Sunday, June 23, 2013

Happy first birthday Chloe!!!

We had another baby because Levi made being a parent the best thing in the world. And mostly because God allowed it. But we had NO clue how abundantly Chloe would add blessings to our lives! She is hilarious!! She is absolutely the most beautiful little girl I've ever seen and has completely stolen my heart!
We had a big birthday celebration on Friday after her sweet brother got to come home! First up was birthday pancakes of course!!!

She enjoyed a few bites...but she's gotten much pickier over the last couple of months and breads are not her favorite.

Ya'll....I wish I was making this stuff up. That's Daddy changing a dirty diaper! Now, this wouldn't be so funny if we weren't 2 kids and 2.5 years into this parenting thing. And he's not some absent father who never changes diapers....he's the best, most involved, diaper changing, bath giving, do anything Dad! But he still gags!!

Chloe now weights 19.2 lbs and is 28 3/4 inches long! It's so incredibly hard to believe that this was her just one short year ago....

She's in the 41% weight, 35% height, and 25% head circumference (she get it from her mama! haha) Her hair has lightened up so much but she is so dark complected!! She's stunningly beautiful! My parents say my hair did the exact same thing and that she looks just like me. I need to dig out some old pictures!

She is so emotional just like a little girl already! She's normally incredibly happy and has this grin that will absolutely bring you to your knees!

But she does get cranky and demanding and very divalicious at times. (No clue where she got that one?)

Like I said earlier, she's much pickier with food now. She still eats many more things than her brother, but she's not exactly Mikey anymore....shucks. She blows kisses, squeals the girliest little squeal, and today she touched her nose when I asked her where it was!! She loves to do a little jig when I sing to her and she still thinks her brother is HILARIOUS. We definitely find ourselves refereeing a lot...but mostly because she's so mobil. She's still not "walking," she takes a lot of steps here and there, but she much prefers crawling! She's not handling the transition to whole milk well. I don't think she's allergic to dairy because she eats yogurt and cheese all the time just fine. She had a really hard time going from breast milk to formula, and going to whole milk seems to be bad too. She puked EVERYWHERE at her friend Ella's birthday party yesterday. :( Proud Momma moment. I had a lot of trouble with formula when I was a baby and have NEVER been a milk drinker. I'm guessing Chloe is following in those footsteps.
So that present that I INSISTED she get on her birthday came 2 days late. She wasn't real sure what to do with it!

But her little picnic basket was a hit! She loves to take things out of containers, then put them back in which is why I chose this toy. Of course, Levi was a little jealous and said it was "mine toy!" He did get a new nerf gun...we didn't want him to feel all left out on her birthday. Probably a tradition I will always continue....

Here are some videos of her hilarious self. (I wish I could find a pic of this ottoman when we first got it. It was formed and almost a complete how things have changed!)
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She thinks Daddy is so funny when he takes her paci. This video doesn't really show off her giggles, but I just adore that little grin hiding behind her big ole paci!
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Happy Birthday to our sweet little girl!!!! We love you so much and can't wait to see the beautiful woman God makes you! (Though I wouldn't mine it taking double the time it usually does. :))
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Father's Day 2013

This man deserve like 14 Father's Days....maybe even more. I appreciate him more than I could EVER express in words. There are too many Dad's who don't have values like they should. Levi, Chloe, and I are so incredibly blessed to have him leading our household! We were distracted by being worried about Levi so it probably wasn't as grande as I should have made it....but we did have a wonderful day together.

Daddy and his munchkins ready for church!

We went shopping and got Daddy a few of his favorite things. :) We also spent the afternoon hanging out at the beach...most definitely one of Daddy's favorite things!

We were discharged from the hospital today! I was super impressed with the discharge process. We've been in the hospital 3 other times in the last 2.5 years and were never discharged so quickly! The doctor came in to examine him at about 9:00 and we were in the car at 11:15! That was including a stop to see the race car outside! CookChildren's is an amazing hospital with activities for the children to do every day. Since he's been on contact restriction he hasn't been able to leave his hospital room though. 4 DAYS IN ONE ROOM WITH A 2 YR OLD!!!! Eeek.... Luckily, the activity was his favorite on the day he could finally go outside!!!

Daddy brought birthday girl to see me last night! She and I had a little date in the cafeteria and then we played outside on their little "park."

The doctor explained that the MRI took so long because there isn't an order for a clavicle MRI. He ordered shoulder, so when they were sending him pictures he was asking them to scoot further over to make sure the infection had not spread at all and that it wasn't in the bone. It was a miserable 4 hours, but I know he was doing what was necessary for us not to have to do another MRI and to ensure it wasn't in the bone. He was sent home with 3 weeks of antibiotics that he has to take 3 times daily. The medicine has a terrible taste so we are mixing it with something sweet each time. He can still tell...he doesn't like it! I pray it's not a huge battle 3 times a day for 21 more days!!! And hopefully 3 weeks of sweet drinks don't give him cavities. :( We're also doing probiotics for his little tummy. I haven't done probiotics in the past. Neither of my kids have really been bothered by antibiotics the few times we've been on them. But...this isn't your average amoxicillin.....this is hard core stuff. With 3 weeks worth of it, plus the 4 days in the hospital, I think we should make sure and take care of his tummy.

