Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Stinker Boy is TWO!

It's crazy how fast the past two years have flow by.



It seems like Colby was just a tiny little baby... and now he's a big boy with a tiny baby brother!

Colby lives up to his "stinker boy" nick name. The kid is full of spunk and life. He is into everything and doesn't like to be told no. He is always determined to do whatever it is that he wants to do and doesn't know how to give up.



Colby has ten teeth all the way in, and two more are working their way through his gums. This broken teeth are still hanging on, but are very slowly starting to get dark. Hopefully they will stay in for a few more years...

Colby is talking so much. It's sometimes hard to understand what he's saying, but he eventually gets his point across. His favorite words/phrases are "No," "I do," and "Me."


Colby LOVES to eat. His favorite foods are bananas, cheese, pizza, and ice cream. But, for the most part, he will eat whatever we put in front of him. He is still gluten free and peanut/tree nut free, but as I explained in the post about his well visit, we are going to slowly start to try introducing gluten into his diet and see what happens. We having been praying that God would heal him of Celiac's disease, so we will see if our prayers have been answered.



Colby is still nursing. Most days, he only nurses at night before he goes to bed. Every once in a while, he will nurse during the day as well. He was excited to have milk again (instead of colostrum) after Peyton was born. I'm still just planning on letting him decide when he's done...

Colby loves being a big brother. He tells us often "Peyton so cute" and enjoys giving Peyton hugs and kisses. He also tries to share his toys with Peyton (by throwing them at him).



Colby has discovered how light switches work in the past few weeks. There are a few he can reach standing on the ground and he loves to turn light on and off. The ones he can't reach from the ground, he has learned that he can push a chair over to the switch, and then he can reach them to turn lights on and off.



He also has taken an interest in helping making food. He loves to push a chair over to the counter in the kitchen and watch/help me make lunch and dinner. Sometimes it's fun... sometimes it more of a pain than anything. He also likes to steal food off the counter as I am making meals.

Colby has mastered walking up and down the stairs by himself. He's still pretty slow, but he can do it all by himself and loves that he can.


Colby enjoys playing with Emily and Kyle. He's starting to understand the concept of playing with them and not just next to them. He normally imitates whatever they are doing. They often get annoyed with him, but are all learning to play nicely together.



We haven't started officially potty training yet, but Colby is using the potty regularly. Normally he sits on the potty before rest time and before bed time just like Kyle and Emily. During the day, we help him sit on the potty if he asks. But.. he is still wearing diapers full time. We did buy him some spiderman underwear a few weeks ago and he loves to wear his underwear over his diaper. Maybe in a month or two we will really start working on potty training him.



Colby LOVES Spiderman and Elmo. He gets very excited any time he sees them. He got a Spiderman watch for Christmas and loves to show it off to everyone.

Colby favorite "toys" are puzzles and the iPad (which he normally does puzzles on). He is getting a LeapPad for his birthday; he likes to play with Kyle and Emily's, so hopefully he will enjoy having his own. He amazes us often with how well he does puzzles and how hard of puzzles he can do all by himself.


We love our stinker boy and are very thankful for the blessing that he is to our family! We have loved watching his grow, develop, and explore the past two years and look forward to many many more!

3 Weeks Old







Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Colby's Two Year Old Well Visit

Yesterday Colby has his two year old well visit.

His doctor walked into he room and said "Hi Colby" and Colby replied "Bumpa died." So we talked about that a bit and some ideas to help the kids cope and remember Bumpa. I know I've said it before, but I love our doctor. :)

Colby weighed 22 lbs 2 oz and was 36.5 inches tall. (3rd and 10th percentiles). So he's still small, but he's still growing on his own curve, so there is no concern.

We talked about trying to slowly reintroduce gluten into Colby's diet. He had some by accident and didn't react. A few days later, I gave him a tiny bit on purpose, and still no reaction. So we are going to slowly start with "hidden" gluten every few days and work our way up. If he gets sick, we'll obviously stop... I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but it would be wonderful if he could even do just little bits of gluten without getting sick!

We are going back in a few months for a weight check, since failure to thrive was an issue before Colby went gluten free.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Missing Bumpa

Last Sunday, January 11, I got a frantic phone call from my mom a little bit after three. She and Michael were getting ready to come to our house to hang out with the kids and I while Brent went to youth group. Michael was outside and my mom went out to check on him to see if he was almost ready to go. She found him not breathing and unresponsive. She called 911...

