Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Medical Update

I thought it was about time for a medical update on Charlotte. 

She has had two urinary tract/kidney infections since we moved to Pennsylvania (one two days after we got here, and another in September).  Her pediatrician suggested that she start being seen by a pediatric urologist again.

We made our first trip to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia around the middle of October.  It was mostly just a consultation visit.  I answered a lot of questions and they scheduled Charlotte for some tests for our next visit.

Two weeks later we were back in Philly for Charlotte’s tests and a second meeting with the urologists.  First up was an ultrasound.  Charlotte is really good with the “jelly on the belly test,” and even though the ultrasound took longer than any ultrasound she’d had before, she did great.

Next up was a VCUG.  I had thought that we would be meeting with a child life specialist before the test, but they were running behind schedule, so we didn’t get a meeting.  We walked into the VCUG room without Charlotte having any idea what was about to happen, and Charlotte recognized the machine.  She started getting apprehensive.  Then while I was changing her into her gown and went to take her underwear off, she really started freaking out.  And it didn’t stop.  Getting a cath in her took four people.  She cried pretty much the whole time on the table.  Then she didn’t want to pee the contrast that they had put into her bladder out.  She finally urinated, and was fine!

We went to grab some lunch from the hospital cafeteria, and then went to meet with the urologists.

They had good news for us.  The VCUG was normal!  Absolutely no reflux!  That means that Charlotte’s surgery last fall was 100% a success, and the two infections that she’s had since were not due to reflux.

Then we got some more news.  Charlotte was being referred to nephrology because she had calcium deposits on both kidneys that were found during the ultrasound.  I had no clue what this meant, and we were told to set up an appointment with the kidney doctors.

Two weeks later, and we were heading back to Philly for our meeting with the nephrologists.  They told me that Charlotte has two small kidney stones and a lot of calcium that are not stones yet. They wanted a urine specimen from Charlotte along with some blood.  Urine was easy.  Blood, not so much.

I got a call from the nephrologist last week with test results.  Charlotte’s urine looked fairly normal.  Because she is still in a pull-up at night, we can do the gold standard 24-hour urine test.  So the urine numbers that the doctors have are a “snap in time” sample.  They want to test again in 3 months to see where she stands then.  Charlotte’s blood work showed that her creatinine level (shows kidney function) was out of the normal range.  It wasn’t a lot higher than normal, and nothing to be alarmed about, but they want to check that again in three months too.

So that’s where we stand.  Still quite a few questions, but nothing to be overly worried about.

I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Stay warm, be safe, and have fun! 

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We are traveling for the holiday, but you can keep up with us on Instagram HERE.

Monday, November 24, 2014

I Said I Wouldn’t Do It

I’m one of those people who has always waited until after Thanksgiving to start decorating for Christmas (or at least until after Thanksgiving dinner!).

But this year, things are a little different.  Thanksgiving is later this year leaving less time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Plus, we are travelling for both holidays.

So the decorations went up this weekend.



I cut out everything I needed for Evelyn’s stocking last year when I made Trenton’s and Charlotte’s stockings.  But for some reason I didn’t make Evelyn’s stocking at the same time.  I’ll blame it on pregnancy brain.  So, I have stocking sewing on my to-do list.

Those of you who are friends with me on facebook, may have seen this picture that “I” posted over the weekend.

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It had the caption “awesome husband!”.

But – I didn’t take the picture.  I didn’t post it to facebook either.

You see, my husband is kind of sneaky.  While I was working on getting dinner ready, he grabbed my phone without me seeing, snapped a picture, and posted it to facebook as me with the above caption.  When I was the one who put the lights up outside.

I will give him credit for putting up one corner though.  He wanted me to snap a photo of him.

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But then he wouldn’t snap one of me.  So I had to resort to having my always-on-the-go kids take pictures for me.

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Oh well, at least there’s blurry evidence that I was the one who did most of the work!  And Jarrod – just wait.  I’ll get you soon!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Sometimes I have people ask me who Evelyn looks like because they can’t tell.  Sometimes people think she looks exactly like Trenton.  Some people think she looks exactly like Charlotte.

I’ll let you decide.


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Pops (my dad):
(I think Evelyn’s eye shape/eye brows look like my dad’s so that’s why I included him)

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So what do you think?  I think that she has certain attributes that can be linked to certain family members, but I don’t think she’s a spitting image of anyone.  But then again, I see her every day, so it’s kind of hard for me to tell.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Something I wasn’t planning on missing

Trenton rides the bus home from school in the afternoons.  Going down to the bus stop wasn’t something that I had really given a lot of thought to before school started, but now it’s one of my favorite times of the day.

