Dishwasher House

We just got a new dishwasher.  We have a list of household improvements that we budget for every year, and on top of Tenille’s list this year was a dishwasher.  Admittedly, I was skeptical.  I had no idea why we needed a new dishwasher when our current one seems to wash dishes perfectly…   Our new dishwasher is the quietest thing I’ve never heard.  I’ll admit it.  I’m pretty amazed.  It’s quiet…
But that’s not the best part about getting a new dishwasher… the best part is that we got an enormous box, and we made Caleb a house.  We spent the better part of the afternoon decorating it, which somewhat disturbed me.  He was really, really into decorating it.  He made me cut out moon and star shapes so he can hang them up.  He drew little pictures for it.  He put other toys on top of the house to decorate the "roof."  I don’t mean to offend any interior decorators that may be reading this blog, but I just have different ambitions for my son.  I think the good news is that despite his intense interest, I’m afraid he didn’t necessarily have a gift for it…  But, maybe I’m critiquing too harshly… he’s only 3… and at the end of they day, there’s only so much you can do with a cardboard house…
Perhaps my discouragement at interior decoration will drive him to other endeavors… like hair dressing…  (no offense intended to hair dressers.) From what I hear about father’s ambitions for their children… this is typically how it goes…
Perhaps the best thing to do is just watch quietly and encourage unconditionally…. (and worry secretly…) 
In the meanwhile, it’s fun to be a guest in my son’s well decorated cardboard home.

We’re home!

We arrived home Wednesday evening.  The doctors had originally said I would be discharged on Thursday, but since I am doing so well, they let us go earlier.  Everything has turned out better than we had hoped for, and we feel extremely blessed!  Between checking my vitals, blood sugar, Andrew’s vitals, and taking pain meds, there was a nurse knocking at our door almost hourly, so it’s nice to be in our quiet home again.  Wednesday was an especially busy day at the hospital as Andrew was circumcised, received his hearing test, got the not so fun heel prick for the PKU test, and then if that wasn’t enough, one of the nurses accidentally squirt him in the face with water from one of those sucking bulb things.  We had it full of water to clean around the circumcision, and she didn’t know, so when she went to suction out some spit up, she gave him a good wake-up call.  Poor guy!  I felt so bad for him, and the nurse felt terrible.  Thank goodness Don’s mom is staying with us for the next couple of weeks, so we can catch up on some much needed sleep.  .  She is truly an angel flying around taking care of Caleb, the laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc.  Andrew is a very good baby…only cries when you change his diaper.  He still has the newborn sleepies, but we have enjoyed a few moments of interaction with him when he’s not being fed, diapered, burped, or sleeping.  Today Caleb asked if he could "pet Andrew."  It was really cute!  He then said, as he’s said many times, "I just love my baby brother."  Caleb is doing great!  I think Sadie is having a harder time….sniffing around all the baby stuff and staying close to me most of the time.  She’s realizing that she has dropped down the totem pole yet again.  I am recovering from the C-Section well…thank goodness for pain medication!  I get my staples out tomorrow morning.  Nursing is off to a good start, and all-in-all, with everything being so different from Caleb’s delivery and the fact that we’ve done this baby stuff before, it’s been a lot easier.  We are just so grateful for our little "big" guy and couldn’t be more pleased!
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Andrew Lee Hyun born

Andrew Lee Hyun was born this morning at 8:31 am weighing in at 8 lbs 13 ounces and 20.5 inches.  Tenille underwent the procedure without incident and did great!  We both got a bit nervous as she put on that hospital gown and the needles started going in, but she was as cool as a summer’s day and her heart rate barely fluctuated.  The baby was out in less than 15 minutes, and I took pictures of the baby as ordered by Tenille.  Tenille was scheduled to stay in the Critical Care Unit (CCU) for 24 hours as a precautionary measure since she had her heart mishap last time with Caleb.
There was a bit of a situation with Andrew not breathing fully.  He was a bit purplish, but apparently, this was not completely abnormal especially with C-section babies.  We gave him some oxygen, and he responded well to it, but ultimately they wanted to put him under observation in the nursery.  In the nursery, his blood sugar dropped as he was getting used to his own Insulin.  Because of his low blood sugar, we rushed him down to the Critial Care Unit where he got his first feeding.  The feeding worked great, and he ate like a monster!
We later brought him down to the Maternity Ward where the nurses gave him a bath.  After the bath, the nurses noticed that his breathing was a bit faster than normal.  It wasn’t anything to be concerned about, but they said he was borderline.  They thought that skin-to-skin contact would take care of it… But since the mother was upstairs, they weren’t sure what to do… Then they looked at me and said – "Father skin-to-skin would work to…" 
They made me take off my shirt and lay down with him on the mother’s bed.  Then, nurses came in the room one by one and laughed at me…. I don’t think this was standard procedure… Regardless, the skin-to-skin contact worked, and after about 30 minutes, his breathing was in the normal range.
Caleb met his baby brother shortly thereafter, and they exchanged gifts.  Caleb kept saying, "I just love my baby brother!"  Hopefully, this will be a start of a life long friendship.  He had a chance to hold little Andrew and touch him a bit.
We are so grateful for all the kind thoughts, prayers, and fasting.  We absolutely believe that He hears our pleas.  We have been comforted, when we should have been afraid. We are so grateful for the overwhelming love of our friends and family, and especially the watchful eye of our kind Heavenly Father.    We have been richly blessed and await when you will have a chance to meet the special new addition to our family.
Quick Update:  Tenille was released to the Family Maternity Center from the CCU early (7pm) because she is doing so well!  She even walked a little bit!