Monday, December 31, 2007

Monday, December 31, 2007 - Stroller Dilemma

Olivia is learning to grasp her toys.

Olivia looking at the pretty baby in the mirror.

Sleeping Beauty

I will attempt to shorten what has become this complicated issue. Back when I was pregnant, I found the perfect double stroller. . .in Graco G Galore (it has Gs all over it . . .for Glunt, ya know.) For some reason, I HAD to have that one and broke down into tears when I couldn’t purchase it with the 2 matching car seats. You could buy the double stroller OR you could get it in the travel system with the single stroller and car seat. We wanted the double stroller with 2 car seats, but could not get it even after calling Graco direct. We had to buy the double stroller, 2 different car seats plus the G Galore pads and switch out the pads. We finally had our double stroller with 2 G Galore car seats that we now no longer need. We can’t take it back because we purchased them at 3 different places and it was quite a while ago. I need to get rid of the double stroller as it is a painful reminder of what could have been. If anyone is in need of a double stroller, please email me. I promise to make you a really good deal on it. . .it’s never been used and never even been outside. Here is a picture of the stroller.

Okay, now we want the single G Galore stroller that matches her car seat, but since you can only buy it in a travel system, I would have to buy the stroller with a 3rd car seat. I don’t need three car seats! Does anybody have any suggestions?

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Sunday, December 30. 2007 - Welcome!

Welcome Kaleb Snyder!

Sunday, December 30, 2007 - Update

The big news of the day was the arrival of Olivia’s new baby cousin, Kaleb Brodie. Ryan’s sister, Kim, had him today at 3:33 pm and he weighed in at 8 lbs 13 oz and was 19.5 inches long. Yes, Olivia’s baby cousin is bigger than she is. Both Kim and Kaleb are doing well. I will post pictures as soon as I have them.

Last night Olivia gave me an unexpected (and unwelcomed) surprise. . .projectile vomit all over her and all over me. I think it was the karo syrup that did it as it was the only thing that was changed. Afterwards, she was as happy as could be. . .hasn’t been running a temperature and doesn’t seem to be sick. She hasn’t stooled yet today, but I’m not concerned about that yet as she went a few times yesterday. I appreciate all of your wonderful suggestions and comments. Okay, on to my next question. I am so sleep deprived. . .it’s not even funny anymore (even though Ryan let me sleep in this morning.) Of course, I haven’t had a full night’s sleep in over 4 months because I have been getting up to pump. Now that she’s home, I know I’m supposed to sleep when she sleeps. Well, that’s impossible to do because, without fail, she wakes up at least every hour crying and fussing. Ryan and I don’t know what’s wrong, but it seems to be horrible gas pain. We’re using the Dr. Browns bottles, we burp her multiple times each feeding and she takes gas drops at every feeding. I’m starting to lean toward either bad reflux or she’s allergic to something in my milk or to the Neosure. It just doesn’t seem right that a baby wakes up in that much pain. I’m exhausted and worried about her. Poor Ryan has been working all weekend long, which doesn’t allow either one of us to catch up on our much needed sleep. Plus, we can’t have anyone come over to help feed her because that’s when she tends to desat. . .although her desats are becoming infrequent. We only feel comfortable feeding her ourselves. And, we don’t want to expose her to too many visitors.

Anyway, I can’t believe we are almost to the end of the year. As I look back on 2007, I realize that it has been the absolute best and the absolute worst year of my life. This year I finally got pregnant and I have my precious Olivia which makes it the best. These last 4 months, however, have also made it the worst. Sometimes I wish that PDA still stood for public display of affection and that PIP was still just an insurance term. I realize that this is the road I had to take to have my daughter and in that regard. . .I wouldn’t change it for anything.

**Right after I sent my last update, I went in to check on Olivia and she was in her crib, wide awake and as happy as can be. That’s what I don’t understand. . . she will have these bursts of crying and grunting and turning her face bright red, but then the rest of the time she is an extremely content baby. She hardly ever fusses about anything except when she has what seem to be these gas-like pains (or when we try to put the cannula back on her.) I just wish I knew how to help her.**

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Saturday, December 29, 2007 - Update

Party at my crib!

