Saturday, April 30, 2011

Car Battery

We have been making regular dr visits to Primary's trying to figure out how to help Paisley with her vocal cords & swallowing. We saw a new dr who right away said she was a good candidate for a surgery where they get a nerve by her ear & attach it to the nerve that got severed during her heart surgery, the same nerve that is attached to her vocal that is paralyzed. And hopefully the good nerve will go up the bad nerve and make the vocal cord move again. As the dr put it "its like rewiring a car battery". But they haven't done this surgery on kids any younger than 2, so in September Paisley went in and they gave her a shot of collagen into the vocal cord to help until she could have the surgery in March of this year. We saw the results of the shot right away, her voice was louder & she wasn't choking or throwing up as much.

We won't know if the surgery worked for about a year, the good nerve needs time to grow up the bad nerve. She is so amazing with everything she has been through. Not that I like the reason she was wearing these hospital gowns, but how cute is she in them!

Oh some crazy things that happened the day of her surgery, there was another couple their with a little boy getting tubes in his ears & they kept looking over at us. So I asked about their son & they told us he was a twin, they were born early & his sister only lived a couple of days & her name was Paisley. (for those who don't know the parents have a name tag on their shirts of the child having something done). And that's why they kept looking at us. We were in the waiting room for about 3 hrs or so & their was another family there that had a little girl getting reconstructive surgery, they said she would be having surgery for most of the day. I am always very humbled every time we go to Primary's.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Too Long

I know its been forever since our last blog. Its been busy here with Blake starting school, Paisley's dr appointments & surgery. All in all we are doing good. As an attempt to be better at bloggin, I'm gonna start taking random pictures & post them. So here we go.....

Here she is showin off her battle scar! What stories this girl will have to tell!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Gone Fishin'

We went fishing last week up at Yankee Meadow. It was very pretty up there. We didn't catch any cause the wind was blowing real bad. But we sure had a good time, & as you can see Paisley only came for the food!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


I can't beleive its almost July already. Summer time just goes by way to fast. Our first fun trip this summer was to Disneyland, I'm not sure who was more excited Luke or Blake. I think maybe Luke! We are so glad that our freinds Dayna, Jeremy & Damian were able to come with us. & of course we had to make it to a Dodgers game. We had a great week, but we sure did miss Paisley. She got to stay & play with Grannie Carrie again.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Brother baby

Straight from his lips
Blake: Mom we need the last baby.
Me: what do you mean?
Blake: when Paisley is grown up like me, we need a brother baby.But I don't know his name!
Me: are you sure?
Blake: ya

Although we would love to have like 10 more, its hard to know what to do. There's a chance of having another baby early, & though we love Pais to death, it would be unbearable to go through that again. I guess time will tell!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Another one bites the dust..

This is the 4th time I have chopped my hair off for Locks of Love. I think she said it was 9 inches or more. I forgot the before picture, but here are the results. It feels so nice, hopefully it will be a sign of warmer weather! A girl can dream.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Happy Birthday Blake!!

We had a super hero birthday party on Saturday, we had quite the group of friends. We were having so much fun that these are the only pictures we got. Our good friend Mandy made this cake for Blake. It was so yummy,He loved it.
We did a little treasure hunt in the backyard & the kids got to decorate some bags.

Blake is such a great little man & the best big brother. He was born @ 8:26pm, weighing 8lbs 7oz & 20 inches long. Before he was born we had decided to have his middle name be Mckay after Grandpa Mckay Erickson. Well my due date was April17th & it came & went & no baby, I was induced @ 11am on the 19th, which (by no coincidence) happens to be Grandpa Mckay birthday. We are so glad that Blake shares his birthday with such a great man!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sick of it!!

Here is a look at what the bells palsy effects. When she sleeps the other eye does close, thankfully. She has been through so much, yet still gives us some smiles.
No, she didn't break her arm. When she got RSV, she was also throwin up, so she had to go in daily to get fluids through an IV. They left the IV port in for a week & they did this so she would not pull it out.
I love this picture, she just has the cutes expression! & you can see just how small she really is. Which is only 13 1/2 lbs @ 15months old.

