Anybody remember this?
Two years ago this week, my then-two year old, Luke, was attacked by fire ants at the park next to our house in Texas. His leg from ankle to knee was COVERED in them when I picked him up and ran into the splash pad to wash them off with water. When we got to the ER he was swollen everywhere but his face and a bright red rash covered his whole body. Yikes! What a scare! He had 67 bites on one leg.
Thankfully he did not have a respiratory reaction to the bites, thus his airway was never blocked and the Dr. told us it probably means he'll never have a respiratory reaction. Just lots of benedryl and Ib for the pain.
Anyway, I found these pics in the archives of my photo folders from two years ago. And they brought a flood of memories and thoughts.
One, was how I really felt like a mother when I was bandaging my little boy's owies. I remember having the thought that this is something he's going to remember for the rest of his life. And I'm glad I'll be in that memory as the tender loving hands who wrapped and prayed for his leg . . .
And two, was look how thin I was! This may not look thin to some of you. But trust me, if you saw me now you would say that was thin.
(I'm tellin' ya vanity is my sin of snare and concern! Which is so funny because you wouldn't know that by looking at me 5 out of 7 days a week, when I don't fix my hair, or put on makeup or get out my pajamas until 11:00. But deep down, somewhere inside, I do care how I look) This photo was taken after 10 months of working out and losing 16 pounds! I'm now inspired to return to that shadow of what I look like today. If only my dear South African friend, Karen, was here to be my work out buddy! Oh! What fun we had at the gym! Thanks, girl!
No. I'm not posting before and after photos. Just look at this picture as the waaaaay before and someday I'll post a picture of the waaaaay after.
Okay, now stop looking at me and look at that sweet, sweet smile from my diaper-clad boy.
The photo was really supposed to be all about him. I'm sure when Mark snapped the picture he was never intending for me to use it to tell the world how much weight I've gained after my fourth baby.
*** This is your last chance to enter my contest to win a Gap gift card! The competition is close and I'm sure the 4 people who've entered are really hoping no one else leaves a response because 1 in 4 are pretty good odds. Winner to be announced sometime tonight. No, I don't know what time. It depends on when I get back to the computer again. Definitely after 5, probably after 8. Usually before 11:00.