Wednesday, June 30, 2010

LDS Scriptures App

I have had my Motorola Droid for about 7 months now, and I absolutely love it! I love how customizable it is and how you can do with it what you want. Another awesome feature of it is the apps. I have found over 100 apps that I have installed and use on a daily basis.

One such app is LDS Scriptures App. I first downloaded this app back in January, and I have to say it is probably one of the most used apps on my Droid. You can go to their webpage for all of the features, but one that I love and use the most is the ability to synchronize with their servers. That means that anytime you reinstall the app (which I do plenty of after changing different ROMs on my Droid), your notes, highlights, bookmarks, tags, etc. are all restored within minutes. Another advantage of syncing with their servers is that you can choose what content is on your phone. They have a list of literally hundreds of books, manuals, and resources that you can get to your phone in no time.

Probably the coolest feature that this app has, however, is the ability to create custom content. I have found a few things that I wanted quick and easy access to, so I just created a book using their book builder, and it showed up on my Droid. Piece of cake!

Now, this app is not perfect. However, I must say that it has improved a lot since I first got it. The links to other books are far more accurate than they used to be. I have noticed that I will have to attempt to open books from My Content a few times before it is successful. But those are minor annoyances with an otherwise excellent app.

This app is available for Android, iPhone, iPad, PC, and Mac. I would highly recommend it!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Baby Travis

Well, I guess it's about time that I post an entry about our new son, Travis. He was born on April 1st. We had some mixed feelings about our son being born on April Fool's Day, but in the end, we decided it would be a fun birthday.

Anyway, we got into the hospital at about 8:30 AM. They got Stacey in the bed and her IV in and started the pitocin at about 9:15. The anesthesiologist had just finished up with a C-section and had another one scheduled later on, so Stacey decided to get the epidural instead of waiting. That happened at about 10:30. It was interesting, during the epidural, I went over to the side of the bed away from the epidural, and was holding Stacey's hand to provide support for her. I watched the epidural go in when Kaylee was born, and that was weird. Anyway, as I was standing there, I was starting to get a little light headed, so I hunched over on her bed, still holding her hand. Well that wasn't enough to prevent the light headedness, so I knelt down next to the bed, still holding her hand. I was getting worse, so I put my head down on her bed. I heard the nurse call to the nursing station, "Can I get some juice and crackers in here for the husband?" I thought, "Man, I didn't think I was THAT bad." Anyway, the anesthesiologist and nurse both told me to sit on the floor. I didn't respond immediately, because the anesthesiologist said again, "Just sit down on the floor, right now!" I complied, still holding Stacey's hand to provide the support. :) Once I got the juice and crackers in, I was fine and able to sit up in a chair next to the bed. I was kind of embarrassed that the epidural affected me so much, and I wasn't even watching it go in! Good thing I was providing Stacey with so much support. ;)

Anyway, after the epidural, the waiting game began, which didn't last as long as we thought it might. By about 1:00, the nurse said that she was going to call the doctor to have him come in because it was time to push.

They started prepping the room and getting everything ready. The doctor got there at about 1:15, got prepped and Stacey started pushing at 1:27. Travis was born at 1:32, only 5 minutes of pushing - way to go, Stacey! He was 21 inches long and weighed 8 pounds even.

Since it was April Fool's Day, we decided to try and pull a little trick. We asked the nurse if we could get one of those cards they put in the crib, but a pink one. She gave us one, so we sent out this picture along with the caption "Here SHE is! Now we have to think of a girl name!"

We had some people fall for the trick. However, both of our parents didn't fall for it, I guess they know us too well. It was funny to see some of the comments from people who did think we were serious. That was the first of many April Fool's pranks throughout his life!

Travis did so well. I think it was the quickest and easiest delivery of all 4 of our children. They did all the routine checks, and Travis was just perfect. The only test that was a little questionable was the bilirubin test. His levels were slightly higher than they should be. We were nervous that we were going to have to have Travis on the light bed or blanket like we did both Aaron and Nathan. However, we went to the clinic twice over the next weekend, and his levels went down, so there wasn't a need for the lights, whew!

