Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Luke- month 2 and month 3

Since the second month of Luke's life was a little bit insane, I decided to combine it with his third month... mostly because everything just sort of blends together...and because I'm way behind!

Sleeping was definitely our biggest challenge in month 2, and about halfway through month 3. Luke's nighttime sleeping pattern was to sleep for maybe an hour or two in his bassinet, and then cry the rest of the night unless someone was holding him.

When we went to Kelowna to see my sister, we figured out that he slept much better on a bed (Will and I slept in one bed, and Luke slept on the other). When we got home we tried him in his crib instead of his bassinet, and he instantly started having a longer first stretch of sleep (2-3 hours instead of the 1-2). He would then get up to eat about every hour after that, and sometimes wouldn't go back to sleep for a loooooong time. Between the stress of everything going on with Linds, him not sleeping, and Will having to go away for work for a week at a time, I'm surprised I didn't lose my mind!
Loving stretching out in his crib :)
Eventually I decided to try and get him on a really loose eat, play, sleep schedule, and it almost instantly worked wonders! The first and second nights he only got up twice to eat, and since then he's only gotten up once around 3 for a feed and gone right back to sleep! It's been 2 weeks of awesomeness!!
He's all smiles when you go to get him after his naps!

According to his cousin Eli, "Luke a big boy"! He is totally right, he is weighed in at 14 lbs 6 oz at his last appointment (which was a week ago). He is way bigger than Brooke now, she didn't get to be the bigger cousin for very long!

Second month likes:
Bath time

Second month dislikes:
Sleeping in his bassinet
Being hungry for more than 20 seconds

Second month highlights:
Meeting cousin Kinsley for the first time

First smile! (this wasn't it, but it was the only semi smiley picture I snapped in month 2!

Third month likes:
When someone gets him up from a nap
Going for walks in the stroller
Watching the mobile over his change table

Third month dislikes: 
His swing (he hates not being able to reach the mobile)
Still hates being hungry
Starting to not like naps (what the heck? I love naps!!)

Third month highlights:
Halloween Spooktacular

Trick or treating with Aunty Linds in the van

Aunty Nin cuddles

Wearing 6 month clothes (how did this happen already??)

Daily smiles!!
On the night before he turned 3 months, he slept through the night! Woohoo, go Luke! (side note: it hasn't continued)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Three things Thursday

Time for some Thursday randomness!

1. It snowed yesterday!!! I am one of those strange people who loves snow, so I was pretty excited! Time to break out the Christmas music :)

2. Some girlfriends and I get together every couple of weeks and do a craft or DIY project. Yesterday we finished up these adorable Christmas decorations
(They aren't glued down to the bottom yet, that's why the snowman is hanging off the end!)
I need to think of a Christmassy or wintertime saying to go along the red part at the bottom... Any ideas??

You can find the tutorial HERE

3. I really love making cookies, and can't wait to start Christmas baking! I added some festive sprinkles to the homemade oreos I made for my brother and sister yesterday to get them in the holiday spirit :)

#4 (bonus!!)
I'm currently finishing this blog post while cuddling with a sleeping Mr. Luke... I just love this kid!!

I hope everyone is having a great day!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Weekend recap on a Tuesday :)

Luke decided yesterday that naping is not for babies, so I didn't get a chance to do a weekend recap post!
This is the (very awake) face I got pretty much every time I tried to put him down!

He is being much more agreeable today, so I have a few minutes to get it done :)

On Friday evening I got to go for my first outdoor run/walk since Luke was born! It was so nice to be outside instead of on the treadmill. I am starting off slow with the couch to 5K, it is incredible how much slower I am now... I guess 9 months of not much activity will do that to a person :) Will had to go to work Saturday morning, so we spent the rest of the evening watching a movie at home and hitting the hay early!

On Saturday morning Luke and I headed up to my mom and dad's to visit with my mom and my nephew, who had a sleep at "Ramma's home"! We came at a good time, it was time for pancakes!
Pictures of Eli are all action shots these days!

Saturday evening we headed to Kimberley to go for dinner with some friends, and Luke was very well behaved! It was his second time going out for dinner since he was born.

Sunday afternoon we headed to Luke's pal Teddy's first birthday party. It blows my mind the Teddy is 1 already, does time ever fly! We got Teddy a book for his birthday called The Boy Who Lost His Name. If you've never checked the Lost My Name books out before, I highly recommend taking a look, they are so cute! It's what my niece and nephew are getting for Christmas this year.

Teddy reading some of his new books!

Sunday evening we headed up to the hospital to visit with Aunty Nin. Her left arm is getting so strong, she was able to hang on to Luke for the first time in 6 weeks! I had to sit beside her in case he decided to try and escape, but he sat and was quite content for about 10 mins!

