Saturday, December 12, 2009

Update on Isaiah



We have been admitted into the Epilepsy Specialty Monitoring unit at Texas Children’s Hospital for the week of January 4th. Our pediatric neurologistDr. Jennifer Norman, trained there and regards this particular unit as the best in the country for pediatric epilepsy. Our physician will be Dr. Angus Wilfong.

 

While there, Isaiah will continually be hooked up to a video EEG which gets a constant reading on his brain activity. He has done two, one hour EEG’s here in Oklahoma City. Both read normal, but both occurred while he was not in a seizure. The idea is that over several days, he will have a seizure and/or abnormal brain activity and we will better understand his condition. Regardless, we would hope to have an accurate diagnosis at the conclusion of our stay, including an appropriate treatment plan.

 

This past week has been a challenge. He had two seizures, one on Saturday and one on Monday. Today, he had tubes but in both ears in an effort to end the ear infections that have accounted for the majority of his fevers which has resulted in a majority of his seizures. Jackson has tubes in both ears and has never had another ear infection. Isaiah has also not been sleeping or eating well on a daily basis. Several nights this past week have been all-nighters. Lee Anne and I will remind him of the inappropriateness of this later in life – likely when he is a teenager and trying it again.

 

We choose to remain positive and are having good and bad days. The good days have been great. The bad days stink. We love each of you and will keep you updated. We have faith and know that the good Lord is watching over our baby boy and going to heal him. We ask that you continue to pray for his health and strength for his mommy and daddy. 

 

Love,

Renzi, Lee Anne, Jackson and Isaiah

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Elmo and the Skeleton





Here are my precious boys on Halloween!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Isaiah-4 months!



Here is Isaiah at month one and at month 4! He weighed in at 17.5 lbs at his four month appt. and was 26.5 inches long (both 90% percentile). He is really being smiley and fun these days!


Monday, October 12, 2009

Pumpkin Patch




We headed up to the lake this past Saturday morning and decided to spend the time outside, make a fire and just "try" to relax. Renzi ran up to the corner store and found out about this awesome pumpkin patch that was just over the Missouri border (about 8 miles from our lake house, who knew Missouri was so close? I didn't!). So we packed up the kiddos and off we went. This place was amazing! They had hay rides, slides, corn guns that you could shoot corn on the cobb onto bullseyes, pumpkin basketball, corn maizes, cow rides behind a tractor, a "corn" box (instead of a sand box), live music and a petting zoo. And they had the most amazing pumpkins at killer prices too! Here are a few pics from our trip....it was Isaiah's best day to date. video

Monday, September 21, 2009

How they've grown....











So, I did this experiment with Jackson when he was in the first year of his life. I took a picture of him each month in his "Jackson" chair in the same position so you could see just how much he had grown. Here are Jackson's pics from one month and three months. We decided to do the same thing with Isaiah....so here are Isaiah's pics from one month and three months. Why is there no two month picture you ask? Well, the poor kid was crying so much from the colic during month two of this life, and we were such basket cases then that we just didn't get around to the two month picture. Sorry buddy! :)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Labor Day Weekend
















What a fabulous time we had this past Labor Day weekend! We headed up to our house at Grand Lake on Friday and enjoyed some much needed family time. We swam, took the boat out, fished (errr, I didn't, but Jackson and Renzi did!), cooked out, played with friends and attempted to sleep.










Isaiah slept the second night we were there from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. straight. Too bad he hasn't done that since, and in fact, has been sleeping worse since! EEK!










What really made this trip special was the fact that this was the first time we have been at the lake where Isaiah did not scream the entire time we were there. In fact, he was downright pleasant to be around. :) Yiippeee! He loves being on the boat and really seems to enjoy it.










Here are some pics of the lake....the pic of Jackson taking his swim suit off? Well, that's just what he does these days when he is ready to go. Starts taking his clothes off.










P.S. Isaiah had his 2 month doc appt. yesterday (even though he is 3 months old!) and he weighs 15 pounds and is 25 inches long...both in the 97% in each respective category. WOW! That's a big boy folks. (see the pic of Isaiah sleeping in the stroller-he is wearing Jackson's swimsuit! and it fits!) The Pediatrician also said we could slowly start a new formula (Em Sue-it's Alimentum!) and see how he does. Here's hoping that it works, it's WAY cheaper than the Neocate he is on now!










Much love,





Lee

Monday, August 31, 2009

Happy 2nd Birthday Jackson!


























