Wednesday, August 24, 2011

School Days

Jack and Riley started school yesterday. Below is a photo of their first day. They go 12:30 to 3:00, 4 days a week.

And here are a few others:

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011


Elijah is now home. Yay! We picked him up yesterday around 3:00. He is doing good. Having a third child at home keeps us very busy. The down time we used to have (Sometime each night after 8:30) has been eliminated. Now that time is filled up with caring for Elijah. Nevermind the overnight feeds. Crazy. It's awesome though. We are pumped to have him home.

Jack and Riley dig him. Jack especially. He is very proud of his little brother.

Jack got his cast off on Thursday. His foot kind of looks like it got run over by a lawnmower. Poor guy. Sucks to look at.

Still no photos. Hopefully tomorrow we will take some good ones and I can post them on here.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Mama I'm Coming Home

Jack gets his cast off this morning. Elijah comes home this afternoon. Hope to get some good photos on here tonight.

Ozzy (A name we kicked around for a brief while actually....)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Like A Road Leading Home

Elijah is still on course for his homecoming this week. We are thinking/hoping Thursday will be the day. That is also the day his big bro gets freed from his cast. Could be a banner day for the old Kraft family.

Like A Road Leading Home, JGB (No Video, but the song is great)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I Shall Be Released

Doctor told Rachael to schedule an appointment for Elijah with his pediatrician next week. Hopes Elijah will be released mid to late week. We will see, but it looks like he is coming home soon!

I Shall Be Released

I'm So Tired?

Elijah is still off the tube! He gained 16 grams yesterday. Had he lost weight again it would have been tube time. Doctor was concerned about his weight loss over the course of the previous two days. Concern is that he is expending too much energy in order to complete his feeds. Hopefully he will gain weight again tonight. Still looks like he is on his way home. Just not sure when yet.

I'm So Tired

Friday, August 12, 2011

Hear My Train a Coming

Elijah passed his hearing test today! No small feet in this family.

Hear My Train A Coming


Elijah continues to do well. Still without his feeding tube. He has completed every feeding since they pulled it. He was down weight again today, but otherwise he is on track to get out of there. They initiated a new feeding regimen today. Instead of only giving him 55 cc a feeding they will give him as much as he wants. Also, instead of being on a strict 3 hour schedule, they try to watch him close to the time and do his feeding when he is ready. So the first time they tried this out Elijah took 100 cc and was still going strong until the nurse pulled the plug. I guess she was worried that he might make himself sick.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Good Intentions Paving Company

Doctor told Rachael today that if everything goes well (fingers crossed) there doesn't seem to be any reason why Elijah won't be home by late next week. Rules.

Joanna Newsom, Good Intentions Paving Company

An Asteroid Crashed and Nothing Burned...

Elijah's NG tube was pulled yesterday at about noon. Sometimes it takes a more aggressive nurse to put things in motion. The nurse for the day wanted to push Elijah a little harder and got the order to yank the tube. I like her style. Since the tube was pulled he has taken all of his feeds. He lost 4 grams last night but is NG free as of 8:00 this morning (Thursday). That rules. If he can keep this up and gain weight we just might get the little guy home soon. Mind blown. It's getting real around here. Gotta take tomorrow off to get a room ready for his homecoming whenever it happens.

Phish, Tube

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sunday, August 7, 2011

I'm Losing My Edge

Jack, scratch that, common mistake, Elijah, is still working on his feeding. 55 a time is needed. His score card for the day is something like this:

Full Feed


And he only took 25 for me today. Guess I'm not such a bad-ass after all. Oh well. On the bright side, he is getting the bottle at every feed now. Dude needs practice.

Current NICU departure estimate....August 21st. He turns 4 weeks tomorrow and 1 month old on Thursday. Crazy.

LCD Soundsystem, Losing My Edge

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Magic Man

Big E's biggest problem is taking the bottle. He typically takes about 1/2 the bottle. That is, of course, until I show up and give him the biz. Today was day two that Big E took the full bottle for his old man. Daddy doesn't fuck around.

Heart, Magic Man

Friday, August 5, 2011


More time. Elijah still doing well. Just takes time, time, time. He is still batting about .500 on the feeds. Not much to say.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


Quick update. Elijah remains well. He continues to take most/all of his bottle when offered. Right now he only gets the bottle every other feed. He is still gaining weight at a good pace. Has some dips still, but those are getting less and less. There really hasn't been much to report, just that he is doing good and getting better.

My projected out date remains about the same, sometime in a few weeks.

Time, Pink Floyd

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Monday, August 1, 2011

Still Rad

Elijah is doing well. Took his full bottle the last two times. He is about 6 lbs. He is in a crib now. Wears colors. Hopefully we can bust him out sooner than later.

Lucinda Williams