Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Triple the Months, Triple the Fun

One Month

Two Months

3 Months

Yes, our big boy is 3 months old. When I say big, I mean it. He weighs in at around 14lbs currently. He is very sturdy and loves to show us how he can stand on our laps. He loves to look all around and can lift his head up really well during tummy time.
Here's the ultimate jinx, but I've got to say it...he's maybe a little more laid back than Kate was at this age. I'm not bragging on my kids...oh who am I kidding? They're amazing, of course I'm bragging on them. Kate was very laid back and Carson seems to be following right in her foot steps. He loves to coo and "talk". I love listening to his coos and agoos. So sweet and precious.
The really big news is that he is sleeping all by himself in his big boy bed (crib) at night. Just as I thought, he was more than ready and seems to really like the routine I had set up for Kate at this age. Bath, bottle, bed. I am religious about this and believe this is what set up Kate's good sleeping habits. So I hope it will have the same affect on Carson. He gets up at around 6 every morning so that gives us some good time in the morning to have his bottle and for us to play a little before we have to leave. I even get a few smiles out of him if I try really hard. He is so sweet and cuddly. He loves to cuddle with me especially. We still have that wonderful bond that we started when he was born.I cherish it so much. Happy 3 months sweet boy!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Runny Nose? Is That All????

I THINK my kids are on the mend. Well now that I have new expectations for health I'm pretty sure they are. Before all of this I used to freak out if Kate had a runny nose. NOW I'm glad that's all she has. Funny how things change. Carson is feeling better (although he hasn't told me so himself). He seems to still be stuffy and chuggy. But I am thankful that we are not going back and forth on a decision whether or not to take him to the ER anymore.
Yesterday we woke up and as Carson still hasn't fled the safety of our bed (ahem! that means he still sleeps with us. Soon very soon he will be in his crib. HE's ready (weeks ago) Mommy is not).Jared joked that it was going to be tough sleeping in our bed with an 18 year old in between us. Alright sweetie I get the picture, Carson in his crib tonight or maybe the next night, or maybe.....Ok back to my story. We woke up yesterday morning and heard Kate talking in her crib. Jared went to go get her and we all piled into our bed for some cuddle time. It was so wonderful just taking it easy. So easy. Nowhere to be. Nothing to do. Ah bliss. We went downstairs and made breakfast which was awesome. We have become a part of a food delivery service that delivers all kinds of chicken, meat, pork, pasta, and vegetables.No, not Schwan's! It's all organic. We save on our grocery bill and for once there is healthy food in our house and we don't have to go to the store as often. Bonus! Kate tried some organic turkey bacon and loved it. Surprise! She's a texture girl and has a hard time with anything too juicy or slimy. I got some good pictures of the kids during our morning. We so enjoyed our morning with our "healthy" kids. It's so good to see Kate smiling and laughing and dancing. Although she has stopped smiling for the camera. She turns serious and pouty when I pick up the camera. Hopefully that will change.
We call her Miss Priss.... and we mean it in the best possible way.

Big strong boy lifting his head up.

These smiles make my year...my decade...no..my century!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Will This Ever End?

Last night was one of those nights. I was going back and forth trying to decide if I should take Carson to the ER.He was breathing fast accompanied with some weird crackling noise. So I debated. What if I go and he's fine? It's at least a 6 hour ordeal once you get there. What if I don't go and he gets worse? I called the nurse on call and she was debating with me. She was having me hold the phone up to his mouth to count his breaths. The first time she did it she told me to go. His breaths were over 70. The second time she did it she told me she got 45. Pretty normal. She left it up to me. Aaarrrrgh!!! I decided to stay home and watch him like a hawk for the rest of the night. This morning I took him into his regular Dr. She tested him for RSV and whooping cough and then sent us for a chest X-ray. She called me back this afternoon to say that he had a dark spot on his lung where the mucus was so thick it had actually clogged that part of his lung to where no air was getting to that part of his lung.She consulted a pulmonary specialist because he is so young. The specialist seemed to think that he was ok because he wasn't running any fever. So it's back to breathing treatments 3-4 times a day, accompanied with some "thumping" on his back to break up the mucus. He is on an antibiotic so even though he may be in the first stages of pnemonia my Dr. is confident that the antibiotic will take care of it. So I am back to my question, Will this ever end? Please please pray that it does!

