Thursday, March 26, 2015

Chase's Broken Arm

So my little monkey decided to go and give me some extra gray hair!
Back on February 23, he was standing on a chair helping wash dishes playing in the water when he turned, lost his balance and fell off the chair.  He put his arm out to catch his fall, but...
He cried when it happened but after he calmed down went on to eat his lunch and take his morning nap.  He woke up and played just fine the rest of the day...only he wasn't using that arm.

By that evening, it was just slightly swollen right below the elbow but he let me squeeze up and down his arm and didn't really act like it even hurt.  Still he wasn't using that arm.

During the night when we checked on him, he was holding his arm and whimpering in his sleep so we decided to take him in to get it checked out first thing in the morning.
The Doctor didn't even seem sure it was broken or anything because Chase was moving his arm all around, but agreed he was favoring it and it was slightly swollen in that one spot, so he sent us on for x-rays.  They wouldn't let me in with him for x-rays since I am pregnant, so my Mom was able to go in with him.  I just had to stand outside the door while he screamed "Mommy!  Mommy!" the whole time :(
 The Doctor had requested to get the results right away so we just waited in the waiting room until we got the call from him.  They called and confirmed 2 bones right below the elbow were fractured from his fall.  He was handling the whole thing like a champ so I was almost in disbelief and yet felt so bad I hadn't brought him in the day before!

They sent us to the Orthopedic Surgeon's office that afternoon so we didn't know if we were preparing for surgery or just a cast.  Thankfully it was a clean break and he was able to sport this little black cast for just 3 weeks.

So this cast could be fully submerged in water - greatest improvement they've made in the last 10 years ;)  Made things so easy on this mommy.  And I only had to end up cutting a few of his sleeves in order to keep him in shirts during that time.  His Dad taught him that his cast was his armor and that is what Chase would call it!

The night we got home from getting the cast on, he was still trying to climb on everything.  I was so stressed thinking "boy! I cannot take you back to the doctor with another broken limb this very same day!" :)
 The worst part was probably getting the cast off.  They use a saw that is loud & messy.  I wouldn't like the idea of a saw coming at my arm either.  He had x-rays again after they cut his cast off and just stretching his arm out for those after it had been in a bent position for 3 weeks was pretty uncomfortable!  

I was kind of nervous when I saw his arm because it looked bowed.  Apparently (and maybe this in just in children - I don't know) the body tells itself there is an injury and it heals with extra tissue to protect everything.  They showed us the x-ray and it shows a bump there on his arm where the extra tissue is around the original break.  They assured us that it just goes away within a few months once the body realizes it has healed.  Where does this tissue go, I wonder? :)

Anyhow, he's all good now.  I've never had a broken bone in my life and here he didn't even make it until 2 years old.  I know this is just the 1st of many more scares for this Mommy!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

What I Wore: February Review

Oh the joys of a changing body ;)
 I actually love fitting in maternity clothes because they are COMFY...lamo over here!  
I also love that so much of my wardrobe is versatile and can be worn during most of my pregnancy.
I'm amazed kind of scared about how quick this baby is popping out.
...and since my appetite was raging for several weeks, I've done the "work" to actually make the belly pop! lol
Some days I'm all about wanting to feel cute and other days, my new pjs from Gap Clearance Store (hello $1.99) are my best friend!  no shame! 
The most exciting thing is the fact that I have bare legs in some of these pictures.  Folks, my legs are the first thing to get cold on me and I CAN'T STAND being cold.  The fact that we've had a few spring-like days is enough to put a smile on a face and celebrate with a milkshake ;)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

...and baby makes 4!

Chase is going to be a big brother in October and we are SUPER excited about it!  He understands enough to say Mommy has a baby in her belly, but that's about it ;)

We have confirmed there is only ONE baby, but so far my pregnancy is feeling VERY different than what I experienced with Chase.  
How far along are you: 9 weeks & 2 days
Baby is the size of a grape
Highlight of the week:  Had our 1st ultrasound yesterday.  Got to hear the heartbeat!
Symptoms:  Raging appetite | extreme exhaustion (DST sure doesn't help this!) | little baby bump already!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Freshen Things Up!