The three bottles with dark karo syrup didn’t seem to do anything for Olivia. It caused her not to take quite as much because I don’t believe she liked the taste. Earlier today we gave her a glycerin suppository (she had these in the NICU) and it did the trick. Actually, it did it so well that we ended up having to give her a bath. These aren’t really a permanent solution, but at least we got a stool out of her. Can vaccinations cause infrequent stools/constipation? It’s just interesting how we never had this problem previously. Thanks for all of your suggestions. I know everyone has commented about how much they like this blog, but you have no idea how much it means to Ryan and me. We haven’t had a chance to go to any support groups because we spent our evenings at the hospital and now we have Olivia to take care of. It’s unbelievable the amount of physical and emotional stamina required to deal with all that has happened over the past 4 months. This blog is kind of my support group and I appreciate all of you who take the time to check it each day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Friday, December 28, 2007 - Update

Well, her Synagis shot is to be shipped on Jan 2nd and should arrive on Jan 3rd at our pediatrician’s office. Of course, that’s also the day of her next eye exam. I’d really like her to have the shot before going into a public place again, but that would be one awful day for her. I don’t know. . .as if life hasn’t been tough enough. . . .why do people have to make it that more stressful? If I don’t come out of this whole thing without some kind of obsessive/compulsive/anxiety disorder it’ll be a miracle. I wash and Purell my hands so much that they are cracked and bleeding. Anyway, we checked into a home nursing agency coming to our home to do it, but at this point I don’t want anything else to hold it up. They pay 90% after we meet our deductible. We’ve met our deductible about 1000 times over this year, but unfortunately next week is a new year. Our next worry is that Olivia hasn’t stooled in almost 48 hours. We’re talking about a girl who would have 6-7 dirty diapers in a day. A few days ago, the amount decreased somewhat and now it’s come to a standstill. I’m planning on going to the store to get some karo syrup to add to some of her bottles? I thought breast milk was a natural laxative and I’m still pumping breast milk for her (although it’s getting increasingly difficult.) Of course, I’m terrified to go into public places myself and bring something home to Olivia. . .the whole OCD/anxiety thing again.

She is doing better and seems a lot happier today after having her vaccinations yesterday. She wasn’t too happy yesterday. We received her blood work results, but haven’t talked to the doctor about them. Her alk/phos is still in the 800s. Her hematocrit is low again which means she is bordering on anemia again. This has been the reason for so many of her transfusions. What do they do once a baby is discharged and still has the problem? Add iron? Of course, that won’t help her stooling issues and I believe that the Neosure has iron in it. For some reason, they didn’t have the GGT results, which is the liver enzyme that we were worried about.

Sorry. . no pictures again. It’s been a stressful couple of days. Ryan let me sleep tonight until about 8 pm which I desperately needed. This lack of sleep isn’t making things any better. She would probably sleep through the night if we let her, but we’re all too concerned about making sure she gets enough calories each day. I don’t know when we’ll make that transition. Please continue to keep her in your prayers

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Thursday, December 27. 2007 - Update

I just have probably a few minutes to write this update as Olivia hasn’t let me be out of her sight all day. She had to have 4 vaccinations (3 shots) along with a bunch of blood work today. Poor thing is one cranky baby. Of course, none of those shots were her Synagis shot as we are still waiting on its approval. She had one Synagis shot in November while still in the NICU, so I don’t know what the hold up is. I am so very frustrated by it and don’t know who to direct my anger at. I’ve called our insurance company and left a message in hopes that I hear back from them tomorrow. This is ridiculous and I feel that it’s putting her health at risk. Don’t be surprised if we limit our visitors even more so until she at least gets her second shot. I just thought that because she was a 23 weeker (who also lost her twin brother) that the medical and insurance field would make sure she was better protected or at least help us to do so. At least today at the pediatrician’s office we were able to wait in a separate room instead of in the waiting room with a whole bunch of sick kids. But, when you request it, they look at you like, “Why should your child get special treatment?” Um. . . .do you want me to start listing off the many reasons why? I’m just a mom trying to protect her child that’s already been through too much.

Well, this update has taken me about 3 hours to write because Olivia just wants her mama to rock her. This will be an interesting night. But, before I forget. . .she now weighs 6 lbs 6 oz and is 18 ¾ inches long. This puts her in the 25th percentile on the preemie chart (not the full term chart.) I believe her head circumference is in the 10th percentile. We are very pleased with her growth and pray that she continues to grow bigger and stronger and healthier each day.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007 - Update

I don’t have any pictures to post today, so I thought I would post a pre-Olivia picture of mommy, daddy and the Grinch. This was taken a few years ago on our trip to Universal Studios.

