Friday, July 25, 2008

Zantac Revisited

It goes without saying that William and I are out of our minds so most of you can brush what I'm about to share off to that.

So, this is what William decided to do last night... Oh, he's holding the bottle of Zantac.

Then he did this... Yes, he LOVES to smell everything.

And finally he tasted the Zantac and made this face...

All of that took place after reading the list of possible side effects which include: hallucinating, constipation, diarrhea, severe headaches, irregular heartbeat, and that's just to name some.

So, we revisited the whole Zantac thing for our 15-day old gal. We got lots of very helpful feedback both in support of Zantac and in support of not using Zantac. (Thank you EVERYONE for your comments and emails!) And while we are certain some babies have truly benefited from taking Zantac, we feel led to try a different route as Paloma didn't poop ALL DAY yesterday for the first time. We know this is a result of having taking the med for one 24-hour period. And after experiencing Saraina as an infant with constipation (she once went for a 17-day streak of not having a bowel movement!) we do not want to mess around with that!

I'm going to cut out things I know are generally common to increase tummy discomfort and/or are common allergens. Basically, I'm cutting out dairy (with the exception of a little cream in my few sips of coffee and butter - though I may buy something today that I can use in place of it), acidic foods like tomatoes, citrus fruits, etc. I'm eating lots of potatoes, zucchini, rice, turkey, chicken, nectarines, peaches, grapes, and bananas. I could kick myself for not planting zucchini in our garden! Urgh!

AND... (drum roll!) we ordered Colic Calm late last night to give to our baby girl. What we've read and have heard from a close friend makes it a no-brainer for us. It's worth $25 to try. I'll let you know how it all goes. If you're interested in knowing what it is, click on the link above.

FINALLY, please do pray for us, if the Lord brings it to your remembrance. Please pray:

- that Paloma's discomfort would end, that she would be healed in whatever areas she needs
- that Paloma would begin to have bowel movements regularly
- that Paloma would gain weight
- that Paloma would be able to tolerate my breast milk
- that I would have energy and wisdom to care for Paloma (and the big 3!), especially during the night hours
- that William and I would continue to remind one another of God's sovereignty and care for us and our kiddos during this time.

Time for lunchtime prep!

Thursday, July 24, 2008


Okay, so I took Paloma to the dr. yesterday AM and she put her on Zantac. Anyone out there have any experience with this? She has been spitting up (including projectile) a LOT. I tried to do my version of an elimination diet but the dr. kinda insisted on going this route first to help relieve some of her discomfort.

Anyway, whatever info you have on newborns taking this would be helpful. Thanks!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Our Foursome

These are not great pictures but I desperately wanted a picture of my foursome on Paloma's 2-week birthday. Here's what I could get real quick...

Monday, July 21, 2008

Paloma's First Week

Blog entry began on July 15 but it has taken me this long to actually post it!

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

We are in the midst of transition here in Whitneyville. And verses like the one above bring much comfort to my weary soul as my prayer list get longer and longer. We are thrilled to have Palmona with us (though people continue to ask me when I'm going to have my baby so I guess I look very pregnant still!) and are enjoying her sweet addition to our family.

Things have not been normal in that my sister and my neice have been with us this past week (and are probably in mid-air returning home as I write this!) helping me survive. William has also worked a lot from home to be available. We also had a brief visit from Grammy over the weekend. At one point we had five kids and four adults under our roof and I was amazed that it wasn't as crazy as I thought it'd be.

Here are some pictures to capture what Paloma's first week in Whitneyville has been like.

Just prior to me going into labor, the kiddos had a great time playing out back...

Paloma in Mommy's belly. This was taken late afternoon/early evening. Paloma arrived just about 4 hours later! I know. Not a flattering picture at all. But it does show that I look like I am about to pop!
Kiddos and big cuz playing in the pool Auntie shipped to our house to enjoy. Clearly we have no shame in how crazy our backyard looks!

Here we are waiting out front for Daddy to arrive. It's about 6:30ish PM at this point. I showered and put on a dress as I remember how quickly the last two kiddos came and how difficult it was having other people undress me, a big prego-lady who's water broke! Bad, bad, bad. Always wear a dress!And Daddy arrived and moved real quick! He made exceptional time as he was at work an hour away and scheduled to go to a night meeting.

We arrived at the hospital just before 7pm. I was bummed that valet parking wasn't in effect as we had to park and walk a bit more than I would have liked.

Arriving at the hospital shots...

William making me laugh between contractions. Oh- and the baby monitor is on my belly at this point.

Our midwife Noreen was wonderful! What a difference having her opposed to our previous doctors! Classic Noreen says, "If you feel like pushing go ahead and push!" as she gently pats my knee with a smile. None of that clinical doctor speak and having to wait for the hospital staff to be ready. My favorite line from Noreen was, "Oh yes. You're gonna have this baby by 8." I take the effort to look at the clock, which read 7:55 PM, and thought she was joking. Obviously she knew what she was talking about!Experiencing pain.
After the pain of childbirth Paloma Joy entered the world. Here are some shots of her during her first 24-hours.

We were able to leave the hospital after Paloma received her 24-hour check. How sweet it was going home! All the kids were sleeping when we got home but when William took Joshua to the potty before bedtime we let him meet his newest little sister. His eyes got large and his smile so warmed my heart. He is such a good big brother!

