Friday, July 29, 2016

Colby's Answers..at Three and a Half!


What is your name?  Colby
How old are you?  Three
What is your favorite color?  Yellow
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Yogurt
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  Taco Noodles
What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner?  Chicken Nuggets
What is your favorite snack to eat?  Cheezits
What is your favorite fruit?  Apples
What is your favorite vegetable?  Pineapple
What is your favorite thing to drink?  Water
What is your favorite animal?  Ant Eater
What is your favorite toy to play with?  Paw Patrol
What is your favorite book to read?  The Ducky Book
Where do you like to go?  Catch Air and Fun House
What is your favorite song? The Elmo Song
Who is your best friend?  Megan
What is your favorite thing to watch on tv? Paw Patrol
What do you want to be when you grow up?  A Big Boy
What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Sprikler 
What is your favorite thing to wear?  Spider Pig
Who is your favorite person?  Mommy

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

18 Months Old!

I haven't been very good about monthly updates for Peyton, but I was going to be good and do an update when he turned 18 months... and then we were on a spur of the moment missions trip to Chicago, so it didn't happen.... but late is better than never, right? There's no pictures yet...


Peyton is 18 months (plus a few days!) old!! He has left the baby stage and is most definitely a toddler!

Peyton loves to explore.. and climb... and check out anything he can. He's very curious about everything around him and loves to copy everything his older siblings do!

Peyton loves to eat. As long as he has a fork, he pretty much each whatever we put in front of him. We are still avoid dairy, eggs, soy, and peanuts. He also still loves to nurse! We are down to three or four times a day, but he loves his mommy cuddles and mommy milk!

Peyton doesn't really say many words, but is very good about communicating. He says "that," "dip," "mom," and "boob" and makes some other random noises. He is good about pointing and grunting to get what he wants and knows how to throw a good fit when he gets something he doesn't want or doesn't get what he wants. 

Sleep wise, I think it's safe to say he's sleeping through the night for the most part. The past couple weeks when we've been in Chicago, he slept in bed with Mommy and Daddy and nursed at least once in the middle of the night, but when we are at home and he's in his own bed, he typically nurses to sleep around 7:30 or so and then sleeps for about twelve hours! Most days he takes an afternoon nap as well. If we are home and the big kids are quiet, he'll typically sleep for two or three hours!

Peyton has six teeth that are all the way in, two that are partially in, and another two that you can kind of feel, but can't see yet.

When we got home from Chicago, we changed out his clothes and he know has 18 month clothes in his drawers, but I have a feeling they aren't going to fit him for too long.

Peyton still isn't too sure about most adults, but seems to love other kids. He loves to watch kids play..and sometimes play with them. He likes to "blow it up" and sometimes gives high fives, but some times refuses if he's not too sure about the person. 

Peyton enjoys playing with cars and doing puzzles... and playing with Kyle, Emily, and Colby and whatever they are playing with. He also LOVES to be outside and to go places. He often brings me his shoes and wants to go!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Kyle's Legs

For a few years we've known that Kyle's legs were as straight as they should be.

Around the time turned 2 we saw an orthopedic surgeon about them for the first time. At the time, the doctor told us that his femurs were rotated some, but it was something he should grow out of. At that time, he told us to come back if he started to have pain or issues walking.

Then last fall, Kyle started complaining about his knees hurting and he was tripping often, so we went back to the ortho. He sent Kyle to physical therapy to try to strengthen his legs in hopes of alleviating some of the pain and improve his coordination. Physical therapy helped a lot. He stopped complaining about his knees hurting constantly and was tripping less. When we followed up with the ortho after therapy, he was very happy with the improvement and had hopes that Kyle's legs would straighten as he grew. 

