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Welcome #3

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

If finally happened. On Saturday October 17 EP was born. The day was very much like the rest but the contractions continued. Mommy paid them little mind until after putting the boys to bed. Around 9:30 Daddy agreed that they were regular but they were not intense enough for Mommy to believe that it was time to go.

After doing everything possible to see if they would stop Mommy agreed that it was time to make the call. We left the house around 12 midnight and the contractions seemed to have stopped. This all changed as soon as we hit the . All of the sudden the contractions were intense and more frequent than before. After a few minutes of this Mommy relayed her fears that the hospital was too far and we would not make it. The trip normaly takes about 45 minutes. However, there is a hospital on the way to our hospital so this was our goal.

The contractions kept getting worse and Daddy was driving 90 miles an hour trying to make it there on time. After what felt like hours of agony and many slow drivers in or way, we pulled up to the ER but Mommy was unable to get out of the van. When she did get out she was unable to walk and sank to the ground at which point her water broke! A nurse finally arrived with a wheel chair and we went racing through the hospital. Baby began crowning in the elevator but all the nurses could say was don’t push! By the time we were wheeled into the nearest empty room and mommy was lifted onto the bed baby was already out!!! So needless to say it was a crazy night. EP was born at 12:26am! It was the quickest drive of our lives.

EP was perfectly healthy and breathing well on his own. He had a normal stay in the hospital with Mommy and came home with us Monday. He currently has a little jaundice but other than that is doing great. He was born at 6lb 0oz and left the hospital at 5lb 7oz. What a miracle and long journey it has been getting him here safely. God has truly once again blessed our family.

Term Baby

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Baby #3 is officially a term baby now and has still chosen to behave and stay where he belongs for a few more days. However, it will not be long. Today is day 4 without any medication to calm the contractions and wow is Mommy ever feeling them.

OD and IC are officially roommates now. This seems to have improved their friendship a little as they play together much more and lay awake and giggle at night. IC loves the idea of a toddler bed of his own but every now and then he will crawl back into the crib and play. We have left the side off for the time being but will readjust everything before baby needs it.

The most exciting part of this week has been that Mommy is no longer on bed rest. But it will take a while to rebuild enough muscle for Mommy to actually be a productive person during the day. She still requires frequent rests but is mostly able to keep up with IC during the day. Needless to say the house is slowly coming back into some sort of order. This will all change again once # 3 decides to make himself known. But laundry and toys no longer seem to take over the house on a daily basis.

As before, a post will be made as soon as anything interesting happens.

Bad Week!

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Well last week was not a fun week for our household. It was supposed to be a short week of school due to Fall break. On Tuesday OD came home from school the same as always. His appetite was not great at dinner (totally normal with our boys who are both poor eaters most of the time) so we coaxed him to finish at least part of his dinner. As bedtime got closer he began to complain of a tummy ache. Again this is not abnormal as he learns and pushes the boundaries of how to get out of doing things. Once he was finally in bed it wasnt thirty minutes before he came running into our room announcing that he had thrown up. Great. Poor daddy got stuck cleaning up the bulk of it since Mommy is still on bed rest. OD proceeded to feel terrible and throw up for about 6 hours. He couldn’t even hold down water! The next day he lay around pretty much all day and ate only a little.

Fast forward to Thursday and the fun begins. To make a long story short Mommy had to call Daddy home from work to watch the boys because she was sick and within the next 5 hours both IC and Daddy were sick as well. Our entire family was fighting for the sink or toilet. I was very happy at this point that we had two bathrooms! Not fun. By Friday Things had settled a little and Mommy’s body was not acting right so we went in to see the doctor. Turned out that mommy was very dehydrated and was beginning to go into labor.

The doctors got Mommy rehydrated and labor stopped but they kept Mommy over night for observation. Poor Daddy took the boys home and they all lay or slept around the house until Mommy called the next morning. It has been a slow recovery process as our systems are still learning to tolerate most foods again. IC in the mean time is still struggling with gross bowel movements so hopefully he will go to the doctor tomorrow to rule out any underlying issues.

We do know that this is not the Flu as Mommy was tested at the doctors office and it came back negative. Baby #3 is still on board and we a just a few short days from 36 weeks. It wont be long now. The Medicine to stop labor will be taken away this week and we shall see what becomes of us.

