Isabella Danielle, born at 24 weeks and 1 day, 1lb 11oz, 12.5in

Zachary Michael, born at 36 weeks, 5lb 13oz, 18.5in

Alexander Charles, FULL TERM, 7lb 1oz, 20in

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Much Needed Update...

The little princess has grown so much, up to 17lbs! How is it possible that she constantly puts on weight? Well, it could be the endless desire for food and consistent napping. Like they say, a sleeping baby is a growing baby. On the medical front Bella seems to be doing pretty well. We have had a few bumps in the last couple of weeks. She made her first visit to the emergency room two weeks ago. Chris found what appeared to be a cut on her left pinky toe one morning. By that night the skin had started to break down. I panicked and through out the possibility that she may have been bit by a spider; we do live in West Texas where spiders, rodents, and wild critters are abundant. Fortunately the PA at the emergency room said that it wasn’t a spider bite, but that she most likely had a cut in between, in the webbing of, her toe that got infected. Bacitracian and oral antibiotic have cleared it right up. But the little princess has also been very congested for some time. We aren’t sure if it is related to teething accompanied by sinus drainage, if she has some type of allergy that is too early to determine, or the onset of asthma. Regardless the congestion sits in her nose, can give her a sour tummy, and often wakes her up with coughing and a fog horn nose. She has started breathing treatments that tend to give her some relief. Her helmet wearing is going fine. Her skin tends to be sensitive, another thing she inherited from mommy, and the material of the helmet irritates her at times (usually when she gets too hot). These days she doesn’t wear many clothes because the helmet tends to make her heat up and clothes only aggravate her temperature. Hence comes a ton of sweat, this she gets from daddy. On a very positive note, the staff at the helmet clinic thinks she is at 50% completion. It is crazy to see how much different her head shape looks already. They have this scary mannequin looking head mold of her when she first started. Not only is her head significantly larger, it is so much more round. They really are pleased with her progress. It would be great if by the time August rolled around she didn’t have to wear it any more.

Isabella got to spend five whole days with my mom this past week. Chris and I took a vacation to NYC, which wouldn’t have been possible had granmommy not agreed to watch the princess. Of course, granmommy had no objections to keeping her for a few days. Thank you mom for taking such good care of her, we really appreciate it. And another huge thank you to Mere, Paul, Andi and Parker for letting us crash Andi's birthday party while we were up north, we had a great time!

As always, all of Isabella's actions, mannerisms, expressions and obvious signs of independence continue to amaze us. She is absolutely stunning to look at and watch grow. I so enjoy watching her smile light up our hearts (and how she has Daddy wrapped around her little fingers). We hope all of you are doing well and continue to find many blessings in your life.

Ephesians 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.


Parker's mom said...

YOUR WELCOME! And anytime! Hopefully it was the first of many trips! But next time you need to bring the princess. We had a great time with you guys too.

Shauna said...

Oh my goodness...she IS a little chunckster!!! Wow. I can tell she has grown from the last photos.
Glad you all were able to get away for a few days, I bet that was a needed break from all the ups and downs you've had over the last ~6 months. Take Care!

lauren said...

Hooray for NYC ... and hooray for a beautiful, growing girl! That smile is outrageous!