Tuesday, July 29, 2014

OB Appointment

I had routine OB appointment today.

I gained 2lbs! I haven't really made up for all the weight I've lost, but it's a start. The doctor isn't concerned at all. She said that as long as I'm not consistently loosing weight, then it's not a big deal since I have had issues gaining weight with both of my other pregnancies as well.

I've been having issues with headaches and my vision again. She is pretty sure that its being caused by drops in my blood sugar and dehydration. So, I need to make sure I eat often and drink lots of water!

My blood pressure was a little high at my last appointment, but was fine today, so that's not a concern.

I asked about my due date because I have been told both Jan 19th and Jan 24th. The 19th is based on my last period and the 24th is based on the two ultrasounds. She told me that because the due date from the ultrasound is less than a week different that the one from my period, they will stick to my original one. So I am officially due Jan 19th, which makes me 15 weeks!

I go back four weeks from today for another appointment and for my anatomy scan! Brent and the kids are going to come too! Emily is very excited to watch the ultrasound and see the baby!

Monday, July 28, 2014

18 Months Old!

How is it that Colby Thomas Train Cheeky One ipad Stinkerpotamus is a year and a half old?!?

Food wise, Colby can eat anything except gluten and nuts/peanuts!! We gave him cow milk about three weeks ago and he LOVES it! The only issue we've had has been some nasty poop, so we are trying to only give him a limited amount still as his little body continues to adjust to digesting it. The kid LOVES ice cream too!

I've had a little gluten here and there the past couple weeks and it doesn't seem to both him as much as it used to! Hopefully this means that he just has a gluten intolerance and not Celiac's disease. I'm not sure when we will try to give him gluten again, but at some point in the distant future, I hope we are pleasantly surprised with no reaction when we do!

I'm still nursing the crazy boob boy! He's down to twice a day (after lunch and before bed), unless he wakes up in the middle of the night. He's not nursing for as long as he used to and normally doesn't fall asleep while nursing, so he's learning how to fall asleep on his own in his bed! I'm hoping both of these are signs that he is almost ready to self wean. I think I am ready to be done, but I'll let him decide when to quit (unless my OB tells me otherwise because of the baby!)

When Colby wakes up in the middle of the night, I have been just letting him cry for a bit to see if he'll go back to sleep. If he's just fussing and whining, he normally falls back asleep in 15 minutes or so. But if he starts to all out scream, I normally give him about a half an hour and then go in and feed him if he doesn't stop. We are down to about one night a week now, which is still to often for him to be waking up to nurse in the middle of the night!

Colby has finally started to talk more! He's very smart and understands most of what we say to him, but until a couple weeks ago, he really only pointed and grunted to communicated for the most part. He now calls Kyle and Emily by their names, along with Grandmas and Grandpas. He asks for a banana when he wants a snack; I'm pretty sure bananas are his favorite food. He makes lots of animal noises and is constantly trying to say new words!

Colby's favorite "toys" are still books. He will sit and "read" by himself for quit a while. He also loves to sit in someone's lap and have books read to him. He will point out animals or other things in books that he knows. One of my favorite books to read to him is "Where is my nose?" On every page, he points to the little girls nose and giggles.

Colby's other favorite "toy" is the iPad! The kid thinks that it is his! Anytime he sees it, he has to have it! If he is up before Kyle and Emily's clock turns on in the morning, Colby is normally in our room and plays with the iPad. If we don't offer him the iPad right away, he freaks out asking for it. He's pretty good with it. It hasn't figured out the code to unlock it yet, but other than that, he can make it do what he wants. He knows where his favorite games are and where the apps are to turn on the shows he can watch. It kind of amazes me how well he can use it.

Another favorite toy is his Spiderman Bear that we made at Build-A-Bear in Chicago. He sleeps with the bear and loves to carry it around and give it hugs! He even is willing to "share boob bear" sometimes. :)

The past few weeks Colby has gotten really good at puzzles! He used to sort of be able to do the ones of the iPad and the simple real ones on his shelf. But lately, he has been able to do the more complicated puzzles on the iPad (including letter games), and has been doing the "big kid" puzzles with Kyle. He has issues with the orientation of the pieces every once in a while, but typically gets the pieces in the correct spots and is able to put things together!

Colby is starting to get better about sharing and interactively playing with Kyle and Emily, but still struggles with it. I think the biggest issue here is that Kyle and Emily like to play with him by taking what he is playing with and playing with it while sitting right next to him, so this is how he thinks he plays with sometime. We are have trying hard to get them to all work on playing together and taking turns playing, not just taking toys. We've also been trying to get Kyle and Emily to let Colby play how he wants to play and not conforming to what they want him to do or how they think he should play with a toy.

Schedule wise, things are pretty much still the same. He has gotten better about sleeping though. It seems that his naps are starting to be consistently longer (about two and a half hours) and he's sleeping until 8am (when Kyle and Emily get up) most mornings!

For clothing, I just pulled out 18 month clothes for him as some of the 12 month clothes are starting to get a little snug. I didn't put away all of the 12 month clothes because some of them still fit him well, so he has a mixture of both in his dresser.

I'm not sure what else to say... Colby is still a little stinker boy who knows how cute he is and tries to use it to his advantage! We love him more than words can tell and are truly blessed to be his parents and to watch him grown, learn, and explore!

Saturday, July 26, 2014


A little over a week ago, I had an ultrasound. It was the normal first trimester screening, plus checking to make sure the baby was going since I keep loosing weight.

I'm assuming the NT results came back normal (it's an ultrasound, plus blood work). They told me if anything was wrong, I would get a phone call within a week, but if all was well, the doctor would just let me know at my next appointment.... and I haven't gotten a phone call.

