Greta – Seven Months Old

Our Greta is 7 months old today.

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Our sweet Greta has become a clingy baby. She loves her Momma, and sometimes, only Momma. She’s pretty much always attached to my hip. She loves her brother and sister, and is the most fussy when they aren’t around. They definitely keep her entertained.

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She’s started to babble. She makes the sweetest noises, which Bowen and Nellie love. They swear she says Bubba, but I’m pretty sure it’s just ba ba.

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She’s had another month of sickness, although thankfully it was just a very runny nose and cough. She seems to be on the mend, and we think some of her congestion could have been teething.

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Height: 26 inches

Weight: 15 lbs 10 oz

Eating: Still breastfeeding on demand, and trying new foods everyday. She likes peas, carrots, squash, green beans, sweet potatoes, crackers, apples, and pancakes. I’m sure we’ll try even more this month.

Teeth: 1 finally popped through on the bottom. I can tell the one

Clothing: Some 3-6, some 6-12 and size 2 or 3 diapers

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Likes: mommy, bathtime (she seriously swims in the tub), sitting up to play

Dislikes: loud noises, the car seat, bedtime, being alone

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Moving: She’s sitting up on her own. She’ll occasionally flop over on her belly or fall back, but only when she’s being wild. She likes to roll to whatever it is that she wants.

Here’s a comparison from 6 months to 7 months.

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Here are Bowen, Nellie, and Greta at 7 months.

 

 

On to the next month.

Big Bad Whooping Cough

I’ve been considering sharing information about Greta’s diagnosis of Pertussis. I see so many people posting information on Facebook and Instagram about RSV, and most often they’re sharing to help other parents recognize symptoms or to remind people to stay home when they’re sick. Surprisingly, I’ve seen very little information about Pertussis other than the big bad woof commercials that urge the public to receive the vaccination booster. Here’s my Public Service Announcement.

At the beginning of August our Greta began coughing. Not just a barking cough, but almost like something was stuck in her throat. Baker and I would look at each other in worry during each coughing spell.

Those coughing spells became more and more frequent. I started to wonder if she may have silent reflux.

That weekend we went to a wedding and took Greta along since she was still sleeping all of the time. During the reception she had a coughing spell. The room full of rowdy wedding guests became absolutely silent. Everyone stopped to stare in worry. I knew then that something was very much wrong.

Baker and I decided to call the pediatrician’s office first thing Monday morning. We expressed our concerns and they told us to come in immediately. I had videoed Greta’s coughing to show the doctor, just in case she didn’t cough while we were there. Thankfully, Greta’s lungs sounded clear and our doctor tested her for RSV and Pertussis. We were sent home with precautionary antibiotics to treat for Pertussis, but thought that the test would most likely be negative since the doctor didn’t seem too worried.

I decided to go home to my parent’s house after Greta’s appointment on Monday. I wasn’t sleeping at night because I was so worried and Greta was sleeping on my chest, not to mention I had two other children to care for. We watched and worried as Greta’s coughing seemed to get worse.

I think it’s worth noting that it takes a lot for me to go to the doctor or hospital (I showed up at the hospital nearly ready to push (8 cm) with my last baby). I’m not one to take my kiddos in for every sickness, as I feel some things need to run their course. But this was scary and we called the pediatrician’s office numerous times after her tests in worry. They’d advise us to take her to the hospital if we felt the coughing was worse, but our nerves would calm as her coughing spell would end, and we’d talk ourselves out of going to the nearest ER.

Late Friday night our pediatrician called. Greta’s culture was positive for Pertussis. Our pediatrician urged us to take her to a hospital for observation. We packed our things and headed for home to take her to a local hospital. Our pediatrician warned us that she may need to be ventilated and possibly flown to a hospital better equipped to care for infants.

We’re so glad to say that after observation, blood work, and x-ray, we were able to take our Greta home. We had treated the best way possible and early with the proper antibiotic. Our family also was treated with the proper antibiotic as a precautionary measure.