Sunday, April 19, 2009


This week was Carson's turn to take a ride on the sick train. Poor baby has an ear infection and so much congestion that the Dr. sent us home with our very own nebulizer for some breathing treatments. Yuck. Double yuck. Once again he has a virus. Does anyone else think that this is what a Dr. diagnoses when they have no idea what is wrong with your child? And conveniently there is nothing they can give for a virus. Hmmmmm.....Slowly but surely I am getting wise to the medical community. I am kidding, well half way kidding. We have a wonderful Dr.She is the kind of Dr. that will talk with you as long as you want, run every test, and calls you the next day to see how your child is doing. I think medicine has some limitations especially when it comes to babies and I hate it.Here's some Murphy's Law for you. Your kids will always be the sickest they've ever been when #1 You've just started a new job and have no time to take and #2 there is a glitch in your insurance and they don't have you in the system yet. I really shouldn't post these pictures because Kate felt so bad that day. But her and Carson looked so cute in their Easter clothes.I couldn't resist.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

A First We Could Do Without

Last night was Kate's first trip to the ER. She's ok now and resting comfortably but last night was not good. On Wednesday I took her to the Dr. because she had been coughing a lot. It turns out she had strep throat. Here's the weird thing, she wasn't running a fever and she was basically acting like her normal happy self. The Dr. was surprised but I figured, well, we'll get the antibiotic and she'll be as good as new in 48 hours right? Wrong!As the days kept going on she actually got worse. She started having a lot of congestion. So much so that she was to the point of choking on it. Yesterday she started running a fever. We gave her Tylenol and let her sleep as much as she wanted. At about 1 am last night (this morning) she woke up talking loud. Not crying mind you, but talking and calling for her Daddy. She has been known to talk in her sleep but this was different. She was basically choking on her congestion and could only breathe through her mouth. We took her fever and it was 103.6. Jared said he wanted to take her to the ER. When he laid her in my arms to put on his shoes she was like a limp noodle. We went to the ER and long story short after 5 hours, one blood test and 2 X-rays the Dr. diagnosed her with a virus on top of strep. As everyone knows, antibiotics can do nothing for viruses. By the time we were ready to go her fever had definitely broke and she was acting a lot better. So now we just wait out this virus and wait for her strep to clear up. She's exhausted (and so are we) but she is getting as much sleep as possible which in the past has helped just as much as any medicine ever could. This is what I hope for these days,two consecutive weeks where one or both of my kids is not sick. Is that too much to hope for?

Thursday, April 9, 2009

I'm in Love with a Short Stocky Balding Guy

His name is Carson. He's 10 weeks old. He weighs 13 1bs (According to his doc he is in the 90th percentile for weight.) Yet he is in the 25th percentile for height:). His head is also in the 90th percentile (a true Daddy trait ;). I LOVE this little boy. When big sister goes to bed and my arms are completely free we cuddle.If I'm really lucky he'll grace me with some "agoos", gurgles and other sweet sounds. But mostly I hold him and watch him sleep. And I don't even care that he is still sleeping with us. And I don't even care that he still gets up in the middle of the night because that just gives me more time with him. I just cover him with kisses at night. Such a sweet boy and God picked ME to be his Mommy. How could I be so blessed?

Sunday, April 5, 2009

I Hit the Jackpot!

The SMILE Jackpot that is!

Shower Power, Kate Hudson, The Big Guy Takes a Bath

I have noticed lately that my blog posts are 1) less wordy and filled with more pictures 2)filled with random subjects grouped together and 3) fewer and farther between. I know that that is just the way it's going to be right now. I do so love blogging. It is my creative outlet, but man I love these 3 people in my life way more and my weekends are consumed with taking in every single second with them. So here is another random week end post.

Yesterday,one of my best friends Gracie had her baby shower. It was at our house and I was so honored to be a part of it. It's pretty tough to say who was more excited about it , me or Gracie. I have found that I love it when my friends are pregnant (and I'm not :)). I get all of the benefits of experiencing a pregnancy with out the heart burn and weight gain!;) To say that I am so happy for her does not do justice to the way I feel.I only have 2 pictures from the shower because I do not want to steal the thunder of the amazing blog post she will have up on her blog.Selfishly, they are pictures of my contributions. I tried to get creative so beware.

These are cookies I made with little Dre's (Andre) initials on them. They were so fun to make and so easy!

This diaper cake was very easy to make. I love unique things and this was definitely unique because you can decorate it with anything you want and everytthing on the cake is usable.

I think that anyone that looks at this blog can tell that I am pretty obsessed with taking pictures of my girl. It is a hobby, a passion if you will. The whole time I was taking pictures of her I was thinking, "Man, don't you just love the person who is supposed to be taking pictures of her friend's shower but takes pictures of her kid instead?"

Hudson came to the shower and we're so glad he did. For over a year Jodi and I have been waiting for these two to just NOTICE each other. Yesterday they did! It was so cute to watch.

Hudson doesn't hug......

He high fives!

Love this one. Look at Hudson cutting his eyes at Kate.

And finally, some pictures of Mr. Carson taking a bath in the kitchen sink. This is a boy who loves his bath.

God has said, "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" Hebrews 13:5-6