This picture makes me so so happy. When Linds was first in the hospital I remember saying over and over to Will that Luke needs to get to know his Aunty Nin, and I can't even put into words how overjoyed I am that it is happening!

In other news... I started dressing this guy in his 6 month clothes today... yikes! We are off to get his shots in about an hour, wish us luck!

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Life can be so unpredictable.

I've been MIA again for quite some time. I debated explaining why. It has been the worst/best month of my life. I think writing about it will help me to process things

My beautiful baby sister has been fighting what seemed to be an impossible battle. On Sept 27th, Linds suffered a hypoxic brain injury, basically her brain had little to no oxygen for an undetermined amount of time. After a crazy few hours of trying to stabilize her, she was admitted to the ICU  in our hometown. She was septic, had pneumonia, and was put into an induced com and onto life support). After 3 days (and a staph infection added to everything) it was clear that our hospital couldn't do anymore for her since we don't have a neurologist, so once they had her stable enough she was sent to Kelowna by air ambulance. My parents and her fiancĂ©e (Brody) flew up the next morning, and my brother and I, along with our families drove up the next day. The news we got was not great. The neurologist had performed an EEG, and there was little brain activity. They would repeat the EEG again in 3 days, and if there was no change, that meant there would not likely be a change, and even if she did survive she would most likely have severe brain damage.

The next 3 days were so hard. We were only allowed to go sit with her for short amounts of time, as too much stimulation would make her blood pressure and heart rate sky rocket. We saw small signs that made us hopeful, but once they took her off the meds that were keeping her sedated, there wasn't much going on. She eventually opened her eyes, but wasn't focused on anyone. She sometimes would look towards Brody's voice, which was encouraging, but other than that there wasn't much change. She was in Kelowna for a week, and by the end of the week she was off the life support machines. When they repeated the EEG there was minimal change. She was sent back to our local hospital, and the prognosis was basically that she would be in the ICU until the pneumonia was cleared up, then move her to palliative care until we decided how to let her go. 

Once we were back in town though, we started to see little signs that Linds was still in there. She would sometimes squeeze a hand when asked to, and she started following people with her eyes sometimes. She especially liked to follow Brode's voice, she seemed very concentrated on him when he was in the room. She would also smack her lips when my mom would put Chapstick on them. 

About a week and a half after she was home, a very crazy thing happened. My mom made a fart joke, and she smiled, a real Lindsey smile! My mom and Brody started killing themselves laughing, and then she started laughing too! She laughed again later that afternoon. It was like a little glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe she was still in there.

The next few days were hard, her eyes were becoming more clear, and it looked like she was inside but just didn't know how to get out. It was extremely hard to watch. She was squeezing more and more when asked too, and really seemed focused on people when they talked if she wasn't tired. She would also pucker for a kiss if you told her you were going in for one!

After another week in the ICU, they moved her up to one of the wards. The same day they moved her was the day our miracle happened. My brother and Brody were visiting with her, and my brother was showing her a song about bacon pancakes on his phone. He was bugging her for a kiss when he left to go back to work and she wouldn't pucker up. After he left, Brode asked her if he could have a kiss, and she replied "of course!" Then he said "I love you" and she said "love you too". 

I'll always remember when my mom called to tell me, I could not stop crying. Linds went on to do more talking that day, including telling Brody to "show Carson (his dad) bacon pancakes!" By the time I got up there to see her she was really tired, and only said yes and no while I was there. Later that night she told my mom which button to press to get her IV to stop beeping (Linds is a nurse). There was quite the delay between asking a question and waiting for a response, but it was there! I went to visit her again the next morning, and I was jiggling the bag for her feeding tube accidentally with my leg. Will told her it was like a milkshake, to which she replied "my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard". At that moment I knew I was getting my sister (and her strange sense of humor) back!!

Fast forward to a week later, and she hardly has any delay when she is talking now. Her voice is quiet and a tiny tiny bit slower, but the improvement in a week has been phenomenal. She is moving one of her hands now, and can hold her head up on her own for a short period of time. She also lifted one of her legs a tiny bit today! It's going to be a long slow road to recovery, but if I think about where we were a short month ago, this seemed impossible. Her neurologist can't believe the progress she's made, he said he's never seen anything like it. 

All that being said, any prayers and positive thoughts that can be sent her way would be so appreciated! Her brain is back, we are now hoping that she gets her body back as well :) 

Now that she is on the road to recovery I am hoping (hoping being the operative word) to try and start blogging more regularly again, starting with a Luke update! The little guy is growing like a weed :)

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