Saturday, July 25, 2009
It will be Gavin's first meeting with several of my cousins, and all of his great-uncles...I am excited for everyone to finally meet our little man!
We don't have the internet at the cabin, but I may get a chance to post as I will be headed to the library to participate in a market research study for CF caretakers . I need to sign online three days next week for 20 minutes a day to answer some questions, and for just an hour of my time I'll get a whooping $150...hey, every penny counts, right?!?
Thanks to Angela, Phoenix's mom, for giving me a heads up on this one!! Also, the family of the Fighting Phoenix is holding a major fundraiser for CF in their city, Tammy Cochran is even participating by holding a concert tonight! Good luck with your busy day, and I am sure that you will raise a ridiculous amount of money!
One final note before I sign off for a few days, check out Ronnie's site if you get a moment of free time. He is a 29 year old living with CF and he has a lot of great info to share. I have learned a lot through his blog, and he truly is an inspiration!
Posted by Jen at 7:44 AM
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
This week we're sharing recipes, and I thought I'd share quick, simple and yummy chicken enchilada recipe.
Cheesy Chicken Enchilada
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Bake Time: 40 minutes
Heat the oven to 350°F
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups Picante Sauce (or any chunky salsa will do!)
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
6 flour tortilla (6-inch) warmed
1 small tomato, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 green onion, sliced (about 2 tablespoons)
Optional: 1/2 cup drained black beans
- Stir the soup, sour cream, picante sauce and chili powder, chicken & optional black beans in a medium bowl.
- Divide the chicken mixture among the tortillas (leave about 1/2 cup extra to put on top before baking)
- Roll up the tortillas and place them seam-side up in a 2-quart shallow baking dish.
- Top with remaining chicken mixture, additional picante and cheese
- Cover the baking dish & bake for 40 minutes or until the enchiladas are hot and bubbling
- Top with the tomato and onion.
** Speaking about time flying, on a side note, today is the fourth anniversary of my father passing away from pulmonary fibrosis. RIP Dad we miss you.
Posted by Jen at 6:55 AM
Monday, July 20, 2009
Posted by Jen at 6:25 AM
Friday, July 17, 2009
Remember the dog that wanted nothing to do with Gavin? Now the two are attached at the hip. Louie follows Gavin wherever he goes, and whenever I let Gavin play on the floor, Louie just has to come over and chew his bone right next to him.
Only problem is, Gavin now thinks that the bone is a great toy and constantly goes after it...
He's also a big fan of the bricks surrounding our fireplace...
Over the last day or so I've noticed that Gavin has developed a slight cough. I am not sure if it has to do with his teething, or if he has come down with something. He seems to only cough when he's overly drooly, his appetite and demeanor are normal, he doesn't seem to be more/less sleepy, no runny nose and no fever. But I did call our clinic this morning and left a message, I would rather be safe than sorry! Hopefully they will call back shortly and let me know what to do, if they want us to come in I think I will wait until next week to see if the cough persists through the weekend. But I wouldn't be surprised if they want to see him and put him on an antibiotic. Our clinic is big on prevention and they try to catch everything at the very early stages so it doesn't evolve into a health fiasco. So keep our little man in your prayers that it's nothing serious and it's just that overwhelming drool that is making him cough!
Update: CF Clinic nurse called back. We are upping his chest therapy to 3x a day and if his cough doesn't stop/seem better by Monday we'll need to bring him in. She (Evelyn) thinks it sounds like its just due to his teething, but it never hurts to bring him in a check to be sure!
Posted by Jen at 8:27 AM
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Here they have t-shirts for just about everything. In the search bar, type in what you support, whether it's cystic fibrosis, autism, cerebral palsy etc. they have shirts for just about every disease & disability. Does it raise money for you cause, no but wearing a t-shirt will get the word out about your cause. And we all know that awareness is a huge step in fighting for a cure!
They have sizes for babies, toddlers, kids and adults! And the prices are pretty reasonable, just thought I would share!
Posted by Jen at 2:30 PM
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Casey and I were the last to ever believe that we would end up together. When we met at work we both were unhappily (haha) dating other individuals. It was our coworkers that couldn't believe we weren't together, we were the ones content with just being friends...our first "date" was a Halloween party and all of our friends said..."FINALLY!"
