Monday, December 13, 2010

Layla & her whistle!


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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Layla and Drew

Layla and her Drew having fun.

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Layla and Jesse hanging out!









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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Prematurity Awareness Day!

Today, Nov. 17, 2010 is Prematurity Awareness Day. Which means a lot to me. As a mom of a preemie, due to unexplained Premature Rupture of Membranes.(In other words, my water broke and then I went into early labor.) Just short of 24 hours after my water broke my beautifful little Layla Brook was born. March, 4, 2009 at 12:02 AM weighing only 4lbs 13oz and 18ins long. It was the happiest, scariest and confusing day of my life.
I have to admit before Layla was born I was completely naive about prematurity. It was something that happened to someone else. Not me, I did everything I was supposed to, everything the doctor said, ate a good diet, got a little exercise, rested and napped alot, just all in all took care of myself. I had no problems during my pregnancy, a little morning sickness(Well all day nauseousness) and some pretty bad back pain, but nothing severe. But then came March 3, 2009. That was really when things changed. I woke up in the middle of the night, when my water broke. After calling the on-call doctor we headed to the hospital and went to Labor & Delivery. During the next 24 hrs, nothing much happened, I was giving a streoid shot to help improve Layla's lungs, and began having some slight contractions, but nothing much. At this point I was in a state of wait and denial. I still did not think much about her being born early. Then they started talking about inducing the next morning. (The risk of infection is very high once your water breaks.) Now I start to get a little nervous. But I am still clueless about prematurity. I have no idea what the odds are for 34weeks. I have no idea about what struggles we could be facing. I don't really think to ask. I did ask "Will she be ok, if she is born now?" To which the nurses said that she should be, so I take that as this is common place and it is nothing to worry about. See I was completely clueless!
Well, Layla was born. That is when I started to realize the impact of being born premature. I only got to see her for about 2 seconds after she was born, before the nusres ran her over to the nursery.(Thankfully was right across the hall.) Not sure what happened with her at that point, because I was unable to go anywhere. And aparently I went to sleep soon after. I woke up several hours later and went to nursery. I was able to hold her and actually take her to my room for about 30minutes. Then the doctors got there. At around 7:30AM March 4,2009, Layla's first Pediatrician came in and told me that I would not be able to have my daughter in the room with me and that she would have to stay in the NICU. Ok, there are no words to describe the feelings and thoughts going through me at that point. But ok, she needed to be monitored so I would deal. Just a few short hours later a man came into my room and said "Hi! I am____________, Layla's Neonatologist. I think my brain just stopped at that point. I still have no idea what his name was, just can not remember. I also remember little from that first conversation.
Layla had trouble keeping she oxygen level up, so she was going to be monitored for a while. Thus began our short stay in the NICU and our journey with prematurity. Layla was given anitbotics for possible infection, an IV for fluids,(she actually did not eat for a few days), and monitors for breathing, O2 and tempature.She was in an oxihood for about 24hrs.(Which made her look like she was in a bubble) She got diaper rash soo bad, the only thing that helped was laying naked butt up in the air under the lights.
But after 6 long days she came home. So for us, our NICU stay was very short, but very long.

March 4,2009 4lbs 13oz 18 ins




Nov. 17 ,2010 aprox 24lbs




To end this post I am going to quote a friend.
"So on this day, I ask that you think of our babies. Right now at a hospital near you, a mother is wringing her hands, staring at a monitor instead of her baby's eyes. She's praying they can all make it through the night. She's wondering about today, tomorrow and next year. She's feeling guilty, wondering if she could have done something different. She's looking into the faces of the strangers caring for her not-yet-supposed-to-be-newborn, hoping they know how important that tiny bundle hooked up to all the wires really is." Trish Cox


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Saturday, November 6, 2010

3 Generations

3 generations sitting at the breakfast table. Playing "you want one?" " sorry you can't have one"









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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Another Peek-A-Boo


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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Who could ask for more!


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Peek-a-Boo


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Friday, October 15, 2010

Random stuff!

Well a friend bought Layla a swing the other day and we haven't been able to put it up yet. But that has not stopped Layla from playing with it.

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She even fell over in it.

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And today Layla played soccer with an friend.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Home Depot

Layla stayed with her DeeDee and her Pepaw over the weekend and they had to go get some paint at Home Depot. Aparently my child was entertaining, or at least entertaining to us.


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Friday, October 1, 2010

CHEESE

My child does love her some cheese!

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And no she did not get to keep eating the block of cheese. We took it away and made her eat some dinner. But she was enjoying herself!



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Sunday, September 26, 2010

It had to happen sometime!

Layla fell out of the bed and hit her head on the bed rail. Got herself a pretty good little knot.



But she is good, playing all day and being her charming little self.



Even playing with DeeDee's house shoes.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Tree frog

This actually the second frog we have had in the house. This one is tiny. We had fun. Layla was not so sure.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

I got my hands in my pocket....


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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Laughter

I love this sound!

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Play Date

We had a playdate with Landon today! I can say we had fun and will have to do it again soon!


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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Rocking Bug!

Layla has found that she can rock her bug!

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Layla is walking!!!!!!

This is why I haven't sleep in 2 days! She will not crawl and she is wearing herself out.
But she is walking!!!!!!!


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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Tractor Show

Layla got to ride a tractor. Mr. Miller bought this old John Deer tractor from us a year ago and fixed it up. It was covered in rust and looked pretty bad, but look at it now.








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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

4th of July

Well, we had alot of fun with family and friends. Got to finally meet my newest little cousin, and I have to say he is just about the cutest little thing. Ann's kitchen looks good. And I think that they didn't blow their fingers off with fireworks.
Here are a couple pics that my wonderful Uncle took at Ann's.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Layla walking!

It is about to get interesting!

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Trying to walk!

She's trying.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I hate this things!!!!

These leg braces don't look that but you try putting them on a wiggly 15mth old who hates them as much as you do!






Layla still kicks off the left one and now she has started taking the shoe off the right one. Also PT can't get us in untill next week! Ugh! I may not make it! I haven't really put then on her in 2 days because all we do as I fight with her to put them on is cry. This sucks!!!







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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Bubbles!!!!

Layla and Daddy playing with bubbles!!!

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Well day 3 with the braces was not as bad as I thought it was gonna be. Only had to put the brace back on about 4 times total but Layla was not as active as usual today. So tomorrow will be interesting.
Just cause my daughter to soo cute. Some pics.



Layla and Daddy


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I almost forgot about this one. John went to change and Layla was trying to get to where he went.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Layla's braces

Well Layla got her leg braces today. They are not too bad. But socks and shoes all the time during the summer in Alabama. That just sucks. But we gotta do what we gotta do.




Got some cuter shoes!




Still like this better!



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