Sunday, January 30, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
It appears that things are looking up for Big Ben. He started taking bottles of Pedialyte yesterday, and he was able to keep it down. Today the doctors cleared him for some milk, and he was very happy to eat. If he keeps eating and holding it down, he can come off the IV, which is one step closer to coming home.
This is great news.
Friday, January 28, 2011
The short version: Ben is still in the NICU. Tina is home from the hospital. Mike has logged many, many miles in the car. Zeke now has binkie privileges almost all the time.
The longer version is complex and will be written in the appropriate journals. For now, we rejoice every time Ben poops (4 times so far) and we are appreciating the kindness, love and support of family, friends, and the staff in the NICU.
Today's good news: surgery is not likely to be needed.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
They tell me this is preventative care and not to worry, but none of that makes sense to my hormone influenced brain. Ben is not eating and not pooping or peeing, and the tests they did suggest a blockage of some sort. There was a doctor who used the word "surgery", but he tried to make it sound like last-resort thing.
I guess the plan to be discharged on Thursday needs to be revised.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Our second little boy was born on Tuesday night. It was a scheduled induction on the due date, at the doctor's request because she believed Ben was "really big", and by my consent because being pregnant had become miserable.
Ben was 8 lbs. 12 oz. and 20 inches long. Comments regarding his size are not requested and will probably be taken down. Comments regarding his amazing, full head of dark brown hair are very welcome, as are comments about his ten fingers and ten toes (the only requirements for a baby to be considered cute).
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
We'll keep you up to date.
Monday, January 17, 2011
No one is more disappointed that I am, but we are still a one-child family.
Monday, January 3, 2011
This year, for Christmas, Zeke got Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease. We were in an urgent care center on Christmas Eve and spent almost a full week recovering. Mike and I took turns holding an inconsolable little boy and waking up with him at night. We were very grateful that he got this before BabyBoy#2 comes and not after. This disease is not survivable (for the parents) if there is also a newborn in the house.
For the curious, this picture is relevant because one of the first solid foods that Zeke would eat again was Fruit Loops, and he ate them because we poured them into this awesome 4-square plate (thanks Grandparents!) and stacked them in little soggy piles to distract him while he ate. He enjoyed the game very much, and we were relieved to be tricking him into eating, even if the food had no nutrition. This was on day 4 of the illness.
It should be noted that soggy Fruit Loops are easier to stack than dry Fruit Loops.
The above clip is just after he woke up from his nap. He liked the music and does his own version of a dance, but then bee-lines for the cake with a speed far surpassing his pregnant mom's synapses and muscles.
After this trip, Mike and I vowed we would never again take a two-year old on a multi-state car trip. I hope we remember.