RSV Update

Dieter’s appointment at the doctor yesterday went well.  He’s a whopping 11 pounds already by the way.  They listened to his lungs and all of his wheezing is gone, and his breathing is much less labored so we didn’t have to head to the hospital.  That’s an enormous answer to prayer so thank you all you prayer warriors out there joining us in praying for the healing of our babies!  I got a prescription filled for some meds to put in the nebulizer that will help open up their bronchial tubes and help them breathe better.  I have to do the breathing treatments with both kids every 4 hours around the clock for the next week.  Then we go back to the doc with both kiddos and have them checked out.  The doctor said that they should both be much better by then, so we’re going to continue to pray that that’s the case.  Praise the Lord for His hand in all of this because we all know He is the Great Physician and the only One that can cure my little ones!  Here they are getting some treatments last night.

So, here’s a typical day for me now:

8:00 am Rylea is up.  Clean out nose. Breathing treatment for her.  Clean nebulizer.  Administer antibiotics and other meds.  Change diaper.  Take temperature.  Put on her favorite show so I can take care of Dieter.

8:30 am Dieter is up.  Clean out nose. Breathing treatment for him.  Clean nebulizer.  Clean out nose.  Nurse.  Change diaper.  Take temp.

9:15 am Make breakfast for Rylea. Eat whatever she’s having. Clean up breakfast.

10:00 am Clean out vaporizer and fill with new water.  Start vaporizer in living room for the kiddos.

10:15 am Ry’s meds have kicked in so she’s crazy.  Play with Rylea and keep an eye on the baby’s breathing. Try to do some laundry/dishes/computer time ect.

11:00 am Rylea starts to have her afternoon meltdown because it’s getting close to naptime.  Hold her off of nap until noon so I can do another breathing treatment with her.  Clean out baby’s nose. Try to nurse the baby.  Clean out nose again.

12:00 Rylea breathing treatment. Clean nebulizer.  Clean nose.  Gather Ry’s baby/blanket/etc. and lay her down for a nap.

12:30 pm Clean Dieter’s nose. Dieter breathing treatment.  Clean nebulizer.  Clean nose again.  Try to get the baby to sleep at the same time Rylea does.  Baby sleeps.

1:00 pm Rylea is screaming in her crib “mommy daddy mommy daddy” because she can’t breathe when she lies down and doesn’t want to sleep.  Go get Rylea after having zero nap time.

1:15 pm Rylea comes to living room and wakes up the sleeping baby by trying to clean out his nose like mommy does.  Put cartoons on for Rylea so she will lie on couch and rest while I try to get the baby back to sleep.  Baby sleeps and I count his breaths per minute.  (Should be anywhere from 20-40, anything more means a trip to the hospital).

1:45 pm Rylea asks for lunch.  She doesn’t want anything I offer her.  She ends up snacking on an orange.  She isn’t eating much because she’s sick.  The afternoon meltdown returns because she still hasn’t had a nap.  Nap time attempt #2.  Let Rylea scream and cry in her crib until she finally passes out from exhaustion.

2:00 pm The baby is up coughing.  Clean his nose.  Beat his back to break up the mucous.  Clean his diaper.  Blowout.  Awesome.  Change babies clothes.  Run a load of laundry.  The dryer died so I now have to find creative areas to lie our clothes out to dry until Devin can fix it.  Try to nurse baby.  Clean baby’s nose.

3:00 pm Devin is home from work.  Get Devin’s meds and something to eat.  Get him comfortable on the couch with the vaporizer so he can rest.  Go through the mail and pay some bills.  Try to clean up and organize house and prepare for kids’ breathing treatments. Give my husband some attention.

4:00 pm Wake Rylea up.  Breathing treatment #1 and #2 with all the nose cleaning and nebulizer cleaning in between.  Try to keep kids happy while figuring out something for dinner.  Think about passing out or hiring a nanny.  The thoughts pass.

…and on and on and on…

My days are filled to the brim, but really I can’t complain about ministering to my family.  This is what I was made to do, and I love doing it.  I just hope my family gets better real soon!!

