Sunday, August 31, 2014

Kaitlyn’s First Day of Kindergarten


Kaitlyn had a great first day at school.  She told us that there is a fish tank in her classroom and they had a class cheer.  We are also already making an impression.  Her teacher told Kevin that Kaitlyn told her “Mommy got water all over the place and that meant the baby was coming”!


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Kenzie Violet

My worry came true…  I missed Kaitlyn’s first day of Kindergarten!  We went to the Ice Cream Social at Kaitlyn’s school Monday night.  Literally right as I got out of the car upon our return home, my water broke.  Of course, I had just eaten so I got to sit in the hospital experiencing contractions for 8 hours before I could have my c-section.  Kenzie Violet was born 8/26 at 4:16 AM.  She weighed 8 pounds, 5 oz and was 21 inches long.


My doctor was unavailable to deliver Kenzie.  Ironically out of all the doctors in the practice, the same doctor that delivered Kaitlyn, delivered Kenzie!  She was crying even before she came out.  P8260768

Crazy how much Kenzie looks like Kaitlyn in this picture!P8260769P8260770P8260771

After Kaitlyn was born, they had Kevin carry her back to the room.  With Kenzie, they let him stay until I was ready to head back to the room. P8260772P8260773P8260774P8260775P8260776

While she seemed perfectly healthy upon arrival Kenzie actually had a few medical issues arise.  The pediatrician noted that she had a bit of a heart murmur, but said that it wasn’t uncommon for some babies and that often the valve closed in their first 24 hours and the murmur went away.  Then her respirations went way up and her glucose went down.   She ended up getting a chest x-ray to confirm that there were no infections since she had meconium during the birth. X-ray and blood work came back clean.We were told that the respirations could be a result of the low glucose.  So she ended up with a feeding tube.  The next day, the pediatrician  thought her murmur seemed louder, so Kenzie was seen by a cardiologist and got an echocardiogram.  The cardiologist wasn’t concerned by what she saw, but would like Kenzie to have a follow up at 4 months.  By the pediatrician’s visit on Thursday morning, Kenzie’s respirations and glucose were close to normal and her feeding tube had been removed.  The murmur was nearly inaudible.  But, she was starting to show signs of jaundice, so she got to spend time on the “bili bed”.  She had to spend the entire day, except during feedings, in it.  Friday morning, the pediatrician declared the jaundice better, but said he was going to have us stay until early afternoon/evening so she could spend a little more time in the bed and knock down the jaundice a bit more.  We got discharged a little after 3 PM.  Kenzie is now doing great!P8270782P8270783P8280784P8280785P8280786

Ready to go home.  Kaitlyn picked out Kenzie’s outfit!P8290787P8290788P8290790I guess we didn’t explain the whole sibling thing too well to Kaitlyn.  When we told her we were going to grab dinner at Subway on the way home she asked if Kenzie was coming too.

Kenzie’s first restaurantP8300792

Kaitlyn’s first time holding her baby sister!  P8300793P8300794P8300795P8300796

Catch-Up Post

This pregnancy really drained me, so I slacked on the blog more than usual.  Here’s a giant post to catch everyone up on what we did over the summer before Kenzie’s arrival.

We went to the Whoopie Pie Festival in Dover-Foxcroft.P6280675

Kaitlyn went to a big sibling class at Maine Med.  She learned how to put a diaper on her stuffed animal and swaddle it.P7260719

The highlight of our summer was definitely our visit with Grandma, Aunt Bev, and Aunt Pam!

Kaitlyn and Grandma HotelKaitlyn and Chocolate LobsterAunt Pam and Kaitlyn HotelKaitlyn and Aunt Bev Lobster Shack 8

Trolley TourTrolley TourTrolley Tour 2

Clam FestivalClam Festival 3Clam Festival 2P7190701P7190702Clam Festival 1

Kaitlyn turned into a little sailor…P7140685P7140695P7140686P7140698

Getting her ears piercedP7180699P7180700

Scarborough DownsKaitlyn Scarborough Downs

Dinner at the Sea DogDinner at Sea Dog

My baby showerP7200705P7200707P7200708P7200710P7200713Baby ShowerP7200715P7200718P7200704P7200706P7200714

We also took a cruise to see puffins out of Boothbay Harbor.  Kaitlyn loved seeing them!  Unfortunately we didn’t get any really good pictures of them since they are so small.  We also saw a couple of whales and the lighthouse at Pemaquid Point!


After the cruise we had a nice lunch, then headed to the Maine State Aquarium where we saw  a blue lobster!P8100748P8100750P8100751P8100752P8100753P8100754P8100756P8100757P8100758