Thursday, March 31, 2011


Alot of kids find comfort in a blanket or stuffed they take with them everywhere or sleep with. My son has this little stuffed dog (German Shepherd, I think) that has become his comfort item. My brother-in-law brought it back for him from a month long comedy tour through New York and various other places. Little B loves this doggie so much. We have named him Ruffy. Here are a few pics of B napping with Ruffy.

Friday, March 25, 2011

How did this happen?

This was back when little B was around 9 months old. Somehow he managed to get one foot through the small opening between 2 snaps on his footed sleeper. Our child is talented!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Playing with Fruits & Veggies

Sooo, since I haven't posted in almost a year - let's get back to it. Of course, I will have to back-track to add some posts of other things that have happened in the last year, but we can start here.

He decided he wanted to play with his fruits and veggies on the kitchen floor. I buy them in bulk so he is taking them out of the box and putting them back in, then back out again!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Snow Day

Barrett's first snow day - too cold for him to be outside for long without being bundled up so I went outside and made a miniature snowman then took him out for a brief photo.

Monday, March 29, 2010

First Valentine's Day

I received this adorable outfit for him as a gift at my 2nd shower, hosted here in College Station. He was not in the mood for pics - therefore we had to keep the paci in place.

He was pooped and did not wake up at all for these pics -

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Going Home

Just a few cute pics of the day we brought Barrett home from the NICU. It was such a wonderful day for us to finally be able to hold our baby boy in our arms in the comfort of our home.

all strapped in -

finally getting to sleep peacefully at home in his crib (without the voices, noises, sounds and beeps of the NICU) -

Thursday, March 18, 2010

26 days in the NICU

Let me just start by saying the doctors, nurses and staff at CS Medical Center NICU are wonderful! Barrett, being born 7 weeks early, was not ready to eat on his own. You will see the feeding tube in his pictures below. During his 26 day stay, he also overcame jaundice and a horrible, horrible diaper rash that required his rear to be "on oxygen" and a prescription diaper rash cream. He was gavaged (tube fed) every 3 hours. Daddy went back to work to save his vacation for Barrett's homecoming and I immediately started my maternity leave. I was only in the hospital for 4 days and 3 nights but had a week and a half of hard recovery after his birth. I was not able to drive and stayed medicated on pain killers for a week. I toyed with the idea of going back to work and starting maternity leave once B came home, but I wasn't ready. So, for the next 26 days I was at the NICU at least twice a day for feedings and to bond with my newborn child and Daddy visited on his days off. While in NICU he lost weight and got down to 4lbs 13ozs however they told us this was normal for all babies. The weird thing about it was he was still the biggest baby in the NICU. My heart ached for some that were 1, 2 and 3 pounds - so, so tiny! He slowly started to gain weight, usually anwhere from an ounce to two ounces per day. Not supposed to be born yet, he slept most days and nights only waking for a few minutes at a time. This made learning to eat very difficult for him. The nurses kept telling us that in a blink of an eye, he would start eating and we would be heading home with him. They were absolutely right. Somewhere around day 15, we started trying to bottle feed him. Sometimes he had no interest and other times he would either take part or all of the bottle. All we needed for him to do was take all 8 bottles in a 24 hour period of time without gavaging. This part was very frustrating because we would think, oh this is awesome...then he would get lazy and be right back at what seemed square one. Day 20 came around and he took an entire bottle for me at both of the feedings where I visited, so the NP asked me to stay for a third feeding to see if he would take the bottle - and guess what, he did! I was so happy I started crying. The other parents and nurses in the room were so excited for us. Over the next couple of days they slowly started increasing the number of bottle feed attempts. We went from twice a day, to every other one, to every third one until day 23 when he took all the bottles on his own. Day 24 - feeding tube removed...then Day 25 - still took all bottles on his own...then Day 26 - we finally brought him home :) The NICU has a policy that during cold/flu/H1N1 season that only parents and grandparents are allowed to see the babies and it was limited to 1 guest at a time with a parent being in their at all times with a guest. This was hard for alot of family since they didn't get to meet him til he was almost 4 weeks old. Some did get to see him through the window. So, needless to say, everyone including us was so happy to have him home.

Here are a few more pics...

with my Dad; born on his birthday - with my Mom (my stepdad never came in the NICU) -
with my mother-in-law -

He was discharged from the NICU weighing a wonderful 6lbs, 3ozs. We were told he needed to see his pediatrican in 2-3 days so being discharged on a Friday we made that appointment for the following Monday at which he weighed 6lbs, 9oz and was 19.75 inches long. Growing good! To be continued...