Sunday, December 30, 2007

Two weeks old

Well the first two weeks of little Luke’s life are over. I can’t believe he has only been with us for two weeks because I can’t imagine life without him. He is such an angle. We are so happy everyone is now on the mend in our family. Little Luke has been in the hospital every day for the past 10 days. The Dr. told us yesterday though that he is in the clear. Our prayers were answered.  Although right after we got the good news that Luke was better I came down with a serious infection. It put me out for the past few days. I felt so bad because I could barley hold the baby. Luckily my sweet husband and in-laws were taking good care of the babies and me! I am feeling better now that the antibiotics have kicked in. YEA!!! What a crazy few weeks it has been. Hopefully the worst is over!

Here are a few more cute pictures:




Addy kissing Luke while he sits in his light bed.




Sunday, December 23, 2007

Pictures

Today the Dr. told us that we could take little Luke off the photo light therapy. I am so happy! He was pretty frustrated last night and was fussing and awake most of the night. I have never thought I would be happy to be awake all night with my baby but last night was a first. I was so happy to see him responding, fussing, and crying. He would only settle when I fed him or held him. It was pretty sweet. My mom left today and we were so sad to see her go. Luckly we will get to see mom again in just 10 days. She has been such an angle since she has been here. We would not have survived this week without all of her love and support! 

MOM, WE LOVE YOU!
 
We are also excited for Christmas Eve tomorrow. James' Mom and Dad will be coming to visit for a week and we can't wait to see them! Addy has been talking about her grandparents from "Nona" for a long time! She is going to be one happy girl to see them. I also can't wait for them to meet little Luke! It is so exciting to be able to introduce him to family. We can't wait for the day when everyone else can meet him too!

Here are some recent pictures.. My two little loves
Addy's first snow experience
Addy in her little gym class. She loves to hang on the bars.



We LOVE Mimi
So sweet...


Luke with his mask after getting his light therapy
I wanted to take a few pictures of the kids together but Addy was tired (it was right at nap time). She would not let go of her baby or her binki.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

A Babies Cry

I have never been so grateful to hear a babies cry. I mean an honest “I am starving, FEED ME” cry. I still have not heard that from our little baby Luke. Born just five days ago Luke’s earthly journey so far has been a rocky one for his parents (a blissful sleep for him). When Luke was born he cried for the first three hours of his life. He could not be soothed. I was worried that we had another baby Addy on our hands and started to mentally prepare for all of the sleepless nights, bouncing, swaddling and shushing. After three hours though he calmed down fell asleep and really has not wanted to wake up for much since then. At first I thought I had been blessed with and angle child. He never cries I would tell friends and family who called with congratulations. “He is the prefect baby.” Shortly after we arrived home a few days ago, my mother instincts started to kick in that something might be wrong. He wouldn’t wake to eat. I mean I would have to practically strip him down and put cold rags on him to wake him up and even then it didn’t work. Yesterday morning I noticed that he was starting to turn really yellow. In the hospital we were told to look out for the yellow skin because his Jaundice levels were slightly elevated but nothing that they were really concerned about at the time. When we went in for our 5-day check up yesterday we were told that they needed to do a panel of blood work on Luke and then see what his levels were. The Dr. felt that he looked a little too yellow for it to be within the normal range. Anyway, after some major mishaps at the blood Lab, we finally go the results back and were told that his levels were spiking really high (21) and that we needed to bring him into the hospital for photo light therapy. I, as you can imagine, was a wreck. I mean I know jaundice is very common but you never want to be told that you have to take your baby back into the hospital a few days after leaving.

So last night Luke and I spent the night in the hospital, him getting treatment and I pumping (they had to supplement him after each nursing session to get him to eat more… I felt like a cow!), crying (hormones kicking in!), and trying to get some sleep. My mom was sweet enough to come in and stay with me while James was home with little Addy (who by the way has been such a big trooper during this ordeal). This morning we were told that his levels had dropped down to 14.2, which is really good. We were sent home around noon with a belie-bed so that he could receive the rest of his treatment at home. He looks so cute bundled up in the bed surrounded by a bunch of ultraviolet lights.

During all of this I was reminded how sweet, innocent, helpless, fragile and precious little newborn babies are. Our little Luke now has his birth (first week of life) story to tell. We just hope and pray that he continues to get better. At times like these I am reminded of the great strength that the Lord gives each one of us to get through difficult times. I am grateful for the Lords strength in my life right now, and hope and pray that he will continue to bless our little baby with good health.

Here are few pictures we took a couple of days ago:

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Announcing...

We are proud to announce the birth of our new baby boy! Lucas "Luke" Michael LeCheminant born on Monday December 17, 2007 at 3:11pm, 8lbs. 7oz (Big Boy!), 20.5in long. Right now Luke is a dream. He sleeps all the time and is a good eater! He has not cried since he was first born. It is so great! Here are a few pictures... We will post more soon.




Addy is doing GREAT as a big sister. She loves "baby brother." She has been showering him with hugs and kisses!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

big day

tomorrow is the big day! We will keep everyone posted!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Santa.."NO! NO!"

