Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I am going to brave the mall Santa this week and see how John and Megan enjoy sitting on his lap. I will let you all know how it goes.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Over the holiday weekend I taught Tim's family how to play Sequence. I thought of our time together this summer and really spent a lot of time thinking of Grandma....especially since we were playing at her dining room table.
Such great memories!
Turkey, ham, stuffing, and all the trimmings were made by myself and my sister-in-law. We had a wonderful time cooking and eating! Tim's aunt made pies and we all seemed to overindulge! It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without overeating though!
Our final guest left on Sunday at 6 am. Tim, the babies, and I went back to bed and slept until 9! It was wonderful having everyone together and it was great having the house quiet again.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
John weighs 12 lbs 6 oz!
Megan weighs 11 lbs 2 oz!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Here is a link to follow http://www.hrphotodesign.com/proofs/ choose Nickel, enter gallery, password is holiday.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
We had a great photo shoot done by Heather Rogers at an amazing house. I can't wait to see the rest of the photos.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I received a phone call around 6 this morning telling me that my grandpa passed away.
He went into the hospital three days ago to have his gallbladder removed and was recovering nicely.
I talked to my grandma Jean last night and she said that he was doing good and that she was going to pick him up today.
This comes not even two weeks after my grandma Peggy passed away.
I keep thinking about what my grandma Jean is going through and hope that she knows how much we all love her and are there for her. I am sure that it will be a trying time and I hope that she leans on us as much as she needs to.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
I wanted to let you know that the calendar benefiting the NICU at St. Joes is completed and ready for ordering.
I just went on Greta Myers website to make sure that you could access it and to my surprise the twins are on the cover.
Each child in the calendar is either a NICU graduate or a sibling of a NICU graduate. Greta has donated all profit of the sales of the calendar to the NICU. Please feel free to order one (or two).
Here is a link that will take you directly to the web page you need to order. http://gmyers.photobiz.com/cart/product_list.cfm?categoryID=6598
Her website homepage is http://gretamyers.com/
Let me know if you ordered one!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Aug. 13, 1935 - Oct. 26, 2008MISHAWAKA - Juanita C. "Peggy" Heirman, 73, passed away at 12:25 p.m. on October 26, 2008, at her home after a battle with cancer. Peggy was born on August 13, 1935, in Eldorado, IL, to Elmer Bryan and Gertrude Marie (Loney) Whitfield. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, James Whitfield and Elmer (Tollie) Whitfield; and a sister, Neva Jean Yellich; and in-laws, Ernest and Florence Heirman. On March 27, 1954, in St. Bavo Catholic Church, Mishawaka, Peggy Whitfield married Richard "Spike" L. Heirman, who preceded her in death on June 29, 1993. Surviving are their children, Robbye Lou (Tad) Warner of Osceola, EnRico Lee (Amy) Heirman of Crystal Lake, IL, Stephanie Ann (Mort) Sarabakhsh of Fargo, ND, Christina Marie (Brian) Gangl of Melrose, MN, Rex Arthur Heirman of Michigan City, IN, Knute Eric (Kim) of Seminole, FL, and Karen Lynn (Michael) Iannotti of Seminole, FL; sister, Nada "Tootsie" (Clarence) Senger of California; and brothers, Leonard (Julianna) Whitfield of Mishawaka and Bill (Jean) Whitfield of Port Clinton, OH. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Peggy lived in Eldorado, IL, from 1935 to 1942. She then moved with her family to Mishawaka and had lived here ever since. She graduated from Mishawaka High School in 1953 and worked as a cook for Mishawaka School City for 30 years. Peggy was a member of St. Joseph Church in Mishawaka, the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, and was a past member and secretary of ASFSCME Local 3060. Peggy thought her greatest legacy was her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She lit up a room with her smile and laughter. An avid collector of angels, spoons and lighthouses, she made the best pancakes anyone could ever imagine. Most importantly, she lived her life as a Good Samaritan. Family and friends may visit from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Hahn Funeral Home, 505 W. 8th Street, Mishawaka. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30th, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mishawaka, with Reverend Terry Fisher presiding. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Mishawaka. Memorial contributions may be made in Peggy's name to the Center for the Homeless, the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care; or to St. Bavo's athletic department. To leave the family an online condolence or to share memories with the family, please visit our website at www.hahnfuneralhomes.com.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
My grandma always remembered your birthdays and sent a card with her signature kiss inside. My birthday is in December...I am going to miss getting that card this year!
She was an amazing mother and grandmother. She was always there to listen to you or to show support when you needed it. She was a true inspiration to me and a joy to be around.
I had the privilege to spend the past few weeks with her and I know that I will remember our time together always.
My aunts said it best...we had a great time this summer. We all got to spend time together. This would not have happened if not for grandma. I only hope that the relationships that have grown these past few months only continue to get stronger now that grandma is gone.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The good news is that it has not blistered in over a month...yeah!
