Sunday, October 11, 2009

More pics.
















Rockies Game







We had a blast at the Rockies game in August. Court wore her first hat.

Sizing Courtney Up With a Pig!




Here you go I am attaching a picture of courtney today it is just past her 7 month mark today and she is doing awesome. She is eating some cereal and sitting up very well. She had a really fun summer she was able to to to Branson for a week on the fourth, Estes Park, Rockies Game, and spent a lot of time with mom and dad.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I am a slacker



It is all about the core. She puked all over right after this pic. Can you see it in her eyes.


Courtney with Boden she is flirting showing a little tummy.


Court and her cousin Gavin were going to call him Ga for short.




Court and Ava




A little thumbs up Court is proud of you.

Not a whole hell of a lot has changed. We are in a groove of our new jobs Andreas as feeder and mine as worker. Adam and Nicole had Gavin so that is awesome. Of course he is super sweet. That is all I feel like tonight it is 1030 and I am sleepy.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

More Pics (there are just so many)

So most of these are new but I also attached her 2 day old picture with the killer pig. Other updates in the family and friends, Ty and Steph are close to their due date only a few more days, Adam and Nicole are due in almost a month, Jess and Joe are having a baby dunno sex yet (Jess thinks boy), Brandon and Tara are having a boy, Drew and Shannon had Natalie, Clayton and Anna had Phoebe, Doc Eric and Courtney had Cohen. Hope all is well. A little baby boom in our group of friends.



















Today is the Girls Due Date
















So today is our due date that we were told that the baby was going to be born. Then babies were going to be born. What a crazy last 40 months that we have had. I think that it all started in Mexico in the hot tub (I think, sorry Bobby!). So we are all doing really good here. Life is settling in I am working a ton and Andi is getting used to her new life as a wonderful mother. She is such an awesome mom to Court. Love you guys. -Brian

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Pictures







Been a while

Hey there I am again sorry for the delay. Hope you are all well. We are good we have Court home and we are free of all supplements to normal baby life. No more additives in the milk and no more oxygen. We have adjusted relatively well to our schedules I think. Last night Court slept for 3 hours straight and I think we both woke up and kinda freaked out because we had slept for so long. She is weighing in at 6.8 pounds. She has been gaining about an ounce a day since we came home. She will be at double her lightest weight in 6 more ounces pretty crazy. It is mostly just leg and cheek fat. No real surprises for us here we are really happy to be home. Andrea is doing great running around cleaning in her 5 free minutes every two hours. It feels like a home with the girls here. We are slowly putting the house together, I am on a one picture a night pace right now. Well that is all for tonight short and sweet take care. -B and Andi
ps. Just re read it to check for any big mistakes and I must say it is Eloquent

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Getting Adjusted

We are doing great at home now. Courtney has been getting us adjusted to her schedule and what she likes and doesn't like. Mostly eating and sleeping and pooping. We are trying to feed her every 3 hours right now and we are adding a fortifier to her milk to make it more caloric. She has grown an inch and weighs exactly a pound more than she did at birth (17.5 inches and 4-11) We have the O2 tank and her hose we have to drag around the house with her right now. She is only on oxygen so that it takes less energy for her to eat and grow. Our new doc up in FtC will tell us when we can get rid of it. He said possibly until her due date at the end of April. So it feels like we have been home for a few weeks probably because we have been awake for that long. It is so nice to have the girls here now it is nice to wake up and feel like I am at home.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Home! Yea home home!

We are in Loveland. I have no time this morning but wanted to tell you we were home. Update later.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Feeding

So we are still in Denver today it is almost her 3 week birthday and she is doing really great. She is weighing about 4.6 and keeping her self warm. She is still on a breathing tube and we will most likely go home with her on oxygen it is interesting that we didn't need it for the first few days and now we will take it home. She just doesn't like to breathe and eat at the same time. She did actually turn a good purple color today when I was feeding her it really scares us and makes me mad a little to see my baby with all of the tubes and wires and turning purple. They want to kick us out of here soon they are trying to get her to eat all of her meals with a bottle or boob and they will give her the thumbs up. We are kinda ok with that we are scared to have her at home and only be able to rely on her color to know if she has stopped breathing. Today they said maybe even Monday we don't really know. If she has another one of her breathing episodes and she is not eating then we have to stay five days after that for us to get the ok. Either way we are stuck here the transfer to FtC wont work with our insurance so I will keep commuting. Andrea is doing really great these days she hasn't showered in a few days I think while I was gone this week she may have just sat in courts room and watched her the whole time. Well that is it. I found out that my "style" of writing (yes I have a style) is called stream of consciousness (thank God for spell check).