Kaylee, Aaron, & Nathan absolutely love Travis. They are so cute with him. We were a little concerned about Nathan, that he might be jealous or be a little rough with him like he is with our dog and sometimes his cousin, Izy. However, Nathan is extremely gentle and tenderly pats his head and gives little kisses on the head, cheek, leg, wherever he can reach.

Stacey is also doing extremely well and had a very nice recovery. She was able to get up and walk around on her own the same night as the delivery. We were able to go home from the hospital just a day after the delivery. I am amazed at what a strong woman she is - not even child birth can keep her down!

We are very excited to have Travis in our family. We love him so much. Aaron, the first time he was holding Travis at home, said to Stacey, "Mom, I've only known him a few hours, but I already love him so much!" We all shared that feeling. It's amazing that we can love him so much so quickly.

Stacey is so cute with Travis. I love watching her interact with him. What a cute mother!

Here is our very last family picture before Travis was born:

And here is our first family picture after he was born:

I have uploaded an entire album of pictures of Travis both at the hospital and at home with the family. You can view that album here.

We also want to thank everyone for the well wishes and help that we received both before and after Travis was born. We love our friends and family.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sprained Ankle

Three weeks ago, I was playing a game of pick-up basketball. I was in the key waiting for a rebound. The rebound was behind me and a little to the left, so as I jumped it forced me to be off balance a little bit. Anyway, I came down right on top of someone's foot and rolled my ankle outwards. Because I was off balance, my right foot was up in the air and didn't give me any support, so all of my weight was on my left ankle. I heard 3 pops and knew something was immediately wrong. Needless to say, my night of basketball was done.

I went home and Stacey helped me wrap it with an ice-pack. I took about 16 ibuprofen (maybe not quite that many), and tried to sleep. At about 2:00 in the morning, I woke up from the pain. It was so bad, I just could not sleep. I got up to go get a drink, and as I was hopping over to the bathroom, I started to feel a little light headed, so I sat down. This commotion woke up Stacey and she asked me if I was OK. I said, "I feel like I'm going to throw up and I don't think I'm going to make it to the bathroom, you better grab the throw up bucket." (Every family has a throw up bucket, right?) Anyway, as I was sitting there, my head started spinning and I felt like I was going to pass out. Stacey told me to lay down on the bed, which I did. Almost instantly I felt better. It was a very weird experience.

That week, I was working the early shift at work (4:30 AM - 1:00 PM). I was originally planning to go to work at 4:30, but then at 7:00 when other people started showing up, leaving to go to the doctor. However, after that experience, I knew that I wasn't going to be able to drive to work, or at least I didn't dare do it. I waited until about 3:15 and then called my boss and told him what had happened. Luckily he was very understanding and willing to help me out that day. I have the best boss!

Later that morning, I called and got an appointment to go see the doctor. All morning, though, the pain was so bad and I could not find any position to make it better. By the time we got to the doctor, I was convinced that I had broken my ankle. It had swollen so bad, probably to the size of a grapefruit. The doctor took some x-rays, and then came back and told me that it was not broken, just a severe sprain. He said that I probably tore some ligaments as well.

Anyway, over the last 3 weeks, I have been recovering. The first week, I was in a boot, then I went to just a lace-up brace. I am to the point now that I can walk without any support, but my motion is definitely restricted.

****** Gross Picture Alert *******

The following picture is my ankle almost 24 hours after the initial sprain:



You can see how much bigger it is than my right.

These pictures are two days after the sprain, when the bruising started:


These pictures are three days after the sprain. Notice how much worse the bruising is in just one day:


Now these last pictures were taken 10 days after the sprain:


Anyway, I have been icing my ankle as much as I can the last 3 weeks. One thing the doctor told me is to stick my foot in an ice bath. I had never done that before. I tried it about a week ago, and I was amazed at how painful that was for the first 5 minutes. After that, my few numbed up, all except for my toes, they were tingly and painful the entire 20 minutes that I did it.

I really hope to be able to go play some basketball this week and maybe be back to full strength soon. We'll see, though.

And yes, I know that I have gross feet, even without a sprained ankle, no need to tell me that. :)