Friday, October 12, 2007

Please Pray

Everyone please pray for Adilee and her parents.

Adilee was born on 10/8/07 at 25 weeks gestation. She is doing well right now. Please pray that God continues to watch over her and her parents and that he keeps his loving hands wrapped around this beautiful little girl.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

August 14th, 2007

Enjoying our Cheerios.

And our bath w/ big brother Griffin

Grayson and Kaitlyn are both saying Bye-Bye now and crawling everywhere. They will definitely be walking in no time. WATCH OUT!!!!
We tell everyone "If you come to our house, expect to have a baby in your arms or wrapped around your legs." They just love people.
Grayson has 6 teeth now and Kaitlyn has two.
Everyone is healthy and doing well. Kaitlyn has glasses but she does not like them. If she doesn't take them off herself Grayson will do it for her. :-)

Monday, July 16, 2007

Our first swim

Look at those eyes
Kaitlyn with big brother Joshua

Grayson with big brother Joshua

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

We are ONE!

Kaitlyn and Grayson turned one on May 26, 2007. What a year it has been.
We are so blessed to have these beautiful children in our lives, along with their three older brothers. We are also blessed to be surrounded with such wonderful family and friends.

Every day is a blessing, all problems are fleeting with God at your side.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Easter Pictures

Grayson and Kaitlyn Easter 2007

Ain't we cute !!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Griffin and Baseball

Griffin was selected to pitch last night. This was the first time he has pitched in a game and he did a great job. :-)

We are proud of you Griffin. You have turned in to quite a good ball player.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Grayson and the tooth

That's right - Grayson has his first tooth. Woohoo :-)

He has been teething for a while and today a bottom tooth finally broke through.

Now it is Kaitlyn's turn.

I promise to post Easter pictures soon

Friday, March 16, 2007

We are friends

The twins have finally "discovered" each other and seem to communicate in their own "twin" language. We are enjoying all the time we get to spend with them. Hard to believe they will be 10 months old in just a few days.

Oh, there you are - Where have you been?

All dressed up to go

Just chillin' with dad

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Tuesday evening was rough. My mom, Grayson and I spent the night at the ER. Grayson had a virus and both ears were slightly infected. They had to run an IV on him in his foot. Poor baby screamed so loud. Guess he thought that once he was home from UAB that he would never have to have an IV again. I feel so sorry for him.

They gave him fluids through the I because he was mildly dehydrated from the virus. And they gave him an antibiotic through his IV for the ear infections.

I took off from work yesterday and tried to sleep, to no avail. You try sleeping during the day with two 9 month olds and see how far you get LOL.

Grayson is feeling somewhat better today. Still not quite back to his old self just yet.

Both Kaityln and Grayson are doing well.

We are supposed to close on our new house on March 29th. We have fallen in love with it. It is out and the country, about 15 minutes from town. It has five bedrooms, a two car garage and it sits on an acre of land. The house is only 3 years old.

Hope you all have a blessed day!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Happy Birthday Daddy!

Happy Birthday to Daddy!


Kaitlyn and Grayson

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Where has the time gone?


Kaitlyn and Grayson were 8 months old on the 26th of this month.

Today the nurse came to give them their Synagis shots and she weighed them.

Kaitlyn weighs 14 pounds 10 ounces and Grayson weighs 19 pounds 6 ounces.

Time sure does fly when you're having fun and boy oh boy are we having fun. :-)

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Facts about RSV

RSV, or Respiratory Syncytial Virus, is the most common cause of lower respiratory infection and viral death in children under 5 years of age and children under the age of 1 are especially vulnerable1. It is the leading cause of hospitalization in children under the age of one.

Premature babies or infants born up to four weeks early (also referred to as less than 36 weeks gestational age) are at increased risk for severe RSV disease. Since premature birth interrupts the final stages of normal lung development, premature children are more vulnerable to more severe lower respiratory tract infections.

Certain populations of children, including premature infants, children with chronic lung disease and/or congenital heart disease are at increased risk for complications from serious RSV disease.

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), RSV outbreaks occur worldwide typically from Fall through Spring. During RSV season in the USA, up to 125,000 children under the age of one year are hospitalized annually due to RSV-related illnesses1 and some of these children may die.

RSV spreads easily from person to person through respiratory tract secretions that carry the virus: sneezing or coughing, hands that touch the nose, mouth, or eyes and then come in contact with another person or object. The RSV virus can survive up to 6 hours on hands and up to 12 hours on non-porous surfaces. Spread within families is common, especially when a school-aged child re- introduces the virus to the family.

