Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sick Baby!

Heavens to Betsy, what a week and it's not even over yet! Halloween is tomorrow and there is still much to be done. I have to bake a pumpkin cheesecake for the office (AND home or the natives will get restless), make my costume, tweak some things on Sybilla's costume, and make her Halloween candy bucket. I probably would have completed all of this earlier if it hadn't been for poor Billa getting sick.

We got home on Tuesday and when I pulled her out of the car, she felt warmer than normal. Lo and behold, her temperature was 100.6. I gave her some Motrin and we went about business as usual. I took her temperature again later that night and it had gone up by a degree. I gave her more Motrin and prepared myself for the possibility of staying home from work. The next morning, her temperature had gone up again and she was coughing something fierce, so I made an appointment with Dr. Patil.

The doc looked her over, asked about her symptoms, took her temperature (which was 102.8 now!) and decided that what Sybilla had was a cold. The only thing we could do was get a humidifier for her "juicy" cough, saline drops for her congested nose, and Motrin/Tylenol for the fever. So Mommy went to the baby store and Target to procure said items, stopped by the office to grab a couple of things to work on, and headed home to wait out the fever. We kept up the Motrin, but her fever kept going up, reaching 103.8 about midnight. On the suggestion of Aunt Kellie, Daddy went out to get Tylenol and some more Motrin since we were now almost out. While alternating Tylenol and Motrin doesn't necessarily make any difference, Kellie said that sometimes it was the only thing that would stop a stubborn fever in her kids. We didn't actually get around to using the Tylenol, so it appears that the Motrin did its job as her fever finally broke at 4 am.

People always told me that having kids would change your life, and I thought they just meant your schedule, your priorities, and your grocery list. But it changes you emotionally too. Before I had Sybilla, if it had been anybody else's kid, I would have been cool as a cucumber in this situation. But seeing Sybilla so listless and in pain just about broke my heart. I was near tears every time I touched her little body and felt it burn; I felt so helpless and it killed me to know that I couldn't physically make her well. Seeing her laughing and giggling and running everywhere this morning just made all of the stress I'd had from the past two days disappear.

How could you not love this face?

I truly understand now why some mommies and daddies suddenly become irrational people who would punch your lights out if you so much as look at their kid wrong. When you've carried that little person around in your belly for so long, they aren't just another human being, they are a piece of your heart, and when they hurt, you hurt. I am so thankful that it's over now and that she's better. Now if I can just prevent us all from getting sick again!

I'll be posting again later after the Halloween festivities!
K & Co.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Mia Update #3

Hi all! Here is an update from my cousin Erin on the Saga of Mia...Please keep praying/crossing your fingers/thinking happy thoughts, things seem to be looking up:

Well I don't want anyone to waste time praying for us tomorrow, cause we're not going to San Antonio after all! : ) Mia's biological father did not do what he needed to do for the visit to occur, so it is indefinitely postponed. It's not over, but it's really good news for us. We'll let you know any more news as it comes along, for now we are very happy and relieved and we have lots of hope for the future.
Thank you for your prayers!
Erin, Nick, Bella and Mia

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Mia Update #2!

Hi all! Here is another update from my cousin Erin on the Saga of Mia:

Hi, first thank you for all your prayers and now we need to ask you for a few more.According to her caseworker, Mia's biological father is strongly considering terminating his rights so we can adopt her, but he has not made the decision yet. He would like to meet us and the baby so we are going to San Antonio next Thursday for a surpervised visit with him and his wife. Please keep us in prayer as it will be a stressful time for all, including the father. Based on Mia's absolute cuteness (I attached a picture) we are worried that he will fall in love with her, but she doesn't really like strangers so we're hoping that comes across with lots of loud crying during the visit : ) We'll give you an update as soon as we know more, thanks so much for your prayers.

Erin and Nick

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You!

For all of you who don't bleed burnt orange (that's Ok, God loves you too ;o), tomorrow is the Red River Shootout. I don't care that they have changed it to Rivalry, for the Guerra Gang it will always be SHOOTOUT.

So here's a little something to get in the spirit! We love Matthew and we love UT! HOOK 'EM!!!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Mia Update!

For all of you who have been praying for my cousin Erin and her family, below is an update from my aunt. Please keep sending those prayers and good vibes out and thank you all!

From Antie Ann: I spoke with Erin yesterday and they are hoping no news is good news but there is still no resolution to the dilemma re: the paternity issue. Mia is oblivious to the turmoil in her parents hearts and continues to be a delight in their lives! She passed an OT evaluation yesterday with flying colors so all is well. BUT, don't stop praying, since the dad has not responded to the department does not mean that this is over by any means. There is a hearing scheduled for Dec. 4 so we wait anxiously.......... : )

Friday, October 3, 2008

Happy Friday: Everything Lol

Happy Friday!

In the spirit of Fun Fridays, I decided to share with you my favorite obsession: LOLCATZ. I just love lolcatz and other lolz. For those not up to date on the latest internet memes, lolcatz are basically pictures of cats (or other things) that have gramatically wrong but funny captions added to them. There is a whole science to the wording and phrasing, which just tickles me pink. My favorite website to view them is which also has spin offs for dogs, political pictures, lookalikes, and now celebrities. They also have something called GraphJam, but that one you will have to see to understand it. I like to visit these websites (which are all linked through ICHC) for a quick me pick me up and sometimes I save my favorite for laughs later. I have added the baby ones here for you, but if you'd like to see my other faves, go to our Picasa page and click on the Lol*s album.


Love, K & Co.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Prayers for Mia!

Hi all,

Some of you may remember awhile back that some of my family members were in town and that Billa got to meet her second cousins Isabella and Mia. Mia was adopted 6.5 months ago (she's 8 months now) and we just received word that the paternity test came back and the biological father is considering having Mia removed from my cousin's home and placed in his. We're asking for any and all prayers, well wishes, fingers crossed, etc in hopes that he will not make this decision. My cousin and her family went through so much and have opened not only their home but their hearts to Mia. She hasn't known any other family besides my cousin's and Erin is worried for how this might affect Mia.

Mia and Billa playing together at my grandmother's house - 8/08

I may not be that religious, but I do believe in the power of prayer and that where one or more are gathered in His name, He is there. Thank you in advance for your prayers and hopefully we will have some good news soon!

Love, Kelly and Company


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