Archive for March, 2012

Gabby Fell on the Grass

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Gabby had an accident around 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 5. All we knew at the time was that she was in a great deal of pain. Every time I asked her what happened, she’d say “I fell on the grass.” It wasn’t until the next day that she told Brian she fell out of her bedroom window (on the grass). She had a grade 3 laceration of her spleen and spent 4 nights in the pediatric ICU. Her spleen will completely heal over the next few months. I am so very thankful that her fall didn’t result in broken bones or worse. We already knew she was tough, but now there is no doubt. It’s no wonder she always loves talking about Woman Power.

Here she is at the first emergency room at St Rose.  She was later moved to UMC, which is close to the house. The neck brace was a safety precaution. She wore it a lot the next day too since her neck was sore from the fall.

On her last day at the hospital on March 9 (Uncle Paul’s birthday!), Gabby was pretty much back to her normal self. Minnie Mouse was a present from Cindy, Brian’s co-worker and long time Signature employee. Gabby probably watched 15+ hours of Mickey Mouse while in the hospital. There’s not much else to do while cooped up in a room for 4 days.

One month before her fall, we had breakfast at the Original Pancake House. I think this will be their favorite breakfast joint for a long time.

While Coleman and I went to a birthday party, Brian took Gabby skiing for the first time. She wasn’t great at following instructions, but seemed to enjoy it, especially snack time and play in the snow time. Coleman was a little annoyed that she got new princess skis and a helmet, but Brian told him not to worry. Gabby will be wearing his hand-me-downs for a long time. Note the ski suit.

Playing in the snow.

Already looking like a pro.

Gabby returned a week later with Brian, Coleman and Matt Pynch. She listened to Matt way more than her Daddy.

Check out the video of her following Matt’s instructions!

Gabby passed out on the chair lift. Luckily, it was on the bunny slope, and the chair lift takes you back to the snack/bar area.

Coleman always wants hot chocolate and Skittles while skiing. Gabby wants chips.

They are so lucky to have a Daddy that loves to ski and do fun things!

The next weekend we went to Jack Newby’s birthday party at Kidville. It was great going to a new place for a party (the kids ran around a padded gym for an hour), and it lasted 1.5 hours. That was pretty great too. Pack in the fun and then get out of there!

On President’s Day, Brian took Cole skiing, and I took Gabby to Ramen Sora and then to a manicure place. Am I nuts? Probably. She really enjoyed it, and the only thing I regretted was letting her pick fuchsia for the color.

The day after she got home from the hospital was pretty awesome. I was so glad to have her home.

Here is Gabby trying to take it easy in our backyard. When we tell her not to do something (like swing or slide), she’s not happy about it. When I ask her if she wants to go back to the hospital, I think she understands why she’s not allowed to be too active.

Video of Gabby talking about stuff on a Sunday morning.