Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Picture Time!

Elaina had a pretty good day today. Once again she's having a little bit of throwing up, it's mostly secretions and bile. They are watching her closely so that it doesn't happen when she's on her c-pap. I talked with the doctor about her cough and stuffy nose, but we didn't really get anywhere with it. She hasn't had any fevers (can you belive it?), so they aren't too concerned. The nurses and respiratory are keeping her nose suctioned to help her be comfortable. They are going to keep a good eye on her and see if it gets better or worse and then treat it accordingly. At least she's turned into a really good mouth breather! She was making all kinds of noises in her sleep as I held her yesterday! The congestion could be one of the several things I talked about in my last post; reaction to flu shot, teething, or a real cold. She seemed better to me today than she did yesterday. Hopefully that's a good sign. Today though she just wanted to be a snuggle bunny. She stayed awake my whole visit, but she didn't really want to play, she just wanted to be snuggled close while I sang to her. As soon as I'd sit her up and try to tickle, or play with toys or peek-a-boo, she'd start to fuss. So I obliged her and just rocked and sang her lullaby's with her snuggled up close. What a sweetie! She did give me some smiles and that always makes my day!!

Okay, it's picture time! These are some of my favorites from the last week or so.
Ben came to visit! He loves to hold her even though she's getting so big! He's so cute, we taught him how to hold his arms to support her head when she first came home from the NICU, and he still puts himself into the same pose now when I put Elaina in his arms. The poor kid's arms are too small for this growing little girl!

Looking at her mobile.
I LOVE the big flower on her headband. I found them at a local grocery store and the flower is just basically glued to a hair clip and detaches from the band! I bought 2 bands (they came with 2 flowers) and an additional 3 big bows. Since they're all interchangeable, we'll be having lots of fun!

My sweet friend Ann sent me this cute pillowcase. I use the pillow to help prop Elaina up when she's playing in her crib, or to help support my elbow when I'm holding her in the rocker. I had a pillow with a white pillow case on it, and housekeeping took it away thinking that it belonged to them!!! Thank you SO much Ann!!!

For the life of me, I couldn't capture a smile with camera that day!
She did give me several though!

"Hmmmm, wonder if I can pull this NJ out when nobody is watching?"

"Oh, just saw my mobile! That makes me happy!"

Silent laughter? Could be, she absolutely LOVES her mobile.
She won't smile at me, but as soon as the music is on and the mobile is turning, she's all grins!

Even in a blue dress with a blue blanket, she's absolutely adorable!

Well, that's it for now! I'm up WAY too late and have TONS to try to accomplish in the morning!


Vanessa said...

We both are up way too late. I'm so glad you got to spend time with friends this past weekend.

I'm happy to hear Elaina is fever free but I hope the throwing up starts to subside.

The pictures are adorable. The first picture I could tell right away that she's getting bigger. It's so nice to see Ben holding his sister. Your kids are adorable.

Hope you have an uneventful week.



The Portas said...

In some of these pics, her eyes look so big and bright. Brighter than I've ever seen before. It's so good to see!

I'll be praying for the yucky throwing up to go away. Poor thing, throwing up is no fun. Hopefully there is just a silly little cause for it and it's nothing to worry about.

Thanks so much for posting the pics! Such cute kids.. And I love that pillowcase, too! xoxoo

Jake & Stephanie Ellinger said...

I think she looks so adorable with that hairbow on! She is looking so much better than the last time I saw her in the hospital. I hope that the throwing up stops; the very same thing happened to Nathan and went on for about 5 weeks before he gotten his Nissen.

And even if she didn't want to play - its always great to rock you baby since babies don't keep!

We are still thinking and praying for you guys.

Tina:0) said...

What a cutie pie! I love the bow/ flower! I always wanted to put things like that in Vaeh's hair, but Daddy doesn't like them & when I did try she's fus like she had a headache!

Praying the throwing up stops soon! She's looking great!

Isabella said...

Look at that cute little bug!!! She is so sweet. She looks so happy and content. That is wonderful to see. Thanks for all of your great ideas. I will have to try the tea.
Praying for you Always

Ryan & Brytten Pettit said...

Thw big flower bow is so cute, I like to call them flower pots! Miss you, glad to see her doing well!

Lady said...

Elaina is STUNNING. Her eyes are so expressive! You can definitely tell she's Mama's Girl. :) :) :)
I'm so happy to see how big she is and to see those gorgeous smiles. WTG Elaina!!! :)

Kathy said...

OH...she's too stinkin' cute! Yeah..you can't put her in blue...she looks blue enough!!!

She looks SO big next to Ben...tell him that he must have HUGE muscles to be able to hold her!!!

I'm glad that she likes snuggling with you...I wish we lived closer..I'd ask her to snuggle with me and Isaac!