Thursday, September 25, 2008

Poor Dylan

Our little Dylan has had quite the rough week! I guess to start out the story, Haylee had caught a cold and started having a runny nose last Wednesday. We did our best to keep her away from Dylan so that he didn't get sick, but apparently you are contagious 3 days before you show signs of being sick. So of course Dylan caught Haylee's cold. Since he is still so young he doesn't have any antibodies to fight off an illness. So Saturday he had a lot of congestion and a mild fever. Then on Sunday night his fever spiked to 101.8 and if a baby under 6 weeks gets a fever over 100.3, you have to take them to Primary Children's Hospital. I called the pediatrician in the morning and they got him in my noon. Much to our dismay, even though his fever was gone we still had to take him up to PCMC for testing to make sure there was nothing seriously wrong with him. I was informed to go home and pack a bag because he might have to stay for 24 hours. So Dylan and I cruised home, ate lunch, waited for Brett to get ready, dropped Haylee off at my brother's house, and headed up to Primary's Emergency. We didn't get there until about 3:00, so by the time they checked him in and drew his labs the likely hood of us staying overnight started to look pretty good :( I felt so bad for Dylan. They had to collect urine, blood, and spinal fluid. Brett wanted to punch the nurse after seeing her draw his urine. She wasn't very gently with Dylan and Brett could almost feel his pain! He was a trooper for the blood, then they asked Brett and I to take a walk when they drew his Spinal Fluid. We left for about 10 min, then started walking back down the hall and could hear Dylan screaming his guts out from down the hall! He was pretty traumatized, but calmed down immediately once I held him. Then it was time to wait. And wait. And wait. The results came back and he had an elevated white blood cell count in his Spinal Fluid, which meant he had a type of Meningitis. They had to run other tests to see if it was viral or bacterial, so we were admitted into the hospital :( We got to our room finally at 7:00 and knew that we would just be playing a waiting game from there on out. Luckily he didn't have another fever, so that was a very good sign! It was just hard seeing your 4 weeks old in a hospital hooked up to all sorts of tubes and machines. He really was such a trooper and tough guy! He wasn't overly fussy and took everything they gave him like a man. Dylan also had some very special visitors come see him. As soon as I knew we were going to the hospital, I called Jen to let her know what was going on. Since Dylan had to be admitted, both Jen & Skyler came to visit him. This was the first time we had all seen each other since placement. I was so good to see them! I just wish it could have been under different circumstances!
The first night both Brett & I stayed with Dylan. I am pretty sure that was the worst night sleep of my life! The bed was hard as a rock, machines were beeping all night, and to top it all of Dylan still needed to be fed in the middle of the night. Tuesday I felt like I had been hit by a truck! Tuesday was also just a waiting day. Luckily nothing was growing on his cultures, so it didn't look like a bacterial infection. Tuesday night Brett and I decided to leave Dylan in the nurse's care and to go home to be with Haylee. She missed us so much and we missed her! Tuesday night's sleep was amazing. It was the 1st full night's sleep I have had since we brought Dylan home. However, I would have given anything to feed my baby in the middle of the night in the comfort of my own home. Wednesday morning the doctor called and let me know that everything still looked OK and so it was concluded that it was viral meningitis which came from a common cold. She also informed me that after Dylan received his last meds at 5:00 PM we could take him home! Hooray! Such good news! It was so nice to get him home last night and to have everyone under one roof again. It's interesting how you can go 26 years without someone, but then once you have them you can't live your life one more day without them! He now has a follow up appointment with his pediatrician on Friday and they will draw more blood to make sure everything still looks fine. I hope everything works out so that we don't have to go back up to the hospital!
Thanks everyone for bringing us up dinner, watching Haylee, praying for us, calling, and texting to make sure we were doing OK. We have such a great support system and love you all!

This was after he calmed down from the spinal fluid draw

These are my sad lips, our poor baby

Here's Dylan hanging out in his bed on Tues. We brought our own jammies

his battle wound

one of the eventful moments in Dylan's room- feeding time

happier faces, going home!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

When Mommy & Daddy Aren't Looking...

Some of Brett and my fall shows have already started up again, so when we sat down to watch "Terminator, Sarah Connor Chronicles" Haylee was playing in her play room and was entertaining herself. At least we thought she was in her playroom... She snuck behind our back and somehow got a hold of the chalk cube for our pool table. Instead of getting mad at her, Brett and I couldn't help but sit and laugh. She had blue chalk all over her mouth and clothes! The chalk is now hiding way up high so that doesn't happen again :)

I wish this picture did her justice

I also wanted to post some pictures of our bathing babies. Since Dylan's umbilical cord is off, he is able to soak in the tubby. I thought it would be nice to bathe both of my babies at the same time by myself. Boy was I in for it. Try holding up a baby while washing and rinsing a toddler's hair! I needed to take a bath afterwards from sweating so bad! So the next time Dylan needed a bath, we just filled up the sink. That was a little less stressful for me! Enjoy the pics!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Call Me Crazy

Call me crazy, but don't these two kiddos look like siblings?