I packed up stuff for Peyton and Brent put him in his car seat and the two of us took off to the hospital. About half way there, my mom called back... he was gone...It was one of the worst moments of my life.. 

The doctors aren't really sure what happened, but think he probably had a heart attack...

The past week has kind of been a blur...dealing with everything that needed to be done, helping my mom, remembering to eat... taking care of a brand new baby...it was rough... but we made it through and now we have to figure out what our new "normal" looks like... not only has a family of six, but also how to do it without Bumpa.

One of the things I am most grateful for is that Peyton came two weeks early so that he could have the chance to meet Bumpa! I was going to be induced on the 13th if I was still pregnant, but God knew exactly what needed to happen...


I'm also very grateful that the last couple weeks of his life, Bumpa got to spend so much time with these three crazy kiddos! My mom and Michael had two weeks off work for Christmas, so we got to spend some extra time with them. Plus, the weekend before, they spend the weekend at our house while Brent took teens to winter camp. And then the kiddos got to spend three days at Grandma and Bumpa's house while I was in the hospital having Peyton.


I had the privilege of having two dads from the time Mike entered my life in middle school until  Brent and I started dating... then I had three dads! Mike was an amazing father to me and an even more amazing Grandpa to my children.

My sister and I were never his step-daughters... we were always his daughters..his girls.. He was always there for us and never showed us anything but unconditional love. He scared off boys... cheered at soccer games, tennis matches, band concerts, and everything else we were involved in...he taught us to drive...taught us to change oil and change tires...he bought us ice cream...

So many of my "silly" habits are his fault! I like to organize in piles. I like things to be done a particular way... and if it's not done my way, it's not done the right way. I feel like I am going to run out of gas if I get below a quarter of a tank. I like my driveway to be clean in the winter. I ask a lot of questions about everything and always want to know the whys and the hows.

Michael loved my children more than they will ever know. He was "my bumpa" and there was never any question that he was the favorite Grandpa. The kids all called him at least once a day and always wanted me to send him pictures of them. (Kyle often wanted to send him pictures of his poop when he started going poop on the potty like a big boy!)

He will be missed very much, not only by his family, but by so many others. The love and support that we have received from everyone that knew him as been very overwhelming and very comforting. The group of friends that my parents have all been friends with since high school have been amazing taking care of us, providing lots of hugs and food, changing the oil in my van, offering to help fix things and finish projects, and so much more. The guys at his work have been awesome in finishing fixing my sister's car and hopefully will be able to figure out the ABS issues on our van that Michael was trying to fix. His car friends from Power Tour, BangShift.com, and Motor City Rockets have been amazing with coming from all over to the visitations/funeral, posting messages, and calling my mom to offer love and support. The Lansing Police and Firefighters and other city officials showing up and sharing stories about what an amazing guy he was. It's all been very overwhelming, but in a good way.

Please pray for our family as we process and trying to figure out what our new normal is. Pray for my mom as she lost her best friend. Pray for my sister and I as we lost one of our dads. Pray for Emily, Kyle, Colby and Peyton as they lost "my bumpa." Pray for Brent and Ian as they lost a man they loved and respected. Pray for my uncle, aunt, cousins who are hurting. Pray for his co-workers and friends (who are really more like family!). Pray for his car friends. Just pray. So many people loved Mike and so many people are hurting.

People keep asking how we are all doing. I'm not really sure how to answer. Some moments we are okay... other moments we are not. It's stupid little things that get me... and are like a punch to the gut. A song on the radio, a smell that brings back a memory, a Menards rebate hanging on my fridge....

My kids are still processing. Emily and Colby randomly announce "Bumpa died." Emily and Kyle talk about what they think Grandma is doing in Heaven...they often say he is fixing Jesus's car or playing horsey with Jesus. Emily cries and asks hard questions...like why God took Bumpa or if Bumpa can ever come back. Kyle is acting out lots and wakes up most mornings saying he talked to Bumpa while he was sleeping. Colby wanders around looking for Bumpa. Pray for wisdom for us as we try to answer their questions and help them process and heal.

My heart breaks for my children. For what they will miss growing up without Michael. But I think Emily and Kyle are old enough to remember him and we will continue to talk about him and look at pictures of him, so hopefully all four of them will grow up knowing what an amazing Bumpa they had... even if it was only for a short while.


