Thursday, April 30, 2009
Posted by Nola at 1:14 PM
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Sawyer has been saying the funniest things lately. I've already mentioned his obsession with why Riley doesn't have shoes. Here are a few more funny things I'd like to share:
- I had just changed Riley for the night and put some lotion on her. Sawyer was kissing her head and smelled her. I asked him if she smelled good--his answer--"She smells like poop." No, she did not.
- Every time he leaves, he kisses Riley and tells her to "be a good boy."
- Sawyer has an old camera of mine that he likes to play with in the car. He wanted it the other day, but it was in the floorboard and I couldn't reach it. He asked "Can Riley get it for me?"
- Riley was looking around the other day and my mom asked Sawyer what he thought Riley was thinking about. He said "she thinks like a tractor."
- My mom had taken him to the park and by McDonalds on the way home. He was asking for french fries and Mama told him that they were hot and to "hold your horses." He said, "Biggie, I don't have any horses. I have cows."
- And finally, he was eating chicken nuggets and green beans for supper last night. He burped loudly and I said "Excuse you." He laughed and said, "Mommy, I mashed a chicken!" (he refers to passing gas as "mashing a frog" hence this funny interpretation)
Posted by Nola at 1:45 PM
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Riley's first surgery date has been scheduled! It is going to be Thursday, May 28th. We will see Dr. Mulliken on Tuesday and have pre-op on Wednesday. I can't believe it's moving this fast! So I guess that means we'll be traveling to Boston on Memorial Day! Please pray with us that Riley stays healthy, we have safe flights, that Brock and I stay healthy, for wisdom for Dr. Mulliken, and for a successful surgery...
Posted by Nola at 12:07 PM
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I just got off the phone with Dr. Mulliken in Boston. He wants to do Riley's surgery in 2 stages. He will do a lip adhesion and some work to the nostril on the left side (because it is more cleft than the right) within the next month or so. This procedure will take approx an hour to do and we will spend the night in the hospital. Her stiches will dissolve and the trip should take about 4 days. He will do the complete lip repair when Riley is around 5 months old. This will be a much more involved surgery and will take around 8 hours. We will spend atleast a week or longer in Boston for the 2nd surgery. Doing the repair in 2 stages will give Riley the best, most symmetrical result. Dr. Mulliken says she will not have any of the problems that normally come with clefts--speech difficulties, ear infections, differences in facial growth--since her palate is intact! We are so thankful!! I will let everyone know as soon as we get her surgery date. Please pray that Riley stays healthy and her first surgery goes as well as planned.
Riley is doing great. She sleeps like an angel--which I am not used to b/c Sawyer was not a good sleeper until around 7 months old! I hope she stays that way! She's feeding well and is staying awake a little more during the day.
Sawyer is a great big brother. He loves to hold her (by himself) and help me feed her by holding her bottle (by himself). He takes diapers to the trash for me and helps me bathe her. He is so funny in the things he says. He can't understand why she doesn't have shoes, "Her lost them, Mama?"
Posted by Nola at 8:42 AM
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Posted by Nola at 11:15 AM
Friday, April 17, 2009
Riley Elizabeth was born yesterday, April 16, at 7:51 am. We are so blesssed that she only has a incomplete bilateral cleft lip--her palate is intact!! Praise God!! She does have a small indentation (I'm not sure at this time what to call it) in her gumline on the upper left side, but all looks great. The pediatrician mentioned she "might have a submucosal cleft" but her palate is strong and so is her suck reflex. We started off nursing yesterday and she did great, but during the night decided she wasn't very happy with it. I think she has a tougher time getting a good latch because of her lip, so I'll go ahead with my plan to pump and feed her with the Haberman. She's doing great with the Haberman. She is beautiful and so perfectly sweet. I'll post pictures when we get home tomorrow. Thanks to everyone for all of the prayers--God has certainly answered them!!
Posted by Nola at 7:17 AM
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Posted by Nola at 6:01 AM
Posted by Nola at 5:47 AM
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
In a previous post, I announced that my brother Adam and sister-in-law, Heather, are expecting a little boy...well, not exactly. They're expecting a GIRL!! They had a "sneak-peak" ultrasound at around 17 weeks that was in fact wrong. It is most definately at girl! We're looking forward to the arrival of baby Lilah (they're not sure about spelling yet) in August and hope that she and Riley will be like sisters.
Speaking of Riley, the count-down is on! Two weeks from tomorrow and she will be here! Fourteen days! I can not wait!! I have been having a considerable amount of contractions but really hope she'll wait for her scheduled day (I've got all of our nurses lined up). I will complain about gaining 4lbs this past week. That's right 4 stinking lbs--don't ask me how, because I have no idea. Unless of course it could have something to do with eating a piece (or two, maybe three) of home-made red velvet cake for several days in a row?!?!
Posted by Nola at 3:26 PM