Saturday, April 25, 2009

Grandma Wendy and Great Grandma Visit

April 18-April 25 Grandma Wendy and Great Grandma came to visit. They were a big help keeping Keegan busy while I tended to Sophia. Of course they got their loving time with Sophia too. We had a bunch of appointments that week, but all in all it was lots of fun!

Grandma with her 2 favorite grandkiddos!

Great Grandma and Keegan

Great Grandma and Sophia

Grandma and Sohpie

Keegan's great photography!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Beautiful kids

Here are some more pictures Chad has taken of our beautiful kids!!!


Friday Chad re-enlisted for 4 more years! It was nice, he did it at the golf course of course and then played a round of golf. Keegan and I both got a certificate.Will post some pictures soon.

An update

Just thought I would quick updated everyone. Monday, Sophia had her recheck for her eye. It was horrible! Not for her, but because the Dr was AGAIN TERRIBLE!!! Thanks to Andrea, I have the name of the person I need to contact to complain. Her appointment was at 1pm and the Dr. didn't come into the room until about 10 to 2!!!! She still isn't sure what is going on with her eye so then she calls the eye dr and says, oh they will see you in about 15 mins! Plus I needed to switch her formula because she hadn't been burping or pooping very well for us. So finally the dr comes back in and I tell her, I can't take her to the eye dr in 15 mins, because you were 50 mins late, I have 10 mins before my Neuro appt!! Then she goes, Oh I wish you would have told me! HELLO!!!! You never said that we were going to have to go to see him today!!!! Anyway, then she leaves again for about 10 mins and comes back and is rude and says well you can't go there today you have to go tomorrow morning as a walk in. Fine with me!

Then I go to my neuro appt. which I was right on time for, get there, sit for 5 mins, see my dr, who is awesome. He gives me my options and I agree with him, so now I am on meds everyday to prevent headaches and a better medicine to take care of the ones I am getting. As of right now, he told me I will have a rough couple of days because I was having to take my other meds everyday so I will probably have rebound headaches from not taking that one! But if that is what I have to do to make these horrible headaches go away I will deal with it.

We go back in Tuesday to the eye dr. He was concerned that she might have a skin infection on her eye lid, but that isn't the case. He is thinking it might be birth trama, but isn't sure, so because he wants to put our mind and his at ease, he is sending us out in town to a pediatric eye dr. Which makes me happy that someone used to looking at kid's eyes will be seeing her. I then went up to labor and delivery for my blood pressure check. Since about Saturday it had been low so I stopped taking my blood pressure meds and it was PREFECT so I got the okay to stop taking them! Yeppie!!!!!

Then today.....WIC is HORRIBLE here! The dr. wrote the prescription for Sophia's new formula, Gentlease because it easier to digest and break down, yeah well they are like, we don't have that so , this one is pretty much just like it and give us Lactosfree....which would be fine with me, but they give us the concentrate liquid form, not the powder!!!!!! Are you serious???? I am so done with Mississippi!!! That just made me hate it here even more than I normally do!!!!!!!!! GRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Keegan and Sophia got dedicated at church this Sunday. Here are some pictures of the day:

Friday, April 17, 2009

Mellissa and Sophia Dr. appt update

Sophia and I had Doctor's appointments this week.

I had mine on Wednesday, I just had to run up to labor and delivery for my blood pressure check. After them forgetting about me, which was good and bad at the same time cause my friend Andrea had her baby so she took a walk to visit me a couple doors down, they took it twice and it was still alittle high. So I asked the Dr. Medina about staying on my blood pressure meds and he said at least one more week so I have to go back next Wednesday. However, my blood pressure was really low twice this afternoon and then went back to around normal (a little higher) so Chad suggested I not take my pill tomorrow and see how I do. Hopefully the pre-eclampsia has finally cured itself and I don't have to worry about it anymore. I do still get my headaches though, but I go to neurology on Monday for that.

