Sick

We are all sick (except M, he has an amazing immune system). He took Charlotte to the ER last night about 11:30 pm and they admitted her to the Children’s Hospital after doing 2 breathing treatments and she was not better. She had 2 before that at home, so the total was up to 4. They put her on oxygen. I stayed home with our son because well, we are sick too and honestly I did not want to spread this any more than we had to. This morning I made calls to our appointments on Tuesday and Wednesday to cancel. M just called a bit ago and once the attending doctor comes in and looks at Charlotte they will possibly take her off the oxygen and then the timer is on, with watching her be sure her oxygen levels are stable. They want to watch her for 12-24 hours then they will release her. Hopefully, by tomorrow or Wednesday, she will be home. This has been super hard on us of course. Jeff is not taking this lightly. He was recently diagnosed as mild/moderate autistic. So, I am working on some things for him. Not a great time to be sick! Gotta run! 

-Ciao!

Happenings

We have officially moved. If you do not follow me on Facebook, then you most likely did not know. We moved into a 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhouse. It was not what we were looking for, but it was in a way perfect. The stairs might kill me in the end, but it is a great exercise I guess. We do have baby gates, three in fact. One at the top of the stairs, one at the bottom of the stairs and one to keep the munchkins out of the kitchen. Our new stove is gas, so the knobs for the stove are within Jeff’s reach, a definite no-no. Speaking of Jeff he will be three later this month! I can not believe that!! 

He is doing really wonderful in speech and is now saying momma consistently, which thrills this momma to no end! We are working on other words many times a week and he is learning at a fast pace! He has an occupational therapy eval coming up soon, so I am sure that will help too. He is not really doing well with all the changes that have happened as of late. Moving and new house. It has been rough on all of us especially him. 

Charlotte is doing fantastic too! She is learning to come down the stairs in a safe way. She has no issues getting up, but getting down is a problem for her. She has started using a fork sometimes. She has trouble but is getting the hang of it. 

M lost his job this past Wednesday. It has been hard on us having just moved and all, but we are surviving. He has applied for unemployment already and put some resumes in for a few jobs already. The story behind the termination is a stupid one, but for right now I can not get into that. 

We still need a few things for the house, like a storage thing for the kitchen for extra can goods and pans. I have a solution until we can find something that I like and we can afford. It will not be perfect but should help some. Another thing we need is a table to eat at. right now we are all sitting in the living room on the floor. I do have our first real adult dresser coming from Ikea, which we bought before the job thing. We got the kids their own beds, which are in the process of being put together. 

I have started a new business. I am now selling Pampered Chef. Which I love! The Facebook business page is here. My Pampered Chef website is here. I am doing my launch party now, so if you or anyone you know needs anything, let me know! Well, I am gonna go, so much to do today! 

-Ciao!

It Has Been Hard

Lately, we have been under a lot of stress and so much going on at one time. I am honestly tired and ready to just throw in the towel. Since I have never been one to give up easily that is a foreign concept to me. Although, I am angry for a couple of reasons. The first one being that we have been looking for a place to live once our lease is up here. We *thought* we had the perfect place picked out. Even had an appointment to go and look at an apartment in this place last Tuesday. Get there and the office is closed for a medical emergency. Now I am not heartless, I understand emergencies quite well because we had another appointment the week before set and Charlotte had to go to the doctor that day because of a fever and throwing up (more on that later in the entry). The difference between the lady that runs this office and us is that we emailed her (she rarely answers the phone when you call in the first place) to tell her that we would not be there and why. When she had her issue, no email no phone call, just sorry about your luck. We called her on Thursday to see if we could go up that day or Friday to look at the apartment she had and all of a sudden she has nothing available and will have something again in mid-March. We had been talking to this lady since the end of January. She knew our time frame. We both were so annoyed and angry that she just strung us along all this time when we could have been looking at other places. Mind you it is hard to find affordable living here because of the horse money. 

Yesterday we looked at two different places and filled out the applications for both.  The one place I liked a lot and the second one is small. Like not sure my king sized bed will fit in the master bedroom small. Now it is a waiting game to see which application comes back first. The place I liked is here and it looks amazing. I think it is mostly a place for college kids but it is under new management that is not our current management company here where we are now. I think they are trying to get more families in there to offset the issues that were there before the new management. The second place is here and we are looking at the 2 bedroom formal here. 

Back to why Charlotte had to go to the doctor, she was wheezing pretty badly so they gave her a nebulizer and she is on Albuterol as needed for wheezing. I have asthma and I am worried that this is the beginning of that with Charlotte. Also, the older kids both have asthma and Katie had it this young too. So you can see why I am concerned. I am glad they gave her a nebulizer. The bill came in the mail yesterday so I have to call them Monday to give the insurance information. She hates the breathing treatments but who doesn’t? She is fine until the meds start coming into the mask and then she starts crying. Although she will hold the mask over her face and cry. LOL. 

