Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Belliisms 7

Time for the 7th installment of Belliisms...

While hanging out with my dad Belli asked him what was on his wrist.  He said, "A watch."  She looked at it for about thirty seconds and then said, "I watched.  What it do?"

Belli yelling from the bathroom:  "Umm...HELLO!?!  Someone went poooootty!  It was ME.  ISABELLE!"

My mom was watching the video of Belli reading Llama Llama Misses Mama.  Belli walked up, looked at the video and said, "I like her.  She's cute."

While Belli was walking around the living room I brought her lunch in and put it down on her table and told her to sit down and go eat.  She started yelling, "Mommy, mommy help!"  I asked her what she needed help with and she said, "I need help sitting!  I just CANT stop walking!"

The other day my dad asked her where she was ticklish.  Belli thought about it for a second and then said, "Hmm...probably from that door over to the bed."

Friday, November 19, 2010

Five Question Friday

Be sure to visit Mama M to join in the fun!

1.  What Christmas song do you loathe?
The question should really be which Christmas song do I not loathe?  Ok, ok I'll quit being a grouch now.  I don't really like any Christmas song sung by a well known singer or group.  Like I would rather hear a choir sing Christmas songs or just orchestra music.

2.  Do you and your significant other cuddle at night or sleep on opposite sides of the bed?
I don't have a significant other =-(  Hopefully one day I will have a cuddle buddy though!

3.  Have you ever had surgery?
Yep.  I birthed Belli straight out of my stomach.

4.  When do you typically have your holiday shopping done?
Normally around the 23rd.  If I don't have it by then oh well!  No way you can make me get out on Christmas Eve.

5.  If money wasn't an issue what would your ultimate luxury item be?
Tickets to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Llama Llama Misses Mama

Mama M suggested I submit this to her holiday gift guide blog hop.  This weeks theme is children's books so the goes well with it.  Feel free to join it!


Have any of you heard of the Llama Llama books?  If not I HIGHLY recommend them.  We only have one and I only just realized yesterday that it was a whole series but I will definitely be getting the rest of them for Belli for Christmas.  The one we have is Llama Llama Misses Mama.  We read it every day before nap time and every night before bed.  Well last night Belli told me she wanted to read it instead.  And she did.  Word for word, every single last bit.  Except obviously she didn't actually read it she just memorized it.  I didn't get a video last night but I had her do it again today.  She didn't do it as well but it's still pretty impressive for a three year old if you ask me.  Here is the video!

Friday, November 5, 2010

MRI Results and Five Question Friday

Belli and I met with her neurosurgeon earlier this morning to discuss the results of her MRI.  It's been so long since we have seen him that he hasn't seen Belli walking yet.  Which by the way she is REALLY good at now.  So when he opened the door I told Belli to walk over there and she went straight to him and gave him a huge hug.  It was so precious! 

Anyway...on to the results!  According to her doctor her MRI from yesterday looks basically the same as the last one we got done pre-operation.  So, the good news is that she hasn't gotten any worse.  The bad news is that aside from maybe keeping her spine from getting worse both surgeries didn't really do a lot of good.  The other good news is that he was really impressed with her walking and that as long as her spine doesn't get any worse and she isn't showing any signs of neurological impairments then we will continue to put off the next surgery. 

He said that he would like to wait at least two more years so her bones will be bigger and stronger so the fusion will take the next go round.  Now, he didn't say we COULD wait two years.  Just that he was hoping to be able to wait two years. 

What I do know is that as long as Belli continues to show no signs of problems it will be AT LEAST six months before her next surgery because he doesn't want to see her back until then.  He said since I've been doing this for so long I know what to look for and know when to call if something is wrong.

So all in all I'm happy about the report.  Of course  I always hope for that miracle that her spine will just randomly straighten on it's own but realistically both her doctor and I are just happy when things don't get worse.

On to Five Question Friday with Mama M... 

1.  If you could have any talent and turn it into an occupation what would it be?
Absolutely singing!  I love to sing!  Unfortunately I am really horrible at it.  I only sing in the car when no one is around.  It's really bad.  Seriously.

2.  Would you rather have a house at the beach or a cabin in the woods?
Definitely a house at the beach.  The woods kinda freak me out.  Plus I reeeeaaallllly hate bugs.

3.  Is there a meaning or reasoning behind your children's name?
Isabelle is Italian for Elizabeth and two of her great-grandmothers are named Elizabeth.  And my middle name is Elizabeth.

4.  What is your guilty pleasure?
Pizza and whole milk.

5.  Do you live in a house that is deep cleaned or straightened?
Straightened.  Deep cleaning is for the birds.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

MRI Update

Belli's doctor was in emergency surgery today after her MRI was finished so we weren't able to get the report.  We will go back Friday to talk to him.

However, I did talk to his nurse practitioner when I was scheduling the appointment for Friday and she did say that when the radiologist reads the pictures from the MRI if they are bad then the radiologist pages the nurse immediately and she hadn't been paged yet.  After the last MRI that we had when we found out she would need the fusion the nurse was in the recovery room before we even got up there so I know they page them quick.

So...I will take that as a good sign and just hope for the best.  We will find out Friday for sure either way though.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

MRI Check-Up Tomorrow

Since I started this blog after the MRI where we found out Belli would need a spinal fusion most of you don't know that four two years up until that point Belli had MRI's every six months to check for pressure on her spinal cord. 

Well since the surgeries she has only had x-rays and CT scans to check the bone alignment and bone growth.  But, now it's time to check for pressure on her spine again.  There is no reason to think that there is but it's still one of those routine things we have to do.

But it still makes me feel sick.  Knowing that it is very possible that they could tell me tomorrow that she will need another surgery again.  And soon.

So please be praying and/or sending positive thoughts our way tomorrow.  We will certainly need them!