Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Brave Heart

Ironically when I walked into work today there was a Blood Assurance flyer on the door for a blood drive. Typically I've always got an excuse as to why I don't have time to donate blood....really its just my own self being a baby because I don't like needles at all. I must say though my perspective on both giving blood and how tough (emotionally & physically) our little girl really is.
Most of you know the battle we have had with Addi throwing up 2-3x a week if not more. The dr's have never been really concerned because of the fact that she's always in the 50-75th percentile for weight and continued to gain weight but seriously who likes to throw up? Not to mention that it usually happens when we are in a restuarant or if we are at a birthday party (for kids) & we scare the beejesus out of everyone thinking we have a virus or something. And most importantly its just plain sucks to watch her child say "I don't want to throw up" & then there it is. Her sense of smell is ridiculous - she can smell food which then causes her to gag or even throw up. This is just constant. For instance the other day we were laying in bed & I was eating a vanilla oreo. She looks at me, says what are you eating & then gagged. Its just constantly like this & so unfair to her. We addressed it at her 3 year check up so we were given orders for blood work & a stool sample culture.
I got even luckier when I posted on FB that I was dreading taking her to T.C. Thompson for all of this....a girl I played ball with in high school & now see all the time in our slow pitch leagues actually works in the lab there. She told me when she worked & she was so ready for us when we arrived. Deanna, if you happen to read this, you are wonderful.....I didn't sleep a wink for thinking about this & how traumatizing it might be. I was warned they take a good bit of blood, or at least a lot for a 3 yr old. Daddy met us there after working all night & you could tell that both he & I were much more ancy than Addi was. She was discussing with us as we walked down the hall of the hospital "what are they gonna do with my poop?" (let's just say I will not give the details of me racing Addi to put seran wrap on the toilet in hopes of catching poop! She thought that was fun)
I introduced Addi to Deanna, who just so happen have Nemo & Dori ALL over her scrub top, yet another reason she's fabulous. Addi hopped up into my lap, she was very hesitant & was getting to that "I'm not doing anything I don't want to" stage when Deanna started showing Addi my viens and stuff. She said you might feel a little stick - I grabbed my phone & started showing Addi all of our pics from our girls lunch & pedicure with Arden. She was telling Deanna all about it when the next thing I knew the needle was in & blood was coming out.....LOTS of it, uhhhh feeling faint just talking about it.
So hopefully this will give us some answers. They are testing for all food allergies, celiac disease, & so many other things I just don't have a clue what. If this doesn't provide any answers I guess we are back to the drawing board & may visit an ENT to see if the gagging/sensitivity to smell has anything to do with the ears. Keep sweet Addi in your prayers please - its just pitiful to see her go through this when nothing "major" seems to be wrong. I just know that if we don't get some clear answers I may have to quit my job completely when she starts a real day care or school. We all know people tend to freak when they see puke, me on the other hand - well I've learned to just catch it, scoop it, hide it and SANITIZE, SANITIZE, SANITIZE!!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

One day she will eat these words.....

One day when she's 38, closing in on 40, she is going to remember the day, b/c I will tell her, when she wanted to be 5 not 3....which would now make her 40 not 38.

Addi turned 3 over the weekend and well when you're an only child (as was her momma) you make a weekend of it. I used to get the whole month, then I got married....Josh settled for a week. Now a days I'm lucky if I get the actual day. ha! I took off on Friday and let Addi choose a friend to go have pedicures and lunch. She wanted Arden to go with her. I love that she loves Arden as much as I love Arden's momma. Its even sweeter because they rarely get to play or even see each other yet I still hear her in her room talking on her cell phone having a conversation with Arden all the time, or even better that she randomly will say how much she misses or loves her. Gotta love the heart of a child, huh?!
So anyway we picked Arden up & headed to get pedi's. Addi explained to her the whole way that it tickles & she laughs a lot. Watching these girls was just the funnest. They picked out their colors & both wanted pok a dots. Funny thing is that one picked green & wanted pink pok a dots & the other chose pink & wanted green pok a dots. They loved it & had so much fun but was definitely ready to hit Chick fil a for ice cream & the playground....um, I was more interested in the original chicken sandwich with no pickle please. After one tea spill, ice cream in the hair, ice cream in Arden's hair b/c of Addi they were eager to hit the playground. I could hear the shrills & screams from my window view. They had so much fun together & Arden wasn't very happy that I was taking her back to the shop, she wanted to come to our house and had Addi not needed a nap we'd taken her in a heartbeat.
Saturday was her actual birthday and we had her party at the Spiritbarn in Hixson. Fab....fab....fab....especially for summer birthdays when its blistering hot out. Its also awesome for those mom's who go to parties & have to do more work to keep their rollers/crawlers out of things. Here you can put the kids down & they can run wild. They ALL ran wild....even us adults.
We were all pooped and hit the hay early that night. Needless to say it was a success & I can't even believe I have a 3 yr old. I just have no idea where the time has gone. I love that little girl with all my heart & am very blessed to be her momma.
We love you Addi Grace!!! Happy 3rd Birthday!

So excited for girls day with Arden!
(who cares that mom
took the day off to spend with her)

Loving her Grammy & Papaw

My family

YaYa, Addi & Mommy....Group Hug!


She literally loved on every gift and said Thank
you before I could give reminders....what a good

Ohhhh Yeah!!! MAKE UP!!!!!!!

Another year "burnt"

Straw...straw....ba...ba berry....
Strawberry Shortcake!!!

Dessert with Arden

Big girls getting their toes painted

Andi...this is SO fun!

Birthday Girl!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Super Star

Wanting to be just like Maddie

Mommy is silly

Brad is even more silly

Gosh I love my family!

Do you see what I see????
Loves her daddy!
Just catching some rays

Riding tractors at the Cookie Jar

Such a diva
Man its HOT!!! I def do not remember it being this HOT this early unless I think back to about 3 years ago when I was about to pop at this time so maybe my judgement is a little cloudy. ha!
We've been busy just doing fun stuff as Miss Addi requests, needless to say that swimming has been a huge part of it. Above are just some pics of our happenings lately. Hope you enjoy and stay tuned.....some one is turning 3 very soon!