Tuesday, December 30, 2008
They actually took Brent off the pills for one week. Next week Wednesday we will go back to the cancer center. They are going to adjust his dose in hopes that it won't upset his stomach anymore.
OK, I just had to post that exciting news! I promise that I'll post pictures soon!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Tomorrow morning (Tuesday) Brent and I have to be up at the Cancer Center at 8:00. We'll be there all day again. Basically they do the same thing they did last time he was there. They take blood and do an EKG before he takes his pills. Then they do that at 3 hours and 6 hours after he takes the pills. All together, we'll be there for about 8 1/2 hours. I think they just do this to see how his body reacts to the pills that he's taking.
Well, I just didn't want anyone to think that I had gotten out of the blogging business. Like I said, I'll update soon with more!
Have a great day!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Don't tell Karter or Brody, but this wasn't the real Santa Clause. Warren and Fonda Post came over this evening. It was so much fun! I remember having Santa coming over every year when we were little. It was so cool! Thanks Warren and Fonda!!!
Brody had his 2 month shots today. He is getting bigger every day. Today he weighed 14lbs and 6oz and was 23 1/2 inches. He had 3 nasty shots. He did OK (probably better than I did) after the initial cry. He's still doing pretty good, but I have him doped up on Tylenol and Motrin (not at the same time). Hopefully our night goes well and he doesn't have any reactions.
Here's a picture before shots...
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Today Brent and I played about 15 games of Nertz (a card game that is a lot like Solitaire). He said I turn into quite a jerk when I play cards. I don't have any clue what he's talking about.
Tonight we might open Christmas presents with the boys. (I'm sure that Brody is so excited!!!) I'm acting like it's a good idea because then Karter can play with the toys while we're stuck in the house. Actually, it's probably because I'm terribly impatient. I get so excited to give people their gifts. In fact, Brent has had one of his for about a month now.
Hey, if any of you are looking for a good book to read I have the perfect suggestion for you. (Thank you Helen for telling me about this book!) It's called My Sister's Keeper, and it's by Jodi Picoult. It's an awesome book! Let's just say that I shed a few tears! A friend of ours dropped off another book for me to read, but it's pretty short. If you have a favorite book that you think I'd like, let me know. Just leave a message on this post, and I'll check them out. I love reading!
Anyway, that's probably a lot of random thoughts and kind of a strange post, but that's how my brain works most of the time.
Hope you're all having a great weekend and that you're all ready to have a wonderful Christmas!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Like I said... It's going to be a good day!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Note: This is not just for the immediate area. This will work as long as you live in the 48 states. Just shoot me an email or call me for more details.
Oh, and if anyone is interested in being on our Relay team, please let me know. We would love to have more team members. (We don't make anyone do any individual fundraising or anything.)
BRODY'S FIRST SMILE (on camera)
Oh my... look at my little Brody Alan smile at the camera. This is the first time that I've been able to catch his smiles on camera. I'm seriously loving all these stages. I can tell already that he's going to be a sweet little boy. And, like his brother, I think he's going to be a Daddy's Boy. I may get smiles like this one, but you should see the smiles he saves for his Daddy. I love my life!
Wednesday night Karter and I had to get out of the house, and coincidentally enough, there was some snow that needed to be scooped. So, for the first time, we put on his winter attire, handed him his own little shovel, and out to the driveway we went.
He had a ton of fun, and he giggled every time he slipped and fell. He would just act like a puppy and send the snow flying into the air. He's so much fun to be around! Every day he is learning new words. OK, so maybe not everyone would know what he is saying, but I do. Example: a "Dootch", (pronounced just as it looks) is actually a horse. Not sure where that one came from.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Last Thursday was Brent's 26th birthday. He's getting old (but he'll always remind me that I'm older than him). Friday night we went to Sioux City to a Mexican restaurant to celebrate his birthday. I'm teaching Karter that it's OK to be a picky eater. We were at a really good Mexican restaurant, and I ordered popcorn chicken and french fries for him and a taco salad (with just the lettuce, hamburger and cheese) for me. Brent actually ordered Mexican food with all the bells and whistles. I would have ordered grilled cheese if it was an option. :-)
Today was Brent's 6th day of taking his chemo pills. We are taking it one day at a time. We've had to learn as we go. It takes time to figure out different things like how soon after eating breakfast he should take the pills, or how much activity is just too much for him, or how do you explain to Karter that Daddy is tired and needs to rest. We were told that it could take about a week before he starts to feel the full effect of the side effects. We're a little nervous for that, but we'll have to wait and see.
So far the pills have managed to make Brent's stomach a little upset. Most of the days it has gone away after a little while. Our families and friends have been wonderful. We've had food brought in, many offers to take the boys off our hands, and they guys took Brent out this past weekend for his birthday. Those things have all been wonderful! But I must admit, the thing we appreciate the absolute most is all the prayers! It's amazing to know that people out there are praying to our Heavenly Father on your behalf. Honestly, what would we do without our friends and family?
