Friday, September 11

On the Mend

Our sweet baby Bryce seems to be turning a corner. He came down with pneumonia early this week and has been fighting hard, as always, to surprise everyone, again - as always, and pull through.

Unfortunately, it's been a long week of blood cultures, new IV's, complete blood gas tests....sticks, prods and pokes. He's an amazing little guy though and is taking it all in stride.

Currently he has me metaphorically tied to his bedside; if I try to leave even for a moment he makes big trouble for such a little boy. He's amazingly strong and I know I'm a little biased (okay, maybe a lot) but lying on his belly with his head turned to one side he can arch his back and pick up his head, turn it and all of his tubes the complete other direction.

This would be impressive except that everyone freaks out that he's going to self extubate. We've had long conversations about him leaving that tube in until he's ready but despite my best effort I don't think he cares one bit about my advice. What's a mother to do?

He's getting so big that this morning when I walked in and saw him naked except for a diaper I almost asked his nurse whose baby this was and where mine is. Fast approaching 6 pounds and still weeks before his due date I can't help but wonder how big he would have been if only he'd stayed put.

I suppose his early and adventurous entrance into this world and our lives is only a sign of things to come though. I can't wait for the havoc he will wreak as he continues to grow bigger and feistier over the years. And I can't help but wonder if he and his throw caution to the wind attitude aren't exactly what I needed in my life. I know without a doubt that, regardless, he is exactly what I needed in my life.


  1. I have been checking regularly since your Wednesday post for an update. I am so happy to hear that he has been able to rise above the challenges that he faced this week; it doesn't surprise me at all. I will continue to keep Bryce in my thoughts, and I will be sending all the love I can muster out into the universe for your entire family.

    With Warmth-


  2. I'm excited to read this latest post; as always Bryce is an amazing fighter as are his parents! My thoughts and prayers remain with you always!

    I'm hoping when I make it down to your neighbors in a couple of months that Bryce will be home enjoying Horton! I know it's possible; if nothing else I've learned that anything is possible with this amazing baby boy!

  3. I remember when Vasilis was itty bitty, his circumcision wasn't healed, needing Vaseline and steri cloths to cover before the diaper....I went to diaper and there was a tiny baby erection-I completely lost my mind and cried that I couldn't diaper 'that'!! From then on, I would just put that diaper back and politely ask him to put that back. Oh the best is yet to come....

  4. So glad to hear this, Y'all are always in my thoughts & prayers!

  5. YAY Bryce! We all knew you could do it!!! Almost six pounds??? So awesome!

  6. I'm glad to hear Bryce is starting to feel better. Pneumonia is tough, especially for someone so little. I can't believe he's almost 6 pounds!
    I love reading your posts, I can feel the love you have for Bryce through your words. This blog really will be something incredible to share with him when he is older.
    Keep growing and getting stronger sweet baby!


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