Thursday, April 19, 2012

Emerson’s First Sick Dr. Visit/Belated 3 Month Post

My sweet baby girl has had a tough 24 hours!  Yesterday we went to MOPS and she attended the nursery (for her 3rd time) for a portion of our time there.  She did great!  The ladies just love her to pieces and always comment on how happy and calm she is.  When we got home, she nursed and then went down for nap.  She slept for over 3 hours!  I thought this was just because she was tired from MOPS that morning.  When I woke her up at 4:30 p.m., she was not interested in eating and seemed really grumpy!  After forcing her to eat, she threw up everywhere, all over both of us.  Then I realized she was running fever.  Of course by this time our dr was already closed for the day. Addie and I bathed her to clean her up and try to cool her warm body.  (Addie was by the way, so precious with her, saying, “It’s ok baby, shhhh, shhhh, it’s ok….” )  I tried to give her Tylenol, which she threw right back up.  When her fever hit 101.5, we headed to our local pediatric after hours office. I just felt so uneasy about her still being so little with a fever.  Addie and Brandon stayed home and I took her alone.  We had to wait a little while, but once we got back there, the dr and nurses were wonderful.  They were very concerned that she could have a bacterial infection since she had fever and vomiting with pretty much no other symptoms.  So, the full run of testing began.  My poor little sweetie was poked and prodded and messed with so much!  They started with a  catheterization to collect a urine sample in case she had a UTI.  That came back negative, so then they did a flu test by rubbing a swab deep in her nose.  That was negative, so they did a strep test, swabbing her throat, which made her throw up again.  That was negative.  So they decided to do a blood draw to test her blood cell counts.  The first toe they pricked didn’t bleed enough, (grrrrr) so they had to prick her other big toe and were finally able to get enough blood.  By this time, her fever was rising even more, so they felt they should give her some Tylenol.  I warned them, but of course, it came rushing back up and she threw up AGAIN all over herself. (and me too!) So, then they wanted to give her a Fever All suppository.  Poor little girl had had enough!  But, fortunately that worked and started to temper down her fever a little.  The blood cell count came back normal, indicating that her white blood cell count was low enough that there was no concern for a bacterial infection (Praise the Lord).  So, by process of elimination it was determined that she just had a viral bug that would have to take it’s course.  We came home and she had a pretty tough night and day today, but around 4 pm she started to perk back up.  I could tell she was starting to feel better as I put her to bed tonight.  What an experience for a first time sick dr. visit, huh!?  Bless her little heart, she was so sad.  I have never heard her cry like she cried through all of that testing last night.   So thankful she’s feeling better and I sure hope we don’t have to go through that again any time soon! 

Here are a few pictures of her from last night and today. :(



I typed up the following about a week ago but with the big sister’s birthday craziness, it never got posted.

Dear Emmie,
You have been three months old for a couple of weeks already, but I just haven't gotten around to documenting your changes! You are the sweetest baby ever! You are so laid back and you very rarely cry! You are soooo happy (as one can see in the photos below!) You are still not a fan of the bottle...but you are rockin in other areas! Like sleep! You are now sleeping 7:30-7:30! I miss you so much at night...especially at that 10 pm dream feed! I loved that time with you. Some think I have crazy attachment issues with you, but I quickly defend myself saying that I know from Addie how fast this time goes, so I just want to soak up every moment I can with you. You absolutely MELT my heart with your smile, your cooing, and your attempt at a giggle. We think you are already ticklish! You squirm and smile when Daddy tickles you. I snuggle and rock you every chance I get and so does your Daddy. You just started using the jumparoo, you still aren't really sure. During tummy time you love to flip to your back. You love to suck on your hands and when you find your thumb you are a happy camper.  Mommy loves to put you in Addie’s clothes from when she was a baby and enjoy them all over again! You are just such a ray of sunshine to our family!! Making you smile is our new favorite thing to do.  We love you sweet girl.
Always n forever,
Your hopelessly devoted momma


And here are a few pics of Emmie’s first Easter!

The girls wore pink smocked dresses to church….they were so sweet! I love the innocence of little smocked dresses.  I want to keep them little forever!
(Emerson wore one of Addie’s dresses that Carol bought her as a baby!)


