Monday, January 2, 2017

11 months old!

You are 11 months old today!  That means, one month from today, it will be your first birthday!

Where to start, where to start...well, not walking quite yet, but you are "walking" on your knees around quite a lot.  You can stand up (not holding on to anything) for quite a while, do a few squats and when you get tired of that you gracefully sit down.

You eat just about EVERYTHING we give you with your 6 teeth so far (4 on top, 2 on bottom).  We just started putting you into the doorway jumper (might have been a little too's weighted down pretty far!) and you love it so much that sometimes you've fallen asleep in it!

Today, we had a pretty good day, with a 1 1/2 hour nap smack in the middle of it.  A quick trip to the pet store to look around and kill some time, trip to Target and back home.  Pretty uneventful day!  It even ended with you falling asleep in the jumper...transfer upstairs to your bed and you were out for the day.  Happy 11 months!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year!

Happy New Year!

Today, you are 334 days old!  Tomorrow, you'll officially be 11 months old, making a month until your first birthday.

New Years Eve was pretty uneventful, as you did all of the "usual" things and went to bed at your usual time.  Nothing out of the ordinary for you, of course.  Today, not much new going on, and we stayed home for the day and sort of just relaxed.

Here's the first of the New Year's daily pictures!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Playing Catch-Up (A little!)

I spaced out a little bit on doing yesterday's blog entry, but there wasn't a whole lot of excitement going on, so I'm combining the two for the entry today.  I guess it means that you get two pictures!

Sunday was a pretty typical one, going out for a car ride in the afternoon and all of that good stuff.  You didn't get to partake in the pool activities that your siblings did, but you were just as content to lounge in the comfort of the air conditioned house.

We'd set up the pack n play in our room, and attempted to get you to sleep in there...even after you'd gone to sleep in the swing, the transfer didn't last more than a half hour or so.  Perhaps it was because you were hungry...who knows.  We'll keep trying!

And for the daily picture...

And on to today, Monday.  You got to venture out with Kaitlyn and Mommy to lunch with Mommy's former co-workers!  You were so content, and people at the next table over kept commenting on what a chilled out little lady you are.  You enjoyed being passed around and smiling and cooing at everyone.

Not much of a nap today, so you were EXHAUSTED come about 7:30.  Tomorrow...daycare!  Not that I want you to be over tired, but sleeping better at night could be a potential bonus!

Today's picture now!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Happy Saturday!

Today was a pretty uneventful Saturday, like most Saturdays.  We haven't gone anywhere terribly exciting the past weekend or two, just because we're gearing up for vacation soon!  Actually, that's probably not entirely the reason, but it will do for now.

We went to Target today, and I wore you around.  You seemed to enjoy looking around at everyone (facing out in the carrier), but fussed a little when I wasn't moving.  We went for a ride up South Mountain, and you were wide awake, watching things go by but pretty content nonetheless.

You were pretty happy overall today.  Lots of giggling (some day I'll catch that giggle in a video!) and smiles.  We set up your pack-n-play to see if you'd like sleeping in there, but when we put you in there, you woke up pretty quickly.  It was still early, so you got a bath (with help from Kaitlyn) and all moisturized down before bed.  Not a bad way to end the evening!

Well, we'll see what's in store for tomorrow, and Monday is a big day, since we're going out to lunch with some of mommy's former co-workers!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Laurel's Happy Friday

Happy Friday!  This is day one of mommy's little blogging challenge (to post for each of the kids). Starting at the end and working Daniel will be last tonight!

This week started off pretty well.  Monday we went to your followup doctor's appointment to check on your ear infection from earlier.  All cleared up!  You gained a whopping 0.5oz (I'm being goofy here) since you were last weighed (you were 12lbs, 3oz on May 6th...12lbs 3.5oz on May 16th).  No biggie!  At the earlier appointment, the doctor gave you a referral for physical therapy too, since she noticed that you lean to the right and the muscles on that side are super tight.  So we'll be getting into that soon (hopefully!).

The rest of the week was pretty good, too.  Daycare was Tuesday and Thursday, and when we picked you up on Thursday, you were happy as a clam doing some tummy time resting on a pillow.

Today was also the first day of your brothers' summer vacation, so all four of you were home today.  We'll have to figure out some fun things to do this summer!

In any is your daily picture...snooooooozing away...

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

It's April!

As the title says, it's April!  And that means you are now two months old as of the 2nd day of the month!

