Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Day 20 at SLCH

Clayton looks at mommy and says "What are you talking about and do you ever stop talking?"
Clayton says "No, I would rather lay here and get fed through the tube than work for it!"

Clayton is now 3 lbs and 1 ounce! He is doing great at gaining weight and is becoming more and more alert when he is awake. I will have to say he loves napping! I think this runs in my family since my parents are known for their napping and trying to force others to nap! :) He seems to be adding many people to his Clayton Clan Fan Clun. We love hearing from everyone!!!!!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Break out the Champagne!

Clayton took a bath last night and is now sporting his beach outfit with a crab surfing on it that Aunt Anna gave him!
Clayton waves at mom and says he is soooooo big!

3lbs!!!!! We made a big milestone today with Clayton hitting the 3lb mark! We are so excited. I posted on Friday and last night so make sure you scroll down to see more pics. Have a great week!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Another Big Weekend for our Little Guy!

Clayton and Grandpa!

Clayton and Nana, he has her wrapped around his finger already!
Clayton and Grandma B, he looks comfy!
Clayton and Aunt Anna, she is now an approved babysitter!
Mr. Bright Eyes, holding daddy's finger.

Clayton continues to grow like a weed! As of today he is up to 2 lbs 14 1/2 ounces! Only 1 1/2 ounces until 3 pounds! As my dad directed, we will be celebrating with champagne when he hits the big 3 lbs. He has been very alert at different times through out the day and loves to listen to the music everyone brought in. (Thanks Nana, grandpa and Aunt Anna).

We had a memorial service for Jaxson on Saturday. It was beautiful, and Justin and I both agreed that we felt a lot better after the service. Jaxson is in a better place now and I am sure he knows how much we love him. We did find out last week that they were actually identical twins. Jaxson will always be a part of Clayton, and we know he is watching over his little brother everyday.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Our Big Boy!

Thanks to some help from my Aunt Jane, I am now able to post pictures we have been taking. :) Everyone has been so great, helping us in so many ways! I know I still owe quite a few people phone calls and I think next week things should settle down a little and I will be able to catch up. Thank you for your patients.

Clayton is doing great. He is up to 2 lbs 12 ounces as of yesterday. He had his first bath a couple of days ago too. All of the nurses think he is a handsome man! Like we had any doubt! We are now on a countdown to getting him in a crib instead of the incubator. He is slowly having the temp lowered and once it is off and he can maintain he will be moved. This will be great for dad, I wish I had a picture of the nights he forgets to give the little guy a kiss before he puts him in his bed and then has to stick his head through the narrow door to kiss him. Quite a sight!

Well, here are some pictures. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Clayton hanging out with mom. He likes his bug that plays music. He is sporting his new scooter hat too! Thanks Meggie!

Dad and Clayton look at mom like they were up to trouble!

Monday, April 21, 2008


Aunt Anna is on top of things and apparently knows where her camera cord is! So I have a couple of pictures. I posted last night too, so make sure you scroll down to see the latest update.

Dad, Uncle David and Clayton have a discussion about football!

Our little guy hanging out.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Missing Camera Cord

Clayton's mom needs to tape the camera cord to her head. I have lost the cord for the moment so I will have to get a new picture up later. Our little guy had a big day today! He got his first football from Uncle David and we are sure by his long fingers that he will be a great wide reicever. He also wore a cute little outfit that Nana got him. (This was after he pooped through his diaper, outfit and blanket while mom was holding him)

We have such exciting news! Clayton is doing so well that his doctor asked if we wanted to take him back to Missouri Baptist so we were closer to home. We have decided to keep the little guy at SLCH for the duration so that he can get the best care, plus he has his own room at SLCH! Our little guy is up to 1140 grams which is the equivelant of about 2 lbs 8 ounces. The doctor said he needs to be up to 1800 grams or 4 pounds for him to come home, so we will now be counting up the grams to get him home. He loves to be held by mom and dad. He gave us a couple of cute smiles today too.

I will attempt to find the camera cord tomorrow and if that is not successful I will be buying one! Have to go to bed now, if my mom and dad see what time I posted this I will be in trouble!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Clayton Robert Murphy

Our little guy has graduated!! As of today Clayton has a new team of nurse practitioners because he is doing so well! He is up to 2 pounds 6 1/2 ounces. He is now taking just breast milk and doesn't have to be on the supplemental nutrition. He is still in his little incubator, but they turned off the temperature controls because he has been able to regulate his own temp. He wore his first little outfit, a blue robe yesterday. Grandpa W called it a kimono! :) Clayton is loving his kangaroo time (skin to skin) with mom and dad. He had a fit last night when mom had to put him back in his bed. He has also been giving us plenty of practice at changing some diapers. Last night Justin was holding him and he decided he would poop right out the side of his diaper and on to Justin's hand! I think Jaxson is feeding him some of these ideas! Clayton celebrated his 1 week birthday yesterday and I can't believe how big he has gotten already. The picture above was early in the week so we will get a new one up so everyone can see how much he has filled out.

Justin and I can't thank everyone enough for all the help, calls, thoughts and prayers. We are so lucky to have such wonderful friends and family. Clayton can't wait to meet everyone!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Starting Week 35!!!

We have come so far! I really can't believe I have been on bed rest for three weeks now. The days go slow sometimes, but the weeks have flown by. I love Fridays because Justin is home and here to entertain me! :) He put together the second packnplay today and put the mobile up on the crib. The other big project today is figuring out how to use the video camera. We are having the car seats installed tomorrow morning. We were hoping for some more spring weather this weekend, but it looks like the weather is taking a step back with flurries predicted for Saturday. UGH! I think everyone is ready for Spring to be here.

I did have a doctors appointment on Tuesday and everything was good. I still find it amazing that I am measuring 44 (supposed to correlate with how many weeks pregnant you are). Obviously this is completely normal since I have two little ones in there, but amazing at the same time that my skin can stretch that much! We have another ultrasound on Tuesday and a doctors appointment on Friday. That is a crazy busy week for me. HA HA

Justin is being a little bossy about when the babies can come. Last weekend his excuse was the final four and this weekend they can't come because the Masters is on. He better hope our kids appreciate sports as much as he does.

Hope everyone has a great weekend and hopefully I will be posting next week at a month out!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

2 Weeks Down!!!

Wow, the belly is mine, but it is still amazing to look at in the picture and see how big it has gotten! The babies have stayed put so far with only a few strong contractions here and there. We are so thankful for the two weeks we already have under our belt. We are aiming for the first week in May, but are happy with everyday that passes. We have another doctor's appointment on Tuesday and then probably a ultrasound later in the week. The babies should be up to about 4 pounds by then.

We are having another great weekend. Justin's parents and sisters came down to visit today. They made a fabulous lunch and Justin's dad helped get the rest of the closet doors up in all the bedrooms. I think we have about all the construction projects crossed off for now. Justin is happy about this!!!!!

We don't want to forget about our first child! Keely has been such a great little girl. She knows something is up and is more than happy to cuddle with mom in bed. She enjoyed the nice weather we finally got today and played frisby and catch with her Aunts and Grandpa. Justin captured the picture below when mom and Keely fell asleep a little early one night.

Keely wanted to get her picture taken too when mom got hers taken!

Thank you again for all your continued thoughts and prayers. We will continue to keep you all updated.