Thursday, January 31, 2008
Oh, and he gained 2 ounces in the past 9 days. Not much, but I was expecting him to have lost during the illness.
My diet buddy, Amy Coffman, sent Henry (and family) the most wonderful get well soon bouquet. Problem you ask???? It is made of cookies!!! This is my diet buddy! Sabotage, I tell you :)
Anyway, the kids loved it and I had one cookie. It was fabulous! Thanks, Amy, Dave, and Ellen Bee!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Can you tell the pictures from the beginning of the stay when Henry felt miserable to the pics of when he was beginning to feel better?
The picture w/ the man is our fave respiratory therapist (although, they were all wonderful!)..Dave!
(Clue: the red and purple outfit is from the begining, the rest are toward the end)
We're home!!! Yeah, after 6 days in the hospital it feels REALLY good to be home. Henry is doing well. He's still wheezy and raspy and we have to do nebulizer treatments 6 times a day. He is also on antibiotics (his ears are still red) and we have to go back to the pediatrician tomorrow, but he is happy, smiley and feeling MUCH better! We had wonderful care at Crouse Hospital. Thanks to everyone (EVERYONE) who helped and offered help over the last few days. Here's a list of our wonderful angels:
Sheila Spindler, Heidi Youker, Jill Kantak, Sue Hourihan, Kim Taffner....thanks for taking such wonderful care of our big boys. Thanks for feeding them, transporting them, taking them to school and back, picking Owen up off the bus, and giving them extra hugs and kisses while we were gone.
Heidi....thanks for doing our laundry and bringing me a gourmet lunch!
Sue...thanks for feeding my big boys and Eddie dinner! And me (leftovers at the hospital the next day :))
Grandma...for rescuing us and continuing to help us put ourselves back together
Robin Berry, Rebecca Alder, Stephanie Cramer, Lisa Hall, Mary Jo Lamowski......thanks for offering back up big boy help should the above group needed a break.
Michelle Hornsey...for taking Owen to theatre
Thanks to the huge group of other friends and family who prayed for Henry to get well quickly (it worked!)
Thanks to all the phone calls for updates. That helped us know Henry was in your hearts.
You never know the true heart of people until an emergency arises and I am beyond grateful that I have crossed paths with people who are filled with kindness. Thank you all......
Monday, January 28, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Owen has been tutoring Emmett in math facts in the evening. It's so funny! And the crazy thing is that Emmett is actually listening to Owen and learning simple addition. I'm going to have such a hard time holding Emmett from kindergarten next year. (the cut off for NY is December 1 and Em has a September bday). He's 100% academically ready. Socially, probably not. He still likes me a whole lot and lacks confidence in unknown social situations. But hey, at least he knows basic math facts.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Headed back to the pediatrician today. Henry's wheezing has gotten worse (he slept 8 hours last night, anyway :)) He's not eating well and he threw up this AM. Although, I think he might have thrown up solely because of those HORRID vitamins (poly vi sol) that they're supposed to take. Absolutely disgusting!!! I know breast fed babies really need the vitamin A in the vitamins, but I don't know if I can torture him w/ those drops every morning. What did the rest of you mommies do?
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Henry had his two month check up today and my teeny newborn is no longer so teeny. He weighed 12-1 today and was 23 inches long. This means he's gained 5 1/2 pounds in 8 weeks. No small feat! He was supposed to get four vaccines today too, but he was wheezing. I'm certainly not going to win "mom of the year"...I had no idea! He's had a stuffy nose/cold for a while, but I didn't know he was wheezing too. His pediatrician said it was bronchiolitis. Hopefully, he's not on the same asthmatic path as his brothers. So, vaccines are postponed until further notice.
I am down 8 pounds in two a half weeks (weighed myself this AM, Amy Coff, and I'm down two more :)), which is 21 pounds since delivery and 30 until pre pregnancy (now if I hadn't gained 50 pounds while pregnant.....). I continue to DDR (w/ the boys) for about 20-30 minutes 5 + times a week. Not sure how many calories I'm really burning....but it has to be better than nothing. You would not believe how good the boys have gotten at it, too!
Monday, January 21, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Not only was it Eddie's birthday yesterday, but we also had a lot of other fun reasons to be happy!
1. Henry slept 7 hours last night!
2. Henry's picture shows him in his first 3-6 month old (thanks, Michelle Hathaway!). It fits!
3. It's a three day weekend!
4. Emmett, Henry, and I got through the grocery store without Henry waking up and NO trips to the bathroom!
5. This one is the most exciting: I made banana bread yesterday from my Deceptively Delicious book and Owen proclaimed it to be, "the best banana bread I ever made." (but still not as good as Mrs. Sheila's and Mrs. Sue's :)). They like it....they like it.... And it contained a half cup of pureed cauliflour, whole wheat flour, and egg whites (shhh...they'll never know!)
