Tuesday, July 22, 2014

one month, two months, three months, four!

 laying out in the April sunshine...this was a couple days after we came home. so tiny!

At 2 months, Madeleine weighed 8 pounds, 6.5 ounces!
 Sweet girl loves the window near her changing table. Lots of beautiful sunshine compared to the NICU.
At 3 months, she weighed about 10 pounds!
bows, bows, bows!
 She is starting to smile:)

 At 4 months, she weighed 11 pounds, 13 ounces. Amazing. 
She is now 22 and 3/4 inches...she started out at 17 1/4!
Madeleine loves her brothers! 
They read to her, kiss her, play with her and give her all the love she needs!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

My story

Madeleine LaRue Moza
March 10, 2014
4 pounds, 2 ounces
This is Madeleine LaRue Moza, my little miracle, 
who shared many miracles with me over the past six weeks. 
This is my story.
I called my OB's office Saturday night at midnight. I was having shortness of breath, mild contractions and a lot of discomfort. I was told, "If you can sit up and breath then you can wait til Monday." God put my life and Madeleine's on hold for the next two days. I had just seen an eye specialist, a neurologist and had an MRI of my brain. I had some abnormal swelling in my optic nerves and was seeing a blue halo and a couple blind spots in my right eye. I had told my OB, but the results weren't in. I saw a nurse practitioner the following Monday. The stress test was not reading well because I had been coughing and when they laid me back, I couldn't breath.
The OB there came in and said, "There's protein in your urine, I can't tell if you're coughing or contracting. I can tell if it's your heartbeat or your baby's, so we're sending you to Labor and Delivery Triage for better tests. If the results aren't good, then you're going to have a C-section today."
I was 32 weeks and 6 days. You don't deliver babies at 32 weeks and 6 days. I was planning for 37 weeks-the same as my boys. 
I had already been told by the neurologist that I should have a C-section. The pressure behind my eye was too much for pushing in labor, but this early? I was obviously worried.
The tests results were bad. I was dehydrated, my water was low, my blood pressure had skyrocketed off the charts and I had severe preeclampsia. 
I called my mom, crying, and said I'm not picking up the boys. I'm having a C-section right now. They wheeled me off to a sterile operating room. The anesthesiologist gave me albuterol and my epidural. The coughing stopped, my blood pressure sank back to normal and the operation began. 
Minutes later, I saw the sweetest, tiniest little girl all bundled up and then the NICU doctors and nurses wheeled her away. I didn't see her again for over 48 hours.
The next morning I woke up with my lungs filled with fluid. I had walked into the hospital sick and was getting worse. They had pumped me with saline and magnesium through my IVs all night. 
Quickly, I was taken away for chest x-rays, moved to the Progressive Care Unit, and started breathing treatments and diuretics. My lungs cleared in a day or so, but my blood pressure was still high. I saw the pulmonary doctor who then recommended the cardiologist. I had an echo of my heart and was diagnosed with Postpartum Cardiomyopathy. 
Everything was related, but I didn't know. The pressure behind my eye was the preeclampsia. The preeclampsia raised my blood pressure and hurt my heart. The cough I came in with and the shortness of breath were signs of heart failure. Like I said, God put my life on pause and waited til I could be seen by the doctors who knew how to help me and Madeleine. 
I stayed in the hospital 5 days. 
I'm recovering well now. I'm on high blood pressure medication to keep my heart healthy. I have an amazing cardiologist who is helping me get better and says my heart will take six months, but it will recover. My OB's office said my case was extremely impressive and have discussed it heavily. Preeclampsia should happen with your first pregnancy. The pressure in your eye could have been a warning. I only have had one other patient diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy.
My answer...I serve an amazing God who loves me and takes care of me and has a plan and purpose for our family. 
As for Madeleine, she's perfect. She was tiny, but a fighter. 
She had a good weight for so early and was completely and perfectly developed. She just had to learn how to eat...and she did. She stayed in the NICU for 4 weeks and 2 days. 
I went up there two and three times a day to nurse her when she was given the ok to try. I stayed with her the last 48 hours to make sure she gained weight. She did and they finally let us go home.
One month, and I'm finally home.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Blog name is changing back to the original!!!

