October 23, 2008
Melissa came down with a fever of 103 yesterday and we could not get it down past 100. So I made that phone call to her doctor today and he wanted to see her because of the high fever. It turns out Melissa has ulcers on her throat. There is nothing the doctor can give her to make them go away it's just waiting it out and getting the fever down. He did say that by Sunday she should start to feel a little better. Melissa can only eat soft foods. So ice cream, jello are just some of the good stuff she can eat.
Please pray that the ulcers go away soon and that they don't spread in to her mouth. I'll keep you posted on her.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Paul and I have decide that this is going to be one of our family traditions each year with Melissa.
This was our 2nd annual visit to the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch. It's so wild seeing Melissa walking around this year. She was also trying to pick up every pumpkin. Last year our baby was only 3 months old. Another tradition we want to start is pumpkin carving. So this year we bought 3 pumpkins. Melissa picked out a small pumpkin and then Paul and I each got one so we can carve our own.
Melissa had a blast at the pumpkin patch. It was hard keeping her still long enough to take a picture all she wanted to do was pick up the pumpkins or talk to the cut out wood characters. We look forward to doing this again next year.
We had fun carving out one of the pumpkins that we bought. Melissa thought the seeds and the inside of the pumpkin was neat. She did try to eat the seeds! She wasn't to sure about the pumpkin after it was carved and lite. We will have to work on the other sometime this week.
Dada was happy to see his baby girl!
Giving Melissa her Kangaroo and Koala
Friday, October 17, 2008
Today Melissa got to play with her friend Everly! The girls had a good time together for the most part. At this age it's so hard for them not to hit or take a toy way. Everly is 4 months older than Melissa but they still did well together. We look forward to more play dates with Everly and soon her baby brother! One thing Melissa and Everly have in common is music, they love music and dancing. Here is a video of them dancing and Everly singing.
Have you seen the new Target commercial? Melissa has and she loves the new Dolly Parton Song. It's funny to watch her start dancing. Even when she is in her highchair and hears it playing she will start dancing and clapping her hands.
She also likes another commercial for toyota, but I can find it. I will try and get her video with the new commercials.
Emily was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis more than 24 years ago. At that time her parents were told that they could only hope that Emily would live to attend high school. Today, because of support from donors like you, Emily is able to be an active 26-year-old! She runs 25 miles a week, plays the drums in an all girl band and completes a 280-mile bike ride once a year.
Her ability to have an active life comes at a price. Emily has to work hard everyday to maintain her good health—she spends hours doing physical therapy and swallows 40 pills a day. In past years, she has spent weeks in the hospital because of CF flare-ups.
A big turning point in her health was her participation in a clinical trial. Emily has been using hypertonic saline for nearly 2 years and strongly believes that it is the reason she has been out of the hospital for 14 months!
These kinds of results are solely made possible through the generosity of people like you.
New therapies are being developed—some that could revolutionize the way we treat CF patients—but our job isn’t done until those treatments are fully developed and approved.
We need your help to continue funding this promising research! We’ve proven that your dollars are making a difference in those with cystic fibrosis! In the last three years we have been able to add 150,000 years of life to those with CF.
Please take a moment during this holiday season to make a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Your generosity is needed now more than ever! On behalf of Emily and all of our CF families, thank you!
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P.S. Know that your donation will be used wisely. The CF Foundation operates on a dime—close to 90 cents of every dollar raised is invested in research and programs!
October 15, 2008
One of the blogs I follow is http://cfhusband.blogspot.com/. This family needs your prayers. Please take a few minutes out of your day to pray for them.
Nate and Tricia my family is praying for you. Tricia you give me hope every day with Melissa.
My DD bought me my first pair of Keds shoes. I have been very blessed by having used shoes from friends and cousins. My mom didn't know what size I wore so she and DD took me to Stride Rite shoes to have my feet measured. My mom was really shocked when the guy told her I was a size 5 wide. She was putting me in size 4 shoes. DD wanted to buy me my first per of shoes. Mom that these white Keds would be great. The guy told mom that she should get me a 5 1/2 wide so that they will last longer. I do have some 5 and 5 1/2 wide shoe's at home, but not any pretty Keds. I think my friend Kaelyn has the same pair of shoes. Her mom had bought her a new pair a while back. Do you like my new shoes? I sure do!
Trying on my new shoes
October 14, 2008
DD came to visit Melissa and I last week and we had a great time. Melissa can say say DD and it's so cute. It made my moms day when she said DD. We hated to see DD go home yesterday, but she had to get back to work. Here are some pictures of our time with DD. Thanks for staying with us DD we miss you.
Play with me DD
Melissa wanted to show DD the ducks
I love you DD
Melissa loves it when DD gives her a bath
Loving on DD before she goes
Saturday, October 11, 2008
My mom (DD) came to visit Melissa and I while Paul is out of town on a business trip. Yesterday we went to the Dallas Arboretum to see the beautiful fall flowers and plants. They also had a BIG house made out of pumpkins for the kids. DD has never been to the Arboretum so this was a good time to take her. We could not have asked for a prettier day. The weather was perfect. Melissa had a blast walking around looking and touching the pretty flowers and trying to pick up the pumpkins. We took so many pictures of Melissa I couldn't just pick a few to share with you. So I made this video.
October 7, 2008
Melissa and I packed our bags loaded up the SUV, picked up Aunt Laura and headed to Springdale Arkansas. We left on Friday and came back yesterday. Aunt Laura's son James and his family live in Springdale. My younger cousin Justin plays high school football for the Shiloh Saints, we wanted to go see him play! We had planned on making it to Springdale around 7:00p-7:30p on Friday, but didn't make it until 8:30p. We left the DFW area around 1:00 and got stuck in traffic for an hour. We hadn't been on the road but 30 minutes when this happen. Melissa was great going and coming back. This road trip was better than our first!
Once we got to the football game it was half time. This was Melissa's first football game and I didn't know how she would like it. She LOVED it. She got to see the high school band play and was dancing. She was clapping and saying GO GO to the football players. After the game was over we went down to the field to find Justin. Melissa also LOVED the football field. She was also glad to be able to run around since she was stuck in a car seat for hours! The Shiloh Saints won the game! Go Saints! After the game was over it was time to head to our cousins house and get ready for bed. I never know how Melissa is going to do in new places. She didn't sleep very well the first night.
We took it easy the rest of the weekend. Melissa loved our cousins house. It a very nice house and big. Melissa had lots of room to run around and lots of pretty things to touch. She didn't even break anything! Yeah Melissa! My cousin James is my 2nd cousin his kids, Justin and Katelyn are my third and that makes Melissa the 4th generation of cousins! That is a lot to think about. Melissa and I enjoyed our weekend.
The drive home was better no traffic jams!
October 2, 2008
It's not Paul's Birthday yet, but we went on and celebrated it early. Paul flew out tonight for a business trip and won't be here for his birthday on Monday, October 6th. We went out for lunch at Cotton Patch Cafe. Paul had peach cobbler for dessert, he did share with Melissa and I. Happy Birthday Paul we love you.