Texas Children’s Hospital and laughter

A small summary of our day today. The laughter first…

Hubs and I were on an airplane this afternoon and I honestly don’t know how it got brought up, but he told me he went tanning before some of his dances in high school. HUH!?!? I had never ever heard him say this before. He burns first before he tans, so only a few times have I seen him go to a tanning bed before we were heading to the beach. He wanted to get some color building instead of getting burnt right away.

Well, he tells me he went to the tanning bed “with the guys” in high school before dances! HUH!? So you and your guy friends got together to go to the tanning bed. Like instead of going to the gym, you all called each other to go to the tanning bed? He said well there was one guy (one of his best friends to this day) that he went with in particular. I have NO idea why I thought it was so funny but I started laughing uncontrollably on the airplane. I told him I never knew a guy in high school who went to a tanning bed…much less a tanning bed before a dance. Hubs just doesn’t seem like he would have ever wanted to attend a tanning bed for cosmetic purposes. At the end of the conversation, he was laughing hysterically with me with a a bit of a red face.

I didn’t get around to asking them if they tanned in order to get rid of their farmer’s tans from mowing their grandmothers lawns or if they just wanted to look “good” for their dates, hehe.

{no, this is not the hubs}

Tonight, when I got out of the shower, Brent was on the couch watching TV. I hear him laughing hysterically. I walk in to find him watching…

I start laughing at him. Guys, we have seen Step Brothers approximately 1567 times, at least. We watch it every single time it is on TV. My guess is that it is on once per week. I think we even own it. Hubby never gets tired of it. I guess I don’t either. It is pretty darn funny. It is a bit vulgar but hearing Brent laugh at it, makes me laugh. If you haven’t seen it, you should. If you don’t make it through, try again.

I asked Brent what his favorite quote from the movie is. He said they all are but if one came to mind it would be the one below….

{Dr.Robert Doback is Brennan’s step dad and Nancy is his mom.}

Dr. Robert Doback: You jagaloons! You’re failures! FAILURES!
Brennan Huff: Hey, you’re embarrassing yourself, you geriatric f*ck!
Nancy Huff: Brennan.
Brennan Huff: Two things: You keep your liver-spotted hands off my beautiful mother. She’s a saint! And then you sit down and you write Dale and Brennan a check for $10,000.
Nancy Huff: Oh, stop it! Stop it right…
Brennan Huff: Or I’m gonna shove one of those fake hearing devices so far up your @ss…
Nancy Huff: Brennan!
Brennan Huff: …you can hear the sound of your small intestine as it produces sh*t!

This next one cracks me up…(Dale is Robert’s son & Brennan’s step brother)

Dr. Robert Doback: We’re putting the house on the market.
Dale Doback: Where are we moving?
Brennan Huff: Is the house haunted?
Dr. Robert Doback: Nancy and I are retiring and sailing around the world on my boat. We are living the dream.
Dale Doback: Well what about us?
Nancy Huff: I- I’m sorry. Robert… we thought that you should take responsibility for your own lives.
Dr. Robert Doback: And this is the exciting part. We’re gonna put enough money in your accounts for a security deposit on an apartment.
Dale Doback: What’s this all about?
Nancy Huff: Um, more than just money. We’re gonna get you another kind of support as well.
Dr. Robert Doback: You’re both gonna see therapists. Nancy thinks it’ll help. And guys, that’s non-negotiable.
Brennan Huff: Hold on. We’re not going on the boat, Derek’s selling the house, we have to go to therapy?
[Robert nods]

I hope these made you laugh :)

Unfortunately, laughter came with tears for us today. I don’t think they ever stop….the laughter or the tears so I guess that is okay :-/

We went to Houston today.

A plane ride, 3 yummy snacks, a street filled with amazing maternity and baby stores and an expensive taxi cab ride that almost made me throw up (due to the smell) lead us to Texas Chidren’s Hospital.

Let me just say, a children’s hospital is not the easiest place to digest, at all. My last visit to one, I didn’t wait in a waiting area with children like I did today. It breaks my heart to see so many sick or possibly sick kids. I think children’s hospitals are amazing places though. It just seems like each and every person that works there is there to help and child and that is a good feeling no matter what part of the world you are in.

I had an ECHO that lasted for about an hour and a half (yes, long) then we met with the cardiologist and surgeon. No matter how much we keep hoping and praying for good news (or even better news), we just don’t get it. That is not to say there isn’t hope for Baby Cohen. But when a surgeon (and a really good surgeon at that) tells you it is a really bad heart condition, it feels like we are hearing it for the first time. We do already know that is the case, but it really stinks hearing it time and time again. It also seems like each appointment there becomes something new and of more concern. I don’t have the energy to go into anymore right now. We have more appointments this week so I’ll probably do a full post at the end of the week when hopefully we know a bit more.