The baby was squirming and kicking and playing. It's fun to watch!

Size wise, the baby is right where he or she should be. My due date in their computer system is still Jan 19th, but according to my last ultrasound and this ultrasound the baby is measuring to be due Jan 24th.

I go back next week for another regular check up and I'm guessing they will have my schedule my 20 week anatomy ultrasound. It's kind of weird to think that in six short weeks (or five if you use the due date based on my last period) we will already be to the half way point!

I'm still having lots of problems with nausea, but am not throwing up as much as I was. Hopefully that's a sign that I'll feel better soon, but I'm not counting on it since I threw up for pretty much all of both my other pregnancies.

I'm still very much exhausted; the second trimester energy burst everyone always talks about hasn't hit me yet. But I've been sick (cough and congestion), and I am still nursing Colby and taking care of three crazies... so I don't expect to have all sorts of energy any time soon (like in the next three years!).

Friday, July 11, 2014

OB Visit

Tuesday afternoon I had an OB visit.
The baby's heart beat sounded great and was 168 bpm.
The only concern is that I've lost more weight... bringing me up to a total loss of 11 lbs this pregnancy. It's only a slight concern because I've had issues with loosing weight with both of my other pregnancies as well. Next Thursday I go in for my NT ultrasound, so they will check out everything with the baby then to make sure the baby is growing and stuff!

Two Follow Up Visits for Two Boys!

On Sunday night, Kyle fell on his arm and was pretty miserable. Monday morning I called the ortho's office to see if he could get in any sooner and they were able to work him in on Monday afternoon. The doctor took off the temporary cast and put on a full arm cast. Kyle picked the color BLUE (no surprise there!). We go back the first week of August to get the cast off and another set of x-rays. Depending on what the x-rays show at that time, Kyle will either get a new cast or be in a brace for another month or so. In the mean time, no swimming, no water games, no bike riding (or anything with wheels), no sand, no dirt, no running, no climbing, no playgrounds/swing sets...

Tuesday morning, we took Colby to the dentist. He was a big boy and sat in the chair all by himself and sat real still for his x-rays. The dentist smoothed out his teeth. She said that they will eventually turn yellow or grey and fall out. Depending on when they do will depend if we do anything more or just let them be until his adult teeth come in.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Two Boys = Two ER Visits

For those of you that don't know, we are currently in Chicago on a missions trip with our teens. The teens are working with Vision for Youth and Inner City Impact doing a soccer camp. The kiddos and I are staying with Brent's sister Alyssa and her family and spending part of our days with Daddy and the teens.

Sunday the teens were all at Alyssa and Shane's house helping with a move and as they were getting ready to leave on Sunday night, Colby fell and smacked his mouth on a shelf. He screamed and was bleeding and missing part of his tooth. We called our pediatrician's office and after talking to the on-call physician, decided Colby needed to go to the ER to get check out. Kyle and Emily stayed with Alyssa and Shane while Colby and I went to the hospital. They checked him all out at the hospital. He has four teeth... he broke both of the top two.... The ER doctor said he was fine to wait until we got home to go to the dentist, but will probably need root canals and crowns on both teeth!

Today Alyssa and Harper (her 3 month old) joined the kids and I when we went to hang out with the teens. The kids were sitting on the bleachers and Alyssa and I kept telling Emily and Colby to sit down because they were climbing all over. At one point, Emily got her arm stuck and I had to get her some ice. Kyle was sitting still on the bottom bench (about a foot off the ground) and somehow fell. I hopped right up to him expecting him to start screaming but be fine. As soon as I saw his arm, I knew it was broken and most likely badly broken. 

Brent called 911 and Kyle screamed the whole time we waited for the ambulance to get there. As soon as we got into the ambulance, he calmed down and didn't cry again until they set his arm. 

Luckily Alyssa was there and took care of Emily and Colby. She, along with one of our teens (Gabby), got the kids into the van and met us at the hospital. 

I thought Kyle would be excited about the ambulance right, but at the time he didn't really seem to care. Once we got to the hospital, we got checked in and not to long after that a PA saw Kyle in triage and said the same thing as the EMT's... it's was broken, but the real question was how bad. Once Gabby was inside with Kyle and I, she went with Kyle to get his x-rays (since Mommy couldn't stay with him because of the baby in my belly). Gabby and the tech both said he did really good while he was getting his x-rays. 

A little while later the doctor same and showed us the x-ray. He broke both bones in his right forearm. Normally when little kids break bones they just kind of bend them... but Kyle completely broke both bones. 

The plan was to sedate him so they could set the bones. They got him all ready with his IV and hooked up to all the monitors and stuff.. and then they gave him the meds and nothing happened. After three doses, he was a little silly, but still WIDE awake. They pharmacist came in, and her and the doctor were both very confused why Kyle was still awake. They tried a different drug and within seconds he was asleep. They set his arm and put a temporary cast on it and then we had to wait for him to wake up. It took a little longer than expected, but eventually he woke up. He was kind of crabby, but that was to be expected. After he went pee, ate some crackers, and drank some juice, he were finally able to be discharged. 

Alyssa was AMAZING and kept Harper, Emily, and Colby content all afternoon between the car and ER waiting room! She was waiting for us when we came out... and we got some food and took Gabby back to the teens and headed home!

On the way home, it was funny listening to Kyle tell Emily all about riding in the ambulance, getting x-rays taken, and showing off his cast! When I put him to bed, he was really excited to go show the teenagers tomorrow! 

So, next week when we get home, Colby will get to see the dentist and Kyle will get to see an orthopedic for his BLUE cast!