Monday, August 31, 2009

Nana visits Lucas ....

Isn't he just gorgeous










See how tiny he is, I'm rubbing his leg ....








holding hands with nana ...



I had a lovely visit with Lucas yesterday. My goodness he's growing. I can see the difference from last week. He's starting to full out and he's getting a bit of tummy and he's just looking so gorgeous.

Everyday he seems to be getting a little bit stronger. He's starting to put on weight slowly but steadily. He's having more time breathing on his own. Six hours by himself and then two back in the incubator. Although yesterday he had to go back in a bit sooner as his heart rate went up a bit fast. He calmed down once he was back in though. I reckon he was just too excited because he knew Nana was coming for a visit.

He's 32 weeks now. Weight 1.115 kg. He's just so perfectly formed and adorable, he's just so tiny.

When his Daddy was a baby (5 weeks old) he ended up in hospital too. He had a viral infection and was put on a drip for fluids. His Aunty Sue bought him Mickey Mouse. Mickey Mouse slept with Nick and was dragged around the house for most of his childhood. Unfortunately so was Donald Duck as Matthew wouldn't part with him either. I still remember the time I washed Mickey and Donald and hung them on the line. Matthew screamed at the top of his lungs, and he was loud I tell you, that I had no choice than let him walk around with a soggy Donald for awhile until I could sneak him away again.

So when I saw Mickey Mouse in the shop I knew I had to get him. Oh, and Winnie the Pooh too. But it is Mickey Mouse that now sleeps with Lucas. So what that he' a tad bigger than Lucas. It won't be for long.


Anyhow Janelle's going to forward me some more photos which I'll put on here.

So for now I'll say Ciao ....

Monday, August 24, 2009

Spring is in the air ....

Some days I can feel it and I can smell it. The great thing about it is the best is yet to come. I can feel myself coming out of hibernation and it’s a wonderful feeling.

Things are continuing to pick up and still have my head in the right headspace. I’m on track with my healthy eating and my portion sizes. Over the weekend I have left food on my plate both nights. That is really amazing. Even though I dished up smaller portions I was still able to say okay that’s it I’ve had enough and put my knife and fork down. That is a big achievement for me.

Consequently the scales have gone down 900 gms in the last two weeks. That is a good steady loss.

The exercise front tho isn’t looking that flash. The treadmill is still not working and Mr T will have to take it apart and fix it. Now I know that isn’t going to happen any time soon. However we will be starting to go for walks in the evening very soon. I won’t be overdoing it just yet as I do have asthma. It scares the shite out of me at how easy I can get out of breath. But I still believe it’s the cold that triggers it. Carrying extra weight around my chest can’t be helping either so I’m quite determined to lose more weight and get fit.

This afternoon I’ll be writing out my grocery list and stocking up on lots of lovely fresh fruit and veges. It’s so much easier to eat healthy when you’ve got the right ingredients at your fingertips.

Lucas update.
Our wee man is continuing to do really well. He had his first flight in a helicopter last week. He was moved from Starship hospital down to Waikato. He liked the flight but wasn’t too crazy on the lifts. He lost 50gms from his birth weight but has since regained that and a wee bit more. He spends a bit of time out of the incubator now and this is the time that Janelle and Nick get to cuddle and bond together as a family. I got to see this first hand yesterday when we went to visit. What a beautiful family. Yes he is wee, and tiny but everythings all there, he is quite alert and his eyes open wide. I got to stroke his tiny wee feet while he was snuggled up to his mum. He is quite long, but he just lacks the meat on his bones. The next step is to add some protein to Janelle’s milk to help him put on weight. Once this happens we can look at him being moved to Rotorua hospital which will make it so much easier for everyone.

Have I told you how adorable he is and cuteness plus. He is so contented. Despite his early arrival and having to deal with tubes and everything he settles so well, doesn’t get upset. His little limbs are having a good work out as he likes stretching his toes out and his fingers. My god they are so long. We’re going to have to try and find some little mittens tiny enough otherwise he’ll start clawing himself. He is going to be one very determined, happy and spoilt young man.

So all in all everything is going well all round.

Catch ya soon.

Friday, August 14, 2009

All is well ....

Lucas had his scan yesterday and all is looking good. The kids had a great day with him yesterday and it really helped to lift their spirits.

Sometimes I think the internet can be a blessing and a curse. Naturally I've been googling premature babies and reading their birth stories. Some are great - some are not. When I've told people I'm a nana they go congratulations. Then I tell them he was born 28 weeks prem and some automatically think the worse. You can see it in their expressions. But I know he's going to fine. At the end of the day he's my grandson and nothing will change that.

