Thursday, January 10, 2013

Back to work...

After an amazing 11 weeks off, 6 actually at home with Weston, Ellie had to go back to work last week. It has been a hectic house since! We are figuring out the morning routine of going to daycare (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday), being home with MorMor on Wednesdays, and home with Daddy on Fridays. Thankfully the first week back was only 3 days but it has made this 5 day week much harder.

Weston seems to enjoy daycare. He watches the other kids play and then gets so overwhelmed he sleeps for 4 hours! As long as he keeps sleeping at night, that's fine with us.

Weston is a great sleeper. Typically he only wakes up once a night so we can't really complain, even when it is twice sometimes ;)

Weston is growing and growing! According to Ellie's calculations he weighs approximately 12 pounds! We don't go back to any doctor until February (Pediatrician or Cardiologist) so we'll see what that official weight is then, but for now it sounds like a lot!

We are almost 3 months old (we are 12 weeks) so we will hopefully post a new picture similar to this next week, but here is his 2 month picture. What a happy boy!

Friday, December 14, 2012

an update...

I've been told some of you are looking for an update ;) Now I know how those of you that have blogs that I've followed before don't always get to posting right away! Sorry it's been a couple weeks...

Weston is doing really really well! We have seen the home nurse a couple of times, we have seen the pediatrician and we have seen the cardiologist.

Yesterday we had our follow up with the cardiologist, Dr. Bass, who said that everything looks great! We got to get off the lasik (yea!!!) and we can officially do tummy time on the floor. Weston isn't a huge fan of that but we will keep working on it so he builds those arm and neck muscles that lead to crawling.

As of Thursday, Weston weighs 9 lbs 15 oz! Some of his newborn clothes don't fit anymore and I know that is a good thing but it's a little sad at the same time. We are in between since some newborn clothes fit, some are too small, but the 0-3 mo are a little big. We'll figure it out. Thankfully our cousins Axel and Else have given us lots of hand-me-downs to wear :)

We see the pediatrician again on Monday for Weston's 2 month check up! The last couple times we've seen him he has been very positive and thinks Weston looks and sounds great. I'm assuming Monday will be the same report. We will talk to the pediatrician about how much to continue fortifying Weston's milk and if we continue the Zantac for acid reflex. It's very nice not having him spit up all the time so it's hard to know if he still needs that med or if we can try without it, or maybe find a happy medium and work our way slowly down instead of completely cold turkey.

The nurse is supposed to come again today to see if we can be 'discharged'. Since everything went so well at the cardiologist's yesterday I don't see why we can't, but she hasn't called yet to tell me what time she is coming. I'm starting to think it wont be today after all.

Last weekend we had KME photography come and take some 'newborn' photos of Weston and some family photos. Doesn't she do a great job? She is the same person that did our maternity photos this fall, too.

Family photo

Rasmus and Weston are becoming friends, I think!

Weston's awesome alphabet wall that so many of you contributed to! Thank you!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A week later..

It has now (this afternoon) officially been a whole week home! We have stayed very busy with Thanksgiving, getting to church, getting groceries, doing laundry, doctor appointments, trying to organize and just feel like we are home! It's that feeling you have after you've been on vacation and finally get home...but we had a really long vacation.

On our way home from the hospital! He looked like this for awhile, then he fell asleep...the car seems to do that to him!
It has been fabulous to be at home. Weston is a very good sleeper and has slept 4 hour chunks a couple of nights. This is not the norm yet, but we'll take it. Most of the time he wakes up to eat and then goes right back to sleep once his tummy is full. If that continues, we won't complain.

Last Friday we had a doctor appointment in Monticello with a pediatrician. Thankfully the cardiologists down at the U/Children's had called him and updated him on the first month of Weston's life so we didn't have to answer QUITE as many questions. The pediatrician said Weston looked great, sounded great, and had gained more weight (7 lbs 12 oz)! All a good report.

Monday we had the home health nurse come out for the first time to check in and weigh Weston again. That is the biggest goal, to be sure he is eating enough to continue to gain weight. Yesterday he weight 8 lbs even! The nurse was also very pleased with Weston's coloring, his weight gain, his lungs sounded great, and how handsome he is :) (People all keep calling him that...guess he might get confused what his real name is!) We decided since he is doing so well the nurse only needs to come once a week so we'll see how Weston does on the same scale in another week.