I'll take a step back and make sure that I record (for all posterity) your stats when you were 1 month old...weighing in at 10lbs, 1oz!  At your two month checkup yesterday, you were 11lbs, 9oz!  I make it a point to mention this because last night I was going back into your siblings blogs and comparing their stats with yours.  All of you were very similar!  All in the 11lb range, going from 11lbs, 3oz (Kaitlyn) to 11lbs, 11oz (Daniel).  22 1/2 inches long...also comparable!

You took the four shots (and one oral vaccine) like a champ, only crying a little and settling right down after I picked you up.

Now stepping back even further to got to meet your uncle Gary!  He came down from Reno right before Easter for a few days.  We got to go hang out at the mall a little bit with you, your daddy, Kaitlyn and mommy (me!).

So, what else are you doing...growing by leaps and bounds!  You went through the fussy witching hour, like your siblings, where you started screaming around 7 or 8pm and didn't settle for a while.  Baths helped to calm you down, and I think you're through that phase (whew!).  You are also smiling like CRAZY.  You've always been a smile-er (even in the womb!), but now you do it much more often and in response to seeing someone.

Well, that's about all for now.  It's a bit short, but it's an update to say the least...and we'll take what we can get!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

One Month...and Hospital...

You're one month old now!  It's been just over a week since the last post, and so much has happened so fast.  I try to put the timeline together in my head, as I've had to repeat it so many times to the doctors and nurses, but it's hard!

Your dad and I geared up for your one month checkup with a few questions for the doctor.  Nothing major...just making sure the goopy eye was checked out, and making sure your digestive tract was OK (a little fussy there when the pipes aren't moving!).  You weighed in at 10lbs, 1oz and measured in at 20 inches.  Just one shot and we were on our way!
Backing up a day, Kaitlyn sprouted a fever at daycare on Tuesday afternoon, so that meant she was off school for Wednesday.  She woke up with a bloody nose, but otherwise a little better.  We all took a long nap in the afternoon after your appointment.  Wednesday night both you and Kaitlyn were up quite a bit, coughing and fussing.  Thursday Kaitlyn woke up seemingly better (no fever, etc) so all signs seemed to point to a return to daycare for her on Friday. 

Thursday night went from bad to worse with coughing and being awakened all night by the both of you.  Around 3, I took you downstairs to sleep in the recliner (fitfully... but more pleasantly and quietly than in your swing or carseat).  Come morning, your dad and I decided to get both of you checked out at the doctor.  The earliest appointment was 2pm, but you were much worse than the evening before... now panting and pulling skin into your ribs.  Daddy suggested urgent care of ER, so we made use of the brand-new freestanding ER near us.
We got there around 9:30 or so...a bit of a wait later (45 mins or so?) we get called back.  When the pulse ox reading came up, I thought it was either misplaced, just equilibrating or otherwise mistaken...readings were in the 80% range!  They went up and down in that range, and quickly put you on oxygen to see if that pulled you up.  It did...but as soon as it came off, your level went down again.  Still breathing really fast and having retractions, so all of the tests and other stuff quickly started.

Breathing treatment... check (no fussing during that...or the O2 mask...which was good).  Chest X-ray.  The doctor noted some crackling in your chest too.  IV started.  They tried to get a urine sample, but didn't get a lot...what they did get looked cloudy.  Antibiotics started in your IV along with fluid.  So far taking things well!

Then we got the official word that we were being transferred to Phoenix Children's at Mercy Gilbert.  It is a smaller branch, but still a good place to get helped out.  We took an ambulance ride there and got there about 4.  We went right to your room and they gave you a better O2 thing for your nose (vs the mask in the ER), suctioned you out (that helped a LOT!) and tried to get another urine sample and blood draw.  Two catheter attempts and they got about 1 1/2ml...good enough!  Blood didn't want to come out thru the IV(and they didn't want to blow it by forcing it too hard), and another regular jab didn't yield anything.

Your dad and siblings arrived (they couldn't  come to see you...had to stay outside the unit) and shortly after, the doctor made the call to have you transferred to the main campus of Phoenix Children's Hospital and into the PICU.  A second ambulance ride, and we settled in for the night.
But before that, they switched your O2 to include some humidity, which really helped to normalize breathing. They also put in a feeding tube to monitor intake and to let you rest instead of working hard to breathe/eat.

Things were OK overnight (both of us resting!) and they bumped down the O2 a bit this morning (so far so good!).  Still have a cough, but things appear to be on the mend!