Thursday, July 30, 2009

There is more to life than grandbabies.

Like, quilts. Here is my latest foray into art quilting. I made it in a class at, Darned Quilts. The teacher is Dena Crain. Her website is here:

Next project: Baby Quilt. Or actually, grandbaby quilt! What did you expect, really?

more requests

I have received notice that there were not enough pictures of my brother and Lindsey, specifically, him feeding him. (It is obvious which him is whom.) And, just to make sure that there are no related complaints, here you may see that this baby is well fed.

This is a family blog, so there are no pictures of the mom feeding him. Don't even ask!

Monday, July 27, 2009

by popular demand

Everyone kept asking for a dad picture.
I handed them a picture of my husband with the baby.

They told me that was grandpa.

I blame that on 3 hours of sleep.

Anyway, here are the proud papa pictures.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

would you believe more pictures?

These are, in order:

most excitable visitor (you just have to know her)

Most experienced visitor (her kids are 4 and 8)

a happy mama!

You will get a picture of grandma as soon as someone takes a picture of me that I like.

He is out of NICU!

And into Great-Uncle's Arms.
As Connie says, he is absolutely adorable. She also says that Laurie and Chris should be proud of him.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Best present yet...

This has got to be the best baby shirt ever! Susie, where did you find this?

Lindsey is doing well, we didn't get to see him this evening because of scheduling problems between us and NICU. He doesn't have an infection, but his dextrose is low. I'm not sure what that means, but no one seems to be excited.

We have a grandbaby!

About 2 in the morning, with Laurie only dialated to 1 cm and water broken, the decision was made to do a c-section. Lindsey was born at 2:30 am, pdt, July 24, 2009. He was 7 ounds, 6 oz or 3.41 kg.

Because he did not go through the birth canal, fluid was not squeezed out of his lungs and they put him in NICU (and we have one of the best here!). When we visited him this morning, we had to scrub our arms for 3 minutes, and only two of us could accompany Laurie. Which means we will have to go back later for more pictures.

While we were there, the doctor examined him and, pending labs at noon (they are screening for infection), the doctor sees no reason why he can't join Laurie in a room later today.

Laurie says he has Chris's hair, mole and face and her hands and feet. And he has his great-grandfather's penchant for pulling tubes out. He had pulled out his breathing tube even with extra tape. (watch out, Laurie and Chris).
(When my Dad was in the hospital with a stroke, he and his roommate would pull out feeding tubes, breathing tubes, IV lines, catheters. After he took apart the Oxygen monitor, they would attach it to his toes. His roommate won only because he had a colostomy bag and Dad didn't. But, since Dad was tied to the bed and the roommate wasn't, I suppose it was a draw.)
More, of course! later!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

7:00 pm pdt July 23

The Pitocin was started around 6:00 tonight. Contractions are mild but irregular. So far as I know (she hadn't been checked in several hours), the cervix is not open yet.

This was supposed to be...

a week of nothing happening. Because Laurie's due date isn't until Aug 6. Since she abhors being on time (and has all her life), I am just not worried about anything this week.

Well, her blood pressure started spiking again, and this time they found protein in her urine. So they started inducing labor last night at 11:00 pm PDT. I was ready to rush to the hospital, but she said it would take a while, so I decided to sleep instead.

4 total hours, in 3 shots. This means very little REM sleep. This means it is not good to be around me, I get punchy.

Inducing labor early takes time. You have to supply the hormones to do things like soften the cervix, you need to supply chemicals to get things going, and you need to do this in a hospital instead of your body normally doing it at home and not bothering the nursing staff. Who are, as always, remarkably patient. The hormones for softening the cervix are prostaglandins (I love knowing things! And telling you about them!) and the delivery vehicle is a shoelace.

So, anyway, there are of course no baby pictures. So I (finally) put in a wedding picture.