Saturday, July 19, 2014

Annual San Antonio Trip

This past Thursday morning, we headed to San Antonio for our annual trip with Noni.  This year it was a little shorter because of a business trip for Kelly, but we packed in as much as we could in three short days!  We had to have dinner at Casa Rio on the Riverwalk the first night...it is our tradition.  Hudson and Noni waiting for a table...
 Hudson learned a little about Texas history this past year, so he was interested in going to the Alamo.  It was dark after dinner, but we walked over to see it.
 Holden was delirious at the Alamo.  Sweet boy.
 Friday morning we arrived at what I am convinced is Hudson's favorite place on earth...Sea World!  He asked us this year if we could move to San Antonio so we could have season passes to Sea World.  Ummmm, NO!
They changed the entrance...no more whales to great you, but this sign instead.
 Our family.  
 Daddy and Hudson petting dolphins.
 Kelly snapped this picture of the boys and I watching the Sea Lion show.  Holden really seemed to be watching it...so funny!
 Then, I snapped this one at Azul.  Right after this, Holden fell asleep on Kelly and slept through the rest of the show and while walking around.  Poor baby was exhausted.
 I had to throw in a Shamu pic!
 We stayed at Sea World all day and made sure to see every show and every exhibit.  It was the PREFECT day...it was actually overcast and in the 80's all day.  CRAZY for July!!  We really could not have asked for a better day.  The next morning, we got up and headed for this wild place:
 It was the strangest place.  It had these lion "cubs" which seemed huge to me!
 There were peacocks and chickens just roaming around.  They also had a camel, zebras, hyenas, mountain lions, ground hogs, otters, and many other animals.  Such a unique variety.
 Oh, and did I mention snakes??  LOTS AND LOTS of snakes!!!!!  We watched a show about snakes and then Daddy and Hudson got to pet this python.  YUCK!

 These were the only reptiles I enjoyed...how cute are these baby turtles?!?
 Holden wasn't very excited about the snakes either.



Hudson and Daddy feeding these bearded dragons worms.  Again, YUCK!
 Then, this happened...
 One of the workers came out with a snake named Jake and Hudson wanted to hold it.  What?!?  I couldn't believe it.  He didn't hesitate...just walked right up and asked for it to be put around his neck.  Crazy kid!!
Even though it was a little shorter, we had an AMAZING trip!!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Little Golfer

Hudson went to his first day of golf camp today, so I snapped this picture before he left.  I seriously melted when I downloaded it.  I don't know when my first baby got SO BIG!!  He looks so grown up to me in this picture.  Love this cutie!

4 Months Already!!

This little cutie turned 4 months today!  Time is flying by so fast I can hardly believe it.  He had his well check today and got his dreaded shots.  Poor baby did not like them AT ALL!  :(  Dr. Smith told me that he has completely caught up already both developmentally and physically from being premature.  Yea!!  Sweet boy is a little chunk and is already in the 50% for weight.  I looked back at Hudson's 4 month stats and he weighed less, but was 3/4 an inch taller.  I joked with Dr. Smith that Hudson might be my long and lean son (he has NEVER been in the 50% for weight!) and Holden might be my short, stalky son.  Only time will tell!
Holden is still such a cuddle bug...I LOVE it!!  He loves to "talk" and will smile away at you if you are in range.  It is hard to get a picture of though because he goes into a trance when I pull out my camera.  He just stares and stares at it.  I need him to get over this SOON because it is making my life difficult.  Ha!  His reflux continues to be really bad, so he is still sleeping at a 30 degree angle and still has a hard time with tummy time because of it too.  He starts his vital stim therapy next week for the aspiration.  I'm dreading it, but am hopeful that it will help.  He doesn't get to start rice cereal until he has completed 2 weeks of vital stim, so pictures of that will come later.  He is such a joy and I can't wait to see his personality continue to shine through!!



