Caleb is only making small progressions, but he is progressing.
His respiratory rate is still spiking sometime, but his breathing is doing much better. I can tell just by looking at him that breathing is coming easier to him. His entire body was shaking with every breath before, but he looks pretty much normal most of the time now.
THEY have lowered his oxygen more to 35%. The lowest it can go to is 21%, so we are getting close.
We are still waiting on the results of a couple more tests, but we should have them soon.
Under the lights. (15/365)
We have a ton of people that are wanting to follow how Caleb is doing in the hospital, so I thought I would put together a page that had all of the latest updates. If you go to rosskimes.net/caleb, it will have the full list of updates on him along with a few pictures. I hope to update at least once a day, but it could be more. Hopefully this is not something that we have to keep going for too much longer.
This does not mean than you can’t text or call Carissa or me to see how he is doing. I just wanted to provide an easy way for anyone who wanted to follow along. Your texts and calls are always welcome!
For today’s update:
His respiratory rate is still high, but it is dropping. Last night, it dropped low enough that they could start feeding him through a tube. This is great because even though he was getting all of the nutrition that he needed through the IV, he has felt hungry the entire time because his stomach way empty. Once he gets some food in him, he should be much more comfortable.
They have been lowering the amount of oxygen that he is being given over the last two days. As long as his vitals stay stable, he should be down to 45% later today (he was at 100% two days ago).
His respiratory rate has not recovered as much as typical babies that were born at 37 weeks, so they are going to run some more tests over the next couple of days. That are not expecting to find anything because he is not exhibiting any other symptoms. We are praying for everything to come back negative here and that his recovery being a little slower is just because he needed the extra time.
They put some light over him because his jaundice levels have been rising the last couple of days, but that is not a big deal at all.
Now that he is breathing a little better and is able to eat, we get to see and interact with him more. Carissa and I have each had turns holding him the last couple of days, which has helped up tremendously.
Also, I just wanted to say a quick thanks to everyone who has come to visit, brought us food, or just called or texted to check on us. I feel like we have an army of people who are begging to help us any way that they can. It means a lot to our whole family.
We are back home today and Ollie could not be happier about it. It was bittersweet for Carissa and I because we are still anxious for our newest member to get to come home with us. (14/365)
Mama got to hold Caleb for about 30 minutes tonight. First time she has been able to hold him since right after he was born. 😍 (13/365)
Little man isn’t do as well today, but he is doing well enough to wake up and say hi to Mommy and Daddy. (12/365)
The NICU is not where we had hoped to end up today, but Caleb is already starting to breathe a little better. We are hopeful he can get out of there in a day or two. (11/365)
In a slightly unexpected turn of events, we are going to have a baby today! 😁
New Self. (10/365)
Stephen Hackett on switching from a 27” iMac to an iMac Pro:
That did the traditional iMac in for me. I felt as if I couldn’t trust the machine to stay quiet when I was recording podcasts or shooting video in my small studio. I needed a computer that would only be loud when I pushed the CPU; the 2017 would spin its fan up with no obvious reason. I found myself popping into Activity Monitor to find some system process using 50% of the CPU, making the fan spin up.
So at the very end of the year, I returned my 2017 iMac and walked out of my local Apple Store with the standard configuration iMac Pro. At $4,999, it is the most expensive computer I have ever owned by a healthy margin, but in the week or so I’ve had it, I have been very happy with my purchase.
Is not having my computer fan wake up a newborn while using Xcode a proper justification for dropping $5,000 on a new computer? Asking for a friend. If not, I may have to start a podcast.
Jay Jay hooked me up with a gift at the baby shower last weekend. (9/365)
While I don’t consider myself a productivity guru by any means, I will say I’m probably more aware of good habits and bad habits, and the wide chasm between them. I know what I need to do in order to hit the goals I’ve set for myself, and I know all the self-defeating things I do that prevent me from being where I want to be.
