Life with Sick Lyla

Laundry in the morning. I washed the new clothes we got from Costco!

Made breakfast while she fell asleep in the ergo.

Got Everett dressed while Lyla still napped.

She woke up and played at the window.

I had a snack.

Then we went outside.

Here are some of Allan’s pumpkins.

And unfortunately the corn died during an early freeze we had.

Everett loved looking at the veggies Allan and the other kids pulled.

Here he is happily showing off his playdoh. This kid LOVES playdoh!

There were some spiders and ladybugs on some of the vegetables!

The people who worked hard that day!

Poor Everett begs me to hold him all the time and I’m almost always holding Lyla instead. Since I was wearing her I could pick him up and he was really happy about that!

I’d noticed that Lyla was warm all day and took her temperature with a new thermometer since the kids broke my old one.

I tried it on myself first and she was happy when I did it on her next πŸ™‚

With her slightly sick I didn’t want to go to the store but we were ouuuuut of food and needed to. Everett was extremely excited to go to WalMart for some reason! πŸ™‚

That night I was up late with Lyla who was really cranky. I snapped these pictures before finally heading to bed.

It wasn’t long before I woke up… Lyla tossed and turned and cried and cried. I finally got up to just walk with her and rock her. She was burning up so I took her temperature again. It was 103. I don’t usually give my babies tylenol or motrin for fevers because I am a believer in letting fevers run their course but she was not sleeping at all and I knew that she’d get better faster if she could sleep more so I attempted to give her baby tylenol. Problem is Lyla throws up everything (even many foods!), when she gags on new tastes and sure enough- one drop of tylenol hit her tongue and she immediately projectile vomited!! Oh but it didn’t stop there! I had set off her barf alarm and she threw up twice more! She throws up so so so much when she doesn’t like a taste! I’d JUST nursed her for like five hours straight too so she was full of milk and there was a whooooole lot of vomit. Luckily it was mostly milk so it wasn’t really gross but unluckily it got all over her and me and the bed which meant baths for her and me and an entire load of bedding laundry!!
The GOOD news is her nighttime bath cooled her down significantly and she was able to sleep much better. So from 3am until 7am or so she slept decently well. She tossed and turned and I didn’t sleep much but she didn’t cry much and she got some good sleep.

Here’s a problem I ran into. I bought two new thermometers and they each give me totally different temperatures each time! The one below seems to be closest since it matches our regular body temperatures when we’re not sick so I use that to go by.


Everett has decided that climbing up on the TV stand all day every day is his favorite thing to do. I tell him to climb down every single time and he does. And then immediately climbs back up. There is no controlling a 3 year old!

Me and the kids played Uno.

Lyla did what she does always… ruins everything we do. haha!
She had fun though.

Notice her tears? Payson had taken cards from her that she was wrinkling up and that made her sad.

Sierra won the first game!

I’ve been looking into things to use to cosleep with Lyla in because sleeping on the bed is unsafe (she rolls off) and I tried this toddler tent. It worked okay except that it was uncomfortable for me because I didn’t fit!
I let the kids play in the tent since I don’t use it for sleeping.

Ember won the second game!

Brooklyn won the third game!

Payson won the fourth game!

And Brooklyn won the fifth game!

I asked Ember for a high five and when she held her hand up I jokingly said, “Hey, why are you showing five? You didn’t win the fifth game, Brooklyn did!”

So then the kids all goofed off holding up fingers about games they’d won.

The kids ask me so often to take dozens and dozens of pictures of them being silly and doing funny faces. We have hundreds and hundreds. I usually don’t post them but here are a few.

I spent a full hour putting Lyla to sleep for a nap. But then she slept for 45 minutes!

I didn’t take any more pictures today until bedtime. In the next picture Ember is picking out our nightly bedtime books on the kindle app. She picked mostly Berenstain Bears books tonight πŸ™‚

Mostly Lyla and Everett in My Room

Lyla can climb up on my office chair now! Darn.



