Sunday, May 31, 2009

Harvey Goes to the Hospital

Well, we gave it a shot.  We tried out this whole "parenting thing" for 3 weeks before we decided to return Harvey.  Ha!  Not hardly.  But we did end up back in the hospital this Wednesday night.

It all started Tuesday night with a cough.  I (Sarah) ended up staying up almost all night because I was a little freaked out by all the noises he was making.  Coughing, gagging, snorting all made me jump out of bed over and over again just to make sure he was still breathing.  Then, early Wednesday he started skipping feedings or only eating about an ounce every few hours.  That's when I knew he was getting sick.  My little chunky monkey doesn't miss any meals (he really tries to cram in as many as possible!).  So I started really keeping an eye on him and checking his temperature every couple of hours.  Around 7:30 Wednesday evening his temperature spiked to 100.6 and we called the pediatrician on call.  She told us to pack our bags and  head over to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital to spend a few days.  

The first night in the Emergency Department was pretty rough.  Harvey woke up and decided he was ravenous and was finally ready to eat, just in time for the nurses to start running all their tests.  He was poked and prodded, it took 4 tries to get an IV going, they did a spinal tap, and hooked him up to some monitors.  When it was all over, all three of us were completely drained.  The doctor explained we would have to wait 48 hours for the cultures to see if they would grow anything indicating bacteria.  In the mean time Harvey would have antibiotics given around the clock just to be safe.  And so began the waiting game.

The first night we had to stay in an observation room in the Emergency department because the hospital was so full.  So the first night John and I shared a little cot, sleeping head to toe so we could have as much room as possible.  Needless to say, that was not the best night's sleep ever.  I actually stayed awake most of the night watching Harvey's pulse and breathing patterns on his monitor.  Yeah, that's why we have nurses.  But I just needed to be sure he was alright (enter freakishly over protective mom here).  

Thursday we moved up to overflow in the Pediatric  Critical Care Unit.  Much bigger room, separate beds for John and I, but still no private bathroom.  And still no new news about Harvey.  Friday we moved again to another room, this time with a private bathroom.  Oh yeah, that was the highlight of the whole trip for me.  I was SO glad to take a shower!  Finally late Friday night they told us all of his tests came back normal and we would be able to go home Saturday morning after one of the pediatricians came by.  

So it all turned out well!  We spent 3 days in the hospital for a cold, but we were just glad to rule out anything potentially serious.  And Harvey was wonderful in the hospital.  Seriously, he almost slept through the night Thursday night.  Now that we are home, he pretty much cries all the stinkin' time.  So perhaps he would like to go back.................

One funny story.  Friday night Harvey had some pretty terrible gas and he needed to be held and was so fussy from 10:00 until 2am.  One of the nurses came in to do his vitals around 2 and we were discussing his gas.  I told her the only thing I thought would cure him at that point was to put him in his bed and wheel him out in the hallway and shut the door.  I thought it was pretty funny myself---the nurse did not.  

Ok longest post ever.  Here are some recent photos of big guy.  He's growing up so fast!!

At daddy's office

I love his sleep positions!  Swaddle this! 



Saturday, May 16, 2009

Some Pictures from Photo Shoot with Jessica

Our friend Jessica did an amazing photo shoot with Harvey this past Tuesday night. Here are some of the images.

Feeding Time Playlist

Harvey and I (John) listen to music during feeding time in his nursery. This is who we've been listening to over the past week:

The Beatles
Billy Joel
Foo Fighters
Nickel Creek

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Crazy first time parents don't know where to stop with the pictures

I am responsible for these...

Harvey's first photo shoot

Our dear friend Jessica came over yesterday to take pictures of little Harvey. Below is a video from the "photo shoot." The results will be on this blog soon.

Monday, May 11, 2009

And more Harvey pictures...

Harvey on Belmont University (Alumni) Website

The reason I (John) came to Nashville was to go to Belmont University and hopefully make a living in the music industry. I'm excited that Harvey's already made it on to Belmont's alumni page here. Below is the text on the page.

John (03) and Sarah Clore are the proud parents of Harvey Logan Clore, born on Wed., May 6, 2009 in Nashville. Harvey weighed 8 lbs, 11.5 oz. and measured 20 inches long. John works in Nashville for Sony Music Entertainment / Provident Label Group. If you'd like to know more about John, check John's blog Clore Chronicles.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Harvey Clore - May 6, 2009

Harvey Logan Clore. 8:23 am CT. Wednesday, May 6, 2009. 8 lbs., 11.5 oz. 20 inches. Baptist Hospital in Nashville. Harvey, Mom and Dad are doing fine.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

He's Outta' There!

Here is the final photo of Harvey as we know him now.  Tomorrow, we'll finally get to see his sweet little (bearded) face.   We've started joking that this kid is coming out with a full beard, just like his dad.  That really would help explain all this heartburn!  I have so many thoughts and emotions today, but really more than anything, I'm just excited.  I can't wait to finally meet this little person that we've been preparing for and praying for for these last nine months.  I can't wait to see what he looks like, to finally hold his squirmy little body, to see his little kicks and jabs (rather than just feel them), and to just finally know that he is here and he is ok.   I can't wait for John to  be able to hold his son and to be able to fully share in this little miracle with me.  And I'm excited to share him with all of our friends and family as well.  I feel like Harvey has been my little secret for these last nine months, my little buddy that I've come to know so well, and I'm thrilled to be able to share him and get to know him with everyone else.  

One last day of bed rest--then I'm taking it to a whole new level after tomorrow!  We'll have a laptop with us at the hospital tomorrow, so we'll be sure to get on here and at least put some pictures up.  I may even persuade John to let me post a blog while I'm all doped up---could be the best entry ever!!  

Sunday, May 3, 2009

To my Harvey

(from john)...

To my Harvey,

It's hard to believe that you really are almost here. My emotions have been all over the place since first finding out that you were alive; nine months worth. You'll understand that someday. 

You are my little buddy.

Soon I will hold you. I will comfort you. I will teach you how to throw a ball. I will teach you about music. I will take care of you in ways you won't understand until you're in my position someday. 

The things that your Grandpa Tom has told me my whole life make sense now.

I'm promising to spend my whole life teaching you love, and love is many things. I'm also promising to spend my whole life teaching you the lessons that are in this Jars of Clay song, "Boys (Lesson One)."

I love you, my man. - Your Dad


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