Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Just a few....

......of Lincoln's newborn pictures!
Since I'll be sending out birth announcements, I don't want to spoil the fun.
In the meantime, these are a few that didn't get on the announcement, but
I still {loved}.
There were actually quite a few that I liked and so the announcement got flooded
with pictures!

I'm in tRoUbLe

You'll NEVER believe what this big guy said to me today!!
As he was getting himself dressed, he looked in the mirror and said
"The girls are gonna like me!"
Afterwards, he asked for me to give him a mohawk.
Don't know where he gets it from....probably his dad.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Here I Am

How time flies when you're having fun!! I can't believe it's almost been two weeks since we brought our little Linc home! I CAN NOT put into words the pure and utter joy it is to have him out of the hospital and home with his family where he belongs. We've had a few busy weeks with dr's visits, in-home occupational therapy appointments and doing ABSOLUTELY nothing. The first visit was with our Dr. Berry. The first time he met Lincoln was when he delivered him. He hadn't seen him since. So, we took him in and got them reacquainted. He just wanted to get squared away on his current condition. Then the following appointment, he gave him the gift of circumcision (poor guy!).

We met with the team, nurse and occupational therapist, who will be coming into our home a couple of times a month to keep tabs on his weight and developmental progress. The second visit we had a surprise visit from Annie, his OT while he was at UVMRC. We LOVE her!! Too bad she's not his permanent OT!! I have to throw this little story in just because it's classic!!!.... As we were waiting for their arrival, this last Thursday, I was tidying up the living room. Luke had had a bit of a runny nose. With five minutes to spare, I turned around to find that he had left a snot trail all across the couch. Uh ya...that's what I said, a snot trail, much like that of a snail who creeps along his way. I caught a glimpse of him in action on the last one. He had been bobbing his head down on the couch, then would take a step over to stamp the next clean portion of his canvas. I had to get a wet towel and scrub down the couch. That little trick left the couch wet, which in turn, left me no choice but to admit to our guests what had just happened. I pulled out a couple of chairs from my dining room for them to sit on. Children....GOTTA love 'em.

Lincoln is such a little joy. They acted pretty worried in the hospital about how his long term eating habbits would be. Let's just say, there need be no worry! He LOVES to eat. I've heard it a million times, but they say the babies just tend to eat better once they come home. It's true...it's just true! They're with the ones they love getting constant - consitant care and that makes them flourish. I am SO glad to say that the hospital is in the rear view mirror. I knew it would feel good, but I had NO idea how good that good would be! I seriously just want to stand on top of a mountain and scream my joys!! I'm also just i.t.c.h.i.n.g to get out, go on a vacation and just explore! I feel as though I have just received the gift of sight after being blinded and just want to go out and take as much of it all in as possible. Honestly, this feeling is so undescribable and maybe but only a few can relate to. GIVE...that is the other thing I'm deeply desiring. There were SO many that gave to us and I just want to show them my gratitude. (Hey...if anyone has any unique ideas on thank you gifts, please fill me in). For now, I'm working on his birth announcement...so exciting :)!

So here we lay on my bed, Lincoln and I, as I jot down our history and he kicks and coos.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Four Months

We celebrated Lincoln being four months old by....doing absolutely nothing BUT cuddling at HOME! It was wonderful. No rush to take Luke to the sitters. No need to lug my pump and pump kit around. No anxious feelings as we pull into the parking lot at the hospital. No need to make sure to get in a few hours of visit before being kicked out.

He was able to sleep in his OWN bed. Not sure that he quite likes it though. Everytime we put him in, he wakes up minutes later wiggling and protesting. I'm trying to figure out if it's the bed, or if he's too smart for his own good and KNOWS mommy and daddy will hold him. Our first night was long. He acts much like any other newborn and wakes multiple times in the night. I think it's a bit of us trying to get to know each other a little better too.

Scottie is so anxious to be able to hold him any chance he gets. Luke and Savana will be keeping a bit of distance since they have a little cough. I'm assuming that's why Savana is giving a bit of a 'tude in this photo.

I think it's fair to say.....he didn't really like his bath. From the beginning, while undressing him, he let me know he wasn't into it. We made it quick. You just can't resist a freshly bathed baby!

It's been a perfect day!

