Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Lexa [5 month update]

heyyyyy. here we are. we made it to 6 months and now i can update about what she did as a little 5 month old. number one SHE IS THE BEST BABY EVER. she is so much fun and i love love love being a mom so much. i cant even explain it!

weight: 18 lbs. she is a tank. honestly my arms get tired all the time while im holding her. 
length: she didnt get measured at the last appointment we have but she is long. she has the longest legs and a long torso! 
hair: she has 8 hairs on the top that are beyond long. and the back is finally growing in after balding ! 
eyes: mostly blue and a little green in the middle! 
sleeping:she sleeps a lot better and still sleeps with her dumbo & paci. she likes it cold and cant sleep if it is too hot. 
eating: she is still nursing. it is a total accomplishment for both of us. pumping and nursing !! she gets distracted easily while eating if trey is in the room. daddy obsessed. 
milestones: she scoots around on her back. so cute. she can roll over both ways whenever she wants and will sit up if she isnt feeling lazy. she is starting to push herself around on her stomach. she also has TWO TEETH! 

lexa [4 month update]

do you love how this is 1305743896 days late? oh well:

weight: im not positive but id say around 16.5 lbs
length: 25 inches
clothes size:  she can fit anything from 3 months to 12 months. depends on the brand! 
hair: growing a lot, light brown & the top is way long
eyes:super light blue. 
sleeping:she forgot how to sleep and seriously wakes up way too much, 4 month sleep regression sucksssss. 
eating: nurses when i get home from work and does great with a bottle when im not home. 
milestones:she can sit up for a few seconds, she has way strong legs and only wants to stand in my lap, loves the bath and loves being in her stroller because she is so nosey and wants to see everything. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Lexa [3 month update]

so i basically do these month updates AFTER she has turned the following month to show what she has been doing as a three month old if you can pick up what im throwin down. Lexa being three months old has been our busiest month yet. Trey started school again (YAY that means we are closer to finishing & even closer to law school!) we went to Colorado to visit my brother Jacob, i am still working, we got into two accident- it has been a stressssful time but always finding the joy in the journey ya dig?

weight: 15.5 SHE IS HUGE
length:i honestly have no idea- if i had to guess i would say aroudn 24 inches
clothes size:  3 month. 6 month PJs 
hair: the hair is finally growing!!!! it is the cutest ever. its pretty brown for the most part but looks extremely light in the sun. 
eyes:still blue- i think they will turn green tho. 
sleeping:she is still a great lil sleeper. she still falls asleep with a pacifier and is obsessed with her dumbo. she sleeps most of the night in her crib until i go to work then i put her in bed with her dad. 
eating: she is still nursing and eats really well. she totally has a bad intolerance to dairy and will have stomach issues if i eat it :( 
milestones: she rolls over all the time- and rolled over once from her back to her tummy, she belly laughs at me, and she has really strong legs and can stand up!


Friday, August 14, 2015

Lexa [two month update]

im a real slacker when it comes to blogging. since i started back at work i just cant find the time to sit and blog because i'd rather cuddle my husband or snuggle my baby and that is perfectly fine. but i do want to document things- for myself and so here we go with a two month post about my perfect child! (even tho she is three months in one week)

weight: 12 lbs. 8 oz.

length:22 in.

clothes size:  0-3 month & 3 month. PJs are three months. 

hair: she is starting to have fuzz on top, she still has a mullet and it is liiiiiight brown on top and pretty dark in the back.

eyes:blue. much lighter than last month

sleeping:my baby loves her sleep. 10-6 or 7. working on her bed time being a little earlier. all she needs is a paci and a blanket RIGHT by her face and she will literally fall asleep within seconds. she is a total blanket baby. 

eating: she still eats great! she will let you know when shes hungry- thats about the only time she cries. 

this month: she has started to smile lots and tiny giggles are always coming out of her mouth. she tries to stand when we are holding her. squeals when she is frustrated. i went back to work and she does so good at home with her auntie madd. she copies when we say "OOOHHH" and is obsessed with her dad. she loves him the most. she has a total temper and will let you know when you arent doing something she needs. shes perfect! 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

That'll never happen to us...

That's something I thought about most things in life.. We all know we aren't as invincible as we hope. This was especially true about viruses that seem so ancient. Pertussis is a word that I in all honesty had NO IDEA even exsisted. I knew about my baby getting vaccines when she was two months old & our doctor advised us to be couch potatoes until she got those vaccines- but I never thought anything of it.

