Sunday, March 23, 2008

Kids must be modern day prophets

I was telling Kevin a story tonight about Landon and I decided it was too good not to share with you all.

So it was last Wednesday. I had been trying to fight off what I thought was a cold for four days and was only feeling worse by the hour. Liam was incredibily fussy and Landon for some odd reason was testing me more than normal. So I call Kevin to tell him how my day is going only to find out that he has to work late, really late. So I'm like great, it would be today. I decide that I need to escape, so I take the kids over to my parents house and we stay until bedtime. It was helpful, but I was just worn down and ready for the day to be over. So we loaded up and headed towards home and on the way I was thinking I can't wait to get these goobers in bed and have some peace and quiet when Landon perked up from the back seat. He said, "Oh mommy look how beautiful the sky is. The sun must be going to bed." I was surprised that I hadn't noticed yet and said, "Hey yeah, you're right that is a beautiful sunset." Then he started pointing out all the colors he could see and the silhouettes of trees and houses and then he said, "I think God wanted us to see this sunset tonight mommy." I starting shaking my head in amazement and said, "You know Landon, I think you are absolutely right."

Unbelievable. God has taught me more lessons through my four year old than anyone else. A piece of advice for anyone wanting spiritual growth: Have a kid.

On a side note, Liam had another ear infection and I had bronchitis. We are doing much better today. Liam has to get tubes now:) Yeah, wish we would have just scheduled them at the same time. Oh well, no adenoids, tubes will be a piece of cake, but I'll let you know when it is going to be.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Hunting for eggs

Yesterday we went to the annual egg hunt at the Daily's farm. The boys loved it of course. They have horses, chickens, roosters, bunnies, ducks, dogs, a pig, and a donkey. They let all the kids feed and pet the animals before the egg hunt out in their field. We didn't stay for the tractor ride this year because we were exhausted and our allergies couldn't take much more of the hay, but it was great fun as usual.
So last night after we put the boys down, Kevin and I emptied all of the candy out of their eggs and put it up so that they could just play with their eggs and so that we could steal a few of the good ones! Well this morning they were having a grand time with all of their eggs. They were putting them everywhere and making all kinds of creations out of them so I asked Landon, "Why do we have easter eggs, and bunnies, and baskets?" He says something silly and so I say, "No, because of Jesus remember?" Landon immediately says,"So is Jesus the one who took all of our candy!?!?!?"

Love it.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Continued recovery

This has not been a fun week for Landon, but he is plugging along. He is still running a fever...I guess that is the body's reaction when you take something out of it. He has mostly layed on the couch and watched his favorite shows....Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Little Einsteins, and Thomas the Train of course! He is still telling us that his neck hurts. This is from the position they put his head to remove the adenoids and from the nerve endings that they cut (shaved actually my friend Lindy who is a nurse tells me:) the adenoids off. Anyhow, he is a trooper and I'll continue to keep you posted.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Home and doing well

Landon's surgery went very well. He was not excited to be at the Pediatric Surgery Center, but after some 'loopy juice' he calmed down and went with the nurses willingly. After surgery he was very upset and unconsoleable coming off the anesthesia, so I thought we were in for a long evening, but he calmed down after being home for a while and now he is actually doing a puzzle and eating some cereal.

His voice sounds different and he is struggling just a little bit with talking. He just has to relearn how to breath through his nose and speak a little different than he has been used to doing. But his doctor assured us that this would only last a week or two at most.

So he is breathing through his nose and hearing quite well! God is good!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Monday is the big day

His surgery is Monday. But meanwhile we are livin it up in the snow! Liam had fun in the snow too, but was ready to go back inside after about 15 minutes! I think it took me longer to get his snow clothes on him! I'll let you all know how Landon is doing next week.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Landon's adenoids and the Jackson's shower

So as some of you know, we have thought that Landon has not been up to par the last two months. We have been especially concerned with his hearing, or lack there of, the last few weeks. So his pediatrician recommended that we take him to an ENT (Ear Nose and Throat doc) and so we did. And boy are we glad we did. We found out today through some hearing tests that he is REALLY struggling with his hearing due to a large amount of fluid in both of his ears. After we described his symptoms of restless sleep, snoring, drueling, constant mouth breathing, and hearing loss he decided to send a little video camera/probe down his nose to take a look. Landon hated it, but we got to see the real problem....his HUGE adenoids! They are totally blocking his passage way and he can barely breath through his nose, poor guy. It is such a relief to have an answer to so many questions. We are scheduling his surgery asap and he will have his adenoids removed and have tubes put in to drain the fluid and relieve his ears. Then we hope to have a perky little Landon who hears every little whisper back in action!

Have you ever been unable to pop your ears? Well imagine that feeling in both ears all the time times 50. That is how Landon feels, not to mention he can't breath through his nose. And he is still the most pleasant child I know, course I may be a little bias:) It just breaks my heart to think that I have gotten mad at him for not following directions or obeying me when maybe he never even heard me. AND how blessed are we to live in a day and age where we have the knowledge and technology to not only diagnose things like this, but actually fix them! What did kids just a century ago do....they just learned to deal with it and eventually feel behind in school and ended up being in their own little world b/c they got sick of reading lips. We are just really blessed.

Okay, I'm done ranting and raving. I'll let you all know when his surgery is so you can say a little prayer for him. In the picture below, that is what a normal adenoid looks like. Landon's is occupying like 90% of that passage way like the picture below.
We hosted a shower this weekend for our good friends Chris and April Jackson and soon to arrive Avery Kate. I think it turned out beautifully. We had an amazing spread, if I could eat appetizers for every meal I think I would!