Wednesday, April 24, 2013

14 Month Old Mia

I'm sitting here watching Mia dance to "Next to Me" by Emeli Sande. She comes alive when music is turned on! She dances her heart out. She is going to be our little dancer and singer. Always keepin a beat or stretching. 

I love how she squeals when she tries on my necklaces and looks at herself in the mirror. She thinks shes the cutest thing in the world- and I agree :) 

She loves to copy other people. If you clap, she claps. She will try to scrub the floor with a sock if she sees me cleaning. If I tell her no, she tells me no. If I talk on my phone, she gets her play phone and pretends to be talking to someone. She has learned to shut doors.. So she will go in her room, shut the door, and knock on the door till I come get it. She thinks its so funny! 

When she sees a kitty (whether it be tv, a picture, or in real life) she gets really excited and says "Kitty!!!" She points to it and puts all her attention to it. Grandpa Clark is apparently wanting to get a kitten, so if he does, Mia will be their new best friend. :) 

We just packed up all the 3-6 month carters pajamas. She has been wearing them forever. Shes just a tiny little thing- still weighing in at just 17 pounds. She was 30 inches, but she seems like shes grown a lot in length lately, so we will find out next month how tall she is. She is in size 3 diapers, sixe 9-12 clothes, and just received her 5th haircut. (I added some layers.. it was just so wild all over the place.) 

She has officially had her first big owie- the burn. We met up with the burn clinic again yesterday, and LUCKILY- no surgery is needed! We will need to work with her hand/fingers every day doing stretches to make sure she can still use it properly. We go back in 3 weeks to make sure it wont scar too bad. So So grateful that surgery wasn't needed. 

She has 10 teeth, 2 of them being top molars. 

She eats anything. We recently introduced raisins  and she seems to like those! She LOVES spaghetti and LOVES eggs. She still takes two naps (occasionally.) Each nap is about an hour and a half long, or if she just takes one, sometimes its 2 or 3 hours. 

She loves strangers (uh-oh) and will say hi to anyone and everyone.. especially if they are other little babies or kids. She loves to be passed around and be held by anyone.. including strangers. We were at the doc this last week and she would NOT come to me. She only wanted the nurse! The nurse was happy but I was like.. shoot! This girl has to learn some stranger danger hahaha. At least she's easy to leave with a babysitter. 

She loves to play peek-a-boo. Shes so good at it and will just giggle. She also loves swinging. We have a swing here at our place and we go on it almost every day. It makes her so happy. She is terrible at church. She wont sit on my lap. Wont sit on Kevin's lap. Just wants to get down and crawl around and talk to people. This last week a friend here in my new ward took her half way through R.S. to Nursery. I guess her daughter was in there so she went to check on her and decided to take Mia. They stayed in there the rest of the time and Mia had a great time. Played well with the other kids, loves the bubbles, and colored a picture! 4 more months till shes in there.. I wish it could be sooner. Haha. 

She is by far the most busy child I have ever met in my life. I have never heard another child her age jabber as much as her, or move or want to talk to strangers like her. She is certainly a fun child with so much personality. She is a spunky beautiful ball of energy! I hope this next baby is calm. Otherwise I might loose my mind! 

She started saying "MiMi" for grandma this last week. She sure loves it when her grandmas come to visit. 

She is starting into the independent stage. She wants to help me with the dishes and feed herself and do everything on her own.... except for walk. 

Walk child, walk!! She is so close. She takes about 5 steps at a time, a million times a day. She walks like a hung over/drunken sailor. Its so funny. She stands up in the middle of the room without help and will stand for a long time.. So we are hoping she will start walking within the next month. People keep telling me its worse when they walk, but I dont think they know how fast my child is at crawling. I honestly dont think it will be any different. Shes already so busy. A little bit more busy wont make a difference. Maybe it will be easier for me.. I wont have to carry her everywhere. 

