Friday, December 28, 2007

BabyBoy is 6 months old!!

We can't believe it, BabyBoy is 6 months old (well 6 1/2 months now). We are all doing so great! BabyBoy is laughing and smiling all the time. He is grabbing at everything and of course bringing it to his mouth. He is trying to get to his toys while on his tummy but gets upset when he can't get there. He has gotten to a couple of toys that we said, how did he get that? LOL. He is eating solid food now. He has had rice cereal, bananas, sweet potato, avocado, pears, and peas. He has done great with all of them! He's also had some finger food too, sweet potato puffs. It is so cute watching him naw on them :) We are having an amazing time seeing him grow and learn new things and become better at the skills he is already using. He is such a fun, happy, and amazing little guy :)

Pictures soon to come!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Time flies

Boy time flies. We are just having so much fun seeing BabyBoy grow and learn like crazy. Here are some pictures from October. Unfortunately the videos wouldn't upload, but they were so cute of BabyBoy laughing and giggling. Anyway, not too much new...we go to Bible study Monday nights and once a month I go to MOPS on Mon night, Hubby is doing a great job at work and still mostly working from home unless he has meetings, I started plaing in our church orchestra at IBC (such a nice and wonderful group), I'm back to playing in the orchestra at McLean Bible once a month, I'm playing in a chamber orchestra that will start our rehearsals and new concert in Jan., playgroup every other Thursday morning, and I'm playing in three Christmas type programs this year. Hubby and I have been able to on a several dates thanks to Grandma (Mommy's mom) she has been awesome, BabyBoy lights up when she walks in the room and starts talking to him. And it was so adorable, BabyBoy talked for a long time to Granny and Granddad (Hubby's parents) on the phone a couple weeks ago - he absolutely recognized their voices and was just talking to them like crazy. We are just enjoying life and thanking God for how awesome He is.

Click on the picture below to see pics from October :)
Felts Co. Oct 07

Monday, October 29, 2007

A True Daddy's Boy

Oh my goodness! BabyBoy is so cute and funny :) He will smile and laugh with me all day (sometimes taking some effort on my part) but he will just look at Daddy or hear his voice and start smiling from ear to ear. This morning, it was so adorable. BabyBoy (after sleeping 12 hours without making a peep - good boy!) was eating this morning and when I was burping him, he saw Daddy sleeping, and just started smiling and laughing. Mind you, Hubby was not talking to him (or anybody), not smiling, just sleeping with his eyes closed, and BabyBoy was just so ectastic to get a glimpse of his Daddy! So super cute :)

Monday, October 15, 2007

We're back from our Trip to Arizona!

We had a great time in AZ with Mommy's family! They were so hospitable and made it possible for us not to have to truck a bunch of baby related paraphernalia with us. Aunt Dottie had a carseat for Eitan to use, cousin Missy brought over wipes, wash clothes and towels, blankets, and a bouncy seat, and and and. BabyBoy got to meet his Poppop (Mommy's Dad), Uncle Paul and Eddie, Aunt Mira and Becca, and several cousins for the first time. It was great! We even got to use Aunt Dottie's car to go visit the Readers! We were so glad that we got to see them - Lincoln is adorable and Kelly (and Presley) look great too :)

BabyBoy did so well on the plane rides. On the two flights there, he slept the two take-offs and one landing and I just fed him on the last landing. A woman, when we were waiting for our luggage, said he was so good that she was sitting by us and didn't hear a peep out of him the whole flight. Good boy!

BabyBoy is doing so well during tummytime, he's talking and smiling and even laughing all the time now. He is sleeping 12 hours! It's the best when we get him out of his crib in the morning and he starts off the day with smiles at us :) We can't get enough! Are we proud parents or what?!

Click on the picture below to see our album from the trip!
Trip to AZ SeptOct 07

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Sunday, September 9, 2007

So much fun :)

Here are some more pictures of many random events and everyday life. We unfortunately had to say a geographical goodbye to our good friends the Fannings, we started to play tennis again (couldn't for almost a year due to the bedrest and such), spending time with some family, and just enjoying life!