Despite strict infection control procedures, hospital nursery units, daycare centers, and other similar institutions are at high-risk for RSV outbreaks.

The symptoms of RSV may be like a cold at first and can include: fever, runny nose, other cold-like symptoms. The symptoms may then get worse, and can include: coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing (a whistling sound), rapid breathing.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Grayson is a big boy now

Grayson rolled over last night. He has caught up with older sis Kaitlyn.

Both of them are doing well. No news to report. This is nothing like those first few months in the NICU when every 1/2 ounce lost or gained was such a big thing.

Sometimes, believe it or not I actually find myself longing for the NICU. Don't get me wrong, I DO NOT want my children back there. However, I made some very good friends there and I miss them all very much.

Actually I have recently been in contact with another mom that was in the NICU at the same time Kaitlyn and Grayson were. Her boys were in the same isolation room as Kaitlyn. The "MRSA" room. I feel as though we have a definite "connection". We were both there, at the hospital, everyday. One of her sons spent time at Children's Hospital, too. So we both know what it is like to have children in two different hospitals at the same time. I have missed seeing her and her boys every day and finding out how everyone is doing.

I have spoken with her several times in the past week. I even helped her with getting signed up for WIC (Women, Infants, Childrens). No one had told her that if the babies, due to being preemies, were on Medicaid that she automatically qualified for WIC. At $15 per can of formula, WIC providing 10 cans per month, per baby is a big deal. Looks like someone at one of the hospitals would have mentioned this to her. I hope that other moms are finding out about this. It is a great program and has been a big help to us.

I hope that she and I and all of of babies can get together when the weather opens up. It would be nice. Maybe even some our favorite nurses could come out and spend the day with all of us. We will have one big NICU reunion.

There was a doctor in the NICU, he worked at both hospitals, that Karl and I think the world of. His name is Reed Dimmit. It is my firm belief that God sent him to us. He was one of the first doctors that I actually remember meeting. I will never forget that when the babies were just a few days old he came by during rounds and told us "your babies are boring and that's a good thing." Unluckily for us, Kaitlyn developed NEC shortly thereafter. Lucky for us Dr. Dimmit and Dr. Barnhart, her surgeon (another wonderful man who performed 4 surgeries on Kaitlyn), are good friends and they worked together to make sure that Kaitlyn got back at the same hospital as Grayson as soon as possible.

There were several times we bothered Dr Dimmit, I know. But he was always very patient with us and very willing to talk to us about any concerns we might have. We can never thank this man enough for all he did for us and our children. Dr. Dimmit - We are eternally grateful to you.

Speaking of thanks, there were two nurses in the NICU that we found an instant kinship with, Kelli Gray and Kristin Kozub. These wonderful ladies mean the world to us.

Kelli was with Kaitlyn the night it was discovered she had NEC. She got on the phone with me after the doctor had spoken with Karl and told me that Kaitlyn was fine and that she would be right there with her right up until the time that she was transferred to Children's. I cannot count the number of times I called to check on one of the babies and Kelli answered the phone and told me that she was there nurse for today. She was the only nurse in the NICU that got the chance to take care of them at the same time. It always made me feel good and feel that my Children were safe when I knew that Kelli was there watching over them. She went above and beyond her duties as a nurse. Even so much as keeping Grayson for us so that we could go and visit Kaitlyn. She is an angel here on earth.

Kristin was also one of the babies nurses. The last time that Kaitlyn was at Children's, Kristin was doing her Nurse Practitioner training. She always made sure that she got to be over Kaitlyn when she was working there. She put us at ease and helped us with our fears about the babies. She is going to be a great Nurse Practitioner. She is another angel that God allowed to cross our paths.

WAR EAGLE ladies!

Friday, January 19, 2007

Home Sweet Home

Kaitlyn and Grayson are both doing well and growing like weeds. Kaitlyn is now rolling all over the place. "Big", but younger, brother Grayson is now trying to roll over, too.

Both babies are starting Occupational & Physical Therapy next week. The therapists will be coming to our house twice a month. This is just to help get the babies where they need to be developmentally.

It is so good to go home at night and see my sweet babies.

Please remember in your prayers all the familes with babies still in the NICU. Some were not as lucky as we are and my heart goes out to them.


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