Sunday, July 18, 2010

Pictures of Grant

Here are some pics of our sweet baby boy. So now you can all get off my back ;)
We are still doing well. I'm slowly but surely recovering from my crazy week. Maybe someday I'll get on and write more details about the whole experience because it was a wild one! Because my body went through so much trauma, lost so much blood, went into organ milk still has not come in so we have had to bottle feed him. I was pretty upset about it all and felt really guilty but Brandon has been so supportive and I don't hate the fact that he can get up and feed him every other night :)
Grant LOVES to suck! He has to have either his fingers or pacifier in his mouth at all times.

Mimi came out to help for a week and it was wonderful! Come back, Mom!
She definitely spoiled him

All ready for church!

Brandon is so artistic and took these with a blanket we got for our wedding :)
My saint of a sister Tiffani and her husband Mark drove my mom down from Boise when she flew in and then drove home like an hour later!
Here are some pics she took with her good camera..

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Happy to Be Home

Mommy and Grant are home and doing well. Thanks again for your thoughts and prayers. Will try to get some pics up this week of our little guy.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Hopefully going home tomorrow!

I feel like i have been saying this since Monday night but i really think it is going to happen this time. This morning i thought we would be going home today but Lindsay's blood count was still a little low and she still hadn't been moving much on her own. So the doctor decided it would be better for us to stay for one more night. Lindsay is doing well today. Still really sore and tired but she is now able to get up on her own and walk around some. Grant is still doing really well and has been staying with us in our room. So anyway i am pretty sure that we will be outta here tomorrow morning. Lets hope i don't jinx us again by putting this post up.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

No more IV!

I gues that Grant decided he had had enough of the IV in his head. They had stopped giving him anything through the IV this morning but they left the IV in just in case they needed to give him anything else before he went home. The nurse was watching him for us while i helped Lindsay take a shower and when we got done and i went to get him back the nurse that he had somehow pulled the IV out of his head himself. I guess he decided that he was tired of the IV and since no one would take it off for him he would have to take matters into his own hands. It was funny because today Ben and Robbie's boys sent over some letters to me, Lindsay, and Grant. Trey who is 6 was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, and so he has had more IV's, meds, and hospital stays in his short life so far then the average person will have in their lifetime. In his letter to Grant he said, "Dear Grant, you are a tough little guy. IV's in the head are the worst. Love, Trey." Thanks for the letters boys.

Here are some pictures of him without the IV in his head.

Lindsay decided to give him a little mohawk.

Snuggling with mommy.

Our first family picture. Lindsay's face, arms, and legs have been really swollen since the surgery because of all of the blood and IV's she has been getting. The swelling keeps going down and she is looking a lot better tonight.

Cousins came to visit!

Tonight John and Care brought over their kids to see Grant. They all loved getting to hold him especially Carter.

Aunt Tiffani holding Grant

Carter really wanted to hold him by himself but we told him he had to have his mom help him.

Hilary with Grant

Gracie with Grant. Gracie just got baptized last Saturday.

Abbey with Grant.
All of John and Care's girls said that they want to be nurses when they grow up so they were getting good practice with Grant. Carter wants to be a policeman and arrest people. He said that he would even arrest me if i did something wrong.

Uncle John with Grant.
Thanks for coming guys!

More Baby Grant Pictures!

Grant is doing great. He is eating really well every 3 hours. When i feed him for the first time yesterday at 12:00 p.m. it was the first time they had let him eat and he drank the whole bottle (a whopping 15 cc) in about 2 minutes. He has been holding the milk down really well and they have now increased him to 30 cc of milk and have taken him off the IV. He probably would have been able to come out of the NICU yesterday if Lindsay had been feeling well but kept him in there overnight again so they could keep a close eye on him since mommy was having so many problems. We are hoping that when Lindsay goes back to her room they will let him out to see Lindsay.

Grant got to have a few visitors yesterday. Here are a few pictures of them.

Grant got to see Grandpa and Grandma Andersen, John and Care, and Tiffani. Hopefully after he comes out of the NICU today he will get to see some cousins. He will be excited to see Mimi (Grandma Moyes) tomorrow night.

