Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A second ER visit...

No picture today, sorry. Just a story.

Lola went to the emergency room for the second time in her short life last night (Tuesday). Ray called me at work about 3 p.m. and said Lola was screaming her head off and he couldn't seem to comfort her. But, she eventually went back to bed and was trying to sleep when I got home about 5 p.m.

When she woke up, Lola refused to eat either her bottle or her green peas (!) and we knew something was wrong. Gave her a bath and she felt OK, but not herself. Took her temperature and it was 101. After a call to the 24-hour nurse line, we packed her up and took her to the ER.

Temp at the doctor's office also was 101.

(Quick rant: triage note noted in her admittance note that us parents had her wrapped in two heavy blankets, so that could affect the temp reading. OK, in Bemidji this morning, it was -26 degrees. Without windchill. I can't imagine it was much warmer than that at 10 pm. last night. Had we brought the baby in without blankets, we probably would have been reported to Family Services for exposing our baby to a risk for hypothermia. Grr.)

Anyhow, after about 90 minutes of waiting and letting everyone else listen to Lola scream, we saw the ER doctor at about 10 p.m. At this point, Lola has not eaten more than 1 ounce since 4 p.m. and hasn't slept since 6 p.m. After checking her ears, throat, oxygen levels and gums (no teeth), they give her some Motrin and we head home.

All in all, it was an uneventful, and exhausting, evening. Lola was asleep in her car seat before we pulled out of the parking lot and fell asleep promptly in her crib once we got home. She woke up about midnight, downed 6 ounces of formula and slept through the night.

She woke up at about 8:30 a.m., ate another 5-6 ounces and played for about 10 minutes before going back to sleep. She does have a touch of a fever, but it's not high enough to cause alarm or concern at this point, just Tylenol.

So, we hope the worst is behind us.

Happy New Year everyone -- hopefully, our daughter enters the New Year with a regular temp and a full tummy!
- Bethany :)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Holidays, reflections

We finished up a week's worth of Christmas celebrations with a very quiet evening at home Saturday, giving Lola a few gifts from her Mom and Dad and taking just a couple of more Christmas pictures.

The best "stocking stuffer" ever! :)

This new toy was finally something that she enjoyed playing with on her tummy. Yay!

On a different note, Lola's life has taken a little change this week as she is no longer in day care. Ray has been (temporarily) laid off at work. His office is expecting new jobs in early 2009, so he could go back to work in as soon as two weeks or as long as two months. In the meantime, he is playing Mr. Mom and loving his time with Lola.

Of course, he is teaching her a few new things, such as this:

Yep, she now sticks her tongue out. Constantly. She smiles with her tongue out, laughs with her tongue out, and even tries to eat with her tongue out (unsuccessfully).

Lola continues to change almost daily. She still cannot sit on her own for more than 1-2 minutes at a time, but she really has no desire to sit. She loves to stand and even locks her knees straight when you try to get her into a sitting position. Once she is sitting, she tries to stand on her own. She doesn't get very far, but you can tell she wants to be vertical.

Sunday, I was letting Lola stand while holding onto my fingers for balance when she decided to try walking. She took two steps. She has no concept of balance or anything, so I had to steady her, but she was all ready to go.

Lola continues to try solids and absolutely loves her peas and carrots. But, she hates anything sweet. She has no interest in any kind of juice (apple, pear, etc.) and she does not like sweet potatoes or fruit. But, give her a container of peas and she is happiest kid in the world. (Which makes Ray and I wonder about her genetics...)

So this is our life. And, we love it.
- Bethany :)

Editor's note: Right after I posted this, Ray called to say that Lola is now sitting on her own. She's already out to prove Mommy wrong...

Friday, December 26, 2008

Lola's first Christmas!

Lola's first Christmas was amazing. We returned "home" to the Twin Cities for two days and visited family and had a blast visiting and catching up with everyone.

Ray often says I'm too busy with the camera to actually take part in our daughter's moments sometimes, but having pictures of these last few days was/is important to me, and looking back at these pics reminds me why:

Lola, too young to really understand the concepts of gifts or wrapping paper, was absolutely mesmerized with the "shoes" on her tights. Forget the piles of gifts, Lola had shoes! Takes after her mom, I guess ... except no heels. Yet.

While the rest of us ate too much food between appetizers and main meals, Lola didn't really seem too left out. She had a snack all her own!

Merry Christmas!
- Bethany :)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Five months old!

Lola celebrated her five-month birthday yesterday with her first "snow day" and first taste of winter gear. Our little Bemidjian-in-Training. We got about 7-8 inches of snow, which really isn't too bad, but the winds and cold just made it impossible to even think about going outside.

So Lola spend time playing with her puppies and just having a relaxing day at home, which is always nice.

We still can't beleive it's been five months.

Thanks for checking on us.
- Bethany :)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Food chronicles

Wow, I guess I have been a little busy! I didn't realize it had been so long since I updated. The Wesleys are, like everyone else I am sure, getting ready for the holidays and getting re-acquainted with the ice scraper. Oh joy.

Lola is having a rough December thus far. We had been continuing to give her solids up until last Saturday (Dec. 6) when she began to have, um, digestive issues. We had been giving her oat cereal in the mornings and afternoons and green beans at nighttime. Neither of which she liked. Then, with her new problems, the doctor recommended that we stop giving her beans and start giving her some pear juice, which she also does not like. But, we're trying. We now figure that if we force her to take the juice first, when she is absolutely starving, we can get her to take about an ounce a day, and it seems to be helping.

So...last night, we decided that we should re-start the solids again. So we broke out a container of green peas. A "good day" for Lola with solids is 4-5 little spoonfuls. We finally had to cut her off about a halfway through the container. She absolutely loved them!!! It was so cute. She was reaching for the spoon, and then, at the end, when Ray gave her the final spoonful, he brought the container over by her to clean up and she reached for the whole container. It was pretty nice.

Then, this morning, I decided to try a little bit of cereal and, boy, was she excited! She was all smiles and excited ... until I tried to get the oats in her mouth. She got all upset and didn't want any - was like she was looking around for her peas.

So funny.

So now we will wait and see throughout the day and see how she does. Hopefully, the combination of the solids and the juice will help her out a bit.

Selfishly, Ray and I are just hoping she will start digesting them good and sleep longer than 4-5 hours a night. We totally miss her 10-hour stretches from two months ago ... But that's a story for another day.

Happy Winter!
- Bethany :)