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Welcome to Ewe’s Not FAT, Ewe’s Just Fluffy! =)

My name is Lizze. Some of you may know me from my other blog Daily Mommy Survival. Some of you may not. Either way, thanks for stopping by.

Anywho, where was I? Ah yes, I’m Lizze. I’m about to turn 30 in a few weeks. I’ve been married to my darling husband for almost 7 years but we’ve been together for 9 years. We have 3 wonderful boys ages 10, 4 and 2. A dog and 3 cats.

I have Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and possibly Narcolepsy (they are still trying to figure that one out). I also have chronic migraine headaches, which require Depakote to attempt to prevent. The best part about the Depakote is the fact that it causes me to gain weight. (That was sarcasm, by the way. I tend to be very sarcastic. lol)

Between the Depakote, left over baggage from 3 pregnancies – 2 of them on complete bed rest – and my complete lack of physical activity…I still look 4-5 months pregnant! This is unacceptable. So I started this blog to track my journey to a healthier, skinny me. =)

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The Bathroom Meme ~ Stolen from Jennifer at BPD in OKC

1. What do you read when you are sitting on the toilet?
Whichever book I’m on in whichever series I’m stuck on and re-reading repeatedly.

2. Do you pee in the shower?
Uh…ew!

3. Do you always wash your hands after you use the toilet?
Yes, I do.

4. Do you allow someone to come into the bathroom while you are using the toilet?
Cleo is usually in there with me. Sometimes Elliott Richard or Emmett John will be in there with me, although Elliott Richard won’t be permitted with me for much longer. Then Rob is in there with me when we’re getting ready for bed at night. Yeah, after 3 kids you kind of lose your sense of privacy. (lol)

5. Do you clean your shower in the nude?
Nooooo…???

6. When you use the toilet at someone else’s house do you go through their medicine cabinet and/or their bathroom cabinets and drawers?
No, I think about it but I’m always terrified that they will hear me opening the cabinet or drawers. So I leave them alone.

7. For the Men…Have you ever left the toilet seat up on purpose to irritate the woman in your life?
Last I checked, I was a woman so this doesn’t apply to me.

8. For the Women…Have you ever fallen into the toilet because someone left the toilet seat up?
Yes, I have. The worst was when I was pregnant with Mr. Emmett John and I fell in at 3am. I was a seriously angry pregnant woman!

9. Do you courtesy flush?
Butt, of course. (lol) Ha ha ha, I made a funny.

10. Do you light a match or a candle or spray an air freshner when you are finished pooping?
Yes, I doo. (lol) That one was a total typo but still a funny one. =)

11. Have you ever fallen asleep on the toilet?
Again, I think I may have dozed off while pregnant with Mr. Emmett John.

12. What is the strangest thing you have ever flushed down the toilet?
I’d have to say tampons off the top of my head. There’s just something about tampons that seems a little…odd to me. I don’t know why. I know their purpose, obviously, since I use them monthly and all. They still strike me as odd and kind of freak me out. (lol)

I stole this from Jennifer over at BPD in OKC. I would say if you want to play along head over there and steal it from her but that’s silly. Instead, I’ll link you to the blog that she got it from Monday Mayhem. So head over there. Copy the questions. Answer them. And add yourself to Mr. Linky. =)

Enjoy! =)

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3 sick boys, 2 ped appts, 1 fibro flare & a baby on the way

(You’re supposed to sing the title to the tune of “The 12 Days of Christmas”.)

3 Sick Boys

Yes, you read that correctly all three of my boys are sick, again. Isn’t that always how it seems to go in the Cheerio household though? I’m not sure if it’s better this way or not. I guess it is. I know it would definitely be much easier without the #1 down there. But I digress.

Elliott Richard

Elliott Richard was first. For all the “gory details” see this post here. He will finish up his antibiotics tomorrow. Yippee! Because even though he’s on the “bubble gum” meds that most kids love he’s 3 and a terrorist and therefore he enjoys being difficult.

Things were just starting to return to “normal” (not a term that usually applies to our household). Meaning that Elliott Richard was sleeping in his bed rather than on the couch in the living room with Daddy. He was sleeping through the night again. Wasn’t super whiney or clingy. He was himself again. He seems to be doing much better. Although he’s developing a cough, but I’ll get to that in a moment.

