Sunday, June 29, 2008

Alyvia's Progress

Our niece, who is only 5 yrs, wrote a letter to Alyvia all on her own without any help. She handed it to us after Church and asked if we could give it to Alyvia. It was really sweet!

Alyvia loves to stretch. She fusses at first when we bundle her up because she can't stretch out anymore!

She isn't crying in this picture, she is actually yawning. Even though she has cried for us, she is more quiet and content than most of the babies in the ICU. We've been told that will change, but who knows she could still be a pretty easy going baby when we bring her home.

She has moved from 1 bottle feeding every 4th feeding (feedings being 3 hrs apart), to a bottle every 3rd feeding. She has been doing pretty good at drinking most of the bottle.

This is the Ronald McDonald House we are staying at. And for those who didn't know before, we bought a van and ours is on the right.

Grandma Buhl ("Boo") and Daddy! My mother came down four days after Alyvia was born and will stay with us two weeks after Alyvia has come home. I am so glad she is here or I would be alone here in Reno while Todd is at work.

Children are truly a gift from God! When that little bundle of love looks up at you it is a wonderful gift.

Grandma Buhl made Alyvia an Eeyore blanket because I (Patty) love Eeyore. All the nurses like the blanket and the nurses that have been taking care of Alyvia went in search of some Eeyore outfits. They found two and put her in them.

She was in an incubator for a few days until she could maintain a good temperature. She is now out of the incubator and in a crib.

Friday, June 13, 2008


Alyvia Rose Olson
June 10, 2008
4 lbs. 15oz.
18 1/2 in.
7 weeks premature

The first picture;
only a few minutes old.
She is surrounded by several
doctors and nurses who will
rush her off to the the
Natal Intensive Care Unit
after a quick kiss by Mom.

This is about 1 hour old.
Oxygen is being pumped
into the bubble to aid her
premature lungs.

Mom and Alyvia on day 3.
Her liver is not developed
enough yet to break down all
the extra red blood cells she has
so the light helps to break them
down. The bandage over her eyes
is to protect them from the light.

Holding Daddy's hand.
In the first day they tried a few
different oxygen methods
but they ended up putting a tube
straight into her lungs as she was tiring
out. She is doing very well now and it
will be removed soon.


Friday, June 6, 2008


New Juice Drink may claw or bite when removed from box.

We went to an annual garage sale put on by a housing community with my (Patty) sister and her kids. Found some needed things for when the baby comes. My sister found a carry pack and we put it to use by strapping it on to Todd for some parental practice! He's going to be a great dad!

Todd's brother Jeff and friend, Brandon, from Denver came for a visit. It was a cold and wet visit but we still had a great time with them. We went up to Lake Tahoe one day, but mostly just hung out around our little place.

From Left: Brandon & Jeff