I spoke with the doctors office about the difficulty drawing her blood for any lab work. They decided that we could wait until she got bigger to do the tests.
Now we just wait and see. If it starts to blister again, or if there are symptoms on other areas of her body we will move ahead quicker.
I will let you know if anything changes.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I am writing to invite you to join my family and I. We are going to be part of a silent auction and fashion show to benefit St. Joseph Mercy Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (the twins spent the first two weeks of their lives there).
The event is the evening of November 13th (a Thursday)
The evenings festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will end with a celebration at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets for the show are $25. All proceeds from the ticket sales and silent auction go to help the NICU! The event is being held at Washtenaw Community College - Morris J. Lawrence Building
Tim, the babies, and I will be in the fashion show and I will be speaking about the impact the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit staff had on our family. It should be a wonderful time!
Let me know if you are interested and I will get you the tickets!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Follow this link to see some pictures of the babies.
These were taken by Heather, a professional photographer. She did a wonderful job and I can't wait to work with her again.
They were taken when the babies were about 2.5 months old.
I will get some newer pictures posted soon!
Monday, October 13, 2008
John has what we believe to be a bacterial infection. We are having a great time with explosions coming out of both ends!
Wow! For a kid who normally poops once or twice a week...8 times a day is a lot!
Being in Indiana, away from our doctor, and away from Tim does not make this any easier....we will just ride it out and hopefully get through it soon.
She sought treatment and when it didn't work decided to live the rest of her life with her family and friends close by.
Recently hospice has been called in and things are taking a turn for the worse.
The babies and I have been in Indiana for two weeks and will remain here until grandma is no longer with us.
This is a stressful time, but I am happy to have so many of my Aunts and Uncles around to lean on!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
The allergist ordered quite a bit of lab work so we went to the lab that they directed us to in an attempt to get her blood drawn and to see if the clustering of histamines have spread to other areas in her body.
Dug around in her arm without any luck. They told me as they were digging around that the needle was probably larger than her veins. My thoughts....why are you even trying then!
They decided that they weren't able to draw her blood and after giving us the materials we needed to collect her urine for 24 hours they sent us to lab #2.
Waited for 35 minutes as other people were getting called back (they arrived after we did).
Finally someone came out to let me know that the allergist had ordered to many labs to be drawn on a child of Megan's size. The lab had called the doctors office and requested a call back so they could decide what labs to draw first and which ones we would have to come back for. The office called back 1 hour and 30 minutes after the lab called them.
We were finally pulled into the back room and they put Megan down on a table. They searched her arms and hands for a vein that would work and could find none. Finally they decided that they were going to try to get at least one lab done by doing a heel poke....no luck there either!
We could go to the lab in the emergency room where they might be able to find a vein to draw the labs (where we would also have to pay a co-pay...and don't at the other labs).
I have decided to wait until I talk to the allergist and get his suggestion.
My poor kids!
Megan's appointment was at 9:45 a.m.
We went straight from there to lab #1. We left lab #1 at Noon
Got to lab #2 at 2 o'clock and arrived back home at 5 o'clock
Our feeding schedule was off, our sleeping schedule was off, and our frustration level was elevated!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
While I was at the gym tonight (the 24th) he rolled from his back to his stomach and then back again!
Gone are the days that I can put him in his Boppy and walk away for a few minutes without worrying about him! Hopefully he stays in the roll over and then back mode for a while before he moves anymore!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
to be improving.
The pediatrician sent us to see a dermatologist. The dermatologist didn't want to do a biopsy because she was so small. He also felt that he knew what the problem was. His initial diagnosis was that it was simply where her skin did not fully form. We were sent home with a special soap and told to put Aquaphor on it twice daily. It should heal quickly. The spot continued to blister.
We went back to the dermatologist to get the area checked and were told that because it continued to blister it was not simply the opening in the skin as he originally thought. Megan had to have a biopsy so that we would finally be able to determine what was happening with her tiny little shoulder. Then we would be able to treat it properly.
This is a shot of her shoulder bandaged up after the biopsy.
The diagnosis..... Cutaneous Mastocytosis.....the dermatologist said that the epidermis shows mild irregular acanthosis and hyperkeratosis.....(still not exactly sure what it all means, so not going to try to explain it to you until I do)
What do we do....we have been referred to an allergist to see if we can get it taken care of....we will keep you posted!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Here are our stats:
Megan's weight and length: 9 lbs 5.5 oz and 21 1/4 inches long
John's weight and length: 11 lbs 5.5 oz and 23 1/2 inches long
Megan is in the 5th percentile for length, weight, and head circumference...on the preemie chart
John is in the 50th percentile for preemies.
The nurse practitioner said that they looked great and that they were doing certain things that 3-4 month olds should be doing! (Technically they should only be doing stuff 2 1/2 month olds can do). She also said that not only is Megan small, but that she was tiny compared to other babies born 6 weeks early.