Sunday, August 30, 2009

Random Stuff

Friday confirmed my weight loss... 18 pounds! So, of course this weekend I went crazy eating everything I could, then tomorrow it is back to the same 'ole boring stuff. The doctor was very excited for me, and he'll see me again in 2 months. So, my goal for the next 2 months will be 25lbs. That's around 3 pounds per week. Fairly reasonable.

We have 1 week before vacation! We are so excited. We're spending a week at DISNEY... yes we're vacationing less that 30 minutes from home. We're so adventurous! I can't even count the number of times we've been to Disney since Aubrey was born; however, we usually just drive over for the day. This time, we've decided to rent a vacation home near Disney property. It's a fairly large house with a pool and jacuzzi. Which will mean a little privacy, plus we'll be able to prepare meals in the house rather that eating out every meal. This will also allow us to have more space than a hotel room. Which we'll need after spending an entire day together in the heat. Yes, we love each other, but it's nice to have space when needed. I'm so excited for this vacation. We really need some time away from work!

Aubrey had a game yesterday and the boys ended up losing. Her squad looked miserable. They were hot and sweaty, and bugs were everywhere! I just keep telling myself that it'll start cooling off soon. She still enjoys cheering. I wasn't sure she'd survive, but she has.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Many Faces of Bailey

Updated pics of Bailey... this is a work in progress, so there's more to come. Also, you'll be seeing one of Aubrey in the near future.

Weight Loss Day 46

18 down and much more to go! Today I had an appointment with Dr. G (thankfully not THAT Dr. G) and so far I've lost 18 pounds. At this rate it will take me 367 days to get to my goal... that's a LONG time! I actually go to Dr. N on Friday, he's the doc monitoring my weight loss, but I thought I'd go ahead and update. I will say I've cheated much more than I should, so I'm happy with this loss. I always hear it's good to go slow, and that's what I'm doing. On Friday I'll see Dr. N and he will recheck my potassium, which has been high. My blood pressure today was NORMAL! That's an improvement.


Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Past

I did a montage from the game today, and came across the one I made when Bailey turned one. It's amazing how much she's changed over the past two years. I think I'll update this with more pics, so we can see even more amazing changes. Our little girl is growing up.

For those who haven't seen this before, it does show pics from her heart surgery, so please be prepared or feel free to make the decision not to view.

These are pics of Aubrey from this morning. If you're a member of her team and would like to see pics of all the girls please send me an e-mail. I didn't want to post everyone here for privacy reasons. The girls were amazing! I was so proud of each and every one of them.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Lawsuit: Footage shows school abuse

This made me scared and terrified of the future. I hope we never experience anything like this. I can't imagine seeing either of my children treated this way.
This child, who is unable to communicate, was dragged by two adults from his classroom to isolation. In this video you are able to see blood on the floor and walls of isolation. This same day, the young man in the video broke his finger. The teacher has been terminated, but not due to the abuse seen in the video.

Lawsuit: Footage shows school abuse

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Monday, August 10, 2009

First Day of School

Bailey barely survived her first day. She was asleep before we left the parking lot. Poor little girl won't nap at school, and the increase in her usual activity wore her out. Now, it's over an hour past bedtime and we still hear her in her bed. So, tomorrow may be another exhausting day for her.

She has her same paras as last year, but she does have a new teacher. Miss Grace is very nice and we look forward to spending an exciting year with her.

I need to get laundry done. Goodnight.


Sunday, August 9, 2009

Weight Loss Day 29 and School!

Weight loss is still going okay. I have had a few moments of weakness, but I've been impressed by my strength. I never imagined I would survive 2 weeks, but I've made it almost an entire month! I return to the doctor this week, and I hope to report success. I continue to eat fruit and yogurt for breakfast, a Healthy Choice steamer for lunch, and a healthy dinner. I still drink water... lots and lots of water. Sometimes I add flavor by using a Crystal Light packet. I have more energy, and clothes seem to be fitting better.

Bailey returns to school tomorrow. She's in bed, and I'm packing all her bags. We have school supplies, extra clothes, diapers, DAFOs, Leg Immobilizers, lunch, and her Benik Vest. Bailey's lunch will be provided once public school starts, but until then we need to pack lunch for her. We were able to leave her nap mat at school during Summer break, so thankfully we don't have to take that too. Plus, all the items we take tomorrow can stay in her assigned cabinet (it's SO big), and we just replenish as needed. Well it's time to move on to something else.



Saturday, August 8, 2009

Eye Surgery

Bailey had her eye surgery yesterday and hopefully it was successful. She had her first eye surgery over a year ago, and after a few months we noticed it didn't work as well as we had hoped.

Here's how our day went...

We woke up at 4:00am! We showered/bathed, and I gave Bailey her breathing treatment. We packed goodies for the day and started our journey to St. Pete. The drive was nice. It was just me and Bailey. We listened to music, sang, and she danced. We arrived at the hospital at 6:00am, checked in, and we were immediately taken to her room. They checked her vitals, changed her clothes, and gave her antibiotics. Then we were taken to isolation(she's MRSA+). We met with nurses, anesthesiologist, and saw Dr. C. Then they took her back. She cried, and it broke my heart. She NEVER cries.

I waited in the conference room and within 45 minutes Dr. C came in to say all went well. So, I went downstairs, had a bagel and drink, then came back up. I waited in her room hoping to see her soon. Recovery is usually 30 minutes, but it had been an hour. The nurse came in and said I have been requested in recovery. Now I worried. When I entered recovery Bailey was being held by the nurse. Apparently the anesthesiologist was prepared to sign her out and send her to the short stay unit, but Bailey decided it would be fun to desat. So, once her oxygen levels became normal we went back to the SSU, and were soon released to go home. Now, I think I'll be a little more concerned if anesthesia is in her future. Until this episode, I was treating this surgery like any other day... no big deal.

When we got home she and I went to Subway for lunch, then we met Keith at Achievement Academy for orientation. I can't believe school starts Monday. It seems like she just got out. She has a new teacher. We will miss Miss Jody, but we're excited to get to know Miss Grace.

Here are a few pictures from this morning. One day post-op

Monday, August 3, 2009

Dog Found

Loved this story, so I thought I'd share.