Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Here's a fun pic of Great Grandma Jonna giving Avery a bath while giving me the stink eye...doesn't like it too much yet!
And she has her eyes open for those (Jeff) wanting to see pics of her "not" sleeping.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

2 Weeks Old Today

To celebrate Avery's 2 week old birthday we ventured out to The Design Center to introduce Avery to all my design family and then we headed to Entercom to introduce her to Josh's radio peeps. She was very popular by all. Here is a photo of our precious baby.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Mimosa Sunday!

This morning we celebrate with Mimosa's and Avery off the lights! The nurse came by and took away the equipment and Josh and I couldn't be happier. Finally I get to dress the baby in something cute and get back on "her" schedule instead of the Bilibed. We actually got approx 6 1/2 hours of sleep last night too....thanks to Avery sleeping comfortably and not tied down. Thank you to everyone for their kind words of encouragement.

Saturday, September 6, 2008


We'll take it. We also are allowed to take her off the lights at nine pm tonight. They will come and take blood again tomorrow and if the rate continues to fall then we are done with the lights for good. Keep you posted on progress tomorrow. Thanks!

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Vile #7 has been drawn...

We'll update you as soon as we know the counts. Poor glow light baby!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Down, Down, Down, The Count Keeps Going Down

13.8! Normal levels are considered under 12 for those of you not in the know. The results are not single digits like we had hoped but at least it's down again today. We can also remove the light paddle on her chest at this point which is one of her biggest angst with the whole contraption. Another test tomorrow morning and so on and so forth; we'll update as we know more.

Thanks for all the support!

Tick Tock, Tick Tock

Once again we are waiting for test results from blood drawn at 1. Waiting is hard right now but her color really seems to be coming around. We are also encouraged that she is more active and has grown to hate the bed. Let's just hope that these next results will be good so we can rid ourselves of the glow light baby bed. Update when we know.
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Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Latest

Sorry for all those of you following at home; we did not mean for the delay in updates to be so long. Our hope was that we would get two good blood tests and be out of the woods. Avery's jaundice counts have come down; last night by over 4pts but today only showed her down another .8 of a pt. We were hoping for single digits and to be done with the light setup today. With the new test we have to put both lights back on her and again keep a close eye on what is happening. Needless to say this is hard on us both; Monica is prone to spontaneous tears but we are managing. I'm sure some of you grizzly vets out there may be laughing at us but as first time parents every little bump feels like a coasters first big drop. For these reasons we have been very busy today and have put off some of the updates we promised. Once things return to normal we'll be back up and running with our planned posts. Hope everyone is well; we greatly appreciate all the prayers and thoughts.

PS For those of you keeping tabs on the tie downs for Monica; she did hit a wall yesterday afternoon and got some good sleep over the last 24 hours. Beyond the emotional roller coaster she is doing great, let's just hope Avery gets better soon so Momma will stop worrying.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

OK, Not such great news....

The doctor has already called us back about the blood levels and Avery has a very high jaundice level at this time. High enough that they are sending a team as I write to setup lights and begin some in home treatment on her. Needless to say this has thrown both of us for a loop, Mon more so then I but still its a little scary being first time parents. Please keep your fingers crossed and prayers that the treatment will take care of this thing without further complications. We will update everyone one soon as we know more.

First Dr appointment down

Avery passed with flying colors at the doctor today. She still is a little orange from the jaundice but they say its mild. As a precaution they took some more blood and we should know more this afternoon.

Last night was great, she started with a four hour sleep followed by a two and a half hour sleep. Despite the good sleep Mon is a little wore down today and I'm trying to get her to rest. She seems better every day but still she needs to take it easy right now.

Monica did post new pics through out the blog last night of the past two days. She has also said that she will make a post sometime today so look for that. Also soon to come is my favorite changing story to date. We even have a pic to show the aftermath. More to come soon.......

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Another night in the books

Avery had another good night. Except for one rough patch about 230am she has done great. She loves to eat but is big on the cluster feeding which makes timing a trick. Babies first Dr appointment is tomorrow so we look forward to getting back good reviews. She is a little orange but we have her in the sun today and as said above she is feeding often. Monica is also doing well and getting around better every day.

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Avery's First National Holiday

It's been a lazy holiday Monday. Last night went very well and Avery took a big nap this morning. My day has been spent working with the dogs and doing things for my ladies. Mon has tried to take it easy but I'm telling you I really need some tie downs for the bed. Although the tie downs might make visitors a little uncomfortable, lol. Speaking of visitors we had several today; Amanda came by and helped Mon out with a few personal things and Jewel brought by an awesome casserole for us. Thanks to you both. And then as a topper Steph, Mark and the new cousins came by; bringing more food and some much needed caffeine. It's fun to watch Cade and Ava with Avery and of course Steph is a doting new aunt.

Avery is starting to hit little patches where she wants to hang out. Those short moments right now are a blast unless they happen to be at 330AM. Even then you just try to enjoy the moment as you are constantly reminded by all those around you who already have kids that they grow up to fast. Funny, you are bombarded by advice from the moment you tell people you are having kids; nothing like children to bring out the counselor in people. But I think the funniest bit of this is the new "they grow up fast one", its freaking universal. I was getting groceries yesterday and the bagger mentioned I looked tired. So being the proud new papa I informed her of our new addition and the next words out of her mouth were "oh enjoy these times, they grow up so fast". Unfreaking believable!

Well that about wraps the day to this point. Like I mentioned above I apologize about the lack of posts today but our writers took the holiday off. Please pardon this brief interruption and look for new post and pics tomorrow. Hope everyone had a great Labor Day.

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