Thursday, January 31, 2008

I Got the Bug

Lucy was kind enough to share her stomach bug with me. Last night when she was eating dinner, I started to feel yucky. I managed to get her bathed and to bed (with no bottle - we are on day 2 of being bottle free and she has refused to drink a single sip of milk even though she really wants it - I think she will give in to milk in the sippy cup eventually, but not just yet). By this point I was really not feeling well and I knew what was coming. I was sick all night long. Really not fun. I feel like I have been run over by a truck. Lucy has been so easy today though, so that has been very nice. We are having a very lazy day. In honor of my complain free goal, here is what I am so thankful for: 1) That Lucy was not nearly as sick as I was with this bug, 2) That I was sick in the night while she was sleeping and not trying to keep up with her while feeling like that, 3) that she has been so sweet and easy today because I am totally exhausted and weak, and 4) that I have great neighbors and friends who have offered to take care of Lucy if I need them to. Of course, Justin was gone when this happened, so I have been on my own. I can't wait to feel normal again.

I thought I would note how this blog has been jumping with visitors lately. I get lots of international hits from countries like Canada, United Kingdom, Malta, Phillipines, Spain, Vietnam, South Korea, Netherlands, Belgium, Argentina, Mexico, France, Qatar, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Cyprus, Switzerland, and Portugal. Pretty crazy, huh? I would love to hear from those of you who read that I don't know. I have been averaging around 300 hits a day since I have started writing more.

Also, I have been tagged a few times. Sorry I am just now getting around to this. I really think I am the last person in the VN adoption community to do this.

4 jobs I’ve had:
1. Clerk in a pharmacy - high school
2. Waitress/Bartender - college
3. Financial Planner - this is what I majored in and I HATED it
4. Office Manager for a Financial Planner

movies watched over and over:
1. Notting Hill
2. Pretty Woman
3. Love Actually
4. Old School

4 places I’ve lived:
1. Little Rock, AR
2. Fayetteville, AR
3. Austin, TX
4. Dallas, TX

4 shows I watch:
1. Grey's Anatomy
2. Project Runway
3. America's Next Top Model
4. Biggest Loser

4 places I’ve been:
1. Vietnam - Danang, HCMC, and Hanoi
2. Paris
3. London
4. Zurich

4 people who e-mail me regularly:
1. Sisters
2. Chatroom
3. Mom
4. Dad

4 favorite things to eat:
1. Sushi
2. Mexican food
3. Spring Rolls
4. My mom's Chicken Noodles

4 places I’d rather be:
1. the beach in St. Maarten
2. Under the covers since it is cold
3. the park with Lucy
4. Disney World - I can't wait to see Lucy's reaction

4 things I look forward to this year:
1. Becoming a better mom and person
2. Learning to cook more
3. Watching Lucy continue to grow and learn
4. the arrival of several pregnant friends' babies

I am not going to tag anyone else because I really think that everyone has done this. If you haven't and you want to, I tag you!


Chandra said...

I hope you feel better soon. It's nice that Lucy is being so easy for you today. She must know you're tired and sick!

KrisJ said...

I cant believe how far your blogger reach is! I think its gotta be partly because of the amazing photos you take of the gorgeous girl!

Shawna said...

Feel better Kel! How do you know who's reading your blog? I'm still new to this & don't know how to see hits or anything like that. Also, I think you need to replace one of your "emails you the most" with chatroom. I know we've all been lagging lately, but I think that we can all add up to a collective one. Get better!

Mom said...

Kelly--hope that you are feeling a little better! We had such a nice time with Justin last night. Very nice visit! Amy and I have been hot on the trail of my Valentine goodies for the family. We are pooped! Get some rest and kiss the Goose for me.

Kelly said...

Shawna - I am laughing right now because I copied that tag from another blog and guess I skipped over that email question. I fixed it. Those names were someone elses answers!!

Sandra & Steve said...