Pertussis- or whooping cough is the virus my baby girl got at 6 weeks old. On July 4th I noticed that Lexa had a cough- but I figured it was from the smoke of fireworks. The next day her cough was much worse. Very scary & she just seemed sick. We went to the doctor the next day & our pediatrician told us it was a small cold & she would just improve. He advised that if she didn't get better or ran a fever to come back. Her cough got worse. But my mom instincts kept telling me she was fine and to trust the doctor. He knows what he is talking about. He has seen thousands of babies and knows that she will be okay. A week went by and her cough was much worse. Her coughing got so bad that she would start choking and Trey and I could barely sleep afraid that her cough would choke her during the night and we wouldn't hear. We tried many things- steam from the shower, saline drops to clear up the congestion, a humidifier. Nothing seemed to help so we went back to the doctor the following Monday- a week after our initial visit.

Our incredible doctor. 

That Monday Trey started summer school and I was supposed to go back to work. I called my job and explained my daughter was sick and I had to take her to the doctor- if I could I would come after the appointment. Our amazing pediatrician knew exactly what to do- he tested her oxygen levels after listening to her cough and sent us to the ER after her levels got down into the 70s. (Normal is anything above 91). We got into the ER and they started to put a few monitors on Lexa to test her oxygen, gave her oxygen thru her nose and immediately they knew something was wrong. Even with the oxygen she was getting to assist her breathing she was still choking and her levels were still going down.

 I called my job and informed them I wouldn't be in. They admitted Lexa, gave her a chest x-Ray and while we were still in the ER the nurse informed me that an IV would be necessary- just in case they needed to give her fluids if she were to stop eating. Well, as I was holding my daughters arms down, her screaming so loud my ears were ringing- the nurse attempted to put an IV in her foot. Her veins were so little it was pretty difficult- and thats where it started to go downhill for me as a mom. Hearing Lexa in pain, screaming& crying I felt like she was telling me "MOM MAKE THEM STOP! THEY ARE HURTING ME!" and i started to get so teary eyed. After two attempts to give Lexa an IV it was successful. Thankfully my sister was with me at the ER but stood back because she didnt want to see the nurses poking Lexa. The IV was almost done- and they also needed to do a blood test and then again my heart was breaking!! The IV was loose, the blood started dripping and as they were fixing things and taping it down I started to get extremely lightheaded. The last piece of tape was getting put on the IV and I felt the words: "I THINK I'M GOING TO PASS OUT....." coming out of my mouth and then BLACK. I completely passed out almost on top of my daughter. THANK GOODNESS Madilynne was there. The two nurses were able to catch me and Madilynne saved Lexa from me landing right on top of her. SERIOUSLY- I felt so bad. My poor baby was getting poked and bleeding and I pass out. Awesome. MOM FAIL. I woke up and thought I was in a different room. Sweating and dizzy- I got better quick remembering my baby was the reason was in the hospital. We got moved to a different room and nurses took a swab in Lexa's nose to test for RSV. Trey finished class and came to the hospital. 

We were informed that as long as Lexa's oxygen levels were low we would be in the hospital. My poor little girl. I was so upset I cried. Upset because I couldn't do anything and because I would much rather be the one sick. She was too little and I would have switched her places in a heartbeat if I would have. Over the next two days I got zero sleep. They swabbed her nose for a panel of viruses and then for pertussis. Those tests could take up to 5 days. I was so frustrated because I just wanted to know exactly what was wrong & for it to get better. Lexa continued to cough, got antibiotics each night, got 2 breathing treatments, & was hooked up to way too many monitors. Meanwhile Trey still had to go to school, I hadn't showered in three days & we still weren't sure what was wrong. 

Antibiotics to help her out- she is no longer contagious. 

