Sunday, February 23, 2014

Week in Review

Annabelle is recovering well from her surgery.  She was a little sore last week, and cleaning her bottom thoroughly after every (frequent!) poop has been challenging, but we finally turned a corner on Friday, and she's been feeling great since then.  She has been improving (slightly) with her oral feedings again, and she seems less gassy and uncomfortable.  

We've managed to do a few fun things other than change poopy diapers:  Last Monday, Sophie and I had a chance to visit beautiful New Quarter Park and enjoy the playground there.  We hadn't been there in a long time, and I was amazed at how much better she was at climbing than she was the last time we visited.

Triumphant Sophie after climbing the "rock wall" on the playground at New Quarter Park.
After we got tired of the playground, we explored some of the hiking trail loops in the park.  The two trails we tried were .15 and .2 miles long, which was perfect for an easily-distracted 3-year-old.  One of the distractions was this amazing fallen tree and its huge root ball.
Hiking and loving the fallen trees.
Keegan took a business trip to Charleston, SC this week, so we got lots of help from sweet Grandma and from Grandpa, too.
Grandma and Annabelle
On Friday, Sophie wowed me with her writing skills.  She loves to practice writing letters and numbers on this dry erase board.  
Sophie practicing her writing.
Last night we had a great date night - we attended the annual fundraiser for Sophie's preschool.  We had a great time with our friends from school, and we even won a raffle prize!  We got tickets to the VA Aquarium, the VA Living Museum, and a pool membership for a neighborhood pool that is just a short bike ride away.  We are looking forward to swimming with friends this summer!
Ready for the preschool fundraiser.
Fun in the photo booth.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Home Again

Sorry, followers, that I stopped updating at the crucial moment when we got discharged from the hospital!  We got to go home on Saturday, a full two days earlier than we were expecting.  Annabelle is a trooper and seems to be feeling pretty good.  She is eager to play and smile, although not so eager to drink her bottle.  I was expecting the surgery to put her off her game for a while, though, so we will keep plugging on and hope she starts taking more formula by mouth again soon.  The major problem today is just keeping the surgical wound clean.  There are stitches that have to be dabbed at delicately, and this is not compatible with cleaning up after a messy diaper.  So now we have diaper rash and a fussy baby.  But I hope that as her digestive system gets back to normal after the surgery there will be less messy diapers, and that should help the rash heal.  I'm so glad we're getting this over with, I keep telling myself.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy first Valentine's Day, Annabelle!

We managed to have a nice Valentine's Day despite being in the hospital.  In the morning we were able to start feeding Annabelle by mouth again, and she drank Pedialyte with a very thirsty fervor.  Nana and Granddude took us out to lunch at the Strawberry Street Cafe while Annabelle slept and played with her nurse.  

In the afternoon, the pediatric ward had a Valentine's Day party, and a caricature artist was doing pictures.  I had him draw Sophie and Annabelle - what fun!

Dr. Lanning came by to visit and said everything looks wonderful - if Annabelle continues to do well with her feeds, we may be able to go home tomorrow or Sunday, which would be great!

During the evening nap, Keegan and I went to Bottom's Up pizza, which is the only destination for Valentine's dinner when your daughter has just had surgery on her bottom!

I have the best Valentine around.

Annabelle seems to be feeling much better today and was even up for some playtime with her plastic keys before bed.  I love that little smile!

I have the TWO best Valentines around.  Plus another sweetie at home!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Surgery Is Over!

Annabelle came through her long surgery today and is doing well. She went back with the anesthesia team around 9:20, and I was able to get some breakfast. Keegan arrived and took over waiting while I got a shower and a nap. Keegan and I had a nice lunch and quiet afternoon, and we finally got to see Annabelle around 4. I held her for a while, but she was very sleepy all evening and was asleep when I left to get some sleep. The doctor was very happy with how the surgery went, which is very encouraging. She has started receiving some Pedialyte through her feeding tube. She has a catheter in, so we don't have to worry about diapers for a while. Tomorrow we may start with formula again. I will let you know how it all goes. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Time for More Surgery Updates

Yep, we're back in the hospital.  We arrived this morning around 11, and we checked into a regular room on the pediatric floor.  We've never been in a hospital environment this relaxed - we can eat in the room!  We can walk around the floor!  There are no monitors!   It's nice, but I'm sure things will get more intense post-surgery.

Annabelle has not been able to eat all day, but she has had a steady diet of Pedialyte and laxatives, plus a bonus enema this afternoon.  She has been a trooper (and a pooper, ha ha, potty humor!) through it all.

From last night until this morning, Annabelle was mysteriously feeling awful, not eating well, and having some problems with her feeding tube.  The tube seemed really tight and was leaking stomach contents like crazy, which was really gross.  She was fussy and clearly very unhappy.  We were thinking about postponing the surgery.  And then our surgeon, who I already think the world of, suggested putting a different kind of button into her belly, and her fussiness and discomfort and leaking and irritation disappeared.  This man is a miracle worker.  Still not sure what caused the issue with the other button, but happy that the problem is solved.

I'll update more tomorrow.  The surgery is scheduled for 8:30 A.M., assuming the surgeon and the nurses and everyone else can get here through the snow!