She loves to eat breakfast with daddy and sit on his lap to watch a show. She refuses to sit on my lap for a show, but will do so with Kevin. She gets so excited when he gets home and the minute she hears the door open, she crawls over to it because she knows daddy is home. So grateful to have him home in the mornings/for lunch! 

I just can't believe shes 14 months. It seems like yesterday I was just taking her for her 2 week check up at the doctor. We sure do love her and can't wait to see what stage she starts in next. So far each stage has been fun (besides the colic one...) and I know she will just be a fun toddler! 

Love you Mia Girl! 
xoxo, mommy

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Burn details

All About Mia's Burn:

A week ago, I was making roasted red potatoes in the oven. The oven was set at 450 degrees, and I was washing dishes while Mia was playing with the pots in the drawer under the oven. All the sudden, I hear her cry, and I thought she maybe just smashed her finger. But oh no- it was a burn. A bad burn. I picked her up and felt down where she was playing and it was HOT. SUPER hot. I had no idea it could get hot down there, because at our old place it never got hot underneath. I ran her fingers under cold water immediately and she just cried and cried. Instantly it was blistered huge, and I cried too. I kept it un-bandaged to let the heat escape- but the next day I got worried it would get an infection. So I called my pediatric office and they said they wanted to see it. 

Luckily, there is a doctor there, Ruth, who worked in the ER for 30 years and specializes in burns. She saw Mia and she was such an amazing doctor! So gentle and knowledgeable. She said they were 2nd degree burns but one of them was almost a 3rd degree. She peeled off the blisters  and saw that the one that was almost a 3rd degree had burned a capillary. So, it was bleeding a bit. Because of that, she wanted to see Mia again the next day to change the dressing herself and check on the progress of it. 

The next day we went back and Ruth changed the dressing again, but her finger was still bleeding. So she wanted us to come back again the next day, but she was going to be out of town so we would have to see our normal doctor- Dr. Davis. We went back the next day and Dr. Davis changed the dressing and said it looked good enough that I could change the dressing myself from then on. I would have to change it once a day for about 2 weeks. No getting it wet. 

So, home we went, and I changed it myself on Sat, Sunday, and Monday. 

Saturday, Mia got sick and did not sleep more than 15 minutes at a time that night. Same thing Sunday. Monday comes and I just could not do another night like that, so I listened to my mommy instincts and took her to the after hours clinic. She had a double ear infection! Poor girl. What a rough few weeks she was having...

Then, yesterday comes along. My mother in law came and took Mia for the day so I could get some rest and 'regroup'. When they brought her back, I decided to take off her dressing and change it while Reva and Carl were there. (her grandparents). I took off the dressing and could not believe my eyes. The burns looked terrible. one of the fingers was purple, and cold to the touch, and really tight and firm. I figured I just bandaged it too tight. I decided to let it air out for a few hours and see if the color returned. I went to my ward R.S. activity and there is a nurse in my ward that I asked her what I should do. She said to take Mia in. 

So, I called Kevin home from work to take us in. We had an appointment at 9pm last night at our pediatric office and luckily Ruth was there to do it! When Ruth saw it she said it looked a lot worse. It had a secondary infection in the tissues- a Staph infection. Dang it! She also had a reaction to the tape we were using and the Bacitracin onintment, so she got some more little blisters on her hand. She cleaned it really good, put some silver shield on it, and decided to give Mia a shot of Rocephin in her leg. That is an antibiodic that will help with her ear infection as well as the infection. She wanted us to stay for a half an hour after the shot to make sure Mia didn't have a reaction to it. She said in her 30 years of giving that medicine, shes only seen 2 kids have a reaction to it, but the reaction was bad.  They gave her a sucker, and we stayed till about 10 and watched Wreck it Ralph while we were waiting. She fell asleep in Kevin's arms, and luckily didn't have a reaction. The nurse was concered that Mia might have croup too- because her pesky cough she had for 3 months came back! UGH. So we will have the doc determine that today as well. The doctor said I didnt do anything wrong as far as dressing it- and that probably the reason she got a staph infection was because it was still oozing pus and blood a week later, which isn't always normal after that much time. 

