Friday, February 29, 2008

Designer "Yorki-Poo" Puppies - SOLD

Designer “Yorki-Poo” puppies - SOLD
Ready for new homes!

These two little ones are both female and almost 8 weeks old. Estimated to be 6 lbs. or under when full grown. They are non-shedding and non-allergenic.
They will have their first set of puppy shots and wormers.

If interested, please call Doug or Kelly at:
(712) 544-2286,
or on our cell phone at:
(402) 990-6349.

Thank you!!
*Heaven's Tiny Petals does NOT sell to Puppy Mills or Pet Shops!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Our Two New Grandbabies

Kaden Andrew - 21 days old

Alona Marie - 4 days old (she has jaundice and is under biliroubin lights right now.)

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Our Newest Grandbaby

Alona Marie Smallwood
Born: 2-19-08
Time: 2:10 p.m.
Weight: 7 lbs. 14 oz.
Length: 20 1/4 " long
Hair: Light Brown
Eyes: Blue

Niki, our oldest daughter checked in to the hospital on Monday night to start the induction. She didn't actually start having contractions until about 6:30 the next morning though. I rode in with my husband and son-in-law when they left for work, and got to the hospital at 7:00. By 11:00 she was still dilated to 3 cm. She opted for an epidural, and PTL, it took the first time (instead of the 4th time, and two hours later, like it did with their first son). However, things took a quick turn at around 12:00. Things started progressing very quickly. By about 1:50 the nurse had her start pushing to see how long it might take. Well it was obvious that it wasn't going to take any time, so they called for our doctor. PTL that his office is right there in the hospital! The doctor came in and threw on some scrubs to protect his white dress shirt, and before he had a chance to put on his gloves, Niki had pushed out Alona's head and her right shoulder. Needless to say, the gloves were forgotten as he reached for Alona. She tore a small tear as Alona's left shoulder came popping out. However, the rest of her just slipped through

after that! In total, she pushed a whole 10 - 12 minutes. She pushes like her Mama does! :+) Give me two or three pushes and then let me hold my baby! Daddy and mommy are both thrilled with their new little girl! She picked up nursing right away. We took Landon up to see his new sister last night, and though he liked to kiss her, he was more excited to play with the balloon that Dustin's friend had gotten him than he was seeing his new sister.
However, he is a boy, and he is only 2. (grin)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

A Year of Losses Already

There are times in some people's lives where they are faced with one loss, or a number of losses. This year, 2008, is one of those years for me. I walked into the New Year with high expectations for a really "great" year, and have had those balloons popped and the air deflated out of them so-to-speak.

Our baby son was found to have no heartbeat, and had died. This was on Monday the 21st of January. I was told that I would have to labor and deliver him as though he were alive though. They started the induction process, but I did not have him until Tuesday afternoon at 12:10. I held my tiny son, who smelled so sweet, had blue eyes and blond hair, tiny little perfectly formed feet and hands, tiny little knuckles, fingernails and toenails. I held him, kissed him, we took pictures of him, we named him, had him baptized, and had to say good-bye around 7:30 that night. It was one of the hardest things that I have ever done. It has not been but 3 short weeks and 5 days ago now, and my heart still aches for him.

Then on Friday of this same week, we had to say good-bye to our adopted daughter, Hannah, who is 8. We had her come into our lives through foster care over 4 years ago and had adopted her. It's a very long story, but due to her having done many inappropriate things to our two youngest children (acting out the abuse that had happened to her as a little girl while living with her bio mom), we were forced to put her in foster care where our other children could no longer be hurt themeselves. We all love her so much still. And I do believe that after a year now, our children, at least most of them, have come to forgive her for what was done. After a year of therapy though, her therapist and doctors could not assure us that she would never do this again, and said that she would always have to have a bedroom by herself (which with 10 children is hard), never be able to be around babies again, never be able to baby-sit when she was a teen, etc., etc. They recommended that to ensure the other children's safety, that she needs to live in a home with no other children. That left us with no other choices then. How could we still love her and be what she needs, and still be able to always protect our other children, grabdbabies, foster children in our home, and so forth? This is also one of the hardest things that we have had to deal with. And then to have to say one last good-bye to her in the same week that Samuel died...this was too much. Two children in 4 days time... Two children that were very much loved... Two children gone...

