Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Happy moments

This aught to make you smile, I know it makes us smile. This fun new friend showed up on fathers day June 20,2010, and hasn't made many more appearances until today.

Photo overload

What more can I say, lots of photos from Owens first month plus. There will be more when I can get to looking at the photos Chase has taken of Owen in the studio, until then enjoy our adorable peanut.

My first few moments with Owen after his birth. Falling so in love with this little man.

Getting weighed, holding onto the scale for dear life

After getting all checked out

Skin to skin

With his proud daddy

Lots of hair

First bath

First photo shoot with daddy

Under the bili lights

Sun bathing at home

Sleeping boys

Adorable boy with big grey eyes

Sunbathing with Gus

Enjoying his preemie hooded towel that grandma made him

I'm thinking...

Rocking chair redo

We purchased this ugly blue fabric rocking chair, and ottoman off Ksl for $40 a few months before Owens birth. It didn't look so horrible in the photos on the ad, but after seeing it in person and driving to Layton to get it there was no turning back. We brought it home, and I was so disgusted the more I saw it, so my mom offered to help me re-upholster it. One day when I was feeling decent we went and picked out fabric. I chose an awesome chocolate brown velvet (which my mom has now cursed me for), and then we got to work. Oh who am I kidding my mom did it all, and I'm so happy she did. Even if it did take her almost a month after Owen was born to finish the arm rests. I'm in love with this chair now and can't wait for it have a home in Owens room, and not my closet (where I'm currently feeding and rocking Owen, since our room is so small and there isn't much room.)

The ugly before blue sun faded, spit up all over fabric

After tearing apart all the cushions to make patterns for the new fabric

Beautiful "new"chair (crappy photography, I asked Chase to take this photo but he kept ignoring me so you get crap.)
Chair $40
Material $25 (I still have a yard left)
Miscellaneous padding and accessories $13
Loving my rocking chair...Priceless!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Testing testing 123

On Monday I had to take Owen up to Primary Children's for some tests on his kidneys, not sure what the names of them are in medical terms though. The first test was to check the function of his kidneys, they shot some radioactive dye into his system and then put him in this special machine that could see the dye. He had to be in the machine for 45 minutes, and even worse had to have his arms, and legs held down with sand bags. He had to have an IV also which they had to put in 3 times, since the first two times the fluid was not running into his veins. The third time they finally got a small light and held it under his arm to make it glow so they could see his veins. They were successful in getting the IV in the right place this time. And to top things off he had to have a catheter, which was more for the second test than the first.
While the test was happening, I was able to give Owen a bottle and watch what was happening inside his body on a small screen above the machine he was in. We were only able to see his right kidney, which is ok since we knew his left kidney was bad. We just didn't know how bad. The guys doing the test said they couldn't even see a left kidney.
The second test they were able to take out his IV, and then they shot some high contrast dye through the catheter into his bladder, while they watched on an x-ray machine. Owen then had to pee the dye out while they watched for back flow into his kidneys. They got the dye into his bladder and then were just waiting for him to pee, he wasn't quick enough so they started pouring warm glasses of water onto him to hopefully help him out. Five glasses of water, and a baby floating on the table were unsuccessful. The radiology tech administering the test finally called a doctor in to help her out. He tried a few things and was unsuccessful, so he suggested that they just take the catheter out and watch what was happening. This was a success and the doctor told me right then that his kidney wasn't back flowing. Yay! what a relief.
After getting home from the tests on Monday, I noticed a small "bubble" in Owens groin. I was concerned so I talked to my mom and sister about it. Come to find out that hernias are not only common on my dads side of the family, but they are also hereditary, so I made an appointment with the pediatrician for the next morning. Yep it's a hernia, and will need to be surgically fixed in about six months, unless it gets worse. I still need to call the surgeon that the pediatrician referred us to. We will meet with them to find out what they would like us to do, and probably plan surgery for a few months down the road, since they don't like to put such small babies under anesthesia.
We also met with the Urologist on Tuesday to get the test results. Owen does in fact have a Multi-cystic dysplastic kidney, that is non functioning. The urologist said that for now they won't do anything. Usually the bad kidney will shrink away, while the functioning good kidney will grow in size to about 1 1/2 times what it usually is and will take over the function of the bad non-existent kidney. He doesn't want to see us again for 6 months, when they will do a renal ultrasound to check the size of both kidneys, if the left is shrinking and right is growing like it should then they won't want to see us again for another year when they will check the size again. If everything looks good then we don't have to see them again.

All of these photos are from Owens first test, I didn't want to take any during the second test since they were doing it with an x-ray.