So things were starting to look up…and then…

Emmett John

Emmett John, never one to be out-done in anything, was next. Friday afternoon he spiked a fever. By Friday night, his fever was 102.8. By Saturday morning it was 103.2 so off to see Dr. Beth we went. No ear infection or strep. It was just a virus. She said to let it run it’s coarse and by Monday the fever should be gone. If Monday morning the fever was still there or his cold symptom had returned, I was to bring him back in.

So we suffered the weekend. No one slept. Emmett John screamed a lot. I considered clawing my eyes out and super-gluing my ears shut. But decided against it in the end. We all survived (I use that term loosely).

Monday morning, always the over-achiever, Emmett John still had his fever and his cold symptoms had returned with avengance so off we went to see Dr. M. But really, let’s be honest here, what’s a week in the Cheerio household without a visit (or two or three – keep reading) to the pediatricians’ office? He checked out our young bebe and thought for sure he had strep throat so he did the swabs – rapid and 48hr. Both ended up coming back negative.

So now he’s just a super-clingy grump. He doesn’t really want to eat. But he downs water and juice like they are going out of style. He’s exhausted but won’t sleep. Wants to snuggle but doesn’t want held. My fellow mommies out there know this drill well. *sigh*

Gavin

Then of course, Gavin had to jump on the bandwagon. Although truthfully, it’s not like he had much of a choice, with two sick little brothers the odds were stacked against him in a major way. So a week or so ago Gavin developed a cough. As the week went on the cough got worse. The problem that Patty brought to our attention at our appointment on Tuesday was timing. The cough started about the same time that Dr. R increased Gavin’s dose of Zyprexa. Patty was worried that the Zyprexa was possibly that Gavin is over-medicated and it’s causing decreased respiratory function. Of course, I mean what else would you expect from a Cheerio Child?!

So I called and made an appointment with Dr. M. The appointment was actually going to work three ways. Here’s what they are and why:

a.) If Gavin is over-medicated, the dose will be changed.

b.) If Gavin is sick, hopefully it’s something that will be fixed with anti-biotics.

c.) Everytime Gavin gets a tickle in his throat he proclaims that he has asthma, which he does not.

So I was hoping to find answers to all three of those when we met with Dr. M. Although truth be told, Dr. H has already told Gavin on numerous occasions that he does not have asthma. Heck, even his original pediatrician Dr. Mike told him he didn’t have asthma. But he’s still convinced that he does.

So we went. We saw. We talked. Some of us more than others. Dr. M asked Gavin a bunch of questions to rule out asthma, which he was able to do, again. Then as Dr. M and I were talking about the cough – when it came on, the meds he’s taking etc – Gavin kept jumping in with random Aspie statements. “I like pancakes.” Things that given the given the context of the conversation really didn’t make much sense. Gotta love those Aspies. 🙂

Dr. M checked him out and let us know that:

a.) He is not over-medicated. Huge relief there.

b.) He is sick.

c.) He also does not have asthma, although I don’t know that this will put an end to the debate.

Apparently, Gavin has some funky form of bronchitis. The normal anti-biotics won’t work on it because of the cell walls or something. And the anti-biotic they would normally prescribe is Zythromax or something in that family but Gavin is allergic to those. Even if he weren’t he can’t take them because they increase the levels of the Zyprexa in his blood stream. So he’s on an anti-biotic I’ve never heard of before, which after three boys (especially Emmett John) I didn’t think that was possible. lol And I have to take him back on Monday so that Dr. M can listen to his lungs and make sure that he’s improving etc.

Back to Emmett John

Now we get to go back to the pediatrician today. In the last 24hrs Emmett John has developed a rash that started on his back so I thought it was heat rash. Then it began to creep. It creeped to his sides, stomach and now it’s creeping down both arms and legs. So I called and talked to Paula, one of the lovely nurses, and she talked to Dr. M. He said that he felt Emmett John should be seen because of Gavin and Elliott Richard both being sick. So at 4:15pm we will be back at the pediatrician’s office. This time we get to see Dr. H though. Yippee! So we’ll see what that brings us. Oy vay.

