Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I only had a few pictures on my camera, Sara has most of them on hers and there are a TON, so I put together the small amount of mine in a slideshow. It's about 7:30am on Wednesday and we are doing SO much better!! Joe and I have both gotten a fairly good amount of sleep, he's sleeping now as I play on the computer, you guys didn't actually expect me to stay away the whole time did you?? William is in the hospital nursery. After he was born last night it seemed like EVERYTHING took forever. We got to hang out with him for about an hour in the room afterwards and everyone got to hold him and kiss on him. About 9pm they took him to get washed and weighed (which is why updates took so long) and they did a LOT of bloodwork. I was still in recovery and didn't even get to my room until after 10pm (and FINALLY got to eat). They are treating William for GBS, which is the bacteria that made Ella so sick. I was given antibiotics the ENTIRE time I was here yesterday (every 4 hours) but they are being super cautious with Will. They are giving him the same meds that Ella had in the NICU and they are running a full blood culture on him. We will get some results by about 9 or 10 tonight, but they will continue with the antibiotics till the 48 hour culture is back (and clear). He has had a little bit of grunting, which is a cautious sign, but after I fed him last night (early this morning) he has seemed to be better. We finally got him in our room about 2AM, he had his first feeding and is taking to it very well. After eating at 2 they said he went back to the nursery and slept until they brought him back here around 5am and we fed again...he did great. He's a good sleeper and doesn't fuss much at all, but hates being uncovered from the blanket. He has a FULL head of dark hair and looks a LOT like Ella did when she was born. We would love your prayers that he continues to stay healthy and that the blood culture is 100% clear.
We are still trying to figure out how to manage visitation, so please be patient if we can't have everyone up. We'll find out today if we are going home Thursday or Friday, so we may be able to space people out a little better.
Ella hasn't met William yet, but we are hoping to have the whole family together at some point today. I got to see her for about 15 mins yesterday and it's SO hard being away from her, but she's being taken care of very well by Joe's folks.
More soon, I'm sure!!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
In His Grip- Sara
In His Grip- Sara (andrea's sister)
Monday, January 28, 2008
Andrea's Cell Phone (972)743-5916
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
The appointment is for tomorrow morning at 9:30am to find out if we are "ready" for Tuesday. If we ARE ready then we go in Tuesday morning at 7:30am for inducement...if not then I think he'll schedule it for the following Tuesday. I know anyone reading this who has not had a kid in the recent future can't remember, but having to wait ANOTHER week is going to be REALLY hard...oh, and have I mentioned that I really HATE schedule changes!!
Okay, I'll let you all know tomorrow what they say. Say a prayer at 9:30am (Central Time for you out-of-towners) that my body is ready for this baby to come!!
love and God bless,
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I read a LOT of blogs...I'm probably a little bit of a stalker. I have about 66 blogs saved on my computer. I check all of them every day...since right now I actually have some down time. Some are people I've grown up with at church, some are new friends that I've met since being an adult and others are Cerebral Palsy families who we have met since Ella has been diagnosed.
As I read all of the blogs I realize something...honesty is a big deal. People really want honesty. Whether it's the honesty of a mother's broken heart or the funny things that happen to someone on a weekly basis. When I'm reading blogs I find myself skipping over the posts that seem to complain...it's hard to read about constant complaints. However, if someone is being raw about their emotions or excited about something going on then it's so great to read about it. I hope as you read my blog that you see my raw emotion. Whether it's about my struggles and joys of raising a child who has cerebral palsy or the fears and uncertainty of adding another person to our family...I hope you hear my honesty. Life is hard. God told us it would be. Whether you follow Him or not, life is going to be hard...and at times it's going to be unbearable (but if you ARE a true believer in the one true God then you have a hope that no one else will have). I appreciate it when people struggle out loud so that others can learn from their lives.
I hope my blog brings a little bit of light to your life and that it's a place you enjoy coming to read and look at pictures of our crazy lives. May you see Christ in everything that we do.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
- William MAY not be here next Tuesday. To save you a lot of details, my cervix isn't ready. We are going to recheck it on Monday (1.21), if everything looks good then we will induce on Tuesday (1.22)...if my doctor feels that we aren't ready to go then he'll schedule for the following week. I'm really ready to have Will here, but I don't want to do anything that will cause him any stress. The biggest difference for my inducement is that the doctor wants to wait till the VERY end to break my water so that there isn't any chance of infection.
- Will's room is ready...well, pretty ready. Thanks to our friends we have gotten a lot of decorative stuff and this past weekend we went and finished making sure that we got everything we could possibly need. I'll upload some pictures and let you know how it looks.
- Ella hasn't had anything by tube in the past 1.5 weeks!! We have given her everything by mouth...which has been both a relief and a challenge. It's a lot of monitoring and we have to pace her and make sure she is swallowing very well while she's eating. We are still doing our VitalStim, but looking to stop with it and just work on oral motor skills. We had a swallow study yesterday to compare to the very first one we did and she's looking really well.
- She's also started waving. It's a little delayed and looks a little rough, but it's so fun to watch her wave and then wait to be praised for doing a good job. She really loves the attention.
- Oh, I'm doing good with the virus. I'm not in as much pain as I was and I feel a lot better. I'm not really sure how you know when you aren't sick anymore, but I'm sticking to the "lots of fluid, Tylenol and some rest".
- BIG NEWS: My brother-in-law, Michael (married to my sister Sara), is back from Iraq. Some of you keep up with their blog, but just to catch you all up...he landed today at Ft. Hood in Kileen (about 2.5 hours from Dallas). Sara is on Cloud 9 and couldn't be any happier than to have her husband and her son in the same place...and Mike doesn't have to go back overseas!! After 15 months the Witschorke family is back together again.