Saturday, December 27, 2014

Santa Came!

I've actually been really lucky when it comes to working holidays. The last time I had to work Christmas was when I was pregnant with Ty in 2009 and I've known I had to work it this year for the last three years. So we decided to go ahead and celebrate it early by writing a letter to Santa so we could enjoy it fully without being tired or rushed. So we decorated gingerbread houses on Christmas Eve, Santa came that night and we woke up to presents on Tuesday Dec. 23rd!!  I was actually surprised at how much we all enjoyed doing it a tiny bit early. It felt like the holiday was all to ourselves, everything was open, spaced out presents more so my boys didn't get overwhelmed and it extended the entire Christmas celebration out by a few days. Anyways, I'm a fan. Not of working but of celebrating early! ;) Ty told everyone, "Our Santa came early!"

Ty- 4.5 years old
Levi- 3.5 years old
Shad- 11 months

Shad's FIRST Christmas!!!

The boys were up by 5:30 am and we couldn't keep them waiting for too long. Finally I let them open their presents without Shaddie there. They took turns, opening each one, and did really well! I was impressed! Shad didn't wake up until 8:30 am so the boys were very excited to "help" him open his presents.  He didn't have to do a single thing! ;)

Our ward had a little toy exchange/clean out your closets thing where I dropped two bags full off to. Then we got to "shop" for new things- it was actually pretty cool! There was a bunch of neat, good stuff and so Shad got a few actual real baby toys since we don't really have any! I got rid of them/sold them when we moved because I've finally learned babies don't really need toys- they play with whatever the older kids are playing with or love kitchen utensils or shoeboxes.  :)

Again, playing with the shoebox instead of toys....

Shaddie enjoyed our Christmas breakfast of pancakes with homemade strawberry syrup, whipped cream, bacon, eggs and orange juice!

The pirate just got a ticket by the police officer. There's no messing around at our place anymore.

It actually wasn't too bad at work this Christmas Eve and Christmas. I was expecting a lot worse. Christmas Eve was pretty slow actually. I worked with good people and Dr. Sanderson so it was fun. We didn't have any major, horrible traumas and pretty easy patients. TONS of flu patients (GET YOUR FLU SHOTS PEOPLE!!) but nothing too major. 

The only thing that was rough was that I had a little 2 year old boy who had leukemia come in. He spiked a fever suddenly and him and his cute little, young mom and dad were visiting family here in Utah. They were from DC where his dad is in med school there. He was diagnosed back in October, 3 days before his 2nd birthday and had spent every holiday in the hospital. His mom and dad took the chance to fly out here for  Christmas to see family and of course, this happened. The poor mom was so worried but came fully prepared with everything they (and we needed) to access his port and other info like that. He LOVED Iron Man and was wearing Spiderman slippers- stab a needle in my heart and twist it, right?? All I could think about was my little superheroes at home, healthy and safe on Christmas Eve. :( He was such a cute, sweet little boy but of course, was so tired of nurses, doctors, hospitals and needles. I was very vary to access his port since none of us had ever done a Peds patient before. I knew we had one chance and didn't want to traumatize him so I called around the hospital looking for someone who had time/expertise. Eventually one of the NICU doctors!! and a NICU nurse came down to do it for us!! I was so shocked at their kindness to take the time to do that. It was soooo grateful I did that since it took the doctor himself 3 times to do it and it was clotted and everything. Thankfully, he eventually got it working and saved the day. I gave them one of the pistachio desserts I had brought in gratitude to take back to their unit. :) The poor baby kept saying, "Owie! No! Dad! It hurts!" over and over. Broke my heart, plus everything they have yet to go through. They've only been through one round of chemo. Anyways, I just thought about this lots and really made a huge impression on me to not take for granted my kids' health. For some reason I've always been afraid my kids will get diagnosed with leukemia or Type 1 diabetes. I know, weird, but when I see it all the time, I can't help but have little fears in the back of my mind like that. But I'm grateful for strong parents and sweet little boys who help remind me what's important and made this Christmas working, a holiday to remember. I'll always remember my little 2 year old Iron Man patient on Christmas Eve. :)

Christmas Catch Up

My cousin, Sheila, had her baby girl on her due date- Christmas Day! Isn't she so sweet?? It definitely made me baby hungry for a little girl- but then I came home and reality hit me right as I walked in the front door.... I'm good for right now!!! hahaha.

