Friday, December 6, 2013

Laryngomalacia and Reactive airways

Before I get into this I want to give a little background. Ever since Carter was born he has seemed to breath a little funny. I was told by my doctors that there was nothing to worry about and it was normal. Now I have been around a lot of babies... and I have never heard a baby breath as Carter does. So, as a naturally paranoid person, I worried my little head off constantly about him. His oxygen level was always normal and there was no apparent reason to worry.
We found some mold growing in our apartment- around all the bedroom windows- thick black mold, which was disturbing to me. ( I won't get into that story) I was doing some research on what mold can cause in infants and the main thing was asthma. SO we took Carter to his new doctor (we had just switched insurances)and she said to give it a week with us putting nasal drops in his nose throughout the day (to rule out simple congestion)... We went back and she told us to take him to an ENT. Which, of course, freaked me out again.
The ENT was very nice and helpful. The first thing they did was put s scope up his nose so that they could get a good look at his voice box. Carter hated this, and cried the whole time. :( After that they did x-rays of his chest and neck. He hated this even more... What we found out was that he has Laryngomalacia and Reactive airways. "Laryngomalacia is a congenital softening of the tissues of the larynx (voice box) above the vocal cords. This is the most common cause of noisy breathing in infancy. The laryngeal structure is malformed and floppy, causing the tissues to fall over the airway opening and partially block it.
For most infants, laryngomalacia is not a serious condition — they have noisy breathing, but are able to eat and grow. For these infants, laryngomalacia will resolve without surgery by the time they are 18 to 20 months old." Our ENT says he has a mild case and he doesn't think that Carter will need surgery! We go back in January.
Reactive airways is a general term that means his airways are a little swollen or inflamed.(But it is also a good indicator of asthma-which can't be diagnosed until they are 6 years of age) His next x-ray will tell us more.

I am just very glad that he is healthy and happy. He is growing well and making a lot of progress. He doesn't let the breathing issues slow him down in the least! He is such a happy baby! We are so lucky!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Feeling so blessed!

So I realize that I suck at updating this blog... and now I can't blame it on being SO busy with working full time and being a mom... I no longer work full time at the Goddard school... here is the story behind that:
So about a week before I was supposed to go back to work I was having a really hard time thinking about leaving Carter - he has stolen my heart- and so I kind of lined up a job with someone that I could do from home and I was so excited! At my work they require you to put in a 30 day notice ... so I did that and I felt really great about it, both Stuart and I had prayed about it and we both felt it was the right thing. Well about two weeks after putting in my notice I got word that this job I had lined up was not going to work out- so I was devastated and quite angry...But I have learned from past trials and experiences that we need to pray in these type of situations- and that is what I did. It didn't take away my worries about me not making any money, but it helped me to feel at peace with our decisions. Shortly after that all went down I was able to find a job from home and I have been loving it! It doesn't make that much money, but thats okay! It is amazing how the Lord works. I am just so blessed and I love my life.

Before we had Carter I remember a time that I was freaking out that we were not going to have enough money to pay for everything and Stuart hugged me and said "we just need to remember what matters most" and that has stuck with me ever sense... SO what matters most to me? My family first and foremost and the gospel. Those are the most important things to me. I have to remember that money doesn't matter (to an extent- we need food to survive).

Becoming a mom has been the best experience for me. I can not describe my feelings, that is part of the reason why I have not blogged. I wish I could put my emotions out here for all to read! Sometimes I am holding Carter and my eyes just well up with tears because of the love that I have for him - and at the same time I am SOOO humbled that the Lord has entrusted me with his precious soul. It is such a huge responsibility to raise a child- especially in this evil and corrupt world that we live in. I just want to shelter Carter from all the evil in the world. I don't like when he is in pain (freaking doctors poking him with needles... jerks), and I just want to take it all away from him. I love when I look at him and he just looks up at me with the biggest smile on his face- and I feel like I am the luckiest person in the world. I feel like if I have this much love for my son and how full my heart is - that is what the Savior feels for each and every one of us... it really puts His love into perspective! I am kind of rambling here, and I truly apologize for that! But I have wanted to put on here how I am feeling- and that is SO blessed and lucky. I love being a mom and I AM so glad that I can work from home- I love every minute of my life.

I have such an amazing husband. He takes such great care of Carter and I. He works so hard to provide for us, and he is still in school. I love seeing him play and be with Carter- they love each other so much. I am so lucky. I really have nothing else to say than that.

Thank you to all those who have helped me to become the person I am today. I have had so many wonderful examples in my life- and I wouldn't be who I am without any of you. I look up to my mom and sisters the most. Being the youngest has its perks... like being able to see your sisters turn into mothers before you- and wow have I learned a lot. I hope to become mothers like my sisters (Erica you're included in this) and my own mother. There is one women whom I never met- but I hope to be like her as well, and that is Stuarts mom. She passed away before I got to meet her in this life, and I can't wait to meet her on the other side to thank her for raising such amazing children.

Here are a few pictures of Carter!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Blessing day!

We were so blessed to have so much of our family in town when we blessed Carter. We blessed him on September 8, 2013. It was a great day! It was a very busy weekend! My brother in law Greyson went through the temple for the first time on that Saturday. It was a special experience.

Stuarts brother and his wife came into town on Friday night and we were able to spend some time with them! Joy and Jason also came in Friday night and we saw them on Saturday! My Uncle Earl and my cousin Marilyn came into town on Saturday afternoon! I feel so blessed and loved to have so many people come for Carters special day!



Carter did not like having to be put into his little tux- but he looked ADORABLE in it!!



Sunday was a beautiful day and Stuart gave a wonderful blessing. Thank you to everyone who made the trek out for this special event in Carters life. We are all so grateful for every one of you!!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Update

I realize that I have not updated this blog!The last two months have been very busy but awesome! I have loved every minute of being a mom. It is hard work, but I love it. Carter has grown so much over the last two months! We go in next week for his two month check up- so stay tuned for those stats! I love him more and more every day! He is such a blessing and I am one lucky lady to get to be his mom.
New things about him:
1. He smiles all the time
2. He is very close to laughing
3. Rolls from tummy to back and getting close to back to tummy
4. Maintains eye contact and follows me with his eyes
5. "Talks" to me all the time
6. Sleeps through the night
7. Grabs things and holds onto them
8. Likes to look around at things

I need to be better at blogging- but I just love being with Carter and talking to him!
So the most exciting news is that I am going to get to work from home so I can be with Carter! I had to give a 30 day notice to my current job - The Goddard School- so my last day is October 4th and then I will get to be with my sweet baby boy. I am going to work for my brother in law! I am so beyond excited that there aren't even words to describe it. It was and is so hard to come to work, even though I know that my baby is in excellent hands...it still sucks.

Here are some pictures from the last couple of months!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sneak Peek :)

I don't want to release all the pictures because we have not made the announcement yet- but here are a few pictures from the newborn photo shoot that we had with Carter. I LOVE them!