Wednesday, January 26, 2011

newest Kinsley update... & a pearl of wisdom!

Kinsley Anne @ birth:


weight - 7# 3oz

height - 20in


Kinsley Anne @ 1 month:


weight - 8# 3oz
height - ?


Kinsley Anne @ 2 months:


weight - 10# 9oz

height - 21.5in


Kinsley Anne @ 3 months:


weight - 11# 13oz
height - 23.5in


Can you see what I'm getting at? This girl is growing like a weed!!! We had to make a trip to the pediatrician on Monday afternoon due to her tongue looking like a field of white mushrooms. She has thrush. We started Nystatin Monday night & as of this morning, I am already seeing improvement. She also has a lot of "junk" in her left eye and I'm hoping it's only the tail-end of her viral illness and not the start of conjunctivitis. However, the doc gave me a sample of antibacterial eye drops...just in case. Thank you Dr. S, I greatly appreciate you not making us come back!

We also had a planned follow-up appointment at the pulmonologist on Monday afternoon. We had already discussed her CT scan but he wanted to see her & check on her again. Her O2 Sat was 100%! Seeing that on the monitor, never gets old. He thought she looked & sounded great and we have formulated a new plan if things continue going well:
-See her again in 3 months for routine followup
-See her again 6 months later for routine followup (she'll be a 1 year old!!)
-Start seeing her yearly.
-At age 5, she will begin yearly Pulmonary Function Testing (PFTs) to check her lung function.
-Continue with yearly chest XRays (CXRs) to monitor her lung growth
-Only do another CT chest if she has a problem because of the major amts of radiation that exposes her to.
*This all makes for one very happy mama!

Now, onto the story that leaves me with a very important pearl of wisdom for all women, but especially newlyweds for the sake of keeping your marriage intact. Monday night, after what you can tell was a somewhat hectic day (as evidenced by more than 1 Kinsley Anne appointment), I decided to have supper ready & on the table when Kyle got home. After all, I went and bought a Bumbo after her appointments (which she now loves) so she was happily seated on the counter, giving me more freedom to cook. I needed to ground some beef for our meal, so I did just that. I needed to drain the grease, so I did just that.....into the sink.....I always do this....with hot running water....but I forgot the water part that night.....fast forward....I went to clean up after supper & the water kept backing up in the sink. Kyle asked if I poured anything down it. I told him the truth (duh) & his face was priceless. He got an entire bottle of Draino and poured it down both drains (we have a double sink & both sides were obviously backing up). Nothing happened and nothing happened and still nothing happened.. Then, Draino started leaking out from under the sink. For no apparent reason other than it was a "bad connection." We averted that crisis when I decided that there was no choice other than to take the "U" shaped pipe off from under the sink. I put a disposable turkey-sized pan under the sink & Kyle went ahead and took the piece off. That's when the story gets worse...He got Draino on his cut up hands (from yard work this past weekend) and man, I imagine from the things he said that it burned! He then stands up quickly, puts the sink on full blast, and yells, "Jen, pour vinegar on my hands!" So, not understanding, I do just that....until I realize "KYLE! The sink is still apart!" It was too late.. Water was everywhere, Draino included. However, we were able to get the 6 inch chunk of glued up grease out of the pipe! We used LOTS of towels,paper towels, etc and finally got things back together & cleaned up. There went our plan to be in bed at 8pm. Yea, go ahead and laugh..we actually wanted to get some sleep & it didn't really happen. So, there you have it. All of you single ladies, engaged ladies, and newly wedded women, please take my advice. DO NOT PUT GREASE DOWN THE SINK...EVER! Kyle's favorite part was when I said, "So I guess that's why my parents have jars under their sink where they pour their grease." Kyle probably could have slapped me & I wouldn't have even been mad...except he would never do such a thing! :)

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Top 2 Tuesday: Healthy Recipes and Snack ideas!

Well, hey yall!! I have so much to update, but where does the time go? Tomorrow I will update Kinsley's stats...she got weighed & measured and went to see her pediatrician and pulmonologist. I also have a funny story from last night with a little newlywed pearl of wisdom.. However, it's Tuesday today, which means it's time again for Top 2 Tuesday! Hop over to Taylor's blog & join in on the fun!


Today's Topic is: Top 2 Healthy Recipes & Snack Ideas!

{1} Homemade granola - Kyle's aunt Lydia makes this to put on yogurt, eat as cereal, or just as a snack. It's SO yummy. I'm not sure if her recipe is public knowledge or not, so I will refrain from posting it for now...sorry!


