Friday, February 27, 2009

Hayden-A Tough Little Guy

Hayden had a very big day today. He was taken off his ventilator @ 10:00am, 15 mintues before I arrived. Great way to start the day. He tugged at the tube in his mouth, letting the nurses know that I am tough and can do this on my own. His IV was then taken out for his pain med. After that wore off, he really started waking up. Ga-Ga (Mary) visted during lunch, and Hayden had his first breast milk of his life. Hanna, Shane (my good friend) and I were able to have lunch outside listening to the waterfall, while catching up on life and parenthood. We even got to enjoy a dance routine by Hanna to Lady Ga Ga's song, "Dance" on my phone. Not to be confused by Grandma Ga-Ga. After lunch Shane and I went to visit our little guy and to my surprise the Dr's cleared Hayden to be held for the first time and I was able to feed him also. When I told Adrienne, she was very happy and a little bit jealous. Adrienne demanded she be released from the hospital (Dr's had already given her the green light. At 4:00, Adrienne was officially realeased from Seton Main Hospital. She was able to visit Hayden for the first time in the NICU today. Immediately upon our arrival, Adrienne started breast feeding Hayden. Let me tell you he is quite the eater and latched on right way. Our gratitute goes out to our Father in Heaven for the continued blessings that we are receiving and the constant calming comfort of the Holy Ghost. What a strength Hayden has been to our entire family. Love to all.

The Funniest and Cutest Video You Have Ever Seen of Hanna

I hope you all love this video as much as Adrienne and I do. This girl has skills.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hayden's Post Surgery Update

I am happy to announce that Hayden's 2 1/2 hour surgery on Wednesday went very well. He went to the OR at 12:30, where we waiting about 30 minutes for the Neurosurgeon, Dr Lee to arrive. I was briefed by the Anasesiologeist on the local he would be given, the muscle relaxer and met the whole team that would be assisting in Hayden’s surgery. About 6 total. Of course he was also on a ventilator during the procedure. At 1:00 he went into surgery and came out at 3:00. Dr Lee and his nurse did a post surgery briefing, where we were able to conference call Adrienne to give her the good news. He did great; the shunt was put in first with no complications. Next was an incision made on the back of his head, picture attached below and a second one (smaller) on his belly. I could not get a picture of that since he has to be on his belly until full recovery. The lesion closure went very well also with no complications. Since it was large, about the size of a silver dollar pancake the Drs had a lot of skin to work with and were able to close the lesion with a vertical incision. He was then brought back to the NICU by our favorite nurse Lei and a few others where he was comfortably placed on his bed. At 9:00PM when I went to visit him at Dell to say good night and drop off what mommy had pumped that night he was sound, sound asleep. The ventilator was on low...low, which is great and he will probably be off of it later in the night or early tomorrow morning. Showers of blessings have been poured upon us and once again Heavenly Father is completely in control of what is happening here. Truly we are witnessing a wonderful miracle of heath, strength and a calming peace that is the Holy Ghost letting us know that everything is going to as planned. Knowing that he is doing well I had a good nights rest at the wonderful Ronald McDonald House next door and I am sure that Adrienne slept well too. Love to our Family and Friends.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hayden's 2nd Day

Hayden had a great night sleep. It is 9:34CST and he has been sleeping most of the morning. He just starting to move around and is showing that he has some good lungs. Hayden's surgery is scheduled for today @ 12:30 with Neurosurgeon's Dr. George and Dr Lee. Since the lesion in his spin is fairly large the Dr's say that is good as they will have a lot to work with to repair the birth defect. He has his CAT-Scan yesterday and his ventricles are fairly enlarged so they will be performing the brain shunt surgery. His surgery is expected to take about 2 hours. Our good friend Lei Streuling is a RT nurse here at Dell Children's Hospital. It was so good to see a familiar face this morning and that she will be helping with his transport down to the OR. Today he looks very good, feet/legs are moving quite a bit, color looks good and he is opening his eyes some more. Dr's said this morning that he is responding very well to everything so far.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Hayden with Hickups

Our Prince Hayden is Born!!

Hayden Thomas Trigg anxiously arrived on Feb 24th @ 8:01AM. 7 lbs 10 ounces, 19.75 inches long. Mom delivered by C-Section and was so strong and a little scared. She did wonderful and I love her so much for all her strength during this time. She is such an amazing woman. The nurses immediately took Hayden for clean-up and to wrap his lesion with basically a foam and cloth diaper. He was stabilized at the NICU at Seton Main in Austin. Ga-Ga (Mary) and Hanna arrived around 10:00 to visit mom and Hayden. Mom is doing very well, recovering from the surgery and trying not to let the pain meds make her crazy. At 12:00, Bishop Brent Allison arrived to visit Hayden and we were able to give him a Priesthood blessing for strength, comfort and healing. He then visited Adrienne to see how she was doing. Love to him and his family for all that they do for us and our entire ward. At 1:00, Hayden visited Mom, Dad, Ga-Ga and Hanna for the last time before he was transported to Dell Children's Hospital. Mom did not want him to go. We all cried again....At 1:30 he was loaded into the NICU ambulance and had a comfy ride to Dell. We are now hanging out comfortably in his room. Every doctor and nurse has been absolutely wonderful at Seton and Dell.

Hayden's surgery to close the lesion in his spine and possibly put in the brain shunt will be done tomorrow. We are still awaiting the actual time of day it will take place. A million thank yous, hugs, kisses and love to everyone who has prayed, fasted and for giving us all there love and support. Adrienne and I are both overwhelmed with the amount of joy we feel right now and have felt through this entire journey so far. It is all because of our, faith, family, friends and most importantly Heavenly Father.