I surf the blogs while I wait to travel for my baby. Hope you don't mind, helps to keep me hopeful... our baby is in Vung Tau and my husband and I hope to travel by April. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly,
My name is Kim, and I'm from Pennsylvania. My husband and I adopted our son from Guatemala. I can't really remember how I came across your blog--probably from someone's blog roll. I've never commented before, so I just wanted to say "hello." Lucy is so adorable!

Mia's Mommy said...

I hope you feel better hun! The stomach bug is no fun. Great way to find things to be thankful for. You have a great attitude Kelly!

Heather Field said...

Kelly, would you mind emailing me? I have a few questions and would love to chat with you when you have a few minutes. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I read fairly regularly, but only comment once in a while. :) I hope you feel better soon. The stomach bugs are the worse!

Katherine, aka katedrew94 said...

Sorry you got the bug and that Justin was out of town- at least that means maybe he won't get it though.

As for your tag- we are taking Tori to Disney this coming up winter and the Orient Beach in St. Maarten is one of my favorites!

Kate said...

oh kel, i hope you are back to normal..i hated that you were the way ...what about 8 seconds??????????????? i know you didn't mention it only because i can recite more lines than you.

B said...

I'm not new. I've been reading for what feels like years. I'm up here in Canada wishing, wondering and waiting for my turn to come.


Nancy said...

Blech - hope you're feeling better soon!!

Jenny said...

Oy, when you mentioned that Lucy was in the bed with you all I thought was you would be down for the count in 24 hours. Hope you are better soon!

Courtney said...

I live in Little Rock and also went to the U of A. My good friend is Jessica of and she told me how cute your blog was and that I might recognize you from Fayetteville. My best friend also lives off Knox Henderson in Dallas, so it is neat to read your take on the same places that I also happen to frequent.
Cute family! Cute blog!

Natasha said...

HI, I check your blog often. I am from no where amazing to others, Tulsa, OK- but its perfect for me! (Although I wouldn't mind some long stints in Vietnam.)
We love seeing little Lucy grow and looking at her beautiful pictures.
I am shocked at the 300 hits a day. You are popular! What a way to share Gods love- and love for adoption- to others from around the world.
Natasha (and Avi Joy)

Norah said...

Hope you are feeling better !!!

Emily said...

feel better kelly:(

Sarah said...

Hi -
I found your blog through Sara and "the other Lucy Elise" in Boston. I really enjoy all of your adorable pictures and stories! If you want to see who we are you can visit us at I would love to know how you track hits and find out who is looking at the blog!

Anonymous said...

I hope you are feeling better by the time I got around to commenting and that you and Lucy have been having a great time together!

Meredith Woodruff said...

Kelly, I hope you are feeling better! I HATE the stomach bug!!! I'm proud of you for not complaining:)!

Carrie & Crew said...

Hi Kelly! I’m a MN mom who has been reading and loving your blog since the fall of ‘o6 when I accidentally found it. Our computer had crashed and we had just purchased a new one. I was trying to rebuild my list of favorites and was searching for a travel blog that I had been following. Your blog came up as a search result and I curiously checked it out. I was hooked after reading it one time and have been sending my good wishes and happy thoughts your way ever since. Good friends of ours were in the process of adopting their third child (this one from Guatemala) while you were waiting for Lucy. I’ve broadened my knowledge of adoption by reading your perspective—thanks! And, I’ve especially enjoyed watching your little Lucy grow. Last May, I started my own blog which has been fun way to keep friends and family updated on our kids. If you get a chance, you can check it out via my profile. Hope you feel better soon!

Raine said...

Hi, I'm a daily reader, but I've never posted before. I came across you blog by doing a google search for "adoption videos," when I was looking for music ideas for my two daughters' videos. I've been reading about your adorable ever since! And, the curiosity about which band your husband is in is driving me crazy!!! If you don't post that for security reasons, I totally understand but I'd love to know. He looks so familiar.

Our two daughters were adopted from China and we are waiting for approval to go back for a little brother who is waiting in Guangxi Province.

Raine in NH

Raine said...

Please ignore all of the typos in my post. I had a four-year-old and a two-year-old literally climbing on me while typing!