Thursday, May 23, 2013

First Trip to the Emergency Room

We were having such a wonderful day at home! Sebastian and I had decided a walk was a great idea since the rain was supposed to hold off til the afternoon and Paisley was due for one of her half dozen naps of the day, so a walk would be perfect!

We were headed to the neighborhood park but neither baby made it there conscious! It was okay though, it gave me a few extra laps around the neighborhood in complete silence! When the sun was blistering and I had quite finished sweating out my breakfast, I parked the double stroller on the porch and enjoyed fresh watermelon and a recently delivered magazine. 

Sebastian's nap did not last too long (they never do), but he was in a great mood and cheesin' up a storm for mama. 

After lunch, our afternoon took quite a different path then our morning! We were preparing to head out for some errands...we need to get daddy a birthday gift...and in his usual "I can do it all by myself attitude, Sebastian tried to go down the last step by himself...something he had done way more than once. Unfortunately, his little foot stepped a tad too far and he slipped off the step smacking his mouth against the railing base! The screaming ensued and I snatched him up in my free arm and whisked him off to the kitchen. I had to set Paisley down in the swing (she was screaming, he was screaming) and I tried to assess Sebastian. There was soooo much blood....gobs and gobs of it just pouring from his mouth, all he wanted to do was hug me so I was drenched in it as well. All of his teeth were in tact and when I was finally able to get the bleeding to slow down, I could see a significant wound on the inside of his bottom lip. I didn't notice the line on the outside right away, but when I did there was no doubt he would need stitches. 

So, since he refused to stop trying to touch it, I called Jonathan to come pick us up so I could sit in the back seat with him to ensure no extra damage was done. Jonathan made it home in record time and after speaking to the pediatrician, we were headed to the emergency room. Since the wound was on his perfect little face, Dr. Craig thought it best for a plastic surgeon to be available, just in case. 

He got to wear the most adorable little outfit and was quite intrigued by all the gadget and lights and tools! The nurse practitioner came in and assessed him and we all agreed that he would never sit still enough for them to stitch it with him awake, especially right there at his mouth. He suggested Sebastian be sedated (which meant full monitoring by a doctor, respiratory nurse, nurse and the nurse practitioner)...very scary decision to make over a cut. Since that seemed to be our only option, we agreed and preceded to wait two hours before getting to move to a procedure room.

Then it was the dreaded IV time. After telling us he never digs for a vein, our nurse proceeded to dig for several minutes on both his attempts...I'm not sure there is a better way to piss off a mommy then failing at an IV attempt. Finally, they got one in and now Sebastian was hysterical...every noise, every movement, everything sent him into a sobbing fit. Sebastian is extremely hard to soothe, always has been. 

Now, I pose a question to all my mommy friends out there: when the doctor says they plan to sedate your child, what do you take that to mean? I'm an intelligent adult as well as my husband and mother, all were present, and we are not shy about asking questions or ensuring we get the full scoop! When the nurse practitioner said he was going to knock out Sebastian for the procedure using a common sedation, we ALL thought that's what he was going to do, put him to sleep so he wouldn't feel or remember anything! Oh no, that was not what he meant at all. They ended up giving him a light sedation that pretty much caused him to be drowsy but he remained not only awake but aware enough to cry out in pain with every stitch! The local anesthetic was a joke...I have had it before and when done properly, you can't feel a thing...not even tugging. 

I was fuming halfway through the procedure because my baby was crying out in pain while sedated and he should not have felt a damn thing! I didn't know what to do, this was not at all how they said it would go and I can't very well stop them in the middle of the ordeal to have Sebastian wake up all the way and go through even more pain. I really hate doctors...they do everything so much and it becomes so routine that they forget they are working on human beings and in this case a one year old baby! They should have made sure he wouldn't feel anything, they have the tools, use them!

I have not had the best experiences with hospital doctors recently, I am paying thrm my life savings to get poor service at best. Anyway, he was already awake as they did the last interior stitch so Jonathan and I had the sad task of trying to calm him down as the side effects wore took an hour to stop the sobbing. 
I was just ready to be done with it all...we finally got to leave shortly after he stopped crying. I gave him some Tylenol, juice and yogurt before snuggling up in bed with him. Definitely not something I want to do again...he has to have the stitches removed in 6 days and despite the nurse practioners wish to have us come back to he can take them out, we will never be going back there. Dr. Craig can handle 7 stitches. 

