Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Oh Lily...................

Well, I have a "clingy" Lily today. She hasn't been like this in awhile. She wants to be held... all day. She isn't sick... (cold symptoms are gone) she is soft and sunken... Everytime I lay her down she wakes with in 15-30 minutes and cries until I pick her up. The only thing I can think is I have been trying to transition her to her crib during her daytime naps. She is getting a bit "long" for her bassinet. (top of the pack n play) Also, she is totally learning how to turn over. We work with her on this a lot each day. So.... her I sit with sleeping Lily on the boppy.. on my lap. I guess I could be working on my personal blog...

I think that I have determined that we like the Fuzzi Bunz cloth diapers for her. I have tried the Bumgenius, Kissaluvs, and Prefolds with a Thristies and a Bummis. She is still on the petite side and I have found that the prefolds leak around her legs. (same with the others that I have listed.) I have tried different folds. I have also determined that she IS a HEAVY wetter! Not sure if I may be doing something wrong.. if anyone has any suggestions I'd LOVE to hear them. I think eventually, I want to try and sew my own... maybe mimic the Fuzzi Bunz. :)

Ohhhhhh edit... had to add this pic!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Went to the Dr. anyway...

So, I decided to take Lily to the Dr. anyway. I didn't want to start the weekend and things get bad. (Now I realize that anything could still happen) Still no fever. She was a bit more irritable through the night. So, she was weighed and now up to 10 lb 10 oz. Only 3oz since last Monday. One day she will reach 11 lbs. LOL The Dr was fine with her progress. She looked her over, throat, nose, ears, listened to her chest and she was good. She went on to say that she'd probably be in much worse shape if I were not so diligent about the Cool Mist humidifier, saline nasal drops and the vicks plug in. Oh.. and I also have her sleeping at a incline to assist in drainage. She was pleased that she actually caught the bug from me, b/c she is also getting the antibodies that my body has made through her milk.

She said that she could have the Flu. But we decided not to test her b/c at this point there isn't anything that could be done and it would put me in "freak-out" mode. LOL She also said that as long as she is eating and alert when she is awake then it should run it's course.

While out, I found a "steal" on 6 gently used Fuzzi Bunz on craigslist.. and bought those. I also went back by SoftClothBunz ( http://www.softclothbunz.com/ I'm lucky that she is local and I can pop in) and bought a couple more liners and 12 more prefolds. There.. I am committed! LOL... I had thought about making my own, but honestly I am NOT that good on my sewing machine and I am eager to get this started. LOL..

Well, I have finished the prep wash and now I'm going to go hang them out on the line.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Lil's first cold.. :(

Poor Lil-Lil has caught her first cold. I feel so bad seeing her feel under the weather.. but even worse b/c I am the one that she caught it from. She is still such a good baby. She is a bit congested, sneezing and a slight cough. NO fever and still has a good appetite. So, I am just watching her. I have not taken her in to see the Dr. I have been running her cool mist humidifier and giving her saline nasal drops. (I don't have to aspirate b/c she always sneezes it all out shortly after)

Before Lily was born, I researched and looked into cloth diapers. We have been very lucky and have not had to buy diapers. We are getting close to that point and I decided to move forward with the cloth trials. :D So, she is currently snug as a bug snoozing with her second cloth diaper. Ken usually gets up at her 11pm-1am (no she doesn't feed that long but typically wakes in that time frame) and we have agreed to put her in a disposable until we get the hang of the whole process. We have a couple different types of cloth diapers. Prefolds with a cover, fitted cloth (Kissaluv) that needs a cover, Pocket AIO (Fuzzi Bunz) and a Bum Genius that is a AIO with the built in pocket. So.. I will keep everyone posted on our new Cloth Journey!

Monday, March 16, 2009

12 weeks old today!

Where does the time go? I can hardly believe that it has been 12 weeks already. I was holding Lily when Ken came home. He started to talk to her but her head was facing the opposite direction. For the very first time she turned her head in his direction. It took her a little while but she did it. TWICE!! it is so much fun to watch her...

God has really blessed us!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Amazing News!!!!

God is good ALL the time! :D

I took Lily to her Neurosurgeon this morning. She had a CT and then an office visit to discuss the CT findings. Well, the Arachnoid Cyst that was causing her hydrocephalus is GONE!! The last fenestration that the Dr. did was successful! Her ventricles are still Very large but not as large as they were on her first CT scan. There was mostly fluid visible; minimal brain tissue could be seen. I was able to view both scans side by side and WOW!!! Her brain is decompressing nicely. He said that her ventricles could continue to reduce in size or they may stay the way that they are. Only time will tell. He was feeling pretty confident today and wants to see her back in three(3) weeks instead of our usual two(2).

He went on to say that he is now pretty sure that he didn't have to leave the cath line in but if he wouldn't have then he would have needed it. Soooooo if all continues to go well then when she is around a year old he will take her back into the OR and remove it.

I want to thank everyone for your continued prayers and support.. God's work is all over Lily.. from conception, my pregnancy and now her life! I will say it it again... God IS Good all the time!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Pediatrician Visit........

Over the weekend I noticed that Lily's "button" looked strange again. Soooooooo... I halted her baths once again and called the pediatrician this morning. I took her in this afternoon to find out, everything is fine. It is only irritated. Must be from her "tummy-time." She now weighs 10 lbs and 7 oz. She has gained almost a pound since her visit 3 weeks ago. WHEW!!! I was starting to get a little concerned about her weight. She is getting breastmilk exclusively and wanted to be sure that it was enough. They were pleased. She has a CT and office visit with her Neurosurgeon this Thursday so, I will be back to post about that then.

She is still not sleeping through the night.. Last night she was great, the night before.. not so much. She is smiling ALL the time, laughing and squealing with delight... it is TOOO CUTE! She is learning eye hand coordination. She is able to knock things over by swinging her arms. :) We are so grateful and Thank God everyday for her! :D

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The value of time

I found this sitting in my email this morning..... How many times has it taken me twice as long to do something than it should? (Not counting as of late b/c of Lily) I'm posting this on both blogs.. by the way, I have it up. I'm still tweaking it a bit. So expect changes. I have some coupon links to post there as well. Special offers in email and etc. Watch for that. Now back to my point!

The value of time

March 01, 2009

John C. Maxwell

"The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all." – Ecclesiastes 9:11

Time is valuable. Psychiatrist and author M. Scott Peck said, "Until you value yourself, you won't value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it."

In What to Do Between Birth and Death, Charles Spezzano says that people don't pay for things with money; they pay for them with time. If you say to yourself, In five years, I'll have put enough away to buy that vacation house, then what you are really saying is that the house will cost you five years—one-twelfth of your adult life. "The phrase spending your time is not a metaphor," said Spezzano. "It's how life works."

Instead of thinking about what you do and what you buy in terms of money, think about them in terms of time. Think about it. What is worth spending your life on? Seeing your work in that light just may change the way you manage your time.

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Answer this question: Are the tasks on today's agenda worthy of my life?

Share your thoughts...

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This excerpt was taken from the
"The Maxwell Daily Reader"