Thursday, November 26, 2009

rash pics (some partial nudity)

sorry for the tushie shots, i tried to sensor as much as possible, but here is "the rash". i took lowell into the doctor today & he just placed him on 5mL of benadryl every 6 hours.. he said its not contagious and should go away within a few days.. let's hope so! :)

CLICK TO ENLARGE PICS TO SEE THE RASH CLOSER..





Tuesday, November 24, 2009

hives.. rash..??

I have no idea what is going on with Lowell lately but his body has broken out with a hive-ish type rash. I will have to take pictures tomorrow & post them & see what any of you guys think it possibly could be..?? the only thing we have really changed is his nebulizer treatments.. the albuterol he used to take was a lower dose & he hasnt taken any albuterol in months so I was thinking maybe he is having a reaction to the new albuterol??? I'm going to call the advice nurse tomorrow, when we went in on Monday for a re-check doctor appointment I pointed them out to the doctor & he said it could be an allergic reaction to the albuterol.. but nothing to be worried about... but since then they have gotten 3 times worse :/ so I'm not sure if the rash is what he thought it was.. Hmmm.. but on the positive side of things his oxygen levels were 99% and his broncitis is getting better, the doctor only heard a little bit of wheezing when Lowell breathed out.. anyways hopefully we can get down to the bottom of this rash soon.

ohhh and after his doctor appointment on monday we took him down to my mom's work to see the dentist, because on sunday he bumped his mouth pretty bad & was bleeding everywhere (i have no idea how or what he did, all i know is he was in his crib). I felt horrible, the older he gets the more unsafe I think his crib is (is that normal..??) Anyways, he tore his Frenum & managed to get his right front tooth a little loose. They said its nothing to worry about and it's common in children because their nerves are the size of a strand of hair and can break easily causing their tooth to become loose. I just have to watch and see if his tooth becomes darker or if somehow it becomes infected.. he's on a soft diet for a few more days to help his tooth to get better. we can only hope for the best, i'm pretty positive everything will be ok though.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Bronchitis? :/

Last night was a REALLLLY bad night for Lowell :( He started to have a cough, and as the wee hours of the morning came it just got worse.. As soon as I was able I got myself & Lowell dressed & out the door to the peds office up here in Paradise. We were in there office @ 830 waiting for an appointment to check his oxygen level... I could definitely tell he wasn't breathing 100%... They got him in REALLY quickly.. but made us wear masks.. needless to say Lowell only kept his on for about 5 mins before he realized he could take it off.. His sats read 94% (which isnt as bad as I thought) but the doctor said he is beginning to get bronchitis... are you serious??? :( I was soo bummed when I heard him say that!! I thought we were going to go ALL WINTER without Lowell being sick... guess I set my hopes a little too high. So ever since 9am I have been routinely been giving Lowell Nebulizer treatments... the office gave me a new pediatric mask that we have never used before & it works AMAZING!!! Lowell has never fussed during all the neb treatments he had today (hes gotten 2 treatments that were about 15 min long, & 2 treatments that were about 5 min long), he just sat there patiently & didn't even move until they were finished... I am soooo proud!! he is such an amazing kid! he also took a 3 1/2 hour nap & a 2 hour nap.. guess his body needed the rest since he didnt get much last night. Hopefully tonight is a better night & we can get through it without too many wake-ups. I just KNOW how I get when he gets sick within his lungs, I wake up atleast 3 or 4 times & go to his crib & check to make sure he is breathing.. I am soo afraid of him not being able to breathe while he's sleeping...

well prayers & positive thoughts are greatly needed right now, I just hope he gets over this quickly & it doesn't effect him for long... love you all & will keep you posted on his progress :)


Look at my poor child.. :(

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

18 month check up

Yesterday was Lowell's 18 month check up... he did amazing & only had to get one shot.. YAY!! He is 21lb 10oz & 31 1/4 inches.. he's getting so big!