2 Ped Appointments

Yeah, it was 2 ped appts if you only counted Emmett John with Dr. M on Monday and Gavin with Dr. M yesterday. However, if you count Emmett John with Dr. Beth on Saturday and now Emmett John today. The grand total is now 4 ped appts but that doesn’t work with my title at all. 😉 lol

1 Fibromyalgia Flare

Yeah, that would be me. Of course, who else would it be. I love living in Ohio. Really, I do. Lately though, this weather, it’s killing me. The ups and the downs – the weather is just crazy and it’s downright killing me. I’ve been flaring off and on for nearly 2 weeks now. But that’s another post entirely, believe me.

A Baby on the Way

Okay, so he’s not so much “on the way” anymore because I started this post 5 days ago and let’s face it, that’s kind of a long time for active labor! (Ouch!) On Thursday, August 6th my cousin Sam went into labor with her second child, first boy. If you would like to see his stats and a picture of him head on over to her blog. Try and prepare yourself though ~ seriously.

Welcome to the World and to the Family, Mr. Evander Benjamin!

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The Story of Emmett John

Granted most of this blog thus far has been dedicated to the making, the baking, the raising of Mr. Emmett John along with his brothers. However, if you are new to the Cheerios’ Universe and would like a quick run down…let’s see what I can do for you.

Surprise! (Coming Soon!)

The Pregnancy (Coming Soon!)

Labor & Delivery (Coming Soon!)

Home (Coming Soon!)

Hospital Stay #1 ~ August 2008 9w

Hospital Stay #2 ~ May 2009 11m

Our Support Teams

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The Story of Elliott Richard

Here you will find the links to the various parts of Elliott Richard’s story. Some parts are finished. Some are works in progress at the moment. Please check back frequently for the rest of the story. 🙂

Before

The Pregnancy

Labor & Delivery

The NICU

Home (Coming Soon!)

Aftermath (Coming Soon!)

Our Support Teams

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The Story of Gavin

Ah, yes, the Story of Gavin. Definitely not your “fairy tale princess” story, that’s for sure. But it’s part of our story and it’s the beginning of his story, nonetheless. So it must be told. Besides I know you’re all simply dying to know where it all began with my ex. 😉

Before (Coming Soon!)

The Pregnancy (Coming Soon!)

Labor & Delivery (Coming Soon!)

Birth to 6 months (Coming Soon!)

6 months to 1 year (Coming Soon!)

Gavin’s 7 Rules

Our Support Teams

What is Autism?

What is Aspergers?

What is Bi-Polar?

What is ADHD?

What is OCD?

What is PICA?

What is Sensory Integration Disorder?

What is a Conduct Disorder?

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A Super LONG and Long Overdue Post

Okay, Emmett John is fussy so this is going to be the fastest update I can manage. (Yeah, right. lol) Please forgive me if this seems jumbled and disconnected, Emmett John and Elliott Richard aren’t big on sleep at the moment.

I’m sorry I haven’t posted in nearly forever. I simply haven’t been in the mood, which stinks because I was hoping to partake in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) but I can only do so much. I do apologize though if my being MIA has made any of you worry.

