Friday, January 16, 2009

Reality Bites

Thursday was my first day back to work. I was OK at work, but that is because I cried Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday every time I looked at Caleb. Caleb is staying with my mom -- we are so lucky. There is not anyone in this world that I trust more to keep my child than my mom (other than Michael!). One thing I have learned the past 2 days --- it is MUCH harder to get 2 people up, dressed and out the door than it is to get 1 person.

My first 2 days back to work have been OK -- my kids are kinda scared of me because I came in and I meant business. I think they have been having a pretty good time the past 13 weeks. :) That has worked in my favor -- they have been working and following the rules quite nicely. :)

This weekend is a 3 day weekend - YAY! I think I timed this one pretty good....

Monday, January 12, 2009

3 months old!!

WOW!!! Today is Caleb's 3 month birthday!! I can't believe it! These past 3 months have FLOWN by, and I have loved (almost) every minute. Caleb is such a blessing to our lives, and we love him with every ounce of our being.

At 3 months, Caleb is loving...
- smiling and laughing out loud -- it is so precious!
- grabbing anything any everything
- recognizing mommy and daddy with a smile and kicking legs
- rolling over from tummy to back - SOMETIMES
- sleeping in his crib like a big boy for 10 hours every night :) (this was a big step for mommy!)
- reaching, grabbing and holding onto toys
- remembering how toys work
- splashing in the tub -- this is still his favorite
- talking ALL the time -- he also raises his eyebrows sometimes and has learned how to change the pitch in his voice
- squeals when he is excited or when something makes him happy
- turning towards someone when they are talking, especially mommy and daddy
- holding his head up and looking around
- learning to like tummy time
- suck on his hand and try and get his WHOLE fist into his mouth
- bring his hands together at his chest -- we say he is praying...

Caleb is not loving...
- burping - thanks to reflux
- having a dirty or wet diaper
- being hungry

Also today Michael and I took Caleb BACK to the doctor (we are going to be their monthly bonus) because Caleb was still spitting up and we are concerned about his weight gain. Well, we got good news!!! Caleb gained 7 ounces in 4 days!!!! That is WONDERFUL considering he only gained 11 ounces in 3 weeks last time! I was so so so excited. Since he is still spitting up and very very fussy when he has to be burped, we changed his formula and his medicine. We are hoping this will fix Mr. Man's spitting up!!!!

Here are some pictures of Caleb today, and a video of Michael making him laugh...

Daddy is so funny!


My hands taste SO good!



video

This weekend we saw Uncle Grant and Aunt Morgann. Here is a pic of the 3 of us. I didn't get the brown memo...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Caleb's 3 month old pictures

Caleb will be three months old tomorrow. We had his pictures taken on Saturday morning. He did really well and he also did some showing off for the pretty lady doing his pictures! He had around 200 pictures taken and Lori was nice enough to let me have the unedited pictures so I could do some editing on them. Here are my 5 favorite pictures. Thanks again Lori.

~ Michael






Thursday, January 8, 2009

What a day...

For those of you who don't know, Caleb has reflux. He has been on baby Zantac since the middle of December. At the beginning, it really helped and we could tell a difference. Slowly he began to spit up more and more. Finally Wednesday I had had enough and called the doctor and made an appointment for Thursday at 9:45AM. We get to the doctor and Caleb had only gained 11oz. in 3 weeks; obviously because of the spitting up. I talked to Dr. D and told him everything that was going on. He was concerned because Caleb wasn't wasn't gaining like he should be and was spitting up like a mad man, sometimes projectile. He examined Caleb, and the other doctor we see came in and looked at him as well. The 2 of them decided it was time to move to the next step...testing him to make sure nothing was blocked or abnormal. They then told me (Michael couldn't be there because of work) that I needed to go straight to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to have an abdominal ultrasound and possibly and upper GI. I was OK...I went into "mother mode" and had the attitude of I will do what I have to do for my child.