Then to top off the losses already we'd encountered, at three weeks almost to the day of losing two of our children, I said good-bye to someone who I'd always considered one of my best friends. This too is a long story, one of which I will not go in to, but suffice it to say, emotionally and mentally I don't feel that I have it in me right now to wait around once again for her to "evaluate and assess our friendship to see if we could still be okay and be friends." Over the years I have been able to wait for her decision when she feels led to do this, but this time...I don't know? One can only apologize and apologize just so many times until you get to a point where you don't know what you are apologizing for anymore. I am too tired and worn down right now for me to figure out when I have done something wrong once again. I don't have the energy emotionally right now to wait and see if I will still measure up. I don't think I ever really did measure up, or ever will, to what she needs in a friend. I was forever messing up somehow or another. You know the old addage, "When it's good, it's great! When it's bad, it's awful." That's what a lot of our friendship was like. I will so much miss her, the good times we did have, the things we had in common, etc., but at this point in my life, I feel I have lost so much in such a short amount of time, that I just can't wait and see any more. I am hurting too much to try to measure up any more. I am so sorry, but I am.

So, though it is only now February of the New Year, I feel that we have had a year's worth of looses already to deal with. By the grace of God, we will see it through, but it will be, only by HIS grace, as I cannot do this on my own.

Another new grandbaby on the way!

Well tomorrow night our oldest daughter will be heading to the hospital so that they can start the induction of her new baby-to-be. They are not inducing due to medical concerns though, PTL, but because our OB doctor is going on vacation for two weeks and she would very much like him to be here when she delivers. So, tomorrow evening, one week early, she will be heading to the hospital. They will start the inducting tomorrow night, and I will go to the hospital around 6:00 Tuesday morning as she wants me to be there with herthroughout her labor and delivery. She is having a little girl. Her name, unless that changes between now and the time she is actually born, will be Alona. I am excited to see her, what color hair she has if any, and to hold her.

Our two-week-old grandbaby, Kaden, is now up to 8 lbs. 2 oz. and is doing well. He is a very content baby, loves to look around, and is sleeping quite well duing the night compared to some babies. It is nice to think of these two cousins only being 2 weeks and 6 days apart in age. My sister and I had this happen with three of our children. Zach and Brandon are still best friends at 16-years-old, as are Cory and Mariah at 10, and Noah and Devin at age 8.

So, we are praying for a healthy wonderful delivery for our daughter and their new baby girl this week.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Kaden Andrew - our new grandbaby!

Kaden Andrew Taylor
Born: Jan. 30th, 2008
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Weight: 7 lbs. 12 oz.
Length: 21" long
Hair: lots of black hair
Eyes: blue

Kaden Andrew was born last Wednesday after his mama had a wonderful labor and delivery. However, Sapphire began hemmoraging right after the placenta came out in pieces instead of as a whole. It was very concerning and she blacked out shortly after she delivered him. Her doctor had everyone running to get several pints of blood in case she needed a transfusion, giving her meds to stop the bleeding, and pumping her full of fluids, etc. Four hours after the delivery they tried to get her up and take a shower, but she she started to pass out again, lost her hearing temporairily, and ended up staying in bed with a cathader and not getting up until 4:30 the next day. She is now recovering nicely, but the day that they were going to be coming home, Friday, Kaden went for his hearing test. While he was gone he turned blue, needed oxygen and ended up with IVs in his tiny head. He ended up having something called, "TTN -or- wet lungs." Only 1% - 2% of all babies get this. Kaden just happened to be one of them. He was under an oxygen hood for a few days, and had to have IVs in his head which had to be replaced 3 different times as they kept coming out and draining fluid into his head under the skin which made him look almost deformed until it absorbed. However, as of 10:00 last night (Monday night), he is finally home with all of us!!! Saph and Andrew stayed at the hospital with him until he came home. I stayed there the first 4 nights with them too, then Ashley went up and stayed there to help out while I came home to rest myself. It was the most bizzare thing...when Saph started hemmoraging, I all of a sudden gushed myself, turned white, felt like I was going to faint and had to have Niki come hold Saph's leg for me while I ran to the bathroom! That really threw me for a loop. I didn't expect that to happen as I had almost stopped flowing from having Samuel the week before. I am now back to square one with that aspect. It has become a running joke with the labor and delivery staff that they should get me a room and have my mail forwarded there as I was there 3 days with Samuel, 5 days with Saph having Kaden, and then Niki is being induced in about 1 1/2 weeks. This isn't counting the times were were up there when Niki had Landon, and I was there with two other friends who had their babies there too. PTL though, most all of them were the same nurses that we've had in the past, and they were ever so wonderful to us, catering to anything we needed, not making us go into the same room that Samuel died in, etc.
I am very blessed for that!