Monthly Archives: September 2007

Monday, Monday

I’m sitting in a hotel room in Jacksonville, Florida waiting for the FSU/Alabama game tonight, but that doesn’t stop me from getting updates on Lincoln out to all of you.

He is 4lbs 2.7 oz as of this morning. The pediatrician called Andy this morning to tell him that if Lincoln continues his weight gain and maintains his normal temperature, he may graduate from the NICU on MONDAY!!!!!

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Ain’t No Stoppin’ Him Now

I got a late phone call yesterday with extra special news to share. Our precious little Lincoln has been moved to a big boy crib!  Sing it with me folks:

“Movin’ on UP to the East siiii-de, to a De-Lux apartment in the Sky-yyy.”

He is now completely on the bottle.  I don’t think the feeding tube has been officially taken out as a precaution while they continue to see how he handles the bottle, but still.  Andy changed his stinky diaper yesterday and as a reward, Lincoln promptly dirtied the fresh one Andy had just put on him. As of this morning he is a hair over…wait for it…4 POUNDS!!!!!  They are guesstimating a graduation date of 1 to 1 1/2 weeks, so he may be home by the time I get there next weekend.

I’m convinced he’s doing all this because he doesn’t want his Aunt Leann to see him in the hospital.  🙂  I even had a dream last night that I was holding his hands while Janet changed his stinky diaper, and he just looked up at me like I was his whole universe at that moment.

Mommy and Daddy Time

Both Andy and Janet have now gotten to feed Lincoln his bottle. He’s a real champ with all of this. The doctors and nurses indicated that they will need to watch over the next couple of days to be certain he is not overworking himself on the bottle, which could cause him to lose weight. No dice because today he is 3 weeks old and has gained a full pound over his birth weight to 3lbs 14 oz.  The feeding tube is still in, and I believe they’re doing 2 bottle feedings and 4 tube feedings. The physical therapist came by to do a test on Lincoln with his reflexes and reactions. He passed with flying colors and was even able to hold his head up.

Here are some new pictures that gave me a great big shiny smile this morning:

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Their first Man to Man talk.
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Drain that bottle, son!
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Tummy full, all snuggly and warm…Time for bed!
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Looks Like Mommy; Eats Like Daddy

Last night Lincoln was a champ when it came to taking his first bottle. At first, he just thought it was the pacifier, but then, when he realized something was coming out of the bottle, he went to town and burped 3 times without spitting up! Babies are supposed to finish the amount of liquid they gave him in 20 minutes. He did it in 15! 🙂 He truly is his father’s son. Check out this very happy baby:

 

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“Oh yeah, man, that’s the STUFF.”

 

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“15 minutes flat…Bring on the Hot Dog champion!”

How Do You Define Having No Life?

As I mentioned previously, the fall TV season is upon us, and my Monday schedule is kicking my behind! However, being single and having the remote and TV all to myself affords me the opportunity to watch 7 TV shows in 3.5 hours. Yep, that’s how I define having no life. 🙂 But there’s a small reward in all of this. I started blogging on the TVGuide.com website in the Community Blogs section. You can find my TV blog here. There’s also a link to it on my sidebar to the right. My post about my 7 shows in 3.5 hours got pegged as a TV Guide Featured Post. I’m not sure how a post gets selected, but I think it’s pretty darn cool. Kind of like the You Have No Life Award of the Day, but until I get a life…I’ll take TV Guide Featured Post because that means someone actually read what I wrote.  It’s the small victories that I cling to really.

P.S.  Lincoln gained 2 ounces yesterday and is up to 3lbs 11 oz.!!  I think he’ll be a full pound over his birth weight by the end of the week.  He’s fighting like crazy to get out of that NICU.  They postponed the attempt at bottle feeding from last week and are going to try it tonight.  Make us proud, precious baby!