Each person that visited had to wear masks & gowns. It was all very stressful, sad, & just plain hard. I am soooo grateful for prayers said on Lexa's behalf. I know they helped. On day four she was diagnosed with pertussis. & we were glad to finally know what was wrong. It was hard tho because there is nothing you can do for pertussis. Just sit & wait. This cough can be deadly in some circumstances. It can last for months. I guess where I am getting with all of this is - get vaccinated. Whooping cough, along with other diseases & viruses seem to be making there way back into the world because of more & more people not vaccinating. Lexa was so tough through all of this. She got poked so many times, got medicine, had monitors, oxygen, and tape holding everything all over. She might not talk to anything yet but she was SO GOOD the entire time. The nurses loved her. She was still so happy. She nursed well and didnt need fluids. She had a few times where she wasnt eating enough and the doctor suggested fluids: they tried to use the IV in her foot but it was bent and not working. They tried in each hand and the other foot and it didnt work. Once again she was screaming and i was getting light headed- they then said they would have to try her head because the IV wasnt working. I couldnt. An IV in her head?! I asked to try to feed her again and so I pumped and she downed 3 bottles. She didnt want that IV in her head either.  I was so glad she was doing so well. It was hard not being able to hold and cuddle her all the time like we do at home, but she was a trooper. Her oxygen would go up and down. She would have a few coughs where her levels would be normal, and sometimes where they would drop into the 60s. On day six she was weaned off oxygen and did awesome. She would still choke occasionally but it was much better. We were so excited to get discharged.  

Lexa watched baseball with her dad everyday while we were in the hospital.

It's not only babies that depend on herd immunity. It is cancer kids, sickle cell kids, & other kids that are sick & cannot receive those vaccines. I would hope that no 6 week old has to go through what my baby went through. She may not be able to tell me what's wrong, or what hurts, but I can only imagine- coughing so hard for around 2 minutes every 30-45 minutes, choking on that cough& not being able to breath. She would cough & immediately fall asleep. It wore her out. Babies shouldn't get sick. Its not fair. We were lucky to only be in the hospital a week. Lesson learned- with my next baby we will be much more cautious as to who is around him or her. Booster shots are needed every 7-10 years. Did you know that?! Because I sure didn't. I am much more knowledgable on the entire thing- grateful my daughter is now healthy. I am so grateful also for modern medicine. I know we are lucky to live in this time where doctors know what to do, how to help, and how to prevent.  Vaccines save!! 

My PSA here is to be smart, follow your gut, listen to your doctor, and get vaccinated. I am so glad this wasnt worse, that my daughter is happy and healthy. HEALTH IS EVERYTHING. Lexa Pictum, you are blessed, and you are oh so loved. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Time & Blessings.

I occasionally at night i will wake up- alone. lexa & trey will be knocked out and i just think about how much i hate time. it goes by way too fast for my liking and sometimes there just isn't enough of it. 

( i love to take pictures of them sleeping...creeper.)

example one. my daughter is now  2 months old ( and some change ) HOW HOW HOW did this even happen? i literally feel like she was just born, like we just got home from the hospital. and everyday passes so fast and she just keeps getting bigger and cuter- even tho i ask her to stay little forever. 

example two. trey and i have somehow been married for a year (and a month). once again i feel like we just got married- then i am quickly reminded that its been a while longer than just a few months considering that we now have a cute baby. haha

example three. i started working again and now i just feel like there isnt enough time in the day :( i wake up at 6:30. get to work by 8. get home around 5:30 and then by the time i am home i have so many things i want to do- clean out lexas crib that is piled high with clothes, get rid of the bags of clothes from my closet that i cleaned out two weeks ago, cook dinner because i am starving, and clean off our table. but instead i sit and cuddle lexa, and chat with trey. the piled clothes dont matter all that much. lexa and trey need me more than the mess. 

it is easy to complain and think that things arent going the way you want them- but i kick myself in the butt and am reminded that I AM SO BLESSED. 

and occasionally, actually every single day i am reminded how extremely blessed i am. 

my daughter is perfect. my husband rocks. and i love my job. 

my life is so so good. 

Lexa [one month update]

This is beyond late & I've sucked at blogging. I need to do better because I really appreciate being able to look back & read. ANYWAY! My baby girl is 7 weeks old! I can't handle it. The time is going too fast! But I thought I'd write a post for my own records about Lexa.

Lexa turned 1 month old on June 20th while we were in San Diego. Her first road trip was a success. Minimal crying, first beach visit. 

Just a few things: 

weight: 9 lbs. 10 oz.

length:21 in.

clothes size: newborn, & some 0-3 month. her pjs have to be 3 month because her legs are so long.

hair: she has NO hair on top. a mullet in the back and it is darker in the back.

eyes:dark blue.

sleeping:she sleeps like a champ. 11-6 :)

eating: she eats every 3 hours and sleeps thru the night. she is perfect.

this month: she is starting to track people with her eyes. she has the tightest grip. she loves her dad and cuddling with him. only wants me when shes hungry. she loves to be worn in a wrap or sling. she has been to two movies- aloha & inside out. shes been to the beach. & she has been to two temples: los angeles and san diego.