After all of this came the worst news of the week. That dreaded phone call in the night that Mommy’s dear grandfather had passed away. Not only is Mommy still on bed rest but t he doctor is definitely not supporting any idea of a 4 hour drive with delivery this close at hand. This means that we will not even be able to go to the funeral! This is one lousy week.

All Eyes On You

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Today was a rather eventful day. IC had his two year check-up for his eyes today. He passed with flying colors. The Doctor doesn’t need to see him again until he turns 4. We have been so blessed with IC. His health has been just remarkable considering what he started from. He could have needed any number of surgeries, transfusions and there are numerous other health problems that could have very likely been stumbling blocks on his road to growing up. However, God has seen fit to bless him with smooth sailing along the way thus far. And we are greatful!

IC weighed in at 20 lb 4oz back in June. It is amazing how much he struggled to reach that mark. Now he can offically ride forward facing in the van. He continues to eat well and his vocabulary is increasing daily. He is now speaking in several three and four word sentences but he is a long way from holding much of a conversation. IC would much rather do his special dance than talk. (He dances when he gets excited or hears music). It is very funny!

OD is very anxiously awaiting the beginning of the next school year. This will be his seconod year in preschool, however, he will be attending all day this year. The timing is wonderful on this as Mommy is still cruising along on bed rest and there is only so much a Mommy can do to entertain a 4 year old, energetic boy. IC however, did not get so lucky. He is still stuck with Mommy everyday until the time for the new baby arrives.

Mommy is indeed still laying in bed, trying to buy as much time as possible for this next little one. Baby is now 28 weeks along which is the same week IC was born. The good news is that Everything appears to be holding strong at this point. Still, some days Mommy’s body still struggles with too many contractions. Making it to the third trimester was a huge milestone and the possibility of continuing farther is wonderful news for all of us.

Baby # 3 appears to be another boy! OD was praying for a sister but it was not to be. Baby also already weighs more than 2 lbs which is normal and very relieving. He is growing right on schedule with no sign of IUGR which was why his big brother was so small when he was born two years ago.

We will continue to post new updates periodically as things progress or whenever we get bored.;}

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 8th, 2008

It has been quite some time since we have updated so here we go. OD is still loving school, however, he does not have much to report about his days unless we pry with questions. I am beginning to see improvement in his control of pencils/crayons. I am sad to report that he has now entered the “Mommy, I’m bored…what can I do?” stage. He is becoming very independent and is full of “why” questions. They seem to never end some days. At the end of this month OD will officially be 4! He is going to be sad that he has to give up 3 and 3/4. (That is how old he will tell you he is now).

IC is doing just as well. He is now above 18 lbs but I don’t think this will please his doctor at the end of the month. I guess we will have to stuff him with extra Christmas goodies to try and add a little more weight. Over the Thanksgiving holiday everyone was sick except for daddy. We had a pretty nasty cold of some sort. I even had a nasty case of laryngitis that I have still not totally gotten rid of. But other than that the entire family is back to a holiday normal. IC is now communicating pretty well with signs and a few words. Over Thanksgiving he mastered the sign “please” and even threw in a little Pwee, pwee, pwee when he was offered something that he really likes. He also mastered the sign for “Help”. When he wants anything that he can’t reach or do himself he signs help. It is quite amusing. As of this week IC has officially figured out how to run. He has been walking extremely fast up till now to keep up with everyone. He and OD get along for short periods of time but they fuss at each other more often than not. Despite this IC follows OD around like a puppy. He wants to do everything his big brother does. I will post the updated stats in a few weeks. Until then Merry Christmas and count your blessings.

15 Months Old

Friday, September 26th, 2008

IC went for his 15 month check-up this week. He weighs 17lb and 2oz. Once again this is not a lot of growth but the Doc was not terribly concerned both because he is now very mobile on his feet (he walks constantly) and because he grew more than two inches in height! I could tell by the way his clothes are fitting that he is getting taller but I never guessed that it was that much. The problem is that he is so skinny that pants long enough to fit the length will not stay up around his waist. I guess we are going to have to rely on overalls and one piece outfits all winter.

