For a while, Joel had been unhappy with his job. He liked who he worked with but had a hard time in his position. He was ready for a change but wasn’t sure what he wanted. We had been talking about it for months and I had asked for him to wait until the girls were born before switching. I knew we would need time off and I didn’t want a new job to interfere with our special time.

We started looking at houses in October and did not find a house until the end of November. It was not what we were hoping the search would be. Joel and I wanted a finished house with little to no remodeling projects. We were still in the process of remodeling our current home and taking care of our newborns. Houses were very hard to come by in Midland because it was a booming city. Many people were waiting for six plus months to get into apartments. Others were living in hotels or RVs outside of town. So we decided we needed to take what we could get. Joel loved the house we put an offer on but I was not as happy. Again, I didn’t want those remodels and it was a full remodel. Even though I didn’t like it, buying this house meant that we could be together instead of the girls and I staying with my parents and Joel coming up without us.

We were very worried about putting our house up for sale in Houston where the market wasn’t as good. Luckily it was only on the market for fifteen days before an offer was made. Our house was sold with that first offer. We moved three days after Christmas. The moving truck came on the 27th to load up our entire house. It took eight or nine hours to pack everything on the truck. After they loaded the truck they told Joel that they needed to unload at our new house starting at eight am the next morning. They would be leaving Houston at midnight so someone had to be there. That meant that Joel had to leave that night. So, Joel loaded up the rest of his truck and left Houston at around 6 pm. The girls and I went to my mom’s to stay the night.

We left the next morning. The girls did really good on the eight hour journey to Midland. I felt so blessed that my best friend decided to ride with me. I am not sure what I would have done without her on that journey. My mom and step-dad followed me up to help with the move. After eight hours in the car,  we were very happy to finally get to our new home. Luckily we had movers that came to help us, otherwise I am not sure what I would do with packing and moving with two little ones. My family was able to help us unpack majority of the boxes over the weekend before they headed back to Houston. It was really hard to see them go because we were not sure when we would get to visit with them again.

I am having a hard time with the move and my family leaving and living in this new house. I have been really emotional and take it out on Joel. As much as this job and opportunity is good for him, it is really hard on me. I had planned on working and staying in Houston and now I don’t know anyone and only talk to the girls all day. I feel really incomplete and spend most of my day upset or frustrated. I think it’s going to take me a while to get excited about this new change. I know it is good for us but it’s hard to see it right now.

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Horrible News…

The day that the moving company was at our house loading up the truck to move things changed so much for us. The girls had their four month appointment at the doctor before moving to their new pediatrician. We had gone in expecting only for them to have their shots and check up. Little did we know so much more would occur in that visit. We couldn’t see our regular doctor because he was on vacation, so we saw another doctor in the practice. This doctor checked Bailey first. As she was examining her, she told us that she had severe Plagiocephaly (misshapen head), severe Torticollis, and possibly hip dysplacia. She told us that she needed to go see a plastic surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, and physical therapist and fast. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. We had noticed that Bailey kept her head to one side and had asked the doctor about it at previous visits. He told us not to worry that we should just adjust her and it would go away. Well we had and it hadn’t. In fact now it was a lot worse and we were basically told its now or it will be permanent damage. I couldn’t believe that my poor baby was going to have to go through all of this. I began to panic because we did not have a pediatrician picked out for Midland. So I immediately started calling around. It took me several phone calls, and rejections before we found our new pediatrician. There were so many people moving to Midland that we would be on a waiting list for six months to see a doctor. We just couldn’t wait.

Update as of January 31, 2013…

Luckily for us, a doctor was accepting new patients and got us in fast. She agreed with the diagnosis in Houston and set us up with the correct doctors. We went a week later to a neurosurgeon, instead of the plastic surgeon, to see what he said about Bailey. He told us that we needed to wait eight weeks before starting treatment. We had been told that she was very severe by other doctors and this one wanted to wait. We were so upset when we left his office. That is when we had decided to make the call to Cranial Technologies for an evaluation. Before we made it to the neurosurgeon we had met with ECI to have Bailey evaluated for services and in home physical therapy. The physical therapist had told us about Cranial Tech and how wonderful their Doc Band was. So after being put on hold with the neurosurgeon we decided to take matters into our own hands and try them. They immediately set up a consult to have Bailey evaluated. We just needed a prescription from our doctor and a letter to the insurance company stating what we had done to prevent this. That was easy to get because our doctor had already diagnosed her with Plagiocephaly and we had already tried to adjust and re-position her.

Two weeks later we had our consult with Cranial Technologies. Bailey did qualify for the Doc Band. The insurance also agreed to pay for it. We received her report (DSI report) a few days after the consult. We were blown away with how severe she was. All of her measurements were off the charts. We had been told that her face was shifted and her ears were no longer aligned and of course we saw the huge flat spot on the back of her head. But seeing it on paper was overwhelming. At that point we began to pray even more that this would work and correct any issues with our baby. We had no idea what would happen.

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4 Month

Happy New Years!!!

Height – 23 in
Weight – 13 lbs 12 oz
Sleep – 9 pm to 7 am
Eat – 5 oz of formula, cereal, and apple juice
Accomplishments – laugh at our dog, hold head up for a long time and look around while on my tummy, loud screams of excitement, especially when the dog comes around

Height – 23 in
Weight – 13 lbs 12 oz
Sleep – 9 pm to 7 am
Eat – 5 oz of formula, cereal, and apple juice
Accomplishments – laugh at our dog, hold head up for a long time and look around while on my tummy, laugh a lot and make everyone laugh around her. She has this adorable belly laugh.

Baby Wise Schedule
7:00 am – Wake, Feed, Get dressed
9:30 am – Wake, Feed, Change Diapers
12:30 pm – Wake, Feed, Change Diapers
3:30 pm – Wake, Feed, Change Diapers
6:00 pm – Wake, Feed, Change Diapers
7:30 pm – Bath time
9:00 pm – Wake, Feed, Change Diapers **Cereal in Bottle

Well this month was a wild one for us. We put our house on the market December 15th. Luckily for us, no one really viewed it much during the holidays. We were busy packing and getting ready for the move. The day after we got back from Christmas in Kilgore, we loaded up the moving truck and headed to Midland. Joel started his new job January 4th and we needed to get settled before he started. This post is being written in our new home. I am exhausted from the move and a little scared because of this new change. I have done a lot of crying over the last few days. I know I will cry some more tomorrow. Today my best friend left and tomorrow my mom and step dad leave. It’s hard to say goodbye to everyone because I have no idea when I will see them again. It has also been difficult because of our 4 month doctor’s visit in Houston. That was a really hard appointment and I have not come to terms with what this all means. We will be searching for a pediatrician here this week. Hopefully we can get into one soon so that Bailey can get treated.

 Bailey on the left, Brook on the right (Love those chubby cheeks!!!)

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