Tuesday, July 17, 2012

This morning I drove up to Primary Children's hospital to take Noah to his surgery consultation appointment. All along I've been saying, "He has his surgery in August and we'll be good to go!"...I was brought back to reality today.

His surgeon sat us (Kerri, my MIL came with me) down and said basically "this is going to be tough...Noah is a healthy baby boy now and sure, you've had to deal with his colostomy, but because his transition zone is higher than the majority of Hirschsprung's patients (a bad thing) he runs a higher risk of getting enterocolitis. He will have diaper rashes like you've never seen before. And he may struggle with incontinence his whole life. You'll have an extensive regimen of dilation and washes that you'll have to follow for some time after surgery to help him learn how to feel the sensation to have a bowel movement."

Now, I knew about all of these things. It just hit me harder hearing it officially from him and not just reading things online. It will be a journey. I will have to stick rods up Noah's bum several times a day and give him "washes," or enemas often. I don't know exactly how long we'll have to do that, but a mom that I talked to did it for a year. He may potty train much later than average, he may not. Every case of Hirschsprung's is different! The unknown is what kills me. But I'm really grateful his doctor didn't sugar coat anything and that Noah is such a strong, resilient kid. It would just break my heart to see him have an accident when he's older. The ultimate goal is to get him trained and figure out which foods he can't eat so that those things don't happen.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

July 4th

We had a great 4th of July celebration this year. We were up and running around 5:15 am to get ready for the Freedom Run 5k with Mark's family. We put Noah in his festive outfit and went to the stroller section of the race with low expectations of doing well since it had been over a month since my lazy butt had exercised (shame, shame). Mark decided he'd stay back with all of his family, but that didn't last long. I can't walk in a race, so I ran, and Mark soon followed pushing our little guy. It felt so good to run. I am a little competitive and so I do a lot better knowing that there are people in front of me who I want to pass. Don't get the wrong idea here...I was still slow!! But I did better than the 5k 2 months ago (phew...).

Chewing on the medal

My niece Penelope

My niece Violet 

Kerri, Brent, and my niece Bella just after finishing

His family all finished within just a few minutes of us! Awesome! And a few of them aren't veteran runners. I was super impressed. My niece Bella was so cute. She said, "Look! Look! My first medal! I ran a race!" or something like that. It was so fun. We took some pictures, then headed over to Grandma and Grandpa Huber's house just down the street from where we live. We had an amazing breakfast and had fun visiting.

Trying watermelon for the first time with his great-aunt Jennie

Then it was time for naps :) At around 2 we went up to my parents' house for swimming and BBQ, which was fun and delicious of course. At 6 we headed home to get ready for Stadium of Fire: Beach Boys! It was great and we had awesome seats this year so it was easy to go in and out with all of our babies (my family). Noah did well with the fireworks, but was exhausted (so was I). He fell asleep in my arms and I used a blanket to cover his ears. I could go into how some parts of the show were completely off and non-patriotic (super bugged) but the Beach Boys were great.

California Beach Trip

This is way late, but over a month ago (June 9th) we drove out to southern California (L.A. area) for a beach house trip with Mark's mom, Ryan, Cassidy, and step-dad Brent and his kids Andrea & Brady & Elsha, Tim & Paisley, and Scott. Unfortunately, Mark's two older brothers Josh and Erik and their families couldn't make it. We missed them and their kids so much, but Noah enjoyed getting all the attention of course.

We went to a Dodgers game and to Six Flags while we were there. It was so much fun! There were exactly three things that I missed while being pregnant: libido, sushi, and ROLLER COASTERS.  I could have ridden the Batman ride a gazillllionnn times. Kerri watched Noah while I indulged on some adrenaline highs. Roller coasters are my absolute favorite. I think I cried on the first ride we went on out of pure joy. And then I cried when we had to leave.

We are so grateful for fun vacations so that we can make more memories as a family and get closer. We thought it would be pretty chilly, but it was actually pretty warm! The house was just beautiful and we probably over-indulged a bit on food...(surprise surprise). We had one adventure where we were locked out of the house, so guess who was elected to climb through a teeny tiny window in the downstairs bathroom? Yes, ex-cheerleader-gone-fat person....yours truly. I may or may not have damaged the towel hanger on the way down...I was laughing so hard at how chubby I was trying to get through this small hole in the wall.

Here is some visual documentation of the trip.
Just something Noah picked up at the gas station on the way there.

Noah's first time on the California coast.

At the Dodgers game

Six Flags

Burying Uncle Ryan in the sand (Ladies, he's single!)