{2} Apple & Peanut Butter or Apple & Low-fat Caramel sauce. There is not much better than a cool, crisp apple & some delish topping. It's fast, easy, and oh-so-tasty.

So, what about you? What are your favorite healthy snacks?

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Kinsley Anne @ 3 months..

It is hard for me to even begin to describe how in love I am with this little girl who entered our lives 3 months ago as of yesterday. I looked at my husband last night and said, "isn't it strange how one moment she's not here & the next you are just so in love?" It is strange..but it's a parent's love. And nobody but a parent can begin to understand. I am not beginning to know why my mom still, at the age of 23, looked at me while I layed in the hospital bed in 2009 and said "Jen, if I could take your place, I would in a heartbeat." Prior to October, I thought those were just things moms said. But now I know that my mom and every mom out there whole-heartedly means those words.

Now, without further ado, here is what you are doing at 3 months of age, Kinsley Anne..
-You are wearing size 1-2 Pampers swaddlers.

-You vary widely in clothing size. The Carter's 3 months size is getting too small on you. Several 3 month pants of various brands are too short. Most 3 month onesies generally fit. However, 3-6month clothes or 6 months are frequently too big or long. We're back to the in-between stage again.

-You almost never keep your socks on! Your Nonie (daddy's mama) bought you some cuffed socks last the longest but you eventually still manage to get them off.

-You don't seem to mind all of the bows/flowers/headbands that I put on you except when you're upset, you sometimes pull them down on your face (which makes you even more mad).

-You still love car rides and frequently stay awake during them now.

-You dislike laying horizontally while awake. You think you are a big girl & always want to sit upright so that you can see what's going on around you. You are just a bit nosy.

-You will typically not fall asleep if there's a lot going on around you unless you are just exhausted, but once you do fall asleep, a freight train could drive by you and you probably wouldn't wake up.

-You love warm water. Baths or showers make you so happy & wide-eyed.

-When you nap, if we lay a blanket on you, you will take your hands and put them daintily on top of the blanket. You just don't like those hands covered up!

-You are like a houdini with the swaddle blanket & most nights figure out a way to get 1 or both hands/arms up by your face. I guess that is soothing to you.

-You usually take at least 1 good nap mid or late morning & 1 good nap in the late afternoon/evening. Otherwise you take little power naps that last 10-15 minutes.

-Over the last several weeks, you have just been getting up once per night. Anywhere from 2:30-4am to eat a snack, then you go back to sleep. However, last night, in celebration of your 3 month birthday, you slept until 6:15am!!!! This makes for a very happy mommy who only hopes to continue that trend!

-You are still sleeping in the pack n play, located in the family room that's outside of our master bedroom. This helps your mom & dad sleep through the "little" noises that you make but we can still hear you if you cry. However, if you continue sleeping through the night, you will find yourself sleeping in the crib in your room soon!

-You had your first real illness 1.5 weeks ago and we hated each and every moment of it. You looked pitiful & just wanted to cuddle with us 24/7. Of course, that's what we did!

-You started daycare January 3rd. You seem to really like the hustle & bustle. You sit in the bouncy seat each morning when I leave, just smiling at anyone who pays you an ounce of attention.

-You love your bouncy. Nonie has a baby rocking chair that vibrates and you love that as well. The swing lulls you to sleep so soundly for naps.

Sweet girl Kinsley Anne, our lives are so incredibly rich with you in it. I don't go a single day without thanking God for putting you in our life. We are so lucky to be your parents. You really are such a good baby & we love being your mom & dad. I love you more every day & am excited to see how you continue to change. However, some days I wish there was a pause button so that I could enjoy your sweet little self just a little bit more.
We love you to the moon & back, Mama & Daddy

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Top 2 Tuesday: Outfits for Spring


Last week flew (not sure how seeing as I only worked 1 full day), but it's already Tuesday. For those who look at my blog regularly, that mean's it's time for Top 2 Tuesday. Taylor, at The Undomestic Momma hosts this each week. Today's topic is:

Top 2 Outfits You're Loving For Spring!

{1} Seersucker pants. They're so light & go with so many bright & cheerful colors.

{2} Shirtdresses. I find these hard to pull off because of my large chest, but love the look nonetheless!

Today is also Kinsley Anne's 3 month birthday!! Time has just flown by & I can't believe 1/4 of a year has passed since this sweet girl has entered our lives. Tomorrow I will have an update on what Miss Kinsley has been up to recently! She is growing like a little weed & we love her more and more each day...if that's even possible!