Cohen is measuring 2lb13oz today..give or take 5oz. He did VERY good being still the first half of the ECHO and started getting hiccups and moving towards the end.

Thank you all so much for your continuous thoughts and prayers! I’ll do a bigger update on Baby Cohen at the end of the week! We are in Dallas. We have a day of resting tomorrow and then appointments on Wednesday.

The next few days, I’ll probably do a few catch up posts from things I’ve started and saved as drafts (Kitchen Queens from February and a sushi cooking class I took I January).

Hope you all have a good week.



  1. says

    Oh my gosh… the tanning story is TOO funny! And that picture… LOL!! We have not seen that movie, but it does sound funny. So sorry you aren't getting better news from the doctors. Enjoy your day of rest! I continue to pray.

  2. says

    Thank you for sharing about your prenatal visits with the pediatric cardiologist. It must be nice to get it off your chest, but also difficult. I am just so enthralled with your loving words, warmth towards your baby and the optimism you have for baby cohen! As a pediatric nurse, and expectant mother myself, I find it so inspiring to read your words. Hang in there! Texas Children's is a great place to go!
    Right now I am doing rotations at Children's Hospital Los Angeles for my Nurse Practitioner clinical hours- and recently went to such an inspiring cardiac talk. It's amazing that pediatric cardiologists are now doing cardiac surgeries in utero! It brought tears to my eyes how they are now repairing cardiac deformities before the babies are even born! It's so amazing how great the outcomes are! I really hope that such a positive outcome is there for Baby Cohen!
    Sending my prayers and well wishes! I hope your trip in Dallas brings you hope and allays any fears rather than mounting more worries onto your shoulders!

  3. says

    I didn't like this movie the first time around – maybe I should go back and check it out again though as your comments made me LOL. I am continuing to send a lot of love and prayers for you, Brent and Baby Cohen. I know it's a rough time for all of you – but just know that God is watching over you and everything will be all right. Lots of love and prayers, Trac~ :o)

  4. says

    The tanning part of this post is pretty funny! I'd find it hilarious if my husband confessed that to me.

    As for little Cohen, I am so sorry that you appointment wasn't a a happy one. I can't even imagine what it would feel like to hear that sort of news about my baby. You seem to be so strong though. I will continue to pray for you all!

  5. says

    My husband and I watch Step Brothers all the time and have started calling regular people 'jagaloons' all the time, haha. Prayers are with you always..

  6. says

    The tanning story is hysterical and I love the movie Step Brothers! It's so vulgar, but hilarious! You have me wanting to watch it again!

    I'm so sorry you're not hearing the news you'd like to hear. I'll keep praying for all of you.

  7. says

    I am so so sorry that you are not getting the good news you wanted to hear.

    I agree with you about Children's Hospitals – they are about the saddest places on the planet because all the little warriors look SO brave.

    Lots of love and hugs for you and baby Cohen.

  8. says

    we're still praying, friend … and not stopping until it's time to shout praises when baby cohen is healed and healthy. praying today for yours and hubs' peace through a tough week. loves!!!

  9. says

    1. Hilarious about the tanning! My husband and "the guys" all got a letter tanned onto their backs to spell out a word in high school. I guess they used duct tape to make the letter then tanned several times. Ridiculous, right?!

    2. Step Brothers! My goodness, I think the hubby and I have also watched it a billion times…in addition to The Hangover.

    3. I'm so sorry that you have to go through all of this with the doctors. Have faith that God will take care of Baby Cohen. You are providing him with the best possible care that you can & you have all of your blog friends right there through it with you. I still keep you all in my prayers ♥

  10. says

    haha I am cracking up about the tanning too! and I can just see you and brent cracking up on the plane! I'm glad that y'all get the day to relax and do something for y'all. I was thinking about y'all yesterday but wanted to give ya space too! Love you hun and hang in there.

  11. says

    You tanning story is so funny! And I love to watch stepbrothes too (I feel the same way about Taledegah Nights- hilarious!). I'm so sorry to hear that the bad news keeps on coming. I know this must be so hard. I will continue to pray for your, your family and most importantly baby Cohen.

  12. says

    praying for you everyday! That you may find peace in the mist of all this heartache! That you find strength in your family and friends. and of course that you find hope in GOD and Prayer!!! xoxo

  13. says

    Haha cute tanning story! My heart goes out to you and your family. I'm thinking about you guys and hoping and praying that everything turns out fine.

  14. says

    Isn't Step Brothers hilarious? I think we have seen that movie at least 10 times, and it makes me laugh every time! I think it's oru current go-to movie for when we need an easy laugh. : )
    I'm continuing to pray for you and baby Cohen, and hope for better news on Wednesday.

  15. says

    Oh girl, the Stepbrothers thing-DITTO at our house! Gah! Must be a guy thing. I have a Sunday quotes thing I do on my blog and that movie is always easy to quote!

