Saturday, January 31, 2009

Tyler and Leah turn 3!!!

We went to Cedar Rapids for the day to celebrate Tyler and Leah's 3rd birthday. It was a great party and we loved seeing the kids! Poor Leah woke up with a fever and it continued on throughout the day. Despite that, she was amazingly happy...what a trooper. :)

And Kayla was all smiles as usual!

Tate enjoyed the cake and the frosting. Can you guess what color frosting was on his piece?

Actually...unfortunately, Tate was not himself today. He was super clingy...I mean, he pretty much wouldn't get out of Sean's arms the entire day. The only times he did were to get into my arms or Nana's arms. He obviously wasn't feeling well. We ended up taking his temperature later on and it was only about 99.9, so nothing major, but obviously something wasn't right. We hope he perks up tomorrow.

Despite all of the activity going on in the "party room", this was Tate just after eating cake.

Needless to say, we left just after this picture was taken and he went down for a nap.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Vomit and Laundry

That's what my night consisted of last night. As if Tate hasn't been through enough, he had his first bout with a stomach bug. He has never thrown up before...not like this. He was projectile vomiting while flailing his body around causing puke to go EVERYWHERE. It was not pretty. This is where the laundry part of my night came in. I had to rinse the chunks off of the sheets, pillowcases, Tate's pj's...everything. Then I threw it all in the wash. It took 3 loads of laundry to get it all done. Sean did the last 2 loads while I slept because I had to go to work today and he stayed home with Tate. Turns out Tate acted completely healthy today (after sleeping in until 11 a.m.). He ate fine, drank fine, never had a fever through any of it. I don't know what the deal was. All I know is that he was not a happy camper last night and acted completely normal today. Hmmm. We were concerned that we weren't going to be able to make it to Cedar Rapids this weekend for Tyler and Leah's birthdays because Tate was sick, but it looks like all will be good and we will be able to go! YAY! :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Yup, he's better...

He can be so dramatic!

and this was about 2 seconds later! :)

Oh this face!

I'm so happy to have my happy boy back. SO HAPPY! I know I post bath pictures a lot...I can't help it. He's trapped in the tub and I am able to get pictures more easily because he can't run away! :)

Heart Melting

OUCH! I love him so much it hurts!

It's been a while since I've seen a genuine smile like this on his makes me so happy.

Tate has become SUCH a Daddy's boy! It's so sweet, but it also makes me sad. I know that he is wanting Daddy by his side whenever he's home because he's not home that much. I really think he's starting to understand the fact that Daddy is really busy. Oh, and he's the best Daddy ever! :)

Potty Training

Or not!!! So Tate always wants to sit on the potty...he's kind of obsessed. We haven't tried to potty train him at all and tonight I decided we won't be for a while. He was sitting on the potty for about 3 minutes when he decided to stand up to go stand over on the rug by the bathtub and pee all over the rug and himself. Nope...not ready.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

So Polite

Tate has suddenly become such a polite gentleman. He says "sawwy" (aka sorry) at the appropriate times and also in place of when one should say "excuse me". It's so cute...he must say it 100 times a day. Just today he picked up "bless you" when we cough, sneeze, burp...anything like that. And he says please and thank-you all the time. It makes my heart melt hearing him say those things. He has also recently started to say, "I love you" to us all the time. There is nothing like hearing his sweet voice say "I love you." It's the sweetest sound!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A new normal...

