Monday, December 29, 2008

He's off the ventilator!!!!

Andrew had a great weekend...we all did. Saturday morning we found out Andrew had been taken off the oscillator and put on a conventional ventilator. He wasn't on that 24 hours and with being off the pain meds/sedatives as well he just didn't like that tube being in his mouth. We came Sunday and were so excited to see he was only on the nasal canula. He's been off the dopamine for his blood pressure since Friday and yesterday they started 8ml feedings by tube. Today this has been uped to 16ml per feeding (every 3 hrs.).

He's awake more and looking around. He's so peaceful now without the vibrations of the machines bothering him. Things are starting to look up, but he's still got a ways to go. If his resperations will come down to a normal range he'll get to try a bottle. I think this may still be a few days away.

We're thankful for all your prayers!!! We truly see God's work in progress with our family every single day. Alan and I wouldn't be able to do all of this without your prayers. God's somehow allowed us to be calm throughout this process. Please keep your prayers coming!!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

Today has been an Awesome Day. This morning we woke up to three beautiful children ready to see what Santa had brought. We called to check on Andrew and we were told his oscillator setting had come down just a bit (4th day in a row!) and his x-ray looked about the same. The kids played until lunch and we headed out for Tupelo.

Alan and I went in to see Andrew and take him a few things for Christmas...and we were the one he surprised with gifts. He was moving around so much, which is a huge change from being sedated most of the day. We talked to him for a bit and told him today is Jesus Birthday and we told him about the gifts Santa had brought. He began to open his eyes, just as he has tried the last day or so, and today he was able to open BOTH eyes!!! They've been so swollen he hasn't been able to get his right one open. He kept them open for an hour and moved around and held a finger here in there. We finally left because he was getting a little excited and trying to pull at his tubes. We had to let him rest.

The settings on his oxygen have come down to 42 and the nitrous was at 6.8 when we left. This is awesome considering the nitrous is what is showing the Pulmonary Hyper Tension is improving...meaning the setting coming down is showing improvements in his actual problem. His dopamine has gone up just a little, but he's still maintaining all his stats.

We've had a wonderful Christmas, thank you Jesus!!

Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Eve...

Alan and I are waiting to go in to see Andrew. I saw him earlier today and I thought he was looking a little bigger. We had noticed he was getting a little roll under his chin yesterday. It's because he's gained 12 ounces in fluid and swelling! They told me to expect him to loose a good bit of weight after coming off the machines, but that would be a good thing.

His dopamine was turned back up this morning. They were cleaning his tubes and things and of course he got a little testy. But he's been maintaining a good blood pressure the rest of the day. The amplitude on the oscillator has been turned down twice today and it's now at 29. The pressure is around 14. To Alan and I this is a really big deal considering the amount of support it was providing him over the weekend. The oscillator is a type of ventilator and they have told us he will step down to a conventional ventilator when the time comes. Right now he's staying somewhat sedated to keep him from trying to breathe over the machines. He just needs to relax and let his medicine and machines do the work. He's been doing a great job with that since early Monday.

We haven't heard about an x-ray of his lungs in the last day or so. We'll ask about that when we go in tonight.

We've been hearing about all sorts of people from all over praying for our family. We really appreciate the prayers and we can see God's work in progress. Thank you all!!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

We have found a donor for Andrew. My sister-in-law Tiffine is able to donate to him. Right now the doctor said we need one donor because that will give for units for an infant. He will only possibly need 2-3 more transfusions. We appreciate all that quickly replied as good donors. We may need you in the future, but right now were okay.

No new news this afternoon...and that's good news!!! His oxygen is slowly being brought down, the pressure on the oscillator is about 14.5 right now and that's wonderful compared to 24 over the weekend. He's still maintaining his blood pressure with the dopamine.

They admitted a new baby while we were there this morning. It's so hard to see other children coming in there. They're in a wonderful place, but I know that's another family going through a difficult time. Please continue to pray for Andrew and for all the babies in the NICU.

I'll update again tomorrow sometime after lunch, hopefully.

Andrew Update

Sorry we haven't been able to update anything. We've been busy back and forth to Tupelo, taking care of Hannah, Hollise, and Houston and recovering....needless to say Alan's tired!!!

