Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Bully

CANCER is the Bully. It has touched my life in many ways, as I am sure it has touched yours.

My first experience with Cancer occured when I was a teenager. My neighbor, and the young boy that I often babysat, was afflicted with Ewing's Sarcoma at the young age of 5. I always believed that Peter, my dear sweet neighbor, would beat this awful disease. I watched as Peter struggled and fought the cancer and all of the treatments for a couple of years. Peter's parents, family, and other loved ones looked on in horror and devestation, but never failed to provide their never-ending love and support for Peter and for each other. In the end, I was proven wrong and Peter succumbed to this evil affliction when I was 16. It was my first experience with death, and it was truly awful.

When I was in college I began to babysit another family, the B's. The B's middle child, Michael, was diagnosed with Luekemia during his pre-school years. Michael fought the good fight for several years and after his bone marrow transplant, I truly believed Michael would survive. Unfortunately he did not. Michael passed away on August 2, 1999. I was 20 years old and death was no easier to deal with the second time around.

You can imagine that I became quite cynical towards cancer. The Bully had taken two of the most precious lives I had encountered. I became to feel as if God was preparing me for something larger in life. I still do not know what He is preparing me for.

When I was pregnant with Devin my maternal grandfather passed away on February 14, 2006. He had suffered for a couple of years: penile cancer followed by cancer spreading into his lymphnodes until he was to sick to function or continue with life. My Peppere had tried to beat the cancer too, but this bully was too tough for him.

Last year, a coworker of mine passed away after a terribly long and torturous battle against breast caner that eventually spread into many other areas of her body. She was brought to Heaven on December 24, 2007. While many families were celebrating the Goodness and Graciousness of God during the Christmas holiday, Penny's family and friends were mourning their loss.

Along the way, I have known some survivors of cancer; some people who were stronger than the Bully. There is my Aunt Nancy who survived cancer many years ago, my mother's friend Marcia's granddaughter Steph who fought for a long, hard year at the age of 17, before being told she was in remission, the Art Teacher at work who battled breast cancer the year before I met her. There is also my Mother-In-Law, Maggie, who battled breast cancer and survived. Maggie is a healthy energetic woman who has shown the Bully that he will not take everyone, especially her, down.

It is for these reasons and many more that I am choosing to walk in the Care for Cancer Walk on September 28, 2008. I will join my mother in law, father in law, husband, son, and other family and friends in raising money and walking in the face of the Bully.

I will do this because cancer has touched my life in so many ways.
I will do this because patients with cancer deserve the best care.
I will do this because the world needs to find a cure for cancer.

If you care to make a donation and help me in fighting the Bully, please go here.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Update on Devin

Devin is still battling the ear infection. After several days on amoxicillan (sp?) Devin was still having high fevers, not eating well, and ubber crabby. Since this week is my first week back at school, Erick took him to the doctor's again this morning. Erick has been such a sport about caring for Devin on his vacation. He is such a good Daddy! Anyway, the doctor said that there was no improvement in his nasty ear infection and switched up the meds. He should be good as new by Saturday! I hope so anyway, I'd like to be able to do some fun family things this week-end and Devin has a birthday party to attend on Saturday!

On a side note, Devin is now fully addicted to Toy Story, the movie! Oh my goodness! The kid wants to watch this movie all the time! I even borrowed some movies from a friend, and Devin still just wants Toy Story!!!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

My Blogging Award


Thanks to Steph I was given this blog award. As part of this award I complete the following questionnaire and get to choose 7 bloggers who are brilliant!

A. Attached or single? Attached


B. Best friend? Erin


C. Cake or Pie? Cake


D. Day of Choice? Saturday


E. Essential item? Cell phone


F. Favorite color? Purple


G. Gummy bears or worms? worms


H. Hometown? Manchester, NH


I. Indulgence? Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee


J. January or July? July- my birth month and summer vacation!


K. Kids? Devin


L. Life isn't complete without? family and friends


M. Marriage date? 6/26/05


N. Number of brothers and sisters? One brother, Mark


O. Oranges or apples? Apples


P. Phobias? something bad happening to my son


Q. Quotes? Everything happens for a reason (or is that more a cliche?) ALSO Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much


R. Reasons to smile? love


S. Season of Choice? Spring


T. Tag seven peeps: In no particular order:

Okay, so its not 7 people, but its close......