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Top 2 Tuesday: Strange Addictions




Today is Tuesday & you know what that means...it's time for Top 2 Tuesday again!!
Today's date is 1/11/11. Am I the only one that thinks that's cool?
The only thing cooler will be 11/11/11 @ 11:11:11.
Anyway, today's topic is:



Top 2 Strange Addictions



note: this one was really, really hard for me for some reason! Anyway, I managed to come up with 2...although I don't think they're really that strange.

{1} I must have the windshield in my car clean. If Kyle is driving & a few drops of rain fall, I reach over immediately and turn on the windshield wiper...then I'll turn it back off. It urks me to have anything on the windshield? Why? No good reason.

{2} For my last Ulcerative Colitis flare, I was on heavy narcotics for 3 weeks in the hospital. So much so that I had to be weaned. I wasn't allowed to get any pain meds prescribed for discharge though because they felt that those might mask a problem that I would need to be aware of. Sooo, I started using my heating pad. I basically used it all day every day for ~1 month after discharge. I had one at work & at home. I eventually noticed that it was breaking capillaries & making my belly look funny. So, I started cutting back on how much I used it (per my mom's recommendation). I realized t that point that it was sort of a comfort measure. By no means do I use it every day anymore but I secretly get a little happy if my back is aching or my belly hurts now because I get to lay on it for a while. It's sort of soothing to me. Go ahead, call me a weirdo.
There you have it...my 2 strange addictions. Hop over to Taylor's blog if you haven't already and link up!
Today's another snow day off from work. I am so lucky to be spending some extra time with my sweet Kinsley Anne. The roads are seriously a disaster and I'm curious about the rest of the week.
Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow Day, Fun Day!

First of all, Kinsley Anne is feeling a little bit better. Thank you for your thoughts & prayers! It sure is hard to see your child not feel well. Especially when she can't even tell you what's wrong. She is still congested & coughing but is no longer running fever. Tylenol did the trick & she slept almost all day Saturday. I had to rinse her eye out with saline today (which she hated every last minute of) because crud had gotten into it & made it all red, puffy, and just generally angry looking. Hopefully, she will continue to feel better!!

Last night, the decision was made to close our office for today. With all of the snow that they were calling for, it just wasn't worth risking it. Bright & early this AM, the snow started falling & we now have ~8 inches on the ground. It is gorgeous!! They are expecting between 2-4 more inches today & it has also begun sleeting. We are in for a mess the rest of the week.



I'm just not sure if I will ever outgrow the joy of a snow day! ...probably not!!



Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

Saturday, January 8, 2011

a sick baby..

Today, we are spending a lot of time in front of the TV on the couch. This week Kinsley Anne has gotten increasingly hoarse & congested. When she cries, it's just this puny half-hearted whine. Thursday I took her to the doctor, knowing she'd been exposed to RSV over Christmas. The doctor that we had to see (there's lots of docs in the practice) didn't want to test her for RSV since "there's nothing you can do about a virus." He wanted me to watch her respiratory rate, temp, etc. If she was getting worse, I was told to call him because he was the on-call doctor all weekend & had office hours this weekend, too. Yesterday, I found out that a child in her daycare class (she just started daycare Monday) was also diagnosed with RSV. This morning, she was warm & her temp was 99.0 axillary. Generally, you add a degree, which of course makes 100.0. I called the doctor's office. He called me back & said to try Tylenol if she seemed uncomfortable, saline drops & bulb syringe (which I had already done), and Little Noses Decongestant. I went ahead and gave her Tylenol and she ate ~3oz (less than a normal amt). Over the next 1.5 hrs, she seemed to be getting sweatier. I took her temp and it was up to 100.3 axillary....101.3. I was getting a little nervous but she woke up and ate ~3 oz again. Kyle went to buy some of the decongestant drops & I just gave her those ~30 min ago. She seems a little cooler to the touch at the moment, so let's hope that the sweating was a result of her fever breaking. She still just wants to be cuddled in a blanket, though. She is breathing ~69 times/minute (yes, I do know that's fast..but she's not retracting her chest wall or flaring her nostrils). She has only had 1 wet diaper so far today & she needs to have 3 per 24hrs or else we have to take her to the ER for dehydration. Let's hope that's not the case. Please say a few prayers to get us through this little bug. I'm not sure where she picked it up from but with daycare, sick family members, and lots of viruses going around in the general public, there's absolutely no telling. All I do know is that my little girl is pitiful and I want her better now. Yes, I know..I need prayers for my patience, as well.

