Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Fight or Flight

Don't ask me how, but somehow the stars aligned for us to be here and not there. Here, 236 miles from home and hugged against a swirl of waters right where the Gulf kisses the Atlantic and they marry and live happily ever after. There, a casual and overly kind reference to a place not as nice where plastic ankle bands are checked before skin is swabbed and poked and I hug and cradle and hope.

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Nella's cold took a turn for the worse Monday when a wheezy cough combined with a fever and vomiting, rendering a limp and lethargic baby who could barely lift her head from her mama to make eyes with mine and plead with her icy blue orbs to make it better. We ended up in the ER for chest x-rays and blood tests, and I spent the day clutching, whispering, kissing and doing a whole lot of thinking about how grateful we are that this is not the norm because, for some people, it is.

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The only picture we took in the hospital because I couldn't bear to peel her off my chest.

RSV test came back positive, and I know enough of both horrifying almost-lost-our-baby and Well-that-was-nothing RSV stories to comfortably settle between great concern and calm assurance. The thing is, hospitals are always alarming when you're there for your child--even if you know it's going to be perfectly alright. It's a place where all the bumper pads of emotional protection and that-would-never-happen-to-us thoughts are stripped down and what's left is the raw flesh of what-ifs.

And, in the land of D.S. what-ifs, whenever a doctor orders a CBC, for one tiny second, it grips you--that cancer fear. Because there are a lot of increased likelihoods in this world, and leukemia is one of them. And no matter how perfect and comfortable and health-problem free our worlds are, I think it looms there for all of us.

But the other amazement in all of this is the instinctive initiation of the Fight receptors in the sudden surge of Fight-or-Flight that ensues when your baby gets sick or your kid falls off the top bunk or your toddler slips into the deep end with a quiet splash, or maybe you just received news that your brand new baby has a genetic condition that makes her different. You fight, without even knowing it. You rise to the occasion. You jump in, save them, wipe tears, call doctors, hold compresses, pull yourself together and you fight like hell. As "minor" in the world of parenthood snafus as our trip to the ER was, I couldn't help but recognize the fight that commences and the calmness that deploys. You just know what to do. You tell the What-if voices to shut the hell up, and you advocate for your child-- attentively, fiercely, fully.

Turns out Nella is okay. A little wheezy and perhaps not completely herself, but thankfully, we were discharged after her fever faded and her tone returned. We're on breathing treatments for a little while which is actually a cute little ritual, and she's already on the upswing.

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Upswings are considerably more enjoyable when they come with a little vacation. My dad and Gary have had a Key West trip planned and booked for quite some time and last minute, they had other obligations, so the poor little trip was all paid for and had no takers. Because we are selfless and felt so badly for the lonely little trip, we decided to take one for the team and fill the vacancies. We're nice like that.

So here we were, discharged from the hospital, ankle band freshly clipped, and we're cruising 6 hours down to the Keys. Roadtrips are always an adventure with snacks and Cokes and hauling down 41 with a nice game of Extend-a-boob happenin' back in my seat. Brett's mom looked back at one point when I was balancing over the center console, butt pressed against the window, shirt pulled up, right arm locked painfully into a brace that kept the carseat edge from slicing into my ribcage, and she just goes, "Now, that's a picture." I'm pretty sure I flashed her a few other times in my life and she seems to be unscathed.

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And--maybe because I thought we weren't gonna be able to swing this or maybe because the Fight receptors just clocked out and Flight's up to bat--but the whole way down, I sound like an annoying tourist, overly amazed and awed by it all. 'Cuz I'm all, "Oh, this is awesome" and "Look at that sun" and "Oh, a boat! A bird! A fish!" You would've rolled your eyes, I'm sure of it.

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I don't have my normal editing software and my laptop's calibration is all ca-ca, so apologies if the color's off.

We're thrilled to have my M.I.L. with us--some Grandma time and family time and maybe, for the first time in a long time, Brett and I will sneak off for a night on Duval alone. Oh, who am I kidding...you're never alone on Duval.

We stopped in Key Largo for dinner and Brett, being that he has a knack for finding these off-the-beaten-path hidden gems (that's how he found Isle of Capri Fish House), scored us this quaint treasure of a place for dinner. Snuggled in this little nook off the water lies Sundowners, this low-key, sand-carpeted "naturesque" place where charming old street lights are buried in the sand and enormous sleek hand-fed tarpon emerge off the dock searching for scrap fish from the kitchen.

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And the tourist within me goes on and on and on about how beautiful it was until I wanted to slap myself. No seriously, it was beautiful.


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...especially this part:

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And the little-boy-that-dwells-within emerged from Brett last night when he sheepishly asked the waitress if maybe we could feed the tarpon with some kitchen scraps, and she returned with a smile and a bowl full of neatly sliced raw fish, a pair of rubber gloves and a stack of wet-wipes. You should have seen his smile. Like he was six years old and just scored his first bike.

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And Lainey matched his enthusiam for one great show of scratch-this-into-your-memory moments. Those sleek silver tarpon popped the water's surface with a splash and sucked up that fish so forcefully, Lainey was a heap of laughter, and I was happy to see her entranced and fearlessly peering over the dock's edge rather than timidly gripping the piling like my shy girl sometimes does.

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And Little Bear enjoyed sweet potato fries and a nice salty mist that matched albuterol for an effective natural breathing treatment.

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We almost didn't get to come on this trip. And almost not experiencing anything makes it all the sweeter when it happens. Or maybe that's just what unicorns say when they're flying through rainbow prisms.


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We love our new headbands...

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...and have some plans up our sleeve to use these at Nella's First Year Birthday Party.

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I can't believe we are planning it. My girl's first year...in less than two months. The theme..."Bloom where you are planted". There will be growth and love and flowers...lots of them.

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And today, we're happy to be working with one of our favorite websites, Ohdeedoh. Lainey and Nella's room tour (like Lady Gaga's tour, only more pink, less pleather) can be found HERE.

There are cats and chickens somewhere on the streets of Key West calling our names. That and maybe a few drag queens.

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I'll take Mallory Square over the ER any day.
Grateful and rested and happy Flight is on duty.

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Fly Away, and Happy Humpday.

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Mrs. McCracken said...

I love the picture of you and Nella... You look beautiful. Nella too!

Becky said...

Gorgeous!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

My baby had RSV when he was a baby- super scary! His vent was not nearly as cool as the one Nella is sporting!
Have fun on your vacay!

Olivia said...
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Olivia said...

I'm so glad that Nella is ok. Does she by any chance have similac? My friends baby ended up with the exact same symptoms and turns out it was related to similac. So so sad that other babies might be getting sick and it is till out there.

