Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hanna and Tucker

I wanted to put up a few recent pictures of Hanna and Tucker. They have had their world turned upside down this last month. But, they are actually doing very well with everything. They are the best kids. We love them like crazy and have missed them while we have been at the hospital.

Hanna is showing off our new fish. We keep goldfish in the horse water troughs to keep them clean. The kids thought it was a blast to release the fish.

Tucker wearing Daddy's cowboy hat and pretending to drive.

Hanna drinking Mountain Dew while Tucker drives. We are going for parents of the year.

Hanna was looking pretty cute in the dentist chair right up until they asked her to open her mouth.

Tucker saying "cheese" while camping. Dave took us on a little overnight camping trip so we could spend some time having fun with Hanna and Tucker.
- Posted by Brianna

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Update for Calvin

Calvin has been cleared of his NEC infection. He is growing very quickly and now weighs 3 lbs 14 oz. He is back to getting food, but only 1 ml every three hours. There are only 5 mls in a teaspoon, so he is really only getting a drop.

Since the beginning if his NEC infection he has had a really suspicious area in his bowels. It is very dilated, and does not really move. This means that the infection damaged his bowels. For the past few days they have been suspicious that his bowels are actually blocked at this spot. They have ordered a test today that will show if there is some sort of structure blocking his intestines.

If there is a blockage, Calvin will need surgery. He will have to have part of his bowels removed. For that we will be transferred to either Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake or St. Luke's in Boise. We have requested for Primary Children's if they have a space. Both hospitals have great reputations, however, we have a lot of family and friends near the Salt Lake area.

There is a possibility that there is a blockage that us just partially digested food that got stopped there when they took him off food.

We are very grateful for all of the support, help, and prayers on his behalf. We know that no matter the outcome if this test our little boy will come out in top.

- Posted by Brianna

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Update on Calvin

Calvin is doing better today. He has now been on antibiotics for almost 48 hours, and will be on them for about a week-depending on his needs. His color is much better, and he is a little more active. His labs look a little better. They were doing those every 8 hours and have stepped back to once a day. He gets an abdominal X-ray every 6 hours. Those still look the same. They are looking for air in his tummy. He has a lot of air in his intestines, but thankfully he does not have any in his abdomen outside of his bowels. That is another major concern.

They have taken Calvin off all feeds and even have a tube through his mouth to his stomach to suck out anything and everything, including his own stomach acids and saliva. He hates this tube and has even pulled it out today. He is getting all nutrition through his IV right now. If they feel he is ready, they will try to start him on tiny amounts of breast milk again Monday.

Calvin is still doing well with breathing. He is only on 21% oxygen (room air), and only on 2 liters of flow. We are told this is very impressive for how sick he is. We did not have to ever put him on a ventilator, and should be past that risk (knock on wood).

He is still having some Brady episodes. This is where his heart rate drops way low and consequently so do his oxygen levels. But, they are very short and he comes out of them on his own now. On Thursday night when he would have them he required a lot of stimulation and even had to be resuscitated using the bag to get him to breath again. These episodes are common for preemies of Calvin's size and even more so when the baby is sick. They are not so concerning as long as they come out of them on their own, and the baby's oxygen level does not get too low. They make my heart drop every time- no matter how severe.

Thank you all for you thought, prayers, and kind words. I have not had a chance to respond to everyone yet, but I have read and re-read every message and comment. Your prayers are being felt and answered! It touched me beyond words to hear that primary kids had been praying for us. Thank you all. By the time we get our precious boy home I will be forever indebted to everyone I know.

This was probably his best day so far.

This was taken just before he was needing a blood transfusion.

This was the morning after he got sick. I was bawling when I saw our sweet baby like this.

This is today. It is not the greatest picture, but you can tell he looks much better.

- Posted by Brianna

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Boise Aquarium

In the first part of May the kids and I went with Dave to Boise. While he had a meeting, I took the kids to the aquarium. It was so cool! I think I may have had a better time than the kids.

You can touch the rays and small sharks. The kids wouldn't do it.

This guy is my nemesis! Hanna thinks he is awesome. He creeps me out, and he is free to roam-no cage at all.

The shark tank was my favorite part.

This sea turtle was the kids' favorite part of the evening. They did not want to look at anything else.

The tide pools are fun. We liked playing with the star fish.

That night Dave took us to Cabelas and we got to see even more huge fish.

And of course we spent a lot of time looking at all the "wildlife."
Posted by Brianna

Our First Camping Trip 2013

About ten days before Calvin was born, we really wanted to go camping for the weekend. But, we were afraid of what may not be working on the camping trailer. I had also had to double my blood pressure medicine by this point and I was scared to go too far from the hospital. Dave came up with the brilliant idea of pulling our trailer to the back field up against all the trees. We knew the kids would still have a blast and we would be close to home just in case.

It took me a long time to get Hanna to hold still for a picture.

Tucker loved throwing rocks.

S'mores over the camp fire is my favorite thing but I have a hard time getting anyone else excited about them.

Isn't he so gorgeous?! I am one lucky girl.

We finished off the night building (or destroying in Tucker's case) log cabins with our log set from Yellowstone.

I am so glad we took the time to do this. The kids had a blast. Our lives were rocked the next weekend. There may not be many or any more camping trips this summer. Of course, having Calvin here and healthy is the best trade-off we could ask for.
Posted by Brianna

Monday, June 10, 2013


Hanna finished her last day of preschool on May 23. It was a wonderful year. She did so well and learned so much. She is one smart little cookie!

