Saturday, November 20, 2010

NICU graduate!

I just got the BEST news: Reagan's NICU doctor has decided that she can come to my room tonight! Hooray! So that means we both get discharged together tomorrow. Woo hoo! There is still a little fluid in her lungs, but she's breathing well and eating well, and her little body is working to get rid of it on it's own. They think her hips are fine, as she isn't showing much sensitivity there anymore, but that's something we'll have to keep an eye on. She is sleeping like a champ, and eating every 3-4 hours (at least in NICU under constant nurse supervision and a quiet environment). I'll cross my fingers that will continue. Is it possible to get two good eaters and sleepers in a row? :)


This is her in the Neonatal Continuing Care Unit, where she spent less than 12 hours. Look closely at the blue plaque on the wall (upper right) for her "pod" number. Yep, that's a 12, my BYU vb number! Lucky number 12!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

She's Here!!!



Well...

Honestly, what can you say?

Expect the unexpected...?

We didn't and that is exactly what we got.

Melissa, at her final ultrasound yesterday, was found to have low amniotic fluid. When her doctor came in, he asked, "are you ready to have a baby tonight? Because its happening."

So, it was a scramblefest. Some wonderful ward members stepped up and took care of Billy last night. Grandmas, Aunt Julie, and Grandpa Rod came down to see Reagan Elizabeth Brimhall's first moments in the world.

She weighed 7.1 lbs, and was 20 inches long. Although she was 3 weeks early, she had a 14.5 inch (circumference) head.

Although she is in the NICU, we got some good news a few hours ago, so we're encouraged. Her (baby's...obviously) lungs were slightly undeveloped but early this afternoon they took her off oxygen and she responded wonderfully. Also, due to her breach condition, there was some concern about hip dysplasia but they concluded it was probably bruising. In the first few hours of her life, her blood sugar was low, but that has normalized. The stressed conditions of her birth caused many of these problems.

We are overcome with gratefulness.

We are truly blessed.

This is happiness.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Baby update

I'm 37 weeks tomorrow. I know I've been super bad about posting belly pictures; it's just so awkward to take them! However, I do wish I had taken pictures more regularly. I really didn't get very big until a few weeks ago. I've gotten a lot of nice comments from people who are surprised by how "small" I am for being this far along. I've gained less weight so far in this pregnancy than I did with Billy, so hopefully (with a lot of hard work) that will be to my benefit in a couple of months here as I try to get back into shape (with P90X).
Jay went with me to the Dr last Friday because I wanted him to actually meet the guy before the big day. It's a little different this time around, starting with a new Dr at 35 weeks and all. Anyway, if you want a good laugh, you'll have to ask Jay what he said about my Dr. I'll leave that for him to tell. I signed the paperwork explaining the risks of having a vbac vs a c-section, and we talked at length about it at my first appt. I was pretty excited just to have the option, but very nervous as I started to really think about it! But those plans are likely out the window because . . . she's breech! For the love! There's a slight chance she'll turn, but she's probably too big and too comfortable at this point. So we've scheduled a c-section for Dec 1st. Two weeks. I can't believe we are finally going to meet her in 2 weeks.

Halloween

We drove up to Prescott for the weekend of Halloween. We couldn't pass up pictures with the leaves in the front yard. Gosh, how I've missed having SEASONS!!!

We made it to the pumpkin patch for more pictures:

Halloween twinner bumblebees:

Trunk or Treat:

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Gray Beast

Well, most LDS homes have a piano, some an organ, many a guitar...but drums?




Over the years my kit has grown bigger and bigger. Thanks to my purchase of the Pearl Demon Drive double bass pedal (which I bought with birthday funds supplemented with the sale of my XBOX 360...yes you read that correctly, and the sale of my other double bass pedal...yea, this sucker was crazy expensive...but I did get an amazing deal!) and Melissa's latest birthday gift a few weeks ago (that odd shaped cymbal in the middle there above the second tom drum from the left), I've been hard pressed to think of anything else I could do to upgrade it any further.

I changed the heads out this morning and I am floored at how amazing the whole drumkit looks and sounds.

Now, if I can only learn to play all the fun new gadgets I've added over the years!

Just for reference, below is the drum kit I started with 7.5 years ago when Melis and I got married. This is the one I played in Station J (my old band) while I went to Eastern Arizona College.

Quite a contrast!