Texas Teddy Bear Factory

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Today Melissa went to the Texas Teddy Bear Factory in Grapevine Texas. Our friends Mr. Ken and Mrs. Shari gave Melissa a gift Certificate for a combination of Birthday and Christmas. If you haven't heard of Texas Teddy Bear Factory it's like Build a Bear. Melissa wasn't sure about what to do, so we just let her pick out different animals. At one point she had at least 5 animals in her arms. She only had enough money for two animals and one outfit. She ended up having the Cat and Elephant left in her arms. Once we figured out what animals she was going home with then it was time to stuff the Cat and Elephant. Melissa also got to pick out a noise maker for each one. The cat has the song "you are my sunshine" and the Elephant has "twinkle twinkle little star". Melissa wasn't sure about the lady stuffing the animals. She just didn't understand. After the lady stuffed the animals Melissa got to pick out a star and kiss it. Then she placed it in the Cat and Elephant. Then it was time to pick out one outfit. I thought the Cat need an outfit. The Cat and Elephant came with their own Birth Certificate. Kiki the cat was born on 12/31/2008 at Texas Teddy Bear Factory and belongs to Melissa. She was stuffed with fluff and love.
Ellie the Elephant was born on 12/31/2008 at Texas Teddy Bear Factory and belongs to Melissa. She was stuffed with fluff and love. The lady at the store help me pick out the names.
All in all it was fun and I think Melissa will enjoy going back when she is older.

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Melissa not sleeping at night

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

As I said in my last post Melissa hasn't been sleeping at night. It started over a week ago on the 22nd. She woke up around 11:00pm screaming like something had hurt her. At first we let her cry it out, but her cry got worse so I went in to check on her. She was scared to death. It took me about 30-40 minutes to get her to calm down. I checked her over and nothing was wrong with her. No fever, no wet diaper, nothing. I know it wasn't her teeth bothering her because she has never acted like this before. I had to rock her back to sleep finally after and hour of getting her calm down and back to sleep I but her back in her bed. Two hours later the same thing again. Screaming!! It's not a cry like I know it was screaming and calling out for Dada this time. Paul goes in this time to check on her and she is standing up with her arms out. She held on tight to Dada and didn't want to let go. What is going on with her? I thought maybe she is having bad dreams. I read that at this age night terrors start. Could she be hurting and we don't know it? It's so hard to know when she can't tell you whats wrong. Fast forward a week and it's still going on.
I called her doctors office on Monday and talked with the nurse told her what was going on. She asked all kinds of questions, have you changed anything in her room, has she been eating new foods, etc......... She suggested that I bring Melissa in that afternoon for a check up. Melissa has always been a good sleeper so this was not normal for her. Her doctor check her out and no ear infections, but did find that she has two ulcers in her mouth. One on each cheek. Could that be causing this? We don't know. Her doctor did suggest we give her Motrin before bed to help with pain of the ulcers and also give her Benadryl that helps numb the ulcers? He told us this last time she had ulcers in her throat. We all know that Benadryl makes you sleep also. Another thing is Melissa has a night light and he suggest that we get a blue light bulb and see if that helps. It still gives you enough light to see, but its' not as bright as a regular bulb.
So Monday night we give her the medicine and we didn't hear from her until 7:00am. PTL we all got some good sleep! Last night same thing, but this time with the blue light. She slept until 3:30, but woke up talking and playing in her bed. I didn't check on her, she sounded like she was ok. Then about 30 minutes she started crying. I was hoping she would put her self back to sleep. Nope I had to go in an check on her. Her diaper was wet so I changed it and back to bed she went. She put herself to sleep.

I wonder to myself if the Benadryl and Motrin are really working or is she just going through a faze! No one knows. After tonight we are supposed to take her off of either the Motrin or Benadryl and she how she does. I think the Benadryl will be first! I don't like giving her that stuff.

It has been a long week for all of us. If you have been through this with your child or kids I would love to hear what you have to say. If Melissa is having bad dreams I don't know what to do for her.

Traci

Our Christmas 12/25/08

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I had every intention to post this video over the weekend, but we have been very busy. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. We had a great Christmas. This year was so much fun with Melissa. Last year she was only 6 months old and didn't know what was going on. This year Melissa loved everything about Christmas. DD flew in on Tuesday and stayed with us until Friday. Our Christmas Eve was nice, we stayed home and made Santa Cookies. Melissa helped us with that. She loved eating the cookie dough and the icing! That night Paul read us the Christmas story and then it was time for bed, but before bed we had to make sure the cookies and milk where out for Santa.

