Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas From Our House to Yours!

Merry Christmas everyone! We hope that you had a wonderful day surrounded by your loved ones. We spent the day at home in Kansas City grazing on Christmas goodies, opening presents, taking naps and enjoying life's two greatest blessings!

Christmas Eve Meltdown

Have you ever experienced this at your house on Christmas Eve? LOL

After a very long and exciting day, we returned home from Grandma Kueter's house around 8:00 PM. The kids fell asleep in the car on the ride home and were groggy upon waking, but insistant on opening "one more gift". An ill-fated promise made by Mommy earlier in the day!

The kids received footie jammies from Mommy and Daddy. After changing into their new jammies, Mommy wanted to capture "just one more photo". Again, a bad idea. This is what we captured on film. Merry Christmas everybody!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Man in the Red Suit

At Mary's classroom Christmas party, Santa made an appearance. Since Benjamin would be in attendance at the party, I began prepping him for Santa's visit. I had a sneaky suspicion that he wouldn't be too excited about seeing the man in the Red Suit. I was right. The minute he heard, "ho, ho, ho" Ben made a beeline for Mommy's leg. He didn't let go of me until Santa departed for another classroom.

Mary, in the meantime, had a completely different reaction. Mary is our creative child. She mainly gets excited about art, dance, music, etc. Nothing else matters much. She could have cared less that Santa was in the room; afterall, she was still COLORING. She was asked three times by her teacher to put her crayons and holiday worksheet away! Mommy finally had to intervene and TELL her to put her crayons away and join the other students who were surrounding Santa and taking turns sitting on his lap.

Once we got Mary in line, she was fine, but boy was she mad about the crayons. When it was Mary's turn to tell Santa what she wanted, she had quite the laundry list going! I kept giving her preschool teacher the "cut" signal, but she just kept letting Mary talk. I finally caught Santa's eye and we were able to end Mary's verbal litany of requested toys!!! If she even gets half of what she wants she'll be sittin' pretty! Ben had absolutely nothing to do with "ho ho". Wouldn't even sit on his lap with sissy! Oh well, maybe next year.

Holiday Party Treat Bags

Since I am fortunate enough to stay home with the kids this year, I have taken full advantage of opportunities to be involved at Mary's preschool. Her classroom Christmas party was on Friday, Dec. 19th. Mary and I signed up to provide the treat bags. We found these adorable party favor bags at Target, and along with some cheap goodies from Dollar General we assembled the bags in short order! Mary, aka Santa's helper, was such a doll putting together each bag. She loves anything to do with craft projects, decorating, design, etc. so this was right up her alley! Mary, Ben and I had a great time at the party and the kids really enjoyed the snowman bags.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ear Tube Surgery, Take 2

So our little man had to endure a second ear tube surgery (bilateral myringotomy or BMT). He was such a trooper!

Ben's first BMT surgery was done in April of 2008 after an extremely long winter (Fall/Winter of '07 and Spring of '08) with chronic ear infections. It seemed that the minute he finished a round of antibiotics, he was quick to pick up another viral or bacterial infection that led to the ear infections. That surgery was relatively simple and first. Ben had a great Spring and Summer with no ear infections. Of course, it was also warm out and he was home for the summer because school was out.

Unfortunately, our good luck ran out in late September, early October. Even though Ben was home with Mommy this fall, he still managed to pick up several infections; probably from sister who is now in preschool. In October, he developed a severe ear infection that he just could not get over. The infection was so bad that it caused his body to reject and push out his ear tube that was in for less than 5-months! After several WEEKS of follow-up visits, rounds of antibiotic ear drops, and the last resort-oral antibiotic, it was decided that Ben was a good candidate for a second set of ear tubes.

This time, however, the surgery would be a bit more complicated requiring not just a 2nd set of ear tubes, but removal of his adnoids as well. Ben's ENT seemed to think that since he did not respond well to ear tube surgery alone, he would have more success if they removed his adnoids which just seem to harbor bacteria.

As I said, Benjamin was such a trooper. He endured full intubation for this surgery which took about 30 minutes longer than the first. He didn't cry, (even though Mommy had to hold back tears) when the operating room nurse took him from my arms to go to surgery. Post-op was bit rougher; lots of tears, the refusal to drink, and the inability to calm himself down. The hospital finally just sent us home as he seemed to be more agitated by the nursing staff than the surgery itself!

Luckily, Mimi came from St. Louis to help out with the recovery. Benjamin was so excited to see her; even in his discomfort he was crying for her on the drive home. He had a great weekend getting lots of one-on-one with Mimi! Thanks, MOM!