Tuesday, August 26, 2008

God is great, sing His praise!

Finally! We are all healthy in the Holcombe household! Lucas broke out in a rash on Sunday that we were told signifies the end to this awful virus. Since then, his temp has been normal 98.6! We feel so blessed that we can close that chapter of his little life. He is still having a hard time latching on and eating, but they said he's probably still just a little weak.

Savannah Joy got sick again on SUnday and ran a random temp of 102 all day and was completely miserable. She woke up fever free yesterday morning and has been great ever since.

Mommy's breast infection is much better and I have also been fever free and pain free for a few days thanks to the big white Augmentin pill. LOL. I also went in for my 6 week post partum check up today and everything was perfect. I can't believe it's been 6 weeks since Lucas came into the world!

So, I got a bunch of built up laundry done today which was a relief since one of my guest rooms was covered in clean laundry. UGH! How annoying. We are getting a bit of Hurricane Faye and have been having some pretty hefty storms here. I could barely see to drive this morning to my appt.

Well, Lucas just woke up from a 2 hour nap and we are headed to McDonalds for dinner. If you haven't already, you should visit www.facetheglory.com and get the coupon for a free southern style chicken biscuit (am) or sandwich (pm) when you buy any medium or large drink (.99 cents everyday!) between now and September 1st! Brian has had so many chicken sandwiches in the past week that he is now having nightmares about them. LOL. But, hey, who can beat a large drink and sandwich for .99 cents. These are tough times! :)

That's it for now. Hope everyone is having a blessed day!

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight." Proverbs 3 v. 5 and 6

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Scary Week!

Well, this has been a scary time for our family. Lucas started running a temperature between 100 and 101 on Thursday morning. I didn't think it was that high, but I called the doctor anyway. They were very concerned because of his age. I had no idea, but any infant under 6 weeks old, you have to be worried over 100.4.

I took him to the doctor and she was very concerned, simply b/c of his age. She did xrays and preliminary bloodwork. Everything came back normal, except his differentials did show there might be some sort of virus. She was still concered since Lucas was still running a temp of 101.1 at 5:30. She wanted us to go in to the ER for a spinal tap. I didn't understand why since all of his bloodwork was normal, but I really trust her.

We got to the ER and several hours later, Lucas underwent a spinal tap. It was painful, for both of us! No one wants to see their little 5 week old go through something like that. Finally, they came back around 11 pm and told me that he had spinal meningitis. They said it was most likely viral, but just to be sure, he would need to be admitted for atleast 2 days. It takes up to 48 hours for the cultures on bloodwork and spinal fluid to grow. We were very blessed that it wasn't bacterial meningitis, which I hear is much much worse. They treated him as if it was bacterial meningitis and pumped him full of antibiotics just to be safe. We found out yesterday that it was definitely a virus. His blood tested positive for the entero virus, which is a very common virus that goes around in young kids in the summer time. In fact, Savannah was sick too and she most likely had the virus, but since Lucas is so young, it moved into his spinal fluid. Yuck! We were admitted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and aside from Lucas being sick, it was an amazing experience! I knew they were the top children's hospital in the US, but experiencing it first hand was incredible. Everyone was so friendly, caring, and everything was made for kids! Even the tiny gown he wore. I will definitely be donating to them!

I actually ended up getting something there as well. 103 fever! It was a very uncomfortable 24 hours for me. I hated it b/c it was so hard to take care of Lucas when I was sick. Poor Brian had to stay home to take care of our other sick baby, Savannah, so I was there by myself. AND, I spent my 28th birthday sick and in the hospital (oh well, at least my baby is alive, that is the best gift I could have!)

Anyways, we are so blessed that everything worked out and Lucas is now healthy and home. God was really watching out for us cause it could've been a lot worse. Now we need to pray for Savannah, she was so much better yesterday and this morning. Then, after her afternoon nap, she woke up screaming hysterically and couldn't be calmed. She was running a 101.5 temp and complaining of hurting all over. She's been miserable all night. Hopefully, she'll be better soon. Well, ya know, when it rains, it pours!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Happy 2nd Birthday to our Little Joy!

Happy Birthday Angel! Well, our little girl is now 2 years old. We had such a fun day. 1st, mama made homemade chocolate chip pancakes. We put a number 2 candle in them and let her blow it out. She was so excited this morning! "Hat-tee Burt-Day Vannah!" is what she ran around saying.

Then, she got dressed in her "Birthday Girl" tee shirt and went to the Children's Museum in Atlanta with her boyfriend Aiden. Really, we are determined to arrange their marriage :). They were so cute together! She had so much fun. They played store, painted, and did lots of somersaults.

When people asked her how old she was... she said "two in August". That's what I used to tell everyone when they asked her age. "She'll be 2 in August" I guess she heard it enough, so now I'm teaching her she can just say 2, because it's already August.

Lastly, we went to Chikfila for family night and the whole restaurant sang her Happy Birthday and gave her free ice cream.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Savannah turns 2, Lucas 1 month... wow, how time flies!

So, I hate that I am so bad about blogging. It's been almost a month since I've posted, so I'll make it a good one. LOL. Gets kinda busy with two little ones...

Well, Savannah Joy turns 2 years old tomorrow! I cannot believe it. She is a trip. Where do I start? She is fully potty trained, day and night... knows all of her colors (her favorite is blue), and LOVES the doodlebops. She is such a sweet big sister. Always giving baby Wook! "Luke" kisses and hugs and trying to "help" Mommy. She talks all the time and wants to do everything herself! She looks a lot like Daddy, but totally has my personality (drama queen!). As sweet as she is, we are definitely getting a taste of what everyone calls the "terrible twos". You never think it's going to happen to you. Ever heard "my child will NEVER act like that. HAHAHA! Just wait. Even the most precious little faces are capable of it. :) Her favorite word is NO. We are now throwing ourself on the floor, whining, crying, and trying to get away with anything we can. It's fun! Good times... Overall though, we are so thankful for her sweet and loving spirit. She is our little princess.

Tomorrow, for her bday, we are going to get up and make chocolate chip pancakes, dress up in our birthday girl shirt and tiara (thanks to Aunt Heather and Aunt Kelly) visit Chikfila for lunch, play at the mall playplace, and bake a rainbow cake (her request!) It should be loads of fun. We are having her party on Saturday here at the house. It's a doodlebops theme. She's dressing up in a Dee Dee costume for the party that Aunt Heather bought her. So cute I can't stand it, I'll post pics later.

Baby Lucas couldn't be better. He is so laid back! Totally opposite of Savannah. She was really high maintenance. He sleeps and eats and cries when he gets gas, is hungry, or tired. He's so sweet and very healthy! He outgrew his newborn diapers and clothing after 2 weeks. He just goes with the flow.

Well, that's it for now, will try to post more soon.

BTW, the pictures up top are of Savannah. The 1st is her fingerpainting naked in the bathtub (really fun for her and easy to clean up too!), the next is her and her adorable boyfriend Aiden at Chikfila for National Cow Day, they dressed up like cows to get free food ;), the next two are of her and her aunt Heather and Uncle Richard at our house shortly after Lucas was born.