Friday, December 11, 2015

November 2015

November is always the start to my favorite time of year!  Birthdays and holidays fill the next few months for our family and I love the happy, holiday spirit in the air.  Life is great and Austin's medical issues are *almost* seeming like a bad dream and not something that actually happened.  Fortunately he is doing great!

At the beginning of the month we were finally able to meet Austin's buddy, Luke!  Luke's mom and I have been dear friends since before Kindergarten so Austin and Luke are bound to follow in our footsteps, right?? I hope so! We just need to get him to move back from Milwaukee first!  Luke may seem bigger but he's actually 3 months younger :)
Austin started solids in November and was a bit skeptical at first but has loved everything ever since except for peas.  I wish I would have had my camera out when he tried them.  I died laughing!  He managed to try a few bites before gagging and spitting them right back out.  I don't blame you, buddy!  Peas are nasty.

Several people have asked us lately if we think Eli and Austin look alike and my answer always seemed to change so I did a side-by-side of them to make the comparison easier.  Now that Austin is finally putting on some weight, I definitely think he looks more like his brother.  

Their eyebrows and foreheads are identical but they definitely have different eyes and noses.  We love both of these boys to pieces, that's for sure!

Austin turned 6 months in November!  He is such a happy baby and rarely complains.  As long as he isn't tired or hungry and has a few toys to play with then he's set.  He learned to sit up in November and also started rolling back to tummy.  He weighed 14b 5oz at his 6 month well check which means he's finally on the charts at 2%!  He also found is super loud voice in November and likes to scream ALL DAY LONG.  We love it!

My birthday is in November and we went with my family to Asian Start to celebrate (along with the other November birthdays).  Any time I get to eat Asian Star and be with this boy it's definitely a great night!

Just a cute picture I had to share :)
We FINALLY got Austin transitioned from his Rock N Play (bassinet) to his crib this month!  I can't believe it was such a nightmare getting him out of that thing.  He has always slept in his own room but he had severe reflux coming home from the NICU so one of their requirements to bring him home was to make sure he slept elevated. Unfortunately he fell in love with his dang Rock N Play so getting him out of it made for a few rough nights and lots of tears but we finally did it and he has never looked back, thank goodness!

We've started setting our Christmas things up the Saturday before Thanksgiving and I love it.  I used to always set it up after but I love having the weekend after Thanksgiving to relax and not stress about getting everything out of storage.  This is our third year with Eli's tree and unfortunately I think it will be our last.  I'm sure those amazing Festival trees are meant to last for a lot longer but ours has been through quite a beating.  It has been transferred several times to different storage places and shoved through very small doorways so there are a lot of broken branches and ornaments.  It's hard to tell unless you're looking close and it still looks beautiful but I don't think it will last another year in storage.  We'll find some clever way of saving parts of the tree to display each year!

This may be TMI for some people but I don't want to forget it :) Austin gets backed up pretty easily and will go days without pooping.  In order to keep him regular and help him do his thing we have to give him Apple Prune juice every few days and he thinks it's the greatest thing ever!  We only give him a small amount so as soon as it's gone he gets super mad and does this funny growl/scream thing.  Sorry, buddy, can't load ya up on the juice just yet!

Thanksgiving was great!  It was my family's off year so we were with the Jorgensens and had a really nice time.  We had a lazy morning looking through ads and then went to visit Logan's mom's side of the family before spending the rest of the day with his dad's side.  It was a smaller group this year but still great nonetheless!  Logan's uncle is an excellent cook so we had delicious food and yummy homemade pies.  Nobody was up for much Black Friday shopping that night so we just hung around and played games.  I love how much fun family time there is on Thanksgiving and this year didn't disappoint!
Logan has been getting into drones lately and has a few in his collection now.  Austin loves watching the drones fly around and clearly doesn't appreciate me asking them to stop for pictures :)
It's hard to believe we're almost halfway through December already!  Things continue to go well for our family and we're so grateful Austin is healthy and happy.  Logan has two finals next week followed by a three week break so we're all excited for that!  We hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

October 2015

Time seems to pass extremely fast lately so I now have a new goal of updating my blog once a month.  Hopefully I can be better about that!  October was great and we were able to create many fun memories!  It's amazing how much faster time passes when things are going well! The first few months of Austin's life felt like years but now I'm having a hard time believing that he's six months old! I'm happy to report that we avoided the hospital since my last post and Austin is doing extremely well!

Just checkin out our new Harry Potter books!
(October 4th)

Starting to love his Bumbo
(October 5th)
5 Months old!  At 5 months Austin weighed around 11.5 pounds and had just started rolling over.  He officially acquired a nickname--Tin Man--from Uncle Blake.
(October 9th)
On October 10th we were lucky enough to fly to Minnesota to visit my brother and his wife and kids.  They have lived there for over five years now and we miss them like crazy!  Logan had never been to MN so I made sure we went during the most beautiful time of the year!  We had such a fun time and wish we could go more often!

Authentic Chicago pizza--it was amazing!

