Things tend to change when you least expect them to ... it is God's way of putting things into perspective.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I, on the other hand, will be staying home with Charlie for the next long while. After talking with my head coach (and looking at the extensive vacation/maternity time that I have), I am going to be taking a good deal of time off until August. I will be working from home like I did while on bedrest and still running our summer camps in June and July, but will do the majority of work from home. Because Charlie was nearly 2 months early, we do not want to put him in daycare until he is good and ready. Therefore, we decided that we are going to hold off until August as that is when he would have started had we gone full term with the pregnancy. I can honestly say that I am looking forward to being home with him. I feel really good so I can get up and do things and work while he is sleeping (which is almost ALWAYS). It will not be like when I was on bedrest and I had to stay on may back all day/night long.
Today, we had a photographer come over and take some pictures of us all ... mainly Charlie though. While we have gotten much better with taking pictures, I just wanted to make sure that we had photos to remember this experience by when Charlie is older. So, this photographer (Rebecca) will be coming every 3 months this first year and taking pictures of Charlie and our family. She was great and I can't wait to see the pictures. I will make sure and post the link on here so that you all can see the results. I got to see a few of the shots on her camera that she took of Charlie and I am so excited as they were great. Charlie did really good. He was awake for almost the entire hour and only spit up a few times!!
Monday, April 28, 2008
Things have been going great. Because he is three weeks old, it has almost been easier I think because he is already on a "schedule." I guess we are lucky .... we'll see how long it lasts!! He is pretty much asleep all day/night, but wakes every three hours to eat. He is taking nearly 2 ozs of food now each time he eats so he is doing great. We have had to wake him a few times to eat, but usually wakes 10-15 minutes before he is supposed to eat. Just enough time to get him up and change him so that he can go right back to sleep after he finishes eating.
Most of the time he falls right back to sleep after he eats, but he decided to stay awake this morning after his 5 am feeding. I was up with him so of course I took advantage of him being awake to cuddle for awhile. Of course, he fell right to sleep when I laid him on my chest (guess it was the heartbeat), but as soon as I tried to move him to his bed, those eyes were WIDE open.
Things are great though!! We ventured out yesterday as the team was getting together for lunch and then we made a dash to Wal-Mart to grab a few "needs." He did great though!!
Eric is going to be staying home a few days this week to help me out with him. He is pretty easy right now to care for, but it is nice to get a little bit of sleep. After the long days in the NICU with Charlie, I could use a few naps to "catch up." We are also going to take advantage of the time and get things done around the house. Eric is going to do some yard work and I am going to finish going through Charlie's stuff and getting things organized. We will both be doing some DEEP cleaning as we have not done much with the house over the past month!!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
They removed the feeding tube from his nose this morning after going 36 hours with no tube feeds. He is doing great and has not had a spell in over a week. They will be watching him tonight and tomorrow to ensure that he is ok. He will also be going through some additional testing throughout the night and morning. He will be having some minor "boy" surgery in the morning as well.
Eric and I will be spending the night in the hospital tomorrow with him. They call it "rooming in." Since we never had the opportunity to have him in my room after the birth (like normal deliveries), they want to give us the chance to be with him and be alone while still having immediate help if needed. We will basically be hanging out all night with him and just getting used to be in charge of him.
Please, please, please keep us in your prayers over the next few days. As you can imagine, we are so excited to finally be getting him home, but this is also a very scary time for us as we are bringing a baby home that was not supposed to be here for another 5 weeks. We have been very blessed that he is healthy and doing as good as he has been ... we have learned over the past few weeks how very lucky we are for both of to be here and healthy!!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Wearing clothes ... these are the only types of outfits (Old Nave sleepers) that I have found to be long enough, but not huge on him. Going to get a few more of these :)
This is a FULL belly!!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
I have spent most of my days over the past two weeks in the NICU with Charlie. Seeing him improve each day has brought me comfort and I finally feel good that he is "OK." He has really started to grow and is changing each day. He is doing great. I have this sense of pride when the doctors and nurses talk about how great he is doing and how he is "ahead" of most babies his age/size. Just knowing that he is doing better and improving each day makes me feel so much better because I know that we are one day closer to getting him home and getting on with our lives. Soon, this will all be a distant memory!!
