David is officially potty trained (day trained - he wears a diaper at night though). Today was a breakthru day - he pooped on his own in the potty! We are so very proud of him. He''s 5 years 4 months old and he''s finally hit this milestone. It was truly just a matter of waiting for HIM to be ready to do this.
Bethany is getting more proficient every day at getting into mischief! She crawls forward now very well. (Good form, too! *smiles*) She also can get into a sitting position from a tummy down position and of course can move from sitting to laying down to crawling. . . Nothing on the floor is safe anymore from our ''Princess P''! :) She mastered crawling backwards months ago, but the forward crawling has been eluding her - but in the last week, she''s getting from point A to point B faster than we can move! Another skill she''s been very good at is rolling over and over. One day she literally rolled herself from one room to another and thought it was the best excitement ever while I laughed along with her antics. She has also recently started sitting at the kitchen table with us in her restaurant high chair and feeds herself a bit of applesauce here and there. . .(she''s very much into exploration and tactile experiences, more so than actual sustenance, which is fine with me. I don''t feed my babies - as they mature, they will attain better fine motor skills and will be able to get more food into their tummies at around the same time their GI tracts mature more to be able to digest those proteins. :)
Bethany had her regular ''well baby'' appt yesterday. She''s growing like a weed - she''s 17lbs 4 oz and 28+ inches long now. 6months old! :) She sits up on her own once we plop her in position and she is crawling. Nothing on the floor is safe anymore! *smiles*
Bethany had her well baby check up Friday. She''s doing well. Her meds are working for her so she''s not constantly screaming in pain from the acid in her stomach burning her lungs anymore.
She''s now 15 lbs, 25.5" long (most of that is her torso - she fits perfectly in 12 month clothing!), her head is 16".
While at the pediatrician''s office, I also set up the annual medical appts for the boys and have an ASL intepreter also requested for William''s medical appointments from now on. He''s at the point where he is interested in what''s going on conversation-wise around him, and his medical appointments, he has a right to know what the doctor is saying.
Baby has arrived! LONG hard labor. (went into labor Friday (5/16) night, got intense Saturday night and all day Sunday. Monday pushed for over 9 hours - 5hours first straight thru as much as I could, then took a couple hours off and stayed in birthing tub to rest thru contrax, then pushed hard for another 4+ hours when we all decided baby just couldn''t/wouldn''t descend below 0 station no matter what we did.) Baby did great thruout labor and pushing, never dropping heart rate below 120, never above 153. . . so we thought it was best while we were still in optimal condition (although i was pretty darn tired by then!) to do drive to grant hospital and get c/s.
Baby born Tuesday May 20, 2008 around 1am. Apgars 8,9.
I just got out of hospital Friday. I''m real sore and hurting you know how it is with surgery. . . I''m optimistic I''ll feel more like me next week sometime.
Bethany Lynn is her name. (named after BettyAnn''s mom, Elizabeth, and Darren''s Aunt Jennie (her middle name is Lynnette). This name means: God is my oath, torch or bright light/pretty one.
PS I am so glad I got the chance to go for a home birth. Even though it didn''t work out, it was such a good experience and so hard at times, too (labor hurts, lol!) ! And honestly, although I''m kind of thinking I may truly be one of the few folks who truly can''t push babies out, I want a midwife again if I choose to have another baby (I always did want four kids) - knowing that I''d be having a c/s once labor started (I''d at least want baby to choose birthday). ..
Had my prenatal appointment today and all is looking good! Didn''t pay attention to the baby''s heart rate today so can''t tell you waht it was, but baby was in a mellow mood at the time. *grin* Little one is currently ROA in position - I''ve been obsessed this pregnancy with keeping baby in anterior position so I''ve been shooting for OA, LOT, ROA. . . anything but posterior! Little *Z* head seems to be in good position not flexed - but we''ll check that out more at next appt. . . Baby is measuring 6 weeks ahead tummy size wise. My bp is still awesome 124/78 or something along those lines. Weight still creeping up, though. :( Not much I can do about it - I think I''m up 60 lbs now. Pretty typical for me in pregnancy - and I keep reminding myself a lot of the weight will drop in the first couple of weeks. I''m startign wtih the water retention now - nice all over even kind of water retention, which is also pretty typical for me. My medical professional is not concerned at all. All my tests are coming back real normal - no protein, nothing going on that shouldn''t, so it''s all good. I see my chiropractor again tomorrow (I see him weekly!) and will keep the pelvis and all in ideal formation so labor day will be easier. :) (I hope). Down to the last month or so of pregnancy which is great! Still moving pretty well and you can find me walking around my town when the weather is favorable so here''s hoping that also encourages baby to stay in ideal positioning.
