Friday, March 21, 2008

5 lbs!

"He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary; and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40: 29-31

Sorry for the delay in posting y'all! I have to say I have a new found respect for all parents out there! Geezz....I was never expecting it to be this hard! I now get excited for a 2 hour "nap" when before I required AT LEAST 8 hours of sleep! I hear it all gets easier.....

So, although it's been much harder having him home than I expected, I am cherishing every last second. My favorite time is actually early in the morning when I'm feeding him and he falls fast asleep on my chest. He seems to like sleeping on me, I usually attempt to put him in his cradle after he falls asleep but most of the time this does not work. My heart just wont let him be fussy for too long---I have to pick him back up and hold him. I just think about him being in the NICU for so long, and for so long, we weren't there to hold him at night. I am blessed to be able to do that now. And I am getting sleep when we have great help around!

We had the first Pediatrician visit on Tuesday; we really liked the doctor. She thought Coy looked great (he weighed 5lbs!) and we didn't have to wait a second in the waiting room, we were escorted right back to an exam room! He tolerated the car ride there very well and we were back home before we knew it! We weren't suppose to see her again for a few weeks, but yesterday (Thursday) I woke up and noticed Coy's abdomen was more distended than I'm comfortable with. He also began spitting up a bit more with his feedings on Wednesday night---not alot, but more than normal for him. So, we saw the pediatrician again yesterday---she was also a bit concerned with his increased abdominal girth and decided to give him a suppository in the office--turns out he really had to poop and was full of gas---he actually pooped on the doctor. I guess I should have warned her to what was going to happen--it was quite funny!

Today his belly is much softer and smaller. He is taking in alot more food than ever before so this is also a reason his belly is larger than normal...his new norm is 70ccs per bottle!
We also had an appointment with Dr. Hittner yesterday to check on his eyes. She said "the baby looks good." Turns out, she's a big baseball fan--Chris and her had their own conversation about baseball while I'm there trying to ask about eye drops and stuff....we go back and see her in 2 weeks!

We've discovered traveling with Coy is quite difficult. He is connected to an Apnea monitor (detects if his heartrate drops below 70bpm or goes above 225bpm and if he stops breathing for greater than 20 seconds), oxygen tank, and pulse ox (detects his blood oxygen level.) So managing all those things, keeping him happy, getting the stroller packed and un-packed, takes some work! I'm sure we will be pros in no time! And don't get me started about the darn apnea monitor! It sounds like somebody put a blow horn next to your ear when it alarms! The company has been out to our house 3 times, once at 230am, when they thing decided to quit working! Anyway--I'm glad for the monitor because it does help us rest easier, but that's only when we think it's working properly! Most likely, we'll have to put up with it for a few more months.

Thanks for the continued prayers and support! Please continue to healing of Coy's heart, brain, eyes, lungs, and stomach! We are so grateful to you all!

Of course, here are some more pictures at bath time! He really likes his camo towel (and it has matching burp cloths!) I guess I should start taking pics at other times too! And we still LOVE our paci!


15 comments:

Allison said...

He looks great!! Glad to hear the doctor appointment went well. You guys continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

The Hulett Family said...

It's so funny to look at him and think "wow...he's 5lbs...he looks big!" because when Jace, my youngest, was born he was only 5lbs 3 oz and he was TINY! ha. =) He's not so little now tho.... weighing in at 19 lbs 3 oz at 9 months. We call him out "cubby monkey" cuz his bigger brother Hank, at 4 years old, is barely 28lbs. He was also very tiny when he was born and has always been extra small for his age.... but he doesn't seem to mind. =) We are so happy to hear Coy is doing well at home and you guys are getting the chance to experience parenthood at it's best (and hardest) moments! We are still praying daily and have faith God is working non stop in Coy and the both of you. What amazing parents you are.... Thank you for showing so many people every side of you all and allowing us to be or feel a part of your lives.

Esperanza said...

Wow.. I have really missed you guys... we just came back from Colombia and I just rushed to check on Coy... He is getting chubby...yeah coy... I can't wait to finaly meet you... you are my hero...
We are so happy to see how well he is doing on his house...
I know you are enjoying every minute of it...
We sent our love...
Esperanza Orlando & Liam Penaloza

Heather R. said...

thanks for the update! reading your daily comments became kind of a routine for me!! its great to hear that Coy is doing so good!

~heather

John & Kelly said...

Love your update! So good to see how great he is doing! congrats on the 4 pounds and way to go on the 70ccs. We are so happy for you guys. Hang in there on that sleep thing!

Anonymous said...

Great to hear everything is going so well! He's an adorable 5 pounder! The months go by so fast so all the annoyances of today will be gone in no time. Don't worry about picking him up when he is fussy. You can't spoil him so if you want to pick him up, pick him up! Early mornings are my favorite time too. To me it's a special bonding time. I love that the house is so quite and it's just me and her. That's the time I cherish most because I know it won't be like that forever. Soon it will be "Hurry up and get dressed for school, you're running late." I will be praying for all that you have asked for as always. Wishing ya'll a Happy Easter!

~j~ said...

So wonderful to see your post today.
your posts were missed.
Coy is absolutely perfectly beautiful and it's nice to "hear" how you are all doing.
Continuing to pray for your precious family.
blessings, julia

Creative Escape said...

Keep up the great work Baby Coy!

5 pounds already, I can hardly believe it : )

Mom & Dad- It really does get so much easier with time! You two will be pros in no time at all.

Best Wishes

: )

Anonymous said...

I am glad to hear that he is doing so well. He looks really good. You will continue to be in our prayers.

Shari Cagle

Coralyn said...

Glad to read he's doing so well!

Nana in Nashville said...

Praise God Coy is 5 lbs. what a miracle he is.He is so cute .We are praying for all your requests."This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it"

Jenny said...

Happy Easter! I'm smiling because its fun to hear you really getting to be a new mom, your doing great! And it does get easier!

Jen

Anonymous said...

Very happy Coy is doing so well. We continue to pray for his total healing and also for the family's stamina. I know you are enjoying your perfect little man!! God is Great!!! Thanks for the updates, I can't explain how much I look forward to them!!

Melanie Prevost and family.

Helen said...

I am so glad that Coy is
doing so well. It is a
great joy for you to have him home. Thank you for sharing with us
about all the blessings and challenges that Coy has had. I learned a lot about life in a NICU unit for a preemie baby. Over fifty years ago, I spent three months of my life in a hospital when I was a 2 pound preemie in Littlefield, TX. Today, I enjoy teaching as an Early Headstart Teacher in Amarillo. Life is great enjoying my family and serving God. Our daughter, Laura is
Stephanie's neighbor. She told me about Coy.
Helenxdbtj

Anonymous said...

Ann Marie, Thanks for the post! Coy is so darn precious. I am so happy to hear he is doing so well at home. The sleep thing is definitely a shock to the system.....everyone warns you about it....but you do not fully realize how hard it is until you live it! But it does get better! Charlie is now sleeping 12 hours every night (its a dream come true!) They say when he hits the 13 pound mark, they will magically start sleeping through the night....and it was true for us! And the way Coy is growing, he will be 13 pounds before you know it!!
Good Luck and continued prayers and love,
Ashley (Hayes) Farrell