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!

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,

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,

Anna Catherine


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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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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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