Andrew has Pulmonary Hyper Tension, Low Blood Pressure problems, and Premature Lungs. His x-rays over the past few days have shown a little improvement to his lungs. Sunday Andrew had several setbacks that ended up as improvements. The tube to his lungs was a little small and allow air to leak. He was getting extra gas on is tummy and he was trying to compensate and breathe over his oscillator (not sure of spell?) which was causing his stats to not look good. His blood gases weren't getting better and were actually starting to look worse. They reintubated (spell?) him and put a better size tube in, made changes to his oscillator (type of ventilator) through the night and since Monday around 4 a.m. he has been stable and consistent with his numbers. His blood gases have continued to improve which tells them they are moving in the right directions with his machine settings.

He has been on antibiotics since he was at OCH to prevent any infection. He was having blood pressure problems between 2 and 4 a.m. where his blood pressure would drop really low and that hasn't happened in two nights...Thank you Jesus!! He is on Dopamine for his blood pressure and they've lowered that over the last day. His oxygen level continues to go up and down depending on the last time they had to work with him. We were getting so excited as his oxygen would come down but we've come to learn this will just about go up and come down every single day. He did have to have a blood transfusion yesterday. Newborns don't create new blood cells until they're about 3 months old. They've been testing his blood gases so often they're having to replace his blood.

A good day for us right now is when he's stable and thankfully this has been the case since 4 a.m. Monday. We're waiting to go in to see him now. Please check out information on Pulmonary Hyper Tension. Andrew is very touchy. He doesn't like any stimulation..good or bad. I've been able to hold him one time and bless his heart he cried. He doesn't like to be moved, rubbed, or even have a diaper changed!! He's very sensitive to noises and we pretty much leave him alone. We can touch the top of his head and he appears to be happy with that. He does move around a bit when Alan and I talk to him.

We'll have a chance to update again tonight.

**Andrew's blood type is A+ and he may have to have 2-3 more transfusions depending on his time here. He can have A+, A-, O+, and O-. If you are able to donate to him please let us know so that we can put you on the list to donate as soon as possible.

Thanks..or email address is Thank you so much for your prayers and please keep them coming.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Update on Andrew

Today has been a bit crazy for us. Around 4:30 a.m. one of Andrew's doctors came to our room and told us he needed to be transported to Tupelo. Andrew had been having some trouble with his lungs and after treating him with meds here and observation they decided it was time to transport him. Alan went to see him around lunch today (i'm still in hospital) and was able to spend about 45 mins with him.

When he hears our voices or feels us touching him his numbers start to rise and he gets a little more relaxed. He's on 96% oxygen this evening to keep him from having to work so hard on his own. He has Pulmonary Hyper Tension and my understanding of this today is he's not able to get proper blood flow through his lungs to carry oxygen to his heart.

We will try to keep everyone updated as best we can. I'll "try" to update after Alan and I visit him tomorrow. Please keep Andrew in your prayers. He's a strong little boy and likes to be left alone. He doesn't like people bothering him...he's like his Daddy. Also, keep Hannah, Hollise, and Houston in your prayers. They're going through a big change right now.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Andrew has arrived!!!

Hi everyone..we're so happy Andrew is finally here. He was born this morning at 10:49 and weighs 6lbs 3.1oz and 19 inches long. To Alan and I he looks like such a chunk!! He's almost double what Houston weighed and he's 4 inches long than he was.

The Lord has blessed us with 4 amazing children. I can't tell you all how lucky we feel. Andrew looks so much like Hannah, but at the same time he looks so much like my brother Randle. He is on oxygen tonight, it was at 80% around 6 tonight, due to his lungs being a little wet/damp. He was breathing so hard and heavy so the oxygen is giving him a break. They're watching him very close and giving him antibiotics just to be proactive with his chest. Keep in your prayers please.

Surgery went well for me and I've already been walking around and going to the nursery and back. So I'm really doing good!! Enjoy some of our pics and we love you all!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Happy Birthday Hannah, Hollise, and Houston!!!!!