I have done mountains and mountains of laundry lately. I have 4 bags of stuff to donate to the Salvation Army as well as some bigger items. Charlotte is doing amazing with physical therapy and is walking some. We are working with her to catch up to her age group and I am happy to report that she is almost there!! Jeff is going to speech therapy and occupational therapy has been suggested, so after we get moved I will get an OT eval done for him too. His speech therapist did say that she did notice some of the things I am concerned about, but since insurance is paying for services without an issue right now, a diagnosis is not a concern. Although a lot of doctors want to wait until at least four to evaluate and I am comfortable with that for the moment because he is getting help now. We could possibly be adding an orthopedist to Charlotte’s medical team. She is having issues with one foot while walking, so we are getting her some shoes first to see if that helps with the issue or if she might need a brace for her leg. Ugh. Life sure is complicated sometimes! 

I have more laundry to fold and sort, so I am going to go! Hope you have a wonderful day! I am hoping that when I post again I will be doing so from our new home!! 

-Ciao!

Crazy Times For Us

So, here we are at the end of our two-year lease where we live. It has not been all horribly bad even with the takeover by the people who threw us out of the first place. All in all, it has been pretty good. They have a great maintenance staff here and when you have an issue they are quick to fix it for you. The ACTUAL reason we are moving at the end of February is that they are raising the rent $250 a month because they renovated. That is way out of our price point. I have found two places, one we have an appointment on Monday to look at and I have to call the second place on Monday to see if we can go see it on Tuesday. One is here in Lexington, in fact, not far from where we live now. We were joking last night that we have lived in the same 5-mile radius since we moved here, this new place will fall into that. LOL.  The second one is in Georgetown, Ky. It is actually a bit closer to M’s work, so that is a plus. I am reserving my judgment until I see both places in person.

We have all been sick now for 4 weeks! Charlotte was at the ER on Wednesday because of wheezing, she has a nasty viral thing that will hang on for another week or two. Ugh. I am not sure I can hang on for another week or two! Jeff and M both also got this but M is back to normal and Jeff is almost back to normal. Charlotte and I are still sick for the most part, though. Charlotte goes to her doctor for a recheck on Monday after we look at the one apartment, so I am hoping that everything is still good. We shall see! 

Now, I have to pack this house up! I hate packing and unpacking! I am using this time though to go through stuff and get rid of stuff we no longer need or want, so hopefully when we move we move into the new place with less stuff!! We have also been looking at beds for Jeff (he sleeps with me in the bedroom currently, M sleeps in the living room with Charlotte) and a convertible crib for Charlotte. She is in that tough area of not really crib but too small for a toddler bed yet. Found a bed for Jeff that we all like, including Jeff and I told him that we would get special sheets and a comforter for his big-boy-bed. He was excited about that, he wants Micky Mouse Clubhouse sheets and I found the perfect set that includes a comforter. I will get a second set of sheets too to make life easy on me. We also found a nice crib for Charlotte with a mattress, and I looked at sheets for her too. So, we are planning on doing that after we move. We are thinking about getting a new bed for us as well if money permits. We shall see. 

I am excited to get into a new place with three bedrooms and 2 bathrooms!! It feels like a long road to get there, though. I am trying to make a plan, so that if the kitchen does not get unpacked the day of move in that we can have stuff we need. I told M that I wanted to pack a box that would not go on the truck with 1-2 cups for Jeff, Charlotte’s training cups and a couple of bottles, a couple of cups for us to use, forks and spoons for us, fork and spoon for Jeff and paper plates and plastic bowls. That way, we have something to drink out of, utensils to eat with and plates and bowls. Trying to not have to get so much plasticware. I think I have a bad full of plastic forks and stuff in the closet, I will have to see if so, I will throw a bunch of those in the box instead and then just take Jeff’s fork and spoon. 

On to some amazing news, Miss. Charlotte is cruising!! In case you have no idea what that is, it is pre-walking. She is using furniture and me to move from one place to another. She was not doing this a couple of weeks ago and I saw her do it on the couch and I was so happy! Now she is doing it a lot, which means that this momma will have her hands full soon!! She is getting so big and doing so well, even though we have not had any therapy in about four weeks because we have all been sick.

Jeff is doing well with his signing. I am hoping to get him into therapy this week, he got approved right in the middle of all the sickness! Ugh! It is almost over I hope. Life is still hard but some things are easier. I am still really tired but I think that is because I am still not feeling well. I have not been able to really run the business well because of this, but I do have a party scheduled for next Friday so hopefully that will help me out. 

Well, I think I am going to go for now. 

-Ciao!

A Whirlwind!

