Friday, December 25, 2009
Christmas was great we woke up and opened presents about 11:30. Liam had fun with the paper. Grandma Gloria got made him a taggie ball! SOOO CUTE! Aunt Steph got him a toy Moose that he just latched on to. He got two outfits, way cute. He also got some cars, a rocking moose, counting cups (they stack, he loves them), a sippy cup (from us), two books, a tooth brush, bath toys and a beautiful Santa Clause. He got a lot! Me and Patrick got a lot too! We got a camera bag! WAHOO! We also got a 1.5 Terabyte External Hardrive! I mean... holy cow! We also got Snow White and a game called Slam (Which I can't wait to play!). Patrick got a shirt as well. Thank you to everyone!!! It was a great Christmas at the Johnson's!
After hanging with the Johnson's we went over to G.Grandma Doris' house. Liam got a scooter and a book. We got a egg cooker. We used it today, it was perfect! Liam is starting to walk... ish. He will start to push things so he can walk across the floor. Here is a video with his walker at GGrandma Doris' house.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
So today we hung out with Grandma and Grandpa. I got a picture of his tooth!! He started actually crawling!!! And I finally caught him on video standing up! I have such a fantastic baby! Enjoy the videos!!
Friday, December 4, 2009
- Crawling (ish... he pushes himself like a seal but he gets across the room so fast!)
- Sitting up on his own
- Going from crawling to sitting
- He can say "Hi" and "Dadadada"
- Pulling himself up on objects.
He is a super baby! LOL. So he is practically at 9 months developmentally. This too is bitter sweet I don't want him to grow up to fast. This was one of my fears when I was pregnant. I was worried that life would start to fly by. And it has, that makes me sad because I want to enjoy every millisecond! I'm not saying that I'm not I just don't want it to go to fast. But Liam is doing great, he is such and active baby! And he is a blast!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I think he liked it! :) Any way have a nice day!!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
So a couple nights ago Liam woke up three times and ate six oz everytime he woke up.. So we decided to try him on Rice Cereal. Needless to say he really liked it, you can tell by this video. My baby is growing up so big!! Both of the videos are pretty much the same but I thought that I would post both of them, because he is adorable! Enjoy!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Here are some things that have been made official this past week.
1. I have the cutest baby in the whole wide world!
2. Liam has a new baby cousin (adorable!)
3. Liam likes tummy time
4. Liam has had his first cold
5. Liam's recovery is going great. (One more appointment Oct. 7th)
6. Liam is starting to sleep through the night.. (hallelujah!!!)
7. Liam's tummy is ticklish! I will post a video when we can catch it.
8. I have the cutest baby int the whole wide world!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
We have had some great nurses I have been very pleased with how we have been treated. I hope that they treat every patient and patient's family the way that they have treated us. I feel as though I am the only one in the hospital and Liam is the only child that they have to look after. Its a great feeling.
One of the nurses gave us a mirror to put in his crib. He has found that his is quite a handsome little boy! He just keeps staring at himself and talking to himself. Its rather cute!! It makes me so happy that he is happy, he is the joy of my life and its hard to see him hurt. But he is doing so much better and is going to get even better. Any way enjoy the video and thank you to every one who has been keeping up with him.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Liam is doing good. He is still in a lot of pain but he is doing well. Last night he tried to eat about 3 ounces but spit it all up. This morning when the doctors came into his room they looked at his incision and they were astounded at how well it looked. So his bandages were removed at about 9. The liquids in his system are draining perfectly and he does have some awake time which is good because of how heavily medicated he is. So all in all he is doing good.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Liam's surgery is scheduled for 6:30 am on Monday morning. He will be in surgery for 4-5 hours then he will be in hospital for about 5 days. On Sunday we have to go into the hospital to get his blood work done. Also on Sunday Patrick has a family reunion, those are usually a lot of fun so it will be good to take my mind off his surgery for a bit.
Enjoy the video!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
For any one that reads our blog I am going to ask a favor. This Sunday, if you would like to fast for Liam for a good surgery and quick recovery. That would be fantastic, thank you! Enjoy the video.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
So we just got back from the doctors office. Liam's surgery is scheduled for August 17th (a day before Pat's birthday). Here is more about a Dermal Sinus Tract. This is copied directly from Primary Children's Website.