Susie said...

I'm so glad Nella is feeling better. Enjoy your impromptu mini-vacation, you deserve every bit of it!

Amber said...

Somehow I had a feeling that this little cold was going to be a bit more than a little cold for your sweet babe. (You know, as much as a total stranger can "have a feeling".) I'm sorry you had to fight, but so glad it was a T.K.O. in no time.

And my oh my, have I done the extendo-boob. You do what you gotta do, right? (Thankfully my exceptionally bashful british MIL was left behind in Memphis on our trip back to Houston. I don't think her pearls could've stood that much clutching!)

Have a wonderful trip.

Dawn said...

So glad sickness passed...nothing worse than sick child! Enjoy the time away!

Susie said...

That pic of you and Nella smiling adoringly at each other is amazing!! So beautiful Kelle.

KaitlinCole said...

Kel I love it. I love that becoming a mama makes you such a good fighter and no matter what people or doctors say a mamas heart always says "yeah, bring it. We got love and THAT will heal". Love it Kel. Also, how nice of you to take one for the team and take your dads vacation!

Rik said...

You cannot know how many prayers I have sent to heaven for you all...and that if it was God's will, you might get away and enjoy some rest and separation from the frenzy of the everyday. And I prayed for our Nella...her health was more important than any plans or schedules. Her sweet recovery and return to herself was our miracle again. Relax, be present in your time there, fully feel every breeze, ooh and ahh over every rainbow shade in the sunset and love on your husband, your babies...yourself! Believe God is behind every perfect moment and He aligns the seemingly random selection of a restaurant on the way, He arranged the top level suite there, He chose the strangers you will meet by the pool. We are all so very blessed.
Poppa prays from a heart full of gratitude!

Kara said...

Glad to hear that Nella is okay after her visit to the ER. I love all the excited faces feeding the tarpon!

Rik said...

Oh, and every time I see Brett reading now, I wonder if it's Wikipedia! Just know, the feeding of the tarpon was arranged somewhere in heaven as well...maybe by Nella's Great Grandpa and Grandma!!! These moments DON'T JUST HAPPEN...they are stirred and poured from heaven's magical mixing bowl.

sheads said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your writing and photography! I'm glad Nella is better and you could take the trip. My fav pic is the one of Brett and Lainey feeding the fish with great big smiles! That's a keeper! What a memory!

mcstephanie81 said...

Awww, I am so glad Nella is ok and that you are all enjoying a nice vacation :) Beautiful photos as usual, thank-you for sharing!
We will be celebrating my second daughter's 1st Birthday in a few weeks, it is amazing how fast these little ones grow up.

Merrilyn said...

I can so identify with you...my little man had RSV when he was 9 months old. Absolutely terrifying. I don't think I put him down for several days. How nice to have a trip to lovely Key West as an antidote! I'm sure the salty sea air worked wonders on those little lungs. :)

J Scheppl said...

Enjoy your vacation, get some rest, have some fun! Hoping and praying Nella is back to her sweet little self in no time!

The Mac's House said...

Today that spot looks absolutely dreamy to me.

Glad to hear that Nella is on the mend, definitely the ER is a scary place to be no matter what.

Lainey and the fish so precious! I can't get over how much she has grown up lately. Her and Brett giggling at each = priceless memories.

Thanks for sharing!

:) Teri

haveFaith said...

so so glad your little bunny is feeling better and out of that horrible ER. It's like the ER brings all these silent fears and "super hero" feels we have crashing down and it leaves you unsure and crazy and scared. Good thing she has a momma to stick by her and hold her and love her. (:

A vacation right now would be amazing, I'm glad you got yours. It looks beautiful just from the pictures alone, it must have been breathtaking in person.

My prayers are with nella for a 100% recovery and to keep both your babies healthy, and all of your family's!

Happy hump day! (:

Kelly said...

An odd thought crossed my mind last night when I noticed my reader hadn't updated your blog for a few days. I wondered if everything was okay in your corner of the world. I'm glad to hear you're on the upswing. I just gave my littlest boy a breathing treatment less than an hour ago. Those are no fun. His is a chronic condition and we're still not used to it. Enjoy your vacation! It's always more fun when it's a surprise - kind of like the snow day we're having today! :)

Sarah said...

Talk about the ying and yang. Isn't great when the universe balances it all out? beautiful images...obviously you don't need no stinkin' editing software! So glad that Nella is on the mend.

Benay said...

I love the two photos of you and Nella laughing in the wooden chair. Simply breathtaking.

amelie522 said...

I SO remember leaning over the center back seat, with one boob out, nursing Henry in the car as we cruised through rural Maine (isn't all of Maine pretty rural?) I'm so sorry you had to go to the ER. We just went with Henry a few weeks ago for a fever that would not go away, coupled with cold appendages (I Googled the symptoms and it came back with SEPSIS OR MENINGITIS). You explained my feelings that night in the ER to a tee, my dear. It's superhuman, what takes over you; this incredible fighter-mama persona. So happy Nella is doing better, and I bet that vacation helped her little soul push her little body into feeling better, faster.

Gareen said...

Glad little Nella's OK!!! Key West looks divine, what a great gift after a struggle. I'm totally jonesing on "Bloom where you are planted." It's gonna be my new mantra :).

wonderchris said...

So glad sweet Nella is on the mend!!

What amazing pictures!!! Love them all, but the first bird pic - I just couldn't stop staring at! :)

Mrs. G said...

As always, a beautiful post. I'm so glad Nella is okay and that you are currently enjoying yourself in Key West, that's a nice ending to a crappy beginning!

Petchie said...

Your pictures are so beautiful!!


xoxo
Petchie
http://itsallofthelittlethings.blogspot.com/

Jen said...

Our entire family had RSV when my younger son was two months old. I've never seen so much thick green mucus in my entire life, and I hope to never again.

I hope Nella gets better soon - from what I remember (nine and a half short months ago), it lasted about two weeks for us.

Enjoy your vacation!

Kmarie said...

Your always an inspiration. I partially live through you. You have a way with words to describe how I feel. My babies are sick too and you had me crying with the truth that my thoughts are repeated throughout the worlds with other moms.
What beauty you enjoy!
We made a float once for Bloom where your Planted. It one first place...as I am sure your little ones have done in your life.
Thank Kelle for using your gifts to touch so many people.

Brown Eyed Mama said...

Oh, Nella! I'm so glad it wasn't more serious--I so feel you on the ER visit front, the fight-or-flight; my oldest, Cordelia, was there on Friday morning and is still slowly recovering. Enjoy that much-needed vacation!