Respiratory syncytial virus

Ugh.  The babies are sick.  Really sick.  Devin is sick too.  I’m the only one not sick and I’m so thankful the Lord decided to protect me because I have no idea how anyone would be able to function if I was as sick as the other 3.

All started on Thursday when we were flying from Buffalo, NY to Louisiana after our Christmas vacation up in NY.  (It was awesome by the way, but more on that in another post).  We stayed in a hotel in Buffalo because we had to be at the airport at 6:30 am.  But, during that night Rylea woke up with a fever and an awful runny nose.  Then it just snowballed from there.  Travelling on an airplane with a toddler and an infant is hard enough, add some crazy sick symptoms in there and forget it.   We managed to make it home by about 2:00 that day.  The kids got progressively worse and on Saturday Dieter was having a really hard time catching his breath and lost his voice completely.  Have you ever heard a baby cry that has no voice?  I have no idea how anyone could take care of an infant that was mute.  I have to actually be looking at him to tell if he’s happy.  Thus, no sleep.

Anyway, Saturday was the worst day and it also happened to be New Years Day.  Only one emergency clinic open in all of Monroe with a three hour minimum wait.  Forget taking two really sick babies into an office to sit and wait for three hours.  So, we decided to take everyone in on Sunday when it opened up first thing.  Long story short, both kids have been diagnosed with RSV.  It’s a horrible respiratory virus that kids get.  In adults, it’s just a cold.  In babies less than 6 months, you’ve got major problems.  Rylea has been tolerating it pretty well and we’ve been able to control her fever.  She’s just restless, and sick.  Dieter has it the worst.  No voice, stuffed nose, phlegm, the works.  He even has so much phlegm that he’s passing it in his diaper.  The stuffed nose and chest makes it really hard for him to nurse and he chokes constantly or just doesn’t eat at all.  Rylea has a double ear infection also.

The clinic hooked us up with a nebulizer to use with Dieter.  I’m giving him treatments every 4 hours around the clock.  So far, it seems to be helping quite a bit.  He’s eating more, not nearly what he was eating before he got sick, but it’s better.  He’s also generally more happy and less fussy.  I’m able to clear his nose out a little before he eats now and I think that’s helping.  Because this thing is a virus though, there’s no meds that can cure it.  You just have to ride it out and try and minimize the symptoms.  We’ve got another appointment at 2 today (central time) to follow up with Dieter and see if he needs to be admitted to the hospital.

So many of you have extended your prayers and have been lifting our family up to the Lord.  Please continue to do so as we fight this crazy thing and try to rid ourselves of this sickness.  Pray for Devin as he has ventured into work today sick as a dog.  I have no idea how he does it, especially while helping me with the kids throughout the night.  Pray for Rylea as she’s sick and I have to sometimes bypass her needs while attending to the baby for a bit.  She’s so understanding and patient already, we’re so blessed by that sweet little girl.  Pray for Dieter.  We really really really really don’t want to have to admit him to the hospital.  With no family here we would be one parent in the hospital and one at home with Rylea the whole time, and Devin just took 11 days off work so we could go to New York.  Lord willing, we’ll be able to stay at home and keep a close eye on the baby while he heals here.  Pray for me too, I’m up 24 hours it seems watching sleeping babies to be sure they’re still breathing and taking care of the other three.  I’ve been making notes on who got what med when, and who needs something at different times because I can’t remember on my own with this crazy sleep deprived brain.  To say I’m exhausted would be an understatement.  I just need enough energy to last me until everyone starts to get better.

Thank you all for your continued prayer!  We’ll keep you updated as best we can.

Heard Around the DeWitt House Recently

Kirsten sitting on the bed nursing Dieter while Rylea looks on in amazement.

Rylea: “Bite please”

*Kirsten looks at Devin hoping he can come up with something to tell their 17 month old daughter that will explain why she can’t have a “bite” of what Dieter is having a bite of.*

Devin: No Rylea, those are Dieter’s bites.  Lets go get a snack instead.

