Tuesday, July 29, 2008

2 months old and doctor appointments

It's a little late, (like a week) but here's his 2 month picture. He was NOT happy that day. He had just gotten his first shot. Only 1 picture that he wasn't screaming his little heart out. At the doctors he was 10 lbs 5 oz and 21 3/4 long(10-25%). His head circumference was 42 cm(97%).

Today he THREE doctor appointments!!! The first doctor appointment was the pediatric neurosurgeon. We met Sherri there! How cool, huh! Dr Puccioni says everything is great! We don't see him for 2 months! Yeah!

Next we drove to Omaha to see Dr. Troia, he opthamologist. They did an eye exam; and it was AWFUL! We won't do that again. They dilated his eyes and they put numbing drops in them. Then he proceeded to use a clamp that clamped onto his eyelids and then PRIED his eyes open and wouldn't let them close to even blink. Then they took this stick-like instrument and started moving his eyeballs all around. It was HORRIBLE!!!! He just screamed! and momma cried, too. He says everything is normal and his optic nerves look wonderful. Good news; if he had to be traumatized. He wants to see us again when he is 6 months old. I asked him is he was going to have to do that test again and he said, "no". I told him that was good, because we wouldn't come back if he was going to. I don't think I can EVER do that again. He had big marks on his eyelids for over an hour.

The last appointment was with the pediatric surgeon who did his hydrocele surgery. I'm glad I didn't make a special trip to Omaha just for that. I waited in his office for almost an hour. Then he came rushing in and took his diaper off and said, "looks great, the steri-strips will fall off in another week". Well, I could've told you that. He was seriously in the room maybe 30 seconds. It's an HOUR drive! Thank goodness I was already there! Matthew had enough trauma for the day though, so I'm glad in a way it was no more than that.

That was an exhausting day! Whooo! Well time to relax! And smooch my baby!


I love being crafty. Having the time to do so, is limited. I love to sew and knit. Well, I got a bug. I wanted to make something. Then I got the perfect opportunity! Look what I made!!!

It's called "Hot Mama" diaper bag. I found the pattern on-line. I couldn't resist. I found the cutest fabric too with coordinating yellow to go inside.
View of the inside. On the left hand side there is a matching changing pad. The front and back have 2 pockets each. The right side has a magnetic closing key-chain hook, a cell phone pocket and a pocket for a wallet. There is also a yellow pocket on either side on the outside. Cute huh, and nice and DEEP!

Notice the foot?Here's my cutie modeling it! (It's a bit big for her) I found a free pattern on the internet to make a matching wallet. I have enough fabric left over so, I'm going to try to do that and get it sent on Friday. Sent??? to who??? Guess who?<--------click on it !!

I love it so much I'm gonna make one for myself....someday :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

My life in 6 words!

Kristen has tagged me! I need to describe my life in 6 words. Here goes

4. Happy
5. Sleepy (hey, I've got a non-night sleeping infant right now)

I'm supposed to tag 5 people, but all my blog friends have been tagged :( Maybe I need more friends who blog. Well, I guess I dropped the ball, sorry Kristen

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Matthew's surgery was today at 9 am. Everything went as expected except......they let us go home!!! Originally they said it would require an overnight stay, but Dr. Azarow said that it was okay to go home this evening if he did well throughout the day. Needless to say, he woke up starving! He ate 3 times between 12 and 4 pm. So we were off for home!

He is pretty tired and has some discomfort; but as always; TYLENOL to the rescue! He's to take it every 4 hours round the clock for 2 days to help with discomfort and to keep fever at bay. I guess this surgery pretty much goes hand in hand with fever, go figure. It was the first thing the doc warned us about.

We're praying this is the last surgery for awhile!

Monday, July 14, 2008

12 years ago today

Steve and I were newlyweds!

It was a beautiful HOT day. I wore my mother's dress. It had LONG sleeves. All our family and friends celebrated with us. The day was PERFECT!

