Monday, January 31, 2011

Date Night


P's great-aunt just couldn't stay away this weekend and offered to keep him while Mr. Gherkin and I enjoyed a night out on the town. So what if we were home by 9 pm.

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 Enjoyed my alone time with my hubby.
Enjoyed sushi again finally.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Well hello there.


We're still here, 


hanging upside down at times (literally... check out the dog)


but we're here and doing just fine.
Mom, please stop using the flash.

Look who's getting a double chin.


Sorry for the iPhone photos.
Maybe one day I will learn to keep my Canon handy.



Please don't stop reading our blog. 
We promise to provide more entertainment here soon.
Until next time...

Friday, January 28, 2011

Meeting "Great-MawMaw"


Those arms ... the arms that held and raised all nine of her grandchildren... those arms finally held her great-grandchild on Wednesday.



Preston loved it... I just know it. 


...and the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Diaper Changing 101

I'm no expert on changing a diaper (especially after the disaster that happened on our changing table last night), but here's what I know thus far.

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1.  A second changing pad cover is essential for when the other is in the wash.
2.  As Breann once told me, always point it down.
3.  Glad I didn't care for mustard before... I will never think of it the same way. (Sorry for the TMI)
4.  When you hear the poopy, wait at least five minutes before attempting to change the the poopy... there will be another poopy all over the changing table
5.  Be prepared to laugh hard... hard enough to need a diaper yourself. 

Oh the memories being made in this house...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

512

That's how many e-mails and/or comments are still sitting in my inbox since Preston's birthday. I read each one and I loved each one. I had every intention of replying to all the e-mails and comments (for those that have their e-mails linked to blogger) personally, but now that I have a newborn at home I'm realizing that's just not going to happen. Then add all the tweets on our twitter account, comments on facebook, and I don't even want to know what my text messaging bill is this month.  So...

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Forgive me for not responding personally to each one, but I really want to say thanks again to everyone for everything. Thank you for your sweet comments and messages. Thank you for your support. Thanks for loving someone you've never even met. Thanks for praying with us.

My sister came bearing gifts this weekend and brought this bib... I definitely think it's fitting for Mr. P.


Thanks again. 
We love you guys and are so grateful for your support.



Sunday, January 23, 2011

Newborn Pictures: A sneak peek


As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.


As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, 
and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,


so is my word that goes from my mouth;
It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.


Isaiah 55:9-11


We can certainly feel and see God's will at work in our lives.
We are reminded of His greatness everyday in this sweet little face.

And now for Kristy...
Your work is fantastic. We're so glad to have you in our lives. Thank you once again for capturing these special moments with Sweet P. 


Friday, January 21, 2011

All is well.

We took Preston to his post-op follow-up bright and early this morning.  I must pat myself on the back...  woke up at 6 am, managed to feed P, pump, get P ready, get myself ready, gave P his medicines and was in the car and pulling out of the drive way at 7:06 am.  I may have cheated a tad bit by packing the diaper bag last night and having Mr. Gherkin make my much needed coffee on the way out the door.

They say Mr. P is doing well.  He's just over 7 pounds which means he's bounced back and is over his birth weight despite not getting to eat the first week of his life.  He was 20 1/2  inches long today.

Blowing bubbles in the waiting room.
Many of you have asked to see those big brown (yes, brown... he never had blue eyes)  again.
I tried. I really did, but he just isn't showing those eyes today.

Unfortunately, we didn't get to see Preston's surgeon today. I kind of like him a lot. After all, his hands were in my baby's heart.  P did leave a little note for him though.



We then saw his pediatrician for his two week newborn check. They went ahead and started his Hep B vaccination series today, and they will start his immunizations on time at the next two-month follow-up appointment and not hold off as first expected. I couldn't watch him get the one vaccine today... I'm going to be a mess when he gets more at the next visit.

post- vaccine & holding on tight to his paci.
Still no eyes. Sorry, folks. 

Newborn pics are scheduled in the morning with his "Aunt" Kristy, but for now I have to run... poopy diaper.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mr. Gherkin

Some of you have asked why I refer to my hubby as Gherkin.  I wish I could say I came up with that nickname, but he's had that nickname since his childhood. In fact his childhood friends and their parents still refer to him as Gherkin.

So here's the story...



