I LOVE the Candlelight Christmas Eve service at church. It's my favorite thing about Christmas. It is a peaceful time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. When all of the candles are lit, the sanctuary is so beautiful!
Reid was ready to go into "big" church with us. We told him that he was going to get a candle. He was so excited about that! It was so funny! He had a death grip on that candle after we gave it to him!
The service was packed so much that they had to bring in chairs for people to sit. After the service was over, we went to my parents' house for Christmas Eve celebrating with my side of the family!
I often joke and say that Wyatt throws up if the wind blows in the wrong direction. That child has been sick with a stomach virus more times than I can count! Reid was sick ONCE before when he had just turned 1. Wyatt got it first, then Lance and then Reid.
Fast forward to Wednesday, December 14th, 4 a.m. Reid woke up screaming in his bed. I ran in there and discovered that I "thought" he had thrown up. I'll spare the details, I just wasn't 100% sure! He threw up 2 more times after that, and then the D-word started! I was so sad that he was so pitiful and sick, but I was equally as sad that he was missing his Christmas program at M.D.O. and his Christmas party. He was such a ham at his end of the year program in May. I was SO looking forward to his Christmas program.
Thursday, at 4 p.m., I started with the sickness, and then Friday at 4 p.m. Wyatt started. Wyatt missed playing the piano at a local nursing home on Saturday. Our Christmas festivities were not going according to plan; however, by the grace of the Lord, Lance was spared.
After we all were better, Reid started with a nasty cough and runny nose. I took him to the doctor on Monday, December 19 because I thought he had strep. He had no appetite, and he has had strep 2 other times, so it seemed similar. He did not have strep, and she thought he might have pneumonia. So we went for a chest x-ray, and found out later that afternoon that he did NOT have pneumonia. Therefore, he had a "viral" infection which means NO ANTIBIOTICS!!! I was beside myself. I even tried calling back the next day to get an antibiotic over the phone. Christmas was coming, and we didn't have time to be sick.
Fast forward to Thursday, December 22. Reid woke up, and drank his coffee milk and ate breakfast as usual. He still was acting sick, so I was beyond frustrated! Then about 15 minutes later, he started SCREAMING, "my ear hurts!" He screamed and cried for about 30 minutes. Then the Advil kicked in, and he was better! Got an 8:45 doctor's appointment, and it was confirmed that he had an ear infection in his right ear. I have never been SO GLAD to hear the words "ear infection" in my life! That meant I could get an antibiotic for my sick miserable baby who is NEVER sick. The last time he had an ear infection was December 2009!
He perked up after the first dose of antibiotic, and we were able to move forward with our Christmas celebrations:)
I am so behind on this blog. We did our normal Thanksgiving here. We went to Lance's mom's on Thanksgiving for lunch. My parents went to New Orleans to my cousin's house, so we did not see them on Thursday. Getting a decent picture of the 2 year old is nearly impossible lately. And the ones I do get are usually mid "cheese".
The 10 year old doesn't mind having his picture taken. Here he is with his favorite dog Heidi. She is my mother-in-law's dog, but everyone in my family (except ME) wants her to live with us. Even my mother-in-law wants her to live with us. Lance and Wyatt left on Friday to go to the camp in MS. So, it was just Reid and me for the rest of the weekend.
Reid wore this outfit to church the Sunday after Thanksgiving! The weekend before he had nasty nose, so he didn't get to go. I didn't fail to notice that SEVERAL kids had their first of many Christmas outfits on while Reid was sporting the turkeys! LOL!
Like I said, getting a decent picture of him is NEARLY impossible!!!