Continued prayers for uneventful pregnancy and delivery with a healthy baby outcome and fast recovery for me. :)
Oh, and David is still thinking I''m having a girl, BUT when I explained that a girl meant having a sister, he told me he''d rather have a boy because he wants another brother. *grin* William still doesn''t seem to have a preference - he''s just constantly beating on my tummy telling me there''s a baby inside. . .
So what do YOU think? Am I having a boy or a girl? *smiles* (Truly, I don''t know myself!)
Another prenatal appt happened yesterday for little *Z*. Things are going well. Baby is measuring 7 weeks ahead which is pretty normal for me, but I do get a lot of comments from folks about ''carrying twins'', etc. .. nope, only one healthy, thriving little one in utero. . :) We still think this baby is gonna be in the high 9lb, low 10lb range when I''m full term. So it''ll be interesting to see if our guesses are correct.
BP was still awesome - 114/82, iron level is even creeping back up - it''s at 11.1. Babies heart rate is around 150''s and was moving around a whole lot - it was funny to watch the baby''s tushie moving and making my stomach all crooked while getting measured and heart rate assessed. I''m up a total of around 50 lbs now. I joke that I needed some extra weight added to my bottom to balance out the belly. .. I''m optimistic that this weight will be lost after baby is born. . this is pretty typical for me the high weight gains. (Wish my body didn''t feel the need to add on the weight, though!) But I''m sticking to the pregnancy protein ''diet'' my medical professional has encouraged for me all pregnancy and that''s probably a lot of why my health has been so phenomenal all pregnancy, and I know I can lose protein weight pretty easily - I''ve done it before with William''s pregnancy.
Baby is nicely head down (not engaged or anything - I have a happy floater!) and even seems to stay anterior for the most part - which is wonderful! I just adore my chiropractor for helping me with that - I''m doing all I can this pregnancy to avoid another posterior labor and delivery. . those are really long and uncomfortable. . .
The boys still have their views on what their sibling is going to be. David really truly believes we''re having a girl, and William just keeps saying ''baby in mommy'', lol. I don''t think he cares at all on gender - I think he''s more looking forward to a sibling he can show the ropes to. *grin*
Can''t wait to share this new little one with ya''ll when the lilies bloom! :)
As for ''cravings'' this pregnancy - seems like the only notable craving is this desire for grapefruit. For at least 2 months now, grapefruit has been the ''go to'' snack for me. Man, they just taste SOOOOOOOOOOO good! So sweet, with a hint of sour and so incredibly juicy. YUM! Makes you want to go eat a grapefruit, too, eh? *grin*
Prenatal Appt today for little *Z*. :) S/he''s happy in utero. I''m now ''only'' measuring 7 weeks ahead. :) Wee one''s heart rate is about 135-140ish. . . I''m up a total of 39 lbs thus far this pregnancy - so really for me, I''m doing REALLY well! :) The little one is projected to be about 5.5-6lbs at this time and there''s still quite a bit of time left before his/her arrival in the early summer, so we''re guessing baby''s gonna be in high 9lbs, low 10lb range - totally expected considering my ''farmer stock'' heritage. :) My bp is still awesome - 114/78. . .and so far, (knock on wood) I''ve not had a single charlie horse, YAY!) And more good news, all the chiropractic appointments seem to be helping as I don''t have the horrid pain in pregnancy I typically have AND baby is now head down - no longer breech. .. Little one seems happy in that position, so now I''m really hoping s/he decided to be anterior in positioning to make for an easier arrival. But we still have a LONG time til baby birthday, so I''ll be keeping up the regular chiropractor appointments til s/he''s born. :)
Yesterday was our hearing test for the boys and also new ear molds for William. David tested out fine on hearing, and William now has a red and blue earmold (right is red, left is blue) for his hearing aids. I am most excited about that because when William takes his hearing aids apart, I''ll be able to put them together faster. :)
Also, today was my OB appt. Little *Z* seems happy with heart rate around 140-150. s/he has lots of room in utero and I''m measuring 7-10 weeks ahead so lots of room for somersaults, which little *Z* seems to enjoy as s/he is at the moment breech. We are currently speculating that little *Z* is about 4 lbs at this time, so s/he''s growing nicely. (We''ll get little babe flipped on Thursday when I go to my Chiro appt.)
