Sunday, February 27, 2011

Vacation Pics!

So despite numerous cancellations and/or delays on our flights, we finally made it to Fort Myers (a day late, but at least we got there). My parents are snow birds and own a place there...which is nice for us because we always have a place to go to in the winter. Dan's parents also came with us, and then flew out on Friday to leave for Australia. We will all definitely miss them...but Dan, Alex and I are looking forward to planning our trip to Australia this coming July!

We crammed a lot in, despite Alex being under the weather for the first day: we went to the beach, went to a water park, did a nature walk, shopped at some outlets, and spent several afternoons at the pool. Also went to the Naples Zoo. We had a great time...but now it's back to reality. Here are some pics :)

 Taking a swim...Alex LOVED the pool!

 Sticking out her tongue...her new favorite pose 

 Alex with her daddy and both sets of grandparents at the Naples Zoo

 Alex cuddling her new stuffed giraffe. We had to get her one because she loved the giraffes at the zoo

 Sitting with nanna...all dressed up to go out

 Playing in the sand with Deda

 She loved the sand!

 So happy!

 Playing at a water park type of thing

Vacationing with a Toddler...

Vacationing with a toddler is a different experience-especially your first time around! Yes, we have traveled with Alexandra before now. Heck, we were in Australia this past summer with her when she was six months old. However, traveling with a toddler is a whole new ball of wax.

There was a fever, crankiness from teething, tantrums, ear issues on the plane, tantrums over having to sit still while being out to dinner (we probably won't be going out to eat for awhile), crankiness from a disruption of her schedule, missing naps, planning the day around naps, tantrums. Yes, we have begun the tantrum stage. My baby girl is strong willed <3 Wonderfully strong willed, I should say. And also sweet, loving, funny, adventurous and so very smart. I could keep going....

It's pretty safe to say that vacation, for me, is no longer about sipping cocktails by the pool and relaxing with a good book. There is no more relaxing. Vacationing with a toddler takes work, patience and practice.

But I wouldn't change it for the world!!!!!!!

Things have changed. They certainly aren't as easy as before. But I loved sharing all those experiences with my baby girl and husband. I loved watching her explore new places and see new things. And yes, it isn't as relaxing on mama anymore, but it's just so much better, so much more meaningful and worthwhile.  This vacation was a stark contrast to our last vacation to Florida. I was doing injections that whole time and monitoring my temperature. I was depressed when we went to the beach and all I saw were families.

And now I was able to be at the beach with *my* family. And that's something I will always wonder at and be grateful for. Despite the hiccups along the way, being a parent is the most wondrous life experience. Vacations may no longer be stress free-but dang-they sure are memorable <3

Friday, February 18, 2011

We're (Almost) Outta Here!

We leave for Florida tomorrow :) :) Fort Myers to be precise. My parents are "snow birds" and have a place there. I CANNOT wait. It has been a tough winter with excessive snow fall and sub zero temperatures. I am looking so forward to wearing flip-flops, going for walks, going to the beach, not having to bundle myself or Alex up to go outside, wearing sun glasses, having some cocktails by the pool...the list goes on and on!

But first...we have to make it through the plane ride. That should be interesting. Alexandra is at the age/stage where she wants to be mobile all the time and only wants to be held/snuggled when she's tired or when *she* decides she'd like it. So keeping her still (and happy) for 3-4 hours will be quite a feet!

We are going armed: we have packed her Puffs, yogurt melts, MumMums, fruit bars, and several books and toys. But something tells me that going to Australia with a six month old (on flights that totaled 24 hours) was easier than what it will be like to go on a 4 hour flight with a 13 month old. Yep-just got that feeling. Wish us luck ;)

 Being silly...eating mama's camera case

 Play date with Jack and Alex (ander)

This is why you don't worry about cleaning windows when you have a toddler....

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

RSV and a Lesson Learned... much to catch up on...

So my in-laws are here from Australia for about 5 1/2 weeks. We are super happy that they are here and I know that they have missed Alex like crazy. BUT....Dan's father brought a nice cold/virus over with him...probably from the 24+ hours in the air. It's amazing that anyone manages to get off such a long flight WITHOUT being sick. Anyway, for the past two weeks, we have been passing colds back and forth.

Well, Alex started with what I assumed was a cold last Friday. However, by Sunday, her chest sounded very congested and I made the decision to bring her to her pedi on Monday. Fast forward to Monday-I bring her in. Her condition is no worse, but I did hear some wheezing. Other than that-she's her normal happy and active self. After listening to her lungs, the doctor diagnosed Alex with Bronchiolitis-which is most often caused by RSV :( :( Apparently, most kids fall ill with it by the time they reach three, but for some kids, all they display are cold symptoms so the parents never know. Alex is generally ok (knock on wood), just has the wheezing. Anyway, she was given a breathing treatment at the office (that was fun!) and then we were told that we would be giving her three breathing treatments at home per day with a nebulizer. And I was told that the doctor would order the nebulizer and that a home care company would deliver it that night.

Ok, so to make a VERY long story short...I was on the phone for about 3 hours that night trying to get the company to deliver it. They claimed that they did not receive the order, the doctor (who had to be paged because it was after-hours) claimed she sent the order in and we went back and forth, back and forth. Finally, be the time I talked to the 8th person from the company, I just blew up. I am *never* rude on the phone. I realize that it usually isn't the fault of the person whom I'm talking to. However, I had had enough and I was home alone (Dan was out of town on business) and I was stressed out and nervous. Let's just say all the "mama bear" instincts came out in full force-I was determined to get that nebulizer. So yes, I was not pleasant. I felt bad later, but I did end up getting it 10 pm at night (which meant that I had to wake Alex up for a treatment).

Upon reflecting on the incident, I was really surprised by my reaction because it is so out of character. But I think that women really are truly amazing in that they will do whatever they have to in order to make sure that their children are ok. We know our children, we would do anything to keep them safe. This realization made me think about my own job and how I, as a professional, relate to parents.

In my job, I am often times giving parents bad news. I am taking the dreams that they may have had for their child and quite possibly changing them. The worst is when we have to talk about a classification of mental retardation. Absolute worst. I feel like an ogre. Anyway-I always understood the parents' tears and their mourning process. What I didn't understand was the anger, although I tried to. Now I understand. I understand the fear that can drive the anger...that worry that things *might* not be ok, that they might get worse. The feelings of helplessness. Anger is empowering, and when you are your child's best advocate, sometimes you need a little bit of power. I guess it comes down to this: don't mess with a worried parent ;) Kind of joking there. But it's quite honestly a good lesson for me to bring into my practice with parents.

Update on Alex: she's on day three of her breathing treatments and I think they are helping. I don't hear the wheezing seems more like a common cold now. She's still happy and very active. Praying that she keeps steadily getting better!

Loving her puppy