Aside from a remaining cough that's not too bad anymore, Tate is almost back to his normal self. Although I am thinking that 'normal' for Tate may not be what it was before. Before...normal was a chapped chin, wet shirt from constant drooling, snoring while sleeping AND awake, constant runny nose because his sinuses were swollen shut and he had no place for his sinus fluids to drain, taking an hour and a half to fall asleep and waking up multiple times in the night. That was before. Now...we've got dry shirts (thank goodness!), chin is healed, no more snoring (!!!!), I've even caught him sleeping with his mouth closed! Also he is falling asleep quickly (except for last night, but I am hoping that was a fluke!), he sleeps deep...probably because he can breath now. He is such a chatter box these last 3 or 4 days too! He is just happier I think. I like this normal a lot better!He is obviously able to fall asleep much easier than before. I came into the living room today to find Tate relaxing on the couch watching Cast Away (it just happened to be on TV) and about 2 minutes later when I came back in, I found him like this. Apparently Cast Away was a little boring for this 2 year old...imagine that! :) This NEVER would have happened before his surgery. It was just too hard for him to get to sleep.
Also, it seems that being home and happier, Tate has discovered some of his 'older' toys that have become new to him again! He's been pretending with "guys" and pushing around his cars and trucks more. I don't know if it's just a coincidence and he would have started doing these things anyway, but he just seems like such a different boy! He kind of looks different too! He's so much skinnier! You can't really tell in the pictures, but I even think his face looks a bit different because of the weight he's lost. His dimples show more (which I love!) and his little ribs, collar bones and shoulder blades are much more prominent as well. I am thinking he'll be gaining it back quickly though. At least by the 4 pancakes and banana he ate this morning it seems he won't have a problem!

Tomorrow is back to work for me...back to reality. I am kind of ready for reality again. For no more sickness and cooped up in my house. Although, I really am not looking forward to being away from my boy! :( I will miss him. I know he'll be happy to be back at daycare with his friends. I just hope it's not a problem getting him back into that schedule. He's going to need to wake up much earlier. He's been sleeping until after 9:00 some mornings and to get to daycare in time, he needs to be up by 7:00. Ugh. Hopefully he does okay with that.

I caught him...

"What? I'm not doing anything!"

It's so good to see a smile on my boy's face!

Winter Jam

Tonight Sara Knutson, Cindy (her sister) and I went to Winter Jam. There were several really great Christian artists there and it was such a fun time! It was nice to get out of the house and do something fun...I've been cooped up for 2 weeks with my sicky boy, so I definitely was looking forward to this. We saw Francesca Battistelli, NewSong, Barlow Girl, The Afters, Stephanie Smith and Toby Mac. All of those artists for only $10! What a deal!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

A Happier Look

I needed something less dark for my blog. I will try this for a while...a bit of a happier look! :)

10 Days

It only took 10 days for me to FINALLY post this. I can say with full confidence that Tate is on the mend. He has had a rough go at it, but today was a good day. Last night was decent...much better than the nights prior. His pain medicine is now only given to him on an "as needed" basis instead of a regular every 4 hour around the clock schedule. He drank and ate fairly normally today. He had a good 24 ounces of fluid today which is a first in the last 10 days. He ate at regular mealtimes and between a bit. :) He did have a little bit of a repeat of the pineapple incident that I posted about yesterday. This time it was with ravioli with tomato sauce...apparently his throat doesn't handle tomato sauce either. He completely freaked out again and was stuffing his hand in his mouth saying, "owie!" Poor thing! He is still on the cuddly side, which I am not going to complain about. I think if I let him, he would still fall asleep in my arms and sleep his entire nap there. I secretly can hardly bring myself to put him in his bed instead of cuddling with him, but I've been strong. Tate will go back to daycare on Monday as long as everything continues to improve as we expect it to. I will also go back to work. I am not going to deny, it's been nice being off for nearly 2 weeks, but I would trade it in a heartbeat to have had a healthy boy who didn't have to go through what he went through. It was tough and tiring and scary for all of us. THANK YOU to each and every one of you for your thoughts, prayers and all of the great "get well gifts" Tate received. We love you all and we are all so blessed to have such amazing family and friends!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Continuation of post below...

