Friday, March 29, 2013

My Little Bunny's School Hunt

Griffin had a class Egg Hunt on Thursday afternoon. Mr.Pate and I were both able to make it too! His teacher had made the kids cute bunny ears to wear and super cute bunny bags to put their eggs in.

Griffin loved both!

The hunt was in their schools cafeteria/multi purpose room. The kids had a blast!

Griffin preferred to take his time, pick up one egg and get it open before moving on!! Haha.

We are thankful for a school that always does fun stuff. Blessed beyond belief :-)

- Mrs.Pate via my iPhone

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Park Fun!

A few weeks ago, we had a gorgeous Friday (Feels like a lifetime ago with the cold weather we are having now!) and some friends invited us to the park after daycare. We had a blast! Can't wait for warm weather to get here and stay here!

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- Mrs.Pate via my iPhone

Elmo Obsessed!

My boy is just a tad Elmo obsessed. And to further feed the love, our friend Morgan and her son Eli brought us a big bag if Elmo's to cheer us up after surgery! Oh my oh my! We are having lots of Elmo parties around here...

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- Mrs.Pate via my iPhone

Meal Plan Monda-I mean Wednesday!

Well it has been quite awhile, but I am trying to get back into the swing of things. I need some consistency in my life! haha! Here is what we are having around here this week:

  • Monday: Mini-Meatloves, Creamy Instant Mashed potatoes, and green beans (recipe below)
  • Tuesday: Burgers and Baked fries
  • Wednesday: Dinner at Church (Easter meal!)
  • Thursday: Chicken Teriyaki 
  • Friday: Breakfast for Dinner
  • Saturday: Out

1 lb ground beef
1 box stuffing mix
2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp steak sauce
1 cup water

1. Preheat the oven to 375-400. Spray a muffin pan with nonstick spray. 
2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. 
3. Fill the muffin cups with the mixture and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until cooked thru and browned on top. 
4. Serve with mashed potatoes and gravy for best results ;-)

Creamy Instant Mashed Potatoes

Just a tip or trick basically: Add 6-8 ox cream cheese and 1-2 tsp minced garlic to your instant mashed potatoes. Makes them AMAZING! 

Just call us the Pate Family Daycare

Something else exciting happened last Friday... my friend Lindsay had a baby! Lindsay works with me, and her oldest son is 3 weeks older than Griffin. We got to experience our whole pregnancy together, and it was super helpful to have someone right there everyday who knew what you were going through. Anyhow, I digress...
Lindsay had baby boy #2 Friday, so we got to pick up Easton and Griffin had a sleepover for the first time! Griffin calls Easton "East" and it is so cute. The boys played great together, and they played hard. No one would ever have guessed that one of those two had just had a surgery!
Mr.Pate and I were so surprised and impressed with how great the boys were. No major fits, no getting mad or jealous of each other or anything. They even slept in the same room without any fuss or keeping each other from going to sleep (disclaimer: Griffin did wake screaming at 2 am and get brought into our room, but Easton didnt even flench! wow).

Saturday morning a friend from Griffins daycare also came to join in the fun for a few hours. Yep, we had 3 kids under 2 at our house. Haha! But again, the kids played great and really were great! Keeping up with them was exhausting, but fun. Yay for a crazy weekend! haha! Just call us the Pate Family Daycare. We are accepting applications for the Fall. Haha!

Surgery Schmurgery

Griffin had his surgery last Friday. We were told to be at the hospital at 6:30am, and that Griffin was the second kid of the day. My dad and sister drove up and met us at our house, then we rolled out. We showed up and got our buzzer (they use a buzzer like a restaurant basically). Griffin kept looking at it and saying "broke" and "no work" because it wasn't lighting up. Haha! We didn't have to wait very long before we were called back.

We were in a small holding room with the scariest nurse ever! Mr.Pate and I both agreed this woman should not be working with kids. Anyhow, she asked a few questions, Griffin got a gown to change into (he got to leave his pants and shoes on though), and we had a tv to watch. He did remarkably well waiting in this room. We were probably in there 45 minutes or an hour. He did ask for a drink many times. For a long time we were the only people in our entire "pod" (there were like 6 rooms). Then an older man got wheeled in across the hall and that man started drinking coffee! Griffin immediately pointed and yelled "drink mommy"!

Dr.Sims (the ENT) and the anesthesiologist both came by to walk us through what would happen and see if we had any more questions. Then the team came back to get him. They all had scrubs on and the scrub net hats too. One took Griffin and he started to cry, but then he pointed to their hats and said "hat?" We said, "do you want to go get a hat like theirs buddy?" and he said "yes!" After that, he was happy to head out with them. No tears. It was way way way better than I expected! I was very thankful.

That was right around 8:05am. We waited in the lobby until 8:35am then our buzzer went off saying the doctor was calling. He let me know everything went great, Griffins adenoids were definitely much bigger than they should have been so he removed them, and Griffin would be in recovery about 30 minutes. Great. Then not even two minutes later they called for me to go sit with Griffin in recovery. He needed to be comforted.

