Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mr. Mac

Mac is so much better today. Last night he woke up around 1am crying and he had 101.8 fever. I gave him some Tylenol and rocked him for about 40 minutes until the fever broke. He went right to sleep when I put him back in his crib and slept until about 8:30 this morning.

The difference between now and last night is amazing. He played all day, rolled around all over the living room and thoroughly entertained us with a new face he is making! He was feeling so well that he and Mom got to come with me to my meeting with Magan, my photographer, and they helped me pick out which family pictures to order. After the meeting Nana got him some new toys at WalMart and they had a blast playing with those this afternoon.
This evening Mac had a very special visitor! Jocelyn, his friend Eli's mom, came over and brought Mac a gift from his classmates at daycare! It was so nice of everyone to think of Mac and send such a fun gift sack full of TOYS! We had a fun time getting them out and playing with them. I will take pictures and get them up soon so you can see the great stuff he got! (I was trying to take pictures and he got a little fussy...so I will try later)

Wordless Wednesday

Pictures from June 26, 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Nana To The Rescue


Mac is better today but still very sore and tender. He is moving slowly if he moves at all. He was playing with his toys and having fun but not rolling around all over the living room like he usually does.
This was the smile I was getting today, which I was so happy to see.
And then Nana gets here and look who perks up!
We are so glad that Nana got to come down to visit our little patient. He is happy to see her and so are we!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Weekend Re-Do Please?

**(This post is long, detailed, and not for the weak stomached.)

This weekend did NOT go as intended. I "planned" to do nothing, other than attend my friends 30th birthday party. It was finally a free weekend. We went to the party saturday night, had fun, everything was fine. Skip to...

5:35 Sunday morning. Everything was not fine. Mac woke up crying so I assumed he was hungry. I made him his bottle and he refused. I didn't think much of it because we thought he had been teething last week and Tylenol was our go to soother. So I gave him the Tylenol and he threw it up. This began a 6 1/2 hour cycle of crying, restlessness, discomfort, vomiting, increasingly lethargic and periods of being unconsolable. During this time he refused two bottles and if you know Mac you know he doesn't turn down food. I was concerned that he was going to get dehydrated because of all the vomiting so I called my Mom (and yes even after having his last full bottle Saturday night at 6:30pm we was throwing up green fluid). She said Pedialite and with that I went to our awesome neighbors door and had them sit with Mac while I ran to CVS for Pedialite. He actually drank 2 ounces of the Pedialite and then promptly threw it all up. I called Mom back and she said call the Nurse. I did and 40 minutes later we were on our way to the Emergency Room. Jimmy was in Thorndale playing softball so he got a phone call to meet me at Dell Children's.

Once we got to the ER we had to wait about 40 minutes before we got a room and got to see a Doctor. Once the ER Doctor saw us and I retold my story which prompted him to check Mac's diaper and it had blood in it. With that he was out the door calling in the "on call" Radiologist. He came back in and explained that Mac had an Intussusception where the intestine telescopes or folds into itself and blocks the passage of waste. So when Mac was throwing up it was fluids that were backing up from his intestine. We were going to Radiology so they could do a procedure called an air enema where they would pump his colon full of air trying to get it to "unstick". If that didn't work, emergency surgery.

It didn't work. The Radiologist tried for almost 45 minutes. Mac had to have surgery. They had to put him under. They went in through his belly button with a scope and made two other small incisions on his side for the other instruments and pulled the intestine out of itself. Thank you God. The processes if the laproscopic procedure didn't work were much more involved.

Mac is fine now. We are home as of 8pm tonight.

Intussusception usually follows a previous illness and Mac was sick last weekend with a virus, this was one of the flags for the Doctor. It is fairly common in children under the age of two and the doctors were really not worried they just needed to correct it as soon as possible.

I don't know how I managed to not completely fall apart. I knew I had to stay semi composed so I could listen to the instructions and explainations and just be able to know what was about to happen. But seeing my BIG six month old baby on an adult size hospital bed in the ER so sick that he didn't even move when they put in his IV was tragically heartbreaking. Nothing up to this point in my life could have ever prepared me for the heart wrenching, completely helpless feeling that came over me. It hit me so hard I literally thought I was going to throw up and then it didn't leave. That feeling lingered. I got up every hour when the nurses came in to check on him but there was still nothing I could physically, as his Mom, do for him. Jimmy was awesome and if it hadn't been for him I would have lost it. I found my strength in his. And knowing that so many people were lifting us up in prayer. Just like Calvo said in his text to me "God is good". And he truely is.

Mac after surgery.

His heart bandage.

Getting his appetite back.

Starting to feel better.

Playing on the bed after he got to be disconnected from the saline!

Headed home. He was feeling better, just not smiling.

Friday, June 25, 2010

It's Friday...

and you know what that means... Pearl Snaps! Mac and Eli are carrying on the PSF tradition and we had to capture it on digital film? Ok so we took pictures. Thank you Jocelyn for having your camera!

Eli and Mac
Mac and Me (a rare moment when I get to be in the picture)
Jocelyn and Eli

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My Sweet Sweet Baby

Yesterday we stayed home to play and rest. He needed to catch up on some good sleep since he didn't feel well this weekend. You can tell he is back to his old self in these pictures. We had so much fun playing! I got out some new toys from the baby showers that he is old enough to play with now and he dove right in. We played with his wooden blocks and his stacking ring set. I stacked the blocks and he knocked them down! I think we make a great team! haha. He just chewed on the rings, he did watch me stack them on the holder but he was content just chewing on them.

He looked so cute in his footed onsie. I held him a lot and just cuddled him and enjoyed my sweet sweet baby boy. I am so happy he is not sick anymore, I missed those big smiles he gives me!!

Pictures I forgot about...

Here are some pictures from later in the day on Sunday!

Mac was feeling a better after a long nap (he had been sick all weekend) and was ready to give his Daddy his Father's Day card!