Gavin

About a month ago Gavin was started on a new bi-polar medication, 150mg Trileptal BID. Everything was fine. It seemed to be working. His moods were gradually evening out. Then the bottom fell out. His moods took a nose dive. He began rapid cycling again. So we called Dr. R and he decided to double Gavin’s dose to 300mg BID, which he had planned to do anyway. So two weeks ago, we double the Trileptal. We give Gavin his meds and proceed with getting ready for Gavin and Elliott Richard’s flu shot appointments. On our way to Dr. H’s office for flu shots, Gavin broke out in a serious rash. Dr. H wasn’t in the office but one of the other peds saw him and confirmed that it was a reaction to the Trileptal. She said that there wasn’t anything we could do for the itching (apparently Benedryl doesn’t work on drug reaction rashes), so that was fun. We were told to keep an eye on his breathing etc but told he should be fine. (Ever try explaining to an Autistic 8 year old that he can’t scratch and you can’t help the itch? Yeah, I don’t recommend it.) Since the ped wasn’t worried, we sent Gavin to my Mom’s as planned. At like midnight or 1am our phone rings. Gavin now has a fever, the chills etc. His breathing was fine so Mom gave him Tylenol for the fever and we all went back to sleep. He was fine in the morning so it appeared that the worst had passed. Until he got home. The chills, fever etc had returned. He was now running a 104 degree fever! So Rob is calling Dr. R and Dr. H’s offices trying to figure out what to do. I’m trying to get Gavin comfortable and giving him Tylenol etc. Dr. R’s office decides he has the flu and not a drug reaction at all. Dr. H’s office said to keep a very close eye on him, if anything changed or the fever hit 105 we were told to call back ASAP. To give a general idea of how Gavin was feeling, he went to bed at 5pm and slept through the night until 8am the next day!!!!!! (This is a big deal because I don’t think he’s slept that much since he was Emmett John’s age!) On the bright side, he recovered really quick. On the not-so-bright side, I’m definitely not going to win “Mother of the Year” this year. When Gavin went back to school, I accidentally gave him the 150mg dose of Trileptal. Luckily, he survived and we now know for 100% certain that Dr. H was right (it was a drug reaction) and Dr. R was wrong (it was NOT the flu). So while he broke out in a rash again, he handled it like a champ and it was gone within a day or two. So since this whole drama went down Gavin has been unmedicated for his bi-polar, which at the very least is making things interesting. Rob and I see Dr. R today to figure out what the next step is.

Other than that whole mess, things with Gavin have been fairly….typical for Gavin. He’s rapid cycling. We’re struggling to keep up with him. The whole situation is just exhausting. Of course that could have something to do with the fact that he hasn’t adjusted to the time change at all. He puts himself to bed at 6pm every night and asks for him meals an hour early. We’ve tried to explain it to him but he doesn’t get it. Poor thing. Hopefully he’ll adjust soon.

On a positive note, a few days after the adoption was finalized (we should have the paperwork any day now – woo who!) the school had an Awards Assembly for the students. Gavin received awards for Perfect Attendance (which was blown for this grading period with the drug reaction), an award for meeting his reading goals with his Title 1 tutor, and another one I can’t remember. (Hey, I already told you I wasn’t winning Mother of the Year.) The school even went and changed his name on all of his awards so that they read Gavin G. 🙂

Elliott Richard

Well, unofficially potty training has begun. We’ve started buying Elliott Richard Lightning McQueen Pull-Ups. It took a little bit of convincing to get him to wear them but now he’s in love. He’s now changing his own diapers, well, he’s taking his wet (and dirty – unfortunately) diapers off and then running around the house buck naked screaming “New biper!” He also tells us (sometimes before and sometimes after the diaper removal) that he’s peed or pooped. He will sit on the potty, sometimes for nearly an hour. Then he gets up, puts on a Pull-Up and pees. Oy. So progress is slow and basically non-existent at some points but we are getting there.

During Gavin’s whole Trileptal reaction, Elliott Richard received his flu shot. I expected a lot of tears and screaming. Daddy said that he was fine with the shot. (I was meeting with the ped about Gavin.) It was having his legs held down that ticked him off. Once they let him go, he was fine. lol I swear he never ceases to amaze me.

Other than that stuff, there’s really not much to report in the land of Elliott Richard. He’s still completely obsessed with Emmett John and helping me as much as possible. Which usually means that whatever I’m doing is taking twice as long as it would normally but whatever. He’s growing like a weed. Eating us out of house and home or not eating at all. (I just love the terrible two’s!) And as his hair grows back from his first hair cut, I’m thrilled to say that it is still wavy/curly! 🙂

Emmett John

I think I probably have the most to update on when it comes to Mr. Emmett John.

I’m thrilled to report that Emmett John is now the new and improved wireless version. We saw Dr. K and our nurse Vick at the Apnea Clinic last month (yes, I’m really that behind). The only concern they had was one Apneic episode that wasn’t a full-fledged episode. His breathing slowed way down and then seconds after his breathing picked up again his heart rate dropped. Since they didn’t happen simultaneously, it doesn’t count as a true Apneic Episode and he was cleared for release. 🙂

Since then, he’s gained a few pounds and grew a few inches. He now weighs 17lb 3oz and is 26.75 inches long!!!! That’s the 80th and 90th percentiles respectively!! Craziness I tell ya.

