Sunday, November 29, 2015

Bear Crawls & Holiday Tunes

I had great intentions of posting throughout the month of November but things just got hectic. Despite the hectic-ness of life, we had a great month of celebrating my birthday and Thanksgiving. 

Little Dorrit is doing well and over her C-diff (thank goodness) although she did contract a small ear infection this past week. The doctor seemed hesitant to put her on antibiotics because she recently had C-diff but the ear infection manifested the day before Thanksgiving so we just decided to go with the antibiotics and feed her some yogurt to try to bump up her probiotics (C diff is often caused by an overdose of antibiotics - Little D. wasn't on any antibiotics when she got it so we're still not sure how she got it in the first place). Anyway, she seems to be recovering well from this latest infection. 

This month, Little Dorrit has made some great strides in her physical development! She's still crawling and cruising like a champ but she's also standing on her own and started to take a few steps at a time. I was able to capture some video of her doing her "bear crawl." It's something in between a normal crawl and walking. This little girl wants to walk so badly but her balance still isn't right on yet, so she uses this "bear crawl" (that's what her therapists called it) to get quickly from place to place. 


The day after Thanksgiving, we always decorate our home for Christmas. In the past, I've always had this day off from work but now that I've left behind government and non-profits and have joined up with the retail industry, the day after Thanksgiving was a work day for me! Fortunately, I was able to work from home that day so it wasn't a super hectic day for me. So, instead of decorating on Friday, this year we decorated on Saturday, (mostly because we were all sick with colds this past week, except for Trotwood). Trotwood loves to decorate our home for the different seasons and has been humming and singing Christmas tunes the last few days (perhaps not the most reverent of holiday tunes). Well, see for yourself below. (He did this during sacrament meeting today unbeknownst to me.)


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Our May 2015

Here's our May 2015! I keep thinking I should skip a few months to document our most recent adventures...I might just do that so I remember all the little things a bit better. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

A new week

Over the weekend, I was talking to a friend and she asked me how things were going. I responded with, "Well, we are really glad that this week is OVER."And we were. Last week was exhausting and here's a few reasons why:
  • On Monday, Little Dorrit had a hematology appointment. Thankfully, we did not have to drive three hours to Little Rock because this was one of the two times per year that the specialists from children's come up to where we live. We talked about the possibility of Little D. getting a port to replace her Broviac. She has to be at least 20 pounds before she could get a port and right now she's only 18 pounds. A few days leading up to Monday, Little Dorrit had terrible diarrhea (so bad, it would wake her up from sleeping) and because of this, she developed a really bad diaper rash. We asked her hematology doctor about it and she prescribed her some cream thinking it might have turned into a yeast infection. 
  • Tuesday, Mr. Rochester took Trotwood to get the flu mist and Little Dorrit had her regular occupational therapy appointment. 
  • Wednesday, Little Dorrit had a weight check at her primary doctor's. We are hoping to be able to remove her G-button at some point and that all depends on her continuing to eat by mouth. She's still not a great eater and lately, I feel like she's really digressed with eating. Whenever we try to feed her non-baby food items, a lot of times she will end up throwing that up and more. She used to be really great at eating baby food but now she doesn't even want to eat that and will often throw that up as well. We talked to her doctor about this and we're going to have her evaluated by speech therapy again and possibly have a swallow study done. It's just not normal, especially since she had been doing so well with the baby food before. So, Little Dorrit has gained some weight, mainly because we recently put her on a special high calorie formula but that is really the only nutrition she is getting right now. Wednesday night was also our ward's trunk or treat so we took our kids to that. 
  • Thursday, Mr. Rochester was changing Little Dorrit's diaper and found blood mixed in with her (still) diarrhea which she's now had for a week. We called hematology and her doctor's office and they said she needed to be seen. Mr. Rochester had to be somewhere else that day so I took Little Dorrit to the doctor by myself (which is a good 30-40 minutes from our house). As I'm getting off the interstate, a bunch of warning lights come on in the car, but I'm almost at the doctor's office so I just park and go in, thinking maybe the warning light situation will resolve itself when I get back from the doctor's. The doctor says we need to collect stool specimens because of the blood in Little D.'s stool. So, I leave the doctor's office, armed with my stool specimen kit, load the baby in the car, turn the car on, and the car won't move out of park. After calling Mr. Rochester and our mechanic, we figure out that there is a chip or switch in the brake that is malfunctioning (the brakes work but the chip is sending wrong signals). Thankfully, the mechanic was on his way home, which happened to be near where I was stuck. Tender mercy. He dropped by, finagled something, and the car would move again. The next morning we were able to take the car in and get it fixed. 
  • Thursday night: Mom and Dad are tired because Little Dorrit was up a lot tonight from her diarrhea and rash. 
  • Friday, we spend 3.5 hours of our life working with a state agency to get Little Dorrit's formula paid for. It wasn't difficult to get worked out, just a lot of waiting and signing paperwork. It just took so much time. With everything that was happening this week with Little Dorrit, I was still working and trying to meet a deadline by Friday. Everything ended up working out and I was able to meet my deadline, but I was a bit stressed about it all. On Friday, we also took the kids trick-or-treating at my work, which turned out to be pretty awesome. Oh, and on the way to my office, we dropped off Little D.'s stool specimens. By the time Friday night rolled around, Mr. Rochester and I were just glad to put the kids in bed so we could go to bed ourselves. (Also, lest you think we keep dragging a sick Little Dorrit out to do Halloween things, she acted completely normal during the day and never had a fever this entire week and we kept waiting for her diarrhea to go away.)
So, I feel like the new week has definitely started off better although this week doesn't have to do much to be better than last week. Today, we found out that Little Dorrit's test results came back positive for C. diff and we should have her medication for this by tomorrow. Apparently, C. diff is contagious so I'm hoping no one else in our family gets it.

Tonight, we had family home evening. Our lesson was on being honest and Trotwood picked the activity. With our crazy week last week, we didn't have much extra time to do some our traditional Halloween activities which involve just watching Halloween movies and playing games. So, tonight, we finished watching The Invisible Man and played King of Tokyo with the Halloween expansion pack. Somehow, I'm always the first to die in this game - I blame Mr. Rochester. :) Trotwood is always so sweet about it and recruits me for his "team" after my character dies. 
So, that's that for now. Here's to hoping for a few uneventful days this week that will allow us to just catch up with life.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

All Saints Day

When I was serving as a missionary and living in the Philippines, I remember the week before every November 1st, the residents of whichever town I was living in at the time would go to the graveyard and busily clean up the graves of their dearly departed before November 1st. And on November 1st, they would visit those graves, often staying for hours and hours and literally having parties there. Mr. Rochester and I like this tradition of visiting the graves of our loved ones on November 1st and have decided that this is something we want to do with our family whenever possible. It was actually a beautiful day today and after church, we all went to visit the cemetery. Here we are (next time we'll get some headstones in the background): 

Later this afternoon, we went on a drive down the Arkansas Pig Trail and stopped to walk around a local park on the way back to our house. 

Trotwood played on the playground for a few minutes and I took Little Dorrit down a slide. Mr. Rochester had some fun with her too. 



Today, I was released from my church calling serving in the Young Women's Organization. For the last two and a half years, I've loved working with the youth and the other Young Women leaders, and I have learned so much from them! Although it is a little sad for me to not be with the youth organization anymore, I'm excited about new opportunities to serve.