Thursday, July 23, 2009

Scooping Poop

My poor little Max has been having some diarrhea. He is pooping constantly and now has a sore bum. I called the nurse and she gave me some advice to give pedialyte and then to give soy formula until his stool went back to normal.
Today he had a lot of mucus in his poop and the nurse said to call if this happened. I called and they told me to come in with the diaper.
They took a sample and did a little test and Max has a virus. The good thing is he seems to be doing just fine. No fever or vomiting. They said that the virus needs to run it's course for about 7 to 10 days. Max is still able to eat just fine. He had no problem drinking the pedialyte and soy fomula.
They want to be sure that it's not bacterial so I get to scoop poop. I have to scoop his poop into all these different vials over the next 3 days and then take them all to the lab.

Here's all the vials I have to fill up. They have a line that you have to meet before you can bring in the sample. It's kind of hard to scoop it to the line because Max has been going so much that it's not a lot of substance. I did try to scoop up one of them and then ended up knocking it over! I'll have to call the doctor tomorrow and get a new vial with the red fluid in it.
The funny thing is I really don't mind doing this. I think you just kick into mommy mode and you just do whatever you need to do for your child. Scraping diarrhea poop into little vials is no big deal.
I really hope Max gets better soon. I hate seeing him have a sore bum. Even though he seems to be doing really well. As long as he is eating and still being playful and smiley.
I just keep giving him lots of baths and smothering his little bum in lotrimine and desitin.
I hope this virus will run it's course and not turn into something more serious.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Harry Potter and the half blood prince

I'm really looking forward to seeing the 6th Harry Potter movie. I LOVE the books and movies.
The books are so creative and the imagination is so captivating to read. All the twist and turns. The different character's. The evil of Voldemort. The books are genius.
I'm sad that there are no more Harry Potter books to read. The good thing is the books are so brilliant you want to read them over and over. Or listen to them on tape.
Shaun and I both enjoy the Harry Potter series and we can't wait to read them to Max.
We're going to try and go see the movie on Friday.
Let me know what you thought of the movie or any thoughts about the books. Without spoiling it to much. I have read the books so I do know the story line.
I'm looking forward to Friday with excitement and anticipation:)

Friday, July 3, 2009

4th of July

Happy Independence Day! I have a lot of fond memories of the 4th of July. When I was younger growing up in Utah the 4th of July was always a fun time. You always had some dad in the neighborhood who would go up to Wyoming and get the REALLY GOOD fireworks. My eyes would always light up with explosions and colors........AWESOME!! It would be so fun to gather as friends and neighbors.
I love those Utah summer nights! We would go up to the BYU grounds and lay out blankets and play around until the fireworks lit up the sky. Good times! One year I went with some friends and saw the fireworks from up on the mountain looking down. You could see all the different cities below do their firework display...........great memories.

I even got to go once to the Stadium of Fire. It's a great show they do at the BYU football stadium. They did a celebration of fireworks around the world. I thought it was so cool. The Japanese firework display turned into a big dragon. It was awesome!

I remember how fun it was to get a sparkler as a kid. You would swirl it around in the air and spell out your name from the drag of the flame. And who can forget snaps. You know the little white balls of noise. It was so fun to throw them around! My brothers and I had the best way to use snaps.

We would take the snaps and place them all around the toilet seat. Then ever so gently put the toilet seat down on top of the snaps. So you can only imagine our rolling on the floor with laughter when someone would go and sit down to use the bathroom!! All the snaps would pop!! SO FUNNY! We loved doing that! Then we would have to clean up the black powder from the toilet seat. It was WELL worth it. I think I need to try that on Shaun.....shhhhhh, Don't tell.

I love being able to hang the flag outside my house. I'm a very patriotic person. I love to be involved with the holiday fun. I have to say that the best place to celebrate the 4th of July is Utah. The fun parade, Fairs, Booths, Fireworks, Food, Family, Friends, What's not to love.

The 4th of July is not the same in Arizona. I think because it's just WAY to hot!! This 4th of July I have to work! LAME!! Because the holiday was on a Saturday my work decided to give the holiday off on Friday because more people could get a paid holiday off. The only good thing is I did get paid for Friday and work Saturday. The extra money will be nice.
Shaun's work also gave him Friday off so we had time to spend together on Friday.
Last year for the 4th of July we went with my sister Kelley and her kids to see the fireworks here in Arizona and I have to say it was the best display because the fire works ended up being right above our heads! They were huge and filled up the whole sky because we were so close to the launch of the fireworks. It was really fun! We had no idea we were in such an amazing spot.

It was so nice to spend Friday together as a family. We didn't really do anything real exciting but we got to be together and that's what's important to me. I love being together as a family even if we're grocery shopping. While we were out Max fell asleep so Shaun and I did get a nice quite lunch together at Subway with Max asleep in his car seat.

I'm so thankful to live in this great country!! I love America and all the FREEDOM we get to enjoy everyday!!

One of my favorite 4th of July was when Shaun and I were dating. He went back to New Hampshire for the summer. I went to go visit him over the 4th of July. We celebrated the day with his family and friends and then Shaun got us a canoe and we went to a lake. We canoed our way around the lake which was sooooo beautiful. It was just Shaun and I out on the lake together. We paddled around and talked and watched the sun go down.
Then as we lay in the canoe together fireworks started to light up the sky! It was so beautiful! We just relaxed in the canoe on the still water with trees surrounding the lake and watched fireworks in the sky..........perfect. It was like we were the only two people in the world and the firework show was just for us. What a great time:)

My scrapbook page of the 4th of July 2001
What a great time with my Shaun.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

A great year for babies

My sister Taunya and her husband Norm welcomed their 5th child

Lexey Sabrina Paxton

Born january 30th 2009

7 pounds 7 ounces

20 inches long


My brother Aaron and his wife Amy welcomed their 5th child

Elleanor Erin Woffinden

March 27th 2009

7 pounds even

19 inches long

I wish I had a picture of little Elle to share:(


Maxwell Thomas Maher

April 10th 2009

8 pounds 13 ounces

21 and 1/2 inches long


Tim and Kelley Maher are expecting their 3rd child Decmeber 30th:)


My brother Andrew and his wife Katee are expecting the end of Jaunary early Feburary:)


Two of our neighbors and friends had their babies! Andy and Barb Porter had baby Annie and Rich and Lindsey Porter had baby Ashton. Max already has 2 little friends born a month and 2 months after him:) AND....Our home teacher, Garth and his wife Ashley had their baby Kaylee 2 weeks before Max was born. It's so fun to talk about our babies.

We love all these new babies!! What a great year!

The love for a child

The other night as Shaun and I lay in bed, I turned to him and said, "I love Max so much I think I might burst!" Then today as Max lay sleeping on my chest I looked down at him looking so peaceful and angelic I whispered, "You are so beautiful," and my eyes welled up with tears. I love this little guy! What gratitude I have for having him in my life. So I'm sharing my love with you! So I wont burst! Here's Max.


really happy

really, really, happy

So serious. Don't mess with me.


I love these Bumbo's. Babies look so cute in them.

Guardian angels come in all different forms:)

Angel face

Look at me! I'm holding my head up.

No more pictures!

I love those big eyes!

This is what I do all day. Kisses from mommy!

I love you Max!! I hope I don't burst with how much I love you:)