|Posing on Christmas Morning!|
We have had a little bit of excitement this month!
Besides Finnegan's First Christmas, we also moved in to our first home, and had a baby hospital stay.
|Right after being admitted.|
|Finn and Mommy watching Tangled together.|
When we got there, they told us that since RSV is SUPER contagious, we had to either wear protective garb (mask, gloves, and gown) 24/7 or stay in his room and only leave to go to the cafeteria or to go home. All visitors, doctors, and nurses also had to "garb up" before entering the room. He was super content the whole time. They said that since his symptoms weren't severe, he was simply admitted because of his medical history and as a precaution.
They said the only treatment they would give him (unless his symptoms worsened) was nose suctioning using a bulb suction and saline solution. He liked it more than most babies, but, as you can imagine, he didn't like it too much!
|Finn after they told us we could go home!|
Another follow-up appointment with Dr. Emm a couple days later was very positive. He received another flu shot (his second) to help protect him from getting the flu... let's pray that doesn't happen! The doctor was a bit more concerned about his head shape, so he wants us to go back in to see his neurosurgeon (Dr. Lin) sooner than we had originally planned on seeing him. It is possible that Dr. Lin may suggest Finnegan get a helmet to help reshape his head. In the meantime, we are working to move his head often.
We were happy that Finn was feeling better, but we still had a lot of work to do on the house! Our moving day was scheduled for December 15th (Ian's birthday no less), so we had a LOT to do before that day!
The week of the 15th, I had to work and was not able to take off any days (because if I don't work, I don't get paid), so Ian did a lot of the running around, packing, etc. He did a great job with the help of his dad and brother! When I came home from work Friday afternoon, I was shocked by how much was already done! My dad came and one of Ian's coworkers and Pat also came to help move the "stuff" into the house. We had stuff EVERYWHERE, and we had to make sure the master bedroom and dining room was empty so that the drywall guys could come in to finish the walls on Monday. We were able to get it all done, surprisingly!
It took the guys only a couple days to get the walls done. In the meantime, we got the bathroom finished (we just have to clean up some of the wood from paint drippings) and got a lot more electrical work put together (our dads are awesome!). Finnegan has been suck a little trooper through this whole process! On our move-in day/evening, he slept the WHOLE time. What an awesome little boy!
With his RSV, he had a little bit of a break from therapy since the therapists wanted him to recover, and they didn't want to spread more RSV germs. The Thursday before Christmas his occupational therapist came to his sitter's house to work with him. She said she was quite impressed with his progress, especially since he had been sick. We have been working with him on sitting up and gaining more head control. We also have worked on hand-eye coordination and oral stimulation. He's slowly coming around! :)
Christmas came and went. It was such a magical time for us to see Finnegan with his family and enjoying all the Christmas lights (well... he was actually more partial to the ceiling fans)! Here are some of our favorite moments from Christmas 2012!
After Christmas, we went back to work on the house. We spent a lot of time cleaning off the dust from the walls from the drywall dust so they would be ready to prime, paint, and move into...officially. We finally agreed on paint colors, so the next step is painting, putting up the trim, hanging the draperies, and moving in that furniture! We'll get to staining that trim a little later.
Thursday, Finn had an appointment with his occupational therapist. She was really impressed with his progress! Now, he can sit up with just some support on his midsection (right under the ribcage). He rolled over with help and even started picking his head up on his tummy!
Last night, while we were playing, I put Finn on his belly. As soon as I let him go, he put his arms up and pushed off from the ground. He held himself up! He did have quite an incentive...I was holding a mirror up to him. He for sure likes himself! he could be screaming his head off, and if I show him a picture of himself or give him a mirror to look at, he is automatically mesmerized!
Even though this year has brought us the most amazing gift, it has also brought about some amazing hardships. I'm looking forward to the new year and praying that it brings more stability and good health for all of us!
Thank you for all of your support this year. I cannot imagine how we could have made it through this year without this blog and without the support of all of you reading it. I have started following a couple other families on their journey in the NICU on Facebook, and as I read through status updates, I cannot help but take a deep breath, close my eyes, say a prayer, and hug my little dude. Every Sunday, I pray for families in the NICU and the doctors and nurses taking care of them. I know those prayers are what kept Ian and I sane and kept our little guy safe, so I guess it's the least I can do.
As I sit writing this from the living room of our new home, I couldn't feel more at peace. Even though I'm still not fully employed and there are a lot of unknowns ahead, things have started to calm down a bit. It's hard to feel anything but peaceful when I look over and see my mighty Finnegan snoozing in his swing with his little pudgy fingers on top of his knees, his little lips pouting out, and his little butt chin just being SUPER adorable. What a blessing.
From our family to yours: We wish you a happy, healthy, and blessed 2013!