Saturday, February 14, 2009

I was right about Minnie's nose


We are home from the wonderful week in Orlando, and Nateman is one sick little dude right now. It is pretty scary how fast he went downhill...just yesterday, he was walking around like normal in between services at the Florida Fellowship Meeting, and today he can barely take a couple of steps at a time without falling. I knew something was up with him late yesterday afternoon when he was extra fussy, but I just figured it was because he was worn out from the long week. But he developed a wet cough last night and then a fever that wasn't his quintessential metabolic fever.
I took the poor little guy to the pediatrician this morning to find out that he has a nasty infection on both of his ears. I was so glad that his lungs sounded clear this morning because he woke up being more tachypneic than normal and having more pronounced intercostal retractions that usually mean that he is having a harder time breathing. I think it is just the infection that is wearing his body out and making these symptoms more pronounced. Hopefully he will be back to normal after a few days of antibiotics...and also hoping that his GI issues don't get any worst than they are currently.
Orlando was a blast! We are so glad that we had the opportunity to go last week...we all have memories that will last a lifetime from this trip. Even though we all loved being at Disney, I can not explain how good it is to be home after staying a week in a hotel room with 3 small hooligans. Sometimes I would pretend that we were all in the good 'ole days of living in a one-roomed house, where we knitted baby booties by lantern-light while we rocked in the rocking chair Pa made in his spare time in between milkin' and mannin' the farm. Except in reality, "knitting" was actually editing pictures on the laptop, the "lantern-light" was the light of the flat-screen TV specifically turned away from the kiddos as not to wake the slumbering pioneers, and the "rocking chair" was replaced with one of the most comfortable beds with perfect pillows I have ever slept on. But let me tell you, these pioneer days are tough.

Okay, seriously...can you sense the lack of sleep here?
It was a great week though. Nathan did exceptionally well until Thursday at Disney where he had a tough time with his body temp. Looking back, I think that was actually when he started having issues with getting sick...he woke up floppy, and he could not deal with the heat and humidity that day. His temp sky-rocketed after lunch and I think he got a bit dehydrated from his high temps all day which caused some serious muscle cramping that night. Let's say that I was really feeling sorry for the family in the room next to our's. After quite a bit of fluids and some motrin, his temp went back to normal and he slept the rest of the night until the ripe ole' time of 5:15am.
We went to Little Union yesterday morning to attend part of the Florida Fellowship Meeting, and it was so wonderful to see friends and family we haven't seen in a while. The girls were so sad when we left to come home. Those little thangs can make long-lasting friends faster than anything, so I promised them that we would definitely go back down soon so they could visit their friends. It was a wonderful meeting, and we are so thankful to have been able to attend part of it and a bit jealous that we didn't get to stay for more. Nate did great yesterday...it wasn't until we were almost home where he started to have trouble.
So, all in all, a wonderful much-needed trip. The girls are still talking ninety miles to nothing about all the rides and attractions they saw at Disney, and their realm of make-believe play has changed entirely to be soley Disney-themed. After seeing Emma dance her way into the hearts of so many characters on this trip, I think I am going to enroll the drama-queen into ballet soon. And after seeing Abby try to do acrobatics on every pole-divider in each ride line we were in, I am looking at finding a cheap gymnastics place around...and realizing that "cheap" and "gymnastics" should never be uttered in the same sentence. Maybe she'll do well with another soccer season this spring instead.

For all of you wondering if you should book that vacation to Orlando or not...yes, taking your kids to Disney is truly worth the cost...even if you need to sell one of them afterwards to pay for it all.

5 comments:

AmyG on February 15, 2009 at 9:10 AM said...

I'm glad you all had a great week & you can tell there was lots of fun, from all of the great pictures.

I'm sorry Nathan isn't feeling well. Poor little guy. I hope his ears heal quickly!

Tara on February 15, 2009 at 6:00 PM said...

The girls told us all about Disney this morning at church, it was so cute! It sounds like you all had a wonderful time! I hope and pray Nathan gets better really soon, in the first picture you can see his "sick eyes" bless his heart! Love ya and missed you and him today!

Amber Schmidt on February 18, 2009 at 1:34 PM said...

Sell one of them... too funny! Little man is looking less like a baby and more like a big boy everyday!

Glad to see you guys had a great trip!

Hugs!
Amber

PS... I added Nathan to the prayer blog:
http://prayforkids.blogspot.com/

Merrie on February 18, 2009 at 2:25 PM said...

Sorry that Nate is sick -- I hope he feels better quickly! I loved all the Disney pictures -- I want to go again so badly, but in this fun economic time, I probably WOULD have to sell one of them! ;) Take care!

Brandy on February 19, 2009 at 8:37 AM said...

Haha, selling one of the kids. Disney is so much fun and I am looking forward to wearing shorts again.

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