Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Wow! Hard to believe it has already came and in a few hours it will be gone. What a fun day we had though. My mom came down on Christmas Eve, we went out for some yummy food and then looking at Christmas lights, while sipping on coffee, we had a good time! All the kids seem to really like all of their presents, even Tawni was just playing and playing and really seeming to have a great time!
Ty was so excited about his little motorcycle and after pushing it awhile he got the hang of actually riding it while pushing the button, and he really seems to love the firetruck bed but not enough to sleep in it...
Tawni seemed to love everything even Ty's toys:)
Tori loved her camera and TJ really liked the shoes, I was so glad I got the right ones, and Tanner was excited about his stereo. I got the bag I wanted and Gerald got the money to get the bible he wanted, it all turned out so good and exciting.

Now my little Miss Tawni is not feeling to well. Eary Christmas Eve morning about midnight, the croupy cough started, so at 12:30 a.m., it was a trip to the ER for a breathing treatment and some steriods. I am so frustrated with her getting this all the time and nothing I can do, and all the drs can say, "is well it's part of her down's", I am so tired of hearing that and also the phrase, "she will grow out of it." I have decided that down syndrome is just a wait and see game, or at least that's how I feel, and the Lord knows I am not good at waiting and seeing, think that's what He's trying to teach me??
So then after getting home at 3:00 a.m. to get a few hours of sleep, back up at 6:30 to get ready for her ENT appointment, (thank goodness my sweet husband let me take a good nap later that day). I guess the appointment went ok, the dr thinks her hearing is ok but she didn't exactly pass the hearing test, so we have to go back in a month to re-do the test, and if she doesn't pass then we will have to go in to the hospital to sedate her and do an in-depth hearing test. We are kind of hoping that we will have to do the in-depth test, with the test we can get an accurate account of what her hearing levels are and they will also be able to scope her throat to check it out since she gets the croup so much and because she has reflux so bad. Her spitting up is so frustrating for us, we should own stock in carpet cleaner from all of the spit up she does on the floor. And it seems like I can't get the drs to understand how bad she spits up and can someone or something help us??? and then I get those 2 phrases I just love so much (see above)....Ok, I will stop I am just venting... she is a precious angel and such a blessing to us, she can be so sick and having trouble breathing and still just be smiling so big...
Well it's off to the dr again tomorrow to check on her cough and her yucky nose, praying also I can get her into a stomach study before February...
Merry Christmas again!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

My Little Tawni

Well I do believe we finished the Christmas shopping today, except for 2 presents, but I don't need them until after Christmas, so that is good!

Tawni had her 2 appointments this past week, for her eyes and heart, and I have to say they didn't go as well as I was hoping but of course it all could be worse.
The eye dr diagnosed her as mildly cross-eyed and we will check that again in 3 months and then he said she has nystagnis where her eyes twitch and she has to tilt her head to see, it also really effects their vision where they can almost be blind. He said we will watch that real close also and maybe in time she may have to have surgery.

The heart dr said her heart was strong and her EKG was perfect but she still has her PDA, and when she is 21/2 he will go in and close it.

It all makes me so sad and overwhelming, but it also makes my love for her and my Jesus stronger and for me to really lean on my faith so much more.

We have an ENT appointment this week on Christmas Eve morning so I am hoping it all goes well!

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Weekend

We had a great weekend!
Friday night, Tanner and Tori went to a school dance, so after a quick trip to McDonalds we took advantage and did a little Christmas shopping.
On Saturday my precious mom came down in the late morning and we went out and did a little more shopping and then she watched the kids, Yes, 1st time for me to leave Tawni, Gerald and I went out on a date, well kind of a date, with his boss and his wife, but no kids! After dinner we spent some much needed time together ALONE!
Sunday was church and then we took mom to lunch and then Gerald stayed with babies and mom, Tori and I went out for yes more shoppping! But I am so excited we went to Goodwill and there it was a Fire Truck bed,and it is in good shape! So my mom bought it for Ty's Christmas! He is going to be so excited! I can't wait for him to see it!

We have a busy week, 2 drs. appointments for Tawni, eyes and heart, I am praying all goes well!!

Monday, December 8, 2008


Well let's see it has been a few days....last thursday Tawni had her 1 year appt. and it went ok, well the outcome was ok, the appt was the pits. She got 3 shots and had to have blood drawn for her thyroid, so they pricked 2 fingers to get blood and pushed for 20 minutes to get blood out and she cried and cried and so did I. The test came out good though, her thyroid is fine. Then at midnight the striders at 1:30 a.m. we were at the ER getting a breathing treatment and steroids. We were there til 4:00 am... so tired.. my husband did stay home that morning to help out and then to take her back to the dr for a check-up. The ER dr finally said after 6 or 7 times of having croup it is time to see an ENT so we have an appt on Christmas Eve..

Friday night, my husband watched both little ones (only the 2nd time in a year)and me and Tori met my mom in Salado and we strolled, shopped, and drank lattes. It was a blast!! I hope that I showed Gerald enough how much I appreciated him watching them.

Saturday night was another Christmas party, Gerald really didn't want to go but I talked him into it, so we went. And I kind of wished I didn't now. We took Tawni and got all kinds of stares, I left crying.. wasn't sure if people were staring because we brought the baby, or because she is downs. She was fussy anyways, I think she could feel how uncomfortable I was. So we ate, then left to get some good coffee and then to wal-mart for a little grocery shopping and then home to bed.

Sunday was the DSACT Christmas party, and we had a blast! Tori was an angel and danced with a boy and even tied his shoe for him, I was proud of her for just treating him normal. It was full of activity and beautiful views, and Ty had a good time and did good without a nap and then crashed later at bedtime and slept so good.

Monday the kid's worker came and were discussing Tawni's eyes, I really feel come December 17th, she will have glasses and that makes me a little sad, I was really hoping we could wait a little while longer. But with mom and dad, and several siblings having glasses it's most likely she will have them even if she didn't have DS.

Well about time for bed...

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


This little girl is so cute and her mother is an inspiration to me!
I will be glad to pray for her and can't wait for her to get better and be healed!