Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Doesn’t Get Much More Texan

Nothing says “Texas” more than bluebonnet pictures.

Last spring we found lupines (California’s name for bluebonnets) near Monterey.

But this year we got to take pictures in the real thing!

I haven’t been home for bluebonnet season in 8 years – right before Jarrod and I moved to Guam.  So I was really excited to get to see the bluebonnets in bloom this year.  The kids were excited too.  They loved the “pretty blue flowers” and were very careful not to step on them and mess them up.

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Are you looking for photos of all three kids together?

Well – this is how that went….

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Hopefully it will be less than 8 years before we get back to Texas for bluebonnet season again!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

God Bless Evelyn Delores

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Thanks, Mom, for making the delicious cake!

Last night we baptized Evelyn in the same church that Trenton, Charlotte, and myself were baptized in and Jarrod and I were married in. 

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(Mommy’s legs apparently need to take a trip to see the sun and the gym – eek!)

Evelyn wore the baptismal gown that my Nanny made for me and my brother.  Trenton and Charlotte have also worn it.

She also wore the hand crocheted booties that my mom and her siblings wore for their baptisms.

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Evelyn did great.  Trenton was very excited that she didn’t cry when Father poured the holy water on her head.

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It was wonderful to have family and friends surrounding us on Evelyn’s special day.

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Us with Father Clem and Evelyn’s godparents – my brother Bradley and his wife Courtney

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My side of the family

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Part of Jarrod’s side of the family.

God Bless Evelyn!

Monday, March 17, 2014

My Lucky Little Birthday Girl

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My little St. Patrick’s Day baby turned four today!

She’s come a long way from that little 5 lbs 5oz baby!

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Charlotte has a mind of her own.  She is such a little performer.  She sings and dances around all the time.  She is also quite forgetful.  I often hear: “I just forgot that I was supposed to listen” or “I didn’t remember that I was supposed to follow directions” and my favorite “Why can’t I just remember to not listen when Trenton tells me to do something?”.  I think she’s going to give us a run for our money when she’s older! 

Charlotte is a great sister – looking up to her big brother and helping out with her little sister.  Charlotte is also our adventurous child.  She is fearless at gymnastics trying some crazy flips on her own and not crying a bit when she falls down (or when she runs her bike off the curb). 

She is a determined child.  As soon as Trenton got a bike with a bell, she decided that she wanted one too.  We told her that if she could get really good at her balance bike (which she hadn’t been interested in before), we would get her a big girl bike with a bell.  Guess what she’s getting for her birthday?

Now on to the annual birthday questionnaire…

What is your favorite color? Pink
What is your favorite toy? Sofia Doll

What is your favorite fruit? Watermelon
What is your favorite TV Show?
Dora the Explorer
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?
Mexican Hotdog
What is your favorite outfit?
Dresses
What is your favorite game?
Cootie
What is your favorite snack?
Eggs
What is your favorite animal?
Cat
What is your favorite book?
Goodnight Virginia
Who is your best friend? Hannah N.

What is your favorite cereal? Lucky Charms
What is your favorite thing to do outside?
Play at the beach
What is your favorite drink?
Apple Juice
What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas because it snows
What do you like to take to bed with you at night?
Daddy
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Sprinkle Waffles
What do you want to eat for dinner on your birthday?
McDonald’s
What do you want to be when you grow up? A Doctor, an Astronaut, a Mommy, a Princess, and a Dog – but how will I wear all those clothes?

I love seeing this girl grow and change every day.  I can’t wait to see what the coming year brings for her!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Beautiful Butterfly Tea Party

We had Charlotte’s fourth birthday party today at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.

Charlotte wanted a butterfly party, and what better place than the monarch butterfly capital of the United States.

Our only responsibility for the party was the cake.

Butterfly Birthday Cake - Small heart cakes for the wings, cupcakes for the body, twizzler antennae and mouth, and mini chocolate chip eyes

Everything else was covered – pizza, drinks, decorations, activities, take home favors.

I was absolutely in love with the decorations in the party room.  It was so cute!  And I loved the mismatched china and patchwork tablecloths.  With a group of kids ranging in ages from 22 months to 5 years it was a wonder nothing got broke!  They all did a great job being careful!

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The party coordinator led the kids in outside activities – digging for fossils, decorating seed packets, making newspaper flowerpots, planting seeds, playing in a birds nest, and flower pounding.

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The kids also were led through the museum on a scavenger hunt.

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It was such a cute little party, and really easy for me.

And Charlotte sure enjoyed having fun with all of her friends!   

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Friday, March 14, 2014

The Big Switch

I thought that switching from breastfeeding to formula would be easy.  It would help Evelyn feel better, put some pounds on her, and I could get some help feeding saving me some time.