Hope you enjoy! Just click on the picture below to see the newest Felts Family Photos :)
Felts Co. - AugSept

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

BabyBoy is 2 Months Old!

BabyBoy turned 8 weeks old on Saturday. We are enjoying his cooing and smiles (done on purpose :)). He is such a good boy. He is napping and sleeping well. His awake times are so much fun! He loves bath time :) We keep saying every time we get him from his crib how exciting it is every time. We can't stop saying how cute and wonderful he is. God is good!

We will be going to Arizona to visit my family at the end of September into October and are so excited!

Click on the picture below to see new pics! Thanks for looking :)
Felts Co. - August 07

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

BabyBoy is Home!

BabyBoy has been home for two weeks! It has been so wonderful! He is doing so well. He makes us laugh every single day. He is eating well and sleeping well. He is eating every three hours, has some awake time - reading or talking with Mommy and Daddy, and then goes back to sleep in his crib. Poor little guy has acid reflux (is on two medications) so we are working on getting his tummy stronger so he doesn't spit up so much.

He is so alert. He loves reading (looking at) books and following our voices and toys with his eyes and head. His neck is getting so strong already too. He has starting making a few (talking) sounds other than crying.

He really doesn't cry too much, only when he needs to be burped or has extra gas that hurts his tummy. Over the past couple days he has gotten a little more hip to the fact that he is in his crib when he wants to be awake (what he doens't know now is that he has probably been up too long is overly tired) so he'll cry for a bit. Sometimes he'll cry for two minutes or less and then is out. Sometimes he crys for quite a bit of the beginning of his nap. We'll see if he needs anything, diaper change, or if he spit up; sometimes we'll pick him up, burp him, and put him back down. Sometimes we'll go in after a bit and comfort him and he'll fall asleep very soon after.

Everytime we look at him, check on him in his crib, play with him during awake time, really all the time we say, "He is sooo cute!!!" (no bias or anything :))

Click on the picture below for pictures of BabyBoy at home :)

Baby Eugene is Home! - July

Bris for Baby Eugene

On July 15 we had a Bris for BabyBoy - Brit milah (Hebrew: בְרִית מִילָה [bə'rīt mī'lā] literally: "covenant [of] circumcision") is a religious ceremony within Judaism that welcomes infant Jewish boys into a covenant between God and the Children of Israel through circumcision performed by a mohel ("circumciser") in the presence of family and friends, followed by a celebratory meal.

It was a very special day, shared with family and friends (with Mommy's family there in spirit). During the ceremony, BabyBoy received his Hebrew name - Eitan Yitzhak. Eitan (AY tahn)means strength and Yitzhak means laughter (quite fitting :)).

BabyBoy English name is after Hubby's family so we honored my family with his Hebrew name. His first name, Eitan, is after my mom; her Hebrew name is Shoshanna. There is no male equivalent to the name so we went to the meaning behind the name. Shoshanna was a courageous woman. My Aunt Sarah and cousin Yael, who live in Israel, helped us with names that meant courage or strength. And that is what Eitan means - strength. His middle name, Yitzhak, is after my Poppop (her dad's dad). His first name was Lawrence. Yitzhak means laughter and is so fitting to the whole family (and Poppop was a very funny guy with such a welcoming smile)! My middle name is the female equivalent to Yitzhak which also means laughter.

Click on the picture below to see a picture album!
Bris for Baby Eugene

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Thank yous!!!

A huge thank you to Mom (my mom) for coming to our house every few days and doing the dishes, the laundry (you leave the house in the morning with baskets of dirty clothes and when you get home at night they are washed, folded, hung, and put away...amazing!), cleaning, taking the trash, going grocery shopping, and shopping for other odds and ends, and brings us food (and fresh cut up fruit)!!! She has been an amazing help!

Another huge thank you to our friends for completing so many projects in our house before the baby was born (actually the morning of the day he was born :)). They painted, put together furniture for the BabyBoy's room, cleaned up the basement, put together the guest room downstairs, put together the den in the basement, and did more than we could have hoped for.