Ian and Donna said...

Nella is still looking a little peaky, but so glad she's ok. A sick baby is one of the scariest things in the world... And yay for a fantastic, unexpected holiday!

Andrea said...

i'm glad she's feeling better. she's a doll!

Andrea said...

Again, Kelle, you manage to speak to my soul. I hear you SO LOUD on the Fight or Flight response. It's what happens when they tell you 20 minutes after your daughter is born that she needs to be airlifted to Sick Kids hospital, and no, you can't go with her b/c you need to recover from your C-section. I swear, I about tried to get up and walk when I couldn't even feel my legs.

Fight/Flight is what happens when you go back and forth to HSC every two weeks for the first 6 months of your little ones life, seeing Pediatric Surgeons, GI Specialists, Cardiologists and Neurologists...and none of them can accurately give you an diagnosis.

Fight/Flight is what you do when you are told your two month old needs surgery to relocate her rectum and large intestine, which will means she has to have a colostomy bag for the next 4 months, and then 30 minutes into that surgery the doctors find surgrey won't fix her problem. And they STILL don't know what's wrong.

I've been fighting for my daughter since the second she was born. I've clutched her to my chest as doctors told us over and over again that they just. don't. know.

I hear you Mama. Keep fighting.

I will too.

Valley Girl said...

ACK!!! Once again you have made me fall to my knees...

this...
"or maybe you just received news that your brand new baby has a genetic condition that makes her different. You fight, without even knowing it. You rise to the occasion. You jump in, save them, wipe tears, call doctors, hold compresses, pull yourself together and you fight like hell. As "minor" in the world of parenthood snafus as our trip to the ER was, I couldn't help but recognize the fight that commences and the calmness that deploys. You just know what to do. You tell the What-if voices to shut the hell up, and you advocate for your child-- attentively, fiercely, fully." as I read a sobbed...saying she freakin' gets it!! Some of my dearest friends don't call anymore, don't come around, make short comments when I ask them to wash their hands...YOU GET IT!! You're my dearest friend and you don't even know it.
We haven't been been on any trips in the last 4 years that didn't entail a trip to Philadelphia...but when that day comes to slip away and enjoy each other, it's going to be a celebration.

Thanks for once again making me feel like I am not alone!!!

I enjoy taking your trips with you, through your stories♥

HUGS friend!!!

Valerie + Madigan

Natalie said...

Ok. I'll admit it. I blog stalk you. :) When I was reading about Nella's symptoms it sounded to me like RSV. So scary. We were just in the hospital with our little one for that.

http://thefrogblogva.blogspot.com/2010/10/we-can-rally.html

I'm glad she's feeling better...and happy you guys could take that vacation. You need one after any hospital stay!

Natalie said...

Ok. I'll admit it. I blog stalk you. :) When I was reading about Nella's symptoms it sounded to me like RSV. So scary. We were just in the hospital with our little one for that.

http://thefrogblogva.blogspot.com/2010/10/we-can-rally.html

I'm glad she's feeling better...and happy you guys could take that vacation. You need one after any hospital stay!

Susan S. said...

RSV is nothing to mess around with. Glad you took her right in. It's usually quite recoverable, but it scares the poop out of us, watching our kids being so sick. Hang in there. Thinking the best thoughts for Nella and all of you.

Lisa said...

Kelle,

You uplift with every post that you make. Seeing pictures of your girls, especially Nella, warms my heart. I cannot tell you how BEAUTIFUL that little girl of yours is - she is simply stunning. You are blessed to be chosen as her Mamma and there is a plan for the two of you and your family that will reveal itself with each passing day.

Sandy and Allison said...

agh, this post makes me cry - it's so beautiful and up-lifting - I am so glad Nella is okay. Enjoy your vacation.

Maureen said...

Poor little Nella, but she looks so cute with her little nebulizer mask ;) My girls did, and one still does, hate that thing! What a good girl!!

Sandy said...

I know from experience that extra snuggles make RSV go away much faster. ;0)

Take care.

lbfoster said...

Speaking of music...the Penguin Cafe! Can't believe I'm hearing it here. My husband LOVES that piece. Took him lots of time and investigative work to track the name and group down after hearing it on a commercial years ago. Says it is the "happiest little piece of music" he's ever heard. Think he has even greater respect for you now! :)

IRWSMom said...

What a perfect plan and spot to get that little Nella better! RSV is not fun. Our daughter had RSV at around the same age as Nella. Get better little punkin!
~Monica

TammyW said...

I'm glad you were able to make your trip and sorry you had to go to the ER. My son also has DS and is now 6. He had lots of health problems as and infant so you'd think I'd be used to hospitals, etc. but it doesn't get easier. In January we had to rush him to the ER barely conscious for what was diagnosed initially as pneumonia. It ended with an ambulance ride to a children's hospital and thankfully only an overnight stay. It was later determined to be a severe asthma attack brought on by a respiratory virus. I was still terrified. In Aug. he had his 5th major surgery and we had to travel out-of-state for it because I couldn't find anyone locally to help him. Being a mom has brought out the fighter in me and I am so thankful for it. I'm glad Nella is on the mend and have a great trip.

MM said...

How scary! I'm so glad Nella is on the mend. My 4 month old baby girl has a nasty cold right now, I am watching like a hawk for sings of RSV. It's terrifying!

Brooke said...

My heart ached when I saw the little hospital band! I've never read so fast, just so I could get to the part when you said she was on the mend. Whew! So glad to hear it. Enjoy your vacation! Sending lots of healing prayers to little Nella.

Your blog-stalker, I mean, avid reader,
Brooke

Lauren said...

I'm so glad that she's ok!

Lianna said...

Big smooches for Nella! Get well pretty one!!! *hugs!*

Beth said...

I am so happy everything turned out okay for your Nella Bean. Our story was as rosey. What our doctor thought was Asthma when I brought him in for an inprompto visit due to wheezing; eventually turned into projectile vomiting, life flight was involved and after 6 months of chemotherapy my 1 year old had a stem cell transplant to keep the brain cancer away.
We did meet a little DS girl named Keeley that has AML and she is such a doll. She is now in remission and is a little ball of fire!

Sara @ Mom Endeavors said...

So glad that Nella is alright. Your post is wonderful (as always). But, what I especially loved is this:
"Or maybe that's just what unicorns say when they're flying through rainbow prisms".
Best.Quote.Ever! :)

A Cappelli said...

I am so glad to hear that beautiful Nella is on the mend. I love the photos of your husband and Lainey feeding the tarpon. The expression of glee on their faces is priceless. What fabulous memories you are creating for your girls! Wishing your Nella continued healing and restored health.

