Sunday, June 14, 2009

Bring it On

Okay, okay. So thank you for allowing me to get that little rant out of my system. My general outlook has been much sunnier the past few days (even though my house is still trashed).

I ended up taking the girls back in to the pediatrician on Tuesday last week and they were both diagnosed with pneumonia. On top of that, Eden had an infection in her left ear. So there was a reason why everyone was so crabby and whiny at our house for so long. Poor babies. We started a course of antibiotics Tuesday evening. By Thursday things started looking up, and by Friday the girls were back to their normal silly selves. It was a pretty dramatic change once they were feeling better. One day they were both laying around moany and needy for my attention, and the next day they were entertaining themselves and playing together again. While this sickness did make my last two weeks of work rather stressful, I am very happy that they were feeling better by the time my vacation really started. And it's the *first* time that they have actually been diagnosed with pneumonia that they have NOT been hospitalized ... Progress~! We're still waiting for Eden's appetite to kick back in, but that's another post.

For Mother's Day John got a new bike (I already had one) and we bought a bike trailer so that we could start going on bike rides. I really loved riding as a kid and for several years I have been wanting to try it again but never seemed to get around to it. Well, on my "girls' trip" to California this year we went for a bike ride. We rode to brunch (saw Carson Daly!), then to the Santa Monica farmer's market, then along the beach back to my girlfriend's place in Venice. It was awwwesome and I realized again that I really do like bike riding. This weekend we had a chance to really try it out as a family. We packed a picnic, loaded our bikes into our super-convenient minivan with a ramp, and went to a nearby park with some nice paved trails and a bit of "nature."

I'd be lying if I said it was "perfect." The girls have a little trouble sitting that close to each other for long stretches of time. As many kids do, they start antagonizing each other, whining, and fighting. But, all-in-all it was a beautiful day and I really enjoyed spending some nice, relaxing quality time with my incredible family. It helped me decompress, clear my head, and put my life back into perspective. The workout was great too!

So after a much happier and healthier weekend, I think I can say that I'm ready for summer.

Bring it on!


Jess said...

Found you from Ellen's blog over at To The Max-- what a couple of cuties!

The bike riding sounds like tons of fun! I may have to try something like this myself sometime.

Looking forward to reading more!


Katy said...

Wonderful!!!! and can I say, "how cute or those kids?"

Smithsholidayroad said...

Billie, sounds beautiful! ohhh to have summer!! so jealous! Great to hear about the bike trailer as I understand how innovative we have to be when getting our kids outdoors to enjoy stuff we used to!
Girls are looking great too :)

Kendra Lynn said...

sounds like a good time! We love going on bike rides as well...we still occasionally use our bike trailer (just for one girl now) and the girls switch on and rides her bike, the other rides in the trailer, etc. Unfortunately, we have been so busy this spring/beginning of summer we haven't had any time to ride's hoping we get a break soon! Love you guys.

Sadia said...

Hooray for no hospitals.

We had our own little taste of that sense of relief recently ... a cough that didn't turn into bronchiolitis! It's amazing how a couple of preemies will reshape how you view success ... and how a couple of little girls can bring sunshine into your life.

Anonymous said...

I see that Eden isn't wearing the headband anymore. Did I miss something? Is she able to wear the implant aid without the headband now?

Michele said...

sorry about the pneumonia. You probably got no sleep! I am glad that no one had to be hospitalized. Woo Hoo!!!
I just have to say that your girls are so beautiful! I love the picture of you and them! Enjoy the nice weather that summer has to offer!

BusyLizzyMom said...

I love our bike trailer, we have worn the tread off the tires from our adventures. It will be a sad day when she outgrows her trailer.
My daughter would be quite jealous of Holland's sandals, if they are the ones I am thinking of.

Rachel Dominguez said...

Awesome photo's .... so glad you got some time to re-group. Believe you me...we have all been there.

The girls look so happy! That in itself is amazing!