Thursday, January 12, 2017

Maxwell Grayson Ryken

Well, I didn't think I would be doing this post quite so early but my grandchild has been born!

Shauna had a issue with high blood pressure before she even got pregnant. She went on special medication after she got pregnant and was pretty stable until her doctors appointment last Thursday, one week ago. Her blood pressure was elevated and they sent her over to labor and delivery at the hospital to be observed for a while. After a few hours and some blood work, it was determined that she had preeclampsia, a condition in pregnancy where your blood pressure goes dangerously high.

That night they began the process of inducing labor because it was too risky for her and baby to continue the pregnancy much longer.

They started with two days of steroids to strenghten the babys lungs, and early Sunday morning they finally started giving her the drug to induce labor.

To make a long story short after laboring all day she gave birth, with no complications, to my first grandchild.

Meet Maxwell Grayson Ryken


Here he is on the scale a few minutes after he was born. He weighed 4.9 pounds! Such a little guy!


Here he is with his mama!

They told us the three criteria for him being able to go home was he had to eat good, breath good and maintain his body temperature.

He was crying like crazy as soon as he was born so, he could breath pretty good!


The next day he was eating pretty good. Shauna is trying to breast feed but he seems reluctant to latch on and he needs to eat every 3 hours so they supplement with formula. See how huge the bottle looks by his tiny head!


He did spend about 24 hours in the special care nursery so they could make sure he regulates his body temperature.


Nonnie was there every day!

On Wednesday they were able to take him home!


He seems so alert during his short wake times. He just lays there and calmly looks around.

My niece Lauren stopped by to bring them the bassinet that she took from my dad's house when he moved. It sat in the attic for many years. She redid it and gave it to them. It's the same bassinet that me and my brothers slept in!

I waited a long time for this precious little gift! I'm sure you will be hearing lots more about him in the future!

Until then.....


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Christmas, Work Stress and Bye Bye 2016

Boy that Christmas came and went pretty fast.

On Christmas Eve we went to my brother Don's house where the food was excellent and the company even better! It was a slight sadness in the air, though, being the first Christmas without my dad.

On Christmas Day we went first to Shauna and Brad's as they were hosting Brad's family Christmas. We stayed for a hour or so and then headed over to Chris and Marissa's for dinner and visiting with Marissa's dad and family! Marissa's dad has 6 brothers and sisters so there was lots of people there!

Then on the Monday after Christmas we had all the kids over for brunch and to exchange gifts. It was fun and also wonderful to see them 3 days in a row!

Work has been particularly stressful this past few weeks. Without going into a whole lot of boring details I had to sacrifice my desk so they could renovate my area to accommodate a group of people who can't seem to get along and have to be closer to the manager so she can keep an eye on them!

So my desk went from this:



To this:



A lot less space!  That is the managers office right across from me and the lovely ladies that can't get along are at five workstations to my left.

I did move that drawer cabinet you see on the right of my chair over to the left and left it sticking out so I have a little more counter space!

All because grown women can't act like grown women!!

It's hard enough to go into work everyday and this just  makes it that much harder. Oh well. Supposedly it's only for a year and a half and then the whole department is moving off site to a facility a few miles away from the hospital. Well see! We will be moving but the way they do things there it probably won't be until after I retire!

Well, Shauna is 34 weeks along and I am getting so excited! We ordered her rocker as a gift from me and Rich and they are busy getting the nursery set up, clothes washed and everything ready!

Won't be long now!

I got the privileged of buying them their first package of diapers!


Until the next time......