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Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Pink-eyed Cold

The past few weeks have been so crazy. I went to Phoenix and had a total blast. Learned how to find dead people, (thank you Granny), and I even came home to a clean house that Sunday. Life was going great, I was getting things ready for Bijou Market, and had lots to do. Monday the 24th Cora had her 6 month Dr. Appointment. She weighed in at 14 lbs 11 oz 25 inches long. When the nurse gave her the shots, she hardly even cried. Tuesday I was set up to watch Grace and Henry while Emily went to mediation. That is when things went south.

I got Grace and Henry early (7:30 a.m.) Tuesday and was told they wouldn't be back until 7:30 p.m. because Chase had a dentist appointment after the mediation.  Emily also called and asked me to take Grace to the Dr. because she thought Grace may or may not have Pink Eye. I don't know if you know what that is, but let me start by telling you that it is very very contagious. She also told me that Henry has a terrible cold is wasn't feeling so hot. Let me also remind you that Cora just had her shots the day before and was fevering still and NOT feeling very good. As soon as I was able to I called the Dr's office and got Grace and Appointment. Devin took work off for the morning while I took Grace to the Dr.

I talked to my dad while I was there and he also had the dreaded Conjunctivitis (the medical term for pink-eye). Sure enough Grace was stricken with Pink-Eye. By the time I got home from getting the prescriptions for Grace and my dad Devin had decided to take the whole day off because both Henry and Cora were screaming. They thought they were both so sick that they just wanted to be held. Emily and Chase came back just as we finished dinner at 8:45 p.m. to pick up the kiddos. We ate dinner went to bed and crashed.

Fast Forward to the next Sunday and I'm not feeling too well and Devin tells me my eye was looking a little pink. Sure enough, I had Pink-Eye. I called the Dr. immediately Halloween morning to get the prescription so I wouldn't be suffering too long, but that wasn't just it. I also was starting to have terrible sinus pressure. I didn't go all out for Cora's costume because of how lousy I was feeling, but she did get dressed up.

 Cora went as her Daddy. 

Anyways by Thursday I thought I was going to die. I told Devin that it was worse than labor and I didn't think that I had ever been that sick. Sure enough I caught the cold Henry had.  I felt so bad for him for even having to have the cold and even worse when I knew how bad it really was. I did eventually get over it just in time for Brandy, (my sis-in-law who lives with me) and Randy (Devin's friend and Mudd's husband, but I'd also like to call him my friend as well), to get pink eye.

Another call to the Dr and trip to get another prescription, we are hoping that we are done with this terrible, horrible, horrendous, ridiculous Pink-Eye epidemic that has taken over my life and the lives of most of my friends and their family since you don't know that you have it or gave it to someone else until it's too late. I really don't understand how I got it, or how I gave it to the world because I wash my hands so frequently and sanitize as well, alas what's done is done and hopefully won't happen again.

Now to finish my projects for Bijou. . .

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cora's First day!

I absolutely love the look on my moms face, the joy in her expression helped me to get through this. I was very glad that she was able to be there with us for this miraculous event. I'm also very grateful that you can't see the look on my face .
Dr. Firth asked Devin if he would like to cut the umbilical cord. He repied,  "I think you can handle that."

I was suprised by how he just kind of threw Cora at me. I almost didn't have time to react. I thought I was going to drop her!

They gave Cora a very fast rub down.
Then quickley took her out of my arms to do the testing on her.

Cora is one small baby girl. Modest too. See how she keeps her legs crossed so you can't see her girly parts. Also look and see that she is mostly purple with just one section of her body pink.
One quick family photo and they ripped her from my arms to do more tests. Telling me since RSV is hitting they are doing all the check in the NICU. Something fishy was up and I was oblivious. I was
just so happy to have my girl.
Cora went to the NICU and is waiting for the Lifeflight medics to come take her away.
Her adorable little foot, very purple, yet very cute:)

Monday, October 10, 2011

My fat Belly!

