Thursday, August 30, 2007

Baby Jackson's progress

Most of you I know are checking Jackson's caringbridge website but just in case you haven't. I thought I would let people know that Jack is coming home. Unless something major changes in the next 72 hours we are coming home on Monday. I have to say that I am both excited and extemely nervous all at the same time. I enjoy having the specialists just a door away and round the clock nurses that immediately answer you annoying questions as well as take care of your baby when you need to do something important like pump or eat. What will I do without them. I will say I will not miss the monitors beeping every two seconds and all the other babies crying. I love it when Jackson crys, but other babies bother me.

Can't wait to see you all when We come home. check out the new pics on the website.

Thank you all for your prayers and support

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Baby Jackson arrived

Wow!!! Jackson Daniel has arrived!!!
4lbs 7 oz 16 1/2 inches long at 5:37am on August the 10th, 2007

where do I begin, the journey began quite emotionally. The neonatalogy nurse informed me on the operating table that Jackson was born with an inperferated anus, aka he has no butt hole. She then stated that he would need to be flown to Riley's Children's Hospital in Indianapolis sometime today. He left at around 1pm the day he was born. I like to say I am going to make a onsie that says "I flew like Donald Trump" on my first day. He took a private Jet from South BEnd to Indy with a team of 5 specialists. He was in quite the contraption. They brought him to my room before they left to say goodbye. As I still had to recover in South Bend. This was the most difficult thing I think I have done in this whole process. Letting you baby go, within hours of birth is not something I would ever like to do again. Adrian went with him a few hours later. He traveled down with his brother. My parents arrived that night thank the Lord. I was a having some trouble being by myself, however sleeping was easily done that afternoon thanks to the drugs of the c-section.

Then next morning the Doc came in and ask How would you like to go to Indy and be with your son? I thought at first he had to be joking and it was a real sick joke. However he proceeded to talk about discharge and that the nurse would be in to take out my IV and stuff and he would prescribe meds and she would explain them. After about a three hour ordeal, we were headed to Elkhart to pack my stuff and then on our way to Indy. I arrived about 6:30 to eat with Adrian's Family and then I was eager to see my son.

The trip however was not very enjoyable and I ended up with alot of swelling that has just started to get better today. I spend many hours with my feet up and me reclined. NOT FUN!!!

Jackson went through surgery on Sunday for a colostomy, very successful, then Monday morning he had three critical tests, a Mag3 test which is a dye test of his kidney, a spinal ultrasound and a bunch of genetic testing and blood work. HE was one wiped little guy which we found out when he decided that breathing was too much work and he stopped. SCARY MOMENT. HE had to be put back on the ventilator and since he has been doing great. He has worked back up to breathing on his own...they still have him on the vent but hope to take it off today. We will wait and see what is best for him. Tuesday we got news about his tests from monday. Got some good and bad news but we take it all with a grain of salt when he is visibly doing well.

I have decided to use the caring bridge website to keep people updated. Jackson 's address is you can go here and find out daily updates in the Journal and I will upload pictures too.

Thanks for all the prayers and supports.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Our second anniversary

Well we started our anniversary being very happy I wasn't still in the hospital, however headed to the hospital for an appointment. The great news was all went well and we were still on for delivery on August 9th. Whoohooo!!!! although I have huge anxiety over the delivery I am extremely excited anticipating the arrival of our little one and this excitement blocks out all of the fears I have of being a mom. Which is good of course.

Afterwards Adrian surprised me and allowed me a little time out of the house. We decided to check out the Lazyboy liquidation sale....try out some recliners thinking there was no way one would be in our price range and wouldn't you know....look what we found.

I was so excited...I think Adrian was more. Happy anniversary to us.

Then it didn't end. We haven't really purchased much for our new infant and we had been give a highchair from my mom that got we decided we could put the money towards a stroller and so we next after my lunch, headed to Babies r us...and found the perfect stroller...light weight, easy to fold and no doubt the closest match I have found to our borrowed car seat. Amazing!!! Simply Amazing!!!

He amazed me even farther as we spent the next hour arranging the nursery, putting the stroller together, installing the car seat bases in our cars and doing some other preparations for the baby...HE IS SOOO READY TO BE A DADDY. he is too cute.

Then we had company this afternoon...Morgan brought over the video of the wedding and I was able to share in it with her. It was just as much fun watching her be embarrassed about watching herself. I remember that completely. She was a beautiful bride and the ceremony and message were doubt when Myron is in charge of sharing the message.

Then after that a friend of mine arrived with some other goodies for us. We are borrowing their pack-n-play until we get one of our own. She showed us how to put it together and take it apart and then I found a place to store it for right now.

Needless to say right now I am exhausted...this has been the most eventful day I have had in at least a month. But an amazing anniversary and a truly special day..because I got to see how excited Adrian is for the arrival of our little one and we got to spend the entire day together. He is truly an amazing husband...and you can't beat the gift.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Morgan's Wedding Day

Well it is hard to believe that Adrian's lil sis is married, but it happened today.. of course without me. What a beautiful bride. It was quite disappointing to be at home...especially when you know everyone else is there having fun and enjoying the big day. I think it was even harder being out of the hospital...but I knew after our appointment in South Bend and how wiped out I was that there was no possible way that I could have gone. Also, I never would have been able to forgive myself for not following doctors orders if I would have gone. I look forward to seeing the video and pictures and I was definitely there in spirit.

I thought I would leave you with this pic of the fam. A good lookin group if I do say so myself. I swear when Adrian and Conrad left this morning they were the bopsy twins. Almost exact from head to tow. same exact clothes...same looking shoes.....and brothers with similar features. Then of course you have a beautiful bride in the middle. Had to be hard to let your little sis get married, but they made it. CONGRATULATIONS MORGAN!!!!