Saturday, November 13, 2010

Hanging Out on the Bilirubin Bed

Micah's bilirubin level was up so he spent his last day in the hospital on the Bilirubin bed trying to bring those levels down. He handled it well for most of the day but sometimes, he just wanted to be held. We took turns patting him, singing to him and talking to him. He would always settle down when we got close. We could only take him off the bed to feed him. I was itching to hold him and love him but knew it was best to leave him there in hopes of him getting well enough to come home.

He started getting small amounts of mommy milk through a syringe and loved it. Since he couldn't be off the bed long, I would pump and feed that to him quickly so we could get him back in the bed.

It was hard to put him straight down after feeding him so Dan would burp him and snuggle with him just a little bit before he went back to the bed.

Jonah's sign

Margie took this picture for me since I was in the hospital and didn't see it. This was the sign waiting for Jonah when he got to school after Micah was born! We love his school and the way they make Jonah feel so special!

A few pics from Margie's camera

Margie gave me her memory card from the day of Micah's birth and her time with Jonah. I picked a few of those pictures to share with you. I love seeing things through the eyes of someone else. And, I love Dan's face in the next picture. The tech came in to set up all the supplies for delivery and obviously, Dan was very intrigued.

Everything was set and ready to go and it was time to push. I told you I was feeling great!

Holding my baby boy for the first time after they cleaned him up. Always such a precious moment for a mom. I treasure these memories with both of my boys.
Margie picked Jonah up from school then headed home for a "project." Jonah wanted to make cupcakes for his brother's birthday. I love these pictures of him working so hard and enjoying the process.

And, he can't go to Margie's house without playing with "his" Ipad. I guess this was while he waited on the cupcakes to bake.
He wanted to make strawberry cupcakes so he did. We offered them to nurses at the hospital and they all assumed we had a girl since they were pink! :-)

The next picture makes my heart melt. What a sweet moment!

You can really tell in these pictures how bruised his face was. The next one with Cathi shows it.

The cute flower arrangement my mom sent us. It got to the room just minutes after delivery!
Thank you Margie for sharing these pictures with me.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Micah's Birth Day: Part Two

After we got to our room and settled in, Micah had his first visitor. Our Student Pastor, Jeff Dowdy came by meet our new fella.

After he left, our most special visitor came to meet his little brother. I could hardly wait to get my hands on Jonah and to see him with Micah. He was totally smitten with him and asked more questions than you would imagine.

He could hardly wait to hold him. It was one of those mommy moments that you never forget. I bought them matching BIG BRO/LIL BRO shirts but the dye from Micah's cord was still very active so I had to put him in something dark rather than his shirt. Don't worry, pics will come soon of them in their shirts with each other.

Our first picture as a family of 4.
Our second picture as a family of 4.

Jonah was ever so curious about Micah's umbilical cord. No amount of explaining helped. Here we are 3 days later and he still doesn't understand why the cord is there.

I read several things online about making your preschooler feel loved and cared for during the birth of your second child. One suggestion was to have framed photos of your firstborn around the room so when he walks in, he knows you have been thinking about him. The other suggestion was to have a gift to him from the baby. We did both but I'm pretty sure that he could not have cared less. All he wanted to do was see his new brother and learn all about him.

Cathi came by after work. She was fully recovered from her "episode" earlier in the day and was ready to get her hands on Micah. I'm so happy that she will hold her own little bundle of joy in just 7 months. YAY!
Jonah has apparently never heard the horror stories of hospital food. He was MORE than happy to eat my tray of dinner. Thankfully, Dan left to go get Chickfila for us while Jonah chowed down on the unappetizing dinner from Halifax.
Margie is a self proclaimed older baby lover. She things newborns are "kind of" cute but she is just fine with the older ones. I'm afraid Micah may have softened her heart just a little.
Jonah just so happened to be there for Micah's first diaper change. TALK ABOUT QUESTIONS!! Wowzers! Then, he almost freaked a little when there was a possibility of some poop on his finger!

After everyone left for the night, Dan got some cuddle time with his little guy. Micah actually opened his eyes several times for him and stared so intently. I think he already knows he got the cream of the crop for a daddy.

Just when we thought visiting hours were over, some of the guys from our church came by for a visit. It was definitely the liveliest/funniest time of our hospital stay. They prayed a sweet prayer for our baby boy and family then left us to settle in for the night. It really was a pretty fabulous day!


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