Maddie's Golden Arm...

That's what I'm calling Maddie's arm now, might as well paint it gold! We are so fortunate that Maddie has healed great! She didn't let that arm being in a cast stop her!
She got her cast off 2 weeks ago and after some water she looked normal again. They thought she was going to pass out! Which apparently happens a lot, but if I had to stare at the pins in my arm i probably would look the same way!

Yesterday I took her back for her final appointment. The doctor likes to give the kids a couple of weeks to move their arm on their own and then decide if they need PT. He was very impressed with her progress and released her fully with no PT! I think, even though this is a different situation, I took her quick recovery and full recovery for granted. Her injury could've been a lot worse, and although her injury is very common, it was very serious. This hit me very hard as we pulled back into grandma's house to my "older brother" dropping off one of his girls after losing their wife and mom. He couldn't have been more thrilled that Maddie was all better. I'm sure unfortunately for us there will be more ER visits, and stitches, and broken bones in our future, I will try very hard to not take those things that are healed fully for granted.


We had planned to be in Edmond for Easter. The 3 younger kids all got sick on Friday night at my parents. You haven't lived til you've cleaned up a sick kid who has a broken arm in a sling and ace 1:30 am! Luckily my parents got up to help me out. Everyone was well enough to enjoy Easter at Mama Jo and Papa Staff's house. I kept Drew home from church just in case since he can't say when he's going to get sick. He was great all morning so I dressed him up and we went over to hunt!

Maddie found the big golden egg, she was really excited!

So Sunday Easter was great....until Drew got sick on the way home (I made it to the 2nd street exit) and the. Cooper got sick about exit was bad, real bad! But the car is cleaned and everyone has been good to go since then! So hopefully we won't revisit that anytime soon!

My next 24...

Sunday night Maddie fell getting off the glider at my parents house. After waiting and observing her for a while, and consulting with some ortho doctor friends we decided to take her to the ER at Children's. That is the best place to go when you kids have an emergency, mostly because they are just equipped to take care of kids. Right when we arrived a doctor came over to check her out and ordered some X-Rays to get the ball rolling. My mom and I were both able to be with her for those and I saw the first one and knew this probably wasn't ending well. She was handling the pain so well, but as we continued to sit it got worse. We finally got her in a room and she smiled for a little pic for the blog.

Here she is getting an IV started for some pain medicine. We were waiting for the consult with an Ortho who was tied up, oddly enough with another elbow. Maddie was #4 of the night with a broken humorous. She fell asleep soon after getting the pain medicine. A doctor that works for my mom came in and told us she would most likely need surgery, because that's how they fix them.

The ortho came in and confirmed putting pins in her arm to help it heal correctly, it was a closed operation, so they use an X-Ray machine to place them and only do an incision if it's absolutely necessary. She was admitted for the night for surgery in the morning.

She slept pretty good after another dose of morphine and about 7ish another resident came in to check her finger movement and wrote on her arm. They gave her IV fluids since she couldn't eat or drink anything. Aunt Lynn came to visit her and Aunt Colby came by before work to see her. Then her Dad got there so them morning went fast.

After talking with a very nice lady who showed her pictures of everywhere she would go they took her to surgery.
She was able to play with some toys while we waited to go over things with all the people that would be working on her. Her doctor ended up being my long time friend's Dad, so we were happy about that. They gave her sleeping medicine and wheeled her back.
After about an hour I was able to go back to recovery to see her. The doctor was able to place the pins and get the bones lined up perfectly, so they expect no problems for her in the future. There is always a chance that can occur, but it is a very small chance. We didn't stay in recovery too long, while she didn't fully wake up she moved around enough for them to move her back to her room.
She woke up not very happy and it took a few tries for her to start eating, and then a few times for her to keep that down. My dear friend Brittany visited us and then pulled double duty taking care of us and her family who was there for her aunts surgery. Maddie face-timed with her siblings and slept, and played, then finally was able to keep some food and water down.
This is her let's bust out of her smile! We finally convinced her to go with telling her she'd have to stay another night in the hospital, which she didn't want!
She walked herself out of the hospital and fell asleep on the way back to my parents house.
She is adjusting well to having one arm, and will be able to resume regular activities as soon as she gets her hard cast on Wednesday. I'm sure that won't make things normal, but should be easier since her arm won't be wrapped down around her. Which she hates, especially when it's close to pain medicine time. She has had several visitors and one of our babysitters even came over to help me wash her hair. So she's doing good; she is one tough cookie!

24 Hour Great Date!

For Christmas I purchased Jeremy and I tickets to go to Pentatonix. They won a season of the Sing Off. We think they are so talented and enjoy listening to what they do with the songs they choose. So we thought we'd make a little getaway out of it. We met up at the DoubleTree downtown and enjoyed some rest and pampering prior to the concert. We had reservations at Yokounza. Which was so yummy!

I'm not a huge sushi or Chinese food fan, but seriously, the food was great!

