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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

12 month update

The first family picture we've had in months

Well, I have lots to post about but don't really want to put in the time to do it. We have recently just gotten back from Tampa where me and Callan flew down to visit Amy and the kids. Will and Scott had to go to Chicago for a show all week so we flew down to Tampa and his parents drove down the same day. We had a great week of playing with the kids, eating and shopping.
A couple pics of the girls in their matching pjs
I ended up getting a cold on Wednesday of the trip and I still have it today (tomorrow will be 2 weeks). I had an appt. with Danielle last Wednesday and she gave me some medicine but I still haven't kicked it. Every member of Amy's family (including Scott when he got home) ended up with the cold. Scott ended up with the flu, Taylor an ear infection, all of them fever and runny noses and just not feeling good. I feel so terrible even though Amy won't let me admit that it's my fault. They are due here this Saturday for spring break so I just pray we can all be done with it and have a fun week together.
Callan and Aunt Amy at Reagan's ballgame
Giving Tyler sugar

One of the most beautiful girls I've ever seen

Last Tuesday was Callan's first birthday and we had her party this past Saturday. We had 37 family members here at the house so it was a bit wild but everything turned out great. We served finger foods and cake and let Callan open her presents.
Some sunglasses she modeled for us
Everyone was so generous and we feel lucky to have such a supportive family. She absolutely loved her cake!
She looks so guilty
I don't know how much she really ate because most of it just ended up on her hands but Saturday night around midnight, she was wide awake. She had already been asleep for over 4 hours but all of a sudden she was crying out. It has been forever since we've had to get up in the middle of the night to console her. She ended up staying awake for 2 1/2 hours and I even had to give her a bottle. I don't know if that was a result of the cake or not, but I sure hope it doesn't happen again soon.

The biggest party helper ever--thanks mom!

Her new duck bathtub

Yesterday was her 12 month check up with Dr. Hamilton. I have really been looking forward to it just to see what he thought about her progress and to ask him a bunch of questions. He was very pleased with the progress she had made with her legs (aka-standing up) and said she might walk around 15 or 16 months. We haven't expected anything sooner because she is still pretty wobbly when standing. She is pulling up a little and still army crawling but she definitely gets where she wants. She calls everyone momma with an occassional dada for Will. She weighed 15 lbs. 10 oz. (1st percentile) and was 27 1/4 inches long (5-10 percentile). She has consistently been on the bottom of the chart since birth but Dr. Hamilton was ready to do some blood work just to make sure she really is naturally small and that there isn't a problem. I had to take her in this morning for them to draw blood and it was absolutely one of the most awful moments of my life. She screamed so hard that I can't even explain it. She is a very strong little girl when someone is trying to hold her down. They got the sample and the nurse said it was clotting so she might have to do it again. Sure enough, she came back in to do the other arm so we went through it all again. It was going too slow and she wasn't getting enough, etc so she had to go talk to Dr. Hamilton and he said just to prick her finger for the rest. So after 2 arms worth of blood, they still had to prick her finger. That was about 11:30. She was still snubbing (while sleeping) about 1:15 when I checked on her. She was so upset. I got in the car and called Will and just started crying like a baby. It really broke my heart to hear her so upset. We should get the results by Friday or early next week but the tests will check for thyroid problems and growth hormones. He said he didn't expect to see any abnormalities but he just wants to make sure we are saying the right thing about her being so small. All in all, it was a great check up and he said she looked very healthy and was doing great. That is always nice to hear. I'll keep you updated on the results of her blood work.

Her birthday outfit I got at consignment!


  • oh Mel, I am so sorry you had to go through that at the doctor's office. I bet that broke your heart!

    By Blogger Julie Greenhaw, At March 31, 2009 at 3:00 PM  

  • Looks like Callan had a good b'day party! Keep us updated on the results from the test. (I love her b'day outfit!!)

    By Blogger Julie, At March 31, 2009 at 3:39 PM  

  • I teared up just reaing your description of the blood draw. I can't imagine what that was like for you. I would have cried too. I am so glad that she had such a good birthday party. I love the picture with cake all over her face. She is so adorable!

    By Blogger Kimberly, At March 31, 2009 at 4:06 PM  

  • Please let me know as soon as you find out about your sweet girl...we've been praying for you. I know God will totally take care of her IF she needs it. I love the cake picture!!! We didn't get one with Brooks-he wasn't into it, but I'm kinda glad so he wouldn't have the sleep trouble. But at least it was a one time thing. It was so good to talk to you last night!!

    By Blogger Brooklyn, At April 1, 2009 at 8:38 AM  

  • I hate you had to go through the blood work with Callan:( It looks like she had a blast at her party and LOVED her cake!! So fun!

    By Blogger Ashley, At April 1, 2009 at 9:07 PM  

  • Great pics and I'm so sorry for Callan experience :( Poor thing!!! Keep us updated.

    By Blogger Katie, At April 2, 2009 at 11:48 AM  

  • Aww...getting blood drawn, that sounded so pitiful. It reminded me of the time we took Joshua in for a laproscopy and they had to put an iv in his arm. The nurses that day had obviously not taken care of many little ones and Rodney and I were both a mess just watching. Those times are rough.
    I am so glad Dr. Hamilton is watching out for her. He is a great doctor. Scarlett sent me the e-mail you sent her about the results and I will be praying for all of you. So glad that everything looks good, but I know ya'll will feel even better after you see the doctor in Birmingham. Callan and mommy and daddy will be in our prayers!
    I love her little one year outfit! Consignment sales, gotta love them.

    By Blogger The Bowerman Blog, At April 3, 2009 at 4:48 PM  

  • Well, I thought Carley and I would always just wish we were as little as you and Callan but Carley's not exactly growing like we thought she would. She probably will now that she's eating again and she and I will one day be jealous of her skinny Aunt Mel and Cousin C. :) I SO love the cake pic. You need to send that to Pottery Barn's picture contest or the one on Regis and Kelly or something like that (who has those?). I love her dearly and CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HER IN ABOUT 18 HOURS!!!! (You, too!)

    By Blogger Amy F, At April 3, 2009 at 5:24 PM  

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