It’s kind of sad that Olivia is outgrowing a lot of her first sleepers. . .her ‘Baby’s First Christmas,’ her yellow giraffe one, etc. I never thought I’d see the day, but I’m thrilled that she continues to grow and thrive. She’s really starting to smile and interact with us and she’s even shown a preference for certain toys. Tomorrow she has another pediatrician appt and has to get her 4 month vaccinations. I think that babies that have been through as much as Olivia should never have to be poked or prodded ever again. She should hopefully get her Synagis shot tomorrow as she is a week overdue. Maybe someone could explain to me how this works, but it’s taking forever to get approval for it. I’m getting really frustrated. . .she was born at 23 weeks!! What is there to think about? Anyway, please be thinking about her tomorrow and pray she has another good weight gain for us.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Tuesday, December 25, 2007 - Merry Christmas!

My family takes time out to say, "Hi!"

I hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas. Thanks to all of you who took time out from your festivities to visit the blog and say hi. Shea, I hope that you are enjoying your Christmas present. You’d think Ryan and I could get a little kick back from the high speed internet companies considering the number who have purchased it to check in on my little girl.

We were unable to go to my parents’ house for the annual Christmas dinner, so it was delivered to our door. Pretty cool. Grandma and Grandpa Glunt spent the day over here with us. It was their turn to spoil Olivia and we had a wonderful time. They even provided us with dinner. What a great Christmas for us. I hope it was for all of you as well!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Monday, December 24, 2007 - Merry Christmas Update

La-Z-Boy? More like La-Z-Girls!

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! As you can tell from the picture. . .I didn’t do too much today. Olivia has decided that she no longer needs the extra oxygen and when she saturates better without her prongs in, who are we to question her? She knew when she was ready to come off the ventilator and never looked back. Some days it seems that she has it all figured out. I know that I will want the oxygen tank right beside her for some time. She may still need it when she’s in her car seat. Before I forget. . . last time I spoke with Holli, she had not found a home for Harley yet. It’s probably too late to put him in a red bow for Christmas morning, but it’s not too late to ring in the New Year with him. If you are interested, you can call Holli at 316-323-2765.

This was the first year of my entire life that I didn’t spend the evening on Christmas Eve at my grandparents’ house. I really missed it, although having Olivia home is the best Christmas present I could have hoped for. I missed spending the afternoon at Ryan’s parents’ house. Watching my nieces and nephews open their Christmas presents has become quite the highlight for me in years past. I miss you guys and hope you get everything you wanted. Ryan, Olivia and I are getting ready to pile into the bedroom, watch Ratatouille and wait for Santa Claus to come!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Sunday, December 23, 2007 - Merry Christmas and Happy Due Date

She must have been a very good girl. I bet Santa has tons of presents for her!

We had to take time for an afternoon cuddle!

Merry Christmas from Ryan, Jodi and Olivia.

Today was Olivia’s official due date. Actually, they consider 37 weeks full term with twins so she probably would have been born around Thanksgiving. I would have taken Halloween or at least sometime after Labor Day. She’s been through so much before she was even supposed to be born. We celebrated our first of many Christmases today. Because of RSV season we are unable to attend large family gatherings, so we are having multiple celebrations at home. Today was Christmas with Grandpa and Grandma Sailing. She has no idea how many presents she received. I just have to find places for all of it.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Saturday, December 22, 2007 - Update


Friday, December 21, 2007 - Update

Olivia met Great-Grandma Glunt for the first time.

Olivia's first snuggle with Aunt Kim.

I have been thinking a lot about Logan today and have just broken down into tears. Sometimes I try to push him to the back of my mind and then I feel guilty about doing so. I mean. . Olivia shouldn’t have a mom who is sad all of the time. But, sometimes I just miss him so much. I wonder what he would be like right now and I realize that I will always think that. As Olivia grows older and experiences every milestone in life. . .I’ll wonder what it would have been like for Logan. I still love him so much. At the same time, there is never a second where I am not grateful that I have my Olivia. I feel selfish sometimes for wanting to have them both. These emotions I feel everyday. . . .I just try to suppress them most of the time.

