Healing

Kylie continues to amaze me with this whole healing process. After the first day she would say “Owie feels all better. No need band-aid anymore.” But I still made her wear it for sleeping and eating. I loaded up all three kids and took them to the doctor yesterday for her to get the stitches out. It was totally a repeat of getting them done. She didn’t cry, squirm, or even flinch when he was working on her. He commented how patient and brave she was while he was digging out all the little leftover pieces. It does seem to be healing up pretty nicely and even though there are those close to us who are hoping for a way to tell the girls apart, I love her little face so much I hope she can have little or no scar at the end of all this.

Day 1

Day 4

Day 6- with stitches

Day 6- no more stitches

Dr. Downey also loved that she wore her doctor coat to her appointment today. Maybe after this she will consider a future in medicine?

Published in: on September 25, 2012 at 8:12 am  Leave a Comment  
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ER

Well, we made it 2 years and 7 months before we made our first trip to the ER. Last night after we put them in bed the girls threw a fit about going to sleep. At some point, Kylie must have thrown herself down and landed on the side of the toy chest, or the bed. We don’t really know. All we do know is that they soon calmed down, and when we went in to check on them before we went to bed Kylie’s hair was stuck to the side of her face. Russell took her into the bathroom to see what it was and clean her up. We quickly realized her cut was enough to warrant a trip to the doctor.

And we were right. After a few minutes of waiting to be processed (and lots of worrying from mom about all the germs we were exposed to in the waiting room…) we were the last people of the night to be sent to the Fast Track ER. The guy who helped arrange for us to go back (a few minutes after the had closed) got into a little bit of trouble for it since we weren’t as easy as he led them to believe. But everyone was great and they all stayed late to help Kylie out. The doctor told me she would need stitches, and that she would cry, scream, need to be held down and possibly sedated. He asked if I thought I could handle being in the room for that. Of course I would stay with my Bear, no matter how hard it was! We had 1/2 hour to wait for her numbing cream to work on her face, so her and I just talked about what was about to happen. I told her he was going to sew her face like Mommy sews. She seemed o.k. with the idea.

When it finally came time to go to work they brought in a flat bed (gurney?) with extra blankets on it. They started to wrap her arms down tight and I told her we were swaddling her just like baby Wyatt. And then they started. They shot some liquid into her wound. It had some pain killers and cleaning stuff I guess. At this point I had one arm on her body and one hand holding the paper (with the little whole for the doctor to work) on her face. I tilted it so we could have eye contact. There were 3 nurses there to hold her down if the need arose. One nurse stood behind her with her hands around her face, but she never needed to hold her down. Kylie never cried at all. She never tried to squirm away. She laid there and listened to me recite a book to her. Then she even started talking to me and the doctor while he was working. It was incredible how brave she was. They said she did better than most adults do! It was over within a few minutes and after they brought her a brand new stuffed turtle we were quickly on our way. They also gave her a double popsicle, but she hadn’t even licked the one they gave us at check in, and it was after midnight so I just put it in a cup to put it in our freezer for later today. She had wanted to share it with Lissie.

Mommy and Kylie when we first got back to our “room” She is playing with my change purse.

Right after her stitches… no tears!

In the car about to go home with her new turtle. Even a little bit of a smile!

Changing her band-aid this morning. The wound.

Needless to say I could not be more proud of her. And she loves her new turtle and her special hospital bracelet. I told her she could wear it as long as she wanted to.

Published in: on September 19, 2012 at 9:46 am  Comments (1)  
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Cookies and Milk?

Yesterday on Pinterest I happened to see a recipe for cookies that claim to support (and even increase) breast milk supply. Now, that is not really something I need help with at the moment, but you never know when you’ll need a little help, so I thought it  was worth bookmarking. Plus, she recommends eating 4-6 cookies a day, which is right up my alley. Anyone who tells me that is how much I need is someone worth listening to!
Here is the link I got it from, but I’ll also post the recipe here since I know some people don’t like to click around a bunch. As soon as I get the other ingredients I’ll give them a try and let you know if they are yummy and if they work like they claim to!
Ingredients
  • 1 C butter
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 4 T water
  • 2 T flaxseed meal (DO NOT substitute)
  • 2 Lg eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t salt
  • 3 C Thick cut oats
  • 1 C Chocolate chips
  • 2 T Brewers Yeast (DO NOT substitute)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Mix 2 T of flaxseed meal and water, set aside 3-5 minutes.
  3. Cream butter and sugar.
  4. Add eggs.
  5. Stir flaxseed mix into butter mix and add vanilla.
  6. Beat until well blended.
  7. Sift: dry ingredients, except oats and choc chips.
  8. Add butter mix to dry ingredients.
  9. Stir in the oats and then the choc chips.
  10. Drop on parchmant paper on baking sheet.
  11. Bake 8-12 minutes.
Published in: on September 8, 2012 at 8:58 am  Leave a Comment  
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My First Quilt

The first quilt I ever made was not for my son. It wasn’t for one of my daughters either.

