We had our second annual Christmas PJ playdate with our friends.
Love how this sweet group of littles keeps growing!
We drove around and looked at the Christmas lights.
Ryder seemed to be confused as to why he was in his pj's and not in his bed.
We celebrated Christmas in Greenville with Dustin's side of the family and got to watch this happy group of cousins.
Again, we can't keep him away from an instrument. Looks like some lessons will be in our future.
Dustin dresses as Santa to visit some KLife families and the boys love it just as much.
A look at the last three years as Santa...
Our family celebrated "Christmas morning" the weekend before Christmas when my parents came to town, because we'd planned to go to Texas with Dustin's family for actual Christmas. And I am certainly glad we did this...
Ryder getting the first peek of the gifts around 5:30AM.
And sleepy brother joined us around 6:30
The boys got to experience a Japanese steakhouse for the first time. Finn kept saying "hot" and trying to blow on the grill.
We looked at some more Christmas lights.
mother/daughter matching Christmas pj pic
We took a drive up to Avalon to watch the ice skaters, ride the "choo choo" and eat some pizza.
We flew to Texas for what we thought would be a fun filled Christmas with Dustin's extended family in Houston and Waco. When we landed, I thought the most challenging part (the flight) was behind us as both boys actually did great.
We began what has become our new normal with his respiratory issues. A nebulizer with a cocktail of drugs along with some oral steroids. They began treating him as an asthma patient since those are the first symptoms they saw and his breathing seemed to improve.
Then his RSV test came back positive, so the diagnosis switched to RSV Bronchiolitis and some oxygen was administered.
He was admitted for observation and oxygen treatment. Now I will be the first to say that I am grateful for the care we received at Texas Children's, but there was one very critical misstep on their part. When they diagnosed him with RSV Bronchiolitis, they disregarded the asthma as asthma isn't usually diagnosed in a 2 year old. At this point, they stopped giving him breathing treatments and steroids as those usually have no affect on RSV. The evening of Dec. 24 (almost 24hrs after receiving his last breathing treatment), his breathing starting really going downhill. He was added to the "watch list" in the unit and they started to talk about having to move him to PICU. At this point, we urgently pointed out the fact that he hadn't received a breathing treatment of steroids since being admitted and pushed them to administer both of those knowing his history with reactive airway disease (pre-asthma basically). After about an hour, his breathing became less labored and started improving. From this point forward, they continued treatment for both RSV bronchiolitis and a severe asthma attack triggered by the virus. After about 24 hours, we saw a lot of improvement. With continued steroids, albuterol, oxygen and suction, he started to look more like his normal, happy self. During all of this, Ryder also tested positive for RSV, but seeing as how he was over 6mos. and does not have any of the underlying respiratory issues that Finn does, it's really only affected him as a bad cold.
The highlight of our Christmas Day (and really our hospital stay all together) was a surprise visit from Dustin's aunt, uncle, grandmother and cousin! Since we were not able to make the drive to Waco (after coming all the way to TX!), they took the time to drive from Dallas, Waco and College Station to visit us and give our sweet little guys some Christmas cheer!
On Dec 27, Finn pulled his cannula out of his nose as they were weaning him off the extra O2. When the respiratory therapist came back in to re-tape him, she noticed that his pulse ox looked surprisingly good and kept him at room-air.
After several hours of observation, we were discharged after a five day stay at TCH. We headed back to the hotel as a family of four for the first time since arriving in Texas and drove home the next day.