Thursday, May 29, 2008

Going Tube-ing

Grace had tubes put in her ears today. The procedure was really quick, she was only away from us for about 20 minutes. Also, we had it done at Tim's hospital so we got some special treatment. I am really glad it is over and hopefully this will be all we have to do. I plan to have her hearing tested again after the post op visit, mostly for my own peace of mind. She is back to her old self, Crazy as ever.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Finding the Joy

Recently I was having a hard time finding joy in my life. I am sure most every one has been there at one time or another. I let my self get so far removed from the joy that the things i really do love actually started to be annoying. So i just wanted to point out a couple of things i have re-discovered in the last week that bring joy into my life.

Eddie- I am sure most 4 year olds have minds like a steel trap and hearing like an owl. His attentiveness and negotiation tactics crack me up. The other night he was refusing to eat his dinner and he kept saying ' I want another meal!' (he ended up going hungry, in our house we eat what is on our plate) He is great most of the time about playing with his sisters.

Grace- Maybe the sweetest and brightest girl i know. Since she is having trouble communicating we have had a rough time lately. The doctor says we can resolve her hearing problem next week and then she should be able to speak soon after that. She doesn't miss a trick though. I could be talking about babies in the other room and she will bring me her dolly. I suspect that when she is able to talk she wont stop. Ever.

Eleanor- or nee-nor as she is more affectionately called. She is at that age where babies start to be more independent but they still need their mommies. She crawls off to play by her self and can be totally happy for minuets at a time.

Garage Sales- I have had some good finds in the past couple of weeks, I'll post more on that later.

Vacation- 9 weeks till a nice 6 week long vacation. Unfortunately my biggest joy wont be able to be there for most of it.

Tim- My hubby is the biggest joy in my life. I cant believe i forgot for any amount of time how incredible he is. Seriously, my day gets better when i know it is almost time for him to come home, and not just because i want a break from my kids anymore. He is a wonderful daddy and husband and we are really going to miss him when we are gone this summer.

BTW Thanks to my sister Annabelle for her visit. It was WAY fun!!!

Monday, May 12, 2008


So i remember hearing about this woman in Arkansas who had her 17th child just after i had Eleanor. Here is her big announcement on the today show this week.

I no longer feel overwhelmed with my 3. Pregnant with #18 can you imagine??

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

6 Week Follow Up

We went back to the audiologist today to have Graces hearing retested. She has been on Zertec and Nasonex for the last 6 weeks in an effort to clear the fluid out of her ears so they can test her hearing.

The first thing the audiologist does is a tympanometry If that is not normal than they dont even proceed with the hearing test. The test showed that Grace was flat line in the right ear and a mole hill in the left ear. A normal ear has peaks.

The next step in our hearing adventure is going to the Ear Nose and Throat doctor. I asked a lot of questions today. The audiologist was very helpful and said that the ENT doctor is pretty conservitive and may try something else before putting tubes in her ears. We will be seeing him on monday and hopefully we can make some more progress.

When i think about this whole expirence I reflect on the fact that if i had just accepted that she didn't talk and never called the ECI we never would have thought to have her hearing tested and never would have discovered the fluid. At the same time I am tired of going to the doctors office.