Thursday, January 5, 2012

Christmas trip

Our 2 week jaunt up north to visit our families for Christmas has come and gone. It was such a wonderful trip of getting away from the hustle and bustle of our life and enjoying some much needed down time and moments with our extended family. The kids had a blast playing with their cousins and the family animals. The weather was gorgeous almost the entire time. In fact, the kids were quite disappointed when they realized that it more than likely wasn't going to snow. Nate kept saying "but its Christmas! It has to snow on Christmas!" It did flurry for a little bit a couple of days after Christmas, so at least the kids were able to catch a few flakes on their tongues.
Nate's little vocabulary seemed to blossom like crazy over the break, and he has gone full force into the "never stops talking" phase. Its quite comical. The other day, he told me that I couldn't call him Nate anymore. (Yeah right. I named you, kid.) He said that instead of Nate, I could call him "cranky pants" or "scooter head"...except that he can't say his s's at all, so that last name turns out to sound quite inappropriate. It makes me laugh every time he says it. That's obviously the middle school humor in me.
In all honesty, the little man has been doing amazing lately. Simply incredible. In fact, he is doing better energy wise than he has ever done. I can't even describe our excitement in seeing him excel and look so good day after day after day. This is something we are not quite used to with him. It's such a blessing right now.
But, it wasn't a quintessential long trip up north without a trip to some form of urgent treatment...this time, it wasn't for Nate. Abby, who was finally fever free when we left for Kentucky, never really perked up like she should have after several days of antibiotics. After a couple of days of being there and looking quite puny, she spiked another stubborn fever. A trip to urgent care revealed that her pneumonia was still in her right lung and was also infiltrating in her left lung as well. A stronger antibiotic was added, and she finally started kicking that nasty bug a couple of days later. Poor kid was pretty sick for a couple of weeks. But she was quite relieved when she was well for her birthday.
So, all in all, it was a great trip. We miss everyone, and it was so good to catch up on visiting with those we don't get to see very often and meet our gorgeous new nephew, Hunter. The long road trip prepared Nate for our next long trip in a couple of days, where he and I will embark on the next adventure to Houston for a few days of appts with our docs in the mito clinic. I think we'll be traveled out after that trip.


Heather on January 6, 2012 at 7:12 PM said...

Isn't it amazing when something that seems so scary (a feeding tube, etc) ends up being such an amazing thing to help our kids?

erin f. on January 9, 2012 at 4:05 PM said...

Amber, I just laughed until I had tears coming out of my eyes at the "scooter head" comment. Oh my. I guess I have the same middle school sense of humor. Ellie calls chocolate milk "cock milk" and has said some pretty amazingly funny things as she demands her favorite drink every morning. You just have to laugh!

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