We did start Olivia on a 4 hour / ad lib feeding overnight. We want her to wake up on her own when she’s hungry. So far, we’ve had mixed results. . .we’ll see if we are able to keep up her calorie count. Usually at night, I stay up with her after her 10 pm feeding for quite awhile. We watch Nick@Nite together (don’t worry, as soon as she’s old enough to realize that she has a t.v. in her room. . .we are going to take it out. It’s just easier to move the t.v. into her room than to move her out of her room.) I’m sure pretty soon, however, she’ll be singing the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air song. Anyway, last night she went right to sleep at 10:30 pm and I put her back in her crib. You’d think that I would have relished the idea of going to sleep early, but I just sat in the recliner and waited for her to wake up. Finally at about 1:45 in the morning, I heard her stirring and couldn’t wait to get her up. Yes, I know. . .pretty weird. She likes to climb up my chest so that her head is nestled right under my chin. As much as I can’t wait to watch her grow up, I just treasure her right now as a baby.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Thursday, December 20, 2007 - Update

Well, I thought everyone would like to see the next Christmas picture of a sweet 6 lb baby! Yep, we had another pediatrician appt this morning and Olivia was 6 lbs on the dot. What a big girl! Thanks to great aunt Sherri for her adorable hat and blanket. She also rolled over today! How many babies do you know that roll over before their due date? Of course, it had to be while daddy was changing her and I missed it. We don’t think it was an intentional thing, but she did it nonetheless. She rolled from her back onto her side and then took it the rest of the way onto her stomach. That tummy time is really paying off!

Things are really crazy around here as we try to get everything wrapped and ready for Christmas (and I try to manage a nap every now and then.) Olivia decided that she didn’t want to go to sleep last night unless she was laying on mommy. You’d never seen a baby in such a deep sleep! It broke my heart to wake her up to feed her. Ryan and I are going to try to feed her every 4 hours during the night to see how she does. Hopefully, we’ll still be able to get enough calories in her. I hope all of you are more prepared for Christmas than we are! I’m just glad that we have our precious baby home!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 - Update

I wanted to share this poem with everyone. I’ve always loved it, but I can’t say that I ever truly related to it. The thought of the Lord carrying us through difficult times always sounded really comforting. I have always been blessed with a pretty “easy” life. I have two loving parents who always provided for me. I have a loving husband, family and friends. This past year has made me look at this poem in an entirely different light. If someone had told me all that I would have to endure this past year, I wouldn’t have been able to handle it. After I finished mourning the future that life held for me, I would have probably pictured myself in some dark corner somewhere. But, I am not in a dark corner. Despite everything that has happened, I still feel that God has blessed me. How can I be angry when He blessed me with such a wonderful daughter? This past year, He has truly carried me because there is no way I could have gotten through it myself.

Footprints in the Sand
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.

Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.

Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life,

when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord, “You promised me Lord, that if I followed you,

you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there have only been one set of footprints in the sand.

Why, when I needed you most, you have not been there for me?”

The Lord replied, “The times when you have seen only one set of footprints

in the sand, is when I carried you.”

Mary Stevenson

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 - Update

I decided to let Ryan get a full night of sleep last night. It was an act of generosity that I regretted in the morning. . .well, no not really. My mom came over and rocked with her while I slept. It was wonderful. . .I actually even dreamed! She’s still doing well. Sometimes after her feedings, she starts crying inconsolably. The only thing that makes her stop is if I stand up, holding her upright and bounce with her. Of course, mommy can only do that for so long. Any idea if it’s gas or reflux or something else entirely? She’s here with me for the first time while I write this update. I hauled her in her bouncy seat with her monitor and oxygen into the office with me. She’s a very happy baby right now. Enjoy some more Christmas pictures courtesy of her Uncle Joel.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 - Update

Sorry that I’m getting the update sent so late tonight. . .well, this morning since it’s past midnight. I fed Olivia her bottle at 10:00 pm and she just now decided it was time to go to sleep. Well, Olivia has pretty much figured out how to hold her own pacifier in, which makes life a little easier for us all. Earlier today, the adhesive patches on her face had come off. We thought it was her way of telling us that she was ready for Uncle Joel to come over and take her Christmas pictures. We should have put wings on her because she was a little angel during her photo shoot. What amazing pictures!! I couldn’t decide whether to wait and post them on Christmas or to post them now. There are so many wonderful pictures, I decided to post one every day until Christmas (or until I run out of pictures.) I couldn’t decide which order to post them either, so I’m just going to post them from beginning to end. Thank you, Joel, for the wonderful pictures. I will treasure them always. Thank you to Grandma Glunt for Olivia’s beautiful Christmas dress. Isn’t she an absolutely beautiful baby?