WOW...they're 2 today!! Can you believe it? Time is going by so fast...I wish I could get down on the floor and play with them right now. They're so funny today running around telling each other Happy Birthday. This morning I asked Hollise whose birthday it is and she says "Hannah Birhtday, Bubba Birthday" it your Birthday Hollise?..."yes"..more like "yeth" She likes that it's her bubba's and sister's birthday too. I'll have to remind her that at age 16 when she tells me she's tired of sharing everything :)

We have an unltrasound later today. I'll get back on this afternoon and update you all on that...surely Andrew is still a boy :)

Here's a few birthday pics

Okay..I had to show Hannah's hair curling up with all the rainy weather. She loves it!!! I had a better picture of all the curls but the flash kinda messed the pic up.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Andrew will be here in 3 wks!! ...this is a crazy time!

Well...I thought being home from Wednesday to Sunday would be great! I just knew lots would get done, the kids would stay busy, and well....we're back at work and I'm more rested at this very moment than I have been in days!!

Alan was excited too about being off...but poor thing..he got sick. He felt terrible Thanksgiving Day and didn't get to go anywhere. He's such a picky eater that the food wasn't a big deal anyway...but he threw up, ran just wasn't a good day for him. We had awesome food at my Grandmother's and at Daddy's...I could eat more dressing and sweet potatoes with that good crusty topping right now. Friday we all had a great day. Alan felt better..he changed Andrew's room from our "storage" room to an actual room again. Now he's just got to paint and set things up...he's excited about getting some of that done. Friday night it was me that started feeling bad. I was up at 1:45a.m. and sometime around 4 or 5 I fell asleep in the recliner. My entire body ached and I just knew I was getting the flu. But, like Alan I woke up the next day feeling great...maybe it's a virus going around.

Alan put Andrew's stroller and car seat together last's coming together so fast. I can't believe he'll be here so soon! Hannah, Hollise, and Houston will be 2 next Thursday...gosh has that time gone by fast. We're having their party this weekend..I can't wait. Look for them next Thursday morning on the Birthday Bunch (WCBI)..I sent their picture in this morning. Oh...and we'll be in the Christmas Parade this Saturday night...that should be fun.

It's back to school for these kids...they're excited to go see their teacher

Hannah Playing

This was just the funniest thing ever! Hannah LOVES a tractor..and if you can ride it..WOW, it's even better

I wish Hollise's pic from the front would have turned out's so cute! Notice we put on pj's before we leave just HOPING they fall asleep in the truck, lol. Well I hoped anyway bc I knew Alan couldn't help put them to bed that night.

Houston and Hannah...aren't his boots cute!

They had tons of fun pretending this was a horse...

Rosemary....sorry by the time I got my camera out at Grandmother's it was time to eat. I'll get some of everyone at the party this weekend.

Monday, November 17, 2008


Well, it's been a very eventful weekend! We're all wore out and it's back to work all over again. Really, I think we should band together and demand Monday's off! For those of you counting down with me we have about 35 days left until we meet little Andrew...can you believe it?

Here's a few pictures from the wedding this weekend......the kids were so cute!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

These pictures are from Cow Patty Bingo the Pre-Vet Club held at the Co-Op this past Saturday. Houston was so excited to see a cow!!! One of the girls took them over to actually pet the cow/calf. Hannah wasn't getting anywhere close...and yes I cropped myself out on purpose!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

For a friend...

"wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart; wait for the Lord" Psalms 27:14

Monday, November 3, 2008

Hi Everyone, I wish I were posting Halloween pics...Sorry, don't have any this year. Friday night was crazy for us and by the time we could actually put the kids in costumes we were so wore out. We felt terrible, we love dressing them up for stuff like that...but sometimes you just have to go with what works.

Now, really who is this excited about getting up in the morning. I'll have to save this picture and show them when they're teenagers telling us they want to sleep!

This morning was such a better morning that we had time to take a picture before school. Notice, Hollise wants to pose for me and she wants them to line up with her like a cheerleader and smile. Houston wants to take a picture, but really...does he always have to take a picture with the girls. Hannah was in the middle of jumping up and down so that I would have something to take a picture of. She wouldn't want to waste a picture on just a smile...she needs some action.

***I had a great lunch today..thanks to Rita, Tennille, Nicole and little Mr. Luke. I wish I would have gotten a sweet tea to go! Being back to work with a bottle of water is no comparison!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

So...How was your morning....

WOW has it been a morning at our house...evening, morning, a bit of both!

