Thursday, December 30, 2010

1 Week Old!

Luci you are 1 week old today!  I can't believe how the week has just flown by.  You are the sweetest baby ever!  I think I hold you all day long, and I love every minute of it.  Your Daddy says that you are already spoiled rotten.  Everyone in this house is just madly in love with you.  Your brother kisses you everytime he walks by you, and he and Brea constantly fight over you.  I'm sure one day that will all change.  In the last few days you have definitely gotten an appetite, and you are nursing like a pro now.  You are usually waking up every 2 1/2 to 3 hours to eat.  You usually eat around 9pm, and you seem to like to stay up until your next feeding!  Your Daddy stayed up and played with you the other night so Mommy could get some sleep.  You have a great Daddy!  You pretty much eat and sleep during the day, and your brother and sisters don't quite understand why you sleep so much, and they can't wait for you to wake up!!  Luci, you have brought an unimaginable amount of joy to our family, and were by far the best Christmas present any of us could have asked for!

Luci had her first Dr. visit on Tuesday.  She had lost some weight and was at 6lbs 11oz.  This isn't unusual for a breast fed baby.  The milk has definitely came in since then and her little appetite has picked up so I'm sure she'll be back to her birth weight by her next appointment.  As you can tell she was not thrilled to be laying there naked.  She doesn't like having her clothes off!

Here are a few random pictures from Luci's first week!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Almost There!!

I had my last prenatal visit today. Luci passed her NST within the first five minutes like always. I am scheduled to go in the hospital tomorrow at 10:00 to start the induction. I'll be getting cytotec overnight, which I'm really glad about. I'm hoping that will make for an easier labor on Thursday. We are so ready to meet our little girl, and have her here for Christmas! I was able to find a little something for her to wear for Christmas. Most of everything was picked over in her tiny size. My mother bought her a little baby's first Christmas stocking and embroidered her name on it also. I think she's all set! Now let's just get her here! We'll be coming home from the hospital on Christmas eve, so Christmas is going to be really low key for us this year. I'm a little sad that we won't get to see all of our family, but I'm also excited to be able to just stay home and soak up all the time with my family and celebrate all the we've been blessed with this past year. We plan to try to make it to our parents houses, but that may be the only places we go this year.  No hustle and bustle for us.  I'll also be able to relax and not have to worry about Luke being to rowdy!

Speaking of Luke, he is doing amazing.  His MRI from the hospital showed no more bleeding, and the cyst had shrunk.  So, praise God for that!  Right now we just watch and wait, and he'll be having his next scan in a few weeks.  He's had no headaches in almost a week, and no vision problems.  His incisions are still healing, and he's got a little swelling still so we are pretty cautious still about getting him out and around crowds.  It's best he's not around people who are sick, until the skull is healed over.  He's also got a long list of restrictions for a while.  He's still at risk for head injury and bleeding risk, and has to be very careful of falling, bumping his head, and can have no impact.  I have finally started letting him go up and down the stairs, but he crawls up and comes down on his bottom.  He also has to let us know when he's coming down so we can watch him.  We aren't sure how long he'll be restricted by the Drs.  Some restrictions will be lifelong, but most will not be.  As long as he can shoot a rifle and crossbow, he'll be alright!

I'm lacking on the photos still, but here are a few!

 Doesn't he look great?!!

 Such a ham!!

 He's decided he wants to be a brain surgeon........
 Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A week of celebration!

Next week we will all be celebrating!  We will be celebrating the birth of our KING, the birth of our daughter, and also the healing of Luke!  I want to say thank you to all of our prayer warriors! 

I had my 37 week checkup today!  I will not mention the weight gain!!  It's not too terrible though.  Luci had finally turned head down, and she better stay there! I was also 2cm dilated!  I go back Friday for another NST, and then back Tuesday for my last checkup.  My Doctor will be inducing next Thursday, if I don't go into labor first.  Luke is going to have a couple of week break before scans start back up so having Luci next week will give us both time to recoop before we start heading back to childrens for checkups.  Also, with the diabetes, inducing a little early decreases the risk of c-section due to her size.

