Saturday, October 25, 2014

Aulay, Day 68

Look at the cute pic-of-the-day of the little prince and Big Daddy. The doctor has a tentative ETD that Aulay will be out of the hospital the first week of November. This is subject to change based on him continuing to do well without any major setbacks. I can't wait!

I was up at 8:30 a.m. today to get dressed and go set up for the fall festival I had planned. There was a bouncy house, balloon artist, face painter, pumpkin decorating, popcorn, treat bags, hot dogs, chips, and snow cones. I don't think people understand how long it takes to organize and set up events such as the one this morning. I asked a man to go one block to get four blocks of ice. He seemed upset so I asked what was wrong. He sighed and told me he didn't understand why the event wasn't better organized. He is lucky to still be alive!

Today I'm creating the fall festival. In about an hour I'm helping transfer art and set it up for an event tomorrow. Then I have to go to the store and buy what will be served during the artist reception from 12-3 p.m. tomorrow. I'm not sure how I'm going to make it since my feet are already killing me! I need to find flats to wear tomorrow.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Aulay, Day 67

Aulay smiling while Big Daddy sang to him.
I love the picture of Aulay smiling while Nick holds him. Very sweet and great news that Aulay appreciates his daddy's singing!

This morning when I visited with the little man he drank an entire bottle for me. Then he stayed awake and cooed while I rocked him. Afterwards Mr. B and I had lunch with his sister and brother-in-law. They brought us a rocker that Mr. B's parents bought when he was born. We'll have fun rocking our grandson in the rocker.

Today I'm creating a trip to the grocery store to get items for the fall festival that is taking place tomorrow. I have my fingers crossed for cool weather and no rain!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Aulay, Day 66

I love the the little prince's hands in the pic-of-the-day. Look at his chubby little fingers. Many times when I see him he'll stretch out his hands toward my face and I'll either nibble on his fingers or kiss his hands/fists. When he gets a little older I think he'll laugh or giggle when I nibble on his fingers. It was one of his mother's favorite games to play when she was a baby.

You can also see the little man's "butt chin," which is what we call a chin dimple. Both Dr. Mc and her dad have "butt chins." I still can't tell if his eyes are going to be blue or brown.

Today I'm creating fall-scapes on front porches. I've completed two and have one more to do. While I was in stores today getting lanterns and other items to use on one porch, everything Halloween and Fall was at a discount and Christmas was on full display. Some places have had Christmas items out since Labor Day. I feel so sorry for the sales associates who have to listen to "elevator" Christmas music from Labor Day until the New Year.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Aulay, Day 65

The little prince is having some mini setbacks. Yesterday he had his immunizations and an eye exam. After that stress he wasn't doing well, so he was back on oxygen last night. Then, this morning when I got to the hospital he was breathing too hard and fast, so I couldn't bottle feed him. I was able to hold him, but he was fed through the tube in his nose.

There must be something in the cosmos that is upsetting all the babies in Aulay's section of NICU Level 2. The two babies who were supposed to go home last weekend are still in the hospital. Another baby was transferred back to Level 3 this morning. I felt so sorry for the mom!

Today I'm creating an event from 4-7 p.m. for a client. This wasn't on my calendar until this morning, so I'm scrambling to get everything done. When I get home tonight I'll be excited to kick off my heels and put my feet up.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Aulay, Day 64

My angel!
Big Daddy posted a photo of Dr. Mc and the little prince on his Facebook page. The photo was take last night. She was cuddling with him after his bath. I compared last night's photo to a similar one that was taken on Sept. 12. The little man looks twice as big!

Now that he weighs more than five pounds, people are asking when is he leaving the hospital. The family is wanting the answer to that question, also. He is still conquering the hurdle of bottle feeding. Breathing, sucking and swallowing is tiring for these little babies. He's working hard to accomplish this so he can go home with his parents! He also still has occasional problems with reflux.

Today I'm creating my Tuesday client meeting and also working on two events that will occur this weekend. I'm organizing a small children's festival for Saturday and on Sunday there is an art reception. I'll be sick of Halloween by the end of this weekend!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Aulay, Day 63

I love walking into the NICU and seeing the little man with his eyes open. It makes me feel like he is waiting on me to arrive. First things first. I took his temperature and changed a poopy diaper and his clothes. All the time he was just a chattering at me. Then we settled into the rocker for me to bottle feed him. Only a few minutes in he spit up – big time. Clothes off and we were back in the rocker to finish the bottle. At the end of the bottle he had another big spit up. I cleaned him up, put new clothes on him, and we were back in the rocker for cuddle time.
The man and me yesterday.

The little man was wide awake and alert today for the first hour of my visit. He was responded to sounds by turning his head and moving his eyes. We also had fun with a little game I'll call "monkey-see, monkey-do." He enjoys rolling his tongue out of his mouth. When he does it, I'll do it back to him. He watches very closely, thinks about it, and then rolls his tongue out again. Today he started making an "O" shape with his mouth, so we did that back and forth, also.

Today I'm creating an e-blast for a client. After I left the hospital I made a trip to IKEA, home of most things good and inexpensive. Some assembly required by Mr. B either tonight or tomorrow. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The power of prayer … Aulay is two months old and weighs 5 lbs.

The past two months have been some of the most wonderful days of my life! Watching the little prince grow and develop has been inspiring. What a miracle he is, in so many ways.

Now that he weighs 5 lbs., his oxygen tube is once again being removed. He was off of oxygen for about half a day a couple of weeks ago, but his saturation level was up and down. His doctor believes he is now ready to try it again. Fingers crossed! If he can do well without his oxygen tube, the countdown to his leaving the hospital is on. It won't be for two weeks or so, but his days in NICU are numbered (per Dr. Julie).

Today I'm creating a trip to the hospital with Mr. B, who hasn't seen the little prince since he collapsed in the hospital.