Thanksgiving Turkeys.

November 24th, 2009

Mya got to paint her hands and make hand prints for some old-fashioned Thanksgiving turkey artwork.


Dylan’s First Trip to Marbles.

November 18th, 2009

Mya had quite a bit of fun today as she took Grandma and Grandpa Glatfelter and her brother to their first trip to the Marbles Children’s Museum.


2-Week Check-up.

November 16th, 2009

Dylan had his 2-week check-up today. His jaundice is much better and he is gaining weight quickly. He gained a pound in the past week!

Weight: 7 lbs. 9.5 oz. (20th percentile)

Length: 20.25 in. (30th percentile)

Head Circumference: 34.5 cm (10th percentile)


Today was Scott’s first day back at work, leaving Kristin to her first half day alone with the kids. Mya also began her first day in pull-ups. She had been showing signs of being ready to potty train prior to Dylan’s birth, but the family decided to wait until she transitioned through her brother’s introduction into the family. Although Mya did not pee in the potty today, she is beginning to learn the routine in the bathroom and loves washing her hands.


Pumpkins and Cupcakes.

November 14th, 2009

Aunt Erin came down to spend time with the family today. Mya had spent time with her mom in the morning making cupcakes, which Mya needed no refresher for. She poured all the ingredients into the bowl, pushed the buttons to start the mixer and stuck the cupcake liners into the pan. She then proceeded to push the “on” button when Kristin turned her back for a minute. Cake batter was everywhere. As her mom cleaned up the mess, Mya then sneaked in a few licks from the batter. Later, Mya got to shake funfetti over the cupcakes and devour her delicious dessert.


Since the family had not gotten a chance to carve pumpkins, Mya painted a bunch of pumpkins. She seemed particularly happy when Scott began drawing on her with the paint, allowing her to add to the artwork. She had paint on every part of her body by the end.


Later, Mya’s friend, Cora, came to play and to meet Dylan. Parallel play is definitely a thing of the past for Mya.


Mya had so much fun riding in the laundry basket, that she refused to get out. Can you spot her in the picture below?



November 6th, 2009

Dylan had another check of his blood levels: his jaundice was down to level 14, but the levels were still elevated enough for the need of the bili blanket.


This morning while in the shower, Mya used the letter “T” from her bathroom letters to shave her legs. She even held the base of the letter as if it were the handle. She tried to stick her leg up on the ledge in the shower and ran the top of the letter down her leg.


Bilirubin Blanket.

November 5th, 2009


Dylan had a check-up with the pediatrician today. He weighed in at 6 lbs. 5 oz. The pediatrician mentioned that everything looked good, except his jaundice level. His eyes, face and torso were quite yellow. Scott and Kristin had to take Dylan to get his blood levels checked. When the results came back, his jaundice level had topped out at a 16. The pediatrician recommended a bilirubin blanket be placed around his torso to help lower his jaundice levels. Luckily, Dylan seems to sleep best when very warm, so he did not seem to mind sweating under the lights.


Mya taught her mom how to get some exercise while at home. Step 1- sit on the couch, preferably with baby brother in hands. Step 2- Place feet flat on the ground and allow Mya to sit on them. Step 3- Lift Mya up until legs are straight out and then return them to the floor. Step 4- Repeat until Mya gets tired of exercising.


Today was also Dylan’s first sponge bath at home. He was not very happy…



Feeding Dylan and ABC’s.

November 4th, 2009

Mya is so quick to pick up on what is going on around her. This morning Mya watched intently as her mom fed Dylan, before asking to hold her brother. Once she got him in her lap, she proceeded to lift her shirt in an attempt to also feed him.


Also, after a few weeks of singing “A-B-D”, Mya has now begun to sing “A-B-C.”


Mya Meets Baby Dylan.

November 3rd, 2009

Today was the big day: Dylan was allowed to go home. His jaundice level was at a level 9, so his blood needed to be checked in 2 days. Scott and Kristin tried to place Dylan in a few different outifts for his homecoming, but all of the newborn clothes were too big and the preemie clothes were too short. His discharge weight was 6 lbs. 3 oz.


Mya was napping when Dylan arrived home, so there was a little time to get things in order. Once Mya woke, she immediately spotted Dylan and began to repeat “baby.” She cried to get to him and stuck out her hands so she could hold the baby. Mya kept giving him kisses and got upset the rest of the day when someone else was holding her brother.



Marking His Territory.

November 2nd, 2009

Dylan was unable to leave the hospital today, due to a 48-hr restriction on some lab tests. Since he arrived in the world so quickly, he had not had time to receive the recommended amount of antibiotics to protect him from Group B Beta Strep. Everything else with his health allowed him to be released from the hospital, but the pediatrician wanted to keep him overnight in case he had acquired an infection.


While Scott was home spending some time with Mya, Dylan surprised his mom with a fun-filled diaper change. As Kristin tried to change his diaper, he began to have a bowel movement while his diaper was open all over his mom. As she attempted to quickly clean him up, Dylan proceeded to pee all over the place. The next thing Kristin knew, the alarms had sounded and a nurse came to the room. Apparently the band around a newborn’s foot not only sounds when they get close to the exits, but also if they become wet.


Introducing Baby Boy Dylan.

November 1st, 2009

The day started quite early today for Mya’s parents. Around 4:30am, Kristin’s water and part of the placenta burst, resulting in a large gush of water and blood. After notifying Mya’s babysitter, Scott and Kristin headed to the hospital in the pouring rain in the hopes of Kristin receiving an epidural. Upon arrival at the hospital around 5:45am, Kristin was dilated 4cm. Shortly before 7am and at the same time the nurse got the OK for Kristin to receive an epidural, the need to push began. After three pushes and minus any drugs, Dylan Cooper Gonzalez made his grand entrance into the world at 7:02am. He weighed 6 lbs. 7.6 oz.,  had a length of 20 inches, and a head circumference of 32 cm.


Although everything initially appeared fine, once Dylan’s meconium (stool) came in, so did a lot of blood. According to the doctors, parts of a low-lying placenta broke off when the water broke and Dylan apparently swallowed a good amount of blood. He did manage to pass most of the blood before the end of the night.