Full Family Update

Anthony, Elizabeth, Family, Grace, Joe, Nicholas 2 Comments

I feel like it’s been forever since the last post….it’s only been 11 days (ha ha. Goes to show you how the days have gone lately). 

Here goes – a full family update. 

Nicholas lost his 5th tooth this week (Monday morning, on the way to school). The tooth has been under his pillow, in an envelope, for 2 nights. The tooth fairy clearly did NOT get the ‘change of address’ notification :/ Daddy sent her an email with our new address. She found her way out here tonight (thank goodness). 

He is doing great in school – good behavior every single day. We are really proud of him for that. 

He had his Spring Performance today. Video is posted on You Tube (Spring Performance). 

  
After reading 20-30 minutes the last 4-5 nights, Nicholas finished his 1st chapter book!! He is doing great with reading! 

 One last thing, NCL is loving the new house. Lots of outdoor time & boat loads of exercise. It’s SO good for the kids! The only sad part about the whole thing is seeing Nicholas upset about leaving Benchly (his school) next year. He doesn’t want to leave his friends :( He has already cried a few times when he thinks about it (definitely gets that from his Mama). 

Anthony is still a little monster (ha ha).  He still has his ‘almost 5 year old’ temper – BUT, since moving and all the outdoor play time…the temper tantrums have lessened. 

I must say, he is a good helper with his sister. He likes to feed her at home and he will always jump up to give her a paci when she is crying.

  
We went to the Lakeside Western Days Parade last weekend & AJ represented the ‘country’ very well: 

  
Here are a couple more pics from the parade: 

   
     

Good reports from preschool lately (Thank God!) He (like his brother) can’t wait to get home from school, everyday, so they can play in the yard – or ride their bikes down the street to see if Brooke is at her Grandma’s house (our neighbor). The trampoline is a BIG hit for the boys. They are out there every afternoon — and every afternoon, someone gets hurt :/ I think it’s going to be that way for awhile.

Grace is growing & growing. You can see that her cheeks are filling out. She is healthy and mostly happy (when being fed and held). She is also losing her hair :( I am finding piles of hair in the bassinet every morning. 

   
   

She loves the bath. 

   
   

She is still sleeping in the bassinet, in our room. She has been consistently sleeping 7-8 hours at night. I wish I could say the same for me. I go to bed about 2 hours after her — and still can’t stay asleep until she wakes up. She makes quite a lot of noise and I can’t seem to sleep through it. It might be time to move her to her room. We will see. 

Here are a few more pictures of Grace. 10 weeks old yesterday! 

   
         

   
 

Lucy (can’t forget her…in this FULL family update) has turned COUNTRY with no problem. She runs around the yard all the time…AND…she is catching rodents! As of tonight, the count is: Lucy 3, Rodents 0. 

   
 

Joe & Dad installed a doggie door last weekend, so now Lucy can let herself in and out (during the day. We have to lock the doggie door at night due to the coyotes- they are all over the place out here!) 

   
   

The chickens are….1 less. Our neighbor across the street has given Gimpy a better home. The other two birds were treating her awful. We get 1 egg a day (from Minnie – the red hen). Will be nice when we can get a few more egg-laying chickens. We love eggs 😀.

 
 

Joe has been SO busy – as you can only imagine. Living on 1.25 acres of land means a LOT of outside work. The yard is big. The weeds are big. The work load is huge. His ‘to do’ list never gets smaller :/ Poor guy. 

We are almost 100% done at the old house. Joe is going to pick up the last of the mulch tomorrow and then I think everything is done over there. Will be nice to have that ‘to do list’ finished off for good. 

The ‘almost finshed’ courtyard at the Golfcrest House:

   
 

Joe is also enjoying the new kitchen. The appliances are giving us a bit of trouble (not the best brands, refrigerator, microwave and ovens) but the island/counter space is great. The stove is pretty nice and works great. 

Joe was pretty nervous about this move. Leaving ‘home’ (San Carlos) was a REALLY big change/move for him. I am happy to say that I was right — he really likes it out here. He loves all the outside time for the boys and the dog. He loves the house. The drive back to San Carlos isn’t even that bad. 

On Wednesday & Sunday nights, our neighbor teaches roping (horses). We look out our kitchen window and can see the dust being kicked up from the horses, etc. Tonight, Joe looked out the window and said “It’s Wednesday.” And I said “I know, I love it.” — He said “Me too. So far, it’s awesome out here.” That confirmation warmed my heart. I knew he would like the country (the country that is just outside the city). 

And finally, me. The first and only thing that comes to mind is: I am exhausted. So, so tired. I feel like I say it too much – but man, it’s the truth. I shouldn’t be so tired with a baby that sleeps 7-8 hours, right?!? I know! What is my problem?!? 

It’s been a busy 3+ months. We have done it to ourselves so there should be no complaining. And most everything has been good (except the weight scare with Gracee). We are so happy we were able to find this house — and actually buy it and move it. Wow. We still can’t believe we live here! 