We ended up taking him into the peds office up here in Paradise so he stayed on top of his vaccines... although I have to admit walking into the office I felt like we were in quarantine... there was no one in the waiting room, everyone was outside the office in a different waiting area, wearing masks... I had my hand sanitizer handy & used it mutiple times while there.. I honestly felt like we were at a pure sick child clinic & shouldn't have even been there with Lowell being so healthy.. I definitally gave myself a silent 'high-five' that Lowell has managed to not get sick the last 2 months that everyone around us have been sick (regular flu, swine flu, stomach viruses, etc).. I have yet to be sick either.... But after today I'm pretty sure it's going to bite me in the butt.. we were exposed to waaaay too many germs. :/ Well we can only hope for the best.... right?

(OF COURSE WE HAD TO TAKE PICS OF OUR FAVORITE DR OFFICE ROOM.. I LOVE THIS HUGE WALL PAINTING.. Oh & Lowell does too)








Thursday, November 12, 2009

CHANGING BLOG LINK

CHANGING BLOG LINK TO

MiracleLowell.blogspot.com


I'll be changing it within the next week... so SAVE the address!! :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

poem

stumbled across this poem i had found when Lowell was 1st born.. it is short, simple but sweet. enjoy~


Precious one,
So small,
So sweet

Dancing in
on angel feet
Straight from Heaven's
brightest star

What a miracle
you are!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

H1N1 SHOT

So I've been doing A LOT of research on the H1N1 flu shot. Lowell already has gotten the seasonal flu shot (last month) & I decided that today I would take him to the clinic our local high school was having to have him get his 1st dose of the H1N1 vaccine. But since there was a "limited amount" of shots (& a lot of the nasal spray) they were hesitant to give it to him a shot because they were wanting to do "school aged children", but I fought to say he NEEDS it & he got it! :) Now lets just hope the will have another clinic in a few weeks, or that his peds office will have the 2nd dose available for him! Wish us luck! :)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A little laughter never hurt anyone... ;)

Gosh I am soooo in love with this boy's adorable little face & charming sound of laughter! It is MUSIC to my ears! I guarantee this video will make you smile.... more than once! :)

~ENJOY~ (especially you great grammy bee)

oh btw he is laughing at Mark's nephew Bryce... Lowell absolutely LOOOOVES Bryce. This laughing uncontrollably happens everytime the boys are together!

LOWELL IS WALKING!! (& Halloween pics)

I'm sure some of you have heard the news that LOWELL IS WALKING!! He started walking all on his own on the 15th of October. It started out with about 5-10 steps, and now he can walk all over the house without falling down, its amazing what 2 1/2 weeks can do! :) It is so great to watch him walk all on his own.. I told myself I thought he would start walking before or by Halloween & my prediction & hope was right!! It was such fun to let him walk around in his costume, I thought he would have a hard time walking because his costume was bulky but he did so good!! here are some cute pics from Halloween... he was such a cute Monkey! We met up with my friend Amber, her son & husband at the local church up here, they have a huge harvest festival with bounce houses, games, cake walk, food, trick or treating (lined up cars that are all decorated neat... so its actually called trunk or treat), etc. It was tons of fun, I cant wait until Lowell gets older & he can enjoy more things!

I love this picture of Lowell & Landin!!
they love each other so much

Amber & I

The Monkey & The Boxer

Look at those baby blues... :)

Amber & I with our Boys.

Mark letting Lowell get some of his own goodies.


Lowell & I
(he was so entertained by everything else
we didnt get too good of pics, haha)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

my 1 1/2 year old

I CANNOT BELIEVE LOWELL IS 1 1/2 TODAY!!! BEFORE I KNOW IT HE WILL BE TWO!! :)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Monkey Shoot

I decided to get some pics of Lowell in his costume & invited my friend Shannon to bring her son Brayden since I knew they both were going to be Monkeys for Halloween & it would be cute to get them 2gether! :)





Wednesday, October 7, 2009

here comes the terrible two's..

