Thursday, August 17, 2017
When we got home Amanda finished putting up pictures of Hugo on the whiteboard we bought today. It is nice to have pictures of him at home, since we had to leave the real Hugo in the hospital!
While Amanda was busy I practiced the guitarron! Here is a video of me playing (and singing) De Colores. I'm ready to join a Mariachi band!
I'm going to miss baby Hugo when I go back to Utah tomorrow. Maybe when I come back he'll be home and I can serenade him on my new guitarron!
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
I thought if I'd known I could have this much room I could stay another week! This is the Ritz of hospital rooms!
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
It was hard having to wait a week before you got to hold your baby, but it made it all the sweeter when the opportunity arose. Now that Hugo is doing so well, Amanda and Nolan can hold him when they want. However, they need the nurse to help them so they don't get the wires tangled!
When the nurse tucked him back to bed he reached out to give grandma a high 5!
Amanda has to keep pumping to provide milk for the baby, so while she is busy with that, I took a look at the guitarron she picked up for us this spring. We want to take it back to Utah, but need to drive out one of these days. It is a very interesting instrument, and we can't wait to add it to our collection!
We had just enough time to do a little yard work in the late afternoon. The ash tree had branches resting on the house, so I took a set of loppers up on the roof and gave it a trim!
After cutting the branches we applied some tar to protect the tree from disease.
I have to admit we felt a little smug about being able to climb on the roof and trim the tree. Amanda stayed on the ground and gave me moral support as well as cutting advice!
We finished the day with dinner at the home of Amanda's boss, Kathy. They had some business associates from Japan visiting, and had the entire flute department there, as well as the owners of West Music, who all congratulated Amanda and asked her how she was doing!
They gave her a nice plate of leftovers for tomorrow, which made her (and me) very happy as well!
Monday, August 14, 2017
In the afternoon Hugo had a brain scan. It was really an ultra sound where they look in through the soft spot on his head. It is standard for babies as they hit their 7 day mark. We didn't get the results back. They're just trying to make sure there is no bleeding in the brain.
Hugo didn't like the brain scan much, but calmed down very quickly when Amanda reached in to comfort him.
Amanda and I had fun singing songs to Hugo out of the songbook I put together for him. The hospital likes the babies to have only calming music in the NICU, so I didn't include any rap music in the book! Happily, there happen to be a lot of Celtic songs that are very soothing!
We had time to go to several stores in the afternoon. I was amazed at the store Menards, that has hardware, groceries and more! It was gigantic!
We stopped by to see Nolan after a long day at band camp. It rained today, but that doesn't phase the band, because they have an indoor as well as outdoor practice field! The University of Iowa treats the band right!
Sunday, August 13, 2017
He is 16 inches long, but very thin!