Saturday, September 12, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
What we have already tried with the baby:Hoping to get some relief soon. I would think by now she would know how to swallow from a bottle very well (9 weeks of practice).... Of course, I also thought she'd be sleeping through the night by now. Unpredictable, for sure!
(1) Similac Advance
(2) Enfamil Gentlease
(1) Similac AR
(2) Rice Cereal
Nutramigen w/ 1 tsp Oatmeal per 2 oz formula
Sleeps in her crib (when she is not choking)
with an inclined mattress in a "Tucker Sling" (google it if you
don't know what it is - it is great).
(1) Still has problems at night keeping the food down and not coming up and choking
her every 3rd or 4th night. This results in either Mom or Dad holding her upright in their arms all night.
(2) Still has problems eating and getting food down - sometimes it works great and other times she chokes / coughs, stops breathing, swallows at the same time she is breathing (you can hear it "get caught")
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Our eldest daughter (picky eater) has a new challenge. She learned about charts on Sid the Science Kid and so Mommy created a chart for her. She is to try 30 new healthy foods and then, she is able to collect the reward.... a roller coaster ride! It turns out that this is something she is obsessed with and is so looking forward to riding on one (a super fast one she tells me). So, the plan is to ride the one at the Indianapolis Zoo (hopefully that works out -- guess I had better check it out).
So far, she has eaten:
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Tortilla sandwich (using tortilla shell instead of bread)
We encouraged the spaghetti by teaching her the song "On Top of Spaghetti".
2 weeks after Mommy had the baby (c-section), Daddy decided to have some sympathy pains and have his appendix out. We think it might have been the black raspberry seeds getting "stuck" in there. Thankfully, Mommy was up and able to take over the house while he recovered (which was very quick!).
Now our older daughter needs to have tubes put back in her ears and her adenoids out at the end of the month.
So, much prayer is needed for quick healing of the Siefker family!!
Here are some more pictures of our beautiful daughters (still feels weird to say that in plural form).
Our girls and nephew....
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The girls were doing the limbo -- well, kind of. :)
And here are some pictures of our daughter helping Daddy in the garden....
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Fetal Development This Week
Week 23 of Pregnancy: Fetal Weight Gain
At eight inches and slightly over a pound, your baby is the size and shape of a small doll. You've probably heard your developing baby's heartbeat through a Doppler a number of times, but by now you can also hear it through a standard stethoscope. What a heart throb! At eight inches and slightly over a pound, your baby is the size and shape of a small doll when you are 23 weeks pregnant. (But then, you already knew that you were carrying a living doll, didn't you?) This week marks the beginning of some serious weight gain. Your baby's weight in the next four weeks alone should double (and you may feel as though yours is too). You have probably heard your developing baby's heartbeat through a Doppler a number of times already (though you never get tired of hearing it), but by now you can also hear it through a standard stethoscope. What a heart throb! Your baby's skin is reddish in color now because of the developing blood vessels underneath (remember, the skin is very thin still). It also hangs loosely from his or her little body at this point. That's because the skin grows faster than the fat develops during fetal growth. But don't worry. By the time your baby is born, he or she will be pleasantly plump and filled out — from chubby cheeks to chubby toes.
I love how easily the little ones can memorize and recite the Scriptures. :) The verse is Hebrews 11:1, in case you don't catch it there at the end.
Here she is on her new princess rug. It is so fun to play cars and princesses on a rug with roads and castles. I think she'd want to put the new rug in her bed if Mommy'd let her. ;)
Sunday, February 15, 2009
It didn't involve going out to eat, finding a babysitter, going to the movies or doing anything overly "romantic". It involved our family, spending time together and making our love for each other our focus.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Our darling daughter is all bundled up and ready to play in the snow. She is over making snow angels now - after getting snow on her face the last time she tried.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
The baby's heartbeat was 134. According to the old wives tales, if it is below 140, it is a boy and above 140 is a girl. So, according to that, I'm having a boy. But another one says if you crave sweets, it is a girl, and if you crave sour, it is a boy. Since I cannot get enough sweet stuff (although I am eating a lot of pickles this time around) - that would make it a girl.....
According to babycenter.com, here is the status of the 15 week old baby. :)
Needless to say, we'll find out (if the baby cooperates) on Feb 5th if we will be reusing the pink dresses or running out to buy some blue clothes. :)
How your baby's growing:Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby's a boy or a girl! (Don't be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby's sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby's position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to "hide the goods.")
Of course, our daughter is insistent that the baby is a girl. She looks at you funny if you even suggest it could be a boy. :) I guess she'd be the expert in the house since she got a doctor kit for Christmas. lol!
Other than feeling good - we are just a little anxious about finding room in the house for another child. We are hoping to expand our living room into our current attached garage later in the year, but for now, we will have to make due with the space we have. Maybe we can just put the baby in a drawer? :)
Speaking of our daughter, she loves to dance, especially to her VeggieTale Pirate Movie songs. Here she is dancing to Rock Monster - she gets a little surprise when someone else wants to dance with her. Watch to find out more. :)