Tonight I'm totally at peace with all 4 of us under the same roof. God is good! Always answers prayers!!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Booooo hiss!

I hate this blog post. I hate that this happened. But I'm thankful for my faith in God, and the power of prayer, and my AMAZING husband. I'm thankful that everything happens for a reason, that we weren't opening a new chicken express store yesterday as planned. And I'm thankful we aren't in Houston where we would have had no family to help us out.

We've known for over a week that Levi hasn't been acting like himself. 12 days ago, I took him to the doctor because he'd run a 102 fever the day before. Ears were fine, throat was a little irritated but probably from allergies. The following Saturday he started not sleeping well, waking up screaming and thrashing. That lasted 4 nights, along with way too many temper tantrums for his norm. And the crying.....oh the crying.... it just wouldn't stop! I took him to the doc last Wednesday because I felt like something was wrong, I just couldn't tell you what. Once again, ears fine, throat still a little red....but nothing beyond that we could find. They prescribed a steroid to try and decrease inflammation in his throat to see if that would help.

He started to sleep better, and wasn't quite as temperamental....but still not his normal. On Friday, I noticed as we were running errands that he was very uncomfortable as I put him in and out of the car seat. Like I was hurting him? When we got home, it was the potty. He wanted to climb up on the stool and not for me to pick him up. That's not our usual routine. I asked him if something hurt, and he said his shoulder. I started thinking about what could be wrong and thought maybe a collar bone break! The more I watched him I could see he was favoring that arm. That's it!!! Who needs an M.D.?? I'm his momma and I'd diagnosed him!

That was already about 1ish so I anxiously awaited the pediatrician reopening after lunch. I was getting this thing x-rayed TODAY! She saw him, and said while it would be strange without an injury we could was possible. It was obvious to her as well that it was hurting.

And we's sissy hanging out at the hospital while we waited.

We took him for some much deserved chuck. E. cheese afterwards of course. They called with results and informed us that all the X-rays were normal. Hmph...... You mean my M.D. is worthless? Ok....we'll update you Monday morning.

Saturday, Trent and I desperately needed to go shop for Chloe's bday since she MUST (sometimes I think God likes to show me who's boss!) have a present on her actual birthday. Mom and dad kept the kiddos while we did some very quick shopping and had a mini date at a really cool sushi conveyor belt restaurant!

This man is my ROCK

Saturday night we noticed that the swelling had gotten worse, it was a little swollen on Friday but not this noticeable.

By Sunday I had decided that we were leaving at 7:30 am Monday morning and we were going to be at the pediatricians office when they opened. At this point, I KNEW something was wrong and I wasn't coming home until I knew what it was.

When we called them, they told us to go straight to cook children's emergency room. He had a fever of 101 that morning when he woke up. We'd been giving him Motrin every 6 hours over the weekend to try and help with the pain, but I had been taking his temp in between doses. Motrin definitely made him less of a monster. He hadn't run a fever all weekend. She said he was going to need more testing that they couldn't do in the office anyway so we might as well go to the best children's hospital.

We didn't have to wait in the er because they had called ahead and told them we were coming. It was also 9am monday morning, haha. They drew blood (after 3 failed IV attempts) and another X-ray. White blood cell count was not elevated but inflammatory levels were a little, X-ray was normal again. The IV team later came and got that done. That's all they do ALLLLLL day, insert children's IVs. Talk about specialized...and they were fantastic! No fiddle fartin around. Get it done right and FAST.

Trying to catch a quick snooze in the er.

It was determined by the infectious disease doctor that he needed to be admitted for an MRI to check for infection of the bone or joint. (Did you know that's a joint? I didn't, until Jim told us Sunday night!)

I decided to go home to see Chloe since the MRI wasn't scheduled until 12pm today. Levi missed her yesterday....he asked one of the nurses "where's Coe go?" So we FaceTimed them this morning.

I left gainesville about 9:15 and headed for Ft. Worth. Trent texted at like 10:15 and said MRI was coming to get him. I totally lost it in the car. At his age he had to be sedated for this. There are always risks with that and even though complications are rare....there is a risk. I drove not the speed limit to get here ASAP. We'd already decided that I wouldn't go back with him anyway because I don't hold my composure well when someone is "torturing" my baby. Trent is much stronger and I didn't want to make it worse for sweet cheeks. BUT I desperately wanted to see him before this.