He’s been babbling and laughing (whenever he isn’t screaming in pain from the reflux) for a while now but he’s recently added the squealing to his list of tricks. He seems to have a very select sense of humor though. Only certain silly noises, scaring/startling him and whatever it is Daddy does seems to amuse him. Although there are times now when he will laugh when he hears someone else laugh, which is super cute! He gets super excited when he sees Mommy, Daddy or Elliott Richard. (Gavin hasn’t shown much interest in him so Emmett John doesn’t see him hardly ever.) He’s rolled over but didn’t seem terribly impressed with the accomplishment and hasn’t done it in a while. He can’t decide between his thumb, his Nuk binkie (he’ll take other binkies but strongly prefers the Nuks), and this little blanket I actually bought for Gavin like 7 years ago. He had his first bowl of cereal on Wednesday. In keeping with his tradition of being polar opposite of everything I know from raising Gavin and Elliott Richard, Emmett loves his cereal. I couldn’t shovel it in fast enough. lol He holds on to toys that we hand him for a moment or two but gets the biggest kick out of reaching/batting at his hanging toys on his bouncy seat. Speaking of which, he loves that bouncy seat. He’d sit there and kick (making it bounce) all day long if it weren’t for little annoyances like hunger and diaper changes. lol

We are keeping a close eye on his reflux because he is on 15mg of Prevacid once a day and he developed a hoarse voice about two weeks ago that isn’t really going away. It hasn’t gotten any worse, which is something I suppose, but it’s not really improving either. We saw Dr. H yesterday for his 4 month checkup and 3 of the 5 vaccines he was due for. Dr. H said to give it until the middle/end of next week, if it hasn’t gone away by then I’m supposed to call back and he’ll send Emmett to a ENT to have his vocal cords checked out. Other than the hoarseness, Mr. Emmett John is practically perfect in every way. And quite possibly the cutest 4.5 month old in the house. 😉

The Adoption & Legal Issues

Not a whole lot to report on this front. The paperwork for the adoption has been filed. We are just waiting on the judge to sign and date them and get them back to my attorney. At that point I can drive around town and change Gavin’s last name with everyone. The school is almost as excited about this as we are. 😉

As for the fact that Gavin will never see them again, well Rob is currently out having “Guy Time” with Gavin to discuss that very fact. Per the suggestion of Dr. R. So I will be sure to update you on how that went when I know more.

There is still the small matter of the contempt motion that Pam filed against me. I filed an objection on September 4th and we just learned that the courts are requesting transcripts from the court date on July 31st. (You know, the court date I didn’t attend because I felt it wasn’t in Emmett John’s best interest?) John, my attorney, emailed Pam’s attorney handling the matter and informed him of the adoption and the circumstances surrounding the adoption and the only response he’s received so far was “I’ll have to get back to you.” This lead me to believe that Pam and/or Nick hadn’t informed him that Nick no longer has any rights to Gavin. That was probably an interesting conversation. The way John has explained it to me, Pam can drop the whole case but since I didn’t do what I was court ordered to do the magistrate can still try and force the jail time issue if he really has a bee in his bonnet over me. This remains to be seen, however, I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as I do.

Life in General

Life in general is…well, it’s life. I’m exhausted. Emmett John gets up at 4am every morning. Elliott Richard usually isn’t too far behind – getting up at 5 or 6am. I’m up so I usually just bring Elliott downstairs with me so that Rob can sleep. That way if we have a few empty hours during the day I can grab a nap. I’ve started seeing my therapist, Nina, again. I love her. She also has a massage therapist, Kim, whom I also love. She does wonders for my fibro, which is currently kicking my butt. So overall, things are…trying to find a new sort of norm.

Okay, I started this at like 8am this morning. It’s now 4pm. Emmett John is screaming because he’s tired and starving. I have a raging migraine. We are going to lay down. (Woo whoo!) As soon as Daddy mows up the leaves. (Stupid lawn. Stupid trees. Stupid fall.)