Thank you so much to all of our friends for bringing us meals throughout our time at the hospital and when I was on bedrest. They have been an absolutely enormous blessing and have really helped keep us energized. And thank you to Aunt Dottie for sending some fun magazines while I was on bedrest :)

Thank you to everyone who has been on your knees praying for us and BabyBoy. There is no way his recovery would have been so amazingly quick without our family, friends, Immanuel Bible Church, and McLean Bible Church praying for our family! It brings tears to our eyes to know how much you have cared for and supported us during this time and throughout our whole pregnancy!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Monday July 9, 2007

BABYBOY IS HOME!!!!!!

He had a great night last night! This morning when we arrived, we saw a case manager. She said, I heard from Dr. Hilliard that BabyBoy is doing really well and might go home in a few days. I couldn't help but have quite a look on my face...a few days??? After we fed him and changed his diaper we got to see Dr. Hilliard. She said yes he is doing so well, he can probably go home tomorrow. (He had already been on clear fluids since yesterday around 4 or 5pm) We looked at her with a...tomorrow?...face. We said what about today? She said do you want him to come home tonight...yes! was our immediate answer! She said well I think we can do that. So she said she would call the surgeon to remove the central line (the only reason he was still there). So we sat and waited. After a couple hours, they (Dr. H and nurses) said that the nurse practitioner was in the next room and we could flag her down when she was done to take it out. After another couple hours, the nurse practitioner came in, and ended up saying she couldn't remove it. The doctor came back in and said she had forgotten that it needed to be removed by a surgeon so we would have to track down Dr. Suiter. Our nurse paged him once, nothing for another couple hours. She paged him again an hour or so later and we had to go eat lunch (around 3:30 pm, we couldn't eat before that bc it seemed like things were moving and we wanted to be there). When we came back we saw Dr. Suiter at BabyBoy's bedside. I could not help crying because this meant that our baby could come home.

He passed his hearing test today before he left. He passed his Carseat Challange last night - he had to sit in his carseat for 90 minutes...it was very funny and cute!

We were finally home together as a family around 5pm. We are already so much more relaxed and have so much more energy. We got about the same amount of sleep last night that we have been getting but we feel much more rested now - no more traveling to and from the hospital, getting up every three hours is now to feed BabyBoy - not pump, and no more stresses of getting ready to rush to the hospital and spend our days and nights in a hospital.

All Praise and Glory to God!!!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

BabyBoy's Third Week in the Hospital - Sunday

July 8, 2007 - Sunday

Morning nurse: Emmy/Amy. Evening nurse: . Another great day!!! Emmy said first thing that Allison just loved him (and us) last night and that he did very well. Dr. Hillard did her rounds earlier in the morning and asked Emmy how he was doing. She said great and that he was taking the feeds fantastically and still looking for more. Dr. Hillard said, well...up him to 50 ccs, cut him loose and see how he does. So they lowered his TPN to 2 ccs/hr (the lowest they'll do)! He took 50 at 8 am, another 50 with us at 11am. (Dr. Beck, another neonatologist, came by earlier and asked how BabyBoy was doing - we had him a couple nights last week - and we told him how it was going and he said, I would start pushing now... :))

He was doing so well they said they were going to move him from room 2 to room 1!!! That is such big news! No waiting on that, a little after 12:30 pm they moved him to his new room. Emmy said that she thought he could do 60 at his next feeding. So at 2 pm we fed him 60 and he did great.

