Category: Sparkles

Sparkles and Presto. You know? I think he likes his boy

Time Consumption

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending

Shhh, there is a baby asleep in my bed. I got to see the newest addition yesterday in the NICU. He is tiny, but doing well. His breathing is doing great, they took him off the vent, then put him on a cannula and by yesterday morn his ABGs were so good they were thinking about talking that off too. They are considering his gestational age at 30 weeks (so the neonatologist was wrong in her hopes that he was 32-33). So the doc says consider her due date (Aug 26th) as the date he may get to come home. It could be earlier, but we won’t know for some time. The issue now will be feeding. Apparently babies this young aren’t quite ready for food. The have started a pic line and a feeding tube. They will begin with just some sugar water and over the next few weeks start introducing some proteins/food slowly. There is some risk he may react to the food, not be able to tolerate it, or develop an infection. The doc says the NICU is a roller coaster ride and right now we are on the kiddie ride, but at any moment we could end up at the top of a big drop and not know how we got there. He took the pacifier and sucked a few times, which is a very good sign. Funny aside: the NICU doc recognized me as he was RolyPoly’s NICU doc in April and he remembered RolyPoly and asked how he was doing. I guess you could say I am getting to be the NICU Grama-expert. Not a great title, but I’ll take what I can get. Mom recovered very quickly and is doing pretty well. Still getting a little magnesium for her HBP, but otherwise great. Except she really wanted to go see little “Presto”. Thanks to Anna for his nickname, because it really was ‘hey, you are going to have a baby in a few weeks and then “Presto”: You are having a baby right now!’ I am not sure (because I have been babysitting RolyPoly this morning), but I think SusyQ was going to be allowed to try and get up to walk a bit last night and visit Presto in the NICU. Hope that went well.

In the meanwhile, I need to get back to 4th of July aprons or it will be November before they are done and what a waste that will be. Sometimes life throws punches at me and I can deflect them, sometimes they land a good blow. I just take it as best I can. The Universe sent me this note this morning and I am trying to take it to heart:

Actually, Vixen, it’s easier to accept others, than to change them.

It’s wiser to understand them, than to get angry.

And most of the time, it’s more fun to love ’em, than to leave ’em.

Your call,
The Universe

Have a wonderful Thursday and enjoy your loved ones. Sometimes it’s not easy, but it is always worth it in the end.

Where I Post The Thing I Forgot To Tell You

A few months ago I got some exciting news. I started doing some research (okay I asked twitter) about how many people had given birth or were due to give birth in 2010. I was going to call it Year Of The Baby. Probably draw some parallels between unemployment rates and the suffering economy and what people due with with their time when they have no money…

But I never got around to it. And in never writing that post, I forgot to share a special story about Sparkles. If you have read my about me page, you know I have an “adopted” (not legally) son named Sparkles. He was been a very close part of our family life for many, many years. He did in fact live with us for a time, and has been at everyone of our special family events ever since then. Mr. Vixen and I love him as dearly as we love our (biological) son. I am his “other” mother and she and I don’t mind sharing. He is quiet, sweet, caring, loyal and I can always count on him to help me out no matter what. Just like my other kids.

Point is, he is(was) expecting his first child August 30th-ish. And I had ultrasounds to share and a plan for you all to help me come up with the baby’s super secret internet name. Well, sometimes life takes your choices and decisions out of your hands. Early this week, Sparkles’ girlfriend (let’s call her SusyQ because she isn’t real fond of her original super secret Internet name) was put on bed rest due to some signs of preeclampsia and her high blood pressure. Then an issue with the protein in her urine became worse and she went for a nights stay at the hospital for monitoring. Things got a little better, then a little worse, then a little better. Well you get the idea. Yesterday, we stopped by on our way to visit the horses and drop off some books for her to read. A perinatologist had read her ultrasounds and thought possibly the baby was 2-3 weeks further along than they thought. She had also received two steroid injections to help speed up the little guys lung development. But before we could leave the hospital the doc returned after visiting with the perinatologist and reviewing her chart (and headaches) and said he wanted to induce NOW. He explained the risks (apparently high blood pressure spikes are a leading cause of placental abruption) to the baby and the huge risks to SusyQ herself, including stroke and coma. She was not prepared to say the least. Tears were shed. In the end, she decided to proceed.

An hour or two later, I got the phone call from Sparkles that things were not going well and it was time for an emergent c-section. We live only moments from the hospital, so we got there in a flash.

