Monday, April 18, 2011

15 Months...

My little lady is getting so big! She has me wrapped around her finger more than ever. She is such an amazing little baby. I told her doctor the other day that if she had a whole heart she would be pretty near perfect. She has really changed a lot recently. She has become friendly with others, even strangers. She is always waving to people and telling them " Hi!" She is so happy. We usually find her walking around the house dancing. She is a tease, just like the rest of them in the house. She will walk up to her brothers toys, grab one and put it behind her back until he notices. She'll sit on her binki and ask me where it went. I wouldn't expect anything different with Jeff as her father. A while back she started telling me when she needed to go to the bathroom or that she had in her diaper. My parents got her a little toilet and she has gone in it ever since. (She is no where near potty trained, but it's a start. It would be great to not have two in diapers) She only really signs two signs anymore, please and bath. She says anything she wants to and usually repeats the last word of my sentence. She sleeps through the night, almost 12 hours every night. If we don't have her in her bed by 8:30 she is standing at her crib begging to get in. She eats anything and everything. She LOVES to bathe. If someone in the house is getting in the shower or bath she'll cry until she gets in, even if she has already been in for the day. As far as her health she is doing well. Her oxygen levels have been low, making for some purple lips, but she has been congested for a while. Now that she has started to walk we find that she will play for a while and then she lays on the ground, get up and play for while and then crash again. It makes me sad to see, but at the same time I'm happy she can do what she does. She has recently gained a lot of weight, moving all the way up to the 50 percentile. Her doctor was shocked by the number. I give credit to the whole milk and all the bread she loves to eat.

Weight: 22lbs. 3 oz. 50%
Length: 30" 30%
Head Circumference: 49 cm 100%+ (I've never seen that % on any of my kids before. :) )
She is such a happy girl...
Waving to everyone that would walk by...
Lately she won't keep her fingers out of her mouth. She likes to feel her teeth...
Playing "peep a poo!"

Friday, April 15, 2011


Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

~Author Unknown

Friday, April 8, 2011

Gracelyn's echo and Fetal echo appointment...

On March 8 we had our two-for-one appointment at Primary's. Gracelyn had her 4 month check up and we had an echo done on the new baby. I always hated my fetal echos with Gracelyn. They are so uncomfortable. Laying on your back for at least an hour with some one pushing at every angle of your belly isn't pleasant. This time was at least an hour and a half. The baby wouldn't cooperate at all. ( I think this is why the picture looks like I want to scream, "Get me out of here.") Gracelyn wasn't exactly easy either. We were told that it was sedated, but when we got there they said it was just a limited echo and that they wouldn't need to sedate her. She didn't want to be there in the first place and starving her didn't help the situation. She cried the entire time. Great news is that Gracelyn's echo was good. She is sating low and we were told to monitor her for a few weeks. I'm not sure what we will do if she continues to stay low, but we were told to contact our cardiologists. The fetal echo also looked GREAT! It was such a relief to hear. We were told we could still have defects like holes in the heart (although it didn't look that way), but nothing compared to what we have been through with Grace. All the valves were working and the size was perfect. We are so excited for our new little one! I can't believe my BABY will be a big sister. Weird!!!


A couple weeks ago we had the chance to go to California with Jeff's family to "pick up" their parents from an LDS mission that they were serving. This was the first chance that Gracelyn had to meet her Grandparents.While we were in California, Jeff's entire family spent the week at Disneyland. We all stayed in connecting rooms at the Disneyland hotel. We had a lot of fun!
Gracelyn's favorite ride was definitely Nemo. We couldn't keep her away from the window. She just squealed and laughed the whole time.
Before we left Grace started showing interest in walking. While we were in California she really started walking everywhere she went.
We took her on every ride she could go on. She loved to take over the controls and drive. One of the nights we were there we ate at at Goofy's Kitchen. All of the characters would go around and visit the different tables. She never got scared of them, but most of our pictures look like this because she wouldn't take her eyes off of them.
She was such a great baby! We had such a great time and are so lucky for the chance we had to take her there!