Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Baby Update

Just thought I would update how our little guy is doing. I am now almost 29 weeks pregnant. Right at the peak of when things start to go down hill fast for babies of diabetic moms. When I was this far along with Reese threats of hospitalization had already been occurring for sometime; her amniotic fluid was out of control (I had way too much), she was getting really big, my blood sugars were next to impossible to keep in a good range, I was having contractions, it was a mess. With this little guy, I really feel like the team of doctors I am working with are miracle workers. Baby is still at an average weight and on the same growth curve he started at, the amniotic fluid is fine, my blood sugars are not horrible and I feel much more calm about the whole situation. Right now our biggest concern is how early he might be (but things are looking good) and whether or not he will have to endure a NICU stay after he is born. As we get closer to meeting him, please keep he and I in your prayers. We would love to avoid the whole NICU situation.

More Devin-isms

  • He is so excited for his baby brother to come. He loves to touch my belly and feel him kick, he is saving clothes that don't fit him anymore for his brother {his idea!}, he is planning what he wants to teach him, etc. He is just excited--so imagine how I felt the other night when I over heard him ask his dad "Daddy, when the baby comes and gets a little bigger will I still be a part of this family?" In talking to him we discovered that he is really quite concerned about having to "leave" and "grow up." It broke my heart that he can love his brother so much- even if having him {in his eyes} means that he has to leave and no longer be a part of our family.

  • In Sharing Time last Sunday Dev just could not sit still and be quiet. He was constantly bugging his neighbor, talking out of turn, not paying attention, being rowdy, trying to wrestle. When I finally got a chance to {I was conducting}, I took him outside and talked to him {read: threatened him} and told him that I would be sitting by him until he could show me he could be reverent without me by him. We went back to his seat and sat down. He was doing pretty well and the music leader asked him to come up and help her. She said, "Devin, you are being so reverent with your mom next to you, come on up." He went up and replied to her and the whole primary in the most matter-of-fact tone, "My mom had to sit next to me because I was being bad."

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Catching Up

My blogging has been random and lame, to say the very least. This post is to catch up on things I have often thought about blogging but have been to lazy to do so.

  • I believe Reese has an allergy/sensitivity to dairy products. I started noticing that everyday after she had milk she would have diarrhea. I took her off milk for 2 weeks and it got a little better. I gave her milk a couple days ago and the poor girl has had severe diarrhea ever since. I think I need to eliminate yogurt, cheese and all other obvious dairy also to see how she reacts (or doesn't) to that.
  • Reese is a monkey. She is always climbing on top of everything. She climbs on chairs to get onto the table, she climbs over the back of the couch, she climbs on my hope chest, she will climb on anything she can manage. The other night I was on the phone and I heard her start to cry that horrible cry where you KNOW something is wrong with your baby and that they are in extreme pain. She wouldn't calm down and wouldn't let anyone touch her. After a long while I noticed it was her arm/hand that was the problem. She wouldn't use them anymore and when she did it made her yell out in pain and start to cry. That night every time she moved in her sleep she would cry so the next day I took her in to the doctor. Turns out the poor girl had a dislocated elbow. It had been dislocated for over 12 hours and thus was VERY painful for her. The doctor put it back into place, but it still took her 3 days to begin to use her arm again.
  • Devin informed us this week that Reese is no longer a baby, she is a "toggler."
  • On Mother's Day our Primary kids got up on the stand and sang to their moms in sacrament meeting. I will never forget this Mother's Day. My sweet little Dev stood up there in the very front as close as he could get to the microphone and sang at the top of his lungs to me. The whole congregation was laughing because he could be heard all the way in the back of the chapel. He was a little off also, so he was singing the words just after the rest of the primary. It was so sweet. He loves his mama and I am sure lucky to have him.
  • Dev is excited to go to Hawaii next month. He isn't too sure about swimming in the ocean though because he thinks the fish will nibble at his toes!
  • Dev has beaten Lego Star Wars on the Wii all by himself. I swear, this kid is amazing--he is 4 and he knows and can do so much! I don't think I could beat any game on the Wii!
  • Dev had a friend over to play the other day. She is a girl and is 3. Needless to say, they both had different ideas about what they wanted to play. She wanted to play house and be a mama and Dev wanted to play Star Wars and kill the bad guys. They kept arguing about which one they were playing. Finally I heard Dev say "Fine! You're a mom and I'm Darth Mal and I just killed your baby!" Poor little girl starts crying and screaming at him that he can't kill babies. His reply? "Yes, I can because I'm betending! And I didn't kill the baby, Darth Mal did!"
  • Reese has a new favorite phrase: "No way!" Dev asked her for some of her snack the other day and she said, "No way" in such a sweet little voice. Dev cracked up laughing before his feelings got hurt. Then I heard him tell her "But I am so nice to you, Reese!"
  • The waddling has set in on my part. This week marks the beginning of pregnancy hell in my book. My back hurts, my legs hurt, I have sciatica, can't sleep, oh the list goes on. And to top it off, today I caught Reese mimicking the way I walk!
  • My new obsession in the iPhone. As soon as the new one is release {hopefully next month} I am getting it. I know it will make my life so much more complete.
  • Brad and I did our civic duties and stimulated the economy. We decided to join this generation and get Tivo. No one can say we don't do our part.
I think that may be it for now. I am sure I will think of more updates. Oh yeah, and yes, I am wishy washy--I have made my blog public again. We will see how long it lasts before I change my mind...AGAIN!