We asked if we could see and talk to Dr. Hillard, so one of the nurses was great and found her for us. She came over and started the rundown of what she was thinking. She said he was doing very well and that we would start him on the clear fluids tonight (after the TPN ran out). Hubby told her he just took 60 ccs and she said, oh, that's great. We asked when his CVL (central IV line) would be taken out, she was saying maybe sometime tomorrow. She kept saying ok, let's see what else. We told her we got his pediatrician - done. :) We said we would bring his carseat in tomorrow for his carseat test (he has to sit in the carseat for 1 1/2 hours. So I asked, so he could probably get his CVL out early afternoon tomorrow, in which case she said yeah that would work. She said she would try to get him tomorrow (she will :)) and reevaluate him in the morning and if he did well tonight, go ahead and have the CVL taken out, he would have to have a hearing test. She asked who had him last week - Dr. Tribble - and said oh yeah she is still out, so yeah I'll get him tomorrow and then probably be able to see him through discharge!!!!!! That means he might be coming home tomorrow!!!!! Please continue to pray that BabyBoy has a great night tonight and that everything rolls tomorrow and he gets to come home!!!

Saturday, July 7, 2007

BabyBoy's Third Week in the Hospital - Saturday

July 7, 2007 - Saturday

Great day! Morning nurse: Emmy. Evening nurse: Allison. He did so well last night! When we saw Dr. Hillard this morning right before his 11 am feeding, she said oh go ahead and increase him to 30 ccs for the 11 o'clock feeding (was going to be for the 2pm)! Emmy is so fantastic. She calls BabyBoy her little prince. She made him a special bed, with a boppy. He has had some good poops, still great bowel sounds, and everything is just moving along. When we asked Allison if he would be increased to 35 ccs at 11pm she said she just had the orders for 30. We asked if she could ask and she was so great and called the neonatologist that was on that evening and told him what Dr. Hillard said and he asked how BabyBoy was doing. She said he was doing great, took the 30 ccs, and was still looking for food. He said go ahead and increase him to 35 at 11 pm and we'll see how he does. Each time they increase his feeding they lower the TPN, amount of fluid he gets through his central IV line (CVL). The lower that gets the better! Thank you God for a great day!

Friday, July 6, 2007

BabyBoy's Second Week in the Hospital - Friday

July 6, 2007 - Friday

Morning nurse: Margaret (different than other Margaret). Evening nurse: Gladys.
Margaret said that he is such a sweet and easy baby! He had a great night at his 15 ccs. The neonatologist, Dr. Hillard, came by while we were with him around 11 am. She listened to his belly and said that he was doing great. We asked that since he was doing so well, we were told that he may be able to be increased by 5 ccs twice a day and she said...yeah that sounds fine. So she wrote the order to raise him to 20 ccs for the 2pm feeding and up by 5 ccs every 12 hours! :) This early evening he had a little spit up, so the nurse said we'll see how he does the next two feedings and then if all goes well, we'll raise him to the 25 ccs at 2am.

Just keep praying that his intestines keep working so well. Dr. Hillard said that sometimes with rapid increased feeds there can be stalls, so we pray that he just keeps on going and gets to come home soon!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

BabyBoy's Second Week in the Hospital - Thursday

July 5, 2007 - Thursday

Morning nurse: Shannon. Evening nurse: Becky, Beth.
*A small spit up early this morning, but Joanne said she wasn't going to worry about it. Dr. Tribble, the neonatologist, said that same thing. Since his small intestines have not really had to work before, they would not worry about tiny spit ups, as long as they are not big and consistent, and keep making his intestines work (we agree!)

*He was moved into an open crib today. Shannon found a nice big crib for him; they wanted him to have a bigger crib because he still has the central IV line in.

*Dr. Tribble said that because he was doing well, BabyBoy could breastfeed for the first 5 minutes of two of his feedings a day, as long as I pumped first!

*We are completely trusting God and see how we need to all day every day, especially depending on who is taking care of him. We were also blantently told today that when new doctors come on and especially over the weekend with new doctors that progress can slow down. He will also many new nurse of the next several days (and has already had some new ones earlier this week). It is difficult because even though they get briefed, some of them still seem like they don't know his case or are as comfortable. A day or so ago one nurse saw a little spit up and went straight to the Dr. and said we should hold his feeds huh? And they held them for six hours. Another nurse saw a small spit up and said you know what, it's tiny, not a big deal, and he needs to keep eating. That is so disheartening, but we keep putting our trust in God and know that he is working it all out. Dr. Tribble said that because he was doing well and if she saw that he continued to do well, instead of just increasing his breastmilk feedings by 5ccs a day (he is currently at 10 ccs), that she might inrease him 5 ccs twice a day (which means home sooner). With a new doctor, they might see things differently, she said, that his "gut feeling" might be different. Pray that the new doctors "gut feelings" are the same and that they don't have to watch him for a while before feeling comfortable increasing his feeds (and feel the same way about a small spit up). Please also pray that that BabyBoy's intestines work wonderfully and the doctors will increase his feeds consistently so he can get the central IV line taken out and come home sooner than later (some are saying it may still be up to two weeks-oh my goodness)!!!

