I'm so spoiled
Here are some complaints we had about our hotel (although we had a really great time!):
1. No room service for breakfast! That is the best part about staying in a full service hotel! The lunch/dinner room service was good, but the menu was kind of limited. They just had appetizers, pastas, sandwhiches, pizza, desserts and salads. I could have had a good chicken, fish, or steak dinner or something. Oh well.
2. We missed TiVo. It is so hard to watch commercial when you get used to not having to.
3. No valet parking at the hotel.
4. We had to pay $10 per day for internet access.
5. Due to the huge temperature changes in Indianapolis, the last night, our room was very hot. We had to call the front desk. They sent an engineer up who opened our window and cracked our door to create a draft. He said the air wouldn't turn on because they had switched over to heat and it takes 24 hours to switch back over to air conditioning.
A Day in the Life
Yesterday I went with my mom and Becca to Becca's, Ethan's and Wyatt's doctor appointments. Not an easy task, by the way. I didn't update about Wyatt being in the hospital while we were in Indianapolis, but they did a sleep test on him and decided that he had sleep apnea. My mom can fill you in with the numbers if you're curious (numbers don't stay in my head), but the point is, he stops breathing a lot - tell us something we didn't know. So, in addition to his other medications, he now has to take caffeine and stays on oxygen whenever he is sleeping.
So, first we went to Becca's doctor appointment. We were about 10-15 minutes late because it takes a while to get the portable oxygen tank ready, the heart monitor, to get both kids (and Becca) ready, dressed, etc. So, Becca went in, my mom watched Wyatt and Ethan and I went exploring.
We found a fountain and dug up as many pennies as we could find to throw in. Anything to keep him entertained, right? Anyway, I kept telling him to make a wish, but I don't think he was wishing, since he just threw each one in as fast as he could. He kept saying "ABRADABRA" (abracadabra) every time he threw one in. I don't know why he thought it was magic.
The boys' appointment wasn't for another hour and a half or so, so we went to the Atlanta Bread Company for lunch. I was driving the PT Cruiser and my mom was sitting in the passenger seat. Every time I had to turn, I was having trouble seeing around her. Finally Becca, from the back seat said, "what is wrong with your head rest?" It was somehow tilted almost 90 degrees forward, so my mom was having to sit with her head way forward. I said, "God, no wonder I couldn't see anything!"
Afterwards, while waiting for their doctor, there was a little boy in the waiting room with us. He was only 16 months old, but he was so pudgy. He was adorable. And his light blonde hair just stuck straight up in the air all over his head and he kept waddling around all over the place. It was so funny.
Before they weighed Ethan, they had him take his shoes off. He became very concerned about his socks getting dirty so he made me carry him back to the examining room. We found out that Ethan is very small for his age (something like 30th percentile in height and 15th in weight) and Wyatt is large for his age (like 95th percentile in height and 90th in weight).
They tried to get Ethan to give them a urine sample, so Becca took him to the bathroom, but he had just gone after lunch so it was an unsuccessful attempt. What was funny is that later, when Becca had to use the restroom, Ethan said, "mama, are you going to pee in a cup?"
Ethan was practically inhaling Cheerios while the doctor was looking at Wyatt. At one point he said, "damn" which has been a little bit of a problem lately. Becca said, "Ethan, what did you say?"
He said, "I said 'Jam. Can I say jam."
"yes, you can say jam."
"can I say jelly?"
"yes, you can say jelly."
"can I say bread?"
"ugh, yes you can say bread."
Then it was time for their shots. Becca asked Ethan, "do you want to be a big boy and show Wyatt how to get his shots, or do you want Wyatt to go first?" He said, "I'll go first." He is such a sweet boy!
He only cried towards the end of the second shot, but he was very brave. Poor Wyatt had to have 4 shots! That was pitiful. He was just screaming his little head off. Anyway, I don't think there would have been any way for Rebecca to do it all herself. It would have been rough with only two people and it wasn't easy with 3!
Okay, I realize nobody is going to read all of this, but I will post some photos in the next entry.
