Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Laura and Nick's Wedding

This past weekend was my sister Laura's wedding. The weather warmed up a bit for the occasion - I think it got near 90 degrees!

The weekend started with the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner on Friday night. Abigail was the flower girl for the wedding, so we tried practicing walking down the aisle (I was holding her hand, of course). It wasn't happening, but I thought that it was because she was so excited to be able to walk around the church. I ended up carrying her down the aisle. We had the rehearsal dinner at a local bar where guests served as the entertainment: karaoke.

Here is Abigail enjoying the lights and Abigail with Daddy:

A few more photos from the evening:

Jonathan was such a wonderful husband this weekend. He spent Friday night, most of Saturday, and checked out of the reception early to watch Abigail. It was great for the two of them to have a father-daughter weekend. It was also great to hear about how much Jonathan enjoyed being with her! I thought the craziness with nebulizer treatments, vitamins, steroids, antibiotics, and a bath would make for a stressful weekend. But, what can I say, Abigail is a sweetie.

While Jonathan was with Abigail I got to spend Saturday getting my hair and nails done with Laura and the rest of her bride's maids. Then came time to get dressed up. Jonathan brought Abigail to my parent's so I could dress her up in her little flower girl dress. This is when the hot weather started to really become evident ;-)

The girls, my mom, dad, and sister piled into the limo which was air conditioned! Abigail even got to ride in the limo. She kept herself entertained by playing with napkins and glasses stacked on the side of the limo. Thankfully they were plastic. However, once we parked in front of the church she discovered the champagne flutes, which were not plastic! It was finally time to enter the church for the ceremony. It was a beautiful ceremony officiated (can't think of a better word) by my Uncle Eddie. Oh, and yes, I carried Abigail down the aisle. I don't have any pictures from the ceremony, but here is a picture of Abigail en route to the reception:

We had such a great time at the reception. It was held at the same place our reception was (except it was a different banquet room). We got front row seats for the first dance, father-daughter dance, mother-daughter dance - everything. It was nice too because the head table was so close to Jonathan and Abigail's table, so I could keep a close eye on her (not that she needed it ;-) After dinner Abigail tried her hand at dancing:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


I keep having to remind myself that this past Easter was Abigail's first, even though she was over a year old on the Sunday. We went to my parents house for dinner. I didn't put Abigail in her Easter dress until after she was done eating. As you will see in the following pictures, I had a hard time getting Abigail to engage with the camera (which is odd for her).

Abigail and her cousin Constance playing with a singing bunny:

Constance in her cute Easter dress:

The best picture I was able to get of Abigail:

Abigail letting me know she had had enough:

After dinner we went to GENESIS for one of my favorite services of the year. We celebrated Jesus' resurrection and also celebrated with three individuals who shared their stories and were baptized. Abigail and I spent most of the service walking in the back of the room and spending time in the crying room. That was our Easter!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

What a Week!

This has been quite the week for the Kapaldo family. It started last Saturday when Abigail came down with a fairly high fever. This fever was later accompanied by a runny nose and fussy mood. Colds are never fun for little ones!

On Monday morning during Abigail's bath I noticed some wheezing. Time to call the Doctor. We went in for a fairly lengthy visit. The Doctor listened to her lungs and suggested a nebulizer treatment-something Mommy and baby are not huge fans of. Abigail didn't like the treatment at first, but ended up falling asleep towards the end. After the treatment she went in for a chest x-ray. I'm not sure if anyone here is familiar with this process for one-year olds, but it is not fun. Abigail was placed in a plastic tube in the seated position with her arms straight up on the side of her head. I was able to help get her situated, but could not be there during the x-ray because of Baby #2. Long story short, the x-ray led to a diagnosis of minor pneumonia. We left with antibiotics and orders to perform 3 nebulizer treatments a day.

We had a follow-up visit on Wednesday. I was not convinced she had improved much, especially because she was still running a fever, her mood was all over, and she wasn't sleeping well. We saw a different Doctor this time who wanted another nebulizer treatment done, followed by another chest x-ray. This time the Doctor thought it best to have us go to the ER for more observation.

While at the ER we got to give Abigal yet three more nebulizer treatments back-to-back! After these treatments the Doctor and Nurse took a listen and could still hear wheezing. As a result, they decided that Abigail should be admitted.

We spent two nights in the hospital. Let me tell you, it is hard to entertain a one-year old who wants to go all over the place. We spent most of her waking hours walking up and down the halls and trying to entertain her in her cage-like crib. She slept fairly well at night, although she woke up at 5:30 the first morning, then 5:00 the second morning! She was given nebulizer treatments every four hours the whole time we were there. Once her oxygen absorbtion levels were in the 90's while Abigail was awake and sleeping we were free to go!

Thank you everyone for your prayers and well-wishes during this really hard week. It was hard to see Abigail sick like this, but it was a relief to still see her smiling face as she got to walk down the halls and play. She is a trooper! Please continue to pray for a full recovery. We are still doing nebulizer treatments and are finishing up her antibiotics. Her apetite is still not where it was before getting sick, so please pray that she would eat normally again!