Monday, March 3, 2008

So, this shouldn't affect my blogging...but one of the reasons I haven't been keeping up is that I ended up with a virus hat attacked my vocal cords! I had true laryngitis--or I think that's what it was. It started with a cough, but instead of going into my chest, my larynx began to hurt...and then my voice started to give out...and finally it was gone. I actually couldn't make much of a sound for about 5 entire days...during which I had to teach Kindergarten and attend a family birthday party where I saw family I don't usually see, even though I cancelled my Kindermusik classes and voice lessons. So much for vocal rest. Even on the days I was home, life with a 2 year old and an infant doesn't really lend itself to silence. It must have been a little amusing to watch me try to discipline Ingrid without a voice. Suddenly, my wagging finger and knitted brows had very little power... And Rowan kept looking at me funny, wondering why his Mama wasn't talking and singing to him... He sure gave Aunt B (Becca) a big smile when she said hi to him, being the first woman to talk to him since my voice "got lost," as Ingrid says.
It's been two and a half weeks since I completely lost my voice, and I'm still having a hard time singing. There's still some swelling there, and even controlling pitch isn't easy... I'm wondering if I should see an ENT, just to make sure there's no permanent damage. This is the first time this has happened to me...and I'm told that once you get it, you're prone to it forever. Not good news for someone who makes her living with her voice... Oh well...I'll just have to be really careful from here on out...

In other news...

Rowan got sick again just as his cough was clearing up. He began vomiting last Thursday and on Friday night, he had a fever of 102. We took him to the Urgent Care doctor who said he had an ear infection and gave us some antibiotic and decongestant for him. I got the medicine and tried giving it to him, but every time we tried, he would "give it all back" to me... Then, I was afraid he wasn't getting enough fluids... It was terrible. So, today, I brought him to Dr. Garrett, and she said both of his ears were infected now...so I asked her to give him a shot of antibiotic instead of trying to feed it to him. So, he's got his antibiotic in him now...but boy, he's not feeling real well tonight. Dr. Garrett said it might take 48 hours for him to be fever-free. Poor baby. His cry is the saddest thing...the kind where his lip trembles first and tears roll down his face... Not demanding at all, but just really sad. Andrew's out of town, so the baby's sleeping next to me tonight.

Good news, though, Rowan weighs 16.5 lbs! What a linebacker! :)

Ingrid is getting to be quite proficient on the computer. PBSkids.org is her favorite place to play right now. Andrew set up a separate account for her on our PC...so when we give her permission, she can go into the office, turn on the monitor, move the mouse so it comes out of hibernation mode, click on her froggie icon, click on the blue E, and play almost every game on PBSkids.org without help from us at all. If she doesn't know a part of the site, she just clicks around until she figures it out. It's like it's not foreign to her at all! Crazy to think that it was college the first time I sent an e-mail...or Graduate School the first time I "googled" something... Using the Internet is going to be as familiar to her as using the telephone or watching TV... She's something...

Also, our little Isaac (Rebecca's baby) was dedicated this last Saturday night. I was proud to stand up as his Godmother and Andrew and I helped lead worship--and I sang a Sara Groves song to Isaac. It was so good to sing worship songs again...even though I wasn't on top of my game, with my voice as weak as it is...but good nonetheless. They've invited us to help with worship again, as Becca's friends are planting a new church in Fairmont. We might sometime. They're good people. I'm so glad they're surrounding Bec and Brian and Isaac. Very good people...

Also, I turned 30 on Feb 27th. I have no strong feelings on this. It just kind of came and went...and now I'm 30.

Anyway, I'm going to include a few pics of Rowan's first bath in his ducky with Ingrid and a video of Rowan in his favorite Johnny Jump-up. My kids are the best! Enjoy!


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3 comments:

Gina said...

Oh my goodness, that video is adorable! I'm so sorry that you've been sick, I hope that you feel better soon. Also, I'm a putz for not remember your birthday! How could I forget it- it's 6 days before mine. Happy belated birthday, Lizzie.

Love You,
Gina

The Speakman Family said...

Great pictures of great kids. I love you all so much...Sigh

Christina Werdebaugh said...

Gosh, Lizzie, I had no idea you had lost your voice!! You sang so beautifully Saturday night at church - I never would've guessed!! So sorry to hear that you've been under the weather. . . sending prayers your way that you will not have permanent damage to your vocal chords. And, LOVE the pics of your little ones!!! It was so nice to see you guys this past weekend. Wish we could see more of you!!!
Take care-cjw