Monday, April 21, 2014

Baby Christina Laughing

Baby Christina didn't start smiling until she was over six months old and now at almost eight months old she has finally started to laugh and giggle! And to hear that from this little girl is just so wonderful since she doesn't show much reaction to us. But the fact that she's now laughing means she has a fun, little personality in there bursting to get out! We got her on video cackling and it is just so scrumptious! And the more wild I threw her, the harder she laughed! She is a little thrill seeker! (Sorry about the quality of the video, we keep our house pretty dark for baby girl, so it's quite dark in the video.)


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Busy, busy weekend Pt. 2

We quickly snuck off to California after Christina's surgery, scared her doctor would advise against it. But she was a happy camper the whole trip down and during the mini-vacation. She really is such a pleasant baby and she's happy to go along with whatever we're doing as long as she can stay in the dark, literally. 

We had so much fun with all the cousins, aunts and uncles, and of course Grandma and Grandpa! We celebrated the Easter weekend with a little egg hunt, then went to the beach and then to church on Sunday. Every time we got in the car James would just crash! I guess he was having too much fun!

James and mommy's selfies before we hit the road back home. We already miss California and all our family!

Busy, busy weekend Pt. 1

This weekend was a very busy one for the Nelsons! Baby Christina finally had her third eye surgery. She was supposed to have it several weeks ago but due to issues with obtaining the required equipment for her specialized care it took several weeks to happen. The eye surgery was to her left eye to treat the glaucoma that had developed (she already had surgery to treat her right eye for glaucoma). Secondly, she had her eyes semi-permanently sutured closed to protect her eyes that always remain open. She did wonderfully and recovered very quickly after surgery. We were out of the hospital and into morning rush hour traffic. (Although we did arrive at the hospital just after 5 AM.)

Just after her surgery we were able to meet up with some friends for a couple hours that were visiting in Vegas. Brian's dearest friend James treated our James to a snow cone which James classically dropped as he took his first bite! And sadly we didn't get a picture with James' beautiful wife Karly! We had so much fun catching up with our friends before we headed off to California.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Throwback photo circa 1991

I've been seeing a lot of my brother James in baby Christina. They both have/had Trisomy 2q13 so I assume there must be shared features with this diagnosis but since they are the only two in the world with this exact diagnosis it's hard to know for sure! 

Here's a throwback picture of me and my brothers. (Sorry Jenny, you weren't born yet!) You can see how my James and I share a lot of similarities and baby Christina and my brother James look very similar (He's on the bottom right for those didn't know James.) And we love to keep things really confusing with the names Christina and James!

And the pose evolved to James smothering his sister! Sometimes he just won't leave her alone!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Christina Lately

We got a couple smiles out of her!

Christina looks so much like my brother James in the picture below, I can hardly believe it how much! Just a girly, feminine version!

Baby Christina is now 7 months old. She seems to have advanced in a lot of things over the last couple of months! 

When she's in the mood she's able to lift her head and look around. She is starting to use her abs and back muscles in an attempt to sit up. She isn't doing it on her own but she is at least utilizing and developing those muscle groups now. 

Just this week she decided she longer likes to sleep on her back and she will immediately turn over to her belly for Zzzs. At first this made me really nervous because she plants her face into her crib and I was worried about SIDS or suffocating. The first night she flipped to her tummy, I tried to keep her on her back but she would just return to her belly. So I've given up because she clearly has an opinion about it and it seems to be a losing battle! And she seems to be liking it quite a bit and she now sleeps for longer stretches. She tends to do about one 5 hour stretch in the night.

She has basically just become very opinionated about things in general! She is particular about how she is held, who holds her, when she's held and so on! 

It has also been interesting to see who Christina takes a liking to. It seems like some people just have the right touch, like a baby whisperer and she just melts in their arms, while other people she wiggles and fights to get out of their arms. And there is no telling which one a person will be! She always seems to surprise me. For instance, she has a physical therapist that comes to the house to work with her and on occasions two therapists will come. There is one therapist in particular that sometimes comes, a handsome African American man that baby girl just fawns over. Whenever he talks she looks to him, whenever he moves around the room she gazes at him. What a little flirt she is! It is just so funny!

And for baby girls not so good news. Firstly, she only gained one ounce in a month! Not good at all! She weighs 9lbs., 6oz. But she did grow half an inch in length! So we are working (as we have been since her birth) on her weight gain. And secondly, she is having emergency eye surgery this week because her ophthalmologist now believes her left eye is looking larger and may also have glaucoma. The doctors and us are a bit nervous about her having surgery because she failed to initially wake up from anesthesia back in December. So we are praying she will do much better this time around!

Overall she is doing quite well and is surprisingly healthy and happy!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Afternoon at the Bellagio

One of the great things about living in Las Vegas is that we can go see the fun tourist sites on a moment's notice. And the warm weather doesn't hurt either! So the kids and I went to hang out at my favorite hotel/casino -- which is the Bellagio. Unfortunately, the fountains were off because of high winds, so now we have an excuse to go back!

And who doesn't love to see some very high end shops!

James loved the gardens inside and we walked around them for over an hour!

Baby Christina is always so good on outings, she just hangs out in the Bjourn as happy as a clam.

James was walking around like such a little man, with his hands in his pockets. So cute and handsome!

Monday, March 24, 2014

First scripture in primary

On Sunday, James gave his very first scripture over the pulpit in primary school. The whole week before he was so excited about picking out a scripture to read and he did a great job and not an ounce of shyness! And he chose dad to be his helper!