Friday, August 09, 2013

What Isaac did while we were in surgery

We have been so lucky to make so many wonderful, amazing friends here where we are living now! We have so much fun with all of our neighbors. We have made friends for life. Of course, when they found out what was going on with Oliver we had so many people asking if we were in need of anything. I had been planning on having Berto stay home with Isaac while I went alone with Oliver to his surgery. My friend Jesse offered to watch Isaac. It ended up being such a relief. I was a nervous wreck about Oliver so I was grateful to have Berto there with me. It was such a wonderful blessing to know that Isaac was perfectly happy, safe and in great hands! Jesse and Lincoln took Isaac to the park and to storytime at the library. They had so much fun! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Jesse for taking that stress away from me!

Oliver's Mucocele and Adenoids

Oliver has had a mucocele or cyst on his lower lip for about 5 or 6 months. We had originally decided to leave it alone, but after a couple more months it kept getting bigger and was causing him some discomfort. So we went to see an ENT to see what our options were! We decided to go ahead and schedule a date to have it removed, while we were there we discussed a few other issues. Oliver has always had sleep issues. I've tried several sleep "methods" with terrible results, nothing has worked. He's always been a snorer and with his allergies he gets chronic sinus infections. We decided it was worth getting an x-ray to see if his adenoids were an issue. The results of the x-ray were, that he had definite prominent adenoids. So, on the day that we had scheduled for the mucocele to be removed we decided we would do the adenoids as well. The procedures went well. The entire surgery took about 30 minutes. It was super fast. Oliver was pretty nervous the morning of and was definitely scared when they rolled him away. It was heartbreaking for me. After just a short time they came to get us to see him. Oliver was quite hysterical and it took a good long time to calm him down. But he did calm down. The only "complication" he's had is that he chewed out the stitches on his lower lip. The doctor said the lip should heal fin on it's own and we determined he was probably likely to chew the stitches out again so we left it unstitched. There hasn't been any bleeding or anything. As far as the adenoids go, the doctor said after surgery that they were quite large. Oliver hasn't been snoring as loud, but I'm sure it will get better as any inflammation goes down. He hasn't been in any pain at all. It's been great. I was so worried. The only issue we are having is trying to keep Oliver from running, jumping or being a maniac (which he is). For 10 days we have to keep him from doing any of those things, to keep the clot from coming out where the adenoids were. So we are trying to be creative, but so glad we are on the road to hopefully getting Oliver more sleep and an all around better quality of life.
Waiting to see the ENT! There's the cyst!
Waiting for surgery to start!
In the recovery lounge!
Resting at home!

Happy 25th Aunt Lianna

A couple weeks ago, Lianna and Hamlet called to say they were going to be stopping by for a little visit the following day! They were in Salt Lake for a couple of weddings. We of course always love it when Aunt Lianna and Uncle Hamlet stop by! The boys and I decided it would be a great opportunity to do a spur of the moment birthday celebration for Lianna! We knew we wouldn't be seeing them before her birthday on August 10th, so we whipped up some gluten free brownies and stuck a couple candles on them! She was surprised! It was a fun little visit! Thanks for stopping by Lianna and Hamlet! And Happy Birthday tomorrow Lianna! We love you!! xoxo

Pioneer Day

Every year on the 24th of July we celebrate (here in Utah and LDS people around the World) Pioneer Day. Pioneer Day is when remember the Mormon Pioneers that crossed the United States and settled right here in good old Utah! In Utah there is a parade every year on the 24th of July. This year our ward was in charge of the float for our stake. Oliver and Berto were able to go and help paint the primer on the float! Apparently, each ward has the opportunity to do this once every 40 years. That made this a once in a lifetime opportunity!
We went to the Expo Center in Sandy, UT to check out the finished floats on July 23rd! Oliver loved seeing all of the floats, but especially HIS float! We also, on a whim decided to hop on the train and ride into Salt lake to watch the parade. We had a blast. We found a spot right at the start of the parade where the floats were lining up! It was great because there wasn't any crowd! It was so much fun! I'm really glad Berto talked me into it! Here is a pic of Oliver in front of HIS float! I love the set up of this shot with the Salt Lake Temple in the background!