Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Hello! After a 3 year hiatus from blogging, we decided to get the Albrecht Family Blog spot back up and running :) We've had a lot of fun changes in the past 8 months. In September of last year, we moved to MN for a promotion with Target which also allowed Derc to pursue his dream job of becoming an agent for Whitetail Properties selling hunting, farming and recreational land. Most recently, as you can see below, is we're expecting baby number TWO! We're 18 weeks along, which for us, is the half way mark. Baby A's due date is 8/10/14 pending a healthy, no surprises pregnancy which we're praying for :) We have been highly monitored this prengancy with weekly appointments start a few weeks ago. Baby A has a 20% chance of developing the same heart condition Kale has, but it most often develops between 16-22 weeks, so we go for weekly ultrasounds during this time period to monitor it closely. So far, the first 3 appointments have gone well and they are not detecting anything, so we're keeping our fingers crossed that this continues. The only upside to the weekly appointments is we get to see our little one very frequently, and we also got to find out what we're having a bit earlier than normal. Kale's wish came true, and we're having a GIRL this time around, and she's proven to be a little acrobat for the ultrasound techs! They have to get very specific readings for the heart so a squiggly baby doesn't help that, but at our last appointment the tech stood up and did the 'Rocky' song after because she was proud of herself for getting the reading. The pregnancy has been smooth so far for the most part, so we're hoping that also continues. You can see some pics below of how we told Kale he is having a baby sister, we let him open his box of cupcakes which had pink frosting, and he was confident he was having a sister the whole time so we think he's pretty excited! You'll also see that we've been able to get outside a couple of times so far this spring to enjoy the weather, last weekend we did some grilling, went for a wagon ride and played some T-Ball in the backyard. We'll be moving into a house that we're building in Blaine in July or August, so this will prove to be a busy summer/fall for us! We'll keep the site updated with pictures of the progress with that as well. That's it for now, more to come after our appointment this week!
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Hello! It's been quite a while since our last post - hope everyone had a fun summer!! It went by way too fast for the Albrecht Family. Kale enjoyed his first summer outside of the NICU though. We got to spend days playing outside at the park, playing with our water toys, going for walks and we even snuck a trip to Okoboji in so Kale got to go on his first boat ride! What's new..... Kale is just a ball of energy these days! This summer we celebrated his first birthday which he enjoyed thoroughly. He is really close to walking, he walks around furniture, moves from toy to toy but hasn't quite gotten enough courage to actually take the leap of faith and let go of hands or furniture. He loves pushing his walker around so I'm sure it will be any day now that he takes his first solo steps and Derc and I are in for a rude awakening I'm sure! The biggest news with Kale recently is that he underwent eye surgery on 9/2 to correct his crossed eyes. The surgery went really well, it was incredibly nervewracking waiting for the surgery to be completed but luckily our parents came to keep us company while we waited anxiously. His eyes have been very red and bloodshot on the inner part of his eyes. You may be able to see some of the redness in the pictures below. It is going down quite a bit but is still there. They said to expect that for up to 6 weeks...at least they aren't bright red anymore. His eyes look great, it's crazy to see him look at you with both eyes straight, he seems like he has a new outlook on life! As far as other health updates, he had his last cardiologist appointment in May and they didn't want to see him back until December, so that is very promising that they are only wanting to see him every 6 months now. At his latest physical he was tipping the scales :) at 18 lbs. 10 oz. He was 29 inches long, so he is keeping up with his corrected age with height but he is still a few pounds underweight. He is getting there though! He is eating all sorts of food now, but he is still on bottles for calories. He has meals and snacks throughout the day and still takes a bottle in the morning, evening and he wakes up for one every night at 3am......we're hoping that is something we can stop soon!! Any weening tricks would be much appreciated. We're pretty sure when the day comes to sleep through the night he is going to throw a pretty big fit and I'm picturing projectile vomitting. Kale is going to daycare full time and he seems to love it. Derc spent a lot of time down at his friend's land in Southern Iowa this summer. They are developing it for hunting land so there were countless hours spent with his friends mowing, spraying, burning grass, tilling, planting, etc. to get the land ready for hunting season. He's very excited that fall has arrived, he is in full UNI gear every Saturday for football and he is buying hunting gear to get ready for turkey/deer/pheasant seasons. If Kale were able to walk he would probably try and convince me he's ready to get his hunting license, he's pretty excited for that day to come! I have thoroughly enjoyed not working weekends this summer with my job. I have been traveling quite a bit with work and Derc is usually flyin' solo with Kale anywhere between 1-3 nights/week. He is definitely a trooper! We have a busy few months coming up - one of the coolest things is on September 24th we will be headed to the UNI football game where they will be doing a dedication to my dad before the game. After he passed away one of his great friends, Pat, helped get a flagpole installed at the new UNI track. They hadn't ever had a permanent flagpole so before every track meet they would wheel a small flag out for the National Anthem. Pretty cool that the flag pole is a dedication to him and there is a plaque with his name on it!! Well, that's about it for now, hopefully you enjoy the pictures below from the summer!