Thursday, December 18, 2014

November and December Latest Happenings

I guess I will be doing monthly updates for a while! It's a busy time between a baby who is still up at least twice a night, working all day and getting ready for the holidays. So I guess a monthly update is better than none. I do update probably every few days on instagram if you want to follow me there (Jens871).
Let's back it up to Thanksgiving. Michelle and James went to visit his family so we kept the tradition with doing a fried turkey.
 We actually had 2 turkeys (one in oven and one fried). The regular turkey was used as an appetizer as you can see, it's been picked over in this photo :).
 We had thanksgiving with my cousins and Bill's son Brian, Wife (Dayle) and daughter Amanda made the trip up from FL. It was so nice to see them. They had the great idea to take a photo in front of our neighbors very festive light display. Heather is even in on the photo from China.
We saw them a few days later for a bacon explosion breakfast (sausage wrapped in bacon and grilled for hours with bbq sauce) and as we were leaving they decided to wave to us in pageant style. 
Hadley always wants to hold baby Coco and she is making a silly face. Love cousins. 
Our elf, Chippy came back with a north pole breakfast! Max is pretty into him and finding him in the mornings. He understands very well that we are not to touch him. I found Max one morning saying "I want a shoot gun and a bow and arrow". I said I know buddy you've told me before and I look up and he is telling Chippy to pass the word to Santa. Silly (and smart) boy. 
Our tree finally got decorated with the help from everyone!
Hadley, Max and Colette got to meet the big man himself. I'll post Santa pics once my cards deliver to mailboxes. Let's just say there was only 1 child not crying!
Look at this pretty princess in her Christmas picture dress! It was the perfect size and she is just darling!
Max is so into fixing things all the time. He must have his head lamp and flash light to get the job done right though. Serious working face here.
We had our annual cookie exchange party this past weekend and we had to take a girl selfie! 
I chose Raspberry thumbprints (Michelle didn't want raspberry so mom made her some strawberry ones). I will do a separate post soon about the cookie party. It's always a great time and lots of yummy cookies for the holidays. 
Now ya see him, now ya don't! This crazy boy was jumping on my bed and when I snapped the picture it was funny to see him in action!
We went to see Disney Junior's Pirate & Princess adventure this weekend. They were at the perfect age because Max knows those shows very well and was looking forward to it. Colette did pretty well for a 6 month old. Only got antsy a few times (well and a poopy diaper change mid show). Max is not into characters of any sorts so he was a bit shy while meeting Jake. My friend, Windy is the best and set us up with a meet and greet. It was awesome. So glad we can do these fun things with the kids. I will be back after the weekend with Colettes overdue 6 month update! Pin It

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Molly Surgery

About 4 weeks ago Molly underwent surgery to check out her tumor that keeps coming back on her back right leg. This is her 3rd surgery. Each time he tries to get as much as he can, but it has come back faster this time. She moved around fine, but it was pretty massive. We talked about many options from not doing anything to taking her leg. The doctor said he wouldn't know until he was in how bad and if it would be an option. He called during the surgery to say that it's pretty bad and the best chance of it not coming back would be to just take her leg. I just hope to not deal with this once a year so I was fine with it. I knew she would be able to adjust to 3 legs. After her first surgery she barely used the leg for some reason (after the 2nd she seemed good to go so we were very surprised when it came back so fast).
This was definitely a hard recovery for all involved. It started out pretty well as she was bandaged up. We had it changed a few times and then they wanted it to air out so the cone stayed on nonstop for at least 2 weeks. She is NOT to be trusted even for 3 seconds.
Max was so sweet to her. He put stuffed animals in her cone and sat and played in the office. She was very whiny the first few days coming down from her anesthesia.
A few days in she was up and interested in people food and dishes so she was doing great. When we took off the bandage we started noticing a pocket of liquid and it was the drainage just forming a ball like swollen area. We took her in and the doctor said it ruptured with a slight touch. It needed to drain and they kept her there during the day a few days so we wouldn't have to deal with the mess while at work. Well, it leaked and leaked and leaked (think red, gooey, gross stuff) for a solid week. She sat and slept in her crate most the time because it truly was a mess. I have pictures if you want to see it, but I'll spare you.
FINALLY after those 2-3 weeks she was back to her spunky self. She goes up our stairs, jumps on our bed and down all the back steps to go potty. At night she needs a little help up on things as she's tired. I took this one morning. Her fur hasn't grown back and that's just her underneath side to show you her no leg area.
We are thankful to still have our Molly and hopeful that it won't ever come back!!
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Colette is 5 Months Old!

