Monday, April 27, 2009

The last few days

The last few days have been filled with planting flowers, cute moments of Emma and Parker, and seeing my sister-in-law Celeste right before she left with her date to go to prom. Doesn't she look gorgeous in her dress? We all thought so!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ballerina girl...and her brother

My mother took Emma for a "Grammy date" last week. Emma got to spend the afternoon AND night at Grammy Sally's house. One of the things they did, was to go to Target and look around/play with the toys. My mother saw this ballerina outfit and just coudn't resist. Emma loved it too, and still does. In fact she wants to wear it EVERYDAY. Here are a few pictures of my little ballerina girl!

We are still working on Emma's smiling technique, as you can see from this picture.
Here is a picture of the shoes that came with the outfit. Her little ballet slippers are her favorite. She loves to put them on and off, and twirl around!
Aidan had to get in on the picture action, too. I thought this was a good one of the two of them. They are getting closer and having more fun together the older they get. Something that I am very grateful for!
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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Easter fun!

This is the best shot we could get of Aidan and Emma in their Easter clothes. They were so hopped up on sugar, they were incapable of sitting still for the rest of the day!

My cute baby bunny, still required to wear socks on his hands for the sake of his skin...he's a scratching fool!

Aidan in typical Aidan form. I swear this kid is JUST like his father. He HAS to make a face EVERY time I take his picture.

Emma was very excited when she found an egg. We had to hide the eggs in the house this year, because it was raining on Easter morning. Aidan found most of the eggs first, of course, but Emma made a good effort.

This is the Easter loot. Aidan also got a pair of "water shoes" that he insists on wearing EVERYWHERE. They are just Walmart sandals made of foam, that I bought for less than $3.00 for the kids to wear outside this summer while playing with the sprinkler and pool. I had no idea they would love them so much and want to have them on all the time. It's pretty funny, since on Easter they wanted to wear them to church :)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The pictures are in!

A few weeks ago, we braved the portrait studio, and got individual and family photos. It was an interesting experience getting pictures taken with three kids, three and under. Aidan and Emma loved throwing themselves into the backdrops, playing with the props, and kicking the support blocks around. In the end, however, we managed to get a few great shots of the kids being themselves. Parker's picture is featured in the previous post. I love Aidan's picture the best, I think. That kid is always hamming it up!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Milk Allergies, Eczema, Torticollis, & Plagiocephaly...

This is my sweet, sweet son Parker. I might be biased, but I think he's an absolutely beautiful baby boy, and from the moment he was born, he was my baby. When I was on bed rest the last 8 weeks of my pregnancy, I got a chance to bond with him before he was even born. It was something I didn't experience with the other two. With Aidan, it was my first pregnancy and I didn't know any better, and when I was pregnant with Emma, I was too busy chasing after Aidan. But during that 8 weeks, when I was home alone, I was able to take note of the small things, like Parker's movements, his habits, what times of day he was restful, and when he was active. I would talk to him. I would tell him about the family he was about to be born into. I would sing to him, and make comments while I watched TV :) I would sit for hours with my hand on my stomach and think, think about the child growing inside me, and just how truly miraculous a thing pregnancy is. I had time with Parker to prepare. To prepare to be a mother again, and to prepare to love another child. I have said many times before that I am not a naturally maternal person. That is true. But with Parker, the love came more naturally than before. Giving birth to him, especially without an epidural or drugs, made the experience more personal and intimate. Let me clarifly however, that I will not be doing it natural again, if I can help it :) With Parker I felt, what I had always heard the love of a mother to be...instantaneous. It took time with Aidan and Emma to love them as I do now. I instantly felt an overpowering need to protect them when they were born, but the love and caring came later, slower. Parker, however, was mine from the moment he was born. I think that is why I have spent the last 4 months of his life, very stressed out from worry.

When we brought Parker home from the hospital, I noticed two things. 1. that his skin was ridiculously dry and cracking, and 2. that his head lay only to the right. I didn't think too much of it at the time, but after weeks of trying different creams for his skin, and different positions for his head, I began to worry. At his one month check up, the doctor said everything was fine and that his skin would clear up and that most babies favored one side. However, as another month passed without any change, I knew something wasn't quite right. At his two month check up, the doctor agreed. She diagnosed his skin aliment as ezcema and told me it most likely was the result of a milk allergy. She put us on 3 different fomulas until we ended up on Alimentum, or liqiud gold as we call it. It costs around $27.99 for 16 ounces. He was put on an antibiotic and hydrocortizone cream for his skin, which is now much better. His head, that's another story.

When Parker was inutero he was positioned in such a way, that caused a weakening of one side of his neck muscles, Torticollis. Because of this weakening of his neck muscles, he spent much of his time on one side of his head, causing plagiocephaly. We are meeting with the orthotics (helmet) doctor on Tuesday where they will be doing a head scan to see if a corrective helmet will be needed. We have started physical therapy for his torticollis, and will be going once a week until he has full range of motion.

Aside from all of the trials we have faced with Parker so far, he has been such a blessing to our family.We count our blessings every day that he is "normal" apart from a few physical challenges, and nothing melts my heart more than when he smiles or laughs (a new development in the last few weeks.) I know the next few months of expensive formula, weekly physical therapy, and most likely having to wear a helmet 23 hours a day will be hard on all of us, but Parker's happy disposition makes it all bearable. If he can get through it all with a smile on his face, then so can I! Or, at least I can try...

*UPDATE--We met with the Orthotics people today and Parker had his evaluation. He WILL need a helmet. The insurance end of things will take around 3-4 weeks, and then he will be fitted for his helmet, getting it one to two weeks after that. So, in about a month an a half, I will have the cutest-helmet-wearing-kid around!! And, while I was there, I saw that they have "designer" helmets with airplanes, trains, cars, ect. for no extra charge. I am trying to decide between the white helmet with various cars, trains, and airplanes, or the light blue one with just airplanes.