It wasn’t a baby shower gift for a friend of mine. In fact, I have no idea who it will go to.

I do know she will be sick. I know she will be in the hospital for one reason or another.

I know this because I made it for Quilts for Kids.

And for the little girl who chooses my quilt, I hope it will help add a little smile to her face.

Quilts for Kids depends on volunteers to sew patchwork quilts which are then distributed to hospitals to comfort children with life-threatening illnesses and children of abuse. Can you sew? Do you have a little time you would be willing to donate? (I made my first quilt in a little less than two days, with all three of my kids around!) You don’t even have to buy or cut the fabric yourself. Quilts for Kids will mail you a quilt kit with the fabric already cut. Yes, you read that right! All you have to do it sew it, add the batting, and mail it back. Easy Peasy! And think of the how much it will mean to a little boy or girl who is stuck in a hospital bed.

Here is the link for your FREE quilt kit.

If you have extra fabric laying around, or prefer to purchase the fabric yourself here is a link with patterns and yardage for quilts they can accept. (No fleece or hand tied quilts as they can get caught on IVs) If you have never quilted before no worries! The four patch quilt is super easy and the kit comes with instructions. I do know I will be making many more quilts for them over the years.

Four Month Check-Up & Stats

I had scheduled Wyatt’s appointment today for what is usually Russell’s day off. BUT a last minute change of schedule (which also allowed him to have 6 days off in a row!) required him to work today. I did try to change the appointment, but our doctor is pretty busy and the next available wasn’t until the end of July. Alright, I can roll with the punches. I’ll just take the kids myself, I said. I have been out with them alone before, albeit only to Target or the craft store. Getting everyone dressed, fed, changed and out the door for an appointment is a little bit more difficult than just going at our own pace. AND it fell right at lunch/nap time for all three of them. Needless to say, things were a little hectic this morning. I packed some food and books for the girls, diapers and all the other usual necessities, and my medical binder for the kids that stores all the important information. About 10 minutes before I needed to start loading the kids into the car I still had to change diapers, get the girls dressed, change and feed Wyatt and get the girls to clean up a little. Somewhere in running around trying to get ready I hurt my toe. I think it got caught under one of the high chairs, but I can’t remember. Honestly at some point I was just like “Wow, that really hurts.” I figured I had just jammed it. Well, we got out the door and got to the doctor’s office pretty much right on time. I threw the girls into the stroller, and Wyatt into the pack and hobbled my way to the office. Of course with a middle of the day appointment we had to wait almost 45 minutes to be seen, but the kids did great. The girls climbed and played and watched some TV (a rarity) and Wyatt cried a bit and then fell asleep. Once we got called back we weighed and measured Wyatt while the girls checked out the new books in the exam room.  The doctor came in and checked him out- he looks great! All good things, “see you in two months”. Sounds great. The nurse came in and gave him his shots, he cried but the second I picked him up he was totally fine. What a big boy. The girls were concerned, but happy to see him feeling better so quickly. We loaded everyone back into their places (with the girls switching spots in the stroller and car seats of course) and came home. A quick lunch and into bed they went. Wyatt crashed on the floor only minutes after getting home. Poor little guy! After getting home my toe was still really sore, and when I finally got time to look at it, it is most definitely broken. Bruised, and sore all around and in between it and its buddy. Oh well, mostly successful. And not bad for a first try!

Here are Little Man’s four month stats:

Weight: 18 pounds 2 ounces- 95th percentile! (the doctor told me most one year old’s weigh between 20-22 pounds)

Height: 25 1/2 inches- 75th percentile (the same as the girls @ 6 months)

Head circumference: 41 cm- 25th percentile

All in all he looks like he is going to be a big healthy boy! We are so blessed.

Published in: on July 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm  Comments (2)  
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Sharing

Today we are sending off a cooler containing 600 ounces of breast milk. (I have about 1000 ounces saved for Wyatt already) It is going to Mother’s Milk Bank in San Jose, Ca. There it will be pasteurized and tested for diseases before it can be used. Then it will mostly go to hospitals where babies in the NICU will receive this life saving food. I am so thrilled to be able to be a part of this process and hope that my milk will make a difference for some sick little babies out there.

