing more serious. She was a little shocked...but I wasn't going to take another virus answer if it's going to keep on going and going for another three weeks. He's losing weight and not to mention so is his sister who has no weight to lose. The nurse came back in with instructions and acted like I didn't know what I was doing and told me everything I should be doing again...which is WHAT I HAD BEEN DOING for THREE WEEKS!!! I guess the most frustrating part is just sitting by and waiting for things to go away because it feels like they aren't.

I am happy to say that neither one has thrown up since Sunday. And they both have only had one diarrhea diaper today. I am supposed to go to the Beauty and the Beast play with them tonight and I'm thinking they'll be just fine. I have a stool sample ready for Ethan again. I'm just waiting for Ali. Viruses are no fun.... but there is no way they are contagious anymore since they've had it for a week. Yay for that good news!!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

And it continues on...

Ethan is still sick...Diarrhea was hard when it was up to five times a day but now he's added in throwing up. I took a stool sample in Wednesday, but have yet to hear the results. Since we are in Moses for Easter my dad has seen him and says he thinks he might have Rotavirus, but we'll have to see. He said that most of the time with Rotavirus they feel crummier than Ethan is acting so he's just saying we'll have to see what the results say. He had me call the on call doctor at the Rockwood Clinic where Ethan has been seen to tell them what's been going on and to see if they'd find out the stool sample results but she told me it took DAYS. My dad said only usually 48 hours so I think she just didn't want to call because it sounded like she was busy cleaning her house or something when I was on the phone with her. She told me to just keep doing what we're doing. BLAH BLAH BLAH.... I think what I hate the most about babies being sick (or even viruses in general) is that you can't do anything but wait it out when all you want to do is give them something to make them feel better. I think we might get some phenergen suppositories and see if it helps him to just keep things down. With the diarrhea and throwing up he's gotten super skinny and looks so pale.

We are supposed to be at church with everyone right now, but last night he threw up after not throwing up for like 18 hours and then this morning when he woke up he just kept throwing up. Roger hasn't seen him throw up because he didn't get here until late last night, but he's been a SUPER dad and helped him to the toilet to throw up. E's begging for crackers because he's so hungry. I was super excited for the kids to get dressed up in their Easter outfits, but I guess we'll just have to take pictures another day. I am just thankful that I have my babies to hold onto. They are both incredibly strong and fight back so I'm sure we'll be through this sooner than later. (I'll keep my fingers crossed anyways.)

HAPPY EASTER to EVERYONE! I hope your day is filled with plenty of blessings and always remember Christ during this holiday. I know I do. It's incredible to me to think of what he went through for us. How wonderful is that? All of our lives are eternally blessed for being here on Earth.

Friday, April 3, 2009

My shoe stealer...and my sick one

I went in their room and found them together like this. I didn't even know Ali could climb in there, but I was wrong because she can. She can climb just about anything or at least tries. She's definitely brave! As you can tell Ali is not comfortable at all!!

Ethan has had the crud (diarrhea) for the last 10 days and I took him in Thursday to the doctor because I had tried the BRAT diet because dairy isn't good on the tummy and it wasn't getting better so I was told by many people to take him to get checked out. Well the doctor told me they don't get really concerned unless it had been going on for a couple weeks. It concerns me though because my kid doesn't poop that often. I mean usually once a day but not multiple times (2-5) and not diarrhea that much so I was concerned and his bum was getting really irritated and he's always been lucky to not get diaper rash because he has the olive toned skin. So she told me to wait a few more days and if it doesn't get better to then do the stool kit they gave me to test everything and make sure he is okay. If he has it again I'm going to do the kit. Poor boy...while we were waiting for them to put the kit together by the lab, the lady was talking to him and he lifted up his shirt and pointed at his tummy and said "ouchy"! It hurts my heart to see him like that.

Ali is definitely a shoe stealer! She carries around everyone's shoes all the time. While we were in the mall the other day this little boy was getting his shoes on and Ali went right over and took his shoe. I had to go and give it back and tell her to stop stealing shoes. She's so cute!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

When will the snow ever end?

