Tuesday, October 28, 2014

One Month Down!



Dear Perryn,

We've made it through the first month! You gave your parents quite a scare with your dramatic entrance to the world (and subsequent stay in the NICU), but we wouldn't trade any of those moments since it means you are now healthy at home.  

Here are just a few moments and highlights from your first month...

*You finally came home (and got to wear real clothes!) at 9 days old.  You looked adorable, of course.



*You met your big brother Dudley. He had a little trouble adjusting to having a sister, but now he loves it (well, almost). 


*You were introduced to tummy time and hated it at first, but now you are beginning to like it. 


*You had your first bath! 



*You met your cousin Ellis.
 

*You gave us some cute smiles while you slept or started to wake up. 


*You gave us some thoughtful looks. 


*And some downright silly faces. 


*And everyday you just melted our hearts. 


We love you so much sweet girl. We are more tired and happier than we ever thought possible. How did we ever live without you? Cheers to one month down! 

Love,
Betty & Cowboy

Friday, October 24, 2014

What a difference...

...a month makes! This was us just one month ago:


And this is us now...


I can't believe our sweet baby girl will be one month old tomorrow. Time is flying by with this little gal! Have a great weekend.

Love,
Betty

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Perryn's Crazy Birth Story.


When I think back to the day our daughter was born, I’m still in shock.  And to be honest, I'm still processing it all.  It was planned in the sense that we knew we were having a c-section due to her being breech, but everything that followed was completely unplanned and unexpected. There is no doubt in our minds that God played a part in making sure that we were finally able to take our daughter home…9 long days after she was born.  

So here's her story. I shortened it as much as possible....pictures follow below! 

Despite needing two epidurals, my c-section was pretty standard, resulting in no complications for me. Perryn's arrival was a completely different story. When she was born she was having a little bit of trouble breathing (which can happen with c-section babies) so they whisked her and Cowboy up to the nursery to assist her with that. Meanwhile I was left by myself while they stitched me back up, and then I had to wait in the recovery area for 3 hours until I regained feeling in my legs.  At that point they brought me to the nursery and I was finally able to hold my daughter! 

During that time they ran several x-rays and tests. They saw that her blood sugar levels were dangerously low and that her lungs were indeed partially collapsed. So they hooked her up to an IV to raise her blood sugar and put her in an oxygen tent to boost her lung capacity. After 6 hours under the oxygen tent, her lungs were just fine and she could breathe with no assistance. 

We were told that she needed to stay in the nursery section of the hospital the next few days so they could continue to monitor her blood sugar levels which unfortunately wouldn't stabilize. So rather than breastfeed her initially, I quickly was introduced to the pump (not fun!). I did eventually get to breastfeed and hold her and those moments were definitely the highlight of the whole ordeal. The next few days were a blur of scary information...they thought she may have some rare metabolic disorders so they ordered all sorts of tests. 

While we waited for results, her IV line fell out and they were unable to get it reinserted so they had to put a central line in her belly button, and if that were to fall out we were told she could bleed to death. Meaning we no longer were able to hold her...which was devastating for me and so terrifying. The next day they told us that this was beyond what they could offer at this hospital, and said she needed to go to Sacred Heart Children's Hospital in Spokane. 30 minutes later a helicopter arrived and we had to say goodbye to her--which was easily the worst moment of my entire life. Cowboy and I then went home, threw some stuff together and drove as fast as possible to Spokane. 

When we got to Spokane it was a much better scene. They were able to get the central line out, a new IV was in place and I was able to hold her again and breastfeed. Test results began coming in and all were negative, meaning she was just fine and just needed to stabilize her blood sugars and gain some weight...which happened over the next 5 days. Finally, when she was 9 days old, we were able to take home our precious little girl! 

I guess we'll never know why her transition to this world was so rough...but we're okay with that. We have our beautiful, healthy, strong, and brave daughter at home and we've never been happier. And now, here are some pics! 













Love,
Betty

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

She's here!

Introducing our daughter Perryn!




She is everything we could have ever hoped for and more. While her birth wasn't exactly what we had planned (spending a week in the NICU is not any fun and is downright scary) we are all home now and she is healthy and strong. We are so in love with this little gal and can't imagine our lives without her. I promise I will give a more detailed story soon, but for now I've got lots of cuddling to do! 

Love,
Betty

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

So soon!

In such a short time, our little gal will be here! We've spent the last few weeks finishing up a few projects around the house in the hopes of making our home as welcoming for her as we can. Cowboy has been such a cleaning trooper since I physically am not much help (although I think I'm still pretty good at delegating tasks!).

We have our hospital bags packed, I'm done with work until February, her nursery is ready and waiting, and now it's time to try and rest up before the big day!

Here are a few more belly pics...crazy to think we won't be doing these for much longer!



Love,
Betty

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pregnancy Post: Weeks 28-35!

Whoa Nelly. We are in the home stretch now! Here are some of the highlights from the third trimester so far...

Events: We took a family trip to the Oregon Coast, Cowboy turned 34, we had a non-stress test when she was having a lazy day (and made her mama worry!-but all was fine), had a Spokane baby shower, found out at 32 weeks that she is in a transverse position and would prefer to stay that way, and I returned to work for the first part of another school year. Busy times!

How much she’s grown: During this time she grew from the size of a cabbage (about 2.25 pounds and 15 inches from head to heel) to a whopping honeydew melon (5.25 pounds and 18 inches long!). 

Movement: Not as many kicks, but lots of pushing and rolling. Since she's lying transverse so we can pretty much always tell where her head and butt are located. At times it looks like she is trying to make her escape with big pushes and stretches...which sometimes result in Braxton Hicks contractions. Ouch! 

Sleep: This is getting harder and harder. Pretty much any position is only good for about 30 minutes. Pop in some bathroom breaks, Braxton Hicks, or a little bit of insomnia and we are pretty darn tired in the morning. 

Symptoms: Fatigue, heartburn, muscle and joint aches, Braxton Hicks contractions, and generally feeling full of baby! 

What I’ve loved: Watching this belly grow and grow, feeling her move (that never gets old), talking to people about this pregnancy, getting things ready for our hospital stay, and putting the final touches on her nursery. 







We love you so much baby girl and can't wait to meet you! 

Love,
Betty




Thursday, August 28, 2014

Happy Birthday Dudley!


Today is our Dudley's 7th Birthday! How is that even possible? I vividly remember picking up this not-so-little puppy in Wyoming when we were living in Colorado. And oh how he changed our lives...only for the better. We can't imagine life without this guy. He makes us laugh daily, loves us unconditionally, and reminds us to relax and enjoy the ride.

So in honor of our special boy, I put together a little video of Dudley's first seven years...enjoy!



We love you Dudley. Thank you for bringing us so much joy. We know your baby sister is going to love you just as much as we do.

Love,
Betty

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