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Never a dull moment October 26, 2014

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Common questions I am getting lately.

“How’s your family?  How’s your house coming along?”

What I want to say is,

‘Not sure you have enough time for that answer. There is never a dull moment around here. For real.’

Amelia: Turned 11 months today!  She is standing constantly, has a new love of saying ‘eh?’, and chocolate chips.  She loves to smile and get people’s attention.  She still wakes up the most unhappy baby I have ever seen, and fights going to sleep almost always.  She is my biggest mama’s girl but weighs in as my smallest baby, 18lbs currently.  She loves interaction with her siblings and tolerates G carrying her around all the time. She squeals at the sight of a wagon or food.  3 weeks ago she was a terror of a baby, only at night; and I am putting it lightly.  She would *scream* for up to 30 minutes at a time, at any hour of the night, repeatedly.  I thought maybe we needed an excorist’s intervention, but after 3 weeks of very little sleep at night I finally took her into our doc. Yep. Mom of the year, right here. Double ear infection. No fever, no unusual ear pulling, just insane night screaming at the top of her lungs, and fine behavior during the day. I’m glad to say she is sleeping much better now. However, during the 3 weeks of crying, she also decided to stop nursing all of a sudden.  Yep, now a nursing strike on top of everything.  Just another thing to add to the list of things she has done to keep us on our toes. The pump and I have made amends for the next month, as my best intentions of nursing past 1 year have slowly faded. I’ll just be happy to make it to November 25!


Bro underwear + baby

Melts my heart! He doesn't know I uploaded this-- muahaha!

Melts my heart! He doesn’t know I uploaded this– muahaha!

Future marathoner?

Future marathoner?

Lucy: Lucy is really enjoying ballet, preschool, Sunday school, and creating drama.  It’s true, as much as I have tried not to encourage it, drama follows Lucy around.  The latest is this: upon our very last followup for Lucy’s fractured arm (she actually broke it in June), the orthopedist declared that the bone cyst was still present and we now needed to see a pediatric orthopedist. Yikes. A specialist of a specialist.  Can’t be good. We saw the new doc yesterday and got his opinion. If we don’t treat the bone cyst, Lucy will repeatedly break her arm in the same spot, guaranteed.  Due to Lucy’s quite massive bone cyst that covers over 75% of her humerus cross section, they recommend doing an injection of donor demineralized bone.   What this involves: she will be put under general anesthesia, a needle will be put into the bone cyst to aspirate the fluid that is filling it, then another needle will inject the demineralized bone which will come from a cadaver.  The demineralized bone is basically a framework or scaffolding for Lucy’s bone to replace and re-build itself.  Makes sense to me as a healthcare professional, but scares the bejeezus out of me as her mom and expert worrier.  We talked with her about it and she understands it perfectly and has no fear.  In her words, ‘They will make me go to sleep and give me a shot in my arm to fix my broken arm to help it heal.  Then I will have to wear my sling again for awhile and I won’t get to do the monkey bars.”  Ah, the simplicity of a child.

Other than that whole mess, Lucy is a lot of fun and hilarious! She has the most vivid and creative imagination I have ever seen.  She is constantly playing make believe, pretending, or making up stories.  She’s become quite versed in drying silverware at Nana’s and folding washcloths at home.  She’s always outfitted in some sort of dress up clothes.  I am on the hunt for fall and winter appropriate dresses as that’s all she will wear, and she reminds me nightly that ‘Mom, I can wear a dress tomorrow?’ Oh Lucy…

Teddy bear tea

Teddy bear tea




Gabriel: Gabriel is the least dramatic of my children right now. No nursing strike, no impending surgery.  Let’s keep it that way!  G has become a very dependable and passionate 5 year old as of late. He has recently taken on some new jobs at our house; taking-out-the-recycle-and-trash-guy and mail-getting-guy, as well as unlocking-the-door-when-we-get-home-guy.  This is the first time we have ever had a PO box so this one is especially exciting for him ;)  He has a new obsession with boxing; he makes pretend dummies to box, practices shadow boxing, and tapes his hands like a boxer.  He was severely peeved today when we would not let him ascend the ladder next to Jeremiah to fix the vent on the 16 foot roof.  He does a great job of keeping an eye on his sisters while I run down to the basement or out to the garage.   He’s making a lot of progress in preschool and loves it. I have never heard the words, ‘I don’t want to go to school.’  He has started to get an opinion about his clothes for the first time ever. It’s interesting. He wants to go hunting. He really enjoys the Maple Street Estate home remodeling…..which leads me to:

Yep. So mature.

