About El Momma

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A Few Firsts for Trinity and the boys

Saturday we had our first outing as a family. Grandma Mary- Moustapha's mom was celebrating her 65th birthday. Several lifelong friends of hers along with Amira and Leila, threw her a wonderful birthday celebration at Pappasitos. By the end of the party, I was absolutely exhausted. But, I am glad we were there. It was a special day.Until Bakri moves into a booster seat, we will have 3 carseats lined up in the back seat. It is a little crowded. But, it fits. And the boys were so enamored with having Trinity between them. They were used to her carseat being there. We had prepared that for a while before she was born. But, it was amazing to see them both take her hand in the car. They are so in love with her.
Jiddy had to show off his newest granddaughter at the birthday party. Trinity is one of 2 granddaughters on Moustapha's side. There are six grandsons (3 born this year- Beatrice's twins and Leila's son) Trinity is the first granddaughter on Rebekah's side. There are 4 grandsons.
Trinity is one week old in this photo.
We dressed her up for her first doctor's visit. She wasn't happy about it at first!
Trinity's first bath was lots of fun. Here is a cute photo of her backside. Hope she won't mind me posting this on the internet!
Here she is very relaxed at the start of her bath. This didn't last too long!
Here she is feeling a little stressed about her bath...so cute!
After her first bath at home she was very relaxed and happy. I think she is going to grow up loving spa treatments. Don't we all!?!

Our new life with Trinity

It is great to be home and settling in with the boys. Moustapha's hand surgery was a success today. He will start physical therapy on Friday. We are hopeful that things will be back to normal soon.

Life with Trinity Rebekah has been amazing. She is like a little angel that we prayed, hoped and dreamed about. I know it won't always be like this. So, I am especially thankful for each moment. She eats well and sleeps well and she spends a good amount of time each day awake and alert. I wonder what she thinks of us. I'm not sure what she can see exactly, yet. But, she already turns her head when she hears a new sound or when one of her brothers talks to her or gives her a kiss.
Bakri has settled right into his role of Big Brother of two. He is so kind with Trinity and today helped me "carry" her to her moses basket. When she cries he says "don't cry, Trinity. It's me." It is so sweet. Maddux has taken to being a big brother too. The way he says Trinity is perfect and so cute. He loves to kiss her and always leaves a big slobber mark on her forehead. She doesn't seem to mind at all. She is definitely loved!
This was our first attempt to take any pictures as a family at home. This was the best one by far! Every other one, someone was crying, kicking or both! I sure do love my family!
Trinity loves to look at us and take in the sights.
I love this photo of her yawning. She is such a sweet baby!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Going Home

We went home late Tuesday night, after Trinity was released from the hospital. We have been here for almost a week and are definitely settling in well. Now that Bakri has returned to school (he was out for 2 weeks and 1 day because of the power outages associated with Hurricane Ike) things are getting to be a bit more normal for us. Of course, our normal isn't what most would call normal. We're still waiting to leave our house again because SOMEONE is going to paint it so I can have a working kitchen and bathroom downstairs. When that happens, we're going to stay with my parents and probably Moustapha's parents some. It kind of depends on how our schedules work out and how long we have to be gone. I've been told it will probably take a week before we can move back in. Also, Moustapha hasn't had use of his left hand since his surgery 3 weeks ago. It has been really hard on him not being able to help as much as he would like. But, he definitely helps. That is for sure. He is actually having his second surgery now. We are praying that all will go well. The doctor looked at his hand yesterday and said that things looked good. This part of the surgery will restore his finger, seal up his palm, and hopefully return his hand to normal soon. Once he recovers from surgery in a few days, he should have more functionality in his hand.

Rebekah and Trinity preparing to go home late Tuesday night.
Sweet baby Trinity in her "going home" outfit given to her by her grandmother & grandfather
Doesn't she look comfortable...and fancy???
Headed home...I had to ride in the front, because we have 3 carseats in the back! Bakri needs to weigh 40 pounds before he can move to a booster- he is almost there!
Yeah! We are home and daddy and Trinity are happy!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

More Hospital Pics of Trinity Rebekah

Yesterday, we spent the entire day at the hospital waiting to see if Trinity would be released. At 4:50am, they tested her bilirubin levels and they were 2 points above normal range. She really didn't look yellow to me, which is usually an indication if your child has jaundice. However, since her blood indicated her bilirubin was too high, we had wait and continue testing it throughout the day. Her pediatrician wanted to make sure that the level didn't continue to rise before releasing her. She was tested at 10am and the level had gone up less than a point.
We were told that she would need to be tested again at 5 pm. So, we waited. I was told that if she needed to be kept overnight, I would be able to stay in my room. At 5pm they took her to test her levels again. So, we waited. In the meantime I was told that my insurance would not cover me to stay with her. Of course, I began to tear up. But, the nurse quickly told me that I would most likely be able to stay in my room, as her guest. I just wouldn't get medication or be a patient.
So, we began to pray. Pray that her levels would normalize and that we could all come home together. The results came back and her level was basically the same as it was at 10am. The pediatrician released her and told us to come visit him on Thursday. Basically there was nothing to worry about. Praise God. We were so happy to be able to take our little girl home.

These are some photos from the day. We just love our sweet baby Trinity.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Lots of Family and new Friends

We've had an eventful and pleasant stay with our new daughter. She has been absolutely amazing. What a dream little baby she is. She eats so well. Sleeps so well and is content the rest of the time. Moustapha and I both slept pretty well last night. The first night I was on such a high from delivery that I only slept for 2 hours. Moustapha and Trinity were both sleeping and I was wandering around the room cleaning and fixing Trinity's baby book and laying out candles for visitors. I don't know what I was thinking...I was in a fog! :-)

On Monday Trinity had some special visitors. Her Aunt Leila and Aunt Amira both came by. Leila just delivered a handsome baby boy of her own- our nephew Cesar, on August 27th. We also had visits from the delivering doctor, our registering nurse. Bakri came by with Grandmother and they brought a birthday cake for Trinity. Grandma and Jiddy brought Maddux over later that evening and he also sang happy birthday and enjoyed some cake.

Aunt Leila with Daddy and Trinity

Aunt Leila, Momma, Bakri & Trinity Maddux goes in for a kiss!

We loved our Nurse- Tricia!

Aunt Amira with Trinity

Dr. Rosen delivered Trinity because Dr. Manning was out of town. She was on her way to the hospital- arriving at 7pm, but Trinity came at 6:34pm. Thank you, Dr. Rosen for a great job!
Leila and Trinity Grandmother and Trinity

Grandmother with Trinity