Anna Catherine Update 08/28/2014

First of all I want to apologize for the delayed update.

Anna Catherine is now weighing 6 pounds and 9 ounces… she is on her way to 7!!! She now smiles from time to time, she still loves her pacifier, hates bath time, and she is tolerating tummy time a little more.

We were told a couple of weeks ago that Anna Catherine would be coming home by the end of this week, so I started packing up things so her stuff could fit in my room, that baby of mine has a lot of stuff!!! Well, the Dr spoke too soon…Anna Catherine had a breathing spell and she had to be placed back on the ventilator (she is now off the ventilator) so the surgeon brought her back to scope her and her esophagus had narrowed a lot since he reconnected it. So now we are set up for the surgeon to look at her esophagus and dilate it weekly. Hopefully we will not have any more set backs and we will be on our way home!

Please continue to keep her in your prayers



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Anna Catherine Update 08/04/2014

Anna Catherine is having surgery today at 2pm. Please keep her in your prayers.

The NICU celebrated Anna Catherine’s 6 month (1/2) birthday on Friday.  I cannot believe that Anna Catherine has been with us that long.  Seems just like yesterday when she was born.

Anna Catherine now weighs 6 lbs. 4.5 oz and she measures 18.9 inches.

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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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Nurse Emily Checks In On Anna Catherine

We love our nurses.  Here we catch Nurse Emily checking in on Anna Catherine.


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Nurse Emily tip-toes up to take a peek.

Awww… Anna Catherine looks so good today,

And she is sleeping sound.

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Emily can’t resist,

Anna Catherine is too cute,

She steals a kiss.

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Smile for the camera Emily,

You are going on our website,

We love you!

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Decorating Trip To New Orleans

This week I took a quick road trip to New Orleans with my Interior Designer, Ellen Young. I have been working with Ellen ever since Brian and I bought the house in Carrington Place. She helped us update Carrington Place before we moved in and ever since we have sought her assistance decorating numerous projects. Ellen is the best and I couldn’t imagine building a new house without her assistance.

On this trip we were looking for gas lamps for the front of the house, a chandelier for the dining room, a dining table, and of course anything and everything for Anna Catherine’s nursery.


Our first stop was Fischer Gambino. Looking for chandeliers in New Orleans can difficult, there are several antiques, and they all have hefty antique prices. Ellen turned us on to Fischer Gambino because they have a fabulous selection of new products, and “new” when shopping for chandeliers means “within our budget”. Brian and I looked here in January, he loved everything he saw, I am a bit more particular. On this trip I still didn’t see a chandelier I had to have. Ellen loves this rocking-elephant and is trying to work it into Anna Catherine’s nursery.

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Next stop was Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights. Bevolo began in the french quarter in 1945 and has been making beautiful historically accurate copper gas lamps ever since then. We will have 3 large hanging gas lamps under the front porch, and another one hanging from the garage. Here is a photo of the style we chose, although ours will be one size larger.


Lastly we stopped at Georgian Furnishing to look once more at the dining room table being made for us. Our dining room is large so we need a grand table that makes a statement and will not be swallowed up by the room. We did not want a dainty table that is never used; our aim is to strike a cord in-between formal and every day.  The photo shows the pattern I chose for the captains chairs.
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Easter Baskets For Our Nurses

Anna Catherine’s nurses are outstanding; our prayers were answered the day each chose to be Anna Catherine’s primary nurse.  They are so thoughtful and sweet, so knowledgeable and attentive.  They make our bad days bearable and make our good days even better.

Before Brian left for Afghanistan we began a project to make each primary nurse an Easter basket.  We shopped for Easter basket essentials, chocolate bunnies, chocolate eggs, plastic eggs, jelly beans, marshmallow peeps, etc.  I bought nice baskets and bows to decorate them.  Over the months new primary nurses were added, so our plans had to adjust and more supplies purchased.

In the end I think each basket came out pretty nice.  They are just a thoughtful gesture of thanks for the wonderful ladies who take care of my sweet baby day in and day out.  Brian and I are so very thankful for their around the clock support and friendship.

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