Yep. So mature.

Barrel train!

Barrel train!


US: Jeremiah was the assistant athletic director at his school this fall, which meant that he attended all the home games/matches and worked on staffing and planning for those events.  Once that got over, he somehow got ‘roped into’ (ie he was easily persuaded) into being an assistant wrestling coach.  They guy has issues with saying ‘no thank you’.  Just kidding! Most times I love that about him.  I’ve been busy working part time, being wife/mom/chauffeur/master planner/crock pot connoisseur/painter/plumber/stuff seller/backsplash installer/crunchy mama friend.  We’ve carved pumpkins and We’ve taken the kids to the pumpkin patch, soccer games, ballet showcase, teddy bear tea, the zoo, field trips and Menards more times than they wish to remember.  There is now disdain in their voices when they ask, ‘Mom. Are we going to ‘Nards again?!’  Due to the awesomeness of Papa Bart and Uncle Cameron, J and I have been allowed not ONE but TWO dates within a month. Say what!? A few weekends ago we went to a great steakhouse together after shopping just the 2 of us and buying J a terribly overpriced pair of new wrestling shoes.  A few nights ago we ventured to a local (ridiculously good) Mexican place and stopped into a quaint shop where J got into a deep conversation with the shop owner about eating/not eating alpacas.  Don’t ask.  No, we don’t even have dull moments on dates.

Train at the zoo!

Train at the zoo!


How tall this fall?

How tall this fall?

Uncle Cam's moustache, G's scary face and L's princess tiara

Uncle Cam’s moustache, G’s scary face and L’s princess tiara jack-o-lanterns

The house: The Maple Street Estate is coming along, slowly.  We have about 90% of the painting done, as I just have to apply the final ‘spiced vinegar’ paint to the upstairs hallway.  Where do they get those names?! In our downstairs alone we have cottage green, patches, spiced vinegar, jute and sand fossil for paint. Today I got a working stove/oven (YESSSSS) and more of the plumbing was finished. Don’t worry, we have a full working bathroom upstairs, but I still don’t have a real kitchen sink. :(  Yesterday we priced flooring and think we have it nailed down as to what we are getting for the living room, dining room, kitchen and foyer.  7″ plank Bolton oak hardwood anyone?  We also scored a 3 by 6 foot maple butcher block top for our kitchen island yesterday for an insane deal.  We’ve been stalking the lighting sections of our favorite stores (again, ‘Nards) and have an idea of some different types of lights that will grace our kitchen and living area.  Our kitchen cabinets are being made by a very talented family member and the upper cabinets should be done in a few days.  I’m hoping next weekend we will be breathing the headache-inducing fumes of wood stain as we stain and varnish our cupboards and I will be happy :)

And as I’m writing this blog, my handsome husband and his brother are opening a bottle of wine with a screw, drill, and hammer. The crazy part is that they were successful.

#can’tfindthecorkscrew  #auntmelisproud

Tools have multiple purposes here

Tools have multiple purposes here

-The {never a dull moment in this house} Costello’s



Move: Complete! September 30, 2014

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I type this blog, while sitting in our new master bedroom (master suite as I like to call it–it just sounds fancy), listening to the soft rain on the garage roof, content as my 3 little people sleep soundly in the room next to us.  Just perfect…..

Now let’s step into the reality of what actually is at the project house, AKA Maple Street Estate, as of now.

I’ll start at the beginning.