Lately I've been thinking"the terrible twos" are starting to set in, with Lowell. Here's proof they are on their way... He does this whining all the time, especially when he doesn't get his way with something (such as hitting something/someone & not being able to do it over again). There is no more saying "Mama", now it's always "Mom".
video

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

testing his funny skills

his favorite thing to do when done in his high chair.. throw anything & everything down to the ground & say "ut-ohhh" once it hits the ground. haha
video

New Little Puppy!



Thursday I fell in love with this puppy (I saw a picture of him). Friday we went & got him & it wasn't until Sunday he FINALLY had a name! I have never had such a hard time coming up with a name (due to the fact naming Lowell was a given, because Mark wanted him named after him). But this little pups name is Jax! He is sooo cute!!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

FINALLY A STANDING PICTURE!



Not so clear but FINALLY PROOF LOWELL DOES STAND ON HIS OWN!! :) [you guys get to see it from 2 different picture views] He was playing w/Mark's Brother's Family dog & got so excited he was standing, laughing and clapping to the dog :) Super cute!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

5K WALK

Today we did the 5k walk in Bidwell Park (in Chico), with our Stroller Strides group of mommies. It was sooo much fun & was for a great cause (supporting heart desease research). In these pics are Lowell & I, my friend Amber & her son Landin, & my friend Cassie & her baby Nevaeh. :) Incase you all are wondering the 5K was 3.8 miles, we got done in just about an hour, woohoo go us!!



possible VIRUS

I guess there is a very bad virus going around that is hitting babies pretty bad right now. The symptoms seem to be a fever & a red dotted/rash type outbreak. Hmmm sound too familiar? I'm guessing this is what Lowell had, & he was one of the first children to get it so "they didn't know what it was or what to diagnose it as".

On Monday I am going to try & find a new ped. office to take Lowell to. Am I crazy to say, I am going to look in Sac for one? I honestly have thought really long & hard about it & what's the different if he is seen in Sacramento or Paradise? His ped. now can't even see him until a few days after I call to make an appointment so if I can get in the day I call or the next at an office in Sac I will be MORE THAN WILLING to drive an hour & a half.. Lowell's health is worth it to me. So any mom's in that area that have ped. suggestions please let me know. Also any good pulm. doctors because I have to ask for new referrals from Lowell's ped now for a pulm., because I have yet to get in anywhere & it's been too long for anywhere to now see if Lowell has a referral there (it's really mixed & messed up). On top of that any good ENT doctors?? Lowell has an aptmnt w/the ENT through our hospital at the end of Oct, but I'd rather him see someone is Sac & just make rounds for aptmnts for a Ped, Pulm & ENT doctor. :)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Evaluation with PIP

Lowell had an Evaluation through Parent Infant Program today. They assessed his development & social skills. They had him play with lots of different things, such as; place pegs in a peg board, take things in & out of a can (acknowledging in & out), try & match objects (mainly a circle) into the correct shape designation on a board, etc. He showed them how he could stand on his own, clap his hands, say "ut-oh", "dada", etc etc etc. The list could literally go on.. I hopefully will get an evaluation on him & what they thought soon. :)


Tomorrow Lowell & I are going to join the Stroller Stride class that we workout with every week for a 5k walk supporting heart disease research. :) It's in Chico at Bidwell Park. I can't wait!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

1ST DAY OF FALL!

Today brought us the 1st day of fall. Lowell had a not so good start :(

Lowell woke up 5 times last night starting at 11pm,

11pm- I gave him his sippy cup with warm water & he fell back asleep.

1am- he cried until I gave into giving him his sippy WITH milk/formula (we are converting him over to milk so I do 3oz formula 2oz organic non-fat milk)

2am- he screamed & cried so I sadly gave into another sippy of milk

3am- I got up super quick when I heard a little peep & while being 1/2 asleep gave him another sippy of water.

