Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Lily


Wow, I can't believe it's been just over a year since I wrote here last! So much has changed of course!

Our fourth baby was born October 26th last year. She came 3 weeks early weighing 8lbs 3oz! Thank goodness I didn't go to term! I ended up going on bedrest... due to high blood pressure.. a week or two before she was born. Then I was induced right at 37 weeks. After a very difficult labor she was born face up. Being that large at 37 weeks she went through various tests to make sure she was completely healthy. And she was! Being that big at 37 weeks can be a sign of problems but thankfully she was just fine. Just a big baby!

Lily is the sweetest, calmest baby. She's very mild with long, dark eyelashes and beautifully shaped dark eyebrows. Early on I did notice that various sounds really seemed to startle and upset her. As time went on I noticed she wasn't meeting various milestones as quickly as her older siblings did. Being a mom I just felt something was "off". She has never cuddled like my others did, she doesn't relax her body easily, she's kind of tense. Instead of holding her head up to look at us she has always looked down quite a bit. When sleeping she turns her head towards the left. I just had a feeling something was different about her but wasn't sure what. We moved and switched to a new pediatrician when Lily was 2 or 3 months old. The new pediatrician had some concerns and sent us for an evaluation with Cranial Technologies after keeping an eye on her for a couple months. We kept putting the evaluation off.. thinking it wasn't too important but at the same time it was in the back of our minds. My husband encouraged me to go ahead and take her in. At her evaluation it was determined that Lily needed a Doc Band (cranial helmet) so we got started on that when she was 8 months old. She actually received her Doc Band and started wearing it at 9 months. She will need to wear it for a total of 3 to 4 months. She's only been in it about a month now and has already made great progress so that's encouraging! After visiting with the techs at Cranial Technologies we realized Lily also needed physical therapy for torticollis. After starting PT it was determined Lily also has sensory processing disorder. She has made a progress both on muscle tightness, movement and her sensory issues through PT and exercises we've done at home. She'll have an evaluation with an actual Occupational Therapist tomorrow. Another thing that has concerned us for quite some awhile is the fact that Lily refuses to be spoonfed and won't eat solids. At 10 months old she is still exclusively formula fed. She will smack on graham crackers and certain breads but that's about it. Even then it's hard to tell how much she is actually eating because she makes such a huge mess ha! She doesn't hold her bottle even though we try to get her to hold it. This is because she is delayed in some movement.. including grasping and holding some objects and motor skills. She just started scooting around on her tummy between 9 and 10 months and *just* started crawling within the last few days. (She's almost 10.5 months.) And she cannot pull herself into a standing position. I realize some babies are just slower at moving but since my other 3 were very much alike each other in development I just have felt something was "different" with Lily especially paired with other issues we've noticed her having. Within the last 6 weeks or so I started noticing that one of Lily's legs is quite a bit shorter than the other. Our chiro was alarmed when I pointed it out to her. At Lily's 9 month check-up her pediatrician was pretty concerned as well and we were sent for x-rays and exams at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas. At that appointment it was confirmed that Lily does have hip dysplasia in her left hip. Her treatment will involve a closed reduction (putting the hip into place without cutting her open).. if that does not work they'll have to go in and do an open reduction (actually cut her open to get the hip into place.) Both closed and open reduction are a surgical procedure. She will be in surgery for 1 to 3 hours depending on what type of reduction needs to be done. After surgery she will be placed into a lower body cast (called a spica cast) for 3 months. Her surgery is scheduled for next Wednesday, Sept 14th. That's one week from today. Of course I am a nervous wreck! No one wants to send their sweet little baby into surgery! And then the cast could either be an easy adjustment or an awful adjustment. It's just one of those things where we'll have to wait and see.

Please keep Lily in your thoughts and prayers! We're praying this one surgery and 3 months in casts will be the only surgery and cast time she needs. We're expecting a brace and PT after casts are off and that's fine. Just praying we can put this all behind us quickly and get on the road to full recovery. :)

Pics coming soon!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

baby #4, 28 weeks


I just came across this post from when I was 28 weeks pregnant with baby S. I thought it would be fun to do a post for this pregnancy at 28 weeks too. :)

How far along: 28 weeks!

Due date: Nov 14th 2015. (Hoping baby will arrive 2 weeks early like my other three!)


Total weight gain/loss:
Way too much! I've never weighed this much before. Just get me through this pregnancy and I SWEAR I will start loosing like crazy!!!


Maternity clothes: I've been wearing them since early in my first trimester

Stretch marks: I have a few. Nothing too noticeable.... pretty good for my fourth pregnancy I think.

Sleep: Sleeping great!

Symptoms: Exhausted ALL the time, hormonal, moody, crying at everything ha!

Food cravings: Nothing much really

Food aversions: Nothing much

Labor signs: None

What I miss: Sleeping on my stomach, walking normally, having more energy, not being moody. But also just trying to enjoy and the last several weeks of what is probably my last pregnancy.

What I'm looking forward to: Meeting my sweet baby!! Having my body back to normal! Eating raw cookie dough haha!

Movement: I feel the baby move several times a day.

Milestones: Reaching my 3rd trimester. Appointments are every 2 weeks now!

