Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Happy Birthday Nana

The girls want to wish their Nana a VERY happy birthday!  Emma even made a special message just for her Nana:

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Purple Feather Fun

Onetime Wear

Abigail Grace is growing so quickly! She is only 3 months old and is over 25 inches long. Although this is a 3 month outfit it was snug : ) She can not wear any clothing that has feet attached. We are saying so long to 3 month size clothing as seen in her picture and hello to 6 month clothing!!

8-11-11 Showing Their Love

8-10-11 Getting Ready for School

Never Ending Fever

Starting on August 1st and not ending until August 16 Abigail was experiencing issues with an unstable temp. We would go most of the day and she would be great, then out of the blue her temp would spike and we wouldn't be able to get it down quick enough. Even with medication it would take 2 hours before the temp would start to decline.... so the round of ER visits and doctor visits began.

August 5th she went to the ER, she had multiple tests run, blood work, a chest x-ray, urinary test run by her having to be catheterized, and full body exam by the doctors. All tests came back fine and their diagnosis would be a virus or possible teething due to her already forming knots on her gums. As always with an ER visit you take your child to their doctor for a follow up, and we did and he said the same thing as the ER. So over the next week the fever would still come and go and we monitored her closely due to the history of febrile seizures with Emma and knowing that Abigail could possibly have the same thing.

August 11th we go back to the doctor due to Abigail having issues keeping down her bottle. Well, at this visit her doctor brushes it off as her acid reflux and says that she is fine, even with me telling him she is still running a fever off and on for 11 days at this point. Needless to say at this point I was looking at changing doctors...

August 12 Abigail's fever hit 102.8 and we were once again directed to the ER by the on-call doctor and nurse. Abigail had to have 5 pokes with a needle to draw blood for multiple tests, she had another chest x-ray, and other tests, and full body exam and again the ER said it was possible that she had another virus... so this would be two back to back viruses.

We change doctors and Abigail goes and sees her on August 14th, August 15th, and during this time the doctor is concerned that she has run the fever so long that she orders blood work both days to double check the findings of the ER and on the 15th suggest we go to and ENT due to wax build up in her right ear. So on the 15th the ENT cleans out her ears, runs a test and we find out this entire time she had fluid built up behind the right ear drum that was causing the spike in her temp and she starts her antibiotics. At this point we feel relieved and blessed that we found out what the cause was.

August 16th Abigail can't keep her bottle down or the antibiotic and we are instructed to take her back into the doctor. At this point our doctor is recommending that she be hospitalized due to her inability to keep down her feedings and medication, along with her fever issues. Ray asks if there is anything to be done before then and they suggest a fast acting antibiotic injection... but warn us that if she does not do better overnight that she would be hospitalized. So we opt for the injection and that changed everything... our girl is now been fever free since the 16th and is eating like a champ. She is currently having some other tests run to double check some things but all is looking good.

So for all of you who have been wondering why Ray had to miss work, why we couldn't attend celebrations, or why I was stressed all you have to do is read the book above to see why.

Emma the Little Mermaid

Wherever the water is that is where Emma wants to be. We think she gets "messy" on purpose with each meal in hopes of getting a bath to clean her up. She has loved the water since the day she was born and we look forward to all the future fun we will have with her as we splash and play together.

Emma Playing Dress Up

This is the princess outfit that she received from her Great Aunt Trish for her 2nd birthday.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

10 Romantic Gestures

Ray took our 10 and made it the theme for his gift giving this anniversary by giving me 10 gifts. So I received these sweet gifts from the love of my life on our anniversary. Ten red roses (plus two from the girls), ten of my favorite candies (three different types), ten dollar gift certificate to Starbucks and to Kendell. A CD with 10 songs we listened to when we were dating, gift certificate for a manicure and pedicure for my 10 fingers and toes, as well as a gift certificate for some new yellow box sandals to show case my 10 toes. The gift I loved the most was the sweet and loving list of the ten things he loves about be.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

10 Years of Bliss

Ten years ago I married my best friend. We met as two kids that were neighbors, and now here we are with two beautiful children of our own. Thank you for being the piece that completed me and made me a better man. I love you!

Monday, August 8, 2011

18 Years of Happiness

Our very first high school homecoming. I was 12 years old and Ray was 16 years old, meaning I was in 8th grade (I tested out of 7th grade) and he was a junior in high school. This picture brings a smile to my face every time I see it. Ray's mom made all of my homecoming mums and each year they grew bigger than the one the year before.

I can remember my brother Freeman and his wife Sandra coming to the house to video Ray coming over and placing the mum on my dress. My sisters were on the couch or on the stairs watching everything as it was videoed. Ray's parents even came over to be a part of all the excitement.

I was excited and nervous to attend homecoming for the first time and be surrounded by all of Ray's friends for the first time. We had a wonderful time at the party, took our pictures, and ate at a little restaurant off of Westheimer in downtown Houston.