Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Yesterday

Nachos are a crowd pleaser around here!
Regardless of our busy schedules, we try to make eating dinner together part of our everyday routine.  Most nights it is noisy and just a tad bit crazy, but we love it just the same!

Yesterday for MLK day, I took Rachel for a physical.  When the doctor saw how low her hemoglobin was she sent us over to the ER for a possible blood transfusion.  Not fun.
Thankfully, this local ER was not only effecient seeing us in less than five minutes, but the doctor on staff was wise too... sending us home with a prescription for iron pills three times a day.  Had Rachel looked really pale, was lethargic, lightheaded, and such that would have been one thing, but she looked and felt fine indicating that this was something that had slowly been happening over the last year.  Her blood work indicated low iron.
We have to monitor her over the next few months, but I think she will be okay.  I'm thankful because no matter how safe blood transfusions may be in this day and age, not having one is even safer.
If I look at this as a blessing in disguise, I could see now that she understands the significance of eating better, something she had previously let go in one ear and out the other.
Just as Rachel and I got home, John was on his way out with half of the kids to go up to the snow.  You might be wondering,  "Where is snow in SoCal right now?"  Well I don't think it was "real" snow, but a place that you pay to play that has man made snow.
I look at this picture and my heart soars.  Dennis looks amazing in every way!
Jonny looks ready for the snow!  Poor guy though... chapped lips are a regular thing around here.
Alex couldn't wait to go!  Here he is getting ready to hop up in his carseat next to Dennis'.  Since the beginning of the year California has the new law that you have to be eight years old or 4'9" now. 
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Lastly, in case you hadn't heard the news, we are adopting again.  Please come check out our latest fundraiser-- a cute flower bag.  Our adoption blog is http://becausehefirstadoptedus.blogspot.com/.
Thank you!

19 comments:

  1. I'm glad Rachel didn't need the transfusion, that would have been scary! I've had issues with anemia since puberty. Tell her to make sure she gets that iron, since it can be really unpleasant if things get too low . . . and not just because of the transfusion!

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  2. Dennis does look amazing. That smile will also take him a million miles. He is so cute. All of your kids are handsome and beautiful. (Just like on Prairie Home Companion)

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  3. Glad they caught that. Maybe a study unit on nutrition for everyone might be good. And maybe I should join you : ) I'm terrible about it but am way low on potassium for some undetected reason. May be meds I'm on.

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  4. Denis looks amazing! Such a handsome little guy.

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  5. Did I miss a post about you adopting again?

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  6. My sympathy to Rachel. I understand. However, I must tell you that liquid chlorophyll will build you iron faster and with FAR less constiption that iron pills. I hate to be to descriptive here but... I

    Dennis? He is charming! so sweet!

    Paul? he seems quite darling too. :)

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  7. I have to say, Dennis' eye looks AMAZING!! I would never have known it wasn't real.

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  8. Now, when you do one of your Question Box sessions, I have one for you. HOW EVER do you manage to have everyone home for dinner every night? I know your children are involved in things - sports and music. I just have so many times when dinner has to be early or late or messed up somehow due to these outside activities. Sometimes they relate to my work at church, but Zhen has basketball now and practices are 6-7:30 or 5:- 6:30, and games can be any time. Sometimes Sergei wants to go to a concert with friends, and he wants to shoot out at 6:30 or 7. It is hard to set a schedule! How do you manage?

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  9. I struggled with chapped lips for a long, long time. A few years ago, someone mentioned that chapped lips are the body's first sign that it needs more water. The lips are the first thing to dry out. Simply drinking more water has made a huge difference for me. Just an idea I thought I'd pass on.

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  10. I was leaving a comment to suggest liquid chorophyll and see someone else had the same thought. I needed a blood transfusion after losing a ton of blood in my last labor. My midwife prescribed chlorophyll and it did the trick...FAST. This pregnancy I'm using it as a way to build up my iron just in case I have another hard labor.

    Iron 3 times/day is going to be VERY hard on her stomach and will not absorb nearly as well as a natural liquid will. I mix mine win orange juice. It makes it green (and her poop will be green), but tastes just like orange juice. Sometimes I get the mint flavored and put it in tea (green tea!!! Black tea causes your body to NOT absorb iron from your food.)

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  11. Forgive me Annie. I went back in the post and changed it to read,
    "Regardless of our busy schedules, we try to make eating dinner together part of our everyday routine." It ends up being about 5 out of 7 days because Caleb has basketball or John is home late.

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  12. Congratulations on the new adoption!
    Also, how many dining tables do you have put together to fit all of you there? :)
    Heading to S. Cal next week for annual business meeting. Email me if you have any time to hook up.

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  13. If I could, I'd ship the snow we have outside to you guys in CA! :) Dennis looks amazing and so does Alex. Both boys are just full of energy and I'm so excited to watch this next adoption as it unfolds!

    Iron and me are not good friends and supplements make me so nauseous! My last pregnancy, my midwife introduced me to a liquid supplement called "Floradix", it also has other vitamins and minerals Rachel would probably benefit from. It's not cheap, but it doesn't cause constipation, and tastes great in a bit of juice. http://www.amazon.com/Salus-Haus-Floradix-17-Ounce-Bottle/dp/B0010EI0CA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326864530&sr=8-1 Just thought I'd throw out another option for you because I know you like to research things.

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  14. ¡Felicidades por esa nueva adopción!

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  15. Congrats on your future new arrivals! I have one question, though: I remember you mentioning quite some time ago that you, John, and your kids all agreed that Adam should be your oldest child, and Dennis should be your youngest. I'm just curious: what changed?

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  16. Christine, y'all look so great! :)
    A thought about Rachel. I was severely anemic as a teen and took liquid Iron for years. I remained severely anemic most of my life until, I found out I was gluten intolerant. 3 months after going on a gluten free diet, my anemia disappeared and has not reappeared in 4 years.

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  17. Some of us suffer from eczema and very, very dry skin and chapped lips at our house. The thing that has worked best for our lips has been aquaphor healing ointment. For our hands it has been mary kay's extra emollient night cream. Both items are a bit expensive, but a little goes a long way and once the skin has been healed, little is required for maintenance. Anyhow, just wanted to share:)

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  18. Hey Christine, I stopped by your blog today to catch up on your recent posts, and I noticed something strange. On a few of the most recent posts there are dozens and dozens of " links to this post " at the end. I thought " Hmm...I wonder why everyoned is suddenly linking to Christine's posts.." When all of a sudden, I noticed the name of MY blog there, and links to VERY old posts of MINE!. But I hadnt even been to your blog or read the posts the links appeared on, AND I certainly hadnt linked (never done that before.) AND if I did ever link to someone's blog, I certainly wouldnt choose the ages-old random posts that showed up from my blog to yours! So anyway --I think there is some weird blogger glitch happening right now. Anyone else see it? I know how to remove links from my own posts, but how do I remove the weird random links from MY blog that appear on yours? Anyone know? So strange!

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  19. Do your kids have assigned seats at the table?

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