Jonas went for his VCUG Monday, and did great! Of course, he cried when they put the catheter in (and mommy almost did too), and pitched it because the nurse was holding his legs still for 30 or so minutes, but other than that, it went great!!! The radiologist did the test (they filled his bladder w/special fluid 3x and did a series of live xrays) and on a scale of 0-5, 5 being worst, he was a ZERO!! There was no evidence of reflux in his kidneys!!!! :) I am so elated, God is sooooo good to us! Our pediatrician is on vacation, but her nurse called and said everything looked good. :) Thank you friends for your prayers!
So, I've never posted about this before, but wanted to give the "low down" on what we are facing right now, and request those of you who will to pray for Jonas.
Background: I was seen by a high risk OB doctor while pregnant because at my 19 week ultrasound they saw dilation in Jonas' kidneys, about 6mm/7mm respectively. Each month they improved or stayed the same, and at birth a urologist did an ultrasound and said the dilation was down to 1 mm.
So, I gave this problem over to God, and haven't really worried. In fact, I had faith that it was gone, as many docs have told us it fixes itself many times. Since it improved each month during pregnancy, I expected that to be the case now.
We went today for a follow up ultrasound at our local children's hospital. They were very nice, and Jonas did great. They looked at his kidneys and his bladder. The problem is still there. She explained it as reflux, the urine goes into his bladder, then a muscle isn't working correctly so the urine goes back into his kidneys. This can cause infections and kidney problems later. So, Jonas' wonderful pediatrician, wants him to have a more invasive test (can't remember the letters of the abbreviation for what they called it) where they put a catheter in, inject dye,and watch for about 45 minutes through a series of xrays. Not sure exactly it tells them, but based on a scale of 0-5 (5 being worst) they will determine if he needs surgery or if they will just watch them like they have been doing.
I am pretty nervous as a mother thinking about even the catheter test they will do, but I am putting it in God's hands, or at least trying to leave the worrying to Him. I know whatever happens is His will, but I want to make the right medical decisions for Jonas. So, if you think about us, please pray for Jonas. I still believe God can fix them without surgery. :) I believe in the power of prayer!!
Well, I had time to do Okie's Card Challenge this week. The good part, they actually resemble the sketches! :)
Here are the sketches first:
All stacked up: I was pretty proud of my flowers...made w/layers of 2 colors of purple paper...
Sketch 3: Color Challenge
another color challenge card
And of course a pic of my sweet lil man: He can now reach the "floor" to his bouncer...not strong enough to make it "boing" when he jumps, but he's close, and knows how to use his arm to make the music start. :) So cute, and growing so fast!
Well, since Thursday, it has been a whirlwind! Thursday was our special birthday bash for Braddie...Friday was a day off sort of and I was able to make some things (posted below)...Jonas DID NOT SLEEP GOOD LAST NIGHT, I was up every hour at least once. So this morning I got up after lack of sleep, at 5 am because we had a yard sale at church. Came home, fed the bebe, then got ready for family dinner at my house...so now I am zonked and ready for bed, but my father in law is trying to fix my ice maker so I can't go to bed... :*( But I'm glad he's fixing it!! ;) And the teen yard sale went great. $554 was raised for camp. I am so looking forward to camp...it'll be a mini vacation for us, since we can't afford to go anywhere for real...Maybe I can sell some crafts soon. I just never think what I do is good enough to sell. ??? Who knows! Well that is my rant for the evening...my main goal for tomorrow is to web chat with my mom and son. She misses him. Monday my goal is to do a card challenge!
First of all I have for you...two new wipe containers I made. I am pretty proud of them, since they are my 2nd and 3rd attempts at Cricut vinyl. I am sure it gets better and better!!! I only have brown and black, and need to find a good resource to buy more vinyl colors. A friend asked about me selling these, so I made her some, Brown and pink for Ella and Black and red for Eli, two babies she adopted. Like I said, I only had brown/black, so I used permanent markers and colored in the middle of the outline font on All Mixed Up. I like how it turned out. We'll wait and see how durable it is. :)
Next I have a pic of my poor baby's boo boos from shots. [**pause a moment and say to yourself, "Aww, poor bebe"...now moving on...]
Tonight, my gal pal Melissa (one of the teens in our youth group) came over and we each made Father's Day cards (wallet cards). Thank you BrensDesigns for the idea and cut files. :) Great work! You can get the cut files off her blog here...http://www.brensdesigns.com/ She does wonderful work!!! I had to make two, one for my dad and one for my FIL. I used chocolate ink to add effect to the embossed outside. I put a real dollar (we have a real gift too) in and made "credit cards" for us each to write a note...one for Jon, one for me and one for Jonas. :) The last card says Happy Father's Day. I put some Studio G $1 stamps on each of the "credit cards." I think they turned out nicely.
Here are the cupcakes (and Brad and Addie) I made for our birthday bash....Brad+Addie=Braddie, thus the "Happy Birthday Addie". Just cut the letters out at 3 inches from Opposites Attract font on my cricut and stuck them in the cupcakes. Turned out nicely I think.
This is Addie's gift...it was a set of 10 notecards I made for her inside a 2 liter bottle. Another idea from the Cricut messageboard. :) Love that place!!
This was my first weld on design studio, I made Jonas' name with a whale (paisley from stretch your imagination, and spout from accent essentials). It is okay, needs some tweaking, but I thought it was cute, for no longer than it took me.
Here's another cute pic of Jonas from today... I think that about covers it for tonight!! Thanks for checking my blog, and as always, I love reading your comments, so please show some love!!!