3 weeks ago I coincidentally ran into a post on facebook in a local group of a family looking for a home to *rent* in Cedar county.  They came and looked, we liked them, they signed a lease. Awesome! Our home is rented out to a nice family and our prayers have been answered. We can now move into our new house! (ie the Maple Street Estate, as we like to call it).  Just one little problem; they need to be in before the end of September, and our  it’s still majorly under construction!  The 2nd floor of the home was 1 step from being 100% done, but the rest was a work in progress, to say the least.

2 weeks ago I frantically started packing, moving things into our massive 3+ car garage/shed at the new house. We could not move anything into the house yet due to the construction.

1 0 days ago the drywallers began hanging drywall.

7 days ago the drywall finishers arrived and began taping, mudding, texturing and priming the first floor of the house. We have done mostly all of the work ourselves and with some very talented family members, but we decided to hire this out due to the *ahem* time constraint.

5 days ago the carpet layers arrived, and had a showdown with the drywall finishers, who were both trying to complete a job simultaneously; one very messy, one not messy at all.  By the end of the day they had the drywall finished in the first floor and the carpet installed in the 2nd floor.  The 2nd floor was now move-in ready.

3 days ago we moved the remainder of our home into the garage and 2nd floor of the house.

2 days ago we gave the renters the keys to the old house and said goodbye to our house of memories. We were completely moved out. WE MADE IT.

So reality is this:  I sit in my newly remodeled master bedroom, with a heap of clothes in the one half of the room because we don’t have a clothes washer hooked up yet, although we have 3 possible hookups in the house, 1 on each floor. (side note, I LOVE our master bedroom/bath/closet! We have never had anything like this before!)  The rain is tapping on the roof of the garage that is full to the brim of our stuff, lumber, drywall. We have a makeshift kitchen as of now that includes a refrigerator, utility sink, crock pot and microwave. (side note, you have to switch out the extension cord to run the crock pot vs the microwave–just fyi). The kids are actually sleeping soundly in the room next to me. The kids will be the first to tell you that you have to wear your shoes on the first floor, but take them off if you step one foot on the new carpet beginning at the base of the stairs.  I cannot find much of anything.

Half of my current kitchen. Notice the carpet remnants covering the plywood  and lovely halogen lights ;)

Half of my current kitchen. Notice the carpet remnants covering the plywood and lovely halogen lights ;)

We still have a ton of work to do in the house.  We are hoping to get the downstairs painted this weekend so the electricians can return to finish the wiring job and we will hopefully have working outlets, switches, and lights/fans by the end of next week. After that will be getting the kitchen a bit more, modern?, shall we say, and getting the first floor hardwood floors figured out. One step at a time.  There are a LOT of steps to be done, but it’s a home that is going to be great for us!

It’s a mess. It’s an adventure. It’s a lot of work.

As Lucy said a few days ago, out of the blue, “Mom! This is a GREAT house!!!”

Agreed, Miss L. Agreed.

-The {remodeling} Costellos






Summer bucket list September 5, 2014

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Summer rocks! 

$1 birdhouses and 69 cent paint makes for 2 happy, very entertained kids for an afternoon project

$1 birdhouses and 69 cent paint makes for 2 happy, very entertained kids for an afternoon project

Last summer we did not get to do much fun stuff. I was already uncomfortably pregnant and was not handling much in terms of heat or activity, let alone the two together. So this summer we made up for it. We squeezed as much as we could into this summer, especially these past few weeks before the kids returned to (pre)school.  There is such a nice array of active fun family things to do around here that I want our kids to have an appreciation (and love) for! That and my kids behave better, are in better moods, and get along better when we are out and about and active.

We took our kayaks out a handful of times.  Lost Grove lake and Bennett park a few times. G and L have each been out on the water with us.  Lucy really loves it, G is still trying to get over his fear of water that he cannot touch the bottom in.  J and I are hoping to take out the kayaks at least 1 more time for a day-long paddling trip.

