Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I'm kind of bummed...

So, I took Braydon to the eye doctor today and thankfully he doesn't have a viral infection in his eyes, but he does have clogged tear ducts. I realize this isn't a big deal at all and to correct this issue, an extremely minor 10 minute procedure will fix this and no more eye infections, goopy eyes, or constant tearing.

I'm bummed because this is just another thing to add to Braydon's roster of issues. Since birth we've learned that he's allergic to dairy (after 2 months of choking and constant spitting up!), which we're hoping he'll totally outgrow shortly after his 1st birthday, allergic to my breast milk and ALL of the OTC formulas, he has severe reflux, a slow moving stomach, skin sensitivities thanks to the Neocate (Rx formula), he's on 2 meds, one of which could effect him neurologically if on it too long, and now this -- clogged tear ducts. I just wish this guy could just catch a break.

I'll be less bummed out tomorrow, but for today, I'm feeling sorry for my baby boy!

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Monday, December 29, 2008

About Moose's 1st Christmas!

On Monday we packed up the family (dogs included) and headed west! Braydon was a champ during the drive and only had a meltdown minutes before arriving at Mimi's (Ty's mom) house in Albuquerque. Once there, Moose was the happiest little guy! We played until he crashed for the night and once he went down, so did the rest of us. For the most part Braydon was wonderful. He did, however, switch from being all about mommy, to only wanting Daddy and Mimi. In fact, when I held him and Mimi and/or Daddy left the room he'd go bananas. He'd push off of me and do his best to get away from and back into the arms of Mimi or Daddy. I was a very jealous Mommy because of this, but it's truly awesome he bonded so well with Mimi and grew even closer to his Daddy.

Anyway, as the week progressed, Braydon started feeling a bit crummy. We thought that it was probably due to being a little off his routine and not being in his normal environment, but today at the doctor I found out we were wrong in our guesses (more about that in a minute). Through the week Braydon got a rash on his face that would improve and then come back, improve and come back, over and over again. We weren't sure what it was, but put Vaseline on it and hoped that it helped. He never ran a fever, but still just wasn't himself, though he did give a lot of smiles during our week in NM. Well, the night before we were to head home, Braydon cried out all night. I gave him Tylenol and Baby Oragel and once he was good and numb, he'd crash. But in an hour or 2 later, he'd be up again and give us his "I'm in pain" cry. We knew he was cutting his 4th tooth, thus the Tylenol and Oragel.

I should also tell you that for the past month Braydon's been fighting an eye infection. Anyay, after our doctor visit today, we learned the source of Braydon's rash-y face, sleepless nights, crying out in pain, and overall fussiness. He's cutting 5 teeth at once! The doctor put the flashlight in Braydon's mouth (while using the tongue depressor) and sure enough there they were, 4 up top, and 1 more on the bottom. We knew of the bottom one but not the others. Cutting so many teeth at once has turned my happy moose into a grumpy and clingy bear.

Now about the eyes... we now have to see an eye doctor to rule out a viral infection. If it's not viral, then it's probably clogged ducts which could mean he'll need to have a little procedure done to unclog them:(

With all that said, I'm happy to say that my Moose is back to wanting his mommy!!! I was more than happy to share him with Tyson and Sherry (Mimi), but I'm quite pleased to have him back to myself!

Other than the fussiness, rash, teething, and lack of quality sleep, Braydon had a wonderful first Christmas. His Mimi spoiled him (and us) wrotten, and I'm just so happy we made back to Albuquerque for his first Christmas. I just can't believe his first Chirstmas has come and gone so quickly - before we know it, we'll be celebrating his first birthday!

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Prayers for Baby Jude Please...

The amazing Jude had his "big" surgery on the 18th and I just ask that you add him to your prayers. Please pray that he recovers well and quickly, and for God to continue giving this baby and his parents much deserved miracles.

If you'd like to catch up on Jude, go to my FRIENDS list and click on Baby Jude.

