(Joanna, Christy, Nikki, Amy, Me, Trish)
Last night a few of us went out for Girls Night Out to The Dinner A’Fare. Until recently I had never heard of this place, but many of the girls in the neighborhood had lots of good things to say about it so I decided to check it out too! Here’s how it works: select the number and type of meals you want on-line before you arrive, upon arrival you get a fun apron to wear and a glass of wine (if you wish) along with a checklist of the meals you signed up for, then you simply travel to each station and follow the instructions posted regarding the type and amount of ingredients that go into each Ziploc baggie, once you complete a meal you travel over to the saran wrap station and wrap it up tight along with a cute label with the name of the entree and cooking instructions, finally you pop it into the refrigerator marked with your name until you are ready to go! Very simple and so much fun! We had a great time chit chatting while preparing our meals for the entire week in just two hours! Jake and I had the Bistro Steak with Walnut Gorgonzola Butter tonight and it was yummy! Here’s their website if you’d like to find one in your area!
With great gusto and excitement we offered Ben rice cereal this week for the first time!! For the last week leading up to the big event we’ve given Ben a bowl, spoon and sippy cup to explore during our meal times and he really seemed to enjoy it. So on the big day we gave him his own bowl and spoon to “use” while we fed him. We really expected him to take one bite and refuse to take any additional spoonfuls, however, we were pleasantly surprised when he ate the ENTIRE BOWL of cereal! He seemed pretty excited about the whole experience as seen here! We had several moments of laughter while watching Ben’s eyes go crossed as he followed the spoon a-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l the way into his mouth. He also had fun splashing in the puddles of cereal that managed to escape his mouth and land on the tray!
So with that same gusto and excitement the following day, I mixed up the cereal, put Ben in his Bumbo seat, attached the tray and was prepared to land the airplane in the hanger for the second time in a row. Wahoo! It turns out that Ben had other plans for his rice cereal that day and it did not involve entering his mouth whatsoever! You can click here for the clip. This picture sums up exactly what he thought of the rice cereal that day! (P.S. Six month update coming soon!)
I am so happy to report that everything went really really well today with my kidney stone procedure! Thanks so much to each of you that have been praying for me. I can certainly feel your prayers and have watched as the specific things prayed for were answered throughout the day! First off, our drive to the doctor’s office was amazingly easy. We planned for an hour and made it in about 30 minutes which is absolutely unheard of for I-4 during rush hour. While standing in the dressing room putting on my beautiful open-back hospital gown I overheard a nurse telling the husband of a patient that his wife had been taken to recovery however she was throwing up AGAIN. This was a little unsettling as I was getting geared up for the same procedure. The anesthesiologist even told me that most people do experience nausea/vomiting after the procedure. I am happy to report that I have not been the slightest bit nauseated! Wahoo! After the nurse anesthetist pushed the sedation medication into my IV and started to wheel me away to the operating room I asked him if it was normal to feel drowsy already and he smiled and said yes. The next thing I knew I was waking up in the recovery room feeling nice and relaxed! My nurses, Lisa and Sherry, were both wonderful and my doctor had lots of positive things to say about the procedure. I will return to his office in a couple of weeks for a follow-up. For now I am treating the mild pain with medication and am straining my crimson colored urine with the hopes of finding a little remnant of stone so that it can be analyzed to determine what exactly caused the stones. I was not able to eat or drink anything after midnight last night. As you can imagine I was starving after the procedure and had my heart set on a cheeseburger, fries and chocolate shake from Steak n’ Shake, however, I was sadly informed that I am not allowed to eat things like that today. So I settled for a turkey sandwich and bottle of water instead. Thank you all again so much for thinking of me today! Thanks to my hubby for sitting by my side at the hospital and for helping out a ton with Ben this afternoon!! Thanks also to Christy for watching Ben! I’m off to take a nap!
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Here are a few random videos we’ve taken of Ben over the last several weeks.
This one we call “Superben”: (The lighting isn’t the best on this video so I hope you can see it okay. Ben’s favorite mode of transportation around the house is flying! We often make Dakota our landing pad which adds for extra excitement and thankfully Dakota is a pretty good sport about the whole thing and doesn’t seem to mind too much!)
This one we call “Teeter Totter”: (I love the look on his face when he leans into the camera on “totter”!)
And this one we call “Mama Dada”: (No he can’t say our names, but he gets the biggest smile on his face when you say them!)
Andrew, Sonya and big sis Laynee welcomed the newest addition to their family today…Baby Raegan!! Sonya delivered her naturally (that’s right, no drugs…way to go Sonya!!!) bright and early this morning at 4:22 AM. I spoke to Sonya earlier today and she sounded great and so happy! She is recovering nicely and the baby is healthy!! Congratulations, Post family!!! Here are her stats and photos:
Name: Raegan Joeanna (Raegan’s middle name is after her Grandpa Joe, her Great Grandma Joanne and yours truly! I am so honored, sniff, sniff!)
Weight: 7 pounds, 15 ounces
Length: 19 inches long
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Yesterday I decided to cash in on my “day at the spa” gift from my husband!! I started out the afternoon at Cascata (by the way, if you click on their website you can listen to nice relaxing spa music) for an AMAZING Aromatherapy massage using jasmine. It smelled wonderful and was quite possibly one of the best massages I have ever received! Next up was a pedicure! As you can see from the picture, the guy did a great job and as an added bonus, I’ll have pretty feet for my surgery on Wednesday!
(Let me digress for a minute. I’m not sure why, but I always like for my toes to look pretty when I go in for medical exams or procedures. This was especially true when I delivered Ben! Like they are really looking at my feet! But for whatever reason, this makes me feel much better!)
Back to my four hours of fun! After the pedicure I made a quick stop by Starbucks for a skinny, decaf, easy on the ice, no whip grande iced mocha. De-lish! My final stop was a quick jaunt into Gymboree. These days I find myself shopping for Ben way more than I ever do for anyone else (including me). Kids clothes are so stinkin’ cute!! Plus with the 40% off back to school sale along with my 20% off coupon…I had to stop by! When I returned home my husband had even made out a grocery list (including five meals for the week) and went grocery shopping!! He definitely deserves hubby and dada of the year!
Jake and I feel very blessed that during our time here in Florida we have not had to endure a bad hurricane season. About two months before we moved here in 2005, Hurricane Wilma ripped through Florida causing a ton of damage. It’s that busy time of year again for storm season and with all of the news about Tropical Storm Fay we thought we better get prepared. You know the old adage, better safe than sorry. Ben and I just returned from running some errands. Who wants to be caught in a hurricane with no face wash! Eww, the horror! My pores would certainly not approve. Not to worry, we are stocked up on things that were recommended for our disaster supplies kit (i.e. bottled water, batteries, groceries and we made sure to fill the car up with gas)! At least 5 counties in the area have already canceled school for Tuesday and Wednesday. Since the storms through central Florida are supposed to be most severe on those days I contacted my doctor’s office this afternoon regarding my surgery scheduled for Wednesday. I was told that for now they will take it one day at a time and will contact me early Wednesday morning if the procedure will be canceled. The last thing we want to do is drive down I-4 in hurricane force winds…that’s not a fun drive on a sunny day! Let the rains begin…it just started pouring outside. If you would like to track the storm for yourself, click here.
It’s been a week since I wrote this post and the torrential rains have finally come to an end…at least for now. We are happy to see sunshine again in the sunshine state. Below is a video filmed from our back porch during the height of Tropical Storm Fay…Ben’s first tropical storm!!
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Over the past several days Ben has been doing more and more of this…sitting up all on his own!! He’s been working so hard to accomplish this new skill! You can see the determined look on his sweet little face! He’ll sit up for a few seconds and then topple over to the left or right. Sometimes he’ll just slide forward and continue playing on his tummy as if it was exactly what he intended to do!! So fun!
Here’s that “Happy Birthday to me” post you’ve all been waiting for! Sorry to write such a bummer of a post yesterday. I had some lab work done that morning and I guess I just had kidney stones on my mind and thought I’d write about them. So here’s a happy post all about my 30th birthday!!
Wow, I can’t believe I’m 30! I know what you all must be thinking…30…she doesn’t look a day over 21!! (Ha Ha) Here are some things that made my day extra happy!
- Ben had a special surprise for me by waking up at 6:45 AM (about 30 minutes early)…I am pretty sure I heard “Happy Birthday, Mama” coming through the baby monitor. He just wanted to make sure he was the first to wish me a happy birthday.
- We ate glazed donuts with chocolate icing and coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast! (I remember eating 6 glazed donuts in one sitting when I was younger…I love donuts (as if that wasn’t obvious)!! Powdered donuts were also big around our house when we were growing up. This made us very popular with our friends!!)