Monday, March 8, 2010


I know, I know, this was all so.....sudden! When I called in on Sunday, they informed me he was doing REALLY well and if he had another good day and night they would consider sending him home on Monday. Well, it happened! He's here. None of us can really believe it. It's so surreal. Our children are ecstatic. Scottie wants to hold him non-stop and Savana is excited to tell everyone she knows the good news. Luke keeps reminding us how he wants to call him Bubba. As for Scott and I, we couldn't be any happier. Our hearts are so full! We wanted to make sure we thanked everyone and so here the list goes in no particular order (and if we've forgotten anyone, we sincerely apologize):

Mom and Dad Skeem
Mom and Dad Brown
Kellie and Ashley
Conan and Sarah
Shawn and Chelsea
Michelle Lundberg
Mark and Kim Peterson
Jon and Danielle
Reny and Michelle Hew-Len
Megan Bradshaw
Bishop Moss
Carrie Moss
Jenn Messick
Lisa Lara
Rachel Weidman
Janae Jackson
MULTIPLE members of our Slate canyon 15th ward
Jessica Hayward
Dr. Steve Minton
Dr. Cheattam
Dr. Charlene
Dr. Riva-Cambrin
Occupational Therapist Annie
NICU nurse Sarah
NICU nurse Heather
NICU nurse Linda (A.K.A. NICU photographer)
NICU nurse Ashley
NICU nurse Jenn
NICU nurse Emily
NICU nurse Margaret
NICU nurse Brent
NICU nurse John

All of our friends, and even those who did not know us, who constantly kept us in their prayers

Last but certainly not least.....Our beautiful children who sacrificed SO much during this time Scottie, Savana and Luke!

And of course there's no way we could forget to thank our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Another surgery down

Well, hopefully this will be the last one for a long time, if any! Lincoln was scheduled to go in yesterday morning at 8am to have a new shunt placed. When we got there, his potassium levels were off so they wouldn't continue on with the surgery until they could get them regulated. Just our luck! Basically, they would give him a bunch of fluids over the course of three hours, along with another solution(not sure of the name) and he would have to urinate the extra potassium out. If they couldn't get the potassium down that day, we would have to re-schedule surgery for Monday. I was a little nervous you could say. By 11am they were ready to re-test and lucky for us, the potassium was down lower. At about 1:15 they took Lincoln in for surgery. He did really well. When we went into see him, he was wide awake. He was still on the ventilator, but they were trying to wean him off of it. He was NOT happy! He was wiggling and would not hold still. He was trying to figure out how to get the ventilator tube out of his mouth. After they finally decided to take him off the vent, he was extremely content. The neuro-surgeon said he was very happy with the outcome of the surgery. He was very anxious to get Lincoln home. He questioned the reasoning for him having to stay. We informed him Lincoln was only taking 50% of his feeds orally when he needed to be taking the entire 100%. He was trying to storm up some ideas to bribe the NICU to get Lincoln home. We let him know we fully encouraged his idea! Hopefully this week we can get pretty serious about making things happen. When all said and done, it's up to Lincoln. Somehow, I'm going to arrange to be with him as much as possible through out the week to help him master this. I know he can do it. Hopefully with the shunt in place, he will be feeling better and more up to eating what's expected of him. I *HOPE* we're in the home-stretch. This is were my faith comes in again!

Monday, March 1, 2010

More Time

....is what I need.
More time to spend with Scottie, Savana and Luke
More time to be with Scott just relaxing
More time to cook some home cooked meals
More time to be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt
More time to spend with my baby Lincoln and nurse him back to health
More time to be able to go to church
More time to do one of the many things I love...photography
I just need, More Time

Chore Pictures

I saw this idea on a friends facebook page....

Quite ingenious if you ask me! I took a picture of each of their chores and labeled them.

Then we put a magnet on each of them. As they do the chores, they can take the picture off of the fridge. Or vice versa, put the pictures on the fridge as they complete each task.

It's a constant reminder for them what their responsibilities are...no questions asked. And as they grow and their chores change, you can change the pictures.

super smart....

....INVESTMENT. I bought this little guy at Target and I LOVE it!!

OH and this from etsy

Obviously I haven't used it yet, but I'm very anxious to be able to!