Friday, August 27, 2010

Barton Family 2009

Finally finished our scrapbook for 2009 (minus Kaylyn's 7th birthday, the two Disney vacations, and the trip to China since these are in, or are going to be in, other scrapbooks). You can look through our scrapbook by clicking the link below.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

August 10, 2010 1st Day of School

Today was the first day of school! The girls were very excited this morning. I had to talk Jason out of heading down to the school to walk the girls from before care to their classrooms and then again out of going to eat lunch with them. Talk about ruining a routine before it even starts :-) He was so funny about how nervous he was for Ashlyn's first day at the school. Mrs. Lucas picked her up from after care to tutor her and she said she did very well today! Starting to read a little more fluent, so we're getting there. Kaylyn couldn't stop talking about how much she liked Mrs. Bo! The first thing Ashlyn said when I asked her about school was, "I like Mrs. Smith!" They are so cute at this age and I hope they continue to love school the way they do now. So here's to starting off the new school year with a good day!!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

August 1, 2010 Kaylyn's Family Birthday Party

The day after Kaylyn turned 8, we threw her a birthday party at home with the family. It was a good time and we got to see family members we hadn't seen in awhile. Later the kids went swimming in the pool. Kaylyn really enjoyed her birthday this year.

July 31, 2010 Kaylyn's 8th Birthday Party at the Zoo

My little Kaylyn turned 8 today. It started with her getting her birthday present from us in the morning. She got a laptop. Then we headed over to pick up the chicken strips from Wal-Mart, Publix for the birthday cake, and then headed over to the zoo. She picked the Treehouse to have her birthday party in. It was air conditioned :-) The kids did a craft, played musical chairs, ate birthday cake, and pet/looked at 4 exotic animals. Then we went out to the picnic-like area and had food. After that everyone could walk around the zoo for the rest of the day. We headed over to the Paws on Wet area and cooled off in the water for about an hour. Then we headed off to the petting zoo, but it started raining. It rained hard for a good hour and a half. We stayed dry part of the time in a cave and the rest of the time in the Mystery Adventure Room (they had a lot of animals and kid type activities. After that, we walked around the entire zoo and finished just as the zoo was closing. We did everything except the petting zoo. All in all, it was a pretty good day.

July 24, 2010 The Florida Aquarium

We went over to the Tampa area to visit my sister Kara and brother-in-law Uncle Chris. On Saturday we went over to the Florida Aquarium. Uncle Chris stayed behind to do school work. We ate lunch as soon as we got there. Then we walked around the aquarium and saw everything. After that, we went and played in the water area they had for the kids. We had to be careful with Ashlyn because she was still recovering from her surgery. This was the weekend when she started bleeding after waking up Sunday morning. Even with this happening, we had a great time!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

July 15, 2010 Ashlyn's Surgery

Ashlyn had surgery to remove her tonsils, adenoids, and place tubes in her ears. The ENT said when she was out and they were able to feel really far back into her throat, they felt a submucous cleft palate. This isn't too big of a deal and explains why she has a bifid uvula (forked). A submucous cleft palate is between a normal palate and a cleft palate. It can cause fluid build up in the ears and cause you to talk nasaly, which fits Ashlyn to a T.

The surgery went well and recovery seemed to be going well until the third morning (2:30 am) she spiked a 102 fever and the post-op paper said to call if the patient spiked over a 101 fever. So we called the on-call doctor and she didn't know what she was talking about, so when the walk-in clinic opened the next day, we took her in. We figured it was constipation due to the pain medicine, so at 2:30 that morning, Jason went to Wal-Mart to get Milk of Magnesia and we gave it to her at 3:30 am. The on-call doctor said that constipation couldn't cause that high of a fever and she shouldn't be having bowel movements since she's not eating solids. The post-op paper said "102 fever or higher could be caused by one of the following two things: dehydration or constipation. The patient should be having a bowel movement at least every other day even though the patient is not eating solid foods." Needless to say, the on-call doctor is no longer our pediatrician and at the walk-in clinic the next morning due to the milk of magnesia and some prune juice, Ashlyn had a bowel movement before we were even called back. When we finally got called back, the doctor's took forever and she had another bowel movement. Then the doctor wanted to do a chest x-ray and urine sample. It took Ashlyn an hour to pee in a cup and she broke her fever. So that tells me that it was the constipation! What do these doctors know???

Day 11 after surgery, Ashlyn had a huge nose bleed and started bleeding down the back of her throat. We were in Tampa and ended up going to the ER after getting home that evening and she was still bleeding. There was nothing they could do, so we went home and waited it out. We took her to the ENT the next morning and he said that the tonsils looked great and it looked like the adenoids were bleeding a little bit. Since they are just veins, he wasn't too worried and said to only come back in a few days if the bleeding hadn't stopped. That night, the bleeding stopped! Everything has been great since! She doesn't snore anymore and I can see the back of her throat. Amazing!