Thursday, December 27, 2007

Questions that need to be answered!!! (thanks erin!)

Can you cry under water?
How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?
Why do you have to "put your two cents in"... But it's only a "penny for your thoughts"? What happens to that extra penny?
Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?
Why does a round pizza come in a square box?
What disease did cured ham actually have?
How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up like every two hours?
If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?
Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON tv?
Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway.
Why is "bra" singular and " panties" plural?
Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp,
Which no decent human being would eat?
If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?
If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?
Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!
If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn't he just buy dinner?
If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?
If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?
Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?
Why did you just try singing the two songs above?
Why do they call it an asteroid when it's outside the hemisphere, but call it a hemorrhoid when it's in your butt?
Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you,
But when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Snelson's Christmas Morning

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Merry Christmas!! Love, Abigail

Friday, December 14, 2007

hello out there!

just wanted to say hi.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

well, we made it!!!! i'm sitting here pumping and typing listening to my daughter coo in her crib! it's incredible!!!! here are pictures from today --- ENJOY!!!

Monday, December 10, 2007

ABIGAIL IS COMING HOME!!!!! robert and i are rooming in tonight and tomorrow and bringing her home with us on wednesday!!! her dr did her discharge exam today and he said she looks perfect! WOO HOOOO!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
paper - definitely

2. Real tree or artificial?

3. When do you put up the tree?
I wish the day after Thanksgiving. no choice about that!

4. When do you take the tree down?
The day after new years.

5. Do you like eggnog?
it's the most disgusting stuff in the world!!!

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
honestly, i'm not sure. i don't have a "stand out" favorite one...wierd...

7. Do you have a Nativity scene?

8. Hardest person to buy for?

9. Easiest person to buy for?
right now? abigail!!!

10. Worst Christmas Gift you ever received?
hmmmm....refer to question 6

11. Mail or email Christmas cards?

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
in my family, we have a couple traditions that HAVE to be watched at least twice during the season: White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street (the new one), The Young Messiah, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph (and the island of the misfit toys!!). those were in no particular order.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
uh....well.....whenever i get around to it. this year? not happening at all!

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
probably somewhere along the line

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Meemaw rolls when we get to GA! (gotta go with Trish on this one!)

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? a kid i liked colored but now i can't stand them!

17. Favorite Christmas song?
any from The Young Messiah (which is basically The Messiah a little more contemporary-like)

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
now that i'm married, travel

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixon, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph. (trish, i'm disappointed.)

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
i grew up with an angel, but right now we have a cross

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
christmas morning....but we used to do ONE present christmas eve

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
hmmm...i'm gonna go with stupid people the day after thanksgiving that think they have to be horribly mean to others just to get something at a discount.

23. What is the 'corniest' family tradition you do, or miss doing?
growing up, the first night our tree was up, we would sleep in front of it on palattes on the floor and sing 2 songs: "if it doesn't snow on christmas" and "i like to turn the lights all out". we didn't do it this year....and i really missed it!!

24. Ugliest Christmas Decoration ever invented?
too many to name right now!

25. Which looks best theme trees or homey trees?
family tree all the way! there's nothing better than reliving memories with all the handmade ornaments from when we were kids!

26. Gingerbread or sugar cookies?
i actually like both -- but this time of year i'll go with gingerbread

27. Do you like Fruitcake?
Nope. refer to question 5

Thursday, December 06, 2007

just to update:

abigail is doing much better. thank you to all who have prayed for her since before she was born until now! her infection is getting better - her blood work shows it's down to 3.1 from 6.5 yesterday. this is fabulous news! she's taking all her feeds by bottle right now - not her feeding tube - and hopefully she'll continue that as they increase her feedings back up to full feeds. (a full feed for her is 37 ccs, right now she's at 15ccs. one ounce is about 30 ccs just for reference.) she will be on 2 antibiotics for the next 7 - 10 days and then hopefully things will be back to where she was before she got sick. the dr likened it to when we get colds or the flu and we are down for a few days then we feel better and have another little bit when we've done too much and need to go back to bed until we're completely better. thankfully she's responding to the meds so well that right now a blood transfusion is taken out of the equation for now. but mom is going to donate some blood for abigail just in case she does end up needing it later on.

again, thank you for all your prayers. if you want to keep up daily (or however) with how she's doing and pictures, you can visit her website that i update daily HERE.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

i know i haven't posted on here in a while. and even this post is mainly a copy of what i've already done elsewhere. but i am asking for prayer for abigail. things are pretty rough for her (and us) right now. i copied my journal entry from last night (from her website) so that you can know a little better how to pray. i do understand that there are those of you out there who don't care (no, those comments are not forgotten) and if that is you, just ignore this post. but for those of you who do care - and i KNOW that's a lot of you!!! - please take a minute and read this then pray for abigail. she is really needing prayers right now! thank you!!!

well, today was filled with much anxiety, nervousness, and freaking out! i called this morning to let abigail's nurse know that i was on my way and asked how abigail was doing. she says to me "abby's just not herself. we'll talk when you get here." so of course i'm freaking out the whole way up! apparently she had been screaming bloody murder for a while and NOTHING would soothe her. this is not like her! she's usually very happy and when she cries, it doesn't take much to comfort her. when i got there, abigail was very upset and i just grabbed her and held her. dr ahmed was late coming in today b/c he had a drs appt but as soon as he got there he looked at her and agreed that something wasn't quite right. he ordered a CBC and another type of blood thing. the CBC came back normal but the other one came back the slightest bit high (5 or above would show concern, hers was 1.4.) he asked if i had seen any changes in her and i said ABSOLUTELY! we went over what i have seen in her (low energy, very lethargic, not alert, pale, brady epidodes, desat episodes, etc) and with my observations added to his chart stuff, he decided to go ahead and start some antibiotics and move her back into the more intensive care nursery. he put her on a nasal canula to help with her desats, took her off feedings for the next few days, put an IV back in, and told us to prepare ourselves for a blood transfusion tomorrow. he also took a chest x-ray to make sure her lungs were doing alright. it looked great. so that was good.

so we moved her into the other room and when they were about to start her IV, lisa (her nurse - one of my favorites) said it would probably be better if i waited outside. well, i just fell apart at that! i didn't want to leave abigail. so she made an exception to their rule and let me stay, after all i had been with abigail all day long at this point! it took 4 sticks to get her IV going. the nurses tried 3 times and finally went and got dr ahmed to do the 4th one. abigail is so worn out that she really didnt' even flinch at the first 3 sticks. it wasn't until the 4th that she cried. i was really happy to hear that cry, though! it meant that she realized what was going on!!!

all in all, dr ahmed said there is no threat to her life right now. this is normal preemie stuff. he told us that ALL DAY LONG! and i believe him. it's just wierd and scary for us right now b/c we haven't had any of this before. i am completely wasted and exhausted from today. i have been an emotional wreck since before i got there! then just going through the whole thing was overwhelming. i didn't want to leave her at all tonight, but i know i need to rest up and take care of myself as well. but i just want to be with her at her bedside. they did let me hold her for all but about 1 1/2 hrs of the 8 hrs i was there. that was comforting.

so there's my update. i have a peace that she is going to be okay. i know she will. this is just something that she is going to have to go through. and it is normal. just pray for her to make it through this time as quickly as possible and that she will be back to her normal self soon. and for strength for me and robert as we walk this with her.