One morning I took all 3 kids hiking at Wildcat Den, a State Park only about 30 mins from here.  We gathered ‘nature stuff’ (per G) and put some miles on those little legs!  The kids loved the rock formations, the wildlife and the trails.  We explored around the old Grist Mill and even got to go in and get a tour. The kids waded in the creek water and got to help grind corn themselves at the mill.  2 massive diaper blowouts, courtesy of Amelia rounded out the day and we were ready to pack it up!

We trekked over to West Lake Beach for an afternoon with some friends.  The kids had free passes from their summer reading program, but I am not sure why we had not went to the beach earlier in the summer.  They have a nice little wading area for kids and the 6 of them had a blast all together.  Sand + sun = 3 tired kiddos and a good afternoon nap!

Spray parks are my new favorite summer activity for the kids. They are A) FREE. B) Easy to watch your kids while there and less worry about deep water C) Hours of entertainment for little people. D) A nice way to cool off. E) Did I mention they are FREE?!  We went to 2 different spray parks this summer and had plans for another that fell through due to rain. All 3 of the kids really liked them, and now that Amelia is mobile she is even more of a fan. 

Amelia is getting quite curious

Amelia is getting quite curious

This past weekend we went to the Old Thresher’s Reunion.  Based on the name I could hardly contain my excitement (note sarcasm) but I was pleasantly surprised.  The ‘reunion’ is more like a fair with a lot of demonstrations and re-enactments of yesteryear. We saw grain threshing powered b a 2 horse treadmill, the kids rode a steam-powered carousel, rode  a train to the ‘log village’ of pioneer days, and watched people make sugar from sorghum.  Everything was really interesting and we all had a good time.  


Zonked after the Old Thresher’s

Pony rides!

Pony rides!

This past weekend we also went to Backbone State Park for an annual family picnic.  That place is so pretty!!  We had gotten a shelter by the beach and hoped to let the kids splash in the water all day.  Good thing we checked the DNR website a few days prior as the park was one of several in Iowa rated unsafe to swim in due to abnormally high levels of E.Coli bacteria in the water earlier in the season.  Yikes! No kids were allowed in the water, and It rained off and on all day but we had a great time.  My kids LOVE getting together with their cousins and we hear about it for weeks afterwards.

This week the kids returned to school and our summer bucket list concluded. (Now onto the fall bucket list–apple orchards and pumpkin patches here we come!) G was beyond ready to return to school.  He thrives at school, does well with his peers and really enjoys his teachers and activities.  I cannot tell you how EXCITED Lucy was to begin preschool and how much she BAWLED on the first day when she realized she had to go home after class was over. I guess that is a good thing?!

-The {active} Costello’s


It’s just a carseat, right? August 23, 2014

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Today I said goodbye to a piece of equipment that has been a staple in my daily life for nearly 5 years. Today I said goodbye to our infant carseat.

Sounds dumb, right? Hear me out.

All 3 of our kids have used the same infant carseat.  We received the carseat and stroller combo as a gift at our baby shower before Gabriel was born.  Prior to that, I spent an obscene amount of countless hours researching, trying out, looking up reviews, and talking to other new parents about which carseat was the best, easiest to use, safest, and best looking (most important, not really!).

Then we had Gabriel. I remember watching Jeremiah carry the Baby G’s tiny little frame in that seat from our hospital room down to the car and latching him in.  That carseat became my new handbag. Where I went, it did too, carrying my precious baby boy. (I hadn’t yet learned the glorious art of babywearing ;-)  )

Gabriel goes home


Fast forward less than 2 years and I can still see Lucy Lou and her even smaller body in that carseat, being carried down the elevator at a different hospital, out to a different, newer car.  The carseat was an addition to holding my toddler’s hand when we went out.

Lucy goes home

Fast forward another 2.5 years and it seems like just yesterday I latched Little Lady A (even smaller than Lucy) into the carseat and Jeremiah and I could not wait to bust out of the hospital that evening and get home with our other kiddlets. The carseat became the 3rd hand that I desperately sometimes needed; Gabriel was told to hold the carseat with one hand and Lucy’s hand with the other.  I had to keep them together somehow when it was just me and them!!

