Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Home Sweet Home

Devin (and his teddy bear) were discharged today! We feel so blessed to have truly witnessed a miracle in the last two days!! I know that countless people have been praying for us and I just want to say THANK YOU!!!

I have to give him awful smelling antibiotics for the next week and a half. Thankfully Devin is an easy going baby and doesn't taste much at his age so we should be able to get him to take it! :)

It truly is amazing to learn just how deep and unending my love is. This experience has pulled us together as a couple and also a family. We both love our little Devin so much and love each other even more that we were willing to sacrifice in ways that I never thought possible.

And for the record, I did learn some amazing baby skills while at the hospital! I can now change a diaper in almost no time flat and I have mad nose suctioning skills. :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sleeping with Angels

I have heard it said before that angels walk the halls at Primary Children's Hospital. I know that now for myself!

Yesterday morning, I took Devin to the pediatrician's office because his belly button was oozing out pus and was really red. I really thought that the doctor would tell me to put a bandaid on and he would be fine. But I just wanted it checked. Well, it was the complete opposite reaction from what I expected. Oozing belly buttons when you are 16 days old can apparently be life threatening.

We were sent straight to Primary Children's and the doctor prepped me for the worst before we left the office-- he would be having emergency surgery as soon as we got there and would have to have a spinal tap to check for other complications. We were allowed to drive ourselves there because he was stable at the moment. Holy cow so grateful I took him to the doctor and so extremely grateful to live in a day with medical technology!! Although I did not like the sound of surgery, he would live through it just fine and life would be great again.

We spent most of the day siting in the ER room while we waited for various tests to be ran and he even had an ultrasound. He was not rushed straight into surgery because his belly button looked better when we walked through the ER doors. Casey gave him a blessing and everyone started praying! Prayers are heard!! Heavenly Father is so loving!

When the surgeon team looked at his belly button yesterday, it was no longer red (Apparently the red color was a huge sign of a serious problem.) but it was still leaking a little bit. Surgery was not going to be needed and they would come check on Devin this morning to see how it looked.

So long story short, they started an antibiotic through an IV in his foot. It is a general antibiotic that treats a lot of things until all of the lab cultures come back and they know exactly what is wrong. We spent the night at Primary Children's and angels slept with us all-- I am sure! We will be here for another day or two at least.

When the surgeon team looked at his belly button an hour or so ago this morning, it looked totally normal. It wasn't oozing stuff any more and it seemed to have closed completely. The team agreed that it was truly a miracle and that prayers are heard in this hospital.

We just need everyone's prayers at the moment. If we think of anything else that we need or something that friends and family can do to help us, we will for sure let you know! Devin is eating so well and has plenty of dirty diapers that his IV was turned completely off at the moment. However, it will still be used to administer the antibiotics every few hours. He is a happy baby and we feel so blessed!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Worth 9,000 Words


If one picture is worth a thousand words than surely this must be NINE THOUSAND! :)  I hope you enjoy pictures of Devin from the first 15 days that he has filled our hearts with warmth and brought smiles to our faces.

Cute face in the hospital. June 9-- a few hours old.

First walk in his stroller. June 11-- 2 days old.
Playing games with Daddy. Devin loves to follow some black and white picture flash cards I made in one of my classes. He already "tracks" really well. June 17-- 8 days old.
I love this onsie! It says "Mommy's Little Guy." June 19-- 10 days old.

Devin has a belly button. His umbilical cord fell off! June 20-- 11 days old.
We gave up on swaddling Devin tight because he was too hot and would cry. This is how I normally find him sleeping with his hands wiggled out of the blanket and behind his head. June 24-- 15 days old.

Tummy time. Devin actually seems to enjoy it for the first few minutes. We play with him and he is beginning to reach out for his toys. June 24-- 15 days old.
Cuddle time with Daddy. June 24-- 15 days old.
Cuddle time with Mommy. June 24-- 15 days old.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

He's Growing!

We just got home from the doctor's office for Devin's two week check up. He is 10 days old and still 100% adorable!

The goal for newborns is to be back at their birth weight at 14 days. Devin is a champion eater and weighed 6 pound 8 ounces today! That is 6 ounces more than birth weight! He is in the 7% for weight and 35% for height and 6% for head circumference. :) He is tall and skinny! And doing really well and super healthy!!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy First Father's Day!

Baby Devin and Daddy celebrating Casey's first father's day with their new matching ties!

Devin is so blessed to have such a patient, kind, helpful, loving, supportive, caring, and understanding (simply put AMAZING) Daddy! I knew I loved Casey when we were sealed for time and all eternity but I have seen and felt that love grow exponentially in the past 8 days!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Happy BIRTHday Devin!

"Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake." --Henry David Thoreau

This quote perfectly describes our life right now!!  We truly are Living Our Dream Life or rather "our truest life" as our hearts are filled with more love than we ever knew possible.

Please put your hands together and give a warm welcome to...

Devin
(aka Baby Bunny)


Devin was born on Saturday June 9, 2012 at 6:21 am.  He is 21 inches long and weighed 6 pounds 2 ounces.  He has beautiful dark wavy hair, long eye lashes, rarely cries, and looks so much like Casey.

It is so wonderful being a family of three and all of us are doing really well!

P.S. The quote at the beginning of this post was written on the whiteboard in my labor and delivery room.  I read the quote over and over and thought how accurately it describes our lives.  We truly are living our dream and the best part is our dream will last for eternity!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Choose 2 Build

It seems that no matter what situation I'm faced with, I always have two choices. I can choose to be a builder or a wrecker. I have been chewing on this idea for awhile and as much a I would love to say, "I'm always a builder!" I'm not. Unfortunately, I do my share of wrecking from time to time.

Let me explain this idea of building and wrecking through some examples I have recently faced.

Winco has some killer sales going on right now! We are talking prices too good to pass up type of a deal! :) Well Casey would prefer that I go shopping without him but I love being together. I convince him to be my companion and so we brave the beyond busy store together. Once we return home, I was quickly distracted by something else and left the ground beef on the counter.  Casey discovered it and put some away in the fridge and put some in the freezer. Earlier, I had told him that I wanted to cook all of the ground beef and then freeze it in Ziploc bags. (Tip for easier/ faster dinners! If the meat is precooked, it makes things so much easier when faced with having to throw something together a few minutes before your spouse arrives home from work. I can already see that precooking the meat will be a huge lifesaver when my arms are already full with Baby Bunny and I'm still trying to pull something together for dinner!) I later go to cook all the ground beef and realize that half of it is missing, only to find it stuffed in the freezer.

I have two choices.  I can choose to be a wrecker and get upset and chew Casey out. I mean, I am totally justified because he knew I was planning on cooking it all right away and he was obviously trying to make my life more difficult. By taking my frustration out on him, I become his wrecker. The chances of me convincing him to go shopping with me again or help put groceries away in the future are slim. And who can blame him for not wanting to help or be with me at the store if I'm just going to tear him down. I wouldn't want to be with me either if I was a wrecker.

My second choice is to take a deep breath (and maybe count to 10) and realize that Casey was not purposefully trying to make my life more difficult. I know this because he loves me and he wants what is best for me. He cares about me and our family. Even though the prices at Winco are cheap, it still has a price to be paid. We are on a tight budget! I'm sure his intention was to not let the meat we just bought go bad on the counter and the fridge was already packed so the freezer was the only option for some of the meat. And so I can choose to be a builder. I can thank him for taking the time to go to the store with me and tell him how grateful I am that he remembered to put away the groceries. Because of his love language, one of the best ways for me to be his builder is to give him a big hug and kiss as I explain how much it means to me that he took the time to be so helpful.

I can choose to build him up instead of wreck him down.

Another example. Casey recently changed the toilet paper. He put it on the wrong way. (Yes, I totally believe that the toilet paper has a right and wrong way!!) I can wreck him by complaining about him doing it wrong or I can build by appreciating that he took the time to change it. The more I become a builder, the more Casey is willing to help me with the little things in the future.

Think about the laundry and how to load a dishwasher and who does what chores and how to decorate/ arrange a nursery and etc. It seems almost every situation in marriage is either an opportunity to be a builder or the chance to be a wrecker. Fortunately, if I happen to choose to be a wrecker, I can always apologize and then refocus on how to build.

I'm working each day to be a builder. Are you?

Friday, June 1, 2012

A Change of Hats


Goodbye dress pants and fancy shoes.  Hello capris and flip-flops.
Goodbye alarm clocks.  Hello crying. (soon)
Goodbye contract time.  Hello to hoping to leave the house sometime during the am hours.
Goodbye 8 hour work day.  Hello 24/7.
Goodbye bell schedule.  Hello no schedule. (though crossing my fingers that we can get Baby Bunny on a schedule sooner than later!!)
Goodbye grading papers.  Hello writing more blogs. (at least for now--who knows what will happen in a few weeks!)
Goodbye bulletin board making.  Hello craft projects.
Goodbye dirty (I tried so hard to make the kids keep it clean and throw away their trash.  Sometimes, this worked better than others....) classroom.  Hello clean home.
Goodbye cooking labs.  Hello dinner.
Goodbye 200+ kids.  Hello 1 baby.

Goodbye teacher.  Hello mommy.