This month started off with a bang. We were supposed to go to Oklahoma on the night of June 30th, but after heading all the way to the airport, our flight was cancelled. After quite some negotiating, we got a flight out the next day. So we trekked out to the airport again the second day, got all the way on the plane, about to take off, when they came over the intercom saying we were being held due to weather. We then proceeded to sit on the runway for four hours. So we took a 4 hour flight to nowhere with 2 small children. Talk about a nightmare! We were finally able to get off the plane, and decided to to wait several days before trying to fly out again, because at that point we had been "traveling" for over 15 hours and were so spent.
So we ended up spending the Fourth of July in NY and then flew out almost a week later. We finally made it to Oklahoma, and man were we ready to just relax! Thankfully it is always a super relaxing trip for us, we are all incredibly spoiled when we go! The kids had a blast playing in the pool and spending lots of time with all their grandparents! Ron and I also got to have a fun date night out with friends at Top Golf, and even saw Russell Westbrook while there!
Once back in New York, we were recharged and ready to get back to our routine of things! I'm thankful for the restful week we had because the latter half of the month has proven to be quite exhausting. We spent a couple days in the hospital with Fynn (you can read more about that below), the next week we found out that Roman has fluid around his heart, (blog post on that here), and now we're wrapping up the month with Fynn having a stomach bug. Sigh. Parenting can be so tough sometimes!
Oh and last thing to note with our family, I am officially down to one job this month! We have worked so hard to become debt free and meet a few other goals, and now for the first time in almost 6 years, I have only one job! Praise God for the blessings we have seen this year!
-As I mentioned, we had quite the time getting to Oklahoma at the beginning of this month. We were naturally pretty frustrated by the whole situation. I remember the next morning, Aly talking about the whole flight fiasco, and the one thing she had to say about it was "and then we got to see a rainbow on the airplane!!" Wow. I wish we could all have the viewpoints on life that a toddler has!
-Aly's fear of bugs has seemed to magnify this month, or perhaps it was just being in Oklahoma where they are in more of an abundance. But boy does she scream bloody murder when she sees so much as a fly or an ant!
-Sometimes Aly speaks like she's 25 haha. When we were in Oklahoma, some of my friends came over. Aly asked what one of their names' was, and then said, "Nice to meet you Lauryn."
-"Am I four yet? Because I'm standing on my tippy toes"
-"I can't know"
-Aly's reading is exploding this month. She has learned so many sight words and is capable of sounding out many words. She loves to read as many of the words on pages as she can!
-She loves to be the one to tell taxi drivers where to go: "45th, between 10th and 11th please!"
-Aly is such a great helper and big sister. The morning that I had to take Fynn to the ER, Aly hopped immediately out of bed to help me with Fynn, got herself dressed, pottied, and shoes on ready to go out the door long before I could even think to ask her! She is one amazing little girl!
-While we were in Oklahoma, Fynn learned how to say "Papi" properly. I think all the extra time with Papi certainly helped, and he has also grown quite attached to Papi this month and asks for him all day long while he's at work.
-Fynn has started to string two words together more often this month. Mostly it consists of our names: "Papi, drink." "Aly, trains" "Mami, stroller"
-Speaking of trains, Fynn is obsessed with our train tracks lately. Every day he asks for me and Aly to set them up. He insists that Aly and I join him as well, and then we all play for hours. He loves it!
-Fynn's favorite and most used vocabulary revolve around transportation: car, truck, train, plane, boat, crane, dump, tractor, bus, taxi, etc.
-Fynn hailed his first cab yesterday!
-So the ER trip....We have already gone through all of the blood sugar issues with Aly, starting around when she was one. So when I went to wake Fynn up one morning, I knew the tell tale signs immediately. I immediately checked his blood sugar levels, which was at 39. This is an incredibly dangerous level to be at. Fortunately, I knew what to do from past experiences with Aly, and was able to keep a clear head in the moment. I got his blood sugar up while we waited for an ambulance to come and take us to the hospital. From there, everything was literally the same as it was 2 years ago with Aly. They kept Fynn overnight to check his sugar levels throughout the night and post fasting and ran tons of lab work. Everything came back normal (which we expected), and Fynn was such a champ through the whole thing. He took everything in stride, all the testing and everything. His only complaint was when the IV line stopped him from being able to suck his thumb haha. He was amazing through the night too. I was worried Ron would have a long night ahead of him, but they actually slept quite a bit. Fynn slept through most of the night's finger sticks even. So overall, he did really well. It's just a bit frustrating as a parent to go through all of these hoops, just to be able to get an appointment with the right doctor. And we both know that at the end of the day, he will (most likely) be labeled the same as Aly, ketonic hypoglycemic.
-And along the same lines, now that we know Fynn has similar issues keeping his blood sugar up, we have to be especially careful if he gets sick. Which happened yesterday. When one gets a stomach bug, you naturally do not eat much, and for our kids, that means a high risk of low blood sugar. So yesterday, we were leaving church and were in a cab when Fynn started vomiting all over the place. Yikes. We hopped out of the cab, and I profusely apologized to the cab driver, as I had nothing to clean it up with. (but seriously, what is one supposed to do in that type of situation? lol). So then we walked home, Fynn and I completely covered head to toe in vomit. City living?
Once we got home, we got everyone cleaned up and put to bed. Around 5am, Fynn's BS dropped (as we expected). Fortunately we were able to get him to eat and drink and get it back up. We were so nervous all day long, but fortunately it has stayed up all day and we were able to avoid another ER trip. We're praying he stays that way, and that the rest of us don't get it!
UPDATE: I wrote this blog yesterday, but post blog writing, I did in fact get the stomach bug too. I was too dehydrated to be safe for me and Roman, so I spent most of today at the hospital getting meds and fluids. Yikes, what a month!!