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Ivy Grace is doing A LOT better. She's still kind of dragging and cranky, but at least she's playing more and getting around really well. I talked with the nurse at our pediatrician's office today, and since she's come out of it well, they made an appointment for Wednesday. BUT the nurse mentioned that they weren't even completely sure it was pneumonia...AND apparently they gave us incorrect information on her medication, which pisses me off. The nurse at the hospital told me to give her tylenol every 4 hours and ibuprofen every 8 hours - so every other time she would be getting both. I was concerned, especially after they wrote us a prescription for amoxicillin, and specifically asked him, "Isn't that too much medicine for her little body?" Well the ped's nurse says it is - that we could give her one or the other, but shouldn't be giving her both. She suggested I stick with the 4 hour meds, but I explained that Ivy HATES that but likes the 8 hr ibuprofen, so she said that's fine.

When she naps, I still find myself running in there every five minutes or so to check on her. I can't seem to stop, though I know she's bouncing back so well. I've also been very picture-happy - snapping away every time a cute thing happens. Here's a picture of her today. You can tell she's still not feeling well. She's not sleeping easily, and sometimes I think it still looks like her left eye's droopier than the right, although you don't see it so much in this picture.

More Ivy stuff I have seen and rejoiced over:

* "Sissy"

* Taking a step - she took TWO, for the very first time!

* Picking up little things (consensus says: goldfish count!)

* Fake coughing (her new favorite sound is going strong)

* Holding her own water bottle

She hasn't said 'Achaiah' again, but she has been playing with her and telling her what a good girl she was:

And then this morning when we woke up, we noticed something down the front of Eden's gown. Sniffing did not reassure us, so we went to check the bed...to see that apparently she had thrown up in the night (and must have slept through it). So she may be coming down with something. We gave her some ibuprofen and tried to keep her relatively calm all day, but she hasn't shown any other signs of illness. We're keeping an eye on her, though.

On an even more positive side:

I never got a chance to say, what with all the drama going on, but Friday we found a home for the brown & white pup. And today we found homes for the remaining three! It was really great how that worked out. I met a woman at church when we took the pups last week - and it was her first time in Unity - and the one we called 'Fatso' looked *just like* her old dog. So she's naming him 'Deja Vu'. I like that. She had a friend come up this week from Florida, and they came out to look at the pups so she could choose one - and she took the other (black) two, since she felt they should stay together! And she was so happy, she cried. I thought it was the best thing. She's never had a dog before. And both the women have sons, who loved the dogs. That made me so happy. They loved playing with Eden & Ivy, so I'm glad they're going to homes with children in them.

And on a sadder note:

My best friend came to visit today. He's moving to Florida this week. I'm pretty bummed about it. I really only have one local friend, you know, someone I can call up (or IM - he's deaf, lol) and go visit, or who comes out to see me. I never seem to click with females anymore, other moms & stuff. Or I'll have superficial friends - folks I associate with, mostly from church, but we don't really call each other or get together. It makes me sad, and I might try some manifesting work for a new buddy. It's more present in my mind lately - Josh hadn't really had a good buddy since his best friend disappeared. But now he's got a new buddy he met at church, and they hang out together and he's been over to the house a couple times now. I'm happy for Josh, because he's needed another guy friend, but I'm sure realizing that lack in my life as I said goodbye to David today. And David's the only friend from high school who has stayed by me all these years. He's family to my kids. He was the one who drove 40 minutes out of the way to take me back and forth to work when my car broke down, or slipped me gas money when he thought I wasn't looking, and picked me up off the side of the road several times when my bad car-ma caught up to me. I'm going to miss him terribly.



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Jul. 4th, 2006 08:33 am (UTC)
Well as soon as I get my car I will come see you!! Asheville is only a couple hours away! So don't be sad. :)
Jul. 4th, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
YAY! Oh, I'd be so excited to meet you! I can't wait. If we can manage to get the "good car" fixed, I could come out there or meet you half way. :-D

Jul. 4th, 2006 08:37 am (UTC)
BTW Ivy is absolutely adorable!! I love her name. What is Eden's middle name? Eva's name is Eva Bella. I love that. I am actually not too happy with Carissa Nicole. It is too preppy for me now and she lives up to it all to well. She is my alien. I truely believe a child's name shapes them the same way sound shapes a crystal.
Jul. 4th, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad you like her name (well, AND think she's adorable *wink*). We actually had a hard time deciding on a name - it was between Ivy & Eva - LOL! Finally when she was born, I asked Josh which she looked like. Honestly, I'd been thinking Eva, but he said Ivy and we'd been so wishy-washy on it that I just said, "Ok, Ivy it is!" We couldn't decide on a middle name either, for a couple days afterwards. It was between Grace and something else, I don't remember now. But my preacher came to visit us at the hospital, and he has this saying - he did the little 'namaste bow' as he left and said "Enjoy the grace", so that made up our minds for us. :P

Eden though - I knew her name from the start. Since I was young, I wanted my first daughter's name to be Eden. I pretty much told Josh he didn't have a choice in the matter, although I was lucky that he liked it well enough. Again, we couldn't think of a middle name, until one night I dreamed it. Not about her, not even a real dream - I dreamed the word, complete with how it was spelled out: Mahjia. I wasn't really sure how to pronounce it. I thought it might be Hebrew, with a 'hock-ey' hj-sound, like "Mah-hchee-ah" (not sure if that makes sense), but Josh couldn't say that, anyway. So we pronounce it 'Muh-hi-ah'. Oh, I'll need to do another voice post & say it before my paid account runs out...
Jul. 4th, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking maybe next summer there should be an LJ meet'n'greet somewhere.. :o) LOL...

