So in case you were wondering what we've been up to since we got home... I thought I'd post a few pictures and let them speak for themselves:)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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Saturday, October 25, 2008
Yes, we are home... all three of us.
And shortly after getting home, we all took a nap. It was much needed. Four nights in the hospital is LONG enough.... Though most nights, I just reminded myself of all my sweet families on the bone marrow unit who stayed months on end when their little ones were sick (and I quickly realized 4 nights wasn't bad at all).
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Friday, October 24, 2008
Today is the day that we will get E half-way up (recline her steel crib 30-45 degrees). As long as she doesn't have any swelling at her incision site and there is no leaking of fluid, she will be able to get up all the way and do "normal" things on Saturday. As long as she tolerates that, Dr. Fuchs said she may be able to go home Saturday afternoon. YAHH!!! I can't wait to hold her and I can't wait to get her home.
Posted by Unknown at 6:37 AM
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Eden is doing great... we're headed into day three of still staying flat... hopefully the LAST day she has to stay flat. When Dr. Fuchs said "flat" i thought - flat on her back... but he reassured me (many times) yesterday that it was fine for her to roll back and forth and even play on her side, as long as she is not sitting, or as long as her head is "flat" with her spine. So, she's found a way to keep herself busy and entertained in the crib in only those positions. THough I think today may be more a challenge keeping her entertained... we'll see. She was "whining" last night when Josh got here but we decided that it is definitely an attention getting "whine" rather than a discomfort kind of thing...
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
So I thought I'd put a quick post for all you early morning blog checkers. Eden had a GREAT night. I never heard her peep once. And I think I only woke up once (I have NO idea what time it was - but it was early) when one of the neurosurgeons came by to say hi... why do they come by at 4 or 5 in the morning??? I have no idea... but E was sleeping soundly, so I crawled back into my two foot stretch out "chair" and slept for a few more hours. E woke up just a little earlier than she does back home, but nonetheless, woke up in a wonderful mood... ate 4 oz and is now "playing" in her crib... as much playing as you can do flat without any toys about you... Ive requested a mobile, but have yet to see one.. maybe I'll get Josh to bring hers tonight when he comes to visit.
Posted by Unknown at 5:07 AM
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Eden is settled into her room here at Duke and is doing quite well. Aside from the hoarse voice, she is acting much like normal. When we met her in the recovery room, she was crying only to stop when we nuzzled up next to her. Such a sweet girl I have:) She has only been crying here and there, but is easily comforted (praise God!) She never gave us a peep the whole way up to the floor (and after many bumps and turns and noises, I'm quite suprised). She has been wide eyed up until a few minutes ago when she started to drift off, only to wake up again. I'm hoping she fall asleep again soon - she looks so sleepy, I know a long nap would do her some good. I am so thankful for her sweet spirit - God knew she would need that sweet spirit to help get her (and ME) through all this! I was even more thankful for this when the child next to us cried uncontrollably the whole time we were in the recovery room!!!
Posted by Unknown at 10:54 AM
Eden's in recovery. Dr. Fuchs just came to talk to us to let us know that the surgery went well. She is being moved to recovery and we will get to see her soon. He said that they were a little surprised by the cyst when they went in there, it was much larger and on the outside rather than inside the spinal canal. This doesn't change anything regarding her recovery and doesn't mean anything "bad" - just different that they were expecting ("rare" i believe is the term he used... go figure!).
Posted by Unknown at 6:52 AM
Thanks for checking in so early on E. They just carried her to the OR and she should be out in 1-2 hours. We will update again once we see her and know how she is doing. Dr. Fuchs said she should be in the hospital 3-4 days.
Posted by Unknown at 4:31 AM
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Little Miss Eden is going to have surgery again. We had an MRI last week to "recheck" her spinal cord (when she was a few months old, they thought it was "tethered" and then we were told it wasn't). Well, the repeat MRI said it definitely is tethered so we went to meet with Dr. Fuchs, the neurosurgeon today. He wanted to do surgery soon - and they had an opening on Tuesday so we took it. I know its soon and seems like "short notice" but they said the longer she waits, there is potential for the tethering to cause problems with her legs, bowel and bladder. Since we (me and Eden) are planning to go to TN for Thanksgiving, I wanted to allow her plenty of time to recover before trying to travel and Dr. Fuchs didn't want to wait until after Thanksgiving.
Posted by Unknown at 1:34 PM
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Sewn Fabric Cards, blank on the inside or Merry Christmas message.
