Saturday, May 31, 2008

Casino Morongo

Grant and I went to Casino Morongo on Friday for our Anniversary! We had sooooo much fun! Our room was so nice:) We spent the day at the pool which was amazing. They had a lazy river, a water slide, and a 1-1/2 ft deep pool for kids. We jumped on the raft with our drinks and floated around the lazy river.
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Here's a pic of Grant giving the water slide a try. It wasn't that big but it sure was fun!
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We decided to have a nice dinner at Cielo on the 27th floor. We both ordered Filet Mingon, Tater Tots with Truffles and Creamed Spinach. The food was delicious and the service was great! The view was Beautiful at Sunset.
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Sorry No Pics of the food :(
This is a pic of the glass in our room in between the bed/bath room, it was Beautiful!
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It was a Wonderful night and we won a little money so the whole trip was free!!!

Bath Time

Gavin Loves Bath Time! He Would Sit In The Tub For Hours If We Would Let Him. Here is a picture of him before his bath.
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Sadly I didn't snap any photos of him while in the bath, next time I will. Here are a few of him after his bath.
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Isn't He Just Adorable????

Monday, May 26, 2008

I Can't Believe It's Been A Year

Happy Anniversary Honey! Wow times flies when you have a preemie:) I wish we were in Maztlan right now in the warm sun sipping cocktails in the pool! Thank You Grant for a Wonderful 1st Year of Marriage, I couldn't imagine my life any better and I couldn't ask for a better Husband! I Love You
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Here's To Many More Years Of Happiness And LOVE!!!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Sunday Fun Day

We had a few friends over this past Sunday for a BBQ and Poker! The weather was not very nice for Memorial Weekend. That didn't stop people from swimming BURRRRRRR
Jacob had so much fun throwing the ball in the pool for Dash to jump in a fetch:)
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It didn't take long for him to have Uncle Grant take him swimming
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Frank and Amanda brought Rock Band with them and it wasn't long before we had a concert going on in the living room HAHAHA
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Isaac bringing out his inner Beastie Boy
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Nick Rocking Out On The Guitar
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Genard Singing Black Hole Sun
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Me and My Favorite Nephew
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Gavin Was So Tired By The End Of The Day, Thanks Trina for Putting Him To Sleep
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Thanks To Everyone Who Joined Us, We Had A Blast!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Look's Who's Eating Solids!!!

The doctor told us to start Gavin on solids. He wants us to start out slowly, 1st week cereal for breakfast, week 2 cereal for breakfast and dinner and by week 3 cereal for breakfast and dinner and banana's for lunch!!! Gavin Loves it and is doing very well keeping it down:)
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He smiles the entire time
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This is really a big smile even though it kinda looks like he's crying
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We are Soooo Proud of him!!!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Happy Bithday Jeff

It was Jeff's Birthday last night! Kiera made a yummy dinner of chili and cornbread and then we went to a karaoke bar down the street. Who knew the boys all liked to sing so much? This is a pic of all the guys before we went to the bar
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Here is a picture of the Birthday Boy taking his first shot of the night
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Kyle and Beef doing there best Journey impression
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The Ladies & Beef Singing (I volunteered to be the picture taker HAHAHA)
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Here's another one of all us ladies enjoying the boys singing
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Happy Birthday Jeff, I hope you had a Great One! Jeff and Kiera are moving to Idaho in August, so sad, We'll Miss You Guys!!!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Visit With Friends

Gavin had his 4 month check up/shots this morning. Guess who weighs 11 pounds!!! Yeah, the doctor was impressed with how much weight he is gaining. He didn't like getting his vaccinations though and was cranky the rest of the day. It's a shame he was in such a bad mood because we had visitors.

My friend Angie who lives in Texas was down for a wedding this weekend. Her daughter Alisha was born 2 days after I had Gavin. Alisha was full term and she now weighs 15 pounds. It makes me realize that Gavin's not that far behind. Alisha loved Gavin and kept trying to touch him and hold his hand, I think we found his first girlfriend HAHA!
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Thanks for visiting Angie, it wa so good catching up & meeting Adorable Alisha!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's out there! I had a Wonderful 1st Mother's Day:) Grant and My Dad made a Wonderful breakfast for the mom's with every food you could imagine, it was more like a brunch! I could definately get used to that HAHAHA After breakfast Mom, Marsha and I went to the movies to see "What Happens in Vegas" it was funny and we had a relaxing day. Here are some pics of my 1st Mother's Day!
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Look at Gavin Smile! I swear he smiles all the time, I just can't get a picture of it. He sees the camera and just stops HAHAH He already hates the camera.
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Look At His Chubby Cheeks!
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I Love Being A Mom!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Pics

Since I'm way behind on this blog thing and I'm trying to play catch up I am just going to post a few pics from the past months.