Christmas morning started early for us (6:30am) Melissa has been having sleeping problems. That's another post coming soon. Melissa wasn't sure at first what was going on, but it didn't take her long to get in to opening up gifts. Santa brought her a Kitchen with play food, two Elmo videos, a toddler Bible and a new blanket. Other gifts she got where lots of books, a new piano, microphone, Basketball goal (from us), a rocking chair and other things. I tell you she is spoiled already!

Paul and I got some neat things also. I got a lot of kitchen items that I asked for. Since I cook at least 3 meals a day I needed some new items. Melissa got me a gift certificate for a Facial! Yeah Melissa you know Mommy needs to take care of herself. Paul got book, movies, lots of Starbucks gift cards.

After Melissa's nap we headed to Paul's sister for Christmas Dinner. Melissa got more gifts at Aunt Maggie's and Uncle Kevin's. She got her 1st tea set, her 1st apron. She got another gift that I need to take back because she already had this toy. It was a special day that Melissa got to spend Christmas with both her grandmothers. All in all we had a wonderful Christmas week spending it with family.

We look forward to a great 2009.

Here is the video, sorry it's long!

Traci

Christmas Eve

We want to wish all our blogger friends a Merry Christmas! Hope you and your family have a nice day tomorrow. We plan on staying home tonight making cookies for Santa and watching a Christmas movie. Tomorrow we will be home in the morning opening up gifts, taking a nap and then head over to Aunt Maggie's (Paul's sister) for Christmas Dinner. Melissa will get to be with both her Grandmothers tomorrow! That will be a special time.

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2nd Christmas Gathering

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Last night we met up with my (Traci) side of the family for dinner. My mom wanted to see all the cousins and her brother. We don't have time to be go from house to house. So everyone was nice enough to met us for dinner. We had a great time talking and laughing. It's nice to visit with the ones you love!


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Elmo Slippers

Monday, December 22, 2008

I bought Melissa some Elmo Slippers yesterday and she loves them. The socks aren't keeping her little feet warm. As soon as she put the slippers on it was funny watching her walk around in them. She cried when we took them off to get ready for bed. Today she has been wearing them all day long, other than nap time.

Christmas Gathering #1

Monday, December 22, 2008
On Saturday we had our first Christmas Gathering with Paul's brother and his family, Paul's sister and her family and Paul's mom (Grammy). We met at Maggie's house for Dinner and fellowship. We love being around the family and Melissa loved playing with her older cousins. Jordan is 4, Sydney is 9, Conner is 13 and Courtney is 21. Melissa is the baby of the family. We miss the other two cousins who could not be with us. Jakob is 22 and Lisa is 29.
Grammy made a great dinner and also made a birthday for Uncle Dan! It was great. After dinner Melissa, Sydney and Jordan found the piano and played songs for us. The guys headed upstairs to watch the Cowboys play and us girls made a Gingerbread house. Melissa didn't help until it was time to decorate the house and try to eat the hard candy! We had a great night with the family.
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Melissa is 18 Months today!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

That's right she is a year and half today! Oh no two is right around the corner! Melissa had her 18 month check up today and boy has she grown in three months. Her weight is 27 lbs (90-95%) and her height is 33 inches (90%). I can tell she has gotten taller, she is able to reach things that she knows not to touch. She can climb on the couch better with out using the pillows. She got one shot today and didn't even cry! What a big girl!

Melissa has been busy over the last couple of months and I'm sorry I haven't been as good at keeping my blog up. Since October Melissa drop her 2nd nap and now only takes a 2 hour nap during the day. That's my time to clean and do what ever else needs to be done before she wakes up. Melissa is talking more and more. One of her favorite things to say is "I see you" . She is also learning the song Jesus loves me. She can say "the bible tells me so". I have been trying to get this on video, but it hasn't happen yet. Oh so much going on, she is learning to play with her babies and bears. She got in to the diapers one day and was trying to put a diaper on her bear. I watched her work so hard at it, but it just wasn't working out for her. She came to me for help. She will try and feed the babies and the bears.

Melissa is also showing a new side called "lay down and scream if I don't get my way" I know that anyone who has been through this knows what I'm talking about!

We had a break through this past weekend. From the first word that Melissa said Paul and I have been trying to get Melissa to say Mama. She has Dada down, but just would not say Mama. She calls me Dada! When we show her a picture of Paul and I, we ask her "who is that", she will say " Dada and Dada". It sounds bad! On Sunday I thought it's time to try a new word, Mommy! Did she say it? YES!!!! She not only said Mommy, but pointed right at me and said it. She has known along, but I just didn't say the right word.

Here are some pictures and video of Melissa doing some funny things.