Dermal sinus tract is a small dimple-like opening in the midline of the spine that may connect deep into the spinal cord. The majority of dermal sinus tracts are located at the level of the sacrum or the lumbar region. The drawing on the right illustrates such a condition. Since these tracts may be openings that communicate with the contents of the spinal canal there is the possibility of meningitis developing. The dermal sinus attaches to the end of the spinal cord, causing tethering. The surgery is to remove any portions of the sinus tract that go into the spinal canal and to disconnect the sinus tract from the spinal cord, thus untethering it.
We did find out that there is no hole in the skin, allowing air and other contaminates getting into the spinal cord. This is good news, as it means that there is a VERY low risk for Meningitis.
The surgery will take 4-5 hours and he will be in the hospital for around 5 days after the surgery. Once he has the surgery he will not need another surgery ever. He will be perfectly fine. Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for prayers and concern!!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Again thank you for all of your love and support.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
So we made it up to Seattle! YAAY! Liam did really good. But by the end he was so ready to be out of his car seat. The ride from SLC to Bosie was very short. Liam slept the whole way there and we had fun talking. We arrived at Aunt Cheryl's house right at 9:00 we chatted for a while with Grandma D and Aunt Cheryl. Liam didn't sleep very good. He kept waking up. Finally when he woke up around 4 we decided that we could head out. The leg of the trip was extremely long! Liam wasn't as tired and kept fussing. But I would be to if I was forced to sit in a confined area for a long time. We arrived home at 3. We actually got to go see a movie last night. Liam's first movie. It was Transformers 2. It was pretty good. I think that all the movie was about was explosions. I would say the story line was a little weak. But the explosions were fantastic I have to say. Any way we took this picture this morning. He is such a fantastic baby!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Not everyone knows but Liam has a dimple on his back that may be a form of Spina Bifida. We decided not to tell anyone but family until this point because we hadn't talked to the doctors yet. We have finally been to the specialist. The doctors think that he may have Spina Bifida Occulta. There are 15% of people in this world that have Spina Bifida Occulta and either never know it or have no side effects. The doctor believes that Liam is within this 15%. He said that he is 99% sure that Liam with have no ramifications from his "cigarette burn" (Yes, that is the technical term because that's is what it looks like). But just to be on the safe side he has still ordered an MRI. It will be on July 17th and the results on the 22nd. The doctor is concerned for two things. That there may be a pin prick hole in the dimple that would give direct access to his spine. This could result in Meningitis. Bad bad bad! The other concern is that when he was a fetus his spinal cord developed around cartilage. Which could cause pressure and stretch his spine. These are the things he is going to be checking for. We are all very hopeful, with the knowledge that he is a good doctor and he will take care of Liam no matter what the diagnoses is. This can be taken care of surgically no matter which it is. But we are hopefull that he falls within the 15% of people world wide with no side effects. Keep Liam in your prayers. Thanks!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
- He likes to have his feet rubbed
- He loves his pacifier
- He is getting better about changing his clothes and diapers
- He loves it when you brush his hair
- He loves to cuddle with Me Patrick or Grandma
- He coo's in his sleep (I have mistaken this for being fussy at night)
- He LOVES kisses!
- His back is very ticklish
- He likes to have his hands by his face
- He loves to be swaddled
Monday, May 25, 2009
On Tuesday, I thought my water had broken it turned out to be a plug that holds the sack of water. This was good news. I was hoping that they would bump up my Non-Stress Test (NST) to that day. But the doctor decided that one more day wouldn't hurt. Which is fine. Mom was driving down from Seattle and wouldn't be there until Wednesday. Mom got into town on Wednesday just in time to take me to my NST. An NST is where they do an ultrasound to measure how much amniotic fluid you have left available for the baby. The normal amount for an overdue baby at 41 weeks is 7-12oz. I had 1.8oz available. Needless to say they admitted me that hour.
So Wednesday they started me on what’s called Prostaglandin Gel to attain a higher effacement value. Because I was dilated still to a 1 and at 50% effaced. They gave me two doses of the gel each one being six hours apart. So I took the first one at 7:00 pm and the second at 1:00am. They checked me and I was dilated to a 2 and 80% effaced. The gel worked! Then at 7:00 am Thursday morning is when they started me on the Pitocin. I was having contractions before, but they were hurting sooo bad. I didn't quite want the epidural yet mostly because I have heard it can increase the duration of your labor. No thank you. They gave me Fentanyl to take the edge off of the contractions. It worked quite well mostly because I was seeing stars and felt like I was sitting on the Scrambler at Lagoon.