Now we are headed back to her office this morning around 10:45 to get the dressing changed again and check to see if it improved at all. We will get further instructions from there. 

I am so grateful for mommy instincts and great doctors and modern medicine! The poor girl slept through the night last night, and each time I got up to use the bathroom she hadn't moved an inch. She was out cold. We woke up much happier today, and we are hoping she makes a quick recovery!! Please remember to keep our sweetie in your prayers. 

Here is what her burn looked like on the 3rd day. 

And here is what it looked like yesterday (the 7th day.)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sicky baby

Mia girl is sick... again. Double ear infection. And cold. Along with her poor burns on her fingers. At least she wants to snuggle....

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Move and other updates

Kevin and I finally moved to Orem on April 3rd. We are LOVING our new place! Not only do we have more space, but our neighbors are great, the neighborhood is super quiet, and we aren't living in the ghetto anymore.. :) 

Our new place is over 1000 sq feet, has 2 bed, 1 bath, a huge living room, (seriously double the size of our last one), HUGE closets, a seperate laundry room, a nice kitchen with a dishwasher, plenty of space to cook and store things in cupboards, a front and back entrance, and a fenced in area with a swing set/playground and picnic table. We only pay $650 which is 75 more than what we paid before. I have made quick friends with my upstairs neighbor Emily, and her kids who are just the cutest things in the world. 

We weren't going to be able to go to our new ward until next week because we had a baby blessing to go to this weekend, but Mia got sick so we had to stay home. Kevin stayed home with her while I went across the street to church. Mia had literally been up ALL night long crying and I needed a break out of the house haha. I was so impressed with our ward. SO many people came and introduced themselves. The Relief Society Presidency (ALL OF THEM) came up to me after sacrament to introduce themselves. There are lots and lots of older people in the ward, but all the old ladies are super spunky from what I can tell and I am in love with the family feel of this ward. I already feel so welcome and the bishop even already read our records in during sacrament. He's on the ball! We met our bishop the day we moved in- he saw us moving in and came over to ask if we needed help. What a nice man. There is an activity tomorrow that I can't wait to go to, and apparently once a month they do 'lunch bunch' where anyone who can come comes to the church and brings a lunch item to share. They just have fun and visit and share lunch. I am excited to go to that. 

All the moving and stress of it has finally caught up to me and I am seriously just exhausted. I could nap all day and still be tired. Luckily Mia is still taking two naps a day so I usually get at least one nap. Or try to. She is ALMOST walking!!! She took 4 steps yesterday, and 4 steps today too. She stands without holding on to anything all the time, we are just patiently waiting for her to walk. I honestly thought she would be walking by her first birthday. I think she has kinda gotten off sleep schedule since we moved because shes been waking up at night a few times in the last two weeks. Its been rough on Kevin and I both, and we can't wait till she gets back into habit of sleeping through the night. She burned her hand pretty bad here on our oven. I cried and cried. I have never been so sad for her! She has had to go to the doctor all last week every day to get the extra skin taken off, and the bandage changed. She burned a capillary on her finger so it kept bleeding. Its finally healing well though so I can change the dressing myself.. which is a pain when you have a child that doesn't sit still! ;) 

Little Mister in my belly is fast growing. My belly is getting big, although I am still 10 pounds under what I started at! He is definitely lower than Mia was, and thats causing lots of discomfort. But I am more than half way there, and the throwing up is down to about once a week now, so I will be just fine! He looks great in ultrasounds and his heart sounds great. I am 24 weeks now and just so anxious to meet this little boy. I am so excited that we will have a girl and boy as part of our little family. 

Kevin is working so hard in school and getting good grades as always. He makes me so proud. I feel so lucky to have him as my eternal companion and the father of our children. He is amazing in every way. 

Well, thats a lil update on us. What's up in your neck of the woods? 


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