Sarah said...

absolutely beautiful. I'm so glad Nella is better. I love this blog and your writing, images and spirit and family. at first, I thought, "wow, she would drive down the road with nella not strapped in", and laughed to think of your nursing her in the car seat. that is amazing!!!

Me and My Boys said...

" You rise to the occasion. You jump in, save them, wipe tears, call doctors, hold compresses, pull yourself together and you fight like hell...."

We are amazing, us Moms. We can do things we didn't even know we could do. And, man, you captured that PERFECTLY.

When my son was in the hospital for 120 days this year, people used to ask me all the time: How do you do it?

I'm his Mom.

And really, that's it. and that's IT. Its little and BIG all at once.

Mom's are amazing creatures, lovers, fixers, huggers, helpers and partners. We can heal booboo's with a simple kiss, and, when we have to, we can move the entire staff of a hospital to take care of our children.

Well done, Mom. And best wishes Nella for a speedy recovery!

Rachel
http://dreamswishesansweredprayers.blogspot.com/

Kimberly said...

So glad that Nella is doing better! I bet that was so scary.

I know that extend-a-boob position all too well from car rides to WI to see my family lol!

Enjoy your trip!

E's wake said...

Hi Kelle! While most days your words and pictures leave me encouraged and inspired, today I was entertained. I could not stop laughing at the whole "extend a boob" dialogue! Oh my, the things us Moms do!

Ali's Mom said...

I'm so glad she's ok. Every mom of every kid with Ds knows exactly how you feel. It's amazing how we just rise up and deal with all the situations that arise. (and that fear of the big "L" never goes away!) So glad you're able to enjoy your get-away! Your dad has an incredible way with words - is he working on a book too?? Amazing that Nella looks that gorgeous when she's sick! Enjoy!!

Diana Doyle said...

It's amazing how childrens hospitals have a way of making us understand what's 'real' in life isn't it.... I feel like telling people some days, if they are having a bad day to go visit one! They also teach us how to appreciate a healthy child....I'm glad gorgeuous Nella is ok.


Beautiful post as always Kelle, you deserve a fine holiday! Cheers to you from down under, we are having an Aussie holiday and I'm loving it...just wish I had your camera skills! :) Enjoy
love Diana x

Marti said...

Dude...I know all to well the extend a boob thing over the car seat with your butt against the window and other car passengers flipping the hell out when they realized what I was doing...ah those were the days.

LJ said...

I am glad to hear that Nella is okay.

Missy said...

Goodness, I'll say it again you are just.the.best.writer.ever.

I just might remember this line forever and ever:

"You tell the What-if voices to shut the hell up, and you advocate for your child-- attentively, fiercely, fully."

well, that and "extend-a-boob"

Hope Nella is feeling all the way better just as soon as possible.

Moonstonemama said...

So glad that Nella is ok!!

Hilary said...

Nella's smile gets me every time!! So glad she's on the mend! :)

Whitney Hannah Hill said...

Oh - love it. So happy you got away...that's the best medicine sometimes. And I love the image of you nursing in the car while Nella is in her seat. I've done that many a time. I call it go-go-gadget boob. :)

Jule said...

I'm so glad Nella is ok! You've captured the experience of suddenly finding your child in hospital perfectly.

I knew nothing about Florida before I started reading your blog and now I want to visit.

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates said...

I'm so glad to hear Nella is doing OK. Love the pictures of the trip you took. People roll their eyes at me all the time. That's just too bad! That's just the way I am.

Anne said...

I am so sorry to hear Nella has RSV . . . my first two girls were hospitalized with RSV for 6 days each . . . so scary!

Lora said...

Oh Kelle~ I can't tell you how many times my son has been hospitalized in his life. Too many to count. He has a disease where every cold is life threatening to him. And RSV and Influenza are even more deadly! I can't tell you how many times I have stood by his side doing breathing treatments, suctioning, postural drainage and cough treatments. Even times I've seen him turn blue from a mucus plug getting lodged in his airways; despite my desperate attempts to help him. With his disease, it also makes starting an IV next to impossible and he usually has to endure multiple needle pokes. :( Even after this disease of nearly 15 years, it never gets any easier to see your child suffer like that and feel helpless. This time of year is difficult for me as I try to let my kids be active and be with their friends. But, finding that many times I have to say no in order to protect my oldest child from illness! Such a hard line to walk. All of this to say...I definitely know what it's like and it's no fun. :( My son is actually recovering now from a mild cold that left him sick for 2 weeks and even battling nightly vasovagal attacks.

I love reading your blog and seeing the beautiful pictures! Hope Nella is feeling MUCH better now! Oh and I ordered my very own Sticks and Stones pictures!! Can't wait to hang them up!! ((HUGS))

Mommyto3Boys2Girl said...

It is always so scary walking into the ER. I am so glad Nella is better. My gosh she is almost 1 :) Have fun in the Keys!!

Cheryl

The Hall Family said...

My beautiful cousin who never wanted children is actually pregnant with her first and just got a call from her doc saying that her levels were super low and there is a chance that she may be having a baby with Down Syndrome. As I am sure you know, she is not taking this news lightly and is pretty much devastated. I let her know about this beautiful blog I read and how everything will eventually feel ok. Thank you for being that "ok" for her right now!!!!

~Sarafina~ said...

Oh wow... soooo scary... I was on pins and needles until I read that your little Nella was ok. What a scary visit. So so happy that she's on the mend.

Hooray for vacation!!! :D

laurieg said...

these are things to be thankful for! I'm glad to see Nella smiling :)
Oh and Key West looks magnificent....especially in this snow.
Beautiful Kelle :)

Callie said...

Glad to see she is on the mend. Looks like a great get-a-way.

The Birds said...

Love all the pics and I am so glad Nella is feeling better! I know all about RSV and those ritual breathing treatments.

Mrs. Mama said...

I love going down to the keys. I have been lucky since my sister LIVES THERE! yes maam, full time! Anyways, there is a place we love to stop at and feed the Tarpons called Robbies.

http://www.robbies.com/tarpon.htm

I hope you read this before you head back home and miss it. Its amazing! They give you a BIG bucket of fish and you can feed the HUGE tarpons! I would definitely make time on your way back up to go.

Kathlyn said...

Oh how scary . . . so glad for you and yours that this turned out to be one of those "not so horribly bad" RSV cases. And yeah for filling in vacancies!!

Hannah Joy... said...

I giggle at your acrobats to nurse on route... Totally been there!