As a hospital volunteer walked me through back hallways, I realized this was the same OR and recovery area they use for c-sections. I had been there before. And when we got to the recovery room it was like a flashback being in the long room. But this time around there were tons of people everywhere (when I had Griffin I was the only one in recovery- the only one in a huge huge huge room). I was given my pitiful baby boy and we were able to sit in a little room (as opposed to the curtain areas). Griffin was flushed and asleep basically. He had been crying but saw me and just passed out. He would occasionally wake and complain about his IV, then cuddle back in.
Eventually a recovery room opened up and we headed there to meet Mr.Pate. Griffin then slept on him for about 45 minutes. We got him to eat half a popsicle and confirmed he had a wet diaper, so we were finally able to get that IV out! Once it was out and we dressed him, Griffin perked up a bunch. And by the time we got out to the lobby he was happy and laughing.

We headed home and Griffin just ate and laughed and played with Mimi (my sister) and Peeps. I was soooo relieved and excited that he didnt seem very phased by the experience at all. He was in  a great mood and just continued on in that way the rest of the weekend. Yay!! Momma Susan stopped by to see how the boy was, and the cool kids played in their shades for a while. Now lets just hope it was worth it and it helps him not be as sick or as miserable with his allergies!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Home and doing great!

We have made it home and are doing awesome! I will document more latter, but for those wondering (nanny Martha) we are doing well!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Pre-Op Fun

Yesterday, Griffin and I went to his Pre-Op appointment at the hospital. We were told to report at 3pm to get registered and do some testing. They couldn't tell me which exact tests to expect.

Well we ended up being there from 3-5:15pm! Goodness! But Griffin did so week waiting. They weighed him, measured him, and took his oxygen level (with one of those little finger clips). That's all for testing! I was expecting blood work so I was pleasantly surprised but also felt like he didn't even really need to be present for this. After that they walked me through the procedure and I met with the anesthesiologist to ask questions. I found that very helpful and comforting. I got to ask about possible risks (mainly breathing risks but he explained the treatments for these also) and just what to expect. I really liked him and Griffin loved him.

He asked Griffin if he was always this good and Griffin happily responded Yes! Haha! It was funny.

So I am feeling good about Friday's procedure and how this will help our baby. Those of you who see him regularly, I am excited to hopefully not see such pathetic eyes and runny nose all the time, as well as him not having ear infections every other day!

Oh and today we met a man named Dan who was waiting in the lobby for his mother in law. Mr.Dan was a lifesaver! He had a whole package of cubed cheese and summer sausage and shared with Griffin! He became Griffins new BFF! Haha!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Little Early Easter Fun

Yesterday, Mr.Pate's Mom, Dad and Great Uncle Ed came down for a visit (and Uncle D came over too). We had a great laid back day. Usually when we see them we have some kind of event or holiday to celebrate. So it often feels rushed, but we didn't have anything to do yesterday except enjoy the amazing weather!!

Both Papaw and Grandma brought Griffin Easter baskets filled with toys and candy (just what he needs 😉). When Griffin woke up from his nap we let him open all of it. He was hilarious playing with stuff. He repeatedly grab handfuls of the grass from his basket and took them to Papaw. Why Papaw needed the grass is a mystery? But it sure was funny! He also got a little carrot stick golf set, and later on in the night we caught him walking around using it as a cane, just like Uncle Eddy! Haha! It was awesome.

We spent lots of time playing in the backyard too. Griffin is pretty bossy these days and would insist that a certain person push him, or swing with him. Loved it.

Yay for fun Spring Days spent with family!!

- Mrs.Pate via my iPhone

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Clearing out those ears

For those of you who actually know Griffin and see him pretty often, you know the poor kid suffers from some pretty bad allergies. His eyes and nose are often oozing gunk. He also gets ear infections every five seconds. He is kind of a mess basically 😉. And the poor thing lives in Kentucky, where you experience all four seasons in one week. Whew.

So this past week we went to see an ENT to discuss Griffins ears. We were pretty sure they would suggest we get tubes put in. Griffin did great with the audiology test and every time the sound changed he would make a surprised face and say "oh!". It was hilarious.

The doctor came in and took one look at Griffin, who happened to be suffering from one of his eye gunk days (on these days the poor thing looks like we punched him in both eyes, it's so sad) and he said "I usually don't recommend this, but looking at how bad he suffers from allergies, I really recommend both tubes and removing the adenoids."

I wasn't expecting that one. But as he described it, it really sounded like just what Griffin needs. So Mr.Pate and I made the decision and scheduled the surgery for next Friday.

I am just a little nervous. I know it's a pretty common procedure today, and I wasn't nervous about the tubes at all. But the adenoids is a little more invasive (still a minor surgery). And I just hate to have to put my baby to sleep or him to have a breathing tube. But I am focusing on how much these will improve his everyday life. The poor kid seriously suffers constantly between his eyes, nose and ears.

So please join us in praying for a quick and safe surgery, fast recovery and effectiveness for our little guy.

Please enjoy picture from our morning appointment. Griffin and daddy decided they needed to switch hats. I think that look is great on Mr.Pate, don't you? Haha!