Saturday, July 26, 2008

Good News

Well, we got some good news this morning. We got a phone call from the doctor's office after we took Madison in this morning to have her blood drawn. Her biliruben levels were down to 12, so no more biliblanket!! Yeah!! That thing was such a pain in the butt. I'm very thankful that her levels went down so fast, especially considering how high they were just 2 days ago. Everything else is going great. Zander is absolutely in love with his little sister. He constantly wants to hold her and kiss her. He also really likes trying to help change her diaper, but I usually try to change it really quickly before he notices because when he helps, it usually ends up taking a lot longer and she ends up pooping all over me and everything else. I'm really happy that he is adjusting to the change so well. After the first couple of days I was very anxious, but everything is going even better than I thought it would. We are so blessed!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

What A Day!!

Today was absolutely nuts. My morning started off perfectly. I got up early this morning so that I could take a shower before Jason went to work (yesterday, I had to wait until 2 p.m. when my mom came over and kept an eye on the kids for me while I took a quick shower). I was looking forward to spending some girlie time with Alisha, my sister-in-law, while Zander and Taylor, her daughter played. I had myself and both the kids dressed by 9 a.m. I was pretty proud of myself, especially since this was only the second day I have had both Zander and Madison by myself.

My mom stopped by to see the kids and drop some stuff off, and while she was here, she noticed that Madison was looking pretty yellow. She made me call the doctor's office and they told me that I needed to bring her in as soon as possible to have her blood drawn, so I scheduled an appointment at 1:30.

Alisha, Taylor, and Parker got here at about 12:45 so I was just able to say hello and then I had to run to my appointment. I didn't think that we would be gone for very long, so Alisha and the kids stayed here to play while I was gone. I ended up being at the doctor's office until 3:30. Dr. Trotter was right--Madison was a little jaundice and she must have been getting worse since Tuesday. When we saw him on Tuesday she wasn't that yellow and the whites of her eyes were still white, so he didn't even draw her blood. However, today, Madison's eyes were pretty yellow along with the rest of her.

I'm glad that my mom noticed and made me call the doctor's office right away to schedule an appointment because her biliruben levels were at 16.5, not far off from having to be put in the hospital. So after we got done at the doctor's office, I had to go and pick up a bili blanket. Needless to say, I didn't get to spend much time with Alisha. By the time I got home, it was just about time for her to leave and the kids were getting pretty grouchy anyway. The blanket is really kind of cool and I'm glad that Madison's not in the hospital, but the blanket is a pain. She has to be on it all the time except when she's eating or being changed. My poor baby!! It doesn't seem to bother her at all,though. I think that she likes the warmth from the lights.
On a good note, when Madison was weighed today, she weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. so she has gained back almost all of the weight that she had lost when she was weighed on Tuesday, almost 6 oz. And I was worried that she wasn't eating enough. Zander is also getting used to there being a baby in the house. I think he has also realized that Jason and I still love him just as much as we did before Madison joined our family. I'm glad that things are settling down a little bit at least.


Jason pointed out that we didn't have any pictures of Zayne on the blog, so we thought we better add one. Check out the tongue as he concentrates!! HeHe!! We'll have to add some more recent pictures the next time we see him, but this will have to do for now.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

First Doctor's Appointment

Well, we had our first doctor's appointment today. Madison is doing just great and is completely healthy. Today, she weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz. Dr. Trotter said she looks wonderful. However, she is a little bit jaundice, so we are going to keep an eye on her. I still can't believe how easy she is. She eats like a champ, and takes absolutely no convincing. This is a completely different experience for me than when we brought Zander home from the hospital already a month old. I can't wait to watch her grow and change!!

New Addition

Well, after a very long wait, here is the newest addition to the Wilkinson family. Madison Marie Wilkinson was born July 19, 2008 at 4:55 a.m , after only about 3 hours of labor. She weighed 7 lbs. and 11 oz. and was 20 inches long. She has blue eyes and blonde hair. She is the most beautiful baby I have ever seen (but of course, I'm a little partial!!). She is very easygoing and only cries when she is hungry or has a dirty diaper. Talk about making it easy on her parents!!

Her older brother, Zander is still unsure what to make of his new little sister. He has only been home with us for a few hours since we brought Madison home. Zander has been staying at his Grandma and Grandpa Wilkinson's house until tonight. However, when he has been around his new little sister, he just wants to keep kissing her!! It's pretty cute, but she gets tired of it pretty quickly. I also think that he is becoming jealous already. On Sunday, when we got home from the hospital, it only took about 15 minutes before he started being mischevious. Jason and I both had turned our backs for just a minute. When I realized that he was being awfully quiet, I immediately went to see what he was getting into. He was in the kitchen and he had just dumped the baby laundry detergent we had just bought all over the kitchen floor and was slipping and sliding around in it. Then today, just minutes after Grandma and Grandpa dropped him off, he was in the baby's room spreading Vaseline all over the baby's changing table. Talk about a mess!!