I did this for about an hour, with the spinning feeling and slight pain. The nurse said that Fentanyl only last an hour, once that hour was up I was in excruciating pain again. I was just about to ask for another Fentanyl, then Dr. Gourley (pronounced like Girly), Dr. Glenn's Replacement, came to talk with me about how I was doing and talk about what is going to be happening within the next couple of hours. He could tell that I was in pain and he suggested that I get the epidural. But he wanted to break my water first. He switched the fetal and contraction monitors to and internal monitoring system, and broke my water. Then all hell broke loose. Since I didn't start out with enough fluid in me, breaking my water began to suffocate Liam. His heart rate dropped so low that I was rushed to the OR for an emergency C-Section. Liam was delivered at 9:24 am on 5/21/2009 he weighed 7lbs 8oz and is 20.5in long. I was in and out of the OR within 9 minutes. I really have to thank the staff of doctors and nurses I had. They were absolutely amazing. There wasn't a lot of time to explain to me what was going on, and I was kinda freaking out. Since there wasn't enough time for an epidural when I woke up from the C-Section and had no pain medication in me. I was in the most unbearable pain I have ever experienced in my entire life! They gave me Morphine as soon as they could. Meanwhile, Patrick was with Liam as they were doing different tests and cleaning him up in the nursery.
After the delivery they moved me down to the Mother and Baby floor. I finally got to see Liam for the first time! He is so beautiful! I feel extremely lucky to have such a healthy child! The rest of the day was a breeze. We were with Liam and our family throughout the day. It was nice to have their company. I do have to admit I was severely drugged so I wasn't as attentive as I would have like to have been but like I said, I was drugged. Me and Liam also started the adventures of feeding. During the C-Section Liam had swallowed a lot of blood. So he wasn't terribly hungry. He actually kept spitting it up. Poor baby! We talked with a lactation consultant and she got us started on the right track. The hardest part about that day was the nurses making me get up and walk. Even though I was still pretty drugged by that time it took all my concentration and pain management to be able to walk 5 feet. But mission accomplished.
Friday was our relax day. We got feeding down, nap time figured out and I finally got solid food and not just Chicken Broth. I don't care if its good for the soul, I like a good solid sandwich. :D I started walking around a lot, mostly because I was told the sooner you walk the quicker your recovery. With Percocet and Motrin, my new friends, I was able to start walking quite well. So well in fact I was impressing the nurses. Friday was a great day!
Saturday was even better. We were released two days early because we were doing so fantastic! Now we are home and just getting adjusted to life at home. Second day in and I think we are doing quite well. I do have to say having my mom here with me makes it 10 times easier than it would have been otherwise. Thanks Mom! And thank you to everyone who as provided and offered their support to us it means so much. We are so grateful to have such a wonderful group of family and friends around us. Thank you!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Seeing as yesterday was the 15th of May and a particular movie was coming out on the 15th of May, we went and saw it. Angels and Demons was pretty good. Now if you are a purist (meaning you will be upset if it doesn't follow the book exactly) then there are some parts that are going to make you upset. Mostly because they cut out a big roll from the book. And the fact that Angels and Demons came first not DaVinci Code. But I thought it was a very good screen adaptation of the book. It still had all the mystery and intrigue that you encounter when you read any of Dan Brown's books. I look forward to Dan Brown's new book The Lost Symbol coming out September 15th 2009.
Also yesterday we got more of Liam's room finished. Steph suggested the idea of putting his name in vinyl lettering in frames. I thought that was an adorable idea! Here are the pictures.
Eventually we will have a collage of pictures of him and us around his name. Thanks for the idea Steph.
-Maybe I don't want anything between me and the open road.
-You will if your head falls on it.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Yesterday all of the girls were treated by Mom Gloria to Tea at the Grand America. YAAY! It was a blast! Thanks!
-Oh, look. A golden-throated small-winged warbler. Just one more for exotic bird bingo. I am loving this.