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Sunday, December 16, 2007 - Update

Thanks to my brother and dad for making those silly elves. My brother and sister-in-law came over today to hold Olivia for the first time. They had only seen her once, the day that Logan died, and she was all covered up. Olivia was even awake for their visit and showed them how well she can turn her head. My poor husband had to work a bit today. All of those weeks of only being able to work until 5 pm to go see his daughter has him feeling a bit behind. I’m still amazed at how he has been able to work throughout the past 4 months. He’s been a shining example of how husbands provide for their families. He even let me sleep in this morning. Olivia thought 1 am was play time, so I was up all morning with her. How can you put a bright-eyed, smiling girl back in her crib? I hear her stirring now. . .better go.

Sunday, December 16, 2007 - You've Been Elfed!

Jodi sent these links to me. I have "Elfed" most of my family and it's hilarious!
Jodi wanted me to share these links with each of you!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Saturday, December 15, 2007 - Update

I'm Olivia ... who are you?
Is my cannula on straight?

Today, Grandma and Grandpa Sailing came over. Ryan was able to go out and finish his Christmas shopping and my mom helped me get caught up on some things around the house. Now, if only I could get caught up on my sleep. Last night I was up with horrible heartburn. I never get heartburn. . .I think I’ve only had it a few times in my life. Luckily, Ryan had some medication on hand and I finally got to sleep. I’ve been going to sleep around 5 am every day and Ryan takes over after that (so don’t call and expect me to pick up anytime before 10 am.) Sometimes I get about an hour in between 11 pm and 5 am. I am unable to fall asleep quickly and between that, feeding Olivia and pumping. . .I just don’t sleep much. I truly think Olivia would sleep through the night if I let her because she’s usually as tired as I am. Right now, I want to make sure she gets all of the calories that she needs. She was extremely tired all day today and didn’t really fully wake up until her 4 pm feeding. At that time, we were able to play with her quite a bit. What a joy she is in our lives!

Thanks to all of you who have sent us Christmas cards. They mean so much to us. Each year, Ryan and I usually do a lighthearted Christmas collage that depicts the past year. Due to the circumstances of this year, it didn’t seem appropriate to do. Plus, we haven’t had any time. In past years, we’ve had our guinea pigs pulling us in Santa’s sleigh, working in Santa’s workshop and visiting Whoville. Instead, I will dust off an old Christmas poem that I wrote a few years ago. Sometimes I think all of us need a silly break from the realities of life. This was my first attempt at a children’s book. If only I could find an illustrator. . .

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
by Jodi Glunt

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Each guinea pig was sleeping, as quiet as a mouse.
Their stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In hopes that someone would put treats in them there.

The piggies were nestled all snug in their hay
While dreaming of eating red bell peppers all day.
And Bailey atop his house and I, in my pigloo
Thought the night was no different than others we’d been through.

When out in the kitchen there arose such a clatter
We all started wheeking wondering what was the matter.
From out of the pigloo, I peeked (just in case)
And saw Exodia with a confused look on his face.

The light of the kitchen glowed into the room
With a bang and a bong and a creak and a boom.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a jolly old man with veggies coming near.

He wasn’t our owner, it was too early for that.
I knew it was Santa in his red and white hat.
He needed our help and he enticed us with carrots.
With him were rats, bunnies and ferrets.

“Now Bailey! Penelope! Now Exodia and Morgan!
I won’t forget Taryn, Sephs, Harrison and Kirsten!
My reindeer are sick, now it’s up to you all
The cats and the dogs wouldn’t answer the call.”

We were lead out of our pens and fed a good treat
The treat made us fly (I thought that was neat)
So, up the rooftops we flew without wings
And saw all kinds of new, interesting things.

We flew around the world delivering toys
To all little girls and all little boys.
As cool as it was, I thought about home
And cuddles and snuggles and the pen where we roam.

There were thousands of piggies, you wouldn’t believe!
About every kind that you could conceive.
Abyssinians, Peruvians, and Agouti
After awhile it got kind of rowdy!