*As we are writing this - we got another update - he just got increased to 15 ccs :) His nurse said that he is so cute and sweet :) Thank you God.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

BabyBoy's Second Week in the Hospital - Wednesday

July 4, 2007 - Wednesday

Morning nurse: Shannon. Evening nurse: Joanne. Yay God and BabyBoy, no spit ups all night and morning! We fed him his 5ccs of Pedialyte around 11 am. He is doing so well. Dr. Tribble came by and said that since he was doing well, we would go 4 feedings of 10 ccs and then see how he did overnight and maybe breastmilk tomorrow. When we saw her a little later she said that she was going to give him the benefit of the doubt and give him 2 more feedings of 10 ccs of Pedialyte and if no spit ups then breastmilk at 8pm!!! In a 48 hour period he only had one little spit up and had a good poop yesterday, so we think it's a great call :) We fed him his 10 ccs at 2pm and are waiting now. Yay! 10 ccs of breastmilk at 8pm!!! He drank it so fast! Again, pray for no spit ups and a good xray in the morning! Thank you God!

BabyBoy's Second Week in the Hospital - Tuesday

July 3, 2007 - Tuesday

Morning nurse: Beth. Evening nurse: Joanne. No spit ups all night, though right when we were going to feed him just before 11 am he had a little spit up. Dr. Tribble, the neonatologist, said she would hold his feedings for 6 hours and if hasn't spit up then we'll go again. :( So, we gave BabyBoy his bath. He's so cute. We held him and played with him for hours and he was so alert. He was looking at Mommy and Daddy with wide beautiful eyes. We made it to 5 pm so we got to feed him his 5 ccs of Pedialyte! Again, pray for no spit ups through the night and morning. :)

Monday, July 2, 2007

BabyBoy's Second Week in the Hospital - Monday

July 2, 2007 - Monday
Day nurse: Beverly. Evening nurse: Joanne. A couple of (greenish) spit ups last night through this morning. The neonatologist said that she wasn't that worried about them though we still wanted to wait to start more feedings. We would have to wait until the evening nurse started (7:30 pm) and if he had not had any green spit ups by then, we could start feeding him again. His xray today looked good, no dialated belly, which is great, means that things are not building up in there! Lots of great bowel sounds still. Yay, BabyBoy gets to try again. We got to feed him 5 ccs (really closer to 10 ccs) a little after 8 pm. He was so alert and awake playing with us after we fed him, he is so funny and so much fun! (we heard some good toots too while we were holding him :) ) Pray for no green spit ups!

BabyBoy's Second Week in the Hospital - Sunday

July 1, 2007 - Sunday
A big day! We arrived a little before 9 am. Morning Nurse: Beverly. Evening Nurse: Margaret. When we first arrived the nurse practitioner was just going to review his xray. It looked good, a little extra air in his tummy and little in a lower organ but we could still start him on Pedialyte and see how it goes!! She said he'd probably start with 5 ccs. After she listened to his belly she said it sounded so great (lots of gurgley sounds) that she'd start him with 10 ccs! We got to feed him and he did great! A little at a time to introduce him to drinking and swallowing liquid. No spitups! Daddy fed him at noon and he did great again! No spitups at all. He is doing so fantastic! Also, his bilirubin count went down so much that he got to come off of the lights too! Now he gets to be swaddled again and be a little more comfortable. He was awake for such a long time after we fed him, we had so much fun! Every now and then he would look around for more food but would have to wait. Now he gets to have the Pedialyte every three hours, increased a little each time over the next 24 hours. Maybe we'll get to start him on breastmilk tomorrow! Well in the evening he had a little spit (with green in it - from below the belly - not so good) so they held his 6pm feeding. We fed him again at 9pm and had a great time with him! Throughout the night he had a few more little spitups so the doctor said to hold the rest of the feedings:( It is very difficult because it feels like a step back but all in God's timing.

