Sunday, January 31, 2010

Meeting Grant

Well, yes, technically kids were not allowed in the NICU because it was the middle of cold/flu season, but we got a lucky break (on my birthday, no less) when we got special permission to bring them to a hallway door.  Grant was strong enough to be disconnected from his monitors for just a brief minute so that his brothers could get a sneak peek at him.  It was the greatest birthday gift I received.  Many thanks to one special nurse in particular that bent the rules for us!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Baby Shower

My sweet friends planned for months to give me a wonderful baby shower.  Little did they know Mr. G would make his debut so early.  So after a bit of rescheduling, we all got to celebrate Grant's birth with a really fun party, lots of friends and way too many presents.  It was a great night and made me feel so special and loved.  It certainly was a fantastic diversion from all the trips to the NICU.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


We spent 23 total days in the NICU.  Grant had all the conditions and complications typical of a 33 week newborn.  He received excellent care and soon was just a "feeder/grower" which meaned he needed to learn to eat so that he could be discharged.  Shayne and I set up a schedule and switched up which feedings we would attend so that one of us could be there with him as often as possible.  We typically were present for six of his eight daily feedings. 

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Big Brothers

Nothing about Grant's arrival went the way we'd envisioned it.  In my mind, we'd be able to take pictures of the boys holding Grant while sitting with me in my hospital bed.  But instead he was across the hospital in the NICU and the boys were forbidden to visit.  There weren't even any windows to the NICU.  So we took digital photos and video so that the boys could get a look at him.  It had to be a bit confusing...yes, you have a brother.  But no, he's not here and you can't see him for a while.  But they were great in the situation.  They had lots of fun with Gran and Pop and Daddy took them to do some fun things after school and in between visits to see me.

The boys got to sport shirts I'd preordered from my friend Denise  She thought she had plenty of time to get them done...but worked late Saturday night after she read of Grant's early arrival so that the boys could wear them at the hospital on Sunday.  So sweet.  I love this picture.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

12:04 p.m.

Welcome to the world,
33 1/2 weeks
4 lbs. 15 oz.

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Here we go...

Luckily Shayne was returning home from Brazil on Friday, January 15.  We'd planned to meet for lunch after my regularly scheduled OB appointment.  But I'd been feeling weird and decided that I'd pack a bag for the hospital "just in case."  Upon hearing this, Shayne decided that he'd just drive straight to the Dr's office from the airport.  Turns out that was a smart decision.
Circumstances were such that my Dr. sent me to Labor and Delivery for monitoring.  Great friends jumped in to take care of the boys which allowed Shayne(who still hadn't showered, slept or eaten) to be with me almost the entire time.  My Mom and Dad arrived late that night after an impromptu cross Texas journey.  We all were ready for whatever came next, although we hoped I would be able to go home and let Mr. Grant grow a little bit more.

Shayne took the boys to the hospital gift shop on Saturday morning so they could pick out something special for me.  What I loved more than anything is when they both crawled up into bed with me for some hugs.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Rental car...umm, van

We decided that my beloved little Ford Edge wasn't going to accomodate our expanding family.  So literally ON THE WAY to CarMax to get an appraisal and quote Shayne backed it into a pole.  Then promptly went to Brazil.  So I took it to the body shop and looked forward to enjoying one of the benefits of having insurance--the daily rental car.  But when I went to pick up the rental car I felt like I was in an episode of Seinfeld.  They didn't have a car for me ("But that's WHY you have a RESERVATION")  so they put me, an 8 1/2 month pregnant woman in a 15 passenger van.

The boys LOVED it.  Travis said, "Mom, you could drive my WHOLE class on a field trip in this thing!"

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Year in Review

As we enter 2010 we know it will be filled with new adventures and challenges. But I wanted to take a minute and share a great memory from each month of 2009. These are the pictures I used to make the yearly calendar for the grandparents. Each of these monthly pictures make me smile in their special way. Here's our 2009 in review...
on to 2010!!!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

We spent the week at Gran and Pop's cabin and rang in a rustic New Year! New Year's Eve consisted of a great dinner of dove and pheasant followed by a rockin' couple of rounds of LCR dice. Then the boys bundled up for a few sparklers outside.
Quite the ensemble: pjs, hunting jackets and party hats!

Happy 2010 Everyone!!!

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