Shortly after I got there, Trent came out and said they'd gotten him sedated. We were told it would be about an hour and a half. 45ish minutes for the scan and then some time before and after for sedation purposes. About 2 hours later Trent asked about him. They told us he had 15 minutes left on his scan. To us that meant 30ish more minutes? Another 45 minutes went by with no word. We asked again....we were told they had to do more scans so he had 10 minutes of scan left. The anesthesiologist finally came and updated us. He told us that he had vomited after they put the tube in....which is a blessing because it could have been really bad if it had been before the tube. I'm sure that delayed their start some. Then he said that they had to take many more pictures than they expected, the nurses told him it was the longest shoulder they had done. He went back to check again and said he was finished and would be headed to recovery. We were pretty scared at this point because we didn't know why so many scans. (We still don't know.) After another excruciatingly long hour, we FINALLY got to see him. They had told us that his chest tube was out and he was breathing on his own....but that he was still sleeping. We just wanted to see him and hold him sooooooo bad. I'm sure they talked about us in radiology later....bc we asked the desk about 10 times to check on him. But by this point....irrational momma/papa bear instincts were kicking in. We knew they would be giving him a breathing treatment afterwards because of his asthma. They said sometimes it can trigger asthma because its something foreign in his airway. Once again something that led to the most miserable FOUR HOURS of our LIVES.

Our prayers were answered though, and the infection is only in the joint and not the bone. This means far less aggressive antibiotic treatment. Well, far shorter at least. We have not seen our infectious disease doc yet, we will see him in the morning so we don't really know when we'll get to go home yet. (Yes, I said infectious disease. He's confined to this room and under contact restrictions so everyone who comes in wears these big yellow gowns.)

Once he fully woke up and relaxed a little, he was thrilled to dig in his little present that a friend from church dropped off. He was also very anxiously awaiting the nurses to tell him he could dig into his edible arrangement from aunt batesie!

He's in great spirits as long as we keep Motrin or Tylenol in his system. He's been so brave and so big. He really likes that daddy tells him what the nurses or doctors will be doing when they come in.

Daddy went home to be with Chloe tonight and wish her a wonderful birthday tomorrow morning! Nana....who has been a LIFESAVER.... is taking her to her one year check up while daddy tends to all the craziness at work he's been away from for the last 2 days. We aren't "celebrating" Chloe's birthday until her big brother gets home and we can do it all as a family. Luckily she doesn't know the difference.

Thank you all so much for your prayers during these really long 2 days. They are MUCH APPRECIATED!

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Waters Reunion 2013

This is actually the first year we've made it to this reunion. For a few years it was in Odessa, then last year I was SUPER pregnant. My mom's mother was a Waters. She had 13 siblings, so there are quite of few of those "crazy Waters'!"

First things first. Lately...I've been getting these ideas for outfits and it's like I have to make them RIGHT NOW. So Chloe's outfit was completed just in time Thursday night. haha There are definitely a few kinks to work out, but I see these outfits online and think...I can make that! And I did! Boo ya!

We played golf in the morning, then Daddy took them back to Harley and Jane's to take a nap. Chloe made it back after nap time with no bow. :(

Having fun with Grandpa! She's crazy about him!!

One of the cousins always makes one of these for the auction. It's quite large!!

My cousin Shelle, volunteered to organize it. (For some odd reason...) But it was really great!

We were really excited to see Rob & Jessi...we haven't seen them in a while!!

Chloe's new trick is to give kisses and say "mmma mmmma!" I love it!

Levi & Chloe playing with Holton. (He's being sweet...not hitting her.)

Not a great picture...but they are ADORABLE!

We even had our very own baby sitter! Carly (8) is Shelle's daughter and she was great with Chloe! And Chloe loved her!

Jessi & Levi

Albany has a very nice new pool. We had it all to ourselves from 6-8!

Here's Levi going down the big slide with Daddy. Notice the difference in his reactions in the 2 videos!

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We like to call him "Cautious Carl." Daddy really wants him to be a thrill seeker...but he does have a little of his momma in him! Let's just all pray he rides roller coasters! He will have no fuddy duds on our family vacations!

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The kiddos had a blast! Ironically enough, it wasn't hot at all so the water was super chilly!

Shelle, me and Jessi...I love my cousins!

And Shelle loves a silly face...

Those 3 say TROUBLE! Well actually the 2 on the right...but how stinking cute are they?!?! Neither one of them has ANY fear!

5 precious kiddos!!

And Chloe playing peek a boo with Carly. She absolutely had a blast with Carly!

I'm so thankful I got to spend this time with my cousins!! I have such amazing memories with them from when we were children, I LOVE getting to see them!!

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Video Dump 2

Time for some more videos from my phone!

This particular morning, we woke up to the sweetest sound in the world. :)

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We went for frozen yogurt one night in Sugarland and Levi got serenaded by some strange fellas pickin' their guitars on the square.

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Some play time with Daddy. :)

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This was one of our FAVORITES!!! We probably watched it a million times when we first captured it.

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Seeing if he can toss the ball up like Daddy. Hilarious!

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