Saturday, February 28, 2009

New Camera and New Cars

On Super Bowl Sunday, our Canon Elph met an untimely demise due to brute force trauma to the lens caused by impact on a hardwood floor.  It was a sad moment for me to be unable to document recent events (notice the phone pictures in the Croup post).  I researched and researched and was debating between a few different point and shoots, or graduating to a Canon Rebel DSLR because Circuit City had an amazing price on one and because I've really been wanting one.  Practicality won out and I rationalized that I love to have a camera in my purse at all times and the Rebel wouldn't allow me to do that.  Phil cut through the research, found an amazing deal on Amazon, and surprised me with the Canon SX110.  I've had a great time playing with it this afternoon.  To add to our excitement, Ryan placed the last sticker on his potty chart and earned a trip to Target to pick out a toy.

Chick, The King, and Lightning McQueen were the toys du jour.  He hugged them to his chest throughout our trip to Target and couldn't wait to get a scissor to open them up.  He even felt good enough to take them outside and drive them on the patio.

Ryan was also a willing subject for my action shots and volunteered to throw his bouncy ball for me.

Lastly, Ryan loves to surprise me with dandelions and presented me with this handful while we were outside playing.  We had a great afternoon together enjoying our new toys.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Sunday morning, Ryan woke up with an unusual fever.  He had no other symptoms and as soon as we gave him Motrin, he seemed fine.  After his afternoon nap, he developed a hoarse voice and a slight, barking cough.  Again, after some Motrin, everything seemed fine.  I thought maybe we were in for another ear infection.  Well, at midnight, I woke up to a horrible barking cough and him sobbing, which made the cough worse.  When I picked him up, I noticed he was burning with fever.  I put him in a lukewarm bath, gave him some Motrin, and tried to calm him down so he could breathe.  After he cooled off enough, I stayed up another hour rocking him.   His breathing got better as did his fever, so I put him back to bed.  I called Dr. Shah first thing in the morning and made an appointment for 12:30, which was the first available.  Things didn't seem too horrible at first.  He was sick, but not worrisome.  Around 9:30 he started asking to go to the doctor.  A little while after that, he curled up on the couch, and stopped talking.  I wanted to go straight to urgent care, but thought that he could hold out til our appointment.  I started taking him into the bathroom and steaming it up, letting him breathe the moist air, hoping it would make him feel better.  As soon as Dr. Shah saw him, he said it was croup.  He said we needed to go straight to the E.R. for a breathing treatment.  At this point, Ryan was burning with fever and struggling for each breath.  I was scared.  Phil met us at the E.R., which was a welcome sight.  They saw us quickly.  The doctors were extremely nice and helpful.   They gave him Motrin, Tylenol, a breathing treatment, and a steroid through an I.V.  He was exhausted at this point, but really handled everything well.  He had some chest x-rays done, and said, "cheese," for his "pictures."  When he could breathe again, he ate his sucker from Dr. Shah.

He then fell asleep immediately and slept for the next few hours.  

They continued to monitor his breathing, and his fever, which both began to improve.

Around 6pm, they felt that he was doing well enough and decided they would discharge us around 7pm.

He was happy to go home, but realized he hadn't got to go to Grandma Net's, as is usual on Mondays, and wanted to go see her and get Rita, so we knew he was doing better.  

He had a really uneventful night and is doing much better today.  We'll see Dr. Shah this evening to make sure things are on the up and up.  For those of you who knew what was going on yesterday, thank you for your prayers.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Design Idea

Today, I spent some time designing my crib bedding that I want to sew. I already have the car fabric and the polka dot fabric and I plan to go to Strawberry Patches and buy the minky and chenille with my gift cards.  The drawing may not be entirely clear, but the minky dot will go on the outside of the bumper pads.   I plan on buying natural color crib sheets rather than sewing any for the bedding.  I can't wait to get started on this project!  

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Baby Bedding

I decided the nursery needs a fresh start for Jack Thomas (despite the voting, we have made our name choice) and I've found the fabric to transform it.  I just can't wait for it to get here in the mail so I can start finding coordinating pieces.  The website I ordered from was called Pink Chalk Fabrics.  They have a great blog and fabric website.  Best of all they had my fabric in stock.  I can't wait to start my new project.  

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

It's A...

Boy!  We are really excited.  There was a split second when I was a little sad to let go of my girlie ideas, but he looked so cute in that ultrasound.  I got over it right away.  He was playing shy and would cover his face with his hands every time the technician tried to get a picture.  Best of all, he looks completely healthy so that is an answer to prayer.  I do feel outnumbered because I have already seen what Ogden brothers can be like together, but my hope is that Ryan and this baby will be as good friends as are Phil and Doug.  

Profile of the Face

His Little Feet