A few weeks ago our Church had their annual Christmas Party. We were lucky enough to get a visit from Santa for all of the kids. He was great! Addy on the other hand didn't think so! Here is a little video that explaines her experience far better then I can describe in words...enjoy!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Nesting in full force

So tonight my "nesting" was in full force! I cleaned out the clutter that has been piling up in our tiny kitchen, put the dishes away, cleaned the kitchen floor (on my hands and knees mind you...it was not a pretty site), installed the babies car-seat, put together our new double stroller that came today (Thank you mom for doing all the research to find it!), vacuumed out the car and folded all of the laundry. It seems that my energy sprits are coming at night these days because when the morning comes I am so tired I can hardly see straight. This morning James had to come home and relieve me so I could nap while he played with Addy. I am so lucky its finals week and that James has a flexible enough schedule that he can do that! What a blessing.
Tonight I also decided it was time to start packing a bag for the hospital. I have been putting this off for fear that once it is all packed and my "list of things to do" is finally complete I will for sure go into labor. Its funny...sometimes I feel so ready to have this baby and other times...well I am so frightened. I am sure you understand what I mean but let me explain my rational a bit. I am sooooooo ready not to be pregnant anymore. This final stretch is hard! I am so excited to have this little guy here, to see his little face and get to know his little personality! I am scared because well lets face it...no one said labor and recovery was fun, and sleepless nights don't get me started! But all in all I hate the unknown more then anything. If you know me you know I am a planner. I like to have things planned out as best I can so that I can feel somewhat in control of my life and the things around me. When there is chaos or things are not planned I get a little frazzled. I guess with this situation though its just life! I have learned that it is better to roll with it then get stressed or worried! Thanks to my sweet husband who keeps me grounded and laughing during my "stressful" moments. Tonight I was trying hard to relax and focus on one of my favorite shows (Biggest Loser... I am addicted!) when James would stop the show (we watch it on TiVo) ever few minuets to make me laugh. I admit at the time it got a little annoying because I really wanted to watch the show. Looking back though he was so sweet to make me laugh and help me relax!

Ok so now I am just rambling...maybe its because its midnight already and well I need to get to bed.

Monday, December 10, 2007

New Favortie Song

I just found this Amazing new song! It is on one of the Diamond commercials playing for the holidays! Enjoy!

"Coffee Shop"

Monday, December 03, 2007

Regression

I know it has been a long time since I blogged. We have been a little busy around our house and well as much as I love to blog I have a long list of things I need to get done in the next two weeks before the baby comes. Today though I think I need to get something out of my system. I have been going crazy with little Addy these past few weeks. She has been hitting the terrible-two-year-old stage a little too soon for me, I mean she is only 18 months for goodness sake. Sunday really tipped the scales for me though. I had to teach a lesson in Church so I went into the library during part of Sacrament Meeting to make some copies (granted I was in the hall already because of course Addy won’t sit through Sacrament meeting for more then 10 minuets. At least it is usually long enough for us to get the sacrament). Anyway, she was like a little tornado running around the church library pulling anything and everything she could get her little hands on off shelves and onto the ground. I was running, or trudging along after her trying to pick up everything she was destroying. When I picked her up to hold her and tell her to stop she just screamed and stiffened her body on me. I was at my wits end. Granted, I know she was tired, and hungry but seriously!!!!! I guess I was tired and hungry too. James luckily was able to take her for the rest of the meeting and then took her home shortly after where she proceeded to fall asleep in the car on the way home and slept for 3 ½ hours in the afternoon. Needless to say I was spent from the whole ordeal. That was just the tip of the iceberg. She has been getting up at least 3 or 4 times a night for the past 7 days as well. Maybe this is Gods way of preparing me for sleepless nights ahead! All she does is scream for “mommy!” I go in and comfort her (never getting her out of the crib of course) and tell her to go back to sleep. She usually cries for a few more minuets once I leave the room and then it all starts again a few hours later. Arggggggg…. what’s a mom to do??? I called the Dr. today and they told me that this might just be an adjustment she is going through to prepare for the new baby coming. I think it is. I just hope that when the baby gets here it doesn’t get any worse. I guess that will be a whole new ball game in itself!

So today I want to write a list of things I love about Addy, because I really do love her. I am just venting here…. I think if I write down what I love most about her it will help me through the frustration…

1. I love how happy she is in the morning. She always gives me lots of hugs and kisses and wants to lay in bed with me and read books before we go down for breakfast. It is such a sweet time!
2. I love her smile and the way she laughs. She just started mimicking laughing. When James and I are laughing at something funny we are talking about Addy will join in one the conversation with a big roaring laugh, which of course makes us laugh even louder. She is so cute when she laughs!
3. I love how much she loves being with me. She loves to be near her mommy. She will call out for me when I am in the other room or will come running in with open arms to give me a hug and then will go running back to whatever she was doing.
4. I love that she already knows her little brother’s name. We have been going back and forth between two names this entire pregnancy so some of the time we will call the baby Jack and others Luke. Well Addy has it firmly planted in her mind that the baby’s name is Luke. Every time I ask her what the baby’s name is she will reply “Wuke!” I often wonder if she knows something I don’t if she and this little spirit are communicating with each other somehow. We are still undecided on the name, we want to wait and see the baby, but that really does put some weight on my mind toward naming the baby Luke.
5. I love that Addy for the most part is pretty obedient. She has her moments as all children to but she is very good about listening to her mommy.
6. I love that she loves adventure and to run around and play. It has been hard these past few months to not be able to run and play with her as much as I am used to. I am moving pretty slow these days. What can you expect when your 9 ½ months pregnant. She gets so excited when she has the opportunity to run and jump and play in a big open space. It is truly priceless to watch her bubbling personality come out during these times.
7. Lastly, I love that Addy loves to talk! She is always talking to me. She even has started talking to her babies and stuffed animals in her crib when it is naptime. Today when I put her down I waited a while and heard her talking in her room to her babies. It was the cutest thing!

It really puts a smile on my face to see Addy growing up! I can’t believe that she is 18 and a half months old and that we are going to have another little baby in the house soon. I still think of Addy as my little baby. It will be an adjustment but I welcome it! With life and all of its challenges I know that we can get through each one if we stick together as a family and remember all of our blessings the Lord has given us. Till next time…