To the most wonderful man, through good and not so good times :) Thanks for always being there and walking this journey with me. Love ya,


P.S. Our dear cousin, Jill, sent me an email wishing us a happy anniversary and said that she hoped we were doing something romantic tonight. Well quite the opposite. Steve has an infected root canal (y--ouch!!) and I am taking care of a cranky baby who is need of surgery. NO ROMANCE, not even close :( Our special days have been like that this year. My 30th birthday (my GOLDEN birthday) spent in the NICU. Micah's 10th birthday; spent on bedrest. Our anniversary; spent playing nurse to husband and son. But, on the bright side, each of those special days I did get to spend with someone special to me, and that's what important, right??

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Cute commercial

I saw this commercial on TV when I was at the hospital with Matthew, and I almost pee'd my pants I was laughing so hard! All of you who have boys, you'll understand! Everyone who doesn't; believe me, this is very close to accurate!

Friday, July 11, 2008

We're back home!

Well, Matthew had a pretty good night. He slept well with the tylenol in minimal pain. Dr. Azarow, the pediatric surgeon, came through and wanted to do surgery on him today; but we he called surgery scheduling, there were no open spot. They could try to squeeze him in, but wih the GREAT possibility he would get bumped. This was going to be considered an elective surgery since the bowel was not strangulated and anything emergent would have bumped him. He didn't want him to be NPO (nothing to eat or drink) that long if he got bumped for many hours; so he recommended scheduling it for next week. So we will go back to Children's on Tuesday and his surgery is at 9 am. He will need to stay overnight and then be able to go home Wednesday. We have the ALL POWERFUL tylenol in case he should become in pain more. :) Here's hoping to have a quiet, restful weekend.

In the hospital

Well, Matthew and I decided for fun today we'd go to the hospital-NOT! Anyway here's the story. Don't worry, it's not his shunt. Matthew was born with a hydrocele. A hydrocele is a collection of watery fluid around the testicle. Here is a good short synopsis to read and a diagram. There are two types; communicating and non-communicating. We had hoped his was non-communicating, but alas, we're pretty sure it communicating; which is worse. He also has an inguinal hernia. So, the treatment will be surgery at some point. When we don't know. We were supposed to see the surgeon tomorrow; but today it got REALLY swollen and he was definately WAY more fussy than normal, he was almost inconsolable. We called his pedi and she said we should go to children's ER. The big concern with a communicating hydrocele is when it fills with fluid it can strangulate the testicle or part of the bowel and require emergency surgery. They looked and could tell that wasn't the case, it was just fluid. They gave us the option to either stay the night or go home. I figured that since we had already driven here, we could just stay and see the doc in the morning vs. driving back and then they could get his pain under control.
We got to the floor around 10 pm and they checked us in. The hospital dr. saw him and got him settled in. They decided the BEST pain reliever would be tylenol. TYLENOL, what!! I could've done that at home! Foolish me, I guess, we probably should've gone home! I could've at least slept in my own bed! Well, at least Steve gets a good night sleep!
The plan is to do a urine sample (since he has kidney reflux, they just want to make sure he doesn't have an infection) and to give him the ALL POWERFUL tylenol. They will do an ultrasound of his testicles tomorrow (good thing he's a baby huh, that could be an embarressing situation) and the pediatric surgeon will see him. Hopefully we'll have answers tomorrow to post. Well, time for bed-I'm exausted.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

6 weeks old

Well, he's doing it; he's growing up too fast! Six weeks, already..so hard to believe. I decided to take some pictures myself, since I just got professionals done three weeks ago. So I set up my own "photo studio", and took some pictures our cutie!

He's really growing. Sunday night he slept 6 hours straight, but did not repeat it last night:(. Yesterday, I got my first "real" smile. It was very quick, but it sure was cute.

We see his pediatrition tomorrow, it'll be very interesting to see how much he weighs!

Cute picture sidenote. I had set up my little studio and went to go get Matthew from the living room. When I got back, Daisy had found this comfy spot suited her just fine. So she got her pictures taken first.