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Greta could have caught Whooping Cough anywhere, but during her bout with it there was an increase in cases in Northern Kentucky, which we had visited when Greta was just a mere two or three weeks old. The infectious droplets incubate for 7-10 days, so the timing fits and our trip home could have been the source of her illness. After speaking with someone from the local CDC I learned that vaccinated children can still be infected and pass along the illness, and most often mothers pass the illness along to their children. Thankfully I, nor my other children or husband, had any symptoms prior to or after Greta’s diagnosis.

I also learned that pregnant woman should receive the TDAP booster during each pregnancy. My daughters are 22 months apart, and during my last pregnancy I was not given or offered the TDAP booster.

Our story could have ended so differently, as whooping cough can be deadly in infants, especially under 3 months. We dealt with some weight gain issues, as she simply was too tired from all the coughing to eat. Thankfully she has met her developmental milestones, and slowly gained weight.

Here are a few videos of Greta coughing. While they are scary and awful to listen to, I want to share so that other parents can hear and see what Pertussis sounds like in a newborn. Maybe we can help other parents recognize the symptoms.

 

Christmas 2016 – Part 2

After our Muhlenberg County fun we headed up to NKY to celebrate the holidays with our family. 

We had an early Christmas celebration with Uncle Mike and Donna. My kiddos loved their new puppy. 


On Christmas Eve we had our usual celebration with my Moms side of the family. 

The little girls reluctantly took a sweet picture. Buying them matching clothes is seriously the best thing ever, I just need to convince Harper to agree. 


We played with cousins we only see this one time a year, and opened a few presents. 


Before we knew it, it was time to get ready for Santa. 


My sweeties slept until 8:00 am on Christmas morning. Once their eyes popped open, they were ready to see what Santa brought them. 


We spent the morning opening presents and spending time with family. 

Nellie Lou got lost in a wrapping paper pile or two. 


We watched a few movies and enjoyed a lazy Christmas Day. 


We already took down our Christmas decorations, and my kiddos can’t stop talking about all the fun we had on Christmas. It’ll be hard to top the fun of this year. 

Christmas 2016 – Part 1

We started our Christmas celebrations early in December. 

We had Christmas with the Watkins side of the family first. Bowen’s favorite gift was an awesome army helmet. It has been worn everywhere – church, the grocery store, and road trips. 


We spent the night in Greenville and Gramps helped put toys together early in the morning. 


Bowen had a Christmas party at school and they had the sweetest nativity performance. Bowen played the part of the cow. 


We celebrated Christmas with the Gardners the weekend before Christmas. Nellie Lou came down with an awful cold so she wasn’t up for many pictures but did enjoy opening presents. 


Kait Kait and the kiddos made their gingerbread house, and they are their weight in candy.

 
Bowen got the lego set he’s been dying to have, and Nellie Lou got baby dolls that she’s asked for for months. 

Greta loved the Matilda Jane teepee. 
Kait Kait got the boys G & G farms apparel, which everyone loved. It was a great Christmas celebration. 

Greta – Six Months Old

Our Greta Grey is 6 months old. 


She’s really grown up over the last month. She’s interacting more which keeps us on our toes. She’s quick to grab at anything in front of her, including hair or your dinner plate. She loves to roll around on the floor, but you better stay close because she’ll roll away quickly. 

Weight: around 15 lbs

Height: around 26 inches


Eating: she’s breastfed on demand, and we started solids. She tried mashed carrots, potatoes, cracker, and rice cakes.  We’ll try lots of new foods this month.

Teeth: 0. She’s always drooling but not a tooth in sight. 

Clothing: 3-6 and size 2 diapers

Likes: mommy, her playmate, her toes, taking a bath

Dislikes: loud noises, the car seat, bedtime, being alone


Here’s a comparison from 5 months to 6 months-


And here’s Bowen, Nellie, and Greta at 6 months –


On to the next month. 