My sweet baby girl is 5 months old!
Stats- We brought her in to an after hours place a few weeks ago for an ear infection (which she did have) and they weighed her there. She is 16.3 lbs. At this time with Max, he was only 14 lbs.
Personality- My kids sure know how to smile! Colette is seriously the happiest baby you'll ever see. She "talks" all morning, she laughs a lot and just loves watching the kids play. That's how I knew she had something wrong with her the other week. She was crying all morning and wouldn't stop. She was stuffed up and I read about drainage and ear infection so I took her in and that's what it was. She was fine with a little tylenol, but by the next day she was back to her happy self.
Eating- She is eating every 3 hours still with 4 ounces of breast milk in a bottle while I am at work. She loves her bottle, but still loves to breastfeed so it's the best of both right now. With Max we started pureed foods at this time, but he was very fussy and always seemed hungry. I just tried to introduce some apples and pears to Colette at 5.5 months and she wanted NOTHING to do with it. Basically gagged and threw up a little so no rush there and we will revisit around 6 months.
Sleeping- Well, I said she was cute and always happy right?! If there is a downside, it would have to be the nighttime sleeping. Little miss was doing great until about the 4 month regression and it's gone down hill from there. On a bad night, which is most nights lately she is up 3 times... yes. She goes to bed around 7:30/8pm and is up around 10:30/11pm, 2, 5 and up for the day around 7/7:30.
This is how she looks when I put her to bed and normally within the hour (usually within minutes) this is how I find her below. 
It's a good thing she's cute. This is how it went with Max before we had to do the Moms on call sleep training method. I think it gets so bad that there is really no other option so you don't feel too terrible about doing it. I've let it go on this long because of her being stuffy/ear infection. I wanted to also start some food so I would know she was getting enough and not hungry. Probably will wait till around 6ish months but it's coming baby girl.
She's napping in her swing still and I am going to try moving her to the crib during our upcoming Thanksgiving days off probably. She still naps 3-4 times a day for about 45-1hr ish.

She is such a big girl! Growing so fast! 
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She loves playing in her rain forest activity jumper. Usually while we are getting the older kids breakfast (hadley included) we put her in there and she bounces, eats things and has a grand ole time by her self. So thankful for an easy going baby. Also, just a note, if you forget her she will just sleep in there. Just kidding! She wasn't forgotten, just tired.
She puts EVERYTHING in her mouth. She has to wear a bib all day or her clothes will just be soaked. No teeth peeking in yet. She was getting mad she couldn't get this one all the way in. 
In the mouth sophie goes. She sits pretty well in the bumbo chair now. She does try to lean over to get your drink cup, food or anything she sees. Must be supervised at all times! 
She's a little roly poly baby. She flips to her stomach so easily and just goes back to her back and so on to get what she wants. Mom sent me a series of photos one day of her under the coffee table rolling all over. She seems eager to crawl so she will probably be early. I am hoping she holds out until after Christmas. She may be the perfect age for a tree or it could go all wrong! I want her to be able to sit, but not actively go after my pretty tree so here's hoping! 
I broke out the car walker for her after reading Max's update that he had been zooming around already. She really has no interest in moving in it. She just wants to eat the toys on it and stare into the lights. The older kids think they can still fit and go all around the house still so we definitely got our moneys worth.
- She still loves her bath. She has some dry skin and cradle cap like Max had.
- She's in size 3 honest company diapers
-Clothes shes wearing 3-6 but mostly 6 month as those others are snug.
Hadley and her crazy hair was helping with our photo shoot and wanted in on the pics. So cute girls!

I mean just stick a bow on Max and call them the same baby!
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