    Anyway, I am so sorry that you keep getting more news and not good news. I seriously think this is all happening for you to do something with. I don't know what, and I am sure it is the hardest thing you will ever have to deal with. But you are doing so with such grace, and that is from God. Keep asking yourself how you can use this to glorify God. I know you want to curl up and scream and cry and ask why-that is what I would want to do. But you cannot give up on Cohen or yourself. You are super strong and you are being used for a very big purpose. I am anxious to see what your pupose is. You are doing such a great job! I am thinking of you and your family a lot and definitely praying for God's will!
    Much LOVE!!!

  16. says

    Oh my word, how funny about the tanning!!!

    Sorry to hear you aren't getting better news from the docs. I am praying you guys stay positive and encouraged. There is a reason for all of this and God's plan is perfect!

  17. says

    Very funny stuff Megan! I cannot see Brent going to a tanning bed at all! That is hilarious.

    Thanks for the update on Cohen and I am so very sorry you are not getting better news. It breaks my heart. Please keep enjoying the funny stuff in life and know that I am thinking about y'all all the way out here in California.

    Much love!


  18. says

    Thank you for keeping us posted about Cohen and the doctor's appointments. He is daily bathed in prayer and we will keep right on lifting him before the Father. We are praying for you and Brent as well, for peace, strength, and faith to get through each day at a time. Try to get some down time and relax if you can. So glad you are laughing-baby Cohen probably loves to hear you laugh! :)

  19. says

    Tanning.. wow that is too funny. I am so sorry you didn't get great news. God is so good and I will continue to pray for you all and baby Cohen.

  20. says

    Hi! I happened to stumble upon your blog a few weeks ago and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it! I just wanted to let you know that I'm praying for baby Cohen and your family.

  21. says

    That tanning story had me cracking up, and Big Man is the same way watching Step Brothers…lol.

    I'm so sorry for the continual bad news…I hope they can figure something out to help your precious babe!

  22. says

    First of all…thinking of you and sending you lots of hugs, prayers, and belly rubs!

    Second…I love Step Brothers. I think my favorite part is when the one brother farts in the job interview!

  23. says

    First off, I hate that I didn't get to come meet you for lunch. It really stinks!! Secondly, I can't stop thinking about you and praying for you. My heart is heavy for you and I pray God fixes Cohen's little heart all on His own, no surgeries, no medicines, nothing. Hugs to you friend!

  24. says

    My husband and I both tanned before we got married…for the wedding and the honeymoon 😉

    We didn't really like the movei Stepbrothers but it might have been because we were in a mood.

    So sorry that things don't seem to be improving. Hopefully things work out okay once Cohen is here and they can work miracles!

  25. says

    You guys are in my thoughts and prayers!

    You are in the best hands over at TCH! (I'm a Houstonian…let me know if you guys need ANYTHING)

    lifemoreexciting (at) gmail (dot) com

  26. says

    Oh, aren't cab rides the worst?! Are y'all in Hou? Will you be there next week? I'll be in the Hou Medical Center area next week and I'd love to take you to dinner!

  27. says

    Funny stories!! So sorry we didn't get to meet up, I pray for you often and hoping and praying for the best!!
    Praying big prayers for our God works in mysterious ways!! He is good, keep holding onto hope!!

  28. says

    Hey, I left you a comment several weeks ago, and just recently another reader of yours, wrote a post on her blog about both our sweet Cohen's that i saw you had commented on…
    I've been keeping up with your blog since I first came across..
    I just wanted to encourage you…I remember how horrible it was to go to each specialist appointment, hoping for change and to be told each time that nothing had changed, or that things looked even worse, and that there was no way Cohen would ever survive…it was heartbreaking over and over again. We constantly reminded ourselves that God could heal Cohen at anytime and it only had to happen in His perfect timing… not only that, but we were looking for God to heal Cohen in the only way that we could see fit – and that was to take his fatal chest size away…Cohen still has a fatal chest size and yet he came out screaming..he should but he alive and well..but he is..God's ways don't have to be ours..

    I know I'm not telling you something you don't know, just wanted to encourage you from someone who's been in your shoes at least to an extent…

    praying for you ..

  29. says

    I know today was very hard for you. I remember my prenatal Echo's all too well. I remember it was complete silence basically the whole time and I was constantly fighting back tears. Hang in there. Many prayers are being said for baby Cohen. Before you know it baby Cohen will be one of those children sitting in the cardiology waiting room having a great follow-up appointment. When I am waiting to see our cardiologist and see pregnant women in the waiting room I always want to go give them a big huge hug and let them know it will be okay. Hard at times but these heart babies are so special and they will teach you more than you can ever imagine. I'm so happy to see you be able to laugh some. You need that right now. Many, Many heart hugs and prayer for you and Cohen!

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