We had a Sunday Christmas dinner at TJ's Abuelita's house and all the 11 great grandkids were there. It was a small house so a little chaotic but fun! We had a delicious Colombian soup that Ruth made and the boys all got matching pajama pants made by their great grandma. Dimitri and Shad happened to be wearing the same Christmas onesie!

This baby was 11 months old last Sunday! He's officially on whole milk and no more formula!!! Best present ever!! He celebrated by sleeping through the night for the first time (finally!!!!). We've been sleep training him (crying it out :( so sad) so the last 3 nights have been a little rough :( He woke up with a hoarse voice yesterday from crying so much. Makes me sad but so worth it once we hit the three day mark and he sleeps all the way through. My boys have all done that- works like a charm if you can just stick out the three days. Shaddie is still taking lots of steps but no real, consistent walking. He loves any food and always makes a big mess in his high chair. Still has 6 teeth but I can feel several more trying to make their way up. His one right sided tooth next to his big front one seems to be almost side ways it's so crooked! Hopefully crooked baby teeth mean perfect, straight big teeth will come later and no braces. :) He has dark, dark eyes and light brown/blonde hair although darker than Levi's was and lighter than Ty's was. He loves giving hugs and is still a huge snuggler. Sometimes he'll give you a hug that seriously lasts over 30 seconds- just sitting there, resting his head on your shoulder and his little arms around your neck. So cute!! No real words yet but he's babbling all the time. Doesn't really watch TV or movies or has a favorite anything, just likes to be where his brothers are at and playing with the same toys. Lately he has a thing for his dad and whenever he has to choose who to go to, he'll always choose TJ. He already needs another haircut and it's so hard to keep up on ! The top part sticks straight up and is very hard to control. When he first was exposed to Molly he fell apart and was scared of her for about 2 days. Now he loves her and they play together often. This last month I've noticed a huge difference in how much easier of a baby he's suddenly become. He plays and entertains himself so much more, whereas before he always wanted to be held. He enjoys being independent and moving where he wants to go. He's always wanting to go outside, even when it's cold and snowy!! He's such a lovable little boy!! Can't believe he'll be one next month!

Levi, Parker and Brock 

Shad's first dollar!

Tia Martha gave all the boys dollars according to their age- Ty thought it was soooo awesome and kept showing everyone his 4 dollars! Levi was more interested in the bag of pennies and Shad just wanted to eat his. 

Riding bikes on (our) Christmas Day!

On Tuesday the 23rd, we opened presents, played all morning, road bikes, returned the things we needed to since all the stores were open, we went out to eat at Maria Bonitas and I ate the best carne asada chimichanga ever!! It was soooo delicious! Levi was so tired from waking up at 5:30 am for presents and Ty chowed down on chips!

While TJ took the boys to the movies, I put Shad down for a nap and we both slept for over 2 hours. It was the best Christmas ever!!

Opening presents at Mamita's house on Christmas Eve before I left for work.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Snow Day

First snow day of the season came on the Christmas Day! These guys woke up to a blanket of white snow! I had to work on Christmas Eve so I got to drive home in a lovely little blizzard. Since I had to work this Christmas block, we wrote to Santa to ask him to come early. It actually worked out quite well since we celebrated Monday night and all day Tuesday which was warm, clear, snowless weather- perfect for when you got new bikes from Santa! If we would've waited and just done it on the normal days it would've ruined our bike riding day so surprisingly, things worked out quite well. 

These boys loved the snow! They were bundled up really good so it helped that they weren't getting too cold. I was even surprised that Shad loved it so much!! I kept waiting for him to lose it and start crying from getting too cold but he never did and I eventually just took him inside cause I was cold :)