My baby boy is 2!!! How did this happen??? Today is Jackson's actual birthday, but we celebrated on Saturday at Gymboree with some fun friends. Jackson had a ball (and so did all of the parents and friends!). Here are a couple of pics from the big partay. :)


P.S. Isaiah has a girlfriend! Her name is Sidney Kate and she is my friend Addie's little girl. Sidney is four days older than Isaiah. There are a few pics of them rolling around on the mat at the party. At one point Sidney tried to take her shirt off for Isaiah! :)


Renzi and I tried to think about something special to get Jackson for his birthday this year and I finally came up with a perfect present this past Saturday. Jackson is obsessed with fish, but when he says fish it sounds so funny. He curls his lip to the side (similar to Elvis) and says, "FFFiiisssshhhh." So, Saturday morning we loaded up and went to Petsmart and let him pick out his very own ffissshhhh. He chose a Blue Beta fish ($3.99 SCORE for mom and dad!) and we bought a fish bowl and some food and off we went. On the car ride home Renzi asked me what the over under would be that the fish was alive and I said, "24 hours." He chose the over on that one. Well, as soon as we got home Jackson wanted to hold his fish so I gave him the plastic bowl that the fish came in. He decided right then and there to throw a temper tantrum and threw the bowl on the ground. The bowl busted and the poor fish was wriggling around our laundry room floor without any water. Luckily, dad came to the rescue and saved the fish and he is now alive and well in our kitchen. Jackson has decided to name his fish "Natt Dee Dee," after his two girlfriends Natalie Heskett and my friend Addie (the one who's daughter is Sidney Kate that I mentioned earlier.)


Happy Birthday Jackson James! We love you to the moon and back.

Love,

Mommy and Daddy






Monday, August 24, 2009

Little Brother beats up Big Brother....


I like to call this one....Blake Griffin beating up on his BIG brother Taylor....or....Isaiah is freaking huge and may just beat up his big brother Jackson. :)


We have had a good 4 days with Isaiah...knock on wood, no screaming since Thursday afternoon. I took him to see a Chiropractor who has been doing pressure points on him and baby massage, and the kid has made a miracuolous turn around. Let's hope it lasts! We have so enjoyed his smiles and contentness this weekend.


On another note, Jackson is turning 2 this next Monday! We are having a birthday party for him this Saturday at Gymboree and we can't wait. I have been busy preparing him for what a birthday means and he enjoys singing "Happy Birthday" to himself and telling everyone he is "Two." I will post lots of pics of his birthday party!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Girls Weekend
















After 5 months of planning in advance, I headed off to our house at Grand Lake this weekend for a much needed Girls Weekend. Emily Sue, Jackie, Amanda, Angela and Sara were all in attendance and we had a fabulous time. We took the boat out (all by ourselves!), ate, played, slept, laughed and talked. We have already begun the plans for next year's reunion.....And thank you to my wonderful husband who stayed home with both boys AND I came home to a clean house! How'd a girl get so lucky???? :) Here are some pics from the weekend....
And in other news...Isaiah is a chunky 14 pounds...I looked at Jackson's baby book and he weighed 14 pounds at 7 months. He is now fully outgrown the 3 month clothing and he is only 9 weeks old! EEK! He has been having a lot of good days in a row, which is encouraging, and just fusses instead of the taradactyl scream, which is also encouraging. Our GI doctor thinks that we may be on the dowhill slope of the colic...:) He is sleeping better at night, and we have discovered that if we wake him up around 10:30-11:00 to eat, he will sleep until 3:00 or 3:30, eat again, then go back to sleep until 6:00 or 7:00 a.m. This is much improvement from the waking every 1.5 hours. Yay for moving forward!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Where we've been....




Hello all...it's been awhile. Where have we been you ask? Not sleeping, that's for sure. :)




As most of you know, we have been dealing with an extremely fussy baby lately and after severaly trips the Pediatrician, the Pediatric GI doctor and 6 days in Childrens Hospital it was determined that there is absolutley nothing major wrong with our sweet baby Isaiah, except that he has an "inmature" stomach and he will grow out of it anytime between 6 weeks and 4 months. What does this mean? Well, we have to buy him a ridiculously expensive formula called "Neocate," and we have to deal with the taradacytle sounding scream for 20 hours a day.




After reading endless message boards on colic and dismotility, they all say the same thing...push through, this too shall pass, don't worry, it will get better...and lo and behold, last night I took this picture of my baby boy above.


We are not out of the woods just yet, but we are having more and more moments like these with a smiling and content baby for an hour at a time. Thankfully, we are blessed with a healthy baby boy and if takes a couple of months of screaming for a lifetime of a healthy boy then I will take the screaming any day.


Jackson is doing fabulous with his new baby brother and he is oh so very helpful as you can see from the other picture. He loves to hold Isaiah and help feed him his bottle. He even gets the pacifier on his own when Isaiah starts crying. Jackson will be 2 years old in a couple of weeks and I can't believe how fast the time has gone.
Thank you all for your prayers and concern during this crazy time....I know the end of the crying is near, and I am so thankful for all of you! I also am so blessed to have such a supportive husband who has missed many a day of work and canceled many a meeting to help out at home.
So, that's where we have been.....and why I haven't blogged in a while....Thank you Lord for the gift of my two baby boys and my handsome husband!
Lee Anne






Saturday, July 11, 2009

Overheard at the Stone Home - 3:00 a.m.

This is our first co-blog. I was brought in as a result of co-workers asking for more details about my tired appearance at work.

So, we have a grumpy baby that does not sleep. Ideally, we would be writing this in the middle of the night while he is crying, but we just thought up this idea and it is still the afternoon. We should be banking sleep, but we can't fall asleep and it is the weekend which makes us want to enjoy the awake time. Below is the top ten things overheard between midnight and 5 a.m. at our place:

10. "What is wrong with this kid? That's it, we're hiring the night nurse deal. I don't care what anyone says or how expensive it is. Get me the phone book...Shut up, I'm on the phone."

