"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." ~Randy Pausch

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Three Pounds Seven Ounces

Anna Grace

Anna was gaining weight slowly at first. In fact, every time she pooped she's lose weight. But now she's on formula instead of breast milk and they are fortifying it by adding more calories. Last night she weighed 3 pounds 7 ounces. It's been two weeks, but things seem to be moving pretty quick!

When we spoke to the doctor this weekend she said that within a few days they could move Anna out of her incubator into a normal crib. This is, of course, only if she can control her temperature. She's been doing great at that. One of the nurses, the mean one, said that it's a given when she's 3 pounds 12 ounces.

We've started to dress Anna in her own clothes. They are huge! But some of you are sending us preemie outfits and they look to be the right size. I have a hard time dressing her myself because of the four cords and wires. I think the more snaps the outfit has the better!

Allison Nicole

We didn't bring Alli up to the hospital yesterday. She said she would miss Anna, but wanted to stay home and play. She really needs some "normal" time playing with her friends. Since she and her friends are all back in school things have changed alot for her. But, she's loving school and seems so grown up. She pushed me out the door when I dropped her off this morning. I love that she loves school. I hope that keeps up!


As if our life isn't confusing enough...Jason started student teaching last week. He seems to love it! There was a question about whether he'd be able to do it or not. Since he's doing that full-time he had to quit his job at the bank. Thank goodness I'm still getting paid while on maternity leave! We are doing a pretty good job about watching our spending. We're eating at home alot more. While we'll spend more on gas than before with all of the hospital driving, we can have a "family night" but visiting with Anna and having ice cream at home.

Jason made a comment last week that Saturday is now his day to sleep in. I told him that it might soon be the day that he needs to set up a lemonade stand in the front yard to earn us some extra income. He's got to be able to perform some sort of service on the weekends, right? Alli decided that she could just do some ballet dances in the circle and charge people one quarter, one dime and one nickel to watch. Dancing for money...just what a mother wants for her child.


After being readmitted last weekend, I haven't had a fever or any problem. I'm feeling pretty good, just tired. But I can tell that it's just because I'm running around, not because I'm sick. My incision doesn't hurt that bad. It's a little achy and nagging but it doesn't keep me from doing anything.

I'm on dialysis right now. It's the first time I've gone two days at home without being dialyzed. And I can tell! I woke up this morning and my face was swollen. And then I weighed myself. I gained 5.5 kilos (that's 12.1 pounds). Yikes! So they are taking alot off today. The only worry with that is that my blood pressure will drop while I'm on. No big deal because I'm not taking my blood pressure meds on the mornings of dialysis.

Tomorrow I will have an angioplasty on my fistula. This is to make sure that the vein is the same diameter all of the way through. That gets us one step closer to using the fistula and getting rid of the catheter. Thank goodness!

Transplant has taken a back seat lately, but it's still in our site. I feel like it's not my top priority right now. Mom and Brother are on the ball and have sent in the paperwork. We'll be getting blood work done sometime soon.


  1. Wow - she is getting so big :) Thank you so much for letting me come meet her this weekend. You are right - you don't really understand how small she is until you see her in person. She is amazing and absolutely beautiful. She is one special little girl who will have an amazing story to tell when she gets older. I'm glad Alli is enjoying school. She's one smart little girl. I'm sure she'll continue to do awesome.

  2. Yay!!! Glad to hear all of the happy reports!!! You know, if money gets tight, you could always resurrect our plans about the Bowl-a-thon and Grapenut House. . . Love you all!!!

  3. Ha! Stace...the Grapenut House was an amazing idea! Jason and I have all but a buisness plan for our "Golf and Bagel" store, too. Can you imagine? Mini-golf and bagel sandwiches. Sounds like a winner, huh?

  4. putt putt and bagels? that is brilliant! i would totally frequent a place like that!