Everett sat in his toy box and it fell over and he cracked up.

Everett is obsessed with peanut butter. It’s his favorite food.

I cosleep with Lyla but she’s old enough to try to climb off the bed. I could put my mattress on the floor but I am afraid of hobo spiders since they have those here. They’ve never been in our house but I’m still afraid of them and so instead I bought this pop up mosquito net tent on Amazon and I sleep in here with Lyla. It keeps her from rolling away from me at night. If I manage to get her to sleep in there during the day I still have to sit on the bed next to her because without my weight on it she can push it off the bed. But anyway, this is the net I love!

My kids love playing board games and their favorite is Monopoly!

Road Trip to Washington part 2!

We went back to Washington for my dad’s surgery. (Wednesday, March 29)

By this trip I was an expert packer! I was really proud of how well I packed for the trip. And I didn’t forget a thing! For 7 people! I have to compliment myself when I can since I easily spend my days tearing myself apart for my failures πŸ˜‰

Heading off!

Lyla had a huge blowout diaper all over her and me in the car on the way there!! I remember sitting there like, how the heck do I even manage this right now!? We both need a bath and we’re in the middle of a road trip! I managed thanks to a hundred wipes and an outfit change for her.

This is the next morning in the hotel. (Thursday, March 30)

Breakfast in the hotel.

Because we weren’t going to stay for a long time this trip we met up with my mom that morning before going to the hospital to see my dad. Lyla by this time was really starting to warm up to her family and she loved sitting with grandma! So cute!!

Grandma had craft stuff again and my kids made themselves right at home! haha

Thank goodness for google maps on my phone. It was really difficult finding the hospital where my dad was having surgery.

I breastfed Lyla in the car again.

I didn’t take many pictures in the hospital, in fact I only snapped some at the end before we went home. It was a very emotional time for me. I might’ve even went to the parking garage at one point to have a total breakdown and cry by my car.

I asked Allan to get a picture of me with my brothers. We were the only three still there and I kicked myself a bit for not getting a picture with my sisters when they were there. They’d been there all day.

And then we went back to the parking garage to head home. The kids liked the escalators. haha

Goodbye, Seattle.

Spur of the Moment Road Trip to Washington!!

I got a phone call from my dad on Monday, March 20th. He told me he was just diagnosed with cancer. I called Allan and we immediately got to planning and packing, and we left for Washington the next day. (Tuesday, β€ŽMarch β€Ž21)

I didn’t overbuy for this trip because I knew we’d be going back there often this year to see my dad, but what I did get was well received by the kids. I got them Trolls coloring books and Allan got them each a new Trolls toy.

We stopped at Burger King for lunch and Everett got a DJ Suki toy. He was really excited about it the whole trip. It’s kind of his and Allan’s “thing.” Everett says “DJ Suki” really cute so Allan loves that he likes DJ Suki and got the toy because then Everett talks about his DJ Suki more often and it’s cute!

I got a cheeseburger and nursed Lyla while I ate it!

We forgot to order water in the drive thru at Burger King. We’d drive to a different parking lot to eat because there was more privacy there for me to breastfeed Lyla and there was a McDonald’s there. So Allan got water for everyone in McDonald’s and also got me and him a mcflurry! Yes, I approve!

I gave Lyla some time out of her carseat and sitting upright to burp.

Water!! Most times they do get milk or apple juice but we really wanted water cups to refill for the rest of the trip so water it was!

Breastfeeding Lyla again in Ellensburg.


Because we knew how difficult this sudden trip and hearing about their grandpa would be on the kids we had made new CDs of music for the road trip and we played songs (the soundtrack to Moana was the biggest hit with them) and sang along and danced in the car and were really silly and upbeat.

Some of the views!