First Day

Last Day

End of the year picnic

Cowgirl Day


We love Onda K! Hanna is sad that school is over. We are so proud of her and how well she did this first year.

Posted by Brianna

Calvin Irie Genetti

Born: 5/29/13
Weight: 2lbs 8oz
Height: 16 inches

I knew that this pregnancy took a turn for the worse two weeks before Calvin was born. I had a doctor's appointment that revealed I was measuring four weeks too small, my blood pressure was climbing, and Calvin's movement was slowing. The following day I had an ultrasound revealing that he was only eight days small and they did the preeclampsia labs and a non-stress test, which all came back fine. My doctor told me that we were headed into preeclampsia, told me sorry that we were back here again, and doubled my blood pressure medication. He also said that we were still winning the battle at that point.

On Sunday, the 26th, I woke up feeling under the weather. I sent Dave on a horse ride with his parents and spent a lazy day with the kids at home. I put the kids down for a nap and decided to take one myself. I woke up with a pounding headache. I took as much Tylenol as was safe and gave it about 45 minutes. After no change I figured I should check my blood pressure. I got 145/94, too high for a pregnant lady but not so out if control. I decided to go to my mom's house to have her check it manually before I got too excited.

I called Dave to tell him what was going on, but before I got around to it he told me that he got kicked by one of the horses square in the knee. He needed to be taken in to check for breaks. I told him I would take the kids to my parents and then meet him at home. I figured it wasn't a good time to tell him about my blood pressure, and decided to wait until my mom checked it.

I got to my mom's house and she got 145/95. She told me to relax and got a second one at 155/100. So I headed home to meet Dave and called my doctor to see what I needed to do. The doctor on call told me I needed to check into labor and delivery right away.

I called Dave to let him know what was going on. He told me just to head to the hospital and I would meet him there. I told him that he needed to get his leg checked out and make sure there was no breaks before he tried to walk on it.

So Dave checked into the ER just as I checked into Labor and Delivery. They hooked me up to the monitors and started an IV for magnesium sulfate (nasty stuff). They told me to plan on staying the night and told me my doctor would be there soon. I got a text from Dave saying he had no breaks. He was getting wrapped up and then heading my way. Hooray!

My blood pressure came right down and headache became manageable on the mag sulfate. I received steroid shots to help Calvin's lungs develop faster. My parents came, and Dave and my Dad gave me a blessing. My doctor came in and told us that as long as all my labs came back good, I could go home on bed rest the next night. I also requested an ultrasound because I didn't feel like Calvin had grown at all.

This was taken about four days before I went into the hospital, the day I hit 29 weeks.

My labs came back great, but the ultrasound confirmed my worries. Calvin was no longer growing. So perinatalogist came in and told me she wanted to schedule a c-section for Wednesday morning. That would give the steroid shots enough time to kick in. Luckily, Dr. Leavitt came in right after and told us that he wanted to try inducing labor first. Calvin was head down, and a normal delivery would be so much better.

I was so terrified for our little baby. I knew that there was a huge range if struggles/problems he could or could not have. I had to be kept in the hospital and on the mag until after delivery. On Tuesday night, after everyone went home, I told Dave about all my fears. He asked me if I wanted another priesthood blessing, I did. It was a really wonderful blessing, and a very special moment between just the two of us. I felt a lot of peace afterward and I was actually able to get quite a bit of sleep that night.

The next morning I was induced at 7:30 am. Things progressed pretty slowly at first. We decided to go ahead with the induction with the understanding that if Calvin showed any signs of distress we would immediately do a c-section. Dr. Leavitt broke my water at 11:00 and I elected to get the epidural at that time. I did not need it for pain quite yet, but I wanted it in place in case I needed a c-section. By 7 pm I was only dilated to a 5. I also started to get way too much magnesium in my system, which is a sign that my kidneys had stopped tolerating it as well. They turned it off from my IV, and things started to progress much faster.

I was ready to go at 9:25. They gave Dave a jumpsuit at cap to put on and wheeled me into the OR. I had to deliver there so that Calvin could be passed right to the NICU team waiting for him. While they were wheeling me in I could feel Calvin's head coming with every push, and I was worried Dave wasn't going to make it. We got into the OR and Dave appeared at my side. The nurses were racing to set up. On nurse, Amy, kept the monitor right on Calvin the whole time so that we could hear his heart beat.

Dr. Leavitt arrived just in time. I barely pushed and Calvin came right out at 9:34 pm. As soon as they suctioned out his mouth he started screaming. It was music to our ears! It brought many tears to my eyes. The epidural had worn off enough I was able to sit up and look at my baby for a second before he was whisked away.

Calvin was given surfactant for his lungs. Babies produce surfactant on their own to inflate their lungs, but Calvin was too early for that. He was taken to the NICU where he was given an IV for nutrients, oxygen, and put under photo therapy for jaundice. I got to hold him 24 hours after he was born. He is so amazing and is doing so well for how early he was. He is up to full feeds and off the IV. he is off the photo therapy. He is now requiring a little oxygen to help his body with all we are asking it to do. We get to hold him once a day, sometimes twice if he is doing really great. I will try to update the blog each week with his progress.

Posted by Brianna