Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Our Holiday in a Nutshell

Oh my goodness where do I start??? Last time I blogged we were all doing well and we were all healthy. That was before all the craziness we call weather around here!!!
Jenna ended up getting the dreaded RSV and it very quickly turned into pneumoniaL!! When I say quickly, I mean she started running a fever just about 2 am the day after Thanksgiving and we were in the ER (because the Dr. Office was closed) by 11:30 am. We spent the rest of the weekend in the Hospital, and the boys stayed with my mom.

The kids’ doctor is one of the doctors that own and operate this great new hospital just down the street. Jesse thinks it is funny to watch the staff jump around when you mention our Dr.’s name. I think it’s funny that the staff jumps at his name to begin with! Our Dr. is one of the most laid back people that you could meet – ever!!!

Any who, Jenna was in the hospital and received royal treatment from all the staff, AJ’s Immunologist happened to be on call that weekend so she was very well cared for and by Sunday, they could not see or hear any trace of the pneumonia at all!!! We were given a clean bill of health and sent home with some breathing treatments and a follow-up visit with her Dr. on the following Tuesday. Tuesday we went in and she was given another clean bill of health with Dr.’s orders to gain some weight. She had lost just over a pound during the four days that she was sick:(. Poor baby. We also rescheduled her 2 month check up since it was due that Thursday.

Jenna and her tiny baby mask.

Jenna awake and playing with the mask.

Jenna fighting the mask.

The next weekend, I had to work on Saturday, Jesse had to work and my Grandfather came in from Phoenix. I took Jenna with me to work, the boys went to my sisters and Jesse went to work. Friday night we were at my parents breaking in the new pool table, and did not leave there until a little past 1 am. I was not loving work the next day, but Jenna was a gem and behaved beautifully!!! After work, I picked up the boys, and met Jesse at the house; we rested for a short while and then headed back over to my mom’s to visit with my Grandfather some more. And then we were back there on Sunday for dinner and some more pool fun!

Papa Al, Jenna, and Emmy

The next weekend was the children’s Christmas party my work sponsors at the Museum of Natural Science. Every year they ask the parents to choose gifts for their kids from Toys R Us (a $20 maximum) and then they provide lunch for the kiddos, desserts, a craft project for the children, and a tour of the museum. Once back in the party room, the kids sit down and welcome Santa, and then they each receive a gift from Santa.

Listening to Santa Read.

AJ and Santa.

Jay and Santa.

Jenna and Santa.

My babies with Santa.

The next weekend was my last weekend to do any Christmas shopping (which I had not even started). Jesse’s Aunt was having her atrium closed in as an addition to her living room and his Uncle came in from Brownsville to pour the foundation. We stopped there briefly; let’s just say that my boys and concrete mix don’t mix well, for lack of a better word. That is just a mess waiting to happen. So off to my Mom’s house they went and I went to Target, and then Wal-Mart – the weekend before Christmas, and I survived!!! All the shopping done for all the kids, nieces, nephews, and my brothers in two stores in one night, and I didn’t even break the bank!! That was a blessing!! We finally put the tree up and decorated it!

Christmas morning we spent at home, Jesse was not feeling well at all, he could barely talk! Then we went to my Mom and Dad’s house for the rest of the day, the kids had a blast and we ended up bringing home multiple remote control thingies!!! Jesse got a remote control helicopter, and a remote control mouse, the boys each got two remote control cars and I got a gift card to Kohl’s that is burning a hole in my purse as I type this!!

Friday, the day after Christmas, Jesse went into work at 5:30 and was home again by 7:30, we ate breakfast and then I got up to start cleaning up the toy madness that had now become my house!! Jesse took the truck in to get an oil change and the inspection. Because if that were left up to me, I would wind up walking into the house some time in March saying “ Jess, did you know that the inspection expired on my truck in December?” much like I did with the registration that expired in August, and I renewed in October. Good thing my husband knows me so well!! At 1:30 we decided to go visit our family in Louisiana. With no clean clothes and no notice, I packed up our bags and we were out the door by about 3.