Latest OB appt went well on the newest *Z* member in utero. Heart rate in 130''s. BettyAnn is only measuring 5 weeks ahead now (she was measuring 7-10 weeks ahead earlier in pregnancy, so things are leveling out). Weight is up a total of 24 lbs at this time.
Prayers for a continued uneventful pregnancy and labor/delivery and full term, healthy, living child outcome would be appreciated for the duration of this pregnancy. :)
We are excited to share with you the news that our family will be expanding to include a new family member in the late spring/early summer. :) So, watch for the wild red lilies to bloom - and around the same time, we will be welcoming a new little person into our lives. We have decided NOT to find out the gender of this baby, so it''ll be a surprise to us all. We do have names already selected, though. *smiles*
We are continuing the tradition of naming our children after family members on both sides of the family and also looking into the meanings of the names as well. A lot of thought and research has gone into our name selections.
If we have a boy, his name will be: Johnathon Roger (named after BettyAnn''s Uncle John, and Darren''s Uncle Roger) This name means: God is gracious, staff or famous spear.
If we have a girl, her name will be: Bethany Lynn (named after BettyAnn''s mom, Elizabeth, and Darren''s Aunt Jennie (her middle name is Lynnette). This name means: God is my oath, torch or bright light/pretty one.
Prayers appreciated throughout the remainder of this pregnancy specifically for a full term, healthy living child and an uncomplicated labor and delivery. :)
Darren, BettyAnn, David and William . . .
David''s third surgery went well. The GI doc called us with the results - his Esophageal Eosinophils with severe furrowing is actually looking REALLY good! She (the doc) said that his esophagus looks really nice and pink - it''s got some inflammation in a few spots, but really, overall, there was NO furrowing!!! We are so excited!! Thank you all for the prayers for his health. We really appreciate it.
Latest news!!! William has approval from his new insurance carrier to get hearing aids! We go next week to get them fitted and new ear molds taken so he will be able to wear them. YAY!
Also, William has 4 teeth now and is very close to walking. He is hovering in place w/o holding on.
David is running and skipping - it''s adorable to watch. He''s also very independent these days and we have many experiences of seeing his independence being exhibited which can be rather challenging. :)
William has a tooth! :) Top left - it''s just barely peeking thru, but gosh darn it, it''s about time as he''s 9 months old now. He also seems to be saying ''more'', ''milk'', ''up'' and he''s learned to flutter his hands at us to get our attention (similar to a wave, but yet different).
David had his hearing checked this past week and he''s got great working ears but there seems to be a bit of a short circuit between the sound and the brain ''hearing'' it - so we''ll be looking into that further. Explains why he doesn''t seem to hear us the first time we use our voice to get his attention.
William said his first word today! Yes, he''s only six months old, but because he is deaf, we have been teaching him American Sign Language. Everytime BettyAnn feeds him, she does the sign for "milk" (hold your hand palm-sidewise and squeeze it into a fist like you''re milking a cow). This evening, William was crying, and when BettyAnn approached, he held his little hand up and started signing "milk" cause the boy was hungry!
Of course, we think it''s funny that at 10lbs 11oz at birth that William''s first word would be related to food. :)
William is also crawling! Albeit slowly, but he''s definitely on the move. David''s toys are safe no more. :)
He was 10#11 oz at birth, and at discharge from hospital one week ago, was down a pound to 9# 11 oz. Well, today, he weighed in at 11# 7 oz - he''s up almost 2 solid pounds from a week ago! Not too shabby! He''s a happy nurser, that''s for sure. What a totally different experience this baby is. He does seem to be showing signs of reflux - but it''s not nearly as severe as David - pretty mild at this point - the doc and I will be monitoring William closely to determine if/when meds would be deemed appropriate, if at all.
David''s 18 month well baby check up went well. The nurse had trouble measuring David''s length as he was in a very bad mood. I think he knew he had a shot coming. . . . He''s now all vaccinated til he''s 5 years old. Poor little guy, I counted his vaccination record up - he got 20 shots in 18 months. OUCH!
David has new shoes! His last pair, summer sandals, are getting too small, so I took him shoe shopping today. David sure did have fun running up and down the aisles - for some reason, the word ''shoe'' brings out the runner in David. Took me a bit to catch him - wow, is he getting fast, and practically sat on him to get him to stay still so I could try on the various shoes. Found a cute pair (on sale for $11.99!!) and now he''s ready for the fall. They''re a nice brown and black sneaker style - so when he plays in the mud and dirt, they won''t look too bad. *grin* My little boy is now wearing a size 6 in shoe. Wowsers, he has big feet for a little tike! :) He''s 18 months old now.
David had an eventful doctor appointment week. He got his hearing completely checked (and he hears perfectly!) and he got his eyes checked - to follow up on his earlier diagnosis of Horner''s Syndrome - the doc who checked his eyes didn''t see a thing wrong, YAY!, so here''s hoping that continues. He has a speech evaluation set up for November - because he''s still not talking and the pediatrician wants to make sure there''s no medical reason for his lack of speech - other than David not wanting to say any words.
David is officially a toddler. He walks REALLY well now - he''s mastered that in the last couple of days. It''s kind of scary now - he now has free hands while moving around to touch even more things. . .. :)
Turned off the breast pump for the last time today.
No more fresh breast milk for David. :( It''s a sad day. I''ve been gradually ''drying'' up for the last few weeks. Very bittersweet situation. I had hoped to make it to my longterm goal of 18 months to maybe even 2 years, but it was not meant to be. Thankfully, David DOES have a nice freezer stash, so he''ll be getting ''momsicles'' for at least a few more months - maybe even up until 18 months of age. David is 14 months, 1 week old. I am thankful for modern technology that allowed me to feed David breast milk via a bottle as long as I was able to, in spite of many difficulties and inability for David to ''latch on'' and feed from the tap.
We found a reasonably priced ($12.99) pair of shoes at Payless last night while at the mall, so David now has his very first pair of shoes! They''re just simple white leather with a soft flexible sole, so these should work out well for David. Maybe this is what David needed to get the confidence that he CAN indeed walk on his own.
David took his first steps today! He and his mom were playing with a beach ball when David suddenly got it in his head to pick the beach ball up while standing and throw it. Since he seemed to respond to the beach ball, Mom had the brilliant idea to use it as "bait", so with Dad holding the beach ball just out of David''s reach, he took his first steps today. And on Mother''s Day to boot! How cool is that?
Da-Da! David DEFINITELY uses the title ''da-da'' with intent these days. It''s so cute to watch him call out his father''s name and see his dad turn to him. Makes David giggle. :) We''re still working on ''ma-ma'', though. . . . . .
David''s a builder! It''s official. David''s been consistently stacking tupperware now for about a week. He can stack 3 high guaranteed, sometimes as high as 5 or 6. We have a genius. He MUCH prefers knocking down the blocks that mommy stacks up, though. He doesn''t seem to like stacking the ''real'' foam blocks we have - instead those little plastic gerber baby food containers that I saved are his preferred method of building. :)
David''s doing the ''hover in one spot'' thing! He''s SO incredibly close to actually walking on his own; it''s quite interesting to watch him gain his confidence. He can take a couple of steps, but then he''ll realize what he''s doing and immediately sit down or hang onto something. He giggles so adorably when he realizes he''s standing all by himself!
Last night we got to go to ER for first time with ds. He has a big scratch on his cornea and lots of little scratches on his eye lid and a black eye that seems to be darkening.. . . no perm. damage, though, the docs think.
We were warned about running with scissors and putting outlet covers on and locking up poisons, but no one ever thought to warn us about brownies falling off a plate and crawling babies. . . .. . . .esp end crusty pieces of brownie. . . .
Today David climbed up the banana ''steps'' at the local mall play area - he wanted more than anything to play in the ''bowl of cereal''. (This is a play area made of foam food items - mostly breakfast items.) He saw many other kids playing in the big cereal bowl and he wanted to, too!
David seems to be getting closer to saying ''da-da'' and meaning it as a title instead of just a neat sound that he repeats over and over and
over . . . . .He''s also VERY close to taking his first steps - he''s holding onto stuff now more and more and toddling along until he realizes what he''s doing and then drops back down to knees and crawls
around. . .. :)