These two are only 2 weeks apart. They are good friends, her & her family moved in the neighborhood same time we did. We have alot of fun when we get together.

We are so sick of being sick. We have been sick since the 2nd week in February! Really not exaggerating. First Pais got RSV, she actually did okay with it. It lasted almost 2 weeks. Then we got a cold. After that came the stomach bug. Then another cold. Last but not least Pais has bells palsy, she woke up last Friday with green puss draining out her ear & we took her to the DR's & we noticed the right side of her face wasn't moving. We went to the hospital to get a CT scan to check her brain activity & see if the infection was in the bone or muscle. Both were good, so the palsy should go away. How long we don't know. So that has been our crappy 2 months!

Here's are girl with her sad face.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

This time last year we had to leave our little girl at the hospital. I REMEMBER feeling my heart break into a million pieces as we drove away from the hospital. I REMEMBER crying & wanting to turn right around & go back, at the same time wanting to go & be with Blake. Even though I was only 20 minutes away it felt like I was going to another country. I had to trust strangers to take care of my little one. Don't get me wrong I would not have wanted her to be in any other hospital, it's just she's mine & should be with me! I am so grateful for a wonderful aunt who let us take over her home for the next 3 months. I REMEMBER going to wal-mart & getting a few things we needed. Sitting there waiting by the registers I REMEMBER it was like in the movies when the character looks out & everything is a blur. I felt different. In the hospital everyone knew what had happened & here no one knew. Its funny I REMEMBER when I had Blake my mom bought me new pj's & when we were at wal-mart she bought me comfy clothes to wear while I healed. It wasn't a big thing, but it meant ALOT. THANKS MOM

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy Birthday Paisley!!

Paisley was born on December 30th 2008 @ 11:57 am via c-section. She weighed 1lb 10 oz & was 13 inches long. Around 3 am this day last year I woke up & knew that she would be delivered this day. I had been trying my hardest to lie to the doctors about my condition getting worse (I know, stupid right!), but every day made such a huge difference. Finally they did some blood work & found me out. I REMEMBER them taking me into the room & no one could come with me. I REMEMBER a nurse holding my hand. Then Luke was able to come in. Within a few minutes she was here, they said she cried right away. I wasn't able to see her for a few h0urs. While everyone got to go she her, I was hooked up to the milking machine! (I am a jersey by the way, I produce pure cream).

I will admit I was TERRIFIED the first time I saw her, she was so tiny, I couldn't see her face she had wires & tubes everywhere. I kept thinking I'm gonna wake up, I'm gonna wake up & still be pregnant for the next 3 months. Don't get me wrong I loved her so much my heart was breaking.

Some funnies: they moved me from labor & delivery the day before I had her & the nurse taking me to the other side of the hospital says "Congratulations on your baby". WHAT THE _ _ _ _! I look at Luke like "did I miss something". The nurse says "you just had a c-section right?" Needless to say she was not getting a thank you card. Another thing we can laugh about now, I had gained about 20+lbs with the mag. they had me on to prevent seizures, & Grandma Delsa tells me when she saw me all she could think is, man your boobs are huge!!Thanks Grandma

Paisley is around 14lbs, she is the BIGGEST daddy's girl. She has been crawling for about a month now. Says "dada" any time I try to get her to say "mama"! Still as bawled as the day she was born & has no teeth. She thinks she is a big girl & wants nothing to do with baby food, only wants what we are eating. She is into everything!! & I love it!! She loves her brother & wants to do whatever he is doing.


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Clover, Blake and I continue to reside in Cedar City, Utah while pursueing an education and working. I just finished my second year at Southern Utah University. I thought I had decided on a career in Human Resourses but the company I work for got rid of all their HR and I have heard that other companies are doing the same thing, so I am still trying to decide but I am leaning towards something in business. Clover continues to do the painstaking job of raising a three year old. It appears that he has hit the terrible twos a year late. We still believe that he is the cutest kid ever. We are happy with life and continue to try and draw closer to our Heavenly Father in these trying times. We want to let everyone out there know that we think about them and hope that everyone is doing great.

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