How big is baby: According to BabyCenter: By this week, your baby weighs 2 1/4 pounds

(about the size of a large eggplant.)
She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.
and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels.
She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.
 
Gender: A girl!

Names: Pretty sure we'll be using the girl name we chose right after I found out I was pregnant! Ha! Such a change from last pregnancy.. we weren't sure what we were going to name our third until after she was born.

Best moment(s) last week: Feeling baby move every day and hearing her heartbeat on Friday! Doing great getting through my glucose test appointment (hoping I passed) but at least I was able to lay down and didn't really feel sick at all... that's definitely a first for me!

 

 

 

Friday, July 3, 2015

getting back to blogging


I'd like to get back into blogging a little. After baby S (now 17 months old) I kind of lost interest in and didn't make time for regular blogging. Baby S has definitely kept me busy!!

We're having a great summer! J finished up kindergarten in early June and she's excited to start first grade this fall! C is starting kindergarten in August. I'm not sure he's terribly excited but maybe a little. :) S will turn 18 months in July. She is a handful. She never stops moving, she's a busy little thing and always into something. She started talking well before a year and has been using full sentences for months now. We're excited to welcome baby #4 in November! We just found out we're having our third little girl! I think having two little girls so close will be fun. :)

We've been having a lazy summer. Busy but pretty low key. Lots of fun outside in the water, trips to the museum and a few other outings. The kids are excited to see fireworks tonight and go to a 4th of July parade tomorrow! I'm well into my second trimester now which is always SO much better than my first so I'm feeling well enough to take the kids out pretty often.

I'm excited to start blogging again and will try to add pics of the kids soon!

Hope everyone is having a great summer!! :)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Baby Girl turning ONE!


Our sweet baby girl will be turning ONE next week! I can't believe it! This year has just flown by.

I thought I would take the time to write down what she's up to.. if I don't do it now I know I'll forget.

At 12 months she is walking, practically running, and talking. She has her two bottom teeth and FOUR top teeth coming in all at once. My kids seem to get their teeth late. But she took her first steps, unassisted, at 8-8.5 months and has been walking everywhere since 9 months! She was my earliest walker.

She's been talking since around 5-6 months. Her first word was "mama" :) and her second word was "dada". She also says "bubba, nigh-nigh (night-night), nack (snack), doll, dog, dat (that), baa (bath), hi, bye, wuv you (love you) and probably some other things I'm forgetting. She just learned to hold up one finger when you ask her how old she is. We've been practicing so she's ready for her birthday. :) It's the cutest thing ever. :)

She has loved playing with cars and balls since she was really tiny so we call her our little tomboy. If she sees a little car or football she's all over it! We were visiting friends recently and she found a regular sized football sitting around (they have teenage boys). She was so excited and started trying to carry it around lol! So cute! She also keeps up with her 4 year old brother very well.

But she also loves girly things, loves looking at and "picking out" pretty outfits to wear and she absolutely LOVES baby dolls. We were visiting friends today and she found two baby dolls to play with right away. There was another little baby also visiting who was a little smaller than Baby S. Baby S saw this little baby girl sitting on the floor.. looking all the world like a little live baby doll.. and she ran over to her, started yelling in her face "doll! doll!" and tried to pick her up! It was hilarious and absolutely adorable! Fortunately the baby seemed un phased by the whole thing. :) S is quite the character from her loud voice, get up and go personality and her little temper. :)

She also loves music so much and tries to sing and dance. She's a great eater. She's been on table foods since 4-5 months. We did/still do purees but have also done a lot of solids and "real food" since early on. She has been a formula baby since birth and has absolutely thrived on formula.. as I knew she would. :) She still drinks a few bottles a day but we'll probably start cutting back soon.

She's wearing size 3 diapers (about to move up to 4, I think) and size 12 month clothes. She has yet to really wear shoes although she has too many pairs to count. :/ I think she's either size 4 or 5 in shoes.

We think she's going to be right handed. Before she was born I heard a theory that if you're right handed you'll have a cowlick on your head going in the right direction, if you're left handed you'll have a cowlick going towards the left. That was totally correction for my husband, our older kids and I. After S was born I looked for her cowlick.. anxious to see which direction her's was going. Well, she has identical cowlicks side by side.. one going right and one going left. You can imagine how fun it is to keep her hair neat with all that confusion and hair growing in every direction. :) Right after she was born I said she'll probably be ambidextrous lol! By the time our older kids were her age we knew if they were going to be left handed or right handed (even before we heard the cowlick theory) but with S we really can't say for sure although we're guessing it'll be primarily right although I'm thinking she has some ambidextrous tendencies as well. It'll be fun to see for sure as she gets older.

She has a ton of hair that has a lot of curl to it. Some days the curl really shows up and her hair is everywhere and then, other days, her hair is flat and smooth. I think it depends on the weather and humidity a bit.

She is quite a character and has quite the personality. Both of our girls are very strong willed and have nice little tempers (ahem.. not sure where they got all that) while C is pretty laid back like his daddy. S is charming, almost always happy, smiles easily, entertains herself all the time, stands up for herself very well, is VERY loud, has a ton of energy, is silly and cute and sweet as can be. I will try to post pics soon. I'd like to start blogging regularly again one of these days..