California (wedding trip)

This is a big time journal post. It's looong, mostly for my records, so go ahead and move on to a more interesting blog post! :)
Our recent trip to California was a blast. Noah is a little stud and such a good kid. He did really well on the 10 hr. drive and we got there in time for my cousin's wedding dinner on Friday, July 6th. After Noah was smooched by my dozens of Aunts and cousins there, we drove another half hour to Davis where Mark's Grandma Freeman resides.

When she saw Noah, there was a connection immediately. They were best buds and there was nothing we could do to stop it. Threats were made to kidnap him! I don't blame her! I took a few too many pictures and videos of them interacting, but I've never seen him "talk" to anyone like he did her. So cute.

The next day was Wedding day. We headed to the Sacramento LDS Temple to witness Doug and Maddy's sealing for time and all eternity. My uncle was the best. Before the ceremony started, he stood up in the reverent sealing room and said, "I just want to say that I did everything I could to keep this from happening..." and went on about it for another minute or so. My uncle is hilarious. This was his last baby girl to get married, so it was an emotional day for him. The party that night was unbelievable. The whole thing could be in a wedding magazine. Their theme was Carnival. Hot dogs, cotton candy, dart boards, dunking booth, candy stand, pony rides, tickets, snow cones, you name it. We may or may not have left for a half hour to get food at a nearby Chipotle...It was probably the funnest reception I've been to...maybe part of it is because I wore my neon pants and seemed to fit right in :) They didn't even put an end time on their invites; we finally left at 11 when Noah fell asleep on my shoulder while I was dancing to Justin Bieber. The best part: their last name is Aud, pronounced "Odd." The Aud couple. So funny and so appropriate.

Sunday we had breakfast with Grandma and went to church with her. She is a cook and an amazing hostess. She made us blueberry buttermilk pancakes that were to die for! I see where Mark and his dad get it from now :) We have such a wonderful time chatting with her that it was 10:30 before we realized what time it was and church started at 11! After church we had Mark's oldest cousin Scott and his wife and kids over for the afternoon. Noah was in HEAVEN. He just squealed and squealed over all their little girls and one 15 month old boy. He's such a social butterfly and so full of personality. He "planked" for the first time that night for Grandma. He'll be crawling any day now!

That night we met Mark's cousin Kim's husband, Dave. Dave has a little boy (Lincoln) who was born 3 months early who had to get 3 open heart surgeries, brain surgery, and then because of malpractice, his right leg amputated. He's almost 2 now. After talking to him about their trials these past two years, it just made me feel for them and realize how strong people are. He's living with Grandma F. for a month while doing rotations at a nearby children's hospital for his P.A. degree. He and his wife are amazing.

Monday we went to San Francisco--Mark's very favorite. We enjoyed the cooler weather and watching Noah go wild over all the pigeons and seagulls. We had lots of yummy food and paid a lot of money to park there :) It's just part of it I guess! I had fun looking at antique shops and people watching. Noah got a lot of attention, as per the usual.

Tuesday we did a whole lot of...NOTHING! P.J's til 1 p.m., lots of good food and just visiting with Grandma. It was perfect. He's ready to crawl any day now. We drove back Wednesday and Noah slept the first 5 hours...!!! Angel child, bless you! He had a little break down when we hit the point of the mountain until I distracted him enough to be happy until we pulled into our apartment complex.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Philadelphia trip

Ahh so the reason that I am so behind on blogging is because my computer is a dinosaur and ran out of space for my pictures. So, I saved them all (actually my Mark did) on to an external hard drive and then proceeded to delete them off of my computer, only to realize that it would still no longer download any more pictures.

So here I am, blogging on Mark's dinosaur computer while my pictures are downloading into his iPhoto account.
Phew. That was long and unnecessary. Moving on.

The past few weeks have been exciting. Noah and my visit to Pennsylvania to see my folks in their new territory was short but amazing (June 28th-July 3rd). Mama Dodie never fails to show us a good time! We started out the first morning with a 3 mile walk to and from a nature preserve close to my parents' home in Wayne, PA. It's beautiful. Noah had an absolute ball. Later, we hit up the local Anthropologie {Mecca}, journeyed downtown to Independence Hall and The Liberty Bell, met up with my dearest friend Leanne (thank you for driving 5 hours just to see me! LOVED it), attended my parents' Spanish/English ward, and walked the King of Prussia mall (the second largest in the U.S.). For only being there 4 days, we covered a lot of territory and Noah sure had a ball with Lucy and Charlie (the dogs). The only thing that would have made it perfect would be spending more time with my dad and having Mark there. It's too bad that they both work so darn hard :)

Noah did a great job sleeping through the night even with the time difference. On July 3rd, we woke up at 4:45 am (2:45 UT time) to go to the airport. We arrived at about 9:45 but didn't get naps or even fall asleep til past 11 that night. This threw us off the most by far! The 4th was still so much fun but we were sleepy. And then of course we left for our 2nd California vacation of the summer the next day...