Well, it was.  With cold weather taking a stronghold on the area, I don’t think I’m going to love picking Trenton up from the corner every day.

But back to why I enjoyed bus stop time.

This girl.

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Evelyn normally sleeps through pick up, so that means one on one time for me and my oldest girl.

We play Simon Says and have races.

Charlotte sees how many people she can make wave at her.

I mean, who wouldn’t want to wave at this princess?

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We have pretend picnics.

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Play in the leaves.

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And just have a good ‘ol time.

I’m definitely looking forward to more fun bus stop time come spring.  But for the next few months, going down to the bus stop will be all business.

Unless there are snow flurries wanting to be caught on the walk home…

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Watch Me Grow: 10 Months

Evelyn turned 10 months old on Monday.


She’s quickly approaching the toddler days and starting to leave the baby days behind.


I feel the same way about it.

Evelyn is into EVERYTHING.  The girl never stops.  I swear she is part energizer bunny.  If she is awake, she is on the go.

Evelyn learned to climb the stairs this month.  We’ve had a gate at the top of the stairs since she started the army crawl, and now we have one at the bottom of the stairs too.

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Gates don’t keep Evelyn from getting into things though.  Thankfully big brother and big sister are good about moving her away from things that she shouldn’t get into.  But I’m pretty sure that they like moving her around more than she likes it…

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In case you missed it, Evelyn said her first word this month!  We’re working on more words with her.  She likes impatiently crying out “Maaaaa” while she’s in her high chair and I’m still working to get her food on her tray.  I’m not sure if she’s trying to say “more” or “mama,” but I think we’re getting close to something.

We have fully transitioned over to regular, doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, cow’s milk based baby formula.  I took a stool sample in to the doctor’s office, and it showed no blood in it, so that means that she’s outgrown her milk protein intolerance.  Bring on the Blue Bell!

I’ve seen Evelyn get up to a full crawl a couple times.  So we know she can do it.  It’s just that she prefers her army crawl.

Evelyn is a master cruiser, and has been brave enough to let go of whatever she’s holding onto a couple times.  She can’t keep her balance long, and I’m certainly not pushing her to walk early!

I can’t believe in less than two months, we will have a one year old on our hands!  I’m soaking up all of the cuddles that I can while she’ll still let me!


Weight: About 22 pounds
Height: 28 1/2 inches
Drinking: Between 20-28 ounces of formula a day and about 4-6 ounces of water
Eating: Three meals a day.  A mix of table foods and purees
Napping: Hour long morning nap and 2-3 hour afternoon nap.  She’s starting to fight the morning nap, but I’m hoping she still holds onto it for a while.
Nighttime Sleeping: Goes down between 7:00 and 8:00, wakes up twice during the night, up for the morning around 6:30.  Will she ever sleep through the night?
Clothes: She still fits into almost all of her 6-9 months clothes, but I have started putting her into some 9-12 month stuff just since that’s what I bought for winter.
Shoes: Size 3
Diapers: Huggies Little Snugglers size 3
Words: Dada
Teeth: Two on the bottom

First Trip to the Salon:
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(Totally didn’t plan on taking her, but at least she slept most of the time!)


First time decorating a pumpkin:
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First Halloween:


First Blue Jeans:
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran’s Day

Veteran: One who has served or is currently serving in the armed forces.  Brave.  Selfless.  A leader.  More often than not, a volunteer.  Courageous.  Honorable.  Loyal.  Devoted.  Patriotic. 

USS City of Corpus ChristiUSS George H. W. Bush

A hero.

I watched close to 100 of these heroes march into the parish activity center at the school this morning.  Some of them young, active duty service members.  A few of them, old men using canes who had served in WWII. 

And I watched the entire school honor these wonderful men and women with songs, stories, and prayer.

Not only was I proud of Jarrod, who was out on floor with the other veterans, but I was so impressed with my big kids and their schoolmates.  The program that the school put on was beyond amazing. 

(Sorry for the blurriness of these next photos.  Pulling on a camera strap is a lot of fun for a squirmy 10 month old!)

The kid behind Charlotte totally steals the show in this picture!


Thank you to all of past, present, and future men and women who have and who will make the choice to protect our freedom.  We are so thankful for all that you do and all that you sacrifice.


And a great big thank you to our favorite veteran.  We love you!


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