Lisa

Sharon

Stacey

Rebecca


U. Unknown fact about me? I was kind of relieved that I ended up having a c-section


V. Vegetable? lately...broccoli


W. Worst habit? checking the computer too often


X. X-ray or Ultrasound? Ultrasounds are pretty cool


Y. Your favorite food? seafood, pizza, ice cream


Z. Zodiac sign? Cancer

My Sicky

The Time Line: Late last week Devin started with a runny nose. On Saturday evening I noticed that he was feeling warm. When I checked his temperature he had a 100* temp so I gave him Motrin and brought him home (we had been having a super fun day at my parent's house). By Sunday after nap time his fever was up to 102* and Monday morning (my first day back at school) his temp was up to 103*. I went off to work, to sit in countless meetings and think about my sick boy at home, while Erick brought Devin to the doctor's. The doctor, not his usual, said he had a very pussy and infected right ear. She told Erick that Devin's swimming season was over and gave him antibiotics and ear drops. All this afternoon Devin's temperature never came down from 102-103*, even with the Motrin. At one point Devin was shivering badly so Erick called the doctor's office back to speak with a nurse. The nurse told Erick that we could increase Devin's Motrin dose, but now we have to wait until 10 pm to do so. I just put him to bed wearing only a diaper, with a cool towel on his back, and a 103* fever. :( The plan is that we will go check on him at 10 pm and give him a higher dose of motrin and make sure that he is alright.

My feelings: I hate when Devin is sick and feel so badly for him. I feel so helpless that I can not bring his fever down. I also feel bad that I am not home with him. All summer I have been here and the worst he has had is a stuffy nose. Now he has this ear infection with crazy fevers my first day back at work for a new school year!

Luckily: Erick is on vacation again this week and had planned on being home with Devin anyway. This works out because one of us does not have to miss work and use sick time AND we aren't paying the sitter yet, so no child care costs for services not rendered!

The entertainment: While Devin has been sick, we have been letting him watch more tv/movies than usual. The reason for this is that he has such a high tolerance for pain that he is still trying to run around and play even though his body doesn't really let him. He has to keep coming over to the couch and put his head down. This is why we let watch movies to calm down/relax/rest. His favorite? Toy Story and Toy Story 2 back to back, over and over!!! They are a cute series of movies, the first 2, 3, even 4 times but now...especially after 3 times in one day, its getting a bit old! LOL

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Swimming

On Thursday Devin and Erick went swimming in our complex's pool. Devin has really taken to swimming this year. He uses a life jacket, but can pretty much swim on his own other than that. He also LOVES to jump in the pool!


video

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Canobie Lake Park

So we finally picked one of the things from our list to do on our vacation. Last night we met my parents and brother at Canobie Lake Park. The park has been updated and added to a lot since I last went. I was excited about the amount of rides and the shows. The first thing we noticed, however, was how many people were there! The place was jam-packed, which in somewhere like an amusement park, translates to LONG LINES!

Devin was not liking the long lines and luckily there were plenty of us "adults" there to keep him busy and let him roam around while we waited in line.

Here is Erick holding our spot in line. Thanks hun!
I have included this picture of Devin LOVING the water fountain, just for Lisa!
Here is my new favorite picture of Devin, waiting for the Bob the Builder show to start.
Devin, once again, loved the Tea Cups and Tilt-a-Whirl. Sorry, no pics, I was too busy enjoying myself on the rides!

And, here is Devin at the end of the night. We let him get some popcorn (from the gigantic popcorn box stand) to enjoy on our way home (alright, and to keep him awake!).

Trucks


"Look Mommy, Daddy its a parking lot!" exclaims Devin proudly.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Language of Devin

Devin has two words that he uses interchangeably. The words are "Mah-dee" and "Dah-me" and they can mean: Mommy, Daddy, or Mommy and Daddy.

