Tuesday, February 23, 2010

teething or growth spurt?

Peyton is doing great in the sleeping department - up to even 9.5 hours a night this weekend - but she has been a bear during the day the past 3 days! SO fussy! If she's not eating or being changed, she's crying. She doesn't seem to be eating more than usual...actually less yesterday, and she's been sucking on her hands constantly, which makes me think teething. Isn't 3 months kind of early though? I don't SEE anything coming in, but I guess we'll see what happens in the next few days.

Here are a couple of new pics as well...

Fist bumps for all!

Ridiculous how much she looks like Ben. Good thing I carried her or there may be questions. :o)

Monday, February 15, 2010


Baby B'Gosh Jeans!

Watching me dry my hair - "What is that Mom?"

Hammin' it up for Daddy.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

January recap

January was a month of up's and down's for us...

I went back to work on January 4th, after 5 weeks off. It honestly wasn't all that hard for me as much as I love spending time with Peyton. a.) It was only part time and b.) Ben's mom was watching Peyton at our house. I think it would have been way harder to drop her off at a daycare with a bunch of strangers.

A week after I went back to work I was offered a full-time position! This was GREAT new considering I had been working full time since June of 2009. Come to think of it, I don't even know if I mentioned the job in the first place. I am working as a graphic/web designer for Rivertowns Newspaper Group - mainly the River Falls Journal, Hudson Star Observer and the Pierce County Herald. I really like it and it's SO convenient working here in town.

On the 13th, Ben's grandfather passed away. This was his second grandparent in 6 weeks (his grandmother from the other side of the family passed two days after Peyton was born). So, Monday and Tuesday of the next week were spent at the wake and funeral.

Then, that Thursday, the 21st, our dog Raven passed away. She hadn't really been herself since we brought Peyton home from the hospital, but we kind of expected that since she was a dog that craved a lot of attention. At that point she didn't seem 'sick' though, just a little distant. Then we started noticing she wasn't eating as much, but still we just assumed she was a little depressed. Then a week or two before she passed she started having some diarrhea. This is when we knew there was something more serious going on. We took her to the vet and he ran some tests and said her white blood cell count was high so we knew she was fighting some sort of infection. He gave us amoxicillin and some deworming meds to try over the weekend. We also took a urine sample in on Saturday. Monday the vet called with the results and said her billirubin levels were high so he thought it was liver related. We then had him run a blood test, which for some reason he sent out rather than doing in-house and it was going to take two days instead of one. On the second day we called and the results were in but the doctor was not so we had to wait another day. Raven passed early the next morning. Looking at her the night before I just knew she was going to make it. It was seriously the saddest thing ever! I know to some people dogs are just animals, but ours have always been like our kids and she was only four years old - way too young to be taken from us. We still have no real answer as to how she died. The vet is pretty sure it was kidney and/or liver failure, but we have no idea what caused it. We had her cremated and got a really nice photo memorial box for her. Chase (our other dog) is doing well, but life just isn't the same without her. :o(

December recap

Okay, I'm back as promised (for the one or two of you who care, LOL)! Let's see...

The first couple of weeks of December are kind of a blur. Peyton was a little jaundice after leaving the hospital so we ended up taking her back in a couple of times to check her levels. One night with the Wallaby blanket did the trick though. My mom stayed with us for the first week, which was a huge help, even just to have someone to talk to at 2am when Peyton decided to scream for 3 hours straight.

We headed over to Oshkosh for Christmas to see my family. Peyton did great on her first long car ride and slept the entire way (4-5 hours). We only had to stop once to feed her (and us). I also mastered pumping in a moving vehicle. :) Thank goodness for my Udder Cover! While in Oshkosh, Peyton got to meet two of her Great Grandma's, her Grandpa Kitz, her Auntie Kyra and a few of my aunts, uncles and cousins.

Peyton with her Auntie Kyra

Peyton and Great-Grandma Ruth

The Sunday after Christmas Ben and I met some friends of ours at Lambeau Field in Green Bay (only a 45 minute drive from my mom's house) to watch the Pack take on the Seahawks. We had a ton of fun and plan to make it a yearly thing! Ben and I went by ourselves last year, which was a blast, but it was WAY more fun this year with friends! Here are a few pics from the day...GO PACK GO!

2 months old

Wow, I can't believe Peyton is two months old already (and that I haven't blogged in that long either - I promise for a recap of the past couple months later today)!

Peyton is now 11lbs., 8oz. (95th percentile), 23in. long (75th percentile) an her head is 39cm (55th percentile). Little chunk. :o)

According to the little checklist the doctor used for things she should be doing, she's right on track or even a little ahead of schedule. She's eating 4-5oz. per feeding now and with an exception here or there we have her sleeping from about 10 or 11pm to 6 or 7am. Success in my book!