Goodnight for now, we have a yard sale in the morning, so I need to get in bed asap. It is already 11, and we are LEAVING at 6:15 to head to the church. All proceeds go to help our teens get to camp. I am praying for good weather (they are calling for rain), a good turnout, and lots of profit!! :) Here's hoping and praying! Tomorrow night, we are having dinner with my future sister in law. I don't know her well since she lives in Mt. Dora, near Orlando, and I've only seen her twice. So I am looking forward to spending some time with her and getting to know Jonas' aunt. :)
**Anyone know a faster photo uploading site? Photobucket takes FOREVER on my computer....
I know I said I'd try to post pics today, but I was really busy w/Jonas who hasn't been himself since his shots. :( Mommy didn't do so well either!!! I did take pics of everything, and hope to catch up tomorrow!! We had Brad and Addie our friends over tonight for a belated birthday celebration. Their birthdays are the same week. I cut out "Happy Birthday Braddie" and put it on cupcakes...I need to post that pic too. :) Hope to catch up tomorrow...Sweet dreams everyone! Hoping that J-bug repeats last night. He slept from 10:30 until 6:20! Go Jonas!!!
Thank you Carolyn (Scrappin is my thing) for giving me this award. Thank you for checking out my creations and commenting on them! :) I love reading comments from others...and blog hopping. Everyone should check out Carolyn's blog (http://scrappinismything.blogspot.com/). She has some great inspiration...cards, cut files, etc. I have to do a few thing to get this reward 1: Thank the person who gave me the award and link to their blog (Completed) 2: List 10 honest things about myself:
1. I am doing my dream job...staying home with my baby! :) 2. I am thankful most of all for my salvation. Without God, I know I'd be nothing! 3. I am truly blessed to be married to a Godly man. I <3 Jonathan... 4. Being a mommy is more rewarding than I ever dreamed! 5. I have aspirations to keep teaching...but I'd like to teach crafting techniques to teens/adults instead of teaching in the classroom right now. :) Loving staying home w/Jonasbug! 6. I want to be more organized (most people who see my pantry will laugh at this, but that is the only area I am completely satisfied with...) 7. I am admittedly OCD. 8. I want to have lots more children, and I hope I can prove everyone wrong by scrapping their every breath...even though they wont be the firstborn. 9. I feel bad about charging people for things I make them. I never feel like it is good enough to get paid for...so I guess I'm not a good business person. 10. I need to quit clipping coupons for craft stores...just because I saved 40% doesn't mean I need to buy something...lol.
3:Put the award on my blog 4:Pick 7 people to give the award to:
http://all4sydney.blogspot.com/ http://deniseproject365.blogspot.com/ http://bugginattheseams.blogspot.com/ http://www.creationswithchristina.com/ http://itsallmymoney.blogspot.com/ http://scrapwfaith.blogspot.com/ http://myscrappinworld2.blogspot.com/ Thanks for making blog hopping fun.
I forgot that I have a cute pic from my camera phone of my sweet Jonas bug at his first "playdate" with baby Abigail Pittman. :) The Pittmans were moving into their house and the air wasn't keeping up with the open door, so the babies were stripped down. :)
***Oh, some friend Cherrelle and Kristin put their sunglasses on them! :)
****In case you don't know, Abigail is the petite one on the left, Jonas is the chunky plumpy one on the right, they are almost 2 months apart, since J-bug came early and Abigail came late, just like a diva.
Well, I don't have a picture to post today, but WHEW what a day! Yesterday, I actually switched my operating system over to Windows and played with CDS (Cricut Design Studio). Truth is, I got it for my birthday (in August!) from my sweet hubby, but that was the first time I touched it. (10 months isn't that bad is is???) Anyways, I welded Jonas' name and today I cut it on vinyl (another first for me!!) So now his awesome name is in brown vinyl on his wipe containers (for his diaper bag). I'm pretty proud of myself!! Two firsts in one day!
Today was also sad...I took Jonas for his 2 month check-up, sadly he is 3 months, one week already but I just got some insurance for him...so....anywho, He got 3 shots and it was pitiful. I was going to take a picture, but my heart was so broken for him [my first baby...hope this gets easier]. So alas, no scrapbook page of Jonas' first shot day....well maybe I'll take a pic of his boo boo [doggie band-aids] tomorrow and use my new cds skills to make a needle....who knows! It was hard for me as his mommy, wish I could just take the shots for him. :(
So...I then spent the afternoon making yard sale signs for the youth yard sale on Saturday, that I am hoping doesn't get rained out. Ahh! They turned out nice. My Auntie gave me some thick boards that are used at her work to put pics on. She works for a photo developing company, and when you order big pics, they mount them on thick board or canvas. These were damaged (barely) and were going in the trash at her work, so I used them to make the signs (FREE!) and they are durable. The best part, I welded the words, then peeled off the sticky (the boards have a paper covering a whole page of sticky). I carefully put the words and arrows, then covered the rest of the board with contact paper, so they are "laminated" and it covered the rest of the sticky.
I hope tomorrow to post pics of the signs, Addie's awesome card/2 liter bottle gift, maybe my love bug, and quite possibly my first vinyl project and Jonas' great new logo....(with a whale! that I made and welded in CDS!). Too busy today, and my camera battery is DEAD (and I still haven't gotten the charger out btw).
Well, I'm tired and rambling. Hoping to play with my new toys from Jo-Ma's surprise "RAK" to me, and hope to actually post them! :) Thanks for being patient!!!