LOVE this little guy!!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The 4th of July

This year instead of heading to the lake for the 4th, we went to Paw-Paw and Nana's house.  With Holden and Luke being so little combined with really low lake levels, everyone thought it would be best to stay at the house.  I took Hudson to meet Nana the Wednesday before so he got some one on one time with them before the weekend.  He LOVED it!!  Kelly, Holden, and I went up late Thursday night so we could get in the entire day on Friday.  Friday morning we loaded up and went to the Oklahoma City Zoo.  They had some really neat things there that our zoo doesn't have.  While Daddy and Hudson were feeding catfish (YUCK!), Holden got to relax in the shade with Paw-Paw and Nana.

 There are peacocks just walking around the zoo.  Crazy!
 I didn't get a picture, but they had a stingray pool where Hudson was able to pet stingrays.  How cool is that?  Then, they had a small Sea World type show with sea lions and seals.  Holden sat on Paw-Paw's lap and watched the entire show.  TOO CUTE!!!!


 Chatting with Paw-Paw after the show.  :)
 On Saturday, the entire family came over.  We spent most of the afternoon swimming and just enjoying family time.  It was wonderful!  Here is Aunt Fern with Hudson and Holden.  She was one happy camper.  :)
 Hudson wore Paw-Paw out having races in the pool.

While we were getting ready to leave, I caught this sweetness...Paw-Paw was singing and talking to Holden.  They were definitely having a moment.  :)


It was a wonderful, relaxing weekend!

Monday, June 16, 2014

3 Months

I can't believe this sweet baby is already 3 months old!!  He has had an eventful past month that wasn't fun at times, but things are much better.  At his two month appointment I was telling his doctor that I was worried about how fussy he was all the time and how he didn't seem very happy and wasn't smiling much.  At the time she thought it was mainly due to his horrible reflux and changed his medicine again. She scheduled and Upper GI where it was confirmed that he has severe reflux and we also learned that he is aspirating a little bit when he swallows. Then, the following week while changing his diaper, I discovered blood in it.  I panicked!!  I immediately called the doctor while trying not to cry and after making an appointment my phone rang and it was our sweet pediatrician personally calling me.  She told me that the blood meant he had a milk protein allergy and I was to immediately stop eating all dairy and soy.  She then said it would take about 2 weeks to get out of his system, but that he should feel much better after that. She said that explained why he was so fussy and didn't seem happy.  Poor baby had an upset tummy constantly.  :(  Well, I quickly learned that diary and soy is in EVERYTHING, but I cut it out immediately.  He didn't seem to be getting any better and then I found blood again...TWICE.  So, our pediatrician referred us to a pediatric gastroenterologist.  She told me to cut out all beef and to also check my prenatal vitamins for soy.  Sure enough...SOY in my vitamins.  Seriously??  After cutting out beef and changing vitamins, we have a NEW, HAPPY BABY BOY!  HOORAY!!!  It was a long road, and this mama is eating pretty much a Paleo diet, but it is SO worth it to see his precious smile!  Most babies grow out of this allergy around 8-10 months and it doesn't mean that he will be lactose intolerant.  I'm already making a list of all the things I'll eat when I'm able to.  Ha!  
Here are a few pics of my sweet boy:
  
 THAT HAIR!!!!  :)
 Hudson got in on the action to see if he could make him smile.
 This picture cracked me up...he looks so DONE with pictures.  :)
 I only got this one, crooked smile this time around.

 Today I thought I would snap a few pics of his favorite things...one is "talking" to me after he eats.  I could seriously bottle him up!
 He absolutely LOVES his playmat!!  He didn't like the Baby Einstein one we had for Hudson, but after laying him on Luke's while we were in Oklahoma and seeing how much his face lit up, I immediately went out and bought the one that Luke had.  Best money ever spent...he loves it!

 The thing that he does love that Hudson loved also is this swing!  It is also my lifesaver because he will happily swing while I take a shower and get ready every day.  :)
So blessed that this sweet, crazy haired boy has completed our family!!  Love him!!