Oh that tongue...but look, "So big!"

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My favorite word....

today is DISCHARGE!! We got discharged this afternoon around 2:00. We are home and adjusting. We'll see how tonight goes ;)

Monday, November 19, 2012

No more tubes!

We had a great weekend! Weston was allowed to try bottle feeding at EVERY feed (every 3 hours, 8 feeds in 24 hours). Weston was definitely a trooper and did a great job working at bottle feeding before having to gavage the rest through his feeding tube. Saturday Weston finally got above his birth weight! He continued to gain weight Sunday and this morning stayed the same. They say that is due to the fact that we made him work a lot harder this weekend at his feeds. As long as he didn't go backwards, they are happy (and so are we!) Weston now weighs 7 lbs 6.98 oz.

Since Weston did so well with his bottle feedings, the NG tube (feeding tube in his nose) finally came out today! YEAH!! We have only had one feeding since, but Weston did amazing at his 1:00 feed. He is now offered 65 ml (before it was 55, which is still the goal) and he took 61! We hope the rest of the day continues to go this well so we can start discussing that "H" word...MAYBE we'll be home for Thanksgiving :)

No more tubes!! :)
Since the end of last week we have also been given permission to unplug his oxygen cord from his leg and go for walks. It still needed to be monitored while we were in the room at the end of last week, but this weekend they made the call to only spot check it! One less thing attached to our little boy!

We hope and pray the progress Weston has shown this week continues so we can begin our life at home. Thank you for all of your prayers and kind thoughts as we continue through this journey.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Big day!

Weston is already a MONTH old! Here we remembered to take a picture of his '1' onsies...we'll see if we remember every month to come ;) Won't it be fun to compare next year?

Weston got to take off his EKG leads this afternoon and get rid of the tele box they have been attached to. One more thing gone..he is almost wireless (in Jeremy's words)!

Weston is up to getting a bottle 6 times out of the 8 feedings a day. We did that Thursday and Friday so we will see if we continue that this weekend or if we get to offer him a bottle every time starting tomorrow morning. When the doctors come around in the morning that will be reassessed depending on if Weston continues to gain weight. It is a difficult balance to figure out how much to push him with the bottle in order to learn those oral skills, yet not to burn too many calories.

We have had an entire week of weight gain, which is awesome and in the right direction! The weight gain and feedings both have to happen before we are allowed to go home and this week we feel like Weston has been doing an awesome job of both these things!

Here Weston is sleeping in MorMor's arms. We are discovering he has a ton of fun facial expressions in his sleep and apparently could turn into quite the dramatic little boy someday...

Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers. Weston is definitely on the uphill journey that we hope continues so we can be home soon.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


I have to admit, it's not easy sitting here everyday working on being patient to give Weston time to catch on to feedings at his own pace. It's hard when there is nothing I can really do in order to help him and we have two really good feedings, then a not so good feeding. I try not to get too discouraged.

I was reminded tonight that it could be much worse. I don't mean that harshly, but another Mom on the floor has her daughter here. They have been here a month more than us and they have another surgery set up tomorrow, as well as a plan for a G tube in order for her daughter to eat because she isn't catching onto feeding at all. She has 3 other boys at home and they live in North Dakota so she can't go home or see her husband and other kids more than every couple of weeks. It's all about perspective, isn't it?

As for Weston, he is starting to slowly gain weight and slowly catch on to eating from the bottle so he gets enough calories. It is still day by day to make sure he gains weight and isn't burning more calories than he is taking in. We did get to add a 5th oral feed today (that means he is offered a bottle 5 out of his 8 feeds) and hope to continue that into tomorrow. We don't want to do too many different things at once so he is pacing himself and we know what the variables are if something doesn't go as planned.

Keep praying Weston is on the up swing and continues to gain weight and catch onto this whole eating thing. They definitely go hand in hand as we take being here day by day. I hope you will take a moment to pray for the other family (and many families) that are also here dealing with similar situations, or things that can be considered much worse.