This is our first family picture


This is a picture of him Kinda Smiling while sleeping, when the preemie clothes were still to big on him

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This was a picture of some "skin on skin" time with daddy, it's very important for preemies to be held like this

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St Patrick's Day (Can you Tell?)
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Easter, with his first Easter Baskets

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Here is a Robers Family Photo on Easter. It was soooo bright we're all squinting.
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Here is a Feaster Family photo on Easter
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This is one of my Favorite Pics, Gavin and his Great Grandma Pearle...So Precious

Here's a Picture of my favorite thing to do.....kiss my boy, he sure is going to hate it when he's older so I need to do it now HAHA

And this is the most recent picture of the little guy with his shades on and his adorable vans!


We are so Blessed!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Let's Give This A Try

So, I have many relatives that would like weekly updates on how Gavin is doing and since most of them don't have myspace I decided to start this blog.

Most of you know that Grant and I have had a whirlwind year to say the least, but for those of you whom we haven't talked to for a while I will start from the beginning. Grant and I were Married in Mazatlan, Mexico on May 26, 2007. Our wedding day was all that we could have imagined and we had all of our family and close friends there to share it with us. It was truly amazing and we couldn't be happier.

A few weeks after the wedding we discovered that we were Pregnant!!! We definately didn't expect it so soon but we couldn't have been more excited. No, I wasn't pregnant at my wedding. We decided that we were going to have a delivery surprise and not find out the sex of the baby. The first 5 months of the pregnancy went relatively well, not much morning sickness, I was just very tired. At 20 weeks we had our ultrasound and the technician noticed that the baby had dilation of the kidneys, she referred us to a specialist. I was soooo scared for our unborn child and immediately did some internet research, I then discovered that 90% of the time the kidneys will heal in the womb and it really wasn't serious enough for us to worry about, the baby would be fine. I also noticed that 95% of the time dilation in the kidneys only occured in Boys Kidneys. We had our appt with the specialist the following week so they could monitor the kidneys and make sure it wasn't getting worse, the tech then told us it would be much easier for the doctor to talk to us about the problem if we knew the sex of the baby. I told her that I read most of the time this occurs in boys and she said "Yep, It's A Boy!", Grant couldn't stop smiling after we discovered the news. Most of you know that all of the men in Grant's family have the initials GPR so we decided on Gavin Paul to carry out the Robers name. Everything seemed fine at the specialist and they told us to come back in 6 weeks for a follow up appt.

6 weeks went by fast and when we got the specialist the doctor was not in town and they had a tech doing the ultrasound. My mom went with me that day because Grant had to work. The tech was very alarmed because she noticed that the umbilical cord had no diastolic flow which she had never seen before. She was very concerned and scheduled me an appt with the doctor the following week. I of course was freaking out at this point and that was the longest week EVER. We met with the doctor and he too couldn't find the diastolic flow but he said we shouldn't be alarmed until 31 weeks Gestation. He then decided to put me on fetal stress test monitoring twice a week. They only perform the tests on Mon & Thurs and we were so disappointed because this was right before New Years's when we were planning on going to Big Bear to celebrate with friends. Plans changed and we celebrated New Year's at my parents house very low key. Thank God we weren't in Big Bear though because I got very sick on New Year's Day and couldn't even leave my parents house. I thought at the time it was the flu but I now think it could have been the HELLP Syndrome.