11:30 p.m. apparently the monitor no longer works, I wake up hearing a child
coughing,crying, almost gagging she sounds so upset.

11:45 p.m. Alan is sound asleep and not paying attention to me yelling..get up the kids are awake! :) I go in their room and Hannah looks as though she's been crying for an hour and we just haven't heard her. Houston sits up in bed and is so excited to see me...I guess he thought it was time to get up. So, instead of arguing and trying to get everyone back to sleep..without waking up Hollise..I decide to pick up both kids and take them to our bed, the big NO,NO! Yes, 30 wks pregnant and picking up two kids at midnight...what fun!

4:30 a.m. Hollise wakes up, Alan fixed the monitor before we had gone back to sleep earlier. I'm sure he didn't like all the noise we were making and woke up to fix the monitor..thank goodness, glad he did. He woke up and got Hollise, she also was wide awake and ready to play. Alan sat up with her in bed watching news, cartoons, just whatever to pass the time.

5:11 a.m. I get up because Houston has decided nobody needs to sleep anymore! He and I put a load of laundry in to wash. I get his breakfast ready, drink, and Alan comes in with Hollise so that I can shower. Meanwhile...Hannah is out cold!

5:59 a.m. It's time everyone wake up Hannah, I'm drying my hair. All of a sudden I hear Alan make this crazy noise, but I thought it was just him playing around with Hannah. Next thing I know Alan is coming down the hall telling me his eye is hurting. He sits down, I get the kids under control and find out that when Hannah reached for her Daddy to pick her up she stuck one of her fingers in his eye. Not just a little poke, Alan says her entire finger went into his eye!

6:15 a.m. Hannah gets her breakfast, others get dressed, Alan makes his lunch, I'm getting my clothes on. I discover the hamburger meat I laid out last night was nowhere to be found. I was going to brown my meat this morning and put everything in the crock pot for chili tonight..I was so excited about this too! Well, Alan helped me so much in the kitchen last night that he put the meat up and it was still frozen :( I laid itback out to cook it later on :( He meant well

6:30 Hannah's getting dressed. Her shirt looked as though it shrunk overnight..maybe she grew. Poor Alan was trying to get her dressed with one eye, although I offered to dress her, and there was no way I was going to tell him to start over and put her in something else! I picked my battle and decided to wait and change her when he left.

6:50 I get dressed, all but my actual shirt I was wearing to work... learned about putting on my work shirt last the hard way!! Alan tells everyone bye and heads to work... he was hurting and just had to get out...I don't blame him.

7:00 Hollise still didn't have her clothes on bc her pants were in the dryer. So, I get her clothes out, get Hannah's new clothes to put on, and get Houston to clean his up to head out the door. I change his diaper, wipe his face, put his jacket on and give him his toothbrush.

7:10 I do the same for Hollise, but also put on her clothes.

7:14 I again go through the routine the third time and change Hannah's clothes.

7:20 Run and put my shirt on, grab my lunch, take my vitamins...a few "no, Houston don't" and I crank the truck and put everything I need to take to daycare in.

7:25 I start loading everyone up

7:34 We can actually leave today!, thank was a hard morning!! I didn't mention all the times we actually had to change diapers this morning, the actual 2 loads of clothes I washed, Alan unloaded and loaded the dishwasher, we cleaned up from breakfast...kind of, cereal is probably still on the counter, lol...and many other things!

8:00 I'm finally at work and Alan is telling me how much pain he is in. I get him in to see our eye dr. After looking at his eye under a light they can see Hannah actually stuck 2 fingers in his eye. He has a band-aid sort of thing over his eyeball and she gave him some drops to try and numb it for him. She did say working around dirt like he does will probably irritate it, but he thinks he'll be fine with his sunglasses on.

9:20 Telling you all about this fabulous morning and having a really good fountain Coke...thanks to my coworker Shelley :)

*I hope you all slept well! :)

**My birthday is next Wednesday, pressure

Monday, October 27, 2008

Well, it's been an uneventful weekend. But I had to post this about Houston.....once he started picking things up off the ground/floor I started saying,"shew, dirty" and he would throw it down or away. He has a book about dump trucks, loaders, etc and one page it has a picture of a truck and below it says "Clean Digger", the right has another picture and below it says "Dirty Digger". When reading i say the sentence or words on the page and Houston repeats me before moving on. Yesterday I showed him a picture and he said, "Clean Digger", I showed him the other picture and I said..."DIRTY Digger", Houston said, "Shew Digger"

He's too cute! But he listens to his Mommy

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Just a little update...nothing going on...

