Friday, August 31, 2007

Off to the Doctor

When we were discharged from the hospital the doctor told us he wanted to see him in two days so we made an appointment to see him today. Everything was good but he took a blood sample to check his bilirubin. He thought he looked fine but wanted to double check. The doctor called just an hour ago and said his level was fine. We did mention to the doctor that Andrew seemed to have some gas and so he suggested we change his formula to Enfamil Gentlease which is for babies with fussiness and gas. We have another appointment next week.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Home at last

Andrew spent most of his final day in the hospital in our room. I have forgotten how much babies sleep. The pediatrician final came in after lunch to discharge him. Shortly after that we gathered our stuff and headed home. We were greeted by a nice big balloon welcoming us home. Abbey was much more excited to see Andrew than Alex was. He'll appreciate him more once he can start playing catch.

The first night was good. He is eating about every 4 hours. I don't think I gave him enough to eat at his 12am feeding because he was a little restless for awhile so Kim increased his next feeding and he seemed much more content after he ate.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Day two and final day at the Hospital

Day two at the Hospital was a good one. Abbey and Alex came by for a visit to see their little brother for the first time. Abbey was really interested in Andrew, wanting to touch, hug and even was trying to help burp him. She is always very helpful but sometimes (like trying to burp him) she is a little too helpful. Alex was less interested not giving him much attention. I think that will change once we get him. He probably thought he was just visiting, not realizing Andrew will be coming home today.
If things go as planned Kim and the baby should be discharged sometime this morning. Thanks to Kim's mom, who is watching Abbey and Alex, we have gotten a little peace and quiet. That is about to change but we take what we can get.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A Little Side Note

Yesterday was the memorial of St. Monica, who was the mother of St. Augustine and the patron saint of mothers. What a wonderful day to bring a new baby into the world. This was the first reading for the day.
Happy is the husband of a good wife;
the number of his days will be doubled.
A loyal wife rejoices her husband,
and he will complete his years in peace.
A good wife is a great blessing;
she will be granted among the blessings of the man who fears the Lord.
Whether rich or poor, his heart is glad,
and at all times his face is cheerful.

A wife's charm delights her husband,
and her skill puts fat on his bones.
A silent wife is a gift of the Lord,
and there is nothing so precious as a disciplined soul.
A modest wife adds charm to charm,
and no balance can weigh the value of a chaste soul.
Like the sun rising in the heights of the Lord,
so is the beauty of a good wife in her well-ordered home.
(Sirach 26:1-4, 13-16)

I am blessed to have a beautiful wife and a wonderful mother to my kids.

St. Monica
*Pray for us

The First Day

Andrew's first day in the world was a good one. The doctor came by to see us yesterday evening. He said everything looked fine. You cannot tell from the pictures but Andrew's face is very red and sometimes even looks purple. The doctor explained to us that he was "ruddy" and that most newborns normally have a concentration of red blood cells in the blood that is quite high as compared to older children and adults. And this phenomenon usually causes no problems because over the course of the first 4-6 days, these "extra" red blood cells break down and are metabolized leaving the infant with a lower concentration. In the end, he was not concerned.
Mom is doing well. Just before I left to come home she was still a little out of it from the pain medicine. I think one pill would have been enough but they gave her two. It was actually funny watching her, she was in her own little world. It was a great day and I did take some more pictures yesterday evening and hope to take more pictures today and post them on the side bar.

Pray for us, holy Mother of God
* That we may become worthy of the promises of Christ

St. Andrew
*Pray for us

St. Michael
*Pray for us

Monday, August 27, 2007

A Few Days Early

Kim was scheduled to be induced this Thursday but things came a little early. We arrived at the Hospital this morning around 6am and Andrew Michael was delivered into this world around 10:30am. Everyone is fine including myself. No one really ever asks how I am doing. Being the coach is the hardest job:) I hope to have more pictures in the future. They will be published on the sidebar.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

A little reading

Kids are in bed and I just finished a bowl of ice cream, peace at last. After that, I began reading several blogs and came across a good reflection over at cause of our joy on an article written by Barbara Curtis.

I think most parents, at some point, limit their kids independence because they are in such a hurry, I know this is the case with me. It seems to be even more difficult to take the time and let Abbey do things herself because she is much slower and clumsey at doing things. It usually results in a bigger mess than before. I have learned to give her her shoes way before it is time to leave with the hope she can get them on before we leave. She doesn't always accomplish the task but she tries. I think we have done a much better job at letting Alex do things himself because it alawys us more time to help Abbey.

Feeding is a good example. From early on we have let Alex feed himself and at this point he is pretty self seficiant but Abbey still needs help. She can use a fork and spoon with some foods but if you give her all of her food and she stuffs her mouth full. Also, becasue she has low muscle tone she doesn't swallow all of her food and it stays in the back of her mouth so check her mouth before giving her more food. We have had to give her the heimlich maneuver several times.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Bl. Mother Teresa's "dark night"

Many mystics have experienced, as St. John of the Cross wrote about, a "dark night" of the soul which is described as a characteristic stage in their growth. This "dark night" is a time in which many of them experienced an abandonment from God. This can also be what Christ experienced when he cried out, "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?"

In a recent article by Time magazine, Mother Teresa revealed she experienced this phenomenon since the early 60's and lasted until her death.

Read the Article

A beautiful day in the neighborhood....

Several kids from the neighborhood are coming over this morning to play . I think I will get out the Inflatable Bouncer so the kids can jump around. It's a great way to keep the kids contained in one area. I hope to have pictures to post later on.

I had my stints removed yesterday from my sinus surgery. It was painless but a little disgusting. I cannot believe that big of a thing fit up my nose. After he removed them it defientely made a big difference in the amount of air flow. I return in a couple of weeks for some cleanup but everything looked good.

One of the nice things CT does each year is have a tax free week on all clothes (under $300). It usually occurs the week before school starts so Abbey and I went shopping the other day. Not only was it fun for her to try on clothes but we saved a good amount. I was proud of myself I stayed within the budget. She should be all set for her first day of school. I hope to take Alex this weekend but he isn't as excited about new clothes, or shopping.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Take Two

This is the first post on our new blog. If you are wondering why we are doing this blog you can read why over in the right column.

I'm headed back to the ENT today to get the stints removed from my sinus surgery. While they were cleaning our my sinuses they fixed my deviated septum, which was 90% closed on my left side. So yes, I had a nose job. My nose might be a little fuller, but you really can't tell a difference.

Kim went to the doctor the other day and not much has changed, the plan is still to have her induced on Aug. 30th.

The kids are great. Abbey finished her summer school program last Thursday and starts school on Sept. 4th. We have two meetings with her school next week to finalize her IEP (Individualized Education Plan). Alex is excited about his new baby brother coming and talks to him every night before bedtime. We will see what he thinks when he has to share mommy time with him.

The move to WI is moving slowly. We have decided to replace the carpet in our current house so we will have it installed in a couple of weeks. Our house goes on the market Sept. 1st. The first of Oct. we plan to take a trip to WI to buy a house and then hopefully move by the end of Oct. because Kim starts her job the first Monday in November. We are excited about the move but as you can see we have lots to get done before that. Keep us in your prayers.