Sunday, January 31, 2010

BSM - Heart On Her Sleeve

This was one of the shots that I did when shooting for the new Team Up Thursday challenge. I ultimately went with a different shot for the challenge but this one was too precious to me not to post. I am calling it my Best Shot for today.


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Friday, January 29, 2010

Isnt She Too Young For This?

I brought Ella to preschool the other day, and we go through the same motions every time. We go inside, take off her coat and set her backpack down with the others. We round the corner to her class and before she goes in, she turns around and gives me a hug and a kiss. She tells me she loves me, I tell her the same and to have a good day at school. Sounds normal for a 4 year old and her Mommy, right?

Well, yesterday was different. I think it was a turning point in her growth and our relationship. As we rounded the corner to her class room, she charged right into class. I said, "Ella, come here and say goodbye to me please."

She turned around and headed towards me. As she grabbed my hand she pulled me down and whispered for me to come around the other side of the wall. I asked her what was wrong. She replied, "I just don't want everyone to see me give you a hug and a kiss."

"What? Are you kidding me? Do we start this already?!", I thought.

I didn't push it. I gave her the biggest hug and kiss I could and told her I loved her.

I stayed in the classroom for a few minutes talking to someone, and in those few minutes, she came up to me twice and hugged my leg, telling me she loved me. I didn't want her to feel guilty for having those emotions or think that I felt bad. But I could tell that she was worried I was upset over the incident by the way she tried to make up for it before I left. I was ok. Just a little thrown back....Maybe she sensed that. I really didnt expect this for another year or two atleast. I'll take it in stride though, since its all a part of growing up.

But it means exactly that. My baby is growing up.....too fast.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Team-Up Thursday - Red

Team-Up Thursday is something new that Megan and Melody came up with last week. You collaborate with a partner, decide on a theme and create diptychs of your shots.

My buddy is Christina, and our theme for this week was RED.

Christina's photo is on the left and mine is on the right.


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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

WW - Mama's Little Helper


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Sunday, January 24, 2010

BSM - Macro

Not quite in my own back yard, but if it was spring/summer it would have been. This whole winter season has brought my creativity down, down, down. That led me to the flower shop to get some flowers to shoot. Wishing I had some sunlight and greenery around right about now.....

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

WW - Easy to Bake....Better to Eat

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

BSM - Crazy Lady

I know some of you know what I mean when I say that it seems that when I am behind the camera, nothing much matters at the time but the subject I am looking at.

After I brought Ella to school one cold, cold day last week (I'm talking -10 degrees), I noticed these frosty snowflakes on top of my garbage bin outside the garage. What would you do? I ran inside, attached my macro lens to the camera, grabbed my tripod and ran back out. I knew once the sun came up and it was time to go get Ella from school, that these little treasures would be gone. What a weird neighbor I must have looked like standing there with my camera and tripod....shooting my garbage bin! You just know that these spiky little snowflakes were not on any one's mind if they saw me. You know they were thinking.....

There's that crazy lady who, while taking pictures of her daughter all the time, is rolling around in the dirt, laying in the middle of the road, hanging upside down from a tree and doing back flips. Now she's staring at her garbage bin?! What's next?

It's thier loss. They didnt get to enjoy the beauty of these fantastic little creations of nature up close like I did.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

WW - Go Fish

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Why Dont They Listen?!

Mothers know best right? (Beware, ranting about to happen)

That goes for alot of situations....Mostly when our children don't listen to us. But in this case, I am talking about Pediatricians. Why don't they realize that we know when there is something wrong with our child....When something just doesn't seem right....When a cough is more than just a cold running it's course.....

Why don't they listen?

Ella's been sick going on 3 weeks now. Runny nose, croupy and phlegmy cough and a fever that comes back about every three days at 101 to 102 degrees. I decided to take her in on Christmas Eve to make sure that she was fine before the long weekend. I said to the doctor that I was worried about her lungs mostly because her cough was so bad. She listened. She found nothing. "Sounds all clear. Just a cold running it course", she said.

Why don't they listen?

A week later on New Years Eve, I took her in again (before the long weekend). This time to Urgent Care at 6pm (only opening), because her doctor wasn't in that day and no other doctor would "fit her in" if she wasn't a patient of theirs. Same symptoms...nothing got better. I stated my fears that I again was worried about her lungs. The doctor was in the room literally for 3 minutes. Took a listen. Again, found nothing. "Sounds all clear." This time, she prescribed the antibiotic Azithromiacin. Its a strong antibiotic, double dose the first day and then single dose for the next 4 days. I thought for sure this would kick it.

4 days later....Nothing had changed. The antibiotic should have done something by now. By this point, I am thinking over the last 3 weeks. Besides the runny nose, cough and reoccurring fever, every night she is up for at least an hour with an uncontrollable cough, has a drastic loss of appetite, energy level drops every couple of hours easily, and by the end of the day she is irritable and at her wits end. I know that I can't continue giving her Tylenol, antibiotics and her inhaler they provided like I have been.

So this past Monday, I made a same day appointment. Nothing had changed and the antibiotic was not doing a thing. I went armed with a list of all I had noticed in the last 3 weeks with her symptoms. I was determined for them to do something more than just take a listen! Her doctor then took a listen (grrr). This time, Ella happen to cough while the stethoscope was on her. The doctor had an "Ah-ha moment". She finally heard something! "Let's take a chest x-ray", she said.

Sure as sh*t.....My child is fighting Pneumonia!! WHY DON'T THEY LISTEN??

I think it is more like what they call "walking pneumonia" where it is a respiratory nuisance. But thank God that it hadn't gotten any worse than that or that she needed to be hospitalized!! (Melody, I have thought alot about you this past week. I cant imagine my baby being in the hospital all hooked up and stuff.) We got a prescription for the antibiotic Augmentin. 2 doses for 10 days and I can already tell a difference. No fever recently. The over night coughs have stopped and lessened during the day. Although the cough has remained, and will probably stick around for a while (per the Doc), there is a slight improvement.

All of this frustration could have been avoided if they just listened to me 3 weeks ago and did more than stick a stethoscope to her chest. The long nights up...the irritability on all parties involved in this house...hours at a time spent at the doctors office.....By the end of the last time I took her, I was spent. I was exhausted and literally could not take anymore information into my brain. I just wanted to shut down and hope that that was the last time I would have to take her in.

I know I am not a doctor, but I AM a mother. I know when something is not right with my child. I just think that should have counted for something sooner than it did.


Friday, January 1, 2010

Misc. Shots of 2009


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