Amelia goes home

Amelia goes home

The carseat has safely carried all 3 of our babies all over; across the state, across the country, and a few times into the ditch when the weather wasn’t so good.  It rocked the babies to sleep when we were away from home. It was the only place G would sleep when he was congested at night as a baby. It underwent coutless rounds of washing, disinfecting, and cleaning. It became a favorite play item for L as of late; her own personal rocker.


But it’s not just getting rid of a carseat.  It’s signifying the end of yet another of our babies’ infancy’s.  And that’s what gets me. All things come to an end, including my babies being babies.

However, carseats expire, and as much of a sentimental value as I might place on it, they eventually have to be replaced.  This last week Amelia had 2 nasty diaper blowouts in the carseat while we were out at a local park.  I decided to call it the end.  The seat expired Sept 2014.  I loathed the idea of taking the whole thing apart to wash the cover, then reassambling only to use maybe for another month. So, I said goodbye and almost shed a tear as I put it out with the recycle.

I know, I know, put on your big girl pants and get over it.

And it’s just a carseat, right?

Lucy, freshly baptized :)

-The {a bit sentimental} Costellos


Bad Mama Day August 11, 2014

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Let’s cut to the chase.

Any other mom’s out there with multiple little ones ever feel like they are living in a trench? You keep digging and digging and digging, but never really see the light at the end? It’s dirty, it doesn’t always smell good, and you are never clean? And the work never seems to lighten or give way? You feel abused. And like all you ever do is shout orders, no matter how many times you tell yourself to be calm, collected and all that stuff? Yeah. Today, I had one of those days.

I think as moms we all have our ups and downs. Today, we had a lot of downs. Mouthy and backtalking 3 year old who would not listen to save her princess doll’s life. Baby who has become very viscious over the past few weeks….biting, scratching, yanking hair, pinching (hard!), drawing blood, screaming. Baby who wakes right as I’m going to bed at night, as well as overnight. 5 year old who repeatedly disobeys and instigates fights and injuries. Baby who napped only 1/2 of her regular time, and you could tell. 3 year old who only napped 45 minutes. 5 year old who didn’t nap, and desperately needed one. Baby who screams at the top of her lungs if I get more than 5 steps away from her. No joke. Sticky honey water spilled all over the carpet after I just said to make sure it didn’t get spilled. The endless fighting. And crying. The gluesticks stuck to the carpet. The incessent crying when I announce it’s bathtime. Complaining about what they get to watch on TV for the 10 minutes before bathtime. Yelling as G repeatedly runs with scissors (really?!). Hearing ‘we’re not hungry’ after I just spent 2 hours making dinner. Using a new cup every single time they want something to drink *pet peeve*. Breaking up fights.constantly. Clothes torn off the clothesline defiantly. Running around screaming like a maniac (them, not me). Refusing to buckle their seatbelts (guess what? car doesn’t move without them buckled). Losing the pacifier again.and.again. Throwing water balloons at heads when I just said not to. Dirtying 3 pairs of clothes apiece for no particular reason.

After I got all the kids to bed tonight I was trying to finish cutting up a ham that I had started around, oh, noon. I sliced right into my finger and blood started gushing. %&*@!*$. That’s it. I’m going to bed. I glanced at my phone and read a post on one of my Catholic moms groups about how this mom wanted prayers/advice…the mom had just shouted and yelled at her toddler, hit a ‘mom low’ and broke down crying. I thought “I hear ya, girl. Right there with ya”. Only I wasn’t crying and just wanted a shower!

I always see this family at church that has 7 kids. I think that is awesome. The kids are well behaved, nice looking and the family seems to be overall happy. Granted they are older than mine, much older. Honestly, I would love to be that family some day, in some way. Then I have a day like today, and I wonder how the heck I am ever going to get to 4, let alone 7. Some days I feel like I lose the energy or light to parent 3. Then some days I feel like I got it goin’ on and I got this mom thang’ like nobody’s business.