Lainey is looking like such a little GIRL! She is losing her itty bittyness. My oldest if 6mos younger and I really enjoy seeing what 6 months does- they get taller! :0( So glad Nella is feeling better and you got to enjoy your trip!

LilianEveDesigns said...

glad all is well! get some rest <3.

Jorie said...

So happy to hear Nella is ok and you guys are relaxing on a mini vaca! Enjoy!

The Mommy One said...

Bless your heart. I am glad to hear the little buddha is doing better.

Farmgirl Paints said...

SO glad she's okay. That's just plain scary no matter what.

I can't believe you are hangin' at the beach and I'm up here freezing my hiney off. It was 12 degrees today. WHY GOD WHY??

Loved the pics. I just bought my first ever fancy camera online yesterday. The Canon 60D. You were the reason for my purchase. My honey's cursing you as we speak:) Can't help it...your photos have changed the way I want to blog. Thank you as always for the inspiration.

Sandy said...

Take care of that little Nella. Our 21 month old has Cf and requires inhaled treatments daily so we know what you are going through. Hope she feels better soon...enjoy that fresh breath of air on your va-cay!

Emily said...

So glad that Nella's okay! Have a happy vacation! It's freezing here in Iowa so I'm severely jealous of your tank top!!!

margaret said...

It's amazing what we are capable of as parents. This post brought back memories of enduring some of the most painful and fear filled days I've ever lived through while my son fought for his life in ICU. I must say, the FEELINGS are exactly the same, whether it be a case of RSV or in our situation, a congenital heart defect which cost my son his life. A parent worries and feels helpless when their little one is sick and it was with tears of understanding that I read your first few paragraphs and recalled my OWN feelings of despair as I sat by my son's bedside, unable to do anything other than love him and pray that he would recover. I'm so glad Nella is feeling a little better and that you were able to enjoy your holiday in the clean ocean air. I hope you never, ever have to live through the pain of losing a child Kelle and it is so evident in your writing that no one knows more than you how lucky and blessed you truly are. Much love to your beautiful family and wishes for good health for all. xo

aprilanecdotes said...

Praise God your little Nella is fine. I hate those trips to the ER with the child that's not breathing right. Our Jake,now 18, was there many, many times. You handled it well warrior mother, advocate. susan

Jenn said...

Glad to hear that Nella is okay. My littlest lady had RSV at 5 wks it was quite scary. I have to say she is looking mighty cute, I just love her in hats!!

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Summer said...

Your girls are so beautiful but Nella looks especially beautiful in these pics! Glad she is okay!

Kimberly said...

This post took my breath away (no pun) because we as parents do know what to do when our children are sick. We may not know the cause, we may worry but we still put on boxing glove to advocate for our little ones. What we can't cure medicine can...but was we can do is offer our little sick ones with much love, much hugs, much kisses and to be strong for them.
You once again, captivated me with your words. You write so beautifully.
The pictures? Totally an added bonus!

Kristin said...

Just a beautiful post! Love it!

P-nut said...

SO glad to hear that the bean is okay! My oldest had to be on puffers for a while. Was also tested positive with RSV at 5 months and then had surgery before 18 months. Talk about scarey times and pulling out every bit of strength in you to fight for your little. I hear ya! And then you look around those hospital room s and although you're gripped with fear, you're incredibly thankful it's not worse. It can always be worse.
I'm so jealous of your mini vacay! It looks magical. And you're in Key Largo.. like the Beach Boys sing about in their Kokomo song? Cool. REALLY cool.
Have an amazing time and enjoy every second of it. I know you will :)
xo

MG Atwood said...

Nothing scarier than a baby in ER. Been there, done that, and don't wish it on anyone. I was so excited when I read about Key WEst....I could hardly wait to scroll down and look at the photos. I'm making my first trip there in January...I'm so excited to visit, and will take any recommendations you have to throw my way. :-)

emoney said...

oh my goodness, i am so incredibly relieved that Nella is ok. i have fallen in love with her from afar and know that she would be great friends with my daughter, who just turned 13 months. we call her Bunny, too. thank you so much for your thoughtful, poignant, and sweet musings about parenting and life. you have provided me with more joy than you will ever know, and have intensified my already boundless love for my little Bunny.

susan said...

Jana had phenomia Last February it was the longest two days of my life. I went through more emotions than when she was born. When they admitted her my heart broke. Every nurse and Doctor we came in contact with was shocked it was our first time at the Children's Hospital. So then are fear was replaced with thankfulness. I lost count how many kisses we gave her. WE never left her side. Jason slept with her on his chest for two days. I had to keep reminding myself that I was seven months pregnant with Lanie and needed to calm down. I will NEVER take good health for granted again. Oh it also turned me into a germ o phob. I use shopping cart covers, place mats, instant hand sanitizer like it is going out of style. But that is ok. On Happy News MIss Jana started walking this week sweet baby steps 2, 4 and even seven times tonight:) Oh happy day. Kiss your sweet girls and I will pray they get better soon.

Bonnie said...

So glad Nella is doing better. I'll keep her in my prayers. Enjoy your vacation!

Rhonda said...

Glad to see Nella Bean is on the mend....Your heart is not your own when kids get sick.. nothing else matters!!
So nice to get away for a little vacay...good for you!!

Brett is quite the navigator- love it!!

Adrienne said...

So sorry Nella got RSV! But so glad she's okay! Right there with ya on telling the "what ifs" to "shut up hell up"! Been there too many times with my Bennett. But that's part of motherhood with any child, although I suppose a tad more with one that has DS.

Glad you could get away though! Nella seems to be just fine! We have pics of B with his neb treatments too- pitiful but cute!

Party of Nine said...

I sure hope Nella's on the mend. Wish my family and I were there with ya. Looks soooo relaxing!

Heitkampfam said...

Glad your babe is feelin' better! Nothin' like a vacay to make the mama feel better too! Enjoy! Love the headbands!

Claire said...

read the 1st half holding my breath and 2nd smiling, have a lovely break x

AmyB said...

So nice to see someone in beach attire as I sit in my drafty old house while it is 30 degrees outside! So happy to see Nella is recovering nicely. Peace.

Stef said...

I'm so glad Nella is okay!!
Beautiful pictures.

Anneliese said...

i'm so glad sweet lil nella is feeling better!

Randi said...

LOL Happy Humpday Kelle!

I am glad Nella is doing better, and that You got to go on this getaway trip. Enjoy!
Oh, I'm loving the new headbands!

Linda said...

We've had those so scary but everything turns out ok trips to the hospital. RSV, pneumonia, dehydration, asthma. Like you, we are so thankful that these are not the norm for us. So glad your little sweetie is feeling better and that you were able to go on your vacation.