October 20th
Austin had two amazing primary care nurses at PCH, Jane and Jordan, and they have both moved away now unfortunately.  We were lucky enough to meet Jordan for lunch before she moved home to Florida.
October 26th
We hope this boy loves basketball as much as his mommy and daddy!
(October 27th)
For Halloween Austin was a sock monkey!  He hated wearing the costume so I'm glad we didn't spend much time or money on it.  We went to my parents' ward Trunk-Or-Treat and spent some time with family but other than that we had a pretty low-key holiday.  I'm sure we'll be more exciting next year when Austin is a bit older. 

I can't believe October is already over and we're almost halfway into November!  Now that Austin is healthy the time flies by and we are soaking it up as much as possible.  School and work are going well for Logan and we're really looking forward to Thanksgiving!  We had our first snowfall today so it truly feels like holiday season now!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

As of Late

I really hate going so long between updates! Not only for anyone who reads this but also for myself. I look back at my blog often when I'm curious about something or when I need certain information and it's always more difficult to search through a long post. Anyway, I'm here to get things caught up! It's amazing how much busier life gets with a baby (especially a sick one) but I'll do my best to update more often in the future. 

Once again, things haven't been smooth sailing since my last post and unfortunately we haven't been home the whole time either. On Monday, August 24th, I took Austin in for his routine labs and after walking out of clinic, I noticed his arm hadn't stopped bleeding. He had never had clotting issues previously but I was still concerned enough to go back up and ask the doctor to look at it. Rather than get a doctor, the MA thought it would be find to re-bandage it and she said he would be fine if I left it on for awhile. I still didn't feel good about it so I should have been more assertive. Lesson learned. We got home and later than evening I was showing Logan his arm and every time we lifted the bandage up, it would bleed quite a bit. As much as we didn't want to be back at the hospital, we knew something was wrong so we called our pediatrician and headed straight for the ED. 

In the ED they checked his coags to see if his blood was clotting (we knew his platelets were fine) but when lab called down and said: "Those results came back really abnormal so we think there was a lab error, let's check again." We knew something was really wrong. They checked again and unfortunately there was not a lab error. Austin's clotting factors were dangerously abnormal so he had to be admitted. They initially prepared us to go to the PICU but someone worked some magic and got us on the floor. I would have stayed overnight regardless and the floor is SO much more comfortable. As wonderful as the nurses and doctors in the PICU are, nobody wants to be there anyway. 

We figured Austin would be sent to the Infant Unit so when they told us he was going to ICS for logistical reasons, we were very surprised but also cautiously excited! We hadn't been back to ICS since we were there with Eli so we knew it would be difficult in some ways but on the flip side, we comfortable with ICS and love the people there so we were looking forward to seeing some of them.  As we hoped, staying on ICS ended up being a huge blessing. We quickly felt very comfortable and one of our favorite nurses that took care of Eli happened to be working the night we were admitted. It was so good to see a familiar face! I guess Austin just wants to make sure he gets to experience as much of the hospital as possible. He has now stayed on three different units as well as the ED. Lucky kid! ;)

Fortunately they were able to get Austin's coags under control right away. For a very brief moment, the ED docs mentioned things like "blood disease" and "cancer" but Logan and I were sure it was all related to his liver issues. The GI docs were contacted and they knew right away that it was definitely a liver issue. They ordered some Vitamin K and FFP and within hours his numbers were back to normal. It was a huge relief seeing safe labs again because Austin was a big risk for a stroke if he were to have a brain bleed so we were constantly stressing about that the first night in the hospital. They kept asking us things like: "Does he seem to be acting normal? Is his suck normal when he eats?" Those things DID seem normal until we had to constantly watch them and then of course we didn't know what normal was anymore. After a couple doses of Vitamin K and two days in the hospital, he was given the all clear and sent home with oral vitamins. Not bad at all!

Because Austin's liver is still clogged and working overtime to catch up, it doesn't have the ability to access the Vitamin K necessary to clot his blood. He was okay up until now because at birth, babies are given a Vitamin K injection so he had enough of that stored up the past few months. As soon as his liver is caught up, he will be able to regulate everything on his own without the help of the oral vitamins at home. We feel so grateful it ended up being such a minor issue that took us to the hospital this time!

Since coming home, Austin has done really well! The vitamins seem to be doing the trick and he is also on a medication that is helping clear his liver up. He is now four months old and cuter than ever! Here is my Instagram post with a little bit about Austin at four months old:
99% of our lives revolve around Austin, which is just how we want it! Everything else is going well also. At the beginning of August we were able to go on my family's traditional vacation to Newport Beach and it was so much fun!  It doesn't happen very often that we all get together so we always love every minute of it!  It felt so good to get away from the hospital and regular life and escape for a bit.  We can't wait until next time!  Logan is enjoying school this semester and still loves his job. I get to stay home with Austin all day and it's the best job in the world! We went to Bear Lake over Labor Day weekend with some of our friends and we are now trying to enjoy each warm day we have left before it gets too cold! We are looking forward to our trip out to see some family in Minnesota next month and have our fingers crossed that winter doesn't come to the Twin Cities too soon!

 Until next time, enjoy these cute pictures of our boy!
Blessing Day
(August 2nd)
Family pictures in Newport
(August 9th)
Fresh out of the bath!
 (August 21st)
Austin made daddy laugh until he cried and I caught it on camera!
(August 21st)
Go Cougs!
(August 30th)
First time visiting his big bro at the cemetery
(August 30th)
Photo shoot during Relief Society!
(September 13th)
Soo happy!
(September 16th)