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Friday, March 28, 2008

Well, We Didn't Get to Church, but We Met the Easter Bunny

Well, I'm sad to say it, but Alaena didn't spend her first Easter in church. She spent it in the hospital. And to say that I was a tad bit freaked out over that situation wouldn't be exaggerating.

See a few weeks back at her one month appointment we were told that she was underweight because she hadn't even gotten back to her birth weight yet. So we had a followup weight check appointment. At that appointment she had gained three ounces, so it was all good, but they made one more weight check appointment just to be sure.

Well at that appointment a week later, she had lost two ounces. Which apparently in baby world is a HUGE MAJOR deal. Because Alaena's pediatrician made the immediate decision that she needed to be admitted into the hospital because of ALL the things that COULD be wrong with her.

At this point of the weight check appointment I was wondering why I didn't have my mom come to the appointment with me, what with the fact that I was crying more than my 6 week old little girl and everything.

Anyway, we spent the better part of Good Friday in the Bad ER. Because some kind of error was made when the doctor called the hospital and rather than them telling her to send me straight to admissions for Alaena to be admitted to the pediatric unit, they sent me to the pediatric ER. Anyway, we finally reached a room by 10 pm Friday night (I had gotten to the hospital at around 4 pm.)

I watched as they drew blood from my poor little one's arm and then watched as they catherized her. Praise the Lord all of the tests came back normal. And it appears that Alaena will just be a slow gainer. And I hope the three nights she spent in the hospital over Easter weekend will be the last nights she spends there for a long time.

As much as I hated to see her go through all of that, I believe it made me love and appreciate her twice as much. And it made me pray even harder for those who have children who are battling serious diseases. After having seen just a glimpse of the torture they go through daily, I pray that God will give them an extra measure of strength and grace and peace.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know a little bit about what has been going on in the past few weeks. If you think of it, send up extra prayers for those who you know are living life with a sick child. And if you don't mind, pray that my little girl will continue to gain weight!

Oh, and about the picture, the Easter bunny came around and took pictures with all the little kids in the Pediatric unit. I'm not much on the Easter Bunny, because I'd rather focus on Christ's ressurection, but I wanted a cheery picture to remember Alaena's first Easter with since she didn't get to wear her pretty dress, and I think it turned out pretty cute!

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Well, It's Back to the Real World

Well, it's official, my maternity leave is over. And for those who are wondering, YES, there were tears shed. On my part, not Alaena's. She was lying peacefully in her bassinet when I left. But work I must because for some reason the cell phone company and the people at the gas pump want cash, plus the hospital wants to be paid, and I must confess to some credit card debt (not too much, but some.)
Anyway, I promise to get to posting now that I'm back to being on a computer on a daily basis (I haven't even checked my e-mail in like 3 weeks!) But since I haven't been here at work for a little over six weeks, (I'll talk more about coming back a little late later) I must get things together to actually do some work!
I hope all of you out in blog world are doing well, and I promise to be visiting soon!

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Monday, March 03, 2008

Just An Update

Hey Blogging Buddies! I know it's been a while since I posted. Learning how to be a mom has pretty much taken up all of my time! And I've had some sort of sinus funk for the last week or so. So being on the computer has not been on my list of priorities.
Well, Alaena turned 3 weeks old this past Saturday. I can hardly believe that time has flown so quickly. She is changing every single day. She is so alert, and she spends about an hour or so after each feeding just looking all around trying to figure out what kind of place she is in!
She had her first official bath this past Friday after she lost her umbilical cord stump Thursday night. She doesn't mind the bath thing so much, but she hates the part where I put lotion on her after the bath.
She has pretty much filled my entire world, and I honestly wouldn't have it any other way. She's just a precious gift from God! I promise to post some pics at some point this week! I've got to get some pics off of my sister's camera of Alaena's dedication service (she has a better camera than me!)
Well, I guess I'll end this here. I just wanted to let you know that I'm still alive and well. A prayer that I would get rid of the sinus funk would be appreciated! Also, a prayer that Alaena won't catch anything would also be appreciated!