- I have received birthday packages and cards in the mail this week! Thank you, thank you! (Ben says thanks too…he is really in to paper these days. He loves the crinkling sound it makes so he really enjoyed helping me open the cards and playing with the envelopes!)
- I also received lots of phone calls and e-mail messages from friends and family yesterday! Thanks for making me feel so loved!
- I received one of my birthday presents early from my husband and that was our trip back to Arkansas in July! It was so wonderful to spend time back home!!
- He also surprised me with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a “day at the spa” gift!!! I hope to take advantage of that amazing gift sometime very soon!!
- We ate birthday dinner at Amura! It is our favorite Japanese restaurant. We started out our meal with edamame and a bubba roll followed by some amazing sea bass (I know what movie quote you are thinking of right now!!). It was super yummy and fun! Ben was such a good boy and he got plenty of compliments about just how good he was!
- When we returned home we ate a piece of my favorite kind of cake…Red Velvet with cream cheese icing (I just had a second piece after lunch today too)!! Thanks everyone for making my day so special and an extra big thanks to my hubby…you are the best! Your mama definitely raised you right…thanks Oma Leah!! =)
- Here are some of my favorite pictures from the night! (p.s. I couldn’t resist taking a picture of the Kobe Beef description from our menu last night. For all of you vegetarians please forgive me. If you have trouble reading it, here is part of what it says, “Kobe beef cattle eat specially selected grain, drink beer, listen to classical music, and are given muscle-relaxing massages…”). These cows have it pretty good until, well, you know.
- One last thing…I want to give a big shout out to my cousin Molly because today is her birthday!! Happy Birthday, Molly! You can read more about Molly and her husband, Dylan, and their adventures in India by clicking here.
Here’s an update on those kidney stones I mentioned previously. Since our return from Arkansas about a month ago I have been in and out of doctors’ offices (four appointments just last week) for follow-up including lab work and imaging. I found out that the kidney stones are in fact too large to pass on their own and will require a procedure called Lithotripsy to literally blast them apart. No kidding, the urologist actually said, “You know that sonic boom that rattles the windows when the shuttle takes off…it’s kind of like that.” My next question to him was, “Do you think we can put this off for a few months?” The thought of a shuttle launch blasting through my body just didn’t seem that appealing. Of course, he said we needed to take care of them ASAP since they are “metabolically active”. So, I received a phone call this week from the super nice nurse at the outpatient surgery center confirming my procedure for Wednesday of next week. Here’s a quick run down of the nice and not so nice things about this procedure and kidney stones.
- I have stones in both kidneys, however, they can only blast one kidney at a time or it can cause kidney failure. So approximately one month from the first procedure I will have to return for a second.
- The doctor said that on thinner women the blast will often go completely through them causing severe bruising.
- I was also told to expect approximately two days of pretty severe pain (similar to what I was experiencing before I left for Arkansas) after the procedure. Thankfully, I’ll have some pain meds to help me through this!
- So far I have not had to take any medications that prevent me from breastfeeding Ben. As you can imagine this was a huge concern for me…one in which I have lost sleep and tears over. It appears that it will only be temporarily interrupted after the procedure due to the anesthesia. This is a HUGE answer to prayer.
- Kidney stones are said to be more painful than delivering a baby! I am happy to report that I have not had to experience pain with my kidney stones quite that severe yet and we should be able to get rid of them before that happens! There should be a rule that says you cannot deliver a baby and have kidney stones within six months of each other…that’s just too much pain!
- When I asked the doctor (in his professional opinion) what caused the stones he said, “your baby, oh yes, kids can cause lots of trouble even kidney stones.” He said that he actually sees a lot of pregnant women in my same situation however there is no treatment for them until they deliver the baby. I consider myself very blessed to have to deal with this after giving birth and not during my pregnancy…I seriously cannot imagine the pain these women must be in!
- My friend, Christy, is going to watch Ben for me while I am having the procedure. Christy and her family attend our church and her daughter Olivia is in our playgroup on Wednesday mornings. Thank you, Christy!!
- Jake will be taking some time off to be with me during the procedure and to help me out with Ben for a couple of days until I recover.
We could certainly use your prayers, specifically: that the procedure will go well, recovery will be swift and that caring for Ben will not be interrupted too much (if at all)!
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