"Bloom where you are planted" was the theme last year for my women's group and I love the idea. It goes right along with life- all the hiccups, the little bumps, the realization that this is not what I had planned for my life but I'm jumping in with everything I have.

And you, my dear, bloom beautifully where you have been planted! Hugs!

Christine said...

Love Lainey's boots...my son has a pair and will wear them all day inside until you ask if he wants to wear them out to play and he takes them off immediately! Kids! :)

Glad Nella's okay...we had it too and it's not fun!

Anna Ruth said...

I'm so glad Nella is okay and doing better. We knew she was a fighter and she wanted to go to the Keys for a get away. So glad you are enjoying some time with the family.

Sarah said...

LOVE those headbands. I wish I lived in FL too. Especially with a cold MN winter already upon us.

FEAS613 said...

I'm so glad Ms. Nella Bean is on the upswing! We have a lot of that cough / borderline if not diagnosed RSV going around the daycare right now. It's truly gutwretching listening to these peanuts with wall shaking coughs and the doctor's shrug it off saying "it's just a cold". It's terrifying being left in charge of someone else's little (times 13) who isn't 100% healthy.
Lainey looks like such a big girl standing on the dock in her jeans and boots! And I can't believe either that Nella is almost one! Time flies!!
And the picture you painted about feeding Nella on the go -- PRICELESS!! My sister told me the other day that she had to feed my nephew this way... I thought she was the only one who ever did that... Guess not! LOL
Enjoy your vacation!! It was very nice of you not to let that vaca go unused - but if you ever need help finding someone to take a free vacation - just let me know!! I can clear my calendar in no time!
~Beth

Katie Harper said...

So Sweet!

Dana said...

This post made my heart happy! So glad Nella is feeling better.

Last year we took a road trip from Atlanta to the Keys. Our favorite spot was Bahai Honda, and I'd pack the car to get back down there again in a heartbeat. Have fun!

Rachael said...

Hospital trips are always scary! I'm so glad Nella is alright!
It's great to see your other daughter Lainey wasn't scared of those fish, because I know I would be!

Kristin said...

LOVE the pictures of you and Nella on the beach chair...brought tears to my eyes actually. Glad she's on the mend!

Jenn said...

Glad Nella is starting to feel better and you guys were able to get away.

Kelsi Winterfeld said...

your girls are beautiful

Rik said...

I hope all you wonderful commenters know you are like cherished family to ours. I sit here and read each comment and my throat clamps and tears run from my cheeks to the keyboard, magnifying each letter. Your words and your stories touch me so. Your love for my daughter and her precious family just overwhelms me. And most of all, to know we are all one human family who hold dear our children who are so exquisitely perfect and precious and leading us to the light. My heart is full. Thank you...every one.

christin said...

I am so sorry to hear that Nella was sick. My son was admitted to the hospital at the beginning of this month, and I know exactly how you felt. There is a terror mixed with Mama Lion protectiveness. I also know hoe you feel about the first year coming so soon. My daughter will be 1 in 20 days. I cannot believe how fast the year has gone! Your pics are beautiful as always!

Elena said...

My little extra-chromosomed buddy was in the hospital for 5 days with RSV. It's a nasty little bugger. I'm glad Nella is on the rebound.

christie said...

So happy Nella is feeling better. You, your words and pictures give me energy to do and be better. Thank you!

Jennifer said...

Awe I love the fishy vents. My daughter has asthma and when she was little she used it too. Praying for Nella to heal up fast! ((((HUGS to you Momma)))) :o)

Loved the pictures of Bret and Lainey feeding the fish! So sweet!

Tell Poppa and Gary if they ever have a trip that needs fillin' I'll gladly fill it for them! :o)

Mallory said...

I'm glad that Nella is okay. A baby in the hospital is always a scary thing!

Rachel said...

Oh my heart. This brought back memories of our many ER trip with my Ashlynn who has DS. The good thing is our kiddos sure bounce back quickly :) Nothing beats the super powers of a mommy's hug when your baby is sick.

Donovan Doins said...

OH, the pic of Nella in the hosp just teared me up. So glad she is on her way up.

Have a great vacation.

Musing Truth said...

So happy Nella is OK. We experienced RSV at one point years back, but nothing as scary as you described. Key West looks lovely! God bless!

nicole said...

Thank goodness the hospital trip was a short one. Little Nella just wanted to keep things exciting!

Ashley Kirby said...

Glad your week is getting better! I can't think of anyone more deserving of a getaway after the way your week started!

Mikaela said...

oh lord you had me roaring at "extend a boob"... i am SO GLAD to know i am not the only one out there that has done this. i remember my husband looking in the rearview once and saying "oh my god,what are you DOING? is that allowed?" hell yeah it's allowed. i'm the mom and i make the rules and my baby is hungry. 'nuff said.

glad nella's on the mend. nothing scarier than a sick love.

kwistytoodles said...

Poor Nella :( Hope she is feeling better now. Good on you for taking one for the team ;) Enjoy your vacation :D

Jamie Lane said...

So glad Nella is okay and everything turned out just fine! Beautiful pictures. :)

Meagan said...

I'm glad everything was alright! :) And loving the playlist today.

Danikarp said...

Your girls are looking more beautiful every day!

Kate J said...

OH, I so remember those early winters when my little one with a chromosome deletion would be hospitalized. I couldn't believe it when we finally got thru a winter without the hospital! Wish I had known you & the other special needs mamas commenting here, as we were going thru it! It does make you stronger and more resilient, but it sure helps to have someone who gets it, to lean on. Even now...
my little (now 8 y/o!) girl will be having surgery tomorrow... should be no big deal, but still...
So glad Nella's on the mend!

craftymama said...

Hope Nella-Bella is feeling ah whole hella betta......lol. Your an amazing Mom Kelle! Enjoy the keys- thinking of you from snowy Idaho, Crafty Mama- Crystal

sister#2 said...

I know the Mom fight mode and it always amazes me that I know just what to do. My Mom always said that I'm like a tigress with her cubs. Enjoy your flight time!

Alexis said...

so glad Nella is okay. She is such a beautiful little thing. :o)

Roksalanna said...

Hi Kelle,
I'm glad to see that gorgeous Nella is all right now. It must have been a worrying time for you but as you so rightly said the fierce protective instinct sets in.
Beautiful photos from your family holiday. I particularly love those where you're all feeding the fish.
I checked out Nella and Lainey's room on ohdeedoh. It is absolutely lovely. The chandeleir is exquisite!
xox

Stacy Monaghan said...

