December 23, 2010

Just because I love Christmas and just because I love this baby!..

merry christmas to you!

December 15, 2010

Lizzie meets Santa Claus!

On monday, back up to Primary Children's we went! Lizzie had her monthly checkup with the cardiologist. This time, they had to put her to sleep (cause ya know, babies move around a lot) they did a sedated ECO and an EKG. Her heart is in the same condition they found it when they first looked at it. This is actually a good thing, even though every time we meet with the heart doctor we hope to hear that her heart has just healed itself, we are just grateful there were no new surprises and she is able to wait until she is a little older to get heart surgery. The doctors tell us that she has an Atrioventricular Canal defect (AV canal) this defect basically means that she has a hole in the center of her heart. {*one-third of all children born with AV canal have Down Syndrome} This defect also can include abnormalities with the valves in the heart. Lizzie has one big valve where she should have two. She will have to get open heart surgery, where they will go in and put a patch in the middle of her heart and somehow separate the one valve and make two! The doctors want to do the surgery in the middle of February. Even though I'm not very excited to live at Primary Children's again, I am extremely grateful for such an amazing hospital and amazing doctors!

December 5, 2010

3 months!

3 month checkup
(I know, I'm a little late)
weighed in at 8lbs 14oz
23" long

December 2, 2010

Lizzie's Big Day..

On sunday, we blessed our sweet Lizzie Jane. We talked with our bishop and decided to do it at Clay's parents house and keep it really small. It turned out great! I am so grateful for such an amazing husband and worthy priesthood holder. Clay gave our baby girl a beautiful blessing and there was not one dry eye when he finished. He loves his baby and is so proud. We feel so incredibly blessed to have this perfect baby girl in our lives. She is the best, easiest baby anyone could ask for. She hardly ever cries, sleeps all the way through the night, takes her bottle and even nurses like a little champ! She is nothing but pure JOY!  

Oh so pretty...

Lots of love and support...

Thank you family & friends for making Lizzie's day so special!


November 5, 2010

As Cute as a Bug...

We really didn't do much for Halloween this year, just spent the weekend moving.

October 20, 2010

2 month check-up

2 months!

Today, Lizzie went in for her 2 month check-up. 
Weighing in at 8.1 
Length: 20 1/2

getting her shots... It just broke my heart to see such a sad face

one in each little leg :(

October 12, 2010

Glamour Shots...

Since we were sent straight from Payson hospital to Primary Children's where we stayed for 3 weeks or so, we were unable to get the newborn pictures that I always wanted. It's a well known fact that photographing a newborn works best about 10 days after they're born, so that might explain why Lizzie was not very cooperative when we tried to squish her into the cute little newborn poses. Despite the fussiness and lack of interest, I think Sarah did a great job getting some beautiful shots of our little Lizzie Jane. the end we had just given up on trying to get her to pose. Looking like a little old grandpa was not what I had in mind but this little baby is just like her dad!.. Glamour shots are just not her favorite thing!

This is how much Lizzie LOVES the kissy mushy pictures...

October 11, 2010

Down Syndrome Awareness

October is Down Syndrome Awareness month! I had no idea! But now that I am  FULLY AWARE of down syndrome, I'm joining in on raising awareness! One of the many things that I was not aware of was how connected these families really are! It's like we've suddenly made a whole network of new friends that I wouldn't have had otherwise! I absolutely love that all of the families who are dealing with down syndrome are all so connected and are so willing to reach out and support one another! So thank you to all of our new friends that have checked out our blog and offered your support! 

October 9, 2010

The last 2 weeks...

This is what has been happening in the life of Lizzie for the past 2 weeks!..

September 23rd we got to bring our little Lizzie home!
We stayed the night at the NICU thurs. night (got no sleep at all) and waited and waited all day Fri. to finally take her home

Our favorite NICU nurse Rochelle. She was so nice and so helpful. I already miss all of the nurses that took care of Lizzie, I wish I could have just taken one of them home with me!

Yay! finally on our way! (don't mind if we look extremely tired) 

Thank Goodness for Granny Tracy and Grandpa Perry!
They came out to Roosevelt the very next day and made us dinner, helped with baby duties, and Grandpa perry set up the swing! We love them dearly!

...And Thank Goodness for Granny Cheryl and Grandpa Mark!
They came out to Roosevelt right after Granny Tracy and Grandpa Perry left. They made us dinner, helped with baby duties, and Grandma Cheryl organized ALL of the baby stuff! We are so grateful for everything the grandparents have done for us. We couldn't have made it through without them.

First bath at home...
After Granny Cheryl & Grandpa Mark left, Cheryl came back to our rescue with our nurse/aunt Hayley! 

Meeting the cousins...
All of Lizzie's cousins were so excited to finally meet her! It was like christmas morning they were that excited!                                                     

Even Grandma & Grandpa Knotts were so excited for Lizzie to come home!..

... Our new bassinet 
Our good friend Mike Johnson surprised us with this beautiful, black walnut, handmade bassinet! We are so incredibly grateful for this amazing labor of love. In the midst of these tests and trials, I've realized that we are so blessed with amazing family & friends who are so excited to serve and learn from our sweet baby girl. This beautiful gift will be an heirloom in our little family forever and will always bring sweet memories of such a trying time. 

... and if your wondering about the darling quilt, it was made by Mike's daughter Ann! I LOVE this quilt and can't wait to show it off!