BabyBoy's Second Week in the Hospital - Saturday

June 30, 2007 - Saturday

Arrived at hospital around 10:30 am. Day nurse - Beverly. Night nurse: Amy. He is still under the phototherapy for jaundice. The other type of count for his jaundice is also high so they started him on a medication for it (help with liver). We sat and watched baby boy for a couple hours and then got to change his diaper, take his temp., and hold him! He looks so good! After Dr. Suiter came to see him this morning, he recommended to take the replogle tube out! Last tube gone! The prayer is for BabyBoy not to throw up and for everything to move south through his tummy and to the diaper :) A doctor came by after reviewing his xray from today and said that it looked completely normal - lots of great gas patterns, which means everything is working and moving in the right direction. He got to spend time in the evening with Grandma too.







Left: Daddy taking temperature, Baby Eugene holding Mommy's finger. Right: Hangin' with Grandma and Mommy

The nurse told us that the doctors and nurses are so impressed with how quickly he is recovering - he is recovering much more quickly than others in his situation!!!

Saturday, June 30, 2007

BabyBoy's First Week in the Hospital

June 23, 2007 - Saturday
BabyBoy is Here!

Date: June 23, 2007
Time: 7:48 pm
Weight: 6 lbs 5 oz
Length: 19.5 inches
Where: Fairfax Hospital
In goes the replogle tube in one nostril to start emptying the tummy.
We went down to the NICU to see our little man at 3:30 am. :)
Birth story to come soon - an absolute miracle!

June 24, 2007 - Sunday
Dr. Suiter came into out room at 7:15 am. He said it seemed to him that the surgery would be very straight forward, especially because BabyBoy's weight and all of his vitals were great. They would cut above and below the blocakge and sew the two together. He said BabyBoy would be prepped around 9:15/9:30 am and be in surgery from about 10 am-12 pm (we got pushed back a little bc he had to do another appendix surgery).

He came back in at 11:15 am with a smile and two thumbs up saying, "All good news!" He said the surgery went great and BabyBoy handled it very well. He said everything else in his little body looked wonderful, no problems at all.

We were able to go see him shortly after 12 pm. Little guy had tubes and IVs everywhere.
-The replogle tube down one nostril to his tummy.
-Another big tube down the other nostril going past the surgery sight (hoping to feed through it
sooner than later, if he can keep it in)
-The ventilator tube going in his mouth, down his throat.
-Artereal IV in right hand - to draw blood easily - wrapped with splint.
-IV in his left hand, also wrapped with splint.
-Central line going from the inside above his right knee going up to his heart - for his nutrition
(bc the IVs can only last a couple days)
-Monitor on his foot for oxygen level.
-Monitors on his chest for heart rate and for breathing (BPM).
-and a catheter
-Was on Fentanyl - pain medication.
CRAZY HUH? Poor little guy!
June 25, 2007 - Monday
Day nurse: Kristine. Evening nurse: .
First victory - the catheter got removed today. He was filling his diaper outside of the catheter, good boy. In evening when the nurse was repositioning his head, he clamped down and stopped breathing. The respitory doctor came over and after listening to his chest for breaths, she heard nothing at first and then 15-30 sec later he was breathing completely normal. Made us very nervous of course (apparently he had also done this last night too).

June 26, 2007 - Tuesday
Arrived at hospital around noon. Day nurse: . Night nurse: Joanne.
Lowered his dosage of fentanyl, which was great because that also allowed him to breath better on his own, allowing them to lower the amount that the ventilator was helping him breathe. They lowered the amount of breaths provided by the ventilator per minute from 20 to 18.

