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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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,

Love,
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,

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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Sleepy Miss NICU

 

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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Miss USA gave me a tiara

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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Anna Catherine Update 06/01/2014

Hey ya’ll just a quick update to let you know I’m 4 months old.  I am getting taller, measuring 16.5 inches and I weigh 4 lbs 12.5 oz.   

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I like to suck my pacifier, ride in my swing, and be held by my mommy every day!

I have been working very hard getting off of the ventilator .  First the doctors downgraded me from the ventilator to vapotherm;  As of yesterday I have been downgraded from vapotherm to a high flow cannula.  My mommy tells me how proud she is of me; I’m breathing like a big girl!

Mommy has been busy with me and with the new house.  She met with Ellen to pick out fabric for drapes, my drapes are going to be so pretty!  Mommy also met with Anthony and Ellen to discuss our cabinets for the house, this was not nearly as much fun as the fabric!

Stay cute America,

Love,
Anna Catherine

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Anna Catherine Update 05/18/2014

Hey ya’ll just a quick update to let you know I’m 4 lbs 14.6 oz.   I am also getting taller, measuring in at 15.75 inches.

I am so happy to be almost 5 pounds.  Mommy cant believe how much I have grown from my birth weight of 1 lbs 4 oz.   All this growing should soon accelerate because I am now up to full feeds for the first time ever.  10 days ago I had a successful surgery so now I’m getting fed solely by milk… so bye-bye lipids (fat) and by-by TPN (nutrients).  

Also yesterday I noticed the rain-forest mobile grandma bought me.  I love watching the the pretty birds fly around before falling asleep.

Update

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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New House Photos 05-07-2014

Our new house construction on Lanes End is well underway.  This week the antique wood beams were installed, exterior doors stained,  and the outdoor fireplace is coming along.  Next week should begin installation of insulation, sheetrock, and we should finish up the last few sections of exterior brick.

Below are the latest photos:


Stained Doors

First up we see the newly stained french doors. Danyale wanted a dark stain, I really like what she chose. I can’t wait to see the front of the house once the brick is installed and painted, and the color coat is applied to the stucco arches.
 


Under Soffit Details

Next up we see the penetrations for the soffit mounted architectural lighting, and soffit mounted electrical receptacle. Anthony is placing architectural lighting at key exterior locations. Also, we planned to have several hidden receptacles for holiday lighting.
 


Ceiling Boards

Here we see a stack of old cypress boards that will be used for the patio and outdoor living room ceiling.
 


Exposed Beams

Next we see two of the exposed antique pine beams delineating the kitchen, dining room, and living room.
 


Outdoor Fireplace

Here is our poor old outdoor fireplace. Its been redone so many times, nuances between the plans and real life caused some rework, but Anthony found a solution and its moving in the right direction. Soon it will be bricked in. I can’t wait to see the finished product, this outdoor space may be my favorite part of the house.
 


Back Door to Bar

This photo shows the back door leading to the bar and kitchen. Danyale planned to paint these doors, but they have been stained. We all think they look good, so we will leave them stained.
 


New House

Finally, we see the front of the house again. This time the doors are stained, second floor stucco has its color coat, the first floor arches have their architectural details added, and scratch coat installed. We are awaiting brick installation under the porch, and color coat on the first floor stucco.
 


 

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