We also ended the festivities with a house full of sick-o's. It's going around the entire family, so it seems to be the gift that keeps on giving around here. We headed to the doctor last night after too many days of coughing from Blake, and then Chase and Reese were getting worse. The loss of appetite was also a major red flag over here. Anyway, Reese and Chase have bronchitis and were given penicillin. Since Blake is so young and he was wheezing a bit, he was given two breathing treatments, a chest x-ray to check for pneumonia, and a test for RSV. After all of that, purchasing a ventilator of our own, and a follow-up appointment, we found out he just has baby bronchitis (Much better outcome that the pneumonia and RSV). Blake continues the inhalation treatments of Albuterol every 4-5 hours until he is doing better, and he is on an oral steroid for four days. It's been a while since we have to get up during the night! Blake is surprisingly still as happy as ever. All of their coughs are sad to hear, but they are pushing through. Now Ryan is getting hit with it and me too. The amount of kleenex we are going through is awesome!
Now... back to the exciting stuff. Christmas!!
We started the 23rd at Ryan's Mom's. We celebrated with Mom Jill, John, Jason, Aunt Joann, Rob, Robin, and Sara. It was great spending time with everyone. We got too much stuff. We came home with Alphie the Robot, jewelry, candle tools, clothes, Toy Story Hot Wheels track, bibs, Despicable Me, Toy Story 1 & 2, pjs, cupcake maker, shoes, dvd player, battery, Leapster games... just to name a few. The food and company were great. We hung out until 9pm and then headed to Ryan's dad's to sleep. It took a couple hours to get the kids to bed, but we eventually all camped out and got some sleep.
Reese and Me.
We woke up Christmas Eve morning and Ryan's Dad's around 8am (pretty impressive). The kids hung out for a while and then wanted in on the gifts. They were really patient, but every once in a while, they did ask... we were working on it though. Again, spoiled... new blankets for all their beds, playdoh, Leapster Explorer, games, tool bench, jumparoo... We had a delicious pork tenderloin lunch after some movies and headed back to Illinois for the next adventure.
Lovin' the jumparoo Uncle Jason and Blake.
A quick picture before diving in.
Grandpop's and his 3 amigos.
Next stop... Church and my Mom's house for Christmas with the Stawicki's and the Connelly's. We left with cars, costumes, movies and more. We enjoyed some Lou Malnati's and good company.
Chase really loved taking pictures (Just like his Daddy). Oh yeah, Chase is totally feeling it.
Best Buds. These two have to stick together. 2 girls out of 9 or 10 as of May.
They can be the sister they never had!
Just taking it all in.
Making some cookies for everyone-- and Santa!
So, we got home around 8:30pm, got the kids in bed, got everything set for the morning, made a list to remember everything for the next day, and got in bed. Reese came in around 7am and wanted to see what Santa brought. We made her wait for Chase, and close to 7:30, we just woke him up. Once we were all ready, we went downstairs and the kids were pumped to rip open all their presents. In fact, that's all they wanted to do... tear through the paper. I am unsure if they knew what they were opening, but they got excited a few times. They got some games, clothes, costumes, shoes, boots, socks, toy story dolls, Thomas stuff, notepads... We went pretty quick and then were out the door by 8:45 to get to my mom's.
Reese sporting her new Mulan costume with her Mulan barbie.Blake just watching. Chase and one of his favorite gifts... chap stick!
Off to my Mom's. We met up with my siblings and my mom and had our traditional Christmas breakfast. I LOVE this meal. I think that maybe because it's different and I am a breakfast food lover-- but it also reminds me of being a kid. With 7 kids and 9 adults, it's chaos but full of fun. The kids are just so pumped to see what is under the tree and to see what everyone got. If I can think of a few things we left with-- tons of stocking stuffers, ornaments, Barbie case and some Barbie's, Tiana costume, Thomas stuff, play doh set, clothes, Pretty Pretty Princess game, backpacks, nail polish, pjs, ipod case, water bottle, a shooter, lotion, glow worm, personalized book, learning games made by Jen and Jonathan, gift cards, Lego's... More great gifts! I was amazed that everywhere we went, the gifts were thoughtful, practical and fun!
Reese checking the name tags for her name.
Jonathan, Mark, Jen, and Carissa checking their stockings.Blake helping me with my stocking.
Chase and his shooter. Thanks to Auntie Jen and Uncle Jonathan, his Christmas wish came true.
All the kids-
Avery, Jackson, Chase, Nate, Noah, Reese, and Blake.
3 more on the couch next Christmas!
Final stop- My Dad's. We celebrated Christmas with my dad and his side of the family on the afternoon/evening of Christmas Day. My Dad and Janet got the kids a kitchen and accessories (not to mention other smaller items). Ryan spent a couple hours putting it together the next day, and it's awesome! It's got so much storage space, it's big and it's sturdy. It's a hit. We got a dvd player and some pillows covers. It will be nice to have a dvd player in our family room and basement again. This time, the kids will not be helping up the dvds on. The Puccini's are always in for Christmas and it's great to spend time with them. The kids are getting old so fast! :) I can't believe they will be in college next year. The evening ended with a stealing game grab bag where Ryan and I left with a Starbucks gift card and a Netflix gift certificate. Not bad!
Woo hoo! A kitchen. "Can we put it together now?" Reese and her baby bro!
Aunt Judi and Chase.
Whew! That was long. It was busy, crazy, and non-stop... but we enjoyed it all and wouldn't have it any other way!