Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's day

We had a wonderful St. Patrick's day. My family started this tradition where we have a "Green Party" (no pun inteded since my sister's married name is Green). We play games like: Pin the shamrock on the leprachaun/rainbow, green jello slurping contest, we go through a pool of sawdust full of $60 worth of coins and chocolate coins (my fav.), and some other games. It changes each year. The one thing that is the most exciting is we play a final game where the winner gets to sign the Idolized Gold Bear. Andrey won this year as he was the quickest at popping all the bubble wrap (you had to pop them all without popping the 13 that were marked on it with green). It's a fun, silly tradition and the holiday is ended with our shoes (we leave a shoe there over night on the 16th) filled with chocolates and goodies. The girls love this holiday and it's always fun to be able to spend time with my fun family. We hope you all had a wonderful St. Patrick's day full of luck. "Tie-tee-tie-tee-tie!" (as uncle Travis would say).

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

1 month old Ethan

Ethan is one month old today!
How time flies. He is such a great baby-he lets us sleep at night only waking up occasionally, he loves hugs and kisses and having his big sisters hold him, he is doing better at holding his head up and we are excited to see an occasional social smile (and many when he is sleeping). He is about 7 lbs. and 7 oz. and continues to grow.

Ethan hates getting a bath, being changed, being alone, and loud noises (so he is truly in the wrong family and will have to get over that one). Ethan has some silly things about him that make him unique: instead of spitting up, he shoots milk out his nose (not a pleasant feeling) and he has one flat ear and one that sticks out and curls under. it is the cutest thing. Ethan loves his cousin
lucy (his only coisin on his mom's side) and it's fun to watch Lucy with him.
We just love him so much and are so excited to see the other milestones he makes as he gets bigger.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

3 weeks

Ethan is now 3 weeks old. He is doing great. He is now 20 1/2 inches and 7 lbs. 7 oz. He was supossed to be back to his birth weight of 6 lbs. 14 oz. but he went above and beyond. "He is for sure a Glover," was Andrey's response (they are known for going above and beyond in all that they do).

Ethan is doing great with getting used to his sisters (even though they still can't hold or touch him till they are better from their cold and coughs), he is awake a lot during the day and only wakes up once or twice at night (mommy and daddy are so grateful for that). He loves making eye contact and sharing an occasional smile.

He is recovering now from his circumcision and was such a brave, with only a wimper as the doctor jokingly asked as he returned from doing the circ., if I had picked out a girls name for Ethan. Silly Dr. Brasher. =0)

Ethan loves being help and cuddled and is so different from his sisteres who loved to be sitting up and facing others. We love having a boy and learning the differences between him and his sisters and are so grateful that after all we have been through with getting him here, that we are blessed to be with him for all eternity.

Return of the IMC

We were all recovering from our sicknesses when I felt this big pain in my right leg. I looked and there was a huge vein bulging from my knee and it was rock hard and turning colors. I called my aunt (who has dwelt with blood clots many times) after elevating my leg. She came over and told me to rush to the E.R. and have it looked at. After getting a sitter for the kids and getting Andrey home, we spent the afternoon with me in a gown again (I guess I missed it so much from weeks before...yeah right) and laying on a hospital bed wondering what was going to happen to me. Would the blood clot reach my lungs? Was it just a surface blood clot? I have never prayed so much in my life than I had this last month.
It was neat to see the amazing technology that we have and to see the ultrasound of my leg being done. The nurses and doctors were amazing, answering any questions I had and giving me advice as how to prevent blod clots (my legs are pretty scary with the varicose veins).
After the tests were completed, I was relieved to find out that I had a superficial phlebitis (surface blood clot that would not reach my lungs or harm me in any extreme way). To recover, I have been taking Ibuprofin (sp?) and warm compressions, and elevating my leg when I could find time. This was a scary experience and I still worry, but I am so blessed and grateful for familiy, friends, doctors, nurses, and amazing technology that take care of us and look after us.