Today, Charlie was taken out from under the bili light. He is wearing clothes now and we are working to keep him self-heated. He will need to maintain his body heat to be able to come home. The doctors are weaning him from the incubator now (we hope that he can get out sometime tomorrow) and then he will get to sleep in a crib. From there, the last hurdle will be feedings. He is doing great with these as well. From what the doctors have told us, babies don't usually develop their suckling reflex until 36 weeks gestation. Since Charlie is still under the 35-week mark, we are ahead of schedule as he is already nursing and taking a bottle. The key now will be to get him to do one of these at each of his feedings so that we can take the feeding tube out. This is going to take some more time as he has to really strengthen all those muscles that he will need. He really is doing great though and continues to progress!!
I will work to get some more pictures on here tomorrow. It is amazing how much he has changed in just two weeks of life. They say that babies don't smile for several months, but Charlie has already been sporting a grin for nearly a week. It is the sweetest thing, especially seeing his dimples :) I can't wait for him to come home!!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
He is beginning to really eat. He is back up to his birth weight and really taking to his feedings. He still has the NG feeding tube in his nose, but he is now nursing and bottle feeding. The tube is supplementing his feedings to make sure that he is getting enough calories. He was started on baby "weight gainer" to help fatten him up! Overall, though, he is doing great with his feedings. The doctors decided today to up his feedings to try and help with weight gain. Since he is keeping it all down, they want to add an additional feeding to the daily schedule, which will provide more calories!
We are fighting jaundice right now with him. This is a common thing with newborns, especially preemies. The doctors are not worried about it, it will just take time for it to "pass through" his body. His skin has a yellow tinge to it right now ... basically what it means is that his liver is producing more billiruben than his body can process right now. As a result, it builds up. He must pass it and clear his system out.
Once his billiruben level is back down to normal, he will get to come out of the isolette!! He is maintaining his body temperature right now without assistance of heat so that is a HUGE step. Once the doctors can take him out from under the phototherapy light (treatment for jaundice), he will get to move to a crib and start wearing clothes!!
Mostly positives so far!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Now, Eric and I are home and our little boy is in the NICU in Kansas City. I cannot explain the emotions I have felt over the last week. I have had my shares of laughs and cries, but everytime I go into his room and see him lying there, my heart overflows with love. I am REALLY ready for him to come home ... I just don't feel complete yet. It doesn't feel like we can move on and start life with him until he can come home with us. Unlike bedrest, though, where the days were so slow in passing, time has flown as Charlie will be a week old tomorrow!!
We did make progress on the nursery last night. We got his crib put together and got the room cleaned up. I really thought I would have more time and be able to do this over the next month or so. We had planned to do things a little here and a little there, but Charlie came alot faster than we thought. So, we are sort of scrambling to get things done. We have learned though through all of this that it will all get done. Even without having baby showers and going through all of the customary pre-baby festivities, we are getting ready for his arrival home. We just hope it is sooner rather than later!!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
It was not the easiest of births, but we are all doing well at this point. Charlie arrived a little over 7 weeks early so he will spend some time in the NICU as he puts on weight and learns to eat. He is doing great though and is changing everyday!! I was able to come home from the hospital this evening ... I am feeling good ... just taking things slow.
I will write more later and tell the details (well, some of them) of the birth. Please keep Charlie in your prayers as we need him to grow big and strong so that he can come home very soon!!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Of course, I tried to get off bedrest, but no luck. She said that this method is working and "keeping" me pregnant so we are going to stay with what works! The doc is much more confident that we are going to make it to the 35 week mark now. She seems to think that he will be here somewhere between 35-37 weeks (April 23-May 7). Doesn't plan to go much longer than that ... no sense in staying pregnant if we make it to May 7 .. most likely if that happens, a date will be chosen and we will go get him :)
Good news ... maybe I can rest now at night. Hard to believe that this little guy will be here in the next month or so. We had quite a scare (and are not out of the woods yet), but things are looking so much better now! Thank you for your prayers .... they are working!!