Endurance

I haven’t had a chance to post in a couple of days with everything going on here. Here are a few pictures of our little swimmer this past Sunday.

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Mom?

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These things aren't going to fall off me again, are they?

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Dat was kind of embarrassing!!

Despite her cold Nora slept wonderfully through the night (Sunday night) and even ate well during the time she woke up. I assumed she was tolerating her cold well and was surprised Monday when she was less than enthusiastic about her milkies. I gave her a couple of baffs to break up the monotony of the day and then settled her down for an afternoon nap.

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Oh, I feel seepy.


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Awhile after she fell asleep I became concerned about her coloring and hooked her little foot up to the pulsox machine. Her oxygen sats were reading low. Panic mode. I wasn’t sure if the congestion was preventing the flow of oxygen or if her lungs were compromised. I rerouted the oxygen flow through a tube that I placed near her open mouth in the hopes she would regain healthy sats that way. It worked for awhile until she woke up. She was angry, hungry, gassy and pissed – not a easy combo for trying to keep a tiny hose pointed at her angry little mouth. Frustrated and worried we watched as the sats dropped again. Was she just wiggling around too much, which would give false readings? Or were her sats really dropping that low? We had our doctor make “reservations” for us at Children’s and I packed our bags. I’m so thankful for awesome neighbors who rushed down to get the big kids AND fed them dinner while we tried to figure out if we were coming or going – on their anniversary, no less!! However, once we got Nora settled down and some more boogies extracted, the levels were reading steady again, and with the oxygen running back through the nasal cannula. After about 45 minutes of consistent readings we decided not to go to the hospital. My mom agreed to come over and spend the night just in case, but fortunately it never came to that.

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Oh! Did I cause some troubles?

Because I’ve not always been diligent about washing my hands AFTER I’ve cared for Nora I now have her cold. I took some cold medicine last night that “may or may not cause drowsiness” hoping that I would at least be able to assist in Nora’s care last night. It rendered me completely useless and I may as well have had a fifth of Jack before I went to bed. (Sorry, sweet hubzbind) I did try to post a blog entry, but obviously that didn’t happen either. (Sorry, sweet readers)

My wonderful, awesome Mom helped get the kids off to school this morning and then did some grocery shopping for me. Later in the morning Nora had her baffies after Daddy got some Johnson & Johnson mentholyptus scented baby wash. We turned on the jets to get some extra mega bubble action. She seemed to like that! That set the tone for a nice long afternoon nap.

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So here we are, holding steady and making our way over this exasperating bump in the road. We’ve been advised to keep Nora at home except for doctor visits, and to keep our visitors to a bare minimum, all of which who must have had a flu shot! We do have the RSV vaccination lined up for Nora, so hopefully that will alleviate any worry of that! The big kids have to change clothes when they come home from school and wash their hands and arms. That’s how it has to be until April. While you won’t see the Little Miss out at the grocery store, or at Bible study, I’m so glad I can still share her through the blog. And hopefully April will be here before we know it!

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A drawing I found in Greta's school folder. So, so sweeeeeeet!!!!

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?
(Hebrews 12:7 NIV)

* I am not being disciplined or punished for something I did wrong. Although I most certainly deserve it, God does not work like that. It is my faith that is being disciplined and perfected through each hardship. It is being molded, shaped and polished to reflect God’s glory.

14 thoughts on “Endurance

  1. I am so thankful you are all ok! When we didn’t see any updates we became worried something had happened! Also, thank you for the verse and personal add on. Our family has been facing some pretty stressful times lately. Your add on to the verse perfectly addressed how I have been feeling. The devil has been whispering to me that I am some how the cause for the pain and stress our family is vein subjected to. No, my website doesn’t address the yuck side of life. It merely shows the up positive side – the side I fail to remember when I am tired and overwhelmed. So once again, thank you for the reminder that God is perfecting my faith!!

  2. Aleisa, I have never left a comment before, I know how busy you must be and that you will read everyone one of them. Just wanted to let you know how very much you will be missed at Bible Study. I feel so very blessed to meet little miss Nora and see both of you last week. Thank you for sharing so much with the world. You have so much faith and courage from that faith and your sharing is an inspiration to everyone that meets you through your blog or in person. You are in my prayers. God’s Blessings.

