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You are my sunshine …

March 08, 2012

… my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are grey. You’ll never know B how much I love you …

Pretty sure I just experienced my worst moment as a mother thus far. Poor little B is in the thick of the “bad days” with RSV (days 3-5 according to our doctor). We’ve had to go in to see our doc every day since he got it to check his oxygen levels. We hadn’t planned to go in today, but last night I looked at Brady on the video monitor and saw he was sleeping in a weird position – flat on his back with his arms and legs sprawled out. Normally he sleeps in a little ball of Brady goodness.

We went in two different times to check on him and his breathing was really shallow and slow. It took us a few minutes to wake him up – but we did because it was so weird. I came thisclose to sleeping in the rocking chair next to his crib to make sure he was okay. He slept from 7pm – 8:30am this morning (Good for mama who’s now caught the bug and good rest for B). When he woke up, he had a terrible coughing fit so we called our (amazing, gentle and patient) pediatrician who just so happens to live in our neighborhood and work across the street.

As it turns out, little B has a secondary bacterial infection and an infection in his left ear (which would explain all the recent head shaking).

Dr decided it was time for a nebulizer.

The next few minutes included me being shown how to cradle little B while holding his arms and head still. They strapped the nebulizer on his face and turned it on. It was a loud machine and it blew medication gently into his nose and mouth so he could breathe it in.

He stared at me with sad, teary, terrified eyes and I sang You Are My Sunshine. We both cried.

Why is being a mama so dang hard?

Obviously he needs this medicine, but goodness I need prayers to survive doing that to him four times a day. Prayers for him to be calm and understand that it will make him feel better and prayers that I can keep it together to show him we’re not afraid of it.

Gracious. Thank goodness for this post from Lara today. Gratitude changes everything.

Yes, I have a very sick little boy but I can make it better. Thank goodness for our frog humidifier, our sweet doctor and our sweet friends and family who are praying you (and two of your little friends) feel better soon. 

Yes, I’ve caught this nasty bug and feel like I’ve been hit by a bus but he’s sleeping well, so I can get some rest too.

Yes, my inbox is EXPLODING and I haven’t blogged much this week and my to-do list is NEVER ENDING but I’m able to work from home so that I can be here for him.

Grateful and looking forward to sunny days ahead.

xo

Emily

Seersucker pants for Brady + a giveaway!

February 01, 2012

My amazingly talented friend, McKay Pittman of Oatmeal Lace Design came over last weekend to teach me something I’ve always been afraid to try.

Sewing.

Yikes. Sewing machines remind me of some weird machine that might blow up or take off or melt if I press the wrong button. While our husbands grilled and our little boys entertained each other, we poured a glass of chardonnay and went to town. We sewed Bryan an M&M pouch (he LOVES M&Ms and it was all I could think to call the little pocket we sewed). Bryan didn’t think I could do it and so I couldn’t wait to SHOW him.

So today, after our weekly walk along the trail near my house with the boys, McKay came over to help me sew my first real project: seersucker pants for my little Southern man who’s learning to walk. (No steps yet, but they’re just around the corner!) All of his pants are too long, so I wanted some cute little “cropped” pants that were long enough and short enough. Make sense?

McKay is a WIZ at this stuff. She helped me cut the fabric, sew each seam, measure Brady and create the elastic waistband and cuffs. Once we got them on him, they were PERFECT!! The total cost (thanks to McKay for lending me her sewing machine!) was $6.23 (the seersucker was 30% off at Joann’s + the elastic = $6.23!) This is the pattern we used (we altered it just a tad to eliminate the button and turn the cuff to the outside). Its from the book Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross.

Brady loves them and isn’t tripping on his pants trying to learn to walk anymore. Now this boy just needs a shirt on! : ) And mama needs some MAKEUP!

Sidenote: Oatmeal Lace is such a great place to buy bibs and burp clothes (AND RIDICULOUSLY CUTE DIAPER BAGS!! I’m on the waiting list!) We have eight thousand (no really) bibs and McKay’s are our absolute favorite. She backs them with terry cloth and they’re super absorbent – especially if your little one likes to eat/wear messy foods like mine does.

How did I get Brady to pose for all these photos, you ask? Well, goldfish. Yes, yummy processed cheesy goldfish. They apparently also lured Briggs into the picture. : ) We’ll go back to fresh blueberries for snack time.In honor of my very first sewing project, McKay has offered to give away TWO super cute bibs to one lucky reader!! Check out handsome Beckett below in her new chevron bib!

Details:

  • PRIZE: Two super cute (my absolute favorite!) Oatmeal Lace bibs pictured above – modeled by the ever-adorable Beckett Pittman!
  • TO ENTER: Comment on this post with the words “I NEED THESE BIBS!”
  • BONUS: Tell me your favorite place to buy cute baby clothes/accessories! I actually just had some cute clothes made for Brady that I’ll be sharing soon!
  • CONTEST ENDS: Thursday, February 8th at 8pm EST
  • WINNER: One lucky lady or gent
  • PRIZE SHIPS: Anywhere in the USA
  • NOTES: One entry per e-mail address is permitted. The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Thursday. Good luck!
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