Monday, February 23, 2009

One more day

Hayden will be born tomorrow. Please keep him in your prayers. Prayers have blessed us through this pregnancy.

I have been doing a lot of reading and taken from the March 2009 publication of the Ensign titled "Come unto Him in Prayer and Faith", I would like to quote a part about the power of faith and prayer.

"By trusting in God with faith, nothing wavering we can call to our rescue His mighty power. His call to us is as it has ever been: "Come unto me."

It was by faith, nothing wavering, that the brother of Jared saw the finger of God touch the stones,in response to his plea.

It was by faith, nothing wavering, that Noah erected an ark in obedience to the command from God.

It was by faith, nothing wavering, that Abraham was willing to offer up his beloved Isaac as a sacrifice.

It was by faith, nothing wavering, that Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt and through the Red Sea.

Now the skeptic may say that these mighty accounts of faith occurred long ago, that times have changed.

Have times really changed? Don't we today, as always, love our children and want them to live righteously? Don't we today, as always, need God's divine, protecting care? Don't we today, as always, continue to be at His mercy and in His debt for the very life He has given us? Times have not really changed. Prayer continues to provide power-spiritual power. Prayer continues to provide peace-spiritual peace." (Ensign March 2009 p.7)

Another quote that I read has been strong in my mind from the Gospel of John 9:2-3. The disciples of Jesus asked Christ about a blind man, "Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?" The Savior replied, "Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him."

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

39 Weeks

Yeah, the last of my big belly pictures and the last of Hanna as an only child.

Hayden will be here on Tuesday morning.

We are scheduled to be at Seton Hospital at 5:30am CST 2/24
Delivery @ 7:30am -8:45am
Hayden's surgery possibly later that day

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day 10 more days to go

We only have 10 days to go and already my body is getting totally ready. For the past two days, my right leg has decided to quit working as the relaxin in my hip and pubic joint has made me a wobbly mess. Hayden might be quite the dancer like Hanna too. He does an amazing jello like thing to my belly every night about 10pm. The non-stress test went well for Hayden as far as his heart and amniotic fluid. We'll be in again this week for another.
Today we made it to the Sesame Street Live play where Hanna was totally amazed with Elmo and the whole cast. We had a blast. FYI, the bump on Hanna's head is from playing too hard at the play yard. Here is a pretty bad video and some pics of our fun day. I also have it on you tube.

We have also been trying to keep Hanna busy with play dates so she doesn't get too board with her slow momma. Her two friends Bairn and Blake came and brought her a valentine.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Just Waiting

So from today, we have exactly 2 weeks to go. I went to my regular OB today and everything was good. No unusual swelling in me and no proteins. No dilation and we continue to expect to be on track for the birth on the 24th. Tomorrow we go for another ultrasound and non-stress test for Hayden to check on his heart. I believe that he should be great because when we were at UCSF we had an echo/heart ultrasound and he scored a perfect.

Cutest thing just happened while I have been on the computer....Our church 15 & 16 year old young women heart attached our yard while I didn't even see them. They put cut out valentine hearts on popsicle sticks all over the yard. Gotta say I love that much better than the toilet papering that I used to do.

With all the doom and gloom in the world, it is so nice to feel love and happiness from these girls that just lightened our night and brought us a sweet valentine!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

36 Week Ultrasound

My 2.02.09/36 week ultrasound showed that Hayden was already about 6.5 lbs, chubby face, normal sized head and breech. He continued to have no new findings. The water in his ventricles of his brain had increased but the Perinatologist said that it was once again in relation to the size of his growth. There was no new blood on the brain. But because of his Spina Bifida, we are meeting 2 times a week to monitor my amniotic fluid, his growth, my pre-eclampsia and to do stress tests on the baby.
Hayden looked very uncomfortable under my ribs with his feet and hands in front of his face. He is moving well with the little room that he has, but the 3D ultrasound was hard to get this far along with the little amniotic fluid and tight fit in my tummy. The 3D picture is a profile shot with his hand in front of his face and the regular ultrasound picture is a straight on shot of his face.I feel like I am getting larger by the day, but the doctor tells me I have been loosing a few pounds. I think it was because I wore flip flopps and not my boots:).
And for those of you that knew Scott was in the hospital last week, the love of my life is home and working on recovering. We are again so grateful for all of the service and love and support that we have received through our most challenging times. We have an amazing family that loves us and came to our aid immediately, the blessings of the priesthood, and wonderful friends that stepped up for us when we needed them the most. We can not express our sincerest gratitude enough.

Baby Shower

I was so honored to have a baby shower thrown by my close friends Angela Estrada and Tasha Yatchman. Many other friends graciously contributed their culinary skills as well. The setting was a brunch at Tasha's beautiful home on 1/29 at 11am. The pictures of the party really don't do the decorations justice.

First off, the company was wonderful. I couldn't help but feel overwhelmed at all of love and kindness that was shown. The theme was turquoise and brown all around the house. From the many flowers, helium balloons, hand made cakes, jelly beans, turquoise punch, even to the hand made name decorations. The food was outstanding and just what a prego momma craves (everything). The hand made decorated foam letters we will get to use in the NICU to personalize Hayden's private room.
Another wonderful thing that Tasha allowed was for moms with young children to bring them along. Hanna had such a wonderful time that it really allowed me to relax and have fun at the party.
After the party was over, I tried to keep most all of the gifts in their bags so that Scott could have his own fun reopening all the gift that night in Hayden's room. We really had such a great time and had so much fun opening gifts two times. We are so grateful to all of those that helped us welcome our baby with so many thoughtful gifts. Hayden received many wonderful things and we are so excited to meet him on the 24th!