April Updates

About three weeks ago I began helping with the social media aspects of NICU Helping Hands. I love this organization for many reasons. I've talked about them several times here. The need for social media help was urgent after a local WFAA story about our Angel Gowns program went viral. Close to 10 million hits the day after the story aired. 

You can see the original video here

A small group of us hustled all weekend without sleep to answer questions, get the infrastructure up and going and keep the story alive. It was amazing, invigorating and it continues to be. The stories and connections that I have witnessed over the past few weeks have been humbling. 

Things have calmed down and my position will be a part-time gig for right now. It's perfect really. Right now were going through thousands of wedding gowns, getting them ready to be sent to seamstresses so that they can sew them into angel gowns.  

The latest video here

You can find out more about NICU Helping Hands here

@nicuhelpinghand on Twitter

@nicuhelpinghands on Instagram

  NICU Helping Hands on Facebook

While the Final Four was in town we went to the stadium and hung out during the practices. This part was free and because the accessible seating was set up differently than a football game; we were allowed on the floor to watch. It took a long time to get there, but it was a fun break from the normal. 

This past Thursday was the annual NICU Helping Hands Burgers 4 Babies event. The night was beautiful and the company was great. Eric and I had a wonderful evening out while Caleigh spent the night with her Mimi and Pop.  

We've been dealing with allergies on a severe level for for the past week. Nothing is cutting it. So we've been laying low and hiding out in the house. 

Before all our allergies set in last week we were able to take our first dip in the pool. It was only once, but we enjoyed the summer themed break from the winter dullness. We can't wait for the weather to figure out what the heck it is doing so that we can jump in again. 

Renn is growing and growing. He's a crazy puppy that gets into everything right now. Probably more so since we've been sick and not able to walk him as much lately. We will be starting training with him this coming week. So far he knows how to sit, lay down and partially stay. He's a wiggly puppy and staying is tough work. 

Hoping we can tolerate more outdoor adventures amidst the pollen vortex for the second half of April. More updates soon....

The Tooth Fairy's First Visit

Just one week after Caleigh got a clean bill of health at her dentist appointment, she lost her first tooth. Tuesday night (3/25), right at bedtime Eric wiggled it free. 

I wasn't in the room. I don't do teeth. I can change a g-button, clean up puke, short bowel emergencies and any of the other standard mom duties, but teeth I just can't stomach. Eric and I made a deal that teeth are his department and so far it's working. 

Last summer I crocheted Caleigh this tooth pillow. Kids start to lose their teeth around 5-7 years old. So I wanted to be ready. We sat the tooth on top and the tooth fairy left her a dollar all in quarters.

Caleigh told me the next morning that she wasn't surprised by the dollar. We have been discussing the going rate for awhile now. She's pleased and ready to pull more teeth. 

We've also been talking about the fact that the tooth fairy is really a fairy. This was probably the most exciting part for Caleigh. The tooth fairy has been circling our neighborhood for about a week so that she didn't miss Caleigh's tooth.  

The remaining bottom tooth is following closely behind its brother. Her top two are also loose. It won't be long now. 

I know I will get used to the new look, but right now I panic a little each time I glance at her sweet smile. 

Nighttime Diapering Tips for the Heavy Wetter

Figuring out a good nighttime diapering routine has been a long journey. Caleigh is a heavy wetter. With her tube feed ending around midnight, it's no surprise that she has to go. Years of laundry and showers have kept us busy in the mornings. Until now....

Caleigh has been sleeping through the night. Did you read that right? Yes, sleeping All. Night. Long. I believe that her newly found sleep has to do with our diapering routine. So I want to share it with you in case we aren't alone here.

1) Under pads - We've been using these for years. You can find them with wings to tuck in or without. For us the under pads with wings just work better. They are easily washable and they have saved me from washing all of Caleigh's bedding on numerous occasions. I prefer the cotton version to the paper chux. They are softer on the skin and they don't bunch up with wiggling.

2) Waterproof Mattress Cover - This is self explanatory really. Everyone should have a mattress cover on their bed. It's more hygienic and if you ever want to donate your used mattress, which you should, then it will be clean to give away. I don't even want to think about what this mattress would look like without this in place. We do use the paper chux under the fitted sheet before the mattress cover.

3) Diapers in the Right Size - For the longest time I held onto the size 6 diapers that our home health company delivered. I wasn't ready to make the move to the youth smalls. With this last growth spurt, I knew that we had to. I have a love hate relationship with this diapers. They are grown up white without cute characters. When I opened the package I actually had a very emotional reaction to them and it wasn't good.

These diapers have four tabs which makes standing diaper changes very difficult. I'm looking at different brands that are more of a pull-up with tabbed sides as well. I'll find the right kind soon. For now, these are the right size and that matters when it comes to leaks.  

4) Incontinence Pads - These pads were accidentally sent to us by our home health company. They worked so real that we asked to keep them coming. Caleigh is a tummy sleeper. For years if she did sleep through the night, she would wake up wet all the way up her chest. By placing these super absorbent pads in the diaper, it keeps that wetness off of her belly and chest. The diaper doesn't leak. Less laundry and less showers. I love these and I'm pretty sure they are the main reason behind Caleigh's new sleep pattern. It was such a simple solution to add more absorbancy. Simple is sometimes right under your nose.

We may be in a good spot followed by a few months of up and down nights, but for now we are sleeping. Renn has even joined us in sleeping through the night!

What are your tips and tricks for your heavy nighttime wetter?