When February hit, it was like I had Spring fever and needed to do updates around my house ASAP.  Do you ever feel like you have to have change RIGHT NOW? :)

Nathan helped me create a practical entry area since we don't have a coat closet <

I had a console table here previously so it was moved to the back wall of my kitchen.  I had a desk here previously so this small table really helps this space feel bigger. (and less cluttered!) >

My desk was moved into the laundry room.  The photo isn't beautiful or maybe even staged well, but this is my space for my little office stuff and I'm enjoying it already! <

In the middle of all of this, I sold the buffet I was using in our dining room to a friend.  I didn't have anything to replace it with yet so it's contents cluttered our kitchen table for several weeks until I found something else.  This wasn't even what I originally thought I wanted for this space, but I am so happy I went with something light (in color) and smaller than my previous buffet.  Now to just get my new mirror hung up so this wall is finished (once again). >

I don't feel like I have very many ways to rearrange my living room, but I NEEDED a change in here!  I normally don't want it to feel closed off from the dining room or kitchen, but I just went for it and I'm enjoying the cozy feel so far.  See my little photo bomber on the couch?!  I interrupted him watching Mickey Mouse! :)
Whew...after all that I was exhausted, but now we get to sit back and enjoy all the little inexpensive updates we were able to do just by changing things up!

Friday, February 20, 2015

What I Wore | January Review

I've gotta admit, I've been lazy when it comes to wearing anything cute lately.  I'm over all of the layers and it is just TOO cold to get my brain cells functioning in the morning :)  I try really hard to keep motivated EVEN during the winter, but this winter is testing me!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Florida Getaway

Towards the end of January, I had a 3 day work trip to Florida.  Leaving the Indiana winter to spend a few days in Florida was welcomed...whew, we've gotten little reprieve from the freezing cold lately!
 The hotel was gorgeous and had such beautiful grounds to explore.  It only ended up being in the 60s while were there, but compared to the 19* it was at home, I'd take it any day! :) 
The best part of my trip was that my Momma was able to tag along with me!  My Aunt only lives 30 minutes from where we would be staying so she came over and we had meals, shopping  & a slumber party in my room!  Never too old for that, right?!
 Now if we can just get out of the single digits at home...brrrrrrr :/

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Chase is 21 Months!

21 Months
We are having so much fun with Chase at this stage.  He is such a big boy and so easy to interact with.  He has a mind of his own and an ornery little personality to go along with it! :)

  • He is a busy boy!  Enjoys his toys and helping out with chores around the house.
  • He has a new obsession with Mickey Mouse and loves to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  That's about the only cartoon he even pays attention to.
  • He got a little table & chairs for Christmas and that has become his go to place for eating his snacks & meals.  No more highchair!
  • He is still a good sleeper {thank goodness!} and sometimes will just lay in there and sing & talk for awhile after he wakes up in the mornings.
  • Chase loves music and loves to sing.  He has started raising his hand {praising God} when we sing in church.  It is the sweetest thing since he is so innocently copying others around him!
  • Chase is saying SO many words now.  He's starting to put words together and really learn how to communicate.
  • He loves going to his Mama's house throughout the week.  My Mom still has him Mon-Weds and my Mother-in-Law's has him on Thurs.  He gets plenty of spoilin'
  • I thoroughly enjoy my Friday at home with Chase!  Not only is it my day to get things done, I enjoy the extra time with my little buddy.
  • Chase has really taken to Hunter {our dog} and Hunter has finally calmed down around him.  Chase will pet and hug him now...I can just see them playing together in the yard this summer! It's going to be so nice to get out and have some fresh air!
  • Chase is doing good at feeding himself.  He loves tomatoes, cottage cheese, broccoli and yogurt.  Sometimes he can be a good eater and other times I struggle to get him to eat much.  
  • He loves to put his hands together when we pray and then he'll yell AMEN when we are finished!
  • Chase loves to play ball.  If one ball was his only toy, I swear he would be totally satisfied!  He will point to the floor and tell you to "sit" so you can throw the ball with him.
  • Chase has now had his 3rd haircut.  We gave him his last one at home and it was kind of scary - well, Chase was terrified and we were just trying to get it done and make sure he didn't look awful.  It's getting us by until I have to have a stranger {Cookie Cutters} try again.
  • Chase is in size 5 diapers.  We just bought a potty chair and some Mickey Mouse underwear to start the potty training process...eeks!
  • Chase wears some 24 months shirts and 18 months pants.  He is in size 5 shoes.  It's so fun to buy clothes for him at this stage :)
  • Chase is still VERY afraid of strangers.  It is pretty neat though to see him recognize our friends, family and church people and he is learning to say their names.
  • We just went to his first little party {Valentine's}.  He thought he was so big running around playing with all of the other kids!

 Pretty much as long as he's with his Dada...he's perfectly happy.  Momma's pretty good to snuggle with at nap or night time, but Dada's #1 any other time!
...and I couldn't be happier that he admires his Dada so much!