Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Riding in the stroller to support the American Cancer Society

One of our dear friends, Sara Dutton, has been battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma for over a year now. Sara is the most inspiring person ever, she has handled this battle with such grace and determination. This July, my Mommy and I will be walking in the Lincoln County Relay for Life to help raise money for Sara and all of those faced with cancer. To learn more or to make a donation, please visit our webpage.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

A few new pictures

My arms always have to be out of my blanket and I really like to have them stretched out above my head.

Here I am in my new pretty purple bouncer seat.

I love my bop, but when I lost it the other day and Mom didn't rush over and give it back to me, I discovered something else pretty thumb!

Here I am swinging!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

My first bath

Tonight I had my first real bath. Up until now I have been getting sponge baths. Pretty much I hated it and it just made me really mad! (Has my Mom mentioned I might have a bit of a temper?!?!)

I was a lot happier when my bath was over and I was wrapped up in my warm towel with my bop (pacifier).

Here I am all clean and adorable!

Warm and cozy hanging out with Dad!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Grandpa and Grandma's House

This weekend I made my first trip to Wild Horse to visit Grandpa and Grandma.

I was a very good girl and slept the whole way.

Grandpa and Grandma spoiled me and held me the whole time!

Here I am hanging out in my Moses basket.

I can't wait until it's time to visit Grandpa and Grandma again...I'm pretty sure it's my favorite place!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Happy Spring!

Happy first day of spring! Looking forward to more warm sunny days, instead of cold windy ones like today!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patrick's Day

Mom and I decided to make Dad a St. Patrick's Day feast! Seeing how neither one of us had ever made corned beef and cabbage, it turned out pretty good!

After dinner, me, Dad and Lucy were stuffed!

Top of the morning to you!

Happy St. Patty's Day from Tressie O'Golding!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sweet Baby Tressie

Monday was the last day that Tressie had to spend under the lights. We've spent the past couple of days catching up on cuddle time!

This afternoon we visited Farm Credit to meet mommy's work I'm all worn out and sleeping peacefully!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Jaundice Update

Tressie's bilirubin count went up yesterday so we had to start her on phototherapy. This was all very difficult for me...yesterday was a hard day...the idea of not being able to hold and cuddle Tressie was pretty upsetting to me (she has to lay in the bed all of the time, except for diapering and feeding). So far, today has been a better day thankfully. We did have to take her for another bilirubin count this morning (this is the awful test when they prick her heel and she screams bloody murder)...hopefully we'll have the results from the doctor shortly.

If you're like me, you're familiar with babies having jaundice, but don't really know what it means, so I thought I'd provide you with a little bit of the general information we've received...

What is Jaundice?

Jaundice is a common, temporary and usually harmless condition in newborn infants. Jaundice occurs when there is a build-up of the naturally occurring substance bilirubin. Bilirubin is an orange/red pigment. As bilirubin begins to build up, it deposits on the fatty tissue of the skin causing the baby's skin and whites of eyes to appear yellow. (Yes, we have a very yellow looking baby.) Bilirubin is released into the bloodstream when red blood cells are broken down. The bilirubin is then processed in the liver and eventually excreted from the body. It is normal for everyone to have low levels of bilirubin in their blood. "Normal" jaundice occurs in newborns because their liver is not yet fully developed and cannot handle the bilirubin.

What is Phototherapy Treatment?
Phototherapy is the process of using special light to eliminate bilirubin in the blood. These light waves absorbed by baby's skin and blood change bilirubin into products which can pass through their system.'ve had your science lesson for the day!

The phototherapy bed is a little tray that actually fits into her bassinet. We put her in a little "sleeping bag" attached to the tray and "turn her on." The glowing effect is a little startling, so we cover her up with a blanket and that helps a little. Her Grandpa said she looks like a little glow worm! I've included some pictures below.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The first few days

We are all doing well! She is a little peanut - her birth weight was 6 pounds 2 ounces and she's only 18 1/4 inches long. We actually went out today and bought some preemie clothes because she is swallowed up by even her newborn outfits!

She is a touch jaundice so we had to take her to the lab this morning and have blood drawn (this is the worst thing EVER - watching my sweet little baby get her heels pricked). Then this afternoon we visited the pediatrician - she said Tressie's case is mild, but we'll do another blood draw tomorrow morning just for reassurance. Besides the jaundice, she is doing good! She is a very sleepy baby, so feeding is a little challenging, but we've made quite a bit of progress today.

Labor went well...surprisingly well actually! By the time they started me on the pictocin to start contractions, I was all ready having quite a few on my own. They gave me a very small dose for a short time, but contractions were coming strong enough without the pictocin. Dr. Lalonde broke my water around 5:00 p.m. - almost immediately I started to feel the contractions...bad - so asked for the epidural. Good thing I got it 5:00 p.m. I was dilated 3 cm. and Dr. Lalonde said we'd probably deliver around 3:00 or 4:00 a.m. - but around 7:30 p.m. I was to 9 cm. - we couldn't have been more surprised (or happy)! Tressie was born at 9:29 p.m.

We absolutely love her to death and couldn't be more thrilled that she's finally here!!!

Here are a few pictures from Tressie's first few days (sorry it took so long)!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Meet Tressie

Tressie Laine joined us March 1st at 9:29 p.m.
She weighs 6 pounds 2 ounces
We're all doing well! More info soon...

Monday, March 1, 2010

It's go time!

Just got back from the doctor...blood pressure is high, mixed with gallbladder issues, heartburn and says it's time. We're supposed to be at hospital at 12:30 this afternoon. We'll keep you posted!

Please pray!!!

Tressie's Middle Name

The poll just closed. Grace was the big winner taking 42% of the votes, followed by Leigh with 36%, Laine with 30% and Corrine, Jade and Tate each taking a small percentage. (Yes, I realize that adds up to more than 100%, but some people voted more than once!)

Justin and I think we have decided on Tressie's middle name, but you'll have to wait until she's here to find out!

Thanks to everyone that voted...that was fun!