Monday, December 15, 2008


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     Crap is not a very lady-like word, but there are times when it is the only word that will do. And, there has been some crap at the Isaacs' house.

     Quick update: Shelby has had two concerts with the Children's Choir, Emme had a "procedure" done at the hospital, and I am addicted to Pathwords and Sweet Potato Fries.

     How's that for quick??

     If you are nosey like me... that is not nearly enough information.

     Shelby has had 3 choir rehearsals and 3 concerts in a week. I had no idea when she tried out for this choir in '07 that they were : A) so amazing B) so professional C) so Christ centered.... at least the Christmas concerts have been. I am blown away by the training that she is getting for $330 a year. The concerts have been a perfect way to worship and truly get into the season for the right reason. (Yea! I made a rhyme... or rather... I stole it!)

     Last Tuesday, Emme had an endoscopy. In this the procedure, they knocked her out.... with bubble gum flavored air and ran a camera down her esophagus, into the stomach and into the beginning of the intestines. Poor thing was so hungry (procedure was at 11:15, she had not had food since 3:30 am. I told her it was her fault. She got us into this mess.:-) (Just call me Mercy Mama) she passed out licking the gas mask.

     The procedure was scheduled for 44 minutes. I think it took 12 minutes. When one has about 6 inches from the mouth to the intestine, I guess it shouldn't take long.

     Everything looks great.... EXCEPT.... the hole at the beginning of the stomach is supposed to close after food passes through. Her hole does not close. It has atrophied. In time, it should fix itself, but until then, things come up very easily. Add that to her aversion for food, the mere sight of the baby food jars induces gagging and coughing... and you have... lots of laundry.

     The next step will be to assign her to a feeding team. She needs her mouth desensitized. Basically, she needs to learn how to eat. How ironic! I need to learn not to:)

     If you've been lurking around for any length of time, you know that I have lots of quirks. One of them is I have some addictions. I have tried to confess my sins. It's not working for me.

     One of my addictions is a game called Pathwords. It's all BooMama's fault. I am not taking any responsibility. Don't go there! And, if you do, don't blame me.

     My other quirk... because one always has to involve food... just ask Paul or Gina...sweet potato fries. For the record, until about 2 weeks ago, I hated, with every fiber of my being, sweet potatoes. I really don't even know what possessed me to try them. It was probably my vitamin deprived body screaming out for some nutrients. Nonetheless, I tried them.

     I cut up one sweet potato, skin intact. Drizzled it with olive oil... one tsp. Rolled it around in the olive oil so they all got coated. Added some sea salt. Baked on 400 for about 3o minutes. And, the love affair began.

     This is going to surprise you .... but, I eat them EVERY day!!!! Today, I ate them twice. I am pretty sure, by Christmas, I am going to be orange.

     So, there you have it.

      Since I took a little hiatus, I can't wait for all the comments about how much you all missed me!!!

Yum!!  Yum!!!  Yum!!!

     Emme at the hospital.  Doesn't she just look pathetic?

     Crap!  Yes, that little pile behind her foot.  She threw up, so Paul took her clothes off , sat her down and went to get her towel.  When he came back, she was standing in a puddle laced with her own fecal matter.  

     Emme in her own personal spa bath, aka The Kitchen Sink.  See the cutting board??  We always have to throw something out of the sink because these situation don't come at convenient planned times.


Sharla said...

I have missed you friend! I needed my weekly LOL!! I'm borrowing your recipe for those fries...I even love the frozen ones, I bet yours are WAY better.

On a serious note, I'm sorry things are still so hard with Emme's eating...I can't imagine how frustrating that would be. Hang in there!


Tony and Rett said...

I have missed you too!

Now, when are you stopping by? I need to be sure and stock up on sweet potatoes!

Gina said...

Oh I'm so glad you're back! I've been missing you and checking here faithfully! =) Thanks for the blog shout out!

I am so glad that you've found a new food addiction. I still think at some point you have to go back to the green stuff, but sweet potato fries are still very acceptable. And I am going to try pathwords while anthony is sleeping today. Remember when Popit was the addiction???

Thanks for the poop picture. That was nice first thing in the morning. Oh how I love you!

amy said...

emme is sooooooooo cute!

Jenney said...

Ok, so since my husband wussed out on you and didn't take your wood, I hope we can still be 'friends'...if I was a better lumberjack I would have been there in a jiffy, I promise.
I will continue to pray for Emme and her eating issues. Have you ever read "Super Baby Food" by Ruth Yaron? Not sure it would help, but maybe. I happen to know a library copy will be available in the Greene County Library starting tomorrow seems how Amazon finally sent mine...

Rachael said...

Nice poop picture. :) I think we need to start a pathwords anonymous group... seriously... it is getting bad. I am grounding myself from the laptop tomorrow so I can get stuff done.

minkiesmom said...

I love reading your blog. I try to check it twice a week. I always get a good laugh, you should consider a book...seriously..I am not kidding. You have a talent for telling a story!!!

Chubby Baby Designs said...

She's filling out!!! She must be keeping more down. PTL!!
Oh girl I LOVE sweet potato fries! I get them by the bag in the natural food freezer section at Kroger....soooo good!

Darja said...

is that soapy water from when you weren't home and paul gave her a bath, and filled it with dish soap? ha!

TCKK said...

You cracked me up on this one. I hope Emme will get her eating straightened out soon. My youngest had some problems too when she was little.

Katie said...

Haha you do have a talent for writing and I'm going to have to try those fries. I also love the new pix you put up of your beautiful children.

babslb said...

I found your blog through my cousin Sharla and I also have a sweetness from China. I love your blog it CRACKS me up!
Sorry your daughter continues to struggle with food. She is awfully darn cute!

A little piece of 7th heaven said...

I love your definitely have a gift for telling a story..
Have a Blessed Christmas...

A little piece of 7th heaven said...

I absolutely love your definitely have a gift for telling a story..
Have a Blessed Christmas..

Abby said...

Okay, how cute are your new family pics on the side!? Love them!

Anonymous said...

Hey April!! I love the new layout and your family pics are beautiful! We haven't had any taken yet... only Malia has had pictures taken. Did you get my email? I can tell Emme is growing despite the feeding issues! I'm glad the procedure went well and that you have someone to help with the feeding aversions. Emme will respond quickly, I'm sure. We'd love to hear from you and Paul. Take care!
Mary Erickson

Christina said...

Is that the kettering children's choir? They are the first group I thought of...they are so good if you haven't heard them!

Darja said...

the FDA approved a sweetener made from Stevia! you are way ahead of the game.
(ps is it weird that i'm using your blog to communicate with you?)

Anonymous said...

i love your kids' expressions... Emme has some that are so like Sophia's... 'Yup... I just did that, so what are you really going to do about it?!?"

Anonymous said...

Haha that little poop on the ground was so funny Miss Apirl!!! I can't believe Emme is still struggling! I will see you soon!


Elizabeth Bergeron said...

Well...lots going on at your house! Love the poop photo! :) They sure know how to make our days! In spite of her tummy trouble and food adversion she is looking better! Time....just you wait and see. :)

Sweet Potato fries are a common occurance at our home! Yummy!!!!