Jewelry and Purses

Rylea and I got back from Indiana yesterday to find a package sent from Grandma (my mom).  Rylea was very excited to find jewelry and purses in her little package and about 10 seconds after going through all the loot she looked like this:

I just love that little girly girl!

Thoughts?

Rylea is now 14 (almost 15) months old and I’m thinking that we need to get her a potty and keep in the bathroom so she gets used to it and then I can put her on it once or twice a day and just get her acclimated slowly.   Every time I change her diaper she gets up and sees her dirty diaper all wound up and says “yuck” and shakes her hand at it.   So, I can tell she knows the difference between a clean diaper and a dirty diaper and I was thinking we could introduce the whole potty thing.  Devin thinks I’m crazy, and thinks it’s still too early.  I think Devin isn’t the one that has to be home with two babies in diapers in about 2 months.  So… what do you think?

Baby Updates and More

Well we’re now technically 28 weeks along if you go by the original due date of November 11.  But, if you remember, our last ultrasound was putting us around November 5th (one week earlier) and then at my next appointment I was measuring another week early and that’s putting us somewhere at the end of October now.  So really, God is the only one that knows when this baby is going to show his little (or big) face around here but we’re bracing ourselves for an early arrival!

So, in the mean time I’m trying to get all my sewing for the baby done in between hanging out with Rylea and working for Devin’s golf course as the “from home controller.”  I’ve decided not to buy anything for this baby that I can’t make myself because it’s much cheaper to use my sewing machine, so here’s my ever-growing list:

  • Crib bedding (including the bumper, sheets etc.)
  • Receiving blankets
  • Burpies
  • Bibs
  • Recover Rylea’s infant carseat/swing/stroller to make them man-friendly (unless someone awesome buys us new stuff which we’re not planning on happening) I’ve started on the car seat and I’m excited to see how it turns out
  • Boppy pillow cover

One thing I have FINISHED is his quilt.  Which also happens to be the first quilt I’ve ever sewn and I have to tell you, I’m hooked.  I actually finished it before we ever left Naples, but I just took some pictures of it today to post.

Zig Zag Quilt

Front and Back

Close up of quilting and binding

Quick synopsis of the quilt.  I used solids in green, orange, and blue and also patterns in the same colors for the alternating zig zags.  It’s hard to see in these pictures, but I’m happy with the patterned mixed with the solids and the look it ends up with.  I quilted 1/4 inch from each edge of the colored zig zags leaving that same pattern on the back of the quilt.  I made the binding myself using a red solid and pattern fabric and hand stitched the whole darn thing onto the quilt.   I love that method and think I’m going to use it every time now.  I used a couple tutorials from across the blog world like this one and this one and this one to help guide me in the right direction.

I am aware that baby #2 has a handmade quilt before baby #1, but Rylea’s going to get one too as that is also already in the works.  🙂  Can’t wait to start on that one!

It Has Finally Happened

It’s happened, I’m pregnant.  I mean I was pregnant about 19 weeks ago, but I’m really feeling pregnancy in its full swing now.  My baby moves more around ALL the time and Devin and I have a good time watching my stomach do all kinds of somersaults with arms, legs, elbows, and more sticking out at all different angles.  I love this part!

My shirts are all too short showing my ever-growing belly sticking out of the bottom every 12 seconds and no amount of yanking them down will keep them there.  My appetite has been shifted into overdrive, and just last night I was l lying in bed with Devin around 10 pm when I decided that our dinner of pulled pork sandwiches and broccoli wasn’t enough and my sweet husband got up and made me a bowl or ramen and brought me some Oreos.  (I could have eaten an entire pizza.)

We find out tomorrow if Rylea is going to have a little brother or a little sister and I know Devin and I are really looking forward to finding out the secret!  🙂  I feel like this pregnancy is going much faster than it did with Rylea.  I showed much earlier this time around and I’m creeping up on the halfway mark here as we speak.  Looking forward to becoming a family of 4 in November!!!