What is $20/month equal to?
What would you have to give up to save 12 lives this year. Literally you can save 12 lives!
$20 gives someone clean water for 20 years!
What does it give you monthly? What would you have to sacrifice?
Less than one time out to dinner or $5 from your grocery budget each week...that's 1 item!
Or, maybe instead of going out to a movie and buying candy and popcorn there each month, you could save a life.
How about teaming up with a friend?
Money is tight, trust me, I know.
Sometimes the grocery budget is so tight that sacrificing $5 really is hard to do.
Maybe sacrificing $10/month would be easier. That's only $2.50/week.

Really, to do this is to change your life. To open your eyes and heart, to be God's hands and feet.
We may not be able to wipe out the water crisis, but we MUST TRY!

Mother Teresa said, "God doesn't require us to succeed, he only requires that you try." We are required to TRY! If only everyone tried, we could IS possible!

Please remember that these are our brothers and sisters...these are children that you can save. We can save! We can save these lives for such a small sacrifice!

Please consider this.
Please be one of 300 Voices and give water for all seasons!

'300 Voices'

Please take a moment to read about this amazing campaign on Jody's blog because she is so much better with words than I. As many of you know, water has changed our lives this year. We gave water for Christmas, we got water for Christmas and lives were saved in Liberia. An amazing $59,000 was raised because of average people. People who care to make a difference. People who agree that this water crisis is not okay. As Jody simply said on her blog, "we cannot love thirsty people without giving them clean water to drink." So true. These are our brothers and sisters. They need water, we have the means to give it to them. Water has changed my life, our lives. Let it change yours too. Be a voice. We need 300 voices to commit to change these thirsty peoples' lives, to save their lives. It may just end up saving your life as well. Please consider this, be a part of this and see how it changes your heart! Click here to sign up and get details.

2 years ago to the day...

This is a picture of Tate I took on January 23rd, 2007. Oh how I love my toddler, but also miss those baby days! Tate is hilarious...he cracks me up every day, so I do love this stage, don't get me wrong. Still, I miss my baby. Tate is growing up so fast. I remember being genuinely sad on Tate's first birthday. I really haven't grown out of that, I just want to bottle up every stage of his life and save it forever!

I spoke with someone today who Sean knew from high school. She and her husband are starting the adoption process with Bethany and had some questions. It was my pleasure to answer them. I can't think of a topic I enjoy talking about much more than our adoption story! We will be meeting with them in a week to talk some more. We are really looking forward to it! Talking about it brings all of the emotions and feelings back immediately. They are still so vivid, still make me cry, and I still feel an indescribably gratitude for Tate's amazing birth parents!

We love this little man more than words could describe. We cannot believe the blessing we were given in him. He is more than we ever dreamed he would be, he's grown into more than we could have imagined and we love him more than we knew it was even possible to love someone!

"God is able to do immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine." -Ephesians 3:20

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Note to self...

Even 10 days following a tonsilectomy is not enough time to wait to give a 2 year old a piece of pineapple.

I didn't even think about it when Tate requested a piece of Sean's pineapple and we said, "sure" and gave it to him. He loves pineapple. I don't know if he'll ever eat it again. Apparently pineapple is too acidic and his throat is still too raw because the second he swallowed, his face turned BRIGHT RED and he freaked out. I am talking...panicked! He was holding his head and doing the "silent cry". You know, the cry with the open mouth, no noise because he can't breath cry. Then when he finally took a breath, he screamed. I felt awful! This crying went on for about a 1/2 hour...non-stop. He was saying amidst his sobbing, "I don't like it!" It was so sad. I should have known. He refused to eat or drink anything after that for a good 2 hours. Ugh.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

You NEED to make this...

It only takes 3 minutes.
4 tblsp flour
4 tblsp granulated sugar
2 tblsp cocoa
pinch of salt
1 egg
splash of vanilla
3 tblsp choc chips (or white choc chips are good too!)
3 tblsp milk
3 tblsp canola or veg oil
cooking spray
1 coffee mug

Coat inside of mug with cooking spray. Mix flour, sugar, cocoa and salt. Add egg milk, oil and vanilla. Mix well and stir in the chocolate chips. Pour into mug and put in microwave for 3 minutes on high (1,000 watts). When done, let sit for 5 more minutes. Spoon out and enjoy!

