Saturday, December 31, 2011

E 602, 603, 604; C 29, 30, 31

Elise eating lunch, November 1st:

The thinker, Nov 1st:

Elise and Yoink, Nov 2nd:

Clark sleeping, Nov 2nd:

Monkey jammies! Nov 3rd:

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Elise Day 601, Clark Day 28: Halloween

We did take all four kids out trick-or-treating on October 31st, but we can't post pictures of our foster children online and all of the pics of the kids in costumes are group pics. I like this picture, though-- Clark and Elise look sweet together. Elise was happy that Clark and Mommy were home.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Elise Day 600, Clark Day 27: Home Again

Clark was discharged from the hospital on October 30th. Yay! His second homecoming.


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Elise Day 599, Clark Day 26

Clark chillaxin' in the hospital on October 29th:

Elise asleep in bed:

Monday, December 12, 2011

Elise Days 596, 597, 598; Clark Days 23, 24, 25

Elise in the hospital playroom, October 26th:

Clark yawning, October 26th:

Clark has always had a very strong neck. He could hold his head up for a long time ever since he's been born. (A long time relative to his age, of course.) One of the nurses in the ICU even commented on how strong he is and how long he can hold his head up. Here he is looking around his room, October 27th:

Elise participated in a Halloween party at the hospital. She got to keep this fluffy blue princess crown and a whole bucket of goodies. October 27th:

The pediatric floor of the hospital has a little room with refreshments for the families of children who are admitted to the hospital. Elise loved going to the room and getting herself some graham crackers. Here she is enjoying her snack, October 28th:

Mommy and Clark, still hanging out in the ICU, October 28th:

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Elise Day 595, Clark Days 21 and 22

There was one day while Clark was in the hospital in October that we failed to take a picture of Elise. I'm pretty sure it was October 24th. Things were so crazy with Clark going back and forth to the ICU and Elliot having to work from home. I'm sorry that we didn't get a picture of Elise that day, but we were doing our best to keep all of the kids on a good schedule and invariably some things got overlooked.

Here is a picture of Clark from October 24th. Still in the ICU, but off the CPAP machine and now on high-flow oxygen.

October 25th:

Mommy and Elise, October 25th:

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Elise Day 592, Clark Day 19

October 22nd:

Sleepy Elise

After making progress recovering from the RSV, Clark then developed pneumonia. He was moved back to the pediatric ICU and was put on a CPAP machine to help him breathe. Looking at this picture makes me so sad.

Elise Day 591

A picture for Elise from October 21st has magically appeared! Yay! It's a cute one, too. :) Elise in her Halloween jammies:

Monday, December 05, 2011

Clark Day 18 (No Elise Day 591)

Mommy and Clark, October 21st.

Elliot and I don't have a picture for Elise on this day. Sorry, Elisey. :(

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Elise Days 588, 589, 590; Clark Days 15, 16, 17

Clark remained in the hospital during the middle of October. Here is a picture I took of Elise and me while she visited her little brother on October 18th:

Clark sending a message to his Daddy, October 18th:

Clark resting, October 19th:

There were toys in the pediatric section of the hospital that Elise could play with in Clark's room. She especially liked this super LOUD Sesame Street toy:

October 20th:

Elise asleep in the car as she returns home from visiting Clark and Mommy in the hospital:

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Elise Days 585, 586, 587; Clark Days 12, 13, 14: Hospital

I've taken a while to post these pictures, I guess because I don't enjoy looking at them. They break my heart. Having Clark in the hospital with RSV for over 2 weeks was hard on everyone in our family, but poor baby Clark had it the worst by far.

This picture was taken the first day Clark was in the hospital, October 15th. An IV was inserted into his scalp because they couldn't find a big enough vein anywhere else on his tiny little body. He has an oxygen tube under his nose, heart and breathing monitors on his chest, an oxygen monitor on his right foot, and a blood pressure cuff on his left leg.

Here is Eliseypoo in bed after a long, stressful day on October 15th:

Clark on October 16th, still in the pediatric ICU:

Another sleepytime pic of Elise:

Clark was moved out of PICU and onto the regular pediatric wing of the hospital as his breathing seemed to improve. Here he is on October 17th in a hospital crib:

Elise and Daddy, visiting with baby Clark in the hospital on October 17th:

Monday, November 21, 2011

Elise Day 584, Clark Day 11: Neighborhood

Elliot, Elise, and I took Clark for his first walk around the neighborhood on October 14th:

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Elise Days 581, 582, 583; Clark Days 8, 9, 10

Elise and Daddy at Baby Story Time, singing along with a song. October 11th:

Baby Clark sleeping on October 11th:

October 12th:

New babies sleep a lot. October 13th:

Elise doing a hula hoop dance in music class, October 13th:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Elise Days 579, 580; Clark Days 6, 7

October 9th:

Elise is already a helpful big sister. October 10th:

Monday, November 14, 2011

Elise Days 577, 578; Clark Days 4, 5

On October 7th, Clark had his first doctor's appointment. He was healthy and wonderful. Elliot came along and (hands-on daddy that he is) took over diaper duty.

Elise sleeping on the night of October 7th:

Clark in the park, October 8th:

Elise and Mimi, October 8th: