Wednesday, July 23, 2008

This girl is crazy!!!

Sorry about the lack of posting today. It's been a big one.

This little girl is so unbelievably strong. Our nurse the other day posted this sign because Olivia was considering trying to pull herself up. She almost made it up to her knees today! She didn't even think about doing that at home. She had no clue those legs were good for anything!

So, Olivia had her swallow study today. They wheeled her crib down the hall and she sat up as big as you please just checking out the scenery. She did great with the study - did fine with milk at honey consistency (which we were on at home) and aspirated with the milk at nectar consistency (guess we won't try that for a while!). What does all that mean? She gets to eat now!!! And we'll just stick to her "regular" diet when we get home.

The docs came by and asked how she did, gave the go-ahead for eating, and switched her last IV medication to oral. It really sounds like as soon as she gets up to eating an acceptable amount, we might just be ready to go. It actually makes me kind of nervous thinking about it. We are going to need to add an addition to the kitchen counter to house all of her medication, I'm going to have to remember how to cook, I'm going to have to be a mom to 3 kids all at the same time for 24 hours a day, laundry, dishes, housework, etc....What will I do???? I may need to take some of the medical, housekeeping, and kitchen staff home with me for a while.

Anyway, to celebrate Olivia's great day, I got my hair chopped off. I should never admit this to the rest of the world, but I hadn't had my hair cut in well over a year. I think it had actually only been cut once since Olivia was born. How pathetic is that? So, I called up my sis-in-law and she fit me in with sheer excitement that I finally found time for her (isn't that supposed to be the other way around?) and she hooked me up with a cute new 'do!
We're ready when you are, Livs!


Anonymous said...

I guess when Olivia decides she's ready, she's ready!

I imagine it would be quite a shock to get back to 'normal'. How exciting to think about having everyone living in the same house.

Where's the picture of the new haircut? I feel cheated ;-)

Anonymous said...

I agree with threekidchaos I want to see the cute new do. Olivia looks absolutly wonderful! We are praying as hard as ever that this new upward and outward trend continues!!!

The Annos

the*4*of*us said...

she looks amazing!!! Praying she cooperates so that you guys can go home soon!!!!!

Sarah and Kieran said...

Oh Julie, she looks great and I am so happy for you guys! You need to post pics of your haircut, it's clear all the blog readers want to see! :) sar

Anonymous said...

You have to give what the people want, new haircut pics!!!!!
We couldn't be happier for all of you. Hopefully you'll be home soon and I know you'll do great getting back into the swing of things! I now believe that you and Olivia can do ANYTHING!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news! Olivia looks great! I'm sure it will be a big adjustment being back at home, but SO nice to have the family back in one place again. I have to warn you that Emily will be SO EXCITED when her friends are back! :)

Keep up the good work Olivia and family!

Anonymous said...

Dear Chattertons,
What great news and pics you shared...(you forgot one of your new do :) ) We'll be praying extra hard that home will not be far away! I'm sure you can't hardly wait! So happy for you all!
Jen Weber

Claire Sharp said...

I'm absolutely beaming looking at these pictures! Olivia is such a beautiful little girl. What a trooper! I think she's definitely ready to go! :)

Judy said...

Yipee! Love hearing great news! What a cutie pie she is!!
Shall I add my request to list of others and ask to see this cute new do?