Well...goodbye to Myspace!! Between all the things you can do online these days I'm only going to keep up with one. I thought the new blog site would be the best way for us to share things going on with our family. On Myspace you never know whose pages are private and what they're sharing about your family with others, pictures, information, and it's no big deal but I would rather have things out on the World Wide Web that Alan and I put out here and don't mind sharing with everyone. I guess what's out there that we don't know about won't really hurt us...I would just rather it not be out there unless it's from us. You just never know...and these days I think you have to be careful about putting your children and your families pictures/lives online. So that's that...this is now the best way to check out what's going on with Alan, Michelle, Hannah, Hollise, Houston, and little Andrew.

On to other things...I'm now 29 weeks pregnant with Andrew and man does he take advantage of all this space he has. Last night I told Alan that I know good and well he could ball up and give me a little breathing room every now and then...he should have lots of room to move around! Last pregnancy I really didn't always understand the extent of how important it was for me to rest, relax, and just let the babies grow. I just don't know how I did it...we all did it. It really took so many to keep things going while I was on bed rest. Our doctors (Locke, Furniss, and Pearson) were just amazing. They were encouraging, they gave me good information, and always prepared me for "the next two weeks or week" depending on where I was within the pregnancy. I just appreciate everyone so much more through this pregnancy and I truly know what wonderful hands were in with the team at the Starkville Women's Clinic. I know Andrew will be in wonderful hands with Dr. Ruff and I'm sure he'll be telling me to relax by February when I'm bringing Andrew in for a simple cold, lol.

Oh....the kids are selling cookie dough for new playground equipment. It's $14 for a huge tub of cookie dough and there's all different kinds to choose from. They're trying to raise money for new playground equipment at their daycare. I'm also getting together a bake sale sometime in November to raise money for the equipment. The cookie dough sale gives $5.75 of every order to the school and that's wonderful, but 100% of our bake sale profits will go to the equipment. I'll know more after our meeting today at lunch. If you want to order cookie dough, send me an email to

Love you all...have a good day

Monday, October 13, 2008

Good Morning Everyone!! This past weekend was full of all sorts of fun for our family! Friday was my Daddy's Birthday and we all got together to go to a Pumpkin Patch and have dinner. The Pumpkin Patch is awesome, our kids had a blast. I'm pretty sure Hayes and Paisly (my niece/nephew) loved the corn box and hay maze the best. We found all different colors and sizes of pumpkins and Hannah and Houston tried to pick of everything!

Hollise stuck pretty close to Papaw at the Pumpkin Patch, and she sure wasn't going to get dirty! If he wasn't holding her she was going to ride in style.

After picking pumpkins everyone went over to play at the corn box, hay maze, and cotton packing trailer. Hannah found something different...she ran directly to the tractor..and rode, and rode, and rode.

Houston of course enjoyed hanging out and doing a little bit of everything...

Everyone loved "packing cotton", but I think Parker said their was an age limit (Daddy!) But, I think Papaw had more fun than they did! Well, maybe not as much as Hayes...he had a pretty good time!

After all this fun we went to Reuben's (spell?) for catfish! Turns out my children LOVE fried crawfish tails. I can't count the handfuls that Hannah ate. I was really surprised they did so good eating out this time. The last few experiences haven't been so wonderful. Maybe that's because Hollise sat on the end by Papaw and Mimi...I'm sure that's it! Several of you know Hollise just doesn't like eating out right now...but as long as she's center of attention she's good to go!

Yesterday afternoon we painted pumpkins together. We wanted Hannah, Hollise, and Houston to feel like they were able to take part in decorating a pumpkin, but we sure weren't going to give them carving tools, lol! Little did we know we have wonderful artists on our hands. Houston was such a pro at painting, they all were really, but Houston acted like he had painted everyday the entire year and a half of his was really cute.

I think it's pretty clear we had a great weekend. Now, maybe this next weekend we can actually make some room for Andrew.