Greta – Five Months Old

Our Greta Gray is 5 months old. 

She’s had a month of growing and learning. She’s learned to roll and attempts to army crawl. She wants to be in the action all the time. She loves to “talk” to all of us and screams like a little pterodactyl.


weight: 13 lbs 2 oz – size 1 diapers and 3-6 month clothes with a few 0-3 mixed in

height: 25 inches


eats: all the time – she’s still nursing on demand and we’re waiting to start solid food until 6 months

likes: mommy, her playmat, Bowen and Nellie Lou, the sound machine

dislikes: carseat, car trips, strangers, loud people and noises

sleep: she’s not a fan of it. She wakes up two or three times each night. I’m tired.

A comparison from 4 months to 5 months –


And here is Bowen, Nellie Lou, and Greta at 5 months.

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On to the next month.

 

 

Bowen is 5!

I’m in total disbelief that this sweet boy is FIVE!


We had another great birthday party at the farm over the weekend. I can’t thank my father-in-law enough. He puts on the whole thing from the hay maze to the wienie roast. He even spent a month building railings for the hay ride. 



Legos were his favorite gift and we have been building nonstop since Saturday. He can do most of the work on his own, which I can’t believe. He’s growing up on me. 


We were so glad that our family from NKY could come to celebrate with us. 

A little about my five year old –

Weight – 43 lbs
Height – 3 ft 8 in

Likes – legos, playmobile, puzzles, playing outside, spaghetti, donuts, salad with French dressing 

Dislikes – bedtime, time out, mascots (a very intense fear)

He’s a sweet boy and loves to help with his sisters. I can count on him to help me change diapers and entertain the baby. 

He’s doing well in school and loves to practice writing letters and numbers. 


He’s snuggly and loving. He gives me hugs and kisses constantly. He’s so excited to be 5.

Halloween 2016

We started our Halloween festivities a little early with a trip to the pumpkin patch with Bowen’s preschool class. We fed cows and goats, went in a hay ride, and went through a corn maze. 


We went up to NKY to spend some time with Nana on her birthday. She took us all to HallZOOween. 


All 5 kiddos has a blast. We spent the rest of the weekend celebrating Nana and hanging out with family. 


Bowen had his school Halloween party. I helped with food and games, which kept me busy Sunday night. 


Unfortunately, we came home with a sick baby. Greta and I spent most of Halloween at the doctor’s office. She seems to be on the mend, but we’re still trying to figure out exactly what is going on with her. Her poor immune system is having a rough time!

Bowen and Nellie went trick or treating with Daddy in our neighborhood. Greta and I stayed back to hand out candy. We have a long driveway, so we only had a few kiddos stop by. My football player, cheerleader, and football had a great Halloween. I’m already thinking about next years costumes!

Greta – Four Months Old

Our Greta Gray is four months old. Time is flying by!


She’s developing quite the personality. She’s a smiley baby and just started to giggle, only at Mommy and Bowen though. She likes to get her way, especially when it comes to eating and sleeping.


She’s also had a few belly issues. She spits up all the time, even after being held up right and burping her for extended periods of time. Bowen and Nellie Lou never spit up like this, so we are adjusting and doing lots of laundry. See the puke below – yuck!


sleep: She wakes up around midnight and 4:00 am to eat. She’s going to bed for the night around 7:00 pm and we wake up around 7:30 am. She takes one or two super long 2-3 hour naps a day, and occasionally a few other smaller naps.

eat: She’s still breastfed on demand. She usually eats every 4 hours.

size: She hasn’t been weighed or measured since her last appointment. We put away almost all of our 0-3 clothes, and she’s wearing mostly 3-6 clothes and size 1 diapers.


likes: Mommy, being swaddled, getting her hair washed, Bowen, other babies

dislikes: being hungry, loud noises, strangers

Here’s a comparison from three to four months.

Here’s Bowen, Nellie and Greta at four months.

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On to the next month.