It's been a wild week so let's get right down to it!
one. I want to thank everyone for the prayers for my dad this week. On Monday he had a procedure done in an attempt to remove the fluid in his lungs. The doctors were astonished that they were able to extract almost a liter of fluid! After the procedure we had a bit of a scare as dad couldn't breathe all of a sudden. Mom was rushed out of the room and a storm of medical staff rushed in and sedated him and put him on a breathing tube for the next few days. So that was scary but on Wednesday they successfully removed the tube and he is slowly getting better! They are constantly monitoring his vitals (right now he's on oxygen) but we are making progress and hope to find out the status of his lung infection soon! Again, thank you all SO much for your support and prayers. I honestly couldn't have gotten through the day without your sweet comments on my Instagram post!
two. This was my first week back in the office. On Monday morning I woke up to a sweet note from the hubs wishing me a good week back. It's been crazy at work (and home) too and doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon so you may see a dip in my blog activity. BUT, I am loving Snapchat, so you can find me there posting little unedited snippets of our life more often! Follow me at carolina_charm.
three. I have been using the heck out of my crockpot this week! It's seriously been a lifesaver! One night I made a new crockpot pork tenderloin recipe and it was soooooo yummy. The night before I threw all of the following ingredients in a ziploc bag to marinate overnight. The next morning I threw it in my crockpot for 8 hours and came home to the most tasty and tender pork that even Caroline loved.
Crockpot Pork Tenderloin Marinade:
1⁄2 cups olive oil
1⁄3 cup soy sauce
1⁄4 cup red wine vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
1-2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1-2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 1-lb. pork tenderloin
Also, I've mentioned this before but it's worth bringing up again for any mamas who struggle with hungry toddler meltdowns before dinner. We quickly cool down Caroline's food using the toddler/baby food CoolIt Plate. We received another set for Christmas and are now stocked! For this crockpot dinner I literally just pulled the pork out of the crockpot and scooped it right onto the rapid cooling plate and served it to her. No tears. And she ate it. A huge victory.
four. It's been 8 days since our trip to the ER with Thomas and he just isn't getting better. This poor little man is coughing up a storm all night still and throughout the day too. It's so bad that he vomits up anything in his stomach during a coughing spell. No fevers, thankfully, but after a week we just couldn't take it anymore so I brought him to the doctor yesterday for another checkup to rule out pneumonia, bronchitis, etc. Our doctor wasn't concerned about the cough and said it unfortunately has to run it's course but his ear infection has worsened and is now a DOUBLE ear infection. So after 8 days of amoxicillin we are tossing it in the trash and he's on a new, stronger medication. I'm hoping this works and we can all get some sleep finally!
five. Big weekend ahead! Tomorrow a group of us our showering one of our favorite mamas-to-be! I couldn't be more excited. Instead of the usual shower with appetizers, cake and present opening, we opted to reserve a nail salon for 17 of us to get pedicures, followed by lunch at a really fun restaurant together! Everyone, including mama, is really excited for a girly day! I cannot, cannot, cannot wait to shower my bestie!
We also have our first date night of the year on the books for this weekend! I am serious about our New Year's date night resolution!