Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014.

We decided to spend Thanksgiving at home this year with just our little family. We will be seeing tons of family over Christmas and New Years so it was nice to not have to do any traveling. Plus, driving for hours and then rocking a baby during dinner (which has been the trend) didn't sound super appealing.

I think it goes without saying, but I'll say it anyways... I am beyond thankful for our daughter. She truly is a miracle and an answer to so many prayers. Our lives have been changed forever and I'm in constant shock that this is real. We are parents to a healthy girl! So very very blessed.

Ok now back to what our Thanksgiving weekend looked like. Cowboy did all of the cooking (with the exception of me opening up the can of cranberry sauce--that's all that Perryn would allow).  He did a fantastic job and cooked up all the traditional foods.  Our bellies were full and happy.

It snowed later that weekend so we took little miss outside just to say we did. She may or may not have cried the entire time.

On Sunday we went out to find the perfect Christmas tree (which we did...more pictures coming soon!).

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2 Months!

Dear Perryn, How in the world are you two months old? You bring such joy to our lives! Here's what you've been up to this past month...

*You like to listen to reggae music when you are fussy. *You have started to give us sweet smiles. *You are cooing and gooing when we talk to you. You have a lot to say! *You still like to give us one epic spit-up usually in the evenings. *You have discovered your mobiles and love to look at them. *You still prefer to nap in our arms. But you sleep like a champ at night giving us 7-8 hours of sleep most nights! *You have outgrown most of your newborn clothes.

And oh my are just so cute! I think my new favorite hobby is taking pictures of YOU!

We love you so so much sweet girl. 

Betty, Cowboy & Dudley

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Life Lately...with a baby in November!

The past 7 weeks have been a blur of sleepless nights, spit-up, diapers, smiles, cries, giggles, and unbelievable happiness. Here are just a few things I want to remember about this special, magical, and exhausting time...

*Perryn currently loves Bob Marley, hates having a slightly wet diaper, and would prefer to nap in our arms or her swing (if we're lucky).

*Parks & Recreation has been the perfect remedy for us during the evenings when Perryn is fussy. Nothing like a little Ron Swanson to get us laughing again.

*Moments like this make my heart melt...

*Dudley has been such a trooper during this transition...although we could do without his insistence on going in and out of the house when Perryn wakes up at night.

*Eating dinner together is almost impossible right now, so when we can, we enjoy it more than we ever have.

*If I don't dress her in pink, strangers assume she is a boy (even with all that hair) which is really annoying. But I have to admit, she does look cute in pink.

*Going on a walk or a car ride is much more of a process than it ever was. But a little time outside (especially during my favorite time of year!) is essential for this mama and babe.

*Meeting other moms of newborns has been so nice and reassuring...they don't know what they are doing either but somehow we are all doing ok!

*And come on now...could she be any cuter?!

That's all for now...maybe I can sneak in a nap?!


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! 

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.


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 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! 


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! 



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