Thursday, July 23, 2009

Great News!

Yesterday we were blessed with some great news! Last week we took Tessa to see a cardiologist about her heart murmur her pediatrician had heard at her 9 month appointment. Unfortunately the EKG showed that the right side of her heart was working harder than the left side, and the murmur was louder than a usual innocent heart murmur. The doctor thought Tessa could possibly have a hole in her heart that may or may not require surgery later. So we had to take her in yesterday morning to have an echocardiogram done to see if there were any holes anywhere. Tessa did so good getting the IV and recovering from being drugged. It was kind of funny watching her get loopy but so sad as she became more and more out of it. Of course being the wild child she is she never fell completely asleep. She kept trying to move and talk but was unsuccessful. When they were wheeling her up to the recovery room she kept trying to crawl but her head looked like it weighed 100 lbs! It was so funny! Later that day we got the call from the doctor that everything looked great! There wasn't even a small hole anywhere. I'm so happy and relieved to hear that her heart is perfect! The murmur is an innocent murmur after all and nothing to be worried about. We couldn't be happier and are so thankful! We love our little Tessa so much!

This was a picture when they did the EKG. She loved watching the monitor and was so interested in it.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Summer Fun!

We finally took Tessa to the zoo for the first time. We were so excited since she loves animals so much! The monkeys were her favorite but she loved all of the animals. We had so much fun spending the day together.
Family picture
Tessa at the famous water globe
Checking out the groundhogs at their level
What kid hasn't had a drink from the lion
Checking out the giraffe

Tessa is so lucky to have her best little friend and cousin Addison. Annie and Addison came out to Daybreak to go swimming, we had so much fun. These two get along so well and just love each other so much. This was Addison's first time at the pool!

So cute

I just love this face Tessa is pulling
Trying not to burn by using the giant sun hats

Here is Tessa with a few of her friends. Unfortunately Bentley and Levi were there but didn't make it into the picture.

Kate (5 months), Tayci (17 months), and Tessa (10 months)

Monday, July 6, 2009

9 months

Tessa is growing up so fast! I can't believe all she can do now. At her 9 month appointment she weighed 13.3 lbs and was 26 1/2 inches tall. Making her officially below the charts for weight and 20th percentile for height. We also learned that she has a heart murmur but we'll find out more about it when we go to a cardiologist on the 17th. Hopefully it's ok and not a big deal. She loves to crawl all around, pull herself to a stand, and walk around furniture. She loves to go swimming, on walks, swing, and LOVES animals (especially Nana's dogs and the ducks at the lake). Tessa decided to make a lot of changes in her little life right at nine months. One night she just up and decided not to nurse anymore! She wouldn't take a bottle with breast milk or formula either. We were a little worried what could be wrong but after a week and a half of not drinking any milk she changed her mind and starting taking formula from a bottle, but was done with nursing. I guess she just thought she was too old for nursing. During the week she wasn't drinking milk she taught herself to sleep through the night though!!! Yahoo! From 8 pm to 7 am! It has been so nice to finally get some sleep. Thank you everyone for all your suggestions, many of them helped. Since she's been taking formula she's been putting on a little more weight too. I guess I just made skim milk :). Our little peanut is cute and happy as can be. We just love her so much and she makes everything so much more fun! Here a some pictures of her at 8 and 9 months.

Tessa nuzzled in the flowers at the temple

Playing in her saucer

She loves to ride around in the laundry basket like a ride!

Playing with toys

Playing in the sand

First time swinging!

Making a mess eating cornbread

Bath time

Tired after a long walk