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My sweet friend Rachel tagged me last week in her blog and I'm just now getting around to posting and tagging other (sorry its taken me so long Rachel!)
2. Diamonds or pearls?
Both! diamonds on my fingers and usually pearls in my ears :) (this is Rachels' answer - but I couldn't have said it better myself.
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
I have NOOO Idea - its probably been a few years... Josh won't take me to the theatre because i always fall asleep
4. What is your favorite TV show?
Grays Anatomy and Law and Order (and I'm also a sucker for Wife Swap - mainly because I think its so ridiculous)
5. What do you usually have for breakfast?
Coffee is a staple, but the actual "food" varies every day.
6. What is your middle name?
7. What food do you dislike?
there's not much I don't like
8. What is your favorite CD at moment?
whatever Josh has on the ipod, mainly worship music
9. What kind of car do you drive?
10. Favorite Sandwich?
California Chicken Salad Sandwich from Village Deli... yummmm
11. What characteristic do you despise?
12. Favorite item of clothing?
my green chinos from Gap - I've well gotten my moneys worth out of them.
13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?
any vacation would be nice:)
14. Favorite brand of clothing?
15. Where would you retire to?
how about the mission field instead of retirement?
16. What was your most recent memorable birthday?
25 - my first birthday as a mommy.
17. Favorite sport to watch?
probably tennis, but thats a stretch... I should say Track and Field to make my hubby proud
18. When is your birthday?
19. Are you a morning person or night?
morning, though I have gotten in the habit of staying up lately crafting:)
20. What is your shoe size?
none, though we've recenlty found out that Eden LOVES doggies... though I don't think we'll get one anytime soon.
22. Any new and exciting news you would like to share with us???
I'm teaching myself to sew.. but thats not really that exciting.
23. What did you want to be when you were little?
24. How are you today?
glad to not be at work and to be at home with E
25. What is your favorite candy?
peanut m&ms or skittles.
26. What is your favorite flower?
27. What is a day on your calendar you ae looking forward to?
Today - its our anniversary and Josh is taking me out (granted I find someone to watch E).
28. What is your full name?
Stephanie Elizabeth Carroll
29. What are you listening to right now?
Regis and Kellly, and the sound of Eden playing (much more pleasent)
30. WHat was the last thing you ate?
31. Do you wish on stars?
32. If you were a crayon what color would you be?
33. How is the weather right now?
perfect.. but its suppose to be in the 80s today... boooo... thats not October weather
34. The first person you spoke to on the phone today?
my mom, yes I talked to her at 7:30
35. Favorite soft drink?
we don't drink sodas, but I can down alot of sweet tea.
36. Favorite Restaurant?
La Forresta and Pei Wei
37. Real Hair Color?
brown with red tints
38. What was your favorite toy as a child?
39. Summer or winter?
40. Hugs or kisses?
depends on who from.
41. Chocolate or vanilla?
42. Coffee or tea?
43. When was the last time you cried?
44. What is under your bed?
my clothes - somehow Josh took up most of our closet.
45. What did you do last night?
worked on a few custom orders for my etsy shop:)
46. What are you afraid of?
47. Salty or sweet?
48. How many keys on your key ring?
5 or 6?
49. How many years at your current job?
2 as a nurse, 9 1/2 months as mommy
50. Favorite day of the week?
51. How many places have you lived in?
3 - H'ville, the 'Boro, and Raleigh (well 4 if you count Wake Forest)
52. Do you make friends easy?
I guess so?
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Thursday, October 9, 2008
I'm having another give-away to introduce the quilted List Taker...
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Tuesday, October 7, 2008
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Thursday, October 2, 2008
Eden had her 9 Month appt yesterday with Dr. Herriott. She weighed in at a whopping 14lb 5oz (still less than the 3rd percentile). On the contrary - her height was 27.5 inches (almost 50%) - what can I say - she is her daddy's child - tall and skinny! Dr. Herriott was pleased with how she looked, though we are still reaching for ideas to help her gain weight more. She suggested adding oil and butter to her solids.. yummm yummmm. Pretty much all those "bad" things you're not suppose to do to fruits and veggies, she wants me to do with Eden's! She does love solids and would much rather eat from a spoon than her bottle. So during feeding therapy we're trying to get her to drink from a cup - and she actually is taking to it pretty well (though its probably not what you're picturing). As long as she stays on her own little growth curve - we'll be pleased.
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