My sweet girl is 6 months old! How fast this has all gone. She is slowly recovering from her sickness and though she is healthy it definitely slowed down her development a little. She is just starting to sit up by herself but falls over often so we have to really watch her. I have started feeding her solids and so far she likes anything I give her. She is sleeping through the night and usually goes down in her crib about 7:00 and wakes to eat anywhere from 4:30-6:00 most morning I have to wake and feed her around 6 before I leave for work but then put her back in bed and she will sleep until around 8 or 9. She is not a great napper and rarely will agree to nap in her crib. Most of her naps seem to happen on me or in her carseat when I am running the boys around. She is such a snuggler and loves to be held all day long. She did not gain much weight from her 4 month appointment and only grew an inch so I have to take her back in at the end of next month for a growth check. Overall, she is just the sweetest, happiest baby and I am loving every minute of her being a baby. Having a girl is so fun, all the cute little dresses, hair bows/headbands and leggings. Their is just something about knowing that I have a daughter and the relationship that I hope we have as she grows older. I pray we are close and that I don't drive her crazy (or her me) in her teenage years. For now I am soaking up every moment of her being sweet, innocent and kissable.
My birthday this year was just perfect. I was surrounded by my kids, Dave and my parents gave me some love too. Since it was on a Sunday we pretty much celebrated all weekend long. We made a trip to Kennewick on Friday and took the kids to the trampoline park and then back to Mike and Julie's for a birthday dinner and dessert. Saturday morning I went on a nice, longer run (the weather was gorgeous) and then we went to my parents for a birthday brunch and then took the boys to the Lego movie that afternoon followed by DQ ice cream cake (a birthday tradition) picked out just for me by my boys. Sunday we did church and spent the day relaxing and hanging out. Overall it was a great birthday and I was spoiled! Looking forward to my 33rd year!
Right after the first of the year Colt and Case both came down with a horrible chest cough, fever and cold. Colbi ended up getting it and Jax did as well. Colbi was really laboring to breathe and the first day she got it she just layed in my arms all day hardly moving and breathing heavy. Later that night I finally took her to the urgent care, they sent me to the ER for a chest x-ray and we found out that she had pneumonia. I followed up with her pediatrician the following day, they gave her breathing treatments to help with her breathing and also put her on augmentin to prevent the pneumonia from getting worse. I went home that day (Monday) with hopes that within the next 24 hours she would be feeling better. What happened instead was that for the next 5 days I watched her get sicker and sicker, her fever continued, breathing labored and her smile and eyes got sadder and sadder with each passing day. We took her in daily to be checked and they kept assuring us that after 48 hours on the antibiotic she would be feeling a lot better. As she got worse and worse the doctor decided to do some blood work. The blood work showed her liver enzymes were elevated to around 2000 (normal for a child is 45-60), apparently she was having a drug induced allergic reaction to the antibiotic they had put her on. We immediately stopped the antibiotic but it was still another 2 weeks before she really started showing signs of herself again. This was literally the most awful and helpless I have ever felt when my child was sick. There was nothing I could do but pray and pray that she would get better, just watching her sick and motionless all the time was heartbreaking. I do not know how parents with kids who are gravely ill even survive. I barely could sleep each night and would lay awake with her in my arms listening to her breathe and praying that God would heal her. Finally, about a month after she was first diagnosed with pneumonia her liver enzymes were back to a normal range and she was her smiley, happy self again.
I took this picture the day before she came down with that awful sickness.
At the doctors office getting a breathing treatment.
This was one of the first pictures I got of her smiling once she started feeling better. It was the first time I looked at her and knew she was definitely going to be alright.
Thankfully I was still on maternity leave when Colbi got so sick so I was able to spend all my time with her and not worry about work on getting a sub for my class. As she was getting better I had to return to work so I took her with me to my classroom one afternoon to get some work done. She was so cute sitting in my chair holding her lovie.