when I started this blog five years ago, I was a pet sitter and the name animal-crackers made sense. now I'm a stay-at-home-dad and freelance writer, but rather than confuse everyone by getting a different blog, it's just easier to keep posting things here.
Monday, October 31, 2005
Dylan is growing like crazy and weighed 4 pounds 7 ounces last night. Because the NICU is overflowing with patients, he had to give up his comfy isolet for a circa-1910 iron maiden they unearthed in the basement.
Perhaps, I exaggerate.
Josh had a mostly good Halloween. Thunderheads rolled over in the afternoon. While the storm's first heavy drops fell, Josh ran around the driveway catching them on his tongue.
He tried to nap, but woke up three times screaming. Then he spent the rest of the afternoon repeating his magic mantra: "I want to go trick or treat."
He finally did, hitting half a dozen homes on our block. Afterwards, we went to a Halloween carnival at a nearby church. Josh, of course, went bonkers with all the kids, the costumes and candy.
Oh, and the musical puppet show -- "God is bigger than the Bogeyman."
In unrelated news, Josh and I met a friend for coffee on Friday. He took a couple of great pictures.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
4 pounds 4 ounces!!!
Isn't he just adorable?
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
(Note: It's a 5.5 mb AVI file that took 5 minutes, 11 seconds to upload using a cable modem.)
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
For weeks, he had been tearing at the plastic tubes shoved up his nostrils and taped to his face. Sometimes he'd rip them out after only 10 minutes.
Now he has a cannula, a tube that runs across his upper lip. Nurse Tara said he loved it and fell asleep quite comfortably.
Friday, October 14, 2005
Pictures of Dylan
He is small
He wears a knit cap.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Monday, October 10, 2005
Friday afternoon, Andrea visited Dylan as he suffered one apnea attack after another. He had been down to one apnea per day. Now suddenly, he was having one every 5 seconds.
Later that evening, I visited and learned that a piece of Dylan's equipment had failed. It's a machine attached to the ventilator that mixes the oxygen with warm moist air. When it broke, and no one noticed, Dylan was left sucking cold, dry air.
The nurse took Dylan's temperature when Andrea arrived around 4 pm and he was a toasty 98 degrees. Andrea left around 5 pm while Dylan was still suffering numerous apnea episodes.
The nurse took his temperature again at 6 pm and he was a not-so-toasty 94 degrees. I'm not sure if this was before or after they discovered the equipment failure.
The doctor in charge of the NICU called us that evening to tell us they were starting Dylan on antibiotics and suspending his feedings. He didn't know what was wrong or whether it was related to the two hours of cold air.
We slept Friday night with the phone next to the bed.
By Saturday morning, he was showing signs of improvement. And by Sunday he was feeding again -- albeit at half what he was eating before. And he had gained 2 ounces.
He weighed 3 pounds 3 ounces yesterday. One of those ounces was probably water-weight from the IV.
Also, I held him for a second time yesterday.
It seems everything is back to normal.
Thursday, October 06, 2005
A little experiment
I've been thinking about it for a year or so now and finally decided to take the plunge. I shaved my head.
It's strange. Before with a buzz cut, I looked like an average, paunchy, balding man falling toward middle age. But shave that ¼ inch of hair, and I look like I need some tattoos, maybe a lip ring.
Well, maybe not a lip ring.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Dylan cried and tugged at the breathing tube shoved in his nose. Between his tiny wails the ventilator made him sound like Darth Vader. And a sudden rush of activity made the whole NICU louder than usual.
But it was good enough.
He's unbelievably tiny -- 2 pounds 13 ounces. Imagine taking a small sofa pillow and setting it on your chest. That's what he felt like.
The nurse responsible for Andrea's first holding, Terri, was the same one who set me up. And she bugged the doctor into letting Dylan get held twice per day. Can you believe they have to write that into his orders -- like a prescription?
Terri also took some pictures that turned out rather fuzzy.
Monday, October 03, 2005
It's a white jumper with green trim and little pumpkins. He's so small (2 pounds 12 ounces) that the nurses probably could have put two Dylans in there.
Saturday, October 01, 2005
Picture of Dylan
He weighed 2 pounds 11 ounces last night.