Friday, November 11, 2011

overwhelmed with gratitude

the past few days have been quite a whirl wind here in the reynolds house.

it all began on wednesday morning-  makenzie woke up her usual happy and excited self.  jake got her out of her crib and put her down.  she tried to stand up and walk, but stumbled and fell down.  we immediately thought maybe her leg was asleep.  why else would she be stumbling and unable to walk normal?  she was literally bumping into the walls.  a few hours go by and it's not getting better so i took her to the dr.  everything seemed normal except for her balance and stability was completely off.  it was so strange and unsettling.  she would try and walk, but would just stumble and sway and bump into things.   dr said watch her for 24 hrs and call us tomorrow.  

fast forward: thursday.
woke up thursday with the same issues.  dr said take her to emergency room.  3 hours of answering questions, having her walk for the dr, vitals checked, etc.  
finally, dr comes in, says, "we want to do an MRI and need to admit her right now and have her  stay over night here because she will be put under for the MRI".
what i heard, "your baby will have to sleep in this strange place and will be poked and stuck and scared and will cry and we can't tell you what's wrong with her."
cue tears. 

now let me add this little tidbit:  my girlfriend, carly, was currently arriving at the dc airport waiting for our fun girls weekend to begin.  

enter strong, unwavering husband/daddy of the year.  

plan was put into place and we went through the motions.  jake slept sat in makenzie's hospital room on a tiny little chair and i went home with carly.  friday, 6:45am, kenz is woken up to begin the anesthesia.    
i held her in my arms while they put it into her iv.  she immediately went limp and we laid her down and had to leave the room.  cue more tears.

fast forward 3 hours later.  we are given the best possible news- the MRI is normal.  she has Acute cerebellar ataxia.  too much to type, you can look it up.  but basically, it should work itself out within a week to a couple months.  and unless it gets worse or she has more symptoms appear, just keep her from hurting herself with all the clumsy, wobbly walking.  

the gratitude we felt in that moment cannot be put into words.  i have never prayed so frequently and so hard. 
we are so blessed and i'm so thankful.

toddler hospital gowns are the cutest/saddest things ever!
night before the MRI- still smiling.  the cage she is in is the hospital crib :(  saddest thing ever!
post MRI and anesthesia wearing off- relaxing with "melmo" in her cage crib

after returning home from the hospital and a 4 hour nap, she is loving life!! 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

peeees & tank too

We couldn't quite get the "trick or treat" down so "please and thank you" had to do!  
Our little lady bug was in Heaven trick-or-treating last night!  Jake and I were laughing watching her surprise every time someone dropped a little treat in her bag!  She couldn't believe it!  After only 2 doors, she sat down on the sidewalk, looked down into her bag and said over and over, "WOW!"   It was so fun watching her discover the goodness of Halloween! 


Monday, October 17, 2011

time, please slow down. thank you.

We have had so many fun outings the last few weeks that I am having a hard time keeping up with my posts!  So, please excuse my picture posts.  I wish I had more time to tell you all about the details!
  but I hope you enjoy catching up with us anyway! 

a memorable last-minute date

Last week while Jake's mom was here visiting us, we had a wonderful surprise date night!  we had just put makenzie to bed and she told us to leave! haha! no really, she did!  and we didn't argue with her!  It was about 8:30 and we had already had dinner and a movie we were wanting to see didn't start until 10, so we picked up our favorite frozen yogurt and headed to the Jefferson Memorial.  It had been raining all day for the past few days, but we didn't get a drop for the couple hours we were out!  It was a gorgeous night and we had so much fun!  there is seriously nothing like the dc monuments at night! 

a fun little visitor!

jake's mom and nephew, dallas, came to visit for a few days last week.  although the weather did not cooperate (rain all 3 days they were here),  we had so much fun with them!

 meeting uncle jake at work for lunch!

i am bummed i didn't get more pictures but it was almost impossible to get them both holding still for longer that 2 seconds!  they had so much fun together and dallas is the best cousin!  he called Makenzie "Kenzie darling" the whole time he was here and was always wanting to love on her!  
we miss you mom and Dallas!  thanks for coming to visit!! 

apple orchard and apple pie :)

 Makenzie and I went with a friend to an apple orchard in Maryland last week.  I had never been apple picking before so I was excited about the experience.  makenzie was enjoying snacking on the apples and with every apple picked i become more and more excited for my first homemade apple pie!

 and it did not disappoint!!!!  wow it was delicious!!! 

pumpkin patch with friends!