Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Thursday, the 23rd: His first bath. He actually seemed to enjoy it. Of course, we had very little idea of what we were doing so it may be a different story in the future.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Now, if we could just keep him from sticking his fingers in his eyes...
Thanks, again, for all of your prayers.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
*My mother (who has made us delicious meals, brought us treats from Niedlov's for breakfast, vaccuumed, made the bed, watered plants, etc...and we still have one more mother yet to come!)
So, we'll see how our second night as a family goes...and then it's off to our first pediatrician's visit bright and early in the A.M.! We'll see if Gus is up for a field trip! Please pray that Gus will continue to get a good report with regards to his previous infection.
Monday, August 20, 2007
After getting him through the house tour, Gus nursed for a while in his new room. (Amy says that nursing with out all of those wires attached to Gus was 10 times easier. And oh, Amy's milk started letting down this am!) Afterwards, I offered to hold him while Amy had a late lunch. Two minutes later, he went pee on my shirt. Gus, 1. New dad, 0.
Thanks for all of your prayers! We appreciated them so much. Please pray for us as we get settled here at home.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Yesterday afternoon they said that it would be OK for us to come and breastfeed Gus in the NICU after we told them that we didn't want them to supplement his IV with formula. So we are trying to get all that figured out...it's pretty complicated as some of you may well know. We fed him at midnight, 4 am, 8 am and then again at 11 am so far today. It's actually going fairly well and my milk is already starting to come in. We'd really like to be able to get some pumped to leave here for him before we have to go home (which will be at some point tonight), but I'm not quite able to get that much into a bottle yet. Please pray that it would come in quickly, so that we don't have to supplement with formula. The plan is to check out of the room around 8 or 9 pm, watch the Cards/Cubs game in the lobby (I love listening to Joe Morgan and John Miller) and then give him a midnight feeding before we head home. If we've got enough milk to leave, we'll come back in the morning. If not, I'm not sure if we'll come back at 4 am or not...and from where. We've talked about getting a hotel room so we don't have to drive from home in the middle of the night. The NICU nurses have been calling us when he starts to get fussy, so getting a call and then making him wait 20 minutes isn't ideal. We may have to let them give him some formula if the logistics just don't make sense.
As far as Gus goes, he seems to be showing signs of improvement. His fever is gone and his breathing has slowed down some, but not to the ideal level. The biggest hurdle to clear Monday morning will be his bloodwork. We don't really understand what they'll be looking for, but those results will determine whether or not he stays for another round of antibiotics or whether he comes home with us. So, please be praying for a positive reading. More than anything, we just want him to be healthy so if he has to stay another few days that's obviously best, but it sure would be great to get him unplugged and take him home.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Gus's x-ray this morning showed some possible congestion in his lungs and he had a slightly elevated level of some type of inflammation thingy in his blood (don't quite understand it all.) So he has been admitted to the NICU for 48 hours of antibiotics and monitoring.
We are allowed to visit whenever we want, but of course we miss him terribly. Just please pray that the medicines would head off any possible infections, that Scott and I would trust and not worry and that we would all be able to be home together soon. We hope to have him back for good on Monday, but it could be as long as a week. He spends most of his time sleeping, and he's not in any pain, but it's just so hard to leave him alone. Thanks for your prayers!!
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday: A laid back, uneventful day with no contractions until around 8:15 pm...when they hit full force. NO warmups; NO progression. Then the show was definitely on! Here's our recollection of the highlights:
8:15 pm strong contractions begin
9:00 contractions strong and regular…4 minutes apart 1 to 2 minutes long
10:35 headed to hospital
11:00 admitted to test room; contractions hurting badly; still only 3 cm dilated
12:30 admitted to our own room
1:00 heplock for administration of strep B antibiotics finally started...4th try a charm
2:00 finally done administering antibiotics; check up; 5 cm dilated
3:45 6 cm dilated; contractions hurting badly
4:45 7.5 cm dilated
5:10 water breaks! midwife arrives a few minutes later
5:39 OK given for Amy to start pushing; second treatment for strep B only half way in
We really enjoyed the medical staff. They were so supportive of our birth plan and were great encouragers, especially during the pushing stage. Since labor began, we haven't gotten much sleep, but it's been great to hang out with Gus and to introduce him to those friends who have stopped by. Patti and Chris, Amy's parents, arrived from Maryland at about 3 this afternoon. They've already been so supportive and helpful.
Our visitors have included: Dave and Sally Worland (Dave is Scott's boss); Dauna Clinton (a teacher from Amy's old school) and two of Amy's old students; a doctor from our pediatrician's office; Luke Currin (one of Scott's old friends); Andrew, Jessi and Bennett Cook (Drew and Jessi are friends from Covenant); and Drs. Lisa and John (our chiropractors...here to meet Gus and also give him his first adjustment). Lisa and John were very supportive and helpful as we tried to create a natural birth plan.
After our visitors left, Chris and Patti were wise enough to suggest that we get some rest. After 34 hours without sleep, we were happy to take their counsel!
In addition to the one above, here's another of our favorite pictures so far:
Given that we're already so in love with Gus, I'm sure there will be more to add soon! Thanks for all of your prayers!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
A few things I do know. First, Amy's contractions are coming more frequently and they're certainly different than before...along with being stronger. Second, our little time bomb is taking Amy on an emotional roller coaster. Everytime she thinks we're close, things slow down. She's frustrated, so pray for her if you have a second.
So, that's where we are. We'll let you know when we have something definite. Since we don't have any pictures of the little fella yet, I've pasted some of our first few pictures with our new camera. I had a little time this past weekend to take some shots. Thanks to everyone that pitched in to help us save up for this!!! We'll reward with you plenty of baby pictures sometime soon!
Monday, August 13, 2007
We have an appointment tomorrow (Tuesday, 8/14) so we'll have more specific information soon. Until then, we'll just keep playing the waiting game...
Friday, August 10, 2007
1. Being able to get up off the couch/bed without having to execute a 3-point turn-like maneuver.
2. Being able to drink wine again!
3. Being able to bend over (it's amazing how many tasks require this skill).
4. Being able to go more than approximately 30 minutes between restroom breaks.
5. Having normal-sized ankles and toes again...even when it's hot out.
6. Being able to sleep with just two pillows, instead of being wedged into a fort-like complex involving 4 or 5.
7. Not having to change my shirt multiple times a day because I have, once again, spilled food on my shelf of a stomach.
8. Being able to wear my beautiful wedding ring again!
9. Being able to (I cannot believe I'm saying this!!) go running.
10. Being able to watch my husband hold our baby for the first time:)
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
This morning, I enjoyed an hour long prenatal massage which was one of my shower gifts from a teacher at school. It was lovely!! I think I've been more pampered in the last 2-3 months than any other time of my life!
The beautiful cake from our neighborhood shower!
Guess that's all the latest news from the Nolls. Gus says hello (if hiccups count!).