Monday, September 24, 2012

Alrighty then...

So tonight, Jack was in a bit of trouble for not eating quickly (I know...some of you are thinking, how fast does a kid need to eat?) Well, we were hitting almost 45 minutes and even Kenzi was done eating! Because he had been reminded so many times to eat more quickly so we could go on a walk and failed to do so, he lost the privilege of going for a walk.

Well...this makes for a really sad Jack! So I'm doing dishes and I look over, and he was sitting in our window sill. When he saw that I noticed him, he shut the curtain and announced "I'm just very upset and want to be by myself." Alright then, hang out by yourself! I went outside and snapped this picture. It's hard to see, but it's Jack, sitting in the window sill by himself, pouting. When he caught me taking a picture, he said "I just want to be alone. I don't want anyone to look at me. I don't want anyone to talk to me. I just want to be by myself!" And he promptly walked up to his room and shut his door.

I guess he figured out one coping mechanism!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Would you save a life?

Be The Match
So I have a question for you...if you could save someone's life today, right now, would you??
Today, I did something for myself. Something that I've thought about for a while, prayed about even more and finally had the opportunity to accomplish.
I registered to become a bone marrow donor.
There's a few different reasons.
For one, I'm an organ donor on my license, but what does that really mean...it means that I have to die in order to save someone's life. And if I am able to donate anything, I want to donate it all. If I can save someone's life, then I want that opportunity. But what about right now. What about today. Why not save someone today, if I could. 
Which comes to my next reason....Kenzi. Many of you are probably wondering how our 13 month old daughter made me decide to do this. And it's because we potentially could have needed this. Now, I completely and utterly understand that Kenzi was never truly at risk for leukemia and only had one out of the many symptoms of this, BUT it was a possibility. Her story COULD have been very different! When Kenzi had a suppression of her neutrophils, one of the things that was a possibility was a disease called Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) and it's basically pre-leukemia. I thank God every single day, that Kenzi's blood count problem was related to a viral illness, but also know first hand what our life could be like if she would have had MDS. I work at the pediatric clinic and one of our patients has this. And she needed a bone marrow transplant to cure it. The past few weeks at work, there have been e-mails going about a bone marrow donor drive. One of our physicians at Sanford has MDS and has relapsed. He needs a bone marrow transplant and doesn't have any living relatives who are a match. So he needs to use a non-related living donor for his transplant and they are trying to find a match for him on the donor list. After reading that e-mail and seeing our patient, it hit home that we could have been that family...needing a bone marrow transplant for Kenzi and what if no one in our family was a match for her. We would need this list for our baby girl to survive. And while we are not in that situation, someone...a lot of someones actually, are in that situation. Needing a bone marrow transplant and desperately trying to find a match to save their life. 
National Marrow Donor Program
So here I am...a now registered member of the National Marrow Donor Program. And I am proud.
Who knows if I will ever get the chance to give someone life, but if I'm needed...I'll be there. Because my girl may have needed it...someone's daughter, son, husband, cousin, niece, uncle or brother may need it...and maybe, just maybe, I could be that someone! 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Do we have a future bookie on our hands??

So maybe, just maybe Jackson has more insight to things than we think he does! Or maybe it's just that he's not devoted as much as his parents are...

It's a well known fact that Daddy is a huge Hawkeyes fan and Mommy is a large Huskers fan. With both teams playing yesterday, we were both hopeful for a win.

Jack woke up from his nap and the Hawkeyes were on. He walked down the stairs, watched the game for about 2 minutes and announced that the white team (ISU) was going to win...much to his father's disapproving look! Jon asked him why. Jack's response: "They're just playing better, Dad." Well, okay then!

Fast forward a few hours and the Huskers were on after supper. Once again, Jack had been upstairs taking a bath while I was watching the game. He comes downstairs, again watched the game for a few minutes and said, "Wow, that blue team is really good. Looks like they're gonna win." And they did...

Guess we should head to Vegas or something!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

...and we have a walker!!

Kenzi started walking over the weekend!! As happy that I am that she (finally!) started walking, I am sad that it happened while we were gone. She's been so close for about a month now...but I didn't think that she would start this weekend! It makes me incredibly sad, as a mom, to know that I missed this major milestone. I'll never be able to get it  back seeing her first walk across the room. But on the good side, I love this toddling phase...the unsteady, wibble-wobble, pitter patter of little feet!