This is a picture of EmmaLee's throat before her tonsils were taken out. The slightly lighter pink thing in the middle is her uvula, but you can't clearly see it because her tonsils are so big they are practically blocking her whole throat opening! I don't have an after picture yet because she is still a bit sore and can't open her mouth that wide yet, but I can tell you that as miserable as her recovery has been, it was SO worth it! Before she snored SO loud, and not just snored, but STRUGGLED to breath. It was the most horrible sound and thing to watch, especially for a parent who already struggles with paranoia when it comes to her children breathing! The first day or two after the operation, she did snore a little due to swelling in her throat from the surgery, but now she breaths WONDERFULLY! She is so quiet and peaceful that I sometimes have had to put my face almost on top of hers before I can hear her! It is a night and day difference!
One funny side effect from the surgery that is suppose to be temporary (about a month long) is that her voice is different. I don't know how to describe it, but it is different! It's cute too, though, so if it goes or stays, we're okay with it! Another side effect that I wasn't expecting was how much weight she ended up loosing. I don't have a scale, so I don't know officially how much weight she lost, but she did loose several pounds at least! Pants that used to fit snug or even tight are super loose on her now, and you can see it in her face how much thinner she is! She ate almost nothing for a week and a day before she finally turned the corner and started eating. She drank just enough to keep her hydrated enough, but it was very disconcerting as her mother to see her not eating! I'm sure she'll put the weight back on, thank goodness, because she is making up for her lack of food by wanting to eat all day long now! But, it's one time I am happy to oblige her!
Overall, it was a much tougher recovery than I had anticipated, but the long term results are definitely worth it!
It has been, ahem, a few months since I last updated. It has been a bit of a trying few months for us, with my kids struggling at school, the decision to homeschool Isaac, getting EmmaLee's tonsils out, and still looking forward to getting some pretty good dental work done in the next couple of weeks for Eden and Isaac. All this combined with Rob and I still going to school, and let's just say time has gotten away from me!
And, as you can see from the picture, we are also expecting baby #6!! I am 12 weeks along, and due June 14th, 2013. I have not felt very good with this pregnancy, surprise surprise, but luckily my doctor gave me some medicine pretty early on, so that has helped! I am already into maternity clothes, and already feeling some of the pregnancy inconveniences, such as tendon pain, and my hips going out so I can't walk, etc. It will be interesting to see how I feel as I actually get bigger!! We are excited, though, and it has been fun to see the kids reactions this time around. Everyone else came so quickly after one another that it was often hard for them to understand what was really going on. Now it is fun to hear and see their excitement! They love trying to come up with baby names ("Giltrude, mom, it is a beautiful name for a baby girl!" EmmaLee)! It is nice to have Children that are old enough to understand better what is going on, and even help out when needed! Eden is such a helper, even with Ammon when I need her to. It makes it feel a little more possible that I just might survive with my sanity in the end!
I am a wife and mother of six beautiful children! My oldest child and son passed away on August 28th, 2005 when he was 2 1/2 after a choking accident the day before. We miss him, but know he's in a better place and will always be looking out for his family! I am currently in school at USU online working towards my Family Life Studies degree and hope to one day be a marriage and family educator. Life is busy with five growing children to take care of, but we're having fun and learning as we go!