Friday, February 27, 2009

Finger Fracture

Arielle has her first broken bone. Fortunately it is not too serious but it is painful none-the-less and looks absolutely horrible. It happened yesterday morning at her school when she got her finger slammed in a {very big, heavy} door. The thing that breaks my heart the most is that she told me she was holding the door open for her friends. The teacher didn't realize this and let the door close. I am so not happy that the school didn't call me. Nor did they give her any motrin to ease the pain or the swelling. Sounds like they put some ice on it and a bandage then forgot all about it. I guess the fact that she wasn't acting like herself all day and she actually laid still at nap time and slept wasn't a big red flag for them that something was wrong. I don't know whether to be angry or just cry imagining the thought of her asking for her mommy when she was in pain {which she told me she did}.

When I brought her home it took several minutes for me to convince her that I needed to take the Hello Kitty band-aid off to check it out. Well, I was not prepared for what I saw underneath the band-aid. It was big and purple and there was white stuff around it. My maternal instincts kicked in at that point and I carried her off to Urgent Care without hesitation. When we got there they gave us an ice pack which Arielle kept on her finger the whole time without and resistance. This made the swelling and purple decrease quite a bit so I started to feel relieved.

Next, they took x-rays and discovered that the tip of her bone was fractured. So they cleaned the wound and created a splint {that looks more like a cast}. When she came home and I held her so tightly. I am so proud of how well she handled the whole ordeal. It helps that she got to watch the movie, The Little Mermaid while she waited and her bandage is purple {one of her favorite colors}.

One of the things I will never forget about this accident was the fact that she asked me several times if her finger was going to fall apart. I think that is what she is worried about the most. She also told me, "I shouldn't have held the door open. Next time I will tell the teacher that I can't hold the door because I don't want to get my finger pinched."

I am such a sap, I can't imagine anything worse happening to her. This is hard enough. Today Zak is taking her to a hand specialist, hopefully they can get her in at the last minute. We just want to take every precaution that we can to ensure that her finger will heal.

Fortunately, my girl is in good spirits as long as we are not touching or looking at her finger. That's always a good sign that we are doing something right!

~Momma to Bug~

Monday, February 23, 2009

What's Been Going On Lately?

Here is a list of recent events in our lives since I last blogged:

Strep Throat
Two Pink Lines
Caffeine Withdrawl
Home Improvement x 3
Vanishing Terrible Threes

First, Arielle came down with her first case of strep throat this month. Fortunately it wasn't as bad as I imagined it would be especially knowing that she might have had an ear infection on top of it. We didn't lose much sleep, if any, and she handled it like a pro. Lucky for us Arielle loves medicine so there were no issues other than a few days of painful swallowing and lack of an appetite. I am happy to report that she has fully recovered.

Second, we found out that we are expecting baby # 2 this October {this actually happened in January but I wanted to wait a few weeks to announce}!

Third, what I thought was a really bad case of morning sickness {lasting all day long} turned out to be symptoms of caffeine withdrawl. Silly me...I stopped drinking coffee cold turkey for a whole week! It wasn't because I am pregnant and worry about the effects that caffeine has on a fetus {because I have done enough research to know that 2 cups a day is harmless}. It was because one morning coffee just didn't taste good to me so I decided I was done with it. Thank goodness a co-worker pointed out to me that I could be experiencing caffeine withdrawl because no more morning sickness!

Fourth, we have done a few home improvement projects this month. One of them I just posted {although I realized that I didn't take any pics of our sink which is far better looking than the toilet}. Aside from the bathroom bead board projects, we also changed Arielle's bedroom up a bit by removing the closet doors, putting her dresser in the closet and placing her bed against the wall. By making these changes we tripled the amount of floor space that she has in her room! I'll post these pics soon too but it too remains totally UN-finished until I decide about hanging curtains or not.

Fifth, I have had the pleasure seeing what life will be like when the terrible three's are no longer a part of it. As Arielle nears her fourth birthday, I have had the pleasure of experiencing the sweeter side of her personality more often than not and let me just say that it. is. wonderful.!

So, that's what has been going on this month! Now I need to start planning Arielle's fourth birthday party. She wants to do a Barbie theme this year.

~Momma to Bug~

Monday, February 16, 2009

Half Bathroom Bead Board Project

We decided to put bead board up in our half bathroom located on the main floor of the house. This was a fairly inexpensive project that took just one weekend to complete. Fortunately Home Depot sells kits trim and bead board kits that fit together like a glove. I am so pleased with the outcome!

We liked it so much that we decided to do the same thing in Arielle's tiny bathroom upstairs {I'll post those pictures once we replace the cracked toilet tank :-(}.

~Momma to Bug~

Thursday, February 5, 2009

In Memory of Ava ~ Super Princess ~

This post is in memory of Ava so that she will
Never. Be. Forgotten.

On this day two years ago, the world lost it's original Super Princess, Ava Rosemeyer.

Upon hearing about Ava on her mummy, Sheye's blog, I instantly knew that this little girl was special and that her story was going to bring a lot of good to a lot of people. It warmed my heart to see so many people show compassion for Ava's family and how they have been so supportive of them. That is when I truly realized what the blogging community has to offer and I decided I was truly happy to be a part of it.

Because of Ava, I have also learned to cherish the time that I have with my loved ones. This isn't always easy to do, especially when my three year old is showing her "spirit" as she tends to do so often. But thinking of Ava always reminds me how lucky I am to have another day with my daughter and that thought makes these moments easier to manage.

I hope that more parents will learn Ava's Rule and teach it to their children.

Ava was very fond of anything princess-like, especially pink.
I took this picture last month and I knew I wanted to post it but didn't know when or why. I am dedicating this picture of pink gerber daisies to Ava. If you are interested in posting a blog in Ava's memory and would like to use this picture please email me and I'll gladly send it to you.

~Momma to Bug~