We got to Everett (the city I was born in and what Everett is named after!) which is where out hotel was and needed to get dinner. We decided to go get french bread, meat, and cheese at Fred Meyer for dinner instead of restaurant food. While there I got toothbrushes and toothpaste. I didn’t forget them, I just thought we were about due for new stuff anyway and it’d be easy to grab them while in Washington.

Made it to the hotel! Everett spotted this giant mirror and told me he met his new best friend, Everett. haha

Happy group! The road trip had gone so freaking well and we were all happy and excited!

Oh yeah, I’ll just throw this anecdote in here: Allan told Everett we were in Everett, that the place was called Everett. We were standing outside the hotel at the time so he thought Allan meant the hotel and every time we’d talk about the hotel Everett would say “Everett hotel” and get a huge kick out of it. It was really fun!

One of the things I did forget was socks for everyone! haha. The next morning we went to Fred Meyer before going to see my dad and I got everyone new socks. Fred Meyer is expensive, I know why I never shop there. I spent twice as much getting socks than I usually do. (Wednesday, β€ŽMarch β€Ž22)

We went over to my dad’s house. My sister and her daughter were there, and my brother and his wife and their three kids live there. I introduced Lyla to everyone for the first time. Lyla was not excited about meeting her family. She’s SO shy!!

Months and months ago I’d asked my dad if he had any pictures from my childhood because I don’t have hardly any and he had put together a big stack of all the photos he has. This was the first time I’d visited since he’d gathered them so he gave me them while I was there. I was so excited to look through them with everyone! Wow, so many pictures I’d never seen or didn’t remember! I scanned them all before returning the stack to him so I’ll post some sometime.

I asked Jeena if she wanted to hold Lyla, thinking maybe Lyla would be okay, but no. haha. Poor Jeena! Lyla doesn’t like anyone new! She DID warm up to her later, though!! Which we’ll get to in a second πŸ™‚

I got to meet my nephew, Elex. He is two months younger than Lyla but much taller and weighs probably ten pounds more! haha. It’s funny because most of my babies have been super chunky but Lyla is my teeny baby, at the bottom of the charts small! Holding them at the same time was so fun! I love my nephew!

I told Allan he should hold them together. Oh and Elex and Lyla LOVED each other!! Elex was the only new person Lyla met and liked right away. She must’ve understood they were both babies and peers because they were smiling and grabbing at each other any time they were near each other!

We decided to go out for dinner. I breastfed Lyla in the car before we left.

I have no idea what this restaurant is called. I wasn’t paying attention, we just followed my dad there and I was so busy wrangling my kids I didn’t even look up at the sign. haha. It was GOOOOOOOD, though!!
(We googled it and it’s called Conto’s)

Deciding what to order! We ended up getting two large pizzas for my family and Jeena and Ava (her daughter, my niece) to share and a gluten-free pizza for Payson!

When we were sitting in the restaurant Lyla kept staring at Jeena. Lyla was getting used to her and after not very long she smiled at Jeena and reached out to touch her face!! That’s what Lyla does when she likes you so it touched my heart! Especially that she did that all on her own. She developed a brand new relationship with her auntie πŸ™‚

I breastfed her again in the car after dinner before heading back to our hotel.

We set up my laptop and watched Moana. Moana and Trolls are my family’s current favorite movies.

 These photos of everyone sleeping were from the next morning. (β€ŽThursday, β€ŽMarch β€Ž23)

Breastfeeding Lyla before we go!

I didn’t take pictures of this but I had to go back to the store because I’d also forgot nursing pads and I’d already totally soaked through one of my bras. I nurse my babies for a few years and literally never stop needing nursing pads. I just pour milk all day every day. haha  
After the store I nursed Lyla again. I was holding her so she could burp before going in her carseat and she was watching, with great interest, all the cars driving on the road and the birds flying around. She developed a huge love of bird watching that week and still whenever she sees birds outside she just sits still watching them with laser focus!

We went to my mom’s house to visit! Everett was really into all the new, fun things to play with! Like these magnets on the fridge.