I am so excited we get to have her for Christmas!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

December 14th

This day completely snuck up on us this year.  I can't believe it's been 6 years since the passing of our sweet little Colt.  We miss him so much. It's been pretty rough going through all this with Luke during this time as well.  So many people have told us how strong we are… how brave we must be to take on all that we have.  I never really thought we were brave, and most of the time we are not strong. What options do we have? We can either wallow in the heartache or we can praise Him through the storms.  Christ took on so much more than we could ever imagine, and He never promised us that this life would be easy. He never promised that we would never experience pain or heartache. 
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

I look all around and see people with normal lives, normal families…and I long for that normalcy. Yet I fail to look at the wonderful gift that is my life. I fail to see all of the amazing moments that no other family will have because they are not my family, they do not have our “issues” and they are not living our lives. I often fail to see the big picture..the picture that is my life.

There are times I lay in bed at night and feel the weight of my life on my shoulders and then here come the tears. I think about my family, how much they've gone through and how much more they are going to go through. It is easy to drown in those crazy thoughts.  Yet it's in those moments, I feel Him gently nudge me and quietly say “I am still here.” If I let Him, He will guide my footsteps and guard my heart.

The choice is mine.

Nothing can take Him off of His throne…

We love and miss you Joey Colt Crow!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Luke's Home!

Luke went in for surgery Wednesday for fenestration of the cyst on his brain, and also to drain a subdural hematoma from the head injury he suffered back in September.  The has been a crazy few months.  To say we've been overwhelmed is an understatement.  Trying to manage work, pregnancy, 3 kids, plus one in a bubble has been tough! 

This surgery was much tougher on my little guy than the first one.  The surgery was much longer (5 hours), the pain and swelling was worse also, and when you have a stubborn child who would rather sit in pain than taste the horrible pain medicine, we have a problem.  He was not so cooperative this time.  He fought that medicine tooth and nail.  A few times I had to just leave the room, but could still here the screams coming from his room.  Now that he's home he has his bubble gum flavored tylenol and will also take the stronger pills they gave him with no problem.  After experiencing the same issue with Colt, we know that taking medicine is sometimes the only control the kids in the hospital have and so they will fight to keep that control.  And Luke did absolutely that! 

Luke is still having a little pain, but it's definitely getting better.  We can tell that the pressure and swelling is down as well. His double vision is improving.  We are so thankful this is done and we can move on the Christmas and preparing for Luci.  Luci will be here in about 2-3 weeks!  If she decides to come sooner that's even better! 

 This is Luke right after surgery.  He pretty much slept the entire rest of the day on Wednesday.

 Thursday, Luke finally started to sit up some and play.  He still wasn't talking much due to the pain.  Brea came over with me that day to help because Joey had to go to work for a while.  She was the best medicine for him!

 There actually wasn't much smiling going on, but when he saw me taking a picture he squeezed one out!

Here he is headed down yesterday morning for his MRI.  Such a big boy!

I'm so glad he's home!!!!!

Monday, December 6, 2010


Oh my goodness what a crazy few months we've had!  It is finally December, and we are going to have a baby this month!  Only 3 more weeks!!  I went in for my appointment today and Luci passed her stress test within the first 5 minutes so I didn't have to stay on the monitors too long.  My girl is still breech though.  If she doesn't turn by next weeks appointment Dr. T is going to do an ECV which is a procedure where he will manually manipulate the baby into a head down position.  Sounds crazy huh?  I do not want to do a C-section so I'm all for it!  I'm staying positive though and hoping she's going to be in position by next week.  We aren't doing cervical checks yet, which is ok with me.  We'll start next week after all this is over with Luke.  I'm a little curious to know if I've made any progress, but I also don't want any exam to bring on labor, especially since she is breech, and also because we'll be at the hospital with Luke this week.

