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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Baby A got tubes. And violent.

After months and months of ear infections and then waiting weeks for a referral to the ENT, Baby A *finally* got her tubes placed.  Yay! 

We got the surgery center early yesterday morning and things started out really smoothly.  The staff was soooo nice.  I would highly recommend Surgery Center of Decatur for anything you need.  One of the nurses actually said Baby A looks like my mini-me.  Ha. 

Baby A didn't like the nurses messing with her - getting her vitals, etc. so they decided to go ahead and give her the Versed just to relax her until time for the actual surgery.  Sounds like a great idea, right?  Yep, I thought so too. 

Well, no.  Apparently less than 2% of the children given Versed have a side effect of extreme agitation and  - you guessed it - Baby A is in that 2%.  Yikes. For 20 minutes, she used me as a human punching bag.  She kicked, she screamed, she slapped.  It was AWFUL.

Luckily, the Versed wore off fast and she came back from surgery feeling fine.  She acts like nothing ever happened.

I told the doctor I was expecting her to sleep better, eat better, be happier, and start talking more.  He just nodded... I think he wanted to say, "Lady, we're doing tubes, not a lobotomy". 

She actually was happy yesterday and she slept all night. I don't know if this is a sign of a increased appetite or what....

Why, yes, she's licking food off the table.  Okay, so it was Fun Dip and not green beans, but hey - it's a start!


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Our typical morning ride to school

Today was Scarf Day at Yuri’s school.

Yuri:           I bet pioneers made this scarf.

Karlie:        Pioneers???

Yuri:           Yeah, some pioneers came to my school and showed us how to make stuff.  And they know how to knit.  So I bet a pioneer made my scarf… I bet Momar can knit.  She’s old like a pioneer.

Sorry, Momar.


And then…

Me:             Baby A has her surgery tomorrow.

Gigi:           Today?

Me:             No, tomorrow.

Gigi:           Today is tomorrow.

Karlie:        Oh gosh, I hate when she says stuff like that.

Gigi:           We went to sleep and woke up, so it’s tomorrow now. 

Me:             Yesterday I said when you wake up and go to sleep, it will be tomorrow.  But now it’s today.  Tomorrow is always the next day, but then when it gets here, it’s today. 

Karlie:        Mom! Seriously?!?!  Now I’m even confused!


Just a glimpse into the typical morning ride to school!


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Can I vent for a minute?

Things I love to see on your Facebook:

Pictures of your kids and grandkids, funny stories about your day, what you ate for lunch, what you’re cooking for supper, vacation pictures, how much you love your boyfriend or girlfriend, Roll Tide, prayer requests….

Things I don’t love to see on your Facebook:

Your dirty laundry.

Look, we all have drama.  It’s not always happy, happy, happy in real life.  I get that.  We’ve got our own dirty laundry… we don’t need to smell yours. Do everyone a favor and deal with your family, your friends, your co-workers PRIVATELY.  When you jump on Facebook and badmouth people or share details about your private life that really shouldn’t be shared… well, that’s just awkward for all of us.  We don’t know how to comment on that crap! 

If you really must vent about such personal matters, I suggest a journal. 

Or a blog. 


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Garnett Family Update

I've been called the dreaded blog "slacker" today, so I figured I better get it in gear. 

I just thought I'd do a quick Garnett Family Update since I haven't done that in a while. 

Me and Willard took a cruise earlier this month.  We had a great time with our old friends, Bill and Michelle Biddle.  I don't want to say too much about the trip because I really am planning to do a blog post about it.

Hunter is having a great year at Mississippi State.  He's on schedule to graduate in December and plans to apply for law school. I say that loosely because his life plan changes on a daily basis.  We're *this close* to having all his dental work done.  We should have it all wrapped up in May.  Everytime I look at his teeth, I will be reminded of the pool I will likely never have because all our money went to the oral surgeon.  Oh well, such is life.  I figure I owe it to the world to pay for teeth that he cannot remove... since he finds it soooo hilarious to pull them out everytime he has his picture made. 

Haley Rae has been in Guatemala for a week.  She loves it.  LOVES it.  This is a girl who is not afraid to whine about anything that's bothering her, and she hasn't complained a SINGLE time.  I'm so happy that she's happy.  I asked her to rank her happiness on a scale of 1 to 10 and she said "14".  Alrighty then!  I can't wait to hear stories and see more pictures from her. 

Haley and one of her new little friends

Karlie will be 16 next month, which means she's driving us crazy with questions about a car and dating, etc .  I can say with great love that Karlie is our different child.  She has the oddest idiosyncrasies.  Heck, I can't say it any other way except that she's just WEIRD.  Sweet, compassionate, and weird.  Anyway, the main thing she's looking for in car is a certain kind of door handles.  Yes, door handles.  Apparently, there's an acceptable kind and a non-acceptable. 



Not acceptable

I don't think she cares about the make, model or color.  As long as the door handles are the kind she "needs", then she's happy.  I believe we can handle that!

Yuri is enjoying kindergarten.  She's apparently very social and doesn't always get her work done on time because she spends a lot of time "visiting" with her neighbors.  Shocking, isn't it?  Wherever would she get something like that??  After the whole "you look like Honey Boo-Boo's mom" incident (if you haven't read that story, you can read it here.), I felt pretty confident that her teacher wouldn't be inviting us to repeat kindergarten next year so it's a good thing she's doing well.  (Just kidding, Mrs. Stinson)

Yuri and her BFF, Mylee.

Gigi is... well, Gigi.  Things can never be easy, can they? After 4 years of no sleep, once she figured out how to do it, she's loving it.  I cannot get that child out of bed in the mornings.  I have to constantly bribe her and remind her of something "fun" going on that day just to get her up.  This week hasn't been as bad because it's her week to take snack to school.  She's so excited about Thursday.  It's my birthday and she wants to take a cookie cake for her class to eat.  For MY birthday.  I can't wait to see the look on the Kroger lady's face when I tell her to please write "Happy Birthday Gigi's Mommy" on the cake. 

Baby A is keeping us on our toes, as usual.  She's 16 months old and a tiny 18-pound package of dynomite.  I'm not sure there's ever been such an opinionated child, who knew exactly what she wanted, when she wanted it, how she wanted it, and for how long.  Whew.  We are progressing right along with her foster/adoption situation.  If things go as scheduled, we will go to court again in April, and should be proceeding with adoption in the summer.  :)  She's a climber, that one.  I don't know why she can't be happy playing in the floor.  She's got to constantly be suspended in mid-air on the verge of falling off of something.  She drags her riding toys from room to room and uses them to climb up on whatever she wants.  No broken bones yet, but plenty of bruises.  She is either keeping me young or making me old.  It's still up for debate!
Sitting in her favorite spot.  ON TOP of the kitchen table.  Sigh. 
Thanks for sticking with me during my blogging dry spell.  I don't know what's been wrong with me lately, but it felt good to type all this out tonight.  I think I'm back on track!!

Monday, February 11, 2013

I've been MIA!

I know I haven't blogged in a couple of weeks.  Two big things have been happening around here.  First, we just got back from a cruise with some old friends.  I plan to blog about our trip soon, but I just haven't had the chance.  Secondly, Haley Rae leaves for Guatemala in the morning.  An opportunity came up that she felt like was perfect for her.  It happened suddenly and she'll be gone at least 2 months, so I've been scrambling to get her ready to go. 

I don't have time to elaborate on either of these topics today, but soon... I promise! 

In the meantime, let me leave you with a question to ponder...

If your child tells you that your eyes are "as blue as our toilet water", that's a good thing, right?