I’ve been taking a look at what it is that I do every day and where it doesn’t align with what I want out of life. … And while I can’t make over my whole life in the beginning of the year, I can start with one piece of the day, and whip it into shape.
The ideal morning routine I’m about to share with you is pretty close to what I already have going.
This got me thinking about what my ideal morning would look like. For me, mornings are the most important part of my day. They are the only part of my day that I can have complete control over every single day. No matter what else I have going on during the day, my mornings are mine.
I have a long way to go to reach this ideal routine, but I am closer now that I was a month ago. So I guess I am trending in the right direction.
My ideal morning actually starts the night before.
Suppose this year you’d like to eat more apples and less potato chips.
Regardless of what your goal is, there is an awesome little trick that can help you with these small micro-habits that you do every day.
When it comes to the apples and potato chips, it’s as simple as buying some apples and setting them on your kitchen counter. And then — you guessed it — don’t buy any potato chips. Boom.
By making apples easily available, you have lowered the energy required to eat an apple. It’s right there. Sitting on your counter, ready to go. And those pesky potato chips are nowhere to be found. They’re at least a trip to the store away.
The easiest way for me to get everything done that I want to in the morning is to make it as automatic as possible. To prepare for my mornings, I always:
- Set out the clothes that I am going to work out in (including shoes).
- Set out the clothes that I am going to wear for the day.
- Put my sport band on my Apple Watch.
- Put water in the kettle and measure out coffee beans for the grinder.
- Set my MacBook, iPad, and notebooks up on my desk so they are ready for me to get to work.
If not all of these are done the night before, my mornings do not go nearly as smoothly.
On to the actual morning:
5:00am: Wake up, use the restroom, and weight myself. Part of my goal to be healthier involves weighing myself every day. To get the most consistent measurements, it is best to do this at the same time every day. Mornings are best because your weight is less influenced by any single meal that you have had recently.
5:15am:Workout. This typically means a 30 minute working in Streaks Workouts, but it could also be a run. Since this is the first thing I do once I wake up, it is important that I have my clothes and Apple Watch ready. When it is first thing in morning and my bedroom is cold but the covers are warm, I will use any excuse that I can get to stay in bed. By having all of my workout gear ready to go, I significantly lower the activation energy required to get out of bed and do the workout.
5:45am: Cool down from the workout and maybe have a protein shake.
6:00am: Shower, get dressed, and make coffee. Again, this is easier if my clothes are all ready to go and the coffee equipment has everything in it.
6:30am: Drink my coffee and do my daily Bible reading. This is another area where I can just sit down and do it: I have a reading plan in YouVersion, so I don’t have to plan what I am going to read for the day.
7:00am: Code on a side project or write for the site, but mainly code. In addition to having whatever equipment I am going to use (typically my MacBook Pro or my iPad Pro) ready, I should also know exactly what I am going to work on. I should be able to come into my office with my coffee and just get to work.
8:00am: Make some more coffee for the road.
8:15am: Leave to take Ollie (and soon, Caleb) to day care and then go to work.
I am not currently achieving this routine. I am waking up between 6:00 and 6:30, which leaves me enough time to get my workout and usually my Bible (and always the coffee).
Because I am not getting as much done in the mornings as I want to, my evenings are busier and more hectic than I would prefer.
The biggest elephant in the room here is that all of this may completely change as soon as we have another newborn to start caring of starting next week1. Luckily, I can take care of many of the things that need to be done to get a baby ready for the day while I am making the coffee or cooling down from my workout, so hopefully the core of the schedule will be able to hold.
Can you tell that Ollie had company tonight? (8/365)
We are making RadarScope for Windows 10.
It’s like giving a glass of ice water to somebody in hell.
In all seriousness, I think this is the best looking version of RadarScope yet.
I really enjoyed the latest episode of Star Trek: Discovery. It is starting to feel more like real Star Trek, but with a little more edge to it.
Plus it has the best intro of any show I have ever seen. The French horn playing the opening notes to the original series theme gives me goosebumps in the same way the opening to a Star Wars movie does.