Friday, October 31, 2008

Our First Halloween

Here are some Halloween pictures. Just a quick bit of information...Madison had a doctor appointment on Monday and weighed in at 10lb 1 oz. Enjoy I have to go warm up bottles now.

Madison and Andrew with their pumpkins (artwork on pumpkins by Sarah)

Madison's First Halloween

Drew's First Halloween

James as Spiderman

James and Katlyn (look at my muscles)

Sarah as Dorthy and Megan as Kaya (American Girl)

Andrew

Madison

Are we cute or what?

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Growing

Well let’s see it’s been so long since I posted I don’t know what I need to update you on. Maddie and Drew are GROWING! The newborn clothes they have are too small now they are in their 0-3 month clothes and I put them both in a 3 month outfit for the picture below.

Maddie still has her colic and Mommy and Daddy are still sleep deprived. We tried a formula change to see if it would help with her colic. We changed to the Similac hypoallergenic formula which was twice the price of her normal formula and it did nothing. She is now on the Similac Isomil and has been on it for 4 days. I’m not sure if the Isomil is working yet or not. Last night was a pretty good night and so far it’s 10:45 and no colic signs yet. Maybe the formula is working or maybe she is saving it up for the 12-4 time frame. Drew is pretty good just a fussy spell here and there but most of the time he is pretty quite. He does like to talk a lot when he has his bink in trying to fall asleep. I just hope this colic only last 3 months I know it can last up to a year and I pray that will not be the case. I don’t think I can make it a year with this colic.

I am going to have to call the doctor Monday about Maddies umbilical granuloma because it’s coming back. Drew is doing great and will hopefully not have to see Dr. Dickson again until his two month appointment. The two month appointment will be tough because it will be the first time we see them get shots. We did not see them give the first immunization they gave them in the hospital.

I’m so thankful for all the help from everyone. I don’t think I would survive if I didn’t have all the help. I need my naps! It really surprises me how your body can function on such little sleep. I always said I don’t know how my brother did it working all night ant then watching the kids during the day but now I am starting to see…. that you just do it.

Jen is continuing to do good and is actually back to work so you better call now to get your appointments.

Enjoy the pictures next pictures will be Halloween pictures.











Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Maddie and Drew visit doctor

Maddie and Drew went to the doctor on Monday. Maddie had an umbilical cord problem and Drew sounded a little congested and I could feel a little rattle in his back.

Madison
weighed in at 8lb 14 oz and has a umbilical granuloma and may have a very small umbilical hernia but it will probably repair on it’s own. The pediatrician did use the silver nitrate on it and today it is looking much better.

I found this on the internet…..If your baby develops a moist, fleshy bump on his navel, a condition called "umbilical granuloma," your pediatrician may apply a drying solution called silver nitrate, or he may need to surgically remove the swollen growth (this minor procedure is done in the doctor's office).

If you baby's umbilical cord bulges outward, especially when he cries, he may have an umbilical hernia (a tiny hole in the abdominal wall and when baby cries, the pressure forces the nearby tissue to push outward through the hole). An umbilical hernia is twice as common in boys as in girls, and almost always heals without any treatment by baby's first birthday. If it doesn't, your pediatrician will recommend that the hole be surgically repaired.

Drew weighed in at 8lb 11 oz and was just fine his lungs are clear. I guess it is just mucus that they need help breaking up so we just need to tap him on the back when he sounds congested.

The pediatrician did tell us to start putting them on a schedule and putting them to bed at 7:30 – 8:00 now. We are now moving them up to their crib around 7:30 instead of leaving them downstairs with us until we go to bed.

After the comment on my last post from some about the miracle blanket I got out my swaddle sleep sacks. I have been using the sleep sacks but not putting the swaddle part of it on them but tonight they are both in the swaddle sack. I went to the website for the blanket and read the reviews and one lady said her daughter went from sleeping 2 hours at a time to 7 straight hours. I know 7 hours is asking for a miracle but if I could just get 4 or 5 that would be a miracle for us.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

No luck with sound machine

The sound machine did not work and we were up until 3:15 or so before we got any sleep last night. I did get the hairdryer out just to see if it would calm her. As soon as I turned the hairdryer on she stopped crying but then started again when I turned it off. Today I did order the hairdryer CD for EBay.

If you have any suggestions for me please leave me a comment. I will try anything! LOL

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Finally an update- Sorry its been so long

I think it’s been two weeks now since my last post because it’s been so busy. Sorry it's been so long I want to try to keep you updated each week. Maddie and Drew are doing well and are growing everyday. I think we are going to try to weigh them maybe tomorrow to see how much they have gained. I can definitely tell they are gaining weight and Drew’s little face is starting to fill out more.

Maddie still has her issues keeping Mommy up all night long (12-4) and it’s starting to take a toll on me. She will kick her feet, flail her arms and cry cry cry. I called the doctor and they said they think she has her days and nights mixed up. The other day I was getting ready and she was in the bathroom with me in her bouncy seat and of course she was crying. I turned the hairdryer on to dry my hair and she instantly stopped crying. When I turned the hairdryer off she started crying again so I turned the hairdryer on and laid it on the counter while I brushed my teeth and put my hair up. I am going to try a sound machine tonight. Cheryl and Heidi both had a sound machine they are letting me use and the good thing is they have different sounds so hopefully we can find a sound that works. I have been looking online and found a CD that you can purchase that has 75 minutes of hairdryer sound. There are so may different sounds that supposedly calm an infant like…hairdryer, dryer, running water, and a vacuum.

Maddie and Drew made their big debut at Powerco and BMI two Wednesdays ago and did very well. By the time we made it to Powerco it was time for a bottle and diaper change. Mike never thought his desk would become a changing table and bottle prep area. I was shaking up the bottles and spilled formula all over his desk. Linda has her camera with her at all times so she took pictures of Mike’s desk being converted to a changing table and feeding station.

Today Maddie and Drew went to watch Sarah’s soccer game and slept through both games and never made a peep. Sarah did a really good job today and they won one and lost one game today. Sarah is on a team with her best friend Megan and I think she really likes it.

My scrapbook friends came over with dinner(Chipotle my favorite) and cake to celebrate my birthday. We usually go out for birthdays but they brought the birthday party to me this year. Picture below

Jen had blood work done and her levels are within the normal range now but still on the low end of normal so she will continue to take her iron to get her hemoglobin up a bit more. I think she is getting stronger and stronger with every day that passes and is going back to work around the 22nd I think.

Well its 11:30pm now so I better go I have several pictures below enjoy! I want to try to change the layout of the blog to a baby theme with picutres of Maddie and Drew but need to find some professional help becuase I just can't figure it out. Tiffany if you read this do you know how to get in touch with the girl that did yours? I can't find her blog now.


Maddie

Drew

Brother and Sister

Maddie all dressed up for her credit union outing

Drew all dressed up like Daddy for his credit union outing

A look at the next 24 hours

Sarah and Megan at Soccer

Birthday party at my house

Mike's desk as a changing table

Making a mess on Mike's desk