It occurs to me that I have not done an entry here since the beginning of November! A lot has happened since that time! Not sure where exactly to begin because honestly, I would be here typing all night! LOL. So, Charlotte turned 1 on Black Friday! She is doing really good right now. I mentioned the big hearing test coming up and guess what?!?! SHE PASSED IT ON BOTH SIDES!! She is hearing on her left side perfectly now and has absolutely no need for the hearing aid! Thank you for all the prayers and well wishes, it totally worked! 

As for her blood doctor, we are now six months out for those appointments, she had the most recent one on December 2nd and it is in fact, confirmed that she is making red blood cells on her own! YAY! She is continuing with physical therapy and is crawling on all fours consistently now, so we are working on the walking part now. I am so excited for her! She has also started speech and occupational therapy as well this month. She is doing well in both of those. We are teaching her to sign in speech so that her needs get met and I know what she needs instead of guessing. 

Jeff also had his speech evaluation and we are progressing with a combination of sign language and pictures to communicate with him. In the new year, I will be making an appointment with his pediatrician to find out how to get him tested for Autism. Once we know what we are up against, we can make plans and move forward. 

M got hurt at work on the same knee he had surgery on last year. It seems that we are destined to be in fire mode! He is fine and they sent him back to work this past Wednesday. He was out of work for a couple of weeks and it was very stressful for us and especially when it is near Christmas! Christmas will be pretty lean this year but our family has helped out and the kids will have a few things to open, so that is good! A church here in town brought us all we need for Christmas Dinner and breakfast too! Which was a major blessing! I have not been sleeping well because we are back on M’s work schedule and he is working 60 hours a week and is gone before 6:30 am in the mornings, which is hard on me because Jeff lately has been not going to bed until midnight or 1 am. Not sure what is going on with him, hoping it stops soon! 

Well, I think that is all I have right now! If I do not get back here before Christmas, have a Merry Christmas! (if you celebrate) if you do not, Happy Holidays! 

-Ciao!

Rough Ride

Life here has been really busy as of late. A lot of doctor appointments for Charlotte as later this month she will be turning a year old! Coming in the next week or two we have a major hearing test, an ear doctor appointment, physical therapy sessions, and then there are other doctor appointments in the beginning of next month because her birthday falls on Black Friday this year! 

Getting to this point has been a very long road. I honestly was not sure if we would ever get here. With so many different health concerns and doctors, I am very proud of where we are these days. She is finally making her own red blood cells, which means that the blood doctor appointments are being pushed out two months and not every month like we had been doing. Her heart doctor did not want to see her back for a year. If we can pass this hearing test coming up, hopefully, that doctor will not want to see her for a good while too! 

It has been a rough ride for us here. Jeff has no idea what has been going on just that something has been going on. It is difficult to explain all this to a two-year-old. He is still not really communicative, although he has started to say ‘Da’ and ‘Ma’. Which is great progress! I am hoping to get him in for an evaluation sometime this month  too. He will go to where Charlotte gets her physical therapy done. People ask me why he is not in daycare or in a tots program, well because he does not talk mainly. I think it would be beyond frustrating for those people and for him as well if no one knew what he needed. I just do not want to put him or them through that. 

Charlotte has come so far in a few months! She is doing so many things that she could not do before physical therapy. Now we have an appointment for First Steps to come in and give her some therapy here as well as going to physical therapy. Which I am sure can do nothing but help her! I am hoping to see her crawling soon. She has not mastered that quite yet and I can’t wait to see it happen. She is getting so big! We are giving her table food nowadays because she refuses to eat baby food and she is doing really well with that. She has three teeth in already and I am sure there are more trying to pop in soon! I am just in awe of my little girl. She has been through so much in her short little life and she is still her smiley self every day! I can learn a lot from her for sure. 

My business is doing well. It has been a struggle to get it started for sure. I had a goal of making $99 in October since I got a late start and I met that goal! So, for November I have a goal of $250 and I am working it! I love selling Origami Owl.I Have a facebook party already booked for this month and I am looking for more! So, if you know someone who wants to host send her my way! Oh and if you book with me before Nov. 18th I am throwing in a special free gift just for you! You can find more information here https://tawnyagardner.origamiowl.com 

My New Adventure

I have started a brand new adventure as of yesterday! I am now an Origami Owl designer! The charms are super cute and affordable! Also, they make amazing personal gifts for loved ones. You can find my facebook page for the business. I am in love with these things. Right now we have the MLB charms that are on the way out. Every team is represented. 

detroit-tigers

Detroit Tigers Charm

I mean how cute is that?!? Plus we have Trolls, as in the Troll Dolls. The Winter collection will be out tomorrow as well, so I will be showing off some of that on the Facebook page so make sure you like the page so you can see that!!! I am super excited and I hope that you will come shop with me soon!!! Oh, before I forget, there is also a Halloween collection too!! 

-Ciao!