Long story (and not getting any shorter) I would like to welcome my newest grandson Sean Liam into the world. He is quite small at 3 lbs 6 ozs and is in the NICU, but seems okay. Mom is well and recovered quickly. So: First sorry I forgot to tell you we were having another kid (whoopsie) and second…can you help me come up with a super secret Internet name for this little one? I know  you guys can have a  name picked out by the time I get back, because I am heading there now to see him IN PERSON because I haven’t got to hold him yet!!! (click on pictures for full view.)

Getting Back To The Great Outdoors

Growing up, my parents took me camping all the time. Nearly every special memory I have from my youth was at a campground or the cabin (which was camping, but with a bed!). The first 14 years of my married life were spent in Utah where camping is plentiful and my kids were indoctrinated at a very early age. After moving here in 1998, we camped a lot less. Life got busier and then the kids became teens and next thing I knew, they were all grown up and trying to live their own lives. But I miss camping a lot and I felt sad that Ladybug and Butterball weren’t growing up with the camping experience. So, for Nannygoat’s birthday I bought her and her family a giant tent! Then on Mother’s Day I bought her a camp stove. To top it all off, I made reservations for two sites at a local campground for this past weekend. Super close to home in case we needed to go back and just for one night–sort of a practice run.

Of course our newest addition to the family, RolyPoly, wasn’t about to be left out. So MacDougal, Funsize and the new babe pitched their tent too! Sparkles brought Floozy on her first camping trip with us and Lightening Boy came too. My cousin brought her two girls for the day so she (an they) could finally meet RolyPoly and her kids could play with Ladybug and Butterball. Although Bear and Fishboy couldn’t stay with us due to work on Sunday, they still came up Saturday evening for s’mores and a a visit.

My fun loving grand-girls had the time of their lives! Dirt, dirt and more dirt is the newest and most fun toy they’ve ever played with! The adults had a very nice time also. RolyPoly has been having some issues sleeping at night since he was born. Apparently the camping gene runs very strong in him, as his night at the campground was the best night he’s slept since he was born! All in all, it was a great time. Check out the pictures here on my flickr, the one here of RolyPoly is one of my faves!

I have so much going on I need to get around to sharing with you. Working on a big, special, fancy, blog redesign! And maybe then I will be inspired and blog some more (ha ha ha).  Registered for college….I have no idea what I am doing, but apparently I need to decide soon. Ladybug had her IEP for KINDERGARDEN!?!?! (not sure how that is possible, since she was just born right?). More to share about the babes, life in general, and stuff (like this new laptop I am typing on right now).

Health-wise, I am doing great. The meds kicked right in and I am right back on track. Now I just need to get back on track here. Thanks to all of you for hanging around during my ‘distracted by new baby’ time. I won’t say it’s over yet, but I hope for the blog’s sake I can get some writing done!

Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.”  ~Ann Frank

I have a new home, but I am losing my job. I have a wonderful family, but wonder what will happen next. There are so many unknowns in life. Everyday I wonder what will greet me in the day. Life has been a roller coaster of amazing times lately. Today was the first time I manged to gather all the kids together at the same time. A bbq in the new place, even though they will be here for Thanksgiving. And for once the timing came together. Nanny, Lloyd, Ladybug and Butterball; MacDougal and Funsize; Bear and Fishboy, and even Sparkles altogether in one place at one time. Laughter and love, fun and games. Sparkles and Lloyd had to leave early though, to go to work. As they went to leave, Funsize and MacDougal asked if they could wait a moment…..

I am going to be a grandma again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so blessed and amazed. I know it will be wonderful and beautiful and amazing. I just know it will be, whatever it is. I feel Collin’s presense so strongly, I know he has had a hand in things.

Just How Did 22 Years Pass So Quickly?

This week’s theme/prompt is: HEADSRecipe
For more participants in Heads or Tails click HERE.

My son has always loved camping. See:

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Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to go in several years. So when he told me all he wanted for his birthday present was to go camping, I knew I better get cooking! So today I share my Recipe for a MacDougal Birthday (his birthday is TODAY!)

(be sure to click on the pictures to embiggen so you can truly appreciate mine and Bear’s photographic talent):

Take some tents (poles ARE required, if you forget them you must go back home and fetch them)

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Add a large dollop of family

Stir well with horseshoes

Sparingly sprinkle in some mountain climbing (careful-don’t overdo)Photobucket

Slowly add ice cold liquid until you get your desired consistency

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Top with some relaxing and fireside comradery

This recipe has been tested and approved by the Birthday Boy MacDougal and his mother

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