Sunday, February 21, 2010

Spring has sprung!

We've been enjoying some absolutely fabulous weather lately. The rain has given us a break and we've been enjoying the outdoors quite a bit more! Sorry to those who are still dealing with snow... I'm not trying to rub it in. ;)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Priya's Big Girl Bed!

The day has finally come for Priya's crib to be converted into a big girl bed! She is almost 2 1/2 years old and has shown signs that she is ready for the transition. She has been escaping from her crib and also climbing back in quite frequently. Both activities have been cause for alarm and concern (she usually lands on her head when she crawls/falls into her crib and I've been terrified that she'd end up breaking her neck or something), so now that we have a long weekend in sight (President's Day is on Monday and I have the day off) I figured we would have a consistent stretch to help Priya make the adjustment to a bed that allows for greater freedom and independence.

Quite honestly I expected a battle tonight, but I'm happy to say that she only made one escape! She isn't keen on sleeping under blankets or using pillows. We have tried multiple times but she throws a fit when any blanket touches her body and usually throws pillows out of her bed. We started with her under the covers and her head on the pillow, but it was very clear that she wasn't going to stay that way. So I decided to keep with one transition for now. At least she kept the pillow in her bed...

Here's another fun picture that I've been wanting to share for a while. I came home from work a couple of weeks ago to a cute site - Priya living it up in her baby swing (she barely used it as a baby but LOVES it as a toddler - go figure!). She was snuggling with "Drewey", her beloved monkey blanket, was sipping on milk and snacking on some almonds and Cheerios. She was also doing something that she rarely does during the day - sucking her thumb. It's common practice to find her with her thumb in her mouth while she's sleeping. But it's really not something that she does much during the day...


Ashish's dad was released from the hospital yesterday afternoon. His reaction to the morphine had subsided and his breathing was under control again. The doctors have told him that he'll be wearing a sling for about 6 weeks (they weren't able to put it in a cast because of the location of the break).

His employer has been very understanding and has told him that they would gladly hold his job for him and that they'd love to welcome him back to work in about 2 months time. So that is wonderful news! It's a big relief for all of us!

He is in good spirits and is resting comfortably back in his room. He needs to be elevated when sleeping so we're working on getting a reclining chair in his room. We currently have a bunch of pillows stacked up under his mattress and a few more above it to keep him comfortable. But a chair would definitely be easier for him to get in and out of.

Thanks for your prayers! We all appreciate them tremendously!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Prayer Request

I just got back from visiting my father-in-law at the hospital. Yes, you read that right...

This morning he was on his way over to our place to babysit Priya and he slipped and fell, hitting his head and then the right side of his body on a stone pillar. Our campus nurse went to check on him and encouraged Ashish to take him to the hospital. She thought his shoulder/arm was probably broken.

A couple of hours later he was seen by a doctor. He was given a couple of stitches on his forehead and an x-ray revealed a broken humerus (upper arm bone). They did 2 CT scans to rule out any head/brain trauma and also rule out the possible need for surgery on his shoulder/arm. Fortunately both tests were encouraging and made it clear that there would not be need for surgery and that there was no additional damage to his head/brain.

They gave him morphine and he had a pretty bad reaction that resulted in complications with his breathing. It was scary to see him fading in and out of consciousness (he would snore and be unconscious with one eye open or both eyes partially open). They have him on oxygen and Ashish and his mom were working hard to try to keep him awake (anytime he'd fall asleep his breathing would decrease further). They also have him on oxygen to assist him in his breathing.

His doctor has admitted him and will be keeping him overnight because they are still concerned about his breathing. Ashish will be coming home soon for food and a shower and then plans to go back for several more hours. His mom is planning to stay overnight.

We would really appreciate your prayers for Ashish's dad and mom. This experience has been scary
for them. My father-in-law recently (2 weeks ago) got a job but is now concerned that he will be unable to work for a couple of months and may end up losing the job altogether. We just celebrated his first pay check last night! Ironic, isn't it?

I'll be sure to update as I have more information. We are grateful for your prayers!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Jenetta would be proud!

My sister-in-law is the queen of freebies. If you haven't already, check out Frugal Freebies and Deals. She always finds such fantastic bargains, not to mention the free stuff...

Today was a special day (my...gulp...34th birthday) and I mustered up all the wisdom I have gleaned from Jenetta over the past many years and set out on a freebie-finding birthday bonanza! I'm proud to say that I scored about $30 in freebies as a result!! I walked away with a number of free coffees (Starbucks, Dutch Brothers, YAKS - some are still stored in my fridge for Ashish and I to enjoy tomorrow), a free meal from Red Robin (take-out which I brought home and shared with the fam) and a free burrito from Chipotle (not something they typically do so this was an extra special bonus). I know there were many other deals to be had, but I called it a day after gathering these goodies. I just might have to see if I can top it next year...