Thank you to our sweet friend Donna for making the girls these matching Easter bunny shirts to wear to our family gathering on Easter!


We love you Emmie C! :) I know you’re closer to 4 months old than 3 months now, but better late than never! :)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Addie’s Big Ol’ Birthday Post!

**Warning!  This is a super long post!  Eek!!

Dear Addison,

I can hardly believe you are three years old!  It feels like just YESTERDAY that you were born!  That was such a happy day!  You came into the world and brought so much joy to your daddy and mommy and to so many others as well!  We had a wonderful time celebrating your birthday this year!  It was the first year that you REALLY got it!  It was so fun to look forward to the celebration with you.  You had fun passing out your invitations to your friends and asking them to come to your birthday party!  It was so sweet.


Let’s talk about you, my adorable little three year old!  I want you to be able to go back and read all of this later!  You are a precious little girl.  You are so beautiful on the inside and out.  You are very caring and are always taking care of others. You are a SMART little cookie!  Your personality can light up an entire room.  Along with that personality, comes a pretty strong will too!  I love being able to stay home with you each day, and we have lots of fun together.  There are some days that you make me a little crazy though because you make up your mind about something and you stick to it!  Our prayer is that God will use your super strong will to do big things for His kingdom some day!  I am so proud of how much you’ve grown and changed lately.  You are such a big girl!  You’ve been sleeping in your full sized bed for several months and are doing great in it.  Your bed time is any where from 7:30-8:00 p.m.   As for the morning, your body clock seems to wake up at about 7 am.  But….We have a “Good Nite Light” on your wall that tells you when you can get out of bed – 7:15 a.m., and you are doing better about waiting till that light says it’s a go to get up.  You are learning!  (This is an area where that strong will often comes into play!) You have just about dropped your nap too.  Most days we can still get you to fall asleep, but we have noticed that on the days when you nap you are not very tired at bedtime and lay there forever trying to go to sleep!  So, Mommy has started training you to do “rest time.”  This is about an hour and a half of quiet time in your bed…looking at books, puzzles, playing with your girls, etc.  We both need that mental break in the afternoon, even if you aren’t sleeping. :) You are also now potty trained, and have been for a couple of months!  You are so good about telling us when you need to go, and even seem to have the #2 down pretty well.  You still have occasional accidents, but your daddy and I are SO stinking proud of the progress you’ve made.  You love, love, love going to school!  You don’t even usually stop to kiss me goodbye because you are so excited to go in and play with your friends.  :) Sometimes we get notes about something that happened at school.  It usually is just because of your “exuberance” that you get into mischief!  You love to be social and you don’t really fit inside of any neat little “box.”   You talk ALL THE TIME.  It amazes me how many things you say, and sometimes your daddy and I giggle when you yell out, “Oh my goodness!”  or other really grown up things.  We had your 9 month reevaluation this week for your allergies.  You are still very allergic to peanuts and almonds, and have a mild sensitivity to dog saliva.  Your passions include: Jumping on your trampoline, going to the park, going to the mall, chicken nuggets and fries, icecream drinks, pizza, pink donuts, playing with playdough or stickers, music/singing/dancing, your baby sister, reading books, friends, “girls” (like Barbies, disney princess toys, etc.) Mickey Mouse, Bubble Guppies, Team Umizoomi, and the list goes on!  You are so full of life and spunk, and you make me smile so many times a day.  When I am away from you I miss you like crazy, when we’ve spent a LOT of time together, you drive me a little crazy, but mostly I am just crazy in love with you sweet girl!  Happy Birthday!  I love you to the moon and back!


We had a “MUSICAL” birthday party for you this year because that is your favorite thing right now!  We had a “rocker girl” theme and had a music lady come to lead you and your friends in songs and instruments!  You loved it! 





And a special thank you to your sweet Uncle Ryan for taking all of these pictures for us!!


We also had a great time celebrating your birthday at school!  You chose donut holes to take to your friends at school to celebrate!  You loved being the center of attention, and it was fun for me to see you in your school element!  You loved the special gift Mrs. Wilkins made for you and kept saying, “What it be!?  What it be!” while you were opening it! It was extra special because your actual birthday was on a school day so we got to have a mini celebration on your actual day!



I love you soooooo much!  Happy birthday to my little princess!!!