Poor baby had a fat lip when he woke up this morning but he is in good spirits!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Paisley's Professional Newborn Shots

I can't believe I forgot to post all the professional pictures we had taken when Paisley was 11 days old! They took awhile to get to me so I haven't had them too long but they turned out great, despite very little cooperation from the model! Sebastian has a few in there as well! Pictures were taken by Samantha at Two Little Monkey's Photography.

Very cute picture but not how he actually feels, he wasn't hip on laying down!

One of the only two positions we could actually get her to sleep for.

Mamie hand crocheted the blanket she is laying on!

I guess Mama was trying to rub some girly traits off here!

Love the tutu and bow, thanks to Mamie!

I think the awake shots are just as fabulous.

This shot has some significance: the lace in the box is actually my mother's wedding dress!

This one is special as well, that is my veil and my mom's wedding dress.

I don't love my look here but there weren't many to choose from.

Love this one with Jonathan and Paisley.

This picture just shows everyone how HUGE Jonathan's feet are...size 15!

Sebastian was not about to miss out on all the fun with Daddy's old Camos!

Can't you tell how adorable he is here...gets his personality beautifully!

The only family one we could get...Sebastian was a bit antsy...again, don't love how I look but everyone else looks great!

Three generations of girls!

Mamie and Paisley, she does so much for us!!!
Well that is all of them...once again, so worth it to have these great pictures of my babies!!! If you have never had professional pictures done, you should def do it...its worth the money!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

6 weeks old

My baby girl is 6 weeks old already! It's amazing how time flies, she is really starting to show her personality now, it's very cute. Like her brother, she really enjoys being held and usually quiets down instantly when you pick her up. Unlike her brother, she can self soothe most times. She enjoys the swing but usually gets interrupted a dozen times or so for a very wet and half hazard kiss from an adorable fellow blonde! She is still nursing every 3 hours (or less) throughout the day and night. She REALLY loves the shower, she's wide eyed and oh so curious every time! She is an okay sleeper, up like clock work for her feedings and fidgety. Unfortunately, I think she is a light sleeper like her brother! 

She never has a clean diaper, You can change her a dozen times and its always wet or dirty. I used to use two and three diapers per change but that was tiresome and costly! Now I just come back a few mins later and do it all again! She can go from sleeping to blood curdling scream in approximately 2 seconds, it's quite unnerving! 

I'm not sure if I posted her numbers after her last visit to the doctor but she was up to 8 lbs 8 ozs and 21 ins long! She couldn't get her shot cause she was sick but otherwise doing great, just a little cold. 

She looks very, very cute in pink!!! I tried blue a few times to match her eyes but then she just looks like Sebastian so we stick to lots of pinks, yellows, whites and purples! 

She is extremely lucky to have an incredible friend and overly protective big brother! He just adores her and is mastering holding her. He gives her at least a half dozen kisses each day and she is the first person he looks for when he wakes up, it's priceless! 

Well, my baby is growing up fast but we are enjoying every minute of it!!!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Strawberry Picking

We have been waiting and waiting for a single ray of sunshine so we could venture out to pick farm fresh strawberries. We have been plagued with buckets of rain for the last week and a half. The ground isn't soggy, it's one endless puddle. Sebastian has been quite a challenge as a tantrum ensues every time he is told he can't go outside...he doesn't really understand mud yet!

Anyway, it rained last night and drizzled this afternoon but we decided to risk it and headed out with Uncle Sam and Mamie to pick a few buckets...thankfully, the weather pretty much held off for us! It drizzled some while we were there but let up, then all we had to do was deal with the mud, we walked gingerly!

Sebastian did very well and figured out that we were aiming for the red ones...not green! THEN, Daddy let it slip that they were edible...oops, his beautiful blue polo is now stained with strawberry juices! We couldn't catch him fast enough between picking them and putting them in his mouth!

It was fun, of course there are no photos of me as I am the only one who thinks to document such adventures with photographic evidence! We came home with a gallon of fresh, delicious strawberries and a few new fond memories!