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Hi I’m Jen- I'm one lucky lady to be married to the most wonderful man, Jason. I am a mother to three beautiful children, Grant, Norah, who was born with hydrocephalus, and Mason. I love spending my time with my family. I also like to challenge myself with new things. I'm on a constant quest to become more organized, it may never happen but it's a dream. I currently work part-time as a RN in an emergency department. I love this journey of life that I am on with God by my side, knowing that all things are possible when you Believe.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The stress when Norah gets sick!!

Norah woke up Sunday morning with a fever. I can handle a fever, but when she spent all afternoon sleeping then began vomiting repeatedly Sunday night (6 times over 2 hours) my radar was up and I was feeling stressed trying to decide is this just a virus or a shunt failure.

We have been blessed to not have had a shunt failure since Norah left the hospital last August. I know that at some point it will fail, that is just the facts. I also feel a constant strain/battle within between being Norah's mommy and being a RN in an ER. There are times when I want to pick her up and run to the ER, then the nurse in me say step back, look at all the symptoms what makes sense. It's a mixed blessing at times. I can remember Norah being in the NICU and getting her first dose of vanco to help prevent any infection from her incision leaking CSF. I knew she was developing Redman's reaction, yet she received two more doses with a worsening reaction before I could get anyone to pay attention. I hated feeling not in control. In that moment I didn't ever want to leave Norah side for a minute, she needed me there to be her mom and advocate. I also dislike it when staff thinks I know something because I am a nurse and don't properly explain things. This is my child, I am currently not working, the brain is processing things differently and my husband needs to understand as well.

Alright enough with my vent.

After two long days and the battle of what to do (not to mention a trip out of the country quickly appoarching) Norah's fever finally broke this afternoon. She was more like herself tonight but still tired. I pray tomorrow on the mending path.

Will this stress I feel whenever Norah get sick ever go away? I wish there was a magic button to let me know when to worry and when to just go with the flow!!

Making Christmas Ornaments

Just over a week ago Grant, Norah and I spent the afternoon making Christmas ornaments to give as presents.  We just wanted to share all the fun we had, and I think the paints will stay tucked away for another snowy day.

**To those of you that were supposed to get these on Christmas day, you get them soon. I'm sorry I left them in a box on the kitchen counter, I blame it on being pregnant.**

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Celebrations

We have enjoyed celebrating Christmas, and our kiddos have given us lasting memories. Christmas Eve was spent at our house and our little family. Grant could not wait to start ripping open all of his presents and even some that weren't his. He gladly helped Norah open a few of her presents and I think that he thinks some of her presents are his - oh to be two years old.

On Christmas morning we traveled to be with Jason's side of the family. We arrived in the morning with Monkey bread for breakfast. Many gifts were shared and watching the kids' excitement was precious.

The day after was spent with a sick mommy and a sick baby Norah, ugg. Oh, and as for celebrating with my side of the family, that will be soon, as we all travel south of the border.

Friday, December 10, 2010

"Steps" in the right direction

Norah took her first solo steps using her stroller walker today. We did this a few times today and tonight she was off on her own. She's just shy of 17 months. She still isn't standing independently, but this is a huge move in the right direction. Check it out for yourself.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Can you see it? Exciting News

Did you pick up a clue in the Thanksgiving post?

Now look at our refridgerator, do you see it?

Grant and Norah are excited, as are their Mommy and Daddy to tell you all that we are anticipating the newest addition to our family in June 11, 2011!