I wish I could tell you not to feel alone. You know that you are not but I also know that this (online) is not the same as having someone actually present... Take heart sweety.. My mom always told me we are truly blessed if at the end of our life we can count our true friends on one hand and still have fingers left over.. the key is there was at least one to count! :o).. so there ya go.. you are blessed.
Jul. 4th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
Re: yanno
A meet & greet would be AWESOME! (and I still won't give up my dream of winning the lottery and hosting an LJ play-party...)

I do feel blessed for the time David & I had together. And I don't give up hope that he'll be back. Once folks come through Asheville, they always come back. It's a magical place - quite the energy center.

Of course, I feel like so many of my LJ friends are *real* friends. I've got some better connections here than I've ever had 'in real life'. Maybe it's because I'm better at expressing myself through the written word; I don't know. I just wish I could hold on to RL friends better. I don't know why I've always struggled with that. I'll admit, it gets hard sometimes being a SAHM and NOT having someone to go out and have girl-time with, just getting away from the house & family for a bit. Even when I take classes or join a group or something, I just don't have that *connection* with people. I'll see that changing, though!
Jul. 4th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
the black dog is so cute!

reading the entry, the aprt about the woman thinking that the dog look exactly like her old dog reminds me of the marvelous ways fate works. destiny has everything planned out and if we live long enough, we'll get to know why this certain something has to happen.

i know what you mean about best friends. it seems as though, these days, it's hard to find someone who are into the same things as you and most importantly feel "rigght". i think as we grow older, it gets touger to make friends.

i like how ivy grace sounds. especially the grace part. i don't normally like the name grace, but somehow, ivy grace makes graces sounds more than just bearable.

Jul. 4th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
reading the entry, the aprt about the woman thinking that the dog look exactly like her old dog reminds me of the marvelous ways fate works.

That's so true! I told her that, too. It's no 'coincidence' that we brought the pups on her *very first* day at that church. PLUS, we were supposed to take them out to the church a month early, but that Saturday was when Josh fell & hurt his ankle, so we weren't able to go. All in good timing...

i know what you mean about best friends. it seems as though, these days, it's hard to find someone who are into the same things as you and most importantly feel "rigght". i think as we grow older, it gets touger to make friends.

Oh, I know! I've felt that way for many years now. It saddens me, because I always had my 'group of friends' in school - you know, several folks who all hung out together. I miss that. I'm lucky that my Beloved is really my best friend, but I'm still hoping to find someone knew who I *click* with.

i like how ivy grace sounds. especially the grace part. i don't normally like the name grace, but somehow, ivy grace makes graces sounds more than just bearable.

Aw, thanks! We like unusual names, although we were stuck on Ivy's middle name when she was born. It was meant to be Grace, and I think it fits her perfectly. I'm glad you like it. I replied to asphixiapixia's comment above with a little anecdote about how she got her name, if you're interested. :)
Jul. 4th, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
There is a ton of stuff going on in your life! It seeems for every "bad" thing there is a "good" thing, but I think you need more good thing, I'll make a call ;) Im gald you found homes for your puppies. I had 8 to find homes for and I was so anxious over it. Everyone who came and got one "felt" good, and three friends of mine each took one so I still get to see them :)
Im glad your baby is getting better. I hope things get back to NORMAL normal for youur family real soon :D If Im ever back in NC I'll look you up ;)
Jul. 4th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
I agree - more GOOD things, please! LOL I'm so glad they found homes, too. And everyone seems like it will be a good family.

Thank you so much - I'm glad she's on the mend, too. I've never been so scared. I think I probably need to work on my stress level more than her health level, at this point. She's such a trooper!

I would LOVE for you to come back through NC and look me up! Oooh, vacation! I forget where you are - probably too far at this point. One day I'll be able to do like Willow suggested and have an LJ meet & greet! :-D
Jul. 4th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
that would be awesome!!! Im in detroit (blahh) lived in fayetteville for a spell :)
Jul. 4th, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, Fayetteville's not too far, I don't think. Come down one summer with the boys & I'll take you to my favorite berry picking spot. Or come sometime at the end of July and we'll all hit Bele Chere together!
Jul. 4th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
Or you could all come up and visit willow!!!!

Yanno, it is something for us to think about really. If properly planned it would only cost your travel. Could plan a Reiki Share... drumming.. campfires... and a big-asses ole hug!!!! LOL...
Jul. 4th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
I'd so do it! Of course, I'd need to wait til your candles really start working for me... unless I hosted it here in the mountains, with a camp & bonfire... oh, it would be so much fun!

Jul. 4th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good time :)
Jul. 4th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
Grins... I think we're onto sumpin!
Jul. 4th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
i'm so glad ivy is feeling better. seems like everytime i'm away from lj for a few days, i miss some major event! but by the time i get caught back up, all is well. or at least better.

the pictures were great too.

i hope things keep looking up.

golden light of protection blessings for you and yours
Jul. 4th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. All is better, but hopefully we'll get a lot cleared up at her doctor's appointment tomorrow.

Keep sending the light! It's all doing a marvelous job so far!
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Jul. 5th, 2006 11:21 am (UTC)
Yay, glad to hear she's doing better. :D You are all still in my Reiki jar!

Thank you so much! We still need it. Unfortunately, we were up all night with Eden. Poor thing couldn't stop throwing up. :( Good thing we have a doctor appt this morning!

Insterestingly, my old best friend from High School just called me tonight. I don't have any 'in person' friends anymore. Everyone I knew either moved away or we drifted apart. I really miss having friends! I imagine it would be cool if me and Nick could invite friends over and have people to go out with and see new things.

That's cool. It seems a lot of folks are having old friends contact them lately. I miss having friends, too! I wish you were closer. We would so hang out.

Your children are SO CUTE! But you know that hehehe. ;)

Thank you so much! Yeah, I know that, but it's still nice hearing it. ;)
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