Friday, March 20, 2009

2 teeth!

hey baby!!!

you have two teeth now! this afternoon you were getting a little grumpy and i wasn't sure if you were just sleepy or if maybe your gums were hurting. i felt around where i knew your one tooth already was and guess what...i felt another one=) i wanted to jump up and down by myself but instead i waited for your daddy to get home and i just jumped up and down a little when i met him at the door and told him. you are such a big big girl.

so you are at home now, and not the hospital, and that obviously means that you didn't have surgery tuesday. we got there at 8:30 am and at 9:30 we found out there were a few emergencies in the picu and there was a chance there wouldn't be a bed available for you. and they didn't want to start surgery unless they knew you'd have a place to go afterwards. so very long story short, at 3:30 that afternoon we found out there was no way the surgery was gonna happen that day so we rescheduled it for wednesday march 25th and we took you home. it wasn't really a very fun day, was it baby? better luck to us all next wednesday. i am still so nervous about it but really just can't wait till it's behind you. the one fun part of the day was when i looked over at the stretcher in our little pre-op room and daddy was laying on his back sleeping with you on his chest asleep on your tummy. i could hear both of you breathing (well, he was doing something a little more like snoring) and it made mommy's heart very happy. there's the positive i found in a very bad bad day=)

we took you to the cardiologist today and you weighed 15 lbs 4 oz. and you were 27 inches long. we are very proud of you=) the cardiologist had mostly good news. your pulmonary pressures are still around 30. ideally they would be 20-25, but they could definitely be worse. she's still willing to decrease your sildenafil dose and let your ventilator settings be weaned little by little. she said while you're in the hospital for a week after surgery you could be closely monitored for all those changes and we could just turn it all back if we needed to.

i wanted to tell you something else that i'm a little embarassed to admit to the mass public who read these letters. your nickname is cafery. it's because mama's sweet friend abby has a daughter named eden, and when eden used to pray for you she would call you baby ca-fer-y. so i told daddy that and for whatever reason it stuck. we call you that more than we call you catherine. you might make us stop one day=)

i love you. so much sweet baby. we got some good bonding time this week, didn't we? we had the most fun i think. we took a walk yesterday just the two of us. (daddy and i went on a date while miss pamela watched you, because joanne from uva's nicu told us that was our homework before surgery, and when we got back from our date it was very pretty weather so i decided the two of us should go exploring our neighborhood again. daddy took a nap because that's one of his favorite things to do. you'll see.)

ok sweet love. another big week ahead of you. we'll make it=)



Anonymous said...

2 teeth, how wonderful :)! I love Catherine's nickname, don't be embarassed at all, I love it. Love the progress. I will pray as always that this time goes smoother. I love you guys.

Erin said...

Praying for Wednesday to be a better day! Love you.

PT said...

Katie! Catherine is growing and changing so much -- what a beauty! And what a blessing and an answer to so many prayers!! Hope and pray all goes well with the upcoming surgery.

Paige :)

Deb said... has some really cute keepsake items for important events like first teeth! I got them for my boys when they were younger and they love to look at them now even though they are almost grown men!

Jane - Mom Generations said...

I just wanted to tell you that I read your blog all the time... your words, your letters - they touch my soul and my heart. I will be thinking and praying for you on Wednesday.
Mom Generations

Anonymous said...

We are so happy that Catherine is doing so well! We are continuing to pray for y'all.