We took some of Dylan's newborn pictures last night and when I saw the one posted, I thought it resembled a picture that we took of Haylee in the hospital when she was born! Obviously they were meant to be together!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

All about Dylan

I thought I would take the chance to post something just on Dylan. It may sound like we just take off and leave him home all of the time, but that's far from the truth. We are home a lot with him and have been trying to keep him indoors to shelter him from germs and to get him on a good schedule!
Here are a few things I always want to remember... Dylan is such a sweet baby. He has such a calm and patient personality already. He's not dramatic, which is nice for a change, and loves to sit and observe everyone when his eyes are open. He's a really good eater and already downs 2 1/2 ounces if not more! He sleeps from 10 pm to 10 am and wakes up about every 3 hours in between. Some nights he goes more and some nights he goes less. I appreciate the nights where he goes longer :) He loves to suck on his binky and attacks it when it gets close to his mouth. He does the same thing with his bottle, it's pretty funny. It's as if he's never seen food before sometimes and just can't wait to get it in his mouth! He's not a fan of sponge baths, but now that his umbilical cord is off, it's just a matter of days until he can soak in a nice warm tub. He rarely makes a peep unless he is hungry and sleeps best when he's being held. He loves to be swaddled- the tighter the better! He's very strong and already rolls on to his left side! He also has a strong neck and sits and bobs it while you try and burp him! Speaking of burps, he's a great burper and makes his daddy proud! He's already a sound sleeper, which is nice when you have a toddler screaming at the top of her lungs in the same room as a sleeping baby! He has the cutest little features and totally looks like a little boy! Brett and I just love him and can't believe we've only had him in our family for a little over 2 weeks. We already can't imagine our lives without him! We are so very grateful for Jen and Skyler in choosing our family for sweet little Dylan. They are our angels!

Fun at the Fair

On Monday night Brett and I thought it would be fun to take Haylee to the Utah State Fair (Dylan's a little too young so he stayed home:). We went along with Brett's sister's family since Haylee and Keili love to be with each other! We only ended up riding the Big Yellow Slide since everything else was too expensive and Haylee is too young to care! The girls also loved seeing and petting all of the animals and that was free:) We all had fun together and were glad at the end of the night that our cars weren't taken south of the border (it's a funny little story that I'll tell you if you want me to. I just don't want to offend anyone).

riding the yellow slide with Daddy
petting a lamb
Haylee was petting this cow and I was trying to get a good angel and asked Brett to move Haylee and all of a sudden a cowboy picks her up and plops her right on top of it! She thought it was pretty fun and it made for a cute picture!

I don't know what it is with our daughter and kissing goats (remember this?) This picture was taken right after she kissed this goat. Thanks to the delay on our camera all you get is the look on her face after the kiss- he must be a good kisser ;)

Haylee and Keili walked around holding hands for almost 5 minutes, which is huge for Haylee. She usually likes to wonder around solo! It was way cute though and everyone passing by thought so too!

How do you like them apples?

Monday, September 8, 2008

What a Weekend

Our family had quite the fun weekend! Of course I have to start out by talking about the Ute's first home game against UNLV. The ending score was 42-21 for the Utes! Of course our family was there, minus Dylan (he's a little young so he stayed home with Great Grandma Anne), and we all had a blast! I taught Haylee how to say "go Utes" this past summer so you can imagine how much fun she had at the game clapping to the fight song and ending it with a big "GO UTES." She pumps her fist and everything :) In fact, Sunday morning when I went to get her out of bed I walked in and she said "go utes" and started clapping. I guess she didn't get enough of it on Saturday! Here's the pics from the game (where's Brett in these pictures you might ask? he actually has season tickets with his dad, a long time tradition, and we didn't hook up during half time)
This past weekend we also went with all of Brett's family to the Zoo! We have wanted to go all summer and finally found a day that worked with every one's schedule! Dylan was able to come along this time and was a trooper hanging out in his Baby Bejorn! Haylee had tons of fun with her cousins and aunts and uncles! I think she liked the Giraffe the best this time, because we were able to go inside and see one at it's eye level! Here are some pics capturing our fun...