Monday, September 1, 2014

Aulay, Day 14: The first two weeks

He looks good, then the monitors start beeping and we are
pulled back into reality that he is still so tiny and fragile.
It's crazy to think it was only two weeks ago tonight that Dr. Mc was admitted to the hospital. Eighteen hours later, and three months ahead of schedule, she and Nick were parents. We have all been taking photos of the little man and I can really see his growth and progress during the past two weeks. At 2 lbs. 2 oz. and 13.4" long, he is so handsome and full of personality. In the picture I took of him yesterday with his hand on the back of his head, he looked as if he was smoothing his hair for a photo. Mr. B captioned the pic-of-the-day, "Wait, how's my hair?" And look at his little knee sticking up! It's so fun to watch this little man's progress!

On Sunday morning I talked to a friend who is an OB/GYN about Dr. Mc. He told me that the NICU will make sure Aulay is well cared for, and my job is to ensure that Kendall doesn't do too much. Although she seems to be doing well, her blood pressure could elevate if she is too active. This news disturbed me because she was walking around washing clothes last week and helping me in the kitchen. Although she looks good, I need to keep her quiet and resting.

Today I'm creating a finished blanket for Aulay. These simple projects seem like the perfect time to use my serger. This is the machine that I had to have before I went to Santa Fe in July yet I still haven't taken out of the box. Arg!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Aulay, Day 13

The blanket I made for the little man has sweet farm animals.
When Mr. B and I went to the hospital yesterday to visit with the little prince, I took a blanket I made for him while I was in Santa Fe. You can see it in the pic-of-the-day covering his incubator mattress. It is flannel and features farm animals, trees, barns, etc. I promised the little man that when he gets older I'll teach him the noises that all the animals make. And, as always, I told him that he was loved and that many people are praying that he will get stronger.

The nurses gave us great news. Aulay has gained another ounce and now weighs 2 lbs. 2 oz. As with most babies, he dropped a few ounces after his birth, but in less that two weeks he has surpassed his birth weight with a total of four more ounces.

Today I'm creating another blanket to take to the hospital for the little man. Hopefully I have some flannel already in my sewing area.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Aulay, Day 12

I cried last night when Aulay held my finger in his hand.
I helped Dr. Mc clean her house most of yesterday. I just don't feel good about her doing much for a couple of weeks. She needs to be resting and not cleaning. She has been washing Aulay's clothes and blankets getting ready for him to come home, even that won't be for a couple of months.

Mr. B and Rose got home yesterday afternoon. Hooray! After dinner he took me to the hospital to see the little man. It's so nice that the hospital let's parents and grandparents have access to NICU at any time because it was after 9 p.m. when we got there. I was beyond excited when the nurse let me touch Aulay. I stuck my hand in the incubator and started crying. His skin was so soft and his features are so small and delicate. Because he is thin he felt very boney and fragile. His tiny hand clasped my index finger. I know it's a reflex action on his part, but to me it was nothing short of magical having him hold my finger. I tell the little prince every day how much he is loved.

Today I'm creating a trip to Galveston, or at least that is what is supposed to happen. A friend is turning 70 and we have been invited to help Ray celebrate. My nephew Truett and his wife Elva have a condo in Galveston so Mr. B and I are going to spend the night in Galveston. All I need right now is some energy so I can go to Galveston and rest.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Aulay, Day 11: Go Little Man

There are wonderful woman who make and
donate caps for the preemies. He got a yellow one.
The test results are in from the ultrasound of Aulay's head that screens for hemorrhages. As it was explained to us, there are grades one through four, with four being the most serious. The little man only has a single grade one, which will heal itself. The doctors said grades one or two were similar to infants with no hemorrhaging. It's a GREAT day for the McZams and the rest of Team Aulay. Doctors will redo the test in a week just to ensure nothing was missed. We've been told that it's very rare that they would miss anything from the first ultrasound. At four weeks his eyes will be screened for abnormalities. Our little prince continues to amaze!

