Thursday, December 23, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Matea has hit some big milestones lately. She celebrated her 1 month birthday, doubled her birth weight (she's now +6lbs) stayed in each NICU room at the hospital, and made it through her mom and dad giving her a bath for the first time. I can't believe how much bigger she has gotten, she actually has cute little rolls! As far as when she can come home it's still up in the air. She is great health wise but needs to learn how to eat. In order to come home she has to eat 85% of her feeds for a few days. Right now she is taking 55 ml at each feed but only getting 5-10 ml by bottle, the rest is being given to her through a tube. The nurses keep saying it's like a light switch and will one day just click. Matea is teaching me patience that's for sure. We were hoping she'd be home for Christmas but that might not happen. So for now it's back and forth to the hospital. Now what you've all been waiting for, pictures
Thank you everyone for the love, prayers, and packages. It's been so helpful having great friends and family for support. I'm sorry I haven't sent out thank you cards, I've been a little busy, but know that we are so grateful for everything.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
In two weeks our little Matea went from this
With preemies they recommend something called Kangaroo Care or skin to skin. This helps the baby regulate their temp better, helps with respiratory and heart rate problems, and is a great bonding experience.Got the IV moved from one hand to the other and then to the head
And showed signs of wanting to be bottle fed.
This last one is going to take some time to get down. It's hard work learning to breath, suck, and swallow. She will take a few sucks, stop to breath and relax and then suck some more. She usually only gets a little bit down and the rest is tube fed to her.
Matea is doing pretty awesome. They gave her back the canula for just a few days because lately she's been taking shallow breaths or forgetting to breath. This is pretty normal and she doesn't have a ton of episodes so it was mostly out of precaution. They also started her on a small dose of caffeine, this will help the part of the brain that senses how much oxygen is in the body work better. All the nurses can't believe how little help she needs. Each day she is gaining weight and looking great.
Now for some cute photos
Saturday, November 6, 2010
So, we have an update on the baby proceedings. Everything went well with Morgan's c-section and she delivered a beautiful little girl - Matea Louise Rogers, 3 lbs, 16 inches. Mom is doing great and recovering from a long couple of days. Baby Matea is also doing well, all things considered. She is in the newborn intensive care unit and will probably be there for a while. She had a few struggles breathing but with a little oxygen tube she seems to be getting the hang of it. Thanks to everyone for their support! Here are some pictures:
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Our last October in San Francisco we decided to head down to Half Moon Bay and check out their pumpkin festival. We got there early enough to have pumpkin pancakes, check out the craft booths and catch the parade. They have a competition for the largest pumpkin every year and this years winner weighed 1,535 lbs!
We then headed over to a pumpkin patch to find a cute little pumpkin and eat more pumpkin pie and ice cream.
Monday, October 18, 2010
That's Jamaican for, what's going on? For Jacob's summer break we got the opportunity to team up with the organization Great Shape! 1000 smiles and head to Jamaica to do dental work. When we signed up I wasn't pregnant and knowing how primitive our last dental trip was had me a little worried. This trip was completely different though. Great Shape works with sandals resort in Jamaica meaning we got to stay at a nice all inclusive resort.
We left Friday and flew to Miami and then Montego Bay. From there we had about a 2 hour drive to Ocho Rios where our resort was. Saturday was a free day for us to explore and a big group went to Dunns River Falls. It's a waterfall that you can climb up and explore. Everything I read online said it wasn't the best thing for a pregnant woman to do so I stayed at the hotel and read by our private pool. That night we got together for a meet and greet with the other volunteers on a sunset catamaran boat. We all introduced ourselves and then ate and danced. The waves got pretty crazy on the way back in which made for some awesome dancing ( dont worry I sat a watched)
The next day was orientation and we went to set up our clinics. Instead of going to different places like we did in the DR great shapes had split us into teams for the different locations. This meant we were at a place called Steertown for all five days. This particular town had raised money for a dental clinic meaning we had actual dental chairs, sterilization equipment, and town members to help us direct people. On our team there were 6 dental students, 1 dentist, 1 hygienist, 1 dental assistant, and me on sterilization. There were a lot of extractions, a few fillings, and few cleanings done in those five days.
The weather was interesting during our trip. The first day there it was extremely hot and i thought I was crazy to tagging along 26 weeks pregnant. However, mon-fri we got the tail end of a hurricane and it rained like crazy. It was actually really nice though because it kept the clinics cool. On our last day there it was starting to clear up so we were able to go scuba diving/snorkeling and kayaking.
The people of Jamaica are awesome! I could understand almost every other word except for the really little kids who i just smiled and nodded at :) They were all so nice and grateful for the work being done. At first we thought it was just a resort thing for the Jamaicans to say "Ya mon", like they were just doing it to make us happy. When we went out to the small towns though they were all totally saying it. It was awesome and they loved hearing us try to speak patois.
The trip was amazing and I'm glad I tagged along, even if I gained a bunch of weight and my feet swelled up. Serving people while getting a vacation is an awesome way to go.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Over labor day weekend Jacob and I were invited by our friends the Larsens to participate in their annual Ultimate Couples Weekend (UCW). Sarah was nice enough to open up her parents place in Laguna beach for several couples to come and hangout for the weekend. WE had a blast! Thanks Sarah and Patrick for planning this fab vacation.
Monday, September 13, 2010
For some reason I'm really excited to have a girl so that I can read/ share with her some of the classic chick lit. My list so far
Little house on the prairie series
A Little Princess (I've actually never read the book but loved the movie so I will be reading this)
Girl of the Limberlost
Anne of Green Gables
Harriet the Spy
Some less girly ones
James and the Giant peach
The Hobbit (I don't know if I could read it a second time but it was a great book)
What are some books you loved read to you, or reading by yourself, as a kid?
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
This past week I was able to fly home and visit my family. The trip was completely last minute but soo much fun. My mom and sister-in-law Jessica threw together an amazing baby shower for me too. Get ready for picture overload
I just want to say thank you to everyone for coming. I know it was last minute and the weekend before school stated but thanks for coming out. Our little girl will now have clothes, lotion, toys, and a stroller!