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a couple jars of pickles

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a little hill rolling

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a little vomiting

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Mr. Gherkin


This also explains the pickles part of pineapples and pickles


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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Product of the week: OXO Candela Tooli

image via amazon.com

Ok, I'm going to take a break from posting baby pictures (maybe) and post about my most loved baby essentials. This thing is ah-maz-ing. The soft light or glow as the company calls it allows me to see Preston's face at night without waking him, the dogs, or Tony. No bright lights at all. Every coo, every grunt, every cry... I grab it off the night stand and turn it on. Heck, who am I kidding... yes, I use it constantly just to make sure he's still breathing.

Oh, and no more stubbing my toe on the way to the bathroom in the dark...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

There's No Place Like Home

Preston made it home just one day shy of his two week birthday. He's a rock star that's for sure. All those heart babies are. They amaze me. They're so resilient. My c-section incision is still clearly healing, but the scar on Preston's chest is almost completely healed and looks awesome.

The echo of his heart yesterday showed improvement in his heart function. Yippee! Next up is a series of follow up appointments starting this Friday.  

We're up for visitors; however, we ask that visitors who have been sick recently hold off for a week or two. We received numerous lectures from the doctors about keeping Preston infection free for the next few months. He will not be getting any immunizations at all until at least 6 weeks of life due to his open heart surgery and his fragile state. He should only be a couple of weeks behind on immunizations if all goes according to plan.

Preston enjoying his bath from his main squeeze, Ms. Rose.
Seriously, he got her digits.
Mommy's To-Do List & P's discharge time
Heading out
Buckled in... had to check twice to be sure.
Introducting Sam to Preston.
I seriously have never seen Sam more excited.
Napping in my crib the first night home.
{Don't worry, Dad, he didn't sleep in there through the night}
Chillaxing in bed with mommy while she blogs.


Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from Him.
Psalm 127:3

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Just kicking it...

We'll likely be discharged home on Monday or Tuesday.  The plan is to do another Echo on Preston's heart on Monday or Tuesday, and as long as it shows stable or improved heart function then we'll get to go home.


Our days are filled with normal baby stuff... sleeping, eating, pooping, pumping, and breastfeeding (just started that last night...we're starting slow so that we don't overwork his heart but so far so good). We are on full-time mommy and daddy duty since yesterday. Both of P's great aunts went home for some quality R&R (hopefully) this weekend.

Please excuse the iPhone photos. My Canon is always too far away when I need it.

As for now, the docs say he's doing well and just want to see him pack on the pounds.  Today he was 6 lbs and 6 oz.  I'm so ready to get this guy home.



p.s. Mr. Field was discharged today. Yay, Field! I'm going to miss seeing his sweet smile and his sweet family.

Preston's Birthday : Part 4 (and final)

Read part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here.

It broke my heart not to be there for the first hours of Preston's life, but Team Preston did a heck of a job documenting and filling me in on everything.

Shout out once again to the awesome Kristy for getting this on camera for me.


Transport from St. Luke's L & D to Texas Children's Hospital


Tony says they were almost running to keep up with the transport team.


Daddy never left Preston's side.
(Mommy's orders, but doubtful he would have left anyways)


Holding onto Daddy.


One of my favorites...
Still hanging onto Daddy's finger. 


Another favorite.


They say he screamed and screamed.
I loved hearing this. 
A loud baby is a healthy baby, right?


Look at that length. 90th percentile.


I heard some of the staff was a bit perplexed by Preston's diagnosis since it's so rare.
Here's the CVICU doc drawing a diagram of P's heart for everyone.


Loved the amazing CVICU staff.
Provided the upmost care at all times.


You can't miss his feet. In fact everyone kept commenting on his feet that day.


Melissa was the name of the nurse that took care of Preston in the CVICU on his birthday. Preston's MeMe (who's in Heaven) is also named Melissa, and I like to believe she's his guardian angel and that she was with him in the ICU that day. 


Still can't believe we made this...


This is another favorite. A dear friend said he looks like he's praising Jesus. I love that.


Daddy was finally able to wheel me over to see Preston at 10:00 p.m. that night (12 hours after his birth). He looked so fantastic that I think I went into a state of denial. I remember thinking how could this baby, with these pink lips and so full of life, have a heart condition...a heart condition where they feared he wouldn't survive to term. 

I can't wait to tell him about his birthday.
Then I can't wait until he fully understands his story.


Philippians 4:7