Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Charlie

First of all, THANK YOU for all your love, support, and prayers. Charlie was born 9/7/11 at 3 am and right after I pushed him out he was struggling to breath. They took him straight down to the NICU. After I got cleaned up they took me down a few floors in the hospital to see him. I remember so badly wanting to hold my baby; yet, they wouldn't let me while he was hooked up to so many lines and tubes.
The next day Theo and Norah came with Grandma to come see me. I was kind of hoping this would have been the pic with all three of my children in the hospital bed. It was so weird being on the postpartum floor with no baby. But, that evening I did get to hold Charlie for the first time.
Eventually he came off the c-pap and moved onto a small nasal canula to keep the airway open. After several tests they diagnosed him with a paralyzed vocal chord which was obstructing his airway.
The ENT was hoping that his vocal chord would start working in the next couple of weeks so we waited.
It didn't start working in the time frame they allowed so they put in a trach so he could go home and breath safely.
We had to let the trach site heal and then he had to learn how to eat. Luckily he didn't have to have a g-tube, which most trach babies have. After 5 weeks of being in the NICU we got to take him home and it was the first time Norah and Theo got to see him. Norah still thought the baby was in my stomach until he came home. Here he is not minding the trach so much.
After a month of being home we went to see the ENT. At our doctor visit, he put a scope down Charlie's nose and we saw that his vocal chord was working. It was amazing. Our prayers had been answered and your prayers, too. About a month after the ENT visit we were able to go back to the hospital for about a week and get the trach removed. Now he just wears a bandaid.

We are so very thankful for all the many prayers and help that came our way. We had visitors, e-mails, phone calls (even though I wasn't always good at returning them), packages, letters, rides for my kids, playmates, food, and much more. So many people were so willing to help us out. I can't express how grateful I am to you all.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Wedding announcement


We are pleased to announce the wedding of Optimus Prime and Princess Norah. The happy couple is registered at Auto Zone and the Disney Store......

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Our trip to Houston

A super pretty rest stop. It looked liked a camp ground.

The Beach!
The kids loved the sand and the water.
A quick stop at the entrance of the space museum.
Kemah. This is Theo feeding the sting rays.
Theo's reaction.
We tried to get Norah to pet the sting ray and this was her reaction. I would say that this was one of my favorite activities of the trip. I could have stayed longer petting the sting rays and sharks.
This was also part of the aquarium.
Fun rides.
And of course, Theo could not leave without stopping to play a game. I think he picked that up from Timmy.

We had a great time. Thanks Jerry and Cindi for everything.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Our little girl is two.

She loves to say "Two." She thinks everyone is two. Does anyone remember when they were two?
Thanks everyone for the cards and gifts! She loved them.

Crazy Weather

The end of January to the first part of February we went from this (75 degrees)....

To this (about 25 degrees).

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Theo's Birthday

The big oh-four



We had problems right after the movie ended ( That is why the movie ended )



Theo drew a picture for the design of the cake that I duplicated.



Cupcakes that Theo took to his preschool class.

DC for Christmas

We went and stayed with Jared's sister and her family for a week and had a great time. DC has lots of free stuff to do.



This is on the bus ride into the airport. We left on Christmas morning and almost got stuck in Atlanta. As we were getting on the plane, the attendant got on the intercom and said that if we did not hurry, they would cancel the flight as it was starting to snow. We are so lucky that we got out of there.




At the Air and Space Museum, Theo liked the "rocket ship" the best. I liked the SR71 Blackbird they had there.





We went and saw some of the sites around DC.



Norah was just all over her cousin Abby. She was with her about 90% of the time that she was awake, sometimes laying on top of her.



The kids both got a lot of attention.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Christmas Morning

Theo and Norah got lots of great gifts. Almost every present that Theo opened was followed by "This is just what I wanted". We will see how long that keeps up.





We are alive......

Some pictures from our trip to the Dallas Zoo. I know that it has been a while since we have posted, but we did celebrate Christmas and Thanksgiving. More to come.