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Thursday, March 26, 2009

What a trip!!

My grandmother passed away last Tuesday so I went down for the funeral this past weekend. Ellie and Gracelyn got to go on their first road trip. Man, I had no idea what one little car ride would do to them! Due to multiple stops, a normally 5 1/2 hour drive took about 7 hours. We went down on Thursday and came back yesterday. The first night at my parent's was crazy. Ellie had no problems--she went to sleep at the normal time and slept just like usual. Gracelyn, on the other hand, did not do well! She was up crying like I have never heard from her until about midnight. Once she went to sleep she slept until about 6:30. The next night was more of the same. By the third and fourth night she started getting back in her routine but she never did go down at night very easily. It has been better the last couple of nights since we have been home, but still with some unusual crying. Oh, I just realized I haven't mentioned the "wedge" and it's part in this craziness. It made the trip with us. We put her in it the first night and she went right to sleep but slept less than an hour. Usually Dave or I can comfort her when she wakes up in the wedge. Thursday night there was no comforting. I think she was just so tired and out of sorts from the entire day she just screamed and screamed. Finally, I just took her out. She hasn't slept in it since. I have her sleeping on a small sleep positioner (from Target) next to me in bed. I am trusting that I will wake up if she spits up and starts to choke on it. I have always said I didn't want my babies to sleep in our bed, but I don't know what else to do. She fights that wedge so much and it is getting worse and worse. I thought she would eventually start getting used to it, but no. I am also worried about the growth of her feet. They seem to be growing a little strangely since she started sleeping on the wedge. I asked the pediatrician if it could cause her feet to grow incorrectly and she said she didn't think so, but I don't know what else could be happening. What would you do if it were your baby? Would you try to get her to sleep in the wedge, or would you quit fighting it and have her sleep with you? I am thinking about getting a second opinion about a course of action concerning her spit up issues. I have never gotten a second opinion before and almost feel like I am betraying our pediatrician, who I have been happy with. I just think there has to be another treatment that will work better for our family. Let me know what you think.







Here are some updated photos from this past week at my parents. It was a sad occasion, but it was so nice to get to see so much family.




I was ready to come home on Monday, but my brother, who was my ride back, was not coming until Wednesday so I had a few extra days with my parents. It ended up working out well because we got to be there for my dad's birthday. Here he is lovin' on the girls. Ellie is in the green dress and Gracelyn is in the blue.



Here is my dad's side of the family. Most of the cousins were able to be there. Unfortunately, my sister was not able to make the trip back down so soon after she was here. Jill, we missed you and Jake!!


Gracelyn







Ellie


We had so much fun spending time with our cousins!


My mom's parents and two of her sisters came in for the funeral, also. Ellie and Gracelyn really enjoyed being held and loved on by their great Granma and great Granpa, great Aunt Janice and great Aunt Jackie. I am so glad the girls finally got to meet you! We love you!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Growing Girls






We went to the pulmonologist on Wednesday so Ellie and Gracelyn got weighed and measured. They are getting so big. I can't believe how great they are doing after being born so early. God is definitely working in the lives of our babies!



Ellie weighs 8 pounds and is 20 1/2 inches long.



Gracelyn weighs 10 pounds 5 ounces and is 21 inches long.


These two girls look soooo different! I wonder if they will even look related when they get older??? One thing I always said before they were born was that I at least wanted them to look like sisters. That might not happen!!




Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sleeping Beauties

Gracelyn




Ellie






Aren't they sweet?!






Thursday, March 5, 2009

The "Wedge"

How sad is this picture??? Gracelyn has been sleeping on this sleep positioner for several weeks now. At a doctor's appointment a while back I had my looooong list of questions for the pediatrician. She very patiently answered them all. I think they were all fairly typical for a new mom, until I got to the question about Gracelyn choking on spit up. I told the dr. that I had walked in on Gracelyn choking in her crib. She wasn't making any noise and she wasn't turning her head to the side so she wouldn't choke. Well the dr. got, understandably, a little concerned so she wrote us a prescription for this sleep positioner that is supposed to help with her reflux. We had to go pick it up at the hospital. She did not prepare us for what we would be getting. Dave and I pictured a little incline that would fit in the crib. We even thought it was worth asking to see if we could get one for Ellie because she has a lot of reflux also. Dave did ask when he picked it up, but they told him you had to have a prescription.


This picture is a little deceiving. She does not sleep like this all the time. We don't even attempt to put her on it during the day so I have to keep my eye on her. She is supposed to be on the positioner any time she is not supervised while she is asleep. At night, if she is really tired, she will sleep really well. But, if she isn't ready to sleep you better get ready because there is going to be some serious crying!!! It is so sad because it isn't that she is fighting sleep. She just does not like to be on that stinkin wedge! The Dr. said she needs to sleep on it until she is about 6 months. I guess we can deal with it for about 4 more months.

Terrible Wife

I always said once I had kids I was NOT going to turn into one of "those" moms who couldn't talk about anything except her kids. Well, I haven't posted in a LONG time because I have turned into one of "those" moms!!! I haven't had anything else to tell you about because all I do all day everyday is stay at home with the girls! Until something very, very sad happened. I am ashamed to admit it, but here goes. My wonderful, loving husband had a birthday Feb. 6. I knew I wasn't going to get him a present because I don't do any shopping these days. (I guess I could get on the internet but I am too afraid of someone stealing important information.) So, since there wasn't going to be a gift I decided to make him an extra special cake. His birthday came and I told him of my intentions, but I was just too busy that day. His birthday went and I was just too exhausted. Then the next day the girls were really fussy and I didn't have the patience for anything else. It went on like this for almost a month. Finally, last Sunday afternoon Dave went in the kitchen and started making his own birthday cake!!!! Of course, I felt terrible so I got up and went to help him. It turned out delicious and we had a good time making it together, but he was not supposed to have to do any of the work. I think he realized it wasn't going to get made if he didn't go do it. At some point I told him that next year I am just going to buy a boxed cake so it will be easier to make. Surely I will get things together before Ellie and Gracelyn start having birthdays. How sad would that be if I had to say, "Sorry girls. You don't get a cake on your first birthday because mommy is too tired." No, that can't happen!