Here is Melissa giving her bear a drink in the Highchair. Yes, she put the bear in the Highchair!
Check out the bear, can you see it's diaper?

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Off to some place I go! Oh she looks so big with her backpack on! Melissa found her backpack and thinks it's fun to walk around for hours with it on. Don't you even think about taking it off or she will have big fit! One day I had to hide the backpack from her. She was looking all over for it!


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Melissa has found that my shoe are a lot of fun!

Melissa's CF Appointment

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Melissa had her CF appointment today. She is doing well PTL!!! Melissa continues to gain weight. Even though she doesn't eat everything Mom cooks for her and throws it on the floor she is 27 lbs. She has gained almost 3lbs in 3 months. That's awesome! Melissa blood work from 3 months ago showed that her vitamin D level is low. It's nothing to be alarmed with, but since she doesn't drink enough milk that might be why it is low. Lucky us we get to give her liquid vitamin D. Oh this is fun since she doesn't take the other liquid vitamins. We can put this in her drinks and food.

Every time we go for her visit/check ups, I think God for Melissa being healthy. I just found out from a friend of mine who has a student that is 17. He has been sick for a very long time and just found out that he has CF. Yes, at 17 he was diagnosed. I have heard of other being in there 20's and 30's being diagnosed. Please pray for Taylor and his family. I'm going to be contacting this family soon so they can have someone to talk to. I remember that day so well when we found out about Melissa. I know what this family is going through.

Melissa's visit with Santa

Friday, December 5, 2008

I took Melissa to visit Santa yesterday. A friend of mine told me about a clothing store that has the same Santa every year. Last year we didn't want to take Melissa to visit Santa because she was still little and the GERMS. So Santa (Dada) came to visit Melissa last year. This year since this place wasn't in the mall there were no lines and not a lot of people in the store. I felt good that Melissa got to visit Santa, it just part of the memories I want her to have. Just because she has CF doesn't mean she can't do what other kids do. We just have to fine ways not to be around all the people and germs in the winter.


Melissa did really well with Santa. She let him hold her and when he would say Ho Ho Ho she would just laugh. The store also had a carousel rides. Melissa had her eyes on that. I wasn't going to let her on it because of the germs, but I thought I can clean her hands after she is done. Big mistake because she didn't want to get off the thing. She cried and cried, but got over fast when we left.

I have another picture of Santa and Melissa, but I can't show you yet. I'm using that picture for our Christmas cards and since my family reads this blog I have to wait. This picture is sweet of them.






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Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel

On Friday, November 28th we thought we would go and check out the Gaylord Texan Hotel. I have heard it was a nice place with Christmas decorations. Since DD was here visiting us I thought this would be a good time to go and check it out. We didn't get up at 4am for Christmas Shopping!
While we where there we saw a 50-foot rotating Christmas tree, ; magical train sets winding through 1,000 feet of track; a life-size gingerbread house made from 5,000 square feet of gingerbread. Melissa was having a blast. She didn't want to stop and take family pictures. I thought this would be a great place for us to take our family picture for our Christmas cards.
All she wanted to do was be left alone and not told what to do. If you are in the Dallas area you should check it out. http://www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-texan/special-events/grapevine-dallas-events/lone-star-christmas/index.html
When Melissa gets older there are more things for her to do.



50 foot Tree




gingerbread house
Big Snowman

Not happy to be back in the stroller!

Our Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 30, 2008

I know it's late, but we have been busy! Melissa, Paul and I had a great Thanksgiving. The night before my mom (DD) came to visit us for Thanksgiving. As we drove to the airport to pick her up we kept telling Melissa that DD was coming to see her. She would get so excited. When we got to the airport and found DD waiting on us outside, I told Melissa I see DD. She was saying DD over and over. When DD opened the door Melissa had a big smile on her face. It's so amazing how she can remember people already!
Thanksgiving day was nice. That morning we had breakfast and then we decorated our Christmas Tree. Oh Melissa loved every minute of it. I think she likes the lights more than the tree. She is really doing well with the tree. She will go up to it and kiss it. It's is so cute to watch her do that.

After lunch and Melissa's nap we headed over to Paul's sister and brother in-laws for Thanksgiving Dinner. Oh it was good and this was Melissa real Thanksgiving dinner. Last year she was just eating baby food. She didn't eat much this year, but she did eat the cranberry sauce. She thought it was Jello or ello as Melissa calls it.

We have so much to be Thankful for this year! Paul has a new job, having great family and Friends and Melissa is doing so well. I try not to think about the what if's, but I'm just blessed that we get to have her in our life. She is the joy of my life and everyday I spend with her my love for her grows. We just thank God that she hasn't had any set backs with her CF.


