Monday, June 29, 2009

Update on Kate and Finn

Kate's Status

It looks like Kate is going to be in the hospital for longer than two weeks. She has digressed a little -- she is now on oxygen and has not latched well at all for the past couple days. The first few times I fed her, it took her a while to latch but then she caught on well . However, the last couple days she has hardly gotten anything from me. She won't be able to come home until she is latching well for ALL her feedings (and right now they are only having me try twice a day) so this will most likely be a longer road than we originally anticipated.

Why She's a Tiny Gal

I forgot to mention in my last post the reason for Kate's small size. During delivery, the doc discovered that my placenta was calcified -- basically just worn out. It looked (pardon the imagery) kind of crusty and shriveled. I guess this is just a random thing that happens sometimes which causes the baby to stop getting the nutrients they need. So it was a good thing I got induced since she wasn't going to get much more from being in the oven...and at least now she is getting food right to her tummy so she can start growing.

Finn's Status

My other stress is having to leave Finn so much while I go to the hospital. I am so lucky to have so many people willing to watch him, but he is definitely confused by the whole thing and is getting sadder and sadder every time I leave. Today he was crying so hard when I left that he was hardly breathing. Of course he got over it soon enough, but it makes leaving so much harder...and then when Kate doesn't even latch at all on top of it, I find myself really discouraged. I just keep reminding myself that it's only a few weeks, and soon she will be home and our family routine can get back to normal...or as normal as it can be with a newborn in the house :)

Above is a picture of my cute little guy that I just took today. Lately, Finn has been really into cowboys. My sister Megan bought him this cowboy hat that he loves. He calls anything Quaker brand "Cowboy Cereal" or "Cowboy Snacks" because the Quaker looks like he is wearing a cowboy hat. He loves to shout "Yee-Haw! Cowboy!" while he is playing. Also, he is really good at counting and likes to count to ten as seen in the following video:

I can't wait for him to meet his little sister!

13 comments:

Jess and Matt said...

Hang in there Ash! You are amazing! Your positive attitude is very inspiring. You're so right- only a few weeks and she will be home with you guys. Latching was very tricky for Brooklyn and I got extremely discouraged, but kept at it and she eventually got it, so hang in there. I'm glad you are getting so much help with Finn, I wish I could be there to help, too. What a sweet little guy! I remember how I felt right after I had Taylor, and Kinzie had to "share me", it was heartbreaking at first, but only a short while later we were in our routine and she was fine. You'll be there before you know it. You're such a great mom!

Kathleen said...

Thanks for posting the pictures - that little gal has lots of hair for someone so new! Can't wait to see her and help you out. And Finn - what a smartie pants! Love you and see you soon.

Annalisa said...

we'll keep you all in our prayers.

tara said...

cheers to you little lady. i can't imagine what that must be like, but it is awesome that you have so much family and friends around there to help out. keep it up pal. pretty soon, she'll be 15 and you'll be like, what the heck happened?? prayin for ya!

Micah and Marilee Woolstenhulme said...

We are so happy for you guys and you are also in our thoughts and prayers! Ashley, you are such a good mom! Miss you guys!

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Jobi Niu said...

Ashley! Hang in there, I'm sorry, that's gotta be so tough. KAte is SOOO CUTE!! I'm so sorry that Finn gets so sad when you leave :( That just breaks my heart. I still need to bring you your gift. CONGRATS!!! Love ya girl

Mark & Nataly said...

That's all got to be tough, but like others have said, "hang in there!" precious kate looks like a little angel. congrats.

Parks' Place said...

She is absolutaly preciouse and beautiful-Jake and I are soooo happy for you. I know you are strong enough to get over this hurdle, and before you know it Finn and Kate will be getting into all kinds of trouble together! You guys are in our daily prayers. Hang in there!

Katie said...

Hang in there =-)

maryirene said...

wow, that would be really hard. i'm so glad you have had so many people to help out during this difficult time.
just heard that she got to go home, so i am so happy that you can try to get into a routine at home now. there's really no place like home. i can't wait to see a cute picture of finn holding kate :) good luck with everything!!

Meghan said...

I was so excited to hear that Kate is already heading home. What a little trooper! I hope everything is going well, Finn will be such a great big bro!

What the Hecklinger?! said...

Um, Finn is a freakin genius. And Taj LOVES that he is wearing "their" shirt in this video!