Luke goes in for surgery this week again.  The arachnoid cyst on his brain is still under a lot of pressure.  He actually had 3+ edema on his optic nerve.  If your in the medical field you know how much swelling that is!  They started him on a steroid last week which has obviously decreased that swelling because he has felt great the last few days, and has had very little double vision.  Tomorrow he goes in for another MRI to have his brain mapped out.  The surgery they are doing is just amazing, and the operating room will be set up like a GPS.  It almost sounds like something you would hear on TV.  They are doing a fenestration on the cyst to keep it from building up pressure again.  I'm so excited to know that my baby boy will be free of this pressure soon.  It's a possibility that he's had some pressure from this cyst for several years or most of his life.  After looking back, I can even pinpoint some obvious signs myself.  If only we had known.  Our God just works in mysterious ways, and if it took this head injury to reveal this thing then I can't regret that. Luke will spend one night in ICU and hopefully will come home shortly after that.  The hard part comes after surgery when he's feeling so great.  We have to keep him from doing much to allow for healing and no complications.  That is so hard with him!  I'll keep him in a bubble for some time I'm sure.  I think this has been harder on me than him!  It's just so hard to see your babies go through something like this.  I've seen behaviors in Luke that are so out of character that it's brought me to tears.  Most of them due to the medication, but it still breaks my heart.  I'm so ready for him to be free of all this!  Please keep him in your prayers, and pray that Luci turns, but stays put a little longer!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving was wonderful this year.  It started off Thursday at my parents for lunch.  We had a huge spread of all the traditional fixings.  I just love the Thanksgiving meals!  We had a cold front come through so the cold weather has been wonderful.  It was raining also on Thursday so the kids had to stay inside which wasn't so bad considering Luke is limited on his activity right now. 

I skipped out on the early morning shopping Friday.  Joey, the kids, and I headed out later that morning and hit Walmart and Target.  We actually picked up a few good deals while we were there!  We finished Thanksgiving celebrations Saturday afternoon with Joey's mother and family.  The food and family time was amazing this year!  Now Christmas is right around the corner!

I didn't take my camera with me to our parents this year.  I know, bad Mom, we just had so much going my camera always got left behind.  :(

I want to throw in a prayer request for Luke.  We went back to the Dr. Tuesday for his followup ct and he still has some bleeding in his brain.  His symptoms have also slowly started coming back.  He's having the double vision, some slight headaches, and a little grumpiness.  He goes back for another MRI on Wednesday so please pray for him.  We are hoping that his brain heals and his body will absorb the fluid and blood on it's own, but if that's not the case then he'll likely have surgery again.   We don't want him to have to go through another surgery, but if that's what it takes then that's what we'll do.  We are just ready for him to be back to his normal self and feeling great! 

Here are few pictures of the kids!  And by looking at Luke in these you would never imagine he had anything going on!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Week 34

Can you say miserable?  I think it just hit me overnight.  The last week I've had an awful head cold, and cough.  Antibiotics didn't work. :(  The only thing that seems to remotely help is Vicks.  I've been rubbing that stuff all over my chest at night, putting it in a vaporizer, and taking a bath with the Johnsons vapor bath.  I just want to breathe!  I remember being pregnant with Breanna at this same time of year and I think I went into labor with a head cold.  I'm getting bigger by the day also, and most of my family doesn't hesitate to tell me.  It doesn't bother me a bit, this little girl is putting on some weight.  The bigger we get the harder it is for Mommy to get around.  You should see me try to roll over in the bed or get up.  It is pretty hilarious.  And bending over...well lets just say it's quite a sight as well.  The hip pain still lingers.  I can't even stand with my weight on one leg or I get a cramp.  I'm thinking she'll be here before Christmas.  Just by the things that are going on with my body, I'm really thinking mid December.  Or that may be wishful thinking! :) 

My appointment today went great although I did gain a pound from last week so the weight gain is up to 18!  My blood sugars were not too bad so he is keeping me on the same dose of medication.  Next week I'll start the non stress tests, and those will continue until I deliver.  I went and preregistered at the hospital today too so I'm all set for delivery! 

As for an update on Luke, he is doing amazing.  We've had so many people comment on his energy level, his happiness, his speech, his reading, and more!  He is just feeling so good, and has a very hard time controlling it!  He can't even control his laughter at times.  He still tries to give me a hard time sometimes, but I'm getting a little better.  He has slept in his bed by himself two nights in a row!  Joey wasn't sure if I was ever gonna let him back in our bed!  I'm just a little overly cautious ;).  I even let Joey take him deer hunting this last weekend, and Luke shot his first deer.  I wish I could've gone, but the drive is way too long, and I've had this awful cold.  He was so excited, and still is!  Joey and I just sit back in awe lately.  We can't believe how full of energy he is.  It's just hard to believe that the little boy smiling so big in these pictures just had brain surgery a week ago!  God is so good!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

32 weeks

I can't believe it is November already!  Christmas is right around the corner, then Luci will be here!

