Thursday, May 28, 2009


We had another pulmonologist appointment this morning, and I was nervous to go because of her recent infection. However, it was a great appointment!! Abigail weighed in at 13lbs 10oz, and we now have NO MORE OXYGEN!! or apnea monitor.

Sorry to those of you who have been extra worried about our little girl and her being sick. She still continues to remain very happy and content - just not when we are suctioning her out. She is still working on getting over it, but is doing well. Respiratory infections will probably be a frequent visitor in our home, but we will just work on being extra careful. Change of seasons and allergies will keep us on our toes.

Happy 28 Weeks!! Abigail has now been home for as long as she was in the hospital.... Kind of crazy, but she REALLY looks A LOT like my baby pictures in this picture.

Enjoying her new booster seat from the school baby shower. Abigail is very social and likes to be a part of what is going on. The days for feeding her rice cereal will be here before I know it.

Sleeping peacefully -- I think this may have been after one of her times of puking on her clothes.

Holding her "Oxygen Graduation Certificate" - as the doctor was calling it. Abigail is holding the doctor's instructions for the oxygen and monitor to discontinue.... Soon the tank in the picture below will not be taking up space in my living room. I am grateful we have things like oxygen tanks to help with health conditions, but I am also grateful I get to have it leave my house.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Baby's First Time Sick and "On the Charts"

I knew it was going to happen sooner or later -- Sweet Little Abigail has a respiratory infection. I am glad we caught it when we did so it would not become something like pneumonia.... Thursday night we put her to bed like we normally do, and around 10:00 we heard her crying and kind of gagging. I was expecting to find spit up in the bed because of a spit-up incident last Sunday. The bed was cleaned and it was just saliva we were suctioning out -- but alot of it.... I was a little nervous, and Abigail spent the night with us -- sometimes just on my chest and stomach. She tried to stay asleep, but kept waking up -- and then would go back to sleep after a suctioning.

I debated calling the doctor because I don't want to be the overly dramatic mother who calls about anything, but I just kept thinking I needed to. Plus, with a holiday weekend approaching I did not want her to get worse and have to take her to an Urgent Care or ER with doctors I would not know and who wouldn't have her records.

The doctor said it was an upper respiratory infection, but that we had caught it early.... Considering, Abigail has remained pretty happy through most of it. You can mostly just hear how stuffed up she sounds. She definitely does not like the routine suctioning she gets. She is getting the syrup form of medicine instead of a breathing machine -- won't be surprised if we end up with one of those.... I had been noticing some wheezing earlier in the week, and was watching it to see if it got worse.... With Abigail's prematurity and the time she spent on a ventilator, we will probably have to be extra careful with her lungs and breathing.

The doctor's visit did get us another weight check. Abigail is now just over 13 pounds and has made it to "the charts" for her weight. She is still only in the 5th percentile for her weight, but she is still now on the charts for a six month old. YEAH!!!

Abigail's temporary bed so she can sleep on an incline -- yay for the carseat carrier.... don't mind the very mismatched blankets

Enjoying her new Bumbo chair. This past week we went to a baby shower for me and some other new moms at my (former) school. They spoiled us with many new gifts. Thanks!!

I finally took down the Pack-n-Play after it became more of a laundry holder. It was one of those kind of bitter-sweet things. I want Abigail to get bigger and stronger, but as many moms know, it is happening very fast. Moving her out of our room was just another sign of that to me....

Sunday, May 17, 2009

First Time Swimming

My sisters are all swimmers/lifeguards and have been wondering when and if Abigail would be going swimming this summer -- at least one sister in particular keeps wondering.... I found her a swim suit that could help keep her protected from the sun, and we attempted swimming on Friday night. I was not too sure about using our community pool with the germs and all (a doctor said to avoid public pools), but no one was there at the time....Abigail was not too sure about it all, but I was happy she never got mad -- as the water was a little cold -- and she is not a fan of being cold. We didn't stay very long because of the temperature, but we had a fun time... and then bathed her really well when we got home.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Six Month Check-Up

Monday we went to Abigail's six month check-up at the Pediatrician. We even went in through the "regular" door and sat in the waiting room. Before, we went in through a side door they told us about, and then were immediately put in a room -- to avoid contact with others. I figured we could do things the "normal" way now that she was off full time oxygen -- and the waiting room was virtually empty, thankfully.

Here are Abigail's current measurement comparisons:
Weight: 12lbs 9oz from 1lb 14.9oz
Height: 23.5 in from 13.8 in
Head: 16 in from 8.8in

The doctor is still happy with her progress. He said we could stop the higher calorie diet because she has made good catch-up growth. He also said to stop thickening her milk -- and see how she does -- so far she is doing well. With this wonderful news, we are going to see about doing more with nursing.... We will see what happens.

Abigail also seems to be developing on track. He said we need to have her doing tummy time for fifteen minutes, four times a day -- and increase the amount every few days. We have not made it there so far -- Abigail is not a big fan of her tummy anymore, but we keep trying.

The six month check-up brought Abigail another round of vaccinations. A few hours later we did end up giving her Tylenol, but she seems to be just fine now. As you can see from the picture, little girl spent a good part of Monday sleeping.

We are so grateful she is doing so well!!

Saturday, May 9, 2009


Oh how I love this little girl!!.... Can anyone believe that she used to be so small that Daddy's ring practically fit on her arm? Now it sort of fits on two of her fingers. She is so much fun to laugh and smile with. She is learning that her hands and feet can do things individually. Lately, we are finding that she moves in her sleep. We have found her perpendicular to where we left her.... She is such a good little baby, and we are so grateful for her!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Sweet Moments

So today I was at my parents house to help my mom with some flower orders, and John stopped by on his way home from work. At the time a family friend was there also-picking up her son. She was holding Abigail as she started her bottle.... I missed it, because I was, I believe, talking to someone else, but.... The ones paying attention said that when John came in and started talking, that Abigail's eyes looked up in excitement and began looking for Daddy.... How Sweet!!! Abigail also loves to play "Pat-a-Cake" with Daddy. I try it, too, but she never smiles and laughs as much as when he does it.

It is fun and interesting the things that Abigail prefers John or I to do - compared to each other.... Oh, I love her!!!!

More Blessing Day Pictures

*These pictures are courtesy of my wonderful Aunt Becky who is so diligent and great about keeping the extended family photographed and scrapbooked..... Thanks Aunt Becky!

Very Happy Parents

**Gotta love the black shoulder strap in most of the pictures -- yeah for the oxygen!

Grandma and Grandpa Jones

Great-Grandma and Grandpa Jones

Great-Grandma Riding

Grandma and Grandpa Merrill

Nonna (John's Grandma)

Aunt Marilee

Uncle Andy and his family

**I am kind of sad that I never got pictures with the Merrill brothers and sisters that came to the blessing.... Sorry....

Aunt (cousin) Emilie and Brisa

Fabulous former colleagues from work -- both were a great help to me at work and the "journey" to being a mom. One was my former neighbor teacher and was my lifesaver. She was an amazing support my first two years teaching and a lifesaver during the miscarriage. The other brought us a snack bag almost every week while in the NICU -- what a blessing. Thanks ladies!! I am so glad you were able to come.

**P.S. -- If anyone would rather not have their picture posted, please let me know -- debated asking first before posting the pictures....

Thursday, May 7, 2009

25 Weeks Old

Judging by the look on her face, you can see that our little girl enjoys looking at the screen while Daddy is playing games on the computer.