Friday, August 1, 2014

summertime!

We're doing great and staying very busy!!

Baby girl is already 6 months old!! She's growing up way too fast!

C will be 4 this month!!

J is five and a half and starting kindergarden this month!! She's very excited!!!

We're actually thinking about moving soon. It's all up in the air and not really decided... still in the thinking stages.. but we're excited about a possible move to a different area. :)

We've had a very busy summer!! We decided it would be fun to get the kids a little pool this year. Like a the kind with a pump. Oh my. Biggest headache ever!! A $40 pool has turned into like a $300 project ha!! You need all the chemicals and the brush and the net and the chlorine float and the test strips and the pool cover and the air pump to blow the edge up...and I'm sure I'm leaving some things out. All that is added cost, of course. We haven't even bought a pool ladder yet. We've already filled up the thing twice. All the things that we've had to buy really aren't so bad.. it's maintaining the pool that's a hassle. Cleaning the darn pool out, brushing off the slime (or whatever) that gets on the bottom. Dealing with the cover. Testing the water. Shocking the water. Nagging my husband to test the water and shock the water. We've had the pool about a month and the kids lost interest after about a week and a half! Ha! Last week I told them they were going outside to swim one day whether they wanted to or not. At least baby S loves the pool when conditions are perfect and the water is actually clean enough to get in. She'll float around in her little float for an hour or so and then she'll nap really well! If your baby won't nap just get a pool!! It wears them out. :) The wet towels, bathing suits, pool toys, putting on sunscreen and swim diapers are a bit of a hassle but things I'd live with happily if the darn pool would just take care of itself.

The older kids went to VBS twice this summer. We didn't realize our church was having one so we sent them to VBS at a church that's pretty close to our house. They had a lot of fun with that one. It was "circus" theme. Then our church had VBS for the first time in the 5 years we've been going there. My husband and I volunteered to help out a few nights. The kids had a great time there too! Then a church friend had an in home Bible camp this week for the little kids so we went over there three days this week. I swear.. we've been constantly busy this summer. It's been fun though!! :)

Back in early June my husband and I went on a cruise to the Bahamas for a few days with my husband's company. It was a lot of fun and great to get away!! I wasn't sure I'd be able to stand leaving baby S who wasn't quite 5 months at the time but she did great and it was so nice just to get away and relax for a few days! I had a really hard time leaving, and being away from, J when we went on vacation and left her home when she was about 15 months old. She was our first and our only child at the time. I've found out that baby #3 is a different story. By the time you've had three kids in five years it's not quite the same. Ha! I missed baby S for sure but I definitely didn't worry about her 24/7 like I did when we left J a few years ago.

I will try to post lots of pics soon!! I just lost over 2,000 pictures that I had stored on my phone. I have no idea what happened or how to get them back. :( Thankfully a good bit of those were put on Instagram but still.. I want my pics back! Has that ever happened to you? Were you able to get them back?

It's hard to believe we have just a few more week of summer vacation before J is off to school. :( Sending her off to kindergarden is so bittersweet for me. If the idea that "homeschool is always a possibility" wasn't there I'm not sure I'd be able to stand sending her to school. As it is I'm keeping homeschool open as an option for the future in case public school just doesn't work out or if I end up missing her too much ha!

Hope everyone's having a great summer!!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

this and that.. catching up


I got my pictures back up! I was in a panic there for a bit!

I really want to start blogging again. Things are going great around here. We're keeping busy. Lots to catch up on!

The older kids just got out of school for the summer last week. I can't believe J starts kindergarden in August and C will be in the big four year old class at his mother's day out program!

We just discovered ABC Mouse online and the kids absolutely love doing their "school work" online every morning. It's cute and will keep their minds busy this summer. :) And I don't have to come up with lessons for them. A win win. :)

Little baby S is growing so fast! She turns 4 months tomorrow! I will have her 3 and 4 month pics and updates up as soon as I can.

Hubby and I are going on a 5 day cruise/vacation in a few weeks and leaving all three kids at home. I'm both super excited about getting away and sad about leaving the kids.. especially the baby. I know she'll be fine but it's going to be so hard to be away from her. :/

I'm in a desperate last minute panic trying to get in shape and lose a few pounds before our vacation. I would wait until the last minute. Ha! I need to lose like 30 to 40 lbs but hoping I can lose at least maybe 10 before we leave. My goal is to work out every day, eat better and drink LOTS of water! I worked out with a (slight) migraine today so I'm confident I can do this if I set my mind to it! If I can work out with a headache I can do anything. :) I think I will update here as I work towards my goal.

Hope everyone's doing great! Hope I still have a few readers left. :)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014



I have no idea what happened to all my pictures? Can anyone see them at all? I can't. I'm going to try my hardest to get my pictures back but if I can't I may move to a new blog. I have no idea what happened but I think I clicked on something I didn't mean to click on and it made my pictures disappear. Ha!! I want to get back into blogging but I have to figure the picture thing out first.

We're all doing great! I'll post more once the blog is back to normal!
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