I have been meaning to try this for months. It was on Jody and Amy's blogs in October and I just got to doing it. is YUMMY!

Tate and his best buddy

Tate insisted Manny needed to "eat supper" and have "bib on".

I know I said no more posts until he's better

Oh how I love my baby boy. I am so sad. My heart hurts for him. He has dark circles, he has lost about 2lbs (which is a lot for a 2 year old), his shoulder blades are poking out, his bony bottom is not quite as comfy sitting on my lap as usual, his smile isn't as bright as usual. He is such a sweetie though. He tries so hard to play and be his normal self, but he just can't. He's just so tired, but he can't sleep well. He's been holding his head and crying when he coughs...he must have a headache. He is uber cuddly and needy. My work was super understanding and I am going to be home until next week. There is no way I couldn't be, I need to be with my baby. He needs me. At the rate he's been going though, I am just hoping he's well enough on Monday for me to go back to work and for him to go back to daycare. We're taking it a day at a time.

Video of Tate after surgery

View this montage created at One True Media
Tate's surgery

It's amazing how Tate was doing so well such a short time after surgery and he's STILL not doing well. Ugh. I remember thinking, "wow this is going to be an easy recovery if he's already acting this well!" Boy was I wrong!

Blank Children's Hospital

I haven't yet blogged about how amazing all of the staff at Blank Children's Hospital is. We honestly cannot think of a bad thing to say about the time we spent there (well aside from our sick child and the not too comfy sleeping arrangements). Truly, each and every person we dealt with there was so amazing and we felt they genuinely cared about Tate. They have all kinds of great things going on to entertain the children there, tons of toys and a great play area. While we were there, they had a police officer stop by our room with his police dog and had the dog do tricks. At that time, Tate wasn't feeling into it, but Bode happened to be there and enjoyed seeing the dogs tricks. :) I just had to mention what a great experience we had there and though it was great, we hope to never experience it again!

Tate was thrilled they had a "tuhar" (guitar) for him to play with...They have a group that stops by and brings tubs of toys, books, puzzles and makes sure the children are happy.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

NOT the Future American Idol

I was (in a very overly dramatic fashion) while watching American Idol, singing Bohemian Rhapsody. Tate looked over at me and said very sternly, "top! top! NOISE!" Top means "stop" in Tate's language. So I guess I am not going to be the next American Idol.

Please Keep Praying

I am so sick of writing every day of how Tate isn't doing well, how he's still sick, how he is dehydrated, his pneumonia isn't going away. So I am not going to anymore. Please just keep praying...once he's improves, I'll let you all know. Thank you all so much!

Monday, January 19, 2009

a slow recovery

I want this all to be over. I hate this helpless feeling of not knowing what to do. I know that Tate isn't as hydrated as he should be, but have gone back and forth as to if he needs to go the ER for fluids or if we just wait until his appointment tomorrow morning. He had a semi wet diaper changed at 6:30 last night, another one at 11:30 this morning and then another at 6:30 tonight. They weren't terribly wet at all and they were really concentrated in color and smell. Sorry if this is too much info! He's taken in between 12 and 16 oz these last 2 days which I know isn't much. He was not well yesterday, very lethargic and whiny for much of the evening and today he wasn't quite as lethargic, but definitely clingy and sleepy and not feeling good at all. His cough is terrible...he's never had a worse cough than what he has now and he cries every time he coughs. He won't eat hardly at all. He ate a banana and a half today and half of a pudding cup. When he does get up to play, he seems to be worn out within minutes and climbs up into my lap and falls asleep. He's got dark circles under his eyes that won't go away. I had no idea his recovery would be this difficult...I suppose his pneumonia hasn't helped at all. I ended up having to take Monday off of work as well and am hoping that Tate turns the corner and improves in the next 24 hours so that I don't have to take another day off. Sean has school on Tuesday all day, so him staying home is not an option on Tuesday. I am starting to wonder if Tate's going to be well enough to go back to daycare on Wednesday! Please pray for Tate to improve dramatically in the next day or so. I know he's ready to feel better!

