Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bo update

So most of you know through my Facebook and Instagram updates that Bo was admitted to Valley Children's Hospital yesterday for RSV. When we got here yesterday he had a high fever which he had for a couple days that would not fully break. His breathing was hard and labored and he was wheezing. He was also very congested and lethargic. They started him on a very high dose of albuterol that was administered through a tube connected to a dome that fit over his head.....kind of looked like a astronauts helmet lol then we moved to his regular room where he was placed into a tent and the medication came through that. He had a chest X-ray that showed beginning stages of pneumonia so he is currently on antibiotics for that. Tonight, he will have his first real feeding I'm 24 hours and I get to hold him and nurse him for the first time in 24 hours as well which has been very hard. There is nothing worse that I have experienced that seeing your kids suffer and not being able to comfort them. This has been so emotionally draining. I keep on going into the restroom in our room to cry so that way I won't distract the nurses. I'm a ugly cryer :) I am so thankful Joe is able to be here and support me and Bo. He is such a sweet man and I am so thankful I married him. Also the messages of encouragement, scriptures and prayer today have been overwhelming in a good way. We have such thoughtful friends & a wonderful church family. God is here watching over my little Bo & He loves him so much. I've been really clinging to philippians 4:6-7 Lamentations 2:19 & especially John 14:27--Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Thank you Aida for sending that to me :)
We have about a week here but I am hoping for sooner. Bo recovered quickly when he was born prematurely and I know he can do it again. I will keep everyone updated on his progress, thanks again for the kind words.

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Location:Valley Childrens Pl,Madera,United States

Sunday, January 27, 2013


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flu aka the plague

Sickness has filled the Contente home! Betsey was hit first and after 5 days of no relief I took her in to the doctor. Her ears were red so we got some antibiotics and it has helped with the runny nose however the cough is bad and the constant fever really makes her sleepy. Bo has now come down with it. I told the pediatrician he was starting to run a low fever and she said I'm sure ill see you in a few days with him too. London has a cough and is in a pretty bad mood and I have a sore throat. No fun. Please pray for us that this will pass soon and not become a big deal.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Bo 4months!

Our little sweet Bo Autry is 4 months old!
He has got to be the sweetest, happiest baby. Always full of smiles and rarely ever fusses unless something is wrong. We love him so much.

Bo goes to the doctor next week for his check up so I don't have accurate stats. He is beginning to roll over and gets stuck on his side. He wears 3-6 month sized clothing and a size 2 diaper. He coo's and will talk baby talk back to you when you talk to him, it's super cute. He still struggles with acid reflux so he sleeps in his swing (I don't run it at night) to help keep the acids down. He usually gives me 6 straight hours of sleep and a couple of times 10 hours! I felt like a new woman in the morning. I have been trying to get my milk supply back and have been taking domperidone and pumping like crazy and I am starting to see some results after just a few days! I am giving it a month to see if I can get enough to start feeding him every other feeding or at least twice a day. That would be great.

Here are some photos of our sweet boy:

Bo, Rowan & Mason at 3 months old! definitely look like brothers

Rowan & Mason's birthdays.

January is a BUSY birthday month for our family. We have 5 birthdays: Rowan, Mason, My father in law & mother in law & my husbands!

On the 17th we celebrated Rowan's 4th birthday at home with our family and grandparents. He wanted a teenage mutant ninja turtle party with corn dogs, macaroni & cheese and a chocolate on chocolate cake with Butterfingers ice cream! We also ordered a cheese pizza just in case the adults weren't wanting to eat kid food :) I got this awesome idea from Laura at The Muncks Quiver, on using a birthday tree. I bought a little pre-lit Christmas tree at Rite Aid for $6.71 and I am decorating it for the birthdays, most holidays and maybe to go along with some school themes we are studying. So the tree is not my idea, but I am happy to copy because my kids are loving it!

For Mason's 8th birthday, we had an Angry Birds party for him on his birthday the 25th. His dinner menu was: green chile chicken enchiladas, rice & beans with a chocolate on chocolate cake and orange sherbet. Unfortunately, the babies are sick with ear infections and a yucky respiratory virus so we kept the party to just our family and still had a great time. We will get together with the grandparents next week to celebrate with them.

I am so proud of my sons. They are both such sweet big brothers to their sisters & big helpers to me.
Happy Birthday Mason & Rowan!
I made some TMNT salt ornaments for Rowan's tree

For Mason's 8th birthday, we had an Angry Birds party for him on his birthday the 25th. His dinner menu was: green chile chicken enchiladas, rice & beans with a chocolate on chocolate cake and orange sherbet. Unfortunately, the babies are sick with ear infections and a yucky respiratory virus so we kept the party to just our family and still had a great time. We will get together with the grandparents next week to celebrate with them

I am so thankful to be "mom" to these two boys. I am so proud of my sons. They are both such sweet big brothers to their sisters & big helpers to me.
Happy Birthday Mason & Rowan!

