Friday, February 8, 2008

Happy 1 Month Birthday Ella

Today Ella turned one month old. In order to celebrate she has had several big accomplishments already today. First, last night she slept four straight hours. It may not sound like much but believe me, it's huge for her (and for me!). Kyler also is helping celebrate the occasion because he slept until 8am. I think I actually got about 7 hours of sleep last night. I haven't had that much sleep in a LONG time! The other big event that happened today is that she rolled over for the first time. It was probably an accident, but it was still pretty cool. I had her on her stomach and was trying to take some pictures and all of the sudden she kicked her leg and over she went. Go Ella!
She is also getting to be such a big girl. She is finally wearing 0-3 month clothes, which is good because I was really getting sick of seeing her in the same newborn clothes over and over! In the picture she is wearing her very first dress. Aunt Jacki picked it out so of course it is K-State purple, but I guess we will forgive her for that:)

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Kangaroo Love

I now know what a kangaroo feels like! Ella has discovered that she loves being held and refuses to be content just laying around. In order to free up my hands Grandma Snyder suggested a sling. After searching the web and researching the different types of slings available I decided on this one. It just came today but so far I am impressed. Ella seems to like it also. We put her in it and she was instantly asleep. It's nice to have two hands again!

Otis Update

The vet called us this morning and his fears were confirmed. Otis has lymphoma cancer. It has spread to all of his lymph nodes and it's only a matter of time before it affects his whole body. The vet gives him about 6-8 weeks. We have decided to give Otis the best life possible here at home and not go through with the chemo. According to the vet, the chemo will only prolong his life by 6 months, a year at the most, and who knows what quality of life he will have. I don't know if we are making the best decision or not. The vet said we will know when life is getting to difficult for him and at that point we will have to make a decision about what we want to do. I am not looking forward to that day. Just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes. Right now he does not seem to be in any pain, he is just very mellow-which for those of you that know Otis know that him being mellow is just not normal! We gave him some children's motrin yesterday but it didn't seem to do much. We love Otis so very much, he was our child before we had children. Life will not be the same without him.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Otis Humphrey

About 5 years ago we welcomed a very ornery white boxer into our home. Cody fell in love with him when he saw him and called me and told me to go get him. We already had Belle and I was a little nervous about having another dog, but being the loving wife that I am I went and got Otis. Little did I know what I was in for. Otis is one of the most hyper boxers ever. He is always excited to see everyone and he lets you know it with a very loving lick, usually on your face! He used to have problems with jumping up on people but luckily he stopped that-he does weigh 70 lbs! He can some how sense when someone is not a dog person (like my mom) and he seems to really like them. He just follows my mom around when she is here. If she happens to fall asleep on the couch, well she is usually awakened by a nice, wet lick on the face! She loves it, even if she says she doesn't!

Last week Otis stopped eating. He's never been a great eater, but he usually eats once a day. I think he's had one good meal in the last week so we took him to the vet this morning and they kept him all day. I called this afternoon and talked to the vet and he confirmed our worse fears-Otis has cancer. All of his lymph nodes are swollen and when they took a sample of one and looked at it under the microscope he was 90% sure that it was cancer, but he is going to send it in to get a 2nd opinion. This has been very hard on all of us. Otis is like a child to us and we love him very much. It looks like we will have some very hard decisions to make this week. I am not looking forward to it. I don't think chemo is something that we are willing to put Otis through. According to the vet, it is very expensive, very hard on the dog, and there is no guarantee it will work. It doesn't seem fair to do that to him. He has always been such a happy boxer and right now he is not. It's so sad to see this dog that was full of life just last week. Hopefully if we can get some food into him that will help his energy level, but overall the outcome does not look good. Please think of Otis this week as we await news from the Dr.

Say "Cheese"

Sunday morning I woke up and came out into the kitchen and Kyler was standing there holding my brand new (and expensive) camera. When he saw mommy he said "Mommy take picture, I cheese." I think that means I take his picture way to often!

This weekend Grandma and Grandpa Snyder stopped by to see the kids and Grandma was nice enough to get me out of the house. We didn't go to far, just to Kohl's, but it was still nice to get out. She was also nice enough to buy Kyler, Ella and myself some clothes. Thank you Grandma:)
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