Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Just an update

Its been a few weeks so I thought I should write something. Not much is happening in our household. Josh is back to his old schedule 2-1030pm. I hate it because he leaves at 1230pm and doesn't get home until 1130pm. So we don't get to see him really. I liked it better before when he was here most of the day. It was nice to have him around to help too. :o) I love my kids but sometimes I need a break.We are staying busy. Most days we are out and about. I've been trying to get together with friends and have some playdates. It keeps us busy and gets us out of the house. Its nice, but then we aren't home much. I'm trying to get to the gym during the week too. Overall, its wonderful being home and leaving it!

I'm obvisouly boring today. Sad.

Lucas is doing great. We had our surgery follow up yesterday and everything looks great. We are working on weight gain and getting Lucas 'bulked up'. Not sure that he'll ever be chubby, but we're working on it. He is doing great and he's just settled in. He also slept in his crib last night. He's been in a bassinet in our room since we brought him home. Not really for any reason. Just so that mommy feels better. He's an excellent sleeper, but putting him in the room with big brother scared us a llittle. We bought a crib tent a few weeks ago. Most people use it to keep cats out. But we use it to keep big brother out. Last night went fine and everyone was peaceful.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


Well, we finally made it home. Thursday we went back and forth a bit as to if we should. Lucas was doing good, but I was still a little concerned about him. But by the afternoon, we were definitely ready. After running to the store for some food and the pharmacy, it was about 7pm by the time we settled down. Joshua stayed at Alice and Bill's that night, so we could relax. The night went great and we both felt better that next morning.
So far Lucas is doing good. His incision still looks a little red and I am watching it. But he seems a lot more comfortable and happy. He's happier than he's ever been too. I wonder how long he'd been in pain before we took him in. Poor little guy. This time I won't hesitate to take him in. I am so thankful for our pediatrician. He didn't write anything off and suggested that the obstruction could be the problem. Thankfully we listened and Lucas is healthy and happy.
I was going through our baby development book and looking at some of the development signs at different ages. The doctor thinks that his motor skills are about on target. But as I was reading, his mental development was looking a bit behind. His development was more of a 3 month old. I am hoping as he grows, that will also continue to grow. We are still working on head control and our next big goal is sitting up.

Joshua is back to being a sweet big brother. I love when he is like this. I wish that it would stay that way. He just wants to talk nice to him and hold him. Its adorable. He has been such a great kid. Its been hard for him this week, but he is getting back in to the swing of things.

Thanks, as always, for the wonderful support. Its been a really hard week for me. I've felt strange. Not weepy or anything, just a bit numb to all that has happened. I know that the stress is taking its toll. I wasn't sleeping great and my diet was a lot different too. It was overall a terrible week. But I am hoping that this week is better. More relaxing and less stressful. Its just hard to see your helpless baby in such horrible pain. I just want this whole chapter to be over with. No more hospitalizations, no more surgeries.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

On the 'Floor'

I just wanted to write a quick update on the little guy. He is doing well. They moved him out of ICU today around 2pm. We are settling in, but just as I remember the hard transition we had up in Seattle, I am facing that now. I came into a double room (luckily to not have a roommate), got a nurse that wasn't the friendliest, and moved out of our free parent apartment. But tonight is going much smoother. I have a great nurse that is making me feel a but more confident about this hospital. We are relaxing a bit tonight, Lucas is getting meds, mommy is not. :o(

So the small goal for tomorrow is to try and get Lucas to eat something. They are taking the NG tube out of his nose tonight, and tomorrow we'll probably try pedialite. So until tomorrow, thanks for all the continued support!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Lucas' update

So as promised, here I am writing. I am not realy focusing too well right now, but I'll try my best. In addition to living at the hospital, I've decided to participate in our church's fast and amoung other things, I've cut out caffine. Smart? Maybe not.
Anyway, Sunday Lucas went in and had explorotory surgery. They knew he had a bowel obstruction, they just weren't sure what it was. So with a bunch of possible outcomes, he had the best. It was scar tissue that was obstruction the bowel and the Dr was able to take it out. Its possible for it to come back, but we'll b aware of it in the future.He was intubated until about 1 this afternoon and is doing pretty well. His urine output wasn't what they wanted to see, so they put in a catheter and we're watching it. He is also extrmemly puffy because of all the fluids that they were pushing and his eyes are so swollen. He looks so sad, but we know that he'll get through this.
The estimated time frame we are looking at is about 10 days. Josh and I were thinking a lot less than that, but they want to make sure he is stable. I am wondering when we'll start to feed him again, but I am also worried about making his little body work to hard. This weekend was hard for him. He was in pain and he just wasn't himself. I am hoping that once he is more comfortable he will start right back where he was. I don't want to lose all that progress that we've made so far.
As always, I am so thankful for my family and friends. The support that we have is just incredibe. Thank you for all of your prayers and calls! I started reading in the book of James today and I wanted to share the first verse I read. God just knows what I need when I need it.
Whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Hospital Visit

Well, here we are. We came into the ER last night around 6. We were not looking forward to hanging out in the waiting room for hours and hours and luckily we didn't. They got us in right away and we were up in a room by 930pm. So far it hasn't been a bad experience. Lucas is comfortable, something he hadn't been since Thursday night. And he is resting, something else he hasn't done since then.
Thursday night Lucas just got really fussy. He's not typically a fussy kid, so it was a bit strange. He didn't want to be put down at all. After being up every hour all night/morning long, I was at my breaking point. I literally saw every single hour on the clock. No fun. We went in to our pediatricians office at 9am Friday morning. He told me to let him eat whatever he wants and just give his tummy a break. If he wasn't feeling better in a few hours I should take him in to the ER. But come 1, he was actually napping a little. We tried feeding him a little more but he was very uncomfortable. So we packed up and took off. His abdomen was extremely extended and he was just miserable.
Now to add to all of our baby trouble, we also we evacuated Wednesday from our apartment. Washington state has had major flooding and the river behind our house was rising. Luckily we were able to stay with Alice and Bill, and nothing happened to our place. It was exciting to say the least. My friend Ann Marie came up to stay with us Tuesday night and we were heading back to the airport during evacuations. That was just insane. It took me 3 hours to leave my house and get to Alice's that night. The trip would usually take me about an hour.
So here we are. We are just waiting to find out whats next. Surgery is a possibility. We just need to know if the problem is stool or scar tissue. They are going to do a contrast xray and we'll know more.
I did take a few pictures, well, because I'm weird. He's just too cute to not take pictures of.

Down the street from Alice's house

Joshua in daddy's boots.

Raccoon's on the roof of the shed

Friday, January 2, 2009

so many adjectives

I just wanted to post a few pictures of my little man. As hard as it is sometimes, I am so happy and thankful for him in our lives. I was actually reading my own blog and made myself cry. 2008 was so hard, but oh so thrilling. I am blessed beyond measure!

Here is my adorable, handsome, kissable, MIRACLE baby Lucas!