Saturday, May 28, 2011

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Or not.... While the rest of the tri-state area was gearing up for beach-hopping & amusement-park hopping, we were hospital-hopping. Here's the play by play since I insist that Harlan know one day all about this!
Friday 5/27
6:30 am - Em woke up, which in turn woke Harlan up. I went & got Harlan who immediately started SCREAMING as if he were in major pain. He cycled through screaming & practically falling asleep for a good 20 minutes. While Emory followed me around yelling "Mommy I need juuuuuice!" I called Matt & my Mom. After refusing to eat & throwing up a bit of mucus, we decided it was best to take Harlan to the ER. This behavior was just not typical of our sweet, easy-going little man! I packed them up & left Cam to sleep in until someone could get him to school. Priorities, priorities! Poor Em got his head whacked on the shed as we left :( Momma felt bad, but just like his juice, he was on the back burner for now!
7:30 am - Arrived at Phoenixville Hospital with a sick baby, a very confused toddler & Pop Tarts, our saving grace! Being the mess that I was, I went in to the wrong part of the hospital, the bright red EMERGENCY signs just don't cut it for a flustered, nervous Momma! I walked to where the ER used to be, only to be completely confused as to my whereabouts, but certain that I wasn't in the ER. I returned to the information desk, which was empty. I finally found a desk for a doctor's office, only to be dumbly questioned "Is someone sick?" as my baby cried, my toddler whined when I asked how to get to the ER. Seriously, lady?!?!??! This was clue #1 that this was about to be a very very very very long day! An office worker escourted us through the back of the ER. Em settled in nicely with his Pop Tarts, while Harlan got his vitals taken. As in typical Phoenixville Hospital style, they treated us like I was being an over-reactive parent. Hello idiots, I know my baby & he does not have a little virus or a simple cold. The doc finally came in to see him after about an hour & suspected Intussusception, as he appeared to be a text book case....cycles of pain/calm, pulling his legs to his belly, he had now thrown up 3 times, etc. I have to say, Emory was an angel in the ER. I seriously didn't even know he was there half the time, as he sat quietly munching on his Pop Tart & sipping on his juice that I finally got for him. He was so sweet though, everytime someone came & left the room he would say "Harlan all better now? We go home now?"
Around 8:30-9 am Grancie was our saving grace & arrived to take Em for a playdate! Thank goodness b/c shortly before her arrival he resorted to "fixing" whatever he could find with a real screwdriver that he had found in the diaper bag....don't ask! Daddy had also arrived, which made everyone a feel better. Shortly thereafter, they did an xray of Harlan sitting & one of him lying down.
10:30 am After waiting far too long, they came back to do another xray, this time lying on his belly, as they said they saw nothing worthwhile on the 1st xrays. Harlan was now asleep at this point, so he cooperated quite well, he just laid on the xray film.
11:30 am Harlan napped & woke up feeling fine, seriously, he appeared completely fine! We were discharged b/c they didn't see anything on the xrays. We were told to keep an eye on his behavior & to look out for projectile vomiting, etc. I wasn't convinced that he was ok, but who am I to tell?!?
12:30 pm We arrived home after a much-needed quick stop at Dunkin Donuts. Harlan drank some Pedialyte & part of a bottle. With Daddy back at work & Emory out having fun, we both passed out!
2:30 pm Emory arrived home from his playdate & Mommy & Grancie chatted. Thankfully, Grancie went to pick up Cam from school so the little ones could nap.
3:30 pm Harlan woke up from his nap & seemed normal. I fed him a bottle, only to be thrown up all over on! I swear his throw up launched across the room. I became re-alarmed & decided that we needed to pack it in & head to Bryn Mawr as soon as Daddy got home. Harlan then cycled through miserable/happy & Grancie was here to witness it. We agreed that something was NOT right!
4:45 pm Daddy got home & we flew to Bryn Mawr. Upon arrival, I had to laugh b/c our "very sick" little baby was fast asleep. They quickly check him in & got him back to a room. A really sweet doc came in & immediately called for an ultrasound. Mommy was THRILLED with this!
7:00 pm We took out little guy up for his u/s. As if he were cued, he started fussing pretty seriously right before they started the u/s. Daddy & I were kind of happy b/c we knew that if something was wrong, it would surely show at this point. Our poor little guy got more & more upset as the u/s progressed, but about 2 minutes into it we heard "Oh, there it is!" They found it! He did have Intussusception! I wanted to jump up & down simply with the diagnosis. Not b/c I was happy that he was sick, but b/c I followed my gut & I just knew he was sick & I was right. The doctor then told us "Ok, the next step is to transport him to CHOP or DuPont." Matt & I both must have appeared in shock at hearing "transport" & "CHOP/DuPont." We both assumed that they could treat him here! But, no big deal, we were just happy that he was on the road to getting better!
8:30 pm It was almost time to head to CHOP, so they attempted giving our little man an iv. Oh my....this was heartbreaking. One nurse tried & failed. He then tried again & failed. Once the EMT's arrived, they decided they should try. Ugh....once again failed attempt. Harlan was now exhausted & traumatized. It may not sound so, but imagine holding down your little peanut while they try to stick him again & again & again while he screams.
9:15 pm Harlan was loaded into the ambulance & off we went. Dad followed in our car. Mommy got to sit in the back with Harlan. He was so sweet. He was a little listless, but as soon as I put my hand on his leg, he grabbed onto it & fell asleep.
10 pm We arrived at CHOP & were given a triage room. We had to wake up our little guy to change him into a gown & get ready for yet another iv. This time the nurse did it with minimal trauma thankfully. We hung out & waited while they read the u/s disc from Bryn Mawr.
11 pm They told us that they couldn't get a clear read on the u/s & wanted to do their own study. They did note that they did see the Intussusception, but not well enough to want to follow through with treatment. We took Harlan up & the tech couldn't find the Intussusception. Ugh....seriously?!? The doc made it sound like they were going to send us home, which we were not happy with b/c we knew from our experience all day that this seems to come & go.
12 pm Our little man passed out in the triage room & we were told that we were going to be admitted & kept for 24 hours for observation. We were very happy with this decision, as returning at 5 am didn't sound too appealing has he had another episode.
2 am We were moved up to our room & settled in. Mommy & Harlan slept in the room, with our snoring roomates & Daddy slept out in the very hot/humid car.
7 am After intermittent sleep for both Harlan & Mommy the surgical team came in & said that we would move Harlan onto clear liquids, then formula, then solids & see how he did.
9 am Harlan drank a bottle & did great! He kept it down & was minimally fussy. Mommy & Daddy were a little nervous though b/c he still wasn't quite himself :(
10 am Daddy went home to relieve Grancie & take the boys to spend the day/night with their cousins! Thank goodness for family in times like this! Mommy & Harlan napped here & there & took some walks around the hospital.
12 noon Harlan was cleared for solids & chowed down on some bananas!
3 pm We were told that we were going to be discharged sometime tonight if all continued well!
5 pm Mommy & Daddy took turns playing with Harlan. We read books, played with tampon boxes (that was a "toy" that Daddy offered), took pictures, played Words with Friends & just spent some quite time with our little guy
7:15 pm HOME FREE! We were given the all clear to go home! Mommy told Harlan that this is even more exciting than bringing him home from the hospital the first time. I don't think it was quite that good, but a definite close second!
We are home now & Harlan is sound asleep in his crib. His big brothers are spending the night at Denise's, but I am sure they are anxious to see him tomorrow. Our little man was a trooper to say the least. He was so sweet through all of this & we are so grateful to have him back to normal. Fingers crossed that this doesn't happen again, but if it does, we know EXACTLY what to do! Baby Harlan, please don't scare Mommy & Daddy like that again. If you want some one on one time with us, just ask :) Also, Harlan (and the rest of the crew), we are SO SO SO SO SO blessed to be surrounded with such loving, helpful & supportive friends & family. We wouldn't have kept our sanity without them or been able to give you, Harlan, the undivided love & attention that you needed from Mommy & Daddy if it weren't for them!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Happy 8 Months, Buca!


