March 29, 2008

Yum, Yum, Yum

My boy loves to eat! His favorite is green beans but he has now moved on to mixed veggies. Yes we are very excited about that. He gets so excited about eating that he bounces everywhere when he sees me with a bowl.

This is a new towel that grandma Josie gave him. He just looked so cute I had to post it.
Last but not least, this is one of the only pictures we have of all three of us. Yesterday we took a little trip to Bass Pro to show Aidan around (and to get me out of the house). It was so much fun. Aidan didn't really seem too interested in anything but at least we got some good pics :)
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March 15, 2008

Firsts in the NICU (week 2)

I was thinking about our first few weeks with Aidan and how special every little thing was. The first time I heard him cry he was about 2 weeks old. I know it sounds crazy but I can't wait until the day that I will be able to hear him cry again. Because of his trach he makes no sound but he tries. He makes up for his inability to communicate vocally by his facial expressions.
The next first that we got to experience in the NICU was holding him. This was the most exciting moment EVER! I didn't get to hold him after he was born and during my long days sitting next to his bed there was nothing I wanted to do more. This exciting moment came at the end of the second week. It was long over due.
Holding him for the first time was very emotional. I was nervous about all of the cords, worried that I would pull something out. I didn't and neither did Rich. It was a special and sacred time. About a week after the first time they let us hold him the doctor wrote in an order saying that we could hold him once a day. I always made sure it was right after he ate so that I could hold him for the full 3 hours before his next feeding. What a treasure he is.
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March 14, 2008

Our typical luck

We made a special trip to St. Louis about a month ago to take Aidan to see a specialist for his trach. Our appointment was at 1:00. We were about 10 minutes from the hospital at 12:40 when this happened.

Lucky for us help was on the way.

Thank you Vincent!
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March 8, 2008

So much to say

Well since it's been such a long time since I've updated my blog there is just tons to say. Aidan is doing great! As of 2 weeks ago he eats baby food!! Ok so it's not a lot but at least he's eating some. So far the only baby food that I have found that he likes is green beans. Not just any green beans it has to be Natures Goodness green beans. What a picky boy! Last week our goal was 10 bites a day and he did that every day so this week our goal is 12 bites a day. Today he took 18 bites! I love our new speech therapist. She is amazing. I am so happy to see him get excited about eating because it gives me hope that he will be an oral feeder.
He is always making me laugh. About a month ago I put him in his crib for nap time and he apparently didn't want to go to sleep because I heard him toss and turn and then when I turned around he was peeking over his crib! I started laughing because this was the first time that he had done this and he was really struggling to look over it but he just kept straining
and peeking over at me. He does it all of the time now. I love it. A couple of weeks ago we went to hang out with my mom in Branson and my sister and Josalynn went too. Aidan and Josalynn absolutely love eachother. I think Josalynn actually liked Aidan more when he wasn't as active as he is now. Now they poke each others eyes and pull each others hair. They even try to steal each others toys. In this picture Josalynn was enjoying her vitamins and Aidan was trying to take them from her. He did eventually succeed. There is much much more to write about and I will be better at updating. Quick update on me...I'm due September 16! I've been having terrible heartburn and I'm still tired a lot but other than that life is grand!
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