Time to delurk you lurkers!!

OK, it’s time for all the lurkers to come out and let me know you’re reading!

I ran into an old friend from High School at the grocery store yesterday. And I find out he’s been reading this blog!

So I’m going to ask that you please just post a comment to this post to let me know you’re reading. Your name, location, and if I don’t either talk to you on a regular basis, see you during family holidays or kid’s birthday parties – please let me know how you found us!

And if you’re someone Arnie and / or I knew in a previous lifetime, drop us an email so we can get reacquainted!

New jobs all around!

It’s been quite hectic in the Belfonti household lately.
Arnie starts a new job tomorrow morning.  He’s going to be working for a company in Windsor from 10 – 6:30pm.  At first I wasn’t thrilled with the hours but then realized that he’ll be able to handle drop off of both girls AND if there’s a snow delay for school he can handle that as well.

And I accepted a new position as well.  I start a new job a week from tomorrow. I’m very excited because it is a new industry for me. For the past 12 years I’ve worked in the manufacturing industry (meaning that I’ve always interfaced with hardware of some sort or the other).  I’m going to be working for a bank – working on their website and automating their testing.

Welcome to the new & improved site!

I’ve switched over to a new design which will allow me to update much easier which means … MORE UPDATES! I’ll be able to quickly document cute things miss Olivia has done. I’m also going to branch out and update about Maddie Rose as well.

You’ll notice you can comment to each entry as well . I left the old guestbook up, but this will be easier to track.

Finally if you look to the left, there are different sections.

  • The menu section contains links from the old site.
  • The pages section contains a list of all the old pages but converted to this new format.
  • The calendar section will allow you to quickly see how many entries were posted this month and click on a day to access those entries.
  • The categories section is going to be great for me. As I type out an entry, I can “label” it so that way someone can quickly access all the entries relating to Olivia’s hospitalizations or cardiologist appointments, etc. “Life with Maddie” and “Life with Olivia” are going to be those general updates on what is new and exciting with them or if they said or did something cute and / or funny
  • The archives section lists all the months I have posts for. So someone can quickly go back to July 2004 to see my posts about Olivia’s birth.
  • The links section lists all my links for heart friends and other useful links.

I will still be keeping the Announcement Email List but I won’t be sending out announcements daily. Only after appointments or things like that.
So feel free to dig around and drop us an email or comment if you have any questions or concerns.

Upcoming events

November 27 we’re taking Christmas pictures. Arnie won’t allow me to post our christmas card picture until it’s been received by the masses but I’m sure there will be other pictures to post 😉

November 28 at 5:45pm is her 16 month checkup with Dr. Friedman.

Happy Thanksgiving

Just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We are so blessed to have our two beautiful girls and our loving and supportive family and friends around us.  We are thankful for each and every one of you every single day of the year.


I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has prayed for us and been such a source of strength for us in the past year and a half.  Without all of you, we never could have made it to today.  You have comforted us in our times of sorrow and cheered Olivia on when she accomplished something big.  Today is not just Olivia’s day, but it’s a day for everyone who knows Olivia and whose life was touched by her.  Thank You!

PICU tour at CCMC


Megan was the tour guide for today – she works in the Child and Family Services Dept. She works in the PICU and will be there to help all of us deal with Olivia’s stay in the hospital.

In no particular order:

We covered the security topic. The important thing about the “situation” was that this child was not in the PICU. I felt better after talking to her even though she really had no answers about how / why it happened.

Computer access: There is a computer in the Chapel – which used to be the Family Waiting Area. There are also ones in different lounges on each floor. BUT, I can bring in my dad’s laptop and access the internet from Olivia’s bedside!

Family Rooms: There are 6 parent sleep rooms. They consist of a trundle bed, a small table, tv, vcr and telephone. The parent rooms all share two bathrooms which have full showers and a kitchen area that includes a microwave, fridge and toaster, etc. Nice setup.

You are assigned a room which is yours for your length of stay – you can lock your items in it and store things (i.e. the laptop, my purse). They recommend bringing in your own shampoo, etc.

There is a great craft room on the 8th floor. We are welcome to utilize it with Maddie when she is visiting.

Megan will assist us in preparing Maddie to see Olivia and also to talk to her afterwards. She is willing to allow Christopher to also visit her in the PICU and agreed it would help Maddie to cope if Christopher has seen what she has.

Each patient in the PICU has his / her own room. There is a rocking chair in there. We didn’t get a good look into one but did catch a glance of a child on a ventilator. That was really rough.

After Olivia has surgery, for the first few days she will be in a bed. This is done to allow the nurses easy access to all the tubing and wiring. Once she is off the ventilator, she would then be moved back to a crib.

Most nurses work 12 hour shifts, but there are a few who work 8 hours.

Mostly there is a 1:1 nurse to patient ratio. As Olivia gets stronger, the ratio may be 1:2 nurse to patients.

They are less strict than the NICU about parents having to leave if a procedure is being done, mostly because each child has their own room. The only reason she could see us having to leave is if they leave Olivia’s chest open after surgery and then need to close it up – because they would do that right in her room.

Overall, it was a very good meeting. We feel comfortable with the hospital, but seeing that little boy, it took both of our breath away for a second.