Most of Jesse’s cousins along with his Uncles work off shore, and none of them have the came schedule. So usually when we visit it is hit or miss as far as who you get to see once you get there. Not this time, this was the first time in years that all of the family was in on the same weekend, so they all decided to delay the Christmas gift exchange until Sunday and share the day with the whole family. We got to Jesse’s cousin Jesse (yes they have the same name) and his wife Julie’s house at about 7:30, Uncle Joe and Aunt Cathy were there with Ali and we all had dinner. Saturday we went to Kennedi and Alexis’ basketball games and then barbequed and ate dinner with Uncle Joe, Aunt Cathy, Uncle Bobby and Aunt Mary. Saturday night AJ gave us all a scare when he stepped on a bee (he has had a mild reaction to bee stings which we have been told can get worse with each sting). Needless to say we were well prepared with all his meds and after a quick call to his Dr. we were good, and it was a false alarm, no ER trip needed! Praise the Lord!!! Sunday we started cooking for a Cajun Christmas, I am a fan of food to begin with but mix it all up with Cajun flare and you can never go wrong!!! Just before everyone started arriving for supper a familiar car pulled into the driveway, it was Jesse’s parents!! They had not been to visit for about five years!! It was a great surprise for us all. We all ate, talked, laughed, hugged, cried and took tons of pictures!!!! All the kids opened their gifts and then the girls made up a cheer and a dance to tell AJ Happy Birthday! It was absolutely adorable!!! We sang Happy Birthday to AJ and then he blew out his candles, and we all ate cake. We did not want to leave! The weather was not great and it was getting late so we had to get on the road. We had so much fun with everyone; the boys are already asking to go back! I am sure if Jenna could talk she would be asking to go back too!!!

The Girls cheering for AJ.

AJ is a little embarassed.

AJ with his cake.

Part of the family.

Our Family with Jesse's Sister, Mom, Aunt and Dad.

The men in the family.

The ladies in the family.

Aunt Mary, Alexis, and Jenna.

Happy Baby!!

All the kiddos with Tia Juanita.

Goofy Girls!!

My sweet girl!

Silly Jay.

Ali, Jay, Garrett, AJ, and Jenna.

Jenna and Ali.

Oh, and i almost forgot... Jenna is eating cereal!!! I know she is so big! At her 2 month check up she weighed 13 lbs 1 oz and was 24.5 inches long, she is really growing like a weed!!!!


Now that I have bored you all to tears, I will attempt to update more frequently to prevent this type of post in the future!

We had an amazing time spent with all of our family and loved ones over this holiday season and we hope that you all did as well.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Pictures, Pictures, Pictures

Well, it has been quite a while since i last blogged and the easiest way to get everyone caught up is through pictures. This of course is the condensed version:).

Halloween 2008

Dance Across Texas Day - Jay

Dance Across Texas Day - AJ

Our Future Boxer

The Boys Hanging Out in a Tree

Sleeping Beauty

First Day of Day Care :(

The boys with Jenna outside the Day Care

All this means that I am back at work, trying to find some actual work to do instead of cleaning up messes and putting out fires that started once I was gone!! So this is how I am productively finding actual work to do.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Dr. Appt Update...

So our "little" angel weighs 9 lbs. 3 oz. and is not 21.5 inches long!! She is growing like a weed. however, we did find out that she has a reflux problem. My child who was sleeping beautifully, and eating well (4 oz and wanting more) is now going to be reduced to eating two ounces at a time.

No more sleep for me, but if that means that her little throat will heal and she will not be gagging constantly then I am all for the lack of sleep.

I thought maybe she had some post nasal drainage due to her gagging, but did not even consider acid reflux as the culprit. She doesn't spit up much at all, who knew? We will press on with the smaller feedings and the medication for the next week, and she will be reevaluated, then the Dr will determine what the next step is. He said it is possible that she will not need to stay on the meds past one or two weeks, and then we would slowly increase the feedings again. Please pray that this is not causing her pain or discomfort, and pray for a rapid healing and for her to be able to tolerate her feedings well.

Two weeks and counting....

My precious Jenna is two weeks old. Wow, it is hard to believe that it has already been two weeks, and at the same time it is hard to believe that it has only been two weeks. She is just such a perfect fit into our family, it is hard to remember her not here with us.
In the two weeks we have had two Dr's appointments, one for her and the other for AJ. We have had book fair at the school with the boys, and a mad science night as well. It is Thursday and the boys have been late for school twice already. We had lunch with Aunt Vicky, Aunt Heather and Aunt Work-Leslie (there are two Leslie's one is a work-Leslie, the other is Leslie Lou). We have had a couple of trips to the store and we have another Dr's appointment this afternoon for Jenna. The boys have both had some sort of stomach bug, AJ has an ear infection on top of that and Daddy is back at work in full force.
I know that Daddy is missing his little girl, she is the first one he looks for when he walks through the door. And she eats it up. She smiles, she coos, and she cuddles with him every night! Each morning Jesse lays with her before he gets up for work, and honestly, I think he has been a little late every morning. I gently remind him that he needs to get up and he says, "But I am laying with the baby". I absolutely love that she has him wrapped around her finger already. She really is Daddy's Princess.