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Wow...where is time going?!? I feel like Emory shouldn't be 8 months old, let alone Harlan! Here is what our little man is up to:
- Sitting up like a CHAMP!
- Trying to start a little movement during tummy time
- Eating solids 2x a day
- Your face LIGHTS UP when you smile & Mommy & Daddy love love love it!
- You jump like crazy in your exer-saucer
- You can hold yourself up for a few seconds on the edge of the couch
- You are happy 99.9% of your day
- You started sleeping well again (knock on wood!)
- Your day looks like this: 6 am feed, sleep 6-8, play/eat 8-1130, sleep 1130-3, play/eat 3-7:30 (sometimes with a cat nap in between), 7:30 bedtime!
- You think Emory & Cameron are hilarious!
- You weigh 15+ lbs
- You are still tooth-less, but I think one will come soon!
- You are a tummy-time champ!
- You are still a snuggle bug
I think this next month will bring lots of wonderful new things, as you seem to change everyday! You are awesome & your bring our family more joy than you can imagine.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Florida!

We took our yearly Easter trip to Florida again this year. Unfortunately, Daddy had to work, so he couldn't make it, but we had fun skyping with him on Easter. We also got to see Granpy & Grancie on Easter too! We had so much fun swimming, going to an Easter egg hunt, going to Sea World, taking Harlan for his 1st beach trip & just spending lots of qt together with Gamma & Papa! The boys loved the plane rides & were so well behaved. I'll post some pics later!


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