Nathan came home from Primary Children's yesterday... it was actually a more relaxing day than when we brought him home from the NICU the first go around. We weren't really scared of him; we just wanted to make sure that his pain would be under control and that his medications and food were all given at the proper time to help him get better. Nathan is currently taking aldactone, prevacid, lasiks, lortab, Tylenol (when he isn't given lortab), and motrin. I apologize if I spelled any of those wrong. He is still in a considerable amount of pain and it gets worse when he starts coughing which is a side effect of the specific anesthesia he was given. Since Nathan is on a drug that is meant to make him urinate and get the excessive swelling down, his diapers are EXTREMELY wet every time.
So since I had a consistent output to test diaper wise; I decided to see which brand actually holds more in it. I have the Walmart brand, LUVS, and Huggies. The Walmart brand drenched the clothes and the sheets (the sheet was considerably damp after I picked Nathan up). LUVS did a little better except that the diaper was starting to fall apart when I took it off of Nathan. However, the sheets weren't as damp as the Walmart brand. Huggies did have a little of the wetness get onto Nathan's clothes, but nothing more. Now you have to understand that each of these diapers were only on Nathan about 2 hours at a time and that the drug that is causing Nathan to do this has to get him to get rid of the 2 lbs of water he has retained in the last 7 days.
So my conclusion for the experiment is that Huggies is the best brand to hold little boys output. That being said, I used the Walmart brand on Ellie until she was about 5-6 months old. Then I realized that I could buy in bulk at Sam's Club and have only bought Huggies for her until she was potty trained. I'm glad that its Jake teaching science instead of me. He probably would have tested everything a little bit better....oh well. I'm wondering what everyone else's experiences have been.
1 in every 120 babies are born with a heart defect. What if that ONE was YOURS?
Our Little Man
We unknowingly became elite members of a world no one wants to be a part of on January 22, 2008 with the birth of our little boy, Nathan, but looking back we can't imagine life any differently. Nathan has had to endure 21 surgeries in the first 25 months of his life including open heart surgery for Tetralogy of Fallot, jaw surgery at 3 days old, 5 cleft surgeries and many surgeries involving his airway, ears, and eyes. He has a g-tube which he uses as his sole source of nutrition. In February 2010 he underwent a second jaw distraction as he was showing signs of right heart failure.
Nathan is our little hero; our witness that prayers are answered individually and that we couldn't be blessed with better family and friends to support us.
One day my world came crashing down, I'll never be the same. They told me that my baby was sick. I thought, "Am I to blame"? I don't think I can handle this. I am really not that strong. It seemed my heart was breaking. I have loved him for so long. I will not give up on this child. I will listen to your advice. I will give my son any chance. No matter what the price. I will learn all that I need To help my baby thrive. I'll even use that feeding tube. My child must survive! Will he need a lot of therapy? Will he gain the needed weight? Please God, help me do this. As I accept our fate. When the monitors beep at night, it serves as my reminder. How many parents would love that sound. Tomorrow I will be kinder. As another Angel earns his wings, I run to my baby's bed. I watch him sleep for quite a while. I bend down and kiss his head. I cry for the parents whose hearts have been broken. I look to You wondering why? Oh Lord, I just can't know your ways.... no matter how I try. And yet, I trust you hold his life, and guide us through each day. My mind says savor each moment he's here, but my heart begs, "PLEASE let him stay"! From pacing the surgical waiting room, to sitting by his bed. From wishing for a good nights sleep, to learning every med. From wondering, "Will he be alright?", to watching him reach out his hands. With every smile my heart just melts, despite life's harsh demands. For all who see that faded line. I look to them and smile. You see my child is loved so much. I would face ANY trial. That scar I trace with my finger (It's the door to his beautiful heart). God must have known how much I'd love him (Just as He loved him from the start). A heart mom is always a heart mom. Now wise beyond her years. For those who have angels in heaven, Our hearts share in all of your tears. Every day I will try and remember, I was chosen for him (and no other). I will always embrace that beautiful day....... When I became a "Heart Mother".
~Stephanie HustedMommy to Braeden HLHS post FontanCarepage name: babyhusted
I "borrowed" this poem off of another blog. I'm not sure who the author is, but it truly touched my heart.(Original version found at http://garyandcamille.blogspot.com Thank you!) Heart Poem:
It's a beautiful day up in heaven. Jesus is rounding up his tiniest angels, to go live on earth, and be born. One of the sweetest angels says to Jesus "I don't want to leave, I like it here, and I will miss you". He reassures the scared little angel that everything will be okay, and that she is just going for a visit. She is still not swayed on this idea. So Jesus kneels down, and says, "How about if you leave half of your heart here with me and take the other half with you, will that be okay?" The angel smiles and says, "I guess that will work". But the little angel is still a little scared. She asks,"Will I be okay with only half of my heart?" Jesus replies,"Of course you will, I have other angels there that will help out, and you will be fine." Then Jesus gives the angel more details about his plan. He says "When you are born, your mommy will be scared, so you have to be strong, and when you feel weak just remember that I have the other half of your heart. Enjoy your time with your family, play and laugh everyday. And when its time to come back to heaven, I will make your heart whole again. Always remember that you are not broken, just torn between two loves."