Saturday, August 7, 2010


No worries, the lack of posting does not mean a thing... other than it's been a crazy few weeks! Where to begin? I have a feeling this post is going to be all over the place, so please bear with me.

First, I think I failed to mention that George and Olivia are officially walkers! That actually happened a few weeks (or more?) ago. It is so much fun! They are practically running everywhere, especially any time we are outside and during that hour right before bedtime when they become delirious. Olivia has been able to walk for a while now, but wasn't really into it... until George started to walk. George had been trying forever, so when he picked it up, he was determined not to spend any more time crawling... and took quite a few spills, but overall rocked. Then, Olivia decided she wanted to chase George. There is no more crawling in our house!

Unless of course you count Samuel's scoot as a crawl :) He's not really moving too far yet, but he has two methods of inching along. One is in the sitting position - he has figured out how to bob up and down and use his feet to kind of pull himself forward. Hysterical! The second is on his back - he has been able to push himself around for a while now, but recently has learned how to aim. He pushes, peeks at where he wants to go, turns appropriately, and starts pushing again. Smart kiddo. Although he has gotten himself into some interesting predicaments.

We have also had quite a few adventures lately. Some involved road trips, others doctors appointments (pulmonology and neurology but no news to report), others playing in the fountains - and trying not to end up face down - at the pool, others learning new games that all three babies can play together, and then there is losing a gtube. Yes, really. Samuel's gtube fell out. Sorry buddy, but ew! We will come back to the other adventures later...

On Wednesday, the gtube almost fell out. Luckily Stefanie, Samuel's nurse, was at our house because it's been a while since I've had gtube 101. She deflated the gtube balloon of its remaining 1mL of saline, pushed the gtube back in, and put the 1mL back in the balloon. (The inflated balloon is inside Samuel and is what keeps the gtube in place.) Off Samuel and I went to the doctor - all appeared okay. YEA! Until Friday, when I got a call from Stefanie that it had completely fallen out. On my way! Once again I was lucky that Stefanie was there - she was able to put a foley catheter in place of the gtube and tape it in a way that would keep it in place and keep the hole open. We packed up and headed to our local ER to have it replaced. Luckily the stomach is considered "dirty," so we didn't have to be too worried about an infection. (DB was at the grocery store with G and O... he came home to an empty house just a little worried :) )

About 2 1/2 hours later, after numerous calls to everywhere within an hour of our local hospital, we got the news that no one had a replacement gtube for Samuel. Ugh. While thankful for all of the work put into looking for one, we were also not excited that it was now almost 2pm and we were headed to back to our old stomping ground, Charleston. Then again, we are very comfortable with the drive :) Ha ha! Actually, kind of sad ;) But without a gtube, no food and no meds. Once there, we got a new gtube, some advice on a nutritionist (totally different subject, but YEA!), and back home by 7:30 in time to kiss G and O goodnight. Turns out the old gtube had a slow leak, which is fairly common after it's been in a few months. Something to keep in mind I suppose.

Got your nose!

Hairdo by dad :) Exhuausted after a swim, but still a cutie.

We are working on only getting into one cabinet, instead of all of them. Who knew she would take that so literally?!

Our little fashionista! If it's not accessories, it's four dresses at one time :)

The Samuel back-scoot... here's a hint, follow the oxygen tubing :) Need another hint? I'm pretty sure you can't watch TV from underneath!

Another Samuel back-scoot... this time he hit his target instead of going under it!

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