Saturday, May 28, 2011

Our Family is Together!!

This was my first full day with two children
and therefore, I don't have enough time to share
too many details of what's going on, but I can
tell you one thing.  We are so happy to have
our whole family together!
Evelyn got to come home yesterday!!!!
Now we have the 4 of us under one roof

They like each other!

Evelyn is a bit tanner than her sis! She was in
sunny Bend while Annabelle was in the rainy valley:)

Annabelle was mad and Evelyn was completely out the
entire time!! That's one nice thing.  They don't wake each
other up when one is throwing a fit!
Also, take note of the breast pump in the background.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Update # 3

 And now for an Evelyn update!
She is doing very well!! She's eating like a champ
and it's only a matter of time before she gets released!!
Here are a few of her many faces......

 Very common to find tongue out of her mouth:)

Looks like someone's happy after eating!
She sleeps with her mouth wide open
most of the time!

You've got to have a grumpy face in the mix!

She has an amazing double chin!!

It took us a while to capture this grin, but Jim finally got it!

Such a sweet girl!

Her dad fed her a bottle today and she took it down!!

Once again, the sleeping pose

She loves food time! She passed her sister up,
just barely.  She is weighing in at 5lb 1oz!!!

This letter was addressed to Annabelle Roe and came
to the Eugene hospital! A little note from her sister.
I cried.

It is now taped up in Annabelle's crib so she can
always see her sister!

Update #2

Now, here is an update for our little Annabelle!
A few weeks ago, she was doing great with her
feeding and growing steadily, and then very
suddenly, she developed a condition called
NEC, which has 3 stages to it.  She had an
infection in her intestine, which has the
ability to develop into a more serious condition. 
She never progressed past the first stage, 
but the doctors in Bend didn't want to gamble with her 
health, so they made the decision to airlife her to Eugene.
Bend doesn't have a pediatric surgeon and they
wanted to make sure that if she needed surgery,
she would be in the right place.  Jim and I
drove straight over and met her at the hospital.
She was stable, and has stayed that way for the
past 2 weeks, but she sure scared us!
I have been spending most of my time in Eugene
and Jim has been staying with Evelyn in Bend.
We can not wait to have our whole family back

Here's our sweet little girl!  Despite her little
speed bump, she has been growing steadily!

She even has a room with a view in Eugene!

She wasn't allowed to eat until recently
because of her tummy issue, but she sure wanted to.
She loves sucking on her binkie!

Yesterday, Annabelle breastfed for the first time!!
She was only supposed to get a little to get the hang of
it, but she took over the amount of food that she was
supposed to eat total!!  She also sucks down her bottles
with ease!!

She is now weighing in at a whopping 5 pounds!!!

She was so tired after eating, she crashed!!

She curls up like a little frog on my chest:)

Here she is with her grandma Kiki!  She melts us all!

Wide awake, very alert, which they tell me is a good
sign of progress!

Thank you all for your prayers!! Keep them coming
so we can get these two girls out of the hospital and
home with us!! We are so ready for that day.

Update #1

Alright's been a crazy few weeks!!
We have a lot to fill you in on so I'll have to
do it in a few posts.  

As soon as I was released from the hospital,
we had lined up to stay at the Bend Ronald McDonald
house, which for those of you who don't know, is an
amazing resource!  It's set up for families who live out
of town and have children at the hospital.  Because
we had 2 girls in the NICU, we would have been driving
30 miles each way several times a day.  
Well, the Ronald McDonald house was going to be 
full for a few days, so in the meantime, we got to stay
at an even cooler place!!

Yes, that is correct! We got to stay in an apartment at 
a retirement community and we were the only people
under the age of 75!! It was great!!!

Here's Jim in our room, loving life!

We had our own personal balcony!

They had set mealtimes, 8:00 breakfast, 12:00 lunch
and 5:00 dinner.  We loved eating with the old folks!
And they loved us!!!

Jim checking the menu for the day
They had a chef prepare meals to order!

And they had a pool table, so Jim wasn't too upset
about living in a retirement home.

We stayed for 4 or 5 days and then moved on.
We were very thankful for the place to stay
and for the cute old people we got to meet!