Monday, February 23, 2009

Just Happy


When Reed was brand new, Ryan and I always commented on what a good and happy baby he was. That disintegrated around week six--he got fussy. He fussed all day and had a solid forty-five minutes at night where he would just cry when we tried to put him to bed. But since we started supplementing Reed with formula, he has returned to our happy boy. He doesn't really need his passy anymore (except at bedtime) and he only really fusses when he is hungry or tired--and then only for a few minutes, until we get him whatever it is he needs. I'm glad to have my happy boy back :) Here are a few of my favorite happy pictures from the past few days...

Friday, February 20, 2009

New toy!

I recently discovered GIMP, an amazing program that is very similar to photoshop except one small factor...it's absolutely FREE! No gimicks or lame viruses attached, either. I downloaded it yesterday and have been playing with it since. If you are at all into photo editing but can't afford Photoshop, you should download GIMP. Here is a picture I touched up with the program:

(Before)

(After)
(I took away the baby acne and brightened up his eyes.)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Mr. Failure to Thrive Part II: The Saga Continues

We took Reed to the doctor today, so it's time for a little update...

After our doctor's appointment last Tuesday, I talked to Julie from La Leche League. After talking with me for a while, she told me that she thought the birth control I was on had decreased my milk supply. Possibly by half. Recommendation? Switch birth control and work to build up my milk supply. Check.
Reed and I went to St. George for the weekend to have a little vay-cay. While I was there, I supplemented him with formula when I didn't have milk for him--2 to 3 bottles a day. On Thursday, I stole the Fong's idea and weighed him on the Wii fit...
He loved it (not sure why) and the Wii told us he was about 9 1/2 lbs. (Hooray!). On Sunday we decided to weigh him on the package scale at Deseret Book. My mom works there so had keys to get in...

He also loved the package scale. Aparently he likes laying on hard, rectangular surfaces. The scale told us he was about 10 lbs. (Double Hooray!)
And today we went to the doctor for a more accurate reading...
Head: 40.9 cm. (55th percentile)
Length: 22 in. (20th percentile)
Weight: 9 lbs. 13 oz. (5th percentile)
He gained a full pound in one week! Take that, failure to thrive!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Hmmmm.....

Before...After...
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

You should probably do this

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

In better news

Ryan didn't have to work yesterday, so we went to the Draper Temple Open House. I have never been to a temple open house before, so it was a really great new experience. Reed was such a good boy throughout the tour of the temple--I think he could feel the spirit of the temple.

Well, there's good news and there's bad news...

Preface to the good news:
We have been trying to get private health insurance since our BYU health insurance lapsed January 5th. It has been a huge headache and more of an annoyance than I really imagined possible, and we are still in the process of being reviewed. Because we have been among the uninsured, I haven't been able to take Reed to his two month doctor appointment.

Good news:
We found out on Friday that Reed got accepted into the Medicaid program! So though Ryan and I are still uninsured, at least Reed is covered. I called the doctor this morning and was able to get in this afternoon. We have a new doctor, and I love him--he is great.

And now the bad news:
Head circumference: 40.4 cm (50th percentile) (this is actually still good news)
Length: 22 in. (20th percentile) (still pretty good news)
Weight: 8 lbs. 13 oz. (Less than 5th percentile) (this is the bad news)


Diagnosis? "Failure to thrive" (also part of the bad news). I wish it wasn't called failure to thrive. I might as well wear a big flashing sign that says "failure as a mom." Ryan says it's not my fault (and so does the doctor), but if you heard your baby was failing to thrive, what would you think? We all know why he is small: he isn't getting enough milk. and who provides him with said milk? Me. Sorry to subject you to my pity party...I promise I'm not so gloomy all the time.


Anyway, the doctor referred us to La Leche League, and we have a follow-up appointment with the doctor next week to see if Mr. Failure to Thrive has started thriving at all by then. Hopefully we will have better news for you then.




Reed's skinny legs and battle wounds from vaccinations. I do find it kind of ironic that we have a skinny baby because--let's be honest--Ryan and I aren't exactly supermodels...

Friday, February 6, 2009

Just Monkeyin' Around

While Reed was playing today, I noticed he was particularly taken by this bright red monkey, both on hs back...
...and on his tummy. (That was inadvertantly a little poetic.) If you zoom in on this picture, you will notice their eyes are frighteningly similar.
Then he started having a conversation with the monkey (sorry for the poor video quality)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Pseudo Superbowl Party!

While the boys watched the superbowl, the girls had fun...

Mom: Zebra
My mom is so cool!

Grace: Fish
Kayla: Tiger

Mandi: Cheetah

Me: Peacock
Lynnie: Mouse
(Lynnie Mouse...like Minnie Mouse)
I love these girls!

He is official...




We went to St. George this weekend to bless Reed. Ryan did a great job on the blessing and Reed was awake and good for the entire blessing! We had a fun weekend seeing family and are grateful for evryone who came (and for everyone who couldn't come but wanted to).