This evening went much better than our morning did. We actually got the antibiotic to stay down and she ate a bit. . .like, a few crumbs, but that's something. Maybe this means we're on the mend. I found out yesterday that Madison (daughter of my friend, Stacie) has pneumonia, so please be praying for her. Lots of illnesses going around, it seems. . . nasty illnesses. This is definitely the most sick Olivia has been since we brought her home from the hospital. And, I'm no good at having a sick child. I fret A LOT and drive myself insane with worry. My heart breaks every time Olivia cries. I just want this illness to go away!!
We're still fighting this nasty illness, but I think we're gaining the upper hand. Olivia still has barely eaten in 3 days and we're trying our hardest to keep her hydrated. She has thrown up a handful of times, which haven't helped matters, but is mainly due to severe congestion. It's like watching those ounces (that we worked so hard for) just disappear. Olivia has almost a constant cough that sounds awful. Thankfully, when the doctor listened to her lungs, they sounded clear. . .amazing for a former 23 weeker on the vent for 2 months. The hardest thing is seeing that glimmer disappear from her eyes. I just want her to start feeling better soon.
We went to the doctor today. Olivia had a little bit of fluid accumulating in her ears which they thought was the start of an ear infection. She tested negative for strep and they think it's just a virus. We switched her over to Motrin as she still has a temp and that has perked her up a bit more. She is sleeping now, but has been playing as usual today (without the gusto that she normally has.) She hasn't eaten a thing in two days and we're trying to keep fluids up. This will be great for her weight gain. . .hohum. Hopefully, she'll start feeling better soon.
Well, Olivia did get sick. . .very sick. She has had a fever since last night, awful cough, runny nose, vomiting. . .the works. Thankfully, I've seen 'glimpses' of my Olivia throughout the day and I even had her laughing this evening. I've been trying my hardest to keep her hydrated, but that's been a struggle and she isn't eating anything. The two times she has tried to eat. . . she's thrown it right back up. I'm sure we'll be off to the doctor tomorrow. Most kids will want to cuddle up in their mom's lap when they are sick. Olivia is not like that (and selfishly sometimes I wish she was.) She would much rather go lay down in her bed by herself which she did quite often. I would periodically go check on her. One particular time, I found that she wasn't lying down at all. She was lining up her little figurines on the side of her bed. What a great fine motor/hand eye coordination task! And to do it when she felt so sick! Then, she asked me to get the camera! She wanted me to take a picture of it. I couldn't help but chuckle as I was taking the picture and she was clapping for herself. Here they are in all their glory. . .the three Chipmunk sisters, Elmo, Grover and Cookie Monster!
Please pray for a speedy recovery! I can hardly stand to see my sweet girl so sick.
What a gorgeous almost 70 degree day we had today! I don't know how Ryan lucked out and had his birthday on such a beautiful day. The three of us enjoyed some time outside. Olivia's outside activity of choice? SWINGING! She had a blast despite a cough and later a fever of 101. It seems she is sick again. . .bleh. . .although she isn't really acting like she feels too bad. I guess that's what happens when you rejoin the land of the living. . .you get sick. Hopefully, she feels okay tomorrow. I wanted to wish my husband a happy birthday one more time. And. . .I also wanted to say happy birthday to my cat, Autumn. Yes, they share a birthday. Isn't that sweet? When we got Autumn, her paperwork listed her birthdate as 03-23-09. So, happy #1, Autumn!
It was beautiful outside today, so the three of us went to the zoo. Ryan couldn't have picked a better day to be off work. Olivia had a blast!! We let her "run free" and she literally did just that. She ran and ran and ran and ran. We were there for probably an hour and a half and she ran the entire time. Afterwards, she kept saying "Fun Zoo! Fun Zoo!" It was a great day!
This is what I felt like after trying to keep up with Olivia. Her little legs move faster than you think.
The March for Babies is fast approaching. Remember it is April 17th 9:00 am at Lawrence Dumont Stadium. The walk is only supposed to be 1 mile this year, so it won't be near as tiring as last year. Unfortunately, we are not doing t shirts this year. I think we will do them every other year. If you have your t shirt from last year, please wear it and if not, you could just wear yellow if you'd like. I'd love to have another big team this year. Please consider joining us or donating to the Olivia and Logan team. Here are the people that are planning to attend:
Ryan, Jodi, Olivia
Holli, Steve and Logan
Jenifer and Robby
Shawna, James, Kerrick and Mckenna
Grandma and Grandpa Sailing
Grandma and Grandpa Glunt
Laura, Julia and Rebekah
Cody, Heather, Ella and Kyler (Unfortunately, I know they may not be able to make it as Heather discovered her cancer is back. Many prayers sent to them daily.)
Don, Shelley and Izzy
Carol and Lindsay
Amanda (honorary member)
I've changed my personal goal to $1050. I'm trying to raise $10 for every day that Olivia was in the hospital. So, by donating just $10. . .you are remembering one of the many days towards her journey home. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns. I hope to see many of you there!
My sweet girl. . .she's growing up so fast. She has a thing where all the doors need to be shut. She's always saying, "Shut the door. .shut the door." Funny that one of my bad habits is leaving cabinet doors open, so I'm always hearing, "Shut the door!" Her other saying is, "It's okay." Whenever something is out of place or not like it should be. . .she'll say, "Uh Oh. . .it's okay." Olivia has also developed opinions about where I can sit and what I need to be doing. It's amazing that I'm on the computer right now. . .usually she'll say, "Mama no computer." So, I'm gonna make this a short post. She's getting frustrated about something.
I unexpectedly gave birth at 23 weeks to micro-preemie twins on August 27, 2007. Olivia Paige weighed just 1 lb 1.5 oz and was 11.5 inches long. Logan William weighed just 1 lb 1.75 oz and was 11.5 inches long. Our sweet Logan passed away after 1 month and 1 day. After 105 days, we were able to bring Olivia home. She is our miracle, our survivor, our joy. . .
On November 20, 2012 we welcomed little sister, Abigail, into our lives. She was born at 35 weeks, but only spent 8 days in the hospital before coming home. We feel very blessed. To contact Ryan and Jodi you may email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
You were the perfect little boy Of whom we always dreamed. Did you know we had your name picked out? All along or so it seemed.
You even had your daddy’s hands So miniature in size. In life we never got to hold you Or even see your opened eyes.
We had so many plans for you. Did you know you are a twin? I wanted you to grow up together. What a pair you would have been!
I wanted to take you to the park And push you on the swing. I wanted to teach you how to walk, And read and write and sing.
I wanted to show you a fire truck And let you ride upon a horse. I wanted to take you to the zoo To see the giraffes, of course.
I wanted you to watch cartoons And play video games with dad. And you and I would take a nap Oh, the times we would have had.
But, your mommy’s plans were not to be. “I have other plans,” God said. “You won't be playing in life’s playground You’ll be playing in heaven instead.”
And although I ache with sadness And in my arms I long to hold. I’ll see you again in heaven When my story on earth’s been told.
A thousand tiny fireflies Parading through the night Illuminate the starless skies With incandescent light They are miracles, here on earth So bold, so strong, so wise And bring to life a sense of worth For those who lack great size.
Some of this life’s smaller treasures Are the ones which matter more Than the larger joys and pleasures That we have grown to adore Volume is not as essential As the gift that lies inside Smaller souls with much potential Who shall never be denied.
A thousand tiny fireflies Parading through the night Illuminate the starless skies With incandescent light These children, while born premature Are testaments of worth Their spirits bold, their futures sure To ever bless the earth.