Sunday, March 29, 2009

Ty's Blessing

We were able to bless our third (and final) child today. Aunt Tammy was able to wrap him in a "burrito" so he didn't cry through the entire blessing. Thank goodness for that, or else everyone would've been introduced to his shrieking cry! Alain did a wonderful job with the blessing and we all were able to feel of the spirit. Thank you so much to all the friends and family that came to support us on this wonderful day.

Our lovely familyMy mom and dadThe Rivard ClanTy in his blessing suit

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Ty at 3 weeks!

I can't believe Ty is already 3 weeks old!!! Before I know it he'll be a full month, then six months, then a year!

A few things about Ty....
  • He screams like we're torturing him just because he wants to be held.
  • He will not sleep unless it's dead silent and he's held tightly in someone's arms. So, needless to say, he doesn't sleep much (poor me!)
  • His favorite past-time: screaming for no apparent reason.
  • He is opening his eyes now, which is fun.
  • I think he's going to be cross-eyed because, well, right now he is cross-eyed. (The doctor reassures me he'll be fine ;))
  • He's cooed a few times and smiled at me once (no, it wasn't gas!).
  • Ty loves having Alain sing to him, which is the only thing that will calm him down; however, if I try it he screams harder!
  • Ty hates it when you touch his hair!! It's so hard for everyone here to keep our palms off of it because it's so soft, and none of our other babies had hair, but he absolutely hates us touching it!
Ty is definitely giving us a run for our money. I think he's going to be our most difficult child. Logan was pretty bad, Cole was so easy, but Ty is going to be a whopper of a challenge!!! It's ok, though, because he's so darn cute! We'll keep him :)

St. Patrick's Day!!

I thought it would be fun for the kids if I did something different for St. Patrick's Day since I didn't get to for Valentine's Day. Even though I had to get everything done with a screaming baby I still had so much fun doing it that I think I'm going to make it a new tradition for our family!

Here they are wearing their green.I made green eggs, pancakes and whipped cream. I think next year I'll even make green "sugar toast" (cinnamon sugar)!

Ty's First Bath

This was not a pleasant experience. I knew Ty probably wouldn't like his first bath, much as most newborns don't, but he REALLY didn't like his first bath!! We still got some cute pictures, though.Cute as can be!
(Sorry about the crotch shot here.)

Cole's Drink of Choice

So one night Cole asked if he could have a drink. We said sure. Next thing we know he's bringing us what he wants. It was hilarious!!
If you can't tell... it's Mountain Dew!! (with a sippy cup, of course)

Ty's Jaundice :(

This is a picture of Ty when he had his light treatments for jaundice. I don't know why I didn't think of taking more/different pictures of him so that you could actually see how bad it was. I think it was probably because I was such an emotional wreck at the time!
This is how he got his treatment. He had to have a special light on his back 24/7. You can kind of see how orange his face was, but not to the true extent of how bad it really was.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Tyler Tre Rivard is here!!!!

Tyler was born at 5:30 p.m. on 2-26-09 weighing in at a whopping 9.6 oz and 19" long!! It was an easy labor with me being checked into the hospital at already 4-5 cm. dilated. I'm lucky because I don't really feel my contractions until about 7 cm. I was strep B positive, so they couldn't break my water until I had 2 bags of penicillin dripped into me (which took about 5 hours!). I could have had Ty at around 12 noon, but instead he was born at 5:30 p.m. I had a hard time pushing this sucker out! His shoulders were 2" bigger than his head, so I had a nurse pushing on my pelvis to try to open it up a little more. You can't imagine what that bruise feels like! I'm just glad he was able to come out vaginally (I pushed for about 20 mins. or so) and I didn't have to go through a c-section. My recovery has been much faster than either of the other 2 boys'. I already have cabin fever and have been to Wally World several times in the last week. I would be going to church on Sunday, but RSV and the threat of any illness is just too high, so I'll be home instead going crazy!!

There was a complication with Ty. Luckily all of the things they said might be wrong because of his 2-vessel cord did not come to fruition. He had a renal ultrasound after he was born (to check his kidneys and bladder) and everything checked out ok! He was also observed closely by a nurse for about an hour after he was born to make sure everything was functioning with his heart, etc. Ty did take a while to breathe on his own, but luckily they didn't have to intibate him.

We brought him home Sat. and I thought he looked a little orange, but at the hospital his jaundice score was fine and the pediatrician said he was doing great. On Tuesday when we went to our pediatrician for his regular check-up the poor baby looked like an oompa-loompa :( His jaundice score was 23.5, and if it's up to 20 the babies are usually checked into the hospital for 3-4 days to get IVs and lights. Luckily we've been going to our pediatrician for 9 years, she knows and trusts us, so she let us do the lights at home and he's been under close observation for the last couple of days. I've been taking him in every morning to get his blood tested and his score (as of yesterday) was down to 17! Still very high, but it's going down, which is great. Ty looks a ton better and is also eating much more and has finally opened his eyes and gotten some energy up. There still is a threat of him having brain damage from the jaundice being so bad, but we're not going to think about that and have faith that he will be okay.

So after this very long post (trust me, it could have been longer:)) here are some pictures of Ty. A little side note: he was not the cutest newborn because his face was purple from being bruised coming out of the womb, poor little guy!! We still think he's cute, though!

I can't believe I'm posting this picture!! This is what I looked like when we checked in. UGHH!!Here's Ty, purple face and all.This picture makes him look a lot better!
And this one makes him look even better!!
This is when they first handed him to me. Cole was VERY interested in his little brother!! He wanted to hold him right away. Logan, on the other hand, wasn't as interested in Ty. I think his memories of Cole were a little too strong (been-there-done-that syndrome).This is what he looked like when we were changing him to come home. As you can see he was already a little orange. (It starts in the belly and face first.)And here's Ty in his "star" outfit ready to come home from the hospital!