spirithorse21: (A Toast to Friends)
Samuel as a Lion for Halloween.

Baby lion kisses!

That is all. *grin*
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So, we took Samuel camping for his first birthday. These are the results: )

Basically, it was awesome!

New Icon?

Feb. 15th, 2013 08:50 pm
spirithorse21: (Dash and Sam Painting)
I think this might need to be a new icon or have some sarcastic phrase to go with it or something. Yes?

And my other favorite today :)
spirithorse21: (Growing Family)
I just had to share some baby smiles...they are the first really good ones I've captured. :)


1 month!

Oct. 13th, 2012 01:09 am
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My baby boy is one month old already. How did that happen?

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I cannot ever remember feeling this tired for this long. But things are slowly coming together. *sigh*

He will be 3 weeks old tomorrow. I can't believe how quickly time has flown--one more week and he'll be one month old! And he has GROWN like a WEED! Seriously, he entered this world at 7 lbs. 6 oz. As of Tuesday, he was 9 lbs even. He has outgrown the newborn cloth diapers and his strictly newborn clothes are fairly tight on him. The 0-3 month clothes look good though...for now.

Things have not all been easy though. Among all the usual newborn issues, he has been getting increasingly fussy about feedings, and then starting spitting up an oz or two of breast milk at almost every feeding followed by being very bloated, gassy, and generally uncomfortable. We saw the pediatrician about it Tuesday and he decided we should have an upper GI study done, so yesterday little Samuel got to fast for 4 hours (really, this is SO much fun with an infant. *eye roll*) and then drink barium for a scan. Results shows that it is just a minor reflux issue, so that is a relief and we can begin helping him feel better.

Today has been a little rough just because he's eliminating the barium. It has made him clingy and lethargic, but I don't mind cuddling with baby. Plus, it coincided with another visit from my mom, so *she* cuddled him for a few hours while I visited Doc.

Samuel in his first week

Samuel today after a bath and getting ready to go into his favorite thing--the ergo baby carrier. It's his cuddle time with Daddy. :)

We have almost completed 45 days of downtime for the injured suspensory. He has a recheck with the vet next Wednesday and I'm hoping we will get cleared to begin walking under saddle. In just the past two weeks the leg has really started to look better--cleaner, less swelling. I trotted him on a circle for the first time the other day and I'd say he is only a grade 2 on the lameness scale. *crosses fingers for next Wednesday*

Doc being hand grazed by one of our barn buddies who was kind enough to help me manage all this care-giving during the final weeks of pregnancy
Lame Doc

Poor Joon Dog. If it is not one thing, it is another for her. We have taken her off antibiotics for the first time in a year (yay!). She is doing pretty well. Still has a snotty nose, but vet and I think it is ok. She has been put on Prilosec because we now think that maybe all this pneumonia was caused by her aspirating snot into her lungs (eww!). It seems to be working. However, she has since experienced a kind of yeast infection probably caused by coming off antibiotics for the first time in a year. Poor thing had no beneficial bacteria left in her! We got *that* cleared up only to be confronted by random vomiting, which seems to be the result of not getting enough to eat (go figure!). My theory is that, as a barn dog, I always let everyone give her whatever they felt like sharing. At the moment we don't get to the barn terribly often, and I'm not pitching her table scraps all that much either. We've cut out a *significant* portion of her extra helpings. And apparently, all the snacking was good for her. We have resolved *this* issue by adding a *second* antacid--pepcid--to her diet, and she gets a third meal late at night, plus I'm trying to be better about giving her snacks during the day again. Who knew the treats and scraps could actually be a *good* habit for a pup?

Jeremy with a Joon Dog the day Samuel came home from the hospital.

Me and Jeremy
We are, unsurprisingly, exhausted. We are still trying to figure out how to juggle the night time duties with daytime responsibilities. I feel like we might be almostthere, but ask me that again next week and see how I feel. *grin* Otherwise, we are well. Jeremy, unfortunately, did not get that job in Terre Haute. It was a real downer because they said the job would have been his, they loved him, but stuff came up at the firm and they were unable to hire anyone. They hope to offer him the job again after the first of the year should he still be available. *shrugs* we're not holding out for it, but it would still be nice.

For my part, I cannot wait to begin riding again. I love my son. I love cuddling him. Motherhood is wonderful. But I cannot wait to begin riding again. The Blessing is this weekend and Jeremy is encouraging me to go watch without Samuel (It's supposed to be crappy weather here this weekend), and the Swallow Ridge fixture at my parent's place is at the end of October. I really hope to have something to ride for that hunt.

The Whole Family (ok, minus the Joon Dog, but close)
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He's here! He's finally here! It took 29 hours, several more procedures and drugs that I originally planned, and was completely and utterly exhausting in a way I have never experienced before, but he's here!

