Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Parker saw her new pediatrician today for her four month check up. She is doing great! She weighs 15 lbs 1 oz and is already 25 inches long! Amazing - she is going to be tall! The doctor didn't hear her heart murmur anymore so that is a good sign - we'll see the cardiologist at the end of the month for a follow up. It was shot day - three in her legs and some oral drops. Scott held her and she did great - much better than the two month go around.

The doctor also said that Parker could begin eating cereal anytime, and start some baby foods in about a month if she did okay with the cereal. With hopes that she would sleep a little longer at night we tried it right away. I'm not sure how she liked it - she ate some but I think most of it ended up on her bib and face! She fussed a little after but I'm guessing either her stomach just wasn't used to it or she was tired. Here are some pictures -


Thursday, August 6, 2009


Parker after waking mom and dad up at 5 a.m. - she went back to sleep at 7:30!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


A week after checking out of the hospital, Parker is back to herself! It is obvious she is feeling much, much better! She is laughing and talking up a storm and practicing her new tricks - rolling over and pulling her feet up to her mouth.

Unofficially, at almost 4 months old Parker weighs 13 pounds and is 24 inches long - she is going to be tall! We are so lucky that our little girl is happy and healthy! Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Let me start by saying Parker has been released and she is at home doing much, much better. I am going to try and keep this short.

Monday morning Parker was not being her usual happy self, but Scott and I both brushed it off as she was just tired. Well, we were wrong. I called daycare about 10 a.m. to check on her and they said she had a temperature of 101 and I needed to come get her. I immediately called the pediatrician's office and let them know that Parker needed to be seen that day. They said they were too busy - I told them that was too bad and that we were coming in. Finally, they said to come at 3:30 and we would just have to wait. Well, we got there at 3, finally saw the doctor at 5:25 and were sent to the Children's Hospital ER at 5:35. Good thing I was persistent in getting us in. The doc was concerned about her high temp, but mostly because her soft spot was swollen (and I mean bulging!). After calling Scott to meet us there, we headed next door to the hospital to wait to be seen. After about 45 minutes, the triage nurse called us in. Parker's temp had spiked to 104. Scott said to the nurse, "what happens at 105? that's where the chart stops?" Obviously we were a little freaked out. After the nurse, they put us in an urgent care room and we saw two of the ER docs. They to were concerned. So, they did a full blood work up - 5 viles of blood they drew and a full urine work up. They had to prick her three times to get a vein that worked, draw the blood, then insert the IV. Watching that was the hardest thing Scott and I have done yet - it was awful to see her in so much pain. Then they used a catheter to get the urine. And, finally, the worst part - they did a spinal tap. The doctors - the pediatrician and the two ER docs - were concerned about menengitis. Scott and I were not allowed to stay in the room for the spinal but you could tell from her swollen eyes that it was hard on her. Finally, about 9 or 10 p.m. we were taken to our room. They started Parker on antibiotics just in case it was menengitis, and those continued around the clock. It was a really rough first night - I think mom only slept for an hour.

We ended up staying for two nights and were released this afternoon. They are still unsure what is wrong with her - she still has a fever - but they have pretty much rulled out the menengitis. Our pediatrician released her, but the hospital was a little hesitant to let her go since she was still running a fever. After much debate, Scott and I felt like she would be more comfortable with the IV out of her arm and at home in her own bed. So we brought her home this afternoon. We'll continue giving the tylenol to attempt to control the fever and hope that she gets the rest she needs. If not, we'll be quick to take her back to the hospital. We see the doctor for a follow up and the final results of the spinal tap on Friday morning so hopefully after that we'll be totally in the clear.

For now though, she is slowly showing signs of getting/feeling better. Papa (my dad - who drove down in a panic Monday night) will head home tomorrow and Suzy (Scott's mom - who drove in Tuesday afternoon) will stay indefinitely since I have to go out of town on Saturday for four days. We'll keep you posted but please keep Parker in your thoughts.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Parker rolled over!

Yes, she did! She actually rolled over... I couldn't believe it. She tried for a while and finally pushed herself over - she went from her back to her tummy, which I think might be backwards. I think they say usually babies go tummy to back first, but who knows!

She is laughing and talking (well, not really but you know) up a storm. I picked her up from daycare yesterday and she was laughing out loud - it was the cutest thing! Unfortunately her sleeping habits STINK! Daycare has really done a number on that - we are back to being up twice a night! YUCK! So, that said, I better try and get some sleep while she's out! She's growing like a weed - I'll post more pics soon!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Parker's first day at daycare

Well, today was finally the day. I dropped Parker off at daycare this morning for a trial run. I go back to work tomorrow and wanted to see how she did for a few hours before leaving her for a full day. I think it was much harder on me than her! I did hold it together until I got to the car, but I cried for sure. It's sad leaving your child with strangers!

I dropped her off about 8:30 and picked her up around 2:30. When I left her she was happy and smiling, playing in the bouncy chair. I tried to keep my mind on other things, I hit the gym, got a manicure and did some much needed shopping for new work clothes and shoes (who knew your shoes wouldn't fit anymore after having a baby!)... of course I thought of her the whole time! And every time I heard a baby cry I felt guilty! So, I went to pick her up. And of course, she was fine! Asleep in fact... she didn't even want to wake up for mommy!

The teachers are great and everyone is super nice so Scott and I both have plenty of confidence that Parker's in good hands while we're at work. That said, we'll see how tomorrow goes when I have to be away from her for a full day!