Friday, September 25, 2015

Another Challenge.

Adeline may have Epilepsy. She started having seizure like episodes the last week of August. They say she may have Epilepsy and is currently on anti-seizure medication. We go back to to see the Neurologist on the 30th. So far all tests are coming back normal. A Cranial Ultrasound, EEG, MRI, blood work...all normal.

I used to think that Autism would be the "thing" I'd have to fight with on a daily basis. Although I still do battle with it from time to time, wishing Ben could (would?) talk to me, wishing he was fulling potty trained (we're getting there..), worrying when he has an unexpected/unexplained reaction to something (we know now that he is afraid of airplanes). I don't think any of that could have prepared me for watching as Adeline had a seizure (or 5 now) in my/Clint's arms. It's terrifying (although not life threatening). She gives this look and I know something isn't right. She'd go limp or rigid depending on the episode; stare at me...but right through me. I think she knew when one was coming on because she'd get sort of blank in the face.

For now, Adeline is fine and has been episode free for nearly a week (and an increased dosage of medication). I'm hoping the Neurologist will run more tests. I really want an answer to "Why?" and "What is this?"

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend.

Our Memorial Day Weekend.....

Friday 5/22 - We had a weight check appointment scheduled for Adeline. We saw her Pediatrician in the afternoon and found out that Adeline is happily gaining weight! Yay!
Adeline's growth chart

Saturday 5/23 - We decided to take the kids to play at Ben's school. They have a gated playground that is handicapped accessible. LOVE IT! It was wonderful to have a place to play where we all could relax, play and not stress about "Where is Ben?!" We had the playground to ourselves, which was nice too. Here's some photos...

Adeline swinging away!

Jack - The Tall

Mommy and Adeline


This suspicious man took a picture with us.

....He kinda looks like my husband.

Jack swinging in a handicap swing.

Ben hanging out with mom in the grass.

He's ticklish.

Marjorri on the seesaw.

The older kids playing in the sandbox.

Adeline hangs out with Jack


Marjorri was building a sandcastle.

Marjorri swingin'.


Mmm Adeline loves her fists.

Eatin' and swingin'

An interview with Marjorri

An interview with Jack before lunch. He got detracted by Sonic!

Memorial Day 5/25 - While the rest of my family went to spend time with Clint's parents, Adeline and I stayed behind to finish up laundry for the week. We got bored and took some pictures!

Friday, May 8, 2015

For the Grandparents

A few pictures.

I swear this is the only way I can get pictures of this kid. He sleeps, therefore he is still.

All dressed up an nowhere to go...

"Who me?"


Addy hangin' out with mama.

Princess Marjorri and her mother.

Jack and I goofing off, as usual. 

77 degrees in the house, A/C is broken...might as well nap.

She's just too cute...can't stand it.

Jack was picked up later than usual due a field trip to the Kalamazoo Nature Center.


Last but not least...A video!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Adeline's Birth Story. A Gentle Cesarean

December 10, 2014 - Last OB appointment with Dr. Winter.
Same ole' same ole'. Urine, weight, BP and fetal heart rate...all wonderful.
Dr. Winter and I discuss Adeline's upcoming delivery, and I leave feeling confident, content and happy about the plan. Fingers crossed that I'd get to hold Adeline soon after delivery.

December 11, 2014
I spent the day cleaning and doing laundry...packing my hospital bag. We had dinner that night and I made a mental note to eat dessert before midnight. :) I didn't eat anything after 10pm.
My belly the day before delivery. :) Marji too!

December 12, 2014 - Adeline's Birthday!
I woke up and put the boys on the bus for school. Ben's bus driver gave me her cell number so I could text her a picture of Adeline. :) I spent the morning pretty much laying around, despite the fact that Clint was working from home. Marjorri and I laid in bed and snoozed for a few hours. I got up and took a shower before Clint and I headed to the hospital after his mom arrived to watch Marjorri.
11:30AM (ish) - We arrive at the hospital
I filled out forms, and the reception lady called for my nurse to come get me, "Your Cesarean Lady is here..." My nurse took me to a room, gave me my gown, and "personal belongings bag". I changed and go into bed to be monitored and hooked up to and I.V. and answer 1654 questions about my medical history and general health. They even asked me if I'd been to Dallas recently...nope, can't say I have.
Getting pumped full of fluids and meds before surgery.
The I.V.

The lovely socks and calf cuff thingers. Those things are awesome!

I get all hooked up and the nurse says she'll be back in about 30 minutes to take me down to the O.R. She comes back with some antacid medication and a wheel chair. The medication was absolutely vile. I can't even say what it tasted like, but the moment I put it in my mouth, I swore I'd been poisoned. It was sour...(later to find out it tastes a LOT like a grape flavored Warhead candy. Ewwe!)
Dr. Winter comes in, asks me if I'm ready and we head down to the O.R. on the 4th (or maybe it was the 3rd) floor. On the way down, we see the midwife I'd hoped would "catch" Marjorri...Trinie! I think she was surprised to see me, but we chatted as we passed one another. :)

We get to the O.R. area and I'm taken to a room across from the O.R. to talk to the Anesthesiologist. Ehem..sorry...Nurse Anesthetist.  Clint was asked to wait in another are, until I was all set for surgery.
 He checks over a few things and I walk across the hall to the O.R. There it of those tables that I hate so much. I had such a hard time mentally/emotionally after Ben's birth, I was really hoping this wouldn't end the same way. I sat on the table and curled up for my Spinal Block. I started to get scared, shake a little, and the nurse had to remind me to breathe...Had I forgotten? I feel the usual pressure and pain associated with the injection, and wince. I felt a shocking pain go down my right leg, said, "Owe, owe! A little to the left." The Nurse Anesthetist readjusted and a second later, I was numb. Dr. Winter comes in and says hello, and disappears. I was laid on the table and felt them push my legs up to my belly in order to insert the catheter. I talked to the N.A. and the nurse came around with this cold thing, testing to see if I could feel anything. I couldn't, thankfully. (Marjorri's Cesarean was done with minimal anesthesia, as my epidural wore off before surgery). I'm laying there, wondering how everything is going to go. The room is a buzz of Drs. and nurses, asking me about my children, what number Cesarean this is for me, and what not. It was like a birthday party but you didn't know how's birthday it was, everyone seemed happy with what they were doing, as though they liked their jobs and cared about their patients. Too bad there wasn't cake! 

Surgery starts and everyone gets to watch but me. Hmph. I smelled horrible. I'm pretty sure I've never smelled anything so bad in my life, and I instantly felt ill. "What is that smell?" I asked the N.A. He says, "Oh, you don't like the way you smell? He's cauterizing the scar tissue!" " you make him stop, that smells horrible!" Then, this happens:
Dr. Winter gently removes Adeline from my uterus.

Adeline and I meet for the first time. I held her first, just minutes after she was born. <3

Almost done stitching me up! I just sat her on my chest and this is the look she gave her daddy. I really didn't even think about what was going on around me, I was completely focused on her.

Here's Photos from later on that evening:
Big brother Jack and Adeline.

Addy and her cute lil Christmas hat. :)

Baby toes!

Snuggled on mama's leg!

Baby feet and hospital bracelets. 


 Tiny Ears!

Big Yawn!

Dr. Winter holds Adeline the day we were discharged.
December 14, 2014

Adeline 5 days old.                                                         4 days old. 

Month Stats: 2/19/15 Length: 22 1/4 inches - 36% Weight: 9# 14oz 17% Head Circ.: 38.7 cm - 41% Vaccinations: Pentacel, Hep B, PCV13, Rota Virus