Thursday, March 31, 2011
I have to say, I'm totally excited that we will be able to FINALLY bring Dylan home Saturday. It's been 5 weeks of worry, fear, tears, happiness and now joy. He will still have his feeding tube (you can see it in the pic), but Friday night, the hubby and I are staying overnight, and learning how to insert the tube if he pulls it out, which is quite common. He's supposed to take in a certain amount of noms, but is only doing about half via the bottle, so we have to gavage the rest through the tube, which I've done with him for the past 3 weeks, so that's no problem. It's the tube insertion that will be odd for me to do, but it's what he needs, and having him home will be worth it!
He will most likely still be on his feeding schedule of every 3 hours, so I'm going to try my best to follow it. My parents are flying in Sunday, so I'm so grateful that we can spend the time with Dylan at home, instead of limiting their time with him if we had to drive up to the hospital 2-3 times a day like we've been doing. I'm going to try to call my oldest boy again today to let him know his little brother is going to be coming home, as he's about to head to Florida with his dad's family this weekend.
Words just cannot describe how excited I am right now! Our lives are about to get blissfully hectic, and I cannot wait! Have a great weekend everyone!!
Please don't forget to donate to our March for Babies at http://marchforbabies.org/cherishable73 !!! We walk April 30th!! Thank you!
written by Cheryl Chamberlain at 9:28 AM
Thursday, March 24, 2011
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We are walking in the March for Babies for the March of Dimes foundation. The March of Dimes has done so much in helping us get through these rough times, and the walk coming up on April 20th in Boise is just the perfect way for us to say "THANK YOU!"
written by Cheryl Chamberlain at 6:02 PM
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
As many of you know, Dylan Thomas was born February 25th at 3:23am, weighing in a 7lbs 14oz and 20.5". There were a lot of complications leading up to his delivery, and many since. Right now though he's doing great. All his vitals are right on point, and so now the only thing is to teach him to drink and take in his milk on his own, as he's been on a feeding tube for almost 2 weeks now. Once he accomplishes that, we'll be able to bring him home. His original due date is in a week, and I wish so much we can make progress with his feedings so that he can be home with me instead of driving to the NICU of the hospital 2-3 times a week.
The hubby went back to work on base today, so it was a long and lonely day. I want so much for my baby boy to be home, so I can care for him here. I know this is all in his best interest, and health, but the selfish side of me just wants to snatch him from that crib and take him home with me.
I've healed up great from the c-section, so much so, that I want to start up my exercise regimen ASAP. I have my post delivery doc appointment tomorrow, so hopefully she'll be able to give me the green light on at least starting up something slowly. I know it's only been 2 1/2 weeks, but I physically feel great, and really think that the exercise will help with counteracting the overwhelming depression I've been feeling these past few weeks. It's so hard being a mom, but not having either of your boys home with you, and then with the hubby going back to work, this house feels so empty.
My first baby boy is doing great out at his dad's. Bringing up his grades, and for the most part, trying to stay out of trouble. He'll be coming out here the first week of June and staying until mid-July, because he has to go back to Wisconsin for football practice. I can't wait for him to meet his little brother, Dylan!! I've also picked up tickets for me and him to see his favorite band Disturbed, as well as Godsmack, Megadeth and others this summer at the Mayhem Festival at the Idaho Center. It's a few days before he heads back home, so it will be our last little fling before our summer together ends.
I just really needed to vent a little, because it's been heartbreaking every morning and night that I have to leave the NICU and leave Dylan behind. Hopefully he will be home by the time my parents get here on the 3rd of April. I want to be able for them to enjoy their time with us and him, instead of trecking up to the hospital every day.
Anyway, I guess I'll go for now. Dylan, Mommy loves you so much, and wants you here where you belong.
written by Cheryl Chamberlain at 1:35 AM