Peyton's Doctors' Appointments

Last Monday, Peyton has his newborn screening with his pediatrician. All went well. There weren't any concerns. The only "issue" was weight loss, but that's not a big deal.

When he was discharged from the hospital, he was 6 lbs 8 oz. On Monday, he was 6 lbs 4 oz. We went back for another weight check on Wednesday and he was 6 lbs 5 oz. Then another weight check check on Monday (yesterday) and he was up to 6 lbs 10 oz, so they called it good and they will see him again for his two month check up unless any concerns come up.

Today we went to the cardiologist. We were referred because of the abnormal EKG Peyton had done when we were still in the hospital...and the EKG was done because of the heart block that was heard when he was still in my belly. The cardiologist checked him all out and said his heart is perfectly healthy and there is absolutely nothing to worry about!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

One Week Old!

It's been a long week, but I'm so thankful for this little man and the joy he is bring during such a rough time! God's timing was perfect for bring him into the world!




Friday, January 9, 2015

The Crazies Meet Peyton

Emily, Kyle, and Colby were all very excited to meet Peyton! They all wanted to hold him and give him lots of hugs and kisses!





















Peyton's Birth Story

After having my membranes stripped at my appointment on Tuesday, I started having contractions about an hour later. Around 4:00 we all went to Menards to walk because my hips were hurting the the contractions and walking would help. When we got home around 5:30, my contractions were about 3 minutes apart and I started to bleeding. We got the kiddos ready for bed and then Brent and I played Wii Tennis for a while. My contractions were starting to get stronger, but not really any closer together. Around 10, the contractions slowed down to 10 minutes apart, so we went to bed thinking it wasn't going to happen.

I then woke up about 11 with strong contractions about 3 minutes apart and lots more blood. The contractions and bleeding continued about about 1:00am I decided we needed to go to the hospital. We got the rest of the last minute stuff packed and loaded the kiddos up in the van. My parents met us at the hospital around 2:30 and took the kids back to their house.

Once in triage, I was hooked up to the monitors for an hour. After an hour, my cervix was still at 2cm (which is what it had been at my appointment on Tuesday), but they were concerned because Peyton's heart rate was dropping with each contraction and I was bleeding lots. So they decided to do an ultrasound to check on his fluid levels. His fluid was really low, so we were told that we were staying and they were going to try to help get things moving.

We were taken from triage to OB Special Care because there were all the labor and delivery rooms were full. Once there, they got me all hooked up to the monitors again and gave me cervidil, a little tiny pill, in hopes that it would help "ripen" my cervix so that my contractions would make it open more on its own. I was given the pill at 7am and the plan was for them monitor me for two hours and then let me get up and move around until 11, then they would check my cervix again and see where to go from there.

Very shortly after I took the pill, my contractions got stronger. By 9:30 I was in lots of pain and was having a hard time laying still. Because I was moving in bed more than I should have, they were having a hard time getting the stuff they needed on the monitors from Peyton, so I had to stay on the monitors for a bit longer. At 10:30, they took the monitors off, the nurse told me to order some food, and gave me permission to take a shower, thinking it might help with some of the pain.

When I got out of bed, I thought my water broke because there was a gush of fluid. But it was just blood. I took a shower, and while it helped a little bit, my contractions just got stronger and stronger. After my shower, I told the nurse that I was ready for my epidural. I had to be transferred to labor and delivery before I could have the epidural, so they checked my cervix (I was now at 3cm) and put in the transfer order. We had to wait for a room to be cleaned, so while we waited they gave me a little bit of morphine to help take the edge off the contractions. I didn't really help, just made me kind of loopy and more sleepy. I was positive for group b strep, so they also started my antibiotics at this point.

Finally around 11:45 they took me over to labor and delivery and got me all hooked up to everything over there. Shortly after we got there, anesthesia came in and I had my epidural by 12:00 and was very comfortable. I was checked at was at 8cm.

A little before 1:00, Brent went to get something to eat. While he was gone, I started gushing blood. When they check my cervix, I was complete, but my water was still intact. They were hoping to keep my water from breaking until 2:30, when my first round of antibiotics would be done. They did get everything all set up and ready to go for delivery and told the doctor know what was going on. They also told me to keep pushing my epidural button so I would have any urges to push.

Brent was back quickly with his lunch and ate fast! The doctor came in a few minutes before two and just hung out and helped finishing getting everything ready. At 2:15 she checked how much blood I was loosing and touched my bag of water...and her touch broke my water. So, we started pushing.