Stay tuned to find out the big news tomorrow!

Milestones

These past 3 weeks have been CRAZY to say the least.  It all started with my mom and Zac coming to visit for a week (more on that in another post), then we had a week break before Uncle Drew, Aunt Cali and cousin Jaelynn (and soon-to-be cousin Ayden) came to visit for a week, then Mamaw and Papaw came to visit the same day that Drew and Cali were leaving.  The big celebration was for little Rylea’s first birthday.  Can’t believe my little lady is one already, and I thought I’d share some of her milestones with you.

Height and Weight – At her 1 year appointment Rylea was 29″” tall and weighed 16.6 lbs.  That puts her in the 75% for height and <3% for her weight (meaning she’s not even on the charts anymore).  She’s a tiny little peanut and the smallest one year old a lot of people have seen (we’re told that all the time). 

Talking – Rylea can say: kitty cat, book (sounds like book without the k at the end), Papa (that’s what she calls Devin), Mama, thank you (that’s a new one as of today), Papaw, baby, puppy (which sounds like “pup-poo”), bear (we saw one at the Miami zoo)

Animals – She LOVES animals.  We even had Papaw come up with a new nickname for her, Bindi, like Bindi Erwin.  You know, the crocodile hunter’s little animal-loving daughter.  Her favorite book is called Zookeeper Mack and Devin and I can read the book to her without even looking because she wants us to read it to her so often.  She loves to go outside and pet the kitty cats, and she stops whatever she’s doing when we put Animal Planet on or she sees a commercial with animals in it.  She can meow like a cat (“owwww, owwww”), bark like a dog, open and close her mouth like a fish, moo like a cow, baa like a sheep, caw like a crow (she saw some crows at Joe’s Crab Shack this week and thinks all birds make that noise), and stick her tongue in and out of her mouth real fast like a lizard.  We’re working on growling like a bear and quacking like a duck, but she’s not quite getting those yet.  I have a feeling that my little one might become a vet or something since she’s so in love with animals!

Music – Rylea’s favorite song is currently “Hey Soul Sister” by Train.  That song is in a commercial and when that commercial comes on TV she stops and drops whatever she’s doing to clap and sing and dance along to the song.  We play it on the computer for her some evenings while Devin and I clean or work or I’m sewing, and she just lights up and does her little Rylea dance as soon as she hears it.  Rylea also knows how to turn the volume button in the car and will often reach over and turn it up before getting into her carseat if she hears a song she likes.  Her other favorite songs include “The Hot Dog Dance” from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on the Disney Channel and the “We Did It” song on Dora.  When Ry is having a hard time sitting in the car for a while Devin will put his phone in music mode and give it to her and she’ll sit there and listen to all the songs and wave the phone in the air and be perfectly happy. 🙂

Personality – She’s a little fireball!  Rylea is currently a mama’s girl and really wants to be held and loved and cuddled by her mama when she’s tired.  She’ll always come to me whenever I walk into the room and she gives me that great big Rylea smile where she crinkles up her little nose showing us the little space between her two front teeth.  She’s def a lover and loves to be around people.  Just today she stood in the back of the shopping cart (propped up by a big box of diapers) and waved to everyone as we left WalMart all while saying “bye bye.”  She cracks me up.  She “tickles” daddy while saying “tickle tickle” and waits for him to pretend to be tickled before cracking up herself.  She smiles more than she cries and is a great eater.  She’s not picky about food (unless it’s milk) and will try everything you put in front of her (including jalapeno poppers!).  Taking her off bottles was a piece of cake, but she still uses her binky and isn’t quite ready to give it up and I think mom and dad are also not quite ready for that battle.  Rylea also loves swimming and going to the beach.  She is a true Florida girl through and through and does not do well when she’s cold.  (Lord help us if we ever move back north!)  She sleeps 13 hours a night and takes two naps a day.  She takes after her daddy in the sleeping department!

It has been such a joy to raise this sweet little girl over the past year and I just can’t wait to see how these milestones change at her next birthday!