We have tried very hard not to interrupt the boys "normal" schedule since bringing Jenna home. They continue to go to daycare before and after school and we continue to take them to all of their after school events as well.

I have no pictures of this, but we went to my brother's football game, and he ROCKS!!! Not just because he is my brother, but he really is the tallest one out on the field, plays pretty much the entire game (offense), the coaches gave him a "special play" made just for him - he is a receiver. They won their first game, lost the next two, but they are seventh grade boys who are all out there just having fun! I was actually very proud of Joe, during the game, one of his teammates was tackled and his wrist was broken - you could see how bad the injury was from the sidelines!!! - Joe started telling his other teammates to "take a knee" in support of the injured player, who was not getting up after the tackle. Next thing I know, he and two other players on the field ran over and helped the injured player up and walked him off the field. It was great, I am an avid sports fan, and it is awesome to be able to enjoy one of my favorite games and know that my brother is in there playing. He could tell you things about football that you never knew, or at least things that I don't know, and don't really understand either. Hey I just like watching the game!! We look forward to watching him for many years to come!

I do however have a picture of Jenna in her first "real" bath, of course we have bathed her via the wash cloth and bowl of water method. She has yet to cry during any bath, and she absolutely loves to have her hair washed! I thought that the real bath would be different and totally expected her to fuss the whole time. This little one, she is full of surprises!! She loved her bath, even if she was a little cold, and she loved, loved, loved her hair being washed!!! Thank God, because I battle with the boys every day over this exact thing!!!

Somehow they can get into the shower, use an entire bottle of body wash (for men of course) and manage to get out of the shower without a drop of water ever touching their head or face, seriously! I don't know how they do it, nor do I understand their aversion to clean hair! I guess it is a little boy thing. Who knows?!

And this is the note I was given by AJ.

Is it not bad enough the school sends your child home wearing the big red circle sticker screaming you are a delinquent and your child may just starve while they are at school, but the child adds it to his own note to you as if you did not understand what was on the big red sticker.

A few more pics to look at:)!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Story, and the Pictures:)

Jenna is an absolute jewel!! She is such a good baby. After some minor issues with formula and a change of bottles, our little angel is doing great. The original formula or the bottle seemed to be causing some gassy problems for our little one. Either way, we have changed to a different formula and different bottles and there is no more painful gas keeping her up at night! The hospital was a bit wrong on her measurements, unless there is some way babies shrink an entire inch once they get home - not likely, so she was actually 20 inches and not 21, no biggie. She had her first Dr.'s Appointment yesterday, the hospital thought she might be a bit jaundice, and asked that we follow up with her pediatrician this week. Jesse said they had just never seen a Mexican baby, funny thing the pedi said the same thing:)! They did a biliruben test yesterday and I am pleased to announce that her levels were within the normal range and there is no need for concern.

Now for the story, we were scheduled for induction on Monday, October 6, and were supposed to be at the hospital by, 7 am. However, at 5:30 we received a call from the labor and delivery department, they asked us to remain on standby until further notice, there were several women who were admitted the night before and there was no room for us. We were told to expect a call around 9 o'clock. At 9:30 I decided to call and see what was going on. Still no room, the nurse asked me to call back in "about an hour". I waited until 11, called and there was still no room.

In all honesty, I was never uncomfortable or just ready to have Jenna. I was perfectly fine with her right where she was. But, knowing that we were going to finally see our little girl on Monday, and then being told there was no room was awful!! I tell you by 1 pm, the nurses all knew my voice, or phone number when I called in. Every time it was "I am sorry Mrs. Silva, there is still no room, we will call you, or you can check back in", and every time I hung up the phone and cried. it was like they were telling me that I was not allowed to meet my baby.