On Sunday and at the ripe age of 4 days old, Paloma Joy attended her first church service. It was sweet having family attend that service with us as well. Grammy, Auntie Seve, and cousin Celeste were all in attendance with us.

And that's enough. This post was ridiculously long. Sorry!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Some pics

Well, we had the cord after all. Here is Paloma receiving her first bath.

And here she is scrubbed up nice.

Paloma Joy

Today at 8pm the whitneykiddos officially expanded to four! Paloma Joy was born with a full head of hair and a scrunchy little face. She is doing well at 7.6lbs and 18". She looks very similar to Saraina, so we've decided not to post any pictures of her. Feel free to reference a past blog post to see an early pic of Saraina.

Momma Whitney is doing well, but a bit tired. It was another action packed labor and delivery. I received a call at 5pm from Kia, she seemed concerned about the fact that I was one hour away and scheduled for a night meeting. I told her to check back in a half hour but when she called back in five minutes it became clear that someone else would have to cover my meeting.

It worked out quite well and we checked into the hospital at 6:56pm. The midwife and I felt confident the baby would be born before 8pm, and I think she was, but the hospital has officially recorded it at 8pm. Oh well, ya can't have it all.

Momma took it like a pro and I respect her for her amazing birthing abilities. My wife has a tremendous threshold for pain - ya gotta love that. She didn't even break a sweat but I could tell it was burning like a hot coal. Good work Momma, way to push!

Well Paloma welcome to the blog. Pics will certainly follow soon but we didn't bring the appropriate cord for the computer, so that's all for now.

Saturday, July 05, 2008


This week was full of waiting. Getting those "you haven't squeezed that baby out yet?" comments has made it even more interesting. Today we all went to Costco and a lady actually looked at my belly and then me and said, "You're having your fourth?" I smiled and said, "Yes." She then changed her look of shock to disgust and said shaking her head, "You're crazy. I almost stopped at one." All that to say, waiting has been everything but boring!

In all seriousness I have struggled a lot with the details surrounding the birth of this baby. The actual labor and delivery doesn't phase me, I am full aware of Scripture saying we'll give birth in pain. My concern has been over my other kiddos. We had two close calls in the past and while I love my husband, I don't want him to deliver our child! So, I've been fighting anxiousness by reminding myself of God's faithfulness in the past and that He loves and cares for our kiddos WAY more than I ever could dream of doing so. Thankfully my sister arrives for a 10-day visit on Tuesday and that means I don't have to worry about what to do with the other kiddos!

As for stats, I saw the midwife on Thursday for my 38-week visit and she said I was about 1.5 inches which was VERY encouraging as I've never progressed in the past till the very end. I've had lots of middle of the night worries that my water broke. My water broke for the first two and I know how messy that can be!

And because I am not into blogging lately, I'll end with some pics that show you just how we've been spending our time waiting for the newest member of our fam to arrive!

We rode bikes. Joshua got a new big boy bike (16") and had lots of fun learning how to work the brakes. Saraina upgraded to his old one which was way too little for him. And I even got to take a spin on my bike. First time I rode a bike in 4 years! Probably not the greatest thing to do when you're 38-weeks pregnant. But it sure felt good!

On July 4th we ate breakfast and walked downtown to see the city parade. It's great living so close! It was a solid walk for us though and by the time we got there and set up camp to watch, Saraina kept saying, "I want to walk!" over and over while Joshua complained, "I not having fun. I want to go home." On our walk home we were able to enjoy an air show though.

And the kids were able to enjoy playing in our slightly bigger pool. And then they decided to water our garden with the water from the pool. Great idea, kiddos! Kadin was not too interested in gardening though. He was more into his dump truck.

The other highlight was going to Phillip's Park down the street. We visited the sunken garden, walked through the zoo, and then played at their really nice playground for quite awhile. This was the first time Daddy was able to go with us.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Dear Baby #4...

from May 21, 2008

Dear Baby #4,

We're less than 7 weeks away from holding you in our arms, IF you follow the pattern of your siblings! But something tells me you're gonna be different.

For the first time, your Daddy and I are in disagreement on whether we think you're a boy or a girl. No, I think at this point we're just clueless and can go either way in our "feeling" of BOY versus GIRL. For the first few weeks of the pregnancy I thought girl. Nope. That's not true. I thought you were one of two growing in my belly! But, the ultrasounds confirmed that you were traveling solo. Anyway, after finding out there was only one of you in my womb, I thought you were a boy but for the past couple of months I've been "feeling girl." Just a few ago, however, Daddy tells me he thinks you're a boy, without a doubt.

Either way, we are focusing on selecting a name for you. We've got one boy and one girl name but we are really trusting God to give us confirmation. We hope you'll appreciate whatever name we go with because you'll have with you till the Lord gives you your new name in Heaven!

Whether boy or girl, we adore you and can't wait for you to meet the rest of the fam! And as your mom whom God has allowed me to carry you in my womb, I feel I know you best... aside from the Lord! You are SO incredibly active. Each movement is precious to me. I will never tire of feeling your little body parts poke and prod and push as they are GIFTS from God.

Yes, you are indeed a WANTED child. But, if you have anything to do with it, would you please wait till Daddy is home before making your grand entrance? Let's not try to out do Saraina or Kadin in "how fast you can arrive once getting to the hospital."

I love you,