Sameul Eric Johnson, born at 12:48 am on September 14, 2012. He is 7 lbs. 8oz, and 20.5 inches long. He has just the right amount of hair, and is very squeaky when he makes noises. :)

Unsurprisingly, we are all exhausted. I will write more another day. But until then, he's here!

30 Weeks

Jun. 29th, 2012 03:28 pm
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I feel like I should be a lot more excited, but in reality I think the hardest part is about to begin. But before I get there, the good things we've accomplished...

* I have acquired the stroller, car seat, some cloth diapers, a second base for the car seat, and the dresser I wanted, all for considerably less than I would have spent buying them new. Ebay, Craigslist, and Once Upon a Child are wonderful!

* I brought the crib back to Indy last weekend and on Monday assembled it by myself correctly on the first try. Go me!

* Jeremy and I are planning to prime the nursery walls and steam clean the carpet next weekend, which means the room will be totally prepped for painting it with my mom later in July.

* We start baby classes tomorrow and take them throughout the month of July.

So, that's the good stuff. I'm pretty excited about what we have accomplished, and I'm looking forward to getting more done. But there are anxieties too.

The past week I have felt...off. I wake up early in the morning--around 4 or 5 am usually--and my heart is pounding. Pulse isn't elevated, just pounding. It is always accompanied by a headache and nausea, sometimes a vaguely clammy and cloud-headed feeling. I had my regular visit with the doctor today, so I told him about all of this. He asked some questions, took my blood pressure. Which was sky high. 160/90. Even higher considering that I actually have *low* blood pressure...usually somewhere between 90/50 and 110/60. They waited a bit and took it again. Same thing. He was concerned about this, so ordered some tests and sent me off to the hospital to get those taken care of right away. Fortunately, everything came back very normal, and by then my bp had even normalized down to about 109/60. Good news, no signs of preeclampsia at this time (which was his big concern). This does mean I have to be more vigilant though. Take note of these symptoms, call them if I have concerns. I get to monitor my bp every day, twice a day, and also anytime I feel like my pressure is askew. I also get to start once a week appointments now instead of waiting another 6 weeks. For now, I don't have to reduce my work load, but if things persist they will want to reduce my activity even more. I know this is all for the best, I can handle that. It just seems like I'm doing so little as it is...turning horses in and out once a day three days a week, and teaching lessons for 2 to 4 hours four days a week. That's pretty much it. But if I know me, I bet this is the beginning of something that isn't going to go away easily, especially in this heat, and that's going to mean giving up work earlier than I had hoped. *sigh*

I can't let myself get depressed about it. It's a short term thing--we're already at 30 weeks! And it's for the health of both me and the baby. It's just a downer at the moment. I knew things probably wouldn't be perfect for me...my body is a little unstable in the health department anyway, more so in relation to the reproductive system. We had problems early on with bleeding and cramping that forced me to give up riding at 4 months, and that hasn't been so bad. It stopped the problem and I'm doing ok. I miss riding, but I'll get back to it soon enough. This is just the next thing, right? I can manage this too! Just two weeks ago I managed to overcome what I thought would be a big hurdle...I had my gestational diabetes test and it came back clean! My doctor and I were concerned about this because I am hypoglycemic already, started the pregnancy enough overweight to be concerned about adding too much more, and I don't handle body changes well. Well go me, I've been diligent about my diet and low-level exercise and my blood sugar levels came back at 95 mg/dL! I'd say this pretty solidly shows I'm still hypoglycemic--I don't think anyone who drinks those sugary drinks they give you to take the test should come back with a blood sugar level below 100 in one hour's time--but at least I don't have gestational diabetes!

I think the thing that is most...stressful? dispiriting? about the blood pressure issue is that hard work and planning can't fix it. With the blood sugar thing, I could head it off by keeping up a good diet, exercising regularly, and watching my weight. These are proactive things, key phrase there being "active." Active fits very nicely into my personality. The blood pressure thing? Not so active. If the problem persists, the best thing I can do is *cease* activity. And that's going to be hard. Don't get me wrong, I'll do it. No question. But the novelty will last about...12 hours. And then I'll wish that I could go do something useful. Jeremy keeps telling me I am doing something very important, and very hard. I know...making life *is* hard. But it's still going to be hard if that's the *only* that is going to be filling up my days.

but who wants to be all depressed about baby stuff? Here, have some pictures. It's stuff that made me happy anyways... )


Mar. 23rd, 2012 09:34 am
spirithorse21: (Growing Family)
Baby moved! I actually felt it. First time!


Mar. 23rd, 2012 09:34 am
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Baby moved! I actually felt it. First time!


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