Saturday, October 3, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Yes, it has been awhile. 5 months to be exact. Everyday I promised myself that today would be the day I would update our blog… only to remember at the end of the day (often times while I was watching So You Think You Can Dance) that I forgot – Arg! It is official: I am the world’s worst procrastinator! So, without much ado, let me tell you what my little family has been up to in the past months (I must warn you: we have been pretty busy!!) …oh, and did I mention that we have a new addition to our family? We do!
Introducing Our New Love:
Our precious baby boy was born on April 7th at 11:14 pm. He made his way into this world a bit early: I was originally due on April 22nd. My water actually broke (seriously, who does that happen to?!) My labor went really well, and I am proud to say that I was able to have a natural birth. However, I do admit that there were times that I was questioning my decision against an epidural. I kept saying to Josh “I WANT DONE. GET ME DONE!” After 23 hours of labor though, I was done and our precious baby boy entered the world. Oliver has been such a delight, and has brought so much joy to our little family. Audrey is ever the proud sister, wanting to give “brother” constant hugs and kisses. She is quick to alert me when he cries “Uh-oh… Mama!” Seeing the two of them interact makes my heart sing. He coos and smiles and her, and she squeals and laughs at him. I often find myself thinking “These are my children. I am a mother of two. How did that happen?” Then I smile and think that it has never been better: I feel so complete.
The following pictures were taken when Oliver was 6 days old.
Has It Really Been Three Months?
April gave way to May, and May lead into June. During those three months we took the kids to the Zoo and Six Flags Marine World. Audrey graduated from The Little Gym (her gymnastics class that she takes on Thursday mornings) and we welcomed my parents and sister into our home as guests for some good ol’ family time. It does not seem like much, but trust me: I feel like we have been going a mile-a-minute! Oh yes, and then there was Disneyland….
Disneyland with the Rogers
The last weekend in June Josh, Audrey, Oliver and I flew down to Southern California to go to Disneyland with my dear friend Anna and her family. It was a quick visit (two days in Disneyland, one night at a hotel, two flights in as many days) but we sure did have a good time. It was so much fun to see Anna & Chris and their darling kids. Coz & Buddy took such good care of Audrey, and it was nice to have another set of adults to tag team the kids. Even though technically the kids out numbered us, five to four, we showed ‘em who was boss - right Anna? Just teasing, the kids were angels (yes, even Audrey… with the exception of the flight down there… now that is another story!) On our last day there right before we were going to leave I couldn't shake the thought that Anna and I were here on vacation with our little families. I mean, I met Anna when we were 12 years old, and now we are vacationing together? It felt like such a dream. A fun dream, but a dream nonetheless.
Alright, I promise to get my act together people. There are so many fun things that we have planned for this summer that I will be so bummed if I don’t get a chance to share them with you here. Please stay tuned to see what we will be doing next. After all, you never know what can happen with a family of four!
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
- Like I previous mentioned, Infant Botulism shuts down your ENTIRE nervous system, leaving the infant paralyzed. The process happens within a matter of hours. This is why infants suddenly can't nurse (they loose their ability to suck), and this is also why most infants who contract Infant Botulism are put on a respirator. With the ability lost to contract their muscles, infants loose the ability to breathe on their own. Because Audrey was diagnosed in enough time, this didn't happen to her.
- Most Doctors are not familiar with Infant Botulism. The symptoms for Infant Botulism can look almost like anything: not wanting to feed, constipation, & dehydration. Until you add "lost the ability to hold themselves up" and if you have a doctor who doesn't know what this might mean, the child often gets "lost" in the system. Luckily we had an experienced Doctor with Audrey who had treated a case of Infant Botulism a couple of years previously. Most mother's that I have talked to whose child had IB, watched their child get poked and prodded with every test imaginable while they slipped deeper into the disease. All of their children ended up on a respirator because the doctor's didn't realize what was happening.
- When Dr. Smith told us that Audrey would need a single shot a drug, and that he had to go and order it because the hospital didn't carry it in stock, I truly didn't grasp what he meant. The shot that Audrey received is called the Baby BIG shot. NO hospitals carry this shot; it is kept in Southern California, I'm guessing at the lab where it was created. When Dr. Smith "ordered" this shot for Audrey, it was personally flown up to Sacramento on New Year's Day where it was hand delivered to the pharmacy and mixed for Audrey. The hospital had to get clearance to agree to pay for the drug before the drug was even put on the plane. Wondering what the cost of this drug was? A shocking $45,000. FOR ONE DOSE. However, one dose is all Audrey needed. The Baby BIG shot was approved by the FDA in 2003. Before this shot was approved, the average stay in the hospital for a child with IB was roughly six weeks, with a ventilator. Our stay with Audrey, without a ventilator, was eleven days. Thank God for modern medicine.