Halloween-Purrrfect Kitty

Hey everybody!   I’ve been so focused on busting out of the NICU,  I completely forgot about choosing my Halloween costume.  My cousins are known for having the best ideas like a Spider Princess and a Bat Princess.  They are so smart like that, and Aunt Jenni is very creative.  I stayed up all night fretting over my costume but all the good ideas I came up with needed my Daddy’s participation.  He is working far away so those ideas will have to wait until next year.  I finally threw my hands in the air and said  “Mommy, you’ve gotta come up with something for me.”

So Mommy said “Anna Catherine you are so perfect, I have a Purrrrfect Kitty costume just for you.  Its black and orange, we can paint your nose like a kitty and give you kitty whiskers and a big orange bow”.  But the real big surprise was when the nurses took me Trick or Treat’n around the NICU riding in a big red wagon.  The whole operation was under the guise of “testing my portable equipment” but it was really all about having fun and visiting all my NICU friends that I’ll miss dearly once I’m discharged.

Zooming around in a speedy red wagon had me scared at first.  But I found my courage with the help of my Wubbanub friend.  After a while I was having a great time looking around and seeing how tall everyone was.  Adults are funny looking with their big people pants.

I had such a wonderful time seeing all my NICU friends.  Thanks so much to everyone who helped make this day special.

Here are some photos of my Halloween Trick or Treat adventure:

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Before you know it I’ll be bigger and  real good at picking out Halloween costumes.  I’ll probably be so good at it that I’ll even pick out costumes for Mommy and Daddy next year.  Email my mommy and me at ThibodeauxMom@live.com and tell us about your Halloween costume.  When I wake up from my nap she will read your messages to me.

Stay cute America!

Love,
Anna Catherine

 


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Anna Catherine Update 10/19/2014

Hello everyone!  I wanted to give you a quick update on my progress…  I weigh 9 pounds and 23 inches long.

I started smiling recently and I began playing with my activity center. I love watching my mobile and rubbing mommy’s hand.  The doctors are getting everything in order so I can go home in two weeks.

Here is a recent photo:

 

Stay cute America,

Love,
Anna Catherine

 


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Anna Catherine Update 09/01/2014

Hello everyone!  I wanted to give you a quick update on my progress…  I’m now 7 months old, weigh 6 pounds 15 ounces and I’m 20 inches long.

As of today I am back on the vapotherm to help me breathe.  I like listening to my Mommy and GiGi read to me and I like when friends hold my pacifier for me.  I’ve been doing a lot of sleeping and growing.

Here is a recent photo:

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Stay cute America,

Love,
Anna Catherine

 


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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:

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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.

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My Daddy holds my hand all the time:

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My Daddy loves me:

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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!

 Love,
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,

Love,
Anna Catherine

 


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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,

Love,
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,

Love,
Anna Catherine

 


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Anna Catherine Update 06/20/2014

Hey ya’ll just a quick update to let you know I’m 5 lbs 1 oz and 17.5 inches tall.

Its been a real exciting week for me. My Daddy flew home to see me and Ms Joylynn took a whole lot of photos of us together. Everyone is telling me that I look so much like my daddy. I don’t see what they are talking about, he is taller and has longer hair. We had a great Fathers Day together, Nurse Katie helped me make a Fathers Day card using my footprints in the shape of a heart. Daddy likes to play games with me and my toys. He also tickles my cheeks, arms, and nose.

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Tuesday I flew in a private airplane to the Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas TX to meet some new friends.  This was my first trip outside of the NICU and first time flying in an airplane. Deep down I think I’m a traveler like my daddy, so I was real excited to get out and see the world.  It was lots of fun, there is so much to see and look at.  I like looking around as my transport team takes me places. I missed my primary nurses, but Nurse Britney from the Dallas transport team took real good care of me. Below is a photo of the special bed she brought for me.

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I have a lot more to tell you about my fun trip… but its getting to be my nap time.  So stay on the lookout for my next post.

You can see all of my progress reports and photos on my dedicated webpage.   If you want to send me a message you can email my mommy at ThibodeauxMom@live.com and she will relay your message to me when I wake up from my nap.

Stay cute America!

Love,
Anna Catherine

 


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Anna Catherine Update 06/08/2014

Hey ya’ll just a quick update to let you know I’m 4 lbs 13.2 oz and 16.34 inches tall.

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I am doing real good this week.  Mommy holds me all the time, and my breathing is getting better and better.

You can see all of my progress reports and photos on my dedicated webpage.   If you want to send me a message you can email my mommy at ThibodeauxMom@live.com and she will relay your message to me when I wake up from my nap.

Stay cute America!

Love,
Anna Catherine

 


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Miss USA

Last week we found out that the Miss USA team wanted to pay me a visit.  All the pretty contestants are in Baton Rouge for the big Miss USA pageant this week.  The girls wanted to swing by and  talk to us, take some photos, videos, and learn about the great team working at Woman’s hospital.

Mommy asked the doctor and the doctor said:  “Anna Catherine you are doing so good.  Your friends from Miss USA can come visit as long as they wash their hands real good and take their temperature.”

Gigi, Mommy, and I were real excited.   Gigi made me a pretty pink sash that read “Miss NICU”.  The nurses hung pretty letters over my crib that spelled my name.

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I was in the middle of a good nap when all my friends from Miss USA came to see me.  I could hardly open my eyes.  At best I could only open one eye at a time.  For the most part I slept during all of this excitement.  But thirty minutes after all the excitement was over I was wide awake and ready to play.  Go figure.

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The girls talked to Mommy for a long time asking all kind of questions about me.  They were so nice and friendly. They signed my blanket with sweet messages and gave me a beautiful tiara.

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We took many photos; Woman’s Hospital put one of me and the Miss USA contestants their Facebook page.

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Thank you Woman’s Hospital and Miss USA, this was a wonderful experience.

 


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