Sophia's appointment was on Thursday. If I would have really looked at her appointment paper I probably would have rescheduled it because the Dr she was scheduled with is one that I don't really like. Anyway, she is still an oz below her birth weight, so she is 6lbs 13oz. I basicly got yelled at for that because she should be eating more, but whatever. She is happy with her 2 oz every 3 hours and spits up the 3rd oz if we give it to her. Then the Dr. tried telling me that she wants her by her 2 month appt. to be drinking 6-8oz. Keegan never got past 4 oz a feeding. Also her eye is still red and swollen so she looked at that, doesn't really know what it is so we go back Monday for that also and if it is still swollen she said she will send us to the eye dr. You can tell in most of the pictures, it is her left eye. Other than that she is doing good. Oh and Labor and Delivery measured her wrong cause she was 19 1/2 inches, and I don't think she grew an inch and a half in 2 weeks. I seen them measure her this time and I know this one is more accurate. Other than that, things are going good with her. She does have an umbilical hernia, but it doesn't look to bad so it should be okay. We really only notice when she is cold or cries.

That is our update for now. My mom and grandma will be on their way later tonight and get here tomorrow, so look for more pictures and all!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Some Studio Shots

Chad took some good pictures of the kiddos last night. They both were a little crabby so we are going to try again tonight. Here are some of the better ones!

Sophia and Mommy

Just wanted to share some pictures of mommy and Sophie! It is so nice to have a little girl in the house to dress all in pink!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Happy Easter!!

Happy Easter everyone! We had a lot of fun! Chad's dad was in town so he helped Keegan dye Easter eggs. Keegan had a blast and had been asking to dye them for 2 days straight!!! He made everyone eggs with their name on them! Here are some pictures of him dyeing the eggs!

Saturday, the base had their Easter Egg Hunt. If you get a golden egg, you get a prize! Keegan got one of them (with a little help from mommy). He also got to jump in the jump house, get a tattoo, ride on the train with his best buddy Brodie, play games for prizes and play on the playground. When he turned his ticket in for his prize he was mad cause it was a baby toy! Not quite sure why they had all baby leap frog toys for the age group 0-4 when most of the kids were 3 and 4, oh well. He likes his bus now!

Keegan and his ticket

On the train with Brodie

Mad about the baby toy!

Keegan and Grandpa Denny waiting to play games

Sophia relaxing and getting some sun for her jaundice

The Easter bunny came Sunday morning and hid eggs all over the living room! Then sent Keegan on a mission to find his basket which he finally found in the dryer. The bunny surprised him with a transformer that he has been wanting, Bumble Bee, a nerf shooter gun and a new monster truck and a bunch of yummy jelly belly jelly beans and some elmons (aka M&M's). After the hunt for his stuff, Chad, Grandpa Denny, Sophia, Keegan and I got ready for church. I tried on Friday to find a premie Easter dress for Sophie but that didn't work out so good! So she wore the outfit daddy got for her. Keegan looked handsome like normal!

Finding eggs in Sophie's swing

His basket in the dryer

My 2 cute kiddos!!!

Sophia dressed up for Easter

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Rocking out

Chad said I HAD to share this picture of him and Sophie! So here it is!!!

Rockin' out to Rock Band

Friday, April 10, 2009

First of the visitors

Chad's dad got here this afternoon and is the first of the visitors that we will be having. Keegan is so happy that his grandpa is here! Sophia doesn't know what is going on but she gets to be spoiled! Other than that, we got out of the house today to go look for a premie dress to fit her for Easter Sunday but had no luck. I wanted her looking all cute and girly, but I guess what will have to wait. We are also working on trying to get her and Keegan dedicated in the next couple of Sundays! Chad is reenlisting this up and coming week, I have a dr. appt, Sophia has her appt. and then my mom and grandma come to visit for a week. We will be having a busy rest of the month and of course you will all be updated. And oh yeah, Sophia's cord fell off this afternoon so she can finally have her first real bath!!! Look forward to those pictures!

Sophia update

I thought I would quick before I forgot post a weight updated and jaundice updated. On Monday before I was admited, she was 6lbs 8.8 oz. Which is what she was when we left the hospital on Saturday and her jaundice level was 14.5 or something like that, it was 9.something when we left. Wednesday when I was let go her weight was 6lbs 9oz and her jaundice level was 13 so it went down a little. She goes in for her 2 week check up on the 16th! I still can't believe she is a week old already!!!