Our Precious

Take 5: Weekend In Review

  1. Lincoln: I’m awaiting new pictures from my parents. Silly Dad forgot his camera this weekend, so I’m waiting for mom to get hers back from the photo shop. As of Sunday, Lincoln was up to 3lbs. 9oz. His pick line was removed from his arm, and they have put clothes and a little hat on him now. Despite the NICU nurses trying to roast him by turning up the heater on his incubator and spiking his temperature (which came down when they turned the heat down), he had a pretty uneventful weekend. Our prayers right now besides Lincoln’s continued growth are for the nurses in the NICU. There’s really one nurse who Andy and Janet really get along with and is kind and considerate to them and Lincoln. The other nurses are in a category with Hitler. They have not been treating Janet and Andy with great respect to the point where notes had to be placed on Lincoln’s incubator and chart to alert the nurses of what the doctors want Janet and Andy to be able to do with Lincoln. In any case, as soon as I have pictures and/or an update, I’ll pass it along.
  2. Alabama: We lost this weekend to Georgia. It was a battle of two ranked teams, but after our dramatic win over Arkansas the week before, I think we forgot we still had more games to play. We managed to limp the game into overtime, but since we just figured out how to play 4 quarters last week, playing a 5th quarter wasn’t exactly in the cards. They really looked like they’d forgotten everything Coach Saban taught them in a span of 7 days. We managed to stay in the top 25 though, which surprised me, but I guess the Top 25 party isn’t ready to send us packing just yet. Since I’m attending the FSU/Bama game this weekend in Jacksonville, I’m desperately hoping they don’t disappoint me. It will be great to see them play as I haven’t been to a game (home or away or neutral site) since I finished grad school in 2001.
  3. Colts: Apparently it was a bit of a nailbiter 45 seconds into the game as the Texans ran back a squibbed kick-off 84 yards for a touchdown on the opening play. It got a little hairy there, but we were up 14-10 at halftime. NFL Replay on the NFL Network has the game on tonight at 7pm, so I’ll have to get more details then. Peyton was using all his weapons including Joseph Addai who appears to be unconcerned that Dominic Rhodes is no longer on the team, and I can tell from the highlight reel that Peyton’s starting to trust Anthony Gonzalez a little more as a receiver. Anthony made some fantastic catches last week against the Titans and this week as well. I have to see NFL Replay before I can give a pure assessment of the defense, but the stats show they had 2 interceptions and a big sack to end the game. Plus, I’m interested in seeing just how many of the 11 men on special teams missed their blocks on that opening kick-off. I’ve definitely started to take on a more Tony Dungy type approach: We did well, we won the game, but we can still improve. 🙂
  4. Bucs: My parents and brother are very happy. Tampa Bay is 2-1 and undefeated at home. Granted neither Tampa nor St. Louis scored until late in the 1st half and even then it was a field goal, but the second half looked much better for the Tampa Bay faithful. See what Cato June can do for a team just on morale alone. 🙂
  5. Fall TV: The Fall TV season has officially started. I watch K-Ville last week, but I’m not officially convinced it’s going to get a permanent position on my schedule. ‘Til Death returned last week with a less than stellar episode for a season opener. It was a bit TOO MUCH for me, like they were trying too hard to make us laugh. Finally, Cold Case and Shark returned last night. I’ve seen Cold Case: a very disturbing episode to say the least that definitely kept me guessing and suspicious of everyone until the end. Tivo still has Shark for me to watch, but I’ll catch-up on that tonight. Awww…all is right with the world now that Fall TV is back.

I just have to ask…

I realize I’m a little late in getting to this topic from earlier in the week, but it’s been roaming around in my head for the last few days, so I have to ask…

What kind of a person do you have to be to make Barry Manilow hate you? I mean really…I thought the guy loved everyone.

Barry Manilow vs. Elizabeth Hasselbeck and “The View

Hittin’ the Bottle

Today, Lincoln is 2 weeks old. Yesterday, he gained another 20 grams. I haven’t heard today’s stats, yet, but that 20 grams puts him up to 3 lbs 3.5 oz. We’re so close to clothes we can taste it. Although the SexyBack look he’s been sporting for the last two weeks is quite adorable. Also, he got moved to a new cluster in the NICU. They got a lot of new admits this week and had to move the healthier babies from each cluster up to the next one. He was one of the healthier ones. It’s good he got moved, too because apparently, the baby girl who was next to him in his old cluster was starting to move her arms and legs as wildly as Lincoln does. He’s such a bad influence, but I think they moved him before he could teach her how to pull tubes and monitors out.

They are going to try giving him a bottle today and see how he does with that. I would imagine that if he can successfully maintain taking a bottle, filling his tummy, and burping they will take his feeding tube out. The bottle (which is filled with Janet’s milk) coupled with Janet’s nursing should provide him with the nourishment he needs to keep moving up the scales. I just know that later in life we will marvel at how we concerned ourselves over every little gram. Watch him turn out to be an offensive lineman.

Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk

Life in the NICU is apparently extremely boring as Lincoln chose last night to pull out all of his monitors and feeding tube. The tube was in a state of currently feeding him, so he got milk all over him and his bed. It didn’t hurt him except to set off all his little alarms and give the nurses more work. He loves his nurses, but a lot of new babies have been added recently. Perhaps he’s already an attention hog and was feeling a little neglected. Who knows, but he certainly got their attention.

Our growing boy has gained another 70 grams and is currently at 3lbs 2.8 oz. These are the thresholds we’re looking at now:

3 lbs 4 oz — he gets to wear clothes

3 lbs 12 oz — he gets moved to a crib

4lbs — he gets to go home as long as he is able to do all of the things the doctors expect him to do that I mentioned in a previous post.

So, we’re roughly 13 ounces from changing his current address. 🙂