Because of the H1N1 Swine Flu season, no visitors under the age of 15 were allowed in the hospital which meant I was unable to see Claire during my stay. When I realized I was going to be there a week, I asked Pete to try and get a video of Claire so that I could watch it over and over again :) Here is the PERFECT video that he was able to capture.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Well Miss Grace is two weeks old and it has certainly been a journey. We are happy to report that after taking Grace to the doctor, she is cleared of pneumonia and appears to be back to a healthy newborn. She was 7 lbs, 10 oz and 20 inches long. Claire has adjusted pretty well, but seems to cry more and want her pacifier more which are definately natural responses. All in all, we think Claire is doing great and are proud of her. We are also proud of Miss Grace for already growing a thick skin to a few pokes and love taps from Claire :) Here are some pictures...
Pete suggested we try and put Grace in the stroller and thought Claire might nicely push it... the expression on Claire's face in this picture shows how much she did not like this idea. Needless to say it was a short experiment...
Again, once Claire cooperates... Grace is unhappy...
Friday, November 20, 2009
Since coming home, things have been going well. Karen, Pete's mom, has been here helping out with chasing Claire, cooking, cleaning... she has been a HUGE help! Claire will say "baby" and hug/kiss Grace on command but otherwise she doesn't seem too interested in her. Pete and I got Claire a few little toys to make her feel special after bringing Miss Grace home. Grace mostly sleeps, eats, and poops so aside from our lack of sleep - she is pretty low maintenance. Here are some pictures from the last few days :)
One of Claire's favorite TV shows is Backyardigans and her favorite character is Pablo (pictured above)... we found a huge Pablo balloon at a party store and bought this for her. At first, she was scared but about 12 hours later, she warmed up to the balloon.
Miss Grace peacefully sleeping
Snug as a bug in her car seat and ready to hit the town
After many attempts to get a picture of the girls in matching pajamas (and multiple failures) we had a game plan... Once Claire fell asleep, Karen, Pete, Grace and I went into the room and quickly turned Claire over, put Grace down, snapped a picture, picked Grace up and ran out. Needless to say, it worked pretty well :)
We also got Claire a little baby stroller for her plastic baby... or three of her favorite Backyardigans characters
Dad and his little girls
Grace...scared of something (?)
Claire watching Barney as we slid Grace closer for a picture... Claire's 100% attention to Barney helped us snap this picture
Saturday, November 14, 2009
We are happy to report that Grace is doing much better! She still has to go to the Special Care Nursery to get antibiotics, but she is able to stay in the room with us otherwise. We have very much enjoyed snuggling and taking care of her in our room. The doctor said we can be discharged on Tuesday morning so we are very excited about that. Here are some pictures of a much healther, happier Grace Ann...
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Grace is still in the special care nursery. They have diagnosed with pneumonia and decided she needs to be on antibiotics for 7 days so we will be here until Tuesday. She is doing well though. She is off oxygen but still needs a little help from her nasal cannula. She has a feeding tube in and is getting regular feedings of formula. I am able to attempt breast feeding every other time, but they don't want to stress her out so we are taking it easy. She had an IV in her hand that went bad so they (unfortunately) had to put an IV in her head but this way she is pulling at it less. Both Pete and I have gotten to hold her and simply adore her. Thank you for all of your support and here are some updated pictures.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Grace Ann Vandervaart was born at 6:58 a.m. on November 10th. She weighed 7 lbs, 12 oz and was 20 inches long. She is having a few respiratory issues and is on a nasal cannula. She has an IV in her little arm and is on antibiotics. The doctors said this is minor and hope that she will be able to come out of the special care nursery tomorrow. Pete and I are very anxious to hold our new daughter. Here are some pictures of our little Grace.
One proud dad
Mom's first chance to touch and kiss Grace
Mom's first chance to touch and kiss Grace
We think she looks bigger than 7 lbs, 12 oz...
Grace has a matching birth mark to Claire on her forehead
Sunday, November 1, 2009
This Halloween Claire was a princess thanks to a beautiful dress that Grandma Vandervaart picked up when she went to Disney World. We were very impressed with how Claire did this year. Here are some pictures from our evening...
Our pretty little princess...
When we started trick or treating, Claire was unsure that if we put the candy in the basket that she would get it back so she started to hoard the candy.
She definately got the hang of it and would say "Thank You" when candy was placed in her basket. It started to get to heavy so she was dragging it by the end.
She and Jackson had a great time together
(Here she is throwing a fit because we told her we were leaving to go trick or treating and we had to put the lawn mower down)
Our family on Halloween
Trick or Treating at Grandma and Grandpa's house