Friday, October 31, 2014

Aulay, Day 74

The little prince was being stubborn this morning. He drank half of his bottle and then went to sleep. It didn't matter how many times I sat him up, patted his back, rubbed his feet, etc., he just wasn't having the full bottle. This is the problem that's keeping him in the hospital right now. His size is good, but his eating habits aren't swell.

It's hard for me to believe that today is Halloween. When the lovely McCarley sisters were younger, this wasn't their favorite holiday. Dr. Mc hated the skeleton candles and sculptures that I put around the house. I finally gave them away. And sweetness enjoyed dressing up, but didn't like going door to door. She would much rather the candy was dropped off.

Today I'm creating piles of items to donate. Tonight Mr. B will hand out candy while I continue decluttering the garage apartment. If I take Rose upstairs with me she won't bark whenever the doorbell rings. So annoying!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Aulay, Day 73

I could stare at this cubby little face all day. What a special little man. I never knew my heart could be so full of love and thanks.

My craft area is slowly coming downstairs from above the garage to the back bedroom in the house. Mr. B started bringing down the bins that hold my fabrics. Unfortunately, the bins with the fabric are too heavy to carry. Instead the fabric has to come down separately and then be put back in the bins. Ugh!

Today I'm creating a work day. A workspace outside of the house was a great idea 10+ years ago when we built the new garage with the apartment above it, but if I never climb those stairs again, it will be too soon.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Aulay, Day 72

My friend, Mitzie, and I went to an infant CPR class last night. The instructor was putting us to sleep and I wasn't sure I could sit through the entire two hour class, but we made it. The last hour was about performing CPR on an infant and also what to do in case of choking. I'm glad we went to the class although I hope neither of us ever have to use what we learned!
Big Daddy's hand no longer dwarfs
the little man's face.

I had gone to the hospital around 4 p.m. to hold Aulay and feed him at 5 p.m. He was charming me with his toothless grin and rolling tongue tricks. When I got to the CPR class at 6 p.m. I realized I'd left my cell phone in NICU, so at 8 p.m. Mitzie and I went back to the NICU. She walked with me to Aulay's crib, which is a no no, but I wanted her to see how much he has grown. We were in NICU for probably two minutes when the nurses shooed us out. Mitzie is not positive that she is on a "no-fly" list at the hospital, which isn't good since her daughter is having a baby there in January. When our kids were born we would tell the nurses that we were sisters so the other one could see the baby. 

Today I'm creating a trip to Richmond to see my cousin, Susan. About a month ago she moved from League City/LaPorte or someplace on the south of town to Richmond so she could be closer to her daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters. Her new house is very cute! In typical Susan form, everything is already unpacked and she knows all of her neighbors.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Aulay, Day 71

The little man has several Halloween outfits so Dr. Mc and Big Daddy put one on him last night. I found the little onesie he is wearing right after he was born. We weren't sure it would fit him, but he looks really cute, if I do say so myself!

As of last night Aulay is 6 lbs. 1 oz. We don't have an accurate length for him compared to other babies his age.

Today I'm creating a trip to the hospital for a CPR class. In the meantime, I'm continuing to purge the garage apartment of everything.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Aulay, Day 70

The little man is weighing five and a half pounds and is outgrowing all of his preemie clothes. This is a happy problem to have. The little onesie he has on in the pic-of-the-day is a favorite of the nurses, so whenever it's washed and back at the hospital the nurses put it on him. Last night he also had on some britches (a.k.a. long pants). It may be time to retire the preemie clothes.

Mr. B asked me why the feeding tube is still taped to Aulay's face. If he doesn't finish his entire bottle the nurses give the remainder of the breast milk to him through his feeding tube. The time I've fed him he has only not finished his bottle once. The white wire across his britches is a heart monitor attached to his foot. This is the same wire that is attached to an adult's finger in the hospital. He also has other wires attached to him that monitor his breathing and pulse. At this time, the only tube is for feeding, if needed. The other lines are monitors.

Today I'm creating computer work and also decluttering of the garage apartment before going to a meeting at 4 p.m. And, of course, I'm looking forward to Dancing with the Stars tonight.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Aulay, Day 69

Look at that sweet baby face with a smile on his lips. It looks like he is having such sweet dreams.

Hooray, I survived the weekend. I woke up this morning feeling refreshed from yesterday's fall festival. I felt ready to tackle another event today. Prep time began three hours before the event that started at noon. Four helpers came an hour before the event to support me and give me time to get dressed. Clean up was finished around 3:30 p.m. By 4 p.m. I was home and fast asleep for a much needed nap.

Today I'm creating an artist reception. I was at the grocery store before 9 a.m. and cooking pumpkin bread by 10 a.m. Quiche and pigs in a blanket went into the ovens shortly thereafter. Someone else made the salad with mixed greens, strawberries, feta and blush wine dressing. I'll sleep well tonight to be ready to start a new week tomorrow.

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.