Luke and I went back to school today.  I worked all day, but Luke only stayed until around 10:30.  His Doctors are only going to let him do half days until his next ct scan which is at the end of the month.  He needs a little more down time during the time to heal, plus they want to see what the cyst is doing before they release him to go all day.  He is feeling so go and hasn't had any symptoms (headaches, double vision, etc..) so we are confident that things are going as planned.  Trying to make him slow down is the hard part.  He hasn't felt this good in so long that he is a wild man.  The turkey will even pretend he's falling just to make me crazy.  Such the comedian huh?

I also had my 32 week appointment today! Luci is doing great!  My blood sugars are still not where he wants to see them so he ended up putting me on medicine.  Not what I wanted to hear, but whatever is best for Miss Luci.  He also changed my visits to weekly now to monitor things a little closer, and in a couple weeks he's going to start monitoring the baby every week.  When I go in they'll hook me up to the fetal monitors for about 20 minutes just to monitor Luci, and this will continue until delivery.  Fun Fun!  I gained 3 pounds this month!  Which brings the total to 17! Ouch.  I'm starting to swell a little too so in the afternoons my weight is a little higher. :) 

Here are a couple of pictures of our other two cuties in the house!

Breanna cracks me up when she wears these pants!  They are a 4T!  I've tried so many times to give them away but she pulls them out of the pile everytime!  She loves them!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Unexpected Circumstances...

We've had an exhausting week.  Back in September, Luke collided with another little boy in PE causing him to fall and hit his head on the gym floor.  That night we took him to the ER due to a severe headache.  They did a CT scan and saw nothing abnormal except for the fact that he had an arachnoid cyst on his brain.  An arachnoid cyst is simply a cyst that he was apparently born with and they are usually asymptomatic.  Well, after that day he has continued to complain of headaches off and on, had been very sleepy and irritable.  We were just told it was just post concussion issues.  This whole time, Joey and I have just had a very uneasy feeling.  Well last Friday, Luke came home from school complaining of seeing double and continued to do so throughout the weekend.  Monday, I called his Dr. and Joey took him in.  From there they sent him to an opthomologist who noticed swelling behind his eyes.  He then sent Luke to Children's Medical Center, and that is where Luke has spent the last 6 days.  Apparently the fall he took in PE caused the cyst to rupture and it has been leaking since causing some major intracranial pressure.  He had surgery Wednesday and they placed a drain inside to drain the fluid surrounding his brain.  The drain was removed yesterday and thankfully everything looked good so he was able to come home today!

Let me just say it has been an emotionally, and physically tough week.  I'd like to say I was at peace the whole time knowing all would turn out ok, but I'd be lying.  I was worried sick, then when we found out exactly what it was, honestly it was complete relief.  I know it sounds crazy to feel relief about your son having brain surgery, but when you're used to getting worse news, this was nothing! 

As for Luke, he is doing great.  I've been a nervous wreck all day, but he's fine.  I'm sure he's sick of me yelling "Luke quit running, quit jumping, WALK!", "No Luke, your not going up and down the stairs", "Why don't you rest and take a break", "Luke! Be careful!",  "Luke, let me check your head", "No, your not going outside", and so on , and so on!  I can't help it though!  I can't take my eyes off of him!  He's not allowed any strenous activities or anything where he is at risk of head injury.  Well, in my eyes, that's everything!  I'm sure I'll relax several months or years from now, or maybe not, but for now this is just how it is. 

I'm sure I blew my 1800 calorie diet this week, and Luci has probably packed on the pounds.  I actually haven't checked my BS either.  So bad, I know.  She's perfectly fine though, and packing a pretty powerful punch these days! 

Anyhow, please keep Luke in your prayers.  He's still got alot of recovering to do in the next several months along with some close monitoring including scans.  And mothers, let me just say, always go with your instinct!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Baby Shower and Pumpkin Carving

This weekend some of my friends and family threw a baby shower for Miss Luci.  Everything turned out absolutely perfect!  Luci and I received so many nice things.  It's nice going into her room now and seeing all the baby gear and clothes sitting around.  I can't wait until she gets here!

After the shower was over we went over to my sisters house for my nephews 23rd (I think) birthday party.  He decided for his birthday that he wanted to have our families over for burgers and pumpkin carving.  The kids had a blast! 


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