So glad Nella is feeling better. Things I love this week - that Lainey wears her rain boots when everyone else is in flip flops, that Nella is always cuddled in her gorgeous blanket, and your beautiful pictures that make me forget the record rain fall in my area!

Kim said...

Poor little peanut! Nothing cures RSV better than a little momma lovin' and salty sea air :) Hope she is feeling better soon. Enjoy your family time and the free babysitter :)

Kendra said...

So glad that Nella is on the mend and you are having a nice mini-vacation! Love the headbands! love all the cute websites you are introducing me too!

Tiffany said...

So glad to hear Nella is doing better!
Love the pics, the one of Lainey and Brett feeding the tarpon is great.

Lola said...

Oh, Kelle! I'm sos orry to hear that Nella was in the ER, but so glad to see that she is ok.
How did Lainey react?
Enjoy your vacation!!!!!

You and your poppa are so special!!!!
Love reading your words.....
:)

Can't wait to see Nella's birthday party theme/ideas. Can't believe she is going to be 1.
:)

Autumn said...

Gorgeous!! SO very glad your little Nella is Ok and getting better!!

Lauren said...

I can't get enough of Nella's smile...love, love, love!

Teeny8910 said...

So glad you got to fly...

KK said...

So glad to hear Nella is responding well to treatment & that your ER visit was so brief. Enjoy family time!

mwccm4 said...

So glad Nella is feeling better...scary stuff! Love the pics! Have a great trip!!

Karen said...

So glad Nella is ok. My little one had a respatory issue last month that landed us in the walk-in with treatments and x-rays. It is super scary when you feel helpless! Enjoy your vaca.

Karen said...

So glad Nella is ok. My little one had a respatory issue last month that landed us in the walk-in with treatments and x-rays. It is super scary when you feel helpless! Enjoy your vaca.

The Birth of KLC said...

So happy to see that Nella is OK! How scary it is when they are sick....amazing how somehow we know when it is really serious eh?
A beautiful adventure...I wish I could take trips like that!

Stay strong little Nella, you beautiful girl!!

Ashley Madsen said...

Feel better Nella! A small vacation always helps a little sickness go away.

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Karen said...

So glad Nella is feeling better! My little guy has Ds and when he doesn't feel well he just lays on me all day. It has only happened a couple of times but it sure scared me. I love the pics of you and Nella together! Beautiful!!

Debbie D. said...

Happy Unexpected Vacation!!!
Have a wonderful, body-healing time.

Jessica said...

So glad Nella is doing better and you are enjoying yourself on what looks like a beautiful trip.

Julie Nickerson said...

So glad your baby is doing ok! I agree with you completely and thank God every time we are waiting at the doctors for my daughter's hip appointment how thankful I am for my kids health.

We love headpieces over here so this would be awesome.

xoxo!

WhatDoesTheFutureHold said...

Hope your enjoying the vacation :) it's snowing the whole way up in pennsylvania!

have a great rest of the week!

Melissa

Laurel said...

My heart was in my throat as I read about Nella's health scare . . . we had a similarly scary trip to the hospital and ensuing health issues that ate up the past month with our 16 month old. My prayers are with you for a swift and full recovery! Thank you for your beautiful post, yet again!

aubrey said...

So glad little Nella bean is ok. and so jealous of your vacay! here in texas it is currently 28 degrees...no good! I would love a certificate for a pretty headband!

also, i LOVE your hair in this post...did you braid yours a pin it over? or is that a headband too??

much love girlfriend!

CodynStacey said...

I just love it all! Amazing!!

Mia said...

I love the pics of you and Nella on the beach. She looks so much like you there!

Jen said...

Those two pictures of you and Nella are priceless! SO cute. Glad to hear Nella is on the mend...so sad to see them sick!

Paige said...

So glad to hear that Nella is feeling better! Jealous of your trip. I love the Keys!

Tracy said...

Oh gosh! I am so envious as I love Mallory Square and Duval Street! The hubs and I were there back in August and it was bad A!

Have fun :)
ps go to sloppys and get on the live feed camereas!

jajb79 said...

Love. Just love.

Hillary said...

Oh a getaway-just what you need. I am praying little Nella is feeling better and that Mama and Dada can get some well deserved rest after 'I am sure' some very long days and nights. May this getaway be what you need, give you energy for the the upcoming holidays, and may you let every breeze, sun ray and moment with the family fuel your heart and soul. Enjoy!

The Halbert Home said...

Beautiful pictures! Hope Nella makes a speedy recovery!

whitejennam said...

I am so happy your little is feeling better! These headbands are awesome!

Life with Kaishon said...

I am so happy she is safe and happy and healing. So happy. Have a wonderful trip! I love that you find joy wherever you go. Love it so much Kelle.

cathy said...

Kelli, I've been to the Er plenty a time & the fierce momma takes over. It's only later, if you let it, the fear could kick in...the what ifs & maybes. It's not good to allow yourself to "go " there. Enjoy your beautiful babies & stay in the moment

Samantha said...

I can relate to your scary RSV experience. We had to rush our almost 4 month old to the ER this past January for what found out later was RSV. There's nothing worse than having a sick baby and there's absolutely nothing you can do to make it go away, but just love on them! I'm glad Nella is on the mend!

TaraJ said...

Enjoy the vacay! So glad Nella is feeling better. I can safely say that RSV is no fun -we dealt with it last year with our (then) 9 week old who was flown to the children's hospital for a one week stay :( . I hope she's better than ever soon!

B Whit said...

I'm so glad Nella is getting better, and thank you for the restaurant recommendation! It's going in my Travel Journal right now!

Kim said...

Oh, how I feel your pain, Kelle. My twin girls were born 3 months early and when Lindsay was 5 months old, she contracted RSV. One minute it seemed like a simple cold and the next I had her at the ER, they pulled her off of me, and ran with her! There was talk of intubating and my poor little baby wound up in the PICU for 7 days. Her twin, Sophie, joined her at the hospital a few days later. RSV is scary and even though your outcome was good, it's still really scary any time your children are sick; especially, if they are prone to more serious complications.
So glad that you guys could get away. You deserve it!

Dona Nagy said...

I'm so jealous! Flordia looks so beautiful....and I LOVE the pictures of you and Nella on the chair next to the palm tree...so priceless :)

Amanda Richins said...

We have a similar breathing treatment mask, ours is a purple dino. Although my little man didn't take it quite as well as it looks like she is!

Amy said...

I would give anything to be in the keys right now instead of Chicago! Your pictures are beautiful. NElla gets more and more beautiful everyday. She looks like a little lady. I can't believe she is almost a year!