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Blogging Mentor Program


Krysten at After 'I Do' had a great idea...which is probably one of the reasons why she has 600+ followers. She has set up a blogger mentor program. Basically the idea stemmed from the sorority big sister/little sister program where a "veteran" blogger is hooked up to mentor a "novice" blogger. You could take this many different ways. You could keep it strictly blog-related for advice, etc or you could become great new bloggy-world friends! You can send each other gifts for the holidays, each other's birthdays, just because, etc. Head over to sign up if you are either a veteran blogger with advice to share, or like me, consider yourself a novice & would love a little input on how to spice up your blogging life. It's super simple.

And if I have time when I get home, I want to post some before & after editing pictures that I think are pretty neat from my new camera & photo editing software! So forgive me if I post twice today!!! :) Hope you're all having a great "hump day!" Aren't weeks after a long weekend so much harder?

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Top 2 Tuesday: Favorite Things in 2010




Taylor, at the Undomestic Momma hosts Top 2 Tuesday every week. I've been participating for quite a while now & look forward to each week's topic. It's never too late to join in, so hop on over to her blog & link up! This week's topic is:

Top 2 Favorite Items from 2010

{1} So, this may or may not be considered an "item." ...Considering that the Keratin comes in a bottle, we will pretend it is. The Keratin Smoothing Complex. I got it done last Wednesday & love it! My husband bought me an express treatment (lasts 1 month) on livingsocial.com for 1/2 off & I am so thankful. I am now going back in a couple of weeks to get the 6 month treatment! If you remember from the pictures of me in this post, my hair is quite curly & is very thick. This is my big cheesy smile with straight hair afterwards:

I had to buy new shampoo/conditioner (recommended by the hair designer) to make the most of my straight hair & can only wash my hair every 3rd day. Now, most people say "ewww" but this is the 2nd 3rd day cycle that I'm on and it really does not look greasy. I am so very pleased.

{2} My new Nikon D3100 camera!! Kyle bought it for me for Christmas & I LOVE it. It is as easy or as difficult to use as you would like. You can still point & shoot if that's what strikes your fancy or you can get technical & do everything manually. I will be posting some of the pictures that we have taken with the camera & some of the fancy-dancy editing we have done on them as well.

So, what are your top 2 favorite "things" of 2010??

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

Monday, January 3, 2011

CT report

My sweet girl the day after her CT scan..with her little IV pokes covered up :(

If you were unaware that Kinsley was having a repeat CT scan of her lung, check this post out first. Luckily, I have the benefit of working alongside her pediatric pulmonologist (his office is in the same building, on the same floor as our pediatric neurology office). So, first thing this AM, I went over there to give the respiratory therapist a head's up that her CT was done at we were just waiting on results (hint, hint). At lunch, I hadn't heard anything, so I just so happened to find myself over there again. She said that Dr. E had come to see me but I was in seeing a patient. When I left at 2pm to go make rounds on patients at the hospital, I still hadn't heard. I kept praying/begging God to give me peace & to let him handle the situation. I was seriously struggling with not having any control over the results and the "not knowing." Well, at 4:45pm, when I was leaving the hospital, I got a phone call....

Dr. E explained that
{a} the cysts are almost all the way GONE! He thinks that these were a compensatory mechanism meaning that those cysts were a way of holding extra air since the lung is tiny. What fabulous news!
{b} the left lung has grown some! Still small, but it's making progress. It should continue growing until 6yrs of age. What fantastic news!
{c} they think they know the cause for her hypoplastic left lung (aka small lung). Her left pulmonary artery seems narrow. Although not good news that it is narrow, at least we have some kind of explanation for her lung issue.
{d} some of her smaller airways may be a little smaller than normal. She may be at risk for bronchitis. We can handle that.
{c} she may be at risk for scoliosis. Since the right lung is significantly larger than the right, this could cause her spine to curve some. We can also handle this.

All in all, GREAT NEWS! Thank you all for your diligence in praying for my family & specifically, my sweet girl. God is so good!

