O Come, Emmanuel



Happy Christmas season.

Happy Fall, Ya'll.

The best time of year.



 Angel Fire, NM






August

August was busy, and full of awesome things....birthdays, blessings and graduation!

It kicked off with Cam graduating from Texas Tech with a Personal Financial Planning Masters and an MBA.  He did so well and I am quite proud of this guy:
Can you spot Cam?

Guns up

 Leelee was a good sport during the ceremony.



This is my favorite picture.  
Liam always sticks is arms out like this.

We blessed the little man: 



Cam turned 31


The man loves York peppermint patties.


Sister Teigan turned 30, and her sweet husband enlisted family and friends to send us videos and pictures saying "happy birthday" as a virtual surprise party for her.  There is some footage of her 18th birthday mixed in as well.  



On the big 3-0, one should be surrounded by friends, and should not have to make their own cake. Here's to you, Teigan... smile big.

We went on a little trip to New Mexico, just the two of us... leaving Liam with G-ma Deb.

We went to Ruidoso, NM and did some hiking, Batman watching, eating and SLEEPING IN!


On the way home we stopped in Roswell, NM because we couldn't just pass up the famous alien museum.  Roswell is known for their history with alien encounters and "The Roswell Incident".  It wasn't the highest quality museum, but it's nice to know that if we needed to put up our own museum  we could laminate construction paper and tack it to the wall and people would be ok with that.


Our new friends.

Then we headed out to Denver and I decided to turned 27.


These boy cousins are the cutest.



August was a good month! Fun to be busy, see so much family, and do so much celebrating of  exciting things.

Summer!

Here we are at the end of July... I feel like we haven't had a very busy summer at all, but we do have a few things to show.

June was pretty busy- and fun.  It started off with my high school best friend and baby daughter (who I hadn't met yet!) came to visit us here in Lubbock.  Her cute hubby surprised her with a ticket for mother's day... score for us!  It was so fun to have them here.


Then Liam and I made a trip to Utah to meet my parents and visit family.  I got to see a few of my closest pals, such a treat.



Tosha needed to test the size of some bows she made for her baby girl, and Liam was willing to try it out.


He enjoyed it.


Liam met my grandparents for the first time


Generation picture:



Then we went to Reno/Tahoe to see the rest of the Scoffield girls and anxiously await the arrival of our newest nephew, Logan Grant Benson... who I do not have a picture of, but is very cute indeed.  Unfortunately, Liam and I did not get to meet him, we left about one day to early.  We still quite enjoyed our time in Tahoe though. 




This kid loves flags. LOVES THEM.



We came home and celebrated the birth of our country and the birth of our new nephew Logan by hanging out by a pool with some good friends and of course, eating!


Love this bebe.




Quick! But there you have it! 

Liam is fast approaching the 4 month mark.  He does not love to sleep during the day, he really acts like he is going to miss too much and just won't stand for it.  We are working on it, tirelessly... but not really, we are pretty tired.
He does love to eat, talk, smile and take baths.

He always gets distracted by the camera and stops what he was doing.

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He says "hello!"

Liam's Hospital Adventure

Our sweet little 5 week old Liam had his second hospital experience this week....(first being is grand entrance in this world)  Over the past few weeks, he started throwing up everything he ate, but remained hungry... he just couldn't keep anything down.  It progressed from once or twice a day to everytime he ate.  After 24 hours of everytime he ate, we became concerned with hydration , weight gain and everything that goes on with not eating, so on Monday to the doctor's we went.  After hearing his symptoms, seeing his low weight and poor hydration, and feeling his stomach, we were sent for an ultrasound...

...Which comfirmed Liam had Pyloric Stenosis (this link explains it perfectly) and he would need laparoscopic surgery to fix it.  He was admitted to the hospital and started on an IV for fluids to improve his hydration and get his little body ready for the anethesia.

IV Fludis

He hadn't held food down for over a day already, and once we were admittted, he wasn't allowed to eat anything... not that he would've been able to hold it down, but it's at least somewhat comforting to him. If you want to have a very upset child, don't feed him for a few days and continue pricking him with needles and pushing on his stomach.

You can see the pure exhaustion from trying to console our baby who felt miserable and didn't understand why.


Finally, in the wee hours of the morning, and with a lot of snuggling, he was able to sleep.


The next afternoon, he was fixed.

Our nervous walk to the operation:

After 45 very long minutes in the waiting room, we were told Liam did wonderfully and the surgery went very well!  We knew it would, but those were still the best words we could hear.

Only one of us was allowed to go be with him in recovery.  The nurse told me he woke up yelling and kicking, demanding food and throwing his oxygen mask.  She said, "I didn't know they could throw this young.  He is going to a hard one to keep with."  She said once he was left alone, he worked himself in to this comfortable position and dosed off:



Smallest oxygen mask ever:


Time to go find daddy and head back to our room:

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Before he was allowed to drink a real bottle, he had to start with pedialyte- which I hear most kids hate, and Liam was no exception.  We did catch a smile before he decided he had no patience for fake food and would have nothing to do with it.



He can finally eat! 
The real stuff:
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We like to think he is saying, "Finally! You guys fixed me!"


Peaceful sleep on a full belly:


So happy to be healthy:




When we were discharged the next day, I had to sit in the wheel chair and hold his car seat.  Can never be to careful I guess.


Thank you for all the prayers and thoughts during this experience.  Liam is doing great, and we've felt uplifted and very blessed.  We really appreciate everything from our family and friends, and the medical staff at UMC.  Cam and I have had our share of injuries and procedures, but we had never experienced the anxiety associated with having your baby need something.

I'm really excited for his 2 month appointment in a few weeks to see how much he weighs.  He eats every chance he gets, and is always so excited about it.  Bring on the chub!