In the swing

Ready for church, looking pretty

Keegan being a big helper while mommy was in the hospital, helping daddy

Looking so much like Keegan!

He loves his sister!

Sophia's Birth Story

Everything started Monday March 30th. I had a WIC appt that we (Keegan and I ) sat around for 3 hours for!!! My ankles have been swelling on and off for the last 2 or 3 weeks so I didn't think anything of how swollen they were. Finally after getting home after the appt. Keegan went to

watch a movie and Chad and I swere watching a different one in the living room. I just so happened to roll my pants leg up and realized I was swollen on my calfs. Decided to take a warm bath and then go and put them up. When I got in the tub, I just happened to push on my legs and both calfs up to my knees left indents for about a minute! It was gross. I called to Chad and he said to go lay in bed and put them up with ice. I did that and then went to sleep.

Woke up Tuesday, March 31st morning and my legs wer e still the same. After not being sure what to do, if it was just normal swelling or if I should call, I decided to call Women's Health and leave a message for the nurse. She suggested after I told her what was going on to go to Labor and Delivery or Dr. Medina had an appt open and that if I took that appt I should still be ready to stay awhile because he would probably send me up to labor and delivery anyway for a NonStress Test and all that stuff. Well my appt. was at 10:45 so I am running around before like nothing is going on, running errands and stuff. We get to the appt. (Keegan is with me, cause Chad is at work) and they take my blood pressure, 145/90, that is the highest it had been,weight me 201, then Dr. Medina comes in and asks a bunch of questions especially about the headache I had started to get on the d rive to the hospital. Then he takes a look at my legs.....pokes them once sees the indent and says, I am sending you up to labor and delivery, you will probably b e there awhile for a NST and IF they send you home you will probably be back. He kept saying IF, like he knew I would be having her sometime in the next day or so.

Before I go up to labor and delivery, I had to run to the lab to do a urine test and blood tests. Then I head up to labor and delivery, Col. Paden (my midwife) was on duty that day so she was up there. They hooked me up to the machines and about 20 mins later she walks in and is like What are you doing up here? Let me see these legs that everyone is talking about! So she does the reflex test and I was a +3 which is pretty bad, I was basicly almost kicking her in the face! LOL Then I find out I am having contractions, pretty good ones about every 3-5 mins that I am not feeling. Paden kept debating about inducing because I had just turned 37 weeks the day before. AFter about an hour and 30 mins she moved me to an exam room and did an ultrasound to check the fluid level around Sophia and asked, what are we having again? And I said well we have been told 2 times girl and she confirmed that, which made me happy because I was so afraid she was going to come out a boy. The fluid level looked good, so she checked me and I was still at 1 cm so she asked if she could strip my membranes to try and get things going, that way if I went into labor on my own they didn't have to make the decission about inducing. After she did that, she got back on the phone with Dr. Baacke, the head of Women's Health and a Fetal Specialist and gave me some tylenol for my headache. She came back in like 10 mins later and said, after talking with Dr. Baacke, they didn't want to induce right then and there, they told me to go home, get something to eat to possibly help my headache, lay on my side and if in 2-3 more h ours I felt like crap to call and come right back and and they would more than likely induce. I went home, stopped to get some McDonald's, went home ate in bed, laid down for and fell asleep for about an hour and half and woke up with a headache even worse. So around 5 (I got home around 130-2ish) I called Labor and Delivery, told them what was going on and they told me to come right back in. So Chad and I got Keegan ready to go to Tori's house and then Chad had to stop and get some snacks and a book, we finally made it to labor and delivery around 7. They took me first to a tirage room and was there for about an hour, still pumping out small contractions I wasn't feeling and when they checked I was almost a 2 so stripping my membranes helped alittle. After an hour or b eing in the triage area they decided to induce because of possible pre eclampsia so I got moved to a labor and delievery room.