Dr. Mc is also feeling well. She still has some pain in her abdomen from her c-section, but that's to be expected. Plus, she now weighs less than she did before she was pregnant.

Today I'm creating a clean house for the McZams. Nick has so much music equipment in the house, which needs to go somewhere else to make room from the baby. Kendall is washing and folding Aulay's clothes. And Mr. B along with sweet Rose is driving the last leg of their trip back to Houston. I'm a happy camper!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Aulay, Day 10

Sweet picture of Aulay and his daddy.
I made my trip to the hospital this morning to see the little man. As usual, he was looking mighty handsome! The nurse was getting ready to do an "assessment" that involves taking his temperature, listening to his heart, treating his belly button, check the connections to tubes, etc. I got to watch everything. This morning Aulay was very calm and slept through everything. I don't think I saw him open his eyes at all. 

In the next day or so there will be a more serious examination to look at the development of Aulay's brain. The best outcome would be that he is going to be fine. On the other end of the spectrum there could be signs that he will have cerebral palsy. Of course we are all hoping and praying for the best! Another condition doctors will be looking at is Aulay's rapid heart rate. The resting heart rate for a newborn should be 120-160. Aulay's seems to stay around 170-190. We have been told that a rapid heart rate can be a sign of infection or dehydration, but he has been cleared for those. Newborns can also have a temporary condition (tachycardia) caused from altered hormone and glucose levels at birth. This is a treatable condition.

Today I'm creating time for lunch with friends Kelli and Paula. I've been weepy and on the verge of tears for several days. Being with supportive friends helped me take my mind off of the McZams for awhile! I know I'll also feel better when Mr. B and Rose return to Houston. They left the casita today and are on their way home now.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Aulay, Day 9: Lil Squirm

Yesterday was difficult for Kendall and Nick. She got the green light to leave the hospital, which meant they were heading home without the little man. She cried all morning and stalled in the afternoon. When we were leaving the hospital, I told Kendall she was supposed to ride downstairs in a wheelchair, to which she defiantly replied, "I'm also supposed to leave with my baby." That pretty much sums up her mood!

I got a message from Kendall around 10 p.m. last night saying they were heading to the hospital to visit the little man. Later they sent photos, one of which I'm posting this morning. Apparently they were trying to tuck in "Lil Squirm" as she referred to him, but he wasn't have anything to do with it. The little man has some long legs that he likes to s-t-r-e-t-c-h out. He may have his coloring from Kendall's side of the family, but those long legs are definitely from the six-foot-plus Zamora clad. In 12 to 15 years, Aulay will be looking down at the top of his little mama's head.

Today I'm creating dinner for Kendall and Nick. I'm making her childhood favorite meal. There's nothing like comfort food in times of stress.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Aulay, Day 8: The little man gets a bath and his mama leaves the hospital

I love this picture of Aulay that was taken last night. If he is on his stomach he is rooting around to get his hands free, and pushing his little bottom up in the air to get his feet out from underneath him. If he is on his back his arms and legs are in fairly constant movement. His favorite thing to do is grab one of the tubes in each of his tiny fists. We were told by the nurses that preemies haven't been cramped in the mother's womb so they don't like to be in the fetal position like full-term babies. Whatever position the little man takes, he is adorable in my eyes!

Dr. Mc got the green light to leave the hospital today. I talked to Nick around 11 a.m. He and his baby mama were taking their time gathering up everything. Then they were going to visit Aulay before packing the car and heading home. After I left the hospital last night around 10 p.m., the McZams headed up to the NICU. They got there in time to see the little man getting a bath. Kendall said he was crying and his feet were kicking. I remember the little man's mama didn't like bath time, either.

Today I'm creating a trip to a client's office. I don't want them to forget me! Then I'm going to the hospital to stare at the little man for awhile. Next I'll check on Dr. Mc and Nick to ensure that are settled in at home. I talked to Mr. B this morning. He and Rose are still in Santa Fe, but they may drive halfway to Houston today. This means I have one more night to sleep in the middle of the bed.