On Thursday January 3rd I was on my way to the Specialist for my "Stress Test" on the way there I was pulled over and got a speeding ticket. Ahhhh I told the officer to please hurry because I was going to be late for my test. This was the first Dr's appt that I went to alone. Grant was at home sick and Mom was with Courtney and I knew that since I was going to have to start going twice a week I better get used to going alone. The baby wasn't moving as much as he should have been and my blood pressure was high, the physician's assistant was alarmed by the amount of protein in my urine and she sent me to the hospital for monitoring. Of course the one day I go by myself I was sent to the hospital. I called Mom and she met me there. The doctor that was on call put me on 24 hour observation and she started me on steroids shots to develop the babies lungs quicker. She told me that I may be put on hospital bed rest for 6 more weeks until the baby was 34 weeks and it would be safe to deliver him. They took numerous blood tests and they found that my liver enzyme count was high. It's supposed to be 65 and mine was 130. They wanted to rule out every possible problem and they ordered an ultrasound to make sure I didn't have gall stones. They had put me in a room with 3 other woman that were in labor and they were wondering why my blood pressure was still high. HELLOOOO. Later that night they finally got me a private room and I was able to relax, my blood pressure went down and the doctor that was on call that night (whom didn't come see my by the way) decided to send me home and wanted me to see my OB first thing in the morning. I knew the doctor that wanted me there for 24 hour observation was going to be pissed. It was 11 0'clock at night by this point so Grant and I went to my parents to sleep. Once I woke up in the morning Mom and I went to my OB, the doctor who wanted me to stay on 24 hour observation had already called and wanted me to go back to the hospital ASAP. I was admitted once again, more blood tests, more steroids and they finally let me go home at 4pm. I was to be on strict bed rest all weekend and to visit my OB on Wednesday when he got back in town. (Did I mention that my OB was on vacation out of the country this whole time?) One of the nurses that discharged me warned me that if I started to feel any pain in my upper abdomen to come back to the hospital immediately.

Saturday around 11:30pm I started feeling upper abdomen pain and started throwing up. I told Grant he better take me back to the hospital right away. He was so nervous to take me because he knew I didn't want to be put on bed rest at the hospital for 6 weeks but I really really felt sick. I was in so much pain by the time I arrived at the hospital that they hooked me up to a IV with morphine right away and my blood pressure was sky high. Thank God the same Dr was on Call (Dr Lyseight~My Hero) she ran some more blood tests and my liver enzymes were up to 165 at this point. She told Grant that it was one of three things: Preclampsia, Toxemia, or HELLP Syndrome, she said lets hope it not HELLP. She immediately called UCI ambulance to come transport me to Orange County, she knew I would be having the baby and wanted to make sure I was at a hospital with a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Grant followed the ambulance and at that point he called the parents and told them to get to the hospital. The doctors were all sooooo nice to me and they did an ultrasound and of course more blood work. Once they got the first blood test results and my liver count was up to 2000 they knew I definitely had HELLP Syndrome http://www.hellpsyndrome.org/templates/System/details.asp?id=40426&PID=493919
my liver was failing and they needed to remove the baby immediately so we would both survive. Gavin Paul Robers was Born Sunday January 6, 2008 at 12:44 pm, he weighed 2 lbs and 4 ozs and was 14 inches long. It was the most beautiful sound when he started crying because I knew that he was alive and would be OK. They let me see him for a minute and Grant followed the doctors to the NICU. There was 12 doctors and nurses in the room during the surgery and they had to give me a classical incision (from my belly button down) because they wanted to be able to access my liver in case of emergency. I now have a beautiful scar, bye bye bikinis HAHAHA
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I am happy to say that once Gavin was out my blood pressure and liver enzymes went back to normal and I have fully recovered. Gavin had to stay in the NICU for 48 days. The nurses and doctors were all so wonderful and I love them all for saving my little boy. I went and visited him everyday and delivered my milk for him (I was pumping religiously every 3 hours) I am so proud of him and how far he's come. He's my Hero and I am so fortunate that he picked me to be his Mom
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This is a picture of the first time I got to hold him, he was 6 days old.
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Look how little he was, he looked like an old man.
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Grant was sooo excited to have his boy in his arms and he is such a Wonderful Daddy and Husband. He has been so supportive this whole time, he is my rock.
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Gavin never had the typical preemie problems. His main drawback was the oxygen, he just didn't want to get off it. They ended up giving him steroids which finally got him off. I Love this picture, he looks just like his daddy.
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So many of our friends and family came to visit Gavin during his 48 day stay and we want to Thank You so much for all of your prayers, love and support. This is a picture of his first bottle!
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He was gaining a few ounces everyday and I couldn't wait to see him, I practically ran to the NICU from the parking lot, even though I was still recovering from major surgery.
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Look! No Oxygen, this was a few days before he came home. He's still soooo tiny.
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Look at Gavin in his carseat, he looks like a little doll.
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So on February 23, 2008 after 48 Long Days we finally got to bring our little miracle boy home!!! He weighed 4 lbs and 7 ozs, almost double his birth weight.