All of us were given a job based on ability
Quickness, intelligence, strength and agility.
I got to arrange the gifts under the tree
Because if you want tidiness, call Penelope.

Taryn and Harrison kept a lookout, Kirsten kept all in line
Persephone and Morgan were just being divine
Bailey was there if we needed a way out
And Exodia made sure we stayed on the right route.

Soon we were finished, we had done such a good deed.
(Except for on Santa’s lap, some of us peed.)
He took each of us home and put us in our cages
With spinach and kale and hay as our wages.

Our owners woke up to find us just as we were
With no idea what we did, that’s for sure.
For rodents don’t get a whole lot of respect
That’s okay. .it’s something we’ve come to expect.

But, we love and we cuddle and we do tons of cute things
We even met a piggy that dances and sings!!
Our owners they love us and we love them too
Saving Christmas this year, we just had to do.

So, when you open your presents this year, keep in mind
That some of us wanted to be left behind.
A family, for some, seemed too good to be true
You might get a new pet. . . Merry Christmas to you.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007 - Update

Olivia and I just laid around and did nothing today. . a lot of snuggling and sleeping and playing. She has done great with her bottles today. We have been doing a lot of tummy time and her neck and head control is getting better every day. Ryan and I have discovered that she seems to be developmentally around a 2-3 month old. She is awake more and more everyday. Today I put her in her crib after she fell asleep and when I came back in to check on her a little later, she was wide awake and looking around. She is constantly observing the world around her and doesn’t want to go to sleep and miss out on anything. I still can’t believe what a good baby she is. She is an absolute joy!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Thursday, December 13, 2007 - Update

Olivia continues to do very well. She had her first pediatrician appt today and it went really well. Boy, it was a chore trying to get her in and out of the house, though. She’s gained about 4 oz and is now up to 5 lbs 9 oz, so she seems to be gaining weight at home. We always knew that she had scars from the patches that were put on her during her first week of life. In the doctor’s office today, the lighting showed just how bad they were. I bet she has 10 scars all across her stomach and chest because her skin was not fully developed. The patches they put on to measure her vitals generated enough heat to burn her skin and removing them caused her skin to tear. Of course, it was what was necessary to save her life. I’ve attached a picture that shows how fragile her skin was. Please pray that those scars heal as she gets older. We also learned from our doctor that this is an extremely bad RSV season, which scares me to death. Please pray for Kinnick as she is back in the hospital on CPAP with RSV. You may want to visit Kinnick and Carver’s site to send prayers their way. They may also have to be traveling back to Detroit for additional eye surgeries.

We gave Olivia a bath tonight. She didn’t like it too much, but she loved the baby massage afterwards. I continue to fall more in love with her everyday. Holding someone else’s baby is never the same as holding your own. Sometimes only a mother (or father) can calm their child and it’s wonderful to know that Olivia just wants me. I can calm her just by being there and that’s a great feeling.

Also, many people have wanted to send us a message, but have not wanted to post publicly. So, I’ve decided to post my email address. You may want to put Blog in the subject line, however, so I don’t accidentally send it to my junk mail folder.

As this post will be moved down the page quickly with other updates I have posted Ryan and Jodi's email address under the Reasons for this Blog heading on the left side of the screen.

Thursday, December 13, 2007 - Angels on Earth

I wanted to somehow say thanks to all of the neonatologists, specialist, nurses and RTs, etc who helped bring Olivia home. I looked and looked for a poem to express how I felt and I couldn’t find one, so I had to write one myself (don’t you hate when that happens?) Anyway, along with my poem are some of the faces of those who helped save Olivia’s and other babies’ lives. We will never forget you!

Some of you have expressed your desire to thank them yourself, so I thought I would pass along their address:

Wesley Medical Center
Attn: NICU
550 North Hillside
Wichita, Ks 67214

Angels on Earth

Thank you for being with my children
At times when I could not.
You experienced firsthand their fragility
You know how hard they fought.

I wish we’d never had to meet
In this journey so long and wild.
How do you possibly thank someone
For saving the life of your child?

Please accept this poem I wrote
As thanks for what you do.
And I speak for all those who can’t
Whose lives depend on you.

You must endure the sadness of death
And yet see the miracle of birth.
Daily performing God’s wondrous deeds
You truly are angels on earth.

- Jodi Glunt