Saturday, November 03, 2007

Welcome Home To Pink Unicorns and Glow Worms

With so much going on around the Simpson house, I hoped that Avery would be able to enjoy her halloween. She originally told us that she wanted to be a bumblebee, but once we went to the store to get the supplies to make her costume, she decided that she wanted to be a unicorn. She actually calls it her pink horse. The days leading up to the actual wearing of the costume included lots of galloping around the house and neighing.

Fall festivities included a party at the Hart's house on Saturday. They have a neighbor who works at a place where they have blow up bouncer 'thingys,' and of course Avery thoroughly enjoyed herself jumping.

Sunday night we went to the Fall Festival at church, which included slides, jumping, baseball hitting and throwing, rides, and even more jumping.

Since we were getting discharged from the hospital on Wednesday I hoped that we would make it home in time for her to trick or treat in the daylight. Unfortunately it was dark by the time we came home, but Daddy promised Avery, so he and Grammy set off through the neighborhood with their pink horse in tow. They said she walked up to doors and would say, "Thank You," then "Trick or Treat." Just a little out of order, but hey, she's working on manners. That was much better than the treaters we received on our doorstep. Lots of older kids, not even dressed up, demanding, "how about you give me that Reeces and Kit Kat." But that's another story all together.

In Braden news, he's doing well. When he was discharged, they told us his Biliruben count was high so we had to go to the doctor the following morning, as well as the day after that. His count continued to rise, and I got a little worried when they told me that if it reached a certain point he would have to be re-admitted to the hospital.

Luckily, times have evolved so that you can have photo-treatment at home with a handy dandy BiliBlanket. In my head I imagined he would be in a large cart under heat lamps where we wouldn't be able to hold him. In reality, it's a contraption that wraps around him, allowing him to be held, fed, and changed without being taken off of the light. It's fun because Avery calls him her glow worm. His numbers did not go down the first day, but we received news after today's heal stick that they dropped three whole points! Three more to go and he won't have to be on the blanket anymore!

I believe I'm getting spoiled because he sleeps VERY well. I am hoping it won't change too much after he gets out of his newborn sleep mode. Looking back to Avery's first days home, this is a breeze. Last night, I fed him at 11...he finished eating at 12...we went to sleep, and I didn't wake up until 4:30. I am not one of the moms who wakes up a sleeping baby to feed every three hours at night, but with his jaundise right now, they say he needs to eat often. I figured 5 1/2 hours was long enough without eating so I woke him up. He went right back to sleep, and I woke him up again at 8:00 this morning. NICE! The night before was similar, but every 4 hours. Get this, when he wakes up, he doesn't even cry. I just hear him stirring, look at the clock, see that it's probably time to eat, pick him up and feed him, then lay him back down. No pacifier or anything.

Now that I've jinxed myself, I will draw this to a close. My parents are leaving tomorrow, so that means Monday will be my first day all by myself with two kids. Oh my. Please start sending up prayers!


Roxy Wishum said...

WOW! You are so TINY! What a great week for your family. I hope you get to enjoy your great little sleeper for a long time. Our Mark slept a lot like that as well. Now I do. Have a great week getting used to the new family arrangement.


I'm glad Braden is a good baby so far. I hope he stays that way for you. :) He is so cute. I love that picture of Avery holding him. She looks happy about having a little brother. I love Avery's unicorn costume....did you make it? I'm very impressed if you did!!!

Sunny said...

I love Avery's unicorn costume. That is such a GREAT picture of you, Kenny and Avery at the Fall Festival. I'm glad to hear that things are going so well with you and Braden. He sounds like a GREAT baby! Abby Kate was jaundiced when she was in the hospital. She was actually still in her isolette, so she had to "sunbathe" under the phototherapy lights. We still have her "sunglasses". Her counts went down after several days. You have such a sweet and precious family. Your children are gorgeous!

Supabloggasuprememama said...

wow! you are one crazy bloggin mama! I have been behind on all these! I hate it when kids don't dress up. that just makes me mad. ;)

Lerra said...

I'm like Ashley - I got behind on all your posts! Thanks for the pics, & keep 'em comin!