Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig!

Can you believe it!?!?!? Our little Banner is HOME!!!  
He surprised his mommy and came home a day earlier than expected too, we were so happy!

We were told I would have to "room in" at the hospital Tuesday night with Banner before he could come home Wednesday afternoon. They make parents do that if their baby is coming home on oxygen and a monitor, which Banner was planned to do! So we went to the hospital Tuesday afternoon to have a short visit before I came back that night to stay and when I walked in they said "He can come home!" and I said "I know, tomorrow! We are so excited!" "No right now, you can take him home right now!" And then the tears started rolling, I was kind of in shock... 

He had gone 24 hours without oxygen and passed all his sats tests with flying colours so the at-home oxygen was cancelled and so was our room-in! So we had a lot of paperwork to do and Brian had to run home and get the carseat base (needless to say his lunch hour was a bit longer than expected haha), but we got all our prescriptions and home instructions and then left that hospital for good! That is seriously the best feeling! 

I was so excited to bring him home and show him to Boston... it went so well!! 

Boston already loves his little brother. This is him giving "kisses" haha. 

He loves to hold him but only for short amounts of time :) He will hold him and kiss him and then push him off and be done haha, but then when we take him away he wants him right back! 

We see a little jealousy coming out, which was expected, but he's not mean about it. He is pretty patient, he is just wanting to be held a bit more now since we are holding the other baby haha. 

He is a good sharer though and they are gonna be the best of buds! He is already trying to play ball with his brother haha... this video is pretty cute. (Banner is gonna be a tough little dude with a brother like Boston, but he is learning to be soft)

We would show Boss lots of pictures of banner while he was in the hospital so he already knew his name when he came home. It doesn't really sound like Banner but this is how Boss says it haha. 

But I am one happy momma today! 34 days in the hospital... not quite as long as Boston but definitely long ENOUGH! The NICU is a rough place to be some days. Banner is doing so good though and is such a good baby! We have had the best of luck with our little boys. He is so content and I think we have only heard him cry once. He is eating and sleeping really well.  I can only let him go 4 hours in the night right now before I have to wake him up to feed him, but I know he would go longer if we would let him! But we had a great first night at home with him :)

Laurel got here yesterday (thinking she was gonna watch Boston for us last night while we were at the hospital) and has been so good to keep Boston busy for us. And she has taken him to her mom's today so I can spend some time with Banner and get some rest, so that is awesome!!! But I feel great and am just so happy! Life is so good!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

NICU 2.0 Updates!

I haven't been quite as good with Banner updates as I was with Boston... but to be honest it's because not much has changed haha. He is still healthy and still as cute as ever, and he's STILL not eating :( He is starting to frustrate his mother with his laziness haha.

This guy.... how can I stay mad at this face though? 

He is just so sleepy and only makes it a couple minutes with the bottle before he falls asleep and is done! They calculate a min. amount based on his weight that he needs to be getting everyday on his own with the bottle... and on a very good day we are getting half of that haha. The rest is still being given to him through the tube. 

"It's ok mom, I'm just not quite ready to come home yet and get balls thrown at my face by my big brother!"

That's what I imagine him saying :) The doctor's say his brain just isn't developed enough yet so it's not really that he is lazy, it's just that he doesn't have the ability to know how to yet. BUT they also told me that they usually start catching on at around 36 weeks. 

Well he is 37 now so I think it is safe to say that he is just a LITTLE lazy.... (he probably gets that from me). My mom told me that it is still normal though and boys are always a lot more slow and stubborn when it comes to eating. Boys....

But seriously... how cute is he? And check out that double chin!?

He almost weighs 6 lbs now! He is officially out of preemie clothes and into the newborns! Because of the fact that he is getting so fat so fast and still not eating... they did cut back on the extra calories they put in my milk (they do that for all preemies to help them gain weight) and lowered his min. amount needed everyday. Banner's doctor is wondering if maybe he is just getting too full and that is part of the reason why he is so tired all the time. They are also testing my milk today because if I have unusually fatty milk then they will stop the calories all together! But like I keep saying... I think he's just being a fart. 