I have been fortunate enough that sharing our milk is possible. Wyatt obviously is getting enough himself (just look at his thighs!) and I am able to pump more than he will ever use in just two pumpings a day. I took a picture of this morning’s take in case you have a hard time picturing how much 27 ounces is. That is 27 ounces, in one pumping, after I fed the little man his breakfast.

We did end up buying a deep freezer, which  is almost entirely filled with milk.  It is a 7.2 cu. ft. freezer. The whole left side (the brown bags) is all milk. Only the small shelf on the right has a couple other freezer items.

Here are some examples of the babies who will receive this milk:

  • babies who are failing to thrive on formula
  • babies and toddlers with life-threatening diseases or conditions
  • children with failing immune systems or catastrophic diseases
  • multiple birth babies, often with lactating mothers who can’t keep up with the milk required to nourish two or three infants
  • adopted infants, whose moms believe in the value of breast milk but can’t produce their own
  • babies of mothers whose breast milk isn’t suitable for consumption, either because of disease or prescription medications that pass through the milk

If you are also interested in sharing your breast milk with other babies, check out this link to find a non-profit milk bank near you.

Published in: on May 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm  Comments (2)  

No Words

You might have read my recent post about our decision to not circumcise our son.

I found a post last night on a intactivist website, and I must say I think it is one of the most horrifying things I have ever seen. After I saw it I needed to just go a hold Wyatt for a bit, thankful knowing that nothing like that would happen to him. Let me say that I know there are plenty of people who circumcise their sons and everything works out o.k. But there are also those out there who are not so lucky. I have seen tons of pictures of different complications and deformities due to circumcisions, but nothing like what a saw last night. The worst part about it is that it is not something medically necessary at all. Most people argue that an uncircumcised boy will be made fun of in the locker room, or that he won’t understand why he looks different from his father. But can you look at this man and explain to me how he doesn’t question why he looks the way he does, or can you imagine that he wasn’t more than a little insecure in the locker room?

Disclaimer: This is a uncensored image of an adult man’s penis. Please use discretion when viewing. It is not porn, it is for education.

Circumcision Harm

Complications are possible and almost always irreversible. Personally, I would not be able to forgive myself if this was my son. There are no words to help make this better. Please help me in educating parents about their choices, and put an end to this horrible practice.

Published in: on April 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm  Comments (4)  
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WHOLE

I know a lot of people have been wondering where we landed on the whole circumcision issue. If you missed it, you can read my original post here. Well, I am happy to report to you that we brought our WHOLE baby home. Even though there are people out there who disagree with us (even some in our own families) I am so pleased with our decision, and especially that my husband wholeheartedly agreed with me in deciding to leave our son intact.

If you are pregnant and having a boy please take a moment to look through this post. Click on the links, they are powerful.

50 Reasons to Leave It Alone

You can also learn more by going here: The WHOLE Network.

And just for fun see if you recognize any of these intact men!

Published in: on April 13, 2012 at 11:54 am  Comments (2)  

Mini Mamas

Most of you know how obsessed the girls have been with being little mamas since even before Wyatt was born, and since his arrival they have gotten to see a whole new range of “mommy” tasks. Most importantly, breastfeeding. So when they took turns nursing their babies I wasn’t surprised at all, but was excited to take pictures of course!

Alyssa

Kylie

Let’s face it, there are a lot worse things they could imitate me doing!

Published in: on April 12, 2012 at 8:44 am  Comments (1)  
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The Freeze

O.k. so maybe I’ll be losing a few readers in the coming weeks.

I won’t be posting a lot, and when I do it will probably be mostly about diapers and milk since that is about the extent of my life at the moment. Today’s post is no exception.

I am a lucky mom who doesn’t have to worry about my breast milk supply. Well, not the traditional worry. Wyatt is still less than three weeks old, but we have encountered a problem with my milk. There is just too much of it! Not that too much milk is really a bad thing, but storing it is becoming an issue. The first bag I put in the freezer was marked 3-4-2012. Today is the 20th. With just over two weeks worth of milk in there I have already filled the bottom drawer of the freezer with over 250 ounces. And that is in addition to actually feeding him every two-three hours as well! At this rate our entire freezer will be taken over in about a month and a half. Since we actually use our freezer for important things like frozen fruits and veggies, meats (and of course ice cream!) we need another solution.

So deep freezer shopping it is! Does anyone have any recommendations, or cautions to share with us?

Published in: on March 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm  Comments (1)  
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