  3. I’m so glad Nora didn’t have to go the hospital last night. Adorable pictures as usual. It is a shame you will be restricted to the house with her, but it is certainly worth it for the little miss. Must keep her healthy!

  4. I ALSO WAS WORRIED THAT SOMETHING WAS WRONG. I THINK ALL WHO HAS BEEN FOLLOWING NORA AND HER LOVING FAMILY WAS PROBABLY WORRIED, AS WE LOVE ALL OF YOU SO MUCH. I AM SO GLAD YOUR MOM CAME OVER LAST NIGHT, JUST IN CASE. SHE ALSO IS AN ANGEL WALKING THE EARTH. I AM SORRY THAT YOU HAVE TO KEEP LITTLE NORA IN UNTIL AFTER BAD WEATHER PASSES, BUT THE SILVER LINING TO THAT CLOUD IS, YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO BE OUT IN THE BAD WEATHER EITHER. I AM SURE EVERYONE THAT SEES HER AT THE GROCERY STORE AND OTHER PLACES ARE GOING TO REALLY MISS LITTLE NORA AND HER MOMMY. LOVE ALL THE PICTURES, BUT I THINK MY FAVORITE TODAY IS THE ONE OF HER BEAUTIFUL LITTLE FACE LAUGHING AND ALL THE BUBBLES AROUND HER. THAT ONE IS EXTRA SWEET. GRETA, YOUR DRAWING IS REALLY BEAUTIFUL, WITH YOUR BABY SISTER AND THE THREE BIRDS. YOU ARE REALLY QUITE A GOOD ARTIST. GUESS I WILL BE GETTING TO BED, AND HOPE ALL OF YOUR FAMILY GETS A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP ALSO. UNTIL TOMORROW, GOOD NIGHT AND GOD BLESS.

  5. Glad everything is ok. I too was worried.
    Love all the pictures! Also love Gretas picture! What a sweet big sister Nora has! 🙂

    I wanted to mention too, I don’t know what you suction Noras boogies with, but I have heard excellent reviews on the Nose Frida. I have not used it myself, and actually went eew when I was reading about it. BUT my five month old hasn’t had a cold yet and I know I would get past the eew to help him breathe better.

  6. Those have got to be the sweetest “I don’t feel good” eyes and little red nose I have ever seen. Sending prayers for felling better your way. Ps your rock solid cold med sleep was probably much needed;-).

  7. aleisa, You are amazing in everyway! you have the ability to make everyone see the world through Nora’s beautful eyes.and we can see she is very happy with her family around her. We hope the cold passes soon for all of you. we pray for all of you .

  8. I would just like to second (or third or fourth) the fact that I am so relieved to hear things are going ok. Of course it’s never good to hear when you are all sick but I was getting worried when we hadn’t heard anything in a couple days. Of course it made me think that you are superwoman for having so much going on AND maintaining a daily blog. I applaud you and sincerely thank you for letting us all get a chance to know your little gift. And an extra special “thanks” for the unbearably cute bathing suit photos today. I cannot stand her cuteness!

  9. I would bet my money that little Miss will become a competitive swimmer.
    With Mom’s help, she will be doing the back stroke soon. Go Nora!!!

  10. I heard the other day that ther is a plug in that has the menthol vapor smell that is suppose to work for the cold and stuffy noses .. Just made me think of it when I read this post today .. So maybe that might be a good thing for Baby Nora … Hope you all get over the colds .. Take care !!! God Bless!!

  11. JUST IN CASE YOU GO BACK TO THIS POST. IS LITTLE NORA ROSE DOING ANY BETTER? LAST POST WAS TUESDAY, AND I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU GUYS HAVE A LOT ON YOUR PLATE. MAYBE JUST A COUPLE OF LINES, JUST TO LET US KNOW HOW OUR PRECIOUS LITTLE NORA IS DOING. I AM GETTING A LITTLE ANTSY WONDERING IF EVERYTHING IS ALRIGHT. PLEASE UNDERSTAND, I DON’T WANT YOU TO BLOG A LONG MESSAGE, JUST A COUPLE OF LINES WOULD BE GREAT. THANK YOU SO MUCH ALEISA . I LOVE YOU ALL AND PRAY EVERYTHING IS GOOD. GOD BLESS NORA AND HER LOVING FAMILY.

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