Tiffany said...

My middle child had RSV 4 years in a row, we are very familiar with breathing treatments, he would never wear his mask. You are all looking beautiful!!!

Sara said...

I'm so glad that Nella is ok, that is so scary. Love up Key West, we're freezing here in Iowa! And the headbands are so cute, I'm going to get some for Christmas presents!

Sarah McK said...

We had three negative tests this week, and I have a hunch that maybe you'd understand my disappointed tears I tried hard, but unsuccessfully to hide from my husband. I know it seems silly to tell a stranger this, when I haven't told anyone else, but you're so amazingly open..you're on my list of people I'd like to have dinner with. Your family is achingly beautiful.

Amy Parris said...

My first baby was 17 months when she got the Rotavirus and we ended up in the hospital for 48 hrs. I think the hardest part was being hit with the reality that I will not always be able to protect her. I curled up with her on the couch in the room because I couldn't stand seeing her in the hospital crib which strongly resembled a jail cell.

We got through it and she was fine. But the sobering reality of the fact that no matter how good a mom I am, my kids are going to experience pain in their lives sticks with me.

This, however, does not sadden me. It makes every healthy day beautiful. It helps make the ER trips tolerable. It reminds me that there is a God who is much bigger than I am, who knows more than I do, and, as hard as it is to believe, loves these kids more than I do. I give them to Him and pray I don't mess it up while they're in my care.

Nf1andprek-whisper said...

funny I have been following you a while now.. and I realized Nella's bday would be coming up soon. I love the bloom where you are planted.. Idea.. I think I will make something for you and her.. in that them.. 1 year.. how fun..

Lora said...

http://www.onetruemedia.com/shared?p=39fe4d7c728ab20b6bd432&skin_id=701&utm_source=otm&utm_medium=text_url



This is the story about my son and his disease. Unfortunately, hospitalizations have become a way of life for us. We pray that a cure is someday found and that no more children will suffer the effects from this disease or lose their lives way too soon; leaving their parent's arms empty. ((hugs))

Watch Calder Grow! said...

Love the headbands, and love those girls of yours! So happy that Nella is ok. :)

Heather said...

I'm so glad that nella is alright and so happy that you get a vacation! Have a spectacular time. Your pictures and words are , as always, delicious. Heather

Ericka said...

I'm so glad Nella is ok!

Drvance19 said...

Oh so happy she is feeling better, sick babies just break my heart. Us mamas know just what to do but that feeling in the pit of your stomach sucks.
Enjoy your trip!

hilly27 said...

Hope Nella feels better soon!

and because I've been so obsessed with braids this year, I have to ask if you braided your hair yourself or if it's one of those neat-o braid headbands? Inquiring minds! :D

Morgs said...

When our son was 2 1/2 months old he had a UTI and was hospitalized for two days. It was excruciating! I slept on a cot beside his bed while he slept and slept and slept. He had an IV in his head and he looked so helpless. It was so hard, but we made it through! I think hospitals make everyone feel uncomfortable, no matter whether you know everything will be okay or not. I'm glad Nella is okay! Hopefully she recovers quickly!

Shannondilly said...

I'm so happy you all got to get away despite the ER visit and all the ickiness that goes along with it. I'm happy to hear Nella is on the upswing, and Brett and Lainey look like they are having SO much fun feeding the tarpon! Those headbands are killer too. Have a great trip!! Enjoy the cool front!

Tina said...

What a scare! So glad to hear that Miss Nella is doing just fine. That must have been quite a stressful couple of days - having a sick babe is no fun at all.

I'm dying to know... how are the Target store brand diapers? I was standing there with a package in my hand last week (while visiting Ohio for the US Thanksgiving) trying to decide whether to get them or Pampers, and stuck with Pampers because I know they do the job well. But I LOVED the polka dots on the Target ones, and they were totally calling to me.

Funny that you referred to Nella as "Little Bear"... that is the nickname I've given my infant daughter Brianna. :)

Sarah Pomranka said...

Nella the super girl! Glad she is recovering and that you all are getting a lovely trip.

Soaking Up the Happy Life... said...

Glad to hear Nella recovered quickly from her sickness. She sure is growing up fast. Starting to look like a little girl and not a baby.

LindseyG said...

Thank heavens Nella's alright! We'll keep praying so that her health continues to grow! And what a wonderful and deserved vacation for you and your family! Lovely post, and what beautiful headbands, theres nothing better than an adorable headband to bring an outfit together!

Jane said...

So glad this post ended with a happy smiling baby and a happy smiling mama, too!

Daniel and Danielle said...

I just love your posts! I sincerely hope that Nella bear gets better soon! Those BT though do wonders :) We have been on them for8 months now and what a change!!!

Katie said...

I'm happy to hear that Nella is feeling better- a beach vacation will make anyone feel better!

angela said...

I'm so happy Nella is doing better. She's even got a cute breathing treatment machine :) Hooray for a little family vacation!

Just the Two of US said...

so glad nella is feeling better! Go ahead you deserve a vacation!!!

AussieMum said...

Poor little bumpkin! So glad she's on the mend. Love the pictures of your trip, looking at them as I zip my fleece a little higher and tuck the blanket around my knees...slight twinge of jealously, only slight :P

Rosellini said...

What a blessing this vacation will be for the family. Rough couple of days with the girls so sick and lack of sleep. Ugh. My little man had a case of RSV too - everything will be okay. :) Love the pic of you and Nella together - you can tell she ADORES you! Much fun!

Megan said...

I'm so glad Nella is doing so well! I have to admit that I had to stop reading and come back after getting the kids to bed to finish. The positive RSV test made my stomach drop.

My almost 10 month old boy was born at 34 weeks surprisingly healthy after my water broke 4 weeks earlier. He was breathing on his own and jaundice was the only thing that kept him in the NICU for 18 days. A week after coming home we landed in the ER with a hacky non breathing baby. RSV. The stuck him on a jet without me and flew him 3 hours away back to the NICU in Birmingham. I was a MESS having to drive up there at 730pm to be with him.

This time he couldn't come out of his little plastic box. He was on high oxygen and his chest caved in when he would try to breathe. I ended up rubbing all of the hair off of the top of his head because I wasn't allowed to hold him when he cried. We did that for a week and a half before he was cleared to go home again. Now we have the nebulizer with a cute fish mask because every time he cuts a tooth he gets hella congested in the chest.

Your post brought me back.

On a lighter note, I love vacations and I can not wait to see what all is in store for the first birthday! I'm a little bit in shock that in a couple of months I will have a 1 year old. Where did the time go?

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