Monday, June 23, 2014

Daddie's Day and Visitors!!

We have had a crazy, busy week!! I can't believe Banner is 12 days old already! It seems like so much has happened in those few days....
We celebrated Father's Day, we have the best dad in the whole world!!!

It was only a couple days after Banner arrived so as you can imagine, it wasn't the best planned celebration I have ever done haha... poor Brian. But luckily my mom was here and basically did everything!!! We went to Wal-Mart and got some little gifts and food to make a yummy dinner! 

Boston was such a good side kick to grandma while making lunch! haha. We had all Brian's favs... sweet potatoes, skewers, corn on the cob and fruit salad! My mom did it all and it was so yummy!! 

Then for supper we had scones! I don't think I have ever made Brian these but they are his absolute favorite thing to eat and my mother spoils him haha. Good thing she was here! 

We of course spent a lot of time at the hospital too! We all love Banner cuddles :)

But the rest of my mom's visit consisted of Banner visits, shopping, and her helping me get my house back together! I'm not sure what I would have done without her....
Here she is weeding my garden in the rain haha. She also organized all my closets, helped me finish Boston's room downstairs (so cute! I'll post pics soon), cleaned everything, and entertained Boston all week... just to name a few things she helped us with haha. 

Her parents came down to Utah for a couple days and stopped by to meet Banner, it was so fun to see them that day! 

But then she had to leave :( It was a pretty sad day for me... I always have a hard time saying bye, but it always seems to be much worse when I have a child in the hospital and she leaves haha I wonder why? I cried a lot that day.... like a LOT. But she will be back when Banner comes home! So hurry up and start eating Banner....

But just a couple days after my mom left Brian's family came down! Tyler, Steph and Vince are in St. George visiting for a couple weeks so they came for the weekend and we had a lot of fun! We hadn't seem them since Thanksgiving and we really miss them! 

I was glad they got to meet Banner while they were here :)

They are having their second little boy too in September! It will be so fun when we get together to see all those little boys running around! 

Grandpa was up in Canada on business when Banner first came so this was their first meeting too!

Glad to have grandma Laurel back!

They were only here for two days, so we spent a lot of the first day just catching up and visiting at the hospital, but then on Saturday we took the boys to the dinosaur museum! 

It was so fun! These two are so different, but played so well together! They were really cute :)


That little green sign in the back says "please do not let children climb on the dino" haha oops...

Building a dinosaur :) Vince is getting so big!! It was so fun to see him, he is talking so good now and just seems so old to me, he's gonna be an awesome big brother! 

I think the highlight for the boys was the water/sand area to play in, here is Vince all geared up to go! 

haha... we are working on smiling on command... 

Vince was so good and was making cute little dino piles and dams with the sand....

... and Boss was just throwing the dinosaur toys at everyone haha, oh boy...

Dino's are so fun! 

That Sunday was Brian's cousin's mission farewell so we all went to that but then we had to say goodbye to Brian's family too :( Why does everyone have to live so far away?!? Tyler is in medical school that starts a bit earlier so we won't see them on the houseboat this year either... but we will see them all at Christmas, we are already counting down the days! haha. 

So now it's just me and Boss at home again during the day... I bought a N64 and that has been keeping us pretty entertained haha. It works out well for me cuz Boston loves watching :) 

He is actually pretty good at playing it too though haha. Look at his little thumb on the control stick, he's so smart!! 

And Banner is doing so good!!! He is such a good little boy! He is off all oxygen and medication now :) We are just working on him eating all on his own, he is still eating through the feeding tube. It will most likely take him a couple weeks to get the hang of eating, he is still too early for that. But we just keep going to practice and one day he will get it! We really want to bring him home!!

Boston doesn't even realize how his life is about to change haha... he just thinks we are taking all these trips to the cool hospital for fun! He still hasn't met his brother yet :( He is not aloud in the NICU so I have had so much help from friends and family with watching Boston so I can go up twice a day and try feeding with Banner. 

Brian goes to get his cuddles in once a day right after work but then we have to switch off and he takes Boston home while I go in to feed again! It is kinda crazy but we are getting pretty good at it now :) 

And this last picture here depicts our hospital visits pretty well haha... they have snacks and drinks in the waiting room and I have eaten so many graham crackers and chocolate milks its insane!! Hopefully we don't have to do this much longer, we can't wait to bring Banner home and be a family all at once!!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Introducing Banner Lee Hill

Well.... I still can't hardly believe it but we have another preemie on our hands and he is just PERFECT!! It is amazing to me how fast you fall in love with these little gaffers :) but as far as the story goes I guess I will just start at the beginning...