When I have a day like today, I usually feel dumb about it (if G or L were listening, they would be correcting me, because ‘dumb’ is a bad word in our house…whoops). Like really, is there nothing else worse in the world than your 3 year old mouthing off or your infant rabidly scratching your arms to pieces? Of course there is! We all know that! But I still feel like my feelings are valid, no matter how insignificant in the world. So, I try to take it in stride. And really, I should be thankful for those 3 wonderful blessings that we have been entrusted with raising. I think of all the families that wish for children so badly, and cannot have any. And then the baby wakes up screaming bloody murder. *sigh*

Any other moms of multiple littles with me? If not, guess I’m just crazy. And it’s totally possible ;) I guess we all have our good and bad days, and the good usually {hopefully} outnumber the bad. I enjoy my kids to no end and will love them forever. But some days, are just not good mama days.

Thanks for listening. I just needed to vent. Now I’m going to bed ;)

-The {hair pulling} Costellos


Highlights August 7, 2014

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I’ve fallen off the blog wagon.

I know everyone’s busy in the summer, but this summer has been B-U-S-Y for us! I’ve had numerous blogs I’ve wanted to write and never got around to. Having 3 kids and working part time really puts a wrench in it! I really enjoy blogging and writing and really would like to get on a more consistent schedule with posting. Someday…..But here’s what I’ve wanted to blog about for the past month, all written into one. Here goes:

I had a birthday! I’m now entering the last year of my 20’s. Sad, but true, but really, it’s only a number to me. But I am starting to feel older. I’m now being plagued by mostly physical things that I normally hear about only from my patients…..shoulder tendonitis in the right, shoulder pain in the left; plantar fasciitis in the right foot, heel spur in the left; an uncanny cracking in my feet and ankles every morning when descending the stairs; a lot of instability in my low back. Yeah, I’m going somewhere in that handbasket…… But on a good note, my birthday was phenomenal! J and I took our kayaks out to a lake east of here for several hours while Nana graciously watched the kiddos for us. We grabbed lunch at 100 Montaditos, a new ‘flavors from Spain’ place in the QC that was great! A few days later we had a get-together at my parents with everyone except Mitch, which leads me to my next talking point…..

Mitch has been doing awesome at boot camp. I mean awesome! He’s got almost a perfect score on whatever scoring system they rank the recruits and already passed all of his physical and academic stuff. Something like a 4.93 out of 5 he told me. My parents got a letter that he was even chosen as the ‘Honor Recruit’ for his division of over 80 men (a surprise he still doesn’t know about-shhhhh) that comes with special honors and distinction at his graduation, which was scheduled for this Friday, Aug 8. This past Sunday, Aug 3, he was admitted to the hospital for a bacterial infection in his cheek. It was kind of serious and he underwent 48 hrs of IV antibiotics to get rid of the infection and is now doing oral antibiotics. You can see where this is going…..Mitch has to stay an extra week or 2 at boot camp due to missing the last few crucial days with his division. Bummer. We still don’t know his exact graduation now, but do know he is out of the hospital. The only good thing that came out of it was that he had a free phone in his hospital room and we all got to chat several hours with him :) He’s a tough guy.

The house is coming along….slowly. The electricians have been in and wired the whole first floor in 3 days. J wired all the HDMI and coax cables for entertainment systems and our e-desk. Windows are ordered and should be in sometime this week, along with some specialty ducting. J and co. are working on plumbing on the first floor (not my cup of tea, never has been). My upstairs laundry room/family closet is all plumbed. Once the plumbing and ducting are all in, we will have the entire first floor blown in with insulation. Kitchen cabinets are in the works. We’ve sold some of the vintage/antique wood and windows and doors that we originally removed from the house. So it’s getting there.

