New House Photos 07-05-2014

Its been a long time since our last update on our Lanes End construction project.  Exterior columns are up, wood floors are down, interior brick arches are complete, tile is being installed in all the bathrooms, cabinetry for the whole house  is being designed.  Ellen and Danyale are working on colors and fabrics.  Its all starting to come together.

Below are our latest photos.

The balcony columns are complete, one layer of color coat has been applied to the front stucco.  Ellen and the iron guy are working on the iron railing for the balcony.

Here is an exterior shot of the Master Bedroom sitting area.

Another shot from the back yard looking at the outdoor living area.  Antique beams are up, brick fireplace and arch are complete.  Danyale and Ellen decided to paint the back doors instead of staining them.

Here you see the outdoor fireplace, and towards the right you see the large brick arch.  Eventually we will have a grill and smoker built into a brick counter under the arch.  Work on that will not begin until much later.

The brick arches between the Dining Room and Foyer are complete, and the antique pine floors are down.  The floors will be sanded and finished closer to completion.

Here is a shot of the Dining area that shows the brick and floors coming together.  The shot also shows the interaction between the Foyer, Dining Room, and Kitchen.

This is a shot coming down the stairs looking towards the Kitchen.

Here is an inside shot of the sitting area inside the Master Bedroom.  Danyale and Ellen have big plans for the window treatments and fabrics for this area.

Its hard to take photos of the Master Bath.  This shot shows the arches between my area, the tub and shower area, then Danyale’s area deeper into the photo.

Here is the wall at Ellen’s Office where the girls are choosing and coordinating all wall colors, fabric, tile, etc. for the whole house.  When I took this photo we were still driving around with Anna Catherine’s fabrics in the car.  A day or so after this photo was taken, Ellen pinned up all the choices for Anna Catherine’s room.  They were very pretty, I wish I had a photo including her colors.


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My Daddy and Me

When I was little I had a replogle in my mouth.  All I could think about was how to get it out.  More drool to soften the tape, wiggle my tongue round and round to cork screw the replogle out.  My nurse would spend all day thinking of ways to tape it down real good,  and I would spend all day thinking of ways to get it out real good.  It was a fun game we played daily.

But now I am a big girl, with no more replogle, so I have more time to think about big girl things.  Recently I was thinking about getting into college.

You can’t get into college unless you have good grades.  You can’t get good grades unless you write a paper for school.  School papers are not easy, so I don’t want to wait until the last minute.  Therefore I decided to get started while I am sitting around waiting to bust out of the NICU.

My paper is called “My Daddy and Me”.  I am sharing my rough draft with you today hoping to receive some constructive feedback.  Remember its a work in progress, and is not due for many years, so be gentle.


My Daddy and Me

by Anna Catherine Thibodeaux


My Daddy works far far away.  My Daddy came home to visit me this summer.  My Daddy and Me took pictures when he was home.  Here are the pictures.

My Mommy loves my Daddy:




My Daddy makes sure Mommy does every thing right:


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Mommy thinks its funny when My Daddy tells her what to do:

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My Daddy loves to hold me:


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I love to sleep in My Daddy’s arms.

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My Daddy plays with my toys and makes them do silly things.

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I love it when My Daddy reads and talks to me.

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My Daddy loves to take my photo.  My Daddy has a gazillion photos of me already.



My Daddy holds my hand all the time:





My Daddy loves me:



I love My Daddy!

The End


So there you have it America; the rough draft of my first school paper.  Its about My Daddy so I think its pretty good.   I haven’t been to school yet so I’m am not sure if it needs more work.  Send me your feedback and I’ll make the necessary adjustments.

Stay Cute America!

Anna Catherine


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Anna Catherine Update 07/22/2014

Hello everyone!  I wanted to give you a quick update on my progress…  I now weigh a big 5 pounds 14.5 ounces and I’m 18.9 inches long.

I have been a very big girl since my last update!  I am steadily gaining weight and I’m on vapotherm to help me breathe.  Occupational and physical therapist’s are working with me grasping and holding things.  Sometimes I get tired and just want to sleep and let my friends and family hold my pacifier and toys for me.  I sleep through the night and I’m awake during the day…  Mommy is so proud of me and my accomplishments.

Here are some recent photos:

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Stay cute America,

Anna Catherine


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An Eventful Week

This past week was very eventful for Anna Catherine and she is doing extremely well.

Her big surgery was last Tuesday and a great success.  After such a big event the doctors put her back on the ventilator so she could rest and focus on healing.  One week later her lungs have recovered to the point where the doctors feel comfortable weening her off the ventilator down to the vapotherm system.  This is a positive step in the right direction.

Yesterday the surgeon ran some scheduled tests to see how Anna Catherine is healing.  He reports that everything is looking good.  Therefore he removed her chest tube which means Mommy can hold her again.

Anna Catherine now weighs a big 6 lbs 1 oz and is a 19 inches long!


Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers,

Danyale Thibodeaux

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Gaining Weight + Big Surgery

Hello everyone!  I wanted to give you a quick update on my progress…  I now weigh a whopping 5 pounds 6.6 ounces!  I have been working very hard to gain weight.  Last night’s weight gain had Mommy so excited.

I’ll be having my big surgery tomorrow at 9:00 in the morning.  Please say a prayer for me, the surgeon, the staff caring for me, and my recovery.  This is the surgery that has been talked about since the day I was born and it’s finally here!  After this the talk around NICU will be my recovery and the next steps to getting me home!

Here are some recent photos:

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Stay cute America,

Anna Catherine


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5 months old already!

Wow, a lot has happened since my last update…..I rode in an airplane to Dallas, I had TWO eye surgeries, flew back to Baton Rouge, moved into my new room at Woman’s Hospital, and I am 5 months old today!

The below picture is me being rolled into the room and 2 of my primary nurses (Erica and Selena) and some flight staff from the Dallas hospital.

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These pictures show me in my bed being rolled for eye surgery.

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I am pleased to say that I am 5 pounds and 2 ounces, I am now unable to fit into any of my micro preemie outfits, so mommy has packed all of my old outfits and put them up for me to play with my baby dolls when I am older.  I am now wearing my preemie size clothes…they are a little big, but mommy says that I am a big girl!

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Within the last 2 weeks I have grown really fond of my pacifier, I am still too little to hold it all by myself, so I open my mouth wide and shake my head back and forth for anyone to stand at my bedside and hold it in my mouth for me.  Mommy also tells me that I am just like my daddy and show all of my feelings/emotions on my face.  My daddy doesn’t have a poker face and apparently I don’t either.

This is a video of my mommy holding me while I am sucking my pacifier and looking around.

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I am scheduled to have my FINAL (hopefully) surgery next week and then I will get strong enough to come home!!!!

Stay cute America,

Anna Catherine


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