Saturday, January 26, 2019

Cecilia has Pneumonia

On Monday, January 21st, Cecilia woke up very lethargic and had some tightness in her chest (to Eric it sounded like RSV all over again). We dropped Maeve off at school and Eric brought her to the doctor.

The doctor immediately advised we administer a nebulizer treatment to try and clear her chest and allow her to breath easier (she's been on asthma meds for 15 months as she was deemed a candidate for asthma).  While it worked, the results were temporary.  We proceeded with another round of nebulizer treatment, although less medicine than the prior version.  Same effect - temporary results vs long lasting.

Due to the continued lethargic state and not obtaining permanent relief from the nebulizer treatments, the doctor advised we hook her up to O2 and phone the paramedics.

The ambulance arrived to the office and we took her out of the doctor's office on a stretcher.  Prior to heading to the hospital we attempted to stabilize her in the parking lot of the doctor office. The paramedic team also tested her blood sugar levels where it was determined they were very low!  They provided a glucose boost to make her more alert and also administered a 3rd nebulizer treatment.  Unable to get the responses they were desiring, they recommended we go lights and sirens to the hospital.  On the way to the hospital she finally started displaying the signs they were hoping to see prior to leaving the doctors office.  This was very reassuring for Eric who was in the back of the ambulance with her!!  Upon arriving into the ER department, they had a team fully assembled to address her conditions.   However, after taking 1 look at her they advised she was looking much better than they originally anticipated, and suggested we visit a regular ER room as opposed to the true emergency area.  Huge reassurance for Dad!  

In the ER they performed various tests including a chest Xray where they determined she had a trace of pneumonia on 1 side. Due to the events of the morning, we were admitted to the hospital for the where they could continue to monitor her progress, oxygen level, blood sugar levels and everything else.  They were unclear about how long we would be in the hospital, but they said she needed to continue showing signs of progress and not needing extra oxygen.  As it turns out, we were only there for 24 hours.  

She was a trooper - not even flinching for the IV and all the poking to test blood sugar levels. She slept most of the day and night.

Mom, Laura, Grandma Jan and Grandpa Steve visited in the hospital, while Eric stayed with her overnight to be by her side.

And then we had the best homecoming with King Cakes arriving earlier that day. We enjoyed those and are glad to have Cecilia home!

Her class made her a 'get well soon' card that she loves!

Luckily Aunt Anne, Grandma Brigid and Grandpa Ed were in town to help out this week with Kyle as Cecilia was home all week from school just to try and give her body a chance to recover. For now it looks like she'll be back to school next week!  Now we just need to work on keeping the rest of the house (and newborn Kyle) healthy!  What a week and thanks for all of the prayers!

Kyle's 1st Week Stats

Kyle had his 1st week check up last week at the doctor.

His stats were:
Height: 21.26 inches (97.72%)
Weight: 7.61 pounds (52.29%)
Head circumference: 15.51 inches (99.99%)

The doctor indicated everything with Kyle is looking great!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Baby Boy Kirchner is here

We're thrilled to introduce Kyle Eamon Kirchner. He was born at 3:27am on Sunday, January 13, 2019. He weighed 8 lbs 4 oz and was 22 inches long. He was our biggest and tallest baby! He came quickly in just over 2 hours after arriving at the hospital. Everyone is healthy and big sisters, Maeve and Cecilia, are excited to have our sweet baby boy at home.

Here are some pictures and a slideshow from the first day at the hospital:

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Cecilia Potty Training

Cecilia impressed us in the past 48 hours with her new ability to go potty on the toilet.  Today marks the first day where she wore underwear all day at school with no accidents!!  We hadn't really been working with her on potty training at all, so for this one, full credit goes to her sister Maeve and her school teachers.  I guess all that time where both Maeve and Cecilia were in the bathroom together was productive after all!  She is very interested in telling us when she has to go - were just working with her to explain that she doesn't have to go #2 every time she goes to the bathroom 😉

No baby news yet.  Everyone is anxious and excited!  Due date is just a few days away with January 14th!

Nice work Cecilia!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Christmas 2018

We had a wonderful time this Christmas. We spent Christmas in Minnesota as we wait for the arrival of Baby #3.

We had a nice Kirchner Family Christmas gathering on December 15th and enjoyed time with family.

We went to Christmas Mass on Christmas Eve and then to Grandma Jan and Grandpa Steve's house for dinner. We then went to Anne and Andrew's house on Christmas Day to see extended family and had a lot of fun playing with Will and Kaitlyn.

We put out our yummy cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeers. The girls were concerned that Santa left half a cookie and a few carrots. We think he was full from all the cookies he ate all over the world as he was delivering presents.

Santa brought a barbie house and some barbie dolls, sleeping bags and robes. We also enjoyed games, crafts, books, and clothes from family!