9. "Is it possible to OD on kids tylonol? Errr, not that we've given him too much. If we had, maybe he'd be quiet." If anyone is aware of the MJ toxic levels, please pass along.

8. "How come Mr. Grumpy (Isaiah's alter ego) is so damn quiet during the day?" I'm looking for answers here. No laughing. Stop. No, really. Do you know why?

7. "Meet you at the diaper genie in five."

6. It is never a good thing when you are competing against your spouse for who got the least amount of sleep.

LAS: "I got three hours".

CRS: "No, I got two hours and forty five minutes."

LAS: "No! You are a stinky-faced liar. I looked over at you and your eyes were closed."

CRS: "I was faking it so I didn't have to get up...again!"

Also, the person who goes to make money isn't necessarily the one who is working the hardest (last minute request from LAS)

5. "What the crap?!? Is it weird that he hasn't pooped in five days and he Chuck Liddell abs of steel?"

4. "Has he burped? Has he burped? Don't put him down if he hasn't burped!!!"

3. (said to a friend during the day) - We are currently experiencing three kind of nights. 1) OK nights, which are really pretty crappy with three feedings. 2) Bad nights, which actually suck because there is this crazy, high pitched alien-like crying between meals and 3) Terrible, which means god-awful-don't-wish-this-upon-your-worst-enemy crying. Insert your own ideas and re-read #6.

2. "Shhhh....don't wake Jackson. If Jackson wakes up I'm going to cry. Seriously, shut up. Stop. No...don't change the diaper in here. Where are the wipes? Give me the passey, quick. Did you burp him? Did you burp him?? Please tell me you didn't put him down before he burped?!? Where the eff is the swadle blanket. He spit up on it? He spit up on it? Tell me you didn't let him spit up on it."

1. Let us pray...

OK, so its really not that bad. We are very blessed and are just tired (physically, of each other in the middle of the night, and of hearing the alien-like crying from Mr. Grumpy, aka Isaiah Lee Stone). If you cannot laugh about it, then you cannot enjoy the good times.

Friday, July 10, 2009

sorry!






So sorry for not blogging sooner..and this one is going to be quick as well...poor Isaiah has had some tummy issues and has been diagnosed as "colicky" or as they now call it, "dismotility." We have tried a number of different meds and nothing seems to be working, so we have an appointment with a Pediatric GI doctor on Monday so we can get him checked out and hopefully get our baby feeling better. 

We are so blessed though, that other than the tummy issues we have a healthy baby boy! Last week at his two week appointment he weighed 8lbs. 13 oz and yesterday at the doc he was well over 9 lbs. The boy sure does like to eat!

Big brother Jackson is doing fabulous and is such a sweet brother. He is always wanting to kiss and love on his baby brother, and is always willing to hang Isaiah his pacifier when he is crying.

Not a whole lot of sleep going on here at the Stone house, but here's hoping it gets better over the next couple of weeks! Please pray that the new doc can help ease Isaiah's sweet tummy!
Much love,
Lee Anne
P.S. Here are some pics of Isaiah's first week....I haven't had time to download anymore but will post them as soon as I can!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Isaiah is here!

Isaiah Lee Stone was born via C-Section Monday, June 15th at 7:53 a.m. 8 lbs. 6 oz., 20 inches long. Everyone is doing great and will be home from the hospital Thursday! Pics to come soon.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Do not adjust your computers....



This is now how Jackson watches TV. Wierdo.

Memorial Day Weekend!







We spent Memorial Day weekend at our lakehouse at Grand Lake. So much fun! We spent time with good friends in the neighborhood, cooked out, took the boat out, ate lots of great food, took naps, and just relaxed. Here are some fun pics from the weekend. Funny note, everytime we turn the boat on, Jackson falls fast asleep...sometimes even sitting up! (as you can see in the pic of him sitting on Renzi's lap). It's really quite funny. The video is of Jack Regan and Jackson out on a "walk" with their daddies. Amazing what happens when the mom's are not around. Can you guess what they jumped on and had the wagon being pulled by? 

Sadly, we won't be back at the lake until at least July 4th weekend, because Isaiah is coming soon! :) 2 weeks from tomorrow and we will get to meet our new little man! 


video

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Soooo Big!


Most of you will remember this picture from last summer....it was actually on Jackson's first birthday party invitation. Well, here he is...almost a year later in the same pose saying..."Sooo Big!" I can't believe how much my boy has grown up in a year! Enjoy this video of Jackson and Cali in the pool last weekend as well. :) video

FAT S and Saturday in the pool!






We had a ton of fun last weekend at our house! We had our first FATS (friday at the Stones!). We had the Hesketts and the Peters over for burgers and fun. These are some of the pictures from Friday night....where the kids went "skinny dipping" and had watermelon. I love it that Summer time is almost here!

Saturday was spent outside and Jackson and Dad had their first swim...even though it was freezing in the water! Jackson did not like swimming as much as last year, but we are hoping he will change his mind soon. :)