Well other things have been happening as well. Last weekend I was in Auckland for a conference. There were some fantastic speakers and there was one that spoke on nutrition and she was great. Some very useful tips which I'll write down and post.

My stomach seems to still be shrinking. I'm beginning to find that not only are my portion sizes smaller but I'm struggling to eat them. Also if I feel full I have no problems pushing my plate away. This is a huge thing for me. Especially as last week was TTOM. I have been rewarded with a 1.2kg loss. I'm going to do my best to make sure I keep plodding along this path rather than worry about numbers.

Phew I'm glad it's Friday. I am so looking forward to a lie in the morning. I have felt quite exhausted this week. I can't remember when I've spent so much time on the phone and txting people to keep everyone updated. Tonight I'm going to snuggle in front of the fire - find something decent to watch and chill out with a wine. It looks like we're in for a very wild and wet weekend.

Hope you all stay warm and dry.

Catch you later.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Our tiny wee man ...

It's not a great angle but I was trying so hard not to disturb him.





He's so adorable with his little beaney. Everything is continuing to go well. Janelle is spending a lot of time with him and she says he's responding to her voice and settles well when she strokes him. Nick came home last night to sort a few things out money wise and get a few more things as they'll be up there for a few weeks yet. He's going back tomorrow. Lucas has a brain scan on Thursday and so I guess we'll really find out then how well he is doing. I'll make sure to post as soon as I find out.

I can't wait for the day when I get to hold him.

Welcome to our world

Lucas Adrian

Born 11.50pm,
Saturday 8th August 2009
at Starship Hospital

Weight 1 kg
28 weeks

Mum and Baby doing well.


Hey guys. I'm a Nana, can you believe it. It's amazing. I have to admit it's still sinking in. Everything just happened so fast.

Thursday Janelle ended up in Waikato Hospital with pre eclampsya. Then on Friday they made a decision to induce her so they put her on steroids and transferred her to Starship which was where our little man was born.

It's scary but thanks to the steroids he is breathing on his own. He is naturally in an incubator but the doctors say he is doing well and is fine. He's also taken to breastmilk really well. He's got a long stay in hospital ahead of him but he's going to be just fine. I know he will.

Anyway just thought I'd pop in and share the news with you. Lots to tell but will just leave there for the moment.

Ciao for now

Nana Lee

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Well whaddayouknow ....

The treadmill is still not in action. Mr T has figured out what IS wrong with it, but not how to fix it. I said we'll just get someone out to fix it. Easier said than done. I've phoned everywhere that sell the equipment but they don't do servicing. How stupid. So I just googled treadmill maintenance opened up one. And there it was. "If your Treadmill Reads Err7 it has got out of balance. It is a mechanism to protect the incline motor and is easily set. " Could have laughed out loud. And is easy to reset - if the instructions are as easy as they say they are.

I was disapointed on Monday to get on the scales to see a wee gain, but this morning I'm happy to see it all gone as well as a few extra grams.

My eating has been pretty decent lately and I'm even managing to drink water. Normally a couple of 750ml bottles. The real nice thing is that my appetite has decreased a lot. I'm not feeling hungry and when I do eat its not that much. So watching my portion sizes is definitely helping. I'm wearing a skirt today that last week I couldn't do up. What a boost is that. Life is continuing to be nice to me and I'm making the most of it.

On Sunday, our first real nice day we've had for ages - we decided to go for a walk through the Redwoods. Decided to take the hour walk. First half hour was great. Then just into the second half I just couldn't breathe. I had to stop. I was wheezing and just able to take short breaths. I started to freak out and I was panicking. I managed to get a grip on myself and just concentrate on short breaths to try and calm myself. the wheezing never stopped but I was able to keep going by taking short breaths. Now I knew I was unfit and expected I might be huffing and puffing but it wasn't that. Three hours later I was still wheezing. I've had nights that I've woken up, gone to the loo and ended up out of breath. I thought it was the slight cold I had at the time. Now I don't believe it. I think my symptons are more asthmatic. I've never had asthma. But I've looked at the symptons and they seem very familiar. I just didn't think you could develop it as an adult. So off the the doctor to get it checked out. At least I might be able to get an inhaler so it won't stop me from walking.

Mr T and I are heading off to Auckland tomorrow for a few nights. I will be attending conference and he will be relaxing. I think we're both really looking forward to just getting away for a few days. A sort of a mini honeymoon. Bliss.

And I do have photos in my camera and I will post them just as soon as i can get off FB and that wretched Farmtown that's consumed me and load them.

Catch ya later, Ciao.

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