Our trip did not start out very smoothly. The night before we left we went out for dinner with my parents and stopped by Circuit City on the way home. The car started sputtering shaking. We made it a little ways, and at a four way stop, everything started going out - the power steering, the gas, etc. So, Austin got the car off the road, and tried to start up again. We only got a little ways, and it went out again. So, we called roadside assistance. They said a tow truck would be there within the hour.
Austin's parent's headed out to come get us. So, we waited. Austin's parents came and Austin's dad tried driving the car. He got it into a subdivision and parked it out of the way. He said he thought it was the fuel injectors. So, we waited, and waited. After about an hour and 15 minutes, Austin got a call from the roadside assistance people to ask if our service had been completed. He said no and they put him on hold while they called the tow truck people. They said that there was some kind of bad accident and the tow truck people got held up and they would be there in half an hour. We just kept thinking about how we needed to finish packing and getting ready!
So, time went by (about 40 more minutes) and there was no sign. Austin called the roadside assistance people again. They gave him a different name for the tow truck company and Austin started getting a little irritated. He hung up and they called a reliable tow truck company from Loganville that they knew. Finally, after waiting about 2 hours in total, the tow truck pulled up. Then, the driver started turning around in a steep driveway. He backed down too quickly and the end of the truck wedged into the asphalt. We thought he was stuck, but he got out of it. Apparently he was worried about it too, because he called his boss.
His boss showed up in about 5 minutes. He was a Nigerian guy and he had on these funny shoes. At first I thought they were cowboy boots, but then I realized that they just came to below his ankle. But they had a pointy end and high heel. Anyway, he was super nice. He told Austin that the roadside assistance people took forever faxing over the paper work, and they can't leave until they have the paperwork, or they don't get paid.
So, after it was all said and done, we got home at about 11:00. Austin's dad let us use his Cadillac for the trip to Indianapolis. We ended up getting to bed around 2:30 or 3:00.
It turns out that the fuel pump went bad. What a way to start off a vacation. Although, a Cadillac isn't the worst way to travel! :-)
Let me preface this by saying that a trip to Indianapolis for the Star Wars Celebration III was not my idea of a vacation, but we actually had a great time and it was so good to just get away and relax some. Of course in the beginning I was really stressed out when I found out Wyatt was back in the hospital, but by the second day or so, things were a little better, so I was able to relax some (I'll post more about that later).
We checked into our room Wednesday and went down to the convention center. It is connected to our hotel by skywalks. And there is a full sized, 2-block, 4 story mall in the skywalk called Circle Centre. It is almost like going on vacation in a mall. Cool.
We ate at Buca di Beppo's that night (I might have spelled that wrong). It is actually right across the street from our hotel. We can see it from our window. Oh, and our hotel is pretty cool. We are on the 17th floor. And we get up to our room via a glass elevator that overlooks the lobby. Austin has a little thing about heights and especially about glass elevators, but he did really well and got used to it by the end of the trip
Austin picked up all of the Star Wars loot he wanted throughout the convention and we had a fun time. Although it was way too crowded and there were A LOT of lines! But, Austin was able to bypass a few of them with his volunteer badge and took me along with him for most of the stuff.
The best things we saw were:
1. The One-Man Star Wars Trilogy - he went through the highlights of the original trilogy in about an hour, making all of the sound effects and doing the voices and everything. It was really funny, even if you aren't totally obsessed with Star Wars.
2. Show that showed footage from the new movie. Rick Holland, the producer, was there and showed a footage reel. They didn't show any dialogue - just some music, but it looked really cool.
3. I really liked seeing the little guy who played R2-D2 talk about his experience in the movie. We also saw the guy who played Wicket, the Ewok talk, and Darth Vader, and Bobo Fett, Jango Fett, and some of the puppeteers for Jabba the Hutt. It is interesting to hear some of the behind the scenes stories. Of course, most of them were chosen because they fit into that particular suit.
4. People watching - it was so weird to see all of people dressed up in costume. And I haven't felt skinny in a while, but at a Star Wars convention, I felt not so big.