These are my kids today..."What the heck mom it snowed again! When will we ever be able to play outside? How come it can be sunny in Moses Lake but snowing in Cheney?" Okay so maybe it's me complaining more than them, but everyone else has sunny days but us! I hate it and yes that is still a snow pile next to that car....It's seriously gotten ridiculous. We have changed our diets in this house...well I guess I should just say we are eating healthier although this weather makes me want to cuddle up and dive into some chocolate..I resist. (with an occasional sneaky bite) And I know that in order for me to lose these baby pounds I have to exercise and I am just not down with running in the cold...I hope I can just suck it up this week and start because I know I have to start somewhere...but my dang hip is killing me..in fact so much that it kept us home from church today. While I was in the shower it was killing me to just stand straight that I started crying. I have no idea what I did but it's not good. My dad says I probably just slept on it wrong, but than why does it kill me? Yes I am complaining again..LOL I think I might try to call a D.O. this week and see if I can get some adjustments to see if it'll help my whole body feel better. I had a doctor's apointment last week to get bloodwork and things came back normal so I guess I'm just a run down mom that has no motivation...I put the kids in Ali's crib because I thought it'd be easier to get a picture of them if they were a little more confined...I actually think it was tougher! I love her little grin!
You can see Ethan's Lighting McQueen bed in the back. He wouldn't give me a good smile...this'll do.
Ali always cheeses it up for me!
He had to climb in the window....that's my boy!
Roger had his spring break last week, but didn't get a real break since he is still doing his phlebotomy course. He had clinical hours this week too at the local Rockwood clinic. He is really enjoying being in the medical field already. As for me we did sports pictures the week before so I'm working hard trying to get them edited. Life couldn't be busier....well maybe just a little. I think if I can't find time for Roger to watch the kids since I don't really have any clue how this next quarter will go I'm going to look into buying a jogging stroller. Anyone have any suggestions on a double jogging stroller?

Sunday, March 8, 2009

6th Place

is awesome!! We won the first two games and lost the last two!! The girls played really well the first two nights and the third night just couldn't sink anything. The last game Carly Noyes got kicked in the ankle so was out of most of the game. We still managed to keep it close until the end and everyone was proud of the girls for not giving up once they knew Carly would be out the rest of the game.
Kaitlin with the kids after their second game! They'd get so excited to see their aunt KK

Kait got some air! She played tough...with some great steals, rebounds, points, and swats.

They wore their pink shoelaces the rest of the season after breast cancer awareness day for luck.

Waiting for the ball to come down...

Their last game was for 3rd or 6th place and we still can't quite figure out why they do the brackets that way instead of 3rd and 4th place.
Grandma and Poppy Waites made it up for the game Friday night and stayed for the game Saturday as well. We were all happy to see them. They have always been big supporters of our sports events!! We love them so much!! Alyssa was a great help with the kids and I'm grateful she could come!!

All in all it was a good state tournament for Moses Lake....but we're sad that this will be the end of the Bill Waites Jr. family sports careers at MLHS. Kaitlin graduates in June!!! Yay!

Looking forward to the next generations to come...


Ali just loves Kaitlin. Good thing she's planning on attending Eastern in the fall!! :)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

We are headed to State Basketball in Seattle!!

Kaitlin's team made it to state this year and we couldn't be more excited for her. I am looking forward to going and supporting her all the way! I hope they win!! It's been a great season and we are all way proud! So I am off with my parents and my cousin Alyssa (to help me control my kiddos) to Seattle for state. We are going to miss Roger, but he has a lot of school stuff going on. You can see pictures of their team here - http://juliewaitesphotography.com/blog.


I stayed up all night making these shirts for the kids to wear. I didn't know about Kait going to state for sure until they won their game Friday so I'd been thinking in my mind of all these ideas. I finally had a chance to work on them once I got to Moses and got some fabric paint! I'm not sure which is my favorite. It was fun designing something like this. All I needed was some freezer paper, fabric paint, a few iron-ons, and blank t-shirts!! I really like how I put the basketball going into the pocket on Ethan's black shirt..I wanted to make it look a little more manly since it had gold letters. The first ones are the same with the go chiefs on the front and the 34 is on the back. I love the internet because it's how I found out about freezer paper!! Wahoo!!

Monday, March 2, 2009

What I loved in February...

I previously wrote about my mom watching the kids for me. Well the last full weekend in February she offered to watch them again so I could give my bedroom (and laundry) some much needed attention. It also gave Roger and I a chance to go out after work one night to see Taken. That was really all we had time for so we didn't get to enjoy a nice meal out together. :( I had spent most of that previous week in Moses Lake going to my sister's basketball game and watching Natalie so Roger hadn't seen the kids for a week. The picture above is what they did with him after they got a little of attention playing on the floor with him the night we got home. They just all cuddled up and watch Wall-E, Ethan's most recent favorite movie. My mom got him the Wall-E pillow. I love that my kids adore their dad so much. Ali has recently become really attached to him and would rather be with him than me.
This is our clean bedroom. There are some people I haven't allowed to go in here because of the dreaded laundry everywhere. To be honest we just have way too many clothing items to just fit in this dresser and our closet. Roger has almost his whole wardrobe in the kid's closet and I have some of mine in ours. We have a lot of work out type clothes though that need a place since our dresser is full so we will have to find something!! We got this bedroom set shortly before Ethan was born because my mom suggested us to have a headboard since I would be nursing at night and it has been a life saver. I am so happy we made this purchase early on in our marriage! I know I need some cute bedding to go along with it but I just can't find the right duvet cover for our down comforter. Oh and yes our walls are bare. I am working on that because we have beautiful wedding canvas' to hang. I also love that I got to have a clean room in February. A lot of you might think I'm a slacker, but since I don't spend anytime in our room but to sleep it is the last room on my agenda to be cleaned...everything else has my complete attention first!