Thursday, April 30, 2009

March for Babies - Team Lily Catherine

Lily Gets Ready to Leave for the Walk
Thank you everyone for your donations to Team Lily Catherine! We were able to raise $1,449.00 in honor of Lily, we crushed our goal of $630.00, which is awesome for a first time team. As with everything this last year, I am humbled and overwhelmed by the generosity and support of our family, friends and co-workers. I can't wait to tell Lily about how much money she raised her first year (always the overachiever), and how many people supported her.

Mason & Lily

The Family

Daddy and Lily

Everyone Wore These Signs on Their Backs

Billie and Lily

Our Team

Thank you to our team:
Katie, Mom, Steve, Billie, Mason, Chris, me, Lily, Jenny, Roxane, Angie, Mike
(not pictured Jennifer, Diane, Donna and Diane H.)
The walk was supposed to take place last Saturday, April 25th and early in the week the weather was looking good, but the day of the walk it started pouring almost as soon as the walk started. We went down with our team about an hour before the walk and were able to walk around and talk to people. No one could believe that Lily was the same Lily on the signs on our backs. And everyone thought she was so cute.
It wasn't really about the walk, so much as raising money, and we definitely did that.

We had to wrap Lily in a garbage bag when the rain starting to come down

Rained Out - We Tried
Hoping to raise $2,500 in 2010 and hoping everyone can join us!!

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Friday, April 24, 2009

The Three Stooges

Jonathan, Mason & Lily enjoying storytime

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

One Year Ago Today

We have started to hit all of the one year anniversaries of everything going terribly wrong with my pregnancy. My birthday April 17th marked the events that would shape this year into the roller coaster that it has been for us…it was the day that my left arm started hurting so terribly that I was awaken out of my sleep and was crying from the pain. I had a sinking feeling that something was really wrong and even went on the internet at 3:00 a.m. that morning and was convinced from WebMD that I was having a heart attack. That weekend was spent in and out of two ER’s, until I was admitted to the ICU on April 21st with a blood clot in my left arm.

And today, April 22nd marks the anniversary of me being moved to Labor & Delivery Unit…

…where we were told I had Pre-eclampsia, HELLP Syndrome and two blood clotting disorders

…and where we were told that Chris was very lucky that he didn’t find us lying on the floor of our house…my Pre-e and HELLP were so severe that thought my liver was going to split and we would die…I can not explain how it feels to be told that you and your child may have died, when all your are trying to do is protect her.

…and where we were given the news that we would be very lucky if we would be able to keep Lily in for another 48 hours. They were very concerned that we wouldn’t get the 2 rounds of steroid shots in me before I delivered. The steroid shots that would be so crucial for Lily’s little lungs.

Chris and I went through a range of emotions…shock, sadness, guilt, fear and hope.

Phone calls started to relatives that Lily would be coming very early and there was chaos in my room of Doctors and Nurses and Social Workers and NICU Doctors…none of that chaos seemed to compare to the chaos in my head…What would this mean for Lily? Would they be able to help her when she is born? How would we get things ready? What is a NICU? What would this mean for work? How big would she be? Would we be able to hold on for 48 hours? Would I have to have a c-section?

At this time I was just 28 weeks along.

It is weird how everything reminds me of this time last year...the weather, the flowers coming up in my yard, my all reminds me of last year, one of the saddest, hardest times for us.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

My Addiction

I'm addicted to Starbucks....there I said it...that's the first step right - admitting you have a problem?

It's true, since I had Lily I am addicted to coffee. I heart my iced skinny vanilla lattes from Starbucks.

When you have a baby everyone says "you'll never sleep again" or "good luck on ever sleeping again" in your head you secretly think, come on, how bad can it be or, my baby will sleep. You never really quite grasp those phrases until you are a parent yourself. Sleep IS every new parents dream.

I am here to tell you that I never drank coffee before Lily was born, not even soda with caffeine, now I can not function without it. I have tried to kick the habit several times, after all Lily was sleeping through the night in August, but have been unsuccessful. And with our last month of ear infections, I seriously don't know how I would have functioned without my coffee - it is amazing.

If you are a mother that doesn't have to have coffee to "parent" your child - I envy you. How do you do it? I am a bad mom and have to have my coffee - hallelujah!
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

11 Months Old

It seems almost impossible that we are planning Lily’s first birthday and she is already 11 months old – but it’s happening, our baby is growing up!

Lily is currently weighing 17 pounds 5 ounces and is 27 ½ inches long and is wearing 3-6 months clothing, but I think will be moving up soon. In the last month Lily has been extremely sick…we have fought off RSV that turned into Bronchiolitis, an ear infection, the flu and most recently a double ear infection, let’s just say none of us have been sleeping much, even Boots and Beans…we are all patiently waiting for Lily to feel better and start sleeping better.

Despite being sick, Lily has taken off on her development. My mom calls her a “Mover-and-a-Shaker” or “Wiggle Worm”. She can not be stopped! She is pulling up on anything she can get her hands on, cruising on anything she can, working on fully crawling and likes to walk with our help - We are not sure where she is finding energy because we know she isn’t sleeping or napping, and we surely don’t have any.

How can such a big personality be wrapped up in such a little body?

Her therapy is going really well. At our last appointment they told us they were 100% sure that Lily doesn’t have Cerebral Palsey and they plan to retest her and think she will come out at her adjusted age of 9 months or ahead of her adjusted age – woo hoo!

Mason is very excited that little Lily is finally moving around and they can get into mischief together. They enjoy riding in the bop on the back of Auntie Billie’s bike. And going on walks in the wagon. Mason also can feed Lily a bottle now, Billie thinks this is very handy.

Lily has traded waving bye-bye for pointing…we haven’t told her that it isn’t polite to point, it would break her heart. And after another sleepless night, on April 8th the tooth fairy paid Lily a visit – she has a tooth cutting through her bottom gums!

She practiced eating cake on Easter at Ashlyn’s baptism…we don’t think she will have a problem on her birthday :)
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Monday, April 13, 2009

Our Easter Lily

Mom, I hope you weren't eating this

Who knew, she loves cake?

We will not have a problem with her pigging out on her birthday

Crashing after her sugar high

Checking out what the Easter Bunny brought

She got some sunglasses and a little bikini

Time to make faces in the mirror in her new bikini

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Ashlyn & Lily

Hey, I think she's smaller than me

Look she has toes too

Oh...and a bow!

You guys are crazy

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Lily and Her BFF

Boots with the Fur

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Lunch with the Easter Bunny

She was so excited....she fell asleep

Steve, Mason and Billie

Pointing - it's her new thing

she loves pickles?

Billie and Lily

Lily and the Easter Bunny
(there was a meltdown shortly after this pic was taken)

Seeing the Easter Bunny can be exhausting

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