Living in Maurice, we have taken part in the Christmas decorating. Sorry the picture is kind of fuzzy, but at least you can get an idea of what we've done to our house. If you have a chance, you should ride through Maurice and look at all the lights. It's tons of fun!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Karter went to Gretchen's house today. I think he really misses the kids there, so we thought we'd just let him play and have fun there for a day. Brody and I have been hanging out and getting our Christmas decorations ready to go up outside. Brent and I are going to try get that accomplished yet tonight. It's pretty nice out today, so it's a good day to do it. I'll try post some pictures if we get it done. We don't go all out, but I was happy with how it looked last year.
Brody is growing like a weed. I've had to put his newborn and 0-3 month clothes away already. That's always hard for me. I always think I want them to stay little and cuddly for longer than they do. But, on the other hand, it's so fun to watch them grow and learn all kinds of new things. Karter just loves his brother, and that just makes me melt!
Well, back to my decorations. Have a great day!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Next week Wednesday we have to go back to Sioux City for more tests. After that they'll know when the treatments (pills) will start. It will most likely be the first week of December.
Sorry to be short, but I hear sleep calling my name. Thanks for all the prayers! Please know how much we appreciate each one of them!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I love his cheeks in this next one...
Here's a silly picture of Karter. He loves this hat for some reason. Today he even tried to put it on Brody. Needless to say, it was a bit big for Brody (or Bro-Bro, as Karter calls him).
I must say, though, this is my favorite for the night. I just love it when they're fresh out of the tub and in their snuggly jammies. And it melts my heart when Karter holds Brody. He is so good with him, and he just loves him to pieces. I tried to get a picture of Karter giving Brody a kiss, but he was too quick for me.
Thanks for checking in! Sorry that it's been so long since I've posted pictures! I'll try do a better job of getting that done more often! Have a great rest of the week!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Then on Friday, we have another appointment with Dr Wender. This time the appt is in Sioux Center. This is the appt where we find out the results from the bone marrow test and EKG. I'm assuming we will also find out when Brent will be starting his pills. I must say, I just wish this appt were over with. I'm scared for B to start these pills. As with every form of treatment, you take the bad with the good... in other words, there will be side effects. I'm not looking forward to finding out how this affects B, and I just wish I could take these pills for him. In fact, I wish I could go through all of this for him. Better yet, I wish they'd just find a stinkin' cure so no one would have to go through this ever again!
Please pray for us as we go into this. Please let us trust God and His plan.
Also, I promise I'll post some pictures of the boys very soon. Sorry that I haven't been better at that! We just had their pictures taken last Friday, so I'm really looking forward to getting those back!
Hope you all have a great week and are enjoying the weather!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Dr Wender was my Dad's doctor, and our family really trusts him. He's one of those doctors that does not sugar-coat anything. He feels very confident that Brent won't have any problems kicking this thing! He won't be doing any chemo or radiation. Instead, his treatment will be in pill form.
Yesterday we went back to Sioux City. Brent had to have an EKG at the Cancer Center. Apparently, this pill can sometimes affect the heart. The EKG was just so they had a picture of what his hear looked like before he started treatments. After that we had to go over to Mercy Hospital and have a bone marrow test. We were a little nervous about that. We had heard that it was quite painful. Brent did really well. He was sore by the time we got home, but he handled it really well. Today he said it's feeling better. He stayed home today because he couldn't do any heavy lifting. He'll be going back to work tomorrow.
We have another appt with Dr Wender on Nov 21st. We'll find out all the results at that point, and hopefully Brent will be starting his pills after that.
Please pray for Brent. This is hard information to accept. Please also pray for the rest of us, that we may give him whatever kind of support he needs.
I'll try keep this blog updated, so feel free to check back and see how everything is going. We will have our hands full, between a (soon to be) 2 year-old, a newborn and Brent's treatments and appointments.
Thanks in advance for all of your support!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Here's our little Monkey on Halloween. We went a few places to Trick or Treat, but I got tired pretty early... so we went home. Brody had a onesie that said "This is my costume". He looked good in orange, which is good... since that's one of Sioux Center's school color.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
For those of you who may not have heard yet... Monday morning we welcomed a new little boy into our family. Brody Alan was born at 8:24 AM. He weighed 8lbs 6oz and was 22 inches long. I know that I may be a little biased here, but I must say... He's absolutely beautiful! Enjoy the pictures!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
It's days like this that I really miss Dad. Well, days like this... and every other day there is. It's going to be weird to not have Dad visit me in the hospital when this baby is born. Or to not have him present (and take part in) baptism. And every other part of this that Dad would have loved to be part of.
Oh no! Vikings just scored a touchdown! GRRR!!! Chicago still leads by 7 with 3 minutes to go, but why cut it close?
Random thought: Karter's new favorite thing is to sing "E-I-E-I-O". You have to listen pretty closely, but he sings it like he wrote it.
OK, I can't concentrate. I have to watch the game now.
Have a great week!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I've been struggling a bit with headaches the last couple days, but other than that it has been a dream pregnancy. I've really enjoyed being pregnant. It's such a miracle! Every morning when I get up and get Karter out of bed, I take a moment and thank God for the many miracles in our lives.
Enough sappy time, and on to pictures. Karter is quite a ham lately and likes to have his picture taken... so enjoy!
Thanks for joining me on this adventure we call... Our Growing Family.