We (mostly the kiddos) are looking forward to fall and returning to a ‘normal’ schedule. Gabriel is signed up for 5 day a week preschool for several hours in the mornings, and Lucy is signed up for 2 day preschool in the mornings. Both are really looking forward to school, Lucy in particular. She is such an assertive social butterfly. She picked out her backpack this weekend and it’s all we hear about. Pretty sure she won’t be the shy one in class. Gabriel is going to do soccer this fall (5 Sunday afternoon games) and maybe flag football after that for another 5 wks, and Lucy is going to do ballet ( 4 months of Saturday morning classes). I’m not a big fan of overscheduled kids that are in EVERYTHING from the age of 3, so we let them pick one thing at a time as far as sports/lessons and we can reasonably afford and fit into our family schedule. We’ll see how it goes. G and L will also both be in preschool Sunday school at our church. J goes back for teaching school on Aug 13. As much has he has enjoyed his time off this summer, he’s ready to go back. He really, really enjoys his job and the diverse students that he works with. And he’s very good at it!!

J and I celebrated our EIGHT year wedding anniversary on July 22! Where did that time go?! As we do every year on our anniversary, we watched our ‘wedding highlight video’, as we like to call it. I actually didn’t tear up this year so we are making progress. So fun to reminisce about our wedding day and how far we’ve come since then. The kids always watch the video with us and this year kept asking where they were. Ummmmm…how to explain to 3 and 5 year olds?

I ran the Bix 7 in right at 60 minutes. Not my fastest and not my slowest, but not too bad for me and my post-3-babies-and-almost-30-years-old-body-that-only-runs-two-or-three-days-a-week. I did manage to do the 250-ft slip’n’slide at the turn around too. So worth it! J and the kids cheered me on from the sidelines. I’ve run that race 10 times now (I think) and still enjoy it.

Lucy had another followup xray for her broken arm. The xray showed good healing and she was released from her sling. I had to laugh as I had caught her the week before that hanging from a basketball hoop in the pool and doing pushups on the ground with her sling on. Pretty sure it’s not giving her pain anymore, and the sling was hampering her dress-up ability. We do still have to be careful with it, however, as if she falls on it she will re-fracture it and we will be back to square one. We go back again at the end of August to see if the bone cyst has filled in any more and then will be determined if she has to see a pediatric orthopedist. Hope not…..

Last weekend J and his brother, along with Gabriel took a road trip to Kansas to visit a friend of his. They were gone 4 days. The girls and I packed up and went to see Aunt Mel in Des Moines too. We had a great weekend of farmer’s market, swimming, shopping, pedicures, good food and family. I even got a workout and post-workout swim in! Aunt Mel has just started a new job in a new, much smaller town, so we helped her begin to move some of her things there as well. Lucy cried as we ended our ‘girls weekend’ so I know it was a good time! The boys had a good time in Kansas too :)

In our *spare* time in the last month, we went to a pool birthday party, went to the Mississippi Valley Fair, competed in Kiddie Cattle Capers (Costello’s won it!!), went swimming, had some playdates, Amelia got really close to crawling, I mentored a student at work for 6 weeks, Amelia turned 8 months old, slept through the night for TWO nights in a row and also cut 4 more teeth!

That’s all for now, folks!

- The {trying to keep up} Costello’s


Tough girl July 14, 2014

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Lucy Marie Rose is and always has been a tough little girl, even from the beginning.  Don’t get me wrong, she has her times of whininess and prancing around in her little princess outfits and heels, but she is a tough cookie. And I like it.

When I was pregnant with Lucy, I had a hemorrhage at 13 weeks gestation.  A small sac between some of the layers of the amniotic sack burst and I lost a lot of blood.  I was on bedrest for a few days and was told that the baby may or may not make it. And that was that. I was devastated. But each week improved and she finished the pregnancy strong!

If that were not enough, when I was 37 weeks pregnant I became alarmed that the baby had not moved. All. Day.  A trip to Labor and Delivery told us that I had a life-threatening infection and baby needed to be born. 2 1/2 short hours after my water was artificially broke and Lucy Lou was here.  She had problems breathing and was on oxygen for 6 hours. It was thought that she had a collapsed lung.  She underwent all sorts of tests at just a few minutes old, including chest xrays.  Again, I was devastated that I could not hold my baby for 6 hours!!! I had to have dose after dose of IV gentamicin and vancomycin for 2 days after her birth.  But she came out just fine. A tough cookie.

