June 27, 2012

Life Lately...

I'm not gonna lie, the past 2 going on 3 weeks have not been the best. First of all, Graham came down with a virus. 2 weeks ago, Graham woke up from his nap and felt really hot, and sure enough he had a fever. He had been fine that morning, but layed around the rest of the afternoon and you could just tell he didn't feel good. I set him up with his pillow, bear and blankie on the couch and he kept dozing on and off the whole afternoon.

That night he ended up in our bed, and his fever spiked to almost 104. I debated whether to take him to the after-hours clinic, but we were able to get it down pretty quickly so I just waited until the morning to take him into the doctor. Not only did he have fever, but he had a spot on his arm which we had been thinking was a bug bite, but kept looking worse and worse. Turns out it was impetigo (I'd never heard of it before, but Chad's mom had mentioned that's what it could be.) Thankfully it was super treatable, and he only had that one spot.
 I think a insect or mosquito bite caused it. He had been at a pool party the weekend before, so I'm thinking bacteria somehow got in the bite and caused the infection. It cleared up after a couple of days of a topical cream and oral antibiotics. His doctor thinks the fever was an unrelated virus.

That was Wednesday and Thursday. Then on Friday, I came down with mastitis again. I was in a lot of pain and couldn't lift my arm all the way, so I took Claire with me to my Ob/gyn and Chad watched Graham. I got on antibiotics and it cleared up pretty quickly. Father's day was on Sunday,  and thankfully I had already bought cards for Chad earlier in the week. We stayed home from church, but ran to Sears and Chad got an electric drill he had been wanting, then we grabbed some mexican food for lunch and just took it easy the rest of the day.

Monday Chad and I started not feeling good, and Claire got a little cough. I took Claire to the doctor and she just had a little cold, no fever and she's pretty much already over it. Chad and I felt pretty crappy the rest of the week and I'm still not feeling back to 100% but we never got that sick.

So for the past few weeks we've been so couped up in the house, and it's been hard! Graham only napped for an hour yesterday and Monday and has been fighting going to bed at night and waking up eary, like around 6. It's brutal. Naps keep me sane, so I'm hoping it's a short phase. Yesterday, I was going crazy, so I decided we had to get out of the house for a little while. I drove to Target, and Claire cried the whole way, so I ended up nursing her in the car when we got there. Then she had a huge blowout and I had no change of clothes for her, so we ended up turning around and going home. We never even made it inside, so basically I drove all the way to Target to nurse in the parking lot! We went home, then Chad watched the kids while I ran to Kroger for the groceries. We had both had a stressful day, so needless to say we were not in the best of moods. Graham fought going to bed last night, too. Not fun. I feel like Claire needs to get on a schedule, too. I really need to get a baby monitor for her room so she can start napping in there. I also think I'm going to get black out shades for both her and Graham, so maybe that will keep him alseep longer.
Not only have we been fighting sickness, but both Chad's grandmother and Chad's mom had surgery recently. Chad's grandmother (Maw) had her gallbladder removed. There were a few complications after the surgery, but she is doing really well now. Chad's mom had out-patient surgery Monday morning to correct a problem with her disc in her back. She's doing good too. My parents have been in Europe for the past 12 days, but they got home safe and sound Sunday evening. We got to have dinner with them Monday night and catch up, so that was nice. Other than a pick pocket incident, they had a good trip. Anyway,  a lot has been happening all at once, and I'm ready for life to get back to normal!!

June 23, 2012

Claire: 3 Months

This post is a few days late, but we have all been sick over here. Not fun! At least I got around to taking pictures of her on the 19th. :) I guess I will spare you the usual spiel about how quickly time is going by, but WHOA. It's pretty hard to believe she's 3 months old.

- She is smiling all the time!! It is so heartwarming and wonderful!
-She has rolled over, but we all missed it :( I put her on her tummy and turned around to switch the lamp on, and she was on her back! She hasn't done it again since, so I am waiting on her to do it again so I can put it in her baby book.
-She still doesnt' take a paci. She will occasionally suck on her hands, but I will usually just nurse her when she starts doing that.
-She is nursing about every 2 -3 hours. Still nursing on-demand, and not really keeping track of time at all.
-She is napping about 3-4 times a day. Still mostly in her swing or in my arms. Has yet to nap in her cradle or crib.
-She is still swaddled at night with her arms out.
-She is sleeping from 10-4:30 every night. A few times she has gone until 6:30.
-She likes to ride in the car, play on her playmat and smile at her brother.

-She likes her swing, with the music up and the mobile going.
-She is cooing and "talking" a lot!! I feel like much more than Graham did at that age.
-Holding her head up great!
-She laughed for the first time last night! Daddy was tickling her during her bath and she let out the cutest giggle!
-Our biggest challenge with her is spitting-up. She usually has 3 huge spit ups after every meal. She is a "happy spitter" though, so there's not much we can do. Not sure if maybe my milk comes out too fast, or I don't burp her enough or if that's just how she is, but I can't wait until I don't have to worry about spit-up anymore!

- I'm pretty sure she is going to have brown eyes. Gotta love those brown-eyed girls!!! ;)
-She has her first cold!!! I took her to the doctor this week, and she weighs 11 pounds, 6 oz. She has gained about 1 pound since last month, that's pretty good I think!

-She is still mostly a  mama's girl, but loves to smile at and watch her daddy and her brother :)
-She is wearing size 3 month clothes, and size 1 diapers, but after this box of diapers is gone, she'll be graduating to size 2.

Happy 3 Months, Claire Bear!!!

June 5, 2012

Graham's Mickey Mouse Party!

Saturday evening, we had our family and friends over for Graham's Mickey Mouse extravaganza. We had been talking to him all week about his Mickey Mouse birthday party, and how he was going to get presents, play with his friends  and get a mickey-mouse tay-tay (G's word for cake). I think he kind of knew what was going on, so that was fun. I planned the party for 5:00 pm, so he would be able to have a good nap, and we would have the day to get ready. I had to clean the entire house and decorate for the party the same day, so we started the day bright and early. Everything worked out though, and we were ready for everyone to arrive by 5!

I really wanted to try and keep it as simple as I could this year, since we had a newborn in the house and I knew I wouldn't be able to go all-out, but it still turned out super cute and really fun! A big thanks to my friend Katie who lent me her Mickey Mouse party decorations from her son's 1st birthday last year. That was SUCH a lifesaver!!! I just had to pick up a few things at Party City and the dollar store, then ordered Graham's cake from HEB, and that was it! Nice and simple :)

{The invitations, ordered from Etsy}

The main event for the party was the bounce house we got for Graham! It was perfect, in great condition and the kids LOVED it!!! Great investment in my opinion :) That was our present to Graham for his party, but we are planning to order a playground for the backyard. Graham LOVES going to the park, but it is a mile from our house, so it will be so nice to have a playset in the backyard.

All in all, a fun and successful 2nd birthday party for Graham!!!! :)

 The next morning, the bouce house was still here, so we blew it up and let Graham jump for a while before heading to get donuts. He had his birthday donut and we sang him happy birthday at exactly 9:59 AM (the time he was born).

Happy birthday, Graham!!!!! We love you!!!!!