The Momma Diaries

Friday, July 3, 2015

Five on Friday

Well, it's Friday again! Summer is in full swing, and although I'm still not really able to get out and do much, time is still flying! -- which I suppose is a good thing!! Lincoln finished up t-ball a couple of weeks ago, and he's going to start swim lessons next week. Busy busy!! I also wrote part two of the accident earlier this week, in case you missed it. There will be a part three (hopefully) soon.

So with all of that, here are five random things for you today...



(one). I started aquatic therapy and it's AMAZING!!! I seriously could live in the water. I haven't put any weight on my legs since January, however, I am allowed to bear weight in the pool. My entire body feels incredible after my sessions.

(two). My niece and nephew from Tennessee spent the last month at my in-laws house. They live right next to us, so Lincoln and Avery were able to enjoy lots of time with their big cousins.


(three). Elf jammies in the summer because, why the heck not?!


(four). Lincoln went to visit his great grandfather the other day and made him a card. He drew an eagle on the front. I was really impressed...I don't think I could draw an eagle that well!!


 (five). Lincoln makes this face and seriously looks just like his daddy. Which of course once I told him that, he makes the face all the time! It's pretty amazing seeing yourself in your kids.


Well, that's all I've got! We have some plans for the Fourth. We always go to this huge family cookout -- complete with fireworks!  This year I will probably only be able to stay for a couple of hours, but it will be nice to see everyone.

Hope you all have a great holiday weekend!!
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Monday, June 29, 2015

The Crash (Part Two): The Emergency Room


The first thing I noticed while in the ambulance was how bright it was.  There were also so many people inside. Each of them doing something different for me. There was someone cutting my clothing off of me, while another started an IV with pain medication. I requested oxygen because I was having difficulty breathing. I was asked a million questions. My name, age, medications, and allergies. They talked about my children -- trying to distract me from reality, and the immense amount of pain searing throughout my body.   Everyone was moving so quickly. I kept asking how my condition was, but of course they wouldn't tell me. All I was told was, "you're talking, so that's good!" I just wanted honesty. I wanted the facts...but it was too soon to tell.

I asked how much longer until we arrived at the hospital. I felt like I was in a race against time. The sooner I was there, the sooner I could be saved.

I remember hearing someone call to notify the hospital that I would be arriving, so they would be fully prepared.

As soon as we pulled up to the emergency room entrance, the ambulance doors flew open. I was rushed into the ER. I remember hearing someone say, "33 year old female with Osteogenesis Imperfecta." It was just like you see it on TV.

If I thought there were a lot of people in the ambulance, there were probably triple the amount in the ER. All for me.

It wasn't long before Jared was by my side. He told me Lincoln and Avery were both fine, and that they were with hospital staff. Apparently Lincoln was flirting with all the nurses, and Avery was being his sweet little self. He told me my parents and brother were on their way.

I had x-rays, a cat scan, and an MRI of my entire body. I remember telling them that I had a rod in my back and right femur before they put me into the MRI. They said it was still okay. I guess desperate times call for desperate measures?

I remember having x-ray after x-ray. Having my body being moved around in different positions. Being in so much pain. Knowing I still had so much more pain to go through. Knowing if somehow miraculously I pulled through, the painful recovery that would be ahead of me. I thought to myself, "This is when people give up. This is when they close their eyes and just let go. How easy it would be to do just that."

That's as far as I let those thoughts go. I refused to close my eyes, despite how heavy my eyelids were. I was ready to embrace all the pain that I would have yet to endure. I even remember thinking that I didn't care if I was paralyzed. I just wanted to live. To be a mom to my sweet boys. Anything that I was faced with, I could deal with. I just couldn't let go. I couldn't die.


It wasn't long after that I met my neurosurgeon. The chief of neurosurgery. My very own Derek Shepherd. I remember him coming right up to my head and speaking calmly to me.  He told me I broke my neck. I asked him just how bad it was, and he said "very bad." I immediately had such respect for this person because of his honesty. He said, "it's very bad, but here's what we're going to do to fix it." He was confident. He had a plan and he was determined.

Some time passed and my parents arrived. I remember seeing my mom, and how terrible I felt. I kept apologizing to her. She looked at me like I was crazy, saying I had nothing to apologize for -- but I knew how she felt. I knew how scared she was. I had all those same feelings before I knew Lincoln and Avery were okay. I was petrified of losing both of my babies -- and I'm her baby. No parent wants to lose their child. Ever. I really don't think there's anything that could be worse than losing your child. She was incredibly brave, and didn't shed a single tear -- at least not in front of me. I admired her strength, because I knew she was crumbling inside.

The next thing I remember is my neurosurgeon wheeling my stretcher into the operating room. He told me he was going to do my first neck surgery. I remember replying, "Let's do it," Before I drifted off to sleep.

Stay tuned for part three...
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Disney World Vacation - December 2014

I cannot believe I never blogged about our Disney vacation this past December!! It was our first stay as members of the Disney Vacation Club.  We stayed at Old Key West. It was a beautiful resort!!

This post is mostly going to be a huge photo dump from our trip. So I apologize if you don't like photos of cute kids and Disney ;)

We started our vacation with an obligatory airplane selfie. 


Because we had an early flight, we were able to visit Downtown Disney shortly after we arrived.


Because we were there in December, all the Christmas decorations were out.  It really is a beautiful time of the year to visit Disney.

My dad joined us on this trip. Lincoln and Avery were very happy to have their grandpa with us!


Lincoln still loves meeting all of his favorite characters.


Hula hooping on Main Street USA!! How fun!!


We got to see the Frozen Sing-Along show. It was definitely one of our family's favorites!


Toy Story Mid-Way Mania at Hollywood Studios is a favorite of ours!


We were able to meet Hiro and Baymax from Big Hero 6. Hiro was awesome. He was really true to character. And Baymax gave Lincoln one of his awesome fist bumps! 


We got to see the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. It was pretty amazing! 


We decided to do just one character breakfast this time at Chef Mickey's...a favorite of ours. 


Silly selfies with Lincoln are my favorite. 




We were able to snag a lunch reservation at Be our Guest. The food was so yummy, and the atmosphere was even more exquisite. We chose to sit in the ballroom. I've heard the west wing is spectacular, but it was a little too dark for Lincoln. 


We were able to catch the Festival of Fantasy parade at the Magic Kingdom. It certainly didn't disappoint!



Speaking of the Magic Kingdom, this view never gets old!!


Avery was seriously a dream baby. He's just so easy going and happy!! You can't help but smile when you see his little face. 


One of Avery's favorite rides was "Small World." He loved the music, and was in awe of just everything around him. 


This was the last photo I took on our trip. Lincoln with Walt and Minnie. I love how he put his hat on Walt :)

We really had a great vacation. We cannot wait to go back. I'm hopeful for a trip back "home" in early 2016. What a great way it would be to celebrate my recovery.


xoxo
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