Here is an example:
"See my pizza Mah-dee!"
or
"Wanna bite Dah-me?" as he so sincerely offers you a bite of his half eaten cracker.

I am not quite sure of the origin of these words, but I would guess that it has something to do with Devin trying to combine Mommy and Daddy. Out of the mouths of babes!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

First Day of Vacation

Erick is at the start of a relaxing 2 week vacation. Since I go back to work next Monday, we have one week off together. So far, on our first day of vacation we have done absolutely nothing! Well, we did some house cleaning, but as far as vacation outings go....nothing!

We have lots of ideas, but not sure what we will end up doing.

Our ideas:
Canobie Park
York's Wild Kingdom

Boston Children's Museum
Boston Duck Tours
Friendly Farm

as well as hanging out at home, going to the beach, visiting the grandparents, and taking a ride to Cape Cod since Erick has never been there.

Friday, August 15, 2008

On the Potty Training Front...

After weeks of Devin REFUSING to sit on the toilet, he finally went poop on it today!!! Yay! Immediately following his business, I took him off the potty . As I turned him, to wipe, he proceeded to PEE ALL OVER ME! Seriously, he got my shirt, my pants, and my bare foot! Not to mention the bathroom rug, floor, and toilet seat! Oh the joys of parenting!

Lesson learned? Try to convince Devin to stay on a few minutes after he poops, to clear out any pee!

My New Favorite Pic

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

FINALLY

New Hampshire has a gorgeous day (WITHOUT rain!)!!! Yay!!! Its 80* and perfectly sunny! Not too hot or humid...its just right!

We decided to capitalize on this weather, since it was Erick's day off, and meet his parents at the beach. We sat on the beach for an hour- Devin LOVES putting his feet in the freezing cold ocean water, walked around for a bit, and then went to lunch at the best seafood place ever, Petey's.

Here is Devin enjoying the sand and ocean water:Ahhh, Devin "found" the arcade while we were walking around. He spotted this Bob the Builder ride from a mile away!!

He loved thinking/pretending he was driving this car. He is such a boy!!!
A great day was had by all.

BFF

Last Friday my BFF surprised me with beautiful roses during her visit! I thought it was so incredibly sweet of her to bring me flowers, Just Because!!! Aren't they gorgeous?


Thank You Erin!

Its sad....

...when we get excited about paying $3.81/gallon for premium gas!

Geesh!

I remember when $10 could fill up my '88 Geo Spectrum.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Kiss

Devin, puckering up and leaning in to me, says, "I need a kiss!"


*I wonder where he got that???* LOL

Rain

Rain, rain go away...come again another day (in like 5 years!!!)

We are so sick and tired of being cooped up in the house!!! We want to go out and play- go swimming, go to the park, go to the beach...anything!!!

We're bored!!

From the mouth of Devin: "GO AWAY RAIN!"

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Baby Devin

With Devin getting older, it makes me really reminiscent of when he was a baby. I long to just hold him in my arms again, feed him, rock him for hours (just because I want to) and bond by just being close. Don't get me wrong, I love all of the things he can do now. Devin can hold conversations, reason (for the most part), play some games, and he shows so much thoughtfulness and love.

I just miss my baby sometimes.....

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Touch-a-Truck

We went to this really cool hands-on event called Touch-A-Truck last Saturday. It is geared at pre-schoolers and allows them to touch/look at/sit in all sorts of large trucks. Although Devin was not keen on getting in them, he LOVED seeing them. The bucket loader was by far his favorite.




5 Things About Me

1. I am addicted to Babycenter and check it innumerable times a day.

2. I hate when my husband works over time because we don't get to spend much time together, but I secretly LOVE the money and think he should work OT!!!!

3. I have had 4 surgeries: I had my appendix out when I was 10. I had knee surgeries when I was 17 and 23. I had a c/section with my son in 2006 (26 years old).

4. I love to read a good, entertaining book but have a very hard time "getting into" books lately.

5. I love, love, love roller coasters and fun, crazy rides!!! I don't scream but get this HUGE goofy ear to ear grin and laugh to myself when I am enjoying a ride!