kids

Just a few funny/cute things to share.

1. Greta somehow got glue in her hair. After about 2 hours of teasing her hair, I got all the glue/knot mess out. She definitely lost some good chunks of hair, but we didn’t have to cut the entire thing out. I think she is in need of a real haircut now as she does have some noticeable short spots in her hair. One day we will take her 🙂

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2. Greta’s lovely artwork on the dining room chair painted with yogurt. This is why we don’t have nice furniture at this point in our lives.

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3. The girls new favorite past time is digging worms. Greta goes back and forth on whether she wants to touch them or not, but it is mostly a no. Eloise gladly picks them all up. Soon this hobby will have to end when the plants are in the garden and the fencing is put up.

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4. Beatrice got a new carseat and apparently thinks it is the funniest thing to be put in (at least in the house). Beatrice often gives me the biggest smiles when I’m buckling her up, definitely a change from Greta as a baby.

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5. Our front flower bed at the height of bloom.

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6. Me and baby B.

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Beatrice’s baptism

Beatrice’s baptism was on April 15. It was lovely. There were two other babies baptized at the same time and the whole thing started about 10 minutes early before all of our guests had even arrived! The priest stole my videographer (our nephew) to be an altar server, so we have no video and limited pictures. We should have some more pictures once I send Matt’s mother her camera battery charger that got left at our house 🙂

We were glad to have some of our family members there and a few close friends. We missed those family members who couldn’t make it.

Beatrice wore the same gown that both Greta and Eloise wore, as well as me, my father, and his father also wore. It definitely doesn’t look white anymore, but I love it just the same.

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I apparently cannot refrain from making funny faces at my children when the water is poured on their head (I believe I was making a very similar face for Eloise’s baptism).

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Beatrice and her godparents, Matt’s oldest sister, and one of Matt’s uncles.

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My parents and our family.

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Matt’s family who was able to attend.

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And our little family. Greta really wanted to wear her flower girl dress from a wedding last year, so we dressed Eloise in a white dress as well so she wouldn’t feel left out. The weather was absolutely beautiful that day, so perfect for some spring/summer dresses.

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Our church looked lovely for the baptism as well, since all of the Easter flowers were still up. After the baptism we had a little reception at our house, which was wonderful as well. We got to catch up with some friends we haven’t seen in a long while and one of my oldest friends (Josh, pictured in the first picture) came all the way from DC for the event. We are grateful we had so many wonderful family and friends present. Thank you all for making the trip.

nose

I haven’t mentioned all that much about Beatrice’s nose, mainly because I’m very far behind on this whole updating the blog thing. The growth grew pretty fast for a month or two and now has mostly stopped. Anyways, today we had our appointment with the pediatric dermatologist.

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Beatrice has a mixed hemangioma. Basically there are two types, superficial and deep, hers happens to be both. The superficial is above the skin and mostly what you see. If you look closely you can see some kind of bruise (purple-blue colored) looking stuff underneath and next to the superficial, that is the deep hemangioma. While the superficial part has likely stopped growing (or at least stopped growing so fast), the deep part may continue to grow for a little while longer. If it does continue to grow, it could cause cartilage damage in her nose and make her nose quite deformed. Also, depending on if the superficial part is done growing or not, when it does decrease in size it could leave behind some saggy skin.

The doctor recommends starting her on a drug called propranolol, which has been around a LONG time, like 50 years. It was created to treat high blood pressure and only in the last few years has it been used to treat hemangiomas. Since there are risks of low blood pressure and low blood sugar on this drug, Beatrice will have to be admitted to the hospital (CHOP) for 3-4 days while they put her on the medicine and adjust it to the correct dosage. They want her in the hospital to monitor her heart rate, blood pressure and blood sugar. We will then have to give her the medicine orally every eight hours with food (or milk, until there is food to give her) for a while. Eventually we will be able to give it to her every 12 hours. She will likely be on the medicine until she is somewhere between a year to a year and a half.

This hospitalization will likely happen soon, possibly May 4, but we have to wait until the hospital talks to the insurance company and approves everything. I will stay at the hospital with her and Matt and the big girls will come visit often.

typical photo shoot with 3 kids

We started in the front yard and were doing alright there, until the recycling man came and scared Eloise. The garbage and recycling men are the hit of the day usually, but apparently being outside makes them too loud and scary.

A pretty cute first attempt, some smiles from the big girls.

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And then they get distracted by something.

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Then the recycling man comes and Eloise freaks out and throws the baby to the side and we go inside to watch. While the recycling man is usually quite the hit, apparently being outside it is too loud and scary.

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After watching the recycling man from the safety of the house, we move to the back yard for another attempt. Eloise refuses to sit down and instead wants to stand. Not a big deal, let’s go with it. All three looking, one smiling, two not looking unhappy, win!

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One looks away, one looks miserable, one smiling quite lovely.

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Finally get the baby to smile and neither big kid is looking.

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All three with pleasant, kind of looking at me faces, one child doing a plie or something.

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Middle child runs off.

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Keep snapping, because well maybe the other one will come back if she sees the others having fun. Two happy kids, looking cute and loving.

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See, she came back! Now big sister is hiding behind the baby, ugh.

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Now we can see the oldest face, but the middle one looks down.

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And middle one is leaving again. I give up for today.

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It seems like the first few were the best, if only I wasn’t after the perfect picture 🙂