Thursday, April 29, 2010

NICU Reunion

Izzy’s NICU reunion was last weekend. It was so cool to see all of the nurses and doctors who took such excellent care of her. Looking back, it is hard to believe that we were able to walk out of that hospital without her every night for 16 weeks and 2 days. Well, 1) we had no choice, and 2) we were so confident in the ability of the Harris NICU staff, and we knew that our baby was in very capable hands. We are forever grateful for them! There was a great turnout, way more babies and families than I expected, but it was a lot of fun. Everyone was so surprised at how BIG Izzy has gotten. She was passed around quite a bit, and just about everyone who held her said something along the lines of, “What are you guys feeding this kid?!?” ;-) We also enjoyed getting to see all of Izzy’s old roomies and being in the midst of God’s precious little miracles. The reunion started at 10:00, which is Izzy's naptime, so I was expecting a cranky baby, but she did great. She even made it through lunch afterward without a meltdown.

Izzy with Dr. Miao, her original Neonatologist. He's such a great doctor, and he was always very patient with our gazillion questions.

With Nurse Ashley - she loves our Izzy and we love her!

Nurse Kara - so sweet! she took care of Izzy toward the end of her stay

Nurse Linda - she fed Izzy her first bottle, and if I remember correctly, gave Izzy her first "tub" bath. Izzy is checking out her credentials.

RT Debbie - Izzy has forgiven Miss Debbie for stretching out her nostrils with the
bubble cpap. ;-)

Nurse Melissa - she worked the night shift, and I'm pretty sure is partly to blame for my baby not sleeping for the first month she was home. Melissa spoiled her rotten by singing and rocking her. I'm glad somebody was spoiling her when we couldn't be there. ;-) Doesn't Izzy look happy to see her. I think she is in mid-clap.

Nurse Lydia - she was a regular in room 5, where we spent a LOT of time, so we got to know her well. Love Miss Lydia!

Sweet little Emily and her mommy, Crystal, who made E's entire outfit. I didn't get her fancy little jeans in the picture.

Little Miss Hadley and her mommy, Becca. Notice both Emily and Hadley still tolerate their big bows and headbands. My baby, notsomuch! And apparently, she doesn't pose for pictures either. She was way too busy to look at the camera.

The triple threat. Olivia, Elia, and Bianca. Aren't they adorable?!?

The lone boy in the post is Mr. Leighton. He's such a little cutie!

She loved the balloons!

Nurse Karen is tracing Izzy's handprint to hang on the wall. So sad I didn't get a pic of Karen with Izzy. She is such a sweetheart!

She wasn't so sure about bobbin' for duckies

I love having a little girl to dress up!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Go Babies!

Our March for Babies team, Izzy’s Angel, kicked butt this year. We raised over $10,000 for March of Dimes!!! Thank you so much to all of you who helped raise money and to all who donated! You guys rock!! The weather was not on our side the day of the walk, but that didn’t stop us from showing up and supporting the sweet babies who need our help! Despite the weather, we still had a great time, and we even got to see some of Izzy’s old roomies and their families!

We have some serious troopers on our team!

Hadley and Izzy before the walk (I didn't get pics of her other buddies, Emily and Leighton). Izzy doesn't look too happy about the fact that she was pulled out of bed at 6:30 that morning. And of course, she ripped the bow off of her head.

The family after the walk.

Izzy's shirt says "Izzy's Angel Team Captain"

This is one of the walls in the "Garden of Hope," where parents posted pictures/info to remember or celebrate their babies.

Izzy's page

Lily's page

This is Little Miss Emily, Izzy's roomie from back in the day. This is the sweet baby that came thisclose to getting a tracheostomy. Look how gorgeous and healthy she is! God is good!

And this sweet girl is Hadley, also one of Izzy's old partners in crime. Hadley required several surgeries during her NICU stay, but you'd never know it today! Look at those eyes!

Spiderboy and Spidergirl. Lane and KK had so much fun!

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that my husband and baby girl are television stars now! Griff calls me at 5:00 the day before the walk and says, "Brandon Todd and the channel 4 camera guy are following me home. They want to do a story on Izzy." Ummmm....are ya kiddin' me? I was in the middle of cutting tomatoes for our team cookout, Izzy was in the middle of the kitchen floor playing with measuring cups and everything else I had thrown down there to entertain her, her toys were scattered across the living room, and I had zero make-up on and wet hair that had been pulled into a bun. Needless to say, I did not make a tv appearance. I quickly nixed the idea of them coming to our disaster of a house, and instead, we met them in the park for the interview. Griff and Izzy did an awesome job! Check it out.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Golf for Babies

The Golf for Babies tournament was a success! We decided to organize this golf tournament to raise money for March of Dimes, but we decided on it a bit last minute (I know, so unlike, so the only date available was the Saturday before Easter. Not ideal, but we moved forward with planning, and I'm so glad we did. The weather could not have been more perfect, we had 15 teams show up to play, and we raised over $3,600 for March of Dimes! Not too shabby for our first attempt at hosting a tournament on Easter weekend. The money was added to our March for Babies team total, which is currently a whopping $8,608!!! Thank you to all who played in the tournament, donated raffle prizes, sponsored holes, and helped out in any way. We had so much fun that we've decided to make it an annual event!

Our team, Izzy's Angel, will be participating in March for Babies this Saturday, April 17th. The walk starts at 9:00am at Farrington Field, and we're having a team cookout afterwards. Come walk with us!!!

First Place Team - The fact that my dad and cousin are on this team makes me a little suspicious...hmmm...;-)

Second Place Team - no family members, this one is legit

The fam with one of our hole sponsor signs

Our little tournament ambassador

She's already starting to look more like a big girl and less like a baby... sigh ;-(

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Izzy’s second Easter was quite a bit different than her first. She was still in the hospital last Easter, but our friends Niji and Lali visited and took some pictures of her in a sweet little dress that Nanna made. She wasn’t big enough to be allowed to wear clothes at this point, but her nurse made a special exception just long enough for these precious pics to be taken.

This year, we celebrated Easter at my Aunt and Uncle's house with the whole family. Izzy wanted to get down and run around outside with her cousins so bad! She had a great time hunting eggs with mommy's help. She even scored a few money eggs. Not bad for not even being able to walk yet! ;-)

What a difference a year makes! Look at that sneaky little grin. ;-)

Papa and Meme got her a Dora dvd for Easter. Looks like she likes it!

She loves to walk!

Sweet girl!

Look what she found!

She got one of the dollar eggs - that's my girl!