I hope you had a good Thanksgiving!


I just want to touch it OK!

Melissa walking Jack the Dog! Her BFF
Our Thanksgiving picture


Cousin Courtney playing with Melissa
Melissa, Aunt Maggie and Jack


Melissa and DD

Makes you feel good!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Today myself and another lady from our bible study classes delivered a complete Thanksgiving meal and a $75.00 Wal-mart gift card to a very special family. Our Bible Study class thought it would be nice for us to adopt a family from our church who needed some help during the Holiday Season. Our Class was matched up with a Family of 5 who is going through a hard time and didn't know how they would even feed their kids on Thanksgiving day. If you have ever been in this situation then you know how they feel.

When we dropped off the meal we thought we would just say hello and make small talk with the family, but God had a different plan for us. We ended up staying over an hour getting to know this family. This is what the Holiday season is a all about giving back to those in need

Tree Lighting Extravaganza

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I have been trying to attach the onetruemedia video, but it won't let me.

Tonight our Church (Prestonwood Baptist) kicked off the Christmas season with a Tree Lighting Extravaganza. The 300+ Children's Choir preformed all the songs. The kids did a great job!
The weather was perfect it was a little cold so we needed the coats.

When we pulled in to the Church parking lot Melissa could see the BIG Christmas Tree and started getting excited. Once the music started she was having a blast. She would cry when the music and singing would stop. Melissa didn't like it when the kids would start telling a story, she wanted music. I'm so blessed that the weather was nice and that we could take Melissa to this. This is just another family traditions and memories we to share with her.
Before the show
The show started
Melissa watching every move
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Lighting the Tree (I was thinking it the video would be upside down)

What a pretty tree!

Some new pictures of my silly girl

Saturday, November 22, 2008
I thought I would post some of these new pictures of Melissa. I have been dealing with stress over Melissa throwing her food onto the floor, walls and any place it will stick. So the first picture is of Melissa being messy. Yes, at 17 months she is still messy. She was eating refried black beans and cheese quesadillas. How can you get mad at this face! The other pictures are her being silly or just because I think she is cute.


What I didn't do it!

I love laying on the kitchen floor!

I'm a big girl, I climbed up in the chair by myself

Dada your funny with mama's sunglasses on


Like my winter Hat? I do too!

Play Date with a new friend

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Today I took Melissa over to meet Caleb. I met Caleb's Mommy at church and found out we live about 10 minutes away from each other. Caleb and Melissa are 3 months a part. Melissa had a blast playing with Caleb and his toys. For the most part they did well, but we had those moments when they would fight over that one toy! The kids had a little snack and ate it at Caleb's table. Melissa thought this was so neat. I think we might have to get her a table and chairs. Caleb's mom and I also enjoyed our talk and getting to know each other better. Looking forward to more play dates with Caleb.




Not much going on with us

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

First of all I want to say Thank You to our Veterans that have served our country.


Well not much has been going on in our world. I don't even have a picture to post. I just thought I would let you know we are doing good. I have been busy getting our office stuff organized. Since we have moved I haven't been doing a very good job at keeping the desk clean and paper free. For those who know me well, you know I'm not an organized person at all. You should have seen my desk when I worked. It was always a mess, but I could find anything you needed. My bosses would always get on to me for having a messy desk. I just can't help it.

I looking forward to Thanksgiving that is coming up in two weeks. We are staying home for Thanksgiving. So we will be spending time with our family here in the DFW Area. My mom is flying in to spend Thanksgiving with us. She doesn't know it but, her and Paul will be helping me decorate for Christmas!

Trick or Treat

Saturday, November 1, 2008
Yesterday was Halloween and our little girl was a ladybug. We took her to our Church Fall Festival last night and she had a blast. She is still to little for most of the games and rides. Melissa's favorite thing was riding the pony. Oh she loved every minute of that. She had a fit when she had to get off. Then we took her over to the petting area and well she was happy again. She was loving the bunny rabbit that was all by itself. Melissa also played tick tack toe with bean bags . Even though she didn't know what tick tack toe was she thought it was fun to throw the bags into the slots. Paul and I had to take turns helping our Bible Study class run the Texas Train. Melissa was to young to ride by herself and we couldn't get on it with her. Our friends daughter road with her and she like it.
Melissa's friend Kelsey was also there and she was dressed up as a bumble bee. She was so cute. I was able to get one picture of them together.


Our little Ladybug!
The two cutest Bugs!
Dada and his little Ladybug
Melissa with Mrs. Amy
Go pony faster!
I want that rabbit!

Dada and Melissa feeding the goats

Tick tack toe

Texas Train ride




The ride home from all the fun