Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Welcome Home Braxton

So Braxton finally got discharged from the hospital today after being in the NICU for 7 weeks. He made such tremendous progress over the past 7 weeks that he didn't have to stay as long as they thought he would. He was sent home on an apnea machine because of his little "episode" he had last Friday (when he was originally suppose to come home) They don't think that he will really have any more since that was kinda a one time thing, but they just wanted to take precautions just in case. So we're not sure how long he will need to stay on it. Hopefully, not long cuz that thing is FREAKIN loud!!! Having him home has been great... besides the fact he peed on me already, the dogs keep trying to lick him and I have to lug that machine from room to room but other than that, we couldn't be happier to finally have our little one with us. My mom was here to help me with him today and she even let me take a nap since I got no sleep last night being at the hospital. I have a feeling it is going to be an interesting first couple weeks trying to adjust to this whole new lifestyle, but it's worth it. Once again, we just want to thank everyone who kept us in your prayers. I know that is part of the reason he is doing so well.

Braxton McKay
Born: 3/7/10
Weight: 3 lbs 3 oz
Length: 16 1/4 in.

Released from Hospital : 4/27/10
Weight: 6 lbs 14 oz.
Length: 19 in

Oh, one of my best friends Kallie finally had her baby today, Easton Henry Brown. He is so cute! Yay! Braxton has a little friend now!!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Month Summary

So here's a little summary of the past month or so, or weeks, or I don't know I have lost all track of time these days!

Jesse held Braxton for the very first time. It was the most special momment for me. I loved seeing Braxton with his daddy! I can't wait for both of my boys to be at home with me 24/7! I love them more than words can describe!

My best friend,Michelle,came to visit and brought her son Colt (I forgot to take a pic with him, I'm retarded) She was suppose to be coming for the shower, but oops Braxton was already here! Michelle is like my other half. So I couldn't wait for her to meet my little one and I couldn't wait to meet hers. Colt is Braxton's "Wingman" and we know they are going to be BFF's!! He is such a good baby! (Seriously, I'm not just saying that!), although he did teach Braxton how to flip people off. haha! JK. Michelle got me hooked on Young and the Restless... and she is obsessed with her Faith Newman toy for Colt, long story.. see Michelle's blog for explanation. Hopefully, her whole little family will be able to come out here when we go through the temple... Hopefully sometime soon!

Braxton loves his Auntie Buchelle!!!

Braxton got his oxygen off and feeding tube out. He looks so cute now that he is wire free!

He is taking all his feeds by bottle! He now eats a little over 1.5oz, well he's suppose to. He does so well at night but only takes 3/4 during the day most times. (I'm hoping thats not a sign that he has his days/nights mixed up!!!) But he is doing so well. We have both gotten to feed him!

My other best friend Tiffany came to visit this month as well, with her husband Jared, and new baby Brighton! We love when they come to stay at "Hotel Rucker"! Brighton is soooooo stinkin cute and she too, is such a GOOD baby! I like to say that Brighton is Braxton's little girlfriend. I think they could be the next power couple! It has been so much fun having Tif here. It really makes me sad that my bestest girl friends live in other states.(Tif, I'm still working on getting Jesse to move to GA, but I don't know if it will happen.)

So here is the latest pic of Braxton (and Me) He is now 6 lbs and 19 in long! He is doing so good that they think he will come home either this week or next! I can't believe it is almost time for him to come home. I am so excited and nervous! So we are going to be crazy busy this week getting everything ready! I will most likely have a breakdown like everyday trying to get his room all put together. So, I appologize in advance to anyone who might suffer my craziness! But seriously, we can't wait to be with our little one all the time.
Oh, and a little note we are working on going to the temple!!!!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

King B Update!!!

So it has been a little while since we have updated the blog so I thought I would take a few minutes to keep people posted of what's been going on. Braxton is doing great. He is just advancing so fast that no one can even believe. He has finally moved to the CCN where he has his own little room that we can spend the night in. It has a tv for us and a little fridge to put stuff in as well. It's kind of like a little hotel room in the hospital for the parents. We will find out tomorrow how tall he is but he has gained over a pound in the last week. So last we posted he was 4 lbs 5 oz, he is now 5 lbs 5.7 oz. So he is getting bigger by the day. He has been gaining on average from 2-3 oz per day. Which is what the nurses want to see. So all we are really waiting for now is for him to consistently take his feedings fully from the bottle on a consistent basis. His feedings are now at 45 CC's, and on average we would say he takes between 8-10 CC's for each feeding. Some feedings he takes more and some he takes less. The most he has taken from one feeding I believe was 22 or 25 CC's. But he still has a ways to come for taking his full bottle feeds. So as soon as he does that we will be able to bring the king home. That's really all I have for an update, but if there are things you all would like to know just let us know in a post and we'll be sure to update you all. The only things we can't update but once a week on Sunday's is his length. So every Sunday we will update his length. As for now, he is doing great and we expect to bring him home in about 2-3 weeks. So we look forward to that day! Thank you all again for the love and support and the many prayers you have all said on behalf of Braxton. We do hope you continue to pray for him cause we know how much he loves it and also have seen how strong the power of prayer truly is.