Wednesday, November 28, 2007


I meant to post Owen's 1 year check up stats earlier but have been pretty busy. I took these pics today and they nicely illustrate the following information:

Weight: 14th percentile,
Height: 40th percentile...
HEAD: 95th percentile

I think he may be Charlie Brown's twin.

The following two pics may be a tad inappropriate but too funny not to post. When Lex saw the first one she said "That's a-skustin'!". Can't say I really disagree.

Any ideas on teaching you child how to put her panites on not backwards?

Monday, November 19, 2007

All is well

For those of you who didn't know it already Nate came home on the 10th. Sorry if you were still worried. If you didn't know we were home and you were not worried then SHAME ON YOU! Nate could still be in the NICU.

Anyway, we're home. Nate's doing well. He's still breathing too fast but slow enough for us to have him home. We just have to be extra careful about germs and not stimulate him too much. Lex and Owen have adjusted quite well. They both ignore Nate most of the time. Lex has the whole 'been there, done that' attitude most of the time. It took me a week to talk her into feeding Nate so I could get some pictures. She does, however, frequently announce that she can't love Owen anymore. She can only love her new baby. Most of the time she can't love Shane or myself either. We encourage Owen's lack of intrest; he's big on whacking things with his maraka at the moment.

My mom was here for a week. I won't get into that because I don't want to think about how HUGE of a help she was and just how in over my head I am. I really could go on and on about how fabulous my mother is. I will say this, how many moms get up to do the middle of the night bottle feedings and diaper changes? I am a very lucky girl. And also a very sad one. She went home yesterday.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Update on Nathan

Nate is still in the NICU. He's 5 days old now and it is very strange to not have him home with us. His respirations are getting slower but he's still on oxygen and tires easily when he trys to nurse. The good news is that he is trying. We still don't know how long he'll be in there. No one can seem to give us an estimate. It's very frustrating.

I took this pic this afternoon. I love his sweet little hands under his chin.

We were on the news last night. I know some of you saw it. I didn't get a chance to see it. The story was about how busy the NICU is and they asked to film Nate for a few minutes. 5 days old and already making the news.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Baby Nate

For those of you who don't already know... we had our baby last Friday. He was born at 9:03pm weighed in at 7lbs 2oz and is 19 inches long. We named him Nathan Avery Neville.

Since I'm getting tired of telling the labor story I'll write it here and hopefully that will be the end of that.

Contractions started at 4am Friday. Went in to work (@ the hospital) at 7am. Contractions continued all day and I finally clocked out 2 hours short of my full shift at 3:30pm. Walked over to the Family Birth Center. Met Shane walking through the doors. Was admitted around 5pm. Epidural around 6:30ish. Hooray! Though we'd get some rest but the nurse checked and dilation was complete. Dr. called. He showed up just in time to catch baby Nate after 2 pushes. Everything went really well on my end. I'm home and feeling pretty dang good.

Unfortunately, the speedy delivery wasn't so perfect for Nate. He got some fluid in his lungs and after only a few minutes on my tummy he was being given oxygen and whisked off the NICU. He's been there ever since. The main concern is that he's been breathing so fast around 100 bpm when he should be in the 40-60 range. His oxygen level is low also. The NICU nurses are really great and he has an excellent Pediatrician. It's slow going but he's getting better each day. No one can tell us when he'll be able to go home but we're hoping and praying that it is soon. He is a very sweet little boy.

Lex and Owen are doing well. Lex has finally decided to use the potty. We are very proud of her. Owen is starting to walk. He's up to about 5 steps at a time. He is still a very goofy kid.

Shane starts his new (2nd) job this weekend. He has been such a trooper and a awesome leader of our family. We are very overwhelmed right now and I am so grateful that he has continued to put his shoulder to the wheel. We are very grateful for all your kind thoughts, wishes and prayers. Please keep them coming.


Thursday, November 1, 2007

Trunk-or-Treat (costume change)