It's a BOY!


IT'S A BOY!

Name: Sidney Andrew Sandberg
Born: 7/3/2010 @ 9:55am
Weight: 1lb 8oz
Length: 11 1/2"

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Santa's Little Helper

A little elf stopped by the house yesterday to see how we were doing with our Christmas decorations. He wasn't impressed when he saw that we didn't even have a tree up.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Our Little Ham

So Sidney is a smiling machine now. He loves to smile and when he does, it lights up his entire face. He makes everyone else smile as well. What a beautiful little boy...we're so lucky to be his parents. :)

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Wow, I'm Really Slacking!

Sorry everyone for being such a slacker on Sid's blog. It's been over a month since my last post. Here's an update on our little guy...

Sidney is encroaching on 12lbs, if he's not already there yet. This little bugger is growing SO fast. It was only a few short months ago while he was in the NICU that he was in the 5th percentile for his weight. He's now in the 75th percentile! He's 22 inches long too...he's grown over 10 inches since he was born. What an accomplishment.

He surprises us every day. Just last week, he started smiling and laughing. It's like it happened with a snap of the fingers. He just decided that he wanted to start smiling all of a sudden. Hey, I'm not complaining. :) He's got the cutest smile I've ever seen...it's one of those whole face smiles. He beams from ear to ear.

He's wanting to crawl sooo badly. He gets frustrated cause he doesn't get anywhere. LOL. It's so adorable. He kicks and kicks, but goes nowhere. That's when the crying ensues...but it's just so cute to watch.


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We've been taking Sidney for walks around the neighborhood since he doesn't really get out much as a result of being in isolation per doctor's orders. He seems to really like the walks. The fresh air is probably good for him since he's stuck in the house all day.


Jeremy's mom came for a visit the week of Thanksgiving, it was really nice to have some family "re-meet" Sidney. It was like seeing him for the first time...he's so different than when she saw him when he was just born. Granny Stevens had a chance to have some special moments with her first grandchild.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pics of Sid That I Took Today...




Home Nearly 3 Weeks Now...

Well, Sidney's been home for nearly three weeks now. Sorry it's taken me ages to post, but it's been a whirlwind lately. It's definitely a lifestyle change when you have a baby. Your whole daily routine gets thrown out the window. We now live on Sidney's schedule: sleep very little during the day, totally awake at night. He's a handful only because he seems to be hungry 24/7, ravenously hungry. He really only cries when he wants a bottle, but it seems like he always wants a bottle. He's an eater, that's for sure.

So far he's seen three doctors: pediatrician, eye doctor, and pulmonologist. His eyes are stable (great to hear) and he's steadily gaining weight. As of last Wednesday, our little man is 8lbs 3oz and 19 3/4 inches in length. In a week, he had put on an additional 10oz and grown an astonishing inch and a quarter. He's definitely going thru the growth spurt that the nurses in the NICU told us about. Being at home in a quiet and loving environment is really doing him wonders.

Speaking of the NICU, for those of you that didn't know...Celine Dion had her twins in the hospital that I had Sid in, St Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, FL. Her two boys were delivered early via C-Section. We've read that they were in incubators and now suddenly they were released only a few days later? I find that hard to believe...they would have been in the NICU for longer than that just for light therapy for jaundice. Jeremy and I think that she probably has her own staff of doctors and nurses at her home in Jupiter, FL taking care of the babies.

Ok, that was a little off subject, back to the main man Sidney. :)

We went to the Pulmonologist this past week. We've been closely monitoring Sid's oxygen levels via monitors and such since he's come home. If his saturation levels were high, we would turn his O2 down and vice versa. Well, there were times where his levels were steadily high enough that we would just shut off the O2 tank entirely. We mentioned this to the doctor and he suggested that we continue to try to ween him off the oxygen and just "spot check" him with the monitors. Jer and I didn't like the "spot checking" idea, so we've kept him on the monitors, just in case. Well, Sid went over two whole days with his O2 off, so yesterday we decided to take off his nasal cannulla entirely. What a big step. :) We were finally able to actually see our baby's face. You get accustomed to seeing him with the cannulla, it becomes part of him and to now have it off, it's like we had a totally different baby. He's absolutely adorable. It's such a relief and a great feeling to know that we're almost there. Almost to the point where Sidney can be a normal baby.

Vaccines on Monday...oi! It's going to be a very scary day. :(





Monday, October 18, 2010

First Pediatrician Visit

Sidney's first pediatrician visit was this afternoon. We were highly anticipating what his weight gain would be. When he left the NICU, he weighed 6lbs 9oz. One week later he weighs...*drumroll please*...7lbs 9oz!! Wow, he gained a whole pound in only one week. He also grew an inch in length. He seriously never ceases to amaze me and his daddy. He's doing so well since he's come home. Being able to sleep in complete silence and for as long as he wants has really done wonders for him. He's really thriving. The nurses in the NICU told us this would happen...the atmosphere of the hospital isn't conducive to growing naturally, it's too noisy and he consistantly had bright flourescent lighting on him.

Next Wednesday, Sidney goes in for his first set of immunizations...it's gonna be scary. He's still on oxygen, so I hope it doesn't cause him to have breathing issues. Keep him in your thoughts.

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Sidney has a little friend, Taylor, who is still in the NICU. It's possible that she may be having surgery soon to help her breathe better. She's been in the NICU since the day after Sid was born. Her wonderful parents want her to come home so badly, this surgery should be the ticket to get her there. Please keep this little angel and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this tough next week.

