Saturday, February 5, 2011

One Month Birthday

Today was Stephen's one month birthday and it was an awesome day! We have not seen Stephen as awake, alert, and alive as he was today...ever! And it was so awesome and just what we needed after we had a very rocky week to say the least. Bill and I were at he hospital bright and early this morning because we were meeting with nephrology this morning for a status meeting and to get some of our questions answered. Before the meeting, we were able to give Stephen a birthday bath. As you'll see in the pictures, Stephen was incredibly awake and alert during bath time. He really loves bath time and especially having his hair washed. And Stephen's nurse Connie (one of his primary nurses) allowed us to keep his CPAP mask off long enough that we could get some really fantastic birthday photos.

Later in the day, I got some good, quality cuddle time when Stephen was even more alert! He's starting to really respond to sound and light and follow sounds with his eyes as they move around the room. He hasn't started to visually track things yet, but I think that's mainly because the CPAP mask is such a distraction in his line of sight. He did have an eye exam this week and passed with flying colors.

We also did some arts and crafts today to decorate Stephens room for Valentine's Day and did some one month hand and foot prints. It was a busy day in Stephen's room, but such a good day. It was exactly we needed to end a pretty crazy week.

I'll share some more details later, but in the meantime, enjoy some pictures of the BIG birthday boy!!!


  1. Happy one month little tough guy!!! So happy y'all had a great day!


  2. This warms our hearts---Happy Birthday little Stephen. You have the best Mommy and Daddy in the world.
    Grandma and Grandad (Schwartz)

  3. We are so happy that Stephen has decided to show us those big beautiful eyes. The two of you look so happy and at ease. Certainly parenthood is agreeing with both of you and your little man is enjoying every minute.
    Love to all,
    Aunt LuAnn and Uncle Dick

  4. Happy 1 month b-day! He looks so great - you probably can't even really tell how great he looks since you see him every day. But let me tell you - he looks wonderful! i think he looks like his grandpa schwartz (at least from the pics i have seen)! thinking of you always!

  5. These pictures are precious and he is beautiful! I'm so happy to hear you had a wonderful day with your boy.