I sure do love him though, I want him home SO bad!!! We got moved into our own little private room with a window in it, so now we can bring Boss to the window and show him his brother! It is so funny, he has no idea what is going on and just think it's fun to see mom or dad through the window, he does point to Banner and say his version of "baby" but he has no idea the effect this little guy will have on his life in a few weeks haha.  

The hospital is starting to take it's tole on me though I think... I had a bit of a melt down yesterday and basically just cried all day for no reason haha. I can't really blame it on the hormones anymore either can I? It's just a little hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that Boston was a month earlier, had every medical problem you could think of, and was still home in basically 5 weeks. Well Banner is perfectly healthy, just not willing to eat on his own and from the sounds of it will be in here the same amount of time, if not longer!? It is just frustrating but there is nothing more we can do for him, he just needs to grow a little more I guess. And this time is so much harder in some ways, not because we are worrying about Banner making it through the night like with Boston, but dropping Boss of to a different stranger everyday is really hard for me (I don't think he really cares hah), and trying to find people to watch him everyday is very hard too. I just can't be at the hospital as much as I would like to with Banner because I have to care for Boston too and that makes me sad that I can't be at both places at once. But I have a great ward that has been helping SO much and Brian's aunt Cheryl has taken Boston for half the time and she has been a lifesaver!!

It has been a month today and I want him to come home so bad!!!!! Brian just tells me to try and enjoy the free babysitting at the hospital and the good night sleeps while I can haha. 

The thing I am looking forward to the most about Banner coming home: taking a picture of both my boys together, that will be so fun! :) 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Big Boy Bed and Bathtime!!!

I finally finished Boston's big-boy room downstairs! It took me forever... I would do little pieces and then put off doing more forever thinking I had tons of time! Well all the sudden I had two boys and one room and I was in a panic! But luckily my mother came to save the day and helped me finish it. So... introducing...
The race car room!!! Boss loves it down here :)

book shelves... they are filled with books now haha. 

Um that big picture of my face is so Boston always falls asleep thinking of me and has good dreams haha... It will be replaced soon I promise....

This wall is not quite done... it needs a couple more things but I just haven't figured out what yet! But still pretty cute I think!

My 5$ dresser and lamp that I re-painted!! 

Love the working stop light lamp!!

Tah-dah!! This door goes into the backyard haha... We need to figure out how to keep him in before he learns door handles :s

Me and mom sewed the quilt, I love it! Boss does too :) 

First attempt.. we had an escapee! So we took the box spring out to lower it even more and trap him inside haha... I'm not ready to deal with that quite yet, so it is still basically a crib! 

Round two... not so impressed haha. He cries every night before bed so it wasn't that strange. 
haha that face... he only screamed for a few minutes and then was fast asleep! 

Such a big boy now! Can't believe he is a big brother, crazy!!

These pics are random but way too cute not to put up!! Reading scriptures before going to bed downstairs. 

This is how he folds his arms for prayers bahah. 

And now for a quick little Banner update!!!

Not much new to report really... Banner is still healthy and is growing! He now weighs 5 lbs 8 oz, almost a whole pound gained from birth! Wohoo!! He is still being lazy with his feedings however so he is still being tube-fed and we are just waiting for him to start eating so he can come home! (Anytime now Banner....)

I got to stay last night and help with one of his baths, it was so fun! They keep him wrapped up in blankets during bath time to keep him warm.

All clean :) 

His sweet after bath hair-do! 

I seriously make the cutest little babies!! I love him so much!

Such a cool little dude! The nurses call him the "GQ baby" haha. 

Can;t wait to bring him home and snuggle him all day! 2 hrs a day is not nearly enough :( 

"Stop with all the pictures mom..."

All snuggled in for the night, I hate leaving him in the hospital. This time is so different but still hard, just in different ways. When Boston was in the hospital I was there all day everyday! And although it is nice not to worry about my babies heart stopping or him turning blue from no oxygen, I really hate that I have to be in two places at once... I really miss Banner during the day :( But hopefully he comes home really soon and we can be a big happy family!!