One Week Down...The Rest of Our Lives to Go :)

It's officially been one week since we brought Sid home. He's adjusting so well. Although, he HATES his bassinet. Refuses to sleep in it, I'm thinking it's because he can't see out and feels too confined in there. So after many attempts at getting him to sleep in there, we resorted to letting him sleep where he sleeps best...the changing pad. LOL Yeah, crazy I know, but it seemed like every time we put him on there for a diaper change, he would fall fast asleep. So we decided to take the changing pad off of the changing table and put it on the floor. He seems to really like it. Here's to hoping he'll sleep in his crib one day. *fingers crossed*

We're still having lots of sleepy days because of his monitors...but on a good note, he seems to be doing really well with us lowering his oxygen levels. We've even taken him off of the oxygen entirely for 15 mins at a time. I'm hoping this is a sign that he will be coming off of it soon and will be able to be hose and wire free. Oh to have a baby that can leave the confines of his bedroom! :) Soon...



Friday, October 15, 2010

Sidney's Home: Days 1 - 4

It's now officially been 4 days since he's come home. It's been a rough few days...not because of Sidney, but because of the equipment that we're using for the oxygen. Ugh...the first pulse oxymeter that we received was a portable hand-held device...no alarm. Jeremy and I had to be awake at all times to keep an eye on the little bud. After many phone calls and hours of waiting, we finally got the permanent device with an alarm...here's the problem: the alarm is practically silent and we still have to stay awake to watch him. We're taking shifts and barely sleeping. BUT...it's all worth it. He's an angel. He's such a good baby. We couldn't have asked for more...he's the love of our lives.

being wheeled out of the NICU for the last time :)

enjoying some time with daddy

he's seriously the cutest baby ever

close-up of our little man

.: best week ever :.


Monday, October 11, 2010

HE'S FINALLY HOME!

Sidney is officially home! I can't believe this day has finally come...it's been a LONG 3 1/2 months, but the final outcome is so worth it. He's amazing...

More to come, gotta get adjusted to this new life! :)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fingers Crossed...

If all goes well, tomorrow Sidney will be finally coming home!!

We're all set for his discharge to be tomorrow, but we're still waiting on two pieces of equipment that the medical supply company forgot to give us (that's a nightmare in itself). If we can manage to get those things tomorrow morning, then our little bug will be coming home in the afternoon!

Wow, next comes a new set of anxieties...will I manage with little to no sleep, will we be able to work his equipment correctly, and most importantly...will we be good enough parents? I just have to stay positive and know that we'll do just fine.

my daddy sure does love me

look at that sweet face

his onsie says 'Mommy's New Man'

sleeping like an angel

Friday, October 8, 2010

We're One Step Closer...

Well, first off Sidney weighed in at 6lbs 2oz last night...wow, it's amazing how fast he's grown.

On Wednesday we were given the blow the Sidney wouldn't be able to come home until he saw the Pulmonologist, a lung doctor. We were told that a call was made early last week to have him visit with Sidney, but no word on when he was going to come to the hospital. Could be another week, says the discharge nurse. Devastating news when you're so excited to have finally have him coming home...

...to my surprise (and every nurse's in the NICU), I was told yesterday morning that the doctor was in the hospital making rounds and he would be stopping by Sidney's bedside. Yay! I met with the doctor, discussed a few issues, and was told he was A-OK to come home. The discharge nurse faxed the paperwork to a medical supply company, and by 5pm I was learning the ropes of the portable oxygen equipment! Today, at the house, they'll be installing his oxygen concentrator, a large machine that pulls oxygen from the air and concentrates it down to the specific amount Sid needs in his canulla.

Monday is the big day! We'll get to carry our little buddy out into the beautiful Florida sunshine for the first time in his life. What a wonderful day it's going to be!

napping peacefully

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Who's 5lbs 13oz? This Guy!

Sidney is just amazing us more and more each day. Just yesterday he discovered his hands. He stared at his hands for hours. Stared so much that it tuckered him out. He was exhausted by the time his daddy came to visit and give him his bottle. Jeremy said he had to wake Sid up every now and then just to get him to finish his bottle. lol

Got a cute shot of him from last night's bath...



Baby Shower!

What a wonderful day...blue skies and cool weather. Perfect. Couldn't have asked for a better day...

The baby shower was held at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, FL at 10:30am on Sunday. The location was beautiful...we had the shower in a private room in the country club. It was a Sunday Brunch, with a chef making omelets and Belgian waffles to order. The food was fantastic!

My friend Lara is a 'cake boss' in her own rite. She made the cake from scratch! It was amazing...two flavors: Dulce de Leche and Confetti cake.

The favors were cute little flowers wrapped in blue tissue paper with a bow. Table settings included glass baby bottles filled with Hershey Kisses sitting in teeny tiny diapers. So cute...!

So many people from my office were there...I was really touched that so many people were there to help me celebrate the arrival of my Sidney. My friends Lara and Robin were so amazing to put this whole thing together. It was a perfect day. :)

Lara, me, Robin

Lara and Robin with the presents

Loading up the SUV with the gifts

Bear Lakes Country Club
 
The golf course at the country club

Another shot of the golf course


Centerpieces at each table

Yum...Belgian waffles with Strawberries and Whipped Cream

Inside the clubhouse

Private room for the shower

Beautiful favors

Look at this amazing cake!!
My table

I work with such great people