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!


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