Monday, January 4, 2010

New Kind of Normal

Today was the start of a new kind of normal for us (albeit temporary).
Kevin went back to work and I stayed home with Karsie. While I will only be able to stay off work for a few months more before I take a complete pay cut, I have been blessed with extended family leave and am able to be with Karsie for a while longer.

Today was a busy day too!

In the morning the plumber came to replace the garbage disposal (yeah, all our appliances decided to quit in our absence). Karsie slept in, so I was able to get lots of housework done. I believe I ran like seven loads of laundry... all the while working on dishes, dusting and taking down Christmas. I also had to make many phone calls. I called doctors offices, insurance, and the medical supply company. Most of the phone calls resulted in the need to make more phone calls tomorrow. Then we had a follow up appointment with Dr. Suen.

When we got to the office Karsie got weighed and even though her clothes were on... she came in at 11lbs 3oz! Holy cow! Thanks to that fundo... and the inability to spitup... Karsie just keeps on growing! Yay! Then Dr. Suen saw her and listened to her... and all the while Karsie kept giving him the best gummy grins! She acted like a totally different baby from the last time he saw her. She still has some gunky coughing and a lot of snot, but she sounded better to him. He wants her to continue with the meds and then he added an inhaled form of a steroid to continue to kelp keep her airways open. We go back to see him in a week to continue to track her progress. He also asked about the RSV shot progress... and I had to tell him we are still in insurance limbo. We want to get the shot to her ASAP!

Karsie obliged me with a quiet trip to the grocery store and then a drive through the pharmacy. By the time we got home, Kevin was getting home too... and it felt like a "Leave it to Beaver" moment when he walked in the door and came over and greeted his two girls.

I could get used to this kind of normal!


  1. My name is Bernie Haberman. I have been following your blog for a while now. A friend of mine (Kristen Posey) let me know about your sweet Karsie a few months ago. I am amazed at your journey and am so happy that Karsie is at home with Mommy and Daddy. I am another MOO...our fourth child James was born with an omphalocele back in February. He is such a joy and we just love his "designer" bellybutton! These are some pretty special babies and Karsie makes me smile each time I see her face. Good luck with everything and Karsie is in our thoughts and prayers. Feel free to contact me if you ever want to chat or swap omph. stories! Take care and enjoy that little princess!
    Bernie Haberman

  2. this sounds like a PERFECT day and I hope you get use to this kind of normal. :) Cory

  3. Ain't life GRAND!
    Love & Prayers, Cynthia

  4. I love the new kind of normal!

    Meanwhile, Dad died in the UK, but British Ariways sucks.
    Boycott BA, and Karise, be good!
    Love, Jen xxx

  5. What a beautiful, busy day! Are you still nursing Karsie? Does she sleep through the night? Enjoy your days at home. God bless all three of you.

  6. You don't know me but I have been following your story and praying for your angel...she is so adorable I cry when I see her :)
    I pray you continue to have normal

  7. I meant to say I cry with joy when I see her :)

  8. Anonymous - Yes I am still nursing. She is only allowed two times a day because she is on continuous feeding. However, this may change this Friday when we go to San Diego to see the nutritionist.

    Also, yes she is sleeping through the night. She's an amazing sleeper because she doesn't have to get up to eat.