Dear Friends and Family that actually follow my blog, I give you my sincere apologies for not keeping you up to day with the events going on in the life of the Reeder family. I have been a bit pre-occupied with Cora. It's amazing how fast they grow. My last posting was that of my sister's doing. Since then I have had many people ask me to post more pictures of my fat belly this will be only that. I hope you find these amusing and some comical:) My pregnant photos were taken by my sister Emily, on April 13, nine days before Cora was born!

This one was taken because during my entire pregnancy I had to go to the bathroom ALL THE TIME!!

Look closely you can see a slightly pained expression on my face, I was having a contraction in the middle of this photo.  I was in labor for more than two weeks.

I almost didn't put this one up because I didn't want my bare belly being seen by the entire world, but then I thought, anyone who reads this most likely knows me well enough to not be offended by this photo. You can see the line that goes down the middle great in this pic!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sneak Preview: What a difference a month makes

You know my sister that I recently mentioned? She is also a photographer.I went from this to this in less than a month.

Bestest EVER!

This is my seester.
She's an awesome mom. 
She makes very cute babies.
She is Grace&Henry's Mama.
That is all. 
This post brought to you by: Auntie Em ;)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Cora and the Helicopter Ride.

Dr. Firth let me have her just after he cut the cord and the nurses quickly started to clean her off and started checking her. After they did an inital check they brought her back to me wrapped up and let us get a few pictures. I was told they had to take Cora to the NICU for the full check and it would take a while, but to rest, and Devin could go be with her while I was recovering. Dr. Firth kissed his hand and place it on my forehead and told me how good I did and he'd check on me shortly. I was trying to relax and started my texting madness to let people know she was born when Dr. Firth came back in and told me to hold off for a while.

He explained to me that little Cora had a heart murmmer and she was going to have to be life flighted to Primary Childrens Medical Center. I looked him in the eye and told him with the upmost assurance that she was going to be fine. Then I asked if I could go be with her until Life Flight got there to take her away.

After getting permission I started to get out of bed to nurses surprise and was told to relax until she had a wheel chair for me. Anxious as I was, I kindly asked her to hurry up. My Mom, Dad, Devin and I were all there and moments later Emily showed up as well. I was able to stand by her bedside while the nurses were doing everything they could.

I could see a line down her belly where half of her was the right color and the other half was blue, including her legs. She still looked perfect to me, and I had this calming feeling that she would be fine. The nurses at Logan Regional took pictures of her for me so I would be able to look at her even though I wasn't able to be with her.

After Life Flight arrived, they had to put her on a ventilator, and I was asked to leave back to my room, but was promised that they would bring her back to me before she left on her helicopter ride. Shortly after I made it back to my room in came Life Flight with my baby girl attached to all these different cords and attachments. Quickly the nurses explained what each thing was for and what it did. I was able to give her a kiss and they were gone. Devin was able to go out and take picture of the helicopter leaving. My dad went with and videoed the event on his phone. They came back to me, Kissed me goodbye and left to go be with our baby down in Salt Lake City. This all happened between 3:35 and 6:00 a.m.

Once Cora made it to Primary Children's, she had multiple tests ran. After Devin and my Dad arrived they had to wait another hour and fourty-five minutes before they were able to see her again. The Dr's informed them that she had something called Persistent Pulmanary Hypertention of the Newborn. (PPHN) When a baby takes their first breath there is a transition that is suppose to occur and it didn't happen correctly with her. Some of her valves didn't close off and they were shooting blood to the lungs that weren't soft enough to take and oxygenate the blood, it then sent it back to the heart (like back flow) and the heart sent the blood through out the body without the oxygen. They don't know what causes this to happen, but it is able to be corrected. Devin was told to plan on a minimum of 2 weeks if not 3 or 4.

Miracles happen and 12 days later Cora was able to go home. I didn't realize how life threatening this really was to her. Cora's first day alive was very touch and go, but through prayers and blessings, she was a miracle. The Dr's and Nurses even told us that they have never in all their years working seen a baby heal so quickly.