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.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Aulay, Day 61

Aulay looking serious, but still handsome!
I'm taking the day off from visiting the little man so Mr. B and I can tackle some much needed home projects. There is rotten wood on the front porch that has to be replaced. Welcome to home ownership of a 100+ year old wooden house. Now the problem is how to keep the three feral cats off the primed porch.

Our friends Sandy and Dave are staying in Pettita Casita for a couple of days. They arrived last Thursday. Sandy and Dave are both early risers, and are enjoying sitting outside in the mornings with their books. When Sandy has been at the casita with me during the summer she wakes up, makes herself a pot of java (I don't drink coffee), and then heads to the portal with a book. She might spend an hour drinking coffee and reading a book before I wake up. When Rose and I are there alone in the summer, I'll often sit under the portal in my pajamas with my yogurt and computer. October is Mr. B is really looking forward to November when we will make our annual Thanksgiving journey to the casita. This year we have a little man to add to our list of what we are thankful for: Aulay Evan Zamora. We will also say a special thank you – as I do every day – for all of our friends who have followed Aulay's progress and prayed for his continued growth and development.

Today I'm creating best wishes for Kelly and Cliff who are getting married tonight. Mr. B and I drive out to Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club for the nuptials. It's a big deal for the Pettits to go so far outside The Loop on a Saturday night!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Aulay, Day 60

Mr. B's sister, Missy, knows a woman whose grandchild was born prematurely and stayed in the hospital for a total of 75 days. The child is now 20-months old and has no developmental problems. I love hearing these stories with positive results!

I was at the hospital for the little man's 11 a.m. feeding today. He kept his eyes open during the feeding, and then spent about 30 minutes sleeping on my chest. He is difficult to burp. If I sit him on my lap he starts fussing and squirming around. If I put him on my shoulder he falls asleep. This morning I had the hospital nurses laughing as I pleaded with Aulay to burp.

Today I'm creating lunch with Mitzie. I'm still in a funky mood. Hopefully I'll be better tomorrow because I have so much to accomplish this weekend.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Aulay, Day 59

The little prince had both eyes open and was waiting for me to feed him this morning. He is catching onto the bottle feeding really well. When something touches his cheek, he turns his head to the side and opens his mouth. However, he's not as good at burping and can get cranky and squirmy!

I had strange feelings this morning while I was at the hospital. I'm sure they are probably normal feelings considering what has been going on, but I'm still bothered. A baby went home last week. Another baby went home yesterday and one is going home tomorrow. A fourth baby is leaving this weekend. I'm happy that those babies are well enough to leave the hospital and go home to their families, but sad because our baby is still in the hospital. I'm telling myself to stay positive. The little prince will leave the hospital within the next month. Sometimes my self talks work, and sometimes they don't. I can only imagine how frustrating this situation must be to Dr. Mc and Big Daddy. Aulay is the best place he can be right now!

Today I'm creating clean clothes. Mr. B was nice and washed clothes earlier this week. Unfortunately, he put two of my tops in the dryer and they shrunk up to a size almost small enough for Aulay. Not a good look!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Aulay, Day 58

The little man's eyes were open and he was waiting for me this morning when I got to the hospital around 10:55 a.m. The nurse checked his temperature – which was perfect – so I snatched him up, give him a kiss on the head, and started feeding the little prince. It took about 20 minutes for him to drink all that was in the bottle. He gave me two burps and then he was ready for his nap. It's very tiring for the preemies to breathe and drink at the same time.
I held the little man on my chest next to my heart after he burped. I don't know if it is true, but it seems as if hearing a heart beat would be comforting to babies. While he slept against my chest there was plenty of time for kisses on his head. When I put the wee one back in his cradle I swaddled him tightly. It's like wrapping a burrito. When I told him to "sleep well and grow stronger" he gave me a little smile (see photo of the day).

Today I'm creating plans to participate in a holiday market. I got a call asking me if I wanted to participate. I'll be the only fiber artist so I said "yes" to the one-day show. It should be fun!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Aulay, Day 57 – Eight weeks since his delivery; five weeks until his due date

The little man looks so cute in his long britches.
I was thrilled this morning to be able to feed the little prince. The same occupational therapist who gave me the bottle feeding lesson yesterday was with me this morning for guidance. Having that little man look at me during his feeding was heartwarming. After burping him, I cuddled him on my chest near my heart. The top of his little head got lots of kisses.

I left the hospital to have lunch with Debbie W and Princie. The three of us had fun times together in Santa Fe last summer. Since I left the high desert in hurry on August 19 (the day Aulay was born), it was good to catch up. Plus, my egg salad sandwich at Local Foods was very tasty!

Today I'm creating … greasy hair. I got up late today so instead of washing my hair I put some product in it. I must have used too much because my hair feels wet and looks greasy. Note to self: easy does it!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Aulay, Day 56

First time drinking from a bottle.
My schedule these days involves getting to the hospital by10:45 a.m. for the little man's 11 a.m. feeding. Today I was on schedule and got an added treat: a lesson in bottle feeding a preemie. Last night Dr. Mc fed the little prince his first bottle of breast milk. He was a champ and drank the entire bottle and then burped like a sailor. When I got to the hospital this morning, a special nurse was on her way to bottle feed Aulay, so I got a lesson on feeding a preemie. These babies aren't cradled, to avoid choking. They're sat upright in your lap and rubbed on their backs for burping. The nurse (and Aulay) did all the work today. Tomorrow it's my turn with the little prince.

While I was at the hospital I could hear the rain and lightning outside. At one time the lights and monitors went off before the backup system kicked on. I wasn't sure I was going to make it home because the roads around the medical center were already flooding.

Today I'm creating a lot of writing. I have several newsletter articles to write. These are always fun and easy to knock out.