Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Our little man ready for his first car ride on the outside world.
Mommy holding him in his nursery.
What makes things even better is that everyone here is pulling for Breckin, Brooke and me. Dr. Ehmer, Brooke's OB, contacted the Director of the Women's Services and got us a room for the night even though Brooke has been discharged. I guess that just goes to show how much of caring, Christian man he is.
That's not it though! One of Breckin's nurses, who has a crush on him, realized how much he doesn't belong here any longer and went to bat for him. After discussing with the pediatrician all of the improvements he has been making and not regressing, they decided he can go home on Saturday!!!!! We were super excited to hear that he gets to go home a day early. We can't wait to show the outside world to Breckin. Watch out world, here he comes!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Our doctor is also working on getting us a room to stay at the hospital on Friday and Saturday night since Breckin will still be in the NICU. Dr. Ehmer is such an amazing man, he has even offered to let us use his house, which is about 30 minutes closer to the hospital than our house. We have been so blessed to be connected with such great Christian people in Dallas. We give God the glory for all he has done for us down here.
It didn't take him long to fall asleep.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
God has definitely been working with Breckin and getting him better. We know that our God is the almighty God and has the miraculous powers to get Breckin where he needs to be in order to go home. We thank Him for always being faithful to us, no matter the circumstances.
Crying Video - now works
Here is some more video of Breckin. Don't worry about the beeping in the background. The monitors that are on him are very sensitive, so sometimes when he squirms around in our arms it thinks the probes have become disconnected. We have learned when to worry and when not to worry. This time was a time not to worry.
Breckin is making great progress today. Early today the nurses took the oxygen saturation monitor off of him, which means we aren't concerned about him holding his breath. He has made great improvements realizing he needs to breath in order to live.
He is also being weaned from his sugar IV. Last night he was at 18 ccs per hour. This morning he was at 10 ccs and it is lowered 2 ccs every three hours as long as his sugar levels are high enough. Right now he is down to 6 ccs. His blood draws came back negative, giving good indication that he doesn't have an infection. We're waiting on his blood cultures to come back tomorrow to confirm that.
We're hoping he will get to go home Friday or Saturday. Brooke and I are getting kicked out of the hospital tomorrow. I guess we could stay if we wanted to pay for it, but this is a pretty expensive hotel, so we'll go home. We just can't wait to have the little guy at home with us and Maya.
I'll post some video and pics a little later tonight. It's feeding time now.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
His apneic epsiodes, (which is when he holds his breath), come and go. He seems to do it more when we are holding him, which makes it hard on us. The nurses tell us all babies do it, just not all babies are on monitors so that we know they do it. Nor is it as bad as his have been. It still is tough to hear this machine beeping at you, seeing the oxygen level drop, and not getting any relief. Finally he takes a breath and he starts to breath again. The good thing is that his heart rate is not dropping. We're not sure why he is doing it, but at this time it isn't a major concern. But to us, it is a big drain on emotions.
He has had a roller coaster of 30 hours or so, once you consider the contractions he was experiencing in utero. It has also been a roller coaster for us. We know that he has this whole life outside the uterus thing to figure out. We have to figure him out, and he'll be ok in several days. It's just hard not to be able to hold our son when we want. It aches to see other mom and dads walking their babies down the hall.
Brooke is doing ok for the most part. She is pretty sore from pushing out a 9 1/2 pound kid. He was coming out face up, which is opposite from what we like. That made the pushing harder. She pushed like a champ, but is in quite a bit of pain.
We ask for your prayers for Breckin that God will help to strengthen him and to protect him. For the doctors and nurses that they will have the knowledge to help Breckin get better. And for Brooke and I, that we will have patience and give our worries, concerns, and fears up to God.
Breckin has been in the nursery since 4:30 (it's now 7:15 am) because his sugars were too low. We haven't heard any updates on how he is doing besides they were still low after one feeding. They tell us he is a great sucker though :) We should be talking to a nurse any minute.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Make sure you check back for updates. I'll try to keep them going throughout the night and morning. I love being in a hosptial with wireless internet and free range use of cell phones.
Just before we left the house.
Friday, July 18, 2008
You can see something protruding from the top of Brooke's belly right before she touches it. (We are not responsible for what you might hear).
Friday, July 11, 2008
Once we moved into our new apartment, we quickly noticed a couple of cars from Indiana in the same area as ours. One day we saw Joe out in his car, so we introduced ourselves, exchanged phone numbers, and decided to hang out. Little did we know they would become our first and some of our closest friends in Texas.
It was great to have Joe and Stephanie live in the same apartment building on the floor below us. Easy to walk home after a night of good beverages and guys versus girls games. Even though they are Bears and Cowboys fans, we spent many Sunday afternoons watching football together.
We also have had the privilege of them joining our Life Group at Firewheel and watching them each grow in their faith. They got to see us along in our pregnancy, and we have been able to see them along in the beginning of theirs. With baby Keefer on the way, it was time for them to head back to Indiana to be close to family.
We will miss you Keefers, but are excited to see you when we travel back to Indy. God truly has enriched our lives by bringing you two into it.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
This is Maya and her good friend Ginger wrestling last weekend. I know the lighting isn't good, but hey at least O.A.R is good.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Of course the girls at the office are convinced Breckin will be making his grand entrance to this world before the 22nd, in fact I believe they have little pool going on betting on what day he'll arrive. If you want in, I believe the 4th, 6th, 8th and 14th are already taken.......