June 27, 2007 - Wednesday
Arrived at hospital around 11:15 am. Day nurse: Bethany. Night nurse: Joanne.
Because of the small amount coming out of the replogle - they change it every 4 hours - (4 ccs, then only 1 cc), the doctor recommended clamping the replogle. We were so happy because this meant that with a day of monitoring, if he was doing well, they could start him on pedialite tomorrow. Bethany showed us his xray from the morning which showed that there was not much going on as far as gas patterns in his intestines. BabyBoy's bilirubin count was a little high, so they would watch to see if they would need to do phototherapy for jaundice. Lowered his dosage of fentanyl again and changed the settings on his ventilator. In the evening they stopped his fentanyl and he got the ventilator out! Huge victory! Left a little before 11 pm.

June 28, 2007 - Thursday
Arrived at hospital shortly before noon. Day nurse: Bethany. Night nurse: Mary Ann. When we arrived, the nurse told us that they had to unclamp the replogle tube because he threw up a couple times. This meant that everything was not passing through his tummy. A little discouraged but still trusting God. By this morning he had gotten the IV out of his left hand and the artereal line out of his right hand. :) This meant that we got to hold our little man for the first time since he was born. It was so amazing and fun! He got a little upset while we were holding him, we calmed him and loved on him, and when we changed his diaper he had a big poop, yay! Daddy did a fantastic job changing the diaper. We saw his xray from today and saw that there some great gas patterns in his intestines, yay! In the evening Mary Ann gave him a tylenol (a suppository...bummer) to see if that would help calm him down. Even though he was under the lights for jaundice, she let us hold him while the tylenol started to work. He was completely calm in our arms while we talked to him and loved on him. We stayed at the hospital until almost midnight. He had trouble getting comfy and needed a little extra attention while in the incubator.

June 29, 2007 - Friday
Arrived at hospital shortly before noon. Day nurse: Amy. Night nurse: Amanda. He had an xray this morning that showed that the gas in his tummy had moved through, which is great! Still under the lights. We've gotten to change his diaper and take his temperature everyday.

Pregnancy Updates/Prayer Requests

June 4, 2007 - 33 Week Doctor Appointment

Hello Family and Friends,

After our 33 week apointment last week, our doctor recommended we get another sonogram because my belly was measuring a couple weeks ahead of schedule. We had the sonogram today which revealed that there is too much amniotic fluid. We ended up going straight to our doctor's office after the sonogram due to the findings. Our doctor determined that there is a complication; he thinks that it is in the baby's small intestine which is preventing him from properly digesting and processing food (there could be several causes, some worse than others).

Result - We wil be under close monitoring from now until our little guy is born. We have an "emergency" appointment scheduled for Wednesday with a specialist doctor at Fairfax Hospital to do another sonogram and help us determine further what course of action we will take from now until we deliver (and an appoinment with our doctors on Thursday). It is likely that directly following the birth (which will now probably be cesarean section) there will be a pediatric surgeon at the birth to correct any intestinal abnormality via surgery. As a result we will now be delivering at Fairfax Hospital.

We would greatly appreciate any and all prayers for the following:

*BabyBoy would be healed (which could be a blockage in his small intestine, a malformation of the small intestine, or could be another cause as well)

*If BabyBoy does need surgery when he is born that it will be the simple surgery that doctors say has a high rate of long-term success, and mom and baby will have quick and easy recovery.

*The rest of the pregnancy goes well and that new Mommy is not in pain and doesn't go into early labor (which can cause other problems).

Thank you so much for all of your prayers thus far and going forward!

With much love,
Our Family

June 6, 2007 - Perinatologist Appointment

Hi Family and Friends, Thank you so much for your prayers and for all of your e-mails thus far. We cannot tell you how much we appreciate your support and getting on your knees for us and our precious little guy.

So here we are again – New Mommy is now on bedrest until little guy arrives. They want to ensure that she does not go into early labor and based on how “everything” looks right now the doctor said she would be glad if Mommy can go two more weeks. We are going to try to make it to 38 weeks.