Ha!  I was wrong!

Let’s start out with the formula that Evelyn in on.  Nutramigen.  Good golly miss molly that stuff is expensive.  Like almost $40 a can.  And one can won’t last even a week.

And the stuff stinks.  Girlfriend has some rank smelling burps.  And let’s not even talk about the way it makes her spit up and diapers smell.  Eeeewwww!

But the ants don’t mind the smell.

This is our third spring in Monterey, and each year we have battled ants getting into our house (almost all of our friends here fight the same battle).  Anyway, the ants apparently love formula.  If I spill even a smidge of powder, they are on it.  So the formula can has its home up on a high shelf in hope that the ants won’t find it.  Thankfully they aren’t as attracted to formula spit up (we still have our good days and our bad days as far as spitting up goes).

The doctor told me to pump to keep my breastmilk supply up in case the Nutramigen doesn’t work and we go back to breastfeeding. 

Easier said than done.

Between a cranky baby that wants to be held a lot, two other kids and their obligations, and trying to keep the house at least somewhat picked up, I don’t have a whole lot of extra time for pumping.  So I’m only getting in two pumping sessions a day.  One in the morning and one at night after the kids are down.  So – you guessed it – I’m drying up.  I’m hoping that I’ll have more time for pumping over the weekend and I can get my supply back up.

Evelyn took to the bottle really good the first few feedings.  Then she started screaming and crying a lot.  I’m not sure if it’s the taste that she’s just not used to yet, or if the formula is bothering her tummy.

I do know that it is bothering her bottom though.  The formula hasn’t really cut down on the amount of poopy diapers that she’s having, but it has made them not so loose.  It has also given her horrible diaper rash.  After talking to the pediatrician’s office this morning, we now have a new diaper changing routine.  Instead of using diaper wipes, we are washing her bottom with soap and water at each diaper change.  Then we can let her air dry or use a hair dryer on the cool setting to dry her.  Lastly we apply an ointment and a cream that we mix together to her bottom before we put a clean diaper on.

Whew!  Can you say high maintenance?  But if we have to be high maintenance to get this little girl feeling better and get some sleep at night, we’ll do it a hundred times over!

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Picnic Lunch Date

Today was the perfect day for a picnic date with Daddy at school.

We had everything we needed.

A gorgeous view.

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Yummy food.

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Good hiding spots.

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A Daddy who enjoyed a break from thesis work.

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And a nice blanket to nap on.

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A perfect day indeed.

Watch Me Grow: Two Months!

Evelyn hit the two month check point yesterday.

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And my how she has changed! 

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We are seeing more and more of her little personality.  And our favorite?  Smiles!

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Evelyn’s two month well-baby check wasn’t scheduled until Thursday, but I had to switch it to today.  Her reflux medicine has helped her spitting up a bit, but I had been noticing that her face had been breaking out in a little rash after nursing the past few days.  And last night was the worst that it had been.

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Trenton and Charlotte were both allergic to cow’s milk, so I had cut out big ticket dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, cream, etc) since Evelyn was born.  But I thought that Evelyn’s rash looked like an allergic reaction.

Today’s appointment confirmed what I thought.  In addition to the rash, Evelyn has also had mucus in her stool, and testing at the doctors office showed microscopic blood in her stool too.  All of that paired with the fact that Evelyn has dropped off of her growth curve, led to the decision to start Evelyn on hypoallergenic formula.  The doctor didn’t want to take time changing my diet to try to find out what Evelyn is allergic to since we need her to start growing.  I’ll keep pumping for now to keep my supply up so that I can go back to breastfeeding if the formula doesn’t help the problem.  We go back on Monday for a follow-up.

Evelyn was pretty cranky this afternoon after getting three shots this morning, but has been a little happier tonight.  She of course didn’t like getting shots, but she didn’t scream nearly as much as I thought she would. 

Weight: 9 pounds, 4 ounces (25th percentile – down from the 45th last month)
Height: 21 1/4 inches (This was taken after the rest of the appointment, so I didn’t see the doctor again to get the percentile.  I’ll ask on Monday at our follow-up.)
Eating: Every 3-4 hours both day and night.  We’ll see how if that changes now that she’s on formula.
Sleeping: Most nights Evelyn will eat and go right back to sleep.  Sometimes giving me close to 4 straight hours of sleep at a time!  Other nights aren’t so good, but we’re definitely doing better than last month!
Diapers: Size 1
Clothes: 0-3 months
First Valentine’s Day
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First Smile: February 15th
First Hike: February 21st
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Hopefully next month’s update will be less about medical issues and more about cuteness and milestones!