Monday, June 7, 2010

Coming home!

I just got a call from the nursery, and if Abigail does good tonight SHE GETS TO COME HOME TOMORROW!!!!

I have been there three times today feeding her and am going back in half an hour to do it again and again at 8pm. Whew! What a day, but it's definately all worth it.

Landon and Sonya headed home and Cindy (Jeff's mom) is somewhere on the road coming here. Tamara is supposed to be coming again soon too! I will have the BEST baby and family pix!!!

I imagine that the girls and I will be busy re-doing the baby bag and picking out her "coming home" clothes. Aydan thinks we need to have a party, and she's probably right.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Abigail's 1st week

Abigail's first week in life was a little CRAZY! She been through a lot, but has made great strides!

As of today, she still has the feeding tube in, but I did get to breastfeed her twice today. YEAH!!! She also is still on the nasal canula, but is being weened down each day.

She has shed so many tubes and such and it's allowed us to hold her. Today Ammorae, Landon, and Sonya got to hold her. They also, allowed us to unhook her long enough to walk to the nursery window and let Aydan, Addy, and Ava see their baby sister for the first time! I'm pretty sure that they were wondering if she even existed. Actually, I was recording her each day and taking pix of her and then when I came home I share that with them, so they were involved and it would be easier to process.

What a blessing the nurses and Dr.'s have been. I haven't met one yet that wasn't sweet and compassionate. It's been such a comforting place to be in this situation.

I do have to say that Abigail fits PERFECTLY in my arms and I couldn't quit kissing her! Of course, I'm sure I felt that way with all my girls, but I can't wait to get her home.

My girls are positive that they've got all bases covered. Aydan says she's gonna be in charge of giving her kisses. Originally, she was going to change ALL the diapers, but evidentally she's changed her mind. Addy is going to sing to her. Ammorae wants to pick out all of her clothes. And who knows what Ava is going to do?

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

New Schedule

Early this morning we dropped Ammorae off at school and she headed to Little Rock for cheerleading camp. Jeff and I headed to the hospital so he could see Abigail before he went to work. Yesterday he didn't get to see her until after work and he was antsy all day.

Landon and Sonya came to take "their shift" so that mom could go home. First she took us out for lunch and then we went to visit the baby. When we got there Diane Cole was there to see her too. I had already told my mother about her and what a blessing she has been to me this year. Upon meeting her my mom agreed that she IS the sweetest lady ever! I have to admit that I did cry when my mom left. I miss her already!

After my brother settled in I headed back to the hospital to be with Abigail. We had a great day. I changed several diapers, which normally you aren't too overjoyed about, but in this case OVERJOYED is definately the word! I read and sang to her again, and while I was singing she opened one of her eyes and looked right at me! I was SOOO ecstatic and beyond excited.

She is getting much more active. She kept tugging at her lines and tubes, which isn't good, but means that she's really getting with it. She smiled several times and just, of course, captured my heart! Basically, right now they are taking time to strengthen her lungs. Eventually they will turn down her oxygen level and ween her from it. They took her off the bili light, which could go back and forth for a while. No BIG changes, but small improvements make BIG ones.

When I got home Landon was in the pool with the girls having a fun time. Ava started calling mom, Nana, it was sooo cute. She also decided to start hollering Wanon, at Uncle Landon.

All-in-all, it's been a pretty good day! Thank you Jesus, for your blessings, and putting up with me.