It was a beautiful Tuesday morning and I was off to the specialist for yet another weekly ultrasound and NST where they proceeded to tell me that everything looked wonderful (except for my slightly high amniotic fluid levels that they would keep watching) and that they expected me to get very close to term this time! So I went home and fell asleep that night thinking of all the cleaning and laundry I needed to do to get ready for my mom's visit that next week. At about 1:30 in the morning I woke up with small contractions and I thought "No! No freaking way.... These must be those Braxton things everyone talks about", so I got into a warm bath and hoped they would just go away. Well at about 3:30 they got really bad really fast so I woke up a sleepy Brian and Boston and we drove to the hospital. They hooked me up and checked me out and I was a 4cm already. Crap. This baby was coming already and I was so not prepared! And this was about the time I started freaking out. Memories of blue baby Boston's and dead brain MRIs ran through my head and I had a bit of a melt down about having to go through that again.... But luckily contractions are pretty good distractions haha. 

And I must say, this labor was so ouchy! I thought I might be dying from the pain.... The anesthesiologist was doing a c-section on a 29-weeker which meant that my b.f.f.f.f Mr. Epidural was quite delayed and I was not very impressed (I do hope that baby and mom are ok though lol) and the drugs they pump me with to try and stop labor and the absolute worst! They make me so dizzy and nauseous, every time I moved I would be throwing up too.... Let's just say that it wasn't pretty. But the Dr. finally got there and once he got me my drugs it was awesome! I was still dizzy and sick but I wasn't in pain anymore! And the drugs were working to slow things down (not stop it like they hoped but delayed it long enough to get a few good hours of steroids in for Banner's lungs) so I got a few visitors! Laurel arrived from St. George to watch Boston for us (hallelujah), Brent and Rachel stopped by and took Bandit home (thank goodness), and then my aunt Sina from Texas was in Utah for the day (funny coincidence) so she stopped by with her girls and it was so fun to see everyone, even though I was still pretty out of it haha. But at about 12:30 pm my Dr. came in and said it was time to break my water and start pushing! Ahhh! 

I was rolled into the surgical unit (close to the NICU), waited for a contraction, pushed three times and shot this baby out like a cannon ball! It was the funniest/weirdest thing ever! Dr. Baxter barely caught him he shot out so fast, but he was here and he was PERFECT! He was crying when he came out so I actually got a minute to see him this time before they took him away, he was so cute even if he was covered in all the nastiness. Brian got to walk down to the NICU with him and I had to be wheeled away and watched for an hour before I could go see him (I hate that part). 

He was born 6/11/14 at 12:59 and was 4lbs 15oz and 17 inches! When I came down he was on CPAP to help out a little bit with breathing but we were expecting that. He was only getting a little help from it though and doing so good! They ended up putting a breathing tube down his throat later that day just for a little while to put some medicine down into his lungs that help them mature faster, but then after that he was off oxygen all together and breathing all on his own.... Say what!? This took Boston months to do so we were pretty ecstatic! 

He was doing so good that I only had to wait a day to hold him! Yes... This is the day after I had him and I still look that tired haha. 

Brian got to change his diaper that day too! You forget how tiny a 4lb baby can be, lifting his legs to put that diaper under him can be pretty scary haha. 

Such a cute little guy! 

Banner really is doing as well as we could have hoped for a 33-weeker! All we have to do is work on him eating all on his own and then he can come home! It will probably take 2-3 weeks we are guessing, eating can be a hard thing for these tiny babies, but I get to start trying next week so hopefully it goes well! He just has a feeding tube and I am pumping until then (I really seriously hate the pump, but I'm glad I invested in one!) He has an IV in that gives him the extra nutrients he needs until he is eating enough milk. We are hoping that will be out in about 4 days and then we can start dressing him in all those cute preemie clothes! Boston is not old enough to come into the NICU so unfortunately he won't be able to meet his brother until he comes home, so we are hoping it goes by fast! 

Laurel stayed a few days and was seriously sent from heaven! She watched Boston (he had so much fun) and she deep cleaned my house, I got home and it has never looked so good! I cried cuz I was so relieved everything was done. She is just the best! She is coming back this weekend with Tyler, Steph and Vince and we are so excited to see them all! 

My mom got here the day after I had Banner and is staying until Thursday... I am really dreading her leaving. We have the best Moms! She has been doing everything for us as well. Boston loves his grandmas... He has so much fun when they are here Haha. And she makes the NICU so much better, it is nice having your own personal NICU nurse all to yourself 24/7. We will miss her when she leaves :( but she will come back the end of July again when Banner was supposed to come! 

But I am happy to report that things although not ideal, are going SO MUCH BETTER this time around! It is amazing the difference 3 weeks and meningitis can make haha. The nurses keep asking us why we seem so relaxed cuz most parents are pretty stressed to see their babies in the NICU, and we just tell them that this baby compared to our last has been a breeze haha. I think we can handle pretty much anything now after Boston. And the NICU is all we know so it's not all that strange to us. We have had so much help and support from our friends and family too and that makes all the difference. We are so thankful to everyone and can't wait to bring this baby home and show him off! Brian celebrated being a dad of two beautiful little boys today which I will blog about soon, but we are all happy and doing well! Keep little Banner in your prayers so that he can come home soon!!