Sunday, May 31, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
At a playdate this morning my friend Elizabeth said, "Well now you can tell people you live in a gated community!". I love it!
I love you honey!
Flowers in the kitchen...
and in the laundry room....
and in our bedroom...
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
This video was taken on Saturday - the day we came home from the hospital. She just wanted to swing in her swing.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Taking her stroller for a walk at Children's Hospital.
Checking out of the hospital wth all our stuff.
Taking a big afternoon nap at home on the couch.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
She fell asleep on the way home from the hospital. I was exhausted as well from being up half of last night. Jodi let the two of us sleep in the car while he made stops for food, prescriptions and other necessities. We actually stayed sleeping in the car for almost 2 hours, parked in the garage. We both woke up refreshed - just a little kink in my neck :)
Paeton is enjoying a snack with daddy right now - yogurt, pudding and prunes. We need a BM soon as we're going on 48 hours without one. We're going to take the afternoon in stride and see how things go. Paeton is definitely happy to be home and to see all her toys - especially the new ones she received as birthday gifts but hasn't played with yet.
We just want to thank everyone for all the love and support we have received in this journey so far. We feel so lucky and blessed to be surrounded by such amazing friends and family. Special thanks to the people that have done things for us in the past 48 hours who we barely know or who have been complete strangers. It is so incredible to us how God works in mysterious ways.
The 'Happy to be home' Ulrich Family
Friday, May 22, 2009
Paeton started to become alert again just as Grandma was leaving. We decided to bring over some friends to the rocking chair.
This was Paeton before waking up - happy in mommy's arms.
Family pic - all reunited and happy to be together.
Back to catching up with George and the little pig - they are filling Paeton in on what she missed when she was napping. Paeton can't believe she missed Days of Our Lives and Judge Judy
Paeton, George and the new teddy bear (unnamed as of right now - hospital gift from Paeton's speech pathologist, Dr.Baylis) cuddling and watching the evening news.
Getting some love from mommy.
Paeton's i.d. bracelet around her ankle.
Dr.Jensen (surgeon) came to visit and felt Paeton needed some pain meds when he watched her sip juice from her sippy cup. Paeton told afterwards that this was the worst cherry flavored stuff she had ever tasted.
Getting ready to dine on some pudding, applesauce and yogurt. At this point, she'll take whatever she can get.
I thought I'd add this list of the top items we packed for the hospital:
- Blankets/Pillows from home
We definitely felt like we were moving in to the hospital today. But everything has been needed so far and those are our top picks as advice to others on what to bring. It has been freezing cold in our room so slippers, sweat pants, and blankets have been lifesavers.
Paeton is sleeping, the pull out hard as a rock couch is ready for us and The Godfather just began. We're set for a long night of checking vitals, putting ear drops in and anything else that might come our way.
But all in all, we are blessed and we thank God for being with us today on so many levels. God is good. Good night.
Here is Paeton this morning in the Pre-Op playroom waiting for her name to be called. She was happy as could be despite not having breakfast. She was normal Paeton - it was great.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Please pray for us tomorrow. We have been awaiting this day for one entire year now. We can't believe it is actually here and it's time for us to be strong....not for us, but for Paeton. It is so hard. She is the reason we wake up smiling each day; she is the light in our home. We are praying for wisdom for the doctors and nurses that will be performing Paeton's surgery tomorrow. We are praying for strength for Jodi and I to be there for Paeton. We are praying for Paeton to be the tough little girl she is. And we are simply asking God to be there for us.
Paeton's surgery was pushed back to start at 9:15am. We need to be there by 7:45am. She can have apple juice till 6:15am but that's it; no food after midnight tonight.
Right now, Jodi is watching the Brewers game in bed and I'm in the scrapbooking nook on the computer. Paeton has been sleeping for over 2 hours. The dogs are at the kennel. William is on the couch. I've been watching cleft palate surgery and recovery home videos on youtube.com. I'm not tired....