28 May 2012

Catching Up with Azalea!

Since my last post about here, Azalea has done some growing!

Here is where we are with everything-
She is still having some health issues. She has continued to have issues going to the bathroom. And rarely (as in less than once a month) goes on her own. We have taken her for 2 biopsies, a barium enema an x-ray and multiple visits with specialists.
We still have no idea what the problem is.

She was born in the 50th percentile for her weight, but has since dropped to  25%. Her last few visits have shown her gaining roughly .25 oz per day and she should still be gaining 1 oz per day. One two week period she actually lost weight! She just broke 14lbs! It is crazy to us to have such a small baby! The boys were both 18+lbs at this age!

We go to the doctor every two weeks right now for weight checks and twice a week for Chiropractic visits. Our Chiropractor is confident that we can help her by just continuing to adjust her. We are praying that something starts to work soon!

The doctor has recommended that we start solids soon. We typically like to wait until 8 months, but in this case we have to find a balance and since she is not gaining properly on milk alone, it is time to add something more... and she refuses to take any bottles! Even when the bottle has my milk in it..

One possible explanation that we were given is that she may have possible food issues- So we are now Dairy, Corn, Oats, Wheat and Gluten Free! Which is honestly not as tough as it sounds! It has forced us to eat more veggies and Gabriel is still Dairy and wheat free so it is not that big of a leap for us.

Even though all of that sounds bad.. Azalea is actually a very happy little lady! When she isn't dealing with tummy troubles, she is a big ball of smiles!
 So here are some photos!

3 Months

3 Months

 4 Months
 4 Months
4 Months

 5 Months
 5 Months!

Despite her health issues, she is super smiley and quite happy... which makes it easy not to get too worried. We are praying that the Lord would heal her body and that it would function like "normal" so that we can put all of this behind us!

Team Whitehead

23 May 2012

Easter and Easter Camping

Team Whitehead has started a new tradition. Easter Camping!

Since we have no family in the area to spend the day with, we figured that we might as well do something fun that we could all do together and have fun!

  We colored eggs at home, I had some big plans to use natural dyes like berries and teas... and then when it came down to it- we just used food coloring and vinegar! Maybe next year!

 Check out Tony putting up our tent! Isn't he a stud!
 Speaking of Studs...
 Here is our nancy-boy Mercury. He was a nervous mess  the whole time, so we put him in our tent with the windows open and he slept like a baby the whole time! He is just a city boy!
 Tony took the boys for a hike! They had a blast!

 Azalea was happy as long as she was being cuddled or held... but that's just how she rolls!
 This was the solution to our fighting over that chair problem!
 It got pretty chilly that night- we all had on hoodies and pants and we still froze during the night!
 Since we were camping over Easter we thought that s'mores with peeps would be fun... But, they were gross! S'mores are perfect the way they are, we will not mess with them in the future!

 The boys enjoying their new flashlights! It really is the simple things!
 Bas looking good on the way to church!
 He insisted on a mohawk!
 Gabriel wanted a mohawk too, just like Bastian!

 We were able to get a few cute pictures of the kiddos before church.

 Azalea was less than excited about the photo process!
I love this one!

Team Whitehead