Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Our sweet little Grace is an absolute doll. She's taken her seat on our wild journey of life and has handled it so well. Grace is an excellent eater and sleeper (considering she is two months old, that is) and goes along with our hectic daily schedule.
It's a daily balance, but we are learning how to handle the ropes better all the time.
*cooing and smiling
*rolling from front to back
We are trying to get a handle on a case of cradle cap (flaky scalp skin) and acid reflux.
*Anyone who will smile and talk to her (poor second child!)
Two month stats:
Length: 23 inches (50-75%)
Weight: 11 lb, 3 oz (50%)
Head: 38.5 cm (25-50%)
Posted by Bethany Jordan at 8:01 AM
Sunday, July 27, 2014
First, I noticed I couldn't taste things properly. I kept describing foods as "metallic" on one side and "a dull sweet" on the other side. Even water was "wrong". My taste buds simply weren't working.
A few days later, I had to take out my contacts because my vision was blurry on one side and my right eye was dry.
The next day, I realized I was having problems moving my face and started self-diagnosing on the internet. I decided I was 95% sure I had Bell's Palsy. Bell's Palsy is a condition where half of the face is partially paralyzed. I can't even close my eye and have to blink my eyes manually with my fingers (hence the dry eye).
This is one of the tests I did before I went to the doctor. In this video, I am trying my hardest to puff out both cheeks. As you can see, I failed:
The treatment is aided by steroids for inflammation and anti-viral medicine, which may or may not work. Conditions can last weeks or months or even a year. Simply, there is a lot uncertainty about Bell's Palsy.
Of course, I was pretty concerned going into the neurologist for the official diagnosis.
The main reason for my concern: I had classic Bell's symptoms except one factor, my hands and arms have been going numb and falling asleep as of late. Bell's is only supposed to affect the face.
I went into the neurologist worried about much greater problems and was thrilled to get an official diagnosis of Bell's coupled with carpal tunnel syndrome (also likely a postpartum condition). Good times.
Check me out. Hello, Grandma Bethany at the drugstore with my wrist braces and eye patch.
Posted by Bethany Jordan at 6:24 PM
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Some of my favorite memories as a kid are from an annual summer trip to Six Flags with my dad. I love how Palmer is also a thrill seeker and likes roller coasters and water attractions as much as I do.
Posted by Bethany Jordan at 7:43 PM
Saturday, July 19, 2014
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Friday, July 18, 2014
We packed up Palmer and Grace and had a great weekend hike:
At 6,000 acres, the space is the nation's largest urban hardwood forest. Rick and I were so ashamed to have this destination at arm's reach and never even know about it until recently.
Posted by Bethany Jordan at 11:33 AM
Friday, July 11, 2014
We've come to love our 4th of July traditions and look forward to the summer celebration every year.
First up, the Lakewood parade:
Palmer showing his friends the "big slides" (both blow-up and water):
Palmer has been itching to get the jet ski up and running and after several weekends of work, he finally got a ride out on the lake.
Posted by Bethany Jordan at 7:30 AM