Thank you for keeping this strong and brave little guy and his amazing parents in your thoughts and prayers!

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Not Me Monday...

It's not 1:40pm and I'm not still in my PJs. Nope, not me.
I don't have a messy house that needs to be cleaned, and I'm definitely not ignoring it.
I don't have laundry waiting to be folded in the dryer and clothes in the washer that need to be dried.
I don't have two unmade beds and a kitchen table full of stuff needing to be put away.
And lastly, I HAVE NOT been snacking on Christmas cookies all day!

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Our Family

We took this just before we left for Ty's work Christmas Party:)

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Switz Elves

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

It's time to embrace my...

... baby bump. Yes, I'd love to have the flat stomach I once had and I wish I could fit into my entire closet full of size 0's... but as Bad Santa (from the movie, Bad Santa) would say, "Wish in one hand and sh*t in the other and see which one fills up quicker." With that said, I've decided to take all of my 0's and sell them to/at My Sister's Closet. Perhaps I'll stop torturing myself by trying those 0's on, then wishing I hadn't because the truth hurts a little bit - truth being that I'LL NEVER FIT INTO A ZERO AGAIN.

I need to accept the fact that I was pregnant twice within 2 years, my second pregnancy resulted in a nearly 10 lb. baby and if not for my baby bump I wouldn't have my beautiful baby boy. Also, Braydon loves my baby bump. It's a great ledge for him to dig his feet into and stand up on mommy and grab at my face or whatever is behind me that he's reaching for:)

So, as of tomorrow as an act of acceptance, I'm selling ALL of my zeros, so that I may never torture myself again. Perhaps I'll even buy some new clothes in the sizes that are actually comfortable. When trying to squeeze into my zeros, I look like I have something wedged in the place where the sun NEVER shines:) (blush)

Hopefully, I'll make enough money to buy at least a few cute outfits:)

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Yesterday was a rough one...

All day yesterday my heart just felt heavy. It seemed as if I had a black cloud hovering above me, and I could not figure out why. I thought perhaps it's because I know the 2 year anniversary of Quinn and Addison's birth and death is approaching - which I'm dreading, but I didn't think that was the entire reason for feeling so down. Then at bedtime I realized that yesterday, two years ago (to the day) we found out that we were having a boy and a girl! I remember feeling on that day that my life had just been made. After trying for 3 years, surgeries, medications, and finally IVF, we were finally blessed - double blessed. While thinking about that day and the joy we felt, the pain of our loss rushed over and through me. I suddenly remembered every single heart wrenching detail from that horrible ordeal, and I fell to pieces. For hours I was trapped within my memories and it took a tear stained pillow to finally let go for the time being. I'm sad today, but not as sad as I was yesterday. I HATE that this is my reality, but it is.

And thinking about all we've gone through - I'm just so extremely grateful for Braydon. He's brought so much light, life, joy, happiness, excitement, hope, love, peace, fulfillment, contentment, and so much more into our lives. I treasure every single moment with him and thank God for giving us our miracle that is Braydon.

The two year anniversary is Jan. 4, and I'm already trying to prepare myself for how I might feel. I was pregnant with Braydon during the first anniversary and feeling him move about inside my belly, not only reminded me that God works in mysterious ways, and that life does go on, but it also really helped in softening the ache of remembering our beautiful babies - 2 little souls we'll never know, yet love endlessly and miss everyday. I imagine now that Braydon's here and dominating our hearts (and house), he'll help to guide us through this one day and warm our mending hearts with his love, smiles, laughs, cooing, hugs, and silliness.

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Braydon met Santa today!!!

At first Braydon wasn't too sure about Santa, but once St. Nick allowed Moose to play with his beard, all was simpatico! Braydon was also fascinated by the fur trim in Santa's coat:)

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Happy 7 Months, Moose (1 day late)

I meant to post this yesterday, but was really busy. Anyway, my baby officially turned 7 months yesterday. Time is racing by way too fast!

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