Friday, May 1, 2009
2. I have the room (mostly) done, but no baby...
3. His clothes are all washed, but no baby...
4. His diaper bag is all packed, but no baby...
5. His car seat is in our car, but no baby...
6. My hospital bag is all packed and ready
7. Our house is completely remodeled and clean, but no baby...
8. I'm only dilated to a 1 with 13 days to go...
9. I have dreams that I have him in my arms and it frustrates me because he isn't...
10 .Procrastination: I have procrastinated on somethings (ie finding a pediatrician)
11. Scared (will I be a good mother, will I know what to do when I need to do it, labor (enough said) will I be able to handle the rough mornings, plus more?)
12.Feeling prepared and not prepared at all
13. Also not knowing how else to prepare when I feel like I'm not prepared
14. I get scared when he doesn't move for a while
15. Any thing I eat I am nervous that it might harm the baby (my popcorn incident yesterday)
I'm sure I could go on. I don't know if every woman feels this way before they give birth but man, I'm going crazy and feeling like I'm going 5 directions at once. Thanks for listening to me vent, I'm sure that once he is here I will have a whole ton of new fears and wants and these will be just a memory.
Here is a picture of the nursery so far. My friend Ann did the adorable bear pictures! Now I have to do the vinyl lettering and put up a moon light. It will be cute!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
1. My wedding ring
2. Being able to wear any of my shoes and not just one pair of them
3. A normal body temperature
4. Walking like an up-right bipedal human, and not waddling
6. Normal Jeans
7. My legs not cramping every night
8. Being able to get out of bed / being able to roll freely in bed
9. Sleeping through the night (Wont get this one right away, but gradually)
10. Being able to put my socks on
11. Being able to bend down and pick up something with out having to have to do a prep dance
12. Laying on my stomach
13. Ibuprofen and Cold medicine
14. Garments fitting better
15. Turn corners without bumping into things
16. Getting through my shower door
17. Looking down and seeing my feet
18. I miss not knowing what my sciatic nerve was
19. Being able to bend my toes because they wont be so swollen
20. Not getting sick every other month
So there you have it 20 things I will be getting back once Liam is born.
I also had my appointment today. Just as expected, he is doing great. He has not engaged into the birth canal. I am not effaced in the slightest, but I'm dilated to a 1. Wahoo, only 9 more to go! I am measuring 38 cm and Liam weighs 6lbs so he is just right on the average. Liam is now a full term baby! So he could literally come any day that he decides. I have told him its okay if he comes a little early (next week), I think he is taking it under concideration.
Also my random Movie Quote:
"That would be harsher punishments for paroll violaters, Stan... And, World Peace."
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Katie (the Ka is silent)
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
If you ever get the chance to go in then you will be able to tell. The second set is of our Hallway.
blue floral wallpaper with a blue chair rail but we took it down before I took pictures.
My wonderful sister-in-law, Steph, was in charge of doing Liam's nursery. She instigated
the tradition for naming each Trimester of an expectant child in our family. She painted
each name on the wall before we went over with the roller brush. I really wish you could
see the color. Its so cute!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
--Cats do not like bagpipe music
--When you see Movie Stars pregnant and they say "Oh its easy".... They lie....
--6:00 O'clock in the morning is early no matter how much sleep you get
--Waking up ever hour to pee isn't conducive to a 6am-3pm shift
--It doesn't take a structured diet to loose weight (just ask Patrick!)
--Praying for patients helps (especially when your company just released a product that sorta works)
--My mom is a fantastic photographer!!!
--Writing a letter to an unborn child is really really really hard!
So, that's about it. We have had a couple stressful weeks with the new launch but we are getting through it. We were making a list of music for a mix for a future road trip (that wont happen for some time) and Patrick had some Bagpipe music mixed with Rock. Well Maddox was not a big fan and was freaked out by it. It was kinda cute actually. Patrick has lost 15lbs so far on our non-structured diet. The key.... you ready... eat less... It works I swear! This last weekend my Mom went to a Photography Convention and she got the Grand Prize for just being herself!!! Congrats!!! I got the chance to write a letter to Liam. It was really hard, but the end result is a heart-filled letter that I hope that he will enjoy reading some day.
I also had a doctors appointment, everything is good. Liam is a very healthy baby. He weighs about 5.5lbs and around 19 inches. He also kicks like David Beckham. He likes to take his elbow, knee or foot and hold it in my side. So I get to play with it and push it back. That's what I do most of the day at work just play with whatever he kicks out. :)