So the concert was excellent, in a smaller theater, The Brady Theater. They were so entertaining! Kevin, the percussionist is so talented, he's got a little 5 song album out on ITunes, you should check it out! It's worth your $4!

We ended the night with some yummy cupcakes from Pinkitzel!

Sunday morning we enjoyed a wonderful brunch buffet at Kitchen 624, which is more a catering space, but they open for brunch on Sunday, go, you should totally go. It was amazing!!

That was just my first plate, it had everything you'd want at a brunch! It was a lovely weekend, a great 24 hours. It either gave me some extra rest to handle my next 24 hours (and counting) or my next life event was punishment for enjoying a little time with the hubs and I. I'll go with the first because surely it won't be the last time we sneak away!

Spring Break!

So I got hit by the travel bug, which happens to me all the time, because I LOVE to travel! So we decided we'd do a little Spring Break getaway! So we went to....

If you guessed are right! So maybe it wasn't a little trip, because it is a nice drive there. But we decided it was doable in a day, and packed lots of snacks and stuff for the kids to do in the car and headed off on Sunday morning. Since Jeremy and the kids have never been out that way, I thought stopping in St. Louis to see the arch would be a nice afternoon car break. Not sure anyone was all that impressed and a lot of construction made it a little longer of a stop, but Jeremy and I enjoyed getting out of the car!
I booked the embassy suites outside of Chicago next to Woodfield Mall, which is huge by the way (the mall), to save on money and nightly parking, cause it's $$! We also enjoyed the mall on St. Patrick's evening, I was worried maybe things would get a little crazy for the kiddos that night. I planned everything out, but didn't want to pack our schedule so we'd just have some time to enjoy the big city. After doing some online research, I bought a Go Chicago Card where you can pick your admissions and buy everything online on one pass. It was so great, cause you saved money and we saved a lot of time in lines. So first up we went to the Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier. It was a beautiful day so we enjoyed a lot of walking that afternoon. The museum is awesome, I highly recommend it. I loved that in each room they had a small place for Drew to crawl (cause that kid is still not walking) around in. The kids really enjoyed it. They have a lot of different rooms and we even went back for about an hour after lunch cause you can go in and out all day and they are very nursing mom friendly!

So after our lunch we went on the Farris Wheel. Which was pretty high, but it was a nice slow ride around. Since we could all go together it was worth it. The kids loved it, Jeremy, probably not so much! (He's not a fan of heights.)

That evening I made us reservations at RPM Italian, because I like Giuliana and Bill Ranic, and that is the restaurant they own in Chicago. It's a well priced nicer restaurant, and they always talk about it on their show so I really wanted to try it. The kids were excited cause they had to dress up for dinner. They were so well behaved; we were so proud of them. The people sitting next to us came to our booth and told us they thought it was great were brought them here, that they needed to learn how to eat out nice, and that they behaved so well. I'm sure being seated next to a family with 4 kids on a night out isn't ideal, but it was a Monday, the kids loved the food and I had the best steak ever. Seriously so good. Jeremy and I decided to get several items and split them to try a few things. Everything we had was amazing, I highly recommend this place! It's totally worth the money!

The next day we visited Shedd Aquarium, which I choose because I thought the kids would enjoy seeing all the animals. It was nice, wasn't too crowded and the kids enjoyed it. All of their exhibits are continent based, so it was fun to see the fish from around the world. That's the only other museum we went to, I know I know, there are a ton more, but again, we wanted time to hang out, and I didn't want to overload the museum tour, we will go back!
The last thing I bought on our Go Chicago cards was entry to the sky deck, because I wanted to go there. It was great because a really nice lady skipped us through the line so we didn't have to watch the movie (probably a perk of having a very small child, who was a little fussy!) Obviously the height didn't bother Drew at all, everything thought it was funny he was crawling around. Jeremy and Kellyn didn't want to step out on the deck, but the entire floor offers some really great views!

Tuesday night we went back to our hotel, rested, then walked around Woodfield Mall and did a little shopping! Wednesday we headed into Chicago a little later to shop the Michigan Mile! The kids were major troopers and walked a ton, then Drew was nice enough to share his stroller with Maddie. We went to the bean, and attempted to take a few pics, but the kids were cold, tired, and hungry by that time.
(American Girl Store, the girls favorite!)
You can't go to Chicago without having Chicago Style Pizza, so we enjoyed Geno's East for dinner. We got there about 5, and didn't have to wait to be seated, but it takes about an hour to get your food cause the pizza takes that long to bake. Luckily the kids pizza's didn't take that long. The kids made their mark on the wall and we headed back for one last swim at the hotel!

Last, but not least on Thursday as we headed out of town we had to stop by this iconic statue to get a quick pic.....
cause a visit isn't complete without seeing Jordan. Overall it was a great trip, and we made it there and back safely. It did inspire me to travel a little more, so what if the drive is long, the kids are great, it gives Jeremy and I time to talk, that we don't get a whole lot, and we can see things we wouldn't see otherwise! So take a road trip with your family, you'll be glad you did!

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