Fast forward 3 years.  Lucy has endured her fair share of bumps, bruises, and scrapes just like most active kids.  She has also had several eye exams, and now we can add orthopedic xrays and a CT scan to the list….

2 weeks ago, Nana Sandy, myself, and Lucy and Amelia were shopping. We decided to stop and get ice cream on the way home.  We sat outside the ice cream shop and enjoyed our treats and the nice day.  Lucy was sitting next to me and suddenly fell backwards off of the backless bench we were sitting on, right onto the concrete.  She landed on her side and of course immediately started crying.  We were just getting ready to leave so I consoled her and buckled her in her carseat, thinking she was just overly tired and now had a bruised arm.

12 hours later Lucy was still whining. She had not slept well that night, was not using her left arm AT ALL, and cried whenever we touched it or tried to move it. I convinced J that this was more than just whininess and took her to Express Care.  There they examined her and did an xray which confirmed my suspicions that it was fractured. I inquired about another area on the xray that was shadowed and the nurse practitioner stated she was unsure what that was.  Lucy was given a sling and referred to an orthopedist, and the nurse practitioner urged parents to attend that appointment.


Playing at a birthday party the same day, like it's no big deal!

Playing at a birthday party the same day, like it’s no big deal!

The next day was Monday and J, Lucy and I went to ORA first thing.  I was getting somewhat alarmed as they seemed adamant that she needed to be seen right away.  The orthopedist explained that Lucy’s humerus was indeed cracked, and there was a shadow on her bone. This may be something that created a weak spot in her bone and allowed it to fracture when she fell.  I deal with orthopedics a lot with my job and was quite confused and didn’t quite know what they were referring to. “Like what? What was on her bone?’ I asked.  I had never heard of this before.  He answered possibly a cyst, quite common in kids, but better that we get it checked out. He ordered a CT scan to look further into the issue, and left.  I believe the doctor’s exact words were, “I don’t want to alarm you, but we just want to be sure what it is.”

Enter ‘Mama Worry’, my alias.

I lay awake that night after being woken by Amelia, then Lucy, then Amelia again, worrying about ‘what if?’.  What if it is a cyst? Why does she have it? Are there more? Did I do something wrong that caused this? And the worst—-‘What if it’s not a cyst?’

Lucy had her CT scan 2 days later.  I explained the whole procedure to her and she was confident walking in.  She watched the scan table move and I lifted her up on there. I was allowed to stay in the room with a lead gown on.  The table started to move and Lucy yelled for me. She could see me and I started to tell her stories about a princess named Lucy who had multi-color hair and she was content after that. I held her hand as she slid through the machine a few times to get the pictures. She did so well!!!! They had told me ahead of time that if she could not lay still they would have to sedate her. Glad that didn’t have to happen!

Lucy’s followup at ORA was 1 week later.  I had a decent feeling that she would be ok.  Everyone seemed to assure me that if it was not ok, they would have contacted me by now. So we waited.  At the followup visit the doctor came in kind of chuckling.  The radiologist’s report for the CT scan was somewhat inconclusive, meaning they were unsure what it was. But after 2 orthopedists l0oked at the images, they both agreed it was a bone cyst; a type of ‘bubble’ in the bone.  Lucy was to wear the sling for 2 more weeks, and return for a followup xray.  The hope is that the cyst will be filled in and showing good healing in 2 weeks.  We will go from there.

Come one, come all to ORA

Come one, come all to ORA

So Lucy is still sporting her sling.  We’ve never had anyone in our family break a bone before. And I’ve never realized how quickly a sling can become completely disgusting!! We are washing it about every other day!

So for now, we wait. We feed Lucy lot’s of calcium-rich foods and hope that this cyst will fill in and no further surgery or injections are needed, as were briefly mentioned at our visits.  We are confident our tough girl will come through this as she has her other hiccups in life thus far.

-The {healing} Costellos




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