It was way harder pushing this time than the last two because I couldn't feel anything. It took about 15 minutes of pushing (the big kids all took about 3 pushes each to come out), and we had a baby!



Then put Peyton on my chest right away and started to check him out. He was squeaking, peeing and pooping! And he was nursing just minutes after they his mouth and nose all sucked out.

When they delivered my placenta, they confirmed I had a placenta abruption and my placenta was falling apart. The abruption was also confirmed by pathology.

After Peyton was done nursing, they checked him all out and got him cleaned up a bit more. He weighed in at 6 lbs 14.6 oz, 20 inches long, and a head circumference of 12.5 inches. He looked great and his heart sounded great!





It took a while for my epidural to wear off because I had so much of it right at the end, but once I could feel my legs and such again, I got to get out of bed and get cleaned up and transferred to the Mother Baby unit.

Because I only got (almost) one complete dose of antibiotics for the group b strep, we had to stay about 48 hours just to monitor Peyton for signs of infection. But the little guy has done great. He's eat, sleeping, and pooping like a champ! My milk came in while he was nursing right after delivery, so he's eating a little less often than most newborns, but he's eating plenty when he does eat and hasn't had any issues latching on. He does like to be held up for a bit after he eats though. If we lay him down right after he nurses he gets the burpy hiccups and isn't too happy.

The also had an EKG just to check things out, even though his head sounds great. The EKG showed that every few beats originate from the lower part of his heart instead of the upper part. The pediatrician said it normally isn't a big deal, but they are going to have us see the cardiologist for an echo and to make sure everything is okay. We need to call on Monday to get an appointment sometime in the next week or two.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Last OB Appointment!

I had my last OB appointment today!

I lost another three pounds, so I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight...doctor is not concerned about this at all. My belly has been growing just fine, so Peyton is growing and mommy is losing weight.

My blood pressure was high again, but I didn't have any protein in my urine. She took it again after I laid down for a bit and it went down a little bit. I'm supposed to check it a few times a day at home and if it gets high, call.

Peyton's heart sounded great today! She said at this point she wouldn't worry about getting a fetal echo done. She said once he is born, to let out pediatrician know we heard a heart block at one point and they will probably want to do an EKG and echo just to be safe. She thinks he was probably just laying funny or something last week.

I'm dilated to 2cm and 50% effaced. She also stripped my membranes... Which hurt more than giving birth!

I'm on the schedule for induction next week if I don't go into labor before then! I'm excited to meet this little man sometime in the next week or so!

Friday, January 2, 2015

A Long Week

On Tuesday, I had my weekly OB check up. It was rough to start with because my doctor was running way late... Which is weird because she's normally right on time.
When I was finally taken back, I stepped on the scale on the way...and I was down two pounds from the pervious week.
Then I waited a while in the room and the doctor finally came in. My belly measured okay. Then she listened to his heart and right away I knew something wasn't right from the way it sounded. Her expression quickly changed to one of concern. She said what we were hearing was a heart block and she was referring me to see the high risk OB for a fetal echo.

It's been a worrisome week waiting for the high risk doctor to call so we can figure out what's going on with Peyton's heart. We still don't have an appointment, but hopefully we will before I go into labor.

Thursday I had contractions on and off most of the day...and just as I was thinking we probably should head to the hospital, they stopped!

This morning I woke up about 2am puking and couldn't stop; nothing would stay in my belly. About 10:30 I finally gave up and called the doctor. The on call doctor suggested giving it a little long and trying water again, and if that didn't work, to head to labor and delivery for iv fluids. So I drank some water...and it stayed down for about ten minutes.

So I took a trip to the hospital and laid in a bed hooked up to monitors and an iv. After two bags of fluids and some zofran in my iv, I finally didn't feel like puking! So I drank some apple juice and once we know I wasn't going to throw up, I was discharged and sent home!

On the plus side though, Peyton was on the monitor for a while when I got here and his heart sounds great today....perfectly normal! No weird rhythm and no skipping beats! Was told though it's still a good idea to see the high risk for the fetal echo though just to be safe.

Brent is at winter camp this weekend with the teens. So we are hoping that Peyton stays put until Monday so Brent can stay and enjoy camp... and if he's still in on Tuesday, then my doctor will strip my membranes at my appointment on Tuesday and we'll see what happens. One way or another though this little boy is coming out sometime in the next two weeks!