Sunday, December 27, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

Six years ago this past Sunday (yes I am a little late getting this posted) Douglas and I were married. So much has happened since that cold snowy day.

We spent our honeymoon in Hawaii.

We moved into our home.

We graduated from BYU and accepted teaching positions.

Found out we were expecting, and then
at 18 weeks along found out we were expecting not just one, but two baby boys.

Those little baby boys decided to come two months early and spent a month in the NICU, but were otherwise healthy.

Took two one year olds to Hong Kong via Chicago and London. What were we thinking?

Took two two year olds to Mexico.

Found out we were expecting a baby girl.

Doug graduated from SUU with his masters degree.

Our little princess was born three days later.

At two months old we found out our princess had a nasty liver disease called biliary atresia, and she underwent her first major surgery.

Which led to two more surgeries (hers and mine) including one liver transplant 16 months later.

Now that she is doing well we are looking forward to what the next six years will bring us.

Merry CHRISTmas!!!

For those of you who have been anxiously awaiting your Christmas letter from the Lai's I am sorry to tell you it won't be coming this year. I know your heartbroken, but life has been a bit busy lately. Although it has been a difficult year we have truly been blessed and enjoyed a wonderful Christmas all together with family and friends. The best Christmas gift of all was to see my three healthy kids especially Eden thoroughly enjoying themselves.

So here are some random pictures from our Christmas holiday. They are completely out of order, but I am no expert with this blogging thing so bear with me.

We snuck a picture of Santa as he was putting the presents under the tree.

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No my kids aren't spoiled.

Look Mom Santa (AKA Grandma and Pap Pap Lai) brought us a "lawnmower" for Christmas.

Loving my dolly.

Hamming it up for the camera.

At the Johnson family Christmas party checking out our cool new toys.

Playing with Matthews toys at Aunt Isabella's.

Trying out my rocking chair Papa Johnson made me.

Check out our matching pajamas.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Goodbye PICC Line!!!

Dear PICC Line,

Though you have proven yourself useful these past three and a half months with five days of IV antibiotics at home, almost two months of TPN (which worked wonders), coming in very useful during transplant, and saving me from dozens of pokes for lab draws we are happy to see you go. Now I have my arm back, and I am looking forward to a nice splash in the tub.


Friday, December 18, 2009

the things they do that drive me crazy and make me smile after a while.

So even after several warnings that Santa is watching and a few "phone calls" to the North Pole the boys have still managed to do a few things to drive me crazy the past few days and earn themselves a place on top of the naughty list.

First last night I asked them to go upstairs and get their pajamas on. They were upstairs by themselves for about ten minutes while I was giving Eden her medicine and getting her ready for bed. I went upstairs to find them in the tub with water all over the floor and then Seth got in the tub with his shirt and undies on. I didn't get a picture of this one but just imagine water everywhere and soaking wet clothes.

Then this morning Ethan came downstairs with toothpaste plastered to his head and silly mommy that I am I washed it out. What does he decide to do? Go upstairs and rub more toothpaste in his hair.

Finally to top it all off the sweet dears found a couple markers that got left out this morning and decided to draw all over the back of a chair, on part of our couch and on the wall. They were washable markers at least. Last time they drew on the couch they chose a permanent marker. They were very eager to help clean up after I told them Santa was watching them and they even went down for a nap without any complaints. Hopefully they will make their way back onto the nice list before Christmas.

The things they do frustrate me at times and test my patience, but I have come to appreciate the fact that they are healthy and happy and able to get into trouble like this. Though sometimes I wish they would listen a little bit better. :)

Mug shot of culprit #1

Culprit #2 hiding behind said chair.

Just some of the damage done.

Mom's Crack Part Two

Well it should actually be part three. Take a look to your left at the "Sethanisms" if you haven't already and you will see why.

Anyway back to the post. When I went to pick the boys up from preschool the other day their teacher pulled me aside to tell me about some pictures they drew that day. Apparently they were practicing drawing people and one of them drew a picture of me and the other drew a picture of Eden, and in the middle of their bellies were some lines. They told their teachers that these were Mommy's and Eden's cracks. One of their pictures even had a little blob off to the side that he said was the yucky stuff that comes out of the crack. Yep that liver sure was yucky. I don't have the original pictures because they were drawn on a white board, but I did get Ethan to recreate it. There you have it play therapy at preschool.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Doing Great!




Eden continues to amaze me with all of her new talents like walking and climbing everywhere including the kitchen table! Yesterday I took her back up to Primary Children's for another follow up appointment, and they are still pleased with how she is doing. We are having a little trouble keeping her Prograf (immunosupression) level stable, but other than that everything is looking good. Her liver is functioning well as is evidenced by all the rolls of chub she now has. Our biggest hurdle now is getting her to eat. We are making baby steps, but it is going to be a long process. She has learned that she gets her food through a tube and even hands me her tube on occasion when it is time to feed her. Good news though is that after next week's appointment we will be going to visits every two weeks. We love everyone up there but it will be nice to spend a little less time in the car and a lot more time enjoying our healthy little girl and her crazy but lovable brothers.

BTW - I am doing well to. :)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009