My mom made us tater tot casserole. She really wanted us to have a home cooked meal since we ate so much restaurant food while traveling. It was so good!

Then she’d bought these wooden Easter frames and all the kids painted a frame!

Later that night, back at the hotel, the kids colored in their coloring books.

The next day we met up with my mom and Jeena and Ava at Costco for lunch before heading back to her house. (Friday, March 24)

We went back to my mom’s house since my dad had some errands to run. Jeena and Ava came over too, and we all hung out!

Ava was taught how to give kisses and it’s something she does a lot and it’s SO CUTE!! This was the first time I met my niece, and it’s my sister’s first daughter so you know, she’s pretty special and I just freaking adore her! I can’t wait to go back and visit again!

The littlest three kids played together a lot.

And I got a picture of my kids with grandma to put in those new frames they made! πŸ™‚

After hanging out with my mom we went to Jeena’s house. My dad came over and Jeena made us all dinner! With no notice, either! She’s amazing! And she’s pregnant and she works and basically is amazing. I’m so lucky to have her for my sister.

And Lyla by this time loved her auntie and let her hold her πŸ™‚

We took a picture of us girls with our dad πŸ™‚

And we hung out and talked for a couple hours. It was so nice!
After that we went back to our hotel and hung out. I spent time cuddling with the kids. I was super aware of how stressful this could all be on them and wanted time to just hug and have down time together.

The bigger kids were coloring. Always trolls stuff πŸ™‚

Sleeping in the hotel was an interesting experience. My younger three all like to cosleep and five in a queen sized bed wasn’t the easiest arrangement. I slept as straight as possible in probably less than a foot of width the whole time. haha!

One awesome thing we did is buy two cots and some new blankets just for hotel stays. Payson slept on a cot this trip and Ember was supposed to, and she did sometimes, but mostly she’d wake up after an hour or two and climb into bed with me and Allan.

The next day we were heading home but we wanted to get to say goodbye to my dad first. We met up in a parking lot after we got breakfast. Our hotel was too small to visit in and we didn’t want to bring my whole crew to swarm his house where my brother and sister-in-law and their kids live too, so parking lot it was! Kids love parking lots, anyway. haha (Saturday, March 25)

I asked everyone to get a group shot with grandpa.

And Lyla decided she liked her grandpa, too! πŸ™‚

Allan took these without me or my dad knowing while we talked outside the car alone for a bit. I love them πŸ™‚

My dad had stopped at a store to get us donuts before we left. I wanted to remember that so I took this picture. I’m sentimental and I imagined him waking up early to go shop for donuts before meeting us. Thinking about him doing that made me feel special and loved. I’m thankful for my dad.

We stopped after a few hours of driving to eat lunch at Burger King. We actually let the kids eat their donuts first! haha. You only live once.
My dad knows Payson is allergic to gluten so he went searching for a gluten-free treat for him and got him fruit roll ups! Payson was excited. I think he’ll always remember that grandpa did that, or at least he’ll have this picture to remember it! Or at least I’ll always remember it β™₯

I ordered onion rings for me and Everett saw them and not realizing they were something he’d never had said, “Oh me want some! Me want mine chicken nuggets!” I gave him one thinking when he took a bite he’d be surprised and spit it out but he didn’t! He ate several, calling them chicken nuggets the whole time! It was cute. I told him afterward those were called onion rings and he said, “Me liked those!”

Payson wearing a crown pretended to be King Simon again. It’s been a loooong time since his King Simon character came out and we were happy to see it again!

I think seeing me hold Lyla up front so many times during the trip made Everett feel jealous because he asked if he could sit in my seat. I let him, of course, and you can tell how happy he was about it!

I gave Everett his Trolls coloring set.

This was another breastfeeding stop.

The kids in the far back! I loved that Ember had hooked her travel bag up above her head.

The first thing we did when we got home that night was take showers and baths!