Thursday, April 22, 2010
My poor little pumpkin has had quite the rough ride so far in her life, but she still remains to be such a Happy, Go-with-the-flow baby. At the end of last week Hayden started a new round of Bronchiolitis on top of her round that she was still trying to finish up and then Monday morning she came down with the stomach flu and vomited for 24 hours straight. Then she started throwing up again last evening because she was coughing so hard from her bronchiolitis. But through it all she was smiling, cooing and laughing. She is so inspiring to me the way she is determined to be happy and to not complain (total opposite of her mother). Yesterday morning (in between her sick sessions) she decided to be super cute and flash her adorable smiles to let us know that she is doing just fine. Thank you my "sweetie" (Carter's favorite nickname for her) for giving me some peace of mind through your smiles. I feed off of your strength.
Thanks Stac for the cute pants! :)
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
In fact, while in the hospital we found the Easter Bunny (please excuse the sideways pic, Matt didn't understand he couldn't hold the camera that way):
Carter got to do 3 egg hunts so he wasn't feeling too bummed about anything. He did our church hunt on Saturday, he did a hunt with me Sunday morning before we went into the hospital and then a hunt with some sweet friends of ours later that day.
Growing up, it was traditional in my family that the girls got Easter dresses so I was set on getting Hayden an Easter dress. But those stores know how to suck you in so of course we had to get Carter the matching sweater vest.
I love this picture because they you can see how much they look like siblings, right down the same facial expression.
So yes, I am the totally lame one that brought a camera to church so that we could get a family picture of us. Hayden was only staying through sacrament and I knew by the time Carter and I got home Matt and Hayden would be changed so it was now or never. Make fun all you want, but dang it I wanted the memory in hard copy form!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Matt had to round at work in the morning and as soon as he got home it was present time! Carter asked if he could unwrap Dad's present. We said sure as soon as Dad gets changed out of his scrubs. Carter must have only heard the first part, because in less than a minute I heard Carter running down the stairs yelling to Dad what was in the wrapped (now unwrapped) package. Luckily, I was able to grab Carter and pull him back up stairs before Matt heard him.
Next we went off to breakfast at our favorite Pittsburgh breakfast joint Pamela's. Oh delicious! And as birthday luck would have it, I think this is the best Pamela's has ever tasted to us.
Matt receiving birthday wishes from family and friends. And how fitting that he would be making the Joe Lowry Jr face seeing as he is on the phone with Joe Lowry Jr himself.
After breakfast, Matt met up with a buddy and went and test drove BMWs. It got Matt even more excited for his own that he will be getting in a little over 70 days.
Monday, April 5, 2010
She has been off oxygen for over 12 hours now. They will let her go home in hopefully another 4 hours.
I am so anxious to have all my family under one roof again!
If you want to hear Hayden's story from her perspective, here you go:
At Carter's story time we sing a song about shaking your sillies out. In this video Hayden is shaking her sickies out. And yes, she is still in the PICU in this video. Doesn't she seem just like a baby you would expect to see in an ICU!?! Granted, she looked a whole lot different a few days before.
Because she was so energetic, we had staff coming in and out of her room all day long to play with her. She would always reward them with her smiles and coos. I think she was a therapeutic relief to everyone who was used to dealing with such sickly children all day.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Carter is at the age where he is saying the funniest things. I am guessing someone recently must have told him that he has a lot of energy because right before I took the video above he was running around and then told me that he has a lot of energy (and he does!!).
This was on Tuesday, the day we were in and out of the ER. I was running around the house trying to get their stuff so we could go and Hayden was crying in her swing. Next thing I knew Carter was singing to her and she stopped crying. At first the song was slow and sweet, but quickly it turned into this:
Carter can be such a sweet boy, even when it is his own kind of sweetness. Having two kids is so incredibly awesome! We have our struggles, but my heart has doubled in size since it has doubled in love.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
This is me in the NICU right after I was born.
Hayden's status at this point is good. But with bronchiolitis it is a constant up and down. She has a pattern of doing well in the mornings and getting bad by the late afternoon/ evening. PICU wants her here at least through the night and then will re-evaluate.
Warning: do not keep reading if you do not want to read some Mommy bragging. This morning when her team of drs rounded on her, they were all loving on her and saying how cute she was. After they moved on, the attending dr came back and said that they had decided that Hayden beat out bed #27 as the cutest baby in the PICU. And since then we have had staff in and out of the room just to look at and play with Hayden.
Here's a video of my baby girl earlier today: