Monday, September 29, 2008

The end is near!

Keaton has been doing really well this past week. Friday night I got to nurse him for the first time, and then have been nursing him twice a day since. Today they told me we can move it up to four times in 24 hours because he has been doing so well. he is satting well on him oxygen and they are planning to turn it down sometime later today as long as he continues to do well. He is almost 5 pounds and wearing cute preemie clothes! We are feeling the end is near and just hoping he continues taking steps forward without any more steps back!!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Two Steps Forward, One GIANT Leap Back

So the end of last week started out with many steps going forward for Keaton. He can now maintain his own body temperature, so he was moved into an open crib and had cute little clothes on him. He has also been growing a ton and currently weighs 4 pounds, 4 ounces. Unfortunetly the beginning of this week he got really sick. They tested him for everything and could not figure out why he was doing so poorly. They had turn his oxygen up and he still was breathing poorly. His stomach was swollen, they did an ultra sound and found he had a lot of air in his tummy and his bowels were dialated. He also needed a blood transfusion, which he recieved. They also attempted a spinal tap, but they were not able to get any spinal fluid, and they will not attempt it again. After some time, Keaton has slowly started to get better. He is now breathing better, all the air has been taken out of him (which they believe the air filled his tummy when they had to crank up the oxygen flow), his bowels are back to normal and the blood transfusion seems to have worked wonders. We are so relieved.

It has been a really tough, emotional week and I know that I have not necessarily been taking care of myself. I got really sick yesterday and went to urgent care- it is believed I have a stomach ulcer. YUCK! The pain is a lot better today. I have slept most of the day and am grateful for all the phone calls of concern from friends and family! Thank you! We are striving to have a normal life these days, but it doesn't always work out! :) We will keep you posted!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

My Amazing Family

So in a joint effort, my Mom, Sisters and Grandma sent my little Sis as the family representative to come and help me for a weekend! Not only did she come bearing pampering gifts for me, It was a surprise and an amazing weekend. My sister (Bekah) cooked, cleaned, watched kids, went with me to the NICU and wouldn't let me do anything except have fun and get some much needed sleep. She also took me shopping- which was a nice way to de-stress and have fun during this chaotic time. I am lucky to have such a wonderful family!!

Kyler's first day of Preschool!

WOW! I can't believe I have a preschooler! Kyler had his first day of Preschool on the 4th and he loves it!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Mama Love

I look so much like my mother in these pictures, I miss you mom!

So I have been holding Keaton every morning visit, and it is wonderful! Even with three blankets wrapped around him, he is light as a feather! Holding him helps me feel more like his mom, since the nurses pretty much do everything else. Putting him back in his issolette, that's the hard part.