We are still waiting to hear if he gets approved for Synagis (the RSV shot) again this year. It does not sound promising this year because most children don’t get approved after their first birthday. He has been very healthy with only a stuffy nose from time to time this summer, however, time will tell if the wheezing returns this fall if he gets a serious cold. Now that OD is in school we will be exposed to some new germs.

Speaking of OD, he has adjusted well to school and LOVES it. He wakes up those mornings ready to go and greets me with a smile when I pick him up. It is hard to believe how big he is already.

More Updates

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

We went to visit the Physical Therapist last week.  IC is officially 4 1/2 months old (last week) and so he was thoroughly evaluated.  He has a few weak muscles but for the most part he is right where he needs to be.  She saw no reason for concern and gave us a few exercises to do to bring the trouble areas up to speed.  That said, the PT saw no reason that he needed any further evaluation and sent us happily on our way.  IC is very rolly polly now but he still does not enjoy his tummy time. When put on a blanket in the living room floor he quickly rolls from one side to the other and beyond.  Needless to say he is very excited about his newfound freedom and squeals when he reaches a new object…ie the couch, chair, dog.  Our poor dog doesn’t even know what is about to hit her.  Two children chasing her at once is going to be interesting. 

    The first real sickness of the year has hit our house.  Mommy and OD have picked up some sort of cold.  It is the typical runny/stuffy nose, cough and sore throat.  No fever so there is little concern that it might be RSV.  So because of this Mommy has been on hyper mode for disinfecting and sanitizing everything possible. 

    This week is also the beginning of spoon fed cereal for IC!  It is a very exciting milestone.  He is sitting up a little better but still needs some support and he has been very curious about what we are eating so he seems to be ready.  We will start with oatmeal instead of Rice cereal because he already gets rice cereal in most of his bottles. Nothing else new to report but we will get an accurate weight check on Friday and I will post the results then.

What’s New

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

    Well today was the big day.  I ended up doing double duty at the pediatricians office.  Yesterday OD woke up with a runny nose and sneezed all day long so he went along with us to IC’s doctor appointment.  Turns out that OD has a normal cold and the beginnings of an ear infection.  So that means he needs to keep his distance from his brother for 4 days until the cold passes.  That will not be fun.

Here are the latest numbers for IC.  He now weighs 7lb 13oz!  He is 19 1/2 inches long and his head has increased in size from 30 to 36 which equals about a 2inch increase in his head circumference since his first appointment back in August.  The doctor also said that he is developmentally just where he should be right now.

    We are very excited about all of this because this means that he no longer needs special formula and he no longer needs and iron supplement.  One down side is that his reflux has returned and he may end up taking some medicine for this if he doesn’t out grow it soon.  Today he got all of his vaccinations that a normal 2 month  old baby would receive (ouch).  He had 4 separate shots and a heel stick to check his hemoglobin.  As if that wasn’t enough torture tomorrow he begins a series of Synagis shots to help prevent RSV.  He will receive one a month until RSV season is over (6 months).  This particular injection will take 45 minutes and each one after this will take 15 minutes.  Tomorrow afternoon mommy will sigh a big sigh of relief.  Next we will be tackling flu shots for the rest of the family but this will be a whole lot easier than all of IC’s shots.  I will see if I can convince daddy to put a few new pictures of our chunky monkey up for all to see.  He looks pretty much the same only bigger.


Saturday, August 25th, 2007

I know everyone has wanted to see pictures so here they are! These are all in the last 3 weeks. From isolette to crib to home. We couldn’t have done any of it without your prayerful and loving support.

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Thank you all for your prayers.

Busy Week

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

It’s been a busy week! I wish I had some stats to give ya’ . I don’t know his weight, I don’t know his height, I don’t know how regular his heartbeat has been. All I know is that he’s home, he’s healthy considering his circumstances, and he’s a ball of fire when things don’t go his way! For his size he has some set of lungs. He is on a set schedule so every 3 hours he eats and gets a diaper change. That’s been a real blessing. Mommy’s been very good at getting up and letting Daddy sleep so he can get up for work. That may change next week since Grandma and Grandpa will be heading back up to Michigan soon. We’ll see. Big Brother’s excited, but still isn’t sure how to be careful around Li’l Brother. I’ll post some pictures tomorrow for everyone. Again, thank you all for your prayers.