Everything from there started to happen kind of fast, I got rehooked up to the monitors and Paden inserted a Foley Balloon into my cervix. That is what dialates you to a 4 and when it gets to a 4 it falls out. That was around 8:30ish. I started having some smaller contractions that I was starting to feel. I was getting checked on every 30 mins, getting my blood pressure check and everything (it was still kind of high) They kept asking why I wasn't resting. Let's see, having some painful contractions I can feel, my blood pressure cuff going off every 30 mins and then the nurse (who I LOVED) coming in to check on me. At one time, Sophia's heartrate dropped down to the 80's and about 5 nurses ran into check what was going on, but she was just moving around and didn't want to stay on the monitor. Around 2am I had the nurse help me to the bathroom, it took awhile for me to go and when I finally did the foley balloon fell out. I had to call the nurse(good thing she was still in my room) because I had no idea what to do!!! She said, that is a good sign, helped me back to bed and went to get Paden. I was dialated to almost 5 and they said when I needed to I could get the epidural! I lasted till I think about 5am or so and then needed it. Chad kept saying are you sure? I was like definately time. So Chad leaves the room cause he can't stand needles and they start the epidural. After 5 pokes in one spot to find out that epidural space was too small and 3 more pokes higher up they got it working. Made me feel so much better!!! Around 7:45am-8 ish the epidural started wearing off on the left side and I could feel everything on the left and nothing on the right. They brough a different dr in and he said we can either give you move meds or redo the epi. I decided for the more meds. At 815am they checked me because I started throwing up and they said that was a good sign, I was 7 cm and my water broke. There was meconime (sp) in it so they told me when it was time they didn't want her to breathe so the could suction her out. The dr. came and put more meds into my epidural, which didn't help at at. Around 8:30, I was in tears cause it hurt so much and I was feeling pressure so I told Chad he needed to go get the nurse. He was about the push the call button and I yelled at him saying I couldn't talk through that and he needed to get them now!!! As my new nurse (who was also awesome) was coming in a different nurse came in asking if I was the one that felt like pushing ans she told her no (the girl next to me was). She then checked me and was like WOW you are complete!!!! So she had me do one push just to see and told me to stop she was going to get Dr. Kiprano who had just come on to duty. They started to get everything ready and I felt like I was going to be sick again. So Sat up with help, got sick, then they laid me down and had me push again. I pushed 1 and 1/2 times and the nurse told me to stop because Sophia's head was half way out! She yelled for Dr. Kiprano and in one more push Sophia was born at 8:45am. She was 6lbs 14oz and 18 inches long.

Sophia Rose just born!

All Cleaned off!

I didn't tear at all which was GREAT. They got her all suctioned out and good. They had some problems getting the placenta out but they said that is because I progressed so fast, Dr. Kiprano had to hold some pressure because I was bleeding quite a bit too. AFter all of that though everything was good.

Keegan Meeting Sophia for the first time!

Mommy and her kiddos!Daddy and Sophia

Keegan holding Sophia for the first timeHappy family!

The next day around 5pm they took my blood pressure and it was way to high so they had to start me on Mag. Sulfate for 24 hours and blood pressure meds. It seemed to help and I had to stay 48 extra hours so on Saturday we were finally released. They told us to come back Monday for a Jandice and weight check on Sophia.

Monday I took Sophia in and told them how I was feeling and about my headache. They asked when the last time I had my blood pressure checked and I told them Saturday when I was discharged. Well the took it and it was 165/108 and my reflexes were +3! The nurse ran to call the dr. and within 5 mins I was readmitted. They rushed and got the hard parts of the bed covered in case I would have a seizure, took my pressure again and it was like 165/ 110!!! They started the Mag and I was back in the hospital for another 48 hours! While I was there they did an ultrasound of my liver and I had some fatty bright spots so I had to get a ct scan, which came back clear even though the ultrasound showed stuff. I finally got to come home Wednesday. I am on blood pressure meds for at least another week when I go back to get checked and they told me to make another appt. with nuero to get some different meds for my headaches.

So That is Sophia's story, sorry it is so long!