I will be blogging again on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week (and I should have lots of material by then!), but you have to take time off every once in a while, right?
Okay, I need opinions. Since we are having to repaint our house, I was thinking about changing the color. Here is a photo of what it looks like. What color do you all think will look good for the house and shutters (I think I'll leave the trim white)?
Life at the Smith house
(Becca sent this over)
The family that gags together...
First, an update on Wyatt - I went with Ethan, Wyatt and Becca to Wyatt's doctor visit yesterday. It sounds like Wyatt will have to wear his monitor for 6 months. His weight is up to 11 pounds, 10 ounces, so his medicine will have to be increased soon to keep up with his weight gain. The doctor did tell us that acid reflux is now thought to be the number one cause of SIDS in infants, which didn't ease Rebecca's worries any. After I left yesterday afternoon, his heart monitor went off twice - once because it was too slow and once because it was too fast, so that is kind of scary.
So, now the comic relief... right before we left for the doctor, Becca went to change Wyatt's diaper. Just as she was finishing, he pooped again. As she was cleaning him, Ethan was leaning on Becca's back, looking over her shoulder. He started gagging. Becca said, "Ethan, don't gag - it doesn't even smell." He said, "but, it's gross." I swear that boy has the strongest gag reflex I've ever seen! Although, it does run in the family. Ask Austin about the time I stepped in dog poop and tracked it all over our floor and then tried cleaning it up. And I remember my mom gagging like crazy every time she had to change the cat litter.
And one more thing... Ethan wanted me to read him a story before he went to bed and he chose this horrible sweet book that is written solely for the purpose of making you cry (it's like the Christmas Shoes song). Anyway, it is about this mom who has a little boy, and as she rocks him to sleep she sings "I will like you forever, I will love you for always, and whatever happens you will always be my baby" or something similar. Anyway, then the boy grows up and becomes a teenager, then he moves across town, but she still sings him this song. Then she gets old and on her deathbed and he's singing it to her but using the word mother instead, but then he goes home and sings the song to his daughter. Anyway, since it is PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE to read it without weeping, I had tears running down my face and was hysterically laughing as I was trying to make it through it and Ethan kept laughing at me and asking me why I was crying and laughing. Ugh...
I just feel so helpless
Poor Wyatt stopped breathing again last night. He started again pretty quickly it sounds like, but I really just don't know how Rebecca is going to get through this. She didn't sleep again all last night, so I am about to go over there to help with Ethan while my mom holds Wyatt. Maybe Becca can get some rest. I wish there was more I could do. I might lose all of my business, but I think I might just have to take time off to help out. Unfortunately, next week we have our vacation planned. It was going to be nice to relax, but I may be working the entire time. And I am just going to lose my mind worrying about them all the whole time.
Happy Birthday, Ethan!
Ethan is three years old today. It is so hard to believe. We are going to his birthday party today at My Gym
. I will be taking some pictures, most likely.
Poor little guy...
So, here is my follow up about Wyatt. He seems to be doing better. The medication looks like it is controlling his reflux, because he hasn't had an episode where he stops breathing since Tuesday night. That was the worst episode. He stopped breathing, turned white as a sheet and his lips were blue. The nurses had to run in and give him oxygen and got in his face saying, "breathe, baby, breathe" and Becca and Jake nearly had a heart attack! Poor things. Anyway, they got him breathing again and Rebecca stayed up all night holding him and watching his heart and breathing monitor. The thought of food made her nauseous so she didn't eat until they made the diagnosis of reflux on Wednesday.
When we saw him on Wednesday he looked much better than he did on Tuesday night. They had a diaper on his right that helped hold the IV in and protect his face. He really looked like he had a giant boxing glove on. The tests he had to go through on Wednesday were pretty rough. The reflux test involved him taking a bottle with barium. Under the X-ray, they watched how he was swollowing and didn't really see the reflux happening (which was why we thought it had been ruled out). Almost immediately after the test, he threw the barium up all over Rebecca.