Before getting his catheter and IV, I thought he looked so cute in the little hospital gown

My sweet baby after getting his catheter

Using the light to show his veins for his IV

Super tired from screaming so much, and producing his first real tears

Having a bottle, you can see his little hand poking out from under under the sand bag

The monitor of the test. his right kidney is the yellow spot on the right hand of the screen. There should be two spots but his left kidney is non-functioning and this proved it

Still enjoying his bottle, and the huge machine

Different angle of the machine

Poor arm before taking off the splint, and taking out the IV

Adorable boy in his hospital gown (The tech let us bring this home as a memento)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Zade Colter Worner

Owens first cousin on the Lester side of the family was born Friday June 4, 2010, via emergency c-section. We are happy to announce that all is going well with him and his mommy and daddy, and are happy to welcome little Zade Colter to our family.

Here he is with his proud daddy.

Congratulations to Kelsey and Alan!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Owens due date

Here are a few photos that were taken on Sunday June 6, 2010, Owens actual due date. He was 3 weeks and 2 days old here. We are so in love with this adorable baby boy, and couldn't ask for anything more. All the trouble I had during my pregnancy was all worth it.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Owens first week

I feel like all we did after we brought Owen home, was run run run. Things are finally settling down and we are getting to enjoy our little miracle. I've tried to keep a list on my calendar of all the craziness that has happened starting with Owens birth. I wrote all about that in my last post, and will now post a list of all the fun things we had to do in his first week of life.
Friday May 14, 2010.
Owen is born at 5:37 am
Owen had his first ultrasound of his kidney, it really is multi cystic displastic. He'll have some more tests done in June.
Our bedroom flooded. Thankfully our neighbor was watching and was able to let my mom know, she was able to save our things. The carpet had to be ripped out though.
Owen had to have his blood sugar levels checked about 25 times, his poor heels looked like hamburger.
Lots and lots of visitors at the hospital.
Grandma Vicki bought Owen some preemie clothes, since the shirts at the hospital were falling off him. He wore this adorable blue striped shirt almost the whole time we were at the hospital.
Saturday May 15, 2010
Even more visitors at the hospital
Chase gets called into jury duty May 24th. He tried to get out of it when he was summonsed a few months ago, but even with a high risk pregnancy, and wife on bed rest he wasn't able to get out of it. He was able to get out of it now thanks to having a brand new baby with health complications.

Sunday May 16, 2010
Owen and I were both supposed to be discharged from the hospital. Owen ended up having to stay one more night and be under the Bili lights for 24 hours. He also failed his 2 car seat tests that they did this day. The test includes him sitting strapped into his car seat for 2 hours while they monitor his oxygen levels, he couldn't drop his level at all, and if he did he failed. He had to do the test because he was born 2 days too early, it's something they have to do on preemies. He failed the first one with only 10 minutes left to go, when he started to throw up and his oxygen level dropped. The second try he made it 5 minutes to the end and his oxygen level dropped, causing him to fail again. (The nurses wouldn't let us put a head support into his car seat that hadn't come with it, so his head was kind of slouched to the side for the 2 car seat tests.)
I was discharged from the hospital, but Chase and I were able to stay there one more night under what is called a hotel stay. It's kind of weird to stay in the hospital like that, we got no care and no food, but had a place to stay.
During Owens first car seat test. He looks so tiny in that huge car seat.

Hanging out under the Bili lights, Chase says they are giving him special powers.

Monday May 17, 2010
Owen got off the Bili lights.
Owen passed his 3rd and final car seat test.
Owen was discharged from the hospital.
We went home to my sister Brenas house (we are so thankful that Brena and Jered were willing to let us intrude and come to their house). We weren't able to come home to our house because we still didn't have carpet in our room, and all of our things were spread all over.
About to leave the hospital, as one very happy and lucky little family.

The adorable sign that auntie Brena made to welcome us "home". (Everyone in her neighborhood kept coming over, and asking if they had gotten a baby. When they do get a new baby we'll make sure to go all out for all the neighbors to see.)

Tuesday May, 18, 2010
Carpet was installed in our bedroom.
Owen had to go see his pediatrician, and have his Bili levels checked. He was a little high so we were told to have him lay in the sun when we could, so he could soak up the vitamin D.
We got to come home to our house, Chase spent the day getting things back in place.
Owen sunbathing

Wednesday May 19, 2010
Owen had another Bili check, his levels finally starting to go down. He still needed to lay in the sun though.

Thursday May 20, 2010
Owen has to get his Bili levels checked again. They are finally ok!
Owens umbilical cord fell off.

Friday May 21, 2010
Owen is one week old.
I had to go into my doctor to have my blood pressure checked, it was a little high, but the doctor isn't ready to treat it just yet.