Casey owns at least twice as many shoes as I do. True story. Pathetic on my part I know :)
The night Gavin was born, there was a total of twelve babies born at that hospital. Gavin was one of six born within an hour. When I spiked a temp and Gavin's heart rate plummeted the doc on call rushed in, looked at me and said, "Don't push! You must wait for me to come back to figure out what's going on, and the woman nextdoor is crowning." OK, this is after I had already started the pushing process and now I had to stop? Oh boy...Then almost immediately after Gav made his arrival (with the assistance of a vaccuum, our little bugger was "stuck") she had to run off to the next room to deliver another little one. She had been on-call for over 24 hours at that point, she definitely earned her paycheck that night!
Posted by Jen at 4:48 AM
Monday, July 13, 2009
On Saturday I did not change Gavin's diaper on the floor of a meeting room at the zoo (that I don't think was for public use...) instead of using the changing facilities in the bathroom. I would never ever be that mom who changes their child's diaper wherever it is most convenient for me, ignoring the disgusted looks of dads walking by (the mom's just walked by smiling, I think they were glad to not be me!). I did not pray that there wasn't a meeting later on in that room as I threw one very smelly diaper away in the garbage can. No way...not me!
I did not get to my hair appointment early on Friday and decide to stop in at Once Upon A Child across the parking lot from the salon while I waited. I did not have to sprint across the lot to avoid being late becauseI took too long in the store. I most definitely did not decide that I needed to buy Gavin this hat because a)it will protect him from the sun while swimming and b) it's so dorky that it's cute and c) it will be great to tease him about a few years down the road...
I am not writing this post while Gavin is napping instead of cleaning up around the house and doing some much needed laundry. No way, not me!
Posted by Jen at 5:44 AM
Sunday, July 12, 2009
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Thursday, July 9, 2009
Gavin's first attempt with solids (not including the applesauce he takes with his enzymes) was quite the experience! I don't think he's a fan of the bland taste because he is so accustomed to the sweetened taste of his applesauce. Today I mixed a bit of the
mush cereal with some of his applesauce and that seemed to go down much easier! I'll probably call Kathy, his nutritionist, and see if I can start adding cream and/or olive oil to his cereal for those extra calories he needs, and maybe it will give it just enough flavor for him? We'll have to see!
I just love seeing him in his highchair, just another reminder of how quickly he has grown! He loves to put his feet up on the tray just as someone would put their feet up on the glovebox while sitting in the passenger seat of a car. And FYI, he has the most kissable cheeks...ever!
First video is his very first bite of the rice cereal. The second one is just for fun...gotta love that confused face! I made this first batch of cereal from scratch, but it resulted in one sticky mess. I think that I will stick to buying organic cereal from this point on and will make the rest by hand...
Please ignore the mess (& me) in the background, we're getting ready to move and everything (including us!) is in total disarray
Posted by Jen at 5:41 PM
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
We're heading back several years to dig up a photo from my pre-baby (& Casey) days...2004
Our fishing trip up in Canada. We drove up to Red Lake and then took a water plane and flew into this remote resort. Where there aren't any roads, and people use planes like cars. Want to run to town? Get on the plane. Need to restock on beer? Get on the plane. Run out of toilet paper? Better find a nice big leaf...or....get on the plane! If I remember correctly, we were a couple hundred miles away from a road.
We had a cabin with bunks, limited electricity and an outhouse. There were two showers for the entire camp, but I think we each only took one, maybe two, showers the whole week.
Here, we had pulled up onto shore to slice and dice the fish we had just caught for a shore lunch. We would use the oars as cutting boards and cooked up the fish over a campfire. We always did our shore lunches on the islands to avoid and bears sneaking up and stealing our meal!
This picture may seem rather plain to many of you, but it is filled with many memories for me. This was the last trip I ever got to take with my dad (who is sitting on the boat, I am in the middle in the blue vest) who passed away from pulmonary fibrosis in 2005. I spent nearly eight hours a day sitting with my dad in a small fishing boat catching fish after fish after fish...My only regret from the trip is not getting a picture of just the two of us.
*Happy 5 month birthday little man!
Posted by Jen at 4:36 AM
Monday, July 6, 2009
This morning we did not decide that Casey would be accepting the job he got offered, which means we will not be relocating to Rochester. I am not at all excited to get a new home that has more backyard and fewer levels. :)
Posted by Jen at 8:16 AM
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Grant playing inside the caterpillar
(it's a bit foggy because the picture was taken through a plastic window)
You'll be big enough to play next year little man...
Laughing at my Aunt Stacy
I love the feeling of the grass on my feet!
Hanging out with Grandpa & Grandma Groettum
My daddy and me!
My two cousins who I absolutely adore!
We had a great time hanging out with the Davis clan while they were in town! Gavin will sure miss all the attention he got from his two big cousins!
Posted by Jen at 2:30 PM