The perinatologist and our doctor have confirmed that there is an obstruction in the baby’s small intestine – most likely duodenal atresia. He is measuring well though (a little big, which is good). There will be a pediatric surgeon at the birth ready to be there for our strong little BabyBoy.

The percentages differ from one source to another, but Downs syndrome is sometimes associated with this type of gastrointestinal problem. Some good news is that based on his good measurements now and in previous sonograms he is not showing any signs of Downs syndrome.

The doctors want to make sure, because the baby is most likely coming early, that his lungs are developed so Dina is receiving a couple shots of betamethasone (she got one today and will get the second dose tomorrow).

We will have one sonogram and one or two doctors appointments a week from now until “Garbanzo” (my Mom’s nickname for him) is born.

Please continue to be in prayer for all of the above. Also, please pray for Eugene as there are many home projects that “we” (now I can help even less...) were trying to complete before little man comes. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Love,
Our Family

June 7, 2007

We had our doctor appointment today Thursday June 7, 2007. Two nurses came into the room to hook up the Non-Stress Test machine. It took a little bit for the nurses to find the baby's heartbeat, one because he was moving so much :) and then ?. After about 20 minutes or so and another nurse coming in to try to get the nodes in a better spot, Dr. Anderson came in. She looked at the print out and immediately said that she was concerned about it and she was sending us to Fair Oaks Hospital to have a NST done there (Dr. Fisk was there as well). She also commented several times at how big my belly is. We had to go anyway to get the second dose of betamethasone but we would have to do the NST as well. Unfortunately she had us worrying. We got there (had to register) and then got ready for the NST. The nurse was very nice. She hooked everything up and also commented about how much the baby moved. About 15 minutes later Dr. Fisk came in and said that it looked just fine, actually that it looked good. We talked about what was going to happen as we got closer to delivery and that we would probably schedule it for around 38-38.5 weeks, and that Dr. Anderson would most likely do the delivery because of her relationship with Fairfax hospital. We talked about my recovery time (about three to four days) and baby's recovery time (probably several weeks depending on what exactly has to be done and barring that he is otherwise healthy).

June 11, 2007

We had our doctor appointment with Dr. Fisk this morning. I am measuring the same as last week, about 41 weeks, which is good. Baby's heartbeat sounds great, around 136. I asked based on the rhythm of his heartbeat, did it sound good. Dr. Fisk said actually it sounds great. He said that it seems as though baby's oxygen intake, nutritional exchange and everything happening through the placenta seems very good as well. We have an appointment with the pediatric surgeon, Dr. Allison Askew and another with the perinatologist on Wednesday. 9:00 am and 11:15 am.

June 18, 2007

Hi Family and Friends (really all family),

We are 36 weeks today. We just got home from an appointment with our doctor. So Hubby and I have been talking over the past few days that it really seemed like little guy has dropped down more and that I feel like it seemed as though he was a lower too. We and doctor discovered today that we are 50% efaced and 2 cm dialated. Dr. Anderson said that she doesn't think we'll go another two weeks, though as she says she is in the same job category as a weatherman - everything is unpredictable. This means, that as much as I have been already, I am now even moreso confined to laying as the romans did as they were being fed grapes (oddly enough Hubby is preparing some grapes right now). We have another appointment with the perinatologist on Thursday where we will get another sonogram as well and see what the latest is on that.

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your prayers and support. We do not feel as though we deserve the time and attention that you have and are giving us. Thank you!

Love,
Our Family

June 22, 2007

Oh my goodness, Dr. Anderson called. After talking with the perinatologist, the amount of "change" that happened - I am now 2-3 cent, soft, 50% dialated, and the baby's head is engaged - she thinks it is too dangerous for me to be at home any longer and instead of inducing (yes inducing, no more automatic c-section) next Saturday, she is calling the hospital for an emergency induction TOMORROW June 23, 2007.

We thought we had another week to get things ready, but all of that has changed. :) We are excited to finally meet our little guy!!!

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