So off to the hospital we go. We get there and the people I dealt with couldn't have been nicer. Actually they were wonderful....I guess they deal with scared mothers all the time. On the way I had called my mom (at the dentist -- she was very happy to leave), and she met me there. After filling out tons of paperwork, they sent us to radiology and Caleb had an abdominal ultrasound. It was just like he was pregnant!! :) What they found there was that his belly was still full from his feeding at 10:30, and so they couldn't tell much of anything. Lovely. What that meant was that to be able to rule anything out and get to the bottom of this they were going to have to pump his stomach and give him barium to make sure everything was flowing and doing what it was supposed to do. So down the hall we went. We had a wonderful doctor who explained everything to me and calmed me (and mom) down. Caleb got to wear a hospital gown -- Tiger and Pooh -- and the test began. I have to tell you that this was the WORST thing I have ever had to witness and I NEVER, repeat NEVER, want to see my son or anyone else's son or daughter go through it. They had to stick a tube down his nose to his stomach and pump the formula out. Well, the first tube they used wasn't big enough and they couldn't get the formula out. So they had to take that tube out and put a bigger one down. Basically what this means is that we had to do it twice. I was holding his legs and one doctor was holding his arms and head. Caleb screamed like I had never heard him scream before -- it was scared, mad, hurt all rolled into one. As he cried, I cried...I am telling you -- it was awful!! The only funny part was that they were giving him sugar water on his paci and he LOVED it! Every time he got some he would go "mmmmmmmmmmmmm!!" Too cute. The second tube got the formula out and Caleb eventually cried himself to sleep.

During the test, his stomach with the tube in it was on a TV screen in the room. I could see the barium in his stomach and see it flowing to something else (I didn't go to med school). Whatever it was flowing to was where it was supposed to do, and so the doctor was happy. They found NOTHING wrong with Caleb. So, after all that, we now know that Caleb has really bad reflux. She did say that since he has a bit of a cold that the extra drainage can make the reflux worse. I think it is safe to say that it did. Caleb was asleep before we even got out of the hospital. He was worn out, and so was mommy!!!!!!!

I am very glad we went and now know that nothing is internally wrong with Caleb, but getting to this point was horrible. I don't ever want to do that again. The hospital was wonderful, but I don't ever want to go back there either. There were children all over the place with tubes and wires all over them. Some of the babies were younger than Caleb. I said many, many prayers last night for those babies and their parents. Wow...

One awesome thing that did happen yesterday was that Caleb rolled over from tummy to back 3 times at the hospital. He was so shocked and proud of himself!!! When we got home he was over it and wouldn't perform for daddy. Oh well -- maybe this weekend!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Caleb's new tricks

Caleb is growing and changing so much everyday. As a mom it is so much fun to see it happen before my eyes. Some of Caleb's new tricks are reaching and grabbing his toys, "marching" in the bathtub, holding onto toys and shaking them and trying to roll over. Here are few pictures of my boy and some of his tricks.....

Reaching for his toys...he loves when they light up and sing to him...



Holding his keys. He had just gotten done shaking them and laughing as they made noise. In this picture he is also watching football. He LOVES football!



Grandmommy gave Caleb a tummy turtle for Christmas to help with his "love" (insert sarcasm here) of tummy time. He actually LOVES it! He get so excited and kicks and sits up!



He LOVES looking at Daddy!!



This is a video of a typical bath with Caleb. He now LOVES baths! He gets excited when he hears the water starting. The legs start going and they don't stop until bath time is over. In the past week, Caleb has learned how to splash (or maybe just kick harder), and so mommy gets soaked every time we bathe! Please excuse my voice -- I have a sinus infection!
video

This weekend we also met up with one of my old friends, Melissa Greene Keel. Melissa and I grew up together (literally), got married on the same day (not together) and now have babies that are a month and half apart. Here is Caleb with his new buddy, Brody.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Goodbye 2008, hello 2009!!!!!!

Happy New Year to each of you!!! 2008 has been a very memorable and exciting year for the Andersons. We have been so blessed this past year. Here is our year in pictures...

We got pregnant...


We celebrated Easter with my family...


We went to Hawaii with Michael's family...

Michael and me at Pearl Harbor



Mary Evelyn and me at the luau



Grant (Michael's brother) decided it would be fun to dislocate his shoulder on Day 4 of our 9 day vaca...this is the day he did it. He was on some serious drugs...



Did I mention that I was 25 weeks preggo when we went? Not the most ideal time to take a 9 hour flight!


We cheered on the dawgs...this was not a highlight



We lost my cousin, Margee...she is healthy and whole now...



This is most of my first cousins, some aunts, uncles and in-law's at Margee's funeral. This may sound weird, but this many of us are usually never together, so when we are, we take a picture...I am number 17 out of 18 grandchildren....



And last, but NOT least, we brought Caleb Michael Anderson into the world...

1 day old



we didn't get much sleep in the beginning, and this is what happened...



Daddy and Caleb...



Mommy and Caleb...



And the most important thing that happened to us this year was that we became our own family...



We hope 2009 blesses each of you in a very special way. We know we will have many exciting times this year and can't wait to share them with you!