Thursday, December 27, 2012


It has been a long time since I have blogged! With good reason though.
Lets see what has happened since I last blogged & I warn you that this is a LONG post.
Well I took a long break towards the end of my pregnancy because it was just a really hard time for me.
I was diagnosed with a connective tissue disease called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. I have type 2, classical. Growing up, I was insanely limber. It was great for gymnastics and freaking my friends out with the creeping things I could do like hyper extending my knees and doing back bends into chest rolls. In high school, I started dislocating my knees a lot especially while playing volleyball. I even dislocated my shoulder while sleeping once, extremely painful. During my pregnancies I suffered from excruciating back pain. I always thought this was what all women went through, you know the sciatica etc. But this last pregnancy it was different. I couldn't walk and my hips were popping constantly. At first we thought it was just the relaxin hormone that is released to widen your hips and prepare them for child birth. But it was so painful. Then I dislocated my knee three times, twice while holding Betsey....dropping me to the ground and dropping her as well. Also, with each of my pregnancies, I have gone into labor earlier and earlier. During this time, my extended family went through a major diagnosis. My aunt had been struggling with some health issues and was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos (EDS). She suggested my grandma and dad be tested because it is a genetic disease and typically 50% of your family is effected by it. Sure enough, they were positive for it. My Aunt, who is also a physician, told me that I had more than half of the symptoms for it. This was in my third trimester of my pregnancy and after finding out more information I was more than freaked out. Our families genetic strand also has vascular issues, which is very dangerous and can cause ruptures. I was in my 5th pregnancy, facing my 5th cesarean....and put 2 and 2 together, your uterus is the most vascular part of your body outside of the heart. Having repeat cesareans puts you at a risk (low) for uterine ruptures, adding that I had 4 previous and now the EDS significantly raised my risk over the 30% mark. I have a grandfather and uncle who both passed from EDS related myocardial ruptures. I was sent to see a specialist as well as a genetic counselor. We pieced together all of my symptoms, the hyper extensions, the dislocations, the pre-term labor and decided that I could not be allowed to go past 37 weeks gestation due to rupture risk. I never made it that far. 35 weeks. EDS causes pre-term labor through early ruptures of the membranes. If you have a vascular variety, it causes an irritable uterus which is what I have. I have contractions almost the entire pregnancy. I have a severely scarred cervix due to fibroid when I was teenager. Thankful for that scarring because most women with EDS struggle with incompetent cervix because EDS is a connective tissue disorder and our cervix is made 100% of connective tissue, so my contractions never caused a change in my cervix and I am unable to dilate. But the contractions cause major stress to the baby, causing a major drop in heart rate. After laboring for 8 hours with contractions at 2 minutes apart and every medicinal attempt to stop labor,  Bo was born at 6lbs 15 oz and put into a incubator an hour after birth. We did chest to chest almost immediately after my cesarean. This was first for me and so special. But his labored breathing worsened and they needed to get him into Children's Hospital's care immediately. Bo stayed in the neonatal nursery for 6 days. The first 2 days we weren't even allowed to touch him because it caused him anxiety and made his heart race. He had sepsis and jaundice pretty severely. However, after 2 days of immense prayer, it just cleared. Sometime that the nurses said never happens. Bo recovered so quickly that he was able to stay in the NICU at our little hospital and never transferred to the big house in Madera, another thing that never happens. Typically, babies are transferred within 48 hours to the big house. But I believe that the Lord took extra special care of our little boy and helped him heal and get strong quickly. This made it possible for me to see him every day and pump and give him my breast milk. There is nothing harder than seeing your baby hurting and struggling. I still have a hard time looking at the photos of him in there, I cry every time. Im crying while typing this out. But now Bo is doing great and growing fast. When we left the hospital he weighed just a little over 5 lbs, now he weighs 12. He is such a HAPPY baby, always smiling and rarely fussy. I was unable to keep nursing him past 2 months. I didn't make hind milk, so Bo wasn't gaining weight. I pumped and fed him lots of milk.....still lost weight. So we started formula and he has thrived since. I struggled with hind milk issues with Betsey as well. Life is starting to get back to normal. Bo is sleeping through the night, usually giving me at least 6 hours or more of uninterrupted sleep...which is amazing! I am beginning to get into a routine of schoolwork with London, and starting to be able to keep house and cook meals more regularly, husband is thankful for that :)
My recovery has been brutal, my incision is still not healed all the way. I can't wear jeans fastened yet, because it rubs against it and is so painful. But it heal, and all will be ok again. I've been a bit paranoid about leaving the house with the baby because it's winter and RSV is everywhere and the flu. We were treated to a trip to Disneyland for 2 days and kept Bo covered the entire time as well as dousing ourselves and our children in hand sanitizer. It was fun, but completely stressful.....I do not recommend this with a new baby. We haven't gone to church in weeks because there is always a sick kid (sometimes it's mine lol) who infects every one, and Bo is still pretty susceptible to getting sick. He is congested a lot due to an air allergy and premature lung development so we have to be really careful. Well sorry the longest post ever, but alot has happened. We are well, we are loving life and we are blessed :) here are some photos of Bo!

Monday, June 18, 2012

past due.

Wow it's been almost 2 months since I have posted.
Life was been busy, in a good way.
I am almost 22 weeks into my pregnancy, feeling great just ginormous..... 5th pregnancy is no joke on the "I'm showing" meter.
Betsey celebrated her 1st birthday, my sweet girl.
Mason is out of school for the summer & finished baseball.
We officially started a homeschool curricula for London & Rowan, Heart of Dakota so far it's great.
It's 100 degrees already, I plan spending lots of time in the pool.

Well when I have some more time, I'll write about something with some more substance.