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Our CT Adventure

On Thursday, I fed Kinsley Anne at 2:00am because she woke up to eat. I woke her up again at 4:45am to eat once more before her NPO (nothing by mouth) status set in at 5am. She then slept until 7:45 & when she woke up, I fed her an unflavored Pedialyte bottle. She actually seemed to enjoy it. We packed up & left for the hospital around 8:30am & Kyle's mom joined me on the adventure. We got to the hospital, signed our pre-registered paperwork at the business office, & headed to the radiology waiting room. We sat down & Kinsley Anne eventually drifted off to sleep. After what seemed like forever (and it probably was at least 30-45min), a lady came out & handed me a questionnaire regarding Kinsley's health. She said that she would be back in a few minutes to get it. I filled it out quickly & waited...and waited. After about 30+ minutes, I decided that I had better take it up to the window to make sure that they hadn't forgotten us. The woman said "oh! The radiologist is on the phone with the pulmonologist now." I asked if there was a problem. Evidently, the radiologist didn't want her to have contrast but the pulmonologist wanted contrast. In the end, the pulmonologist won (after all, he is the one that ordered the test & know what she needs!). We got taken back to a recovery room by the pediatric radiology sedation nurse. She asked some questions about Kinsley Anne's history & health concerns. When she heard that she was born at 35weeks, she said that she needed to do some calculating. She came back explaining that according to the hospital policy, we would need to be admitted if Kinsley Anne required sedation. She needed to be >52 weeks post-conception and my sweet girl was only 45. My stomach sunk. I explained that we needed to have this done today (Thursday)...it was December 30th, after all. One of the PICU attendings came by & we talked. He understood the year-end deal & the importance of getting it done. He called the peds floor & luckily there was a bed available if we needed it. He said that we would make a good attempt at no sedation first, however. The nurse then said that we would get an IV started and see if she calmed down or not afterwards. She first tried Kinsley Anne's left arm...and the vein blew. Then came the right arm...same thing. Then another nurse decided to try her foot..and she got it. Thank God. Poor Kinsley Anne screamed & cried the entire time despite our attempts to calm her with her paci & sweet-ease (sugar water). She had exhausted herself entirely. This worked out to our advantage because once the IV was in, I rocked her in the rocking chair & she went out like a light. We took her to the CT scanner & she slept through the entire process. NO SEDATION! Thank you, God! The nurse had said that there was a child with Pertussis on the floor & I really was not excited about the need to admit her.

Now, we wait. Because of the holidays, the pulmonology office was closed Friday. Hopefully, I'll be able to stop over to see him on Monday & get to see the images & discuss them. I will be sure to update on this situation when I know something.

Also, please pray for Kinsley Anne's general health. There are lots of bugs going around and I really want her to stay well. She starts daycare this coming week, too, which of course has me nervous.

Now, for a little new year survey about the happenings of 2010. I borrowed this from Jessica, over at Love from Texas....

1. What did you do in 2010 that you had never done before?
Make bows & survived pregnancy!

2. Did you keep your New Year's Resolutions and will you make more for next year?
One of them was to stop cursing & I made significant progress although recently I've started to backslide. I blame it on exhaustion. My mouth has now been cleansed again though & I will make them disappear this year! Also, I want to continue crafting & gain self confidence this year!!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, there have been lots of new babies this year! Aside from my own that is!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes. Nate will always be remembered as an angel on earth & now he is an angel in heaven.

5. What places have you visited?
I went to DE, the lake, the beach, Raleigh, & Charleston this summer

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
I'm not sure I've lacked much of anything! I would LOVE to spend even more time with my family this year!

7. What date from 2010 will remain etched in your memory and why?
October 18th - Kinsley Anne's birth
October 23rd - Kinsley Anne's homecoming

8. What was your biggest achievement this year?
Becoming a mommy

9. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing major. Just the regular sinus infections & viruses.

10. What was the best thing you bought?
Kyle bought me the Nikon D3100 & I LOVE it so far!

11. Where did most of your money go?
Kinsley Anne's "stuff" probably. Also, we bought a new lawn mower & backpack blower that were pricey.

12. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Brad Paisley's "Anything Like Me"
Selah's "I Will Carry You"
Carrie Underwood's "Mama's Song"

13. What do you wish you would have done more of?
Thanked God for my many blessings

14. What do you wish you would have done less of?
Wishing my pregnancy would go faster. I miss parts of it now that it's over!

15. What was your favorite TV program?
The Sing Off
The Bachelorette

16. What was the best book you read this year?
I haven't read many books this year. I liked Crazy Love.

17. What was your favorite film of the year?
Toy Story 3

18. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I turned 25 & we went out to eat (2 nights in a row) & went with family/friends to Frankie's Fun Park to celebrate!

19. What political issue stirred you the most?
Talks of healthcare reform. It needs change but I'm not excited about what Obama's wanting to do.

20. Who was the best new person you met?
KINSLEY ANNE!!!

Happy New Year Everyone! Here's to a very happy & healthy one for all of us!

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen