23
Jul
14

More Summer Fun

This has been an awesome summer. I have finished my summer term of school, so I have 9 hours of my 34 for my masters completed. I have been asking this question a lot though… Where did this TALL kid come from?

We had some firsts this week like learning to fish! And we like to spend Friday nights playing at Toys R Us.

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17
Jun
14

Crazy Busy Fun Summer

Big family weddings, moving up to the 2 year old room, zoo trips, and back yard fun. Yay SUMMER! Mommy finished her first class and Daddy starts a new promotion next month.

For Father’s Day,we took daddy to Slamology 2014 in Indy and spent the day looking at custom cars and trucks.

This Friday is our new IFSP and goal setting and we already have to meet with the school system! Hard to believe we’re at 28 months already.

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20
May
14

First Paper Done and graded!

I was so nervous, and I stalked Task Stream like it was a piece of chocolate.

After two days, I got this awesome feedback:

“The submission provides insightful illustrations to support key points. Well done.”

So beyond excited. Now I have writer’s block for the second one. It’s probably bad manners to put that out there, but I’ll need it as a reminder later that I was good at something. :)

Our goals meeting for First Steps is Friday. Then IFSP in a couple of weeks. I’m not nervous anymore. With the SureSteps orthotics, he is making great gross motor progress. My only big concern is still his eating. He chews solids like hot dogs, chicken, etc. up and then spits them out. He will not swallow. He’ll eat spaghetti that’s cut up and cheese and cottage cheese and bananas. Anything textured or hard, he chews up and spits out. And I CANNOT get anyone else to care.

 

13
May
14

Mother’s Day Weekend

I received my first school card and gift that Drake made in school. LOVE, Love , love!

Picture Frame. The little bugs are made from his fingerprints.

Mother’s Day card featuring his first school pic!

Then we did our Mom’s Day outing on Saturday instead of Sunday. We took Drake to the Boone County Community Fair and to Spring Fest at Kinman Farms. He had his first hayride and petting zoo experience! Then we had our first family picnic at the park and played around until the thunderstorms came.

It was an awesome weekend, and I was so thankful to Gammy for watching Drake all day Friday. I was able to finish all but one section of my draft for my first assessment paper so I had the time to play hooky this weekend.

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09
May
14

Flashback Friday

Today, Drake is going to the aquarium with Gammy while I try to finish the draft of my first assessment paper for school.

I walked by this photo in the hallway. I think of it every time I see a baby being fed. I was so happy and frightened to have him home.

Happy Mothers Day, preemie mamas!

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05
May
14

Parents of Preemies Day

May 4th was Parents of Preemies Day. This is an annual event created and supported by Graham’s Foundation to honor the parents of premature babies.

Parents of Preemies Day “recognizes the courage and commitment it takes to stay strong and resilient when premature birth turns a family’s world upside down,” as quoted from the official Parents of Preemies Day website. You can find out more about the joys and challenges of preemie parenthood and ways to celebrate next year!

I had planned on taking part more fully in the official twitter chat because there are no events in our area, but we ended up going to Entertrainment Junction with Gammy to celebrate instead. You can search twitter for #parentsofpreemiesday to catch up on yesterdays conversations.

Our preemie parenting journey started on February 19, 2012. My water broke unexpectedly at 29+6 gestation at 10:10 pm and Drake was born the next morning at 10:07 am at exactly 30 weeks. Drake spent 34 days in the NICU. As a parent of a newborn in the NICU, you celebrate different milestones from other parents. The first day on CPAP instead of intubated. The first day on nasal cannula. The first time they can wear clothes or open their eyes. Day 4, the first day we were able to hold him and do kangaroo care was also the day I was discharged from the hospital. It’s a different world than any expectant couple believes they will experience.

Preemies don’t just go home from the NICU and magically transform into a healthy newborn. Families often face numerous, continuing specialist visits, special equipment, special feeding requirements, and isolation from their family and friends for protection from deadly viruses, such as RSV. Every family has their own unique journey. Our life after NICU follow-ups and specialists included clubfoot treatment, hernia repair surgery, mouth cyst, low tone, ophthalmology, failure to thrive and extra calorie intake, and cardiology. We were in RSV isolation March to June the first year and August to April the second year. We started Early Intervention at 14 months because he was having trouble with gross motor skills and communication. We have been lucky, so far all of Drake’s complications due to prematurity have been treatable.

As his parents, my husband and I both processed our time in the NICU very differently and the past two years have been a challenging time for our marriage. My husband had to work and finish the renovations on our house. My husband and his best friend had stripped our carpets the weekend I went into labor, so we were living at my mother-in-law’s house. I wanted to spend as much time as possible at the NICU, and my employer did not offer paid maternity leave. A lot of my emotional turmoil, pain, and hormones were borne by my husband in those early days. Our parents all still work, and were working out of town. We have recently begun discussing some of our feelings and the things that happened then. Even last year, many things my husband still preferred not to discuss.

Two years later, everything is getting better and our son is unbelievably, undeniably, amazing. We are in awe of him and how far he has come.

I hope all preemies and their parents had a beautiful Parents of Preemies Day 2014!

Side Note: We got his first school pics in last week, and they are fabulous!

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27
Apr
14

Cincinnati/NKY March for Babies

We marched in honor of Drake and Mallory and Annabel.

We marched in remembrance of Maggie Elmer, an angel too soon.

We marched for all our NICU friends here and all over the world.

Thank you Team Drake for helping us give all babies a healthy, full term start!

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Drake’s 2nd Birthday

February 20th, 2014

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