My handsome husband turned 34 yesterday. This photo is the extent of our celebration, and although it doesn't look like much, we had a good time. I made him his fave dinner: meatloaf (gag!), Stove Top (double gag!), and steamed brocoli (triple gag!). We're having a Wii playing party today with some of our good friends, so that will be fun.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Yeah! Henry slept from 10:30-4:30 last night! That's 6 full hours! While exciting, I'm a little nervous. We had a bottle of pumped breast milk that I decided we needed to give to him to make sure he'd take the bottle before I go back to work. (he took it, although he wasn't all together thrilled!) So, Eddie gave him 4 ounces and then he stil wanted to nurse more. So...now I'm wondering if he slept so long, because he had that extra 4 ounces at bedtime. That combined w/ nursing probably amounted to 7-8 ounces and I'm doubt he's getting that much from me right before bed. So, maybe he's waking around 2-3 because he's hungry. Time will tell. But I'm not about to start supplementing, so if that's the case I'll just have to get up more in the middle of the night.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Eddie did a awesome job making himself and the kids disappear for the evening (minus Henry). He sat (um...slept) through a Veggie Tales movie, went to dinner, then hid in the basement w/ them until bedtime. What a man! (Ok...maybe I should practice the striptease video :))
Saturday, January 12, 2008
At the soccer center today one of the other soccer moms said that Henry no longer looked like a newborn. So true, but so, so sad! Henry is sleeping in his own bed in his room tonight for the first time. I'm hoping I get a little more sleep this way. Fingers crossed.
Friday, January 11, 2008
For Christmas my mom got me the Jessica Seinfeld book, Deceptively Delicious. It's all about adding fruit and veggie purees to recipes to "trick" the kids into getting food and veggies into their belly without a fight. Last night was my first attempt. My good friend and neighbor, Sheila, came over w/ her kiddos ecause both of our hubbies were working late. We made the chicken nugget recipe from the book and added sweet potatoe puree (my dad got me a Magic Bullet to puree!), flaxseed, and other healthy ingredients. And....it worked!!! The kids ATE IT! We ate it, too :). Very yummy! Sheila and I were high fiving one another behind the island after they took their first bites and proclaimed "good!".
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Thanks, Dena and Terry. This is the great warm up/fleece I got with the money you sent (a thank you card is in the mail :)). I thought you might want to see a photo of it. It's perfect for keeping Henry warm on the way to taking the big boys to school. I ususally don't have time to get him dressed before we leave, so I put this on over his jammies. PERFECT!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Thankfully, although he took one hard spill...no broken body parts, yet! Oh, the other big problem w/ it is that he can't pull the hand brake to stop it. His hands are too small!
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Eddie and I have spent the last 90 minutes doing Dance Dance Revolution while Henry slept peacefully (and the other boys, too). We bought another dance mat so we can do it at the same time. Addicting! For the record, I beat him all but one time!
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
I got DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) for our Wii as a Christmas gift. The idea is to dance the baby weight off! My friend, Amy Coffman, and I are having a weight loss challenge. I have 38 pounds to lose to get down to my pre pregnancy weight (sounds a little daunting...that's what I get for gaining 55 pounds) and Amy has baby weight to get rid of also. When we are skinny (or at least no longer fat!) we are going to treat ourselves to something involving warm weather and shopping. How's that for incentive? Anyway, the boys love to dance dance too and Emmett looks hysterical doing it! He can follow it pretty well, although in this video he's doing a lot of jumping.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
On my own! 6 weeks after Henry's arrival and I'm on my own. I'm sad, but it was definetely time. I've been spoiled. Day 1 hasn't gone completely as planned. I was meeting friends at Barnes and Noble at 10:00. I was right on schedule until Henry decided he needed to eat at which point my shower went right out the window (even though it's been two days since I've showered!). Spraying body spray all over, we headed out by 9:45. Barnes and Noble was fun, but we had to leave early after Emmett pinched me while I was talking to a friend (what's that about?). He came home to his room. Eddie came home for lunch. I gave Henry to him and laid down w/ Emmett for a nap. 20 minutes later Eddie woke me. Emmett's still napping and Henry is asleep on my nap while I type this. Shoo!
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Today's my dad's last day...he ran to the store for me. It was either that or stay home w/ Henry, because it is SO FRIGID here I didn't want to take Henry out. He opted for the store :).
And, my Christmas/New Year's cards are in the mail. Yipee!
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Everything gets easier after the 6 week part. I remember that well from the other two. Henry is awake more during the day, smiling more, and seems to be on more of a routine. I'm thinking about moving him to his crib in his room, instead of sleeping next to us in his bassinet. But, he's still up usually around 11, 3, and 6 so I'm not sure I'm ready to physically get out of bed that much yet. Tell me....how old were your babies when you moved them to their bedroom? I can't remeber what I didi w/ the other boys? Hit the comment button below and let me know!