Jesse was awesome! He held me and hugged me every time I called in. He was so reassuring, and told me each time that we would have her when it was her time, and it just wasn't yet. To go through the pregnancy on medications to stop pre-term labor it seemed so unreal that I had been off the meds for two weeks, and still no baby! Jesse even joked that Jenna was in there singing "It's Not My Time" by 3 Doors Down. At 3 we got a call to let us know that our spot was cancelled, there were too many other women going into natural labor - how dare they. By this point, I was ok with not meeting her just yet. I had a Dr.'s appt. the next day and I was still not far enough along to be sent in to labor and delivery yet.

And the waterworks started again. We also found out that Jesse's parents were on their way to meet their new granddaughter. Even though she was not her yet, they still came.

Tuesday night, the garage door broke, and fell on my truck. Thank God for the silly things on top (luggage thingies, we have never used, and I think are only there for decoration anyway) they saved my truck, and there was no damage!! Tuesday night Jesse's parents also arrived. Jesse had the week off, because we planned on having a new baby in the house and he planned on being around the whole week to help out. So Wednesday came and went no changes, I felt bad since Jesse had taken off work, and so had his parents and I felt guilty that they were there for what I though was no reason. Jesse's parents were scheduled to leave Thursday, so Wednesday night I made shish-kabobs for dinner and we all ate and laughed, we were able to spend a lot of time together just the four of us while the boys were at school. Once the boys got home they were able to spend some quality time with Grandma and Grandpa. I know that time was very special for the boys as well as their Grandparents.

Thursday morning I woke up having contractions, but they were not consistent. All were less than ten minutes apart, but not equally spaced. I said nothing, we went to Baby's R Us to get a few last minute things and get the play pen as well. Only we didn't get the play pen because I paid no attention to the date on the coupon that I had, and let's face it 20% off is 20% off. The coupon was dated for October 17th, the cashier actually asked us if we wanted it anyway. Umm... No, I will be back on the 17th, thank-you-very-much. We went to Wal-Mart, to get AJ's meds to take and leave at the school. Went to the school to talk to the nurse and leave the meds. We were there about an hour, just as we were leaving, I hear a cry from down the hall, I knew the cry belonged to one of the boys, I just didn't know which one. As I walked - or actually ran out the door to see, I find AJ and his teacher running down the hall towards us. He was choking on nachos - made from corn - which he is allergic to. He was fine though, we were able to calm him down and we were ready to leave again. This time AJ wanted to leave with us. Knowing I was still having contractions, I decided not to take him, just in case. Needless to say the nurse walked AJ to PE while he was crying to come home with us.

Once we got home, we decided to attempt to make a dent in cleaning the backyard from all of the debris from the Hurricane. I tell you, it feels like we will never finish, there are always more branches that need to be cut down, and more leaves to be raked. So my MIL and I raked, and swept, Jesse and my FIL cut branches and stacked branches. At about 3 pm I called the Dr., the contractions were getting stronger, but still no consistency. Jesse's parents were loading up their truck to leave. I went inside and the phone rang, the Dr. told us to go into the hospital, there was room and she said that we would induce if needed.

Hooray!!! We were going to meet our precious little girl!! I was so excited and a little sad since Jesse's parents were leaving. We loaded up the truck and went to the hospital. I was dilated to 3 cm and induction was not needed. Yippee!!! By 4 pm I was in my L&D room and my mom arrived, shortly after that, Jesse's parents arrived. Sometime between then and when my water broke, at 6:15, I asked for an epidural. The anesthesiologist was busy with a c-section and was not able to come right away, we were told he would be by in about thirty minutes. Thirty minutes later and I was asking for the nurse, the Dr had left to go feed her kids, and something didn't feel right, something besides the pain that is.

Jesse called the nurse, she, Shelly, rushed in and told us that she could see the head, with one glove on she called for assistance, another nurse came in put the other glove on Shelly and next thing I know things were flying around the room. Literally, one cart went flying another one came in, and a bowl or something fairly large went tumbling to the floor. Poor Shelly, she delivered our little girl at 6:56 pm, she had so much paperwork to fill out! And poor Dr., she was stuck in traffic behind an accident with no way to get back in time.

Our princess was born, and we were all there to meet her. My dad was out of town and felt awful, but he came to see her the next day when he flew in town.

Such a big girl!!!

Big Yawn!!

My boys and the princess!

All dressed up.

On our way to the Dr.