Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Police Officer, The Fireman, the Black Eye and the baby

The Police Officer- That would be what Kyler says he wants to be for Halloween. I am truly a thrift shopper- especially for an item such as a costume that my kids will probably wear once or I found a Police Officer Jacket at Savers, the hat at Kid2Kid and the belt, handcuffs, badge, sunglasses, etc. all together in a package at the Dollar Store. And there you have it, for less than $5, the most adorable police officer you have ever seen. And Kyler not only wants to wear the costume every second of every day, but he even talks in his deep hard to understand police officer voice!

The Fireman/the Black Eye- When Kyler told me he wanted to be a police officer, Brayden told me he wanted to be a Fireman! What 2 1/2 year old cares how they dress up for Halloween? Kyler sure didn't at that age, but Brayden does! And once again, my thrift find was the jacket at Kid2Kid and we already had the hat! Meanwhile, Brayden ran into the piano at my in-laws house and now is sporting a black eye, which truly makes him look like he is a hard working fireman! (At least that's what we are pretending).

And the Baby- My third son is already stubborn at only 8 weeks of age. He has continued to have apnea spells despite our fasting and prayers, so although I know the prayers ARE working, Keaton just has really bad reflux and is protecting his airways by actually holding his breath (the apnea) and he can't do that for 7 days before coming we are playing the waiting game. He will go 3 days or so without a spell, and then have one so we have to start counting all over again. I must say I am sad and want him to come home, but I know he needs the help the doctors can give him until he can get over the apnea. So we are just waiting...and praying...

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Keaton needs to come home

So it has been an emotional week. I came in on Monday, and since Keaton has been nursing and/or taking a bottle for 48 hours straight at that time, they were taking the feeding tube out. YAY! He has been weaned down a little on his oxygen and they are planning to change him to a different level of oxygen pretty soon, which is the same kind he'll go home on. (it's the same oxygen, just at different levels and read differently). So even though he will most likely go home on oxygen, he is so close to being ready to come home. So Monday they told me that Saturday (today) he should be coming home. But if he has another apnea spell (where he holds his breath and stops breathing), then he has to wait 7 days from that time before coming home. Needless to say, I was devestated when he had an apnea spell that afternoon. So the 7 day countdown started over. Then Tuesday during the middle of the night he had another one, Thursday he had another one, and he has had 2 Friday and one this morning already. We are so sad that he struggles with this issue. The 7 day countdown begins again, however I am not getting my hopes up this time that this is the last one.

We are asking all our friends and family to please join us in fasting for Keaton tomorrow (SUNDAY) to stop his apnea. It would be so scary to bring him home when he is doing this, so obviously we understand he needs to continue to be in the NICU until he stops. But at the same time, WE WANT HIM HOME!! So please join us and let's all fast so our little Keaton can stop the apnea and come home. Thank you for your support and we love you all!