Sunday, January 18, 2009


I have borrowed Brenda's Kitchen Aide blender since Tate's surgery to make smoothies and milk shakes for Tate (and us!) and have realized how my plain old non-fancy blender just may not cut it anymore! I want something better. Also, I have still been dreaming about a food processor that I want. There are so many things that I want. I have a lot. We have a lot. More than what we need. I sit here with an ache in my heart as I witness Tate in such discomfort. Then I watch something like this...

This is just not right. This is not okay with me. No child, no person should live like this. THIS is discomfort. I sit here and want, but I have no idea what it is to NEED. I don't. This is something that I have to work on, that I NEED to work on!

"We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world's goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little chidren, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth." (NIV)

Still a bit dehydrated

Tate is improving all though it's still been rough these last couple of days. He is getting a bit more hydration, but that is mostly due to the fact that we're forcing fluids into him with a syringe because he won't drink out of his sippy again since yesterday afternoon. Well, he did drink a little in the evening, but maybe only a couple ounces. Every time I think that he's on the mend, he takes a turn for the worse. It makes me so sad for him. He only had 1 wet diaper yesterday and it was only slightly wet. He woke up with a wet diaper this morning (thank goodness!), but still won't drink. Ugh. He needs to keep having wet diapers to avoid making a trip back to the hospital for IV fluids. We really don't want to have to go back to the hospital, so we will keep getting fluids into him with a syringe if we have to. I ended up calling work to take off Monday because Tate needs to go to the hospital again for another chest x-ray and tests to see how he's doing. If he's dehydrated then, they'll admit him for fluids I am sure. I am a little nervous about leaving him on Tuesday. If he hasn't improved much by then, I know he won't do well without his Mommy or Daddy. He's super clingy and doesn't want out of our arms and requires a lot of fluids with a syringe which he fights tooth and nail to swallow and I just hate to leave that responsibility to someone else. Sometimes I think that he just needs Mommy or Daddy. Hopefully he'll improve enough that it won't be a problem. He is scheduled to go back to daycare on Wednesday and unless he makes a huge turn around, I don't know that he'll be ready. This has been a much harder recovery than I expected!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Tate is one loved little boy!

Thank you everyone for all of the thoughts, prayers and gifts throughout these last few days. We felt all of the prayers and Tate loves everything he got! He is so blessed to have each and every one of you love him so much! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Don't mind Tate's dirty face, he's not trying to impress anyone! :)

The Hawkeye balloon is his favorite!

He wants to read his new Handy Manny book over and over and over...

I love this picture of him sitting by his new frog looking at the money he got...too funny!

He quickly became attached to the frog...and look at those crossed legs!

This "frawt" as Tate calls it, is currently being loved on by a sleeping boy in bed. He insisted that "frawt seep wit me!"

Honestly, you are all way too generous!

this is good

Tate ate a yogurt for breakfast and is currently downing a half can of green beans, 2 pieces of ham and some mini raviolis. AND, he has drank 12 oz of Pedialyte and 3 oz of milk! WOOHOO! He had a fever (about 101) when he woke up, but about 45 minutes after I gave him Tylenol it was gone and it has yet to come back. We are also starting to taper off of the pain meds and just giving him Tylenol instead. He hasn't seemed to notice. It's amazing how he can be so awful one day and so good the next. I hate to jinx it though, I thought he was doing well before as well and things went downhill so we'll see.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Words cannot even describe!

There are no words to describe how stinky Tate's breath is. I mean, seriously, I am sitting on a different couch than he is sleeping on and his breath is stinking up the whole room. I am not even kidding. Is this normal?!!!! Sean said that he can hardly even look at him when he's holding him because his breath is so pungent and makes him sick. I mean, I hope this doesn't last long. I think I may need to light a candle in our house so it doesn't stink so bad!!!

pictures from the last day...

Even when Tate was feeling better, you can see in his eyes that he wasnt' feeling great.

Tate loves his Mickey picture his cousin Leah colored for him! So many have been so generous with all of the gifts! They really do brighten his day! Thank you!

This was taken in the doctor's office today just before Tate's chest x-ray.

Here he is just an hour after we got home. He is still in this position 2 1/2 hours later.

and the hits keep coming!

We went and got Tate's chest x-ray done and turns out he has pneumonia. So since he's been on antibiotics for just a couple days, we will keep those in him for the next day and if he doesn't improve, he'll be put back in Blank Children's Hospital. Tomorrow if his fever isn't under control and he isn't more active (he's pretty lethargic) and he's not drinking more (he's only taking in about 8 oz a day...not close to enough to prevent dehydration) then we have been advised to take him to the ER. Otherwise, we've got a follow up appointment on Monday for another chest x-ray, blood work and just an overall check up to see how he's doing. Poor baby. In his 2 short years, this is the 2nd time he's had pneumonia! I had it around Christmas last year and I felt TERRIBLE, I can't imagine having that and also having just had surgery. My heart breaks for him.

Please pray that he's able to drink more, his fever gets under control and his antibiotics clear up his pneumonia.

back to the hospital

Tate has not been able to break his fever. We're heading back to the hospital for a chest x-ray and possibly staying the night because when I told the nurse that he's been drinking about 8 oz of water a day, she said he needs to be drinking at least 2, but preferably 3 times that. So now they're concerned with dehydration as well and if he is dehydrated, he'll have to get some more IV fluids. Ugh. Please pray.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

the rest of today

Tate has done well today. He did fabulously this morning, but when he woke up from his nap, he had a fever again. Ugh. He still was acting okay...just a bit clingy. He and I did a lot of cuddling today and I soaked it up. As much as I enjoy cuddling with him, I would much rather him feel well. Since he woke up from his nap, he is again refusing to eat or drink anything. He did well enough this morning though that I'm not concerned. I am just hoping and praying that he continues to improve quickly. I don't want to have to call into work on Monday, but if he is still like this, I couldn't leave him with anyone else. He's pathetic. Poor baby.

While I was giving him his medicine earlier, I got a good look into his throat. It's icky! It's all white back there. Yuck.

it's cold

watch this

This is a short video from KCCI news in Des Moines last night. This shows how very cold it is!


Tate just came running in the room and said, "Mommy! I better."

He is eating ham, cheese and pudding right now and has drank about 8 oz of fluid today.

I don't want to speak too fast, but...

It seems like Tate's on the mend. He went from 10:30 last night until he woke up this morning at 8:00 with no pain meds or Tylenol. He had a little bit of a fever...about 100, but he wasn't complaining about pain or anything. It was a struggle to get his pain meds down, but he finally took them and about a half hour later, he was asking for water and is now eating. He's got a spread of pudding, yogurt and a smoothie on his tray. He seems to be enjoying it! YAY! Then, when I went to give him his antibiotic, he opened his mouth and took it right down. Thank goodness! Giving him his meds has been quite the struggle, so this was a relief.

Yesterday was difficult and Tate was not a happy camper. We all layed around all day and did a lot of sleeping. He refused to eat or drink anything all day. It was tough seeing Tate so uncomfortable and he refused to do anything, but lay on us and sleep. Chris and Brenda brought over a homemade pizza for us for supper which was seriously a life saver! I did not know how I was going to drag myself off of the couch to make supper...I think I would have been much more satisfied just not eating at all! So THANK YOU Chris and Brenda for that, it was so very much appreciated and super delicous too!!!