A couple months ago, Kyle started complaining again, tripping over his feet constantly, and it was pretty painful to watch him walk because of how much his toes point in. We went back to the ortho and his reaction was a little different this time. He took a bunch of measurements and the rotation of Kyle's femurs have gotten a lot worse than they were last fall before therapy. The doctor said that Kyle is going to need surgery. He has femoral anterversion...basically the lower half of his femurs are rotated in. This puts pressure on his knees and turns his feet in. Most kids gradually grow out of this, but Kyle's rotation seems to be getting worse. The surgery to correct the ration involves breaking Kyle's femurs and correcting the alignment, and then putting plates and screws in his femurs to hold everything in place while it heals. But.. we have to wait to do surgery. The surgical screws only come so small, so we have to wait for Kyle's femurs to be big enough for the screws. The ortho said he thinks Kyle will be big enough something around eight or nine years old. 

In the meantime, we are doing more physical therapy. The goals in therapy are to strengthen Kyle's legs and improve his coordination and gait. Hopefully in doing these to things, Kyle will have less knee pain and will trip less over his own feet. Sounds like he probably will be in and out of therapy until he is big enough to have the correcting surgery. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Mommy's Trip to the Hospital

Last night as we were finishing up dinner, I started having floaters and other vision issues. I took some Tylenol thinking a headache was coming. A few minutes later, Kyle was trying to talk to me and I couldn't get the words out of my mouth to respond and my vision was pretty much gone.

After a few minutes, my peripheral vision started to return and I could get enough words out to let Brent know I needed to go to the ER.

Luckily, my mom was at our house for dinner and to hang out with Brent went to a board meeting. Brent stayed home with the kids and my mom took me to the ER in Ionia.

Once we got to the ER, a nurse took me back to triage shortly after we got there. I was able to speak normal again and my vision was good when I was talking to her. I had an EKG done and then was sent back to the waiting room until their was a room available.

Once back in the waiting room, I started having issues with my speech and vision again, but my vision never got as bad as it had originally.

When they finally got me back to a room, things started to happen kind of quickly. The nurse started an IV and drew some blood and the doctor was in. Their guess was that I was having some sort of weird migraine, but because I was still having lots of trouble speaking and my blood pressure was very high, they ordered a stroke work up and were treating me as if I was having a stroke.

Techs came and got my quickly to do a CT and chest x-ray. They got a urine sample and did a finger prick to test my sugar.

Then we waited for results. And I was still having a hard time getting my words out for the most part.

Finally, all of the results came back negative, but because I was still having delayed speech at this point, the neurologist thought it was best they continued to monitor me for a stroke until I could have imaging done with contrast. They called an ambulance and transferred me to the main hospital in Lansing.

When I got to Lansing and to my room, I got frustrated as I had to try to explain what was going on because I was still having a really hard time getting my words out.

The resident came and spend a bunch of time checking me all over and talking to me. His gut feeling was the same as everyone else that I was having a really bad migraine, but he really wanted to order a CT and MRI with contrast to rule out a stroke for sure. He also order magnesium for my IV to "help the migraine go away."

At this point, I still didn't have any head pain, just a bit of pressure behind my eyes... and the speech delay.

About 1:00 am I had my CT after an adventure that included getting lost with the nurses in the radiology department.

Around 2:00 am, I was finally settled back into my room and my magnesium had finished. A little while later, I could FINALLY speak normal again!! And I got to sleep in short bit. The nurses had to check my vitals every hour!

I slept on and off until 6:00 or so when they started to get my ready to go to MRI. Around this time, my head started to hurt...

After my MRI I hung out in my room until my mom got here... and then a short while later Brent and the kids got here.

Around lunch time the doctors came in for rounds and said all the test came back normal... meaning NO STROKE!

The official diagnosis is a complex atypical migraine with aura. They explained that these type of migraines not only cause stroke like symptoms, but they also can cause strokes and I am at risk for having a stroke now. Their recommendations to to take magnesium daily and to follow up with a neurologist specialized in headaches.

They also explained that if I started to have vision issues that aren't going away or start to having any issues speaking again, that I need to head to the ER quickly for the determination to be made if I am having a stroke or just another migraine.

Apparently all the concussion I had in high school are a contributing factor...  so be careful and don't get hit in the head!!!

It's now almost dinner time and sounded like the nurse would have my discharge papers soon. I'm exhausted and have a little bit of a headache, but am so thankful that I can SEE and TALK without issue!! And so very thankful to go home and cuddle my kiddos!!