Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mommy and Daddy's First Trip Away

Shawn and I went on our first trip away the weekend before last. It was much harder to leave Graysen than I thought it would be. There might have been a tear or two shed, but once I was on the plane I started to relax and enjoy myself. We needed the time away to enjoy each other's company and spend time with friends. We headed out to Napa and Sonoma for our "Annual" food and wine festival. When I say annual, I mean 2nd time in 3 years. We do intend to go next year.We started the first morning at Cakebread for a private group wine tasting. The weather was perfect and the scenery beautiful.

We moved on to Far Niente and had a great time there too..

Some people enjoyed the non-wine drinkers tasting too.
It was time for an afternoon picnic..

and storytelling by Brian
We ended the day with boche ball at another winery.
The next day we started the food and wine festival. You purchase a ticket that is good for about 60 wineries in Sonoma over a two day time period. Every winery serves food and does a tasting.

Shawnathan enjoying the view.

The ladies in other groups really liked Shawn. He was asked to take pictures by MANY people. Maybe they knew he was our designated driver and not enjoying the wine....
It was a great weekend with friends..
great scenery...
and good wine...
We hated stepping off that plane into the Houston heat and humidity but we were ready to be home and see our baby girl.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Obligatory Halloween Picture Post

I really wanted to do something fun, creative, and Daddy made for her first Halloween but time got away from us and we ended up piecing something together. She turned out to be a cute little ladybug.
You can't tell at all we got home from the ER at 3 a.m the night before.

We trick or treated with these cuties (I mean scary zombies and a menacing Bam-Bam)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Our First ER Visit

We had our first ER visit on the night before Halloween. Shawn and I went to the Texans game on Sunday and were on our way to get pumpkin cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory when my Granny called to tell me Graysen had been throwing up. When we got home and saw what she had been doing for the last hour (projectile vomiting EVERYWHERE is a better description) I decided to take her to the ER by our house to have her checked out. I wasn't that worried until they put her on the scale and it said 15lbs. She had weighed 15lbs 2 ozs had her doctor's appointment SEVEN weeks before so it caused me to panic. When Shawn went to pick her up from the scale she turned very pale and stopped moving. The Doctor started shouting "I don't think she is breathing," and kept telling Shawn to stimulate her over and over again. They had us run with her to the back room and they got her on oxygen. Everyone from the office was in the room and they couldn't have made it more dramatic for an already frazzled set of parents. Her color returned after a minute on the oxygen and then the fun really started. They told us they needed to put an IV in her and get fluids going. I agreed with that. When he told me they might not be able to give her a regular IV and might have to put it in her femoral artery I looked at him and told him there was no way that was going to happen and they needed to find a vein. They did. Then he told me that might need to catheterize her to get a urine sample. I let him know that wouldn't be happening either. Then he said because he thought she had stopped breathing she needed to go to Texas Children's by ambulance. What!!! I haven't even had to call the pediatrician in our 5 1/2 months so far and the one time she is sick we have to go by AMBULANCE to a hospital 45 minutes away. I didn't have much choice so they came to get her. It was by far the most heartbreaking thing to witness. She made it all so much easier. She smiles through everything. After they got the IV in her and she calmed down, she just kept looking at us and trying to smile through her tiredness.

When we finally made it to the hospital the first thing they did was weigh her and she was 18lbs 4 ozs so the scale at the ER was wrong. Yes, I did go over there and let the office know in a very nice, calm way the next day. I can not believe they would have a scale off by that much. It made both of us so scared and nervous when we saw it say 15lbs.

We had to do lab work and an EKG and everything came back great. The basic assumption Texas Children's came too was she got dehydrated from throwing up so much in such a short time period. We are leaving today for our first trip away and it was all I thought about on the way home from the adventure. I am thankful she is in good hands but that wasn't what we needed the weekend before.

We were planning on adding some things to her costume that night but it didn't happen. She was still a cute little ladybug the next day and I will post those pics when we get back from Napa.