Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Growing On Her


We did not have any idea what it would be like to have a baby boy. We did not even have a boy name finalized until immediately before Reed was born.

And Rebekah, despite putting on an "I don't care either way" front, revealed her true feelings when James told her over the phone that she had a little brother, not a little sister.


She cried for 2 hours. 


BUT, Reed is growing on her! She didn't get to see him for the first 2 weeks of his life since he was in the NICU, and so every morning she checks on him to see where he is.



She is SO excited about her brother that, unfortunately, she often wakes him up with her loud sister-brother chatter.


And sometimes goes to sleep beside him.


And she is PROTECTIVE. So ladies, watch out. If you want to hang out with ol' Reed, you are going to have to go through Big Sister.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Serenity Now...

Reed looks a lot like Rebekah did when he's peacefully sleeping while wrapped up in the swaddle.


Just the picture of serenity.

But do not be deceived.

We are not sure what the nurses did to him during his two weeks in the NICU, but this boy screams blood-curtling screams when he even thinks a bath is coming. 


All we have to say is Wow. Wow.


On a related note, we are quite sure whatever lung problems kept him so long in the NICU are resolved COMPLETELY.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

FINALLY Home (Baby Update)

Our friends were passing through when Reed was born, so they stayed at our apartment, watched Rebekah, and made this sign to welcome Reed home. 


Unfortunately, the sign faded as Reed stayed in the NICU for 2 weeks instead of 3 days.

But...

Reed was released on Monday.


Rebekah has enjoyed posing with him everyday.



He has not done a lot since getting home, other than sleep and eat. Too bad he has his days and nights mixed up still.


He did wake long enough for us to try to get a photo that could be cropped and photoshopped into meeting US Embassy standards for a passport photo. We eventually got one that worked, but some of the faces he made during our attempts are worth saving (and sharing).





Thanks for all your prayers! And join us in welcoming Reed home!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Patience

***THIS POST HAS A HAPPY ENDING
(Despite some of the pitiful pictures of Reed)***

Words Like...

Chest Tube,
Pneumonia,
Pneumothorax,

Can be scary to parents. And although Reed has never been a critical case, he's still our child, with purple hands from the needles and over a dozen tubes and monitors extending from his 7-lb. body. 

But we are learning Patience, and Trust.


We were ready to go the morning he came,


And after the news of his lung problems we tried to keep up our good spirits as we sat in the hospital room for 5 days


And for the past week (after Kristie was discharged) as we have transported food back and forth for Reed via public transportation in 110+ degree weather. 

Reed has spent most of his time sleeping, first under a heat lamp, for a few days under a UV lamp...


And for the first 9 days of his life almost exclusively with a machine (CPAP) on his nose normally worn by sleep apnea patients. 


Kristie finally got to hold him on Day 9 as they weaned him slowly off the CPAP


And he quickly got used to having the machine off,


And hanging with mom and dad.


He is a fiery little guy who gives the nurses all kinds of troubles with his squirming and his determined attitude,


Whether it be chewing on his monitors,
Sucking on his hands, our fingers, or his feeding tube,


Or just ripping his feeding tube out of his mouth.

We think he's about ready to come home.


 Thanks for your continued prayers and expressions of concern for Reed.