4AM- THIS WAS THE BREAKING POINT!! I was def. ready to PULL MY HAIR OUT when I heard him cry!! I tried to keep my cool, but living in a studio you hear every little move & sound your child makes, sometimes is enough to drive you nuts because when they don't sleep good, neither do you.. Anyways I waited and waited because I didn't want him to know I was awake, he had a total tantrum for 30 mins before I found myself completely upset am crying myself. I kept on telling him to "lay back down" & he would, but would not calm down, he would get back up on his knees and cry, i would proceed to tell him to "lay down" & then he started hitting his head into the side of his crib.. I couldn't take it any longer & picked him up & cried holding him! How do mommies deal with letting their babies cry themselves to sleep to break the habit of waking up at night?? I can't do it!! I really need help!! He cuddled in bed with Mark & I for 10 minutes & he was almost asleep & content until he balled like he was starving, I don't know how wrong I am for doing this but I gave him ANOTHER bottle of this time just straight formula & put him back in his bed. He then slept until 745.

All day today he had a tummy ache, I'm not sure if he all of a sudden isn't handling milk well or what, but he got a handful more of diaper changes than he typically does. He also is SUPPPPER emotional and moody about everything. :( Great Gma Bee is up from Southern California, so I'm very bummed he has been such a pain in the rear... hopefully he will feel better tomorrow so she can see more his laughing, lovable side! :)

On the bright side he started to blow a whistle today :) & knows how to get off the couch/bed by himself!!! (which is scary, because he doesn't know how to do it everytime he wants down). He says "dada" & "mama" in reference to us as well. He is growing up so fast!!

Oh & I completely forgot to blog about it but on the 13th of this month he starting STANDING ON HIS OWN, as in, he can be in the middle of the room with nothing around him & will just stand up!! That has got to be a major start to walking by himself!! :)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Ut-Oooh

I had to blog real quick about Lowell dismorning.. I had him on the diaper changer & was changing him, & he was holding a whistle (we have to give him distraction toys to get diaper changes done without struggle, haha) but he took the whistle that was in his hand & threw it on the ground & said "Ut-oooh"... I enjoyed it so much I made him drop it & repeat himself 4 times!! haha, I will have to get it on video and share it with you guys :)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

103 temp :(

Off & on all day today & yesterday Lowell has had a temp of about 103. :( I've been giving him Motrin & Tylenol & its been helping it come down to about 99-100. I've been giving him a bath about every 12 hours to cool him down as well. I was going to take him in to the ER because he can't keep his temp down but I am so dreadful of all the germs there!! I took him to prompt care on Thursday when all those bites/rashes were really swollen and red & they said "we cant do anything for you, these are just bug bites". Needless to say I was really really frustrated! Bug bites? Maybe the ones on his arms, head, legs, hands & feet, but NOT the one on his thigh. They told me "its because he itches that one too much". I don't believe that because he was wearing pants, with a band aid on the 2 areas for the whole day, on top of that I had him wearing long pj pants when he went to bed. Who knows, all I do know is now he is really cranky and has been fevering every few hours (when the meds wear off). Maybe he is teething & it has nothing to do with all these bites? All I do know is if hes not better by tomorrow, we are going to have to be seen by a dr. :/

Friday, September 18, 2009

"DUE DATE" BDAY CAKE

I FINALLY FOUND THE CHIP TO MY MEMORY CARD THAT IS IN MY PHONE, SO I CAN POST THESE CUTE PICS FROM AUG 10TH. WE DID A "DUE DATE BDAY CAKE". LOWELL HAD FUN WITH IT. THE CAKE HAD SOME COOL YET FANCY CHOCOLATE THINGS ON TOP OF IT... BUT WAS SUCH A YUMMY CAKE. MARK WAS EXCITED TO EAT SOME OF IT ONCE LOWELL WAS DONE EATING & PLAYING IN IT. HAHA, WE TRIED TO KEEP HIS EXPLORING TO ONE SIDE. :) IT TOOK HIM A LITTLE BIT TO GET HIS HANDS IN THERE & GET MESSY, BUT HE FINALLY DID :)







(THE CAKE ALMOST FELL ON HIM WHEN WE SANG)