Sunday, August 30, 2009

Moments In Truckee

Jacob becomes mesmerized with the music/movie Mama Mia! Here he is watching and listening.

I believe we have a future Foodie. Jacob helping his Mommy stir a bean and sausage dish she put up in the slow cooker.

Jacob enjoying scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast and flirting with Gram Gram.

Me, Jacob and Grandad. Miss them already.

Justin's First Football Game

The Truckee Renegades played the Reno Huskies on Saturday in Truckee. It was Justin's first football season and game. It was quite am exciting game. Justin showed very well; he sacked the quarterback, intercepted a fumbled ball, helped block to make a touchdown, and many more team effort moves. We are so proud of you Justin!

That's Jen above sending updates on the game to Facebook!

I had a blast at the game. Lots of fun!

Jacob playing with a new friend Jake. Jake shared his cars with Jacob and they played well together.

Final score; Truckee Renegades 20, Reno Huskies 0. (Out of order, oops)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Future Foodie?

Grandad went with Theresa the other evening to see Callie. he couldn't get over how well she is doing and what a beauty she is.

Hi Grandad, I love you too! Such precious moments we hold in our hearts.

Theresa sent the pictures below today that she took yesterday. How sweet is the one right below?

Callie is almost at full feeding amount and they have increased the calories in her food. I love that she loves to eat! Futue Foodie? Big smile here.

She is doing very well.

Callie Rose is encircled with the love of so many. Thank you all for your good wishes, thoughts and prayers. We are all so blessed to have you in our lives.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Benedizone (Blessing)

I went with Theresa this afternoon to visit Callie in the NICU. Below is Theresa changing Callie's diaper while she is in her protective space. There is a routine when TC arrives - which includes taking Callie's temperature.

I was able to hold Callie through her feeding - the tiny tube goes through her nose and right into her stomach. (It stays there all the time) The other end of the itsy bitsy tube (no exaggeration) connects to a machine that dispenses her food. (Theresa pumps her breast milk)

Okay, so I talked Callie's ear off, (and they are the tiniest little ears I have ever seen, so sweet) but she enjoyed it, looking up at me with open eyes part of the time. I had so much I wanted to tell her - that I love her, and that she is my little sweetheart and how much fun we are going to have together over the years. That she can always count on me and Grandad. What surprised me is how social she actually is, and though she was very comfy, happy to be eating and most of the time sucking on a pacifier (she was sucking - has that down good and breathing all at the same time. A+) she kept fighting to open her eyes, wanting to be part of what was happening. Very alert. She sure knows her Mommy's voice.

Below is a good shot of me talking away. Missed seeing her eyes open in this shot and looking at me. She was listening to my voice. She is such a content little girl.

Seeing the pacifier in her mouth you can tell just how tiny she really is. The nurse did say that she is scheduled to have her IV removed at 2 AM tonight (tomorrow). Woohoo! The IV is on top of her right hand and she was holding the top of the plastic with her left hand while I was holding her. I put my index finger there for her to hold instead and she latched on. She is quite strong. One point I tried to move my hand and she wouldn't allow it. There is nothing like your grandchild , or child, holding on to your finger with their tiny little hands. First moments of bonding. Such joy.

This shot really shows how tiny she is. Look at her fingers. They are so long! It appears she is going to be tall like her Daddy. In fact right now, she looks a lot like him. She is so light that when you hold her, weight-wise you are not even aware you are holding something, She loves to cuddle into you and feel your hands on her and know she is close to you. She is doing so well with her food - this afternoon she was up to 33 ml and just yesterday she was increased to 26 ml. She's a hungry growing girl. Like all babies, she lost some weight but she already started gaining it back.
BTW, it's all in the wrists................

Then There Were Three

The first picture of the Reading family as three. How precious is this one?

Only a touch a Daddy can give.......

I know you, you're my Mommy.....

Don't you just want to eat her up? I know I do.

Big yawn in the blue light ......... they stopped the light becausee her jaundice is much better.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

This morning Grandad David and I were able to meet our granddaughter Callie for the very first time in NICU. Shawn was able to take us in one at a time. What a joyous moment. We are so very blessed.

Arriving at the hospital. I have to tell you, they have added on to the hospital however that area is not opened yet. You pretty much have to walk from Timbuktu where you park your car, and once in the hospital follow an obstacle course to find the lobby elevators. By the time you get to the room of whom you are visiting you hope there is a chair available to sit in.

It is a comforting place.

These pictures of Theresa and Shawn holding their daughter were taken earlier this morning before we arrived. Callie was awake so they were allowed to finally hold her. How precious are these pictures?

Here I am with Callie for the very first time. She was sleeping so we could not touch or hold her. Though we did not have to don gowns, we did have to scrub up to our elbows for 20 seconds with a special soap, then after we dried we had to use something else under our fingernails and then rub that up to our elbows and on our hands. Not at all a problem to do. This helps germs getting from visitors to Callie.

I was so overwhelmed with happiness, love and gratefulness that Callie is okay that I started to cry. Happy tears for sure. We thank God that Mommy and baby are both doing so well. Callie has earned the highest marks on her breathing. She is such a beautiful little girl with a full head of dark hair. The way it looks she will only have to spend the minimum time in the NICU for cases like this, which is 2 weeks. That's what we are praying for. We hope she is home soon with her Mommy and Daddy as she should be. Oh yeah, the official length has been given - 18 1/2 inches long. I knew she was a very long thin burrito!

More Pictures of Callie Rose Born August 22, 12:54 PM

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Introducing Our Granddaughter Callie Rose

With a surprise early arrival today Callie Rose weighed in at 4.6 pounds and estimated at 17 inches long. Mommy Theresa and Callie are both doing fine. Callie was due to arrive by doctors calculations on October 16. We were there with Theresa today joining Theresa's mother and step-dad Dick. Carolyn and Shawn were with her when she gave birth to Callie. Carolyn snapped some pictures, and later in the day was able to see Callie in the ICU and snapped a few more. Thanks to Carolyn for these shots to share with you. David and I will be seeing Callie for the first time tomorrow morning. We are very excited to introduce ourselves to her. We thank God that both Mommy and Callie are doing so well.

Callie and Theresa right after Callie was born.

Shots of Callie in the ICU later this afternoon.

Family Moments During Baby Shower Weekend

Theresa and VAden in Theresa's backyard.


Jus showing me how high he can bring his knee up to his chest - a football practice move.

Jacob sitting in the rocking chair that was Grandad's when he was a little boy.

Mackenzie - what a cutie.

Justin with a virgin drink at Celia's where we all went to dinner on Saturday night.

So wonderful to be together with family. Having all the little one together was such a joy.

Steven and Jacob. Steven is a delight. I love having conversations with him. What an imagination.

JAcob the morning of the shower. My sweet boy.

Jacob feeding himself breakfast. He is growing so fast!