Morning Update

Well it was a crazy evening and i was too tired to post anything last night so i will let you know what went on and how everything is going this morning. Yesterday at about 3:30 Lindsay had another pretty bad blood clot. Not near as bad as the one in the morning but still bad. The doctor decided that she was just losing too much blood and that the bleeding was not slowing down so they needed to try something else. They had been giving her a blood transfusion but thought that she was losing almost as much blood as they were putting in her. They decided that they needed to take her into surgery and see what was going on and then make a decision in the operating room as what to do to stop the bleeding. (Worst case scenario a hysterectomy) They did end up going in and doing a D&C. No they didn't read the scriptures to her, its a procedure where they scrape out any gunk or placenta that might be left over from the delivery.

They didn't find anything abnormal up there so they decided to try a procedure that had never been performed in this hospital but has proven to be pretty effective to stop the bleeding in the uterus. What they did was put a balloon into the uterus that pressed up tight against the inside of the uterus to put pressure on the blood vessels that were still bleeding and hopefully stop the bleeding.

The procedure took about 45 minutes to do and the doctor came out and told us that he was optimistic that the balloon would stop the bleeding. We didn't get to see her until about 7:30 and they had her in observation in the ICU. She was still pretty out of it when we first got to see her but as she continued to wake up and finally was given permission to drink some fluids she started to look a lot better and fell better too.

This morning the doctor came back in and checked her and decided to take the balloon out. The doctor is very happy about how it is looking. There is hardly any bleeding now after they took the balloon out which was the big worry, so hopfully that will continue. They are planning on moving her back up to her room in about 20 minutes and i think that Lindsay will get to see and hold Grant. Horray!

Luckily we have had Tiffani here to help out and keep Lindsay company too. She stayed with Lindsay in the ICU last night for 5 hours while i went to John and Care's to get a little sleep. We swapped spots at about 4 this morning, so thanks Tiffani for all of your help. We have had great family support, my mom and dad came over twice yesterday and john and care came a couple times yesterday too. Thanks to all of you for your phone calls, texts, and prayers. (and robbie for the balloons) Lindsay and I really appreciate them, and things are looking up today. We are optimistic that it will continue that way.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Quick Update.

Grant is doing well i will be going in to bottle feed him for the first time in about 30 minutes. They decided that they want to keep him in the NICU over night just to see how he does with the feedings and make sure he continues to do well. I think that they may be a little over cautious but its good that they are making sure he is healthy. He seems to be doing really well though every time i go into see him, so i am not worried about him at all.
Lindsay has had a rough morning. She has had a lot of bleeding and actually had a really bad blood clot that she ended up basically having to deliver. (2 deliveries in 12 hours and this time no epidural) The blood clot actually weighed over three pounds and so it caused her a terrible amount of pain but once it finally came out she felt a lot better. They think that the bleeding is starting to slow down now and that she should be fine. They are going to give her a couple of units of blood because her blood counts are low from all of the blood that she has lost. They are hoping that the blood transfusion will give her some energy so that she will be able to go and see Grant. She has only been able to hold him for about 10 seconds after he was born and then saw him for a few minutes last night. I feel so bad for her because she wants to hold him so bad, but for now she has to worry about taking care of herself. Things are looking better now, but please keep her and Grant in your prayers. I'll keep everyone updated on how they are doing later today.

Introducing Grant Lyle Andersen!

Grant was born last night at 10:17 p.m. He weighed 7 lbs 8 ounces and is 21 inches long. When he was born he was grunting a lot so they took him to the NICU to check him out. He had acidosis which is a metabolic problem. They gave him some IV's and he was breathing really well last night. They kept him in the NICU over night to watch him but he should hopefully be coming out this morning as long as all of his test look good. Her are a few pictures i got of him last night in the NICU. He is very cute.

THey put the IV in his forehead. He is a tough little guy and didn't hardly cry.

Lindsay is exhausted but hanging in there and trying to get some rest. We will hopefully be able to go home tonight.