Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A photo journal of Kaitlyn's first 3 weeks

We meet!

Just out of recovery! Holding Kaitlyn for the first time!

Pictures from the NICU

Little Glow Worm! The light that helped with her jaundice.

Discharge day!!!

Brother Bryce & Sister

Brother Brady & Sister
Aunt Jenna & Kaitlyn
Sweet Baby! Its been hard trying to get a good pic with her eyes open!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Kaitlyn Nicole...Finally, Her Birth Story!!!

My goodness life is crazy with 3 kids! Blogging has definitely had to take a back seat to life! Every time I think I've found a quick second to sit at the computer, something comes up and it is gone. Its all worth it though, I'm loving life. A lot has happened since I wrote last. Kaitlyn's arrival was anxiously awaited for by so many...here is her birth story!

The morning of August 4th came so fast. All 9 months flew by! My C-section was scheduled and Kaitlyn was to be born at 7:30 AM. That morning we headed to the hospital at 4:30. As soon as I got there things got started. There were a few issues with my IV, and my spinal so surgery started a little late, but with little incident Kaitlyn was born at 8:36 AM. There was a whole team of NICU staff standing by waiting to assess her, mostly due to her heart defect (complete AVSD). We knew shortly after birth she would be taken over to Devos Children's Hospital. Blair and I were able to see her for a few minutes and then she was taken up to the NICU.
Our first moment together!

Blair followed Kaitlyn up to the NICU and I went into recovery. The initial assessment from the neonatal team was great. Kaitlyn was holding her own. After an hour or so in recovery they wheeled me upstairs to hold the baby. I was so excited...relieved! My nurses did an excellent job making sure I got up to see her ASAP. It was only for 10 minutes but that's all that I needed. Over the next days I recovered fast. Every extra minute was spent up in the NICU with Kaitlyn. My Mom stayed with me in Grand Rapids and Blair drove back and forth daily to try to provide the boys with a sense of normalcy.
I was discharged on Saturday. My doctor was great. He found a way to keep me in the hospital longer so I could be closer to Kaitlyn. My hospital stay was not bad at all. We had daily visiters which really helped. Kaitlyn was discharged Monday afternoon. She was only there for 6 days. Her biggest issues were feeding, and jaundice. Feeding really wasn't even an issue. They just needed to see that she could do it on her own at a volume that was good for her weight. Did I mention she was 7lbs 15oz. We were shocked, thrilled! Every feeding they increased her intake until she was doing so well she was able to feed on demand. She took to a bottle better than nursing (but we are still working on that, pumping stinks:)). I am just relieved we've avoided feeding tubes. She's doing great! A couple days after bringing her home she already weighed 8lbs 6oz. Her jaundice was treated with a belly blanket, that was pretty neat. It was nice to be able to hold her while she was being treated. She looked like a little glow worm!
Being able to have her home has been great. She quickly learned how much she loves being held, bounced, and cuddled. The first week home we had to go for daily heel pokes to keep tabs on her jaundice. The levels slowly came down. She continues to eat like a champ, and she is awake a little bit more everyday. The boys have adjusted well. They act like she's always been here! Brady just goes about his day like normal, occasionally stopping by to talk to her or give her a kiss. Bryce is mommy's little helper. He wants to hold her, feed her, etc. They both let me know anytime she makes the smallest peep. The dog also is doing well in regards to Kaitlyn, she's very curious about the baby, but I think she is suffering from a broken heart. Unfortunately for her she has had to take her place in line, which is at the end I'm afraid. Poor Koda! All in all we are great. The next 2 weeks are crazy with doctors apts, Preschool and Kindergarten meetings, Katie's first evaluation from Early On, and much more. I can't believe Bryce is starting Preschool, and Brady Kindergarten :( Where does time go?! I'll try not to take so long between posts this next time. There will be a lot to write about!

Friday, August 14, 2009

More Pictures!!!

Finding time to write a post has become a bit difficult! So everyone will have to settle for a few more pictures of our little angel! I promise to post details soon! Things are going really well!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Kaitlyn Pictures

She's Here!

Kaitlyn is here! She was born Tuesday morning weighing 7lbs 15oz, and 19.5 in. She is beautiful and doing well. She is in the NICU, as soon as she is able to feed at the level they want her to she can come home. They up her feedings every 3 hours and so far she has met every challenge. We are hoping to avoid feeding tubes! Other than that things really are going well, I will be discharged tomorrow morning. I am going to stay at the Renucci House connected to the hospital here in Grand Rapids so I won't have to leave her. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers, especially to those that have made the trip to come visit Kaitlyn and I. I will post pictures real soon!

Monday, August 3, 2009

It's time.....

It's time. In 6 hours we head to the hospital. The last 9 months have flown by. I'm sincerely excited, a smidge nervous but not nearly as bad as 2 weeks ago. All I have to do is pack my bags...I know, nothing like waiting till the last minute. My sweet boys are in bed and we've said our goodbye's. I wonder how much they truly understand. They're just excited to spend tomorrow with their neighbor friends. (Thanks Becky!)

We are taking our laptop so I hope to keep everyone up to date the best I can. Thank you to everyone who has shown their support, said a prayer, and lent so many kind words. It means so much to us to have so many amazing people in our lives.

Please keep praying, and stay tuned for Kaitlyn's birth announcement!!!