Teams of doctors looked at him and after the EKG and other tests, determined that his heart looked good and he had no kind of neurological disorder. So, after they put their heads together, the diagnosis became reflux. Apparantly, there is a nerve that runs down the esophogus. When the reflux happened, it put pressure on the nerve and calmed him down to the point where he would just stop breathing. So, he has 2 liquid medicines that he takes 3 times a day.
The monitor that he is going to wear whenever they are not holding him or watching him is a box the size of an external CD burner. There are electrodes that are placed under each armpit that are connected to the box and held on with a velcro band that wraps around his chest. The monitor is supposed to be plugged in all of the time to charge, except when there is a lightning storm outside (just in case), but it has an 8 hour rechargable battery for when it can't be plugged in (in the car, away from home, etc.). They filled out a form that is going to be sent to the power company that puts them on a high priority list, so they will not cut off their power under any circumstance. If the power goes out, they will go to their house first to try to restore it.
Becca and Jake also had to go through a CPR class. If, for some reason, he stops breathing again, they will possibly have to use CPR to revive him, which is scary.
Anyway, the whole situation has been a very stressful ordeal and it will continue to be a rough time for them, but thank God this is something that Wyatt can grow out of. This is the best case scenario of all possibilities and we are all so grateful that he will probably be okay.
Happy Birthday, Amanda!
Today Amanda is 27. I hope she has a great birthday and I want to thank her so much for driving me all over the place during a very stressful week!!
He's going to be okay.
It looks like reflux after all. I will post more about it tomorrow, but he will have to have the monitor on whenever Becca and Jake aren't watching him in case he stops breathing again. The first test didn't show anything, but everything else has been eliminated and the doctors decided that reflux is most likely the cause. Becca is exhausted. My mom is staying with her and Wyatt in the hospital tonight and Jake and his dad are staying with Ethan at home tonight. Thank you all for your kind words, thoughts, prayers, etc. Anyway, more tomorrow...
Wyatt is in the hospital. He was having episodes where his lips were turning blue and his body was going limp. The doctor said that it could be reflux or something could be wrong with his heart or brain. Tomorrow they are doing a test where they x-ray him as he's nursing to see if he might have reflux and they are doing an EKG to test his heart. They are also going to be talking to a SIDS specialist and a neurologist to see what might be wrong. Prayers, thoughts, and good vibes will be highly appreciated.
I don't think I've ever seen a hairstyle quite as awesome as this guy's...
(we saw him on Saturday morning at IHOP and my mom took the picture - he totally deserves his own post for going out in public like this, though)
I just love this old picture of me.
Corinne took it while we were shopping in downtown Athens one day. I can't believe I used to think I was fat. I'd love to look like this again!
Looks like we need a new roof. Ugh! We are making a claim on our homeowners insurance, since the main source was probably the hail. After that, we have to have the house painted and windows replaced. And get my car fixed. Ick.
"Props to the wind."
That's what Austin said when he was talking about our American flag which was laying (or lying?) on the ground. That flag has been through snow and hail and pretty strong winds, but has never come down before. Also, I noticed some more of our shingles fell off. The winds are around 40 mph right now and pretty cold (I guess that's what we get since we had all of the 80 degree beautiful days last week!). Luckily they didn't pick up until after we waited outside of Target for their "exclusive" Star Wars figure to go on sale.
On a side note, poor Rebecca is running a temperature of over 103 degrees. I hope she's okay!
Becca and Jake sent this picture of Wyatt.
started yesterday actually and continued into today. Today is April Fool's Day and I'm really surprised that Austin hasn't played a trick on me yet. I'm sure it's coming though. Anyway, we have a busy, but dorky weekend with the Star Wars toys going on sale tonight. We are going to the midnight sale at Wal-mart tonight, and an early morning sale of some exclusive Target figure tomorrow morning (I know). Tomorrow night we are going to go to a hockey game with Austin's parents. I don't really care much for hockey, but they are supposed to be pretty cool tickets that Austin's dad won, so I guess it will be fun. I wonder if I'm allowed to take a camera...
And Tori is on Monday. Yay!!!