When I first started blogging, I had one baby boy and just titled this Life with the Mozas. After we had boy #2 and thought we were done, I changed the name. Well, we are expecting a girl in April, so the original name is coming back!
We are so thankful for a happy, healthy baby on the way!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sawdust Pie and a Thanksgiving table

I made a couple recipes today to share with family tomorrow. I found both of these on pinterest. I'm hoping the Sawdust Pie is similar to a pie I've eaten at a tearoom here. I haven't been there in years and when I saw this recipe, I thought I had to try!
After I zested the oranges (two small clementines), I added the segments to the sauce.
Here is our table. I may or may not use the red bowls. One guest isn't coming and she usually makes a salad that many eat separately. We are hosting 10...my parents, brother, uncle, and family friends. My boys reminded me that next year we will have to add another chair for the baby. My cup runneth over!
I used chargers from Walmart, Italian Countryside Dinner plates, mixed silverware, and more. 
  Happy Thanksgiving!
I'm linking up with these blogs

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Herbed Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Sorry for the hiatus, I'm 17 weeks pregnant and have been very, very sick. So smelling foods and cooking fun recipes has not been on the top of my priority list. Taking pictures was definitely not on my list!
I've been a lot better for the past 3 weeks, so I'm hoping the worst is over.

We are beyond thrilled to add a third little one to our family and can't wait to meet him or her in April. I'll find out next month. I'm too much of a planner and with nothing pink in my house, I need to be prepared if God gives us a girl!

As a cook, I don't look forward to the time in my pregnancy when I gag at food smells, food textures and food tastes that I normally love. 
In the fall, I love to use fall flavors and herbs. To this chicken salad, I added dried cranberries, pecans, sage, and thyme. It's not your average salad, but it was really, really good!

Herbed Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad
2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
1 cup of peas (I used frozen)
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans
mayonnaise (about 1/2 cup)
1 healthy squeeze of spicy mustard
juice of half a lemon, plus zest
ground pepper
garlic powder
poultry seasoning

For the dressing, I combined the mayo, mustard and lemon. Add chopped fresh herbs if you have them. I used 4 sprigs of thyme, 5 sage leaves and a small bunch of chives. Chop them and add them to the dressing. I added at least 1 tablespoon of dry parsley, 1/2 tsp of garlic powder and poultry seasoning. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix dressing well and add chicken, peas, cranberries and pecans. Refrigerate til ready to eat. Serve with toast or crackers.
I'll be joining these blog parties!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

First Day of School

 Today was the first day of school for my big boy, Adrian. My how time flies. I hope he has a really great day and makes new friends!
He has two toasted ham and muenster sandwiches, a couple extra cheese school buses, strawberries, marshmallows (in the box) and wheat thins. 
Happy First Day of School, Adrian!
Daddy has spaghetti with mushrooms and meat sauce and salad!

Monday, August 26, 2013

When it rains, it pours.

  We went on our summer vacation last week. We took a short trip down to the Texas Coast and visited Rockport / Fulton Harbor and Port Aransas. The boys had a great time seeing the beach and waves, making (and tearing down each other's) sandcastles, and hunting for shells.
Apparently 3 year olds don't do well post vacation. We played at the beach and the pool all.day.long. Who has time for grocery shopping with Mommy??? While shopping for the lunches below, we had a royal tantrum. The kind where people smile slightly and walk away quickly. It was lovely. Can't we just go back to the beach? School starts next week for my boys, but in the spirit of other schools starting here, I made some super simple back to school lunches. I found the material at Hobby Lobby and my sweet mom sewed them for me. 
 The boys had apples and strawberries with an ABC pick, salami and colby jack to top their wheat crackers, a couple slices of mesquite smoked ham rolled up and marshmallows tucked into the little dipper. 
 Mommy had strawberries and blueberries, trail mix,
 mesquite smoked ham and muenster cheese sandwich, and wheat crackers.
Happy Back to School week to you!

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