Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Loving the rainy, chilly days that come with fall.
Perfect crockpot weather.

One of the last breathing treatments for Avery. Yipee!

Avery's very own pumpkin she picked out at Hy-Vee.

MiMi and PaPa came to spend the weekend with Avery...
and Greg and I :)

Surprise package came with our Honest Diaper Bundle - a cute toddler!

3rd Annual Dinner and Haunted House with the siblings!

Dinner & Wine at Jams.

Grabbing a bite at Summer Kitchen before the Haus' head back to Tulsa. The next day Avery looked everywhere for Mimi!

Avery the owl! Attending Spooktacular at the zoo.

Greg made a delicious salmon dinner the other night.

Nanna gave Avery her favorite stuffed animal, Barney. She was so excited. She sleeps with Barney everyday.

Feeding Barney cheese as soon as we got home.

Enjoying a little father/daughter time as I clean the house.

Avery is obsessed with a spider ring my mom gave her. 

Avery finally has black jeans like mommy and Aunt Sissy!

Our favorite thing to do - trace our hands!

Even princesses have to help clean sometimes!

Napping with Barney.

2nd Annual Pumpkin Carving at the Derby's! Avery and Ashlyn got to paint their pumpkins.

Spending the day in Lincoln for church, brunch and more pumpkin carving!

Getting the decor all set up for Avery to see!

More painting for Avery.

The gang - Kristin had to work. Greg is plotting his pumpkin design!

Dad was very proud of his design this year!

So here is what we've been up to! Lots of Halloween activities! Cannot wait for trick-or-treating this year! Stay tuned for pictures!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

wonderful weekend

Now that Greg has both Saturday AND Sunday off, we have had lots of time to do family things. I love it! I decided to take full advantage of the awesome fall weather we had this weekend by staying busy with outdoor activities.

On Friday, I picked up Avery and we went for 'happy hour' at Culvers. We always share some cheese curds! The weather was so darn nice out that we played outside until Daddy got home. I had found a kitchen table on craigslist earlier that day that I loved, so Greg, Avery and I went to check it out. We ended the evening with DVR catchup and a slumber party in Mommy & Daddy's bed.

Avery is REALLY starting to put together sentences. When she saw me try a curd in the car, she said "Avery too? Avery bite!"

She can be a little bossy - directing everyone exactly where she wants them to sit. Tonight - it was the stroller. She told Daddy to sit and when he did she said, 'ooo BIG!'

Here is the table! I think we are going to paint all black. I love it!

My little mommy! Making sure her baby has a blanket and can't forget to read her baby a book.

On Saturday, Sara and I went to JunkStock. It's essentially the same concept of a farmers market, except most all of the goodies there are antiques and 'junk'. I am the first to admit i am not an antique person but some of the things were really neat. It was overwhelming how much stuff was there for sale...and how expensive it was! We then spent the afternoon as a family, running errands.

Do you like the 'coon hat? It was cheap purchase at JunkStock!

Sunday was a full-on family day! Even though my allergies were bad, I didn't let it stop me from being outside. Avery was healthy, the weather was nice, Greg was home - it was family time!

We slept in (Avery slept til 9AM!) and then went to mass, Jason's Deli for lunch and then off to Ditmar's Orchard for apple picking. It was a quaint little place but cheap and we enjoyed being outdoors and seeing all of the people. The orchard had a band, a corn maze and a play area that Avery enjoyed. 

We spent the rest of the evening doing outdoor chores, setting up the rest of our Halloween decor and tidying up the house. That evening I cooked a rib-sticking meal, I had my pumpkins lit up and a spooky movie was playing as I gave Avery a bath. One of my favorite moments so far this fall!

Going to church is hard work!

On the hayrack ride, Avery was convinced it was a train. Everytime we saw it, she said CHOO CHOO!

The minimal expression from Avery is due to the nap she refused to take today.

Loved this evening so much I had to document the ambience in the living room LOL!

Friday, October 4, 2013


I am writing this post for all those mama's out there that read my blog because gosh darnit, seeing your baby sick is just miserable:

Avery has bronchiolitis/alveolitus. After a 2 hour doctor appointment complete with x-rays and breathing treatments, we headed home {well, Hy-Vee first to pick up her prescriptions}. 

I left completely frustrated that Avery was this sick. How did it happen?? Well, let me share her story so that other parents know what signs to look for. The doctor said he is already seeing many cases of this and pneumonia starting much earlier than normal in the flu season.

The first week in September Avery caught a cold. No big deal, right? After 10 days of a cold and cough, we go and see the doctor. The doc doesn't hear anything in her lungs and says she should be about done with the runny nose, etc. A week later, Avery woke up with a high fever and congestion with thick mucus. We take her to the doctor on a Saturday - and is diagnosed with a sinus infection. We start her on an antibiotic and assume things will clear up by Monday. 

So Monday comes, and Avery seems to be on the mend. Until the end of the week when we notice her runny nose and cough are back and aren't getting better. Greg calls the doctor on Friday. They say wait another week and if the symptoms are still there, they'd like to see her. Then last Saturday, Avery woke up not feeling well, again! Really bad congestion and very irritable.  So we start thinking about what is going on - allergies? antibiotic not strong enough? caught something viral in addition to bacterial?

I called the doctor this past Monday, explained what was happening and they gave her a new antibiotic to try. However, they medicine wasn't kicking this sickness either. Now, Avery was loosing her appetite and not sleeping through the night. I knew something wasn't right, but didn't know what. 

Thursday I take Avery to Nanna's. She is fine and playing when I leave. Nanna calls me at about 3:00 to tell me she is very worried about Avery's cough, loss of appetite and says she thinks Avery is having a hard time breathing. So I call the doctor and we set up an appointment for today. As soon as I hang up the phone, Nanna calls back and tells me Avery has a temp! What the heck?! Very weird to develop that while on these meds. When I pick up Avery, she is visibly having a hard time breathing. I go in to full-panic-mom-mode. I call the doctor to get in immediately.

After waiting an hour in the waiting room, we finally see a doctor. He listens to her lungs and can hear fluid. We take x-rays, ibprofun and do a breathing treatment. The breathing treatment made a night and day difference. Avery went from barely being able to say 'tickle' to reading a book! {sidenote: Avery now wants to 'tickle' everyone - especially babies!}  The reason for her shortness of breath is that her bronchial tubes are inflamed and so are her air sacs (alveos ?).  Her fever is the body's natural reaction to this happening. The doctor tells me I did the right thing by bringing her in ASAP. If I had waited a day or two, this could've developed in to pneumonia.

So to hopefully kick this to the curb, we will be doing breathing treatments 2-3 times a day, taking a steroid for 3 days and staying away from crowds and daycare until her fever goes away. As I said earlier in this post, the doctor told me he is seeing pneumonia start a lot earlier this year. He also said the fluctuating temps outside really miss with our bodies. So thanks, Nebraska, for giving us 80-degree weather one day and 50-degree weather the next...

So it's important to really monitor your baby even if it's just a simple cold. Oh, the reason antibiotics weren't working - what Avery has is viral. But since it's viral, that means it's contagious. So Greg and I will be having a sanitizing party this weekend for all the toys, books, etc this weekend!

Here are some things to watch for to make sure this doesn't happen to your baby:

  • Serious loss of appetite, for a prolonged time
  • Restless sleeping, I always know when Avery isn't feeling good at night because she almost sounds like she is whimpering vs. mad and wants to play
  • Constant CLEAR runny nose vs green
  • Raspy breathing
  • When Avery had a hard time breathing, it almost sounded like little grunts every few seconds