Saturday, June 16, 2018

Stroller Review - Britax B-Ready

* I bought this stroller with my own money and have no affiliation with Britax.

When I was pregnant with Savannah, I researched so many strollers. I had it narrowed down to the Britax B-Ready and the Baby Jogger City Select. In the end, we went with the Britax B-Ready.

I wanted a stroller that could turn into a double stroller (additional cost) for a future baby down the line. The Britax B-Ready had great reviews and was a very sturdy and solid stroller.

- Easy to fold and unfold
- You can set the brake with your foot in flip flops (important in Florida)
- Very comfy stroller and infant seat 
- Made intro a double stroller with the second seat

- Modular stroller so you have to buy everything separately (cup holder, accessories organizer, tray, etc.)
- Wide stroller and can be difficult navigating through tight spaces
- When folded it isn't as slim as other strollers on the market (Baby Jogger City Select)

- Kate

*Post may contain some affiliate links. I am not sponsored by any brand mentioned above. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Savannah’s Pink and Gold Nursery with Flamingos!

I had so much fun designing Savannah's nursery. I decided I wanted the "theme" to revolve around flamingos. So I went with shades of pink and gold. I am so happy with how it turned out!

Crib - Crib Skirt (similar)- Sheet -
                     Boppy - Boppy Lounger - Snug A Puppy - Ubbi Diaper Pail (best ever!)

Sign from Etsy

 Tissue Holder - Gold Tray 1 & 2 (similar) - Plastic Apothecary Jars - BabyBum

                                                         Set of 3 Gold Mirrors (similar)

This corner is great. We can read books and rock her to sleep. The gallery wall in the corner is a bunch of different flamingo prints I had made. I got most of them from Etsy.

These shelfs are one of my favorite things in her nursery. They are spice racks from Ikea. We got three shades of spray paint to create an ombre look. We use them as bookshelves and they are a perfect fit. The baskets underneath are from Target and hold her stuffed animals. The ones we have are no longer available but I did find an close match.
          Ikea Spice Racks  - Gold Baskets (similar)

- Kate

*Post may contain some affiliate links. I am not sponsored by any brand mentioned above. All opinions are my own.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Horrible G-tube Removal Experience & Surgery

Savannah had her g-tube removed and we had been struggling with leaking, bleeding and the site not closing.

We ended up in the ER because it wouldn't stop, she has having a reaction to the tape, and it looked like an infection could be coming. We found out she was allergic to the tape and they sent us with a new way to wrap her and some cream to help keep the infection away. They refused to close the hole until 4 weeks after it was removed because it normally closes up fine on its own. However, hers didn't.

GI finally agreed we needed the surgery. We set it up and waited. It was going to be 2.5 weeks after it was removed. Then, the morning of, we get a called from GI saying that the surgeon refuses to do it.  She said that she didn't want to do it because the g-tube should have never been removed, she didn't put it in, and she was so upset with our GI because of the whole situation. So, I was of course, was furious. We went in and they cauterized it again and hoped that would help. More days pass and it still hasn't stopped leaking. She was losing food, medication, and weight. We go in again and this time GI brings in another GI and the Surgery NP. They all agree that it isn't going to close on its own and that we need to have the surgery...duh!

The surgery happened 3.5 weeks after removal. We got a different surgeon who agreed to do it after seeing her and the pictures. She said it was 100% needed. She was great! They put her under and the whole thing took under 30 minutes. She did really well. They used dissolvable stitches under the skin and sutures on the top that will be removed after a week. She hasn't been in much pain and isn't leaking anymore.

Overall, the whole situation sucked. However, there is finally a light at the end of this horrible tunnel.

Here are some pictures of the whole situation.

This is what it looked like 5 days after removal.
We went to the ER after we sent this picture to the GI doctor.

In the ER and sitting with Daddy.

This is how much she was continuing to leak. 
She was losing so much of her food each feed.

The stoma was just not closing. This is what it looked like before surgery.

Right before surgery :( She wasn't a happy camper but is such a strong girl.

- Kate

*Please remember, I am not a doctor or medical professional. This is just what I have decided to try for my daughter after research.

10 months & 41-43 week update

Savannah turned 10 months old yesterday! 

Time is flying by so quickly! There has been some major updates since her 9 month update.

- She is crawling! No more army crawling but true crawling. It started out of nowhere and now she just crawls everywhere.
- She had her g-tube removed and surgery to close the stoma (more on this in another post).
- She is off her Nexium and we are slowly weaning her off of Erythromycin.
- Her heart is looking great and she is on a slow wean of Propranolol.
- She is rocking Speech therapy and purees. She ate 4 ounces of puree in one sitting!
She took a few steps with her walker!
- She went to the Neuro- Ophthalmologist and everything looks fine in regards to NF related issues with the eye. She does still have a blocked tear duct and will have to have surgery for that in the summer.
- Her genetic appointment for NF is in just a few days.

Here are some pictures from the past few weeks:

She took a few steps with her walker!

We spent the weekend visiting family. 

My loves!

Savannah and her cousin Logan.

Savannah and her cousin Ryleigh.

Learning to crawl at Aunt Sally's house!

- Kate