So I am relieved today that Tate appears much better. I am praying that from here things just get better with each day of his recovery that passes. Thank you all for all of your great comments, thoughts and prayers. Really, we appreciate everything!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

so this is where we're at now

We're home now. And we have on sicky boy. He has a fever, but it seems to have subsided a bit. It breaks my heart to see Tate this way.

Sean spent much of the night like this...

This is how he looks when he's awake. He can hardly keep his eyes open, he's so out of it.

and in the car, he was out like a light.

He has such a nasty cough! He refuses to drink or eat anything. Please pray that he'll start eating and drinking again so we don't have to go back to the hospital. Also pray that his fever goes away so he'll feel better. If he doesn't start getting some fluids in him, the doctor said we'll have to go back for a night or two at the hospital this weekend to get some fluids in him.

We really appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers! We definitely feel them!!! Thank you so much!

We'll keep you posted.

before Tate went downhill

He chowed an entire grilled cheese, green beans and some pears and continued to chug water.

Today, he refuses to drink or eat anything. We're home now and he's been sleeping since he fell asleep in the car coming home from the hospital. We'll see how he does when he wakes up. His temperature went down to about 102.2 at the hospital, so the doctor perscribed amoxicillin and his pain meds and we are going to attempt to heal from home.

Update and more prayer request

We haven't had a great night. Tate slept well with spurts of waking up and crying for only seconds and then going back to sleep. He was dead asleep through his vitals check at 12:00 am and 4:00 am. Sean and I didn't sleep too well though. Ugh. We are a little concerned though, Tate has developed a fever. At 4:00 a.m it was just over 100 degrees and he's had Tylenol in his system every 3 hours since the surgery and just now when they came into the room it was 104 degrees. He's pretty lethargic and of course burning up. He has a nasty cough with a lot of congestion in his lungs.The nurse called the on call doctor who has decided at this time to just wait and see if it goes down and the nurses will just monitor his temp to make sure it doesn't get any higher. Tate has had pneumonia before which makes him more prone and it is one of the risks following a tonsilectomy and considering he was already developing a cold when he went into surgery, we are wondering if that could be what's causing this. Please pray that his fever goes away and his congestion gets better. Pray that this fever is not a symptom of pneumonia. I was so relieved yesterday and now I have that sick sinking feeling again. I just want this all to be over!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Finally Sleeping

Tate started to feel uncomfortable about an hour before he got his second dose of pain meds. He was not a happy camper. We watched a bit on Nemo to calm him and were hoping he'd go to sleep, but I think he was in too much pain. His legs started to swell a bit making the anklet name tag thing too tight, so he got those replaced as well because he needed more of a "canklet" name tag. :) Ha. He got his pain meds and we rocked for about 5 minutes and he was dead asleep. I let him sleep on me for about 10 minutes before I layed him down in bed and he didn't move an inch. He was one tired boy! Then his IV timer decided to go off about an hour later which woke him up...ugh. He was not happy about that. He is once again sleeping comfortably in Sean's arms. It is unbelievable to not be able to "hear" him sleep. It's silent, it's amazing, it's relief! He can breath!!!!

Um, seriously...

I just watched Tate DEVOUR a ginormous hotdog, the bun, cottage cheese and sherbet. I mean, didn't he just get two marbles cut out of the back of his throat?!!!

chowing on food, watching "shows"...he LOVES having surgery! Ha.

In all seriousness, we were told that the first several hours after surgery he won't feel as much pain. He still has pain meds in him from surgery, so that could very well be why he's doing so well. Hopefully he'll continue to do this well though. We have been told that the 3rd day is the worst day. He is seriously acting completely normal right now! Oh, and just another prayer request...they say his blood pressure is a little high. Pray for it to go down to normal. I don't know, it could be because he completely panics and freaks out when a nurse comes near him!