Postpartum with Gracee has been unlike the other two kids — although, with AJ, we did embark on a 7 weeks RV Road Trip when he was only weeks old! That was pretty crazy! Packing and moving with a 6 weeks old was a bit much, even for me. Especially when I was having such a hard time feeding her. 

I am scheduled to return to work on May 13th. Can’t believe it’s right around the corner (although – if you ask anyone from the office, I have been gone “FOREVER!”) It’s always hard to go back to work after having a baby. No one will tell you it’s easy – but at least I know it can be done. I know Gracee will be fine and well taken care of. I am nervous about me. I don’t know how I will do it all — and do it all ‘well’. It’s also a new commute. A bit farther, which will make my drive time even worse. Joe keeps saying “it will be rough for the first year and then things will get better” (no, I didn’t mistype that — a year!!! How am I going to make it?? 😁)

The only other thing I have to say about me is: holy cow – this house is big and SUPER hard to keep clean! Wow! Just the wood floors are enough to make me second guess our move. Our old house may have been small — but it was a heck-of-a-lot easier to clean. 

Hopefully I will get a few pictures hung on the walls before going back to work. One can hope. 

’17 Years’ & ‘Not Enough’

Elizabeth, Family, Grace, Joe 5 Comments

Thanks to a friendly reminder from Joe’s cousin all the way on the other side of the country (thank you Mary!) – Joe & I wished each other a Happy 1st Date Anniversary. 17 years ago on St Patty’s Day – we went on our very first date 😀❤️ I think we are to the point in our relationship that I don’t even remember ‘before Joe’.

If it hadn’t been for the reminder from Mary – I am not sure I would have remembered due to the traumatic morning we had at the Dr’s office with Gracee. As you have been reading, Gracee hasn’t been gaining weight fast enough. Yesterday at our follow-up appt (weight check and tongue check), Gracee weighed 7lbs 9oz. Still 4 oz away from birth weight (and she is 5 weeks old now). She only gained 2.5 oz in the last 8 days – not enough.  They want her to gain 1-1.5oz every single day. Little Miss has fallen completely off the weight/growth curve. And the Dr was concerned.

Joe and I decided to start supplementing with formula over the weekend, in addition to nursing and giving her pumped breast milk. We wanted to make sure she was getting enough calories and its much easier to know with formula.

The Dr gave us a new plan. After every feeding (nursing) we will give Grace a bottle of formula – the higher calorie formula. No more bottles of pumped breast milk. Although I am bummed that my milk isn’t doing its job – I am incredibly grateful that we have another option.

Then the Dr ordered some tests for Gracee – that required a blood draw from the lab 😁. Ugh. I had no idea how hard it was going to be. They gave us little plastic warmers to put on her arms – makes it easier to find the veins for the draw. The warmers were not comfortable on her. She was really upset before we went into the room. I held my sweet baby while the two nurses did the blood draw from her little arm (just like an adult would have). Gracee was so upset — and I couldn’t  help but sob right along with her.

The Dr called last night with the results. The first thing he started with was her white blood count – and my heart hit the floor. He eventually (felt like minutes but it was only seconds) said that her count was fine. She isn’t anemic. Her liver enzyme count was high, but not dangerously. Could be nutrition based. She also had a problem with electrolytes – potentially nutrition based also. With the new formula and nursing – the hope is that the two problems are corrected. Dr also sent the results to Children’s Hospital and they agreed with the findings but wanted Grace re-checked next week and they added additional tests. I am not sure which ones – I will find out next week when we go. And that means, we have to do another blood draw. Dear God, help me.

I can’t tell you how often I hear (every.single.day) “oh, look at that baby – she is SO tiny!” Random people say it where ever we go. I know it’s true. But I won’t lie – I feel like a knife is driven deeper into my heart every time. At this point, I don’t even want anyone to look at her – because I know the next comment is going to be about her size.

Otherwise, Gracee is doing great. She tolerates the formula very well. Nursing isn’t going all that well (even after the tongue clipping) – but at least we KNOW she is getting enough nutrition now (from the bottle). I am pumping and freezing – for a later date. Little Miss is smiling up a storm now. It’s adorable.

If you remember, please say a little prayer that Grace puts on some weight. If everyone prays for an ounce, we will be in good shape 😀 Also. Please pray that there are no other test results that come back with concern. We will keep you updated.

*No post is complete without pictures right? (Sorry, I know there were a lot of words on this one). Here are a few pictures of our sweet Grace.

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A Local Tourist

Elizabeth, Grace, Joe 1 Comment

When your due date comes…and then passes…what should you do?

Become a tourist in your own backyard, of course!

On Wednesday, (Baby LG3’s Due Date) after we slept-in from the hospital visit the night before, we headed out for lunch (just Joe & I) and then we took advice from a friend. She told us that visiting Mt. Helix was a FOR SURE way to get a baby out! It worked out great for a few reasons. (1) I had never been to the Top and walked up to the cross, (2) it was a beautiful day in San Diego (actually, a bit too warm for me!) and (3) we could say a few extra prayers in front of a giant cross.

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