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Our Girl

Hi, this is Andrea. This is my first contribution to our blog! Our girl, Courtney, is doing well. She is nearing 4 lbs. 2 oz. now and is doing a great job of learning how to eat! She drinks from a bottle once during the day and once at night and breastfeeds once a day. She is building her stamina and eating more and more everyday. She just about finished her entire bottle for Brian last night. We are still at University Hospital, hoping to transfer up to Fort Collins. We are in a holding pattern right now until Courtney officially shows up under my insurance. So Brian and I are just waiting to hear from our case manager. I am a little nervous about the move. University Hospital has been home to me since Jan. 8 and I am quite comfortable with Courtney's nurses and routine. It will be nice to be home, however, and return to a sense of normalcy. Love to all!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

More pics Note:don't try to breathe as fast as your baby you will pass out.




Of course I didn't try to keep up that would be stupid.

Pictures! Your Favorite.
















Going to FTC

Hey there we are nervous and excited today. We found out we might be able to go back to Fort Collins. Poudre Valley Hospital NICU is very capable and is very qualified to take care of Court. I think I am more excited than Andi. I am pretty sure that she has started to think of the 4Th floor here as home. I think she has been at home for 4 nights of the 2009 year so far.

Courtney is doing great she has passed the 4 pound mark today and is out of her isolette and into a regular little crib. It actually just looks like a giant piece of Tupperware with a blanket. It proves me right all of this time I have been telling Andi we could keep her in a Banana box by our bed (she is kind of monkeyish with those hands). She is now on a little bit of oxygen to keep her energy up for feeding. The biggest deal with preemie babies is that their little brain has a hard time keeping up with all of her to dos (eating, sleeping, breathing, pooping, keeping warm). She has been taking a lot of her food from a bottle when we let her and even doing a little bit of feeding from the boob directly. It is interesting because we don't know how much she is eating so we weigh her before she eats and after. So the girls are doing great Andi is moving around just fine now and Court is doing her job and growing.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Alarms for the first time.

Hey there another day in the NICU just watching and trying to get as many things done in between her Cares as possible. I am very tired I think just because of the emotional part of all of this. We had our first little scare with Court today she decided to not breathe for a couple of seconds so her heart rate dropped to 60 and all of the alarms went off in our little corner of the NICU. We freaked and the nurses were super calm because apparently it happens all of the time in here. We gave her a little shake to wake her up and she woke up and snapped out of it. I had gotten used to not watching the monitor for a few days. I am sure I will be back to just sitting and watching her heart rate all day. We had Samanthas little funeral yesterday. It was nice to have that part of this whole deal over with and just be able to think of her in heaven and not sitting in a box waiting to be buried. We had pretty much said our good byes to her when we gave her to Andis uncle to take back to La Junta and mostly on the day that she died. I have to get now and take care of Court. She is a Ninja in that bed she can get out of any thing we wrap her up in. I am proud of her.

Monday, March 16, 2009
















We are growing.

Courtney gained weight today. That is our prayer lately. I think that having the Girls has forced us to enjoy the small things in life. I appreciate seeing my wife without her guts sitting on top of her belly. Sleep. Poopie diapers. Eyes opening and closing. All of those little boring things are in our prayers. We were talking the other day about how blessed our lives are with all of our amazing friends. You are all so great we are the most blessed people in the whole world. We really have not had any crazy changes in our day Courtney is doing great and that is all we want. We did get our bill today for Andis hospital stay not bad at 97,254.00 and no cents. Thank God for insurance we will pay about 750 of that. Finally Andis job is paying off. We are staying at a hotel near the hospital. Soren bought it for us for the week, thank you Soren keep your hands off Sam. Tonight is our first night alone in a room since January 8. Andrea says hi. Love You Guys.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

More pictures I got to hold her for the first time.

The first one is Courtney under the lights getting a tan. Just a base. She takes after Jess already in the booth getting started early. Love you Jess. The others are some fat guy holding my daughter.









Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Pictures of Thursday











Harvest

That is what we are calling our pumping process because I spend a lot of time using the syringe to suck up every little drop of Andreas milk. Our schedule is really easy we wake up and take care of Courtney (change diaper, take temp hopefully it is 36 ish, feed her we are to 12ccs of milk, and hold her a little. She is under the lights for her red blood cell count it is a little high and we are trying to get it down a little bit. We are really trying to get moved to PVH in Fort Collins so that I can be close to work and Andrea can get back to a normal life. Time to hang out with Courtney talk soon.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Samantha, the nurses called her "Sammie"

We just tried to love the crap out of her when she was here. This was not what we expected when we decided to have a baby that is just life I guess. When I imagined it I really thought it would be a day where we would end up in neutral with the happy and the sad balancing us out to grey. It wasn't that way. It was mostly happy and really sad at the same time. It was the saddest and the happiest I have ever been. I did not know what was going to make me the saddest with Samantha now I think it is that she would have loved me simply that is all. I will miss her. The blessing is we have peace in our faith, that doesn't mean we haven't been a little mad. We will never have to wonder what she would look like we will always have Courtney her exact twin. She will have to get two babies worth of hugging, kisses and love. We feel like Sunday was perfect. We were able to hold our girl and the family got to meet her and love her. She loved us back. I can still smell her.


Sorry if the writing sucked just thought I should write something.

Pictures of Courtney